Department of Theatre Course Descriptions
An introduction to the collaborative art of theatre, concentrating on the evolution of theatre from dramatic ritual to dramatic literature. Through attendance at live theatrical performances and the reading of plays, students will explore script analysis techniques directed towards production rather than strictly for their literary value. Four credits.
Practical experience in departmental productions. Students participate as actors and/or as member of production crews during the semester. A minimum of 60 hours is required of each student in order to earn credit. 1 credit per semester. A total of 4 credits are required for graduation.
A hands-on overview of theatre technologies including basic scenery construction techniques, scene shop safety, and introductory lighting and sound instrumentation and implementation. Study will insure competency in working in the scene shop, electrics, and sound. Students will be required to complete a production crew assignment in one of these three areas. Four credits.
An exploration of how the theatrical art defines the human experience through the study of the origins, structures, and ideas of Western theatre. Included will be the reading of selected play scripts and attendance at a variety of live theatrical productions. Four credits. Fulfills General Education requirements.
An introduction to Stanislavski-based actor training including studies and exercises designed to develop the student’s abilities to create a character. Students will explore basic improvisation, stage movement, monologue, scene work, and script analysis as tools for characterization. Four credits.
The study of vocal production, the characteristics of good speech, the identification, evaluation, and correction of improper speech techniques and vocal health using exercises distilled from the methods of Linklater. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) will be studied to explore articulation and basic dialect work. Four credits.
A practical, hands-on exploration of the art, craft, and process of playwriting, focusing on the basic elements of story, dialogue, character, and conflict. Using a variety of writing and creativity exercises, the student is guided from the initial concept through working drafts and rewrites, culminating in the completion of an original one-act play with will receive a staged reading. Four credits. Prerequisite: THE 1000 or Permission of instructor.
Students will learn and explore the use of continually evolving technology and its application to the art and craft of design. Utilizing basic design skills, students will also explore employing those skills to CAD assisted drafting and Photoshop assisted theatrical design. Four credits.
A hands-on overview of theatrical make-up and its implementation, and hands-on study of costuming as a craft. Study will insure competency in working in the costume shop. Students will be required to complete a production wardrobe crew assignment. Four credits.
Using plays from selected theatrical periods, students explore theatre history and the theory of theatrical design through the study of theatrical architecture and design. Techniques include hands-on creativity and design exercises combined with script analysis as tools to help discover the history, art, and process of theatrical design. Four credits.
A continuation of Stanislavski-based actor training utilizing the analysis, rehearsal, and in-class presentation of monologues and selected scenes. Included is an exploration of auditioning techniques, resume writing, and “professional presentation” for the actor. Students are required to participate as actors and/or as member of production crews during the semester. Four credits. Prerequisite: THE 1500.
An introductory dance class that focuses on the development of technical skills utilized in modern dance, exploring rhythmic perception, spatial awareness, and expressive qualities. Concepts move through the spectrum of contemporary movement vocabulary as well as the etiquette and protocol of the modern dance classroom and performance. Four credits.
Students are introduced to the various styles, techniques, and rhythmic structures of contemporary and traditional jazz dance, exploring different dance performance forms from Hip Hop to Broadway-style. The course is based upon the philosophy that each unique body type has natural aptitude for the application of jazz movement principles. Four credits.
An introduction to ballet focusing on developing the students individual potential and technical training including alignment, strength, flexibility, distribution and the use of weight, and balletic positions and artistry. Four credits.
Course may be repeated.
Students explore choreographic devices such as levels, spatial relationships, patterns, timing, phrasing through short improvisational exercises, and longer assignments resulting in the staging and performance of a culminating project. Four credits. Prerequisite: Either THE 2600, 2700, or 2800 or permission of instructor.
An historical survey of the influential theatrical movements, individuals, and plays. Through readings, discussion, projects, and attendance at selected live theatre productions, students will explore significant dramatic works and their connection to the political, economic, and social movements. Four credits.
Building upon previous playwriting experience, students will explore craft elements and writing exercises aimed at developing production-ready docudramas, experimental theatre pieces, musical theatre works, and plays developed from oral-history. Concurrently, students will write an original play which will receive a staged reading. Four credits. Prerequisite: THE 2100.
A study of the design process for costumes, emphasizing the creative aspects of costume design, from the analysis of the script to the final color rendering. The student will gain a basic understanding of costume history and how it is applied to costume design. Four credits.
A study of the design process for scenery and lighting, emphasizing the creative aspects of theatrical design from the analysis of the script to the final elevations and lighting plot. The students study will involve the analysis of selected plays and historically significant designs, and will culminate in a final design project. Four credits. Prerequisite: THE 1300.
An introductory course exploring the history, principles, and philosophy of stage direction. Students will learn to successfully analyze a play for concept, organize a script for production, and effective rehearsal procedures. The student’s hands-on study leads to the rehearsal and presentation of a culminating project. Four credits. Prerequisite: THE 1500.
A continuation of the actor’s personal acting process, focusing on advanced scene study and strengthening the previously studied techniques of action, honesty, and characterization. The course is devoted to the modern era of psychological realism, including Ibsen, Chekhov, and selected modern and contemporary playwrights. Four credits. Prerequisite: THE 2500.
This course explores the acting techniques employed when acting for television, film, and the emerging web-based media. Building upon skills already learned in previous acting classes and utilizing camera technology in-class, students will explore scene work, how to develop a character, audition techniques, working with the camera, terminology, and “the business of show business.” Four credits. Prerequisite: THE 2500 or Permission of instructor.
Course may be repeated.
A study of teaching techniques designed to develop creative dramatic experiences for elementary and middle school students. Included in the course is an exploration of theatre skills including interactive dramatic situations, role-playing, creative writing, improvisational technique, and theatre exercises designed to teach basic acting skills. Four credits. Prerequisite: Junior standing and elementary education major or theatre major/minor.
This faculty directed course is an investigation or creative work produced by a student that makes an original contribution to the theatrical discipline and extends beyond the traditional undergraduate curriculum. Two to six credits.
A practical course of performance study focusing on a specific work of one of the masters of modern theatre. Students will focus on research and dramaturgy devoted to intensive character study, as well as experimenting with multiple methods of learning and creating a role. This course will combine classroom and production work, and students will participate in a culminating mainstage production. Four credits. Prerequisite: THE-2500 or Permission of instructor.
An examination of the business side of theatre through specific discussion of theatre management techniques. The course includes discussions and study of arts administration, accounting practices, box office and front-of-house procedures, marketing and publicity and personnel. The differences and similarities of commercial theatre versus not-for-profit theatre will be addressed, along with practical problems of organizing, financing, promoting, and staffing various types of theatres and arts organizations. Four credits. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.
Course may be repeated.