Course Listings

CORE COURSES

  • Script Analysis
  • Dramaturgy: Classic Traditions
  • Dramaturgy: Modern Traditions
  • Dramatic Vision & Form (Classic)
  • Dramatic Vision & Form (Modern

 

ELECTIVE COURSES (choose 7) offerings may vary

  • Principles of Acting
  • Sound & Movement
  • Characterization
  • Musical Theatre
  • Acting/Directing Styles
  • Scenography
  • Directing
  • Playwriting Structure and Style
  • The Teaching of Theatre
  • Solo Performance
  • Gender, Politics and Performance
  • Theatre Production Practicum
  • Arts Administration

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

THE 7100 - Principles of Acting

Description: Fundamental training in the Stanislavsky System as applied to performing realistic plays, including exercises, improvisation, & scene work. Restricted to graduate students & qualified undergraduates.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

THE 7110 - Script Analysis

Description: Examination of the sociological, psychological and ideological circumstances of modern and contemporary American plays through a line-by-line breakdown of text to reveal the connection of action and characterization to theme. Restricted to Graduate students and qualified Undergraduates

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

THE 7120 - Dramaturgy-Classic

Description: Introduction to production dramaturgy, examining dramatic literature and exploring theatrical practices from the fourth century B.C.E. to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Development of research skills necessary for dramaturgical work. Restricted to Graduate students and qualified Undergraduates.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

THE 7130 - Dramaturgy-Modern

Description: Further studies in production dramaturgy, examining dramatic literature and exploring late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century theatrical practices (Eastern and Western). Development of research skills necessary to prepare dramaturgical materials designed to support production. Restricted to Graduate students and qualified Undergraduates.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010

THE 7140 - Dramtc Vis & Frm Classic

Description: Study of the radical juxtaposition of contrasting plays from different countries (Eastern and Western) and different eras (classic orientation) in the context of dramatic theory and criticism.

Prerequisites: (THE 7110 or THE 8039) and (THE 7120 or THE 8504) and (THE 7130 or THE 8501)

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

THE 7150 - Dramtc Vis & Frm Modern

Description: Study of the radical juxtaposition of contrasting plays from different countries (Eastern and Western) and different eras (modern orientation) in the context of dramatic theory and criticism.

Prerequisites: (THE 7110 or THE 8039) and (THE 7120 or THE 8504) and (THE 7130 or THE 8501)

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010

THE 7200 - Production Practicum I

Description: Significant & responsible participation in the department production program.

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Credit Hours: 0

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Summer 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011

THE 7210 - Production Practicum II

Description: Significant & responsible participation in the department production program.

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Credit Hours: 0

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Summer 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011

THE 7220 - Production Practicum III

Description: Significant & responsible participation in the department production program.

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Credit Hours: 0

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Summer 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011

THE 8100 - Improvisation

Description: Exploration of unscripted performance through individual & group exercises, theatre games, & short- & long-form improvisation.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8110 - Voice & Movement

Description: Exploration of theories in voice production & body work (Eastern & Western) & application of techniques to integrate the components of the performer's physical instrument.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2010

THE 8120 - Characterization

Description: Acting explored from the point of view of social class, focusing on voice & behavior adjustments to create class distinctions. Group exercises & scene work in a variety of social class-based circumstances. Prerequisite is THE 7100 or permission of instructor.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2011

THE 8125 - Scene Study

Description: Further exploration of scene work to deepen actors' understanding of their art, themselves, & their collaborative relationship with scene partners. Prerequisite is THE 7100 or permission of instructor.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8130 - Solo Performance

Description: Immersive workshop integrating all aspects of theatre-making - writing, directing, dramaturgy, acting, design - through the weekly creation and presentation of original pieces for the solo artist. Prereq: THE 7100; or permission of instructor

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

THE 8140 - Musical Theatre

Description: Practical approach to developing & integrating the performance skills required for musical theatre: acting, singing, & dancing.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2011

THE 8150 - Acting Styles

Description: Laboratory on performing nonrealistic theatre; actors develop approaches to classical and/or modern plays with heightened language, physical & stylistic demands. Prerequisite is THE 7100 or permission of instructor.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2010

THE 8160 - Scenography

Description: Introduction to & investigation of the three primary elements of stage design - scenery, costume, & lighting - with an emphasis on the visual realization of production concepts. Prerequisite is THE 7110 or permission of instructor.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2010

THE 8170 - Directing

Description: Fundamentals of directing realistic plays: script analysis, creative interpretation, approaches to working with the actor, movement & blocking, visualization, design, rhythm & picturization, culminating in the staging of two realistic scenes.

Prerequisites: (THE 7100 or THE 8000) and (THE 7110 or THE 8039)

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

THE 8180 - Directing Styles

Description: Laboratory that concentrates on the process of evolving original approaches to nonrealistic plays, & on developing with actors an expressive approach to classical, poetic, fantastic, extreme, and/or abstract material.

Prerequisites: THE 7002

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010

THE 8190 - Playwriting

Description: Hands-on exploration of the art & craft of playwriting through exercises, scene writing, the study of existing plays (as texts & in production,) & the development of students' own dramatic work. Prerequisites are THE 7100 & THE 7110 or permission of instructor.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2010

THE 8200 - Theatre Topics

Description: Seminar focusing on a specialized area of theatre studies (Ancient Greek, Asian, Irish, Melodrama, feminist, etc.), combining elements of theatre history, dramatic literature & criticism as well as performance & production aspects of live theatre. Restricted to graduate students & qualified undergraduates.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2011, Summer 2011

THE 8210 - Performance Theory

Description: Investigation of performance, from theatre and dance to ritual and popular entertainment (e.g., circus, kathakali, Broadway muscials, festivals, schamanism), using a variety of theories to examine contemporary critical issues.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8220 - Gender, Politics & Performance

Description: Theoretical approach to the interpretation of dramatic texts and performances, focusing on topics of gender, identity, subjectivity and politics. Students will integrate theory and practice, while enhancing writing skills.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8230 - Avant-Garde Theatre

Description: Seminar exploring the twentieth-century American avant-garde, including artists such as the Living Theatre, the Open Theatre, Allan Kaprow, Bread and Puppet Theatre, Performance Group, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, Robert Wilson, Mabou Mines, the Wooster Group, etc.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8240 - Asian Theatre

Description: Seminar exploring the performance forms (both traditional & modern) of India, China, Japan, & Southeast Asia, with emphasis on their characteristic features; cultural, religious, & aesthetic influences. The impact of these forms on Western theatre practice.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8250 - Critical Writing for Theatre

Description: Wrokshop in critical writing about dramatic texts and theatrical production, including but not limited to innovative scholarship and production reviews.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8300 - The Teaching of Theatre

Description: Exploration of the skills necessary to teach practical theatre at all levels: formulating teaching goals, creating syllabi, developing lesson plans, creating lectures & in-class presentation materials, & learning to adapt these to a variety of learning styles. Prerequisites are THE 7100, THE 7110, THE 7120 & THE 7130 or permission of instructor.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Summer 2012, Summer 2011

THE 8310 - Technical Theatre

Description: Introduction to various scene shops and scenic technologies, including the study of traditional and modern materials, construction tools and techniques, and shop organization and management as they pertain to scenic production.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8320 - Theatre Administration

Description: Project-driven introduction to the basics of theatre administration: crafting a mission statement; building a board; establishing 501(c)3 status; creating budgets; PR/marketing; grantwriting and cultivating funders; hiring and managing a staff; acquiring performance spaces; and working with theatrical unions.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8400 - Rehearsal & Performance

Description: Faculty/student seminar discussing just-completed & current projects for the purpose of exchanging practical & philosophical responses to issues, problems, & procedures encountered in the work.

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Credit Hours: 1

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THE 8410 - Rehearsal & Performance

Description: Faculty/student seminar discussing just-completed & current projects for the purpose of exchanging practical & philosophical responses to issues, problems, & procedures encountered in the work.

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Credit Hours: 2

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THE 8420 - Rehearsal & Performance

Description: Faculty/student seminar discussing just-completed & current projects for the purpose of exchanging practical & philosophical responses to issues, problems, & procedures encountered in the work.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8540 - Collaborative Theatremaking

Description: Laboratory workshop in collective creation for actors, directors, playwrights, dramaturgs, and designers generating weekly installments of a semester-long narrative written, designed, directed, and performed by participants in rotating small groups. Prereq.: Permission of instructors.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 8550 - Play Development Workshop

Description: Laboratory workshop for playwrights, dramaturgs and directors developing new plays and exploring the collaborative process through script conferences, work with actors, and ongoing revision, culminating in public staged readings. Prereq.: Permission of instructor.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 9100 - Advanced Acting Workshop

Description: Advanced performance work focusing on a specialized acting method or technique, such as Commedia dell'Arte, Shakespeare, Suzuki Method, or professional audition techniques.

Prerequisites: (THE 7100 or THE 8000) and (THE 7110 or THE 8039) and (THE 8120 or THE 8001) or (THE 8125 or THE 8003) or (THE 8150 or THE 8002)

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 9110 - Advanced Dramaturgy

Description: Advanced work on production research methods, developing the relationship between the director and the dramaturg, and the creation of program material.

Prerequisites: (THE 7100 or THE 8000) and (THE 7120 or THE 8504) and (THE 7130 or THE 8501)

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 9120 - Advanced Scenography Workshop

Description: Advanced exploration of the three primary elements of stage design.

Prerequisites: THE 8160 or THE 7010

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 9130 - Advanced Directing Workshop

Description: Advanced work on play texts: advanced scene scoring & picturization, open rehearsals, fostering of artistic collaborations, staging of stylistically challenging scenes.

Prerequisites: THE 8170 or THE 7002

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 9140 - Advanced Playwriting Workshop

Description: Advanced work on original full-length or long one-act plays, with particular attention to revision strategies and techniques.

Prerequisites: THE 8190 or THE 7051

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 9200 - Spec Stud - Production

Description: Advanced work in an area of technical production (e.g., set construction, stage management, scenic painting, etc.) on a tutorial basis. May include the public presentation and defense of production work. Permission of instructor and approval of department chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011

THE 9210 - Spec Stud - Research

Description: Advanced research in theatre history, literature or criticism on a tutorial basis. May include the defense of a research project. Prereqs: THE 7120 and THE 7130, permission of instructor and approval of department chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011

THE 9220 - Stud - Voice & Movement

Description: Advanced voice production and body work on a tutorial basis. May include the public performance of an original voice and movement program. Prereq.: THE 8110; permission of instructor and approval of department chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 9230 - Spec Stud - Acting

Description: Advanced scene and monologue work in a range of acting styles on a tutorial basis. May include the public performance of a dramatic program. Prereqs: THE 7100 and THE 7110 and THE 8120 or THE 8125 or THE 8150; permission of instructor and approval of department chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011

THE 9240 - Spec Stud - Solo Performance

Description: Advanced work in solo performance on a tutorial basis. Includes the public performance of an original piece. Prereq.: THE 8130; permission of instructor and approval of department chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 9250 - Spec Stud - Dramaturgy

Description: Advanced practical work in dramaturgy on a tutorial basis. May include the defense of a dramaturgical project. Prereq.: THE 7120 and THE 7130; permission of instructor and approval of department chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

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THE 9260 - Spec Stud - Scenography

Description: Advanced work specializing in one area of stage design (scenery, costume, or lighting) on a tutorial basis. May include the public presentation and defense of a design project. Prereq.: THE 8160; permission of instructor and approval of department chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010

THE 9270 - Spec Stud - Directing

Description: Advanced directing work on a one-act play or significant portion of a full-length play on a tutorial basis. Includes a public presentation of the directing project. Prereq.: THE 8170; permission of instructor and approval of department Chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011

THE 9280 - Spec Stud - Playwriting

Description: Advanced playwriting on a tutorial basis. May include a public reading of an original script. Prereq.: THE 8190; permission of instructor and approval of department chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011

THE 9300 - Thesis Continuation

Description: Continuation of supervised research for students writing master's theses. Prereq.: Approval of department chair.

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Credit Hours: 0

Last Offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2009

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Nov. 23, 2014
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