2010-11 Course Descriptions

THEA - Theatre
Department of Theatre (CAS)
 

THEA 101 The Transforming Artist: An Orientation to the Theatre Major (2-0-1), fall. Introduces theatre majors to departmental expectations and the vocation of theatre as a believer artist. Required of all entering theatre majors. Course open to theatre majors only and theatre minors by departmental approval. Prerequisite: Admissions to theatre program. 

THEA 137 Theatre Workshop: Technical (0-1-1),* fall, spring, summer. A practical course in technical aspects of dramatic production. The course may be repeated each semester for credit up to 10 hours. 

THEA 138 Theatre Workshop: Performance (0-1-1),* fall, spring, summer. For students cast in productions. The course may be repeated each semester for credit up to 10 hours. 

THEA 211 Private Voice for Musical Theatre (0-1-1), fall, spring. Private weekly instruction in proper vocal placement and singing technique for theatre majors pursing musical theatre track. May be repeated twice. Note: Students taking voice for the first time must have a placement interview with theatre department. 

THEA 220 Introduction to Theatre (3-0-3), fall, spring. Considers the nature of drama, history of theatre development, acting and directing, and stage production. May be used to satisfy University Requirements. 

THEA 221 Theatrical Choreography: Jazz (0-3-1), fall, odd years. A practical class for developing the performer's technique in jazz for the musical theatre. Students may choose to count one dance course (THEA 221, 222, 223 or 224) as an exercise activity credit. For theatre majors only. 

THEA 222 Theatrical Choreography: Ballet (0-3-1), spring, even years. A practical class for developing the performer's technique in ballet for the musical theatre. Students may choose to count one dance course (THEA 221, 222, 223 or 224) as an exercise activity credit. For theatre majors only. 

THEA 223 Theatrical Choreography: Tap (0-3-1), spring. A practical class for developing the performer's technique in tap dancing for the musical theatre. Students may choose to count one choreography course as an exercise activity credit. For theatre majors only. 

THEA 224 Theatrical Choreography: Modern (0-3-1), spring, even years. A practical class for developing the performer's technique in modern dance for the musical theatre. Students may choose to count one choreography course as an exercise activity credit. For theatre majors only. 

THEA 226 Beginning Acting (3-3-3), fall, spring. Basic training in acting choices, stage technique, and creating a character. Involves scene work and character analysis. Fall offering for majors only, includes laboratory. Laboratory graded and credited with course. Spring offering does not include laboratory and is open to all students. 

THEA 227 Introduction to Technical Theatre (3-0-3), fall. Analyzes technical problems of production, including construction, scene design, and lighting. Class includes laboratory. Lab included and graded with course. 

THEA 230 Fashion History (3-0-3), fall. A study of the evolution of clothing and fashion as a reflection of historical context in Western Civilization. 

THEA 250 Film Appreciation (2-2-3), fall, spring. A study of great motion pictures with emphasis on the role of the director in shaping the film. May be used to satisfy University Requirements. 

THEA 320 Voice and Diction for the Stage (3-0-3), spring. Voice and diction fundamentals, used to develop vocal resonance, projection, and articulation, and the natural connection of voice to action playing. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 226. 

THEA 321 Movement for the Stage (3-0-3), fall. Theory and application of movement, combat techniques, the Alexander technique, the elements of a physical regimen in order to develop physical coordination, flexibility, strength, spontaneity, and awareness of the body in presentational space. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 226. 

THEA 325 Intermediate Acting (3-0-3), fall. An application of the six steps, the basic object exercise, and other acting tools developed by Uta Hagen, toward producing a scene/character study based on a modern American play. Prerequisites: THEA 226. 

THEA 327 Improvisational Acting (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Improvisational training techniques explore the inner sources of spontaneous creation by exercising commitment and creative freedom in each moment of performance. Students will study improvisational theory and enact performance sessions designed to build spontaneous awareness. Prerequisite: THEA 226. 

THEA 330 Theatre Management (3-0-3), spring, odd years. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the fundamentals of running a professional or educational theatrical program (administration and budgeting, grant-writing, season selection, box office, house management, and marketing) as well as the practical and theoretical aspects of stage management for theatrical productions. Prerequisites: THEA 220 and 227. 

THEA 332 Costume Design (3-0-3), spring, even years. Costume designing from a production approach through design theory, figure drawing, and a study of fabric. Prerequisite: THEA 230. 

THEA 350 Acting in Period Styles (3-0-3), fall, even years. An approach to performing in a range of historic works through reorganization of basic acting methods. Scenes and monologues will draw from Greek, Roman, restoration, and 19th century plays. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 226. 

THEA 353 Stanislavski/Method Acting (3-0-3), summer. An exploration and practical application of method acting using exercises from Stanislavski, Stella Adler, and Robert Lewis. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 226 and 325. 

THEA 360 Musical Theatre Performance Workshop (3-0-3), spring, even years. Provides advanced training in the performance of musical theatre. Students learn techniques for singing, dancing and acting within the framework of musical scenes in a workshop atmosphere. This course cannot be taken concurrently with THEA 460. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 226. 

THEA 411 Private Voice for Musical Theatre (0-1-1), fall, spring. Private weekly instruction in proper vocal placement and singing technique for theatre majors pursing musical theatre track. May be repeated eight times. Note: Students taking voice for the first time must have a placement interview with theatre department. 

THEA 430 Advanced Costume Design (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Continued study of the role of the costume designer, conceptualizing designs with a focus on style and theatrical genre, rendering media and technique, and the production of resume and portfolio. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 332. 

THEA 454 Beginning Directing (3-0-3), fall. Basic principles governing play structures, choice, and casting are discussed. Requires student-directed scenes with lab. Laboratory graded and credited with course. For theatre majors only. Prerequisites: THEA 226 and 227. 

THEA 455 Advanced Acting (3-0-3), spring. Advanced techniques in acting Shakespeare using soliloquies, monologues and duet scenes. Resources from Royal Shakespeare Company Master Classes. For theatre majors only. Prerequisites: THEA 226 and 325. 

THEA 456 Auditioning (3-0-3), spring, odd years. To equip the advanced acting student with necessary information for a professional career. Includes resumes, photos, cold readings, monologues, and information regarding Equity, U/RTA, and film. For theatre majors only. Prerequisites: THEA 226 and 325. 

THEA 457 Playwriting (3-0-3), spring, even years. A basic method of developing a playscript with critiques and readings by actors. Includes workshop by professional playwright. Same as ENGL 324. 

THEA 460 Musical Theatre Directing Workshop (3-0-3), spring, even years. Provides advanced training in the direction of musical theatre. With guidance from the instructors, students will direct peers in multiple workshop musical scenes, applying techniques of staging, analysis, and prompting with a musical theatre knowledge base. This course cannot be taken concurrently with THEA 360. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 454. 

THEA 461 Children's Theatre (3-0-3), fall, even years. An overview of children's theatre: understanding the literature, acting techniques, design concepts, and the production presentation. 

THEA 463 Educational Theatre (3-0-3), spring, even years. Prepares students to teach high school theatre. Emphasizes classroom theatre activities and curriculum, mounting a production, and managing a theatre program. Prerequisites: junior standing and 9 hours of theatre courses. 

THEA 466 Scene Design (3-0-3), spring, odd years. The theory of scene design and its relation to the director, actor, and other elements of production. Prerequisite: THEA 227. 

THEA 467 Theatre Lighting (3-0-3), spring, even years. A historical survey of lighting and its effect on designing, directing, and acting. Prerequisite: THEA 227. 

THEA 469 Stage Makeup (3-0-3), spring. Practical application of all processes and types of stage makeup. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 226. 

THEA 470 Advanced Directing (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Principles of directing various styles and periods focusing on the ability of the director to bring a creative viewpoint to bear on the work. Requires student-directed scenes with lab. Laboratory is graded and credited with course. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 454. 

THEA 480 Arts and Culture: A Christian Aesthetic (3-0-3), spring. The arts from a Christian viewpoint as both practitioner and audience/patron, applying biblically based strategies to assess, enjoy, and participate in the forms of art prevalent in the culture while remaining faithful to the call of Christ. Theatre Department Capstone course. Same as BIBM 480. 

THEA 495 History of Theatre I (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Theatre history from ritual theory and Greek origins to 18th century European practice. Includes focus on cultural and political contexts for theatre events and progressive influences of writers, designers, directors, and performers. Prerequisite: THEA 220. 

THEA 496 History of Theatre II (3-0-3), spring, even years. Theatre history from 19th century romanticism to modern theory and practice. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisite: THEA 495.

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