|Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Humanities
Kennedy Theatre 115
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7677
Fax: (808) 956-4234
*E. Wichmann-Walczak, PhD (Chair)-Asian theater
*M. Boyd, MFA-technical theater
*J. Brandon, PhD-Asian theater
*J. Burk, PhD-dramatic literature, theory
*G. Cannon, AB-acting, directing, TV/film
*W. D. Carroll, PhD-playwriting, directing, theory
*J. Dodd, MFA-scene design
*S. Finney, MA-costume design
*E. Fisher, MA-modern techniques, dance history, choreography
*P. Gaither Adams, MFA-modern dance, choreography
*P. Hunt, EdD-dance and theater for children
*T. Hunt, PhD-theater for children, puppetry, creative drama
*T. Knapp, Dipl-acting, directing
*G. Lizenbery, BFA (Director of Dance)-modern dance, kinesiology
*R. Long, PhD-Asian theater, acting
*L. O'Malley, PhD-theater history, dramatic literature
*K. Pauka, PhD-Asian theater
*J. Van Zile, MA-dance ethnology, notation
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
M. Cristofori, MA-theory and dance history
H. Glass, MA-improvisation, choreography
P. Leong, MA-Asian theater, movement
M. Wong, MA-modern dance, choreography
Degrees Offered: BA in dance, BA in theatre, BFA in dance theatre, MA in dance, MA in theatre, MFA in dance, MFA in theatre, PhD in theatre
The Academic Program
The Department of Theatre (THEA) and Dance (DNCE) is comprised of two separate but related disciplines.
Theater includes the study of dramatic literature and theory; acting and directing; stage, costume, and lighting design; stagecraft; playwriting; and Asian and youth theater. Imaginative and creative individuals interested in the disciplined, practical application of classroom theory are suitable candidates as theater majors. Teaching and professional stage, film, and television work are typical professions of theater majors, but the analytical and practical skills, discipline and self-confidence, creativity, problem solving, and ability to work toward common production goals are applicable to all professions. The theater major will benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that includes the world's most noted Asian theater program and a nationally respected youth theater program.
Dance is the art of human motion. It encompasses the study of human movement as it relates to the physical sciences, music, theater performance and production, history, cultural context, education, visual design, and human expression. Dance majors find careers in the areas of performance, choreography, teaching, arts administration and production, therapy, history and criticism, and research. The University's dance program offers comprehensive theory courses and a wide variety of dance techniques and styles. The program is considered unique with its offerings in dance ethnology and Asian and Pacific dance.
The department's Asian theater program is affiliated with the Association for Asian Performance.
The dance program is affiliated with the American College Dance Festival Association and the Council of Dance Administrators.
After being admitted as majors in the theater program, undergraduates must consult each semester with the theater undergraduate adviser. Newly admitted theater graduate students should consult each semester with the director of graduate studies in theater for initial advising. After one year of study, a graduate student is expected to select from the graduate faculty a permanent adviser well-versed in the area of the student's concentration.
In dance, undergraduate majors must consult with the dance undergraduate adviser every semester. Graduate students should consult with the director of graduate studies in dance.
BA in Theatre
Students must complete 42 credit hours, including:
- THEA 240, 311, 312, 411, and 412
- Two courses in Asian theater (one in theory/history/literature, one in performance)
- One course each in acting, voice/movement, directing, design, and youth theater
- 6 credits of theater workshop
- Recommended additional courses: ART 101, DNCE 150 or 255, MUS 106 or 107, and PHIL 200
BA in Dance
Students must complete 40 credit hours: 29 credits of required courses and 11 of elective courses. Elective credit hours are determined in consultation with an adviser and based on the student's desired focus within dance, such as children's dance, choreography, dance ethnology, or dance science.
- DNCE 151, 255, 260, 360 or 361, 370 or 490, 452 or 453
- THEA 200
- 12 credits of dance technique at the 200 level or above, including:
- 3 credits in ballet
- 3 credits in modern dance
- 3 credits from two different Asian/Pacific dance forms
- 11 credits of electives to be selected from:
- DNCE 250, 360, 361, 362, 370, 371, 372, 452, 453, 459, 470, 471, 480, 490, 499, 660, 693
- THEA 200
BFA in Dance Theatre
This program is designed for students who wish to pursue professional careers as dancers, teachers, and/or choreographers. Admission to the program is by audition held annually. Interested students should notify the Department of Theatre and Dance as early as possible, since the BFA requires 60 credit hours in dance, including advanced-level dance technique courses, plus 2 credit hours in theater practicum.
Requirements. Students must complete 62 credit hours, including:
- DNCE 151, 250, 360, 361, 362, 370, 371, 372, 452, 453
- 1 credit hour of DNCE 495
- 6 credit hours of DNCE 321
- 6 credit hours of DNCE 331
- 3 credit hours of DNCE 470 or 480
- 2 credit hours in two different Asian or Pacific dance performance courses
- 6 credit hours of ballet technique at the 300 level or higher (DNCE 321 or 421) or 6 credit hours of modern dance technique at the 300 level or higher (DNCE 331 or 431)
- 6 credit hours of DNCE 421 or 431
- 2 credit hours of THEA 200
- DNCE 255, 490, 660, 693
- THEA 101, 221
Minor in Dance
Requirements. Students must complete 15 credit hours numbered 200-level and above, including:
- 9 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above
- Maximum of 9 credit hours from dance technique courses
Minor in Theatre
Requirements. Students must complete 15 credit hours in courses numbered 200 or above, including 9 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above. Participation in two departmental productions is required. Theatre minors should consult with the undergraduate theatre adviser.