Sophomore Review – THE 295

Course Description

This course is a series of interviews, auditions and assessment instruments designed to determine a student’s potential to successfully continue and complete the theatre degree curriculum.  It is designed to assist students in the B.F.A and B.A. programs to conduct an assessment of their abilities and skill levels in theatre through to the end of the first semester of their sophomore year.

Credit Hours & Grades

This course has zero credit hours and is graded as Pass / Fail.


Assistant Professor T. Fulton Burns

Course Content

Letter of Intent

  • Attach the appropriate document as .doc or .pdf.  Recommended length: 300-400 words
  • Briefly assess your current level of achievement in theater studies and identify specific areas of strength and weakness. What knowledge base and abilities are you most interested in improving prior to graduation?
  • Consider and describe your academic and professional career goals.  Based on these goals, identify a preferred area of focus for your upper level work intheater
  • Consider how your study in theater and career goals intersect with and compliment your academic minor or second major.

Professional Resume

  • Submit a one page resume formatted according to industry standards.

Text and Context

Attach a short essay (400-500 words).  In your own words describe the work of a classic or contemporary playwright (other than Shakespeare) or a playwriting team whose body of work interests you.  Your essay should include:

  • A brief summary of who the author is or was, what the body of work includes when and where the work was originally produced, and any overarching characteristics generally associated with this author.
  • An overview of the author’s significant career and artistic achievement and critical success to date, including an assessment of significant innovations in content, style, theme, or form, noteworthy influences, significant collaborations, awards, or work outside the theater.
  • Explain your attraction to this author’s work and your interest in production or further study.  What draws you to this unique body of work?

Synthesis of Academic and Applied Learning & Email to Faculty

Post a PowerPoint portfolio of artifacts from your foundation course and production work in the theater department. Title each slide or collection of slides with the course number and title or the title of the production you worked on.  Examples of possible artifacts: drawings, models, drafting, headshot, individual script work, voice tape or video, examples of collaborative team work, production stills, photos of completed projects or projects in various stages of completion.

In a bulleted list or detailed statement:

  • Review new or significantly improved skills, knowledge, or abilities acquired in your foundation course and production work in the theater program.  Refer to the artifacts included in your PowerPoint portfolio.
  • Briefly consider how these skills and knowledge relate to and support your overall professional and life goals beyond theater production and performance.


Students should be prepared to articulate and discuss their goals, assess their preparedness and commitment to achieve those goals, and to indicate which minor they expect to complete and how it complements their career plan.

Contact Us

Marshall University
School of Theatre
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Box Office: 304-696-ARTS (2787)
Department Phone: 304-696-7184
Fax: 304-696-6582

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Marshall University Theatre ETC! has been producing quality Theatre for Young Audiences throughout the Tri-State and beyond for 10 seasons.