Courses in Theatre and Drama (Division 695)

Courses in Theatre and Drama are listed in the Time Schedule under the School of Music in the subsection Theatre and Drama.

The following courses count as LS&A courses for LS&A degree credit.

101. Introduction to Acting 1. Permission of instructor. Open to non-concentrators. (3). (CE).
Sections 001 to 003.
This course is designed as a general introduction to the fundamental skills of acting in the theatre. It involves discussion and practical work, seeking to explore the nature of acting and to increase the students' abilities as actors. Classes will follow two parallel lines: technical work on body, voice and speech, and imaginative work involving improvisation, observation, enquiry, and building a character and scene. Cost:1 WL:2 (Gwillim)

Sections 004. 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 when the Time Schedules come out, further details at the Theatre Office, Room 2550, Frieze Building. Cost:1 (Woods)
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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).

What have "theater" and "drama" meant at different times in history, what do they mean now, and what else could they mean? What impulses and skills have gone and go into the creation of theatrical events, and what needs do they attempt to fulfill? What's meant by "performance," "stage," "audience," "director," "tragedy," "comedy," and a dozen other terms we tend nowadays to use rather casually? In attempting to answer such questions we will be examining certain key scripts in their theatrical and social contexts. The relevant playwrights are likely to include Euripides, Shakespeare, Molière, Ibsen, Chekhov, Brecht, and Beckett. Students will also be introduced to some of the practical requirements of theatre-making, as a further means of comprehending the complex enterprise which is "Theatre-and-drama." Course requirements include participation in class discussion and activities, written projects, and exams. The course functions by lectures and sections, the second of which allows more detailed discussion and some elementary scene-work. Cost:3 WL:4 (Brown)
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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 consideration of African-American dramatic themes and topics. 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
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245. Introduction to Stage Management. Theatre 250. (2). (CE).

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)
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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. (Decker)
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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. Evaluation based on performance on crew and journal that is kept of crew experience. No Text. WL:4, Assignment meeting the second Friday in September. (Sullivan)
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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)
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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 (Murphy)
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360. Scene Design I. Theatre 250. (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)
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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, two analytic papers, class participation, a midterm exam, and a final. Class will be a combination of informal lecture and discussion. Cost:4 WL:4 (OyamO)
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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 (Andonyadis)
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470. Costume Design II. Theatre 370. (3). (Excl).

This is an advanced course in which students explore and practice the process of costume design. Course work will consist of a series of projects using specific texts; developing skills in text analysis, research, drawing and painting as related to the art of costume design. Familiarity with the history of dress and some drawing experience is recommended. Students will be evaluated on assigned projects and class participation. Cost:3 WL:4 (Andonyadis)
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471. Women's Pattern Drafting. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($30) required.

This experiential craft course covers the techniques for drafting women's slopers based on standard measurements. Using basic bodice, sleeve, and skirt slopers students develop patterns for contemporary and historical garments. Students will investigate dart and seam manipulation to produce patterns, and then make and fit muslin mockups. Final projects could include developing patterns from the garments in the Zelma Weisfield Historic Clothing Study Collection, or patterning garments for a Theatre Department production. Grading will by evaluation of pattern drafting projects and class participation.
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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)
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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. Cost:1 WL:4 (Hahn)
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