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 involves discussion and practical work, including theatre games, warm-up, monologue, and scene work. Some papers and selected reading. Brief, informal interviews are required for admission to all sections. Further details at Theatre Office, Room 2550, Frieze Building. (Gwillim, Jackson)

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

This course aims to introduce students to as many basic aspects of the theatre, practical and theoretical, as time allows. It also presents them with a number of key plays from various periods, and examines them from the point of view of their dramatic qualities, their theatrical strengths, their social and political contexts, their performance history, and their relevance today. The course functions by lecture and sections, the second of which allow more detailed discussion and some elementary scene-work. (Walsh)

222(232)/CAAS 341. Introduction to Black Theatre. (3). (HU).

This course will cover the origins, development and current trends in Black Theatre. It will focus on the basic concepts, creations, methods of operation, and artistic contributions of Black Americans to the theatre of Western Civilization and the theatre of Black America. It will also include an in-depth study of the significance and results connected with the selected deletion of the Black American contribution to the development of American theatre and drama. Representative plays from the Black theatre will be explored through lectures, discussions and interpretive readings. Participation in class and attendance are mandatory as are assignments such as viewing campus theatre productions and other productions in the Ann Arbor area. A written essay, four quizzes, a midterm and final examination will also be given in partial fulfillment of the course requirements. Text: THE THEATRE OF BLACK AMERICANS, ed. by Errol Hill. (Jackson)

233/CAAS 342. Acting and the Black Experience. (3). (HU).

This course is designed as an introduction to the fundamental skills of acting in the theatre, with special emphasis on the presentation of drama from a Black perspective. Course content involves discussion and practical work, including theater games, improvisation, development of warm-up exercises, monologue, and scene work. All dramatic texts used for monologues and scene study will come from the works of representative Black playwrights. Some papers and selected reading, a midterm and final examination are required. A brief, informal interview is required for admission to this course. Further details at Theatre Office, Room 2550, Frieze Building. Text: ACTING ONE, by Robert Cohen (Jackson)

234(334). Voice I. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

This course is an introduction to the voice both technically and imaginatively. This class enables students to discover their vocal instruments, increasing their vocal responsiveness for performance. This introduction is meant to give students a greater appreciation of the vocal process leading to a fuller, richer voice. (A. Klautsch)

235(435). Movement I. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

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

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

This course serves only those students having a serious interest in the art of acting and the intention of progressing to more advanced performance 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 acting through theatre games, exercises, and improvisation. Papers and selected readings are required, as is student attendance at departmental productions. Entry is by permission of instructor, determined through a short audition and interview. Audition sign-ups with further information will be posted at Room 2545A, Frieze Building, by March 28.

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

This course is a survey of technical theatre practices. Scenery, properties, costumes, scenic painting, sound, and stage lighting are investigated in this course. The course meets for lectures twice a week. Textbook readings are assigned in conjunction with the lectures. Students will receive hands-on-experience with faculty and staff supervision in the University shops building University Players productions. Evaluation for the course is by examination. (Decker)

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

Laboratory in theatre production. (Decker)

252. Advanced Theatre Practicum I. Theatre 250 and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl).

This course is a more intensive examination into one of the many subjects of technical theatre and design covered in Theatre and Drama 250. Students will work closely with faculty and staff to explore areas of expertise associated with productions at various university theatres.

262. Advanced Theatre Practicum II. Theatre 250 and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl).

This course is a continuation of Theatre and Drama 252. It will further explore the various crafts and skills that are associated with the theatre as covered in Theatre and Drama 250. The student will work closely with faculty and staff to pursue individual projects in association with productions at the various university theatres.

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. (Aronson)

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

This course is designed for the serious and committed student. It offers continual "on-feet" scene study, with particular emphasis on characterization, relationships, and the exploration of properties and locales. There will be some papers, selected readings, and play-reading. Permission of instructor is required for entry. (Klautsch)

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)

356(456). Introduction to Lighting for the Stage. Theatre 251 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

An introduction to the theory and practice of lighting design for the stage, TV, and dance. Topics to be covered include: Text analysis, methods and approaches to lighting different forms of stages and performances, equipment specifications and use, light plots and schedules, color, basic electricity, etc. It is recommended that the student have a basic knowledge of technical theatre practices. Course grades will be based on midterm and final exams, written analyses of play texts and two design projects. Also each student is required to participate on the lighting crew for a Theatre Department production during the term. Instructional methods will include lecture, demonstration and practical application. Graduate students should sign up for Theatre 557. (Billings)

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. Texts: course packs of various readings, articles, and cases. Frequent use of the case method for teaching. (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 operations, 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 (or concurrently), or previous backstage experience. (Kuras)

399. Topics in Drama. (3). (Excl).

This course will cover specialized topics in theatre and drama. The particular topic may vary from term to term. The purpose is to explore, in depth, aspects of theatre that cannot be adequately covered in existing courses. For example, the class my be devoted to the exploration of a single Shakespearean play; or it might be devoted to the study of theatre for special populations.

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)

439. Acting Practicum. Permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 4 credits.

This course is for students who wish to participate as performers in the playwriting courses offered by English. This will involve reading, trying out and acting scenes as required.

451. Advanced Technical Theatre Practices. Theatre 251 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Study of constructions and rigging of stage scenery. Drafting, wood, metal and plastics fabrication is covered. Students do special construction projects for University Productions. Evaluations of projects and labwork. Text: Burris, Meyer and Cole, SCENERY FOR THE THEATRE. (Decker)

460. Principles of Scene Design. Theatre 251 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

An introductory course in the design of scenery and space for theatrical productions. Topics to be covered include: analysis of the play script and the development of a production concept; the expression of the concept through use of design and compositional elements, production style and period; theatre floor plans and tech drawings; set rendering. This course is specifically for students who have some art training. Course grades will be based on written analyses of specific play texts and design projects. Each student will be required to participate on one full production crew for a Theatre Department production during the term. It is recommended that the student have some basic knowledge of technical theatre practices. Method of teaching will be by lecture, demonstration and practical application. (Billings)

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

This course is basically the same as Theatre 460, but is geared for the student who does not have some basic proficiency in drawing and painting, but who wishes an understanding of the place of scenic design within the art of theatre production and the process of developing a concept and design from a play text. (Billings)

464. Scene Painting for the Theatre. Theatre 251 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course is a lab course designed to examine and practice the basic techniques of painting for the theatre. It will explore the various paint media commonly used in the theatre as well as various techniques of brushing, spraying, spattering, and texturing. Lab fee is required.

472. Stage Makeup. Theatre 211 or permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

The study by practical application of the materials and processes used in designing and applying theatrical make-up to the face, hands and neck. Instruction through lab/discussion. Evaluation by attendance and participation, in-class applications, compiled reference file, and fulfillment of make-up running crew assignment. Text: Richard Corson, STAGE MAKEUP, 7th ed. (Sadler)


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