THE 103 - The Theatre Experience. (3 Cr.) (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 120 - Beginning Acting (3 Cr.) (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. Free, Curry.
THE 140 - Theatre Production (3 Cr.) (LER-ARC WITH THE 140L) 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.) (LER-ARC with THE 140) Hands-on work complementary to the content from THE 140. Spring semesters. Campbell, Sykes and Shapanus.
THE 214 - Culture and Community: Advanced Study in Theatre History and Dramatic Literature (4 Cr.) (LER TXT) 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 1XX or permission of the instructor. Spring Semester. Free
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 - Advanced 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 232. Spring semester. Eng.
THE 239 - Writing for the Musical Stage (3 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. Fall semester. Eng.
THE 250 - Imaginative Thinking: Design for Performance (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, repeated spring semester. Campbell.
THE 255 - Methods and Approaches to Theatre Research (4 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: finding credible and useful sources, approaching research whether for scholarly or artistic production, uses of textual and non-textual materials, and the application of research for aesthetic purposes. Required of majors and minors; open to non-majors and non-minors. Spring semester. Free.
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 Workshop 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