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. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Gwillim, Maylie)

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. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Jackson)

233/CAAS 342. Acting and the Black Experience. Permission of instructor (brief interview). (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. [Cost:1] [WL:Go to the department office to sign up for interview appointment with instructor.] (Jackson)

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

This course is an introduction to the voice both technically and imaginatively. Through lectures and extensive exercises students increase their physical awareness and vocal responsiveness for performance. This introduction is meant to give students a greater appreciation of the vocal process leading to a fuller, richer voice. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (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. [Cost:1] [WL:2-3]

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. [Cost:1] [WL:2-3] (Fredricksen)

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

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. [Cost:2] [WL:4] (Decker)

251(250). Production Practicum. Concurrent enrollment in Theatre 250. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

Laboratory in theatre production. [Cost:1] [WL:4] (Decker)

252. Advanced Theatre Practicum I. Theatre 250 and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

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. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Decker)

262. Advanced Theatre Practicum II. Theatre 250, 252, and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

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. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (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. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Billings)

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 250 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. [Cost:1] [WL:4] (Finley)

385. Performing Arts Management. Theatre 250 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. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (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. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (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 four 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.

423/English 449. American Theatre and Drama. (3). (HU).

The course explores American Theatre and Drama from 1920 to the present. Students will study the works of a number of playwrights including O'Neill, Mill, Williams, Shepard, and Mamet in their theatrical and social contexts. The development of major companies and institutions such as the Federal Theater Project, the Group Theater, and the Actors Studio will also be examined. The method of instruction will be lecture and discussion with some informal staging of studied works. Midterm, final, paper, and scene presentation. [Cost:2] (Ferran)

432. Stage Dialects. Theatre 234 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

This course will introduce students to a methodology for the acquisition of stage dialects. Students will learn the outward manifestations of several regional and foreign dialects using skills developed in Voice I. Developing a dialect requires vocal flexibility and a heightened awareness of dialectical variations including articulation, rhythm, and stress changes. Students will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet as a means of notating and recording the changes for each dialect. Dialects will be examined as a tool for character development. They reflect the circumstances of a play, representing regionality, culture, and social class. Students will be performing scenes from many different plays and will be graded on these class projects, written character evaluations, phonetic transcriptions and quizzes. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Klautsch)

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. [Cost:1] [WL:2-3] (Kerr)

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

This course serves to stimulate and develop in each student a directorial approach to drama. Focusing on the individual's ability to analyze, interpret, and conceptualize plays in terms of unified productions, the class will combine practical work with group study and discussion of various plays and significant directing theories. Practical exploration will involve a number of assignments related to the translation of the written word into an artistic point of view influencing the elements of production such as movement, arrangement, rhythm, and mood. Class study will center on the elements of play construction and the contributions of such directors as Artaud, Meyerhold, Brecht, Brook, and Sellers. Students will be evaluated on the merits of their projects, written work, reading assignments, and participation in group discussion. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Billings)

451. Advanced Technical Theatre Practices. Theatre 250 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. [Cost:2] [WL:4] (Decker)

460. Principles of Scene Design. Theatre 250 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This is an introductory course in scenic design for the theatre. Students will work in text analysis as well as learn the basic visual concepts behind the work of a theatrical designer. Such crafts as drafting, drawing, and model-building will be taught in the class. In addition, crew work for one University production will be required of the student. [Cost:4] [WL:1] (Beudert)

463. Design Rendering. Theatre 351, 460, or 470; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

A basic skills course to familiarize the student with the various methods and techniques of communicating the theatrical design idea for scenery and costumes. Projects will be assigned to teach the use of transparent and opaque water colors, colored pencil, inks, and magic marker. Course grade will be based on rendering assignments. Lab/discussion format. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Billings)

472. Stage Makeup. 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, 8th ed. [Cost:3] [WL:3] (Sadler)

560. Advanced Scenic Design. Theatre 460 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

An advanced course for the study of scenic design. Course work will include drawing, drafting, model-building and other skills related to the art of stage design. Course may also include design work in television, film, and commercial or industrial display design. [Cost:3] [WL:1] (Beudert)

571. Historical Pattern Drafting, Draping and Construction Techniques. (3). (Excl).Lab fee of $30.

An in-depth study of the drafting, draping and construction of period garments and how that translates to historical costume for the stage. Designed to be taken in conjunction with Theatre 577, HISTORY OF DRESS AND CULTURAL CIVILIZATION. Planned for graduate students mainly, but advanced undergrads may take this with permission of instructor. [Cost:2] [WL:2-3]

577. History of Dress. Theatre 351 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

A slide survey course tracing the history of dress from ancient times through present day with emphasis on the societies which produced particular manners and styles of dress and their relationship to one another. [Cost:2] [WL:2-3] (Crow)

580. Lighting Design Lab Theatre 351, 356, and permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). May be elected for a total of five credits.

A laboratory for the exploration of the lighting designers' skills. Includes drafting, optics, color theory, lighting mechanics and practice, as well as assisting a designer with a production. (Nelson)

581. Scenic Design Lab. Theatre 351, 461, and permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). May be elected for a total of five credits.

This is a laboratory course intended for undergraduate and graduate students already enrolled in design classes or in the process of designing a production at the University or an approved outside production. The laboratory is a place of active exploration of practical design problems. Topics to be explored include drawing, painting, drafting, set decoration, and other related topics. Additional assignment as an assistant designer may be part of the course work. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Beudert)

582. Costume Design Lab. Theatre 351, 470, and permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). May be elected for a total of five credits.

A laboratory for the exploration of the costume designers skills. Includes drawing, painting, collage and computer aided design work as well as assisting a designer with a production. Planned to be taken in conjunction with Graduate Design Core classes. [Cost:2] [WL:2-3] (Crow)


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