Course Descriptions

Required Courses:

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

Credit Hours: 3

Offered: every fall

**Not required for students completing the MPA Certificate

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.

Credit Hours: 3

Offered: every fall

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. 

Credit Hours: 3

Offered: every fall

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.          

Credit Hours: 3

Offered: every spring      

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.

Credit Hours: 3

Offered: every fall

Pre-requisites:

  • Script Analysis
  • Dramaturgy - Classic
  • Dramaturgy - Modern

**Only one theory class is required for MPA Certificate students. No theory class required for Practical Certificate Students.

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.

Credit Hours: 3

Offered: every spring

Pre-requisites:

  • Script Analysis
  • Dramaturgy - Classic
  • Dramaturgy - Modern
  • Vision and Form - Classic

**Only one theory class is required for MPA Certificate students. No theory class required for Practical Certificate Students.

Performance Electives:

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

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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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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.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: Principles of Acting (THE 7100) or permission of instructor

Offered: every other spring

Description: Further exploration of scene work to deepen actors' understanding of their art, themselves, & their collaborative relationship with scene partners.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: Principles of Acting (THE 7100) or permission of instructor

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.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: Principles of Acting (THE 7100) or permission of instructor

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

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Description: Laboratory on performing nonrealistic theatre; actors develop approaches to classical and/or modern plays with heightened language, physical & stylistic demands.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: Principles of Acting (THE 7100) or permission of instructor

Theatremaking Electives:

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.

Credit Hours: 3  

Prerequisite: Principles of Acting (THE 7110) or permission of instructor.

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.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Principles of Acting (THE 7100) and Script Analysis (THE 7110)

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: Directing (THE 8170)

Credit Hours:

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.

Credit Hours: 3  

Prerequisite: Principles of Acting (THE 7100) and Script Analysis  (THE 7110) or permission of instructor.

Description: This course offers students a theoretical and practical grounding in current approaches to new play development. After engaging with development models from centers like The Lark, New Dramatists, the O'Neill Theatre Center, and Philadelphia's own PlayPenn Conference, students will work with four playwrights on projects in various stages of development. From readings to feedback and brainstorming or researching sessions, emerging artists will foster new work while discovering flexible, productive models for play development. In Spring 2016, this course will be co-taught by Belfast playwright and Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies Owen McCafferty.               

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

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.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor(s).

               

Scholarly, Research Driven Electives:

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.

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Past Offerings:

  • Theatre for Social Change
  • Theatre: Controversies and Riots

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.

Credit Hours: 3

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.          

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:

  • Principles of Acting (THE 7100)
  • Script Analysis (THE 7110)
  • Dramaturgy-Classic (THE 7120)
  • Dramaturgy-Modern (THE 7130)
  • OR permission of instructor

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.

Credit Hours: 3

Special Studies Options:

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.  

Credit Hours:

Prerequisites:

  • Permission of instructor
  • Approval of department chair and full faculty.  

Special Studies Guidelines and Application can be found here.

Description: Advanced research in theatre history, literature or criticism on a tutorial basis. May include the defense of a research project.              

Credit Hours:

Prerequisites:

  • Dramaturgy - Classic (THE 7120)
  • Dramaturgy - Modern (THE 7130)
  • Permission of instructor
  • Approval of department chair and full faculty.  

Special Studies Guidelines and Application can be found here.

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.

Credit Hours: 3  

Prerequisites:

  • Principles of Acting (THE 7100)
  • Script Analysis (THE 7110)
  • Permission of instructor
  • Approval of department chair and full faculty.  

Special Studies Guidelines and Application can be found here.

Description: Advanced work in solo performance on a tutorial basis. Includes the public performance of an original piece.

Credit Hours:

Prerequisites:

  • Solo Performance (THE 8130)
  • Permission of instructor
  • Approval of department chair and full faculty.  

Special Studies Guidelines and Application can be found here.

Description: Advanced practical work in dramaturgy on a tutorial basis. May include the defense of a dramaturgical project.

Credit Hours:

Prerequisites:

  • Dramaturgy - Classic (THE 7120)
  • Dramaturgy - Modern (THE 7130)
  • Permission of instructor
  • Approval of department chair and full faculty.  

Special Studies Guidelines and Application can be found here.

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.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:

  • Scenography (THE 8160)
  • Permission of instructor
  • Approval of department chair and full faculty.  

Special Studies Guidelines and Application can be found here.

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.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:

  • Directing (THE 8170)
  • Permission of instructor
  • Approval of department chair and full faculty.  

Special Studies Guidelines and Application can be found here.

Description: Advanced playwriting on a tutorial basis. May include a public reading of an original script.  

Credit Hours: 3 

Prerequisites:

  • Playwriting (THE 8190)
  • Permission of instructor
  • Approval of department chair and full faculty.  

Special Studies Guidelines and Application can be found here.

Practicums:

  • Production Practicum I (THE 7200)
  • Production Practicum II (THE 7210)
  • Production Practicum III (THE 7220)

Description: Practicums are work done on one of our mainstage productions. This work could be acting, stage management, light board operation, sound board operation, or spotlight operation. Elisa Hibbs coordinates these work assignments based on casting lists and student interest/availbility.

Required: Three (3) practicums are required for graduation.

How to Register: Typically, students register for practicums after the practicum work is complete. For example, if a student Assistant Stage Manages a fall show, the student would register for Practicum I in the spring to get great for that work. In advising sessions, Fr. David will guide students on when they should register for practicums, which are zero (0) credit classes that are registered for just like our other courses.

Department of Theatre and Studio Art
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
St. Augustine Center Room 205
Villanova, PA 19085
610-519-4760