Courses in Theatre

 

 

 

THT 1000:  Introduction to Theater  (3)
An introduction to the craft and art of theater including acting, directing, management, design, theater history, and dramatic literature.

 

 

THT 1100:  Stagecraft  (3)

A hands-on course in technical theater which focuses on the examination and practice of scenic construction and lighting techniques.

 

 

THT 1111:  Technical Theater Practicum I  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 1100 or permission of instructor.

Students will contract to serve in one of a number of different technical positions involved in one of the department's theatrical productions. Each position will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process.

 

 

THT 1200:  Acting  (3)

An introductory acting workshop focused on overcoming coming stage fright, basic scene analysis, and realistic acting through classroom games and exercises.

 

 

THT 1211:  Performance Practicum I  (3)

Prerequisite: Audition—Cast in a theater division play

Students will contract to serve in a role in one of the department's

theatrical productions. This will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process.

 

 

THT 1300: Introduction to Theatrical Design  (3)

This course introduces students to the practice of theatrical design and the function of its various elements - scenery, lighting, and costuming in theatrical expression. Students will practice rendering, composition, and 3D modeling skill, as well as verbal articulations in an effort to clearly and concisely communicate their design ideas, concepts and applications.

 

 

THT 1500: Majors’ Seminar  (no credit)

This seminar is required each semester a student is declared as a theater major and will center around student involvement, decision making, and presentations within the department.  Though the seminar is not for credit, it is required of all theater majors and will meet approximately 8-10 times a semester. 

 

THT 2000: Western Drama (3)

Prerequisites: ENG 1010 and 1020

An examination of Western thought through the study of plays representing the major aesthetic, social, and political movements from the Greeks through the 20th century.

 

THT 2100:  Drafting for the Theater  (3)

The Drafting course is designed to introduce the theater student to the principles of mechanical hand drafting and the basic theatrical construction considerations which inform them. Students will develop hands-on experience in drafting and will create drafting packets modeled after professional designers and technical directors.

 

 

THT 2112:  Technical Theater Practicum II  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 1111

Students will contract to serve in one of a number of different technical positions involved in one of the department's theatrical productions. Each position will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process. Roles and responsibilities will build upon those of the THT 1111 Technical Practicum.

 

 

THT 2200:  Intermediate Acting  (3)

Prerequisite: THT 1200 or permission of instructor

 A studio course continuing the development of acting skills first introduced in THT 1200. Vocal, movement, and character development skills will be stressed. A final performance is required as a capstone experience for the course.

 

 

THT 2201:  Voice and Oral Interpretation  (3)

This course will explore the basic principles of vocal production as they relate to theater and speech. Emphasis is placed on the mechanics of breathing, projection, resonance, and development of range, as well as interpretation of text.

 

 

THT 2202: Movement in Performance  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 1200 or permission of instructor

 This class is intended to introduce students to the movement component of performance. Experimenting with, considering, and practicing various disciplines of movement (expressive and training), students will examine and discuss the role of movement in performance. These examinations and discussions will be applied in performance projects.

 

 

THT 2210:  Rehearsal, Ensemble, and Performance I  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 1200 and by audition

This course is intended to introduce the student to the practice of

rehearsing theater and to explore and evaluate various approaches to that end. The course work will center around the development of an actual performance through rehearsals which will be used concurrently to reflect upon and consider the various elements and processes of its construction.

 

 

THT 2212:  Performance Practicum II  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 1211 and by audition

Students will contract to serve in a role in one of the department's

theatrical productions. This will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process. Roles and responsibilities will build upon those of the THT 1211 Performance Practicum. 

 

 

THT 2220:  Rehearsal, Ensemble, and Performance II  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 2210 and by audition

This course is intended to introduce the student to the practice of

rehearsing theater and to explore and evaluate various approaches to that end. The course work will center around the development of an actual performance through rehearsals which will be used concurrently to reflect upon and consider the various elements and processes of its construction. Student performance expectations build upon those in the THT 2210 Rehearsal, Ensemble, and Performance course.

 

 

THT 2301:   Costume Design and Construction  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 1300 or permission of instructor

This course is designed to introduce students to the costume design process and noted costume designers as well as basic costume construction principles. Students will also be exposed to various costume construction techniques through both hand sewing and machine stitching. Students will become familiar with cutting, draping, and following a pattern, as well as care and maintenance of the sewing machine and the overlock machine.

 

 

THT 2311: Theatrical Design Practicum I  (3)

Prerequisite: THT 1300 or permission of instructor

 Students will contract to serve in one of several design positions in one of the department's theatrical productions. Each position will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process.

 

 

THT 2500: Production and Stage Management  (3)

This course is designed to develop business skills in organization, communication, and management and is tailored to specific applications in the theater and entertainment industry.  Students will practice assuming various production and management responsibilities including event planning, scheduling, budgeting, accounting, procurement, publicity, hiring, payroll, and documentation as well as interpersonal and organizational communication skills.  Students will participate in mock scenarios in which they will be asked to solve possible real-world problems and document the solutions.

 

 

THT 2511:  Production/Management Practicum I  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 2500 or permission of instructor

Students will contract to serve in one of a number of different positions in one of the department's theatrical productions. Each position will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process.

 

 

THT 3000: Theatrical Aesthetics  (3)

Prerequisite: THT 1000

This course will endeavor to consider the social function of theater- the role that it plays in civilization and cultures- and how that role can or should be realized.  As a part of this consideration, students will discuss the various elements of theatrical form and their application in its meaningful expression.  Students will also develop and articulate their own theatrical aesthetic at the conclusion of the course.

 

 

THT 3001:  Theater History and Literature I  (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 1010 and 1020

A survey of the history of theater from ancient Greece to the French neoclassical period.

 

 

THT 3002:  Theater History and Literature II  (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 1010 and 1020

A survey of the history of theater from Restoration England to the present.

 

 

THT 3113:  Technical Theater Practicum III  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 2112

Students will contract to serve in one of a number of different technical positions involved in one of the department's theatrical productions. Each position will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process. Roles and responsibilities will build upon those of the THT 2112 Technical Practicum.

 

 

THT 3200: Acting Techniques  (3)

Prerequisite: THT 1200 or permission of instructor

This course will examine a variety of acting techniques and will focus specifically on those techniques that have become collectively referred to as "the method."  It will examine the psychological techniques developed in the middle of 20th century and the relationship of such techniques to the original work of Constantine Stanislavski and the Moscow Art Theater.  It will also consider the theoretical questions posed by techniques which have radically rejected the psychological approach.  Ultimately the course will consider whether the approach to acting is more successful as a psychological or physical one. 

 

 

THT 3205:  Playwriting  (3)

Prerequisites: THT 1000 or THT 1200 or permission of instructor

 A creative writing course, focusing on plays, dramatic structure and technique. Students will share their written work in class, learning through in-class critiques of each others' works, as guided by the instructor. Students may choose between writing a complete play, writing a series of play-focused exercises, or a combination of the two.

 

 

THT 3206:  Performance Laboratory (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 1200 or permission of instructor

A performance workshop (acting and directing) focusing on non-realistic theater and contemporary trends in performance. May be repeated for credit.

 

 

THT 3230:  Rehearsal, Ensemble, and Performance III  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 2220 and by audition

This course is intended to introduce the student to the practice of

rehearsing theater and to explore and evaluate various approaches to that end. The course work will center around the development of an actual performance through rehearsals which will be used concurrently to reflect upon and consider the various elements and processes of its construction. Additionally, students will serve in a mentorship capacity for the 2000-level students in the course and will assist in the teaching of certain aspects of the course curriculum.

 

 

THT 3240:  Rehearsal, Ensemble, and Performance IV  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 3230 and by audition

This course is intended to introduce the student to the practice of

rehearsing theater and to explore and evaluate various approaches to that end. The course work will center around the development of an actual performance through rehearsals which will be used concurrently to reflect upon and consider the various elements and processes of its construction. In addition to the general requirements of the course, upper level students will serve in a mentorship capacity of lower level students and will assist in the teaching of certain aspects of the course curriculum.  These expectations will build upon those of the THT 3230 Rehearsal, Ensemble, and Performance course. 

 

 

THT 3301: Lighting Design  (3)

Prerequisites: THT 1300 or THT 2100 or permission of instructor

A course focusing on theatrical lighting design.  Students will explore the lighting design process in depth, with emphasis on modes of representation, concept, creativity, collaboration and interpretation through design.  Students will have the opportunity to work concurrently in the co-curricular theater production program on the lighting for a real-world production.  The course is additionally applicable to art and photography studies.

 

 

THT 3302:   Scenic Design  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 1300 and THT 1100 or 2100

This course is designed to introduce students to the work of the scene designer, the function that scenic design serves within theatrical expression and the process through which it is developed and executed.

 

 

THT 3312:  Theatrical Design Practicum II  (3) 

Prerequisite:  THT 2311

Students will contract to serve in one of several design positions in one of the department's theatrical productions. Each position will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process. Roles and responsibilities will build upon those of the THT 2311 Design Practicum.

 

 

THR 3313:  Theatrical Design Practicum III (3) 

Prerequisite:  THT 3312

Students will contract to serve in one of several design positions in one of the department's theatrical productions. Each position will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process. Roles and responsibilities will build upon those of the THT 3312 Design Practicum.

 

 

THT 3512:  Production/Management Practicum II  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 2511

Students will contract to serve in one of a number of different positions in one of the department's theatrical productions. Each position will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process. Roles and responsibilities will build upon those of the THT 2511 Production/Management Practicum.

 

 

THT 3513:  Production/Management Practicum III  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 3512

Students will contract to serve in one of a number of different positions in one of the department's theatrical productions. Each position will entail a set of production responsibilities clearly outlined at the onset of the production process in the student's contract. The student will function as in a professional position - taking on the specified responsibilities under the time constraints implicit in the larger production process. Roles and responsibilities will build upon those of the THR 3512 Production/Management Practicum.

 

 

THT 3950, 3960:  Special Topics in Theater  (1-3) (1-3)

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor

 

 

THT 4000:  Performance Studies

Prerequisites: THT 101 & ENG 103 or Permission of Instructor

This course is an introduction to the recognition and “reading” of performance in non-theatrical settings, exploring the ways that performance creates meanings and shapes social life.  The course will use performance as an organizing concept for studying a wide range of behaviors, activities, and situations.  The course will provide a survey overview of performance theories, and map various performance histories, including ritual and play, speech acts, advertising, globalization, and performance art.

 

THT 4500:  Directing  (3)

Prerequisite:  THT 2210 and 3000

This course examines the work of the director specifically in live theater.  Students will considers and practice various methods and techniques involved in the creation of directing projects.

 

 

THT 4950, 4960:  Special Studies in Theater  (1-3) (1-3)

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor

 

 

THT 4970:  Independent Studies in Theater  (1-3)

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor

 

 

THT 4980, 4990: Seminar I-II (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor

Individualized special topics courses for senior theater majors. Projects will be geared to the student’s specific interests and will be tied to a departmentally authorized production project in one of the following areas: technical theater and design; acting; directing or management; playwriting; or history.