Academics

Course Descriptions

THE 101. Acting I. (3)
Development of basic acting skills and techniques with the focus on freedom, spontaneity, concentration, and truthful response. Through analysis and scene work, students gain a deeper understanding of particular works of dramatic literature and the expressions of human culture provided by the playwrights. Students are required to view and respond to both on-campus and off-campus theatrical productions.  Theatre 101 satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered fall semester.


THE 103. Stagecraft. (2)
Co-requisite: THE 104
A study of modern technical staging methods and equipment as they relate to the construction of stage scenery and properties, stage lighting and sound reinforcement. Stagecraft MUST be taken during the same semester as THE 104 – Stagecraft Lab.  Offered fall semester.


THE 104. Stagecraft Lab. (1)

Co-requisite: THE 103

The application of modern technical staging methods and equipment as they relate to the construction of stage scenery and properties, stage lighting and sound reinforcement. This class meets for three laboratory hours per week. Stagecraft Lab MUST be taken during the same semester as THE 103 – Stagecraft. A fee of $50 is charged. Offered fall semester.


THE 110. Theatre Appreciation. (3)

An analysis and application of various aspects of the Theatre from its beginnings to the present, including a study of various works of dramatic literature. Through the works of significant playwrights, Theatre, as a form of art, is defined and related to expressions of human culture and to other arts. Attendance at both on- campus and off-campus productions and practical involvement in activities of the Department of Theatre may be required. Recommended for non-majors.  Theatre 110 satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered every semester.


THE 111, 112, 121, 122, 131, 132, 141, 142. Theatre Production-Performance. (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1)

Open to all students by audition. Students participate in an acting capacity in departmental productions. Attendance at evening rehearsals and performances is required.  Offered every semester.


THE 113, 114, 123, 124, 133, 134, 143, 144. Theatre Production-Technical. (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1)

Open to all students. Students participate in a technical capacity within the department. Students accept production staff assignments. Attendance at evening rehearsals and performances may be required. Offered every semester.


THE 202. Acting II. (3)

Prerequisite: THE 101 or permission of instructor.

A continuation of the development of basic acting skills through advanced analysis and scene study units. Students gain a deeper understanding of particular works of dramatic literature and the expressions of human culture provided by the playwrights. Students are required to develop skills and attitudes related to the fulfilling use of leisure time by viewing both on-campus and off-campus theatrical productions.  Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.


THE 203. Stagecraft II.
(2)

Co-requisite THE 204

A continued development of skills and techniques learned in Stagecraft. Additional experience and training in stage lighting control, construction techniques, or other specific technical theatre topics may be included. Stagecraft II MUST be taken during the same semester as THE 204 – Stagecraft II Lab. Offered spring semester.

THE 204. Stagecraft II Lab. (1)

Co-requisite THE 203

A major production involvement in a leadership capacity such as Crew Chief, Master Carpenter, or Master Electrician as well as construction support for departmental productions. Stagecraft II Lab MUST be taken during the same semester as THE 203 – Stagecraft II. A fee of $50 is charged. Offered spring semester.


THE 212. Acting for the Camera. (3)

Prerequisite: THE 101 or permission of instructor.

An examination and exploration of specialized acting techniques used for performance in the mediums of television and/or film in a variety of scene work and experimental activities. Students will not only perform, but also serve as technical crew for in-class productions. Rehearsal and studio work in addition to class time is required. Students will receive a video recording of their work. A materials fee of $75 is charged to help cover the maintenance of the production equipment. Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.


THE 231. Stage Makeup. (3)

A study of the principles and methods of stage makeup. Students will receive instruction in basic corrective stage makeup, basic special effects makeup and old-age makeup, and makeup for various periods and styles of theatre among other topics. Application-based course allows students to practice makeup designs during each class period. A materials fee of $75 is charged to purchase required personal makeup kit. Offered at departmental discretion.

THE 232. Stage Costuming. (3)

A study of the principles and methods of costume design and the practical realization of stage costuming. Students receive instruction in the areas of design considerations, script analysis, historical period research, costume rendering techniques, and the practical realization of stage costume designs.

A materials fee of $50 is charged. Offered at departmental discretion.


THE 242. Stage Management.
(2)

A study of the principles, methods, techniques, and established procedures of stage management. Professional and educational stage management techniques and procedures will be explored. Practical application of concepts to production work required.  Offered at departmental discretion.


THE 295, 296, 395, 396. Theatre Internship. (1-12, 1-12, 1-12, 1-12)

Laboratory experience in theatre production skills. Individual projects to be selected in consultation with departmental faculty. Offered every semester.


THE 301. History of the Theatre. (3)

A study of the development of all phases of theatre and drama from the ancient Greeks to modern times. Emphasis is placed on research skills and the analysis of plays within their historic context.

Theatre 301 satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.


THE 302. Scenic Design. (3)

A study of the principles, methods, and tools of modern science design. Students receive instruction in the areas of design considerations, script analysis, the function of scene design, drafting, and rendering techniques. Additionally, students may receive instruction in the area of computer-aided design.

A materials fee of $75 is charged. Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.


THE 303. Stage Lighting and Lighting Design. (3)

A study of the principles, methods, and tools of modern stage lighting design. Students receive instruction in the areas of design considerations, script analysis, the function of stage lighting, light rendering and the use of the computer as a tool for the lighting designer. Additionally students receive further training in the use of lighting equipment.  A materials fee of $50 is charged. Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.


THE 305. Acting III. (3)

Prerequisite: THE 101 or permission of instructor.

Further development of acting skills through advanced scene study units. Period styles, monologue and audition techniques may be included. A deeper understanding of particular works of dramatic literature and the expressions of human culture provided by the playwrights are major components of THE 305. Students are required to develop skills and attitudes related to the fulfilling use of leisure time by viewing both on- campus and off-campus theatrical productions. Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.


THE 402. Direction and Rehearsal. (3)

Prerequisites: THE 101, 111, and 113.

Theatre as an art form, communication with the actors, production concept, and rehearsal processes are discussed and applied to develop an overall sense of direction for the student director. Training includes student-directed scene work and one-act plays. Public performances of directing projects are part of the class. Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.

THE 481. Topics in Theatre. (3)

An investigation of a select aspect of theatre as a form of art. The following titles are offered as examples of topics for the course: Improvisation, Dialects for the Stage, Scenic Painting. Before registering for THE 481, students should contact the instructor and find out the topic for the course. Students may repeat the course in an independent study format providing the topic is different and permission of instructor is obtained and all appropriate paperwork completed at the time of registration. Theatre 481 satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered at departmental discretion.


THE 491, 492. Independent Study. (1-3, 1-3)

Independent study of an area or problem of the theatre to be selected in consultation with department faculty.  Offered at departmental discretion. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.

Course Descriptions