Theatre Course Descriptions

1113 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
Gives students a broad based survey of theatre arts; instills an appreciation of theatre; explores professional aspects of the theatre.
1123 PROFESSIONAL THEATRE TRAINING WORKSHOP
Designed for the beginning professional theatre trainee in total repertory instruction ranging from acting classes, technical theatre, lecture and laboratory instruction. Students participate in all productions in a repertory situation. (Summer Term Only)
1133 INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL THEATRE
This course will introduce the student to a basic understanding of principles of scenic design, lighting design, and other technical aspects of the theatre. (Prerequisite: THTR 1113 or permission of instructor)
1143 THEATRE APPRECIATION: FROM MASKS TO MUSICAL
In this course theatrical performance will be examined and compared in various forms, including script, taped performance, commercial films, and live performances by theatre groups in the region. This course will develop appreciation and awareness of the effect that theatre artists and technicians have on drama and develop aesthetic standards for evaluation of theatrical presentations.
1152 DANCE I
This course is an introduction to basic tap and ballet technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of learning fundamental philosophies, body alignment, arm positions and basic positions of the feet. Performance opportunities will not be provided. The curriculum will accommodate the introductory student.
1162 DANCE II
This course is a beginner level of basic tap and ballet technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of reinforcing and expanding fundamental philosophies, body alignment, arm positions and basic foundations of the two disciplines. Performing opportunities may be provided. The curriculum will accommodate the beginning student.
1183 FILM APPRECIATION
In this course students will explore basic and cultural trends through a close study of a variety of important films throughout the medium's history. The course will establish critical criteria for evaluating films and expose students to the basic technical elements of the film artist's process
1213 INTRODUCTION TO ACTING
This beginning course introduces the beginning student to acting. It begins by developing concentration, characterization, physical agility, and creativity through the use of improvisation, pantomime, monologues and directing.
1221 IMPROVISATION CHILDREN'S THEATRE
Extensive study and practice of the improvisational theatre medium. Using children's stories as the script and adapting them to modern terminology and action, the craft becomes centered on fast and creative thinking and action within a group performance. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor; may be repeated up to four hours credit)
1232 ACTING-IMPROVISATION
To provide the beginning and advanced actor the opportunity to experiment with the playfulness that leads to creativity.
1271 POINTE I
This course is an introduction to pointe technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of learning body alignment, leg/foot strengthening exercises and basic precautions to take care for the feet once pointe work has begun. Performance opportunities will not be provided. The curriculum will accommodate the introductory pointe student.
1312 CHARACTER ANALYSIS
This course, reflecting the disciplines of theatre, history, psychology and art, includes research into the psychological and sociological motivations of characters as well as a survey of historical periods in dramatic literature from Greece to the present time. Approximately ten (10) representative plays reflecting ten (10) genres or periods are selectively chosen, studied, and presented in an acting format as well as in written analysis with the inclusion of costume and scenic demands represented. By the end of the term the student should have a broad general knowledge of period styles as well as an overview of character analysis. (Prerequisites: THTR 1113 and 1213 or permission of instructor)
1510 MUSICAL THEATRE VOICE I
Individual instruction in voice, keyboard and orchestral instruments. (May be repeated for credit)
1552 STAGE MAKEUP
In this course, the student will understand the basic techniques of stage makeup and develop a basic understanding through hands-on training with a variety of makeup types.
1660 THEATRE PRACTICUM
This course allows the student work in all areas of theatre practicum during an instructed work call. It may be in set building, painting, costumes, props, publicity and-or box office for a certain number of hours each week so that a practical knowledge of the working theatre may be obtained. (Repeatable up to a maximum of four credit hours.)
2152 DANCE III
This course is an intermediate to advanced beginner level of tap and ballet technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of combining steps resulting in a specific dance construction. Performing will be required. The curriculum will accommodate the intermediate to advanced beginner student.
2162 DANCE IV
This course is an advanced beginner to beginner intermediate level of tap and ballet technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of combining more complicated steps resulting in a specific rhythmic and/or dance construction. Performing will be required. The curriculum will accommodate the advanced beginner to beginner intermediate student.
2172 DANCE WORKSHOP
This course is an intermediate level of dance technique in a discipline to be determined by the instructor.
2183 FILM GENRES
Students will explore various film genres (the western, the gangster movie, film noir, etc.) and film theories (auteurism and viewer identification theory) and will acquire a critical vocabulary appropriate to the art form.
2203 MOVEMENT FOR THE THEATRE ARTIST
This is an introductory level of movement course in varying disciplines to be determined by the instructor.
2233 FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL INTERPRETATION
Focuses on the ability to transfer the author's meaning from the printed page to the audience's mind. Units on poetry, prose, and dramatic literature are included. (Same as COMM 2233)
2271 POINTE II
This course is a beginner level of basic pointe technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of reinforcing and expanding fundamental philosophies, body alignment, arm positions and basic foundations of pointe. Performing opportunities will not be provided. The curriculum will accommodate the beginning student.
2753 FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATER DESIGN
Students will execute class projects in costume, scenery, lighting, makeup, sound, properties and special effects. (Prerequisite: THTR 1133 or permission of instructor)
3013 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE I
The practical application of acting, singing, and movement techniques to various styles of period and contemporary musical theatre works. (Prerequisites: THTR 1113, 1213, 1312, MUS 1213, or permission of instructor.)
3023 HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATRE
This course will be a chronological study of major periods from nineteenth century English music halls to the present time as it relates to musical theatre. It will include, but not be limited to, operettas, cabarets, follies, and traditional musicals. (Prerequisites: THTR 1113,1213.)
3033 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE II
Advanced application of acting, singing, and movement techniques to the various styles of period an contemporary music theatre works. Includes staging and choreography of scenes, culminating in a live performance. (Prerequisite: THTR1113, 1213, 1312, MUS 1213 or permission of instructor)
3043 MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION
Course emphasizes creating a resume, types fo interviews, obtaining an agent, personal appearance, and dress as well as work on audition material, ranging from musicals to stock productions. (Prerequisite:THTR 1113, 1213, 1312, MUS 1213, or permission of instructor.)
3152 DANCE V
This course is a beginner intermediate level of tap and ballet technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of combining longer, more complicated elements demonstrating rhythmic accuracy and qualitative understanding of musical nuances by moving on the beat and anticipating it when required. Performing and interpreting will berequired. The curriculum will accommodate beginner intermediate to intermediate level student.
3162 DANCE VI
This course is an intermediate to advanced intermediate lev el of tap and ballet technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of combining longer, more complicated elements giving the students a grasp of classroom exercises and combinations. Performing and interpreting will be required. The curriculum will accommodate the intermediate to advanced intermediate student.
3172 CHOREOGRAPHY
This course is an intermediate/advanced level of differing dance techniques and how the fundamentals can be made into choreography. References will also be made to facilitate the teaching of choreography. The curriculum will accommodate the intermediate to advanced student and those students interested in becoming instructors and/or choreographers.
3183 FILM AND CULTURE
Students will explore the principles of film appreciation and analysis through lecture, readings, and viewing of films and film excerpts from the American experience in the medium.Students will also examine advanced film analysis, including the principles of montage, camera movement, lighting, sound, directing, acting and how these have been influenced by American artists and the Hollywood industry.
3271 POINTE III
This course is an intermediate level of pointe technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of combining steps resulting in a specific dance construction. Performing will be suggested. The curriculum will acc ommodate the intermediate student.
3333 STAGE MANAGEMENT
This course will examine the different responsibilities and problems of a stage manager's job for commercial, community and educational theatre. Stage management will contain both lecture and hands-on training. (Prerequisites: THTR 1113 and 1133, or permission of instructor)
3342 COSTUMING
In this course, the students will learn basic costume construction techniques, fundamental costume design techniques, and apply these techniques in building and designing costumes for theatrical productions.
3423 SCENE DESIGN
The class will examine the advantages, problems and practices for designing scenery for the thrust, proscenium and arena stages. The student will practice the fundamental aspects of drafting for the stage as well as the study of the use of advanced stagecraft techniques. (Prerequisites: THTR 1113 and 1133, or permission of instructor)
3432 DIRECTING
This course provides intensive study of text with repeating exercises to illustrate; projects given in which blocking plans are selected with and without live actors; critiques both written and oral; and final project of direction and prompt book for a ten minute scene. (Prerequisites: THTR 1113, 1213, 1133, and 3423, or permission of instructor)
3453 LIGHTING DESIGN
This class is designed to help the student understand the variety of different types of lighting equipment and control boards available today; to help him understand the basic elements of lighting design as it applies to stage composition, color and other aspects related to a specific show; to give the student practical experience working with a lighting design; and to enable the student to do a basic lighting design for a specific show. (Prerequisites: THTR 1113 and 1133; or permission of instructor)
3510 MUSICAL THEATRE VOICE II
Individual instruction in voice, keyboard and orchestral instruments. (May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours)
3523 HISTORY OF THEATRE TO 1700
This course will be a chronological study of major periods from beginnings of theatrical expression to 1700 as it relates to theatre.
3623 HISTORY OF THEATRE: 1700 TO PRESENT
This course will be a chronological study of major periods from 1700 to the present time as it relates to theatre.
3783 THEATRE PUBLICITY & PROMOTION
This course introduces the student to the all important areas of publicity and promotion by the task of developing a publicity schedule of stories, pictures, radio and perhaps video tapes, manning the box office, working with special sales with various groups, writing stories, taking or facilitating taking and dispersal of pictures and stories to many newspapers, radio stations, etc. The student will also work with reservations and house management. (Prerequisite: THTR 1113 or permission of instructor)
3883 CHILDREN'S THEATRE & CREATIVE DRAMA
A beginning study of children's theatre forms--improvisation, theatre games, creative dramatics--with performance skills and communication in mind.
3942 ACTING WORKSHOP: AUDITION
To provide the student with the practical solutions to the problems of auditioning. (Prerequisites: THTR 1113, 1213, and 1312, or permission of instructor)
3963 ACTING WORKSHOP: PERIOD STYLES
This course includes a survey of acting styles for the theatre from Greece to contemporary America as reflected through theory and criticism, architecture, costume, furniture, and acting. At least eight major characters from representative plays are studied and presented. (Prerequisite: THTR 1113, 1312 or permission of instructor.)
4013 MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
Students will explore contemporary music theatre production through research, rehearsal and performance for the public of a smaller musical theatre work. (Prerequisite: THTR 1133, 1552, 3013 and/or permission of instructor.)
4152 DANCE VII
This course is an advanced intermediate to beginner advanced level of tap and ballet technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of giving the student a refined sense of initiation and articulation of movement through combining complex steps resulting in across the floor progressions and/or dance construction. Performing, composing and interpreting will be required. References will also be made to facilitate the teaching of tap and ballet technique. The curriculum will accommodate the advanced intermediate to beginner advanced student.
4162 DANCE VIII
This course is a beginner advanced to intermediate advanced level of tap and ballet technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of giving the student a refined sense of the body in relation to itself and to the space through combining complex steps resulting in across the floor progressions and/or dance construction. Performing, composing and interpreting will be required. References will also be made to facilitate the teaching of tap and ballet technique. The curriculum will accommodate the beginner advanced to intermediate advanced student and those studets interested in becoming instructors of tap or ballet.
4172 DANCE AUDITION
This course is an advanced level course in auditioning. The class will consist of combining steps resulting in a specific combination and/or dance construction. Performing, composing and interpreting will be required. References will also be made to facilitate the art of teaching technique. The curriculum will accommodate the advanced student and those students interested in becoming instructors, performers, andor choreographers.
4222 STAGE DIALECTS
This course gives the actor and/or director practical understanding of several dialects common to stage use such as: British, Cockney, Southern, Southwestern, Massachusetts, New Jersey, German, French, Spanish. (Prerequisites: COMM 1003 and 1213, or permission of instructor)
4232 ADVANCED PERFORMANCE
This course allows the advanced actor a chance for a recital which will include monologues, scenes, pantomimes, songs, and dances from several periods or styles. The thrust will be to show the best of his craft in public performance.
4250 DANCE COMPANY
This course is an advanced level of many different techniques for a strong emphasis on performance. Open to all University students by audition.
4271 POINTE IV
This course is an intermediate level of pointe technique with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. The class will consist of combining steps resulting in a specific dance construction. Performing will be suggested. The curriculum will accommodate the intermediate student.
4313 THEATRE ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
The course will examine several principles and practices of theatre management for commercial, university, community and educational theatre. (Prerequisite: THTR 1113 or permission of instructor)
4332 ADVANCED LIGHTING DESIGN
A course for the advanced lighting design student. The student will put into application the principles of lighting design in a practical project. (Prerequisite: THTR 3453 or permission of instructor)
4342 DESIGN INTERNSHIP
A course for the advanced design student. Students will design a show from start to finish for an actual performance. (Prerequisites: THTR 3423 and 3453, or permission of instructor)
4382 ADVANCED SCENE DESIGN
A course for the advanced design student in a further study of contemporary designers, culminating in a class project. (Prerequisite: THTR 3423 or permission of instructor)
4412 DIRECTING WORKSHOP
This course trains the student to explore the productional planning process, see to its execution, and realize a full product in the form of a one-act play. (Prerequisite: THTR 3432 or permission of instructor)
4422 DIRECTING INTERNSHIP
In this course, the directing student gets practical experience in directing a full length play, including selection, casting, blocking, interpretation and post production analysis. (Prerequisite: THTR 3432, 4412, and permission of instructor)
4430 CHORVETTES
Open to all university students by audition. A group of student entertainers specializing in popular music. (May be repeated and taken for one or two hours credit)
4572 ADVANCED COSTUME DESIGN
A course for the advanced costume design student in a further study of a special design period culminating in a project. (Prerequisites: THTR 3343 or permission of instructor)
4673 THEORY AND CRITICISM OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE
This course will acquaint the student with a representative dramatic literature as it reflects the critical theories of the time.
4683 CHILDREN'S THEATRE WORKSHOP
A practicum-oriented study of children's theatre forms as they apply to working with children in workshop and production. (Summer Term Only)
4752 ACTING WORKSHOP:THE METHOD
An intensive study of the various elements of sense and emotional memory in the Stanislovsky system of acting as they relate to various monologues and scenes selected for audition and/or study. (Prerequisite: THTR 1113, 1213 and 1312or permission of instructor.)
4772 PATTERN DELEVOPMENT
The student will learn flat patterning, draping, cutting, advanced construction techniques and fitting for period and contemporary stage costumes. (Prerequisites: THTR2122 or permission of instructor.)
4803 CREATIVE EXPRESSION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
This course will provide elementary teachers with skills and games to promote oral activities, creative dramatics, movement, and dance in elementary age children.
4960 DIRECTED READING
Subject named in title listing. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)
4970 SPECIAL STUDIES
Subject named in title listing. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)
4980 SEMINAR
Subject named in title listing. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)
4990 RESEARCH
Subject named in title listing. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)
5113 PRODUCING THE HIGH SCHOOL PLAY
A comprehensive study of theatrical productions in high schools dealing exclusively with live theatre. Descriptions of various branches of the profession and how they are currently structured, and a study of principles to strengthen theatre practice both economically and artistically.
5223 CLASSICAL THEATRE
An aggregate study of place of performance, style of acting, conventions of setting, movement in costume, occupations, manners, dance, and music from Greek through Restoration theatre.
5960 DIRECTED READINGS
Subject named in title listing. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)
5970 SPECIAL STUDIES
Subject named in title listing. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)
5980 SEMINAR
Subject named in title listing. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)
5990 RESEARCH
Subject named in title listing. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)