Theatre Courses
THE 110Theatre AppreciationTheater3FreshmanA study of the development of theatre as an art form within the liberal arts, including its functional theories, principles, methods, and historical context. Emphasis is on the role of the audience and the understanding and appreciation of the nature of theatre to provide students with a background, framework, and vocabulary for seeing and discussing live theatre events. Additional production work required. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Fall and spring.
THE 125Script Analysis and TheoryTheater3FreshmanExamines both traditional and nontraditional (Aristotelian and non-Aristotelian) approaches to the analysis of dramatic literature and explores literary and theatrical techniques used by significant playwrights through the ages. In addition, students will gain a critical perspective on the ways society explains the nature of the theatrical experience and the various structural approaches that create and communicate meaning in the theatre. Satisfies fine arts and diversity exploratory requirements. Fall.
THE 135StagecraftTheater3FreshmanAn introduction to the fundamentals of scenic construction, scene painting, stage properties, lighting and sound technology, and mechanical drafting. Additional production work is required. Additional fees for required materials. Spring.
THE 145PlaywritingTheater3FreshmanA course in the theoretical knowledge and beginning skills in writing a short play for the stage. The first half of the semester deals with the essential nature of drama, and the second half looks at how the various elements of dramatic structure are used to make a play effective theatrically. Spring, even academic years.
THE 170Theatre HistoryTheater3FreshmanA tracing of the development of the institution and art of the theatre from its ancient origins to the present day, examining drama, acting, design, directing, theatre architecture and critical theory. The theatrical arts will be studied in the context of the cultures which they reflect and interpret. Research paper required. Satisfied fine arts exploratory requirements. Spring, even academic years.
THE 190Film AppreciationTheater3FreshmanA study of the nature and development of film as a distinctive medium of communication and art form. Spring, odd academic years.
THE 200Professional DevelopmentTheater1JuniorA course designed to help theatre majors develop the necessary skills to make a successful transition into the professional world or graduate school. Spring.
THE 205ActingTheater3SophomoreA study of the fundamentals of the acting craft, including practical analysis of play, scene, and character; work on stage voice and movement; and practical applications of these areas to the development of characterizations in scene work and monologues. Fall.
THE 220Directing ITheater3SophomorePrinciples and theories of play selection, analysis, and conceptualization; auditioning, casting, and rehearsing; stage composition, picturization, and movement; and overall production management. Prerequisite: THE 205 or consent of instructor. Spring, odd academic years.
THE 235Scenic PaintingTheater3SophomoreThis course will provide basic skills needed for theatrical scene painting. Students will learn how to create paint elevations and then translate an elevation to a full scale stage. Students will understand how to approach a picture, break it into layers" or steps and then translate that to the stage. Additional production work required. Fee: $100 nonrefundable for materials. Prerequisite: THE 135 or consent of instructor. Fall even academic years."
THE 236Production DesignTheater3SophomoreThis is a studio class that will focus on the theories and practices of production design in collaborative situations, and how to communicate effectively with a group and as a group in a theatrical setting. Prerequisite: THE 135 or consent of the instructor. Fee: $50 nonrefundable for materials. Fall, odd years
THE 245PlaywritingTheater3SophomoreA course in the theoretical knowledge and beginning skills in writing a short play for the stage. The first half of the semester deals with the essential nature of drama, and the second half looks at how the various elements of dramatic structure are used to make a play effective theatrically. Spring, even academic years.
THE 305Acting IITheater3JuniorSpecialized work on voice and movement technique skills, especially as related to works of various styles and periods of theatre and drama. The class will focus on pre-modern styles and modern non-realistic styles. Prerequisite: THE 205. Spring, odd academic years.
THE 325Directing IITheater3JuniorA further exploration of the skills acquired in Directing I including conceptualization of period and non-realistic plays; continuing development of leadership skills with actors, and collaboration skills used with playwrights, designers, and producers. Additional production work is required. Prerequisite: THE 220 or consent of instructor. Spring, even academic years.
THE 375Dramatic Literature ITheater4JuniorReading and analysis of selected significant plays from ancient times through the Renaissance. Same as ENG 375. Prerequisite: ENG 117, THE 110, or THE 125 or consent of the instructor. Fall, odd academic years.
THE 376Dramatic Literature IITheater4JuniorReading and analysis of selected significant plays from around the world from the 17th century to the present. Same as ENG 376. Prerequisite: ENG 118, THE 110, or THE 125 or consent of the instructor. Spring, odd academic years.
THE 498Senior PortfolioTheater0JuniorEach student must develop a portfolio containing an appropriate body of work that, by the time of graduation, demonstrates the student is ready to make the transition to graduate school or the professional workplace.
THE 499Senior Competency PracticumTheater0SeniorStudents will take a written exam which covers information from core requirements for the major. Students must earn a C- or better.

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