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THE-101 Performance Practica (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The practicum is designed to give the student practical theatre experience through production, performance or front of house work. Practica may be taken a maximum of eight times for credit.

THE-102 Performance Practica (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The practicum is designed to give the student practical theatre experience through production, performance or front of house work. Practica may be taken a maximum of eight times for credit.

THE-103 Production Practica (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The practicum is designed to give the student practical theatre experience through production, performance or front of house work. Practica may be taken a maximum of eight times for credit.

THE-104 Production Practica (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The practicum is designed to give the student practical theatre experience through production, performance or front of house work. Practica may be taken a maximum of eight times for credit.

THE-105 Front of House Practica (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The practicum is designed to give the student practical theatre experience through production, performance or front of house work. Practica may be taken a maximum of eight times for credit.

THE-106 Front of House Practica (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The practicum is designed to give the student practical theatre experience through production, performance or front of house work. Practica may be taken a maximum of eight times for credit.

THE-114 Introduction to Theatre (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the art of theatre through an exploration of Aristotelian dramatic theory, the principles of acting, directing, and design; and major events in theatre history. A student experiences theatre through the analysis of dramatic literature and criticism as related to play attendance.

THE-150 Voice and Articulation (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
A course designed to develop flexibility and expression in the human voice, it is intended for, but not limited to, students who wish to have a career in which strong verbal skills are important. Units include phonetics, accent reduction (Standard American English), projection, resonance, articulation, breathing, vocal anatomy and vocal variety.

THE-214 Creative Dramatics (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
Creative dramatics is an area of study which involves drama experiences (pantomimes, improvisations, movement, songs, and games) which are process-not product-oriented for the growth and development of students rather than for the entertainment of the audience. This course includes lectures, readings, and practical opportunities for experience. Observations in area elementary schools and the development of a resource file are required.

THE-224 Acting I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The beginning acting student is introduced to the theories and practical skills of the Stanislavski system including relaxation, concentration, warm-up techniques, and improvisation exercises. Participation in scene study and monologue work as well as applying the basics of scoring are explored. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: THE-114.

THE-245 Stagecraft (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
A study and application of the technical elements of theatre production. Major emphasis will be given to scenic construction and materials used in technical production. Laboratory hours will be arranged for practical experience in scenic arts and crafts. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: THE-114.

THE-246 Lighting and Sound (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
An introduction to the basics of electricity, as they apply to theatre, and a survey of the fundamental lighting and sound processes and equipment. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: THE-245.

THE-247 Costume and Makeup (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
An introduction to the basics of costume and makeup design and the processes of costume construction and makeup applications for the stage through practical laboratory experience. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: THE-245.

THE-299 Research in Theatre (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course will provide opportunities for freshmen and sophomores to participate in an original research project with a faculty mentor. The research experience will culminate in a paper and presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: THE-114.

THE-316 History of Theatre Classic-Romance (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
The course will guide the student through the cultural exploration of the origin and development of theatre, dramatic literature and its structure and genres, dramatic theory, the principles of performance, and techniques of production (including costuming, scenic design, and company structure), from the beginning to about 1870. Western and non-western theatre history will be examined. Prerequisite: THE-114.

THE-317 History of Theatre Modern-Contemporary (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
The course will guide the student through the cultural exploration of the development of modern theatre, contemporary dramatic literature, modern dramatic theory, the principles of performance, and techniques of production (including costuming, scenic design, and company structure), from 1870 to the present. Western and non-western theatre history will be examined. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: THE-114.

THE-320 Puppetry (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
Students will study the history and art of puppetry. They will design, build, and operate various types of puppets: shadow; glove/hand; rod; marionette; and body/masks. Playwrighting, performance, and play production will be thoroughly explored. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: THE-114.

THE-324 Acting II (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
Using the work done in Acting I as a foundation, this course focuses on the advanced acting theories of Stanislavski, including sense and emotion memory. Through scene work and monologues, the student explores more complicated characterizations, difficult dramatic genres, and the audition process. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of four times. Prerequisite: THE-224.

THE-335 Scenic Design and Painting (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
The course will explore the art of scenic design and painting. The student will be exposed to the process of drafting, rendering and building three-dimensional models for stage settings. She will also practice the techniques used by scenic artists to paint backdrops and faux finishes for the theatre. May be taken without prerequisite courses with instructor's consent. Prerequisites: THE-114, THE-245.

THE-350 Modern Drama (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A study of modern theatre from 1875 to the present, this course will look at the development of drama through playwrights and their works. Beginning with Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, and Shaw, the class will explore important twentieth century plays and conclude with contemporary drama. Work will include substantial reading and writing, with viewing and reviewing of performances. Also offered as ENG-350. Prerequisite: ENG-200.

THE-370 Playwriting (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
An introduction to the basic tools of playwriting, students will explore the fundamentals of writing for the stage through formal and informal exercises. They will learn how to use constructive criticism to improve their work and the work of others. The semester will culminate with a performance of staged readings of the students' projects.

THE-425 Directing (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
Basics of casting, staging and play analysis are reviewed. Scenes are presented in class. A one-act play must be produced for public performance. Prerequisite: THE-114.

DAT-430 Selected Topics in Dance and Theater (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
This course provides an opportunity for students to focus in depth on a specific topic relevant to theory and/or practice within Dance and Theatre. Topics may include but will not be limited to cultural and societal issues, the body as an artistic instrument, current trends in the field, technology, creative practice, and critical response. Topics are on rotation and may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: THE-114 and/or DAN-150 plus 6 hours completed in Dance or Theatre.

THE-480 Internship: Area of Specialization (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course consists of an internship in theatre management, or in production and an evaluation of the experience under the guidance of an on-campus instructor. The student will work with a theatre company or an arts organization to explore contemporary theatre practices. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: THE-114.

THE-490 Project: Area of Specialization (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A project, selected by the theatre major in consultation with her adviser, will be completed that will focus on her area of specialization (performance, production, management, etc.). Instructor's consent required.

THE-496 Seminar in Musical Theatre (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
Study of the history of musical theatre; analysis of musical scripts and characters; performance of scenes and excerpts. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: THE-114.

THE-498 Honors Thesis in Theatre (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to theories, methods, and ethics of aesthetic inquiry. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a research paper and/or performance work. A "Research Course Information Form" completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. The research project must meet Honors Program Thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the Theatre faculty. Open to seniors in the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs only.

THE-499 Research in Theatre (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course will provide opportunities for juniors and seniors to participate in an original research project with a faculty mentor. The research experience will culminate in a paper and presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: THE-114.

THE-580 Advanced Internship in Theatre (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course provides an academic connection to and context for students in a supervised internship with a professional or semi-professional theatre company as performers, designers, or production crew or staff. Students will work 40 hours per credit as part of the company in specified areas. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Certificate in Theatre Program.

THE-590 Advanced Practicum in Theatre (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An advanced practicum in professional theatre designed to give students practical knowledge and experience preparing them for careers within the national not-for-profit and commercial theatre. Students must work 40 hours per credit in Musical Theatre, Theatre Performance or Design/Technical Theatre with an approved professional theatre company. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Certificate in Theatre Program.

THE-735 Methods of Teaching Theatre (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
This course provides basic instruction in teaching methods for theatre, using behavioral, instructional objectives as the basis for development. Students will develop a philosophy of teaching theatre; organize units and lesson plans; question, criticize, and reformulate assumptions about the nature of their work through reflection on their own teaching methods. Prerequisite: THE-214.

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