Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process to fulfill Theatre Practicum credits?

  • Click to see syllabus for Theatre Practicum TH 101, 201, 301
  • All students except BFA Design and Production complete 5 assignments.
  • The Practicum Preference/Conflict sheet is e-mailed to eligible students the week after main stage auditions, and is returned to the Production Manager who will assign all positions for the semester.
  • You are responsible to fulfill your assignment or to find someone to substitute for you.
  • You may not graduate if you do not complete the required number of assignments.

Do Acting BFA Majors need to sing and do the dance call at Unified Auditions?

  • All Freshmen and Sophomore BFA Performance majors (Musical Theatre and Acting) are required to sing and dance at the Unified Auditions.
  • Junior and Senior Acting BFA majors may petition out of the singing and dancing portions of the Unified Auditions. You must submit your request at least one day ahead of the audition by e-mail to the Performance Degree Program Coordinator (Alex Miller).

How do I get credit for Theatre Labs?

  • Stage Managers for all Main Stage productions as well as selected other productions submit the list of actors in their shows to the registrar to receive credit.
  • Review the Main Stage Theatre Lab syllabus for more details.

Where do Theatre Lab Credits fit into degree programs?

  •  Theatre Lab: Musical (TH 114, 214, 314, 414) and Theatre Lab: Main Stage (TH 115, 215, 315, 415) count as Theatre Electives.

How can I take theatre classes outside of my major's requirements?

  • Students may sign up if there is space available in the class, if the student has fulfilled the necessary prerequisites, and with permission of the instructor. For Example: BA students may take Acting Styles or Movement for Actors with the above stipulations.

How do I change my academic advisor?

  • Talk to your current advisor and then talk to the faculty member you wish to have for your advisor. When you have approval from both faculty members, come to the office to make the written request through the school Administrative Assistant. The change must be approved by the School Director.  

How do I change my voice teacher? 

The steps for changing studios begins with discussing your concerns with your current voice teacher FIRST, and preferably soon enough in the semester for the two of you to try and resolve the "issues." If, after a period of trying to work together the two of you determine that a change is best, your current voice teacher will send an e-mail to the head of the voice faculty (Dr. Hadi Gibbons) releasing you to discuss with her the steps for finding another teacher.  

What kinds of Dance shoes are recommended and where can I get them?

Like any line of work that requires professional equipment, dancers need quality shoes. It's fine to go cheap on ballet shoes (provided you stick with known brands such as Bloch, Capezio or Sansha).  There are many styles of jazz shoes.  Split sole jazz shoes are very popular, some have rubber soles some have suede.  The materials from which the soles are made are a personal preference.  Ultimately dancers want to have shoes appropriate for any dance floor (some are slick, and some are not).  Traction is important to help prevent injuries.  Again, brands such as Capezio, Bloch and Sansha are reliable.  When it comes to character shoes, however, you should consider investing in a good pair of shoes. Below are some websites and some recommendations for shoes known to be of good quality. Keep in mind that many of these styles of shoes may be purchased online from several places (Amazon, 6pm, Zappos, or from the manufacturer websites), so shop around for the best price!  Buying the least expensive shoe is not typically recommended.  In dance shoes, you absolutely get what you pay for. 

Tap shoes for women (heel height should be 2.5")

Character shoes for women (heel height should be a minimum of 2.5")

  • Capezio: Manhattan, Chorus, 671 Heel Flex
  • Bloch: Splitflex
  • La Duca: These shoes are suitable for all dancers comfortable in heels: Roxie or Angelique
  • These shoes are designed for the advanced dancer and offer little support.  They are not recommended for dancers beginning their training: Cherie, Alexis, Elizabeth, Teresa, Rachelle

Tap shoes for men

Character shoes for men

  • Capezio: Classic Tap K543 or K360 (sizes for men are 2 above street shoe size)
  • Sansha Tatra, Roma, or Buda 
  • La Duca: Edward

Note for larger shoe sizes

  • Men with a shoe size larger than a 13, need to special order ballet shoes from Capezio BEFORE arriving on campus.  Allow up to 6 weeks for delivery.  
  • Women with a shoe size larger than 10, will need to special order, or do an extensive search for shoes.