Performance POE

We mentor students to be creators of theatre. This includes training in:


We are interested in giving students more possibilities for creating theatre work as a chosen life - and the ability to fashion a life as an artist with some measure of self-direction.

  • Voice, Speech and Dialects
  • Skinner Releasing
  • Aerial dance
  • Corporeal Mime
  • Suzuki/Viewpoints
  • Devised work
  • Acting for the camera
  • ...and much more


Company members of Juniata Visiting Artists Collective, a consortium of professional artists from the theatre, dance and film worlds, along with Professors Clarke and Utterback, are the core faculty of the Performance POE. These working professionals teach intensive courses throughout the year as well as coming to work with students on productions.

Professional mentoring offers these students some irreplaceable advantages:

  • A ready-made network of professionals who can position students in the performance world
  • Ongoing training at the highest level possible from experienced professionals
  • Training in specialized areas

A diversity of training approaches offers the performance student a large toolbox of skills to take into the professional world.

Theatre Performance - starting fall 2015

Department: Communication & Theatre Arts

Students who study Theatre Performance begin with a solid base of Acting (Meisner, Practical Aesthetics, Stella Adler, among other techniques), Theatre History, Fitzmaurice Voicework, and Viewpoints/Suzuki Movement technique. As they progress, they are immersed in different areas of work, including studio classes in Shakespearean and modern texts, contemporary and avant-garde texts, original pieces that they create, musical theatre, circus techniques, and a vast array of movement techniques designed to create whole and versatile performers.

Upper level students are mentored by faculty and guest teaching artists from the Juniata Visiting Artist Collective in many different modalities of performance. Students of any POE may receive credit for acting in, or working behind the scenes in a production on the main stage (Theatre Arts Practicum). Students may also receive credit for a shorter, yet more immersive experience (such as comedy improvisation, acting, or camera work) in a Professional Training Intensive. It is our intention that Theatre students should graduate with a strong sense of this work and feel personally enriched with a strong supportive network of teachers and peers on whom to rely.

Required course
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites
Dist.
Skills
TH 105 Introduction to Theatre
3
 
F
 
TH 221 Acting
3
 
F
CS
TH 240 Voice and Speech 1
3
 
F
 
TH 341 Voice and Speech II
3
TH 240
F
 
TH 260 Movement I-Suzuki
3
 
F
 
TH 261 Movement II-Viewpoints
3
 
F
 
TH 210 Living Theatre History
3
TH 105
F
CW
TH 321 Contemporary Scene Study
3
TH 221
F
 
TH 324 Performing Shakespeare
3
TH 221, TH 321
F
 
TH 423 Auditioning
3
TH 221, TH 321, TH 270, TH 271
F
CS
TH 420 Compositions
3
TH 221, TH 321, TH 270, TH 271
F
 
TH 270, 271 370, 371, 470, 471 Performance Lab 2 credits each for a total of 10 credits permission
F
 
TH 180, 181, 280, 281, 380, 381, 480, 481 Theatre Arts Practicum 1-3 credits each for a total of 6 credits  
F
 
TH 398 Professional Training Intensive 1 credit each for a total of 4 credits permission
F
 
TH 494 Senior Capstone
1
permission
F
 
Total core credits = 54
Electives- must complete 2 elective courses
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites
Dist.
Skills
TH 222 Musical Theatre Scene Study
3
TH 221, TH 321
F
 
TH 322 Non-Naturalistic Scene Study
3
TH 221, TH 321
F
 
TH 263 Playwriting
3
 
F
CW
TH 323 Modern Drama Scene Study
3
TH 221, TH 321
F
 
Total elective credits 6
Total POE credit hours: 60
Possible schedule for the POE (regular start and delayed start)

Normal Progression

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year Acting, Introduction to Theatre, Theatre Arts Practicum, Professional Training Intensive Contemporary Scene Study, Musical Theatre, Professional Training Intensive, Theatre Arts Practicum
Sophomore Voice & Speech I, Performing Shakespeare, Movement I:Suzuki, Performance Lab Living Theatre History, Voice & Speech II, Theatre Arts Practicum, Performance Lab
Junior Living Theatre History, Voice & Speech II, Theatre Arts Practicum, Performance Lab Movement II:Viewpoints, Modern Drama Scene Study, Performance Lab, Theatre Arts Practicum, Professional Training Intensive
Senior Performance Lab, Senior Capstone, Theatre Arts Practicum, Professional Training Intensive, Compositions Auditioning, Performance Lab, Playwriting, Theatre Arts Practicum, Professional Training Intensive

Late Progression

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year    
Sophomore Introduction to Theatre, Voice & Speech I, Theatre Arts Practicum, Performance Lab, Acting, Professional Training Intensive Living Theatre History, Performance Lab, Voice & Speech II, Theatre Arts Practicum, Contemporary Scene Study, Professional Training Intensive
Junior Living Theatre History, Performance Lab, Voice & Speech II, Theatre Arts Practicum, Contemporary Scene Study, Professional Training Intensive Movement II:Viewpoints, Modern Drama Scene Study, Performance Lab, Theatre Arts Practicum, Professional Training Intensive
Senior Performance Lab, Senior Capstone, Performing Shakespeare, Theatre Arts Practicum, Professional Training Intensive, Compositions Auditioning, Performance Lab, Playwriting, Theatre Arts Practicum, Professional Training Intensive

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