Courses in Theatre

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THEA 1000 Introduction to Theatre (4 sem. hours).

This course introduces students to four primary aspects of theatre practice and study: Theatrical production (including producing, directing, design, and acting); a few major eras of theatre history (ancient Greece, the Renaissance, the advent of realism, and modernisms); play analysis; and dramatic literature. The course de-mystifies aspects of performance and production while simultaneously revealing theatre as a field of rich study.

THEA 1100 Theatre Crafts I (4 sem. hours).

Introduction to basic theories and practices of scenic construction, scenic painting, rigging and shifting, and practical experience in constructing sets for theatrical productions including equipment use, safety training, shop protocol, and handling stage properties, lights, and sound. Can require up to five construction hours per week plus lecture. Offered occasionally.

THEA 1410–1413; 2410–2413; 3410–3413; 4410–4413 Company Performance (1–4 sem. hours).

Acting in a theatrical production sponsored by the Department of Theatre, applying methods and skills learned in coursework to actual production. Number of credit hours is determined by the department chair based on degree of participation and the value of the participation to the student’s general education and theatrical training. May be repeated for credit. Students should take the course level appropriate to their year of study. Prerequisite: Audition. Offered every semester.

THEA 1420–1423; 2420–2423; 3420–3423; 4420–4423 Company Production (1–4 sem. hours).

Technical participation in a theatrical production sponsored by the Department of Theatre, applying methods and skills learned in coursework to actual production. Number of credit hours is determined by the department chair based on degree of participation and the value of the participation to the student’s general education and theatrical training. May be repeated for credit. Students should take the course level appropriate to their year of study. Prerequisite: Permission of production director. Offered every semester.

THEA 1500 Acting One: Foundations in Realism (4 sem. hours).

This course introduces students to basic aspects of the Stanislavski System of acting. Topics include concentration, sensory physical work, working with emotion, making choices, and scene analysis. There are both written and performance assignments in this class. Offered every year.

THEA 2300 Basic Theatre Design (4 sem. hours).

An introduction to the theory and techniques of designing for theatre, including such topics as scenic, lighting, costuming, and sound design. Offered occasionally.

THEA 2500 Acting Two: Scene Study (4 sem. hours).

A continued investigation of the Stanislavski Acting System with a focus on bolstering the fundamental elements associated with the art of acting. This course familiarizes students with the actor’s tools, adding to the foundation acquired in the introductory acting class with a stronger emphasis on character objectives, tactics, and scene scoring/analysis. This course includes both written and performance assignments. Prerequisites: THEA 1500 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered occasionally.

THEA 2750–2753 Special Topics (1–4 sem. hours).

A sophomore level course on special issues not regularly covered by the curriculum. Offered occasionally. The course may be repeated with a different topic.

THEA 2902 Theatre Observation (1–2 sem. hours).

Observation, study, and written analysis of professional theatrical productions staged in major world venues such as New York and London. May be repeated for credit. Offered occasionally.

THEA 3010 Western Theatre History I (4 sem. hours).

This course examines theatre and performance practices of the past as cultural artifacts. Specific eras of theatre history will be explored in order not only to gain insight into the theatrical traditions that preceded ours, but also to learn about historical cultures that produced theatre. This class focuses on Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe and England, and the English Renaissance. Offered occasionally.

THEA 3750–3753 Special Topics (1–4 sem. hours).

A junior level course on special topics not regularly covered by the curriculum. Offered occasionally.

THEA 4750–4753 Special Topics (1–4 sem. hours).

A senior level course on special topics not regularly covered by the curriculum. Offered occasionally.

THEA 4800–4803 Directed Study (1–4 sem. hours).

Intensive individual study on a topic of the student's and a professor's choosing. Prerequisite: by petitioning the instructor.

THEA HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).