THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre 3crs., 3hrs. Study of elements of theatre arts—acting, directing, playwriting, design—from standpoints of both viewer and participant.
THEA 151 Introduction to Theatre Production 2crs., 5hrs. Lectures and practical backstage work in all aspects of production. Work on studio and major productions required.
THEA 160 Workshop in Acting 3crs., 3hrs. For nonmajors. Exploration of student’s creative potential in relation to theatre arts. Cannot be taken if THEA 161 has been taken.
THEA 161 Acting I: Basic Acting Techniques 3crs. 3hrs. For intended majors. Exploration of the fundamentals of acting technique through improvisation and scene work.
THEA 211 World Theatre I 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq.: THEA 101. Survey of international theatre from its preGreek origins to the Spanish Golden Age.
THEA 212 World Theatre II 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq.: THEA 101. Survey of international theatre from the Elizabethan period to Wagner.
THEA 213 World Theatre III 3crs., 3hrs. Survey of international theatre from 19th century Naturalism to the present day.
THEA 214 Multicultural Perspectives in Theatrical Performance 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq.: THEA 10.1. Study of a selected minoritarian theatre tradition in the United States: original roots, development, and influence on the cultural life of the group to be studied and on American culture in general. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.
THEA 215 Black Theatre 3cr., 3hrs Prereq.: THEA 101. Background and development, present practice, and future possibilities of Black theatre in American.
THEA 241 Creative Dramatics: Special Topics 3crs., 4hrs. Prereqs: THEA 101 or 160 or 161. Selected topics in dramatic literature for children and youth: games, exercises, and story making. Topics will vary with focus on different cultural traditions. May be repeated for credit with a different cultural focus.
THEA 242 Theatre for Children 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 101. Study of means, materials, and effects of theatre for child audiences.
THEA 243 Theatre for Children:Laboratory 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq.: audition or permissiion of instructor. Casting, rehearsal, and production of plays for children.
THEA 244 Drama and Disability 3crs., 3hrs. Examines the many myths of disabilities and uses those myths to create dramatic material to educate and help others to understand these misconceptions.
THEA 251 Theatre Production 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 101 or permission of Instructor. Practical and academic work on the departmental production.
THEA 261 Acting II: Contemporary Drama 3crs., 4hrs. Prereq: THEA 161 or permission of Instructor. Work from written text and learning techniques such as emotional recall, concentration, responding to imaginary stimuli.
THEA 262 Acting III: Contemporary Drama 3crs., 4hrs. Prereq: THEA 261; coreq: THEA 263. Continued work on problems and techniques of creating internal and physical life of stage character from written text.
THEA 263 Basic Voice and Movement for Performers 2crs., 3hrs. Coreq: THEA 262. Freeing the natural voice; resonance and range; movement systems and skills.
THEA 281 Visual Elements of Theatre 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 101. Theory and practice of various design elements that constitute complete theatrical production. Course for actors,, directors, playwrights, and others not concentrating in design. Practical work on productions included.
THEA 282 Theatrical Design Techniques 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 101. Practical training in skills of drawing, painting, and modelmaking necessary for designing of scenery, costumes, and lights. Studio design work included. Prerequisite for all advanced design courses.
THEA 283 Stagecraft 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 101. Technical problems of production: construction, rigging, and handling of scenery. Practical work included.
THEA 284 Makeup for the Stage 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 101. Practical instruction in use of stage makeup.
THEA 285 Design Concepts for Theatre, Film, and Television 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 101 or Film 101. Theoretical and practical elements of design in theatre, film, and television.
THEA 298 Special Topics in Theatre 13crs., 13hrs. Prereq: Permission from department. A specific topic will be listed in the Schedule of Classes for a given semester.
THEA 321 Play Analysis 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 211 or 212 or 213. Principles of play analysis; examination of play structure, theatrical form, and historical period.
THEA 322 Theatre Theory and Criticism 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 211 or 212 or 213. Major theatrical theories, with emphasis on modern, as applied to acting, design, directing, and playwriting.
THEA 323 20thcentury Aesthetics in Theatre and Film 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 213, or FILM 211 or 212. Points of interacting, mutual influence, and crossfertilization between theatre and film in theory and praxis.
THEA 324 Adaptation in Theatre and Film 3crs., 4hrs. Prereq: THEA 321 or Film 211 or 212. Examination of examples of works adapted to the stage or screen from another medium.
THEA 331 AvantGarde Theatre of the 20th Century 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: or coreq: THEA 211 or 212 or 213. Departures from realismExpressionism, Artaud, Brecht, Grotowski – from Alfred Jarry to the present.
THEA 332 Theatre of Realism and Naturalism 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: or coreq: THEA 211 or 212 or 213. Plays theory, and stagecraft of realism and naturalism movements from the late 19th century to the present.
THEA 333 Alternative Performance 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 213 or THEA 323. Study of performance styles and practices using theatre and/or film in nontraditional modes.
THEA 341 Creative Drama Leadership Techniques: Special Groups 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 241. Creative drama for groups such as handicapped, emotionally disturbed, geriatric, and the institutionalized.
THEA 342 Creative Drama in the Community 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 241. Practical application of techniques and processes of creative drama in communitycentered groups.
THEA 351 Theatre Workshop 2crs., 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 252. Individual assignments to backstage positions in production and management of departmental presentations.
THEA 361 Acting: Departures from Realism 3crs., 4hrs. Prereq: THEA 211 or 212 or 213; THEA 262, 263 or permission from instructor; coreq: THEA 263. Scene study as it applies to nonrealistic works such as absurdist plays, epic theatre, and expressionist works.
THEA 362 Acting: Period Drama 3crs., 4hrs. Prereq: THEA 211 or 212 or 213; THEA 262, 263, or permission of instructor. Scene study from such periods as Greek, Elizabethan, and Restoration.
THEA 363 Advanced Voice and Movement for Performers 2crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 263; coreq: THEA 361. Continuation of voice and movement exercises; integration into systematic approach for actors.
THEA 364 Mime and Masks 3crs., 4hrs. Prereq: THEA 363. Practical course in mime and mask exercises for actors, designed to open new avenues for emotional expression.
THEA 371 Directing I 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 211 or 212 or 213, 261, 321 or permission of instructor. Principles of play production; directorial concepts; focusing audience attention on dramatic values.
THEA 372 Directing II 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 371 or permission of instructor. Continued study of principles; incorporation of design elements; full laboratory production of oneact play by each student.
THEA 376 Playwriting I 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 101 or permission of instructor. Study of problems in playwriting based on the student’s own work.
THEA 377 Playwriting II 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 371 or permission of instructor. Continued study of playwriting techniques, with emphasis on the structure and form of the fulllength play.
THEA 378 Scriptwriting for Young Audiences: Theatre, Film, and Television. 3crs., 3hrs. THEA 101 or Film 101 or permission of instructors. Fundamentals of scriptwriting for young audiences for stage, film, and television; critique of original students scripts.
THEA 381 Scene Design I 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq or coreq: THEA 283. Fundamentals of design for theatre, film, and television
THEA 382 Scene Design II 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 381. Problems of set design for plays, musicals, ballet, opera, film, and television; scene painting.
THEA 383 Costuming for the Stage 3crs., 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 281. Study and practice in stage costuming, historical periods and styles; fabrics, patterns, and construction.
THEA 384 Stage Lighting 3crs.; 5hrs. Prereq: THEA 281 or Film 251. Principles and practice of lighting for theatre, film, and television, emphasizing its contribution to dramatic interpretation.
THEA 385 Production Design I for Theatre, Film, and Television 3crs.; 4hrs. Prereq: THEA 101 or Film 101 and THEA 285. Theory and practice in scenic design for theatre, film, and television.
THEA 386 Production Design II for Theatre, Film, and Television 3crs., 4hrs. Prereq: THEA 101 or Film 101 and THEA 285. Theory and practice in costume design for theatre, film, and television.
THEA 387 Concepts of Light in Theatre, Film, and Television 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 281 or THEA 285. The aesthetics, styles, conventions, and vocabulary of lighting in theatre, film, and television; how light establishes style, mood, rhythm, and atmosphere as interpretive elements of performance.
THEA 388 Theatres and Movie Palaces: Contemporary Culture 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: THEA 213 or FILM 211. Exploration of the architecture and evolution of selected 20thcentury theatre and movie palaces.
THEA 391 Theatre Projects 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq or coreq: THEA 372, 381, and permission of Chairperson. Experimental work in design or directing for advanced theatre students.
THEA 398 Studies in Theatre and Film 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: variable. Specialized topics for majors will be listed in the Schedule of Classes for a given semester.
THEA 297 Special Topics in Theatre 13crs., 13hrs. Prereq: permission from department. Not offered at all times. A specific topic will be listed in Schedule of Classes for a given semester.
THEA 397 Studies in Theatre 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: variable. Not offered at all times. A specific topic will be listed in Schedule of Classes for a given semester.
THEA 401 Seminar 3crs., 3hrs. Permission of department. Not offered at all times. Readings, discussion, and papers on significant problems in theatre and film.
THEA 402 Independent Research 13crs., 13hrs. Permission of chairperson. Majors only. Directed program of reading, research, or creative presentation, arranged on an individual basis.
THEA 498 Internship 16crs., 16hrs. Permissions of department. Placement in appropriate offcampus locations on an individual basis.
THEA 499 Honors Project 3crs., 3hrs. Prereq: 2.7 GPA and 3.5 major GPA, majors only, permission of chairperson. Individual work under faculty supervision, qualifies student for departmental honors at graduation.
In addition to the above catalogue listings, during most semesters the department offers special topics courses. Recent offerings include:
Method Acting in America
Indonesian Playmaking Workshop
Performing the Individual/Performing the Community
Theatre and Stage Management