Courses

The practice of theatre technology is learned through build, run and design assignments on departmental productions. In essence, the class is a laboratory for theatrical production.

A course for the performance and general emphasis student comprising a range of separate skills classes, including: Acting-Foundations I, Dance and Movement, and Vocal Performance I. Crew Responsibilities are also a graded component of this course. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 4

A course for the performance and general emphasis student comprising a range of separate skills classes, including: Acting-Foundations II, Introduction to Ballet, Physical Theatre I and Speech I. Crew Responsibilities are also a graded component of this course. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 4

An introduction to the collaborative nature, origin, and general history of the theatre, as well as an examination of the contributions of the producer, director, actor, and design team to the theatrical event. Also presented is an overview of the dominant dramatic forms.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the craft of sets, lighting and costumes for the theatre. It examines the organization of a theatre from the production end and introduces the student to the basic tools, materials, techniques and procedures used in technical theatre.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring

This is an introductory course in the basic vocabulary and theory of acting. This course is designed to begin the acting sequence for theatre or non-theatre majors.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall

This course, a continuation of THR 107, is an introductory course in basic methods and approaches to acting, monologue and scene work are included as well as the analysis of dramatic text.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: THR 107

A study of elementary theory to aid music reading and rhythm. Basic singing techniques, including breath control, diction, projection, and phrasing are taught, as well as the basic techniques for musical theatre singing.

Credit Hours: 6

This course studies the exploration and development of movement, gestures and dance forms common to a basic understanding of dance with emphasis on alignment and basic loco motor patterns. It includes an introduction to improvisation, basic ballroom and tap dance.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of ballet technique to students with no prior experience. The class will focus on basic body alignment, strengthening techniques, proper warm up procedures and basic vocabulary.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring

This course is designed for the dancer with previous ballet training. The class will reinforce the fundamental vocabulary and technique of ballet. It will include body alignment, weight placement, transfer of weight and coordination.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: Previous ballet training in the private sector or THR 113

In this course students will learn about the active role theatre, performance, and spectacle play in society. Participants will watch historically important filmed performances, attend live theatre, devise their own performance events, and explore dramatic texts in the classroom.

A course for the performance emphasis student comprising a range of separate skills classes, including: Acting-Shakespeare, Introduction to Jazz Dance, Speech II and Physical Theatre II. Crew responsibilities are also a graded component of this course. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 4   /   Prerequisites: THR 101-102 or the permission of the chairperson.

A course for the performance emphasis student comprising a range of separate skills classes, including: Acting-Shakespeare, Unarmed combat, Ballet, and Vocal performance II. Crew responsibilities are also a graded component of this course. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 4   /   Prerequisites: THR 201 or the permission of the chairperson.

An elementary study of the principles of voice (spoken) production, articulation, diction, rhythmic variety, and projection as they apply to the actor. Additionally, the International Phonetic Alphabet is taught in order to express sounds of accents of foreign languages as well as distinct American regions.

Credit Hours: 6

Through rehearsal and performance techniques and written assignments, students will work with the dramatic texts of Shakespeare to master the performance of classical material.

Credit Hours: 6

This course is designed as a continuation of THR 113 for the less experienced ballet student. Class will focus on basic transfer of weight at barre and center; increase of strength and flexibility and coordination of upper and lower body.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: THR 113

This course is a continuation of THR 114. It is designed to teach the intermediate level of ballet which includes turning, petite allegro, grand allegro and adagio work. This course is designed to aid in the skills necessary to perform in auditions.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: THR 114

Through this introductory course, students will learn the fundamental techniques, skills, and vocabulary of basic unarmed stage combat to understand the illusions behind theatrical violence. Safety is always emphasized.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring

Students will further develop their performance techniques, skills and vocabulary in various disciplines of armed stage combat. Students apply these skills by collaborating on the creation of theatre performances using various weapons. Safety is always emphasized in each discipline.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall   /   Prerequisites: THR 215

This course will introduce students to the basic skills required to be a scenic designer. The goal of the course is to expose, explore and develop methods of visual communication within the design process of scenic design. This course will introduce students to script analysis, research, drafting, painting, collage and model building Drafting kit and art supplies required.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall odd years

This course acquaints the student with the theory, techniques and practical application of theatrical scenic painting. The student will gain hands-on experience by painting projects in and outside of class sessions. Projects include scenic paint representations of bricks, marble, wallpaper, wood grain, cornice molding, drapery, foliage and full scale versions of small scale scenes. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered spring even years

An exploration of the basic functions and responsibilities of the stage manager as applied to a variety of theatrical production formats and the roles and responsibilities of the other various management positions in professional theatre. The student will gain practical stage management experience in the Annual Festival of Student-Directed Short plays.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered odd years

With permission of the chairperson, the student elects to stage manage a main stage production.

Credit Hours: 3

Under the supervision of a staff member, the student selects a major independent theatre project he or she wishes to develop and complete.

Credit Hours: 6

An investigation of the equipment and the techniques used in modern audio practice to improve and reinforce sound in the theatre and to create theatrical sound effects.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered fall even years

This course acquaints the student with the language, techniques and conventions of mechanical drawing as they apply to theatre design and technology. Ground plans, sections, and elevations perspective are explored in class. Part of the course will develop basic model building skills. Weekly assignments will emphasize the development of practical skills. Drafting kit and art supplies required.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall even years

An introductory study of the art of lighting for the stage from the initial concept through electricity, instruments, color, plots, and designing for various types of stages. Drafting kit required.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring odd years

The art of jazz dance is studied with an emphasis on proper technique and alignment to develop the dynamic sensitivity of the body to be able to communicate through movement. Specific jazz styles are studied chronologically according to performance trends using basic steps. Students need no previous training.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall

The art of jazz dance is studied with an emphasis on proper technique, alignment and style to expand the dynamic sensitivity of the body's ability to communicate through movement. Jazz styles are studied chronologically according to performance trends utilizing complex steps and combinations. Previous formal training in jazz dance required.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall   /   Prerequisites: Previous Jazz Dance training in the private sector or THR 230

Students learn the process of costume design for the theatre. Techniques covered include: script analysis, character conceptualization, research, and basic rendering. Art supplies required.

Credit Hours: 3

This is a studio course in which the student will learn the fundamentals of costume construction through demonstrations and practical applications. Topics include: taking accurate & precise measurements, hand and machine sewing techniques, proper layout and cutting of patterns, basic construction techniques and adjusting commercial patterns to fit their body. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 3

This is a studio course which acquaints the student with the techniques and practical application of theatrical make-up. The student will be required to design and execute make-up for specific characters. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered fall

A course for the performance emphasis student comprising a range of separate skills classes, including: Acting-Styles, Tap Dance, Armed combat, and Vocal Performance III. Crew responsibilities are also a graded component of this course. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 4   /   Prerequisites: THR 201-202 or the permission of the chairperson

A course for the performance emphasis student comprising a range of separate skills classes, including: Acting-Styles, Jazz Dance, and Physical Theatre III. Crew responsibilities are also a graded component of this course. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 4   /   Prerequisites: THR 301 or the permission of the chairperson

An advanced course in acting styles and techniques, addressing students' individual needs and work in special periods and playwrights.

Credit Hours: 6   /   Prerequisites: THR 207-208

A continuation of THR 109-110 in which more advanced techniques are taught especially in interpretation and phrasing. The integration of music within musical theatre is emphasized as well as work on duets, trios and ensembles.

Credit Hours: 6

This class is geared to the student with some formal experience in jazz dance training. This course engages the dynamic sensitivity of the body to be able to communicate through movement. Specific jazz styles and choreographic formats are studied using basic steps and challenging combinations. The area of dance choreography is introduced.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: THR 230 or permission of the instructor

This class is geared to the student with extensive formal experience in jazz dance training. This course challenges the dynamic and sensitivity of the body to be able to communicate through movement. Specific jazz styles and choreographic formats are studied using complex steps and challenging combinations. The area of dance choreography is introduced.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: THR 231 or permission of the instructor

The accomplished actor combatant will explore advanced techniques in certain martial styles, ranging from classical to contemporary. Emphasis will be placed on organic storytelling and the creation of collaborative performances. Safety is always emphasized.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: THR 216 and permission of instructor

This course is an introduction to the field of tap dancing, beginning with basic single, double, triple, and quadruple sounds, simple combinations, rhythmic patterning and routines. The material is designed for the novice and the beginning level.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall

This course is an exploration into the field of tap dancing, beginning with single, double, triple, and quadruple sounds, combinations, rhythmic patterning and routines. The material is designed for the intermediate and advanced level.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall   /   Prerequisites: THR 321 or permission of the instructor

Development of practical physical theatre skills: juggling, mime techniques and illusions, body awareness. Exploration of analysis of movement theories. Performance of pantomime, gesture language, and gestural cartooning.

Credit Hours: 3

Practical study of mask play and visual character development using neutral, larval, expressive and found masks, Simple mask making. Alternative puppetry. Examination of current trends in physical theatre.

Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of the craft of dramatic story structure and how it applies to preparing outlines and first drafts. For those who might not have tangible ideas about which to write, writing exercises will lead to the creation of short ten-minute plays; many of which can be developed into longer plays.

An introductory course in the problems and practices of playwriting. Emphasis is placed on the development and revision of a one-act play. Students also are acquainted with opportunities for production and publication.

Credit Hours: 3

In this studio course students will examine in detail the fundamental construction and application techniques used to create a variety of costume specialties. Sample topics: corsets and petticoats, mask making, jewelry making, millinery, dancewear and men's tailoring. This course may be taken up to three times with different course topics. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 3

The design, creation and use of prosthetics, wigs, facial hair, blood and other special effects are used to create realistic and fantastical characters. Lab Fee.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: THR 250

A study of the history and development of dramatic theory and criticism. Tracts and essays from various writers, including Aristotle, Horace, Victor Hugo, August Strindberg, George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brect, Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Edward Albee and Tony Kushner among others will be studied and discussed.

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines in depth representative plays of Shakespeare in each of the genres: tragedy, comedy, history and romance, as well as the sonnets.

Credit Hours: 3

An advanced course for the senior performance emphasis student comprising a range of separate skills classes including: Acting- Synthesis & The Profession, Ballet, and Physical Theatre IV. Crew responsibilities are also a graded component of this course. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 4   /   Prerequisites: THR 301-302

An advanced course for the senior performance emphasis student comprising a range of separate skills classes including: Acting- Synthesis & The Profession, Advanced Jazz Dance, and Vocal Performance VI. Crew responsibilities are also a graded component of this course. Lab fee.

Credit Hours: 4   /   Prerequisites: THR 401

This course is designed to develop the advanced jazz dancer through the study of complex dynamic, styles and combinations. Emphasis is placed on techniques and the importance of rhythms, special awareness and projection as means of creating variety in dance. Musical theatre history and repertory is introduced.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: THR 311 or permission of the instructor

This course is designed to develop the advanced jazz dancer by a complex study of dynamics, styles and combinations. Emphasis is placed on technique and the importance of rhythms, spatial awareness and projection as means of fine-tuning dance. Musical theatre history and repertory is introduced.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in spring   /   Prerequisites: THR 312 or permission of the instructor

Individual research of a substantive nature pursued in the student's major field of study. The research will conclude in a written thesis or an original project, and an oral defense.

Credit Hours: 6

This course will concentrate on barre exercises in progressive combinations including balances on releve, complex locomotive patterns, turns and jumps. Students will be required to create ballet phrases and demonstrate complex movement.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall   /   Prerequisites: THR 211

This course is designed for the advanced ballet student. Class will be taught at an accelerated pace. It will include advanced and complex combinations incorporating jumps with turns, beats, partnering techniques and choreographic exploration.

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered in fall   /   Prerequisites: THR 212

A study of the development of dramatic literature and theatrical production, from the Greeks through Oriental theatre to Shakespeare, with emphasis on reading and analyzing representative plays from each period.

Credit Hours: 3

A study of the development of dramatic literature and theatrical production, from the Italian Renaissance through the 19th century, with emphasis on reading and analyzing representative plays from each period.

Credit Hours: 3

A study of the development of dramatic literature and theatrical production, from 1879 to the present day, with emphasis on representative British and American plays.

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the development of American theatre, historically and dramatically, from Colonial times to the advent of Eugene O'Neill. The emphasis is on plays from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century theatre.

Credit Hours: 3

An advanced acting course emphasizing the synthesis of skills and techniques explored in the previous years of study. Special attention is placed on developing a range of audition material. Classes are devoted to the business aspects of the acting profession.

Credit Hours: 6   /   Prerequisites: THR 307-308

Practical study of physical character development and visual narrative using improvisation techniques. Articulation of visual perceptions on paper. Exploration of classical commedia characters using existing scenarios and modern commedia through performance of a new adaptation.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: THR 324

Developing a personal clown, a family of clowns and a clown play. Audition techniques from the visual perspective. Applying the techniques of clowning and improvisation to the creation of physically based dramatic narratives. The actor as creator.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: THR 423

A study of general directorial problems and solutions: auditions, blocking, pace, rhythm, characterization, composition, picturization, movement, general design. The student also prepares a short play from the beginning to actual performance.

Credit Hours: 3

The senior seminar is an integrative capstone course requiring general theatre students to conduct research on a question or problem in a specific area of theatre. It will be conducted as an independent research effort with each student meeting privately with his or her research adviser. Students will write a senior thesis applying their acquired skills to a central topic, theme or question.

This independent study serves as the capstone course restricted to seniors in the design/technology sequence. Students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired over the course of their program to further their individual goals. The topics will be determined by the instructors and will vary by student need.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: THR 217, THR 241, THR 229

A junior or senior work-study program providing relevant employment experience. Registration will occur at the beginning of the experience. The objective of the program is to integrate classroom theory and practical work experience, thus lending relevancy to learning and providing the student with a realistic exposure to career opportunities. Students interested in taking an internship or co-op should talk to their adviser.