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Theatre (TH)

TH 100  Theatre Practicum  (0-1)  

This course is designed for both theatre majors and other students interested in performing onstage or working backstage to provide practical experience as a member of a theatre production crew. Students will have the opportunity to perform onstage, or serve as crew members, designers or directors, who may work in several technical or production areas, including stage management, costumes, set design and construction, lighting, sound, properties, house management, and publicity.

TH 101  Drama Classics on Video  (3)  

Introduction to the theatre through play reading and viewing of selected video tapes of staged plays that cover the work of theatre artists, production styles range from the Greeks to the American Musical theatre. Students who enroll in or have completed TH 301 are ineligible to enroll in TH 101.

(General Ed Creative Performing, General Ed Humanities. Critical and Creative Thinking.)  

TH 102  Introduction to Theatre  (3)  

Current views of theatre in society; theatre as art and ritual and its relationship to other fine arts, the nature of the theatrical metaphor and the aesthetic evaluation by the audience. Career opportunities associated with the art: professional, educational, community, and amateur.

(General Ed Creative Performing, General Ed Humanities. Critical and Creative Thinking.)  

TH 103  Voice, Diction & Interpretation  (3)  

Training the speaking voice; study of vocal mechanism, breathing, projection, articulation, enunciation; practical application of speaking principles in oral interpretation reading; projects.

(General Ed Creative Performing, General Ed Humanities. Communication.)  

TH 104  Theatre Movement Dance I  (3)  

Theatre Movement and Dance I is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of dance. Dance I is a beginner class. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: None.

TH 199  Special Topics in Theatre  (1-3)  

Newly developed course material offered for variety and expansion of the course curriculum.

TH 202  Acting I  (3)  

Movement, voice and improvisation exercises and activities. Introduction to basic acting principles and practice, developing focus and imagination.

(General Ed Creative Performing, General Ed Humanities. Communication.)  

TH 204  Theatre Movement Dance II  (3)  

Theatre Movement and Dance I is designed to further the development and understanding of the performers’ body and mind connection. Dance II is an intermediate class. Prerequisites: TH 104 or permission of the instructor

TH 206  Early Theatre History (Origins to 18th century)  (3)  

Play-reading in historical context. Study of elements of production, performance practice, and style which emerge representative of period. Periods: Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Elizabethan.

(General Ed Creative Performing, General Ed Humanities. Critical and Creative Thinking.)  

TH 207  Late Theatre History (18th century to contemporary)  (3)  

Play-reading in historical context. Study of elements of production, performance practice, and style which emerge representative of period. Periods: Restoration, French and Spanish Classicism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism. Students who enroll in or have completed EN 236 are ineligible to enroll in TH 207.

(General Ed Creative Performing, General Ed Humanities. Critical and Creative Thinking.)  

TH 208  Principles of Playwriting  (3)  

Practical writing lab. Analysis of established texts leads students to creation and development of dramatic monologues, short and one-act plays. Class will culminate in public readings and/or staging of original work.

TH 209  Musical Theatre Performance I  (3)  

Performance class; students practice fundamental performance techniques for musical theatre repertoire; fundamental analysis of song forms and acting objectives for solo and scene work from selected styles. Singing, movement and public performance required. Prerequisite: None.

TH 211  Stagecraft  (3)  

Lecture and laboratory exploration of the concepts of stage drafting, construction and painting. Crew assignment will be required.

TH 212  Acting II-Text/Scene Analysis  (3)  

This acting course focuses on the process of creating a character for the stage. The course includes text analysis, scene study and scene and monologue work.

TH 218  Acting & Directing Workshop I  (3)  

Practical experiences in acting and directing through analysis, preparation and performance of scenes and monologues, and other performance exercises. Focus: Realism and Serious Contemporary Drama. Prerequisite: None.

TH 300  Theatre Practicum  (0-1)  

This course is designed for both theatre majors and other students interested in performing onstage or working backstage to provide practical experience as a member of a theatre production crew. Students will have the opportunity to perform onstage, or serve as crew members, designers or directors, who may work in several technical or production areas, including stage management, costumes, set design and construction, lighting, sound, properties, house management, and publicity.

TH 301  Drama Classics on Video  (3)  

An introductory Theatre course which involves viewing performances and play reading. Production styles range from the Greeks to the American Musical theatre. This course carries a mutual exclusion with the following course; you may not enroll in TH 301 if you have completed TH 101 with a passing grade.

(General Ed Creative Performing, General Ed Humanities. Critical and Creative Thinking.)  

TH 303  Acting III  (3)  

Practical application of a method for text analysis and performance of Shakespeare and other presentational and verse forms through monologue and scene work. Prerequisite: TH 202 or consent.

TH 304  Theatre Movement Dance III  (3)  

Course is designed to continue to develop dance skills and techniques. Dance III includes jazz, modern, ballet and tap. Prerequisites: TH 204 or permission of the instructor.

TH 306  Contemporary Theatre  (3)  

Study of developments in playwriting, directing, and acting since WWII to the present with special emphasis on influences that have affected contemporary theatre and drama. Students who enroll in or have completed EN 336 are ineligible to enroll in TH 306/TH 606.

(General Ed Creative Performing, General Ed Humanities. Critical and Creative Thinking.)  

TH 307  Non-Western Drama  (3)  

Detailed examination of the drama and theatre of selected Non-Western theatrical forms. Special emphasis is placed upon the relationship of cultural elements to the theatrical event.

TH 308  Principles of Playwriting  (3)  

Practical writing lab. Analysis of established texts leads students to creation and development of dramatic monologues, short and one-act plays. Class will culminate in public readings and/or staging of original work.

TH 309  Musical Theatre II  (3)  

Performance Class; students practice intermediate performance techniques for musical theatre repertoire; analysis of form, style, acting and movement for solo, scene and ensemble work from multiple styles. Singing, movement and public performance required. Prerequisites TH 210 or permission.

TH 311  Stagecraft  (3)  

Lecture and laboratory exploration of the concepts of stage drafting, construction and painting. Crew assignment will be required.

TH 313  Introduction to Children's Theatre  (3)  

Study of theatre production for children and youth. Investigation into the Children’s Theatre repertory with special emphasis on playwriting. Development of a philosophy of theatre for children and youth.

TH 314  Children's Theatre Tour  (3)  

Touring area schools as a performer or stage manager throughout a given semester. Preparation, rehearsal and performance of play chosen for a specific age group. Prerequisite: TH 202, TH 313 or consent.

TH 315  Set and Prop Construction  (3)  

This course will focus on scenic and prop construction. Prerequisite: None.

TH 316  Costume Construction  (3)  

Costume Construction will teach students how to make costumes and costume accessories. Prerequisite: None.

TH 317  Lighting and Sound  (3)  

Light and Sound Production will teach students how to read a light plot, hang/focus lights, write cues and run a light board. Additionally, students will learn how to record and edit sound for theatre productions. Prerequisite: None.

TH 318  Acting & Directing Workshop II  (3)  

Practical experiences in acting and directing through analysis, preparation and performance of scenes and monologues, and other performance exercises. Focus: Realism, Experimental and Contemporary Comedy. Prerequisite: TH 218 - Acting and Directing Workshop I or consent of instructor

TH 319  Stage Makeup  (3)  

A practical guide to the theory and practice of theatrical makeup. Students will become familiar with the traditional and color theory approaches to makeup. Various conceptual and technical problems will be studied and solved.

TH 320  Acting II  (3)  

Advanced acting course continuing development of skills acquired from Acting I. Emphasis on styles and methods of analysis, interpretation, and portrayal of characters from selected plays, (contemporary to historical period): Prerequisite: TH 202 or instructor permission

TH 333  Digital Painting and Drawing  (3)  

AR327 is designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills necessary to create digital paintings and drawings using a range of visual art media related to digital processes, including AR/VR and 3D virtual painting. Emphasis of the course is focused on the student.

TH 359  Methods of Teaching Speech and Drama  (3)  

The study and application of teaching strategies for secondary education certification in speech. Prerequisites: Advisor approval and formal admission to teacher education.

TH 399  Special Topics/Theatre  (0-3)  

Newly developed course material offered for variety and expansion of the course curriculum.

TH 401  Analysis and Directing  (3)  

Students practice analytical skills and apply directing concepts and skills to stage a scene or short play. Prerequisites:TH 202 and TH 211 (Acting I and Stagecraft) or Instructor permission.

TH 406  History - American Musical  (3)  

Examines major cultural, artistic, historical, economic and social influences surrounding the creation, performance and reception of the American Musical. Prerequisites: TH 101 or TH 102 or TH 301, or permission of the instructor.

TH 407  Drama Theory & Criticism  (3)  

Study of general principles of Western literary theory and the methods, aims, functions and characteristics of Drama as an art form, derived from and/or illustrated by examples in criticism and reviewing.

TH 408  Advanced Playwriting  (3)  

Practical writing lab for the development of full-length texts. Advanced critique and rewriting techniques will be employed to assist in script development. Prerequisite: TH 208 or TH 308 or consent.

TH 409  Musical Theatre Performance II  (3)  

Performance Class: Students practice advanced performance techniques for musical theatre repertoire; analysis of form, style, acting, movement for solo, scene and ensemble work from varied styles. Singing, movement and public performance required. Prerequisite: TH 310 or permission of the instructor.

TH 415  Experimental Theatre  (3)  

Practical introduction and practice in performance theory, collective creation and conceptualization. Creation of theatre piece from existent or original sources.

TH 416  Special Theatre Projects  (1-3)  

Majors must complete a faculty mentored project. Specifically developed projects or internships (1-3) in acting, directing, playwriting, design, public relations, and theatre management.

TH 606  Contemporary Theatre  (3)  

Study of developments and playwriting, directing, and acting since WW II to the present with special emphasis on influences that have affected contemporary theatre and drama. Students who enroll in or have completed EN336/636 are ineligible to enroll in TH 306/606. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

TH 607  Non-Western Drama  (3)  

Detailed examination of the drama and theatre of selected Non-Western theatrical forms. Special emphasis is placed upon the relationship of cultural elements to the theatrical event. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.