2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Theatre Arts and Dance

Director: David Gene Grapes II, M.F.A.

Location: Frasier Hall 105

Theatre Arts – 970.351.2991

Dance – 970.351.1181

Faculty: Monte Black, M.F.A.; Jerald David Blatt, M.F.A.; Michelle Gaza, M.F.A.; David Gene Grapes II, M.F.A.; Brian Hapcic, M.F.A.; Matthew Herrick, M.F.A.; John R. Leonard, M.F.A.; Gillian McNally, M.F.A.; Thomas P. McNally, M.F.A.; Andrea Moon, Ph.D. Mary Schuttler, Ph.D.; Anne Toewe, M.F.A.; Ken Womble, M.F.A.

Course(s) Offered (Prefix ):

Program(s) Offered:

Musical Theatre B.A.

Theatre Arts B.A.

Secondary Teaching Emphasis

Dance Minor

Theatre Arts Minor

UNC's Theatre Arts program combines classroom instruction with first-hand experiences in theatre, musical theatre, and dance. General objectives of the University of Northern Colorado School of Theatre Arts and Dance are based on service and leadership in the arts at local, state, regional and national levels. An integral unit within the University, the School embraces the role and mission of the University and has designed its goals and objectives to support and enhance institutional purposes and directions.

The academic program provides technical support, scenes, costumes, stage direction, choreography, promotion, and general management for UNC’s popular Performing Arts Series.

During the summer, the College of Performing and Visual Arts presents the Little Theatre of the Rockies (LTR) and other events. LTR, established in 1934, serves as the production entity for Theatre and Musical Theatre. The LTR Summer company members are involved in acting and technical aspects of professional theatre, working under the excitement of a rigorous production schedule. As participants, they encounter a wide variety of opportunities to observe, learn from and share ideas with an experienced faculty, professional actors, singers, and technicians.

Admission. All degree program areas in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance (Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre) require an audition/interview for entrance into the degree program.

Students interested in majoring in theatre arts or musical theatre may be accepted as “Undeclared” if they meet the general admission requirements of the University. If a student has been accepted by the school after a successful audition or interview, then they will be designated as a theatre arts or musical theatre major.

Consideration of student acceptance will be made by the Admission Committee in the school in accordance with the student’s audition or interview, resume, letters of recommendation, and academic record.

Probation and Expulsion Policies

Falling below a GPA level of 2.0 will result in the student being placed on probation. A student will be placed on probation for any one of the following reasons as well:

  • Failing assessment in any given year.
  • Failing to audition without prior consent from the director of the production.
  • Cheating
  • Violating of any university student code.
  • Refusing a role without prior permission from the director.
  • Earning a “D+” or lower in any class in a student’s concentration area.
  • Behaving in an unprofessional manner – i.e. behavior that inhibits the learning process of others. (This is up to the discretion of the individual professor/director and will be preceded by a warning letter.) On the second offense, the student will be on probation.

Two probations in back-to-back semesters are grounds for expulsion from the School and three probations during your tenure as a student in the School will be cause for expulsion as well. Expulsion is immediate upon completion of grading. An appeal may be made to the appeals board within two weeks. An appeals board will be formed with a faculty representative from each concentration area: acting, technical, musical theatre, dance, theatre education, and theatre studies.

The expulsion stands unless the faculty is unanimous in deciding to overturn it. Both the student and their advisor will receive a copy of the expulsion letter. Incompletes (I) given in a semester, following the university’s policies for that grade, will not count against the student unless that grade turns into a failing grade later.

If applicable, students on probation may also lose any school scholarship until the student has returned to regular status. GPA minimum requirements for scholarships still apply. See your academic advisor for further clarification.