Fall Course Guide

Courses in Theatre and Drama (Division 695)

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

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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).
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. Cost:1 (Gwillim)
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102. Introduction to Acting 2. Permission of instructor. (3). (CE).
This course is designed to build on the experience of Theatre 101 or Theatre 236. 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, Room 2550, Frieze Building. Cost:1
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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).
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. (Cardullo)
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222/CAAS 341. Introduction to Black Theatre. (3). (HU).

This course is designed to acquaint students with the origins, developments and current trends in Black theatre. It focuses on the basic concepts, creations, methods of operation, and artistic contributions of Black Americans to the theatre of western civilization and the theatre of Black America. It also includes an in-depth study of the significance and results connected with the selected deletion of the Black American contribution to the development of American theatre and drama. Representative plays from the Black theatre are explored through lecture, discussion, and interpretive readings. Participation in class and attendance are mandatory, as are assignments such as viewing campus productions and other productions in the Ann Arbor area. (OyamO)
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227/Theatre 227. Introductory Playwriting. (3). (CE).
See English 227.
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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 (Jones)
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245. Introduction to Stage Management. Theatre 250. (2-3). (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 (Walsh)
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327/Theatre 327. Playwriting. Theatre 227. (3). (Excl).
See English 327. (Hammond)
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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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385. Performing Arts Management. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).
Management of the Performing Arts
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: 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; marketing of services; promotion: advertising and public relations; board of directors; individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising; governmental grants and grant writing. Cost:2 (Tupac)
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399. Topics in Drama. (1-3). (Excl).
Section 001 Dynamically Speaking. (3 credits).
This course is a "hands on" practical course designed to improve the speaking abilities of any public speaker or lecturer. Effective speaking techniques, both physical and vocal will be explored. Various improvizational games will be used to encourage risk-taking and creativity. Techniques to enhance audience contact and personal engagement will be studied and rehearsed. Other tools such as effective writing styles for spoken text and how to support material with vivid images will be explored. Each student will discover their own personal style and approach. Presentation skills involving use of materials, overhead projectors, slides, and other presentation tools will be discussed and practised. Rehearsed and unrehearsed speeches will be recorded, critiqued, and evaluated. Course Goals: expand understanding and awareness of basic speaking techniques; ability to reproduce various exercises designed to enhance the individual physical and vocal skills as needed for speaking; increase the effective use of presentation tools and materials; develop writing skills that are specifically needed for spoken text; Increase the ability to take "risks" and cope with the "fears" of public speaking; Present rehearsed and unrehearsed speeches for discussion and critique. Text: I Can See You Naked by Ron Hoff. Grading Policy: 50% Class Participation, 30% Written Assignments, 20% Attendance. Limited enrollment. Cost:1 WL:2 (Masson)
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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 (Cardullo)
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464. Scene Painting for the Theatre. Theatre 250. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($30) required.
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. A text, written by Crabtree, will be required. Suitable clothing and lab fee required. Cost:2 WL:2 (Crabtree)
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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. (Hahn)
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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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