The Department of Theatre Arts presents four to five major productions each year and a musical every other year during Interim in conjunction with the Department of Music. Additionally, students are encouraged to develop original scripts and stage public-domain historical plays during the noon-hour as part of the Brown Bag Series. All productions are open to participation by the entire campus community. Any three hour course in theatre will satisfy one-half of the Liberal Arts requirement in the Fine Arts.
Additionally, students are encouraged to develop original scripts and stage public-domain historical plays during the noon-hour as part of the Brown Bag Series. All productions are open to participation by the entire campus community. Any three hour course in theatre will satisfy one-half of the Liberal Arts requirement in the Arts.
Major in Theatre Arts consists of 39 hours including:
- 12 hrs basic skills: THR 124, 134, 221, 234
- 6 hrs design selected from: THR 304, 305, 306
- 9 hrs theatre history and criticism: THR 444, 454, 464
- 9 hrs of THR electives selected from any additional THR courses except THR 200
- 3 hr capstone course: THR 484
Minor in Theatre Arts consists of 25 hours including:
- 12 hrs basic skills: THR 124, 134, 221, 234
- 3 hrs design selected from: THR 304, 305, 306
- 3 hrs history or criticism selected from: THR 444, 454, 464
- 1 hr theatre production selected from: THR 480, THR 102/302, or THR 270/370
- 6 hrs of THR electives selected from any additional THR courses including THR 200.
- 7-12 Th eatre Arts Field Endorsement (37 hours); In addition to Professional Education Requirements; THR 104, 124, 134, 211, 221, 234, 304, 306, 387, 444, 454, 464, 484, and 420 (methods)
THR 102/302 Theatre Studies — 3 hours
An intensive study of some aspects of the art and/or craft of Theatre. May be repeated once for credit. J-Term.
THR 104 Stage Make-up — 1 hour
A study in the techniques and materials used in theatrical make-up. Includes design elements as well as application skills.
THR 124 Stagecraft/Management — 3 hours
A course to learn the basic skills, techniques, tools, and materials used for the construction of scenic elements and rudimentary organization for theatrical production. The course will require extra laboratory hours for the college theatre productions. Fall, evennumbered years.
THR 134 Costume Construction — 3 hours
A study of the various sewing techniques used in building stage costumes. A thorough familiarization with the tools and equipment used, the qualities of fabric, realizations of designs through the techniques used in drafting patterns, etc. Extra-class laboratory hours for college theatre productions are required. Fall odd-numbered years.
THR 174 (Also PED 174) Stage Combat — 1 hour
A workshop that concentrates on the development, training, and control of physical expressiveness and nonverbal dimensions of the performer, including aspects of stage combat and mime. Spring, even-numbered years.
THR 200 Introduction to the Theatre — 2 hours
A survey of the theatre which explores the stage and society, past and present. It does not apply toward the major but may be applied as a minor elective. Th e course fulfi lls one-half of the Fine Arts requirement for the Liberal Arts Program. Open to fi rst-year students. Each term.
THR 211 Performance Studies — 3 hours
An introduction to the history, theory, and creation of various forms of live performance outside the context of traditional theatre including: performance art, self-narrative, dance/movement, adaptation of other literary forms into performance, etc. The class will work on developing techniques for creating live performances; practicing these theories in writing, designing and developing inclass performances; learning the process of the critique of performance; and studying performance texts. Fall, odd-numbered years.
THR 221 Fundamentals of Acting — 3 hours
This course is designed to develop an awareness of self and to overcome inhibitions placed by society that block the artistic process. The course focuses on training and control of physical, vocal and mental aspects of creating stage characters. Fall semester.
THR 234 Fundamentals of Directing — 3 hours
This class focuses on principles and theories of directing for the theatre (play analysis and a director's preparation for production). Included will be the presentation of a final 10-minute realistic scene. Extra class hours are required for final rehearsals. Spring semester.
THR 272 (Also PED 272) Performance Dance — 2 hours
Designed as an introduction to cinema and theater Dance styles: Dance styles in musicals such as "Cats", "West Side Story" and MTV. Students will also be introduced to performance ballroom dancing (swing, waltz, and tango), and hip hop. Performance experience available to advanced students. Spring semester.
THR 277 Introduction to Musical Theatre — 3 hours
The course is an introduction to what it would take to have a career in Musical Th eatre. Included will be a discussion of historical context; a look at the diff erent musical styles developed over time; exploration of scenes, songs and scores from the different genres; and exploration of the unique acting challenges fro the performer in musical theatre. Off ered years when there is not a musical theatre production during J-Term.
THR 303 (Also PED 303) Dance Composition/Improvisation — 3 hours
Designed to introduce students to theories that enhance any composition or choreography. Students will create and perform their own dances. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. As needed.
THR 304 Scenic Design — 3 hours
This course is a survey of design styles and approaches and a study of the necessary skills required to execute a scenic design. It includes drafting and color theory. Extra class laboratory hours for college productions are required. Spring, odd-numbered years.
THR 305 Costume Design — 3 hours
This course surveys historical styles in costumes and includes a study of theory and practice of theatrical costuming (design elements, rendering techniques and practices, and considerations of construction). Extra class laboratory hours for college productions are required. Spring, odd-numbered years.
THR 306 Lighting and Sound Design — 3 hours
A study of the skill and aesthetics associated with sound and lighting design. Th e course includes a limited study of physics as it applies to stage lighting and sound as well as work with computer assisted drafting. Fall, odd-numbered years.
THR 336 Th eatre of Diversity — 3 hours
Using texts and video, the class will focus on special-interest theatre scripts and styles of performance dealing with such issues as race, gender, economics, age, etc. Fall, even-numbered years.
THR 387 Playwriting — 3 hours
An introduction to the basic theories and practices of writing for theatre. Th e focus of the course is on structure in playwriting. Included will be: writing exercises, script reading, critique of writing, analysis of other playwright's work and the development of a one-act play. Spring, even-numbered years.
THR 414 Readers Theatre — 3 hours
A performance based class involving script development, production conventions, cutting, directing, and staging of various types of literature for an audience. Spring, even-numbered years.
THR 420 Teaching Th eatre: Methods and Measurements — 3 hours
Modern approaches to the teaching of theatre in the secondary school. This course is required of all Th eatre Education majors. As needed.
THR 424 Advanced Acting — 3 hours
A survey of styles of acting required by diff erent playwrights, genres of plays, periods of history, and acting theories. Prerequisite: THR 221.
THR 434 Advanced Directing — 3 hours
A survey of the major styles and theories in directing for the theatre as well as various facets of theatrical production, organization, and management. Prerequisite: THR 234. Spring, oddnumbered years.
THR 444 Theatre History I — 3 hours
A study of the theatre as an expression of life and culture from primitive ritual to English Restoration. Th is course includes a presentation which is used as mid-assessment for Theatre Majors. Fall, odd-numbered years.
THR 454 Theatre History II — 3 hours
A study of the modern theatre and its infl uences. This course begins with Eastern theatre and the theatre of the English Restoration and proceeds to the theatre of today. Spring, evennumbered years.
THR 464 Dramatic Theory and Criticism — 3 hours
A survey of the aesthetics and philosophies infl uential on the drama. This course includes studies of the various genres and philosophies which aff ect the way we view theatre and the arts. Fall, even-numbered years.
THR 480 Theatre Laboratory — 1 hour
Credit granted upon completion of assignments during the semester. This class may be taken three times for credit. Each semester.
THR 484 Capstone Project — 3 hours
A performance, directing or design project open to majors in their junior or senior year which is intended to draw together the student's talent and experiences. Th is course is intended as a final assessment for Th eatre Majors. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and approval of department. Spring semester.