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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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Courses in Theatre and Drama


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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)


It is possible for LS&A students to elect a concentration program in Theatre or Music, and these programs are described in the LS&A Bulletin. In addition, Theatre courses and Music courses are frequently elected by LS&A students not concentrating in either Music or Theatre. All courses in Music History/Musicology, Composition, and Music Theory are electable for LS&A credit; some but not all Theatre and Drama courses are available for LS&A credit. Some of these courses can be used in an area distribution plan. LS&A students may elect music PERFORMANCE courses for degree credit, but this credit counts toward the maximum twenty non-LS&A credit hours that can be applied toward an LS&A degree.

Courses in Theatre, Music History/Musicology, Composition, Music Theory, and Performing Arts Technology are listed in the Time Schedule under the School of Music.

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


THTREMUS 101. Introduction to Acting 1.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Holly Maples (hmaples@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. Open to non-concentrators. (3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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. Further details at Theatre Office, Room 2550, Frieze Building. Sign up at the dep't office for an interview. Sign up sheets go up the same time the Time Schedules come out.

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THTREMUS 102. Introduction to Acting 2.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sarah-Jane Gwillim (skerr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed to build on the experience of THTREMUS 101. An introduction to acting in the theatre, with particular attention to the fundamentals of dramatic action and working up a part. Scene work is stressed with actor's score and selected reading. Brief, informal interviews are required for admission to all sections. Further details at Theatre Office, 2550 Frieze Building.

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THTREMUS 211 / RCHUMS 280 / ENGLISH 245. Introduction to Drama and Theatre.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jane Westlake (jewestla@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RCHUMS 281.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jewestla/

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 to seven plays will be subjects of 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, plays a two-hour meeting in section each week; the latter will be used for questions, discussions, exploration of texts, and other exercises. Students will be required to attend two or more theatre performances, chosen from those available in Ann Arbor. Three papers are required plus a final examination.

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THTREMUS 233 / CAAS 342. Acting and the Black Experience.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Glenda Dickerson (glendad@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor (brief interview). CAAS 201 recommended. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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THTREMUS 240(260). Introduction to Design.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert E Murphy III

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 250. (3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A practical and theoretical introduction to the ideas and process of set, light, and costume design. Class format includes lectures, discussions, and demonstrations which frame a series of visual projects that explore design principles, text analysis, and the collaborative process as applied to stage design. Students will be evaluated on assigned projects and class participation

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THTREMUS 245. Introduction to Stage Management.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nancy K Uffner (nuffner@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 250. (2-3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course 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.

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THTREMUS 250. Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices.

Instructor(s): Gary Decker (grobert@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

THTREMUS 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.

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THTREMUS 251. Production Practicum 1.

Instructor(s): Nancy Uffner (nuffner@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students enrolled in this course 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.

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THTREMUS 252. Production Practicum 2.

Instructor(s): Decker

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 251 and permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 credits.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is a more intensive examination into one of the many subjects of technical theatre and design covered in THTREMUS 250. Students will work closely with faculty and staff to explore areas of expertise associated with productions at various university theatres.

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THTREMUS 261. Production Practicum 3.

Instructor(s): Decker

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 250 and 251. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 credits.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is a continuation of THTREMUS 252. It will further explore the various crafts and skills that are associated with the theatre as covered in THTREMUS 250. The student will work closely with faculty and staff to pursue individual projects in association with productions at the various university theatres.

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THTREMUS 262. Production Practicum 4.

Instructor(s): Decker

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 261. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 credits.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is a continuation of THTREMUS 252. It will further explore the various crafts and skills that are associated with the theatre as covered in THTREMUS 250. The student will work closely with faculty and staff to pursue individual projects in association with productions at the various university theatres.

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THTREMUS 270(370). Costume Design I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jessica Hahn (jhahn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 240. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the art and process of costume design. There will be strong emphasis on text and character analysis as well as methods of research. An introduction to basic drawing skills will be combined with other visual options in presenting design ideas. Grading will be based on design presentations, attendance, attitude, and class participation. Text: Costume Design (Anderson) and (recommended) Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Edwards).

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THTREMUS 322 / ENGLISH 444. History of Theatre II.

Meets with THTREMUS 522.

Instructor(s): Leigh A Woods (lawoods@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will survey theatre in Western Europe and the United States from the end of the 17th century to the present. We will focus on the production of theatre in its historical, social, ideological, and material contexts. Students will also study representative plays as sources and reflections of theatrical and social history in the times in which the plays were first produced, or in times in which important revivals of the plays were mounted. We will examine periods and nations at first in chronological order and, later in the term, will focus on trends and developments unfolding more generally during the 20th century. Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion, and students will be encouraged to come to class with things to talk about drawn from their reading, their thinking about theatre, and their practical experience as spectators and/or makers of theatre.

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THTREMUS 323(423) / ENGLISH 349. American Theatre and Drama.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): E.J. Westlake (jewestla@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jewestla/

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.

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THTREMUS 323(423) / ENGLISH 349. American Theatre and Drama.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Peter Bauland (pbauland@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See ENGLISH 349.002.

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THTREMUS 345. Stage Management Practicum: Plays.

Instructor(s): Nancy Uffner (nuffner@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 245 and permission of instructor. (2-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits.

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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. Evaluation is based on execution of assigned stage management duties.

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THTREMUS 351. Production Practicum 5.

Instructor(s): Decker

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 261 and 262. (1-3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Exploration of principles of theatre crafts and practices under faculty supervision.

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THTREMUS 356(456). Lighting Design II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert E Murphy III

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 256. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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THTREMUS 360(460). Scene Design II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Vince Mountain (vincemtn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 260. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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. 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 course.

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THTREMUS 385. Performing Arts Management.

Instructor(s): Kerianne Tupac (kmtupac@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This 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 include: 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; and marketing of services.

Topics of promotion include: advertising and public relations; board of directors; individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising; and governmental grants and grant writing.

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THTREMUS 403. Design and Production Forum, I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jessica Hahn (jhahn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (2). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

THTREMUS 403 is an active discussion class that explores issues of contemporary theatre, particularly in relation to design and production. The course broadens the student's knowledge of contemporary theatre artists and practices and sharpens esthetic judgment of productions. The class involves weekly topical readings, research into significant theatre artists, and critiques of university productions. A portion of class time is also used to prepare the students for professional practice and presentation. Grades are determined by evaluation of written assignments and class participation.

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THTREMUS 404. Design and Production Forum, II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jessica Hahn (jhahn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (2). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Exploration of issues of contemporary theatre, particularly in relation to design and production.

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THTREMUS 440. Special Topics in African American Theatre and Drama.

Section 001 — Comparing Black Aesthetics: Black Drama and Theatre in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Africa — August Wilson, Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka. Meets with CAAS 458.002.

Instructor(s): Mbala D Nkanga

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 222. (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See CAAS 458.002.

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THTREMUS 445. Stage Management Practicum: Opera and Musicals.

Instructor(s): Nancy Uffner (nuffner@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 245. Permission of instructor required. (2-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits.

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar covers methods of stage management including rehearsal coordination, prompt book preparation, record keeping, and director, cast, and crew relationships during the rehearsal period. Students will be assigned as Stage Manager on a School of Music production (opera or musical theatre) requiring, during the rehearsal/performance period, approximately 170 hours outside of class time. Evaluation is based on execution of assigned stage management duties.

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THTREMUS 452. Costume Construction.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christianne Myers (msmyers@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($20) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($20) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course investigates the basic hand and machine sewing techniques and skills used in the construction of theatrical costumes. Introduction to costume shop equipment is followed by the learning of fundamental construction skills. Student work will include specific stitching and construction projects to enable students to work on Theatre Department productions. Grading will by evaluation of construction projects and class participation.

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THTREMUS 464. Scene Painting for the Theatre.

Section 001 — Scene Painting.

Instructor(s): Tim McDevitt (tjmcd@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 250. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($45) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($45) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This lab course is designed to examine and practice the basic techniques of theatrical scene painting. Students in the course will learn, practice, and combine skills for layout, color mixing, basic painting techniques, and multi media techniques. Suitable clothing and lab fee required.

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THTREMUS 466. History of Décor.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary Decker (grobert@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: THTREMUS 240. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A chronological study of the decorative styles of interiors and exteriors in Western architecture and their applications to the stage.

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