The variety of arts and crafts that combine to create theatre. Through hands-on experience, discussion, and performance, the interrelations among dramatic idea, stage direction, acting, design and technical elements that harmonize in a theatrical production are discovered.
Traditional acting theories and basic techniques: games, improvisation, sensory awareness exercises and beginning work on scenes.
Expands the use of acting theory and techniques through advanced exercises and scene work. Emphasis on the development of imagination, artistic conceptualization and characterization.
The broad range of dance styles, dance theory, vocabulary, and body placement.
Expanded study of dance styles, dance theory, vocabulary, and body placement.
Explores the conventions of musical theatre. Practical work in the application of musical performance theory to specific song, movement and stylized acting techniques.
Significant and responsible participation in the department's production program.
Employing writing, acting, directing, movement, film, music and mixed-media elements, the course creates and experimental definition of theatre including content, structure and form.
Shakespeare texts as theatrical experiences, including both traditional and modern approaches to directing Shakespeare. practical scene work to make complex language accessible to beginning students.
Hands-on exploration of the art and craft of playwriting through exercises, scene writing, the study of existing plays (as texts and in production), and the development of the students' own dramatic work.
Focuses on the development of Black theatre as an outgrowth of African-American historical evolution with an emphasis on those plays which are enduring.
A specialized area of theatre studies (e.g., avant-garde, feminist, Asian, melodrama), combining elements of theatre history, dramatic literature and criticism, as well as performance and production aspects of live theatre.
The contribution of women artists to the American theatre, discussing the particular social issues, and the pertinent historical perceptions and problems encountered by women in the arts.
Reading and practical work in a specialized area of theatrical production or scholarship under the direction of a faculty artist or scholar.
An introduction to the art of songwriting through the study of existing songs and their components (imagery, meter, rhyme, structure, melody, harmony, rhythm, etc.), as well as the development of students' own songs through specific assignments and exercises.
An introduction into the theory and practice of fashion design through the centuries. Students will study fashion designers, costume designers, time periods and styles of dress. Projects will use drawing techniques, multi-media collages, water colors, markers and colored pencils.
Department of Theatre and Studio Art
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
St. Augustine Center Room 205
Villanova, PA 19085