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THE100 - Introduction to Theatre

A study of the art of theatre from playscript to play production. The course surveys theatre history, literature, architecture, acting, directing, and design for the student who wants to know what goes on in theatre and what it means.

THE101 - Voice and Speech

A practical and useful course for the performer or anyone who wants a flexible, strong, controlled voice. The focus of the course is the natural way in which the body produces vocal sounds and primarily studied for clear and articulate speech, which is free of regional qualities, affectation, imitation and annoying physical habits. An introduction to phonetics (IPA) and to voice production and control, with exercises to develop adequate quality, loudness, pitch, rate, and articulation will be utilized to achieve desired results. An Introduction to the Estill Voice Craft will be introduced to demonstrate the production of various vocal qualities.

THE126 - Makeup

This course teaches techniques for modeling the face and body with makeup, hair and three dimensional prostheses. A full range of theatrical techniques from street and fashion to character and fantasy makeups will be explored. Qualified students will create three dimensional prosthesis from face and body casts.

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

Methods of analysis and presentation for effective oral reading and performance of non-literature and dramatic literature, prose, and poetry will be explored.

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 Model™, 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, production and performance of puppet plays.

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 Model™ 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. ENG 101 and 102 are suggested prerequisites.

THE305 - Shakespeare in the Theatre

Representative Shakespearean plays studied as theatrical presentation. ENG 101 and 102 are suggested prerequisites.

THE306 - Modern Drama

19th- and 20th-century plays studied as blueprints for theatrical presentation. ENG 101 and 102 are suggested prerequisites.

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.

THE320 - Fundamentals of Directing

The comprehensive study of the director's pre-production planning of a dramatic production for the stage, film, and television. The directorial analysis of scripts plus 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.

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

Designed to extend basic acting skills and to develop the student actor's ability to handle a variety of acting problems and styles.

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

This variable credit course is intended to provide the student with practical experiences in acting. The student will audition for a departmentally approved production, obtain a role, develop a character during the rehearsal period and perform for the uuiversi1y or communi1y audience. The course maybe repeated for credit provided the assignment varies. The grade is based on qnali1y of the work, the completion of the contract specifications, and completion of the project to the satisfaction of the instructor. A grade may be assigned retroactively within the student's next regnlarly enrolled semester provided au agreement is made between the student and the instructor before the assignment is undertaken.

THE351 - Theatre Practicum: Dance

This variable credit course is intended to provide the student with practical experiences in Dance. The students will audition for a departmentally approved production, obtain a role(s), learn and perfect the choreography and pantomime then perform for the university or community audience. The course may be repeated for credit provided the assigment varies. The grade is based on; quality of the work, the completion of the contract specifications, and completion of the project to the satisfaction of the instructor. A grade may be assigned retroactively within the student's next regularly enrolled semester provided an agreement is made between the student and the instructor before the assignment is undertaken.

THE352 - Theatre Practicum: Directing

This variable credit course is intended to provide the student with practical experiences in theatre arts. The students will select, plan, audition, and rehearse a production for university and/or community audience. The course may be repeated for credit provided the assignment varies. The grade is based on; quality of the work, the completion of the contract specifications, and completion of the project to the satisfaction of the instructor. A grade may be assigned retroactively within the student's next regularly enrolled semester provided an agreement is made between the student and the instructor before the assignment is undertaken.

THE353 - Theatre Practicum: Design

This variable credit course is intended to provide the student with practical design experience in theatre. Working with the director, the student designer will design; scenery, and/or lighting, and/or costumes for a fully mounted production. The design process will include all renderings, costume plates, light plots, and designers' drawings. Costumes designers will be expected to shop their show and supervise the construction of the costumes. Scenic designers will provide; renderings, paint elevations, and designer's drawings. They will be expected to supervise scenic painting. Lighting designers will provide a light plot and will supervise hanging and focusing of that plot. All designers will attend all technical and dress rehearsals. The course may be repeated for credit provided the assignment varies. The grade is based on; quality of the work, the completion of the contract specifications, and completion of the project to the satisfaction of the instructor. A grade may be assigned retroactively within the student's next regularly enrolled semester provided an agreement is made between the student and the instructor before the assignment is undertaken.

THE354 - Theatre Practicum: Management

This variable credit course is intended to provide the student with practical design experience in theatre. Working with the director, the student designer will design; scenery, and/or lighting, and/or costumes for a fully mounted production. The design process will include all renderings, costume plates, light plots, and designers' drawings. Costumes designers will be expected to shop their show and supervise the construction of the costumes. Scenic designers will provide; renderings, paint elevations, and designer's drawings. They will be expected to supervise scenic painting. Lighting designers will provide a light plot and will supervise hanging and focusing of that plot. All designers will attend all technical and dress rehearsals. The course may be repeated for credit provided the assignment varies. The grade is based on; quality of the work, the completion of the contract specifications, and completion of the project to the satisfaction of the instructor. A grade may be assigned retroactively within the student's next regularly enrolled semester provided an agreement is made between the student and the instructor before the assignment is undertaken.

THE355 - Theatre Practicum: Technical Direction

This variable credit course is intended to provide the student with practical design experience in theatre. Working with the director, the student designer will design; scenery, and/or lighting, and/or costumes for a fully mounted production. The design process will include all renderings, costume plates, light plots, and designers' drawings. Costumes designers will be expected to shop their show and supervise the construction of the costumes. Scenic designers will provide; renderings, paint elevations, and designer's drawings. They will be expected to supervise scenic painting. Lighting designers will provide a light plot and will supervise hanging and focusing of that plot. All designers will attend all technical and dress rehearsals. The course may be repeated for credit provided the assignment varies. The grade is based on; quality of the work, the completion of the contract specifications, and completion of the project to the satisfaction of the instructor. A grade may be assigned retroactively within the student's next regularly enrolled semester provided an agreement is made between the student and the instructor before the assignment is undertaken.

THE356 - Theatre Practicum: Technical Production

This variable credit course is intended to provide the student with practical experiences in acting. The student will audition for a departmentally approved production, obtain a role, develop a character during the rehearsal period and perform for the university or community audience. The course maybe repeated for credit provided the assignment varies. The grade is based on quality of the work, the completion of the contract specifications, and completion of the project to the satisfaction of the instructor. A grade may be assigned retroactively within the student's next regularly enrolled semester provided an agreement is made between the student and the instructor before the assignment is undertaken.

THE357 - Theatre Practicum: Tour Theatre

This variable credit course is intended to provide the student with practical experiences in theatre arts. The students will select, plan, audition, and rehearse a production for university and/or community audience. The course may be repeated for credit provided the assignment varies. The grade is based on; quality of the work, the completion of the contract specifications, and completion of the project to the satisfaction of the instructor. A grade may be assigned retroactively within the student's next regularly enrolled semester provided an agreement is made between the student and the instructor before the assignment is undertaken.

THE358 - Theatre Practicum: Summer Theatre

This variable credit course is intended to provide the student with practical experiences in theatre arts. The students will select, plan, audition, and rehearse a production for university and/or community audience. The course may be repeated for credit provided the assignment varies. The grade is based on; quality of the work, the completion of the contract specifications, and completion of the project to the satisfaction of the instructor. A grade may be assigned retroactively within the student's next regularly enrolled semester provided an agreement is made between the student and the instructor before the assignment is undertaken.

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

This course is designed to meet the needs of Elementary Education majors and those students who are looking for a broad based all inclusive fine arts course. Students will have practical experiences in Art, Music and Theatre along with Arts and Education theories. Prerequisite: 60+ credits (Junior/Senior level) Materials fee required.

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 and 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 Training™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 Model™. 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 - Senior Thesis

This capstone course will demonstrate, in a practical manner, the students training and ability in the theatre arts to graduate schools and prospective employers. Grading is based upon research, the quality and timely completion of the assigned production duties, and a written thesis.

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.