College of Communication and the Arts

Theatre Courses

THR 1010   CREATIVE PROCESS 
[3 hours] Using theatre games and theatrical techniques, students explore the nature of creativity and its relationship to their own processes of creative expression. 
 
THR 1030   STAGECRAFT 
[3 hours] Introduction to scenic design and construction using the tools and techniques of theatre including properties and scene painting. Lectures, readings and projects with practical laboratory experience. 
 
THR 1040   STAGE LIGHTING AND SOUND 
[3 hours] Introduction to theory and practice in stage lighting and sound. Students will use lighting and sound tools and equipment in production crews on department productions. 
 
THR 1050   COSTUMING 
[3 hours] Introduction to the theory and practice of stage costuming. Lectures, readings and projects offer practical laboratory experiences. Students will use tools and equipment of the costume shop on production crews. 
 
THR 1100   INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE 
[3 hours] Introductory survey of the development of theatre and drama from the ancient world to the present day; discussion of representative plays; slides and films complement lectures. (Not recommended or required for majors.) Humanities core course.

THR 2000  THEATRE PRACTICUM
[1 hour] Students will be assigned a crew position for one of the department theatre productions. Must be taken twice. 

THR 2200   PERSPECTIVES ON THEATRE 
[3 hours] A study of contemporary theatrical organization and styles; theatre compared with film and television; Broadway, regional and experimental theatre; research skills development; exploration of career opportunities in theatre and related fields. 
 
THR 2420   MAKEUP FOR THE ACTOR 
[2 hours] Principles and techniques of makeup for stage. Practical execution of stage makeup problems. Students are required to purchase supplies. 
 
THR 2610   ACTING I 
[3 hours] An introduction to the art and craft of acting. Through scene work and improvisation, students learn to use acting terminology, identify dramatic beats, develop character objectives and play actions. Prerequisite: Major Status or THR 1010. 

THR 2620   ACTING II 
[3 hours] Students are exposed to a range of techniques explicated by primary acting theorists/practitioners, including diagnosis of individual skills, work in voice, movement, textual analysis and scene preparation. Prerequisite: THR 2610  
 
THR 2640   VOICE AND MOVEMENT 
[2 hours] Theory and practice of vocal and physical techniques for the actor. Repeatable for up to 8 hours of credit. (BFA Performance majors should enroll in the course every semester up to the maximum credit.) 
 
THR 2990   SPECIAL PROJECTS 
[1-3 hours] Individual study provides a student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in theatre under the direction of the faculty. For Freshman and Sophomore Students. Prerequisite: Prior approval of a prospectus by the faculty. (Seminar forms may be picked up at the department office.) 
 
THR 3110   WORLD THEATRE I 
[3 hours] Developments and trends in theatre and drama from the ancient world through the Renaissance, including traditional forms of theatre in India, China and Japan. 
 
THR 3120   WORLD THEATRE II 
[3 hours] Developments and trends in theatre and drama from the late 17th Century to the present day, including developments in Latin America and Africa. 
 
THR 3210   PLAYWRITING 
[3 hours] Creative writing for the theatre analyzing traditional and contemporary structure and style. Prerequisite: ENGL 2720 ot THR 2200 
 
THR 3410   STAGE LIGHTING DESIGN  
[3 hours] Principles and theories of lighting design for theatrical productions are explored. Develop skills of script analysis, light study, light plot and related graphics for conceptualization and communication of design ideas. Prerequisite: THR 1040 or permission of instructor 
 
THR 3440   STAGE DESIGN 
[3 hours] Theory and principles of scenic design for stage are the focus. Conceptualization and communication of design ideas are explored through renderings, models, ground plans and elevations. Students are required to purchase supplies. Prerequisite: THR 1030 or permission of instructor 
 
THR 3470   THEATRE SOUND 
[3 hours] Students study the methods and techniques of sound production and design used in the theatre. Tools and techniques of audio production are used in laboratory recording and mixdown. Prerequisite: THR 1040 or MUS 2270 or COMM 2610 
 
THR 3480   COSTUME DESIGN 
[3 hours] Principles and theories of costume design for theatrical productions are explored. Develop skills of script analysis, sketching, fabric study and rendering for conceptualization and communication of design ideas. Students are required to purchase supplies. Prerequisite: THR 1050 or permission of instructor 
 
THR 3610   ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 
[3 hours] Performing dramatic material for camera with an emphasis on the differences between stage and screen performing. Prerequisite: THR 2620 or permission of instructor.

THR 3620   ACTING: CONTEMPORARY STYLES
[3 hours] Contemporary, non-realistic theatre requires adjustments for actors trained in the Stanislavsky tradition. This course examines the theory and praxis of artists such as Brecht, Artaud, Grotowski, Boal and others. Prerequisite: THR 2620 or permission of instructor. 

THR 3640   VOICE AND DICTION 
[2 hours] Theories and practice of vocal techniques for the actor. Diagnosis of individual skills continues work begun in voice and movement. Prerequisite: THR 2640 or permission of instructor. 
 
THR 3650   STAGE MOVEMENT 
[2 hours] Theories and practice of physical techniques for the actor. Diagnosis of individual skills continues the work begun in voice and movement. Prerequisite: THR 2610, 2640 or permission of the instructor 
 
THR 3710   DIRECTING I 
[3 hours] The director's approach to analyzing a script, formulating a production concept and realizing that concept on stage. Discussions and exercises progress to directing scenes or short plays in class. Prerequisite: THR 2610, 2640 and one of the following: THR 3110, 3120 or 4110 or permission of instructor 
 
THR 3800   PRODUCTION
[1-3 hours] Through study and practice the student contributes significantly to department productions. This course is for students who have auditioned for roles or applied for design/tech positions in department productions. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
 
THR 4110   CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN THEATRE 
[3 hours] Developments and trends in the American Theatre since 1945.

THR 4120  CONTEMPORARY BRITISH AND IRISH THEATRE [3 hours] Contemporary British and Irish theatre surveys a diverse group of writers who represent previously silenced voices in those countries forcing a re-examination of who speaks for British or Irish drama. Prerequisite: ENGL Comp II

THR 4130   AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE
[3 hours] A history of the American Musical Theatre from 19th Century to present. Prerequisite: ENGL Comp II
 
THR 4400   SEMINAR TOPICS IN DESIGN 
[3 hours] Individual and group investigations of particular topics in all phases of design and technology, i.e. scene painting, advanced design and rendering technique, new technology.  

THR 4500   PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS
[2 hours] Study of the professional theatre as a business: contracts, unions, the theatre marketplace, preparation of resumes, portfolios, audtion pieces, and interview. Prerequisite: THR 2200
 
THR 4620   ACTING: HISTORICAL STYLES 
[3 hours] Advanced training in acting with emphasis on effective vocal and rhetorical techniques and the use of poetic rhythm and imagery in creating a role psychologically as well as physically. Prerequisite: THR 2610, 2620, 2640 or permission of instructor 
 
THR 4640   DIALECTS FOR STAGE 
[2 hours] Exercises and projects designed to help the student explore the major regional and foreign stage dialects. An introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: THR 2640, 3640 or permission of instructor 
 
THR 4700   MAJORS SEMINAR 
[1 hour] Survey of the full range of professional opportunities and practices in Theatre. Students in designated program tracks are instructed in resume, portfolio and interview processes. Prerequisite: Permission of coordinating instructor.  
 
THR 4900   SPECIAL TOPICS: THEATRE AND DRAMA 
[3 hours] Exploration of a special topic in the history and criticism of theatre and drama - e.g., Modern Theories of Theatre Art or Stanislavski's Heritage or Baroque Theatre Architecture and Its Scenic Conventions. 
 
THR 4940   INTERNSHIP 
[3 hours] Internship with an approved program, company, or agency in theatre or film. Student must submit project proposal for approval by advisor. (Repeatable for 6 hours credit.) Prerequisite: Approval of adviser 
 
THR 4950   HONORS THESIS 
[3 hours] Research or a creative project on a topic in theatre. Required of all candidates seeking department honors. (Repeatable for 6 hours credit.) Prerequisite: Approval of Honors Adviser 
 
THR 4990   SPECIAL PROJECTS 
[1-3 hours] Individual study provides a student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in theatre under the direction of the faculty. Prerequisite: Prior approval of a prospectus by the faculty. (Seminar forms may be picked up at the department office.) 

Last Updated: 3/23/15