Theatre Minor

The theatre minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses. Refer to the course descriptions of each course for prerequisites.

THTR 135: Introduction to Theatre
3 credit 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 credit 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 265: Stagecraft
3 credit 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 320: Play Direction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  THTR 140THTR 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.

Choose one course from the following:

THTR 361: Costume Design
3 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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.

Choose one course from the following: 

THTR 270: Stage Management
3 credit 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 282: Acting II
3 credit 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 361: Costume Design
3 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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.

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

All theatre majors, minors, and those students on a theatre grant are required to enroll in Theatre Practicum 200 (fall) and 201 (spring) for every semester in residence. Theatre Practicum counts toward an Engaged Learning requirement.