University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2013-14

Theatre

Major:

Minor:

A major in Theatre (THR), offered by the Department of Communication, provides a solid academic foundation plus the experience of working in a wide range of theatre productions, including mainstage productions in the Boll Theatre as well as experimental work in the Studio Theatre.

Theatre majors are required to audition for roles and participate in each mainstage production, for which they receive credit in THR 100 or THR 300.

A minor in theatre consists of twenty-one semester hours. Courses in dance are not included.

The Department of Communication also offers a concentration in Theatre (CTR).

Faculty

Jonathan A. Hess, Chairperson, Department of Communication
Darrell F. Anderson, Program Director
Professor Emeritus: Gilvary
Associate Professor: Anderson
Assistant Professor: Dunlevy
Lecturer: Beran, Evans

 

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre (thr) Minimum 124 Hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Liberal Studies Curriculum
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)11
Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)12

Major Requirements38
THR 105Intro to Theatre (Satisfies CAP Arts)3
THR 305Theatre Stagecraft3
or THR 307 Theatre Lighting
THR 310Acting I3
THR 325Thry&Crtcsm Stage: I3
or THR 326 Thry&Crtcsm stage:II
THR 330Concepts Scene Desgn3
THR 340Director-Theatre3
THR 415Hst of the Theatre I3
or THR 425 Hst of Theatre II
Select one from: (Satifies CAP Major Capstone)3
Prob Thr Prod&Design
Spec Prob Theatre
THR Laboratories 14
Theatre Lab
Theatre Lab
THR electives 210

Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least124

1

A minimum of four semester hours of THR 100 and/or THR 300 are required for the degree program.

2

THR electives may include no more than three additional hours of THR 100 and/or THR 300.

 

Minor in Theatre (thr)

Theatre
THR 105Intro to Theatre3
THR 415Hst of the Theatre I3
or THR 425 Hst of Theatre II
Select fifteen THR semester hours 115
Total Hours21

1

Nine semester hours must be at the 300/400 level. Elected coursework in dance within the minor is limited to one two-semester hour course. Coursework in THR 100 and/or THR 300 is limited to a maximum of three semester hours within the minor.

Courses

THR 100. Theatre Laboratory. 1-3 Hours

Credit allowance for role playing and/or play production in mainstage productions. Fifty hours of work minimum for one semester hour of credit. Repeatable up to three semester hours in first and second years. All registration retroactive. No advance registration.

THR 105. Introduction to Theatre. 3 Hours

Analysis of the nature of theatre, its origin and development from the standpoint of the play, the physical theatre, and its place in our culture. Required of all majors. Open to all University students.

THR 201. Basic Dance for the Performing Artist. 2-3 Hours

Beginning course in movement introducing the basic principles of dance and performance technique. Open to all University students.

THR 202. Stage Makeup. 2 Hours

The basic principles of the art and technique of makeup so that the student may use them in design and execution to develop and project the character. Open to all University students.

THR 203. Technical Production. 3 Hours

Introductory survey of scene design, construction, painting, and lighting. Current theory will be examined along with practical applications and techniques.

THR 206. Stage Management. 2 Hours

Study of methods and standards of stage management in the theatre. Emphasis on organizational and management practices common to most theatres. Development of skills in applying methods of stage management.

THR 251. Beginning Tap Dance. 2 Hours

Beginning course in the theory and practice of tap dance.

THR 261. Beginning Jazz Dance. 2-3 Hours

Beginning course in the theory and practice of jazz dance.

THR 271. Beginning Ballet. 2-3 Hours

Beginning course in the theory and practice of classical ballet technique.

THR 300. Theatre Laboratory. 1-3 Hours

The third and fourth-year level of credit allowance for role playing and/or play production. Requirements and registration same as for THR 100.

THR 301. Intermediate Dance for the Performing Artist. 2 Hours

Intermediate-level course in movement for students interested in further developing dance and performance technique. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

THR 303. Scene Painting. 3 Hours

Basic prinicples of color paint theory and materials. Investigation of various scene-painting techniques. One three-hour class meeting weekly. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

THR 305. Theatre Stagecraft. 3 Hours

Study and application of scene construction, rigging, backstage organization, production analysis, and technician-designer relationship.

THR 307. Theatre Lighting. 3 Hours

Study and application of lighting for the stage: instruments, controls, sources, elements of electricity, and lighting design for all types of theatres, as well as graphic representation.

THR 310. Acting I. 3 Hours

The study and practice of basic techniques in rehearsal and performance. Emphasis on self-analysis and self-awareness. Development of basic skills in vocal, emotional, and mental interpretation of character. Required of all theatre majors.

THR 312. Film & Television Acting. 3 Hours

The study and practice of basic techniques of acting for film and television. Emphasis on technical requirements of acting for the camera and the control of body and voice actors must exercise in these media. Prerequisite(s): THR 310.

THR 320. Movement & Voice for the Stage. 3 Hours

An integrated approach to the study of stage movement and voice production for the theatre.

THR 323. Acting II. 3 Hours

Further study and practice of techniques introduced in Acting I. Emphasis on interaction, ensemble, group processes, and scene study. Prerequisite(s): (THR 105, 310) or permission of department chairperson.

THR 325. Theory & Criticism of the Stage I. 3 Hours

Survey of representative plays from classical to neo-classical periods as a basis for theatrical production and dramatic criticism. THR 325 or 326 required of all THR majors. Prerequisite(s): THR 105.

THR 326. Theory & Criticism of the Stage II. 3 Hours

Continuation of THR 325 from romantic to modern periods. Prerequisite(s): THR 105.

THR 330. Concepts of Scene Design. 3 Hours

Studies in the principles of composition and aesthetic theory as applicable to scene design. Development of personal design approach to plays of various styles. Required of all theatre majors.

THR 340. The Director in the Theatre. 3 Hours

The basic functions of a director in the production of play: interpretation, composition, movement, characterization, rhythm, design concept, and actor training. Required of all theatre majors. Prerequisite(s): THR 105, THR 310, THR 330.

THR 344. Acting/Directing for Musical Theatre. 3 Hours

Study of performance and directing techniques for Musical Theatre.

THR 350. Theatre Styles. 3 Hours

Examination of the relationships among playwright, audience, actor, designer, and director in the development of major theatre styles of expression.

THR 351. Intermediate Jazz Dance. 2 Hours

Intermediate course in the theory and practice of tap dance.

THR 361. Intermediate Jazz Dance. 2 Hours

An intermediate course in the theory and practice of jazz dance and technique. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

THR 370. Topics in Theatre Study. 1-6 Hours

Study of special topics or themes in theatre performance and production. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

THR 371. Intermediate Ballet. 2 Hours

Intermediate course in the theory and practice of classical ballet technique. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

THR 414. Advanced Scene Design. 3 Hours

Individual development in scene design through intensive study in plays of various styles. Detailed representation of design ideas in rendering and models required. Prerequisite(s): THR 330; permission of department chairperson.

THR 415. History of the Theatre I. 3 Hours

History of theatre from pre-Grecian through Elizabethan; the physical theatre as reflection of and influence on civilization. (THR 415 or THR 425 required of all majors.).

THR 424. Play Directing. 3 Hours

Study of the evolution of the modern director. Emphasis is on script interpretation as a basis for the development and execution of the production concept. Prerequisite(s): THR 340.

THR 425. History of Theatre II. 3 Hours

Continuance of 415 from the Italian Renaissance to the modern theatre. (THR 415 or THR 425 required of all majors.).

THR 440. Problems in Theatre II. 3 Hours

Individual research and project work of student's selection under the direct supervision of faculty. (THR 440 or THR 485 or THR 490 required of all majors.) Repeatable up to twelve semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

THR 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

THR 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

THR 485. Theatre Seminar. 3-6 Hours

Concentration on one theatrical figure, genre period, or discipline for research and analysis. (THR 440 or THR 485 or THR 490 required of all majors.) Repeatable up to six semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

THR 490. Special Problems in Theatre. 3-5 Hours

Individual research and report on topic of student's choice in the field of theatre under direct supervision of faculty/staff. (THR 440 or THR 485 or THR 490 required of all majors.) Repeatable up to nine semester hours.

THR 498. Theatre Internship. 1-3 Hours

Theatre work experience with an approved organization. Student must be in good academic standing with at least twelve hours of theatre courses completed. Student may petition the head of the Theatre Program for a second internship if the second internship is at a different organization and the student can demonstrate that the second internship offers a unique and signifcant educational opportunity not available through the first internship. Permission. Grading Option Two only.