Current Courses

Courses of Study for Spring 2013

Course No Title Credits Area Level
THR*101 Performance/Production Practicum 1.0 1
PreReq: Permission of the Theatre Department.
This course allows a student to earn credit for participating in a theatre project directed or supervised by a member of the Theatre Department faculty. The student’s involvement might be as an actor, playwright, designer, stage manager, running crew or other technician, publicist, box office manager or staff, or in another approved manner. The Department strives to offer opportunities to work on productions in a wide variety of styles and genres. In addition to fulfilling production duties, Practicum students participate in discussions regarding the theater-making process and the nature of collaboration and are expected to complete reading and analytical writing related to the project. This course may only be added during Add/Drop period each term. Triad requirements: Partially satisfies Artistic Expression
THR*102 Performance/Production Practicum 2.0 1
PreReq: Permission of the Theatre Department.
This course allows a student to earn credit for participating in a theatre project directed or supervised by a member of the Theatre Department faculty. The student’s involvement might be as an actor, playwright, designer, stage manager, running crew or other technician, publicist, box office manager or staff, or in another approved manner. The Department strives to offer opportunities to work on productions in a wide variety of styles and genres. In addition to fulfilling production duties, Practicum students participate in discussions regarding the theater-making process and the nature of collaboration and are expected to complete reading and analytical writing related to the project. This course may only be added during Add/Drop period each term. Triad requirements: Partially satisfies Artistic Expression
THR*109 Introduction to Acting and Directing 4.0 Gen.Educ:Artistic Expression 1
This course introduces the related disciplines of acting and directing for the stage and is appropriate for students with varying degrees of theatre experience, including none at all. Daily physical and vocal work, exercises in concentration, awareness, simple action, and representation comprise the bulk of classroom instruction. Emphasis is placed on collaborative relationships and principles for fostering creative conditions in rehearsal as students work on contemporary scenes and monologues; they will be expected to spend significant time rehearsing together outside of class. When possible, the class culminates in a publicly performed collaboration with students from the Playwriting course. Attending some live performance events in the community is required. Triad requirements: Artistic Expression
THR*113 Technical Theatre 4.0 Gen.Educ:Artistic Expression
An introduction to several aspects of backstage work, this course includes set construction, working from scale drawings, scene painting techniques, prop construction, stage lighting, and stage sound equipment. Students learn how to safely use construction tools, lighting equipment, and stage rigging. Class work is divided between lecture, discussion, and hands-on demonstrations and projects. Triad requirements: Artistic Expression.
THR*116 History of Theatre 4.0 1
Theatre is a live, culturally embedded event occurring in time and involving all the senses; it includes space, light, sound, words (written and otherwise), actors, and spectators; we will examine these various elements as we study the development of theatre. We begin with a necessarily general look at the development of various types of performance in Asia, Africa, and Europe before focusing on late nineteenth and twentieth century theatre. Finally, we will discuss in depth theatrical developments primarily in the US, Europe, and Latin America, from the 1960s through the present.
THR*189 Modern Dance Technique 4.0 1
This course teaches basic concepts in modern dance technique. Students are introduced to basic theories of contact/release and fall/recovery. They develop relaxation techniques, control of center, alignment, balance, and flexibility, and they develop articulation of body parts with particular attention to the torso. Positions and sections of the body and transitions are explored. Foundation standing techniques are at the core of daily lessons. Dance elements (space, time, and energy or force) are explored and developed in class. The concepts of focus and performance are introduced. This course may be repeated once for credit using course number THR 190. Triad requirements: Artistic Expression

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