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Theatre

 

Courses

Students read an impressive variety of plays as part of their coursework. Take a look at the suggested reading list (pdf).

+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = Writing intensive course

+THTR 105. Beginning Acting: Voice and Body • 3 credits
Develop basic acting skills and self-confidence through stage action techniques of relaxation and memorization, vocal, and physical exercises tested in monologues and short scenes.

+THTR 202. Survey of the Theatre • 3 credits
Introduction to the theory, terminology and concepts involved in the theatre including fundamental classification of plays, function of various production roles, and principles and theory of drama.

+THTR 206. Movement for the Actor • 3 credits
Adopt a greater awareness of your own physicality, make bolder choices in developing characters, and develop a greater ability to express and communicate in your roles both on and off-stage. Mask/clown/ensemble work/creation is a large focus of this course.

+THTR 209. Stagecraft • 3 credits
Planning, construction, painting, rigging, and lighting of scenery. Basic technique course. Shop participation required.

+WI-THTR 210. Survey of American Film • 3 credits
Introduction to narrative fiction film as art and entertainment in the American social context. Aesthetic principles applied to film genres from the silent era to modern color/sound productions.

+THTR 215A. Intro to Design in Theatre • 3 credits
Introduction to the fundamental elements and principles of design and how they apply to the theatre experience of scenery, costume, lighting, and sound design.

+WI-THTR 218A. Intro to Script Analysis • 3 credits
Through the use of theatrical literature, learn how to get more from reading a script in order to better tell the story. Enhance your understanding of scripts while exploring specific techniques that allow deciphering inciting events, main events, hot circumstances, calls to action, and all the particulars that make storytelling powerful and clear.

THTR 220. Topics in Theatre • 1-3 credits
Topic varies each semester. Depending on topic, explores critical and literary aspects of theatre; new forms of drama and performance; technical and design breakthrough; and applications techniques. Recommended: THTR 202.

+THTR 304. Theatre History I: to 1642 • 3 credits
Deals with the global beginnings of theatre, incorporating pertinent information from cultures around the world while concentrating on the historical flow of western theatre from the Greeks through the Elizabethan Age.

+THTR 305. Theatre History II: 1642 to Present • 3 credits
Factual knowledge of theatre history from 1642 to the present. Aids in viewing theatre as a mirror of society and affords a better understanding of the cultures that surrounded and shaped the different theatrical movements and trends.

+THTR 307. Advanced Acting • 3 credits
Builds upon THTR 105 and introduces an actor approach to heightened language and texts (such as Shakespeare). Become prepared for the professional world of acting and auditioning. Prerequisite: THTR 105, or instructor consent.

THTR 309. Costume Design for the Theatre • 3 credits
Become acquainted with the knowledge and methods to organize, plan, and design costumes for a theatre production. Learn basic methods of costume cutting and construction and as well as an understanding of costume history. Recommended: THTR 202.

THTR 312. Directing • 3 credits
Basic principles of directing theory and technique. Includes play selection, interpreting script, tryouts, casting rehearsal, and performances. Prerequisite: THTR 105.

THTR 313. Stage Lighting • 3 credits
Learn how to organize and execute a lighting design for a production. Examine how to combine equipment with aesthetic sensibilities to create an atmosphere appropriate for the production. Prerequisite: THTR 209.

THTR 314. Scenic Design for Stage • 3 credits
Production design from concept to execution. Prerequisite: THTR 209.

+WI-THTR 315. Survey of Classic Dramatic Literature • 3 credits
Survey of classic dramatic literature from fifth century B.C. to 1900.

+WI-THTR 316. Survey of Current Dramatic Literature • 3 credits
Survey of current dramatic literature written from 1950 to the present.

THTR 317. Introduction to Music Theatre • 3 credits
A cross-discipline course providing musical background for theatre majors and theatrical background for music majors. Explore areas common to both disciplines and enables students to share strengths. Develop basic and more advanced skills in the performance and knowledge of musical theatre.

THTR 320. Topics in Theatre • 1-3 credits
Topic varies each semester. Depending on topic, explores critical and literary aspects of theatre, new forms of drama and performance, technical and design break through, and applications techniques. Instructor permission required.

+THTR 321. Topics in Theatre with General Education Status • 1-3 credits
Topic varies each semester. Depending on topic, explores critical and literary aspects of theatre, new forms of drama and performance, technical and design break through, and applications techniques. Places the topic in a historical context and explores its cross-disciplinary status and possibilities.

THTR 380. Junior Seminar • 1 credit
Prepare an exit portfolio. Including resume, examples of progression of work, evidence wide range of participation in department's productions. Instructor permission required.

+THTR 385/ENG 360. Theatre in London and the UK • 3 credits
A cross-discipline course focusing primarily on the theatre of London – past and present – with possible forays into the United Kingdom as a whole. Course meets throughout the semester and culminates in a two week trip abroad where fine arts history will be explored through plays, museums, tours, master classes, lectures, and discussions.

+THTR 390 Theatre Practicum • 1-3 credits
Academic credit for significant participation in a college theatre production as a member of the acting ensemble, design team, or technical crew leadership. Prerequisite: permission of department. May be repeated up to 3 times for a total of no more than 3 credits.  

THTR 392, 393. Independent Study in Theatre • 1-3 credits
Research and paper, or practical exercise, such as design and execution of design for a major production.

THTR 399. Internship in Theatre • 1-5 credits
Work experience with professional supervision in one or several facets of theatre, including management, set design and construction, production-direction, acting, costuming, advertising, and public relations. Pass/No Pass course.

THTR 480. Senior Seminar • 1 credit
Prepare an exit portfolio. Including resume, examples of progression of work, evidence wide range of participation in department's productions. Instructor permission required.

Most Current Courses in the Course Catalog