Theatre Arts

All theater courses require attendance at specified productions.

THR 125 Design for Media 3 SH
The use of illustration, graphs, titles and credits based on fundamental design formulation and related to story presentation through the media of dry-mounting, paste-up, copy-camera work, overhead projection and display. Alternate spring semesters. 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 180 Introduction to Theater Arts 3 SH
An exposition exploring the place of the theater 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. Spring semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 181 Acting I: An Introduction 3 SH
Fundamental techniques of characterization, theater 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 Studio.

THR 182 Technical Theater 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 202 Technical Theater 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. Every semester. Prerequisite: THR 182. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR/WRT 244W Playwriting Workshop 3 SH
See WRT/THR 244W.

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

THR 279 History of the Theater 3 SH
A study of the sources and contributions of the theater 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 theater. Covers the period from ancient to modern theater. 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. Every semester. Prerequisite: THR 181. General 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. Every fall semester.  Prerequisite: THR 182 or permission of the instructor. 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.  Every semester.  General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

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

THR 297 Cooperative Education 1–6 SH

THR 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

THR 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

THR 300 Theater Production Lab 1–3 SH
Designed for majors. Active participation in theater activities. Students must earn one credit every semester, portfolio semester optional. Activity requires a minimum of sixty hours of supervised laboratory work. This course may be repeated for credit, but not more than three semester hours may be earned in one semester. First and second-year theater arts students will rotate in scenery, lighting, costume, sound, management and performance. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Communication.

THR/WRT 346W Advanced Playwriting Workshop 3 SH
See WRT/THR 346W. General Education: Fine Arts Lecture.

THR 370 Cabaret Performance 3 SH
This course will introduce the performer to the dynamics of style in the interpretation of song lyrics and musical composition. Examples drawn upon will include classics from the American musical theater, standards from the field of popular entertainment, ballads and unique pieces associated with particular performers. Emphasis will be on performance of sung material in contrasting styles, researching the body of work of selected lyricists and/or composers and the creation of persona in the performance of musical literature. Alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: THR 150, THR 181 and THR 281.

THR 371 Musical Theater Workshop 3 SH
This course provides an introduction to the world of musical theater through the study of traditional musical theatrical forms. Students learn the acting concepts for transitions from spoken word to singing and then to dance. This class culminates in a final presentation that demonstrates a student’s proficiency in multiple musical theater genres. Every fall semester. Prerequisite: THR 150, THR 181 and THR 281. General Education: Fine Arts Studio.

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. Every semester.  Prerequisite: THR 182 or ART 105 or ART 108 or permission of the instructor. General Education: Fine Arts Lecture.

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. Alternate 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 THR 182. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 387 Production and Performance Lab 3 SH
This course provides advanced students an opportunity to practice principles of theater production through active participation in performances. Theater areas include acting, directing, scene design, scene construction, lighting and costuming. Fall semester. Prerequisite: THR 181 and THR 182. 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. Spring semester. Prerequisite: THR 181 and THR 281 and completion of 60 semester hours. 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. Alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: THR 181 and THR 281. General Education: Fine Arts Lecture.

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. Alternate spring semesters. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 402 Honors Seminar in Theater Arts 3 SH
A colloquium to examine in depth a particular question or specific body of work in theater. The course will involve extensive reading and the presentation of a paper. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: Invitation from the department.

THR 490 Senior Portfolio — Theater Arts 3 SH
With the help of a faculty adviser, students will develop a project that demonstrates their proficiency in an area of theater 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. Spring semester. Prerequisite: Theater majors in good academic standing who have 90 credits by the start of the semester in which the class is offered.

The following courses also have been approved and are offered periodically:
THR 163 Essentials of Oral Interpretation. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.
THR 201 Creative Dramatics.  General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.
THR 255 Performance Techniques: Pantomimic Dramatization.  General Education: Studio
THR 285 Body Movement and Mime.  General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.
THR 363 Advanced Oral Interpretation.  General Education: Fine Arts Lecture.
THR 486 Directing II: Styles, Theory and Practice. General Education: Studio.