0011. Introduction to Theater Process (3 s.h.) FS
Pre- or co-requisite: for majors, Theater C110.
Methods of study of dramatic
text; the modern actualistic mode (beginning with Ibsen) in all media
as a first step toward production. Principles of dramatic form; cultural
context of modern realistic drama; readings and projects.
C025. Acting for Non-Majors (3 s.h.) FS. Core: AR.
The actor explores Uta Hagen’s object exercises. Techniques in relaxation, improvisation, and concentration are applied to a scene and monologue.
0027. Introduction to Acting (3 s.h.) FS
The actor explores Uta
Hagen’s object exercises. Techniques in relaxation, improvisation, and
concentration are applied to two scenes; one modern comedy and one modern
0041. Technical Theater Production (3 s.h.) FS
Introduction to the elements
of physical production: scenery, costumes, and lighting. Theory and
practice of craft and visual communications. Lab and production participation
0100. Production Practicum (1 s.h.) FS
Theater 0100 is required every semester the student is a full-time major. If Theater 0100 is not successfully completed (a grade of NC, no credit), Theater 0101 must be taken concurrently with Theater 0100 the following semester.
in at least one departmental production activity. Required every semester
the student is a full-time major.
0101. Production Practicum (1 s.h.) FS
Same as Theater 0100. Required in the event that a student is unsuccessful in the completion of Theater 0100. Theater 0101 and Theater 0100 must be taken concurrently the semester following receipt of the grade NC (no credit) for Theater 0100.
C110. Theater: The Collaborative Art (3 s.h.) FS. Core: AR.
Live professional theater performances serve as the basis for the study of contemporary theater: its elements, its ideas, and its creators. Lecture/demonstrations of the elements of theater art presented by the artists/teachers of the theater faculty.
NOTE: Theater majors must pass Theater C110 with a grade of C or better.
0117. Performance Art (3 s.h.) F
An introduction to performance art. Lecture and discussion of the aesthetics of the form. Students will create projects, which may combine music, art, dance, and theater.
0119. Creativity: Basic (3 s.h.) FS
The introductory course to creativity in theater. Techniques to encourage creative self-expression and ways of presenting ideas and materials. Restricted to majors, Creativity is the matrix course for all theater students and leads to the various emphasis programs.
0120. Basic Acting II (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Theater 0025.
This course is a continuation of 0025, Acting for Non-majors. It is intended for the student who wants more than a basic introduction to acting but may not be able to major in theater. Exercises, scene study, script analysis. No audition.
0121. Voice for the Actor (3 s.h.) FS
Fundamentals of voice production for the stage: including increasing the power, range, and expressivity of the voice.
0123. Basic Movement (3 s.h.) FS
Introduces the student actor to basic skills, concepts, and techniques of movement for the theater. Emphasizes dramatic text as the primary determinant of form. May be repeated with permission of the department.
0126. Basic Acting Technique (3s.h.) FS
Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in Theater 0027 or audition and permission of the department.
The actor applies the Uta Hagen Technique to scene work. Exploration of scenes from 20th century American dramatic literature. May be repeated with permission of the department.
0127. Speech for the Actor (3 s.h.) FS
Fundamentals of speech for the performer: the goal is clarity, dissipation of regional accents, learning IPA, and American Standard speech.
0223. Movement for the Actor (3 s.h.) FS
Prerequisites: Theater 0025, 0123.
Experience in various dance idioms including modern, social, jazz, and character choreodram especially designed for the actor.
0225. Intermediate Acting I (4 s.h.) FS
Prerequisites: Theater 0126 or permission of the department.
Acting theory and technique in expressing style, characterization, and interpretation as applied to classical dramatic literature, such as Shakespeare, Moliere, the Greeks, and Restoration. Requires intensive outside preparation of exercises and scenes for presentation in class.
0243. Principles of Design (3 s.h.) FS
Prerequisite: Theater 0041.
The basic compositional
elements of line, form, texture, and color. A context for viewing all
areas of theater design.
0246. Stage Management I (3 s.h.) FS
The basic organization of stage productions with emphasis on the relationship of management to artists and product. Production participation required.
0276. Scene Painting I (3 s.h.) F
Prerequisite: Theater 0041 or permission of department.
Traditional theatrical scene painting techniques.
0277. Scene Painting II (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Theater 0276 or permission of department.
Advanced and experimental scene painting techniques.
W303. Classical Tradition (3 s.h.) FS
Required of all majors.
The dramatic literature, criticism, and theater history of ancient Greece
and Rome and their influence on Western theatrical development, studied
in appropriate cultural contexts.
W304. Romantic Tradition (3 s.h.) FS
The dramatic literature,
criticism, and theater history of the Renaissance in England and subsequent
developments in Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries studied
in appropriate cultural contexts.
0305. Modern Directions (3 s.h.) FS
The dramatic literature,
criticism, and theater history of the modern period studied in appropriate
0307. Seminar in Drama (3 s.h.) FS
Intensive research into
a specialized topic in dramatic literature, criticism, or theater history.
Written and/or oral presentation required.
0312. American Musical Theater (3 s.h.) F
In this course you will
study the form of the American Musical through a detailed analysis of
the "Book" of the show. Focus on the subject matter, complexity of the
situation, character development, and the introduction of the song.
A study of musicals ranging from the 1920s to the present.
0319. Acting for Film and T.V. (3 s.h.) S
Crosslisted with FMA 0322.
This course is designed for theater majors to develop their skills before the camera. Actors are given experience in texts for commercials, soap operas, sit-coms, and film scenes, so that they are prepared for auditions in these areas.
0325. Advanced Acting (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisites: Theater 0126 and 0225 or permission of the department.
Selection, preparation, and performance of one-act plays. Focus on characterization, scene analysis, and a deeper understanding of acting technique as applied to the dramatic structure of the one-act. As far as casting, there are no small parts - all roles are substantial. Plays are presented at the end of the semester in a Festival of One-Acts. This opportunity enables the actor to grow and develop in a way that only a major performance challenge can provide. Requires intensive outside rehearsal for presentation in class.
0328. Stage Combat (3 s.h.) FS
Introduces the student actor to basic concepts and attributes needed to build the illusion of violence on the stage in a safe and cooperative manner. Emphasizes expanding the student's movement vocabulary and special awareness. Specific instruction on rolls, tumbles, breakfalls, and unarmed combat.
0329. Theater as a Profession (3 s.h.) F
This course is designed for Theater majors who expect to work in the profession. Instruction in auditioning, resumé preparation, and basic information about the "business" of show business. Intense study, preparation, and performance of at least five monologues.
NOTE: Theater majors must take and pass this course with a grade of B or better in order to be considered by the Theater Department for direct submission to the Finals of the University/Resident Theater Association Auditions in NYC.
0381. Playwriting (3 s.h.) F
This course is designed to familiarize students with the dramatic art, examining plot, characterization, theatricality, and other elements of the playwright’s craft. The course functions as a playwriting workshop as students present exercises in class to be discussed by their peers. Utilizing techniques learned, students will begin work on a one-act play.