Theatre Arts

All theatre courses require attendance at specified productions.

THR/COM 125 Design for Media 3 SH
See COM/THR 125 General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 150 Performance Techniques: Integration of Voice & Movement 3 SH
A beginning in-depth analysis and practice of the physical and vocal instruments such as the Lessac System. This course integrates the structural, tonal and consonant actions of the body, the senses and the imagination in sounds and words. Spring semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 163 Essentials of Oral Interpretation 3 SH
This course is designed to assist students in the exploration of the communicative potential inherent in both the literature and in themselves. The emphasis is on both the theory and practice of exploring the process and discovering the dynamics involved in the oral approach to literature. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 180 Introduction to Theatre Arts 3 SH
An exposition exploring the place of the theatre in the life of man, with a critical appreciation of the various arts and skills involved. Emphasis is on the creative function of the audience. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 181 Acting I: An Introduction 3 SH
Fundamental techniques of characterization, theatre games, improvisation and scene study. Lecture, discussion and laboratory. Students are required to participate in course-related activities. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 182 Technical Theatre I 3 SH
The theory and practice of scene construction and lighting, as well as makeup, costuming and backstage management. A practical course in the art of mounting a play. Acting and directing are not included. Students will be expected to participate in work backstage. Lecture, discussion and laboratory. Students are required to participate in course-related activities. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 201 Creative Dramatics 3 SH
A study of the development of the creative process utilizing informal dramatic forms incorporating art, music stories, games, poetry and improvisation. Non-performance emphasis. Alternate spring semesters. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 202 Technical Theatre II 3 SH
A studio course concentrating on lighting, sound and technical drawing for stage and studio. Students will work on the transformation of the script into both audio and visual presentation. Individual and group analysis of design/technical needs and solutions are presented. Prerequisite: THR 182. Fall semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR/ENG 244 Playwriting Workshop 3 SH
Workshop in writing for theatre: characterization, plotting dramatic action, and dialogue. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 145 or appropriate placement. Recommended: THR 163, 181, or 182.

THR/COM 252 Acting for the Camera 3 SH
Acting for film and television with an emphasis on interior and exterior production. Prerequisite: THR 181. Spring semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 255 Performance Techniques :Pantomimic Dramatization 3 SH
A study of the elements of body movement and mime and a practice of these forms as they relate to stage performance. Students will further develop their vocal and movement skills. Lecture, discussion and theory. Prerequisite: THR 150. Alternate spring semesters. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 260 Voice and Diction 3 SH
An exposition and analysis of the current theories of phonation, resonation and articulation and the application of these theories to speech improvement. This course is of value to all concerned with spoken communication techniques. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 279 History of the Theatre 3 SH
A study of the sources and contributions of the theatre in the cultures of past and present world civilizations. Emphasis will be on the conventions, forces and trends which have created and given form to the theatre. Covers the period from ancient to modern theatre. Fall semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 281 Acting II:  Characterization, Theory and Practice 3 SH

Theory and practice in advanced techniques of character development, styles and role study.  Lecture, discussion and laboratory. Fall semester.   Prerequisite:  THR 181General Education:  Humanities/ Fine Arts/Studio.

THR 283 Stage Design 3 SH
A study of the standards, techniques and skills involved in stage design. Application of these principles through design and development of stage designs. Practical experience on current productions. Lecture, discussion and laboratory. Prerequisite: THR 182 or permission of the instructor. Alternate spring semesters. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 284 Costume and Makeup 3 SH
A study of the standards, techniques and skills needed in properly dressing the actor with costume and makeup suited to the style, mood and historical period of the play. Practical experience in these skills on current productions. Lecture, discussion and laboratory. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 285 Body Movement and Mime 3 SH
A study of the elements of body movement and mime and a practice of these forms as they relate to stage performance. Lecture, discussion and laboratory. Alternate spring semesters. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

 

THR 289 Children’s Theatre Practicum 3 SH
A study of, and a practical working in, the various aspects of children’s theatre, including script selection, acting styles, costuming, makeup and scene building, culminating in several productions of a children’s play. In this course, children’s theatre is defined as presenting plays by adults for children. Lecture, discussion and laboratory. Prerequisite: THR 181 or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

THR 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

THR 300 Speech Activity 1–3 SH
Designed for majors. Active participation in theatre activities.  Students must earn 1 credit every semester, portfolio semester optional.  Activity requires a minimum of sixty hours of supervised laboratory work. The course may be repeated for credit, but not more than three semester hours may be earned in one semester. Every semester.  Prerequisite: permission of the director of the activity. First and second year theatre students will rotate in scenery, lighting, costume, sound, management and performance.

THR /ENG 346 Advanced Playwriting Workshop 3 SH
Advanced workshop in writing for the theatre with emphasis on developing the protagonist’s relationship to other characters in the play through dramatic conflict, foreshadowing, dramatic irony, tension and dialogue. Prerequisite: THR/ENG 244 or permission of the instructor. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 363 Advanced Oral Interpretation 3 SH
An advanced study of the theories and practices of communicating, orally, the meaning and experience of literature. Prerequisite: THR 163. General Education: Humanities/Comm.

THR 383 Methods of Scenic Art and Craft 3 SH
This course will explore and examine the historical, developmental and fabrication techniques of faux finish decorative painting, history of decorative arts and three-dimensional properties construction. As part of this exploration, particular attention will be paid to research, identification and restoration of historical artifacts. Prerequisite: THR 182 or ART 105 or 108 or permission of the instructor.

THR 384 Lighting 3 SH

An introduction to the theories and methods of stage and television lighting.  The focus is on the use of technology and the design process.  Alternative spring semesters.  Prerequisite:  THR 182.  General Education:  Humanities/Fine Arts/Studio.

THR 386 Directing I 3 SH

Basic methods and techniques of directing plays, with special emphasis on working with actors, casting, methods of rehearsing, intra-character play, tempo and climax building.  Assignments in directing short scenes.  Lecture, discussion and laboratory.  Fall semester.  Prerequisite:  THR 181 and 182.  General Education:  Humanities/Fine Arts/Studio.

 

THR 387 Production & Performance Lab 3 SH
This course provides advanced students an opportunity to practice principles of theatre production through active participation in performances. Theatre areas include acting, directing, scene design, scene construction, lighting and costuming. Prerequisite: THR 181 and 182. Fall semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 388 Acting III: Period Styles 3 SH
A studio course which focuses on the development and study of advanced acting techniques through analysis and performance of works from various theatrical periods. Scenes from each style/period will be performed and critiqued in class after lectures, analysis, discussion and historical research. Prerequisite: THR 181 and 381 and completion of 60 SH. Spring semesters. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 389 Auditioning Techniques for the Actor 3 SH
This class will prepare the student for the auditioning process through intensive work on dramatic and comedic monologues and scenes and vocal selections appropriate to the individual skills. Students should have significant theater and vocal experience. Prerequisite: THR 181 and 381. Alternate spring semesters.

THR 390 Play Production 3 SH

A study of the basic principles in the production of plays:  play selection, casting, directing, stage designing, scenery, lighting, costuming and publicity.  General Education:  Humanities/Fine Arts/Studio.

THR 402 Honors Seminar in Theatre Arts 3 SH
A colloquium to examine in depth a particular question or specific body of work in theatre. The course will involve extensive reading and the presentation of a paper. Repeatable to six hours. Prerequisite: invitation from the department.

THR 482 Directing II:  Styles, Theory and Practice 3 SH

Intensive instruction in applied methods and techniques of directing plays, with special emphasis on new material; assignments in directing scenes and short plays for public performances.  Minimum of two hours laboratory each week.  Prerequisite:  THR 382.  General Education:  Humanities/Fine Arts/Studio.

THR 486 Directing II:  Styles, Theory and Practice 3 SH

Intensive instruction in applied methods and techniques of directing plays, with special emphasis on new material; assignments in directing scenes and short plays for public performances.  Minimum of two hours laboratory each week.  Prerequisite:  THR 382.  General Education:  Humanities/Fine Arts/Studio.

THR 490 Senior Portfolio—Theatre Arts 3 SH
With the help of a faculty adviser, students will develop a project that demonstrates their proficiency in an area of theatre arts. Areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to, design/technology, stage management, production management, performance or directing. Each project will have a research component and a practical application that culminates in a presentation or performance that demonstrates the student’s ability to grasp and utilize the techniques in their area of specialization. All projects must be approved by a faculty review panel and have final research documentation as part of the final project. A panel, or jury, of at least three full-time faculty will review and evaluate the final (portfolio) project. Prerequisite: theatre majors, in good academic standing, who have 90 credits by the start of the semester in which the class is offered. Spring semester.


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