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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.

THE141 - Stagecraft I

Introduction to the theory and practice of stagecraft, involving basic set construction, painting and play reading. Practical experience for students majoring in all performance media (e.g., television, film). Fall. (3 crs.)

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. Fall. (3 crs.)

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.)

THE211 - Lighting I

The basic theory and practice of lighting, primarily for the stage, but also for film and television. Practical experience for students majoring in performance media (stage, television, film) is stressed. Fall. (3 crs.)

THE225 - Costume Construction

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

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

Introduction to the theories and practice of designing scenery with emphasis on designing for various environments. Prerequisite: THE 141 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.) Spring.

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.)

THE304 - World Drama

Classical to 19th-century plays (excluding Shakespeare) studied as blueprints for theatrical presentation. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102 are suggested. Writing Component course. (3 crs.) Fall or spring, as needed.

THE305 - Shakespeare in the Theatre

Representative Shakespearean plays studied as theatrical presentation. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102 are suggested. Writing Component course. Fall or spring, as needed. (3 crs.)

THE306 - Modern Drama

19th- and 20th-century plays studied as blueprints for theatrical presentation. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102 are suggested. Writing Component course. Fall or spring, as needed. (3 crs.)

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.)

THE311 - Lighting I

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 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. Every other spring. (3 crs.)

THE328 - Scene Painting

The practice of scenery painting for the theater. Students work with a variety of paints, texturing materials and application techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on the enlargement of existing art works to a size suitable for stage use. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

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, drafting and advanced woodwork is stressed. Prerequisite: THE 141 or permission of instructor. Spring. (3 crs.)

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)

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.