Theatre

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University of Dayton’s Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program provides a liberal arts tradition, creating performance with purpose through interdisciplinary discovery. We engage talent in the service of community, leading through the arts to problem-solve. 

The theatre is where we discover who we are, affirm our values, aspire to be better, and seek solutions. It's where we play "what if?" in the face of "who cares?" It's where we engage in collaborative, creative inquiry that reminds us what it is to be human, to be flawed, to be transformed. The theatre is the site of embodied democracy, where entertainment entertains emergent ideas - because we all have stories to tell.

The University's program provides the option of four theoretical and practical concentrations: acting, performance, technology, dance, and applied theatre - all informed by a Marianist tradition of community engagement and social justice. The minor is 15 credits and the Department of Communication also offers a concentration in theatre.  With co-curricular, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning at the heart of the curriculum, performers and technicians learn by doing, serving and creating. They develop their character, find their light and lead. 


Faculty

Joseph M. Valenzano, III, Chairperson, Department of Communication
Michelle Hayford, Program Director
Professor Emeritus: Anderson, Gilvary
Associate Professor: Hayford
Assistant Professor: Dunlevy
Lecturers: Beran, Evans, Yorke

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology (TDP) 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 Requirements36
THR 105Theatre Appreciation (Satisfies CAP Arts)3
THR 250Creative Arts for Social Justice3
or VAR 250 Diversity in Creative & Performing Arts
THR 304Movement for Everyone3
THR 308Engineering for the Performing Arts3
or EGR 308 Engineering for the Performing Arts
THR 310Acting for Everyone3
THR 316Performance Company 10
THR 425Theatre Theory & History3
THR 499Creating New Works3
Select one concentration:
Acting (ACT)
THR 320Voice & Movement3
THR 323Ensemble Acting3
THR 345Devising Performance3
Select 6 semester hours from: 26
Performance Practicum
Acting for the Camera
Musical & Opera Workshop 3
Ensembles
Acting Styles
Kinetic Forms
Dance & Physical Theatre Styles
Directing
Applied Theatre (APT)
THR 345Devising Performance3
THR 352Applied Theatre3
Select 9 semester hours from: 29
Performance Practicum
Social Justice & Dramatic Literature
Costumes & Textiles
Philosophy and Theatre/Dance: Performing Human Identity
Philosophy and Theatre/Dance: Performing Human Identity
Kinetic Forms
Power, Gender & Performance
Power, Gender & Performance
Theatre in Education
Theatre in Education
Directing
Dance (DNC)
THR 322Philosophy and Theatre/Dance: Performing Human Identity3
or PHL 322 Philosophy and Theatre/Dance: Performing Human Identity
THR 341Modern Dance2
THR 345Devising Performance3
THR 361Jazz Dance1
THR 371Ballet2
Select 4 semester hours from: 24
Eurhythmics
Performance Practicum
Voice & Movement
Ensemble Acting
Musical & Opera Workshop 3
Ensembles
Kinetic Forms
Dance & Physical Theatre Styles
Directing
Performance Technology (PFT)
THR 311Design Concepts3
Select 6 semester hours from Stage Management & Design:6
Stage Management
Light Design
Sound Design
Set Design
Select 6 semester hours from: 2, 46
Performance Practicum
Stage Makeup
Scenic Painting
Costumes & Textiles
Devising Performance
Kinetic Forms
Directing
Theatre Studies (TST)
Select 15 semester hours from THR, including cross listed courses.15
Course selection requires advisor and program director approval.
Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least 124
1

Seven semesters of the 0 credit THR 316 are required for THR majors to build community and provide professional development opportunities.

2

  May include THR 370, THR 490, and THR 498 with permission of program director.

3

 MUS 390 must be the Opera Workshop section.

4

 May also select from two courses not already taken from Stage Management & Design listing.

Minor in Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology (TDP)

Theatre, Dance & Performance Technology
THR 105Theatre Appreciation3
THR 316Performance Company 10
Select an additional 12 credits from any THR course12
Total Hours15
1

Two semesters of THR 316 are required.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3THR 3103
THR 105 (CAP Arts / Creative and Performing)3THR 3160
CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3MTH (CAP Mathematics)3
Language 1014Language 1414
 17 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3
THR 308 or EGR 308 (CAP Integrative)3THR 250 or VAR 250 (CAP Diversity & Social Justice)3
THR 3160THR 3043
Social Science - intro level3THR 3160
INSS (CAP Natural Science w/lab)4INSS (CAP Natural Science w/lab)4
Language 201 or contextual course3General elective2
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THR 3160THR 3160
THR 425 (CAP Advance History)3THR Concentration/elective3
THR Concentration/elective3CAP Faith Traditions3
INSS Natural Science3CAP Practical Ethical Action3
Literature3Social Science - 300/400 level3
Social Science - elective3General elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THR 3160THR 3160
THR Concentration/elective3THR 499 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
THR Concentration/elective3THR Concentration/elective3
CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3
CAP Inquiry3General elective3
General elective3General elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 124

Courses

THR 105. Theatre Appreciation. 3 Hours

Experiential and co-curricular course designed to engage students and create an appreciation for and understanding of live theatre and performance through attendance at selected performances on the campus and in the community. Open to all University students.

THR 250. Diversity in Creative & Performing Arts. 3 Hours

This course serves to introduce students to the interdisciplinary fields of visual and performing arts through a critical multicultural and social justice lens that foregrounds the appreciation of diversity and enables the expansion of personal cultural competencies. This Integrative and Diversity and Social Justice CAP course will also engage students in creating performance and/or art in response to diversity and social justice issues.

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. Performance Practicum. 1-3 Hours

Credit earned for faculty-supervised involvement in a mainstage production. Experiential credit may be earned in a variety of areas including acting, performance technology, dance, applied theatre, and theatre studies. Open to all university students, by permission of Director of Theatre Program. Audition may be required. Enrollment by permission of Director of Theatre Program.

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. Scenic Painting. 3 Hours

Exploration through experiential learning of the tools, techniques and terminology used in the craft of scenic painting. The student will learn fundamental and advanced scenic painting techniques with additional emphasis on faux painting techniques and trompe’l oeil painting. Open to all university students.

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 for Everyone. 3 Hours

Study of the fundamentals of acting and how to apply them to real life situations to enhance communication skills and career preparation in all major fields of study; previous acting experience is not a pre-requisite. Open to all university students.

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. Prerequisite(s): THR 308 or by permission of the Program Director.

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. Voice & Movement. 3 Hours

Study of voice and movement for the performer, using an integrated approach. Prerequisite(s): THR 310 or by permission of Program Director.

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/or human flourishing, and 2) dance or theatre, where students will learn to use dance or theatre to express human identity. Repeatable for extra credit as topics change up to 6 semester hours. Prerequisite(s): PHL 103 or ASI 120 or equivalent.

THR 323. Ensemble Acting. 3 Hours

Further study and practice of techniques introduced in Acting for Everyone. An emphasis on interaction, ensemble, group processes, and scene study. Open to all university students. Prerequisite(s): THR 310 or by permission of the Program Director.

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. Musical & Opera Workshop. 1 Hour

An experiential course where students rehearse and perform in a mainstage musical or opera production. Audition required. Open to all students. Fall only. Corequisite(s): MUS 390; additional rehearsals to prepare for production.

THR 345. Devising Performance. 3 Hours

Applied theatre laboratory in devising performance techniques via in-class exercises to develop original ensemble-created performance. Prerequisite(s): THR 310 or by permission of Program Director.

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. Jazz Dance. 1 Hour

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

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. Ballet. 2 Hours

Study of the theory and practice of classical ballet technique. All levels welcome. Open to all students.

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 the language arts. Attention given to the integration of creative drama and applied theatre practices to support speaking, thinking, writing, and reading. 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. Theatre Theory & History. 3 Hours

Seminar course that examines theatre and performance with texts that hybridize conventional theatre history and performance studies with emphases on international performance history and cultural studies/theories. This course considers historical, theoretical and play texts, in order to further the student's understanding of the application of theory to the practice and history of theatre. Plays are critically examined as primary sources informing theatrical historiography. Prerequisite(s): THR 105 & HST 103.

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 and communication/theatre (CTR) 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.