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Theatre

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 consent of instructor. Offered Fall '12, Spring '13, Fall '13, Fall '14*.

THEATRE 200 THEATRE ACTIVITIES
Repeatable GA
1-2 u

Recommended for the student who has a vocational 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. Repeat enrollments will be in other interest areas.

Prereq:GENED 110 or THEATRE 100 or THEATRE 110.

THEATRE 201 PRACTICUM - ACTING
Repeatable
.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.

Prereq:Audition and cast in role.

THEATRE 202 PRACTICUM - DIRECTING
Repeatable
.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.

Prereq:Department approval.

THEATRE 203 PRACTICUM - SOUND
Repeatable
.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. .

Prereq:Department approval.

THEATRE 204 PRACTICUM - STAGECRAFT
Repeatable
.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.

Prereq:Department approval for some sections.

THEATRE 205 PRACTICUM - LIGHTING
Repeatable
.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.

Prereq:Departmental approval for some sections.

THEATRE 206 PRACTICUM - COSTUMING
Repeatable
.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.

Prereq:Department approval for some sections.

THEATRE 207 PRACTICUM - THEATRE MANAGEMENT/PUBLICITY
Repeatable
.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.

Prereq:Department approval.

THEATRE 208 PRACTICUM - MAKE-UP
Repeatable
.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.

Prereq:Department approval.

THEATRE 209 PRACTICUM - THEATRE TOUR
Repeatable
.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. Offered each fall*.

Prereq:Audition and cast in role.

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 Spring '13, Fall '14*. 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 '12, Fall 14*.

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 each spring.

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 Fall '13, Spring '15*.

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 each fall.

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 110 or consent of instructor.

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 '13, Spring '15*.

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

.5-2 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

.5-2 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

.5-2 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

.5-2 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

.5-2 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

.5-2 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

.5-2 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 310 PRACTICUM - DEVELOPMENT

1-2 u

Participation in College of Arts and Communication development initiatives, including creating written materials, organizing special events and assisting in cultivation and stewardship activities. Repeatable once for a maximum of 4 units.

Prereq:ACINDP 200 and consent of instructor or THEATRE 309 and consent of instructor.

Unreq: ACINDP 310

THEATRE 312 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM - DIRECTING

.5-2 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 '13, Fall '15*.

Prereq: THEATRE 120 or consent of instructor.

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 '14, Spring '16*.

THEATRE 328 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 Fall '13, Spring '15.

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 '12, Spring '13, Fall ''13, Fall '14, Spring '15*.

Prereq: THEATRE 120 and THEATRE 251 or consent of instructor.

THEATRE 343 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 '13, Spring '15*.

Prereq: THEATRE 251 or consent of instructor.

THEATRE 345 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 '13, Fall '15*.

Prereq:THEATRE 110 or consent of instructor.

THEATRE 346 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 '13, Fall '15.

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 '14, Spring '16*.

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 during 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 during even-numbered spring terms. (web version offered every fall)

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 during even-numbered fall terms. (web version offered every spring)

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. Offered during odd-numbered spring terms.

Prereq:Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.

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. Offered occasionally.

Prereq:ENGLISH 102 and a 200 level English course or THEATRE 346 or THEATRE 471 or THEATRE 472 or THEATRE 478.

Unreq: ENGLISH 369.

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 '13, Spring '15*.

Prereq:THEATRE 120 and THEATRE 220 or THEATRE 320 or consent of instructor.

THEATRE 433 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 '14, Spring '16*.

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 '12, Fall '14*.

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 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 '12, Fall '14*.

THEATRE 472 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 '13, Spring '15*.

THEATRE 478 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 '14, Spring '16*.

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
Repeatable
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.

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
Repeatable
1-6 u

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

THEATRE 496/696 SPECIAL STUDY
Repeatable
1-3 u

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

THEATRE 497 EXCHANGE STUDY
Repeatable
1-12 u

THEATRE 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Repeatable
1-3 u

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

THEATRE 499/699 SENIOR PROJECT
Repeatable
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.

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.

Dance

DANCE 110 DANCE APPRECIATION
GA
2 u

Dance is studied as an art form through the investigation of dance history, technique, and the aesthetic choices of choreography. Lecture format is enhanced by slide, film and live presentation. Offered each spring*.

DANCE 141 CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE I
Repeatable GA
2 u

A study of basic dance movement through exploration, analysis and identification of the principles of Contemporary Dance as an art form. A participation course, utilizing problem-solving and creativity in movement.

DANCE 145 BALLET I
GA
2 u

The Beginning Ballet course will provide instruction in the basic movements upon which all movements in ballet are built. Posture and alignment are stressed as well as foot articulation and proper use of turn-out. The class incorporates barre work, center combinations and locomotor movements across the floor. Students will also be taught the French terminology for movements learned. Offered each term*. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in degree.

DANCE 155 TAP DANCE I
Repeatable
2 u

Tap Dance I is a studio experiential class in beginning tap dance technique. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with basic tap movements that would be viable for use in Musical Theatre. .

DANCE 200 PRACTICUM - DANCE PERFORMANCE
Repeatable
1 u

A course designed to allow students who are interested in dance as an art form to participate as performers-choreographers in a contemporary dance concert. A student is expected to spend a minimum of 100 hours per unit in rehearsing and performing at times specified by the instructor. Offered every fall, students must be available to continue in spring.

Prereq: Audition and consent of instructor.

DANCE 243 IMPROVISATION/SOUND
GA
2 u

The creation of dance movement through the exploration and experimentation of a variety of stimuli as sources for movement experiences. Repeatable three times for a total of 6 units in the degree. Offered Spring '13, Fall '14*.

DANCE 244 CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUES II

2 u

Further study of dance techniques on the intermediate level. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 8 units in degree. Offered each fall*.

Prereq: DANCE 141 or consent of instructor.

DANCE 246 BALLET II

2 u

Continuation of basic concepts learned in Ballet I with emphasis on more complex skills and combinations. Repeatable four times for a total of 8 units in the degree. Offered each spring*.

Prereq: It is highly recommended that the student have at least 2 years of ballet training or 2 semesters of DANCE 145.

DANCE 255 TAP DANCE II

2 u

Tap Dance II is a studio experiential class in intermediate tap dance technique. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with continuing tap movements that would be viable for use in Musical Theatre. Offered occasionally, repeatable.

DANCE 320 COMPOSITION I (Solo)

3 u

Composition I (Solo) is a course which presents basic material on the craft of creating solo dances. Students will be given structural problems to solve by creating original movement. The use of musical accompaniment and props in choreography will be explored. Videotapes and films of professional choreography will be viewed for discussion and students will be introduced to the use of costumes, lighting, and sets for dance. Offered Spring '12, Fall '13 Spring '15. Repeatable three times for a total of 9 units in the degree.

Prereq:DANCE 243.

DANCE 330 PERFORMANCE ART
Repeatable
3 u

Performance Art is an avant-garde form of live art performance. In this course students will learn about the historical predecessors of Performance Art, be exposed to contemporary work through reviews, articles and videotapes, and create their own solo and group work to culminate in a public performance. Offered occasionally.

DANCE 346 BALLET III

2 u

A participation course designed for the advanced level ballet student. Complex combinations and techniques such as multiple turns and beats as well as anatomical considerations will be studied. Repeatable four times for a total of 8 units in the degree. Offered each fall*.

Prereq: It is highly recommended that the student have at least 4 years of ballet training or have completed DANCE 246.

DANCE 348 CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUES III

3 u

Learning the kinesthetic way of moving the body and performing more complex technique and style in longer movement phrases appropriate for advanced level technique. Class meets two times per week. An additional hour is spent outside of classroom in individual physical conditioning. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 12 credits in degree. Offered each spring.

Prereq: DANCE 244 or consent of instructor.

DANCE 420 DANCE COMPOSITION II (GROUP)

3 u

A continuation of the elements of choreography concentrating on form with more complex approaches and depth of movement themes for duet, trio and group. Offered Fall '12, Spring '14, Fall '15*. Repeatable three times for a total of 9 units in the degree.

Prereq: DANCE 320.

DANCE 496 SPECIAL STUDIES
Repeatable
1-3 u

A course which is not regularly included in the curriculum but which is offered from time to time on topics in Dance as an art form, selected on the basis of need, interest or timeliness. It also permits the student to work on the main stage production of Theatre/Dance that requires extensive choreography. Offered on demand.

Prereq: Junior standing and consent of the Theatre/Dance Department.

DANCE 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN DANCE
Repeatable
1-3 u

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

DANCE 499 DANCE PRODUCTION PROJECT

1-3 u

Choreographing and staging a full length dance concert or its equivalent or choreographing for mainstage productions such as the annual department dance concert or a musical where choreography plays a major role. All choreographic pieces for public performance will be under the supervision of a dance faculty. Repeatable three times for a maximum of 6 units in degree. Offered on demand.

Prereq:DANCE 200 and DANCE 420 and junior standing.



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