Theatre

School of Theatre and Dance

THEA/DANC 171. Performance Production. 3 credits.

An introduction to the methods of the production of scenery, properties, costumes, lighting, sound and performance management for theatre and dance performances. Instruction in the skills required for the operation of associated tools and equipment and instruction in the skills required for the operation of lighting and sound equipment will be taught.

THEA 190. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits.

Study of the practice of the various aspects of theatre. Emphasis on applied projects structured to provide technical and performance experience. Offered in summer session only with the consent of the director and the instructor. Will not count as credit toward major.

THEA 200. Theatre Practicum. 1 credit.

Students who participate in cocurricular theatre activities may receive one hour credit per semester. May be repeated during junior and senior years. No student may enroll in more than one practicum per semester. Majors may apply a maximum of four hours practicum credit toward meeting major requirements.

GTHEA 210. Introduction to Theatre. 3 credits.

Study of the theatre as an art form. Emphasis on introducing students to a broad spectrum of theatrical activity and opinion. Consideration of the components that comprise a theatre event including acting, directing, design, costuming, lighting and playwriting.

THEA 211. Performance Analysis. 3 credits.

Plays are examined as texts for performance. Theories of performance and methods for the analysis of performances in and out of the theatre are studied.

THEA 251. Basic Acting. 3 credits.

A study of basic acting as a performance experience. Emphasis on fundamentals of performance including concentration, transitions, interaction and the structuring of action.

THEA 261. Voice for the Stage. 3 credits.

Theories and exercises designed to equip the student with proper speech for the stage through a fundamental understanding of phonetics and articulation.

THEA 271. Technical Theatre. 3 credits.

Study of the technical aspects of stage production. Emphasis upon practical experience in the use of stage and shop facilities. Consideration of the physical theatre and stage, construction, painting and rigging of scenery as applied to theatrical and television production.

THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theatre. 3 credits.

Study of the interrelationship between the playwright, director and actor with the scenic, lighting and costume designers; introduction of the basic documents of the design process; survey of current and historical trends in theatrical design; no artistic or technical skills necessary.

THEA 300. Theatre Practicum. 1 credit.

Students who participate in cocurricular theatre activities may receive one hour credit per semester. May be repeated during junior and senior years. No student may enroll in more than one practicum per semester. Majors may apply a maximum of four hours practicum credit toward meeting major requirements.

THEA 303. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits.

Study of current topics and issues in theatre. Emphasis on contemporary themes of immediate concern. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800. 3 credits.

The history of the European theatre tradition from its beginning in Athens to the eighteenth century is studied with respect to theatre architecture, scene and costume design, political and social context, intellectual climate and the theory and history of acting.

THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800. 3 credits.

The history of the European theatre tradition from the eighteenth century to the present is studied with respect to theatre architecture, scene and costume design, political and social context, intellectual climate, and the theory and history of acting.

THEA 320. History of Performance in Motion Pictures. 3 credits.

A survey of motion pictures as records of the forms, techniques and social impact of dramatic performance. Emphasis on the shaping of performance style within changing cultural contexts. Consideration of particular films and performers as exemplars of important periods.

THEA 331. Technical Costuming. 3 credits.

Introduction to the technical aspects involved in building complete costume ensembles for the stage, screen and dance. Emphasis placed on experiencing unique problems in production situations, including specialized costume and accessory construction, ornamentation, fabric treatment, difficulties and alternatives in presenting historical clothing and renovating and exploiting available materials.

THEA 332. Survey of Costume Fashion and Manners. 3 credits.

A survey of Western world costume from 4000 B.C. to the present as it reflects the sociocultural and socioeconomic aspects of the times. Emphasis on the evaluation of historic costume in relation to architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms.

THEA 333. Costume Design. 3 credits.

The study of basic design and construction techniques of stage costumes. Emphasis on costuming in terms of the total production concept including directorial approach, setting and lighting design. Consideration of the process of costuming a theatrical production from first production meetings to opening night.

THEA 336. History, Theory and Practice of Stage Makeup.  3 credits.

Study of the history and practice of makeup for ceremonial and theatrical presentations of selected major cultures, from ancient Egypt to the present. Consideration given to make-up as a reflection of the social organization of each culture. Emphasis on makeup as an important element in the history of design aesthetics as well as a vital part of the performing arts.

THEA/ENG 347. Playwriting. 3 credits.

Study of the process of writing plays. Consideration of plot, character, thematic material, conflict and dramatic structure. Emphasis on individual writing assignments.

THEA 351. Intermediate Acting. 3 credits.

Study of the fundamental theories and methods of acting. Emphasis  on laboratory experience in the preparation of scenes. Consideration  of various acting techniques through performance with maximum individual on-stage instruction. Prerequisite: THEA 251 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 353. Music Theatre Performance. 3 credits.

Study of the fundamental theories and methods of music theatre performance. Emphasis on laboratory experience in the preparation of musical scenes. Consideration of various audition and performance techniques with maximum individual on-stage instruction. Prerequisite: THEA 251 or consent of the instructor. Audition may be required.

THEA 355. Directing for the Theatre. 3 credits.

Study of the principles, problems and techniques of play direction. Emphasis on historical and modern theories. Techniques of direction considered as applied to the stage and cinematography. Prerequisites: THEA 251 and either GTHEA 210 or GTHEA 316.

THEA/MUS 357. Music Theatre History. 3 credits.

A survey study of the history of music theatre. Consideration of the chronological and stylistic development of the popular forms of music theatre. Emphasis on historical trends and theatrical viability through the study of specific masterworks.

THEA 371. Advanced Technical Theatre. 3 credits.

Advanced study of the technical aspects of stage production. Emphasis upon contemporary scenographic techniques. Consideration of construction, decoration, rigging and touring problems in theatre production. Prerequisite: THEA 171 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 374. Stage Lighting. 3 credits.

Study and analysis of stage lighting. Consideration given to basic  elements of electricity, electrical control and circuitry, reflection,  refraction and color. Emphasis on the lighting design and aesthetics of a theatrical production.

THEA 376. Scene Design. 3 credits.

Study and analysis of the visual elements of theatrical  production. Emphasis on the principles and elements of design, drafting and rendering. Consideration of the aesthetics of stage design through specific applied projects.

THEA 382. Contemporary Theatre. 3 credits.

Study of contemporary American theatre with particular attention to the current New York season. Plays recently in New York and discussion of their reception by the New York critics are primarily emphasized.

THEA 390. Directed Projects. 3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits.

Supervised projects related to the study of theatre. Credit given for original, individual or group programs beyond the usual course offerings in theatre. A suitable completed project or report is required before credit can be awarded. Prerequisite: Permission of the director.

THEA 440. Seminar in Theatre. 3 credits.

Studies of topics in theatre. Emphasis on research methods unique to theatre studies. Consideration of topics in both theoretical and practical aspects of theatre.

THEA 441. Senior Thesis. 3 credits.

Independent study for theatre majors leading to a senior thesis. Students select a play and write on how it might be produced. Attention is given to the playís historical context and how a production concept is to be carried out in scenery, costumes, lighting, makeup and acting. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

THEA 449. London Theatre. 3 credits.

Study of London theatre. Consideration given to current productions of classic and contemporary works. Emphasis on production elements including acting, directing, design, writing and economic considerations. Prerequisite: Semester-in-London students only.

THEA 450. The Open Studio: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Creative Arts. 3 credits.

Introduction to the interdisciplinary studio through discussion of the history of interdisciplinary art and exposure to contemporary examples from dance, theatre, music, creative writing, visual art, film and video. Emphasis on production of original work that evidences the use of another media or collaborative work by artists from different disciplines. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor(s) and advanced skill level in one or more of the creative arts.

THEA 452. Advanced Acting. 3 credits.

Critical study and appreciation of acting developed by readings, discussions and presentations of individual and group scenes. Consideration of dramatic literature from the classical Shakespearean and Restoration periods. Emphasis on analysis and understanding of how these works can be performed. Prerequisite: THEA 351.

THEA 453. Advanced Performance Techniques. 3 credits.

Study of advanced techniques for auditioning and performing on the stage and in the studio. Emphasis on practical preparation for performance work. Prerequisite: THEA 351.

THEA 466. Media Performance. 3 credits.

Study of the principles and techniques of dramatic performance for the camera and microphone. Emphasis on the adaptation of each studentís performance and production skills to the recording and filming of narrative works. Consideration of the differing problems and potentials of stage, video and film presentations. Prerequisite: THEA 452 or permission of the instructor.

THEA/DANC 471. Stage Management. 3 credits.

Study and analysis of stage management. Consideration given to the methods and strategies for successful stage management for theatre, dance and other performances. Emphasis on developing management and organizational skills. Prerequisite: THEA 171.

THEA 473. Advanced Design and Rendering. 3 credits.

Advanced study in design for performance through theoretical production planning. Instruction in illustration and presentation methods necessary to communicate scenery, costume and lighting designs for performance. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative interaction between the production designers and the director or choreographer toward the creation of unified design.

THEA/ENG 447. Advanced Playwriting. 3 credits.

An advanced workshop with emphasis on developing full-length dramatic material. Prerequisite: THEA/ENG 347.

THEA 481. Theory and Performance Studies. 3 credits.

Twentieth and twenty-first century theories and performance are studied and performance traditions outside of Europe are examined. Prerequisite: THEA 316.

THEA 483. Music Theatre Script and Score Analysis. 3 credits.

Study and analysis of music theatre literature. Consideration of dramatic and musical structures. Particular attention paid to the work and processes of composers, lyricists and librettists. Prerequisite: THEA/MUS 357.

THEA 485. American Theatre History. 3 credits.

Study and analysis of the American theatre experience as presented in the dramatic literature of the country. Emphasis on basic American themes. Consideration of plays, playwrights and performers significant to the development of American theatre.

THEA 488. Experimental Theatre. 3 credits.

Study of avante garde theatre. Emphasis on motivating and guiding advanced students to a higher degree of aesthetic appreciation of the theatre. Consideration of the relationship of experimental theatre to the traditional theatre.

THEA 490. Special Studies in Theatre. 1-3 credits.

An independent study for students to pursue individual research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Prerequisite: Senior theatre majors in good standing and permission of the director.

THEA 495. Internship in Theatre. 3-6 credits.

A faculty-arranged, prepared and monitored off-campus  internship program designed to provide practical experience in theatre for students preparing for careers in those areas. Prerequisite: Permission of the director.

THEA 499. Honors in Theatre. 6 credits.

 



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