THEATRE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

THEATRE 100     THEATRE APPRECIATION        GA         2 u
Designed to provide non-theatre majors with a background in theatre which will enrich their theatrical experiences and provide them with a basis for evaluating theatre productions. Fulfills General Studies requirements but does not apply toward major or minor in the department. Offered each fall*.
 Unreq: THEATRE 110.

 THEATRE 110     INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE        GA         4 u
An examination of the fundamental theories and practices of theatre art. A survey of the major styles of theatre. Forty hours of participation in technical theatre (primarily in stagecraft and costuming) are required. Offered each fall*.
 Unreq: THEATRE 100.

 THEATRE 120     INTRODUCTION TO ACTING         3 u
A study of basic principles and techniques of acting, including physical and vocal control and basic approaches to characterization.
Prereq: THEATRE 100 or THEATRE 110 (or con reg) and Theatre major/minor or cons inst. Offered Spring '00, Fall '00, Fall '01, Spring '02, Fall '02*.

 THEATRE 200     THEATRE ACTIVITIES        GA         1-2 u
Recommended for the student who has an avocational interest in theatre and/or who wishes to experience the various aspects of theatre production as a breadth elective in the arts. Students may choose involvement in one or more areas of department-produced or student-produced plays, including acting, house management and promotional, scenery and costume construction, lighting, sound, and production crews. 40 hours of participation are required per unit. Not open to Theatre majors or minors. Repeatable. Repeat enrollments will be in other interest areas.
 Prereq: GENED 110 or THEATRE 100 or THEATRE 110.

 THEATRE 201     PRACTICUM - ACTING         .5-2 u
Participation as an actor in a University Theatre production. Students are expected to assist in costume and scenery construction. In general, 40 hours of participation per half unit of practicum are expected. Repeatable.
 Prereq: Audition and cast in role.

 THEATRE 202     PRACTICUM - DIRECTING         .5-2 u
Participation as an Assistant Director, Production Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager or Dramaturg in a department-approved production. 40 hours of participation per half unit is required. Repeatable.
 Prereq: Department approval.

 THEATRE 203     PRACTICUM - SOUND         .5-2 u
Participation in department-approved productions as Sound Operator and/or Sound Designer/Engineer for productions requiring basic sound. 40 hours of participation per half unit is required. Repeatable.
 Prereq: Department approval.

 THEATRE 204     PRACTICUM - STAGECRAFT         .5-2 u
Participation in set construction and painting on department-approved productions. Departmental approval is required to work on Performance Crew, Properties or as Assistant Scenic Designer. 40 hours of participation per half unit is required. Theatre majors must take at least .5 units in set construction and painting. Repeatable.
 Prereq: Department approval for some sections.

 THEATRE 205     PRACTICUM - LIGHTING         .5-2 u
Participation in the hanging and focusing of lights for department-approved productions. Departmental approval is required to register for Assistant Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, or Light Operator. 40 hours of participation per half unit is required. Repeatable.
 Prereq: Departmental approval for some sections.

 THEATRE 206     PRACTICUM - COSTUMING         .5-2 u
Participation in the construction of costumes for department-approved productions. Departmental approval is required to register for Assistant Costume Designer or Performance Crew. 40 hours of participation per half unit is required. Theatre majors must take at least .5 u in costume construction. Repeatable.
 Prereq: Department approval for some sections.

 THEATRE 207     PRACTICUM - THEATRE MANAGEMENT/PUBLICITY        .5-2 u
Participation in house management, ticket office management or publicity and promotion for department-approved productions. 40 hours of participation per half unit is required. Repeatable.
 Prereq: Department approval.

 THEATRE 208     PRACTICUM - MAKE-UP         .5-2 u
Participation as Makeup Designer and/or on Performance Crew for department-approved productions. 40 hours of participation per half unit is required. Repeatable.
 Prereq: Department approval.

 THEATRE 209     PRACTICUM - THEATRE TOUR         .5-2 u
Participation in one of the University Theatre productions designed for touring, including Children's Theatre and high school tours. Students involved in this activity are expected to participate in the shifting and setting up of scenery and lights, to contribute to the care and maintenance of costumes and to work with makeup, sound and properties in addition to their assignments as actors or technicians. In general, 40 hours of participation per half unit of the practicum are expected. Repeatable. Offered each fall*.
 Prereq: Audition and cast in role.

 THEATRE 210     LABORATORY IN PLAYWRITING/THEATRE CRITICISM        1-2 u
Practical experience in writing plays, from scenario to final production, or in writing theatre criticism. Repeatable if an approved one-act play is in progress.
Prereq: Cons instr.

 THEATRE 215     AUDITIONING         3 u
This is a lecture/laboratory course which offers training in resume preparation, in preparing for an audition, and in presenting audition material. Offered Fall '02, Spring '04*.  Repeatable up to 6 units in major/degree.
 Prereq: THEATRE 120 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 220     ACTING: ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE        3 u
A study of techniques of character analysis and development which seeks to explore and integrate the internal and external aspects of acting in order to develop a dynamic approach to the actor's craft. Offered Fall '00, Fall '02*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 120 or consent of instructor.

THEATRE 225     SCRIPT ANALYSIS         3 u
A study of the basic elements of drama and how these elements combine to create a play. Particular emphasis will be placed on how to discover a valid interpretation of the playwright's intentions and transfer that interpretation to the stage. Required for all Theatre majors. Offered Spring '02, Spring '03, Spring '04.*
 Prereq: THEATRE 110

THEATRE 230     MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR         3 u
 Movement for the Actor is a course designed to develop the physical performance ability of acting students. Body alignment will be explored in relation to movement dynamic and the search for a neutral base. A personal physical warm-up will be established for each student. Range of performance energy will be explored as well as the development of character through movement. Repeatable two times for a maximum of 6 units in major/degree. Offered Spring '02, Fall '04*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 120 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 242     STAGE MAKE-UP         2 u
Lecture-demonstrations and laboratory experience in the basic theories and techniques relative to the design and application of stage make-up. Offered Spring '02, Fall '02, Fall '03, Fall '04*.

 THEATRE 251     INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL THEATRE        4 u
Fundamentals of the technical aspects of scenery, costumes, and lighting for theatre and dance. Examination of the mechanical principles and techniques used in scenery, costuming, and lighting, stressing practical "hands-on" experiences. A minimum of 32 hours shop participation is required. Offered each spring*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 100 or THEATRE ARTSTDIO or cons. inst.

 THEATRE 252     INTRODUCTION TO THEATRICAL DESIGN        3 u
An examination of the basic principles of scenic, costume and lighting design for the theatre. Topics covered include the design process, research, elements of design and practical considerations. Studio labs include instruction and practice in sketching, drafting and rendering. Offered each fall*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 251 or consent of instructor.

THEATRE 260     PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGEMENT         3 u
 Production Stage Management explores the processes of stage and fiscal management for Theatre. The first part of the course covers the various duties and responsibilities of the Stage Manager. The course then explores the processes required by Production Stage Managers to oversee the personnel and fiscal operations during production. Offered Spring '03, Spring '05*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 110

 THEATRE 300/500     SUMMER THEATRE PRODUCTION         1-6 u
This course is designed for qualified students to participate in the performance, management, costume and set construction, lighting, and sound operation of on-campus summer theatre productions. Offered summers only*. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in degree.
 Prereq: Audition or interview and consent of department.

 THEATRE 301     PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - ACTING         2 u
Acting a major role in a University Theatre/Dance Department production. Eligible roles are designated by the department prior to auditions. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in major/degree.
 Prereq: Consent of the department and completion of 200-level acting practicum for at least a half-unit.

 THEATRE 302     PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - STAGE MANAGER        2 u
Participation as Stage Manager in all production conferences, auditions, rehearsals and performances of a University Theatre-affiliated production. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in major/degree.
 Prereq: Consent of department.

 THEATRE 304     PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - SCENERY         2 u
Participation as Scene Designer or Technical Director in all research, production conferences, planning, painting and technical rehearsals for a University Theatre-affiliated production. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in major/degree.
 Prereq: Consent of department.

 THEATRE 305     PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - LIGHTING         2 u
Participation as Lighting Designer in all research, production conferences, planning, focusing and technical rehearsals for a University Theatre-affiliated production. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in major/degree.
 Prereq: Consent of department.

 THEATRE 306     PRODUCTION PRACTICUM -  COSTUMES           2 u
Participation as Costume Designer and/or Costume Cutter/Technician in all production conferences, design meetings, pre-construction and construction work, and dress rehearsals of a University Theatre-affiliated production. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in major/degree.
 Prereq: Consent of department.

 THEATRE 308     PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - SOUND         2 u
Participation as Senior Sound Designer in all production conferences, recording, engineering, rehearsals and performances of a University Theatre-affiliated production. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in major/degree.
 Prereq: Consent of department.

 THEATRE 309     PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - THEATRE MANAGEMENT        2 u
Participation as Ticket Office, Front of House or Promotions/Publicity Manager for a minimum of three consecutive productions of the Theatre/Dance Department in a single term. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in major/degree.
 Prereq: Consent of department.

 THEATRE 312     PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - DIRECTING        2 u
Participation as a Director of a production approved by the department with responsibilities to include pre-production research and script preparation, supervision of production conferences and rehearsals, and presentation of a public production. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in major/degree.
 Prereq: THEATRE 332 and THEATRE 433 and consent of department.

 THEATRE 320     ACTING: PROBLEMS OF STYLE         3 u
Theories and techniques of character analysis and of acting in several theatrical periods, e.g., Classical, Elizabethan and Restoration. Offered Fall '03, Fall '05*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 120 or cons instr.

 THEATRE 325/525     IMPROVISATIONAL DRAMA         3 u
A study of the techniques of non-scripted drama, including theatre games, improvised scenes, creative drama and story dramatization. Implications and uses of non-scripted drama for education and performance are explored through lectures, demonstrations and group participation. Offered Spring '02, Spring '04*.

 THEATRE 328/528     VOCAL PRODUCTION AND STAGE SPEECH          3 u
 A study of vocal production and vocal techniques for the actor.  Emphasis on the fundamentals of freeing the actor’s voice: breathing, relaxation, resonance, articulation, variety and projection. Repeatable two times for a maximum of 6 units in major/degree. Offered Spring '03, Fall '04, Spring '03.
Prereq: THEATRE 120 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 332     DIRECTING I         3 u
Study and application of techniques useful in selection, interpretation and staging the play in a proscenium setting. Offered Fall '02, Spring '03, Fall '03*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 120 and THEATRE 251 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 343/543     THEATRICAL COSTUMING         3 u
A lecture/laboratory course to study and practice the basic principles and process of theatrical costuming, including the fundamentals of pattern making, textiles and costume construction. Construction of a costume is required. Offered Spring '03, Spring '05*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 251 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 345/545     COSTUME HISTORY         3 u
Study of the clothing and costume accessories of the major historic periods, with an emphasis on western costume history and on its application to modern stage design. Offered Fall '03, Fall '05*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 110 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 346/546 - ENGLISH 346/546     SURVEY OF MODERN DRAMA        3 u
A study of the trends and developments in the modern theatre from the Romantics and early Realists to the Theatre of the Absurd, with emphasis on literary history and staging problems. May be team-taught with English faculty. Offered Fall '03, Fall '05.
 Unreq: ENGLISH 346/546.

 THEATRE 354     TECHNICAL DIRECTION         3 u
Advanced study and practice of the principles of scenery construction, scene painting, technical drafting, planning and budgeting. A minimum of 50 hours of participation is required. Offered Spring '02, Spring '04*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 251 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 361     PERFORMING ARTS OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT        2 u
A study of the duties and required skills of managers of performing arts organizations including house management, facility management, box office management, and strategic planning, as well as an overview of human resource management, audience development, marketing, and legal procedures. Offered odd-numbered fall terms.
 Prereq: THEATRE 100 or THEATRE 110 or consent of instructor. Unreq: ACINDP 361.

 THEATRE 362     NON-PROFIT ARTS MANAGEMENT         2 u
A study of the duties and required skills of managers of various non-profit arts organizations. Areas of study will include structure of arts organizations, planning, programming, staffing, budgeting and marketing, with emphasis on fundraising, board development, and volunteer management. Assignments and projects will be geared toward students' specific needs and interests. Offered even numbered spring terms.
 Unreq: ACINDP 362.

 THEATRE 363     APPLIED STUDIES IN ARTS MARKETING         2 u
A study of the duties and skills of marketing managers of both commercial and non-profit arts-related businesses, as well as the individual artist in the marketplace. Topics include marketing research, planning a marketing budget, promotions, media relations, advertising, corporate and media sponsorship, and audience development. Students will develop a comprehensive marketing plan for an organization or individual artist of their choice. Offered even numbered fall terms.
 Coreq: MARKETNG 311. Unreq: ACINDP 363.

 THEATRE 364     ISSUES IN ARTS MANAGEMENT         2 u
A study of topics, trends, and career options in the field of arts administration. Working professionals will explore with students issues they face in their occupations. A variety of topics will include the role of the arts in society, leadership, public and private support and control of the arts, ethical issues, marketing challenges, computer technology and future trends in the field.
 Prereq: Junior or senior academic status or consent of instructor.
 Offered odd-numbered spring terms.
 Unreq: ACINDP 364.

 THEATRE 369     MULTICULTURAL DRAMA  OF THE UNITED STATES          Diversity         3 u
The course examines the theatrical forms and the dramatic literature of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans, and places them in the context of American theater and U.S. social/political history.
 Prereq: ENGLISH 102 and a 200 level English course or THEATRE 346 or THEATRE 471 or THEATRE 472 or THEATRE 478. Offered occasionally.
 Unreq: ENGLISH 369.

THEATRE 377     INTRODUCTION TO PLAYWRITING         3 u
Students will be introduced to the elements of a play, learn to analyze and evaluate dramatic structure, and write short plays. They will also experience the collaborative nature of the play development process by having their work read by actors and critiqued by an audience of classmates.
 Prereq: ENGLISH 101, ENGLISH 102, ENGLISH 274 or THEATRE 110 and junior standing

 THEATRE 422     ACTING FOR THE CAMERA         3 u
A course to study and practice basic principles of on-camera performance. Through regular on-camera assignments students learn skills necessary to work as actors in the TV and film industries. Offered Spring '03, Spring '05*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 120 and THEATRE 220 or THEATRE 320 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 433/633     DIRECTING II         3 u
The study and application of contemporary directing theories and an exploration of approaches to production styles; includes the direction of a 30-40 minute studio production. Offered Spring '00, Spring '02*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 332 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 454     PERIOD DECOR AND SCENIC STYLES         3 u
Study of the architecture, interior decor, and furnishings of the major historic periods, with an emphasis on application to stage design. Survey of the major historic styles of scenic design with an emphasis on application to contemporary scenic design problems. Offered Fall '02, Fall '04*.
 Prereq: THEATRE 100 or THEATRE 110 or consent of instructor.

 THEATRE 460/660     ADVANCED STAGE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY       3 u
A course for the advanced student who wishes to pursue further study in scenic, costume or lighting design and/or technology. Each student, in consultation with the instructors, will choose 2 projects on which to focus. The lecture/labs will consist of work on those projects and lecture/discussions related to the projects. Required for B.F.A. Design/Tech students. Offered each spring.
 Repeatable three times for a maximum of 9 units in major.
 Prereq: THEATRE 252.

 THEATRE 471/671     HISTORY OF THE THEATRE THROUGH 1550 A.D.        3 u
Traces the development of theatre from its origins to 1550 A.D., including theatre and drama in ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, the Italian Renaissance and the Orient. The course also examines the impact of outside forces on the various arts of the theatre. Offered Fall '02, Fall '04*.

 THEATRE 472/672     THEATRE HISTORY AND DRAMA: 1550 TO 1830        3 u
Traces the development of the theatre in the West from 1550 to 1830, including Neoclassicism, Elizabethan and Restoration theatre and the development of Romanticism. The impact of outside forces on the various arts of the theatre will be examined. Offered Spring '03, Spring '05*.

 THEATRE 478/678     CONTEMPORARY DRAMA         3 u
Analysis of the trends and developments in the theatre of the past 30 years, including the impact of television, motion pictures and other forces on the theatre of today. Offered Spring '02, Spring '04*.

 THEATRE 490/690     WORKSHOP         Repeatable         1-6 u
Offered on demand.

 THEATRE 491     TRAVEL STUDY         Repeatable         1-3 u
Offered on demand.

 THEATRE 492     FIELD STUDY         1-6 u
A study for which data is gathered from sources broader than the classroom or laboratory, often involving off-campus work study experience in an area which has been selected for exploration, such as summer tours in theatre. Offered on demand. Repeatable.

 THEATRE 493     INTERNSHIP IN THEATRE PRACTICE         1-12 u
In cooperation with a designated theatrical organization and with previously established guidelines, participation in the production and/or management activities of a commercial or non-profit theatre operation. Repeatable for a maximum of 12 units in degree.
Prereq: At least second-term junior standing as a theatre major and the advance consent of the department.

 THEATRE 494     SEMINAR         1-6 u
Repeatable. Offered on demand. Prereq: Junior standing and consent of department chairperson.

 THEATRE 496/696     SPECIAL STUDY         1-3 u
Repeatable. Prereq: Junior standing and consent of department chairperson. Offered on demand.

 THEATRE 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY         1-3 u
Repeatable. Prereq: Junior standing and consent of department chairperson. Offered on demand.

 THEATRE 499/699     SENIOR PROJECT         3 u
A capstone project in which the student demonstrates proficiency in directing, acting, designing, promotion, playwriting or criticism on a major project proposed by the student and approved by the department. Repeatable.
Prereq: Completion of at least 75% of the student's major requirements (including at least 2 upper level courses in the student's project area) and submission and approval of proposal by the department.
 
 

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