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Theatre Courses (THR)

Courses for Advanced Undergraduates & Graduate Students

500, 501, 502 Theatre History I, II, III (3:3), (3:3), (3:3)

GE Core: GLT for THR 500 and 501; GFA for THR 502

Specific conditions under which the great plays of the world have been produced. I: Origins to Renaissance; II: Early Modern to Realism; III: Modernism to Postmodernism.

503, 504 Period Styles in Performance Design I, II (3:3), (3:3)

Pr. admission to B.F.A./MFA design program; or permission of instructor.

Study of period style and how it is used in performance design. First semester: architecture, decor, and fashion from antiquity to Renaissance. Second semester: architecture, decor, and fashion from Renaissance to present.

505 American Theatre History (3:2:3)

Pr. junior standing, or permission of instructor

Development of Theatre in America from its beginnings to the present. Includes consideration of theatre artists and companies, audiences, performance spaces, production and business practices, plays, and playwrights. (Fall or Spring or Summer)

506 Non-Western Theatre and/or Film (3:2:3)

GE Marker: GN

May be repeated for up to six (6) semester hours, depending on course content.

Dramatic literature, theatre, and/or film in India, China, Japan, and Africa. Subject varies with instructor. (Fall or Spring or Summer)

510 Directing II (3:3)

Pr. two theatre courses and THR 201 and 460; or permission of instructor.

An intermediate directing course that involves the student in the theory and practice of contemporary plays. (Spring)

515 Drama in Education (3:2:2)

Pr. admission to appropriate degree program, or permission of instructor

Research and literature of drama strategies and techniques for children, ages 5 through 14. Practice in leading groups of children in drama in educational settings.

516 Puppetry (3:2:2)

Pr. admission to appropriate degree program, or permission of instructor

Scope and development of puppetry throughout the world. Practical experience in the design, making, and performing of puppets.

517 Theatre in Education (3:2:2)

Pr. admission to appropriate degree program, or permission of instructor

Research and literature of theatre-in-education pedagogy and methodology. Practice in facilitating theatre in education in the community.

521 Stage Violence (2:1:3)

Pr. THR 231 and 232

Intensive study and practice of the mechanics of stage violence. Designed for advanced performance studies students, the course focuses on safe performance techniques for violence in both period and contemporary texts. (Spring)

522 Stage Dialects (2:2)

Pr. THR 222 and 322

A study of selected dialects of English for performance, using methods current in the field. Course work will include understanding of dialect in cultural context and application to dramatic text. (Spring)

531 Acting V (3:1:4)

Pr. 331 and 332, and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Study and practice of the stylistic demands of the comedy of manners from the English Restoration through Noel Coward.

532 Period Acting I (3:1:4)

Pr. 331, 332, and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Study and practice of Shakespearean acting styles. Performance emphasizing manners, movement, and vocal delivery of the Elizabethan period.

534 Acting for the Camera (2:1:3)

Pr. admission to appropriate degree program, or permission of instructor

For advanced undergraduates and graduate students in Theatre.

An introductory examination and exploration of the technique of acting for the camera. Students will refine and adjust the way they work, but the core technique remains the same. (All)

535 Advanced Acting for the Camera (2:1:3)

Pr. THR 534

An advanced study of performance for the camera. Camera scene study will continue with added emphasis on clarity of intention and accuracy of repetition. (Alt)

539 Professional Theatre Audition Techniques (2:1:3)

Pr. THR 231 and 232

Audition theory, techniques, and practice for theatre, television, and films. (Fall & Spring)

540 Advanced Stagecrafts (3:2:3)

Pr. 140 and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Study of advanced scenic construction, property construction, and rigging techniques for the stage. Supervised laboratory work in wood, plastics, metal, and other materials.

541 Technical Direction (3:3)

Pr. 140 and 351 or 370; and junior, senior, or graduate standing; and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Theatrical technical direction with emphasis on organizational, managerial, and problem-solving duties and responsibilities. Lecture combined with practical projects.

542 Scene Painting I (3:1:4)

Pr. 140 and 351, and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Tools, materials, and techniques of scene painting.

543 Scene Painting II (3:1:4)

Pr. 140, 351, 542, and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in scene painting.

544 Computer Assisted Drafting (3:1:6)

Pr. 545, or IAR 111 and IAR 112; or ART 222; or equivalent technical drawing aptitude and admission to appropriate degree program.

Fundamental principles and application of 3-D design utilizing a DOS based drafting and design program.

545 Scene Drafting and Construction (3:3)

Pr. 351 and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in scene construction combined with the development of scene drafting skills and techniques. (Alt Years)

548 Stage Millinery and Accessories (3:1:4)

Pr. admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Historical millinery and accessories in relation to stage adaptation; design and construction techniques.

549 Historical Costume Pattern Drafting and Draping (3:1:6)

Pr. admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Historical pattern-making techniques for stage costumes; theory and practice in costume construction.

551 Advanced Scene Design (3:1:6)

Pr. 351 and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in scene design for single set productions in performance.

552 Multi-Set Design Techniques (3:1:6)

Pr. 351 and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in scene design for multi-set productions in performance.

560 Advanced Costume Design (3:2:3)

Pr. admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in costume design for performance.

570 Advanced Stage Lighting Design (3:2:3)

Pr. 370 and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in lighting design for performance.

575 Theatrical Sound Design and Technology (3:3)

Pr. 140 and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

An introduction to the theory, aesthetics, and technology of theatrical sound design.

581 Advanced Oral Interpretation (3:3)

Pr. 381 or graduate standing

Audiences, materials, and procedures of readers theatre. Practice in advanced principles of oral interpretation of literature.

584 Theatre Management (3:3)

Pr. drama major, and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

Theatre organization and operation. Practical problems of financing, promoting, and staffing various theatre programs.

586 Stage Management (1–2)

Pr. 140; or permission of instructor

May be repeated for a total of three credits.

The role of the stage manager. Supervised participation as a stage manager in the theatre production program.

587 Theatre Field Studies (1–3:3)

May be repeated for up to four (4) semester hours.

Guided off-campus study in the Theatre disciplines. Travel required. Site and topic will vary from semester to semester.

589 Exp Crs: Spirituality in African American Drama (3:3)

The course will examine the spiritual dynamics of the role of the black church and the African American playwright.

595 Directing Practicum (1:0:3)

Pr. 410 and admission to appropriate degree program; or permission of instructor.

May be repeated for a total of two semester hours.

Practice in directing the play; preparations of a 25-minute play or excerpt, and presentation in the Workshop Theatre.

596 Applied Theatre II (1–4:0:3–12)

Pr. admission to appropriate degree program, or permission of instructor

Intensive experience in one or more areas of theatre production.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate-level courses.