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THEA110 Theatre: An Orientation

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An introduction to theatre. It includes a definition and analysis of theatrical art, script analysis, the relationship between theatre and the culture from which it came and the roles of theatre practitioners. The course includes hands-on application and group work. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

THEA117 Technical Theatre
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
A lecture-lab approach to the art and craft of scenery construction, property construction, scene painting, basic stage lighting, and organization of technical aspects of theatrical production. Suggested for those who wish to learn behind-the-scene aspects of play production. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

THEA121 Theatre Workshop 1
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]
Participation in a theatrical production sponsored by the Department. Students contract to work in one area of production: acting, set construction, costume construction, lighting, sound, properties, make-up, promotions, or assistant to the director. Course may be repeated up to a total of 12 sh. Majors must earn at least 6 sh in this course or in combination with THEA421. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

THEA134 Acting 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The study and practice of the fundamental principles of acting. Stress is placed on the use of the body and voice as the basis of effective acting. This course is for those interested in acting as an art form and as a means of creative expression. At mid-term students will have gained the necessary skill to perform scenes for their classmates. Attendance is key to the successful completion of this course. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

THEA137 Creative Dramatics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Sequenced experiences and exercises in creative drama and improvisation for developing and refining bodily movement, characterizations, and organic reaction. Through structured theatre games and problem solving situations, participants acquire theatrical skills and disciplines without conscious attention. Students will participate in as well as direct creative and dramatic exploration and play making.   Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

THEA188 Stage Make-Up

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Fundamental training in the principles of stage make-up design and application for the actor as well as the make-up artist. Students will focus on the analysis of dramatic characterization of a role in a play. Students will engage in the design and application of stage make-up to achieve the physical fulfillment of that analysis. Special attention is paid to modern make-up media and methods employed in today's stage, screen and television productions. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

THEA200 Survey of Dramatic Literature

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Investigates and questions, through the analysis of dramatic texts, the relationship of history and representation to identity and culture.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

THEA222 Children's Theatre

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Theory and practice of formal and informal theatre for children through the study of scripts, production, and performance aspects. Emphasis is on the final product and how it comes about with special emphasis placed on how to conceive, produce, direct and promote children's theatre for the classroom, community and the paying public. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

THEA300 Stage Lighting

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An introduction to stage lighting as an art form. Students will develop skills in script analysis. The student will study techniques of how this analysis is translated into setting the physical and psychological environment of the play. The student will be able to translate this understanding into a practical scheme of lighting instrumentation. Additionally, the course includes: a brief history of stage lighting; a study of lighting instruments, hardware and control systems; use of color; and methods of achieving special effects.

Prerequisite: ( THEA117 ) OR ( THEA121 ) OR ( THEA134 ) OR ( THEA137 ) OR ( THEA150 ) OR ( THEA188 ) OR ( THEA222 ) OR ( THEA236 ) OR ( THEA110 )

Corequisite:   None

THEA315 Intermediate Acting
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
A study of the principles and techniques of character acting including procedures for analyzing plays, determining the personality of a particular character and relationship to other characters, and developing the means to project the character to an audience. Particular attention is paid to genre, structural analysis and the character's relation to the whole.

Prerequisite: ( THEA121 ) OR ( THEA134 ) OR ( THEA137 ) OR ( THEA150 ) OR ( THEA110 )

Corequisite:   None

THEA328 Humanities Seminar
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Humanities seminar.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

THEA335 Directing

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The preparation of the theatrical director; the fundamental elements of play direction; the media of the director; composition, picturization, movement, rhythm, pantomime, rehearsal and production procedures. Students will be responsible for directing scenes from dramatic literature. These presentations are a laboratory experience and are designed to measure students' understanding of the basic principles of stage direction.

Prerequisite: ( THEA117 ) OR ( THEA121 ) OR ( THEA134 ) OR ( THEA137 ) OR ( THEA150 ) OR ( THEA188 ) OR ( THEA222 ) OR ( THEA236 ) OR ( THEA110 )

Corequisite:   None

THEA337 Scene Design

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to scene design as an art. Through play analysis the student conceives and designs scenery for a variety of theatre environments. Activities include drafting, model building, and architectural research.

Prerequisite: ( THEA117 ) OR ( THEA121 ) OR ( THEA134 ) OR ( THEA137 ) OR ( THEA150 ) OR ( THEA188 ) OR ( THEA222 ) OR ( THEA236 ) OR ( THEA110 )

Corequisite:   None

THEA340 History of the Theatre

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The development of the theatre as an art form. Special emphasis is placed on the evolution of playwriting as a artistic extension of cultural expression of a given historical period. Other areas of study include the evolution of acting styles, theatre architecture, and staging techniques.

Prerequisite: ( THEA117 ) OR ( THEA121 ) OR ( THEA134 ) OR ( THEA137 ) OR ( THEA150 ) OR ( THEA188 ) OR ( THEA222 ) OR ( THEA236 ) OR ( THEA110 )

Corequisite:   None

THEA366 Stage Costume Design

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A course designed to give the student fundamental training in the theory and practice of theatrical costume design and construction.

Prerequisite: ( THEA150 ) OR ( THEA110 )

Corequisite:   None

THEA370 Play Production

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A lecture-lab examination of techniques of play production approached from the viewpoints of the actor, the director, and the technical director. Special emphasis on play selection and rehearsal procedures for amateur groups; high schools, community theatre and civic organizations.

Prerequisite: ( THEA117 ) OR ( THEA121 ) OR ( THEA134 ) OR ( THEA137 ) OR ( THEA150 ) OR ( THEA188 ) OR ( THEA222 ) OR ( THEA236 ) OR ( THEA110 )

Corequisite:   None

THEA421 Theatre Workshop 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 2 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2sh ]

Participation in a full-length, theatrical production, sponsored by the Department, as stage manager, set designer, lighting designer, costume designer, or director.

Prerequisite: ( THEA121 ) OR ( THEA117 ) OR ( THEA134 ) OR ( THEA150 ) OR ( THEA188 ) OR ( THEA222 ) OR ( THEA236 ) OR ( THEA110 )

Corequisite:   None

THEA628 Humanities Seminar
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Examines the social, cultural and politically powerful connections between our gender identities (as they have been historically constructed) and the various modes of performance (including live theatre, television, film, games, and other digital media) that continue to represent those gendered identities and, in doing so, significantly influence how we both investigate and create history.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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