Theatre Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
THTR 135: Introduction to Theatre
THTR 140: Acting I
THTR 177: Modern Dance

200 Level Courses:
THTR 200, 201Theatre Practicum
THTR 202: Oral Interpretation I
THTR 235: The History of Film
THTR 240: Voice and Speech for the Theatre
THTR 255: Stage Makeup
THTR 260: Costume Production
THTR 265: Stagecraft

THTR 267: Play Analysis
THTR 270: Stage Management

THTR 271: Ballet I
THTR 272: Ballet II
THTR 276: Tap I
THTR 277: Tap II
THTR 278: Modern Dance II
THTR 282: Acting II
THTR 284: Dance Composition
THTR 286: History of Dance
THTR 288: Jazz Dance

300 Level Courses:
THTR 303: Acting Workshop
THTR 320: Play Direction
THTR 331: Scene Study
THTR 340: History of Theatre: Origins to Renaissance
THTR 341: History of Theatre: Renaissance to Romanticism
THTR 343: History of Theatre: Realism to Contemporary
THTR 349: History and Development of American Musical Theatre
THTR 352: Theatre on Both Sides of the Pond: New York and London
THTR 354: Writing for Stage and Screen
THTR 361: Costume Design
THTR 365: Scene Design
THTR 366: Stage Lighting
THTR 367: Sound Design
THTR 379, 380: Dance Workshop

400 Level Courses:
THTR 453: Dramatic Theory and Criticism
THTR 454: Advanced Playwriting
THTR 468: Advanced Projects in Production and Design

THTR 481: Acting III
THTR 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
THTR 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research
THTR 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship


THTR 135: Introduction to Theatre. 3 hours.
A survey of all aspects of the theatre and theatrical production including a study of representative artifacts of theatre history, a variety of dramatic styles and the work of the individual theatre artists involved in the process as well as the role of the audience in theatre.

THTR 140: Acting I. 3 hours.
An introductory course to acting designed for majors and all students who wish to explore acting methodology. The course includes character development and expression. Practical exercises in both scripted and improvisational work will be stressed.

THTR 177: Modern Dance. 2 hours.
Introduction to modern dance technique, styles and skills with an emphasis on body mechanics and creative movement. The course offers an exploration of spatial design and movement dynamics. Designed for students with little or no dance experience. Same as EXSP 177.

THTR 200, 201 Theatre Practicum. 1 hour (each semester).
A practical course in theatrical production offering training in each of the production areas including scenic construction and painting, lighting, properties and costuming.

THTR 202: Oral Interpretation I. 3 hours.
Oral interpretation is the emotive performance of the printed page. Through in-class projects, this class explores the tenets of recitation and dramatic delivery as well as the assessment of literary aesthetics and performative form. The evaluation of interpretive personae and historical merit also are explored. Same as COMM 202.

THTR 235: The History of Film. 3 hours.
A survey of major international and American film accomplishments beginning with Griffith and Chaplin and continuing through contemporary directors such as Bergman, Fellini, and Allen. Some attention will be given to film technique, theory, and analysis. Same as COMM 235 and ENGL 235.

THTR 240: Voice and Speech for the Theatre. 1 hour.
Study and practice of techniques for effective use of the speaking voice on the stage. Includes rudimentary principles for learning to speak dialects.

THTR 255: Stage Makeup. 2 hours.
Designed to acquaint students with the theory and basic techniques of makeup for the stage. Assignments include practicing techniques and creating and carrying out makeup designs.

THTR 260: Costume Production. 3 hours.
An introduction to the techniques employed in costume construction. The class focus is on building costumes. This curriculum will include lectures, readings, class discussions and sewing projects.

THTR 265: Stagecraft. 3 hours.
Students who register for this course also must take Theatre Practicum. Designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of scenic construction and mechanics of stage lighting, the course will include studies in drafting, technical planning, basic shop tools and techniques, construction of scenery and stage electrical equipment and practices.

THTR 267: Play Analysis. 3 hours.
Students will read, attend and analyze plays in terms of both structure and points of view relative to various theatrical disciplines. This core class provides a foundation to better understand the translation from page to performance by examining relationships of playwritghts, directors, designers, actors and audience in the context of producing a play.

THTR 270: Stage Management. 3 hours.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the art and practice of stage management. The student will study the basic functions of the stage manager in the theatrical production phase.

THTR 271: Ballet I. 2 hours.
Basic ballet technique in the recognized classical form. Includes barre exercises, port de bras and center floor work. Same as EXSP 271.

THTR 272: Ballet II. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 271 or permission of instructor. Continued study of ballet technique in the recognized classical form. Gradually increasing the complexity of barre exercises, port de bras and center floor work.

THTR 276: Tap I. 2 hours.
Beginning tap steps, terminology and rhythms. Same as EXSP 276.

THTR 277: Tap II. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 276. Intermediate tap steps, terminology and rhythms.

THTR 278: Modern Dance II. 2 hours.
Continued study of Modern Dance technique, styles and skills with an emphasis on body mechanics and creative movement. The course further explores spatial design, more sophisticated sequences and vocabulary, movement dynamics and musicality.

THTR 282: Acting II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 140. Designed to continue the actor training begun in Acting I, this course includes more advanced training in the skills of analysis and characterization. These skills will be developed through scene work in monologues and in scenes with other actors.

THTR 284 Dance Composition. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 177, 271 or 288.
This course will explore the principles of dance and the choreographic process. Students will learn how to create and develop movement for various dance genres and medias through movement studies, structured improvisation, and group projects.

THTR 286 History of Dance. 3 hours.
This course will explore the role of dance in society and the interplay between dance and the other arts, both performing and visual. The primary focus will be on the western theatrical forms and the use of dance as a medium of artistic expression. It will also explore the diversity of dance forms and the scope of dance as a vocation and avocational activity

THTR 288: Jazz Dance. 2 hours.
Introduces movement, rhythms and technique of dance interpreted to various forms of jazz music. Same as EXSP 288.

THTR 303: Acting Workshop. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 140. A selection of advanced topics for acting students interested in exploring more specialized aspects of the profession. Sample topics include Acting in Shakespeare, Acting for the Camera, Auditioning, Singing for the Actor. This course may be repeated when content varies.

THTR 320: Play Direction. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 140, THTR 265. An introduction to direction theory and practice, including the function of the director, the production concept, textual analysis and techniques of directing. Students will direct a one-act play.

THTR 331: Scene Study. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 140. This course is an advanced, text-based acting seminar and is designed to further develop the actor's inner resources and further develop the skills of analysis, characterization and partnering. Coursework will be almost exclusively from scripted scenes and will include some monologue work. Fundamental skills will continue to be stressed.

THTR 340: History of Theatre: Origins to Renaissance. 3 hours.
A study of the origins and development of western theatre from ancient civilizations through the Renaissance. Emphasis is placed on the development of dramatic forms through the reading of plays, the evolution of theatre architecture, and production in the western theatre.

THTR 341: History of Theatre: Renaissance to Romanticism. 3 hours.
A study of western theatre development from the 17th century to mid-nineteenth century. Emphasis is placed on literature, architecture, and production styles of these historical periods.

THTR 343: History of Theatre: Realism to Contemporary. 3 hours.
A study of the development of western theatre from 1870 to the present. Emphasis is placed on the literature, architecture and development of production styles in modern theatre.

THTR 349: History and Development of American Musical Theatre. 3 hours.
A study of the development of musical theatre in America from its roots in minstrels, burlesques and 18th and 19th century European forms through its variations of the 20th century. Same as MUSC 349.

THTR 352: Theatre on Both Sides of the Pond: New York and London. 3 hours.
This study abroad course will examine the current American and British theatrical milieus as exemplified by the current offerings in New York and London. Students will view a series of plays produced on both sides of the Atlantic, be part of class discussions on the plays and the nature of theatre and discuss contemporary theatre with practitioners. Each student will develop his/her own concept of what defines British and American theatre based on their experiences. Offered summer semester.

THTR 354: Writing for Stage and Screen. 3 hours.
Students study play and film structure, character creation and the art of writing dialogue. Course responsibilities include the writing of two short plays and/or films. Same as ENGL 354.

THTR 361: Costume Design. 3 hours.
Designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of designing costumes for the theatre, the study will include design concepts, fabric selection, script analysis, color theory and design conceptualization and costume rendering. Assignments include theoretical costume designs from selected plays.

THTR 365: Scene Design. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 265. Designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of designing scenery for the theatre, the study includes design concepts, script analysis, color theory, design conceptualization, solving mechanical challenges of the script and theatre architecture, scenic painting, perspective drawing, rendering and modeling. Assignments include theoretical scenic designs from selected plays.

THTR 366: Stage Lighting. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 265. Designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of lighting design for the theatre, the course will include lighting equipment and control, script analysis, design methodologies, additive and subtractive color theory, lighting for dance, musicals and alternate theatre architectures. Assignments include theoretical lighting designs.

THTR 367: Sound Design. 3 hours.
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of sound design for the theatre.   The course will include a study of sound equipment and control, script analysis, design methodologies, basic acoustics, and the processing and completion of sound effects.  The course will include both in-class discussions and demonstrations as well as practical exercises in the Computer Lab.  Assignments will include theoretical as well as practical sound designs. 

THTR 379, 380: Dance Workshop. 2 hours each.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. An advanced course with emphasis on dance performance and experience.

THTR 453: Dramatic Theory and Criticism. 3 hours.
An investigation of theoretical principles evidenced in the practice of the creators of dramatic art and the application of those principles in critical evaluation of both dramatic literature read and productions seen.

THTR 454: Advanced Playwriting. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 354. Students will write a full length play or screenplay.

THTR 468: Advanced Projects in Production and Design. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. An advanced course for students in design and production. The course explores design and production challenges on a more intricate level. Extensive practical experience will be included in the course.

THTR 481: Acting III. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: THTR 282. An advanced course in acting designed to increase the student's skills in character development and work within dramatic scenes. Coursework will include scene and monologue work in a variety of theatre genres and performance styles.

THTR 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

THTR 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.

THTR 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship.