The Theatre Minor is designed to educate and train the youth pastor, educator, community worker, drama ministry director or those wishing to pursue a career in professional theatre and film/tv. Additional Mass Communications classes are recommended for those focusing in media performance or production. By giving the student both education and experience in the elements of theatre and its production, the student will be able to use appropriate theatre techniques in a variety of contexts.

Positive theatre experiences with youth have been demonstrated to increase self-esteem, improve a sense of community, develop reading and public presentation skills, and build awareness of how our behaviors affect others. Using theatre techniques in the classroom can improve learning by teaching to differing intelligences and learning styles. Drama ministry enables the teaching-learning-worship process to be expanded, and provides instructional, worshipful and inspirational experiences. Theatre training teaches creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, interpersonal communication, intrapersonal awareness, self-discipline, leadership, and the application of knowledge to practical situations. Theatre minors will be mentored by one of the theatre faculty in their professional development, educational and professional goals.

Our Mission

CUAA theatre exists to develop a coterie of theatre artists whose goals are to support and spark each other’s creativity and personal development in Christ to positively impact the world through theatre. We can do this by deepening our understanding of persons, cultures, times and situations different from our own; demonstrating the practicality of Christian morals and ethics to audiences unaware of their effectiveness; encouraging and entertaining Christian audiences in their walk;  bringing cultural enrichment to the Concordia Ann Arbor campus and surrounding communities; increasing our understanding of how quality literature contributes to the betterment of society, and  by developing an understanding of the interdisciplinary connections between theatre and theology, literature, history, visual art, music, psychology, education, sociology and other fields of study.

Courses Information

The Theatre minor requires a minimum of 24 credits. Participation in a minimum of one Concordia University theatre production annually is also required.

Course Credit(s)
THTR 101: Theatre Practicum 1
THTR 120:  Orientation to Theatre 3
THTR 231:  Stagecraft 3
THTR 261: Acting I: Introduction to Acting 3
THTR 481: Theatre Internship 3
THTR 490: Senior Capstone in Theatre 3
Course Credit(s)
THTR 100: Cultural Experience Through Directed Travel Study 3-Jan
THTR 103: Basic Dance 3
THTR 215: Voice and Speech for the Actor 3
THTR 225: On-Camera Acting 3
THTR 254: Producing Children’s Theatre 3
THTR 269:  Musical Theatre and Dance   3
THTR 331:  Stagecraft II (Prerequisite: THTR 231) 3
THTR 363: Acting II: Intermediate Acting (Prerequisite: THTR 261) 3
Course Credit(s)
THTR 203: Choreography for the Stage (Prerequisite:  THTR 103) 3
THTR 310: Stage Management and Theatre Management 3
THTR 311:  Drama Ministry 3
THTR 340 Theatre in Education 3
THTR 350: 20th Century American Drama (Recommended: THTR 120) 3
THTR 371:  Stage Directing (Recommended: THTR 261 or THTR 231) 3
THTR 431: Playwriting and Script Analysis 3

Contact

Gerard Dzuiblinski
Director of Theatre
gerard.dzuiblinski@cuaa.edu
734.995.7382

Angie Lai
Theatre Production Manager
angela.lai@cuaa.edu

Musical Theater Minor

The Musical Theatre Minor specifics are listed on the music page. It combines course requirements from both music and theatre, and requires participation in the spring musicals and the annual Boar’s Head Festival.

Click here for more information about the Music program.