Boards and Theatre Communication
Call boards are located at the end of the Theatre hallway. Students are responsible for checking the call boards on a daily basis for important information about auditions, 260/360 assignments, rehearsal schedules, etc.
Other information regarding upcoming events, senior acting recitals,
student representative opportunities, etc. is often sent out via
e-mail through the Department of Theatre Arts. It is the student's
responsibility to provide a current e-mail address to the department
during the Major/Minor meetings for this communication.
For information regarding a current production (i.e. cast lists, rehearsal reports, etc.), please visit the electronic callboard on the Theatre webpage. A link to the electronic callboard can be found at the top of the webpage in the maroon banner area.
The Department of Theatre Arts maintains a massive script library with over 3000 titles, located in the coat check area. Scripts may be checked out through the Theatre Department's main office (154 Center for the Arts) and must be returned at the end of each semester.
All production photos taken during photo call are digitally downloaded to an internet based photo storage system called Winkflash. Once the photos are downloaded, the Theatre Department will e-mail the webpage link to all Theatre majors/minors. From there, students are able to purchase the photos fro their portfolios or personal records. Students may also bring a blank recordable CD to the department office to request that production photos be burned onto the disk. Older show photos are maintained as slides in the coat check. These may be checked out through the Theatre Department and then taken to a photo lab for reproduction at the student's expense.
Student Representative Positions
The Department of Theatre Arts relies heavily on student participation and input in a variety of areas. Opportunities to serve as a student representative within the department are plentiful and include Season Selection, Departmental Meetings, High School Festival Recruiters, Publicity (interviews, informational tables, library story hours, etc.), Prospective Student Recruitment, etc.
Representatives for Season Selection and Departmental Meetings are nominated during the first Major/Minor Meeting with voting open to all Theatre majors and minors. The Department Student Liaison will meet with the faculty and staff every Monday at noon and is responsible for sharing pertinent information with the theatre student body. The Season Selection Committee consists of the theatre faculty, Department Student Liaison, and another student nominated and chosen by Theatre majors and minors. This student representative is responsible for attending weekly season selection meetings (usually Fridays at noon beginning in November), reading and evaluating scripts and seeking script input from the theatre student body.
Other representative opportunities will be announced during class or via e-mail. The Department of Theatre Arts faculty take these activities into consideration when determining scholarship distribution as part of service to the department. For more information on how you can get involved as a student representative, talk to a member of the Theatre Arts faculty and staff.
Undergraduate Research Grants
Students can receive funding for their work while at UW-L! Since 1997, the Undergraduate Research Committee (URC) has supported numerous collaborative student-faculty projects. The key is to begin talking to faculty and planning your work today.
The most important fact about undergraduate research at UWWL is that the term "research" represents ANY creative, investigative, or scholarly activity in ANY discipline. This means that no matter what your major or academic interest, you can become involved and reap the rewards of undergraduate research. Theatre students have received funding for international travel (Russia, London) to study theatre, independent directing projects, research related to acting recitals, playwriting, and stage combat training just to name a few. To review a complete list of Theatre student undergraduate research projects, click here. For more information, check out www.uwlax.edu/urc/ or talk with a Theatre faculty member.
Study Abroad Tour
The Department of Theatre Arts coordinates a study abroad trip during the spring break every other year with excursions to museums, theatre performances, backstage workshops and plenty of time for personal exploration. Past excursions have included Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern Museum, organ recital at Westminster Abbey, London Eye, changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, and Kensington Park. Students may participate by registering for specially designated sections of Theatre Appreciation, Theatre Studies, and Independent Study. Students are encouraged to include this information in their financial aid requests as well as consider writing an undergraduate research grant to assist in travel and research costs.
The UW-L Department of Theatre Arts offers various internships available for 3-15 credits depending on the demands, complexity and duration of the work the student performs. Internships must offer an academically relevant work experience focusing on career development through professional contexts. Students pursue practical applications of course work in community or professional theatre or related areas. A written project relating the internship experience with the academic preparation is required as well as a joint evaluation with the cooperating firm and department supervisor. Students have performed internships at the La Crosse Symphony, Lanesboro Commonweal Theatre, Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis, MN), American University in Cairo, Egypt, Glimmerglass Opera, Arena Stage Theatre (Washington, DC), and Okoboji Summer Theatre (Salt Lake, IA).
For more information on theatre internships, please see a member of the Theatre Arts faculty.