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Theatre Course Descriptions

THE 1001 Theatre Practicum: Performance
1 credit
Faculty supervised performance work on Gibson Theatre and Watson Arena productions. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: None. Distribution Requirement: CP. Offered all terms.

THE 1002 Theatre Practicum: Production
1 credit
Faculty supervised technical work on Gibson Theatre and Watson Arena productions. May include scenery, costumes, properties, lighting, etc. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: None. Distribution Requirement: CP. Offered all terms.

THE 1003 Theatre Practicum: Arts Management
1 credit
Faculty supervised management work on Gibson Theatre and Watson Arena productions. Assignments may include promotions, PR, etc. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: None. Distribution Requirement: CP. Offered all terms.

THE 1010 Introduction to Theatre
3 credits
The development of the student’s critical skills as a theatre goer and reader of dramatic literature, insight into the relationship between the theatre and human experience, information on current and past theatre happenings, and experiences in the theatre as an audience member and participant. Distribution Requirement: GN. Offered alternate years for non-majors.

THE 1011 Play Production
3 credits
A study of all aspects of theatre which are directly involved during the planning, organizing, and execution of a respectable, if not entertaining and enlightening, piece of theatre. The areas of study include an in-depth examination of play selection, funding, casting, directing, rehearsing, acting, designing, scenic construction, costume construction, properties, lighting, sound engineering, makeup, advertising, public relations, technical execution, and box office management. As each subject area is examined and discussed, the individual student mentally and physically participates. There are also discussions on the theatre as a profession and the television and movie industries. Distribution Requirement: CP. Offered as needed.

THE 1012 Stagecraft
3 credits
An introduction to the technical aspects of theatre production crews for Theatre Arts productions. Students are expected to complete one crew assignment as a prerequisite to successful completion of this course. Offered alternate years.

THE 1013 Acting I
3 credits
An introduction to the basic skills and techniques of the actor. Improvisations and exercises are used to develop the student’s awareness, sensitivities, imagination and spontaneity, and their application to truthful portrayals in realistic texts. Distribution Requirement: CP.

THE 2010 Dramatic Literature
3 credits
Designed to give students exposure to and experiences with a variety of styles and genres of dramatic literature, exploring the works of classic and contemporary playwrights writing in either mainstream or experimental formats. Offered alternate years.

THE 2015  Directing I
3 credits
Acquisition and application of the steps whereby the director translates his concept of a play into theatrical presentation. Analysis of script, settings, casting, director’s work script, various problems at different phases of the rehearsal period, and performance. Distribution Requirement: CP. Offered alternate years.

THE 2021 Performing for the Camera
3 credits
This workshop is designed to meet the needs of any professional who uses television as a tool in public relations or instruction—business people, human service professionals, teachers, scientists, and others. The student will learn how to relax on camera, move, speak, time himself, work with the cuing devices and the floor manager, dress and apply makeup effectively for television. Offered as needed.

THE 2070 Stage Costume and Makeup
3 credits
A study, both theoretical and applied, of the basic principles of costume and makeup for the stage, including work with basic techniques including sewing, pattern cutting, and fabric selection as well as a survey of makeup techniques and application. Students are expected to complete one costume or makeup crew in order to pass this course. Prerequisite: None. Distribution Requirement: CP. Offered Term I or Term II in rotation.

THE 2100 Stage Lighting and Sound
3 credits
A study, both theoretical and applied, of the basic principles of lighting and sound for the stage, including work with color media, dimming systems, scenic projections as well as sound reinforce- ment and reproduction systems. Students are expected to complete one lighting or sound crew in order to pass this course. Prerequisite: None. Distribution Requirement: CP. Offered Term I or Term II in rotation.

THE 2113 Acting II
3 credits
The application, through the playing of scenes from a wide variety of plays, of performance skills and techniques. Develops increased competency in performance through the analysis, rehearsal, performance, and critique of scenes. Prerequisite: THE 1013 or permission of instructor.

THE 2120 Introduction to Theatrical Design
3 credits
A study, both theoretical and applied, of the basic principles of design for the theatre. Students will be required to complete elementary design projects in scenery, costumes, makeup, lighting and props. Distribution Requirement: CP.

THE 2121 Scenic Design (for Non-Majors)
3 credits
The underlying purpose of this course is to study scenic design for the theatre. This course will explore esthetic, historic, ethnic, and financial factors as they apply to scenic design. Different forms of theatre (absurdism, realism, expressionism, etc. ) will be studied as well as multiple set shows and the particular problems raised. Prerequisite: None for non-majors only. Offered Term I or Term II in rotation.

THE 2131 Stage Lighting and Sound Design (for Non-Majors)
3 credits
The underlying purpose of this course is to study stage lighting and sound design for the theatre. This course will explore esthetic, historic, ethnic, and financial factors as they apply to stage lighting and sound design. Different forms of theatre (absurdism, realism, expressionism, etc. ) will be studied as well as multiple set shows and the particular problems raised by each. Prerequisite: None for non-majors only. Distribution Requirement: CP. Offered Term I or Term II in rotation.

THE 2141 Stage Costume Design (for Non-Majors)
3 credits
A survey of historical fashion as it applies to the stage. Students will study theories of costume design and basic techniques including sewing, pattern cutting, fabric selection, and makeup. Prerequisites: None for non-majors only. Offered Term I or Term II in rotation.

THE 3000 Directing II
3 credits
The study and application of directorial concepts, techniques, and skills to various types of plays—in rehearsal and performance—with an emphasis on scene work resulting in production of a one act play. Prerequisite: THE 2015 or permission of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THE 3010 Theatre History I
3 credits
A study of the development of theatre in the Western world from its beginning through the Renaissance with the concomitant developments of methods and styles of staging, production, and acting. Offered as needed.

THE 3011 Theatre History II
3 credits
A study of the development of theatre in the Western world from the English Restoration and French Neo-Classic period to the present with the concomitant development of methods and styles of staging, production, and acting. Offered as needed.

THE 3013 Acting III - Topics in Acting
3 credits
Advanced techniques and theories of acting. Specific topics and subjects of study will change each time the course is offered, based upon student needs. Topics might include Acting in Musical Theatre, Non-Realist Theatre, Period Styles, Theatre Performance and Social Change, etc. Prerequisite: THE 1013 or permission of the instructor. Offered in Term I and Term II as needed in rotation.

THE 3050 Stage Movement
3 credits
Movement techniques and sensory awareness employed in actor training (including physical warm-up and stage combat) are presented in an experiential format with textural support. Distribution Requirement: PE. Offered as needed in rotation.

THE 3090 Theatre Management
3 credits
One part of the course deals with the standard operations of the management organization including budgeting, ticket sales, front-of-house operation, and auditing procedures. Another part of the course deals with promotions, publicity, subscription planning, and audience development. Students study materials dealing with contracting. Offered as needed.

THE 3121 Scenic Design (for Theatre Majors)
3 credits
The underlying purpose of this course is to study Scenic Design for the theatre. This course will explore esthetic, historic, ethnic, and financial factors as they apply to scenic design. Different forms of theatre (absurdism, realism, expressionism, etc. ) will be studied as well as multiple set shows and the particular problems raised. Prerequisites: THE 1012 and THE 2120. Offered Term I or Term II in rotation.

THE 3131 Stage Lighting and Sound Design (for Theatre Majors)
3 credits
The underlying purpose of this course is to study stage lighting and sound design for the theatre. This course will explore esthetic, historic, ethnic, and financial factors as they apply to stage lighting and sound design. Different forms of theatre (absurdism, realism, expressionism, etc.) will be studied as well as multiple set shows and the particular problems raised by each. Prerequisites: THE 2100 and THE 2120. Distribution Requirement: CP. Offered Term I or Term II in rotation.

THE 3141 Stage Costume Design (for Theatre Majors)
3 credits
A survey of historical fashion as it applies to the stage. Students will study theories of costume design and basic techniques including sewing, pattern cutting, fabric selection, and makeup. Prerequisites: THE 2120 and THE 2070. Offered Term I or Term II in rotation.

THE 4001 Dramatic Theory and Criticism
3 credits
A study of dramatic theory and criticism from ancient Greece to today’s modern theatre. The canon of dramatic literature from its beginnings to the newest of works is employed to consider the impact of the theories studied. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term I or Term II, will be taught once every other year and the term may vary.

THE 4590 Theatre Seminar
3 credits
An advanced seminar for upper-level students and Theatre majors. Topics of special interest to students and faculty or topics not covered in other courses are considered. Offered as needed.