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THE100 - Introduction to Theatre

A study of the art and craft of theater from play script to play production. The course surveys theater history, literature, architecture, acting, directing and design for the student who wants to know what goes on in theater and what it means. Students can expect to participate in classroom performances. Fall and spring. (3 crs.)

THE101 - Voice and Speech

A practical and useful course for the performer or anyone who wants a flexible, strong, controlled voice. The Lessac method, involving the natural ways in which the body produces vocal sounds, is primarily studied to produce clear and articulate speech that is free of regional qualities, affectation, imitation and annoying physical habits. The course also involves transcription of the International Phonetic Alphabet for correct pronunciation. Spring. (3 crs.)

THE126 - Makeup

This course covers modeling the face and the body with makeup and with three-dimensional prostheses. Historical, character, fantasy, corrective, street and fashion makeup will be researched and applied. Students with an advanced interest will construct three-dimensional prostheses and hair pieces. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

THE131 - Fundamentals of Acting

An introduction to the basic tools of the actor's craft and personal discipline for the student through the use of acting exercises, sensitivity exercises, theater games and improvisation. (3 crs.) Spring.

THE140 - Script Analysis

Students will read and analyze several plays and musical theatre scores and librettos, give regular reports, write research papers supporting their analysis, and contribute to class discussion regarding the nature and needs of various scripts. Class work will include analysis of a script’s historical, structural and biographical qualities, as well as possible production needs for performance, directing, design and technical requirements.

THE141 - Stagecraft I

Introduction to the theory and practice of stagecraft, involving basic set construction, painting, and production technologies. Practical experience for students majoring in performance media.

THE150 - Introduction to Theatrical Design

This course is an overview of all areas of theater design including scenic, lighting and costume. Students will explore a variety of theatrical styles and historical periods. Particular emphasis is placed on the design tools, including basic scale drawing, drafting, script analysis and color rendering.

THE201 - Voice and Interpretation

Introduction to the basic vocal and analysis techniques necessary for effective interpretation and presentation of nondramatic literature: poetry, prose and narrative literature. Fall. (3 crs.)

THE203 - Musical Theatre Performance I

Building upon the skills acquired in MUS 104, Musical Theatre Performance I will begin the specific and focused study of the voice as it relates to musical theatre performance. Not only will the course provide continued focus on the voice and its use in both speaking and singing, but it will incorporate the study of selected musical theatre repertoire and its application of the Cohen method of acting. Using the Estill Voice Modelâ„¢, students will study in greater depth the anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism, demonstrate voluntary control of vocal structures, and apply these skills and knowledge to both spoken text and sung lyrics. Likewise, students will develop a working philosophy and vocabulary that emphasizes maintaining vocal health and utilizing vocal tools to achieve artistry in musical theatre performance.

THE211 - Lighting I

The basic theory and practice of lighting for the stage, film, and television. Practical experience for students majoring in performance media is stressed.

THE221 - Theatrical Foundations: Physical Theatre and Creative Movement

This course offers an introduction to physical and experimental theater in a creative laboratory approach. The course invites students into the role as creative practitioners by physically investigating the creative elements that can be applied to all aspects of theatre making. Creating theatre in a organic and collaborative manner students will develop a more conscious and able body, and improve their capacity to transform themselves in their craft as an actor. Students will develop their skills of organic movement, physical experimentation, focused play, observation, collaboration, group trust and cohesion, and their ability to transpose experiences in the world into visual, written, vocal and physical forms. Coursework will focus on individual and collaborative movement, the interconnectedness of the body and mind, and ways the body and voice communicates intention in time and space.

THE225 - Costume Construction

Basic pattern drafting and sewing techniques applied to the construction of costumes. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

THE226 - Makeup II

This course builds upon the basic techniques learned in THE 126: Stage Makeup. Students will explore advanced topics including creating prosthesis, applying bald caps and airbrushing. They will also learn about period makeup and hair styles and create and realize characters using script analysis, research and rendering.

THE231 - Intermediate Acting

The development of a personal and useful acting method to develop believable characters for the stage. The acting method is developed through intense scene work that includes character and script analysis. Prerequisite: THE 131 Fundamentals of Acting or permission of instructor. Fall. (3 crs.)

THE240 - Creative Dramatics

The stimulation and development of creativity through playmaking exercises, storytelling, improvisation and sensitivity techniques useful for potential teachers and parents. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

THE255 - Puppetry

The planning and production of puppet plays. Emphasis will be placed on designing and building puppets beginning with the simplest form and moving to the most complex. Students will write simple scripts for use in performance of puppet plays. Fall. (3 crs.)

THE271 - Scene Design I

This course is an introduction to theatrical scenic design. Students will explore a variety of theatrical styles and historical periods. Script will be read, analyzed and designed. Digital design tools for drafting and rendering will be used.

THE272 - Properties Design for Theatre

This course will explore the tools, materials and techniques used for the creation of props for theatrical productions. The course will survey different time periods and emphasis will be placed of creating commonly needed props such as food props, weaponry and paper props. Techniques will include foam carving, carpentry, painting and 3D printing.

THE301 - Voice and Speech II:Stage Dialects

A practical and useful course for the performer who seeks to effectively, consistently, and safely produce common stage dialects other than Standard American English. This course will build upon concepts acquired in THE 101 to expand the students’ knowledge of International Phonetic Alphabet to include speech sounds utilized in dialects other than their own. The Estill Voice Model™ will be utilized for identifying a generalized vocal quality of the dialects under study that is consistent and vocally healthy in production. Application of the speech sounds and qualities to various appropriate texts will further illustrate the acquisition of the dialect under study.

THE302 - History of Theatre I

The development of theater from the Classics through the Baroque, including representative plays. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102 are suggested. Fall. (3 crs.)

THE303 - Musical Theatre Performance II

Musical Theatre Performance II will provide continued development of skills and concepts necessary for performing vocally in musical theatre as introduced in Musical Theatre Performance I. The course will offer increased exposure and study of selected musical theatre repertoire, further application of the Cohen method of acting, and rigorous application the Estill Voice Modelâ„¢ to both speaking and singing. The course will place great emphasis on using the voice to create character and achieve a higher level of artistry in performance.

THE304 - World Drama

Classical to 19th-century plays (excluding Shakespeare) studied as blueprints for theatrical presentation.

THE305 - Shakespeare in the Theatre

Representative Shakespearean plays studied as theatrical presentation.

THE306 - Modern Drama

19th- and 20th-century plays studied as blueprints for theatrical presentation.

THE309 - Reader's Theatre

Advanced theory and practice of oral interpretation techniques. Focus moves from solo to group performance and the basic staging techniques of both Reader's Theatre and Chamber Theatre. Prerequisite: THE 201 suggested. Every other spring. (3 crs.)

THE310 - Dance Production

This course will cover the basic technical production needs of the Spring Dance Performance. Students will differentiate the needs compared to other theatrical productions and focus on needs specific to dance such as proper sanitary and safe installation of dance marley floor, stage management and safety concerns specific to dancers First Aid and production needs. Photometrics and lighting needs specific to dance, specifically, the hanging and focusing of side light booms or shadow play/silhouette lighting where applicable. Basic understanding of a playback sound system. Students will study history or technical production for dance as well as participate hands on as the technical work and run crew supporting the dance performance.

THE311 - Lighting II

Advanced theory and practice of lighting design for stage, television and film. Practical experience is stressed. Prerequisite: THE 211 or permission of instructor. Every other spring. (3 crs.)

THE312 - History of Theatre II

The development of Western theater from the Baroque to the present, including representative plays. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102 are suggested. Writing Component course. Spring. (3 crs.)

THE320 - Fundamentals of Directing

The comprehensive study of the director's pre-production planning of a dramatic production for the stage. The directorial analysis of plays and basic fundamentals of composition, picturization, movement, and improvisation with gesture, costume and properties is studied. The in-class preparation of a complete directorial script of a one act or a cutting from a longer play may be directed as part of a public program of student-directed plays. Prerequisite: THE 131. Every other fall. (3 crs.)

THE325 - Costume Design

Basic principles of costume design. Students complete various design projects for specific plays selected from a variety of historical periods. Spring. (3 crs.)

THE327 - Stage Management

This course will examine the role of the Stage Manager as a key artist within the theatrical event. The course will provide a practical application of the essential communication, organization, planning and leadership skills necessary to manage a theatrical event. Lastly the course will review current professional stage management practices. (3 crs.)

THE328 - Scene Painting

Introduction to the theory and practice of painting for the theatre. Practical experience with a variety of paints and painting materials. Particular emphasis is placed on the enlargement of existing art works to a size suitable for stage use.

THE331 - Advanced Acting

This course challenges the actor's ability to demonstrate a personal and useful acting method through a wide range of textual problems, historical and modern plays, and acting styles. Prerequisite: THE 231 or permission of the instructor. Every other spring. (3 crs.)

THE341 - Stagecraft II

Advanced practice and principles of scenery and property construction. Practical experience with plastics, metals, CAD drafting and advanced woodwork is stressed.

THE350 - Theatre Practicum: Acting

Assigned duties and responsibilities for department production(s). Fall and spring. (Variable crs.)

THE351 - Theatre Practicum: Dance

Assigned duties and responsibilities for department production(s). Fall and spring. (Variable crs.)

THE352 - Theatre Practicum: Directing

Assigned duties and responsibilities for department production(s). Fall and spring. (Variable crs.)

THE353 - Theatre Practicum: Design

Assigned duties and responsibilities for department production(s). Fall and spring. (Variable crs.)

THE354 - Theatre Practicum: Management

Assigned duties and responsibilities for department production(s). Fall and spring. (Variable crs.)

THE355 - Theatre Practicum: Technical Director

Assigned duties and responsibilities for department production(s). Fall and spring. (Variable crs.)

THE356 - Theatre Practicum: Technical Production

Assigned duties and responsibilities for department production(s). Fall and spring. (Variable crs.)

THE357 - Theatre Practicum: Touring Theatre

Assigned duties and responsibilities for department production(s). May be repeated only to a maximum of 10 credits. Fall and spring. (Variable crs.)

THE358 - Theatre Practicum: Summer Theatre

Assigned duties and responsibilities for department production(s). May be repeated only to a maximum of 10 credits. Summer. (Variable crs.)

THE371 - Scene Design II

Advanced theory and practice of designing scenery and lighting, with emphasis on designing for various environments. Prerequisite: THE 271 or permission of instructor. Fall or spring, as needed. (3 crs.)

THE372 - Creative Arts for Elementary Education

This course provides a survey of concepts, theories, and experiences for integrating arts education into the elementary classroom curriculum. Students will have practical experiences in art, music, and theatre along with arts and education theories. This course will enable future teachers to develop arts experiences and lesson plans for children. Prerequisite: EDE 211 with a minimum grade of D. (3 crs.)

THE401 - Finding Your Voice: Vocal Skills for the Theatre Performer

This course is designed for any student interested in developing versatility and strength in the creation of a character's voice. Students will develop a working philosophy and vocabulary that emphasizes maintaining vocal health and utilizing vocal tools to achieve artistry in theatrical performance. Areas of study include: tools to eliminate poor vocal qualities and habits, work with the International Phonetic Alphabet for the production of proper speech sounds, and the Estill Voice Technique for vocal strength and health. Prerequisites: THE 101 and 131, or permission of the instructor. (2 crs., repeatable)

THE402 - Estill Voice Training: Levels 1 & 2 Combined Intensive

This course will provide a focused experience for vocal performers to explore and optimize voice production for musical and theatrical performance utilizing the Estill Voice ModelTM. By examining the acoustic, physiologic, and perceptual correlates of voice and by learning to enhance control of the vocal structures that influence vocal quality, the students will acquire tools offered by the Estill Voice Trainingâ„¢system for adding color, strength, clarity and stamina to the performing voice.

THE403 - Musical Theatre Performance III

Musical Theatre Performance III will provide continued development of skills and concepts necessary for performing vocally in musical theatre, but with advanced application of both the Cohen acting method the Estill Voice Modelâ„¢. In addition to refining technique and achieving even greater artistry in performance, the course will serve as a final phase of preparation for transition into professional musical theatre.

THE404 - Cultural Studies in Theatre

Performative elements are present in every society; regardless of its complexity and sophistication. The impact of these performative elements influences a society and its people. This course will focus on a specific region of the globe and study its theatre; specifically the impact its performative elements had on the society and, subsequently, the society had on its performative elements.

THE431 - Acting in Musical Theatre

This is the final course in the acting sequence and is directed solely to the performance of musical theatre. This course combines physical and vocal acting methods utilized in previous coursework with a repertoire specific study in order to create a more well-rounded musical theatre performer. Students aspiring to careers in musical theatre require a firm understanding of the specific needs of the character within a given style of musical theatre.

THE450 - Theatre Practicum: Senior Thesis

Special acting, directing, management, and design or technical involvement in a play production. Prerequisite: Senior level. Fall and spring. (3 crs.)

THE480 - Digital Performance

This capstone course for the upper-class person uses emerging technologies to convey thematic ideas within live theatrical productions. The course will provide background and framework for students to create and present original live performance pieces employing multiple forms of media. Creativity, collaboration and technical innovation will culminate in a live public performance.