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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts Department

College of Arts and Humanities
McConnell Hall, room 102
Mail Stop 7460
Fax: 509-963-1767
    See the website for how this program may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff
Interim Chair

Christina Barrigan, MFA

Michael J. Smith, MFA, head of performance, dialect, acting for the camera

Associate Professors
Christina Barrigan, MFA, head of design, resident lighting designer
George W. Bellah, 3rd, MFA, movement, performance, stage combat, Asian drama
Terri Brown, PhD, head of music theatre, history, literature and music theatre
David Brown, MM, musical director, music theory
Patrick Dizney, MFA, voice, performance
Marc Haniuk, MFA, resident scenic designer

Assistant Professors
Natashia Lindsey, PhD, dramaturg, history, literature
Emily Rollie, PhD, theatre studies, education

Senior Lecturer
Jerry Dougherty, MFA, stage and production management

David Barnett, MFA, McConnell stage manager, scene shop manager, technical director
M. Catherine McMillen, BA, costume shop manager, wigs and makeup
Jae Hee Kim, MFA, costume design and technology
Nick Ligon, MFA, lighting shop manager
Ramón Esquivel, MFA, theatre education, playwriting
Joseph Sasnett, BFA, voice instructor
Jason Tucholke, MFA, sound design and technology

Lori LaFleur, fiscal technician II
Mary Makins, secretary senior

Department Information
The Department of Theatre Arts offers comprehensive study in the varied facets of theatre arts as they relate to theatre production. Coursework prepares students for rigorous and rewarding work within Central Theatre Ensemble (CTE), the production arm of the program, leading to professional work in the entertainment industry. Based on a professional model of theatre, CTE offers students the opportunity to thrive in all aspects of theatre production in a safe and mentoring environment, working in state-of-the-art venues supported by fully equipped shops and studios.

Admission Requirements
A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 (B-) in the pre-major required courses must be achieved with a minimum grade of “C+” (2.3) in each course. The applicant must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all other collegiate study.

Pre-major required courses:

  • TH 107 - Introduction to Theatre Credits: (4)
  • TH 144 - Foundations of Acting Credits: (3)
  • TH 166 - Theory of Play Production Credits: (3)

BFA Specializations
Admission to the BFA is by audition/interview only. Auditions/interviews are held each year, in late February and early March. See the Auditions Procedures Page

Program Outcomes
For information on program outcomes, please go to:

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: or by contacting the department directly.


    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)Certificate AMinor


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