Theatre (TH)

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TH-101   Theatre AppreciationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Introduction to the elements of theatre, including film and TV as theatre media. Study of plays from script to stage through readings, lectures, and theatre-going experiences.

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TH-150   Introduction to the TheatreCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Introduction to the elements of theatre, including cinema and television as theatre media; the study of a representative group of plays from script to stage.

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TH-154   Acting I (Non-Major)Credits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

An introduction to acting the dramatic situation through guided improvisation based on material from dramatic literature.

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TH-155   Acting I (TH Major)Credits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Designed to enable students to explore the use of their imagination, instrument, and sense of playing to work within an ensemble. Basic skills, such as playing with intuition and listening and responding openly to a partner within given circumstances, will be the primary goals.

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TH-156   Acting II (TH Major)Credits: 3   

Prerequisite: TH-155.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Builds from the previous exercise work with working on assigned scenes. Work will begin on open scenes and finish the term working on a scene from important plays of American theatre. Students will study the breakdown of a scene, structure, both verbal and non-verbal, and effective communication of intent.

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TH-190   Applied Theatre Techniques ICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

First-year students are required to take this hands-on, practical course in building, painting, and crewing a department production.

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TH-191   Applied Theatre Techniques IICredits: 1   

Prerequisite: TH-190.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Second semester in Applied Theatre requires students to take a more responsible position in the hands-on practical building, painting, and crewing of a department production.

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TH-230   Acting II (non-Major)Credits: 3   

Prerequisite: TH-154.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Roles as an integral part of play production; the basic principles of acting through lectures, discussions, and the rehearsal and performance of a variety of scenes.

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TH-231   Acting III (Major)Credits: 3   

Prerequisites: TH-155 and TH-156.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Study of "styles". Beginning work on classic texts, such as Shakespeare, Moliere, or Restoration Comedy. Text analysis, scansion, and speaking with authority will be emphasized. Text work in sonnets and scenes.

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TH-232   Acting IV (Major)Credits: 3   

Prerequisites: TH-155, TH-156, and TH-231.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

The fourth semester will be an extension of styles of work. Advanced work in characterization, the development of physical and emotional involvement, and working with objectives, obstacles, and actions, with emphasis on classic "styles".

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TH-240   Actors' Equity Workshop ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An introduction to the basic rules and regulations of Actors' Equity Association's Small Professional Theatre Agreement and to basic stage management principles. Lectures will be supplemented with extensive, practical "lab" hours in which the students put into practice in a professional setting those elements learned in the class.

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TH-242   Introduction to ImprovisationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): AT

An introduction to Improvisational Acting/Performance. No prior experience in theatre is required. Acting training and stage performance is a plus. Students should be prepared to go through a series of exercises that are designed to teach and hone the ability to perform an improvisational performance.

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TH-245   Theatre Performance Practicum ICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Involves actual experience performing in a University production. Credit can be specified for a student's acting, singing, and/or dancing in a department-sponsored production. The Performance Practicum can be taken in any combination simultaneously or consecutively for a total of three credits toward the Theatre or Musical Theatre Minor. Any credits for Practicum courses beyond that go towards free electives. This course is not available to Theatre majors.

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TH-246   Theatre Performance Practicum IICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Involves actual experience performing in a University production. Credit can be specified for a student's acting, singing, and/or dancing in a department-sponsored production. The Performance Practicum can be taken in any combination simultaneously or consecutively for a total of three credits towards the Theatre or Musical Theatre Minor. Any credits for Practicum courses beyond that go towards free electives. The course is not available to Theatre Majors.

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TH-247   Theatre Performance Practicum IIICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Involves actual experience performing in a University production. Credit can be specified for a student's acting, singing, and/or dancing in a department-sponsored production. The Performance Practicum can be taken in any combination simultaneously or consecutively for a total of three credits towards the Theatre or Musical Theatre Minor. Any credits for Practicum courses beyond that go towards free electives. The course is not available for Theatre Majors.

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TH-251   Introduction to Theatre Production and DesignCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Introduction to scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design and technology, including: the problems involved in executing the technical aspects of a theatrical production; preparation of working drawings, light plots, scale models; ability to hang, focus, and program theatrical lighting; solutions of make-up and costuming problems.

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TH-290   Applied Theatre DesignCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: TH-190 and TH-191.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will work intensely with a designer for a department production. Student will be responsible for the design and construction of one facet of a total design: namely, a prop, a costume, lights, or some integral part of a production design.

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TH-291   Applied Theatre ManagementCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: TH-190 and TH-191.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will work intensely with a management office concerning a department production. Students will be involved with hands-on production of publicity, company management, box office, public relations, casting, historical records, and/or dramaturgy.

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TH-298   Special Topics in Theatre (200 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in theatre to be announced prior to registration.

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TH-299   Independent Study in TheatreCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair.

Course Type(s): None

Directed, individual study of theatre in areas of special interest.

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TH-301   Theatre History ICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102, or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

The development of theatre from the Classical Greek through the Elizabethan period. Examination of plays, playwrights, architecture, scenery, costumes, mechanics, technology, historical, and sociological influences.

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TH-310   Musical Theatre HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): AT

The Broadway musical is considered by many to be America's greatest contribution to the world of theatre. Examines the history and evolution of American musical theatre. Special attention will be paid to composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, and performers who have made significant contributions to the genre. Material will be discussed chronologically from minstrelsy to the contemporary mega-musical.

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TH-335   Group Techniques in PerformanceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): COACM, COCSD, CORTA

Various theories and techniques used in group performances with a concentration on Readers Theatre and Chamber Theatre; selected literature is arranged, analyzed, and performed. Also listed as CO-335.

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TH-340   Actors' Equity Workshop IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: TH-240.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Builds upon the basic knowledge gained in TH-240 through the in-depth study of Actors' Equity Association's two most widely used contracts, the LORT (League of Resident Theatres) and Production (Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour) agreements. Lectures will be supplemented with extensive, practical "lab" hours in which the students put into practice in a professional setting those elements learned in the class.

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TH-342   Improvisation IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: TH-342.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of exercises in Improvisational Acting/Performance. No prior experience in theatre is required, however students should take Introduction to Improvisation first. Acting training and stage performance is a plus. Students should be prepared to go through a series of exercises that are designed to teach and hone the ability to perform an improvisational performance.

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TH-349   Postcolonial Drama and FilmCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): BI.EL, GU, RE

Study of postcolonial plays and films from Ireland, Australia, Africa, and India, including such postcolonial themes as language, religion, and race. Students will discuss the ways in which the theatrical and cinematic media are used to express the loss of, and quest for, national and individual identity in the aftermath of empire. The students will not only become versed in postcolonial theory, but also in the individual dramatic styles/structures of each of the nations discussed.

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TH-355   Dramatic LiteratureCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: TH-150.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Analysis of representative plays of the major forms of the drama-tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy, and romance. Emphasis on the literary and performance aspects.

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TH-357   Acting for TelevisionCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: TH-154.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Techniques that the on-camera performer uses in various TV situations, commercials, daytime drama, situation comedy, and serious drama. Also listed as CO-357.

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TH-361   Play DirectionCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: TH-230.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Play analysis, casting procedures, composition, movement, stage business, backstage organization, rehearsal routine, and theatre management from the standpoint of the creative director.

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TH-389   Internship in TheatreCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisites: Departmental approval and Junior standing.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX1

Supervised practical experience in theatre; repeatable for credit.

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TH-390   Applied TheatreCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: TH-190 and TH-191; and TH-290 or TH-291.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will work hands-on with an appropriate faculty member on an advanced project in theatre, musical theatre, or music production. An alternative possibility would be to do a pre-internship assignment with a local theatre.

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TH-391   Applied TheatreCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: TH-190, TH-191 and either TH-290, TH-291, or TH-390.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will work hands on with an appropriate faculty member on an advanced project in theatre, musical theatre, or music production. An alternative possibility would be to do a pre-internship assignment with a local theatre.

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TH-398   Special Topics in Theatre (300 Level)Credits: 3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in theatre to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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TH-399   Independent Study in TheatreCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair.

Course Type(s): None

Directed individual study of theatre in areas of special interest.

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TH-401   Theatre History IICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: TH-301; and EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): WT

The development of theatre from the Restoration through the Modern Period. Examination of plays, playwrights, architecture, scenery, costumes, mechanics, technology, historical, and sociological inferences.

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TH-441   Summer Theatre Workshop ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: Summer Term

Course Type(s): None

Basic technical theatre, theatre management, elements of acting, children's theatre, costuming and make-up, lighting and set design; four dramatic productions.

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TH-442   Summer Theatre Workshop IICredits: 3   

Term Offered: Summer Term

Course Type(s): None

Basic technical theatre, theatre management, elements of acting, children's theatre, costuming and make-up, lighting and set design; four dramatic productions.

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TH-453   Creative DramaticsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The goal of Creative Dramatics is to equip teachers with the ability to use creative dramatics, creative play, and theatre games in the classroom as a tool for teaching all subjects. Also useful for actors and recreation or community leaders who work with children and want to learn new and creative techniques. The emphasis in this class is on the participant and participation. Students should attend comfortably dressed.

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TH-480   Problems in Theatre PracticeCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Independent projects and intensive research under the guidance of one or more members of the department; creative work in acting, costuming, creative dramatics, directing, lighting, scenic design, and playwriting.

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TH-498   Special Topics in Theatre (400 Level)Credits: 3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in theatre to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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TH-499   Independent Study in TheatreCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair.

Course Type(s): None

Directed individual study of theatre in areas of special interest.