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THEATRE (TH)

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$10.00 laboratory fee for all courses except as noted below.

TH 113 Voice and Diction. 3 hours.

Credit for this course will not be awarded to students majoring or minoring in theatre. A beginning course designed to assist the student in improving use of his or her voice and speech. Offered each semester and in the summer session.

TH 114 Introduction to Theatre. 3 hours.

This course does not satisfy the fine arts requirement for theatre majors.

Introduction to the theatre through the study of plays and production techniques.

TH 115 Beginning Acting. 3 hours.

Credit for this course will not be awarded to students majoring or minoring in theatre. Training in the basic elements of the actor’s craft. Additional hours in related theatre activities may be required.

TH 120 Principles of Stage Design. 3 hours.

An introduction to the various areas of theatrical design and technology, including but not limited to scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and makeup.

TH 140 Stage Movement I: Foundations of Expressive Movement. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor, or permission of the instructor.

Course in the use of the actor’s body as an expressive tool; body/spatial/sensory awareness, structure and alignment, stage presence and gesture.

TH 141 Acting I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor.

The course is designed to introduce the beginning student to the art and craft of acting.

TH 165 Musicianship for Musical Theatre Performance I. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

A course in basic musical theatre skills, including sight-singing, playing keyboard instruments, singing in harmony, phonetic transcription, and audition techniques. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

TH 166 Musicianship for Musical Theatre Performance II. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 165.

A continuation of TH 165, featuring more advanced work in sight-singing, keyboard, ensemble singing, and audition techniques. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

TH 213 Intermediate Acting. 3 hours.

Credit for this course will not be awarded to students majoring or minoring in theatre. Introduction to character development through scene study. Additional hours in related theatre activities may be required.

TH 220 Fundamentals of Stage Scenery. 3 hours.

Required lab. Survey of the techniques for building, rigging, and painting scenery for various forms of production. Emphasis is on scenery for the legitimate stage.

TH 230 Stage Makeup. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: Theatre major or permission of the instructor.

Required lab. Principles of and practical work in all types of stage makeup.

TH 231 Costume Construction I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course in basic patterning, cutting, and construction techniques. Additional hours in related theatre activities may be required.

TH 240 Stage Movement II: Expressive Movement and Physical Character. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Theatre major or minor, and TH 140 and TH 142, permission of instructor.

Use of the physical instrument in the creation and exploration of character and other performance situations. Advanced body-use and movement skills.

TH 241 Beginning Voice and Speech for Performance. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor, or permission of the instructor.

A beginning course in the proper use of the vocal instrument for performance.

TH 242 Acting II: Introduction to Scene Study. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Characterization and textual analysis approached through classroom rehearsals of scenes from modern plays.

TH 245 Teaching Theatre: Performance. 3 hours.

Survey of the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to teach theatre. Topics include acting, directing, choosing plays for production, and rehearsal techniques.

TH 246 Teaching Theatre: Play Production. 3 hours.

Survey of the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to teach theatre. Topics include speech, dramatic literature, children’s drama, costuming, scenery, and playwriting.

TH 290 Theatre Practicum. 1 hour.
Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor.

Participation in University Theatre productions. Assignments in scenery, lighting, properties, sound, costuming, publicity, rehearsal and performance, etc. (Maximum 2 hours).

TH 291 Beginning Theatre Practicum. One half hour.
Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor.

Participation in University Theatre productions through a rotation of assignments in the scene shop, costume shop, box office, deck crews and performance. May be repeated for a maximum of 1 hour.

TH 320 Intermediate Technical Production. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 220.

Continued study of the planning and execution of scenery for the legitimate stage and television. Emphasis will be on solving a series of production-related problems through analysis of budgeting, scheduling and technical design.

TH 322 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Required lab. Survey of materials and techniques employed in executing stage lighting for both the legitimate stage and television.

TH 324 Lighting, Sound and Stagecraft for Dancers. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Dance Major.

A technical production course specifically for dance majors covering the practical aspects of theatre technology.

TH 361 Beginning Directing. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 141 and TH 120 or TH 220.

Study of the principles and techniques of directing plays. Additional hours of related theatre activities are required.

TH 365 Fundamental of Stage Management. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 120 or TH 220, and TH 141.

The study of the professional stage manager’s process: preparing and running rehearsal and performance, conflict resolution and general responsibilities as defined by Actor’s Equity Association. Required production element outside of class.

TH 390 Theatre Practicum II. 1 hour.
Prerequisite: TH 290 (2 hours).

Participation in University theatre productions. Assignments in scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, management, rehearsal, performance, etc.

TH 391 Intermediate Theatre Practicum. One half hour.
Prerequisite: TH 291 (1 hour).

Participation in University Theatre production in the area(s) of your preference (availability permitting.) Opportunities in scenery, lighting, properties, sound, costuming, publicity, musical theatre, stage management and performance, etc. May be repeated for a maximum of 1 hour.

TH 421 Period Decor. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Survey of period architecture and ornament as they apply in research for productions.

TH 422 Scene Design. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or TH 423.

A studio course exploring the process and techniques of scene design. Students will design three to five plays.

TH 423 2D Drafting for the Theatre. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

A studio course exploring techniques of hand drafting and 2D AutoCAD drafting as applied to stage design and technical direction. Skills learned will include orthographic and isometric projections, ground plans, sections, perspective drawing, and layout.

TH 424 Advanced Scene Design. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

A studio course in drafting, drawing, and painting techniques for the stage designer.

TH 425 Scene Painting. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course in the materials and techniques for painting stage scenery and properties. A materials fee is required.

TH 426 Sound Production Techniques for Theatre and Dance. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

The course provides the student with a working knowledge of sound production. It emphasizes the creation of sound tapes for theatre and dance, and the setup and maintenance of sound reproduction and modification equipment.

TH 427 Computer Graphics for the Theatre. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 120 or TH 220, and permission of the instructor.

Study of computer programs and computer-assisted design and drafting programs used in producing technical drawings for theatre. AutoCAD is the primary program studied.

TH 430 History of Costume for the Stage. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Historical study of dress in relation to costuming for the stage.

TH 432 Costume Construction II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course in advanced costume construction techniques and/or costume crafts. Topics may include tailoring, corsetry, millinery, armor, wigs, masks, and jewelry. May be repeated for credit.

TH 433 Costume Design I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or permission of the instructor.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course in costume design, principles, and presentation.

TH 434 Costume Design II. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 433 or permission of the instructor.

$25.00 laboratory fee. Continued, advanced study of the material in TH 433. Projects address specific problems in design.

TH 435 Professional Presentation for Theatre Designers. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Preparation of “hard”, digital, and web based portfolio presentations. Also included is information on presentation in a professional setting such as a job interview or adjudication.

TH 437 Drawing and Rendering for Stage Designers. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

This course is designed to teach students in stage design all aspects of drawing and rendering. Students will explore different types of media in which to color the drawings as well as how to render specific types of fabrics. Drawing exercises will focus on live models with and without period garments and elements of stage settings.

TH 438 Tailoring Techniques for Theatre. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 231 or TH 432, or permission of instructor.

Hand and machine tailoring techniques will be explored and incorporated into projects which will result in a two piece suit.

TH 439 Advanced Stage Makeup. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 230 or permission of the instructor.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course using a variety of materials in the art of mask making, hair ventilating, and prosthetics.

TH 440 Stage Movement III: Topics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 240 and permission of the instructor.

Advanced theory and practice of specific stage movement, such as clowning, mask, stage combat, mime, etc. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours for differing topics.

TH 441 Acting III: Advanced Scene Study. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 142 and permission of the instructor.

Thorough exploration of character study; concentration on 20th-century classics.

TH 442 Careers in the Professional Theatre. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 441 and permission of the instructor.

The course focuses on audition and interview techniques, the union, and resume writing and other skills required to apply for positions in the academic and professional theatre.

TH 443 Script Analysis and Interpretation. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 142 and permission of the instructor.

Theory and methodology of textual analysis of play scripts for production.

TH 444 Acting IV: Period Acting Styles I. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 441 and permission of the instructor.

Study and practice of acting styles from 1850 to the present.

TH 445 Acting IV: Period Acting Styles II. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 441 and permission of the instructor.

Study and practice of acting in verse drama, concentrating on Shakespeare’s works.

TH 446 Advanced Voice and Speech for Performance. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: TH 241 and permission of the instructor.

Intensive exercises and practice for acquiring acceptable use of voice and speech for performance.

TH 447 Stage Dialects. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 446 or permission of the instructor.

Study of stage dialects for the performer. Offered in alternate years.

TH 448 Rehearsal Process. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 441 or permission of the instructor.

In this acting course, students analyze and participate in the rehearsal process of both unpublished and published scripts.

TH 449 Advanced Movement-Stage Combat. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 140, TH 141, TH 240, and permission of instructor.

An advanced stage movement course in safely creating the illusion of armed violence. Topics include stage sword work, rapier/dagger, knife, small sword, broad sword.

TH 451 History of the Theatre I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Covers the period from theatre’s beginnings to the Restoration. Offered in alternate spring semesters.

TH 452 History of the Theatre II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Covers the period from the Restoration to the 20th century. Offered in alternate spring semesters.

TH 453 European Theatre History since 1850. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Explores the European sources of the modern theatre.

TH 462 Advanced Directing. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Historical development of directing theory and methodology since Saxe Meiningen.

TH 465 Musical Theatre Performance I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, TH 166, or permission of the instructor.

A course in musical theatre scene study, in which acting, singing, and movement skills are blended in the performance of songs and scenes.

TH 466 Musical Theatre Performance II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, TH 465, or permission of the instructor.

A special topics course exploring such areas as musical theatre history, cabaret performance, in-depth study of a single work, etc.

TH 467 Musical Theatre Repertoire Coaching. 1 or 2 hours.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, TH 166, MUA 174, and/or permission of the instructor.

Individual coaching in musical repertoire, musical and dramatic performance techniques, and skills crucial to learning and rehearsing new material.

TH 470 Theatre Management. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220 or permission of the instructor.

This course explores principles of theatre management applied to theatre operation with the emphasis on mission statements, organizational structure, budgeting, fund-raising, and marketing.

TH 472 Arts Administration. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Junior/senior standing or permission of the instructor.

A study of the management of theatrical and other performing arts organizations, with consideration of legal principles, tax-exempt status, unions, and other related topics.

TH 482 Playwriting I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220 or permission of the instructor.

The course introduces the fundamentals of writing for the stage. Practical instruction in playwriting includes an opportunity to write a one-act play.

TH 483 Playwriting II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 482 or permission of the instructor.

An advanced course in playwriting concentrating on full-length play forms, draft revisions, and the script development process.

TH 486 Dramatic Theory and Criticism. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Survey of the major critical theories from antiquity to the present day, accompanied whenever possible by discussion of appropriate dramatic examples.

TH 491 Advanced Theatre Practicum. One half hour.
Prerequisite: TH 391 (1 hour).

Participation in University Theatre production through performance and design/leadership assignments in scenery, lighting, properties, sound, costuming, publicity, musical theatre and stage management, etc. May be repeated for a maximum of 1 hour.

TH 499 Independent Study. 1 to 4 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours.

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