Although PNC does not have a degree program in theatre at this time, courses are offered each year that can serve to meet particular general education requirements or as electives for other majors. Regular offerings through the Department of Communication include the following (additional offerings are available through the English program):
THTR 20100: Theatre Appreciation
This course provides an understanding and appreciation of the theatre’s role in the modern world, theatre’s past contributions and history (overview), dramatic structure and analysis through required viewing and reading, and discussion of the contributions of the actor, director, designer, and critic. This course is typically offered every spring semester.
THTR 30800: American Musical Theatre
This course will provide a study of the history and development of the musical stage in America from the colonial period to the present. A study of scripts and listening to and viewing musical selections will be a featured part of this course. This course is typically offered every summer.
The Department of Communication no longer offers theatre production experiences. Performance experience is available in the department through the Reader’s Theatre programs, presented annually as part of Communication 24000 “Introduction to Oral Interpretation.” PNC theatre productions now are regularly undertaken by faculty in the English Department at PNC.
Past theatre productions sponsored by the Department of Communication include:
2004 – The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, as newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
2003 – Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
2002 – The Boy Friend by Sandy Wilson
2000 – Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
1999 – The Fantasticks by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
1998 – Come Blow Your Horn by Neil Simon
1997 – Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
1996 – Dark of the Moon by Howard Richardson and William Berney
1995 – Tartuffe, by Moliere, English verse translation by Richard Wilbur
1994 – The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
1991 – Moll! by Tom Young and Bill SanGiocomo
1977 – The Good Doctor by Neil Simon