Theatre Arts courses are offered under the Performing Arts Program.

THEA 11000:  BEGINNING DANCE I:CM:  4 Hour(s)  

BEGINNING DANCE I:CM~ This course is designed to develop efficiency of movement, combined with an understanding of basic movement principles and an appreciation for dance in general. Students will participate in exercises designed to increase range of motion, strength, endurance, agility, coordination, and stability, with special emphasis being placed on alignment and relaxation. Students will also be briefly introduced to fundamentals of anatomy and to a general history of dance as an art form. No previous dance experience necessary. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 12000:  FUNDAMNTL PRNCPLS OF ACTING:CM:  3 Hour(s)  

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF ACTING:CM~ This course familiarizes students with the basic principles of stage movement, vocal production, character analysis, concentration, improvisation, and emotion. Students will participate in classroom exercises designed to eliminate inhibition and nervousness. Finally, they will perform two short scenes that are chosen from a list of selected plays. The course requires no previous acting experience. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 12100:  ACTING LAB:  1 Hour(s)  

ACTING LAB~ By permission only. Taken with THEA (120 or 12000).

Corequisite: THEA 12000

THEA 15000:  INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE:IM:  3 Hour(s)  

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE:IM~ The student's critical awareness of theatre will be cultivated in this course by examining the interlocking roles of the actor, director, designer, and playwright within a theatre production. Students will develop an understanding and enjoyment of the collaborative arts of the theatre through the analysis of plays and essays from major theatrical periods. The student will become involved in some aspect of a live production. This course fulfills the Interpretive Methods requirement.

Core: Interpretive Methods

THEA 15200:  THE ART OF THE THEATRE:CM:  3 Hour(s)  

THE ART OF THE THEATRE:CM~ This course is designed to give students an introduction to the various disciplines that make up the collaborative art form of the theatre. The work of playwrights, directors, and actors will be explored through reading, discussion, and performance activities. The work of scenic, lighting, costume, and make-up designers will be studied and explored through hands-on activities, which may include some drawing and painting. Students will also explore the literature, history, and development of the theatre. This course strives to create in the student a better understanding of all aspects of the theatre so as to instill a greater appreciation of this unique and lively art form. This course is not required for Theater majors or or minors, although it can be taken as an elective. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 17000:  TECHNICAL PRODUCTION:CM:  3 Hour(s)  

TECHNICAL PRODUCTION:CM~ This course is designed to train students in behind-the-scenes procedures and activities. The primary focus will be on set construction, props, painting techniques, lighting, and sound. Elementary technical theatre practices will be examined. The student will become acquainted with the use of special theatrical equipment as well as scene shop equipment. Planned exercises will be used to assist the student in acquiring a familiarity with various aspects of technical theatre. Working on the department's current production(s) will be a required part of the course. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 17100:  REHEARSAL ASSISTANT:  1 Hour(s)  

REHEARSAL ASSISTANT~ The 1 hour practicum is designed for the interested student, providing the opportunity to assist.

THEA 17200:  RUNNING CREW/PROPERTIES:  1 Hour(s)  

RUNNING CREW/PROPERTIES~ This one-hour practicum is designed for the interested student, providing the opportunity to assist.

THEA 17300:  SOUND/LIGHTS:  1 Hour(s)  

SOUND/LIGHTS~ This one-hour practicum is designed for the interested student, providing the opportunity to assist.

THEA 17400:  SET CONSTRUCTION/PAINTING:  1 Hour(s)  

SET CONSTRUCTION/PAINTING~ This one-hour practicum is designed for the interested student, providing the opportunity to assist.

THEA 17500:  COSTUMING/MAKE-UP:  1 Hour(s)  

COSTUMING/MAKE-UP~ This one-hour practicum is designed for the interested student, providing the opportunity to assist.

THEA 17600:  FRONT OF HOUSE OPERATIONS:  1 Hour(s)  

FRONT OF HOUSE OPERATIONS~ This one-hour practicum is designed for the interested student, providing the opportunity to assist.

THEA 17900:  TECHNICAL PRODUCTION LAB:  1 Hour(s)  

TECHNICAL PRODUCTION LAB~

Corequisite: THEA 17000

THEA 18000:  WKSP::  1 Hour(s)  

WORKSHOP~ This workshop will provide the opportunity for students to examine a special topic in Theatre Arts. Through readings, discussions and written assignments there will be opportunities to evaluate the topic at issue. Workshops may be taken Pass/No Credit only. Students may take no more than nine workshops for credit toward graduation. Workshops can be used as elective credit only. (For PGS students only.)

THEA 20000:  HISTORY OF WEST THEATRE I:IM:  3 Hour(s)  

HISTORY OF WESTERN THEATRE I:IM~ This course surveys the development of the western theatre from its origins through the Renaissance and introduces the theatre of the Orient. Along with select plays the student will study acting styles, actors, theatre architecture, costuming, and scene design. Also offered as ENGL 20000. A student may receive credit for only one of these courses. This course fulfills the Interpretive Methods requirement. Previously offered as THEA/ENGL (251/25100).

Core: Interpretive Methods

THEA 20100:  HISTORY OF WEST THEATRE II:IM:  3 Hour(s)  

HISTORY OF WESTERN THEATRE II:IM~ Beginning in 1660 England, this course studies plays, playwrights, acting styles, actors, theatre architecture, costuming, scene design, and the development of the role of the director in the U.S. and Europe up through the present. This course will also cover a survey of Third World Theater. Also listed as English 20100. A student may receive credit for only one of these courses. This course fulfills the Interpretive Methods requirement. Previously Theater 252/25200.

Core: Interpretive Methods

THEA 20900:  SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE:CM:  3 Hour(s)  

SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE:CM~ Performance is the way in which dramatic texts come to life, and performing a play is an indispensable heuristic to knowledge about it. In this course, advanced students of Shakespeare shall investigate one play in its entirety, learning each scene by staging it. Becoming familiar with the work of the actor and director as well as with that of the critic, scholar, and reviewer, students will keep a daily journal and write analyses of scenes in preparation for staging work in class. The instructor will not serve as a director; rather, students will explore scenes in their own groups. Readings will include critical essays, scholarly discussions of textual issues, and reviews of performances. Also listed as ENGL 20900. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 22100:  ACTING I:  1 Hour(s)  

ACTING I~ Students will be involved as a performer in the current production. Credit for this experiential learning is gained by completing the following tasks: 1) Audition for the current theatre production and be cast in a role 2) attend all required rehearsals 3) perform in the play and assist with the striking of the set. The course may be repeated three times for credit.

THEA 22400:  ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LIT:CM:  4 Hour(s)  

ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE:CM~ Critical approaches to literature to discover meaning and to appreciate the emotional effect of the work is the focal point of this course. Students will use various forms of literature for interpretation and study. Emphasis is placed on principles of reading a work aloud to communicate its intellectual and emotional meaning. Presentations will possibly be an integrated or adjunct aspect of this course. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement. A version of this course for three (3) credit hours is listed asTheatre 22410. Also listed as Communication 22400.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 22410:  ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LIT:CM:  3 Hour(s)  

ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE:CM ~ Critical approaches to literature to discover meaning and to appreciate the emotional effect of the work is the focal point of this course. Students will use various forms of literature for interpretation and study. Emphasis is placed on principles of reading a work aloud to communicate its intellectual and emotional meaning. Presentations will possibly be an integrated or adjunct aspect of this course. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement. A version of this course for four (4) credit hours is listed asTheatre 22400. Also listed as Communication 22410.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 22900:  CREATIVE DRAMATICS:CM:  3 Hour(s)  

CREATIVE DRAMATICS:CM~ This course will explore how dramatic play and improvisation can be used to stimulate learning in the grade-school classroom. Students will develop storytelling skills using numerous techniques, activities, and exercises. Students will develop a story through improvisation and realize their story into a theater production. The class will culminate in a performance. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 24100:  READINGS IN DRAMATIC LITR I:  1 Hour(s)  

READINGS IN DRAMATIC LITERATURE I~ By permission only.

THEA 24200:  READINGS IN DRAMATIC LITR II:  1 Hour(s)  

READINGS IN DRAMATIC LITERATURE II~ By permission only.

THEA 24500:  CLASSICAL DRAMA:  4 Hour(s)  

CLASSICAL DRAMA~ This course focuses on tragedies and comedies of the Greek and Roman theatres. Representative plays of various Greek and Latin playwrights will be examined and discussed. One play will be presented as Reader's Theatre.

THEA 25900:  THEORY & PRAC SCENE DESIGN:CM:  3 Hour(s)  

THEORY AND PRACTICE OF SCENE DESIGN:CM~ This course will explore the process of creating scenic elements from the script to the stage. It is geared for students who are interested in theatre. The course will explore and develop the role and impact of the scene designer; basic drafting; use of color media; model building; and rendering. Students will become aware of the details the scene designer must integrate to achieve the historical, cultural, and psychological distinctions of stage settings and properties. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement. Also listed as THEA 25910 as a revised offering for 4 credit hours. Prerequisite: Theater Arts 170 or 17000 or permission.

Prerequisite: (THEA 170 or THEA 17000)

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 25910:  THEORY & PRAC SCENE DESIGN:CM:  4 Hour(s)  

THEORY AND PRACTICE OF SCENE DESIGN~ This course will explore the process of creating scenic elements from the script to the stage. It is geared for students who are interested in theatre. The course will explore and develop the role and impact of the scene designer; basic drafting; use of color media; model building; and rendering. Students will become aware of the details the scene designer must integrate to achieve the historical, cultural, and psychological distinctions of stage settings and properties. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement. Also listed as THEA 25900 as a revised offering for 3 credit hours.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 26000:  THEORY/PRACT OF STAGE LIGHT:CM:  4 Hour(s)  

THEORY AND PRACTICE OF STAGE LIGHTING:CM~ The principles of electricity and optics which are applied to theatrical lighting equipment will be covered in this course. Other topics include the history and developments within the total lighting control systems and the use of color in lighting for the stage. Finally, the course will develop the student's awareness and ability to design lighting for dramatic productions. This course fulfills the Creative Methods requirement.

Core: Creative Methods

THEA 26100:  SHAKESPEARE:IM:  3 Hour(s)  

SHAKESPEARE:IM~ This introductory course features major plays by Shakespeare with an emphasis on their place in the theater. We shall also consider historical context, language, genre, and theoretical influences on recent criticism. Plays representing early and late periods, such as Twelfth Night, I Henry IV, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale, may be included. Also listed as English 26100. Counts toward ENTR minor. This course fulfills the Interpretive Methods requirement.

Core: Interpretive Methods

THEA 27100:  ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER:  2 Hour(s)  

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER~ Geared mainly for the theatre major, the 2 hour practicum is designed for the serious student, providing the opportunity to oversee one of the areas listed. Each student will design the practicum to fit his/her particular needs with the supervision of the designer and/or director of the semester production. Can only be taken once.

THEA 27200:  RUNNING CREW/PROPERTIES:  2 Hour(s)  

RUNNING CREW/PROPERTIES~ Geared mainly for the theatre major, the 2 hour practicum is designed for the serious student, providing the opportunity to oversee one of the areas listed. Each student will design the practicum to fit his/her particular needs with the supervision of the designer and/or director of the semester production. Can only be taken once.

THEA 27300:  SOUND/LIGHTS:  2 Hour(s)  

SOUND/LIGHTS~ Geared mainly for the theatre major, the 2 hour practicum is designed for the serious student, providing the opportunity to oversee one of the areas listed. Each student will design the practicum to fit his/her particular needs with the supervision of the designer and / or director of the semester production. Can only be taken once.

THEA 27400:  SET CONSTRUCTION/PAINTING:  2 Hour(s)  

SET CONSTRUCTION/PAINTING~ Geared mainly for the theatre major, the 2 hour practicum is designed for the serious student, providing the opportunity to oversee one of the areas listed. Each student will design the practicum to fit his/her particular needs with the supervision of the designer and / or director of the semester production. Can only be taken once.

THEA 27500:  COSTUMING/MAKE-UP:  2 Hour(s)  

COSTUMING/MAKE-UP~ Geared mainly for the theatre major, the 2 hour practicum is designed for the serious student, providing the opportunity to oversee one of the areas listed. Each student will design the practicum to fit his/her particular needs with the supervision of the designer and/or director of the semester production. Can only be taken once.

THEA 27600:  FRONT OF HOUSE OPERATIONS:  2 Hour(s)  

FRONT OF HOUSE OPERATIONS~ Geared mainly for the theatre major, the 2 hour practicum is designed for the serious student, providing the opportunity to oversee one of the areas listed. Each student will design the practicum to fit his/her particular needs with the supervision of the designer and/or director of the semester production. Can only be taken once.

THEA 27700:  TECHNICAL DIRECTOR:  2 Hour(s)  

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR~ Geared mainly for the theatre major, the 2 hour practicum is designed for the serious student, providing the opportunity to oversee one of the areas listed. Each student will design the practicum to fit his/her particular needs with the supervision of the designer and/or director of the semester production. Can only be taken once.

THEA 28000:  SEM::  1-4 Hour(s)  

SEMINAR~

THEA 28100:  INDEPENDENT STUDY:  1-4 Hour(s)  

INDEPENDENT STUDY~

THEA 29500:  PREQUEL:SHAKESPEAR'S ENGLAND:  1 Hour(s)  

SHAKESPEAR'S ENGLAND~ This is a preparatory course for INTD 29500. This course will be offered and should be taken before travel to England with Shakespear's England trip abroad. This class is a twelve week, 1 hour course introdicing students to four Shakespearean plays that will sample how Shakespeare used the English language, the medium of live enactment, and available dramatic formulas, to depict his country onstage. It will consider the plays to help differentiate approaches taken by dramatic critics and theoatrical practitioners when approaching plays, and also as a beginning point for presentations, discussions, and assignments during upcoming travel to England during theStudy Abroad trip "Shakespear's England." Cross-listed with ENGL 29500.

THEA 29800:  FIELD EXPERIENCE:  1-4 Hour(s)  

FIELD EXPERIENCE~

THEA 32600:  EXPLORING ABILITY & DISABILITY:  3 Hour(s)  

EXPLORING ABILITY AND DISABILITY THROUGH PERFORMANCE- AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER~ This class will explore disability through the power of literature and performing arts focusing on the theme of autism spectrum disorders. In the fall, students will be engaging the topic of autism through the exploration of literature and scientific papers, discussions with medical providers and families who care for people with autism, and through personal interaction with people who have autism. This research will provide students with a comprehensive overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the experiences of people who live with it daily. After the interview process, the students will work the material they collected and each other in groups to create a short performance piece that captures particular issues surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder and engages audiences (predominantly high school and college students) with the topic. The hope is that, in the spring, a selection of the pieces created in class will be toured and performed to area venues and discussion sessions will be held to provide additional information about Autism Spectrum Disorder to those audiences. This course can count for Biomedical Humanities students as one of their Medical Humanities courses. Cross-listed with THEA 32600.

THEA 33100:  FUNDAMENTALS OF PLAY DIRECTING:  4 Hour(s)  

FUNDAMENTALS OF PLAY DIRECTING~ In this class, students will explore basic directing techniques, blocking, script analysis, production styles, and script selection. The course deals with both the theoretical and practical problems facing the beginning director. Students will read a textbook, create sample promptbooks, direct scenes with actors, critique each other's work, and attend other theatre productions. Regular attendance is required. Prerequisite: THEA (120 or 12000) or permission.

Prerequisite: (THEA 120 or THEA 12000)

THEA 36900:  PROJECTS IN DESIGN:  4 Hour(s)  

PROJECTS IN DESIGN~ This course is concerned primarily with scene design project work. Building on techniques learned in Theatre Arts 360 or 36000, students design sets, work with budgets, manage shop time, and focus on other areas related to design. Prerequisite: THEA (360 or 36000) or permission.

Prerequisite: (THEA 360 or THEA 36000)

THEA 37100:  STAGE MANAGEMENT:  3 Hour(s)  

STAGE MANAGEMENT~

THEA 38000:  SEM::  1-4 Hour(s)  

SEMINAR~

THEA 38100:  TPC:ACTING::  1-4 Hour(s)  

SPECIAL TOPIC IN ACTING~

THEA 38200:  TPC: DANCE:  4 Hour(s)  

TPC:DANCE~

THEA 38300:  TPC: TECH THEATRE:  1-4 Hour(s)  

TPC: TECH THEATRE~

THEA 38400:  TPC: DESIGN:  1-4 Hour(s)  

TPC: DESIGN~

THEA 38500:  TPC: DIRECTING:  1-4 Hour(s)  

TPC: DIRECTING~

THEA 48000:  SENIOR SEMINAR:  1-4 Hour(s)  

SENIOR SEMINAR~

THEA 48100:  INDEPENDENT RESEARCH:  1-4 Hour(s)  

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH~

THEA 49800:  INTERNSHIP:  4 Hour(s)  

INTERNSHIP~