THEA 140 Introduction to Theatre (3)
Surveys the arts of the theatre with emphasis on the role of the playwright, director, actor, designer and producer. Promotes the development of college-level writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. (ART)
THEA 142 Introduction to Film (4)
Develops a greater understanding of and appreciation for the art and history of film as it examines contemporary American and international cinema in historical and cultural contexts. Enhances analytical skills to better understand filmmakers’ intentions and the means by which they convey them. (ART)
THEA 150 Acting (3)
Examines the theories and practices of acting from a Western perspective. Students practice basic aesthetic judgments, professional ethics, and physical and vocal training through theatre games, improvisation and introduction to scene study. (ART)
THEA 161 Introduction to Theatrical Design (3)
An introduction to theatrical design concentrating on the creative process in developing the design of sets, lighting, costumes, as well as the presentation of design ideas. This course examines the role of the designer and how designs support the ideas of a play in visual ways. Promotes the development of college-level writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. Students with credit for THEA-173 may not also receive credit for THEA-161. (ART)
THEA 163 Stagecraft (4)
An introduction to the rudimentary skills involved with planning, constructing, painting, rigging and lighting of stage scenery.
THEA 165 Stage and Properties Management (3)
Introduces students to the process and responsibilities of stage management focusing on production duties, rehearsal responsibilities and production obligations. Also covered in this course will be the responsibilities of a properties manager; including the coordination, organization, and care of stage properties.
THEA 180 Play Production (1)
Open to all students who wish to become involved in any technical, acting or administrative aspects of the current play. Some positions limited by auditor or instructor permission. May be repeated.
THEA 221 Voice and Movement (3)
Broadens the expressive range of the actor through the introduction to and exploration of various methods of vocal, physical and improvisational work to connect the body, voice and emotional life of the actor, creating a more articulate physical instrument.
THEA 240 Ancient to Medieval: Theatre History and Dramatic Literature (3)
Surveys the theatre history and dramatic literature of the ancient world through medieval times, with particular emphasis on the development of theatre and performance. Takes into account developments outside of western tradition. Promotes critical and analytical thinking and considers the place of performance in the historical political, social and aesthetic development of the world cultures. (HP)
THEA 241 Renaissance to Modernism: Theatre History and Dramatic Literature (3)
Surveys the theatre history and dramatic literature of the renaissance world through modern times, with particular emphasis on the development of theatre and performance. Takes into account developments outside of western tradition. Promotes critical and analytical thinking and considers the place of performance in the historical political, social and aesthetic development of the world cultures. Playwrights included in the course range from Machiavelli and Moliere to Strindberg and contemporary trends. (HP)
THEA 258 Directing I (4)
Prerequisite: THEA 150. A study of the theory and practice of directing. Each student will direct a one act play.
THEA 266 Theatrical Makeup Design (3)
A laboratory- format course concentrating on the materials, skills and techniques used for applying theatrical makeup and designing makeup for the stage. Students will develop several makeup styles addressing challenges related to compensating for theatrical lighting, aging the youthful face, emphasizing character, effects and prosthetic techniques. (ART)
THEA 290 Topics (Arr)
Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. Exploration of specialized fields and/or issues in theatre. May be repeated. Variable credit.
THEA 292 Practicum in Theatre (Arr)
Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. Provides an opportunity for students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom. Consists of administrative/supervisory work in all areas of theatrical production. May be repeated.
THEA 330 Theatre Management (4)
Prerequisite: Second-year standing and a prior course in art, music, or theatre. Introduces students to the practice, realm and study of theatre management in terms of professional, regional, community and academic practices. Students investigate components of arts management including strategic planning, marketing/ public relations, arts law, financial management, development/ fund raising, operations/ facilities management, and personnel. Offered alternate years. (WRT)
THEA 350 Classical Acting (3)
Explores the process of acting through course lectures, discussions, films, and observance of live performance(s). The art of acting is a life-long process and this course will assist the student with the first steps of that process and specifically, how to speak the words of Shakespeare. Materials for this class have been chosen to demonstrate how classical techniques and texts influence contemporary theatre. (LP)
THEA 358 Directing II (4)
Prerequisite: THEA 258. An exploration of theories and techniques for directing plays based upon historical and 20th century materials. Students will direct a full production, an act from a play or a one act as a final project.
THEA 360 Scenic Design (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 161. Emphasizes the art of scenic design through the study and process of creating sets. Includes design process from script analysis and research to presentation of final design ideas. Model making, drafting and rendering will be covered. Formerly THEA-260. Students with credit for THEA-260 may not also receive credit for THEA-360.
THEA 364 Lighting Design (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 161. Studies the aesthetics, theory and execution of stage lighting as an art form. Includes the mechanics of stage lighting, the process of lighting a production, drafting the plot, and executing the design. Formerly THEA-264. Students with credit for THEA-264 may not also receive credit for THEA-364. (ART)
THEA 368 Costume Design and Construction (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 161. Introduces the student to costume construction and costume design. This will engage students in examining artistic expression within historical and cultural contexts, analytical approaches and hands-on experiences. No prior knowledge of sewing necessary. Formerly THEA-248. Students with credit for THEA- 248 may not also receive credit for THEA- 368. (ART)
THEA 370 Script Analysis and Dramatic Literature (4)
Prerequisite: second-year standing. An interdisciplinary investigation of theatre and literature. Explores a variety of analytic methods for examining dramatic literature from both performance and design perspectives. Brief explorations of critical theory used to critique, analyze, and produce plays. (LP,WRT)
THEA 397 Internship in Theatre (Arr)
Prerequisite: 3.0 departmental GPA and instructor’s permission. An applied experience in a communication and/or theatre-related setting requiring a minimum of 30 hours for each credit hour. Includes conferences with on-campus staff, portfolio of work performed and evaluation by job supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit hours applied to the major. Pass/No Credit basis.
THEA 485 Senior Seminar in Theatre (4)
Prerequisite: Declared theatre major and senior standing. Serves as a capstone to the Theatre major’s undergraduate career and prepares them for transition into the professional theatre and/or graduate studies. The course may include lectures, workshops, professional guest speakers, discussion sessions and any other aspects related to the collaborative world of theatre. Students will complete various writing-intensive projects including resume building, portfolio constructing, career-based cover letters and a 5-8 page research paper based upon their individualized track in theatre.
THEA 490 Topics: Theatre (Arr)
Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. Study supervised by staff members in one of four areas: Acting, directing, design and management. Includes a formal presentation. May be repeated.
THEA 494 Practicum in Theatre (Arr)
Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. Offers the creative student opportunity to design a unique practicum, using the department, college or community as a laboratory. This practicum is reserved for the most promising seniors in the department. May be repeated. Pass/No Credit basis.
THEA 499 Independent Study (Arr)
Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. A course allowing students to probe more deeply into an area for which they have been prepared, but in which there are no further advanced courses offered. Prior to registration the student must present the proposed study to the department for approval. May be repeated.