Theatre

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Minor:


A major in Theatre (THR), offered by the Department of Communication, provides an 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 300.

A minor in theatre consists of 21 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
Michelle Hayford, Program Director
Professor Emeritus: Gilvary
Associate Professor: Hayford
Assistant Professor: Dunlevy
Lecturers: Beran, Evans
 

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre (THR) minimum 124 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
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.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.


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 105Introduction to Theatre3
THR 307Light Design3
THR 310Acting I3
THR 330Set Design3
THR 424Directing3
THR 425History of Theatre II3
Select one from: (Satifies CAP Major Capstone)3
Special Topics
Independent Study
THR Laboratories 14
Theatre Laboratory
THR electives 213
Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least124
1

A minimum of four semester hours of THR 300 are required for the degree program.

2

THR electives may include no more than three additional hours of THR 300 .

Minor in Theatre (THR)

Theatre
THR 105Theatre Appreciation3
THR 415History of the Theatre I3
or THR 425 Theatre Theory & History
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.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501ENG 100 (CAP Writing Seminar)3
THR 1053HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities)3THR 3103
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities)3Language 1414
CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3MTH (CAP Mathematics)3
Language 1014 
 17 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3SSC 200 (satisifes CAP Social Science)3
THR 3303THR elective3
THR Elective3INSS (CAP Natural Science)4
INSS (CAP Natural Science)4General elective3
Language 201 or contextual course3General elective2
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THR 3001THR 3001
THR 3073THR 4243
THR elective3THR 4253
INSS (CAP Inquiry)3Adv HST3
Literature3Social Science3
Social Science3General elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THR 3001THR 3001
THR elective1THR 440 or 490 (Capstone)3
Adv PHL/REL (PEA/FT)3THR elective3
CAP Integrative3Adv PHL/REL (PEA/FT)3
Social Science3Diversity and Social Justice3
General elective3General elective1
 14 14
Total credit hours: 124

Courses

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 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 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 302. Stage Makeup. 2 Hours

An experiential course where students learn the basic principles of the art and technique of stage makeup so that they may use them in the design and execution of makeup applications. Open to all university students.

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 304. Movement for Everyone. 3 Hours

Movement course for non-dancers, athletes, and dancers alike, to learn the theories and practices of bodily awareness, movement, dance, and strength. This course will enhance students' embodied communication, expressive agility, strength and endurance, while providing an engagement with the arts and aesthetics.

THR 306. Stage Management. 3 Hours

Investigation of the techniques, communication methodology, resources, and practices for the stage manager. The course examines various activities performed by stage managers in musicals, plays, dance, and operas. Emphasis on organizational and management practices common to most theatres. Development of skills in applying methods of stage management. Prerequisite(s): THR 311, THR 308.

THR 307. Light Design. 3 Hours

A course in the art and practice of lighting design for the theatre. The course will include lighting equipment and control, elements of electricity, script analysis, design methodologies, additive and subtractive color theory, lighting for dance, musicals, plays and performance installations. Open to all university students. Prerequisite(s): THR 308, THR 311.

THR 308. Engineering for the Performing Arts. 3 Hours

Experiential course exploring the best practices and upcoming trends in the materials, methods, and procedures used in engineering scenic environments for the performing arts, through the integration of the technical Theatre and Engineering disciplines. This course will provide students with practical experience in working with performance technology industry partners through the testing of emergent performance technology for product development and the uses of this technology to help support arts education needs in our community. Open to all university students.

THR 309. Sound Design. 3 Hours

Study and application of designing sound for live theatrical productions. Through experiential learning, this course will cover the following principle areas: basic audio, theatrical recording techniques and equipment, musical and effects integration, theatre acoustics, designing sound, and sound reinforcement for live theatrical events. Open to all university students. Prerequisite(s): THR 308 and THR 311.

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 311. Design Concepts. 3 Hours

Survey of various backstage professional technical theatre positions in a theatrical production. Current theory is examined along with practical applications and techniques. Open to all university students. Prerequiste(s): THR 308.

THR 312. Acting for the Camera. 3 Hours

Study and practice of basic techniques of acting for the camera: multimedia platforms, 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 313. Social Justice & Dramatic Literature. 3 Hours

Survey of dramatic literature that engages issues pertaining to diversity and social justice. Survey may include domestic and global dramatic literatures that grapple with processes of identity, representation, and performing the “other.”.

THR 314. Costumes & Textiles. 3 Hours

Introduction to the process of costume and textile design for theatre. Open to all university students.

THR 316. Performance Company. 0 Hours

Weekly performance workshop. All Theatre, Dance, & Performance Technology majors and minors are required to attend. Workshops will be experiential, adapted to student interests/needs, and material to be covered will include a variety of topics in acting, applied theatre, dance, performance technology, and theatre studies. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Theatre majors and minors only.

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 322. Philosophy and Theatre/Dance: Performing Human Identity. 3 Hours

An interdisciplinary and advanced philosophy course with two components: 1) theoretical, focusing on the philosophy of dance or theatre and the philosophy of human identity, and 2) dance or theatre, where students will learn to use dance or theatre to express personal identity. Prerequisite(s): PHL 103.

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 330. Set Design. 3 Hours

Introduction to the art and practice of set design for the theatre. Study and projects will involve the development of conceptual approaches, research, sketches, script analysis, presentation techniques, and design for dance, musicals, plays and performance installations. Open to all university students. Prerequisite(s): THR 311, THR 308.

THR 341. Modern Dance. 2 Hours

Study of the theory and practice of modern dance and technique. All levels welcome. Open to all students.

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

Study of performance and directing techniques for Musical Theatre.

THR 345. Devising Performance. 3 Hours

Applied theatre laboratory in devising performance techniques via in-class exercises to develop original ensemble-created performance. Prerequiste(s): THR 310.

THR 350. Acting Styles. 3 Hours

Advanced study and exploration of acting fundamentals as they apply to various styles or specific historical periods. Study and practice of plays, manners, customs, voice, and movement could encompass Greek, Elizabethan, French Neoclassicism, Restoration, Realism, or Post Realistic genres, among many others. Open to all university students. Prerequisite(s): THR 310.

THR 351. Intermediate Tap Dance. 2 Hours

Intermediate course in the theory and practice of tap dance.

THR 352. Applied Theatre. 3 Hours

Introduction to the practical applications of theatre and prepares the theatre practitioner to create performance for social justice, and engage in applied theatre work according to the best practices in applied theatre ethics. This course is a survey of theorists, theater ensembles, and performers who represent and create with communities in various contexts. This course will also put theory into practice as the student will engage in various applied theatre practices in collaboration with community partners.

THR 354. Kinetic Forms. 3 Hours

Exploration of movement and visual performance of kinetic forms through the design, construction, and manipulation of puppets, kinetic sculpture, and masks. Open to all university students.

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. Special Topics. 1-3 Hours

Study of special topics or themes in theatre, performance technology, dance, and applied theatre. May be repeated as topics change.

THR 371. Intermediate Ballet. 2 Hours

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

THR 372. Dance & Physical Theatre Styles. 1-3 Hours

Special topics in dance and movement, varying between specific dance modes and movement practices drawn from physical theatre and dance modalities.

THR 380. Power, Gender & Performance. 3 Hours

Consideration of performances of identity and advocacy at the intersection of political power and gender as constructive responses to gender inequality. Performance protests for gender equality, and cultural performances of gender are examined in historical case studies and current events.

THR 417. Theatre in Education. 3 Hours

Theories and practices of educational drama and theatre as applied to content areas in the early, middle and secondary classroom. Attention given to the relationship of creative drama and applied theatre practices to speaking, thinking, writing, reading, history and other curricular subjects. Co-curricular and experiential immersion required.

THR 424. Directing. 3 Hours

Study of the evolution of the modern director. Script interpretation as a basis for the development and execution of the production concept, directing for devised works, and experiential learning with practical directing experience in class may be covered. Prerequisite(s): THR 310.

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 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 490. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours

Individual research and report on topic of student's choice in the field of theatre and performance under direct supervision of faculty/staff. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Program Director.

THR 498. Internship. 1-6 Hours

Theatre, dance, performance technology, or applied theatre work experience with an approved organization. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Program Director.

THR 499. Creating New Works. 3 Hours

Capstone course for all theatre, dance, and performance technology majors. Students will create an original work in an ensemble, taking on various roles of a creative team. The performance will be presented to the public, and documented for portfolio. Students will engage in professional development to prepare for entering various theatre, performance, dance, performance technology, entertainment, creative industry, and applied theatre fields.