Courses in Theatre and Drama
(Division 695)

205. Introduction to Theatre. (4). (HU).

This course introduces the student to the art of the theatre. Its purpose is to develop in the student a critical awareness and appreciation of theatre as an art form. The course focuses on theatre as performance and emphasizes plays as they have been realized on the stage. Topics include history, acting, directing, and design. In addition to lecture, each student attends one weekly discussion group. Students are required to attend and review current theatrical productions. These performances are as much a part of the course as the printed texts. Evaluation is based upon two hourly examinations, a final, two written critiques, and contributions to the discussion groups. (Burgwin)

211/Res. College Hums. 280/English 245. Introduction to Drama and Theatre. (4). (HU).

See English 245 for description. (Brater)

232. Black Theatre Workshop: I. (3). (HU).

This course, like Theatre and Drama 233, is intended to serve as an introduction to the art of acting. It concentrates upon the development of acting skills from a Black perspective, and the plays from which scenes are presented are from the Black Theatre. Previous acting experience is not expected. After an examination of the objective of the actor, the course then focuses upon the development of the skills of the actor including the means of achieving the creative state of mind, the development of body and voice, and the foundation of the character from within the script. Basic reading and lecture material provide a background for the presentation of class scenes.

236. Acting I: Fundamentals. No credit granted to those who have completed 231. Concentrators should elect Theatre 236. (3). (HU).

This course serves as an introduction to the practical skills of acting for the theatre. It is a prerequisite for Theatre and Drama 334 and 336 which are in turn required for 400 level acting courses in the theatre curriculum. Instructional methods are largely those of lecture, discussion, theatre exercises, and performance of scenes. Plays are read from a recommended list and serve as the basis for the performance of the scenes. Some instructors may also recommend or require other readings.

250. Production Practicum. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

Special laboratory work in theatre production. No text. No exams. Grades are based on their performance of assigned crew work. (Section 001 Decker; section 002: Weisfeld; section 003: Billings; section 004: Riske; section 005: Staff)

251. Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices. Concurrent enrollment in Theatre 250. (3). (HU).

Introduction to the basic principles and practices of stagecraft: costume and scenic materials, construction and painting, stage lighting. Must also elect Theatre and Drama 250. Lecture, exams, projects. Text: Bellman, Scene Design, Stage Lighting, Sound, Costume and Makeup. (Decker)

334. Fundamentals of Voice for the Actor. Theatre 236. (2). (Excl).

This is a first level voice class, there being no prerequisite. Course theme is realizing the potential for producing vocal energy. The course develops resonance, articulation, facial flexibility, and relaxation and applies same to exploring and enriching language. The required text is The Use and Training of the Human Voice by Arthur Lessac. Student evaluation is determined by attendance, class participation and the individual's progress during the class. (Burke)

336. Acting II: Self Analysis. Theatre 236 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 hours credit.

This second course in acting takes the student from the basic introduction to performance offered in 236 to more specific work in how to analyze, develop, rehearse and perform a character. The methodology is Stanislavski-based. Focus will be placed upon learning to work with "beats" or "units", physical actions, objectives and obstacles. Grades will be based upon class exercise, rehearsal and performance of contemporary scenes and monologues/audition work. There may also be additional reading and a term paper required. Attendance to all classes and rehearsals is mandatory. Attendance problems will affect the grade. This course is required for theatre concentrators and is a prerequisite for those wishing to audition for Acting III and IV (436 & 437). (Eysselinck)

421/English 443. History of Theatre: I. (4). (HU).

See English 443 for description. (Bender)

435. Movement for the Actor. Theatre 336. (2). (Excl).

This course is designed to provide actors with a working knowledge of their bodies with emphasis on relaxation of body tension, flexibility and centering. Exercises and improvisational techniques will aid in developing awareness of the body as an expressive means. Lecture/studio.

436. Acting III: Textual Analysis. Theatre 205, 211, 334, 336, 435, and audition. (4). (Excl).

An advanced undergraduate acting course which places a major emphasis on developing a personalized working process, enabling the actor to invest text choices informed by a variety of explorative processes. Jury required for entrance, continuation in 437 expected. (Fredrickson)

439. Acting Practicum. Theatre 236, 334, 336, 436, and permission of department chairman. Concurrent enrollment in an acting course. (2). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

This course provides credit for advanced acting students for the rehearsal and performance of major roles. For detailed and specific information in individual cases consult the department.

441. Directing I: Principles. Theatre 205, 211, 251, and 336. (3). (HU).

This basic course in the art of direction reviews the entire process the director must follow from play selection to opening night. Practical exercises in key phases of the process supplement lecture and discussion. Required for Theatre concentrators. Grade based on exercises, quizzes and class participation. (Burgwin)

445. Stage Management. Theatre 205 and 251 and permission of instructor. (1-2). (Excl). May be repeated once for a total of four credits.

This is a course in practical stage management for the theatre. Each student serves either as a stage manager or an assistant stage manager for a fully mounted theatre production. The course meets one hour a week as a formal lecture, plus regular consultations when assigned as stage manager. (Riske)

456. Introduction to Lighting for Stage and Television. Theatre 205 and 251; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course focuses on the theory and technique of stage and television lighting as well as on the characteristics and control of light and color and their application to theatre, television, and dance. It is advisable for the student to have completed a basic stagecraft course as a prerequisite. Student evaluation will be based on written examination, lighting design projects, and practical work on productions. Lecture/demonstration. (Riske)

460. Principles of Scenic Design. Theatre 205 and 251; or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 461. (3). (Excl).

This course considers the use of design elements and styles of production in the design of scenery for the theatre. The course is devised specifically for students who have a practical art background. Student evaluation is based on written exams, design projects, and practical work on productions. Basic stagecraft and play analysis courses are prerequisites to the course. (Billings)

461. Scenic Design Theory. Theatre 205 and 251; or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 460. (2). (Excl).

Theory and practice of scene design and its influence on stage directing. For non-technical students. This course is not part of a department sequence, but the student must have had a basic stagecraft course. Course grade is based on exams and design projects; lecture and discussion. (Billings)

462. Drafting and Model Making. Theatre 205 and 251; or permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

A studio course in drafting for the theatrical designers and technicians, with special emphasis placed on methods of scenographic communication and portfolio presentation. Intended for advanced undergraduate concentrators in this field, as well as entering M.F.A. candidates in Theatrical Design. (Billings)

472. Stage Makeup. Theatre 205 or permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

Theatrical Makeup is studied through theory and demonstration with students practicing application of makeup from basic corrective makeups through more complicated character ones as the term progresses. Laboratory, in addition to class practice, includes the crewing of the departmental productions. Evaluation is based on progress, class participation, graded exercises, crew work and final practical exam. Text: Richard Corson, Stage Makeup, 6th edition. (Christiansen)

485. Management for the Performing Arts. Four courses in theatre or permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

An introductory course in the principles of performing arts management including budgeting, promotion, facility planning and organization. Professional techniques with their adaptation to academic and non-professional organizations. A lecture course utilizing guest speakers and discussion. Students evaluated on the basis of class participation and written projects. Texts: Theatre Management by Stephen Langley, and Subscribe Now! by Danny Newman. (Lindsey Nelson)

486. Practicum in Performing Arts Management. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). May be repeated for credit twice.

A laboratory in performing arts management including box office, publicity, front of house management, promotion. (Nelson)

505. Special Work in Theatre Production and Performance. Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl).

This course provides academic credit in appropriate quantity for independent creative work undertaken under faculty supervision. A wide variety of projects may be undertaken with the mutual agreement of student and faculty member.

540. Directing Practicum. Theatre 541 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

This course is a laboratory in which advanced directing students direct a one-act play in the Studio series. Successful completion of Theatre and Drama 441 and 442 and instructor's recommendation required. (Burgwin)

577. Costume History and Design I. Theatre 351; or permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).

The first half of a two term sequence covering the history of western dress from classical Greek times through 1485. Application of historical dress to theatrical production and the process of designing for the stage are an integral part of the study. The course is designed for graduate theatre students in all areas, but is the beginning level for graduate costume design majors. Weekly design projects which explore historical research and various aspects of theatrical design plus a 40 hour lab and a production running crew in wardrobe for a department production. The course continues the second term through 1940 with fewer projects and an intensive final project of costume designs for a theorized production. (Weisfeld)

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