theatre b.a. assessment plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts Theatre Program is to expose undergraduate students to all aspects of theatre and help them to develop an understanding and appreciation of the arts and crafts of theatre and related fields. Students in the bachelor's degree program who are planning a career in theatre arts, theatre education, or related areas are expected to develop an aptitude for the discipline. Through academic and experiential training, advanced students will acquire the knowledge and skills essential to enter their chosen theatrical field in order to achieve their career objectives.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students emphasizing a technical theatre track will show marked improvement in the area of emphasis.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student will have held at least 9 technical positions in the theatre shops and/or for Nevada Repertory Company and student productions by the time they reach graduation. Assignments will generally increase in level of responsibility as the student nears graduation.
Assessment Method
  • Student progress is assessed at semi-annual meetings of the department faculty during which technical positions for each semester's productions are assigned.

2. Students emphasizing a performance track will show marked improvement in the area of emphasis.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will have been cast in at least 9 Nevada Repertory Company productions. Roles will generally increase in size and/or difficulty and be varied in type as the student nears graduation.
Assessment Method
  • Student progress is assessed at semi-annual auditions for each semester's productions.

3. Students will be able to work effectively in teams to create theatrical productions and will have developed a demonstrable theatre work ethic.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student will regularly participate in Nevada Repertory Company mainstage productions and demonstrate a high degree of commitment, dependability, and cooperation. The student will demonstrate the ability to be a responsible and effective team player when working on theatrical productions.
Assessment Method
  • Ongoing student progress is assessed at semi-annual meetings of the department faculty for the purpose of assigning technical positions for each semester's productions. Semi-annual auditions similarly allow for the assessment of student progress in the performance arena. In addition, the faculty assesses student learning during the annual scholarship meeting.

4. Students emphasizing a performance track will have a thorough knowledge of acting theory and competency in application of acting skills in audition and performance settings.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will participate in at least one of two Nevada Repertory Company auditions per year and show marked improvement in preparation for and quality of auditions.
Assessment Method
  • Theatre directing faculty will audit auditions and analyze the development of student performers. The assessment coordinator in conjunction with the faculty will generate a report outlining the strengths and weaknesses of audition techniques, character development, vocal work, movement, and the ability to work within particular genre and style.