Theatre (THTR)

THTR 135  Introduction to Theatre  (3)  

A broad and comprehensive view of theatre and how it communicates.

THTR 140  The Joy of Exploring the Broadway Musical  (3)  

The Broadway Musical is a unique, influential and popular art form that has come into being only in the last half of the 20th century. Students in this course will discover the range of the Broadway Musical from 1940 to the present and will develop a deeper understanding of the components which make the musical function as a unique art form. They will study the place of female characters and performers in the genre. And they will become familiar with the ways that the musical has both reflected, hindered and advanced the place of women, heteronormativity and queer consciousness in the larger US and world society. Students will deepen their enjoyment of the musical by developing a deeper understanding of how the musical developed, how it interacts with society now and what makes this powerful art form unique.

THTR 190  Special Topics in Theatre  (1-4)  
THTR 205  Introduction to Acting  (3)  

Exploration of the elements of a realistic acting technique using games, improvisations and exercises, culminating in two-character scenes later in the semester.

THTR 245  Stagecraft  (3)  

An introduction to the techniques of the backstage world. Areas of study include scenic and property construction, scenic painting, stage lighting, theatre safety, and special effects. This course is an introduction to theatrical design and technical production techniques.

THTR 265  Play Analysis for the Theatre  (3)  

Reading and analyzing play texts from theatrical and literary perspectives. Offered once every year.

THTR 305  Intermediate Acting  (3)  

Exploration of the process of characterization with emphasis on techniques of physical transformation and psychological realism. Prerequisite: THTR 205.

THTR 325  Playwriting I  (3)  

Principles of writing for the stage. Emphasis on dramatic structure, character development, plot management, dialogue and critical analysis. (also listed as ENWR 325)

THTR 335  History of Western European Cultural Performance  (3)  

The History of European Performance is a research and response-based course designed to show the cultural import of performance in each country we visit, and to explore the impact of performance on a viewer. We will look at dance, music, or theatre in each of the countries we visit. There may be reading, discussion, and on-location opportunities at performance venues, historic sites, and museums. Students will learn how to critically analyze a production. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the effects of cultural performance on the viewer and/or the doer via a research paper. Note that some work must be completed prior to departure, some must be completed while abroad, and some must be completed upon your return.

THTR 355  Voice and Movement  (3)  

Development of techniques based on understanding and integration of body/mind. Areas of study include body image, body awareness, alignment, relaxation, voice production, and vocal work on literature.

THTR 360  Oral Interpretation  (3)  

The study and analysis of literature through performance. Students will gain experience in the epic, lyric, and dramatic modes of solo performance in addition to a beginning exploration of ensemble work in a performance study (also listed as COMM 360).

THTR 365  Fashion and Costume History  (3)  

This course will give an overview of the history of fashion from prehistoric times to the present day. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify appropriate vocabulary terms for garments and their components, silhouettes, how clothing affected manner and style, how social history effected clothing, popular colors, common fibers, prominent designers, and strong primary sources for each period covered. We will discuss the elements of design, and fashion history as a basis for costuming film, theatre, and television. Projects include seeking out primary sources, drawing costume and fashion designs, and composing written, critical analyses of professional costume and fashion designs. Students will also complete two short-answer exams to assess their ability to recall and articulate what information has been presented in the course lectures.

THTR 375  Rehearsal, Performance, and Production  (1-3)  

Rehearsal and performance of a faculty-directed production. Participation as an assistant director, stage manager, crew member, or actor in a 5-7 week rehearsal/performance period. Prerequisite: Audition, permission of the instructor. May be repeated for up to a maximum of 9 hours of credit.

THTR 378  Contemporary Women’s Drama  (3)  

An examination of the texts and movements which comprise contem­porary drama in ­today’s multicultural world, as written by contemporary American women playwrights.

THTR 380  History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature  (3)  

A study of the development of theatrical art, including the physical theatre, production practices and cultural contexts, from the beginnings in primitive rituals through contemporary time.

THTR 383  Fashion Ethics  (3)  

Fashion Ethics investigates fashion and beauty industry issues, in comparison with a code of ethics or set of guidelines, utilized to determine if practices adhere to prescribed values and standards. While many ethics issues will be discussed in this course, particular care is taken in dealing with environmental concerns and global human rights.

THTR 385  Beginning Fashion and Costume Construction  (3)  

This course will teach basic costume and fashion technology, will examine the main differences in construction for clothing versus costumes, and will let students participate in a truncated version of the garment construction process. The students in the course will research and understand women's contributions to the field of design and technology, and how women, historically, have been an integral part of the manufacturing process.

THTR 387  Hair and Makeup for the Stage  (3)  

Students will gain an understanding of the process of applying practical makeup and will learn age, trauma, weight, and corrective techniques. Students will learn to style wigs and their own hair for a number of periods commonly associated with theatrical productions. This course offers equal focus on research, design, concept writing, and technique.

THTR 405  Styles of Acting  (3)  

A technique to equip the contemporary actor to deal more comfortably with the textual and stylistic problems of acting in period plays. Prerequisite: THTR 205 and THTR 305.

THTR 430  Theatre Management  (3)  

The principles and practice of producing for the commercial stock, resident college, and community theatre. Areas of study may include theatrical unions, stage management, and grant writing.

THTR 445  Scenic and Prop Design and Scenic Painting  (3)  

An in-depth introduction to scenic design for the stage from concept to rendering. Students analyze plays for design considerations. Then develop scenic design concepts and learn to communicate design ideas.

THTR 455  Costume Design  (3)  

The theory and practice of costume design, including design projects. Students explore the process of design from script to research, creating paperwork, and finally rendering visual designs.

THTR 459  Professional Aspects for Artistic Fields  (1)  

A student will investigate what it means to be a professional in artistic or visual fields, and prepare to set themself apart when entering the job market. For every assignment, students will gear the work to be reflective of their desired field. Soft skills will be learned via lectures on netiquette, the art of the thank you note, virtual and in-person networking, and etiquette for business meals and outings. Professional paperwork will be created, including general resumes, cover letters, appeals to unions and associations, graduate school packets, digital portfolios, and LinkedIn profiles. Finally, adulting habits will be introduced, via workshops on budgeting and basic tax terms for artists. Repeatable once.

THTR 475  Stage Directing  (3)  

Emphasis on techniques and styles of directing for the stage. Readings, exercises, and directing project.

THTR 477  Playwriting II  (3)  

Principles of dramatic writing focusing on the full-length form. Experiments with a variety of techniques of composition including improvisation, historical research and oral history.

THTR 480  Production Projects  (1-3)  

Planning and execution of a large-scale project. Majors select, analyze, design, direct and produce a one-act play during their senior year of study. This serves as the “capstone” senior comprehensive in Theatre.

THTR 490  Special Topics in Theatre Studies  (0.5-3)  

Seminars in theatre. Various topics.

THTR 497  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Research for the advanced student. Permission of the instructor. May be repeated.

THTR 499  Internship  (1-3)  

Practical off-campus experience in theatre-related field at an approved site. Jointly supervised by a faculty member and a representative from the sponsoring organization. Graded S/U