THE 103. Introduction to the Theatre (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9) (LER–TXT)
Students learn to recognize how meaning is constructed in the theatre. Play texts are 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. Eng and Department.

THE 105. Speech (3 Cr.) 
Students learn to effectively compose, organize, and present a variety of informative and persuasive speeches. Stress is placed on critical listening, vocal and nonverbal control, progressive outline development, credibility, and confidence in front of an audience. Four class hours. Fall semester, repeated spring semester.Curry and Department.

THE 120. Acting I (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #8) (LER–ARC)
Exploration of the actor’s vocal, physical, intellectual, and emotional resources. Principles of character analysis and projection. 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 explores 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. 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 200. 20th-Century Theatre (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9) (LER–TXT)
Style and substance of Western theatre of the last 100 years. Plays studied range from the revolutions of content and form initiated by Ibsen and Strindberg to the different concerns and manners of expression that have evolved since World War II. Fall semester. Offered 2013-14 and every three years. Free.

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 2013-14 and alternate years. Rose.

THE 204. World Theatre and Drama (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the rich array of theatrical and dramatic styles from around the world. The course will look at selected theatre production styles and dramatic literature from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas and includes film representations of theatrical performances, as well as live performances when available. Prerequisite: THE 103 or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2013-14 and every three years.Free.

THE 205. Workshop in Experimental Theatre (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #8)
A collaborative working experience for advanced actors, directors, designers, and playwrights. Students work together to create a theatre production without the benefit of a pre-existing dramatic text. Dramatic material is drawn from current events and social issues, from nondramatic literature or art, or from other sources. The course culminates in a public performance of the work in progress. Four class hours. Prerequisite: one 100-level arts course and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Variable years.Campbell.

THE 211. History of American Theatre and Drama (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9)
The evolution of the American stage and its indigenous drama, including the development of the American musical theatre, melodrama, African American drama, and the work of such theatres as the Provincetown Players and the Group Theatre. The course will also examine works outside the theatrical mainstream, including feminist theatre, American avant-garde, and gay theatre. This course explores the social and historical contexts that influence theatrical and dramatic styles. Fall semester. Offered 2016-17 and every three years. Free.

THE 212. Maryland Shakespeare Festival (3 Cr.) 
This course is a collaboration between the Maryland Shakespeare Festival 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 Festival. An additional $400.00 lab fee is due at the first class meeting. Contact Professor Michael Curry at michael.curry@goucher.edu for additional information. Prerequisite: THE 120 or permission of the instructor. Summer. Curry. After the three-week intensive, students have the option of going on tour across the state with the Maryland Shakespeare Festival Good Will Tour. Variable credits  

THE 218. Theatre for Social Change (4 Cr.) 
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 off campus 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 (3 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 Acting I, 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. Fall semester. 2013: Classical Traditions; 2014: Modern and contemporary non-Realism; 2015: Modern and contemporary Realism. Curry.

THE 228. Expressive Use of Voice and Movement (3 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 2013-14 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 241, the Stage Lighting course. Prerequisite: THE 120 or THE 220 or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2013-2014 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 every year. Spring semester 2013-14 and alternate years. Eng.

THE 238. Introduction to Dramaturgy (4 Cr.) (LER–TXT)
Introduces students to the theories of textual analysis and contextual research within the framework of theatrical performance. Students will investigate the history and methodologies of dramaturgy, and then apply the best practices of the profession to the study and production of contemporary plays. Because dramaturgy is a collaborative endeavor, students will participate in projects like a theatrical adaptation from a non-dramatic source, the creation of an interdisciplinary theatre event or a multi-media performance, among others. By course end, students will be able to support their theatrical interests with dramaturgical insights and to work collaboratively to create productions that reflect the culture and aesthetic diversity of the 21st century. Variable semesters. Eng.

THE 240. Scene Design (3 Cr.) 
The student will be able to develop design concepts by rigorously practicing play script analysis, research, and creative experimentation. The student will be able to communicate design concepts verbally in a concept statement and visually using standard graphic means including drafting, rendering and model-making. Prerequisite: THE 140 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: THE 240L. Fall semester. Offered 2014-15 and alternate years. Campbell.

THE 240L. CAD and 3D Modeling Techniques (1 Cr.) 
The student will learn the fundamentals of computer-assisted drafting (CAD) and gain proficiency in the program, (Vectorworks) by solving theatrical design challenges. 3D modeling techniques using drawings made with the program will be taught as well as protocols for drafting a light plot. This course is taken concurrently with THE 240. It is open to any student with the prerequisite and is recommended for students who have taken or are planning to take THE 241. Fall semester. Offered 2014-15 and alternate years. Campbell

THE 241. Stage Lighting (4 Cr.) 
Students will understand the potentialities of light in the theatre by exploring lighting equipment hands-on, collaborating with a director to create effective light cues for a studio performance, and by engaging in the design process, executing all of the steps necessary to prepare a lighting design proposal including a drafted light plot. Prerequisite: THE 140 or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2013-14 and alternate years. Campbell.

THE 242. Costume Design (3 Cr.) 
Methods and materials for effective stage costume design and construction. Emphasis will be placed on design concept, period research, and design realization for stage, dance, and television production. Lab hours as assigned. Prerequisite: THE 140 or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Offered 2013-14 and alternate years. Campbell.

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 2013 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 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 297. Dramaturgical Practicum (2 Cr.) 
Students gain hands-on experience developing dramaturgical work in departmental productions. Coursework includes readings, rehearsals, and written work as arranged with the instructor. Prerequisite: THE 103 and permission of the instructor. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.

THE 298. Performance Practicum I: Main stage (2 Cr.) 
Students may elect to receive two credits for participating in a theatre department main stage production or special projects production. Coursework includes readings, rehearsals, and written work as arranged with the instructor. Performance practicum may be taken once for a main stage production and once for a special project production, but neither may be repeated. Prerequisite: THE 103 permission of the instructor or THE 120 and permission of the instructor. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.

THE 298.002. Performance Practicum II: Special Projects (2 Cr.) 
Students may elect to receive two credits for participating in a theatre department main stage production or special projects production. Coursework includes readings, rehearsals, and written work as arranged with the instructor. Performance practicum may be taken once for a main stage production and once for a special project production, but neither may be repeated. Second seven-week sections require permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: THE 103 permission of the instructor or THE 120 and permission of the instructor. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.

THE 299. Stagecraft Practicum (2 Cr.) 
Students gain hands-on experience working in the chosen area for a main stage or special projects production. Projects may be completed in sound design, stage or lighting design, costume design, or multimedia design. Coursework includes readings, rehearsals, and written work as arranged with the instructor. Students may complete Stagecraft Practicums two times. Prerequisite: THE 140 and permission of instructor. Department.

THE 300. Seminar in World Theatre and Drama (3 Cr.) 
Intensive study of topics related to the vast canon of world theatre and drama. Topics may include theatre and education, Shakespeare on film, gender and theatre, comedy of manners, and dramaturgy and world drama. Prerequisite: one 200-level history, criticism, or literature course in theatre or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Free.

THE 332. Advanced Playwriting (3 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. Course includes studio staging of practice scenes and the development of a full-length play for public performance. Course meets concurrently with THE 232, but students registered at the 300 level will have more advanced requirements. Prerequisite: THE 232. Spring semester. Eng.

THE 350. Imaginative Thinking: Design for Performance (3 Cr.) 
This class is designed to challenge and expand the designer’s understanding of visual possibilities while reinforcing graphic design skills. Training and experimentation will be supported by theoretical reading and an examination of theatre artists around the world. Students will also gain awareness through open critique and written responses to work. Prerequisites: THE 140; THE 140L; and one of THE 240, THE 241, or THE 242. Offered variable semesters. Campbell.

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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