Courses in Theatre and Drama (Division 695)

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, Woods)

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. Cost:2 (Simmons)

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, discussions, exploration of texts, and other exercises. Students will be required to attend three or more theatre performances, chosen from those available in Ann Arbor. Cost:2 WL:2 (Brown)

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. Further details at Theatre Office, Room 2550, Frieze Building. Cost:1 WL:2,4 (Simmons)

241. Directing I. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course covers history of directors from Sax-Meiningen to Meyerhold to Brook, the function and responsibilities of a director, and the director's relationships with designers, playwrights, stage managers, technical/artisan staff, actors, and dramaturgs. Students learn to identify styles of theatre and stage types, ground and floor plans. The course also covers script interpretation and analysis, directors' research and resources, directorial concept(s), conceptualization of a play, and intrinsic/extrinsic interpretation. Some class projects and papers are required.

245. Introduction to Stage Management. Theatre 250. (2). (Excl).

Class covers methods of stage management including rehearsal and performance coordination, prompt book preparation, record keeping, and director, cast, and crew relationships. Students are assigned as Assistant Stage Manager on a School of Music production (theatre, opera, musical theatre). Evaluation is based on class participation, written assignments, and execution of assigned stage management duties. (Uffner)

250. Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices. (3). (Excl).

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. 13 in Room 2518 Frieze. (Decker)

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:Woods; Section 002:Walsh)

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 and performance coordination, prompt book preparation, record keeping, and director, cast, and crew relationships. 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 (Uffner)

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; 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, and foundation fundraising; governmental grants and grant writing. Cost:2 (Strickland)

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)

477. History of Dress. Theatre 351. (3). (Excl).

This is a slide survey course which traces the history of dress from ancient times through the present day, with an emphasis on the societies which produced particular manners and styles of dress and their relationship to one another. Students will be graded on assigned projects, exams, and class participation.

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. Research book, midterm and final exams. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hahn)


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