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. (Bender)

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

See English 245. (Brater)

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 curriculum. Instructional methods are largely those of lecture, discussion, and basic acting exercises. Requirements include participation in class activities, outside readings, the completion of at least one assigned paper, and the performance of a prepared scene. Students will also be expected to attend the performance of a play on campus. Admission by interview only. Contact the Theatre department. (Klautch)

336. Acting II: Self Analysis. Theatre 236 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 hours credit.

This second course in acting takes the student from the basic introduction to performance offered in 236 to more specific "on feet" work, with particular attention to the actor's craft of the spoken word. Monologue and scene work from both contemporary pieces and Shakespeare is used as laboratory work for an investigation of the sound and sense of dramatic texts. Grades will be based upon class participation and progress. Attendance of all classes is mandatory. This course is required for theatre concentrators, and is a prerequisite for those wishing to audition for Acting III and IV (436 and 437), and participation in productions outside class is strongly encouraged. (Gwillim, McGuigan, Lally)

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

See English 444. (Bender)

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 open night. The works of a number of directors, American and European, will be studied. Required for Theatre concentrators. Grade based on essays, an exam, and class participation.

460. Principles of Scenic Design. Theatre 205 and 251; or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 461. (3). (Excl).

This course considers the use of design elements and styles of production in the design of scenery for the theatre. The course is devised specifically for students who have a practical art background. Student evaluation is based on written exams, design projects, and practical work on productions. A basic stagecraft course is recommended as a prerequisite to the course. (Billings)

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. (Kuras)

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