Courses in Theatre and Drama (Division 695)

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

See English 245. (Nightingale)

236. Acting I: Fundamentals. Concentrators should elect Theatre 236. (3). (HU).

This course serves as an introduction to the practical skills of acting for the theatre. Instructional methods are largely those of lecture, discussion, and basic acting exercises designed to familiarize the student with Stanislavski's Method of Physical Actions. It is a prerequisite for the Theatre and Drama 334 and 336, which are in turn required for 400 level acting courses in the curriculum. Requirements for evaluation include active and consistent participation in class activities, the completion of two assigned papers, outside readings, and the performance of a prepared scene. Students will be expected to attend the performance of a play on campus. Interviews, which are required for admission to all sections, are scheduled for November 20, 25; December 2, 4, 9; and January 5, 6, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Sign up sheets for appointments are posted on Room 2545A Frieze Building. (Klautsch, McKnight, Cohen, Goldman)

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. (Billings, Decker, Heller)

336. Acting II. 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, Kerr)

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).

A survey of the development of Western Theatre including non-Western influences from the end of the 17th century to the present. The focus is on the production and presentation of theatre in its historical and societal context. Representative plays are also studied. (Aronson)

435. Movement for the Actor. Theatre 336. (2). (Excl).

This course is developed to provide actors with a working knowledge of their bodies: exercises and improvisational techniques will aid at developing awareness of the body as an expressive means. Work will also be undertaken to develop specific performance skills using masks, mine and other traditional means. Participation in a performance show will be part of the requirement for this course. (Goldman)

441. Directing I. 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. (Cohen)

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

A study of six plays from the director's point of view. Course consists of two parts: analysis, character study, visualization, and special problems; and a practicum to develop the students' skill and creativity through the presentation of directing scenes. (Aronson)

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. Basic stagecraft and play analysis courses are prerequisites 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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