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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.
 



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