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

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

+THTR 105. Beginning Acting: Voice and Body for Non- Majors • 3 credits
This course is designed to develop an individual's self-confidence through stage action techniques of relaxation and memorization, vocal, and physical exercises tested in monologues and short scenes.

THTR 115. First Year Theatre Experience • 1 credit
Open to everyone interested in theatre; this course serves as an introduction to the department and provides an in depth look at the inner workings of a theatrical production from start to finish.

+THTR 202. Survey of the Theatre • 3 credits
This survey course introduces the student 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 205. Acting for the Theatre • 3 credits
Designed to develop the student's basic acting skills and prepare them for future dramatic roles through physical and vocal exercises, monologues and scenes study. Suggested prerequisite: Majoring or minoring in Theatre, or some previous acting experience.
Prerequisite: Majoring or minoring in Theatre or permission of instructor.

+THTR 206. Movement for Actors I • 3 credits
This course aims to provide the student with a greater awareness of their own physicality, bolder choices in developing characters, and a greater ability to express and communicate in their roles both on and off-stage. Ensemble work/creation is a large focus of this course.

+THTR 207. Movement for Actors II • 3 credits
This course aims to provide the student with a greater awareness of their own physicality, bolder choices in developing characters, and a greater ability to express and communicate in their roles both on and off-stage. Mask/clown work is a large focus of this course. No prerequisite.

+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
To introduce the student 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, students will learn how to get more from reading a script so that they can better tell the story. Understanding of scripts will be enhanced as students explore specific techniques that allow them to decipher 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 break through and applications techniques. Recommended: THTR 202.

THTR 240. Dance Fundamentals for the Stage • 3 credits
Designed to train students in the fundamentals of ballet, tap and jazz as related to theatrical movement and musical theatre. Students will gain expertise and put into practice the art of auditioning and performance in the area of dance in musical theatre.

+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
This course builds upon the foundation of actor training established in THTR 205 as well as introduces an actor approach to heightened language and texts.  This course will also help prepare students for the professional world of acting and auditioning.  Prerequisite: THTR 205, or permission of the professor.

THTR 309. Costume Design for the Theatre • 3 credits
Acquaints the student with the knowledge and methods to organize, plan and design costumes for a theatre production. Students are given the basic methods of costume cutting and construction and are provided with 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 205.

THTR 313. Stage Lighting • 3 credits
This course will familiarize the student with the knowledge and abilities to organize and execute a lighting design for a production. We will be looking at combining the 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 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. This course explores areas common to both disciplines and enables students to share strengths. This course also helps students 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
This course is designed to prepare the students 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.  This course is designed to meet throughout the semester and culminate 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
This course is designed to prepare the students exit portfolio. Including resume, examples of progression of work, evidence wide range of participation in department's productions. Instructor permission required.

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