Undergraduate Bulletin

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

(*Scheduling of offerings is subject to change. When not indicated otherwise, offerings are every term.)

100-215 THE FINE ARTS IN WESTERN CULTURE - GI - 3 cr

A team-taught course designed to study the interrelationships of Art, Music, Theatre and Dance in the Western world. The emphasis is on the importance of the fine arts in society and their similarities and differences in both style and content. Offered occasionally.

THEATRE (133)

133-100 THEATRE APPRECIATION - GA - 2 cr

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: 133-110.

133-110 INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE - GA - 4 cr

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: 133-100.

133-120 INTRODUCTION TO ACTING - 3 cr

A study of basic principles and techniques of acting, including physical and vocal control and basic approaches to characterization. Offered each fall*.
Prereq: 133-100 or 133-110 (or con reg) and Theatre major/minor or cons inst.

133-200 THEATRE ACTIVITIES - GA - 1-2 cr

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 credit. Not open to Theatre majors or minors. Repeatable. Repeat enrollments will be in other interest areas.
Prereq: 100-105 or 133-100 or 133-110.

133-201 PRACTICUM - ACTING - .5-2 cr

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 credit of practicum are expected. Repeatable.
Prereq: Audition and cast in role.

133-202 PRACTICUM - DIRECTING - .5-2 cr

Participation as a Assistant Director, Production Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager or Dramaturg in a department-approved production. 40 hours of participation per half credit is required. Repeatable.
Prereq: Department approval.

133-203 PRACTICUM - SOUND - .5-2 cr

Participation in department-approved productions as Sound Operator and/or Sound Designer/Engineer for productions requiring basic sound. 40 hours of participation per half credit is required. Repeatable.
Prereq: Department approval.

133-204 PRACTICUM - STAGECRAFT - .5-2 cr

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 credit is required. Theatre majors must take at least .5 credits in set construction and painting. Repeatable.
Prereq: Department approval for some sections.

133-205 PRACTICUM - LIGHTING - .5-2 cr

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 credit is required. Repeatable.
Prereq: Departmental approval for some sections.

133-206 PRACTICUM - COSTUMING - .5 cr

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 credit is required. Theatre majors must take at least .5 cr in costume construction. Repeatable.
Prereq: Department approval for some sections.

133-207 PRACTICUM - THEATRE - .5-2 cr

Participation in house management, ticket office management or publicity and promotion for department-approved productions. 40 hours of participation per half credit is required. Repeatable.
Prereq: Department approval.

133-208 PRACTICUM - MAKE-UP - .5-2 cr

Participation as Makeup Designer and/or on Performance Crew for department-approved productions. 40 hours of participation per half credit is required. Repeatable.
Prereq: Department approval.

133-209 PRACTICUM - THEATRE TOUR - .5-2 cr

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 credit of the practicum are expected. Repeatable. Offered each fall*.
Prereq: Audition and cast in role.

133-210 LABORATORY IN PLAYWRITING/THEATRE CRITICISM - 1-2 cr

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.

133-215 AUDITIONING - 3 cr

This is a lecture/laboratory course which offers training in resume preparation, in preparing for an audition, and in presenting audition material. Offered each fall*.
Prereq: 133-120 or consent of instructor.

133-220 ACTING: ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE - 3 cr

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 even-numbered falls*.
Prereq: 133-120 or consent of instructor.

133-242 STAGE MAKE-UP - 2 cr

Lecture-demonstrations and laboratory experience in the basic theories and techniques relative to the design and application of stage make-up. Offered each fall*.

133-251 INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL THEATRE - 4 cr

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: 133-100 or 133-110 or cons. inst.

133-252 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRICAL DESIGN - 3 cr

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: 133-251 or consent of instructor.

133-300/500 SUMMER THEATRE PRODUCTION - 1-6 cr

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 credits in degree.
Prereq: Audition or interview and consent of department.

133-301 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - ACTING - 2 cr

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 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of the department and completion of 200-level acting practicum for at least a half-credit.

133-302 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - STAGE MANAGER - 2 cr

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 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of department.

133-304 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - SCENERY - 2 cr

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 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of department.

133-305 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - LIGHTING - 2 cr

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 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of department.

133-306 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - COSTUMES - 2 cr

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 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of department.

133-307/507 THEATRE MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTION - 3 cr

A study of theory and practice in theatre management, including ticket office procedures, house management, publicity and promotion and the special problems in educational, community and professional theatre. Offered even-numbered springs*.
Prereq: 133-100 or 133-110 or cons instr.

133-308 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - SOUND - 2 cr

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 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of department.

133-309 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - THEATRE MANAGEMENT - 2 cr

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 semester. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of department.

133-312 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM-DIRECTING - 2 cr

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 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: 133-332 and 133-433 and consent of department.

133-320 ACTING: PROBLEMS OF STYLE - 3 cr

Theories and techniques of character analysis and of acting in several theatrical periods, e.g., Classical, Elizabethan and Restoration. Offered odd-numbered falls*.
Prereq: 133-120 or cons instr.

133-325/525 IMPROVISATIONAL DRAMA - 3 cr

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 even-numbered springs*.

133-328/528 VOCAL PRODUCTION AND STAGE SPEECH - 3 cr

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. Offered each spring*.
Prereq: 133-120 or consent of instructor.

133-230 MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR - 3 cr

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. Offered each spring*.
Prereq: 133-120 or consent of instructor.

133-332 DIRECTING I - 3 cr

Study and application of techniques useful in selection, interpretation and staging the play. Offered every fall*.
Prereq: 133-120 and 133-251 or consent of instructor.

133-343/543 THEATRICAL COSTUMING - 3 cr

A lecture/laboratory course to study and practice the basic principles of theatrical costuming, including the process of costuming a play and the fundamentals of pattern making and costume construction. Construction of a costume is required. Offered odd-numbered springs*.
Prereq: 133-251 or consent of instructor.

133-345/545 COSTUME HISTORY - 3 cr

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 odd-numbered falls*.
Prereq: 133-110 or consent of instructor.

133-346/546, 680-346/546 SURVEY OF MODERN DRAMA - 3 cr

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.
Unreq: 680-346/546.

133-354 TECHNICAL DIRECTION - 3 cr

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 even-numbered springs*.
Prereq: 133-251 or consent of instructor.

133-360 THEATRE OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT - 3 cr

A study of duties and requirements of theatre stage management, house management, ticket office management and supervision of theatre arts personnel in professional, educational and community environments. Offered odd-numbered falls*.
Prereq: 133-100 or 133-110 or consent of instructor.

133-369 MULTICULTURAL DRAMA OF THE UNITED STATES - Diversity - 3 cr

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: 680-102 and a 200 level English course or 133-346 or 133-471 or 133-472 or 133-478. Offered occasionally. Unreq: 680-369.

133-422 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA - 3 cr

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 odd-numbered springs*.
Prereq: 133-120 and 133-220 or 133-320 or consent of instructor.

133-433/633 DIRECTING II - 3 cr

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 even-numbered springs*.
Prereq: 133-332 or cons instr.

133-454 PERIOD DECOR AND SCENIC STYLES - 3 cr

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 even-numbered falls*.
Prereq: 133-100 or 133-110 or cons instr.

133-460/660 ADVANCED STAGE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - 3 cr

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 credits in major.
Prereq: 133-252.

133-471/671 HISTORY OF THE THEATRE THROUGH 1550 A.D. - 3 cr

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 even-numbered falls*.

133-472/672 THEATRE HISTORY AND DRAMA: 1550 TO 1830 - 3 cr

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 odd-numbered springs*.

133-478/678 CONTEMPORARY DRAMA - 3 cr

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 even-numbered springs*.

133-485 THEATRE CRITIQUE - 3 cr

A critical study of past and present principles for evaluating the theatre arts, emphasizing dramatic theory and criticism. Writing assignments include scholarly research, "think" pieces and dramatic criticism. This course satisfies the writing course required for graduation by majors in Theatre. Offered odd-numbered springs*.
Prereq: Jr st, and 6 credits in theatre history.

133-490/690 WORKSHOP - Repeatable - 1-6 cr

Offered on demand.

133-491 TRAVEL STUDY - Repeatable - 1-3 cr

Offered on demand.

133-492 FIELD STUDY - 1-6 cr

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.

133-493 INTERNSHIP IN THEATRE PRACTICE - 1-12 cr

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 credits in degree. Prereq: At least second-semester junior standing as a theatre major and the advance consent of the department.

133-494 SEMINAR - 1-6 cr

Repeatable. Offered on demand. Prereq: Junior standing and consent of department chairperson.

133-496/696 SPECIAL STUDY - 1-3 cr

Repeatable. Prereq: Junior standing and consent of department chairperson. Offered on demand.

133-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY - 1-3 cr

Repeatable. Prereq: Junior standing and consent of department chairperson. Offered on demand.

133-499/699 SENIOR PROJECT - 3 cr

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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