By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
This Day in Bonaventure History
April 11, 2007
For a liberal arts school, St. Bonaventure University has historically had a rather small theater department. At one time the only theater on campus had been the Garret Theater located in Devereux Hall.
That all changed with the construction of the Quick Arts Center, which included the Regis Family Theater.
Bonaventure then slowly began to build up its theater department. And after over ten years, a bachelor of arts in theater was added to the curriculum on this day.
The new degree offers a balance of theater text, production history, performance technique and technical theatrical application in 15 courses.
“Practical studies in acting, voice and movement, period styles, directing and technical theater and design provide students with a true ‘hands-on’ understanding of how theater is created and presented,” said Dr. Ed. Simone, chair of the department of visual and performing arts and director of the theater program.
“The establishment of the bachelor’s degree in theater is the realization of a dream of offering a degree to complement our century-long theater production history and the strong presence of the arts in our liberal arts curriculum,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., university president.