101. Introduction to Acting 1. Permission of instructor. Open to non-concentrators. (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. Sign up for an interview with the instructor (interview times are posted about the time the Time Schedules come out, further details at Theatre Office, Room 2550, Frieze Building. Cost:1 (Gwillim)
102. Introduction to Acting 2. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
This course is designed to build on the experience of Theatre 101. The course offers an introduction to acting in the theatre, with particular attention to the fundamentals of dramatic action and characterization. Scene work is stressed. Scenes and monologues will be performed in class, and graded, and a midterm examination will also be part of the grade in the course. Brief, informal interviews are required for admission to all sections. Further details at Theatre Office, Room 2550, Frieze Building. Texts: Robert Cohen, Acting One, 2d edition, and Ed. McNamara, Plays from the Contemporary American Theater. Cost:2 (Woods)
192(234). Voice I. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).
This course is an introduction to the voice both technically and imaginatively. Through extensive exercises, students increase their physical awareness and vocal responsiveness for performance. This introduction is designed to give students a greater appreciation of the vocal process leading to a naturally freer and individually connected voice. (Masson)
211/RC Hums. 280/English 245. Introduction to Drama and Theatre. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RC Hums. 281. (4). (HU).
The course aims to introduce students to the power and variety of theatre, and to help them understand the processes which go toward making a production. Five plays will be subjects for special study, chosen to cover a wide range of style and content, but interest will not be confined to these. Each student will attend two lectures weekly, plus a two-hour meeting in sections each week; the latter will be used for questions and discussions, viewing video or films of performances, and periodic exams and writing exercises. Students will be required to attend three or more theatre performances, chosen from those available in Ann Arbor. Cost:2 WL:2 (Brown and Jones)
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:2,4 (Simmons)
245(345). Introduction to Stage Management. Theatre 250. (2). (Excl).
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 may be assigned as Assistant Stage Manager on a School of Music production (theatre, opera, musical theatre) 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.
250. Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices. (3).
Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices. Theatre 250 is a survey of theatrical production techniques. The design and craft of scenery, lighting, properties, paint and costumes for the stage will be investigated. The course consists of two parts; a lecture portion that is evaluated by written examination and a production laboratory. Production faculty conduct labs in costumes, lighting, paint, properties, and scenery for Theatre 250 students. Students learn basic theatre craft skills while working on School of Music theatre, opera, and musical theatre productions.
251. Production Practicum 1. (1). (Excl).
Theatre Practicum. Students enrolled in this class perform duties as stage scenery, lighting, sound, wardrobe, or stage properties crews for School of Music Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Musical Theatre Productions. No previous experience required. No Text. WL:4 Assignment meeting 5:00 PM Sept. 17 in the Trueblood Theatre.
321/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. The focus is on the production of theatre in its historical and social context, but we shall also study representative plays. Cost:4 WL:3 (Section 001:Walsh; Section 002:Woods)
345. Stage Management Practicum: Plays. Theatre 245 and permission of instructor. (2-3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 4 credits.
Seminar 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 Stage Manager on a Theatre Department production requiring, during the rehearsal/ performance period, approximately 170 hrs. outside of class time. Evaluation is based on execution of assigned stage management duties. WL:3
356. Introduction to Lighting for the Stage. Theatre 250. (3). (Excl).
An introduction to the theory and practice of lighting design for the stage. Topics to be covered include technical information of lighting equipment, methods of lighting, development of design concept and application, drafting and design paperwork, color, and script analysis. Course grade will be based on design projects and written analyses of plays. Course work will include three design projects as well as participation on the light crew for a University Productions show. Instructional methods will include lecture, discussion and practical application. Cost:1 WL:3 (Hahn)
360(460). Scene Design I. 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. Cost:4 WL:1 (Mountain)
385. Performing Arts Management. Permission
of instructor. (2). (Excl).
Management of the Performing Arts is a broad survey course designed to introduce students to the administrative operations carried on by arts companies, and to teach some elementary techniques for effectively managing these companies. By use of the case method, students make managerial decisions presented in scenarios from a wide range of arts organizations, including symphonies, theatres, dance companies, and opera companies. The overall themes of the course are (1) setting long-term and short-term goals (how to avoid crisis management); (2) interpersonal and organizational issues (How to manage people); (3) arts companies and the community (Do they want what we want?); and (4) administering money (How to get it and how to spend it). This course is useful to future performers for understanding the environment in which they will seek employment, and why their prospective employers make the decisions they do. Topics of arts administration: Budgeting and ticket pricing; Contracts and agents; Financial statements; Corporate structure; incorporations; 501 (c)(3) organizations; Long range planning; strategic plans; Marketing theory; market segmentation; Marketing mix and plan; marketing of services; Promotion: advertising and public relations; Board of Directors; Individual, corporate, & foundation fundraising; Governmental grants & grant writing. Cost:1 (Strickland)
423/English 449. American Theatre and Drama. (3). (HU).
A survey of American drama and theatre, from its 18th-century beginnings to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the artistic awakenings and European influences in the 1920s, the proliferation of theatres, plays, and politics in the 1930s, the major dramatists in the post-WWII era, and the avant-garde's oppositions and promises since the 1960s. Requirements include an obligatory reading list of about 15 plays, 2 analytic papers, class participation, a midterm exam, and a final. Class will be a combination of informal lecture and discussion. Cost:4 WL:4 (Cardullo)
441. Directing I. Theatre 102 or 182, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Theatre 441 is an orientation to play direction for aspiring and interested theatre directors. The course covers all the basic skills, requirements, and responsibilities of stage directing. Topics and areas explored are: relationships with designers, playwrights, stage-managers, producers, actors, and dramaturgs. The course also explores and puts into practical demonstration; script analysis and interpretation, blocking technique, principles of stage movement and effective stage pictures, directorial concept and realization of the text. Other topics include: auditioning, casting, rehearsal technique and the final rendition of a production. (Neville-Andrews)
445. Stage Management Practicum: Opera and Musicals. Theatre 245. (2-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.
Seminar 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 Stage Manager on a School of Music production (opera or musical theatre) requiring, during the rehearsal/performance period, approximately 170 hrs. outside of class time. Evaluation is based on execution of assigned stage management duties. Cost:3
460(560). Scene Design II. Theatre 360. (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. Cost:3 WL:1 (Andonyadis)
462. Drafting. Theatre 250. (2). (Excl).
A studio course in drafting for the theatrical designer and technicians, with special emphasis on methods of scenographic communication and portfolio presentation. Intended for advanced undergraduate concentrators in this field, and entering M.F.A. candidates in Theatrical Design. Cost:2 WL:4 (Decker)
472. Stage Makeup. (2). (Excl). Lab fee ($30) required.
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:4 WL:2 (Sadler)
577. History of Dress. Theatre 260. (3). (Excl).
A lecture and 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. Midterm and final exams. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hahn)
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