THE Courses

THE101 - Introduction to the Alexander Technique (1 to 2 cr.)

The Alexander Technique is a method for improved ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. Group and individual instruction in the principles and practice of the Alexander Technique. Designed to give students a practical introduction to the Technique with a view to applying it to both everyday tasks (e.g. walking, sitting, bending), back care, as well as more specialized activities within the disciplines of music, theatre and sports (e.g., playing a musical instrument, singing, theatre voice work, and running). (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts.

THE103 - Stage Lighting and Sound (4 cr.)

This course provides the foundational knowledge and skill sets necessary for the installation and operation of stage lighting and sound equipment. The principles of electricity and acoustics, as well as the developmental history of stage lighting and sound are also covered. (Fall).

THE104 - Stagecraft (4 cr.)

The physical mounting of a theatrical production is a process in artistic problem solving including experimentation, applications of appropriate techniques, materials and technologies. This course provides the conceptual framework and foundations for the implementation and operation of these solutions within the Art of Theatre. (Fall/Spring).

THE105 - Stage Costume (4 cr.)

This course provides the foundational knowledge and skill sets necessary for working in theatrical costume/wardrobe departments. The basics of sewing, costume design and organization, and costume history are also covered. Liberal arts. (Spring). Corequisite: THE105L.

THE106 - Introduction to Acting (3 cr.)

Exploration of the fundamentals of acting both on and off-stage, with emphasis on improvisation, theatre games, and play theory and activities. Intended to develop an awareness of the theatre's usefulness as a tool for personal discovery and communication, and to develop critical judgment of actors in performance. (Spring, Summer, Fall). Liberal arts.

THE110 - Introduction to Theatre Art (3 cr.)

An introduction and investigation of the many aspects of theatre and how it touches the present day. Artistic, historic, sociological, aspects of this collaborative art form, as well as the practice of theatre are explored. Nature of theatre art and the arts of modern theatrical production, particularly acting, directing, and designing. Theatre as related to the other arts and to the creative and psychological needs of humanity. (Fall - Spring, Summer). Liberal arts.

THE115 - Musical Theatre (3 cr.)

Refer to MUS115 course description. (Fall). Liberal arts.

THE190 - Production Laboratory (1 cr.)

An introductory tutorial designed to give students hands on experience in the methods of theatrical production. Work may be done in any or all of the theatrical departments: set, lights, props, sound, costumes, projections and maintenance. May be repeated twice. (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall).

THE193 - Stage Lighting and Sound Lab (1 cr.)

This course applies the foundational knowledge and skill sets necessary for the installation and operation of stage lighting and sound equipment. The principles of electricity and acoustics, as well as the developmental history of stage lighting and sound are also covered. (Fall).

THE195 - Stage Costume Lab (1 cr.)

The physical mounting of a theatrical production is a process in artistic problem solving including experimentation, applications of appropriate techniques, materials and technologies. This course provides practice of foundations for the implementation within Wardrobe/Costuming. (Spring).

THE199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

THE205 - Creative Dramatics/Improvisation (3 cr.)

Principles and practices involved in the construction of improvised drama. Theatre games, improvisation and group process techniques are explored in a workshop setting. Students form an ensemble for informal performances. Liberal arts. Prerequisites: THE106.

THE206 - Acting With the Voice (3 cr.)

Concentrated attention on the voice as the crucial tool in the actor's apparatus. Preparation and presentation of monologues and duologues in both verse and prose, techniques of sight reading and reader's theatre, culminating in public performance. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: THE106.

THE209 - Production Leadership (3 cr.)

This course trains students to understand how to work as a Stage Manager, a Production Manager, a Crew Chief, and as other leadership oriented production positions. Students will learn how to remain organized, maintain control, and work through management issues that arise while working on theatre productions. Liberal arts. (Every Other Fall).

THE217 - Movement Study (3 cr.)

A study course which promotes an understanding of the art dance and movement in the Performing Arts that touches experiences cultural, historical, and social in content. This course is an exploration of the creative process through movement, dance, and all forms of dance. (Spring, Summer, Fall). Liberal arts.

THE221 - Script Analysis (3 cr.)

Introduces students to methods of script analysis, or "how to read a play." Analysis will focus on dramatic structure, content, and meaning from a theatrical point of view in preparation for production. Methods of analysis will be discussed and applied to representative play scripts. Extensive writing will be required. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101.

THE240 - Drafting and Rendering for Theatre (3 cr.)

This course is an opportunity to learn and create the many visual aspects of scenic, lighting, and costume design, including computer drafting or CAD programming. The students will learn various process and finishing art techniques. Students will also learn how to use technology to create other documents used in theatrical industries. (Fall). Prerequisites: sophomore standing or POI..

THE245 - American Drama (3 cr.)

Selected American plays of the 19th and 20th centuries including major figures (O'Neill, Williams, Miller), experimental theatre movements, contemporary playwriting, and the musical theatre. (Fall). Liberal arts.

THE250 - Canadian Theatre (3 cr.)

A survey of the development of Canadian and First Nations theatre with emphasis on historical texts as well as representative plays reflecting the multiple perspectives and backgrounds that have shaped the development of a national Canadian Theatre tradition. Field trips. Liberal arts. Prerequisites: sophomore standing

THE265 - Acting I (3 cr.)

Realistic plays serve as reference for the investigation of major styles from world theatre in terms of theatrical conventions, structure of language, and social, political and moral attitudes of the play presenting the playwright and his/her time. Play reading, script in hand staging and theatre games will supplement reading, writing and performance. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: THE106 or POI.

THE299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Summer).

THE300 - Theatre History I (3 cr.)

A survey of western theatre history from the Ancient Greece to French Neoclassical Theatre. Topics include the development of the physical theatre, dramaturgy, directing, design, acting, non-western dramatic forms and alternative theatre forms. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101.

THE301 - Theatre History II (3 cr.)

A survey of western theatre history from 1550 to present. Topics include the development of the physical theatre, dramaturgy, directing, design, acting, non-western dramatic forms and alternative theatre forms. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: THE300, ENG101.

THE305 - Production Workshop (1 to 4 cr.)

Production workshop focuses on student-centered learning, ensemble work, collaborative devising, script analysis, development of performance techniques, application of craft, and critical/creative thinking as part of the artistic process. Liberal arts. (Every Year). Prerequisite: POI.

THE308 - Theatrical Makeup (3 cr.)

This workshop course teaches how to develop theatre characters through the application of naturalistic and theatrical makeup. The students will also learn and practice advanced makeup special effects, and wig/hair styling and maintenance. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: THE106.

THE311 - Performance and the Spectator (3 cr.)

An exploration and study of the relationship between the spectator and the performer. Topics of study include classic works of dramatic and performance theory from Aristotle to Graham. (Spring). Liberal arts.

THE313 - World Puppetry (3 cr.)

This course examines puppetry from a worldwide perspective in order to gain an understanding of the history and art of puppets in performance. Through this understanding students can enhance their appreciation of world cultures and the impact of puppets on modern theatre and film. Students will also design and create their own puppets inspired by folk traditions as a means to finding their own expressionistic voice. (every other year). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: THE100 or THE104 or THE106 or THE217.

THE317 - Dance and the Creative Process (3 cr.)

Creative expression through dance, music and movement. Students will choreograph and perform works based upon their development of style and technique. Exploration of the historic and cultural connection between dance and expression. The course will culminate in a performance of student works. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: THE217.

THE318 - Playwriting (3 cr.)

Workshop-environment experience in writing for the stage. Scrutiny of the techniques involved in plot, characterization, dialogue and stage technique. Development of monologues, two-character sketches and extended scripts. Approved AWR. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101.

THE320 - Topics in Theatre (1 to 3 cr.)

Particular topics in theatre or the allied arts offered for one to three credit hours depending on the topic and the number of class meetings. May be elected more than once if the topic is different. (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Liberal arts.

THE340 - Visual Styles n Theatre (3 cr.)

An investigation of the historic styles of art, architecture, furniture, material objects and clothing from the point of view of designers for the stage. Also surveyed are the historic styles of stage design, forms of scenery and theatres. Students present visual research as either photo copies, drawings, props, photographs or models. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: THE110.

THE365 - Acting II (3 cr.)

The actor's task stressing skills of analysis including: given circumstances, objective, obstacle, tactics, and physicalization. Activities include the memorization and presentation of scenes and monologues for group critique. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: THE106.

THE390 - Practicum in Theatre: Aspects of Theatrical Production (1 cr.)

Participation in a variety of theatre activities; emphasis: practical theatre experience. Course may be elected more than once to a maximum of six credit hours when activity is substantially different. (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall).

THE395 - Junior Seminar (1 cr.)

Provides the student with an opportunity to focus their theatrical interests and skills in preparation for their final academic year and eventual career goals. Course content will include resume preparation, portfolio presentation and job search skills. (Spring). Prerequisites: theatre major, minor or concentration in elementary education status.

THE398 - Improvisation Group (1 cr.)

Intensive work in the development of improvisation skills for performance and for the adaptation, development and public performance of new theatre pieces. Theatre games in the tradition of Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone are the basis of the training. Ensemble and individual work performed for live audiences. May be taken twice with POI. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: by audition only.

THE399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring, Fall).

THE401 - Topics: Theatre Art (3 cr.)

Advanced studies on theatre and performance. Studies theories, playwrights, dramaturgy, and other practices of the theatre arts. This course may be elected twice when the content is substantially different. (Fall/Winter/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, or POI.

THE416 - Directing the Play (3 cr.)

Theory and practice of theatre direction. The production process, both amateur and professional, from play selection through rehearsal to performance. (Fall). Prerequisites: THE106, THE110.

THE419L - Styles of Acting Lab (0 cr.)

(Spring).

THE440 - Production Design (3 cr.)

This course develops the skills of design conceptualization and visualization in the design/directing process. Students will develop their skills of researching and refining visual imagery, script analysis from the designer's perspective, presenting visual materials to a production team, various rendering and drawing techniques, conceptual design thinking, and compiling design archives. The course will also examine historic and current designers and their styles. Students are expected to produce portfolio and production worthy projects. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: THE240 or POI.

THE456 - Modern Drama: 1880-1925 (3 cr.)

British and continental drama from the height of the Victorian era; through Ibsen and the coming of realism; the emergence of expressionism in the war years; and the progression to the avant-garde of the 1920s. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101 and either THE110 or ENG195, or POI.

THE457 - World Drama Since 1925 (3 cr.)

British and continental drama focusing on such phenomena as epic theatre the absurdists, theatre of cruelty, agit-prop drama and multimedia experiments. Playwrights studied: Brecht, Durrenmatt, Beckett, Genet, and Weiss. (Spring). Liberal arts.

THE465 - Acting III (3 cr.)

An advanced studio course in the technique and process of performing the scripted character. The student will develop specific tools for script analysis and characterization as well as enhanced understanding of the vocabulary, conceptual framework, and artistic ethic which is realized in the performance. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: THE106 or POI.

THE480 - The Stratford Experience (1 cr.)

Students will study Shakespeare, the history of the Stratford Festival, and travel to Stratford, Ontario to watch the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's performances of his plays. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101.

THE490 - Senior Project (1 cr.)

Theatre experiences and knowledge gained by students are connected through compilation of resume and portfolio. Students will meet with faculty jury to discuss their bodies of theatrical work. Required for senior theatre students. Liberal arts.(Spring/Fall). Prerequisites: senior class standing.

THE496 - Teaching Practicum (1 to 3 cr.)

Assist instructor in planning, preparation, class discussions and teaching in undergraduate sections of appropriate theatre or tutoring courses. May not be taken more than once. Liberal Arts. Prerequisites: senior standing, theatre major, permission of supervising instructor and the chairperson.

THE498 - Internship in Performing Arts (1 to 15 cr.)

A student designed, interdisciplinary approach to explore several problems involved in the performing arts of theatre. Acting, musical theatre, singing, dance, directing, scene and lighting design, costume and makeup design, technical production, and arts management are examples to be explored. The internship may be designed around a studio performance and production problem not normally covered in regularly scheduled courses, culminating in a performing event. (Spring, Summer, Fall). Prerequisites: upper-level standing, admission by application with resume, interview, audition and proposal.

THE499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring, Fall).

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Alphabetical Listing of Curriculum Descriptions by Course Subject

A

  • Africana Studies = AAS
  • Accounting = ACC
  • Anthropology = ANT
  • Arabic = ARA
  • Art = ART
  • Asian Studies = ASI
  • Astronomy = AST

B

  • Biology = BIO
  • Business = BUS

C

  • Canadian Studies = CAS
  • Communications Disorders & Sciences = CDS
  • Consumer Economics Management = CEM
  • Chemistry = CHE
  • Counseling = CLG
  • Career Life Planning = CLP
  • Communication Studies = CMM
  • Computer Science = CSC
  • Criminal Justice = CRI

E

  • Economics = ECO
  • Education = EDU
  • Education - Administration = EDA
  • Education - Mathematics = EDM
  • Education - Reading = EDR
  • Education - Special = EDS
  • English = ENG
  • Environmental Science = ENV
  • English as a Second Language = ESL
  • Expeditionary Studies = EXP

F

  • Finance = FIN
  • Foreign Languages & Literature = FLL
  • French = FRE
  • Freshman Seminar = FRS
  • Freshman Experience = FRX

G

  • Geography = GEG
  • Gender & Women's Studies = GWS
  • Geology = GEL
  • German = GER

H

  • Health Education = HED
  • History = HIS
  • Honors = HON
  • Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management = HRT
  • Human Development and Family Relations = HDF

I

  • Interdisciplinary Studies = INT
  • Italian = ITA

J

  • Journalism = JOU

L

  • Latin American Studies = LAS
  • Latin = LAT
  • Leadership = MLS
  • Library Skills = LIB
  • Language & Linguistics = LIN

M

  • Mathematics = MAT
  • Meteorology = MET
  • Military Studies = MTS
  • Management & International Business = MGM
  • Marketing & Entrepreneurship = MKE
  • Minority Studies = MNS
  • Music = MUS

N

  • Nursing = NUR
  • Nutrition = FNI

P

  • Physical Education = PED
  • Philosophy = PHI
  • Physics = PHY
  • Portuguese = POR
  • Political Science = PSC
  • Psychology = PSY

R

  • Reading = RDG
  • Recreation = REC
  • Russian = RUS

S

  • Science & Society = SCI
  • Sociology = SOC
  • Spanish = SPA
  • Social Work = SWK

T

  • Theatre = THE
  • Tutor Training = TTR