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Theatre Courses

100 Theatre Workshop.
This is a seminar course that explores the relationship of theatre to the world around us. It includes visiting guest artists, workshops, techniques, special topics of current theatre, and other related topics. Forty hourse of practical work in acting, directing, management, design, and construction will be expected.

106 Introduction to Theatre. An examination of the theatre and its place as an art form in our society, including the personnel and basic literary, aesthetic and production techniques involved in dramatic production. Fall, spring.

108 Acting I: Introduction to Acting. Fundamental principles of acting with emphasis on training and practice in the acting craft, includes exercises in improvisation and characterization. Fall, spring.

115 Beginning Modern Dance. A study of basic techniques in modern dance. Fundamental warm up exercises are taught, followed by center practice and combinations of dance steps.

116 Beginning Jazz. Study of basic techniques in jazz dance. Fundamental warm up exercises are taught, followed by center practice and combinations of dance steps.

117 Beginning Ballet. A study of basic techniques in ballet. Fundamental warm up exercises are taught, followed by center practice and combinations of dance steps.

120 Tap. Fundamentals of tap dance. Students must provide their own tap shoes. Spring of alternate years.

207 Stagecraft. Technical aspects of play production, including basic shop techniques and tools, parts and functions of the stage, scenery construction and painting and an introduction to stage lighting, scene design, theatrical make-up and costuming. Lecture and laboratory.

216 Intermediate Jazz. Study of techniques in jazz dance at the intermediate level. Fundamental warm up exercises are taught, followed by center practice and combinations of dance steps.

217 Intermediate Ballet. Study of techniques in ballet dance at the intermediate level. Fundamental warm up exercises are taught, followed by center practice and combinations of dance steps.

219 Musical Theatre Dance. Musical theatre choreography and techniques with emphasis on original Broadway choreography and dance routines original to Broadway-style music. Spring of alternate years.

250 Topics in Dramatic Literature. A focused study of dramatic literature such as a historical period, a country or a particular genre. May be repeated with a different topic. Spring

300 Theatre Workshop II. Explores the relationship of theatre to the world around us. It includes visiting guest artists, workshops, techniques, special topics of current theatre, and other related topics. Forty hourse of practical work in acting, directing, management, design, and construction will be expected.

303 Acting II: Character Portrayal. Theory and practice in the art of creating a believable character for the stage, with emphasis on representational theatre techniques.

304 Play Directing.
Basic laboratory training in the techniques of conducting rehearsals and directing the work of actors and other play production personnel.

310 Playwriting Workshop. This course deals with the step-by-step process of writing scripts for the theatre with the final project being a revised script of a one-act play.

312 Production Design: Scenery and Lighting. Explores the basic principles of scenery and lighting design in creating a proper theatre environment. Practical application of technique through script analysis. period and atmosphere research, design theory, design presentation styles, and execution of projects.

313 Production Design: Costume and Makeup. Examines the basic principles of costume and makeup design in creating a character apropos to the theatre production. Instruction and practical application of fashion history, principles and theories of costume and makeup design, character and play analysis, design presentation styles, and execution of projects.

314 History of Musical Theatre. The development of a distinctive American art form, from the European forms that were its progenitors to the contemporary musical forms. Various types and styles of musical theatre and their influences. Spring.

315 Theatre History I. Development of Western drama and the theatre from their origins until approximately the Restoration. A less detailed exploration of some of the major developments in the history of Eastern drama and theatre. Factors that influenced the development of the art, and their social, political, economic and religious contexts. Fall.

316 Theatre History II. Development of Western drama and the theatre from approximately the Restoration to the present. Factors that influenced the development of the art, and their social, political, economic and religious contexts. Spring.

318 Choreography. Selection of dance theme, construction of dances and small group studies. Aesthetic considerations, forms, and elements of performance. Spring of alternate years.

394 Advanced Play Direction. Advanced study in play direction, including analysis, research, rehearsal and performance techniques.

398 Acting III: Advanced Acting. Advanced theory and practice in acting styles, representational and presentational theatre techniques, and individualized and small group practice.

415 Topics Seminar. An examination of a particular topic of interest to faculty members and students in theatre.


Advanced and Special Classes top

199 Exploratory Internship.

299 Experimental Course.

399 Professional Internship.
(May Term offering limited to 4 credit hours; Summer Term offering limited to 6 credit hours).

418 Senior research in Musical Theatre. With theatre department chair approval, the student conducts extensive research and design of appropriate msuical theatre material of their choosing. The results of this course will be carried over into a culminating presentation forthe undergradeuate academic career.

419 Senior research in Theatre. With theatre department chair approval, the student conducts extensive research and design of appropriate msuical theatre material of their choosing. The results of this course will be carried over into a culminating presentation forthe undergradeuate academic career.

420 Capstone: Senior Presentation in Musical Theatre. With theatre department chair approval, the student executes a musical theatre recital as a culminating experience to the undergraduate academic career. The project is presented in a departmental forum at the end of the term in which the student earns credit for the course.

421 Capstone: Senior Presentation in Theatre.
With theatre department advisor approval, the student designs and executes an appropriate project which provides a culminating experience for the undergraduate academic career. The project and/or an analysis thereof is presented in a departmental forum at the end of the term in which the student earns credit for the course. Fall and spring.

451 Independent Study.
Supervised reading and research in a special interest area of theatre.

499 Advanced Experimental Course.

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