Theatre

Theatre Course Descriptions

THEA 103 Projects in Theatre
Credit Hours:
1

Provides laboratory or workshop experiences in technical theatre, design, acting, directing, theatre management history, or criticism. Registration is by permission of production directors. Restrictions: maximum of two hours per year; maximum of four hours toward major or minor. Graded S/U. Exception: concurrent enrollment in THEA 403 and THEA 496 requires a letter grade.

THEA 151 Introduction to Theatre
Credit Hours:
3

Surveys theatre history and the arts of acting, directing, designing, playwriting, and criticism for a greater understanding of theatre in the world.

THEA 203 Projects in Theatre
Credit Hours:
1

Provides laboratory or workshop experiences in technical theatre, design, acting, directing, theatre management history, or criticism. Registration is by permission of production directors. Restrictions: maximum of two hours per year; maximum of four hours toward major or minor. Graded S/U. Exception: concurrent enrollment in THEA 403 and THEA 496 requires a letter grade.

THEA 205 Portfolio Review
Credit Hours:
1

Assists students in creating, presenting and discussing a professional, digital technical portfolio as preparation for professional technical interviews. May be repeated once for credit.

THEA 223 Auditioning
Credit Hours:
1

Examines audition technique for monologues, cold readings, improvisation, and vocal performance. Students prepare headshots and resumes, develop a repertoire of monologues and songs, and audition for professional employment. May be repeated once for credit.

THEA 230 Stage Management
Credit Hours:
3

An overview of the duties and work of a stage manager in the theatrical process.  Students will learn to create the tools utilized by a working stage manager and gain an understanding of the role of a stage manager in the theatrical process.  This course is recommended for a student interested in management, directing, or technical theatre.

THEA 245 Technical Production
Credit Hours:
3

Involves students through lecture and laboratory work in the technical process of creating theatre.  Topics include: reading working drawings and interpreting design, basic carpentry, painting, props technology, sewing, elementary lighting technology, general problem solving, and the safe and proper use of all equipment needed to complete production tasks.  Participation in theatre productions is required.

THEA 265 Design I: Explorations in Theatre Design
Credit Hours:
3

An introductory exploration of the role of design in the theatrical process.  The class will focus on interpreting theatrical works through visual research, storytelling, and communication, as well as the initial tools used in each area of design to create and explain these stories.  Students will be given hands on experience in all areas of design and will be given the tools needed to choose an area of focus for a final project in Scenic, Costume, or Lighting Design.  At the end of the semester they wil complete a basic design packet and portfolio in their area of choice.

THEA 275 Acting I
Credit Hours:
3

Examines acting through theories and exercises. Scene study is designed to enable students to create a role for the stage. This is a process-oriented course, which provides the student with a foundation of script analysis and creative skill.

THEA 285 Dance for Musical Theatre
Credit Hours:
1-3

Explores various dance genres appropriate for application in musical theatre. The student studies the historic application of the genre and choreographs and executes/performs music theatre dance styles. The course examines different sets of styles during a three-semester rotation. The course may be repeated with a maximum of four hours counting toward a music theatre minor or theatre major. A maximum of six hours may be counted toward graduation.

THEA 303 Projects in Theatre
Credit Hours:
1

Provides laboratory or workshop experiences in technical theatre, design, acting, directing, theatre management history, or criticism. Registration is by permission of production directors. Restrictions: maximum of two hours per year; maximum of four hours toward major or minor. Graded S/U. Exception: concurrent enrollment in THEA 403 and THEA 496 requires a letter grade.

THEA 314 Acting II
Credit Hours:
3

Continues to explore acting through theories, exercises, and scene study. Students examine a variety of acting styles, approaches, and genres. Prerequisite: THEA 275.

THEA 316 Improvisation
Credit Hours:
3

Examines the skills and techniques used in improvisational theatre performance. Students build acting skills through exercises, solo work, as well as ensemble activity.

THEA 350 A History of Film
Credit Hours:
3

Surveys the history and nature of film with emphasis upon the American contribution to film art, genres, acting, directing, and cinematography.

THEA 351 World Theatre History
Credit Hours:
3

Focuses on the historical development of theatrical production. Examines dramatic tradition from Greek origins, observes its evolution through history, and traces the progress of theatrical styles throughout the world. Primary source documents highlight the contributions of major critics and theorists of theatrical tradition.

THEA 352 Dramatic Literature
Credit Hours:
3

Closely examines representative dramatic literary texts. Particular consideration is given to the application of literature on stages and examining plays for a better understanding of our vast theatrical and cultural heritage.

THEA 356 Playwriting
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces the basic techniques of structure and dialogue in writing a play. Students experience writing, reading, and revising performance work.

THEA 360 American Musical Theatre: Structure and History
Credit Hours:
3

An exploration of the development and history of the American musical and its impact on theatre in the United States and abroad.  Students will study the evolution of the art-form in order to understand the structure of musical script, and will be given the opportunity to start developing their own musical.

THEA 365 Design II: Intermediate Studies in Theatre Design
Credit Hours:
3

An intermediate study in theatre design.  Students will choose from Scenic, Costume, or Lighting/Sound Design and will progress in their studies from Design I.  Topics include but are not limited to advanced visual research, period styles, portfolio creation, sketching and rendering, as well as design area-specific tools.  Prerequisite: THEA 265 or permission of the instructor. 

THEA 375 Directing I
Credit Hours:
3

Examines the art of directing through theories and procedures of production, including preliminary applied playscript analysis. Offers introductory experience through the application of the tools of picturization, composition, and movement in the production of several in-class scenes. Prerequisites: THEA 245, 275.

THEA 381 Selected Readings in Theatre
Credit Hours:
1-3

Introduces a variety of theatre genres. May be repeated twice for credit as content changes.

THEA 383 Professional Studies in Theatre
Credit Hours:
3

Provides field experiences between semesters and during the summer.

THEA 395 Special Topics in Theatre
Credit Hours:
1-3

Focuses upon a variety of subjects in theatre. Topics such as theatre management may be offered. May be repeated once for credit as content changes.

THEA 403 Projects in Theatre
Credit Hours:
1

Provides laboratory or workshop experiences in technical theatre, design, acting, directing, theatre management history, or criticism. Registration is by permission of production directors. Restrictions: maximum of two hours per year; maximum of four hours toward major or minor. Graded S/U. Exception: concurrent enrollment in THEA 403 and THEA 496 requires a letter grade.

THEA 414 Directing II
Credit Hours:
3

Rigorously studies theories and applications of directing. Students undertake sustained collaborative projects, experience the process of developing personal style, and explore varied techniques and diverse styles of production. Prerequisite: THEA 375.

THEA 465 Design III: Advanced Studies in Theatre Design
Credit Hours:
3

Building on the studies of Design I and II, Design III is for the advanced theatre student.  Students will continue studies in research and storytelling, as well as studio work, creating the tools needed to communicate a design in their area of focus.  The goal of this course is to prepare a student to assist on a departmental production or design a small production when available.  Topics include portfolio building, advanced research, technical theatre procedure and elements, sketching and rendering, as well as area-specific topics. Prerequisite: THEA 245, 365 or permission of the instructor. 

THEA 494 Methods of Teaching Drama/Theatre
Credit Hours:
2

Introduces a candidate for teacher certification in drama/theatre to classroom methods and materials necessary for teaching the theatre discipline.

THEA 495 Independent Study in Research
Credit Hours:
3

Intensively examines a selected theatre area: design, acting/directing, or history/criticism. Students develop a project prospectus in the first four weeks and spend the remainder of the semester in an independent study guided by a faculty member. May be repeated once for credit.

THEA 496 Independent Study in Performance
Credit Hours:
2

Provides students who have developed approved projects in THEA 495 with an intensive period of production and performance in the areas of design, acting, and directing. Prerequisite: THEA 495 and departmental approval.

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