Theatre (THR)

THR 1000 - Approaching the Arts: Theatre

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Objectives: 1. To examine some public impressions of the role of the arts in American society; 2. To demonstrate to students, through lecture and discussion, some of the key features of a play in performance which critics, fans, and theatre artists have sought in contemporary productions; 3. To introduce some of the students to the standard tasks and procedures brought to hear in play productions; 4.To apply all of these studies to the appreciation of plays by viewing several live productions during the semester. Satisfies the Arts and Science Core Requirement for non-majors.

Attributes: Fine Arts Requirement (A&S)

THR 1005 - Approaching the Arts: Theatre

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Objectives: 1. To examine some public impressions of the role of the arts in American society; 2. To demonstrate to students, through lecture and discussion, some of the key features of a play in performance which critics, fans, and theatre artists have sought in contemporary productions; 3. To introduce some of the students to the standard tasks and procedures brought to hear in play productions; 4.To apply all of these studies to the appreciation of plays by viewing several live productions during the semester. Satisfies the Arts and Science Core Requirement for non-majors.

Attributes: Prof. Studies Students Only

THR 1010 - Introduction to Performing Arts

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the world of the performing arts in Western culture. After a set of synthetic historical and theoretical lectures, the course will focus on single works inspired by the same subject, chosen within the main repertoire of each discipline (drama, opera, ballet, concert music, musical theatre).This will allow the students to appreciate how the same ideas can be treated differently according to the artistic medium to which they are adapted.

THR 1500 - Introduction to Theatre

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An introduction to the process of making theatre. Students will work on producing theatre and discuss aesthetic and practical considerations in theatre production. Satisfies the Arts and Science Core Requirement for non-majors.

Attributes: Fine Arts Requirement (A&S)

THR 1930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

THR 1980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

THR 2200 - Survey of Theatre Design

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The Survey of Theatre Design will explore how theatre designers conceptualize the world of a play. The class is intended for the student of theatre who desires a general introduction to costume design, scenic design, lighting design, sound design and projection design.

Prerequisite(s): THR 1500

THR 2500 - Costume Construction

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Objective: To give students an understanding of the importance of effective stage costuming both for the actors performance and the audience's perception of the play. Topics include pattern drafting, draping, and sewing costumes for the stage.

THR 2510 - Acting I: Fundamentals

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Study in the principal theories of realistic acting is balanced with practice in experiencing character creation. Principals of physical and emotional character development are explored. Satisfies the Arts and Science Core Requirement for non-majors.

Attributes: Fine Arts Requirement (A&S)

THR 2520 - Stagecraft

Credit(s): 0 or 3 Credits

1. To introduce students to the regular tasks in theatre production; 2. To introduce students to the common architectural features and standard equipment of modern theatres; 3. To guide students in proper and safe procedures in Stage Carpentry and Electrics; 4. To introduce students to commonly used Theatre drafting symbols.

THR 2530 - Acting II: Rehearsal & Performance

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An intermediate acting course designed to teach the protocol of collaboration in rehearsal and performance. Emphasis will be given to text analysis and rehearsal techniques to assist in believable character development.

THR 2540 - Voice & Diction

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Objectives:1. To teach the value of freeing the natural voice; 2. To guide students through activities in which they release vocal sound freely from the trunk of the body; 3. To identify for individual students any prior speaking habits which limit the students ability for sincere and effective passionate expression through speech. Activities include in-class performance and accompanying critique.

THR 2550 - Theater Lab: Lower Division

Credit(s): 0 Credits

THR 2560 - Movement for the Theatre

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A practicum in stage movement for those with an interest in acting. Studio sessions will incorporate exercises which stress/correct use of the anatomical components of human movement. Emphasis will be given to individual movement awareness, movement variations for characterization and physical spontaneity.

THR 2580 - Make-Up for the Stage

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course teaches essential skills in the application of stage makeup for corrective purposes and the use of makeup and prosthetics to enhance characterization for the actor. Activities include in-class projects.

THR 2700 - Exploring U.S. Diversity in Theatre

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Examines cultural diversity in the U.S. through the lens of theatre as a tool to educate and enlighten. Topics may include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, prejudice, and /or discrimination as depicted in dramatic literature and stage productions.

Attributes: Fine Arts Requirement (A&S), Diversity in the US (A&S)

THR 2930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

THR 2980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

THR 3500 - Playscript Analysis

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Objectives: 1. To introduce students to play-reading as an act of imagining a theatrical performance; 2. To introduce the students to some fundamental concepts of Dramatic Theory with reference to certain significant plays in the Dramatic canon; 3. To give students an understanding of some aspects of contemporary playwriting aesthetics; 4. To provide students with interpretive/analytical skills which enable them to explain the performance demands implicit in certain playscripts. Activities include critical writing by students at a scholarly level.

Prerequisite(s): THR 2510; THR 2530; THR 2540

THR 3510 - Musical Theatre Performance

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Objectives: 1. To give students an overview of the history of Musical Theatre Genre; 2. To guide students in performance exercises in Musical Theatre; 3. To instruct students in acting techniques that can be used in performance of vocal music. Activities may include in-class performances in an audition format and/or longer cuttings from Musical Plays.

THR 3520 - Advanced Acting: Auditioning

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is designed to assist in the selection of audition material, increase awareness of hiring practices in the performing arts, and prepare a marketable audition repertoire.

Prerequisite(s): THR 2510; THR 2530; THR 2540

Attributes: Film Studies

THR 3550 - Theatre Practicum

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Special Notes: <i>Theatre Majors/Minors Only</i> Faculty guided experience in University Theatre Productions. This course is repeatable. Pass/Fail only.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Theatre.

THR 3560 - Theatre Workshop

Credit(s): 1 or 2 Credits (Repeatability up to 6 credits)

Directed participation in University theater production of plays in English or Spanish, both as actors and as crew. At least two months of rehearsals before end-of-semester performance. Note: Rehearsals held during the evening.

THR 3600 - Professional Theatre: Career Preparation

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An overview of the American Professional Theatre, its professional organizations and operational paradigms. Portfolio and resume preparation.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Theatre.

THR 3610 - Theatre Management

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Theatre Management is a course designed to introduce theatre students to the practice, realm and study of Theatre Management. Topics include: strategic planning, marketing/public relations, arts law, financial management, development (fund raising), operations/facility management and personnel.

Prerequisite(s): THR 1500

THR 3620 - Stage Management

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An introduction to the role and function of the stage manager in the theatre production process.

Prerequisite(s): THR 1500

THR 3700 - Directing I: Theories & Method

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course intends to provide the beginning directing student the fundamentals of the art. Upon completion students will have a firm grasp on the duties of a director. Students will also have a basic knowledge of staging for different theatres.

Prerequisite(s): THR 3500*

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

THR 3910 - Internship

Credit(s): 1-6 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

THR 3930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

THR 3980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

THR 4505 - Costume and Scene Design

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The course will examine the elements and principles of costume and scenic design. Which will include textural analysis, research methods, renderings and draftings, and how to communicate and collaborate with the design team including directors and actors. Equivalent to THR 4500 and THR 4530 and therefore may be taken only once for earned credit under these numbers or 4505.

THR 4515 - Theatre History

Credit(s): 3 Credits

To demonstrate to the students, through lecture and discussion, how characteristics of theatre production and playwriting have been influenced by the philosophy, politics, and technology associated with different eras and diverse cultural environments. Equivalent to THR 4510 and THR 4520 and therefore may be taken only once for earned credit under these numbers or 4515.

THR 4545 - Lighting and Sound Design

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will combine the design elements, essential concepts, and practical considerations of lighting and sound in theatre: Which will include textural analysis, research methods, renderings and draftings, and how to communicate and collaborate with the design team including directors and actors.

THR 4570 - Advanced Acting: Scene Study

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatability up to 9 credits)

This course will provide introductory knowledge of the basic acting theories espoused since the late 1800's. Application of that knowledge will be given to scene work and/or monologue preparation.

Prerequisite(s): THR 2510; THR 2530

THR 4590 - Advanced Acting: Period Styles

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This is an advanced acting course introducing the values and mores of select historical periods and performance styles with the intention of applying that knowledge to characterization.

THR 4620 - Advanced Acting for the Camera

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is structured around various topics which introduce advanced level students to particular performance techniques involved in acting for television and film.

Prerequisite(s): THR 2510; THR 2530

THR 4630 - Advanced Studies in Theatre Design

Credit(s): 1-2 Credits

This course is directed study and studio work that builds on the foundation laid down in Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, and Drawing for the Designer. Students select works which focus their attention on specific design problems with arise from issues of genre, style, period, and venue.

Prerequisite(s): THR 2050; THR 2520; THR 3050; THR 3550; THR 4530

THR 4700 - Directing II

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Upon on completion, students will begin to develop their own approach to directing for the stage. As they begin to find their own process they will focus on composition, pacing, and text analysis. Students will be able to critically evaluate their work and progress in the field. Prerequisite(s): THR 3700 Directing I.

Prerequisite(s): THR 3700

THR 4910 - Professional Internship

Credit(s): 1-6 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Faculty approved assignment with a Professional Theatre Company or Video Production Studio.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Theatre.

THR 4930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

THR 4980 - Advanced Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-6 Credits (Repeatable for credit)