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Dance & Theatre Department Courses


DAN-110: Beginning Dance Technique Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

Designed for students who have little or no prior dance training, this course is an introduction to basic dance movements and technique principals common to ballet, jazz, and modern dance. This course teaches foundational skills of alignment, movement articulation, weight transfer, locomotion, and execution of dance sequences. Fulfills Physical Learning requirement of general education. May be repeated up to two credit hours. 
 


DAN-149: Tap I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A beginning level study of tap dance technique including traditional vocabulary, contemporary vocabulary, development of style, improvisation, fundamentals of music, polyrhythms and choreography. Appropriate for students with no previous tap experience.


DAN-151: Ballet I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A basic study of ballet including its vocabulary, technique, history and performance.  Appropriate for beginning-level students.


DAN-152: Folk and Square Dance Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

An introduction to international folk dances, American square dances and contemporary Country-Western dances.  Appropriate for all levels. Also offered as PED-152.


DAN-153: Modern I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A basic study of modern dance including warm-up, alignment, technique, history and performance.  Appropriate for beginning-level students.


DAN-154: Jazz I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A basic study of jazz dance including warm-up, isolations, technique and history.  Appropriate for beginning-level students.


DAN-155: African Dance Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A basic study of the movement vocabulary and technique of many of the cultural, social, and ritual dances of Africa. The class will be accompanied with traditional African percussion music. Appropriate for beginning-level students.


DAN-156: World Dance Technique Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A basic study of the movement and culture of dance techniques found throughout the world. Techniques studied will include, but not be limited to, Latin, Indian, and Asian dance forms. Each semester course offered will focus on one technique and will be selected by the Dance Program.


DAN-159: Movement Improvisation Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An experiential study of the expressiveness of one's own movement vocabulary based on the skill of moving spontaneously.


DAN-160: Perspectives in Dance Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course introduces students to various styles of dance technique, professional practices, professional opportunities, dance composition, dance production, and writing about dance. Dance techniques will be explored at a low-intermediate level, therefore experience in one or more styles of modern, ballet, and/or jazz is recommended. 


DAN-200: Dance in Society Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

Through a broad survey of different genres of dance, students will gain an appreciation of the way this art form reflects social and historical experiences.  The course will include lectures, readings, and opportunities to see dance through video, observations and live performances.


DAN-248: Yoga for Dancers Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered

This course provides a thorough foundation in the physical, breathing and mindfulness practices of yoga as a means to augment and enrich dance training. Utilizing yoga postures and vinyasa flow, dancers will train their bodies in a balanced way, thus gaining muscular strength and flexibility in areas of the body under-addressed in conventional dance training. This enables fully integrated movement, increases range of motion and helps prevent injury. Through mindfulness practices, the dancer develops mental concentration needed for class, rehearsal and stage performance. Prerequisite: Dance experience required.


DAN-249: Tap II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A post-beginning level study of tap dance technique including traditional vocabulary, contemporary vocabulary, development of style, improvisation, fundamentals of music, polyrhythms and choreography. Appropriate for students with some training in tap.


DAN-251: Ballet II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A low-intermediate level study of ballet technique. Appropriate for post-beginning ballet dancers or intermediate/advanced dancers with or without ballet experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-252: Participation in Choreographic Projects Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

This is an opportunity for dance students to gain rehearsal and performance experience by working with choreography students who are enrolled in DAN-356, Dance Composition II.  Students will learn, rehearse, and perform in assigned compositional studies.  Rehearsal time outside of class will be required. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: DAN-159.


DAN-253: Modern II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A low-intermediate level study of modern dance technique. Appropriate for post-beginning modern dancers or intermediate/advanced dancers with or without modern dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-254: Jazz II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A low-intermediate level study of jazz dance technique. Appropriate for post-beginning jazz dancers or intermediate/advanced dancers with or without jazz dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-256: Dance Composition I Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An introductory course to the basic elements of solo modern dance choreography, including the use of space, time, energy, abstraction, motif and development, basic form, and the selection of music. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: DAN-159.


DAN-258: Mind/Body Integration Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A unique approach to movement and postural re-education through increasing body awareness, breathing techniques, and stress reduction techniques. Students will learn to identify and correct inefficient movement patterns and establish better mechanical balance of their skeletal structure.  No prior movement experience needed.


DAN-259: Improvisation II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A course designed to involve further exploration of spontaneous movement. In the process of honing improvisation skills, students will refine their understanding of improvisation as a medium for both performance and for self-understanding.  May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: DAN-159.


DAN-260: Movement Analysis Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Every Year

This class integrates the understanding of concepts within Labanalysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals with the development of intermediate-level modern dance technique. Students will discover the fundamental aesthetic and functional elements of human movement, working toward the thorough embodiment and accurate observation of these elements in dance activities. Learning methods will include discussions, readings, experiential-based movement, explorations, observations, and technical practice of modern dance.  Prerequisites: Intermediate-level ability in dance technique as evidenced by completion of a 200-level dance technique course or through consultation with the instructor.


DAN-261: Music for Dance Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

A study of the basic principles underlying the relationship between music and dance. Topics covered will include musical notation, musical terminology, basic accompaniment, teacher/accompanist relationships, and relationships between choreography and music. Students enrolling in the course should have rudimentary experience with dance/movement.


DAN-290: Production for Dance Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years

An introduction to the process and practice of lighting design, sound design, costume design, stage management, backstage operations, and front of house procedures for dance productions with particular focus on dance in arts education settings.  Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between production practices and the artistic process.  Prerequisites:  Not recommended for Freshmen.


DAN-297: Methods of Research in Dance Session(s): Spring; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An introductory course that surveys modes of inquiry in current dance scholarship. Specific attention is given to research design, methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks in dance research. Recommended to be taken sophomore year. Prerequisites: DAN-160 and ENG-111.


DAN-299: Dance Research Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An introduction to theories, methods and ethics of aesthetic inquiry. Students will formulate an original research project that will culminate in a research paper and/or performance work. This course is open to majors and minors and others with instructor approval.


DAN-349: Tap III Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An intermediate level study of tap dance technique including traditional vocabulary, contemporary vocabulary, development of style, improvisation, fundamentals of music, polyrhythms and choreography. Appropriate for students with substantive tap experience.


DAN-351: Ballet III Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced-intermediate level study of ballet technique with focus on the fine tuning of physical and performing skills. Appropriate for advanced dancers with at least some ballet experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-352: Dance Repertory Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course is designed to provide opportunities for student dancers to work with faculty choreographers in the creation of a performance piece for a dance concert. Emphasis is placed on developing performance skills and engaging in the choreographic process from inception to completion. Appropriate for intermediate and advanced dancers.


DAN-353: Modern III Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced-intermediate level study of modern dance technique with focus on the use of dynamics, phrasing, strength and range. Appropriate for advanced dancers with at least some modern dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-354: Jazz III Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced-intermediate level study of jazz dance technique with focus on the fine tuning of physical and performing skills. Appropriate for advanced dancers with at least some jazz dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-356: Dance Composition II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

The study of modern dance choreography for groups. Using improvisation, assigned movement problems,  and viewings of 20th-century modern dance choreography, students will learn the process of crafting the basic elements of choreography into group form.  Prerequisite: DAN-256.


DAN-358: Movement Studio for Somatics Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

This techniques class integrates the understanding of somatic principles with the development of intermediate-level modern dance technique. Students will discover ease and efficiency in movement, develop movement virtuosity, adopt practices to prevent injury, and expand their ability to express a wide range of movement dynamics. In deepening one's mastery of modern dance, the application of somatic practice promotes integrating physical, emotional,  anatomical, and aesthetic understanding through conceptual and experiential practice. Learning methods will include discussions, readings, experiential-based movement explorations, hands on guidance, and technical practice of modern dance. Prerequisites: Intermediate-level ability in dance technique as evidenced by completion of a 200-level dance technique course or through consultation with the instructor.


DAN-359: Western Theatrical Dance Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A survey of the development of western theatrical dance from the 19th century to the present, with particular emphasis on 20th century ballet and modern dance in the United States. Through visual and verbal texts, lecture, discussion, and critical response writings, students will become familiar with major artists, their philosophies, and the social contexts in which they worked.


DAN-360: Movement Structure and Function Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

This course expands upon the study of aesthetic and functional elements of human movement begun in  DAN-260, Movement Analysis. In DAN-360, Movement Structure and Function we focus on conceptual and experiential understanding of basic anatomical, mechanical, and somatic principles that underlie dance technique. Through readings, discussions, movement explorations, observations, imagery visualizations, and technical practice of modern dance, we will develop knowledge of anatomical function and deepen kinesthetic awareness. Prerequisite: DAN-260.


DAN-449: Tap IV Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced level study of tap dance technique including traditional vocabulary, contemporary vocabulary, development of style, improvisation, fundamentals of music, polyrhythms and choreography. Appropriate for students with extensive training in tap.


DAN-451: Ballet IV Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced level study of ballet technique with focus on the refinement of physical and performing skill. Appropriate for advanced dancers with at least some ballet experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-453: Modern IV Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced level study of modern dance technique with emphasis on the use of dynamics, phrasing, strength and ranges. Appropriate for advanced dancers with at least some modern dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-454: Jazz IV Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced level of study of jazz dance technique with emphasis on the rhythmic phrasing, range and performance. Appropriate for advanced dancers with at least some jazz dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-455: Performing Arts Administration Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A survey of arts management and administration techniques, including establishing and running a non-profit organization, grant writing, fund raising, publicity and promotion, budgeting and time management.


DAN-456: Meredith Dance Theatre Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A performing company which encourages exploration of the creative process through student choreography, as well as the performance of works by faculty and guest choreographers. Auditions are held the first week of classes. Instructor's consent required.


DAN-457: Pedagogy in Dance Technique Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in teaching.  Students will work one-on-one with a dance faculty member on topics that may include, but are not limited to, structure of a class, student/teacher interaction, anatomy of concepts and movements, verbal and visual imagery, conveying technical and qualitative ideas, and group versus individual feedback. Prerequisites: DAN-159, DAN-260.


DAN-460: Dance Practicum Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in such areas as somatics, arts administration, video for dance, and others. All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Course may be repeated for credit.


DAN-461: Dance Practicum in Performance Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in performance through rehearsing, contributing to the choreographic process, and reflecting on performance roles in a dance to be performed in a formal concert. All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Course may be repeated for credit.


DAN-462: Dance Practicum - Choreography Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in choreography through casting, creating, rehearsing, and producing a dance to be performed in a formal concert.  All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Course may be repeated for credit.


DAN-463: Dance Practicum - Technical Theatre Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in technical theatre for dance by working on a production team as a stage manager, light board operator, sound board operator, or backstage crew for one or more dance concerts.  All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Course may be repeated for credit.


DAN-464: Dance Practicum - Private Studio Teaching Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This practicum is designed as a field teaching experience in private studio teaching.  Emphasis is placed on students gaining experience in observing, assisting, teaching, and evaluating teaching skills. Students will also research marketing, communication, advertising, and performance production within their practicum experience.  All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Pre-requisite: DAN-761. Pre- or Co-requisite: DAN-457. Pass/Fail grading only.


DAN-480: Internship in Performing Arts Administration Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A supervised experience in arts administration with an approved arts organization, government agency, or arts event production team. Areas of focus can include, but are not limited to, office management, event production, organization development and advancement, grant writing, marketing and promotion, audience development, and advocacy, etc. Through this internship students will gain professional experience and will connect their applied experience with the knowledge and skills studied in their discipline. Student will fulfill 40 hours per credit hour as approved by the professor. Pre-requisite: Limited to junior or senior majors in dance or minors in arts management with a 2.00 or higher GPA.


DAN-498: Honors Thesis in Dance Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to theories, methods and ethics of aesthetic inquiry. Students will formulate an original research project that will culminate in a research paper and/or performance work.  This course is open to seniors who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the dance faculty.


DAN-499: Dance Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to theories, methods and ethics of aesthetic inquiry.  Students will formulate an original research project that will culminate in a research paper and/or performance work.  This course is open to senior majors and minors and others with instructor approval.


DAN-580: Internship in Professional Performance 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 dance company as either company assistant, apprentices, or full company members. Students will work 40 hours per credit hour as part of the company in identified performance areas including but not limited to rehearsal preparation, rehearsal, performance preparation, performance, and post production. Prerequisite: Admission to Certificate in Professional Performance Program in dance.


DAN-590: Advanced Practicum in Dance Performance Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An advanced experience in dance performance designed for students performing dance repertory by faculty or professional choreographers in on-campus or off-campus venues, or by students in professional venues such as the American College Dance Festival.  Students must work 40 hours per credit hours in rehearsal, rehearsal preparation, performance, and post performance reflection. Prerequisite: Admission to Certificate in Professional Performance Program.


DAN-761: Theory & Approaches to Dance Education Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A focus on the theoretical foundations for dance education. Students come to understand the relationship between theory and practice of dance education through observations, reflection, and discussion.  Attention is given to the relationship between the theories of teaching and the methods used as they relate to stated goals. Prerequisites: DAN-160, DAN-159, DAN-260.  Offered every third semester. 


DAN-762: Methods of Teaching Dance, K-12 Session(s): Spring; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A study of dance in public school settings with a focus on teaching methods. Content includes observations, writing lesson plans, exploring and experiencing teaching approaches, and examining methods of evaluation.  Prerequisites: DAN-761. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.


DAN-763: Reflective Teaching Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A course designed to provide the student with directed field experience in teaching dance. Course content includes developing lesson plans, guided teaching experiences, and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on critical reflection about teaching and learning. Prerequisites: DAN-761, DAN-762 and admission to licensure program. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.


DAT-430: Selected Topics in Dance and Theater 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-160 plus 6 hours completed in Dance or Theatre.


THE-101: Performance Practica 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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-324: Acting II 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 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 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 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-390: Audition and Interview Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

This course is intended to instill professional behaviors, better auditioning techniques, and polished interview skills to upper level Theatre majors. A team taught course of study, Performance students will hone their auditioning skills under the instruction of various instructors and invited guest artists in the industry. Design and technical students will undergo rigorous portfolio building, training and review by various instructors and invited guest artists. Interview skills will also be a focus for both populations.
Prerequisite: THE 114


THE-424: Acting III Meisner Training Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

Building on the skills learned in Acting II, the advanced acting student will deepen her understanding of the craft of acting through the study of the Meisner approach.
Prerequisite: THE 324


THE-425: Directing 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.


THE-480: Internship: Area of Specialization 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 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.).


THE-496: Seminar in Musical Theatre 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 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 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 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 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 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. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.
 



Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.




Contact Information
Carol Finley
Head of Department of Dance and Theatre, Professor of Dance
8 Weatherspoon
finleyc@meredith.edu
(919) 760-8015