• Undergraduate
    • THEA-1000 Theatre Laboratory
      Description

      Attendance to all company meetings and all theatre company produced productions as specified by the Theatre Program faculty. All theatre majors and pre-majors required to enroll with a grade of S or U.

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    • THEA-1100 Theatre Appreciation
      Description

      An introduction for the student of the theatre experience, this course delves into analysis of both the script and the actual performance. Students will also examine current trends in theatre on broadway, off-broadway, and in regional companies. The student will be expected to attend and write about one theatre production.

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    • THEA-1111 Performance and Production
      Description

      An introductory study of practical aspects of theatre production.

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    • THEA-1112 Performance and Production
      Description

      An introductory study of practical aspects of theatre production.

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    • THEA-1291 Voice and Movement I
      Description

      THEA 1291: Voice and Movement I is an experiential study of fundamental voice and movement techniques for the actor.

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    • THEA-1292 Voice and Movement II
      Description

      This course will continue to lay the foundation of voice and movement training for the actor. Students will explore how the actor’s body and voice serve as a vehicle for the actor’s artistry. The class will focus on self-discovery, increasing sensitivity and awareness, and finding release.

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    • THEA-2050 Self-Staging: Oral Communication in Daily Life
      Description

      An introduction to the performative basis of oral communication and self-presentation.

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    • THEA-2100 Play Analysis
      Description

      The ability to effectively analyze theatrical texts is essential to scholars and practitioners alike. In this class, students will dissect a script into its basic components to better understand structure, style, theme, and other essential elements of theatre. Students will also survey representative historical genres, styles of theatrical texts, and methods of literary and dramatic criticism, as well as receive an introduction to theatre- specific research methods and resources. The course will emphasize academic analysis, but applications to theatrical production contexts will be encouraged.

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    • THEA-2111 Performance and Production
      Description

      An intermediate study of practical aspects of theatre production.

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    • THEA-2112 Performance and Production
      Description

      Intermediate study of practical aspects of theatre production.

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    • THEA-2214 Concepts in Theatre and Film Design
      Description

      In this course, students will develop the skills to express their ideas as a designer. Emphasis will be placed on the use of the elements and principles of design, and the application of them through set, costume, lighting, props, and make-up design for both theatre and film. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the use of research and the ability to develop and use appropriate language (visual and spoken) to communicate an idea as a designer.

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    • THEA-2215 Introduction to Lighting, Sound and Media Technology
      Description

      The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basics Lighting, Sound and Media technology for the entertainment industry. Study topics will include identification of equipment; it’s name, basic functions, and common uses, developing familiarity with procedures and safe working practices for installing equipment in a variety of situations, and the various roles and responsibilities of team members in the various areas discussed in theatrical productions and companies. There will also be a practical element to this course, to familiarize students with proper procedures and techniques for use of all equipment relevant to this course.

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    • THEA-2224 Drafting and Computer Aided Design
      Description

      This course is an introduction to working knowledge of theatrical drafting conventions and techniques. The use of design software (Vectorworks) will be used to create various 2-D plans, including light plots, set designs and technical shop drawings. This class will also explore basic use of Photoshop.

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    • THEA-2290 Stage and Film Craft I
      Description

      Through lecture and hands on projects, students will learn basic scene shop and behind the scenes standards. Goal related projects will teach student how to operate basic stationary and hand tools found in the shop as well as how to read and build from CAD drawings. Basic construction techniques of how to build scenery for theatre, TV, and film will be discussed throughout the class. Heavy emphasis will be on shop safety and behind the scenes and set etiquette.

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    • THEA-2291 Developing a Character
      Description

      This course examines the process toward becoming an actor. Through improvisation, scene study, and monologue work, the student will begin to develop her/his own process toward developing a character.

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    • THEA-2292 Contemporary Scene Study
      Description

      This course continues examining the process toward developing a character started in THEA 2291, focusing on different techniques and approaches. Content will include plays from the 20th century and beyond.

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    • THEA-2310 Stage Makeup
      Description

      This course introduces students to the theories and principles of stage corrective makeup. Students will be introduced to various stage makeup techniques through class projects and introduction to three dimensional stage makeup.

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    • THEA-2315 Rendering Styles
      Description

      This course is an introduction to theatrical sketching and rendering techniques. Various mediums will be explored (Pencil, paint, marker, digital media). Emphasis is on clear communication and presenting ideas through various mediums.

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    • THEA-2325 Costume Technology
      Description

      This course introduces students to the methods, materials, equipment, and processes of costume construction for the theatre. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the construction and overall production of the wardrobe for each of the shows in this semester as well as individual skill-building projects. The course involves class lectures and studio/lab projects.

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    • THEA-2380 Special Topics in Performance
      Description

      This course is offered on a one-time basis to cover different areas of performance in Theatre and Dance.

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    • THEA-2391 Fundamentals of Ballet
      Description

      This course introduces the fundamentals of ballet technique to the student actor/dancer.

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    • THEA-2393 Beginning Jazz
      Description

      This course introduces the fundamentals of Jazz to the student actor/dancer.

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    • THEA-2395 Musical Theatre Dance
      Description

      The study of choreography in musical theatre works. Emphasis is placed on style, vocabulary, history, and technique.

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    • THEA-2491 Acting for the Camera
      Description

      This course introduces students to the technique of acting for television and film. Through scene study and text analysis, students will develop techniques for acting in front of the camera.

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    • THEA-2550 Stage Management
      Description

      The stage manager is the glue that binds all production elements together. This course will examine the many dimensions and duties of the stage manager for live productions. It will focus on the important skills such as: communication, organization, and focus of the stage manager in the different phases of producing a play or musical (pre-production, rehearsals, performances, and post-production). Students will learn ways to create blocking notation, taping out floor plans from the simple to the complex, and different processes in running rehearsals and performances. Participation in classroom discussions and stage management simulations is required.

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    • THEA-2900 Sophomore Assessment
      Description

      This course is comprised of a series of interviews, auditions (juries), and other projects/assignments geared toward determining the student’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to continue in the BFA program. This is a pass/fail course. A student must earn a minimum score of 75% to continue in the BFA program. Students will take this course twice once they have completed 30 credit hours of course work with an overall GPA of 2.5, and an average GPA of 3.0 on their major courses. The first semester of this course will be a preparation for their auditions/juries, which will take place in the second semester.

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    • THEA-3111 Performance and Production
      Description

      Advanced study of practical aspects of theatre production.

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    • THEA-3112 Performance and Production
      Description

      Advanced study of practical aspects of theatre production.

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    • THEA-3201 Stage & Film Craft II
      Description

      Through lecture and hands on projects, students will learn woodworking, welding, sculpting, and painting techniques for advanced construction of scenery for theatre, TV, and film. In addition, students will be oriented with advanced rigging for the theatre, and introduced to rigging and grip work and equipment for film.

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    • THEA-3212 Period Styles in Design
      Description

      This course is designed for students to obtain an introductory familiarity with historical progression, social and cultural background through architecture, furniture, decorative motifs and fashion history. The students will gain an appreciation and deeper understanding of the use of historical research in implementing into theatrical and film design.

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    • THEA-3214 Scenic Design
      Description

      Through lectures, demonstrations, and class projects students will learn the fundamental conventions of scenic and production design for theatre and film. Emphasis will be placed on the development of design ideas resulting from script analysis, research techniques, drawings, and models.

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    • THEA-3215 Lighting Design
      Description

      The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basics of Lighting Design for live entertainment, with some exploration of lighting for Film and Television. Study topics will include script analysis for lighting design, design development and execution, drafting for lighting design, and work on composition with lights. There will also be a practical element to this course, allowing students to explore lighting technology and composition in a hands-on settings.

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    • THEA-3290 Costume Design
      Description

      The student will be introduced to the total process of the costume designer. This process includes play analysis, research skills, costume period and style, design problems, rendering and construction skills, organization skills, and an understanding in the principles and elements of design. Prerequisites may be waived with permission of the instructor.

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    • THEA-3357 Theatre History I
      Description

      Survey of the roots of theatre and drama from the Greek period to Ibsen.

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    • THEA-3391 Acting Shakespeare
      Description

      This course explores Shakespeare’s plays and poetry from a performance perspective. Students will utilize text analysis, including scansion, monologue work, and scene study in order to truthfully perform Shakespeare’s work.

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    • THEA-3392 Period Scene Study
      Description

      This course is in the BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Acting. The change in course title is to reflect the sequence in Acting courses for the BFA student. The change in the course description eliminates the study of Shakespearean plays because we are adding an entire course for acting Shakespeare. The pre-requisites are changing for ease with both degree programs (BFA and BA).

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    • THEA-3394 Directing
      Description

      An introduction to the major approaches, techniques, processes, and responsibilities associated with directing a play. Projects will include in-class directing. Prerequisites may be waived with permission of the instructor

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    • THEA-3415 Playwriting I: Devised Theatre
      Description

      Devised Theatre is an alternative approach to playwriting that emphasizes collaborative ensemble-based writing, community research and outreach, and social and political awareness. Utilizing improvisational techniques, community- oriented research skills and non-textual performance practices, students will explore and write plays based on their communities, interests and concerns. Prerequisites may be waived with the permission of the instructor.

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    • THEA-3491 Advanced Acting for the Camera
      Description

      This course will be a continued exploration of acting for film and television. Through scene study and text analysis, students will expand their range of emotional, intellectual, physical and vocal expressiveness for the camera. Students will have a completed demo reel by the end of the course.

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    • THEA-4111 Production and Performance Capstone
      Description

      A capstone course designed to build on all experiential work in the students' college career. Topics will vary with instructors. Prerequisites may be waived with permission of the instructor.

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    • THEA-4291 Advanced Voice
      Description

      This course continues to address articulation difficulties and unwanted regionalisms that impede the actor’s versatility. Dialect work will be covered, starting with Standard British speech, moving into a London Dialect (formerly called Cockney) and finishing with Irish and Jamaican dialects.

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    • THEA-4293 Advanced Movement
      Description

      Physical character work is addressed in this course through rigorous movement techniques. The actor learns how to make adjustments within the techniques to maintain healthy use when a character’s physical issues must be present. The actor will push the limits of their physical boundaries in order to build the stamina and strength necessary for specificity of character. In other words, the actor studies how to play a tense character and remain a relaxed actor.

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    • THEA-4301 Solutions in Design and Technology
      Description

      The purpose of this course is to present advanced Design and Technical theatre students with challenges akin to those they will face as young professionals. The focus will be on students facing design and technical challenges they have not had the opportunity to engage with in their practical course work through unrealized “paper” projects, and to move students to design in at least one area that is not their primary area of interest. This course will aim to both increase a student’s depth of knowledge while increasing the breadth of their experience within the Design/Technology concentration in the BFA curriculum.

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    • THEA-4412 The Business of Acting
      Description

      This course is designed to prepare students for the professional world of acting – encompassing theatre, film, and television. Students will gain an understanding of the business of acting as well as learn how to promote and market oneself as a business. Students will select and rehearse scenes, monologues and/or songs for a final professional showcase.

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    • THEA-4415 Playwriting II
      Description

      A continuation of THEA 3415, concentrating on the theory and mechanics of traditional playwriting as well as the processes and skills of playwriting as a profession. Students will experience the writing, development and rehearsed reading of performance works.

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    • THEA-4457 Theatre History II
      Description

      Study of selected plays, conventions and movements in drama from Ibsen to present.

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    • THEA-4485 Special Topics in Theatre
      Description

      Course offered on a one-time or experimental basis to examine selected issues related to the Theatre Arts and performance.

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    • THEA-4486 Internship
      Description

      Permission of instructor required. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Opportunity for selected students to intern at theatre, film, commercial and entertainment companies.

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