Theatre Arts

All theater courses require attendance at specified productions.

THR 125 Design Fundamentals for Media 3 SH
This course introduces the student of Theatrical Design and Technology, to the important fundamentals of hand drawing and design for ALL future design applications. Included in this class will be exploration of the principles of hand drawing, color theory, visual research, sensorial expression and all basic design elements as they apply to theatre scenography. It is the first in the series for theatrical design candidates. This class is open to non-majors, space permitting.  Every fall semester. 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 based on the Linklater Method. This class is designed to remove hidden blocks that inhibit the human instrument, recondition the mind and body of the actor, and support the development of a vocal technique for effective communication both on stage and in our daily lives. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 180 Introduction to Theater Arts 3 SH
Designed for non-majors, an exploration of the way theatre both shapes and reflects society, with a critical examination of the various arts and skills involved. Study will include the various artists and technicians participating in the collaborative process of making theatre. Emphasis is on the creative function of the contemporary audience and how individuals of diverse eras and cultures have related to theatrical performance. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 181 Acting I: Character Study 3 SH
The foundations for playing a character will be explored through theatre games, improvisation and scene study. The course will explore the Stanislavski Method for actors. Emphasis will be on script analysis, performance and discussion within a studio setting. Students are required to participate in all course-related activities. Every fall semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 182 Technical Theater I 3 SH
This is the introduction to stagecraft, lighting and sound. Using both lecture and practical application students will learn the vocabulary and skill to support technical production for the theatre. A minimum of 30 hours of supervised production work outside of the class is a requirement. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 201 Playmaking with Children 3 SH
A study of the various techniques and skills associated with the practice of creative drama introduced through three main approaches: activity-based work, literature-based work/story drama, and situation-based work/process drama. Through the use of informal dramatic forms incorporating art, music, stories, games, poetry and improvisation, students will develop a practical understanding of the various skills and techniques needed to use creative drama strategies as an art form and as a teaching tool in a variety of contexts. Every fall semester. Prerequisite: THR 181. 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 fall semester. Prerequisite: THR 182. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

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

THR 252 Acting for the Camera 3 SH
An introduction to the principles and techniques of acting on camera, this course explores different techniques for work with three cameras, commercials, acting for film and acting for television. Focus is given to techniques for various camera types of auditions. Every spring semester. Prerequisite: THR 181. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 260 Voice and Diction 3 SH
Extending the skills, exercises, and techniques introduced in THR 150, Performance Techniques, this course guides the student through advanced work for healthy vocal communication. It begins with a review of what is considered optimal posture and alignment, breath (including support), vibration, resonance, and articulation. The course work aims to provide a series of exercises to free, develop and strengthen the voice as a human instrument in context of human communication and as a performer’s instrument. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is used as a practical tool for hearing and notating the sounds used in language. Every semester. Prerequisite: THR 150. 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. Every fall semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

THR 281 Acting II: Scene Study 3 SH 
Theory and practice in advanced techniques of character development inside the context of a scene. Study includes analysis of scene structures, styles and role study. Lecture, discussion, improvisational exploration and laboratory performance. Every fall semester. Prerequisite: THR 181. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 283 Scenic Design 3 SH
A study of the standards, techniques and skills involved in designing scenery for stage and an application of these principles through design and development of stage design projects: drafting, sketching, visual research and rendering, will be undertaken. Students will engage in practical experience on current productions, lecture, discussion and laboratory. Every other spring semester. Prerequisite: THR 182 or permission of the instructor. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts Studio.

THR 284 Costume Technology for Theatre 3 SH
Through this course, students will gain an understanding of how costumes are constructed for theatre. By way of completed costume construction projects, students will learn: basic hand and machine sewing skills, beginner draping, and construction techniques such as pattern drafting, etc. This class will also touch upon costume craft techniques of millinery, dying and novelty application. 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 with participation by non-majors by special permission. Active participation in theatre activities. Theatre Majors must earn one credit every semester, portfolio semester optional. Activity requires a minimum of sixty (60) 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 theatre arts students will rotate in scenery, lighting, costume, sound, musical accompaniment, management, company management, marketing 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 Fundamentals of Stage 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
This course is an introduction to the theories and methods of stage 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 387 Devised Theatre Workshop 3 SH
An exploration of the collaborative process, students will develop and perform original work created by the group. Performance pieces will be based on a selected theme, starting with individual presentation of material and expanding to a group presentation developed through techniques of devising theatre. Utilizing methods such as improvisation, Viewpoints, spontaneous group writing, solo performance, transformation exercises, and story-telling, the class participants will focus on ensemble building, theatrical design and production, storytelling, music, media, art, movement, voice, and problem solving. Every 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. Prerequisite: THR 181 and THR 281 and completion of 60 semester hours. Spring semester. 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. This course is experiential with lectures, demonstrations, exercises, breakdowns, simulated auditions and field trips for real auditions. 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 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.

 

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