Courses in Theatre and Drama (Division 695)

205. Introduction to Theatre. (4). (HU).

This course introduces the student to the art of the theatre. Its purpose is to develop in the student a critical awareness and appreciation of theatre as an art form. The course focuses on theatre as performance and emphasizes plays as they have been realized on the stage. Topics include history, acting, directing, and design. In addition to lecture, each student attends one weekly discussion group. Students are required to attend and review current theatrical productions. These performances are as much a part of the course as the printed texts. Evaluation is based upon two hourly examinations, a final, two written critiques, and contributions to the discussion groups. (Burgwin)

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

See RC Humanities 280. (Walsh)

230. Introduction to Oral Interpretation. (3). (HU).

The structure and content of selected prose, poetry, and drama studied with the aim of communicating these works through the special qualities of oral reading. The class format consists of a combination of lecture, discussion, and performance, but emphasis is placed upon the interpretation of literature through performance in class. Course requirements include a midterm examination and a final examination. (Caldwell)

231. Acting for Radio, Television, and Theatre. No credit granted to those who have completed 236. Concentrators should elect Theatre 236. (3). (HU).

This course is intended primarily for the non-concentrator who is interested in a course in acting which focuses upon the means of communicating character by the actor and upon the difference in performing for the stage or television. Beginning with pantomime, monologue, and exercises, the student progresses through scenes for theatre and television. Written midterm and final examinations.

236. Acting I: Fundamentals. No credit granted to those who have completed 231. Concentrators should elect Theatre 236. (3). (HU).

This course serves as an introduction to the practical skills of acting for the theatre. It is a prerequisite for Theatre and Drama 334 and 336 which are in turn required for 400 level acting courses in the theatre curriculum. Instructional methods are largely those of lecture, discussion, theatre exercises, and performance of scenes. Plays are read from a recommended list and serve as the basis for the performance of the scenes. Some instructors may also recommend or require other readings.

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

Special laboratory work in theatre production. No text. No exams. Grades are based on their performance of assigned crew work. (Section 001 Decker; section 002 Woodland; section 003 - Billings; section 004 Riske)

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

Introduction to the basic principles and practices of stagecraft: costume and scenic materials, construction and painting, stage lighting. Must also elect Theatre and Drama 250. Lecture, exams, projects. Text: Bellman, Scene Design, Stage Lighting, Sound, Costume and Makeup. (Decker)

334. Fundamentals of Voice for the Actor. Theatre 236. (2). (Excl).

This is a first level voice class, there being no prerequisite. Course theme is realizing the body's potential for producing vocal energy. The course material is based almost entirely upon physical work employing bio-energetics (modified yoga positions) and Linklater techniques, the Alexander principle, a smattering of phonetics and the use of specifically assigned texts. There is no required text. Student evaluation is determined by attendance, class participation and the individual's progress during the class. (Jeffries, Boyette)

351. Introduction to Theatrical Design. Theatre 205 and 251 and concurrent enrollment in Theatre 250. (3). (Excl).

An introductory course in the theory and method of visual design of stage scenery, costumes, and lighting; analysis of the play in terms of design, and the procedures a designer follows in designing for the stage. The course grade will be based on written exams, a design project, and production crew work. (Billings)

422/English 444. History of Theatre: II. (4). (HU).

See English 444. (Bender)

434. Voice Theory for the Actor. Theatre 334 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

Voice Theory for the Actor is a second level course focusing on the development and application of basic vocal skills introduced in the 334. Through a developmental series of warm-ups, exercises and, work with text, the actor's voice is freed, strengthened and extended, the speech clarified, energized and focused. Some theoretic concepts of voice production and speech will be introduced and discussed, but the emphasis is on the actual use of the voice in performance. (Burke)

437. Acting IV: Character Analysis. Theatre 436 and permission of instructor. (4). (HU).

An advanced acting course which carries forward the work of Theatre 436 in text analysis with special emphasis on characterization. Intensive analysis and performance of scenes from Chekhov and other playwrights noted for richness and complexity of characterization. (Boyette)

439. Acting Practicum. Theatre 236, 334, 336, 436, and permission of department chairman. Concurrent enrollment in an acting course. (2). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

This course provides credit for advanced acting students for the rehearsal and performance of major roles. New course. For detailed and specific information in individual cases consult the department.

441. Directing I: Principles. Theatre 205, 211, 251, and 336. (3). (HU).

This basic course in the art of direction reviews the entire process the director must follow from play selection to opening night. Practical exercises in key phases of the process supplement lecture and discussion. Required for Theatre concentrators. Grade based on exercises, quizzes and class participation. (Burgwin)

442. Directing II: Problems. Theatre 441. (3). (HU).

Exercises, projects and readings exploring further the art of the theatre and play directing. Intended for advanced Theatre students. Evaluation is based on part on presentations of assignments devised to develop students' skills and creativity. The term's work culminates with a showing of representative directing assignments by class members. This course is the undergraduate prerequisite to directing a Studio Theatre production. Possible Text: Clurman, On Directing. (Eysselninck)

445. Stage Management. Theatre 205 and 251 and permission of instructor. (1-2). (Excl). May be repeated once for a total of four credits.

This is a course in practical stage management for the theatre. Each student serves either as a stage manager or an assistant stage manager for a fully mounted theatre production. The course meets one hour a week as a formal lecture or for individual consultation. (Riske)

485. Management for the Performing Arts. Four courses in theatre or permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

An introductory course in the principles of performing arts management including budgeting, promotion, facility planning and organization. Professional techniques with their adaptation to academic and non-professional organizations. A lecture course utilizing guest speakers and discussion. Students evaluated on the basis of class participation and written projects. Texts: Theatre Management by Stephen Langley, and Subscribe Now! by Danny Newman. (Lindsey Nelson)

486. Practicum in Performing Arts Management. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). May be repeated for credit twice.

A laboratory in performing arts management including box office, publicity, front of house management, promotion. (Nelson)

540. Directing Practicum. Theatre 541 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

This course is a laboratory in which advanced directing students are able to direct a one-act play in the Studio series. Successful completion of Theatre and Drama 441 and 442 and instructor's recommendation required. (Eysselinck)

556. Advanced Stage Lighting Design. Theatre 456 or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 557. (3). (Excl).

A lecture/practicum-oriented course intended to acquaint the prospective lighting designer with a variety of genres of design and theatrical presentation. Several projects will be assigned and executed in concert with design theory students. Special attention will be placed on individual development and portfolio. (Riske)

557. Lighting Design Theory. Theatre 205 and 251; or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 556. (2). (Excl).

A lecture and discussion-oriented course intended to acquaint the student with light and how designers work with it in a theatrical context. The evolution of design from concept to execution and the interrelation of design disciplines in the theatre will be explored through collaboration on actual design projects and practical experience. (Riske)


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