Theatre Course Descriptions

 

CourseSubjectHours
1103Acting for Non-Majors
Students learn the fundamental concepts of acting: creating a character using sensory and emotional resources, stage movement and blocking, vocal technique, and the professional procedures for rehearsal and performance.
3(2-2)



1121Rehearsal and Production I (TCCNS = DRAM 1120)
Basic laboratory experience associated with the semester’s productions. Assigned tasks in performance and/or production. May be repeated once for credit.
1(0-0)

1403Introduction to Acting (TCCNS = DRAM 1351)
Open to non-majors. Study and application of the theories and techniques of the art of acting with emphasis on acting as a communicative process.
3(2-2)

1503Appreciation of Theatre (TCCNS = DRAM 1310)
Analysis of the theatre experience, especially from the viewpoint of the spectators. Aesthetic principles involved in all phases of the theatrical art. The development of this art by mankind.
3(3-0)

1513Stagecraft (TCCNS = DRAM 1330)
Basic construction, finishing, painting, and lighting of scenery and properties for stage, studio, and display.
3(2-2)

1613Performance Makeup (TCCNS = DRAM 1341)
Principles and application of corrective and character makeup.
3(3-0)

2113Stage Movement (TCCNS = DRAM 1322)
The use of improvisational techniques to explore the coordination of physical and vocal expression. For theatre majors and minors only.
3(3-0)

2121Rehearsal and Production II (TCCNS = DRAM 1121)
Prerequisite(s): THEA 1121.
An extension of THEA 1121 with different productions and new assigned tasks. May be repeated once for credit.
1(0-0)

2122Dance for the Theatre
Prerequisite (s): Consent of Chair.
Basic instruction in tap, jazz, and modern. Instruction may be related to productions being prepared for public presentation.
2(1-2)

2433Theatre History I (TCCNS = DRAM 2361)
History and theory of playwriting, directing, acting, and production from the beginnings through the eighteenth century.
3(3-0)

2443Theatre History II (TCCNS = DRAM 2362)
History and theory of playwriting, directing, acting, and production from the post- Renaissance era through the mid-twentieth century. Includes a unit on non-Western theatre.
3(3-0)

3003Contemporary Theatre
Prerequisite(s): THEA 2433 and 2443, or consent of instructor.
A study of selected acclaimed plays from the contemporary theatre, including, but not limited to, musical theatre, African-American and other minoritydrama, and other significant dramatic works. Also includes discussion of leading theatrical figures and movements that have defined the contemporary theatre and inspired avant garde theatrical production. May be repeated for credit.
3(3-0)

3013Costume Construction
Techniques in the construction of stage costumes, costume crafts for period costumes, and modern clothes for the stage.
3(2-2)

3121Advanced Rehearsal and Production I
Prerequisite(s): THEA 1121, 2121.
Advanced laboratory experience associated with the semester’s productions. May be repeated once for credit.
1(0-0)

3123Advanced Movement
Prerequisite(s): THEA 2113.
Exploration of advanced techniques in stage movement.
3(3-0)

3143Stage Management
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Protocol, procedures, techniques, and tips for effective stage management during the preliminary, rehearsal, and performance phases of a production. Includes methods for ensuring effective communication, coordination, note taking, record keeping, and people management, as well as ways to maximize efficiency, productivity, and accuracy in rehearsals and performances.
3(3-0)

3353Computer Drafting for Theatre
Prerequisite(s): THEA 1513 or consent of instructor.
Principles and practice in hand and computer-aided drafting for the performing arts. Application of standard graphic language in scenic design and technical production.
3(2-2)

3393Advanced Acting
Prerequisite(s): SPCH 1233 and THEA 1403.
Advanced study and application of the theories and techniques of acting with emphasis on characterization, role analysis, and ensemble playing. Introduction to acting for the camera, voice-over, resume, and audition preparation.
3(2-2)

3423Script Analysis
Analysis of the dynamics, messages, themes, images, language, and historical/biographical background of plays drawn from different periods, genres, and styles.
3(3-0)

3433Principles of Directing
Prerequisite (s): SPCH 1233, THEA 1403 and 3423, or consent of the instructor.
Exploration of the fundamental techniques and aesthetics of directing. Practice in translating analysis into performance and production through the direction of short scenes. Consideration of the role of the director in play selection, production conception, design, casting, rehearsing, and staging.
3(2-2)

3473Performance Lighting
Study and practice in lighting theories. Principles of electricity as applied to theatre, broadcast, and concert lighting.
3(2-2)

3493Performance Sound
Principles of, and practices in, sound design, reinforcement, recording, editing, and reproduction in the entertainment industry.
3(3-0)

3513Special Topics in Theatre
Topics vary. May be repeated with different content.
3(3-0)

4121Advanced Rehearsal and Production II
Prerequisite(s): THEA 1121, 2121, and 3121.
An extension of THEA 3121 with different productions and new assigned tasks. May be repeated once for credit.
1(0-0)

4213Voice for the Theatre and Stage Dialects
Prerequisite(s): SPCH 1233 or consent of the instructor.
The course begins with exercises in phonetics, vocal expressiveness, and vocal clarity. Students proceed to a study of 4-5 major stage dialects aimed at integrating the learning of dialects with the use of effective vocal technique.
3(3-0)

4223Period Style and Movement
Prerequisite(s): SPCH 1233, THEA 1403, and 2113, or consent of instructor.
Exposure to acting in classical roles, especially those of Shakespeare. Exploration of vocal and physical styles appropriate for these periods. Vocal/physical integration. Practice with period costumes and props.
3(2-2)

4363Scene Design
Prerequisite(s): THEA 1513 and 3353, or consent of instructor.
Study and practice in scenic design principles, including the creation of a portfolio.
3(2-2)

4373Costume Design
Prerequisite(s): THEA 3013, or consent of instructor.
Design of costumes for stage, including the creation of a digital portfolio.
3(2-2)

4393British Theatre: Performance
As part of the British Studies Program, this course involves experiencing professional British theatre productions, then critiquing them from the standpoint of performance. Instruction will be bolstered by professional actors and directors invited to class to discuss their work or conduct workshops. The course will also include trips to British theatre museums and collections.
3(3-0)

4483Play Production
Prerequisite(s): THEA 1513, 1613, 3013, and 3433, or consent of the instructor.
Collaboration as a student director, designer, and/or technician in the production of a one-act play for presentation before an audience. Includes responsibility for designated performance, design, technical, and/or promotional aspects of the production. Design/tech students will also embellish their portfolios.
3(2-2)

4493British Theatre: Production
As part of the British Studies Program, this course involves experiencing professional British theatre productions, then critiquing them from the standpoint of design. Instruction will be bolstered by professional designers, stage managers, and technicians invited to class to discuss their work or conduct workshops. The course will also include trips to British theatre museums and collections.
3(3-0)

4503Independent Study in Theatre
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Individual student scholarship with faculty guidance. May be repeated for credit.
3(0-0)

4513Advanced Project in Performance
Prerequisite(s): Consent of the Chair of Theatre.
Specialized research and/or projects involving theatrical performance. May be repeated once for selective credit.
3(0-0)

4523Advanced Project in Design/Technology
Prerequisite(s): Consent of the Chair of Theatre.
Specialized research and/or projects related to theatre technology and/or design. May be repeated once for selective credit.
3(0-0)