Courses in Theatre and Drama (Division 695)

101. Introduction to Acting I. Permission of instructor (brief interview). (3). (Excl).

This course is designed as a general introduction to the fundamental skills of acting in the theatre. It will involve lecture, discussion, and a considerable amount of practical work, designed to familiarize the student with basic approaches. Improvisation work and theatre games are also likely to be involved. There will be some papers and selected reading. The course is recommended for those students who do not expect to progress to the advanced acting classes offered by the Department, though it is necessary for those wishing to progress to 102. Brief, informal interviews are however required for admission to all sections. The times of this will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 31, April 2, 7, 9, and 14. Sign-up sheets for appointments are available at the Theatre Department. Further details may be found at Room 2550 Frieze Building.

102. Introduction to Acting II. Theatre 101. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed to build on the experience of Theatre 101 or, as it was previously known, Theatre 236, and may be elected by students who have taken the latter course in previous terms. Either it, or Theatre 237, offered in the Winter Term, should be taken by all concentrators. It will confront students with the texts of representative playwrights, and show them how to relate their skills to the demands of those texts. Some papers and selected reading will be required, as well as continual scene work. This is the appropriate course for the non-specialist student who does not expect to progress to more advanced acting classes.

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

See English 245. (Nightingale)

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.

234(334). Voice I. (2). (Excl).

This course enables students to discover their vocal 'instruments' and develop them, ridding themselves of bad acquired habits in the process. Work will be primarily but not wholly practical.

235(435). Movement I. (2). (Excl).

This course aims to provide performers with a working knowledge of their bodies. Exercises, improvisation, and other techniques will aid at developing awareness of the physical 'instrument' as an expressive means.

236. Acting I. Permission of instructor (audition). (3). (Excl).

This course bears the same number as Theatre's former 236, but is aimed at the student with a serious interest in the art of acting and some hope of progressing to more advanced acting classes. It is still, however, an introductory course, offering 'on feet' work with a particular emphasis on the exploration and definition of the physical aspects of the performer through improvisation, theatre games and other exercises. Papers and selected reading will be required. Entry is by permission of instructor, which will usually involve a short audition. Please inquire at 2550 Frieze Building for details.

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; section 005 Finley)

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

Introduction to the basic principles and practices of stagecraft. A survey of scenic construction, materials, scene painting, stage properties, costumes and stage lighting, lecture, exams and lab. In lab, students build scenery, props and costumes for University Players Productions. Must also elect Theatre and Drama 250. No prior theatre experience needed. Required course for all Theatre and Drama, and Musical Theatre concentrators. Text: Gillette & Gillette, STAGE SCENERY-ITS CONSTRUCTION AND RIGGING. (Decker)

321(421)/English 443. History of Theatre I. (3). (HU).

This course should be elected by all concentrators. A survey of the development of theatre from the ancient Greeks to the 17th century. While representative plays are read, the emphasis is placed on theatre as performance, focusing on the theatre structure, design, acting, and audience. This is primarily a history of Western theatre, but some time is devoted to non-Western forms. (Ferran)

336(436). Acting III. Theatre 235, 237 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course bears the same number as Theatre's former Acting II, but is now a more advanced course. It is designed for the serious and committed student and offers continual 'on-feet' scene study, with a particular emphasis on characterization and the interaction of characters and the exploration of properties and locals. There will be some papers and selected reading, including play-reading. Entry to this course will normally be limited to those who have completed the sequence 236/7 or, in exceptional cases, 101/2; but for this term only there may be places for some who have taken Theatre's former 236, Acting I. Those who have taken Theatre's former 336, Acting II, may also apply to take it. Permission of instructor is required for entry. Please inquire at 2550 Frieze Building for details.

345(445). Stage Management. Theatre 251 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 4 credits.

Class covers methods of stage management including rehearsal coordination, prompt book preparation, record keeping, and director, cast, and crew relationships during the rehearsal period. Students will be assigned as Assistant Stage Manager on a School of Music production (theatre, opera, musical theatre or dance) requiring, during the rehearsal/performance period, approximately 70 hrs. outside of class time. Evaluation is based on class participation, occasional written assignments, and execution of assigned stage management duties. (Finley)

351. Theatrical Design I. (3). (Excl).

A general theatre design course that will introduce students to all aspects of design including scenery, costumes, and lighting. It is team-taught by members of the Graduate Design faculty with the goal of acquainting students with the "process" that is necessary to analyze a script in order to develop a design concept for the production. Basic graphic communication techniques will also be explored.

356(456). Introduction to Lighting for the Stage. Theatre 251. (3). (Excl).

This course, which includes both practical and theoretical work, aims to introduce students in some detail to the many and diverse uses of lighting in theatrical events.

385. Performing Arts Management. Theatre 251 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

Course topics of Arts Administration that we will cover: 1. Setting goals (strategic planning) 2. Interpersonal and organizational issues (managing people) 3. Artistic organizations and the community (Do they want what we want?) 4. Administering money (how to get it and how to spend it) 5. Marketing the arts. Detailed topics to be considered as part of the above: 1. Organizational structure. 2. Using boards of directors effectively. 3. Planning a season. 4. General principles of contracts. 5. Budgeting techniques and analysis. 6. Using financial statements effectively. 7. Commercial vs. nonprofit. 8. Fundraising and grants. 9. Setting ticket prices 10. How to do a press release and plan a brochure. If we have time: 1. Entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector 2. Effects of tax-law revisions on arts organization. Texts: CASES in ARTS ADMINISTRATION. Raymond, Greyser, Schwalbe. Arts Administration Research Institute. 1975. $26. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT for ARTS ORGANIZATIONS. Wehle, Mary. Arts Administration Research Institute. 1975. $13.50. MEDIA RESOURCE GUIDE. Foundation for American Communications. 1983. $5.00. BASIC GRAPHIC DESIGN and PASTE-UP. Warren, Jack. North Light Publishers. 1985. $11.95. (Kuras)

386(486). Practicum in Performing Arts Management. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

Students will gain practical experience in arts administration by assisting in the creation of approximately six productions per term presented under the auspices of the School of Music, including drama, dance, musical theatre, and opera. Students are required to meet "real world" deadlines and to contribute toward meeting actual ticket-sales goals. Administrative assignments include: writing press releases, developing marketing campaigns, creating print and radio ads, assisting in ticket-office, and managing the house during performances. One hour class per week is required plus weekly duties according to the particular production. Theatre 385 is a suggested prerequisite concurrently), or previous backstage experience. (Kuras)

402. Theatre Forum. Permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 4 credits.

This course should be elected by all concentrators, and is closed to all but theatre concentrators, though in exceptional cases others may attend by permission of instructor. Repeatable three times. At this weekly 'meet' of concentrators, theoretical issues of topical moment will be discussed, talks on theatrical topics will be given by faculty and occasional visitors, and criticism of current production on-campus will be assayed. Grades will be awarded on the basis of class contribution and papers. (Nightingale and staff)

436. Acting V. Theatre 337 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed for performance concentrators in Theatre and Musical Theatre, or those with a demonstrated experience in acting. There will be particular attention paid to individual rehearsal and audition techniques, and students will be prepared for graduate, conservatory or professional work. Scene laboratory and memorization will be required. Some papers and selected reading will also be required. Limited television studio work will be available and is encouraged. Individual work with the instructor is also encouraged. The normal prerequisite will be 234, 235, 337 and permission of instructor; but in the special circumstances caused by the Theatre Department's reorganization of its acting classes, entry this term will be by permission of instructor, and seniors who have taken Theatre's former 436 may be eligible. (Kerr)

441. Directing I. Theatre 102 or 237, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

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.

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.

461. Scenic Design Theory. Theatre 211 and 251, or permission of instructor. (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.

470. Costume Survey. Theatre 250 or 251. (3). (Excl).

A one term survey of the history of western fashion and dress with its application to theatrical usage. Manners of the time as they affect acting and movement will be discussed. Periods covered: 500 B.C., Greece through 1940s. Text: Blanch Payne, HISTORY of COSTUME. Students will be required to keep a source book of redrawn or traced, documented, primary figures and accessories as assigned, to a small, single subject research project and complete a midterm and final examination. (Weisfeld)

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.


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