Course Offerings

Below is a list of available courses offered by the Theatre Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

THTR 107 - PRODUCTION LAB
Practical experience with departmental productions in the area of performance, stage management, technical production, or design, based on audition and/or assignment to a specific project with the current production. A minimum number of laboratory hours will be required for satisfactory completion of the assignment, based upon the nature of the project and dependent upon credit hours elected. Hours credit: .5, 1, or 1.5 (management only). Prerequisite: permission of the Department. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only. May be repeated for credit.

THTR 111 - STAGECRAFT
An introduction to stage scenery, stage organization, and terminology. The methods and materials of set construction. Formal and self-scheduled laboratories provide practical experience with productions of departmental productions. Hours credit: 3.

THTR 117 - BASICS OF DESIGN
An introduction to the principles of design as they apply to performance and the design process. This is primarily a project-based class in which students will deal with the basic principals of costume, scenery, and lighting design. Practical experience with departmental productions. Hours Credit: 3.

THTR 123 - BEGINNING ACTING
This course will explore the actor’s process in preparing for a role using the fundamentals of the Stanislavsky system. Through improvisational exercises and scene study, students will explore approaches to the creative state, discovering physical actions, defining simple objectives, developing powers of observation, character development, expressing the super-objective, communicating subtext and the magic if. The course will culminate in a final scene presentation. Hours credit: 3.

THTR 127 - VOICE & DICTION
Voice and diction will develop student ability in vocal production and enhance clarity in public presentations. Students will be introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and will address individual regionalisms. Students will improve their vocal power and clarity through physical and vocal exercises as well as individual presentations. Hours credit: 3. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

THTR 142 - INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
A general orientation to dramatic and theatrical conventions, theatre periods and styles, dramatic genres, theatre organization and production. The roles of audience, actor, director, playwright, and designer. The reading and discussion of plays and musicals. Viewing and reviewing the play in production. Hours credit: 3. Offered first semester.

THTR 181P - GREEK DRAMA PRODUCTION LAB
This course is open to students who are full-time members of the cast or crew of the Greek Play but not enrolled in CLAS/THTR 275. It provides practical experience with the production of an ancient play. Hours credit: .5 or 1. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years. Offered on Pass/Fail basis only. May be repeated for credit.

THTR 212 - TOPICS IN THEATRE
Specialized study in areas of theatre technology, production, styles, or genres. Depending upon topic, course work may extend from a minimum of four weeks to the entire semester, and may call for practical experience with departmental/Sock & Buskin and senior theatre majors' productions. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, 2, or 3. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered at the discretion of the Department. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

THTR 214S - INTERNATIONAL STUDY-TRAVEL SEMINAR
A study-travel seminar that focuses on a region where historical context can be compared with contemporary practice, such as the Theatre of Great Britain, the renaissance Theatres of Italy, the Noh Theatre of Japan, and Oberammergau in Germany with its medieval passion play. Students research the theatrical traditions, history, and culture of the region prior to the trip to begin to understand how Theatre has developed as a unique expression. While on the tour students will attend performances and other cultural events to seek evidence of how the arts and community interact. There will be a pre-trip component on campus and a concluding presentation following the trip which for summer trips must be completed by the fourth week of the fall semester. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: THTR 111R, 117R, 123R, 142 or permission of the instructor.

THTR 215 - LIGHTING DESIGN
An introduction to stage lighting. Emphasis will be placed on the study of elementary electricity, optics, manual and computerized control, and the principles of lighting design. Application of basic light designs using current standard graphic conventions. Practical experience with departmental/Sock & Buskin and senior theatre majors' productions. Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.

THTR 216 - SCENIC DESIGN
An introduction to the design and execution of theatrical scenery. Basic design techniques to be explored include thumbnail studies, scaled drafting of ground plans and working drawings, architectural rendering, and scale model building. Practical experience with departmental/Sock & Buskin and senior theatre majors' productions. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Theatre 117R.

THTR 218 - COSTUME TECHNOLOGY
An introduction to costume construction techniques for the stage. Topics include basic stitching technique for costume construction, identification and use of costume shop tools and equipment, shop safety and protocols, and professional wardrobe practices. Work on department productions is required. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

THTR 219 - COSTUME DESIGN
An introduction to the art of design with specific emphasis on its relation to costuming for the theatre. Students will explore the use of various media and techniques used for the creation of costume design. A variety of rendering techniques may be explored including collage, watercolor, and transfer drawing. Practical experience with departmental/Sock & Buskin and senior theatre majors' productions. Hours Credit:3. Prerequisites: Theatre 117R. Offered alternate years.

THTR 224 - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ACTING
This course builds upon the foundation laid in Fundamentals of Acting. Through movement and vocal exercises, scene study and topic specific exercises, this course introduces students to performing in a variety of styles and techniques, including the acting methods of Laban, Meisner, Chekov, Suzuki and Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints, and addresses non-traditional, verse, absurdist and post-modern texts. The class runs on a three-semester cycle that rotates the subject matter every three semesters. The course culminates in a presentation of final scenes. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: THTR 123R or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit with consultation with the instructor required after 9 credit hours.

THTR 244 - SCRIPT ANALYSIS
Play analysis techniques for dramatic literature from a variety of historical periods. Students will focus on language and structure created by playwrights with special attention given to dramaturgical conventions of various epochs. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite for theatre majors: THTR 142 and 341. Alternate years.

THTR 275 - GREEK DRAMA
Identical with Classics 275. Hours credit: 3. Corequisite: Theatre 275P.

THTR 276 - READING DRAMA
A study of tragedy, comedy, and other varieties of works for the theatre, with attention given to historical and social context. Students will examine periods such as the Restoration, types such as melodrama, and movements such as theatre of the absurd. Attendance at screenings and at live productions by the theatre department may be required. Representative authors may include Sophocles, Behn, Ibsen, Shaw, and O'Neill. Identical with English 276. Hours credit: 3.

THTR 277 - SHAKESPEARE
An introductory course dealing with the principles of Renaissance stagecraft, the nature of performance, the construction and themes of the plays, and the concept of genre or type. Representative plays in all genres from throughout Shakespeare’s career. Identical with English 277. Hours credit: 3.

THTR 279 - INTERMEDIATE PLAYWRITING
In this course, students learn how to structure a scene, how to structure a play, how to create, hold, and release the tension of a dramatic moment through taut and convincing dialogue, how to create characters that an audience will identify with and care about. Through the reading of modern and contemporary plays, both short and full length, students will study the ways that highly accomplished playwrights solve the problems presented by a variety of dramatic situations, and will begin to implement into their own scenes and plays the elements of the craft that they discover. Identical with English 279. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ENGL 261R or THTR 142 or permission of the instructor.

THTR 309 - DESIGN STUDIO
Intermediate/advanced study of scenic, lighting, and/or costume design with an emphasis on collaboration with other artists. Students will develop the appropriate research, paperwork, and presentation materials to conceive, communicate, and realize their designs. Exploration of rendering and modeling techniques including computer applications, is encouraged. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: THTR 117R and THTR 215; 216; or 219. May be repeated for credit.

THTR 311 - DESIGN PORTFOLIO
Studio class with projects geared toward the development of the portfolio for graduate school and professional design auditions. Hours credit: 1.5. Prerequisite: Theatre 215; 216; or 219. May be repeated for credit. Offered at the discretion of the department.

THTR 333 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DIRECTING
Detailed play analysis. Development of the director’s concept. Instruction in stage composition, picturization, movement, rhythm, and pantomimic dramatization. Direction of scenes from outstanding contemporary plays. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: THTR 142 and junior standing or permission of the istructor. Offered second semester.

THTR 337 - DIRECTING WORKSHOP
Further study and practice of concepts and techniques developed in Fundamentals of Directing (Theatre 233). Detailed examination and application of twentieth-century directing theories. Direction of short plays or scenes from classic and modern plays. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Theatre 142 and 233. May be repeated for credit. Offered second semester.

THTR 341 - HISTORY OF THE THEATRE
A detailed survey of Western theatre in form and style with emphasis on production techniques and forces affecting the development of the theatre as a cultural phenomenon. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: THTR 142 or permission of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THTR 376 - RENAISSANCE DRAMA:MURDER&MADNESS
Identical with English 376. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

THTR 381 - ABSURD YOUNG MEN
Albert Camus proposes that man desires order in a world of chaos, leading to the absurd predicament. Question: whether to be angry about the human condition or, as Camus imagines Sisyphus, happy? Students will examine this existential paradox through the post-World War II dramas of playwrights such as Osborne, Pinter, Beckett, Ionesco, and Albee. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Rotating

THTR 490 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

THTR 493 - SENIOR PROJECT
Arranged in consultation with the Department. Preparation and presentation of the senior production. Seminar study and research. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

THTR 494 - SENIOR PROJECT
Arranged in consultation with the Department. Preparation and presentation of the senior production. Seminar study and research. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.