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Courses in Theatre (TH)

  • 1101 Theatre Practicum (0-3). Supervised laboratory assignments in areas of specialization. (May be repeated for a maximum of four semester credit hours but may not be used to meet theatre major or minor require­ments.)

    1104/DRAM 1120 Rehearsal and Performance (0-3). A program of ac­tivities to include participation in the cast and/or production staff of at least one dramatic production each semester. (May be repeated for a maximum of four semester credit hours but may not be used to meet theatre major or minor requirements.)

    1311/DRAM 1310 Introduction to Dramatic Art (3-0). A historical survey of the development of dramatic art; introduction to contemporary theatre practice.

    1351/DRAM 1351 Acting I (3-0). Study of acting techniques; vocal and physical training.

    1352 Acting II (3-0). Study of acting techniques, vocal, and physical train­ing with a focus on scene structure and character development.

    2331/DRAM 1330 Technical Production (3-0). Basic techniques in scene construction; technical drafting for the stage; survey of technical areas of concentration. Theatre 1101 must be taken in conjunction with this course.

    2334 Stage Lighting (3-0). Study of design principles and techniques of lighting for the stage. Theatre 1101 must be taken in conjunction with this course.

    2345 Computer Applications for the Theatre (3-0). The use of com­puters in designing for theatrical production, with study of basic computer software for scenic, lighting, costume, sound, promotions and projections design.

    3311 Dramatic Literature (3-0). A critical study of representative 20th- 21st Century drama with emphasis on script analysis, dramatic theory, and stage production.

    3320 Vocal Production (3-0). Development of clear articulation and enun­ciation, correct pronunciation, proper vowel placement and control of the speaking voice through study and exercise specifically for the actor.

    3331 Theatre Production Management (3-0). Management of the physi­cal stage; production schedules; box office; public relations. Theatre 1101 must be taken in conjunction with this course.
    Prerequisite: Theatre 1351 or 1352.

    3334 Scene Design (3-0). Basic techniques of scenery design; ground plans, renderings, elevations; perspective drawing.
    Prerequisites: Theatre 2331, 2345, or consent of instructor.

    3341 Costume Design and Construction (3-0). Study of historical cos­tume with emphasis on major cultures and historical periods. The nature and use of costume fabrics and sewing implements; cutting, with and with­out patterns; pattern-making and alteration; wardrobe management. Theatre 1101 must be taken in conjunction with this course.

    3353 Acting III - Styles (3-0). An exploration of special problems the ac­tor encounters with dramatic texts from various periods. Plays, manners, customs, and movement characteristics of Greek, Elizabethan, French Neo­classical, and Restoration periods will be studied through monologue work.

    4301 Senior Seminar (3-0). Capstone course for all areas of theatre, emphasizing portfolio development and other preparation for entry into the theatre profession. Course topics also include: professional communication excellence, job interviewing, team communication, cultural sensitivity, and work-life balance. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Communi­cation 4301 or Mass Media 4301.)

    4311 History of Dramatic Art I (3-0). A historical study of the theatre from primitive times to the Eighteenth Century. Course includes an examination of the physical theatre, acting styles, costumes and scenery, representa­tive plays, and theories of drama applicable to the various periods under consideration.

    4312 History of Dramatic Art II (3-0). A historical study of the theatre from the Eighteenth Century to the present. Includes a study of the physical theatre, development of modern drama, acting styles, and theories of drama applicable to the various periods under consideration.

    4314 Playwriting (3-0). Analysis of play structure. Each student will write a one-act play to demonstrate comprehension of the processes involved.

    4321 Directing (3-0). Basic techniques of directing for the stage; scene interpretation; pictorial composition. Students direct and supervise produc­tion of short scenes.
    Prerequisites: Theatre 1351 or 1352, 2331, 2334.

    4331 Stage Make-up (3-0). Basic techniques in the application of theatri­cal make-up, corrective, character, and nonrealistic types.

    4341 Theories of Dramatic Production (3-0). A study of the essential ele­ments of theatre production. Criteria for evaluating and selecting plays and the philosophy of performance theories.

    4351 Acting IV - Advanced Acting (3-0). Focus on acting for the camera, alternative approaches to acting and preparation of career development pro­cess - development of resume, headshots, portfolio, auditioning, markets, etc. A study of the essential elements of theatre production. Criteria for evaluating and selecting plays and the philosophy of performance theories.
    Prerequisite: Theatre 1351 or 1352, or permission of instructor.

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected topics in the­atre. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.
    Prerequisites: Senior standing and department chair approval.

    4391 Research. A specialized course which may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in theatre.
    Prerequisites: Senior standing and department chair approval.