THE 103. The Theatre Experience (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9) (LER-TXT)
Students will learn to recognize how meaning is constructed in the theatre. Play texts will be used as a jumping-off place to examine the literature of theatre-structure, form, genre, and style and how a play text is transformed into theatre through acting, design, and direction. The historical context of plays-performance conventions, architecture, and audience expectations will serve as a way of understanding contemporary theatre. The student's ability to decipher the ways and means of communication in the theatre will be demonstrated in written critiques of live performance. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.

THE 105. Effective Public Speaking (3 Cr.) 
Students learn to effectively compose, organize, and present a variety of speeches. Stress is placed on critical listening, effective vocal production, speaking persuasively and with authority, research, effective presentation technique and rhetoric. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Curry.

THE 120. Beginning Acting (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #8) (LER–ARC)
This course is an exploration of the actor's effective use of vocal, physical, intellectual, and emotional resources. Principles of character and text analysis, vocal production, movement for the stage, collaboration, and emotional openness are all studied. Includes in-class exercises, scene preparation, and performance. Advanced students may place above THE 120 with an audition and permission of the instructors. Four class hours.   Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Curry, Free.

THE 131. Community Performance for Peace, Conflict, and Dialogue (4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #8 and #10)
This course surveys the history, the theory, and the exemplar practitioners of community performance—synonymously called “theatre for social change” or “applied theatre.” Particular focus will be given to traditions that serve the goals of conflict resolution, popular education, activism, and community building. Through practical techniques, the course will demonstrate how performance structures can address community issues. This course is open to any students, actors and non-actors, interested in community arts and peace performance. Fall semester. Variable semesters. Department.

THE 140. Theatre Production (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #8 with THE 140L) (LER–ARC)
An introductory course in the ways and means of theatre production. The course will explore the basics of scene design and construction, lighting design and operation, property design and building, and other areas of stagecraft. The course also includes basic drafting elements specific to stage design. In rare cases, a student may place out of THE 140 after a portfolio review by the instructor. Corequisite: THE 140L. Spring semester. Campbell.

THE 140L. Theatre Production Laboratory (1 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #8 with THE 140)
Hands-on work complementary to the content from THE 140. Spring semesters.Campbell, Sykes and Shapanus.

THE 202. Existentialism: Philosophy and Theatre (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4)
Through the study of existentialist philosophers and playwrights, this course explores the relation of philosophy and theatre as the two human activities that enact the self-conscious reflection of the world. Using readings from philosophers-Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Marcel, Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Duras-and dramatists-Artaud, Pirandello, Brecht, and Beckett-we will bring theatre and philosophy together in their shared standpoint on the clearing/stage of a conscious place in which we can see the world and see ourselves reflected in the world. By discovering how philosophy and theatre both "enact reality," we will also discuss how both meaning in one's life and personal identity are created, how political identities are created, how political communities and social relations are constituted, and how humans "enact" being. Prerequisite: either sophomore standing, a 100-level philosophy course, or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2014-15 and alternate years. Rose.

THE 212. Maryland Shakespeare Intensive (3 Cr.) 
This course is a collaboration between the Maryland Shakespeare Company and Goucher College. Students will spend an intensive three-week training residency on campus with daily classes in Shakespeare scene work, voice and movement, and text analysis. Workshops and lectures on Shakespeare's life and times, stage combat, historic dance and others will be included. The course focuses on original practices: techniques, and methods employed by theatre companies in Shakespeare's day, especially emphasizing direct interaction with the audience. Instructors will include Goucher faculty and professional actor/teachers from the Maryland Shakespeare Company. The course culminates with a "Bare Bard" production of a Shakespeare play, in which the students will perform with the professional acting ensemble. Prerequisite: THE 120 or permission of the instructor. Summer. Curry.  

THE 214. Culture and Community: History/Literature (4 Cr.) 
This topics course offers students an in-depth look at the rich array of dramatic literature and theatre history from around the world. The course will explore a specific area of theatre history and/or dramatic literature such as 20th Century Theatre, US Theatre History, Comedy, Tragedy, etc. May be taken up to two times for credit with topic change. Prerequisite: THE 160 or permission of the instructor. Spring Semester. Free.

THE 218. Theatre for Social Change (4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #8)
This course will look at specific techniques designed to use theatre as a way of raising awareness about issues, explore practical solutions to those problems, and, in some cases, promote changes in legislation. Students will learn about best practices in the work of Augusto Boal (Forum Theatre), Anna Deveer Smith (theatre as journalism), Bertolt Brecht (political theatre), and others. Students will develop performance projects around social problems or political issues, and will perform to audiences in the community in non-traditional locations. Two class meetings per week, and community based learning component. Prerequisite: THE 103, THE 140, THE 120, or permission of instructor. Spring semester. Offered 2014 and alternating years. Curry.

THE 220. Advanced Acting Workshops (4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #8 and #9)
Each year the Advanced Acting Workshop looks at a different period of theatre production, Classical, Modern, and Contemporary. Students study the acting styles characteristic of each era along with the history, culture, literature and theatrical spaces that inform each style. Building on skills developed in Beginning Acting, students develop their physical, vocal, and emotional techniques to meet the particular aesthetic demands of each style. May be taken up to two times with different topics. Prerequisite: Beginning Acting or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Curry.

THE 228. Expressive Use of Voice and Movement (4 Cr.) 
Expansion of the performer's physical and vocal range. The course examines methods of interpreting dramatic text through voice and movement, studies the physiological and psychological components of speech and movement, and focuses on the connection between stage speech and stage movement. Six class hours per week. Prerequisite: THE 120. Spring semester. Offered 201-16 and alternate years. Free.

THE 231. Directing (4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #8 and #9) (LER-ARC)
  This course examines the theories, craft, and art of the stage director. Special attention is paid to the diverse concerns of the director, including visual composition, aural orchestration, dramatic text analysis, interpersonal relations, and the social and cultural influences on meaning in stage production. Students develop stage pieces from non-literary inspirations, and stage scenes from plays. The course will produce a piece in collaboration with THE 250. the Imaginative Thinking: Design for Performance course. Prerequisite: THE 120 or THE 220 or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2015-2016 and alternate years. Curry.

THE 232. Playwriting (3 Cr.) (LER-ARC)
An introduction to the creative possibilities of playwriting for the 21st century. While offering inspiration within a supportive workshop environment, this course provides students with the critical tools and basic concepts of playwriting through a series of writing exercises and script analysis techniques. Students will learn to create dramatic texts for a variety of forms, media, and venues, and to participate in a process of constructive critical response. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Eng.

THE 237. Workshop for New Play Development (4 Cr.) 
Building on the fundamental skills developed in THE 232, this course offers playwriting students the opportunity to continue their exploration of script analysis, play construction, and the development of the elements of drama at an advanced level. Building on the skills developed in THE 231, it also gives advanced directors the chance to work specifically on the challenge of directing new works in collaboration with the playwright. It is also an opportunity for students to gain insight into the dramaturgical process. Course includes studio staging of practice scenes and the development of a one act or full-length play for public performance. Prerequisite: THE 231 and/or THE 232. Spring semester. Eng.

THE 239. Writing for the Musical Stage (4 Cr.) 
A comprehensive course on the collaboration between the playwright and the composer. After studying some historical collaborations that have succeeded to bring great works to the musical stage, students will be formed into writing/composing teams to develop original works for the stage. Course culminates in a simple staging of the developed pieces. Prerequisite: THE 232, MUS 229, or permission of the instructor. Spring. Eng.

THE 250. Imaginative Thinking: Design for Perform (4 Cr.) 
Students will develop design concepts by rigorously practicing play script analysis, research, and creative experimentation. Students will articulate design concepts verbally through concept presentations, and visually through drafted renderings, model making, etc. Course topic will rotate between stage design, lighting design, costume design and other design areas. May be taken up to two times with change of topic. Prerequisite: THE 140 and 140L or permission of the instructor after portfolio review. Fall semester. Campbell.

THE 255. Method and Approach to Theatre Research (3 Cr.) 
All areas of theatre require strong research skills, whether from the perspective of the actor researching a role, or the designer studying an historical period, or the dramaturge uncovering the meaning in a dramatic text. Students in this course learn how to do effective research for the theatre: analyzing primary and secondary sources, finding credible and useful source materials, approaching research whether for scholarly or artistic production, uses of textual and non-textual materials, and the application of research for aesthetic purposes. The course draws on classic dramatic texts and theatrical traditions from the world canon, and considers how they have inspired and been adapted by modern practitioners.  Required of majors and minors; open to non-majors and non-minors. Prerequisite: Writing Proficiency at least through ENG 104.  Spring semester. Free.

THE 272Y.001. Intensive Course Abroad-French Theatre in Paris and Marseilles: Languages of Performance (6 or 8 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #3 and #8) (LER - ARC)
  This course is an experiential introduction to the dynamic world of the contemporary French theatre in Avignon, Marseille, and Paris. Students get to know each area through French theatre artists (amateurs, students, and professionals). Building on longstanding exchanges between these artists and Goucher students and faculty, the course furthers language skills in immersion environments such as home stay families, theatre workshops, and cooking classes. Experienced theatre students profit from direct engagement with French traditions of acting and staging, while beginners discover and develop skills such as vocal projection, stage presence, and characterization. For all students, theatre offers tools for developing conversational ease in French while plays and performances provide a window into contemporary French culture. The capstone project is a Goucher Theatre Department production presented as part of the Department's fall program. Each student's participation is based on the individual's skills and interests. Students may choose to perform an acting role, contribute to visual elements such as costumes or scenery, perform dance or music, participate as a producer/administrator, or pursue research relevant to the production. This 8-credit course (4 in French, 4 in theatre) includes a seven week component in the spring, a three-week program abroad in May/June, and a seven-week component in the fall. Seniors and others unable to participate in the fall may take only the spring and May/June components for 6 credits. Students with special permission from the instructors may take only the May/June and fall components for 6 credits. Spring/summer/fall semesters. Offered 2015 and alternate years. Free and Ingram.

THE 272Y.002. Intensive Course Abroad-Arts and Culture in West Africa (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #3)
program course; an international field experience; and a post program course on arts, culture, and history inWest Africa. The pre-program will examine the social, economic, political, and cultural issues of Ghana, Togo, and Benin—three African countries with rich cultural heritage and successful, vibrant contemporary societies. The international field experience in these countries will include workshops, lectures, stays with host families, and field trips. Upon return, the students will use skills and experiences acquired in West Africa to complete a research paper and service-learning component in the form of a lecture-demonstration for area elementary schools, presented during Black History Month. This is a yearlong course. Fall semester, January intersession, and spring semester. Bagchi.

THE 275. The Production Portfolio (2 Cr.) 
An opportunity for reflection, mentorship, and collaboration, this course brings together faculty and students involved in the Department's production season. Students develop collaboration skills, concept development and presentation skills, the ability to integrate the work of the varied artists involved in theatre making, and the ability to think critically about their own work. Each student will create a portfolio around the work they do on a theatre production that can be used as a means of reflection, assessment, and professional development. Theatre majors are required to take two semesters of the course. Non-majors can take the course up to two times for different projects. Prerequisite: THE 140, THE 220 or 228, THE 1XX, or permission of the instructors. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.

THE 280. Winter Workship Intensive (3 Cr.) 
This course offers students the opportunity to work intensively with a resident guest artist. For two or three weeks in January, students will work with a resident guest artist on a new project that will be produced and staged to be performed in the first weeks of the second semester. The specific guest artist and project will be announced in October of each year. Prerequisites: THE 1XX or permission of the department chair. Offered Winter. Department.

THE 290. Internship in Theatre (3-4 Cr.) 
Full- or part-time internships with professional production companies. Prerequisite: at least one course in theatre. Preliminary application and interview required. May be taken for a letter grade or pass/no pass.Department.

THE 380. Advanced Theatre Workshop (3 Cr.) 
This course builds on the portfolio work started in THE 275, The Production Portfolio. Advanced students, working closely with faculty mentors, develop advanced theatre projects, while honing their professional/academic portfolios. Students will compile writing, visual documentation, reflection, artifacts and critique from their current projects and their past achievements. Guest lecturers and planned excursions round out the experience. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of the instructors. Offered Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.

THE 390. Senior Project Workshop/Senior Project Production (4 Cr.) 
Each student majoring in theatre completes an intensive, integrated, collaborative senior project consisting of two parts. During the workshop held fall semester, senior theatre majors meet in a seminar to study and analyze a play for production and develop the production concept. In the spring semester, seniors produce that play for the main stage, each student acting in one role and filling a production position. THE 390 is required to complete writing proficiency in the major. Prerequisite: Senior theatre majors only or permission of the instructor. At least 1.5 prior semester hours of THE 299 are recommended. Ordinarily, THE 390 and THE 391 are taken in sequence. Fall semester (THE 390), spring semester (THE 391). Department.

THE 391. Senior Project Workshop/Senior Project Production (4 Cr.) 
Each student majoring in theatre completes an intensive, integrated, collaborative senior project consisting of two parts. During the workshop held fall semester, senior theatre majors meet in a seminar to study and analyze a play for production and develop the production concept. In the spring semester, seniors produce that play for the main stage, each student acting in one role and filling a production position. THE 390 is required to complete writing proficiency in the major. Prerequisite: Senior theatre majors only or permission of the instructor. At least 1.5 prior semester hours of THE 299 are recommended. Ordinarily, THE 390 and THE 391 are taken in sequence. Fall semester (THE 390), spring semester (THE 391). Department.

THE 400. Independent Work (1.5-4 Cr.) 
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