Courses in Theatre and Drama (Division 695)

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

See English 245. (Walsh)

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. Instructional methods are largely those of lecture, discussion, and basic acting exercises designed to familiarize the student with Stanislavski's Method of Physical Actions. It is a prerequisite for the Theatre and Drama 334 and 336, which are in turn required for 400 level acting courses in the curriculum. Requirements for evaluation include active and consistent participation in class activities, the completion of two assigned papers, outside readings, and the performance of a prepared scene. Students will also be expected to attend the performance of a play on campus. Interviews, which are required for admission to all sections, are scheduled for April 8, 10, 15, 17, and 22 at 10AM-1:30PM and September 2 and 3; sign up sheets for appointments are posted on Room 2545A Frieze Bldg. (Klautsch)

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 Heller)

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 "on feet" work, with particular attention to the actor's craft of the spoken word. Monologue and scene work from both contemporary pieces and Shakespeare is used as laboratory work for an investigation of the sound and sense of dramatic texts. Grades will be based upon class participation and progress. Attendance of all classes is mandatory. This course is required for theatre concentrators, and is a prerequisite for those wishing to audition for Acting III and IV (436 and 437), and participation in productions outside class is strongly encouraged. (Kerr)

351. Introduction to Theatrical Design. Theatre 205 and 251 and concurrent enrollment in Theatre 250. (3). (Excl).

An introductory course in the theory and method of visual design of stage scenery, costumes, and lighting; analysis of the play in terms of design, and the procedures a designer follows in designing for the stage. The course grade will be based on written exams, a design project, and production crew work. (Billings)

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.

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. 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 open night. The works of a number of directors, American and European, will be studied. Required for Theatre concentrators. Grade based on essays, an exam, and class participation.

442. Directing II. Theatre 441. (3). (HU).

Exercises, projects and readings exploring further the art of the theatre and play directing. Intended for advanced Theatre students. Evaluation is based on presentation of assignments devised to develop students' skills and creativity. The term's work culminates with a showing of representative directing assignments by class members. This course is the undergraduate prerequisite to directing a Studio Theatre production. Possible text: Clurman, On Directing.

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. (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)

464. Scene Painting for the Theatre. Theatre 205 and 251; and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

An introductory study in the techniques, methods of painting scenery for the stage. Class demonstration, critiques, projects. The course grade will be based on assigned painting projects. Students are required to serve on one paint crew for a Theatre Department production during the term. No specific text, but reading in the library will be assigned.

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.

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. (Kuras)


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