Earn your Associate of Fine Arts Theatre degree at Inver Hills Community College and transfer to a four-year college or university
Theatre

Our mission centers on giving you a lifelong appreciation for theatre arts and film studies while helping you develop your performance skills and capabilities. As Stella Adler, the renowned acting teacher, once said, “The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.”

Theatre


Contact Information

George Roesler
Theatre Instructor

groesle@inverhills.edu
651-450-3588
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Admissions Team

admissions@inverhills.edu
651-450-3000
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The Theatre department at Inver Hills offers a wide variety of courses, both practical and theoretical, that will give you the experience and knowledge you need to harness your talent. You can begin by taking introductory film, cinema and theatre courses that teach you how to view and analyze performances. You can follow through by taking practicum courses that provide hands-on learning in essential theatrical areas, including:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Oral interpretation of literature
  • Set construction
  • Scene painting
  • Lighting
  • Props
  • Makeup
  • Publicity
  • Costuming
  • Stage management
  • Creative drama for children

The Theatre department features two venues ideally suited for live theatrical performances, the 300-seat Inver Hills Theatre and the more intimate Black Box Theatre. The former features three plays a year, including a children’s play in April for students in area elementary schools. Our students have worked on and performed in numerous college productions, including:

Our instructors bring strong academic credentials and professional experience to the theatre curriculum. Many continue to work on Twin Cities theatrical productions, directing and performing live. Former theatre students have gone on to become respected professional actors, designers and theatrical managers in the metro-area theatre community. Opportunities for both beginners and old hands, including the chance to participate in student-directed productions through Theatre Club, give our department an exciting, interconnected atmosphere.


Degrees

Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.),Theatre Transfer Pathway – 60 credits

The Theatre Transfer Pathway A.F.A. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Fine Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Theatre bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State Universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing the pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State Universities* enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.

The Theatre Pathway consists of the Required Pathway Curriculum, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), and electives to bring your credit total to 60 credits

* Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Theatre Pathway Curriculum – 20 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Required courses - 8 credits
THTR 1105 Introduction to Theatre (Goal 6a) 3 cr
THTR 2152 Script Analysis (Goal 6a) 3 cr
THTR 1161 Theatre Activities1 1 cr
Restricted Theatre Electives - 3-6 credits
Complete at least 3 and no more than 6 credits
THTR 1152 Acting I (Goal 6a) 3 cr
THTR 2154 Design for the Theatre (Goal 6a) 3 cr
Theatre Electives - 6-9 credits
Choose from the following courses:
THTR 2153 Acting II (Goal 6a) 3 cr
THTR 1157 Theatre Makeup (Goal 6a) 3 cr
THTR 1161 Theatre Activities 1 cr
THTR 1158 Creative Dramatics (Goal 6a) 3 cr
MUSC 1144 Broadway Musicals (Goal 6a, 8) 3 cr
ENG 2253 Shakespeare (Goal 6b) 3 cr
Total Credits: 20
1Course is one credit; must be taken at least twice

General Electives - 6-12 credits

Electives may be courses numbered 1000 level or higher from any discipline. This may include additional courses from Theatre or the MnTC. Examples of non-MnTC courses that may be taken include the following disciplines: ACCT, BUS, CS, CRDV, EDU, EMS, ENGR, HLTH, HSER, ITC, PA and PE.

Additional General Education Requirements – 28-34 credits

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) requires a minimum of 40 credits, some of which will be satisfied by the required pathway curriculum. You must complete the MnTC courses that are specifically designated below. You may choose the other courses from each goal area from the list located at: inverhills.edu/MnTC

To streamline your degree, you are encouraged to choose MnTC Goal 1-6 courses that also meet MnTC Goal areas 7-10.

Goal Details Courses Needed
Goal 1 Communication
  • Goal 1a: ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills
  • Goal 1b: ENG 1111, 1114 OR 1130 (ENG 1114 recommended)
  • Goal 1c: COMM 1100, 1110 OR 2230 (COMM 1110 recommended)
3 courses
Goal 2 Critical Thinking
Satisfied by First Year Experience course or MnTC completion
 
Goal 3 Natural Science (1 with lab)
  • Goal 3a (Life Science) course
  • Goal 3b (Physical Sciences) course
2 courses
Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
  • Goal 4 course
1 course
Goal 5 History/Social Sciences/Behavioral Sciences
(Include courses from at least two disciplines; recommend Psychology and Sociology courses)
  • Goal 5 course
  • Goal 5 course
  • Goal 5 course
3 courses
Goal 6 Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature
  • Goal 6a - Satisfied by THTR 1105
  • Goal 6b (Humanities/Literature) course
  • Goal 6a or 6b - Satisfied by THTR 2152
3 courses
Goal 7 Human Diversity
  • Goal 7 course
1 course
Goal 8 Global Perspectives
  • Goal 8 course (THTR 1103 recommended)
1 course
Goal 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility
  • Goal 9 course
1 course
Goal 10 People and the Environment
  • Goal 10 course
1 course
Total Credits: 28-34

Recommended Full-Time Course Of Study

Note: Not all courses will be available every semester. For a complete list of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goal Area course choices, please visit: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

Semester 1 - 15-16 credits

Course Number Title Credits
THTR 1105 Intro to Theatre (Goal 6a) 3 cr
THTR 1152 OR
THTR 2154
Acting I OR
Design for the Theatre (Goal 6a)
3 cr
THTR 1161 Theatre Activities 1 cr
First Year Experience Course (Goal 2)   1-2 cr
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills (Goal 1a, 2) 4 cr
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 1110 OR
COMM 2230
Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1, 7) OR
Public Speaking (Goal 1, 2) OR
Small Group Communication (Goal 1, 2)
3 cr
Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 2 - 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Restricted THTR elective OR
THTR Elective
  3 cr
MnTC Goal 6b/8 THTR 1103 Recommended 3 cr
THTR 1161 Theatre Activities 1 cr
ENG 1111 OR
ENG 1114 OR
ENG 1130
Research Writing (Goal 1b) OR
The Research Paper OR
Writing & Research for the Professions
2-3 cr
MnTC Goal 4   3-4 cr
HLTH 1155 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (Health/PE) 2 cr
Total Credits: 15

Semester 3 - 15-16 credits

Course Number Title Credits
THTR Elective   3 cr
MnTC Goal 5/7   3 cr
MnTC Goal 5/9   3 cr
MnTC Goal 3a   3-4 cr
General Electives1   3 cr
Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 4 - 13-15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
THTR elective   6 cr
MnTC Goal 3b/10   3-4 cr
MnTC Goal 5   3-4 cr
General Electives1   1-3 cr
Total Credits: 13-15

1Electives may be 1000 level courses from any discipline, including additional MnTC Courses. Examples of non-MnTC courses that may be taken include the following disciplines: ACCT, BUS, CS, CRDV, EDU, EMS, ENG, HLTH, HSER, ITC, PA and PE.

Recommended Part-Time Course Of Study

Note: Not all courses will be available every semester. For a complete list of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goal Area course choices, please visit: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

Semester 1 - 9-10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
THTR 1105 Intro to Theatre (Goal 6a) 3 cr
THTR 1161 Theatre Activities 1 cr
First Year Experience course (Goal 2)   1-2 cr
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills (Goal 1a, 2) 4 cr
Total Credits: 9-10

Semester 2 - 10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
THTR 1152 OR
THTR 2154
Acting I OR
Design for the Theatre (Goal 6a)
3 cr
THTR 1161 Theatre Activities 1 cr
MnTC Goal 4   3-4 cr
ENG 1111 OR
ENG 1114 OR
ENG 1130
Research Writing (Goal 1b) OR
The Research Paper OR
Writing & Research for the Professions
2-3 cr
Total Credits: 10

Semester 3 - 11 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Restricted THTR elective OR
THTR Elective
  3 cr
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 1110 OR
COMM 2230
Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1, 7) OR
Public Speaking (Goal 1, 2) OR
Small Group Communication (Goal 1, 2)
3 cr
MnTC Goal 6b/8 THTR 1103 Recommended 3 cr
HLTH 1155 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (Health/PE) 2
Total Credits: 11

Semester 4 - 9-10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
THTR Elective   3 cr
MnTC Goal 5/7   3 cr
MnTC Goal 3a   3-4 cr
Total Credits: 9-10

Semester 5 - 9 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MnTC Goal 5/9   3 cr
General Electives1   1-3 cr
THTR elective   3 cr
Total Credits: 9

Semester 6 - 10-12 credits

Course Number Title Credits
THTR elective   3 cr
MnTC Goal 3b/10   3-4 cr
MnTC Goal 5   3-4 cr
General Electives1   1-3 cr
Total Credits: 10-12

1 Electives may be 1000 level courses from any discipline, including additional MnTC Courses. Examples of non-MnTC courses that may be taken include the following disciplines: ACCT, BUS, CS, CRDV, EDU, EMS, ENG, HLTH, HSER, ITC, PA and PE.

Course Descriptions

THTR 1101  Introduction to Film   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1101

Helps students understand, appreciate, and enjoy motion pictures from their inception to the present as an art form. A beginning approach to the history, theory, and criticism of the cinema and film industry. The relationship between form and contents is basic to this course.

THTR 1103  International Cinema   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1103

Introduces the student to a study of major world cinemas, including influential filmmakers, screen personalities, and motion pictures. Important films are screened, discussed, and critically evaluated.

THTR 1105  Introduction to Theater   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1105

Helps increase students' understanding of the performing arts. Introduces the student to the history and theory of plays, playwrights, and the various arts and crafts of the theatre. Students will attend two (2) play productions selected by the instructor.

THTR 1107  Film History I   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1107

Surveys the History of Film from the silent era through the sound era of Classical Hollywood, with special focus on filmmakers, genres, and styles. Influential films are viewed and discussed.

THTR 1108  Film History II   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1108

Surveys the History of Film from the classical studio system to the contemporary American Independents. The focus of the course is on analysis and interpretation of films and evolving national traditions of cinema. Influential films are viewed and discussed.

THTR 1152  Acting I   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1152

Develops students' understanding of and skills in the theories and practices of stage acting. Exercises, games and discussion develop individual skills in the beginning actor.

THTR 1157  Theatre Makeup   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1157

Introduces the student to the theory, technique, and application of makeup for the theatre. Emphasis placed on practical application of the makeup.

THTR 1158  Creative Dramatics   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1158

Helps students develop skills in the use of creative drama activities. Skills are to be applied to guide children in the creation and dramatization of poems, stories, historical events, and other literature. Units on children's theatre and puppetry are included.

THTR 1161  Theatre Activities   1.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1161

Provide students opportunities to participate in a theatre production on campus through acting, set construction, scene painting, lighting props, makeup, costuming and/or stage management. This course may be repeated for credit. Students will engage in a minimum of 50 hours on aspects of play production arranged with the instructor.

THTR 1185  Directing/Acting   2.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 1185

In this practicuum course, students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of directing actors, including choosing scripts, defining character motivation, and working with stage movement and composition. Actors will have the opportunity to practice and develop their skills with novice directors. Students will have the opportunity to both act and direct under the guidance of the Director/Acting instructor. The final project of the course will be an in-class or public performance. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

THTR 2109  Theatre History I   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 2109

Surveys theatrical history from its origins to 1700. Major periods and movements of theatre are discussed as they occurred chronologically. Analysis of the period's practices, practitioners, playing space and audience. Prerequisites: Recommended THTR 1105.

THTR 2152  Script Analysis   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 2152

Focus on analyzing play scripts with a view to discovering production and performance values and aesthetics. Students will read, interpret and respond to a wide variety of plays from different periods and styles. Critical analysis of structure, character, theme, dialogue, genre, and style relating to the play script. Emphasis placed on plays as performance texts and fundamental techniques used by actors, directors and designers to analyze scripts in preparation for performance.

THTR 2153  Acting II   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 2153

Develops student understanding of and skills in more advanced theories and practices of stage acting. Attention will be paid to Shakespeare.

THTR 2154  Design for the Theatre   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 2154

Introduces the concepts, process, and practices common to the design of scenery, lighting and costume. The study and application of the aesthetic principles and graphic skills involved in all areas of theatrical design. Development of the student's abilities in research methodology, as it applies to design for the theatre. Emphasis on design skills (including CAD programs) as a communication tool in the collaborative process of theatrical production. Prerequisites: Recommended THTR 1105.

THTR 2210  Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 2210

Examines the work of Alfred Hitchcock, a film director known world-wide for his artistry with a camera, his craftsmanship with story structure, and his ability to hold the audience in a state of edge-of-the-seat suspense.

THTR 2220  Documentary Films   3.0 cr

Course Outline for THTR 2220

Explores the nature and history of documentary film. Students will understand, appreciate, and enjoy documentary motion pictures as a form of communication, a method of persuasion, a reflection of culture, and as an art form. The course provides a beginning approach to the theory and criticism of documentary film. The relationship between form and content is basic to this course.

Transfer Pathways

With this transfer pathway, you will be able to transfer to the following majors at:

Meet the Faculty

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Clubs & Organizations

Student Clubs

Film Club

Purpose: Provide a safe and comfortable environment for students to express themselves through the film.

To learn more, contact:

Student Life
651-450-3530

Theater Club

Purpose: Provide a safe and comfortable environment for students to express themselves through the dramatic arts; the club also provides opportunities for those interested in theater production, acting, costuming, stage management, lighting, directing and more.

To learn more, contact:

George Roesler
Theatre and Film Studies Instructor
Theatre Club Faculty Advisor
651-450-3588

Improv Club

Purpose: Provide students with improvisational performance opportunities where dialogue, action, story line and characters are developed collaboratively by actors or players in present time.

To learn more, contact:

George Roesler
Theatre and Film Studies Instructor
Improv Club Faculty Advisor
651-450-3588

Professional organizations

Playwrights’ Center

MSP Film Society

Minnesota Playlist

Employment Information

Building a career in theatre

Theatre arts date back more than 2,500 years to the city-state of Athens in ancient Greece. Modern theatre in the English-speaking world is exemplified by Broadway, which features 40 professional theatres with 500 seats or more. Dozens and dozens of theatre companies across the U.S. produce plays of all kinds, including dramas, tragedies, musicals, comedies and improv.

Potential jobs in the theatre arts, including pre-production, production and staff

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Dramaturge
  • Playwright
  • Scenic designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Costume designer
  • Sound designer
  • Property master
  • Production manager
  • Technical director
  • Choreographer
  • Makeup designer
  • Charge artist
  • Scenic artist
  • Electrician
  • Carpenter
  • Wardrobe supervisor
  • Publicist
  • Stage manager
  • Stagehands
  • Artistic director
  • Costume director
  • Marketing director
  • House manager
  • Ticketing agent
  • Grip

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start by earning an A.F.A. in Theatre from at Inver Hills.

Additional resources

Field of Study: Directing, Theater Production, and Arts Management

Why Inver Hills?

Completing your freshman and sophomore theatre obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Be part of opening night and tell a story that creates memorable audience experiences
  2. Stretch your creativity and discover what it takes to bring a character to life on stage
  3. Construct sets, design lighting, and contribute to a full-scale theater production
  4. Receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with theatre faculty
  5. Get live-performance experience in superb theatre facilities
  6. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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