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THEA/DANC 171. Performance Production I. 3 credits.

An introduction to the methods of the production of scenery, properties, and costumes for theater and dance performance. Instruction in the skills required for the operation of associated tools and equipment.

THEA/DANC 172. Performance Production II. 3 credits.

An introduction to theater and dance lighting, sound and performance management. Instruction in the skills required for the operation of lighting and sound equipment.

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

Study of the practice of the various aspects of theater. 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. Theater Practicum. 1 credit.

Students who participate in cocurricular theater 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 210. Introduction to Theater. 3 credits.

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

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 271. Technical Theater. 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 theater and stage, construction, painting and rigging of scenery as applied to theatrical and television production.

THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theater. 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. Theater Practicum. 1 credit.

Students who participate in co-curricular theater 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 Theater. 1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits.

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

THEA 316. Theater in Society. 3 credits.

Study of the history of the theater within broad social and cultural contexts. Emphasis on how theater influences and is influenced by the society in which it exists. Consideration of theatrical art within specifically selected societies.

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 socio-cultural 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 make-up 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 355. Directing for the Theater. 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. Prerequisite: THEA 251, and either THEA 210 or 316.

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

A survey study of the history of music theater. Consideration of the chronological and stylistic development of the popular forms of music theater. Emphasis on historical trends and theatrical viability through the study of specific masterworks. Prerequisite: Open to music theater concentration students only, or by permission of the instructor.

THEA 371. Advanced Technical Theater. 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 theater production. Prerequisite: THEA 171 and 172 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. Prerequisite: THEA 171 and 172.

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. Prerequisite: THEA 273.

THEA 382. Contemporary Theater. 3 credits.

Study of contemporary American theater 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 theater. Credit given for original, individual or group programs beyond the usual course offerings in theater. A suitable completed project or report is required before credit can be awarded. Prerequisite: Permission of the director.

THEA 440. Seminar in Theater. 3 credits.

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

THEA 441. Senior Thesis. 3 credits.

Independent study, for theater majors, leading to a senior thesis. Students select a play and write on how it might be produced. Attention is given to the play's historical context and how a production concept is to be carried out in scenery, costumes, lighting, makeup and acting.

THEA 449. London Theater. 3 credits.

Study of London theater. 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 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 student's 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 theater, dance and other performances. Emphasis on developing management and organizational skills. Prerequisite: THEA 171 and 172. (Formerly DANC 448.)

THEA 481. Dramatic Literature and Theory. 3 credits.

Classical and neoclassical theater art. The study of the theoretical basics for theater, aesthetics and an examination of plays as examples of theater art. Particular attention paid to the relationship between the classical and neoclassical approaches to the theater. Prerequisite: THEA 316.

THEA 482. Dramatic Literature and Theory. 3 credits.

Theater art of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The study of the origins of modern popular theater in sentimentalism and melodrama including an examination of the theories of sentimentalism, romanticism and melodrama as they relate to works for the theater. Particular attention paid to the historical and theoretical foundations of modern dramatic presentations. Prerequisite: THEA 316.

THEA 485. American Theater History. 3 credits.

Study and analysis of the American theater 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 theater.

THEA 488. Experimental Theater. 3 credits.

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

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

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

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

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

THEA 499. Honors in Theater. 6 credits. Year course.


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