Theatre

Courses

THE 100     Introduction to Theatre
Credit Hours: 3
An introductory survey of theatre as a performing art form, the course includes study and analysis of historical, social, aesthetic, and technical aspects of traditional and contemporary theatrical/dramatic expression.

THE 163-464 Applied Theatre: Performance
Credit Hours: 1
Students may receive credit for participating in the performance of University theatre and musical productions. May be repeated at the 200, 300, and 400 levels.

THE 165-466 Applied Theatre: Production
Credit Hours: 1
Students may receive credit for participating in the production of University theatre and musical productions. May be repeated at the 200, 300, and 400 levels.

THE 250     Survey of Drama from the Performance Perspective
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a survey of dramatic works in terms of performance philosophy and concepts and their application in practice. Some emphasis is placed on the historical and literary contexts of the works, which are drawn primarily from U.S. and European sources. The primary focus of the course will be on dramatic ideas as realized through elements of performance including set and costume design, light and sound design, script interpretation, and choreography.  The roles of the producer, director, and actor will be explored in detail.

THE 270-9     Special Topics
Credit Hours: 3
Special topics in theatre depending upon demand and staff.

THE 290    Writing for the Stage
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the principles and practices of writing for dramatic performance. Students will learn the conventions of writing for the stage as well as the aesthetic foundations of comic, tragic, and historically-based drama.

THE 320     Acting for the Stage
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students with an introduction to the basic fundamentals of acting, as well as an examination of the internal/external processes of the actor. Through various exercises including pantomime, improvisation, scene study and monologue work, students will learn onstage training that can be applied toward performing onstage and in everyday life. All of these exercises will culminate in performances of selected scenes at the end of the semester in a “scene play.” Prerequisite: THE 100.

THE 334     Principles of Directing
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a theoretical and practical foundation in directing and staging techniques. Areas of focus are the fundamentals of blocking, script analysis, achievement of emphasis, and the development of aesthetic values.  The interrelationships among the roles of the producer, director, and actor will be explored in detail. Prerequisite: THE 100.

THE 340     Producing Children’s Theatre
Credit Hours: 3
The examination and practical application of techniques used to create a production for children with the purpose of touring. Each participant will function as an integral part of the outreach program, such as actor, director, dramaturge, stage manager, and booking/marketing/public relations manager. Specific research will be done on each one of these positions and how each benefits an outreach/educational theatre program. Prerequisite: THE 100.

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