BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in theatre is designed for students who want professional training in theatre performance or production. The student concentrates in either the acting or design/production area. For admission to either program, students must apply no earlier than the end of the freshman year and no later than the first semester of their junior year.
THEA 101 Plays and Playwrights
An introduction to the literature of theatre from the Greeks to the present with emphasis on the script in performance. Does not count toward the major.
THEA 102 Theatre Arts
From script to production: theories, methods and personnel involved in staging the dramatic work. Does not count toward the major.
THEA 105 Language of Performance
An interdisciplinary discussion course. This course meets three times per week, and is required of all theatre and dance majors. An introduction to the ways in which dance, theatre, and other related performative forms create and communicate meanings through various modes of production of languages or performance. This course examines the various verbal, visual, and kinesthetic languages employed by artists to generate and exchange meaning in performance. Same a DANC 105.
THEA 109 Voice I
Development of relaxation habits, physical alignment, breath control and release, tone production, and articulation.
THEA 201 Performance I
Corequisite or prerequisite: THEA 105. A structured and at times spontaneous exploration of space, time, shape, sound, scenario, motion, and expenditure of energy to the end of attracting and holding the attention of the audience. Students may not receive credit for both DANC 151 and DANC 201/THEA 201. Same as DANC 201.
THEA 207 Video Production I
An introduction to the basic techniques of video film production. Topics will range from use of the camera to basic lighting techniques for video and film. Students will gain experience as director, camera and sound operators, and talent during exercises and short projects.
THEA 208 Video Production II
A continuation of skills and techniques covered in Video Production I, this course will also introduce the student to the techniques of storyboard, pre-production, directing, and editing.
THEA 209 Voice II
Development of relaxation habits, physical alignment, breath control and release, tone production, and articulation with emphasis on corrective tutorial work.
THEA 210 Fundamentals of Acting
Class and workshop sessions in developing fundamental skills in the art and craft of acting as a creative process. Does not count toward the major.
THEA 211 Beginning Acting
Class and workshop sessions in developing fundamental skills in the art and craft of acting as a creative process.
THEA 299 Performance Practicum
Course is open to students cast in roles of Department Productions. Permission of Production’s Director Required.
THEA 301 Intermediate Acting
THEA 20. Continuing development of acting skills focused primarily on work within the text. (Scenes, monologues, two other texts related exercises)
THEA 303 Suzuki Method of Acting
Internationally renowned theatre director Tadashi Suzuki developed the well-established Suzuki Acting Method. Technically speaking, the method consists of training to learn to speak powerfully and with clear articulation, and is also used to enhance the expressiveness of the whole body. It is thus that actors can learn the best way to exist on the stage. The goal is therefore to make it possible for actors to develop their ability of physical expression and also to nourish a tenacity of concentration. The class activities include a series of exercises involving the physical center of the body in motion off center/on center within a consistent level of energy. This training is a vocabulary necessary to materialize the theatre and requires assimilation of the vocabulary by the actor as a second instinct. These techniques should be studied, mastered, until they serve as an “operational hypothesis,” so that the actors may truly feel themselves “fictional” on stage. For actors to realize the images they themselves pursue, they will have to develop at least this basic physical sensibility. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.
THEA 309 Stage Speech I
Corrective work on individual regional speech habits, articulation, and phrasing.
THEA 321 Directing I
Prerequisites: THEA 201 and approval of instructor. A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of directing, including script analysis, blocking, composition, dramatic focus, and actor coaching. Staged scenes using outside actors make up a major part of the course activities.
THEA 322 Directing II
Prerequisites: THEA 321 and approval of instructor. Advanced studies in the principles and practice of directing. Course activities involve scene study and staging with special emphasis give to advanced techniques in composition, working with actors, and design collaboration.
THEA 323 Playwriting I: Finding Your Voice
The majority of exercises and discussions throughout this class will focus on finding your voice of expression. This can only be done by jumpstarting your writing. With that in mind, this class will throw you almost immediately into the act of habitually writing by insisting upon regular journaling, assigning a consistent stream of exercises that involve more radical theatrical approaches, and the creation of a monologue and ten-minute play.
THEA 324 Playwriting II: The Long Good One Act
By the end of this semester, the student will have completed a 20 to 30 page one act.
THEA 334 Theatre Production and Design I
Corequisite: THEA 399. Corequisite or prerequisite: THEA 105. An integrated introduction to the disciplines of scenic, costume, and lighting design coupled with the practical considerations of construction and execution of the design process. First of two semester course with Theatre 335. One year sequence required of all theatre majors.
THEA 335 Theatre Production and Design II
Corequisite: THEA 205 or 305. Second semester in the sequence of Theatre Production and Design. Prerequisite: THEA 334. A continued exploration of the disciplines of scenic, costume, and lighting design coupled with the practical considerations of construction and execution of the design process. A finished final presentation will be required. One year sequence required of all theatre majors.
THEA 341 History of Costume
An illustrated history of dress and society from the ancient Greeks to the present. Assignments emphasizing interpretation of costume research for the stage. Laboratory required.
THEA 351 Rehearsal Techniques for Actors and Directors
Exploration of the interaction between actor and director during scene study with emphasis on developing the analytic and rehearsal techniques fundamental to the production process.
THEA 391, 392 Special Topics
Specialty courses for undergraduates in performance techniques, projects, and theatre related subjects as designed by visiting or permanent theatre faculty. For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes. For description, consult the department.
THEA 399 Theatre Practicum
Required of all theatre majors. Course is open with credit to all students of the University and is designed to provide the student with practical production experience in the areas of set, costume, lighting, sound, and box office management. May be taken a total of four times.
THEA 401 Advanced Acting
Prerequistes: THEA 201, 301. Continuing development of acting skills focused primarily on characterization, the use of subtext and imagery for the actor.
THEA 409 Stage Speech II
Corrective work on individual regional speech habits, articulation, and phrasing with added emphasis on the speaking of verse material.
THEA 432 Movement Stories
An interdisciplinary studio course that examines creation of and communication of stories through movement and theatre approaches with emphasis on creativity and invention. Same as DANC 432.
THEA 440 Clowning and Improvisation
Prerequisites: THEA 105, 201. A course that will teach students a form of French clowning popularized by Bataclown. The act of clowning as will be practiced in this class is based on corporeal, emotional, and vocal expression. Each student will create her or his own individualized clown character through improvisational exercises. A midterm research paper with presentation and final performance will be required of all.
THEA 441 Theatre and Social Change
Prerequisites: THEA 105 & 201. Students are introduced to Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed” techniques. They will be used to explore such issues as identity and representation, gender, oppression, empowerment, racism, and environmental racism, homophobia, and peer pressure.
THEA 456, 457 Internship Studies
Prerequisites: approval of instructor and department. An experiential learning process coupled with pertinent academic course work. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing. Registration is completed in the academic department sponsoring the internship on TUTOR. Only one internship may be completed per semester. Note: A maximum of three credits may be earned in one or two courses. May also count as Capstone Experience.
THEA 471 History of Theatre I
Prerequisite: THEA 105. An introductory course in the conventions, physical conditions, and techniques of theatrical production in the Western tradition from the Greek classical period through the Elizabethan period. Emphasis will be placed on the study of seminal texts from Aeschylus to Webster.
THEA 472 History of Theatre II
Prerequisites: THEA 105 and 471. Studies of Neoclassical France, the Enlightenment, the romantic period, and the rise of realism. Emphasis will be placed on the achievements of such figures as Voltaire, Garrick, and Goethe, and seminal texts from Racine to Dumas fils.
THEA 473 History of Theatre III
Prerequisites: THEA 105, 471, 472. A survey of the history of theatre from naturalism to modernism and beyond. Emphasis will be placed on the achievements of such figures as Wagner, Stanislavski, Meyerhold, and Brecht, and the seminal texts from Ibsen to Kushner.
THEA 488 Writing Practicum
Corequisite: three-credit departmental course. Prerequisite: successful completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement. Fulfills the college intensive-writing requirement.
THEA 490 Capstone Theatre History Seminar
Prerequisite: approval of instructor. In this course students will undertake in-depth research on a topic of contemporary relevance to the discipline of theater. A complete description will be available the semester it is taught by the respective professor. Counts as Capstone Experience.
THEA 491, 492 Independent Studies
Prerequisite: approval of instructor. May count as Capstone Experience. If chosen as a Capstone Experience (coupled with THEA 511), the project must have sufficient depth to meet the criteria for such an undertaking. No matter what topic chosen, the project must demonstrate that the student has a thorough understanding of their field of theatre studies and apply it to this project.
THEA 497 Filmmaker and Actor Workshop
A workshop specifically intended for filmmakers and actors to develop and prepare a short script for production.
THEA H499-H500 Honors Thesis
Prerequisites: approval of chair of department and Honors Committee. For qualified seniors. Counts as Capstone Experience.
THEA 511 Capstone
This number is used in conjunction with another Capstone course when the student has the option of taking more than one Capstone eligible class.
THEA 555 Capstone 1
The capstone courses for the coordinate major in digital media production are designed to bring together students from different disciplines (art communication, dance, English, music, and theatre) to collaborate on a year-long video production, using skills learned in required and elective classes. Upon completion, the final project will receive a public screening. Same as MUSC 555.
THEA 556 Capstone 2
The capstone courses for the coordinate major in digital media production are designed to bring together students from different disciplines (art communication, dance, English, music, and theatre) to collaborate on a year-long video production, using skills learned in required and elective classes. Upon completion, the final project will receive a public screening. Same as MUSC 556.
THEA 601 Approaches to the Style and Genre of Acting
Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Investigation and work with theatrical styles and genres in acting.
THEA 602 Special Topics in Acting
Prerequisite: approval of instructor. One or more topics will be covered each semester, e.g., Acting Shakespeare.
THEA 611 Acting for Other Media
Prerequisites: THEA 201 and approval of instructor. This course is designed to train the acting student in techniques that are required for successful performance in film, television, and radio. Students will explore the differences between acting for the stage and for the "mechanical" media and will be assigned scenes and copy to perform on camera and on microphone.
THEA 613, 614 Ensemble Production
Prerequisites: THEA 105, 201. Development of the ensemble in relation to specific genres and playwrights culminating in a public performance.
THEA 622 Theatre Makeup
This studio style course explores the different types of theatrical makeup and it uses in different venues. The student is provided with supervised time in class to develop application skills both on themselves and using live models as well as thinking critically about an application. Topics covered during a semester include the use of wigs and ventilated hairpieces, using appliances or latex prosthetics; character makeup, design.
THEA 623 Special Effects
Introductory course designed to expose the student to the various types of special effects available, and their uses in the entertainment industry.
THEA 631 Advanced Technical Problems
A survey of the traditional methods of constructing and mounting scenery for theatre. A practical approach to planning technical production. Includes budgets for time and material, organization of shops and crews, and standards in drafting the production.
THEA 632 Advanced Technical Production
A survey of the nontraditional methods of constructing and mounting scenery. Includes welding for the stage, an introduction to sound design, and stage furniture repair and refinishing. Laboratory in addition to lecture.
THEA 633 Fundamentals of Lighting
A course in the art and craft of stage lighting. Basic electricity and color theory. Lighting instruments and their control. Practical experience in lighting the production. Laboratory in addition to lecture.
THEA 634 Computer Technology for Lighting
Advanced problems in stage lighting. Structured approach to the development of lighting for the stage. Analysis of available lighting control options. Practical experience in preparation of light designs for production. Laboratory in addition to lecture.
THEA 635 Theatrical Drafting and Model Making Techniques
Prerequisite: THEA 334, 335. MFA/BFA students only. A course in the basic drafting and model making techniques to first year graduate students. Foundation for Scenic Design CAD, Fundamentals of Lighting, Scene Design I, II, Technical Direction I, II, and Lighting Design I, II.
THEA 641 Design Fundamentals I
Prerequisite: approval of instructor. The development of scenic and costume designs from the modern viewpoint. Techniques of drawing, rendering, and perspective in relation to designers’ presentation and portfolio. Laboratory.
THEA 642 Design Fundamentals II
Prerequisite: THEA 641. A continuation of Theatre 641. Equal emphasis on the designers’ process and rendering techniques. Watercolor, pen and ink, scenic models.
THEA 644 Rendering for Designers
The development of the individual's graphic skills in regard to rendering for theatrical purposes. Stress will be placed on accurately representing designs on plates in a professional fashion and on the manipulation of different mediums.
THEA 646 Advanced Costume Rendering
Prerequisite: THEA 644 and instructor approval. MFA/BFA students only. To improve drawing/costume rendering skills. A course to advance the costume design student's understanding of the human body and how it moves and behaves, thus enhancing the student's ability to communicate through costume design rendering; exploration of the anatomy of the body, including the skeletal and muscular systems, how they interact and how they move; and exploration of how different fabrics behave on the body and how the body's movement is affected by clothing.
THEA 653 Period Styles for Designers I
In-depth study of the styles of architecture, decor, furniture, and costume from antiquity through Elizabethan England, 1625. Research and design adaptation assignments.
THEA 654 Period Styles for Designers II
Further study in architecture, decor, furniture, and costume from Charles I through modern including Eastern cultures. Research and design adaptation assignments.
THEA 655 Stage Management
Introduction to the multifaceted job of stage management.
THEA 670 Sound Technology
Introductory level course designed to expose the student to the theories and technology of the professional audio world.
THEA 671 Modern Drama From Ibsen to Brecht
Seminar on five modern European dramatists. Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht.
THEA 672 Seminar in Contemporary Drama
Analysis of principal trends in the contemporary European and American theatres.
THEA 676 Costume Technology
Concentrated introduction to the methods, tools, and techniques used in the construction of costumes for the theatre. Focus will be placed on standard shop equipment, fabrics, and general construction techniques.
THEA 678 Topics in Advanced Costume Technology
Prerequisite: THEA 676 or approval of instructor. (1) Advanced study in two primary pattern development techniques as well as with patterning software. Some time will be spend of dressmaker details and simple tailoring. (2) Men's and women's tailoring techniques. Focus will be placed on traditional methods of hand and machine tailoring as applied to theatrical attire. (3) Millinery. Focus will be place on the primary construction methods for historic and/or contemporary hats: felt bodies, and frames. Various types and styles of finishes and decoration will also be explored.
THEA 680 Practical Applications
A design lab where the students put theory into practice. The lab assignments will be tailored by the faculty to the individual students needs. The objective is to provide actualized work experience in conjunction with faculty mentoring on design work productions. May be repeated 4 times for credit.
THEA 681 Theatrical Photography
Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Basic photography and darkroom techniques designed specifically for theatre design students to document their work. Both black and white and color will be covered.
THEA 682 Scene Design CAD
Prerequisites: THEA 334, 335, 641, 642. We will introduce and explore Computer Aided Design using primarily the Vector Works program with its practical applications to theatrical scene design.
THEA 683 Scene Painting
Prerequisites: THEA 343, 344, 641, 642. This is a collaborative class based upon professional practices of scenic studios. We will examine the working relationship between the scenic designer and the scenic artist, and look at historical changes to the profession over the past 400 years. There will be extensive time spent drawing and painting and learning techniques to realize different faux finishes. This introductory class will culminate will a full sized color drop, with all in the class participating.
THEA 684 Design for Other Media
This course explores the making of a TV production from the standpoint of the producer's, director's and designers' involvement in the overall planning and execution, both in the studio and in the field, with special emphasis on set design.
THEA 685 Design for Dancers
Designed to expose the dancer/choreographer to the theories of lighting and sound design as it applies to dance.
THEA 690 Portfolio Techniques
Prerequisite: final academic year standing. This course will prepare the student's portfolio, as well as the student, for the professional world. Stress placed upon plate layout, organization of materials, selection of pieces for inclusion, etc. Additionally, job search techniques and interview preparation will be explored.
THEA 691, 692 Special Topics
Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes. For description, consult department.
THEA 699 B.F.A. Thesis Production
Required for B.F.A. students. Students work in area of emphasis culminates in either the design of a mainstage production or being cast in a major role in a mainstage production. A written thesis is required. Counts as Capstone Experience.