The Stage and Screen Arts program is designed to help our graduates successfully compete in the Stage and Screen industries either as employees and entrepreneurs; or as graduate school candidates.Students can expect to emerge as effective collaborators who are able to contribute in the creation of artistic products such as theatrical performances, films, web series, and other stage and screen products.
Highlights of the Stage and Screen Arts Major
Students are encouraged to apply learned skills and understandings beginning in their first semester through active classroom course work integrated with a strong co-curricular production schedule.
Theatrical performances: A minimum of four productions a year are produced through the Stage and Screen Arts production program. Students may choose to audition; work in the scene, costume or lighting labs; work on running crews and/or in stage management.
- Film productions: Students may participate in the 48 Hour Film Festival, Falcon Film Fest or a Web Series. Students may choose to audition for an acting role, and/or work behind the camera as directors, editors and or floor managers.
- Applied course work: Fundamental core courses in storytelling, collaboration, acting, production and design with a culminating capstone course designed to help students realize their career dreams preparing them for employment and entrepreneurship and/or graduate school.
- Internships: Students have interned at: NFL Films, KSTP, WCCO and Town Square TV stations, as well as theatres such as; History Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Jungle Theatre Children's Theatre Co. and more.
- Facilities and equipment that are industry standard: Two theatres, a 280 seat proscenium theatre and a flexible "black box" theatre are used for film, dance and theatrical performances, including student produced plays and improvisation theatre.
- Faculty Artists: Students work closely with faculty who continue to work in the industry, as actors; costume and scenic lighting designers, film documentary producers, improvisation artists and puppetry experts. Additionally, guest professional artists are employed on a regular basis.
- Student Organizations: There are four student organizations: Dance Theatre, Masquers (Theatre); Focus On U (Bi-weekly TV series) and The River Walkers (an improvisation troupe).
Skills and Learning Outcomes
As a student in this program, you will learn to:
- Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the complex principals of effective collaboration with other artists by actively collaborating in the creation of successful artistic productions in the stage and screen arts.
- Utilize effective use of oral, written, aural and visual communication skills necessary to the development, creation and performance of compelling stories in the stage and screen arts.
- Select and apply the most appropriate method, tools and techniques necessary for producing successful artistic products in the stage and screen arts.
- Conduct, incorporate and apply critical analysis and creative/scholarly research to a stage and screen arts performance and/or process.
- Qualify for entry-level positions in the stage and screen arts and/or successfully compete as independent artist entrepreneurs and/or enter graduate school in the discipline.
Students who graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Stage and Screen Arts major have found meaningful work in a variety of ways.
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