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THE 2019 The Theatrical Experience (3 credits)

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.

THE 2025 Improvisational Theatre (3 credits)

Improvisation is a core skill in theatre and in life. This course uses games and challenges to develop skills in quick creative thinking and effective performance, both as an end to itself and as part of a writing process.

THE 2029 Fundamental Principles of Acting (3 credits)

Traditional acting theories and basic techniques: games, improvisation, sensory awareness exercises and beginning work on scenes.

THE 2030 Advanced Principles of Acting (3 credits)

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 2032 Elements of Dance (3 credits)

The broad range of dance styles, dance theory, vocabulary, and body placement.

THE 2033 Advanced Elements of Dance (3 credits)

Expanded study of dance styles, dance theory, vocabulary, and body placement.

THE 2034 Musical Theatre (3 credits)

Explores the conventions of musical theatre. Practical work in the application of musical performance theory to specific song, movement and stylized acting techniques.

THE 2040 Theatre Practicum (0 credits)

Significant and responsible participation in the department's production program.

THE 2051 Creativity (3 credits)

Employing writing, acting, directing, movement, film, music and mixed-media elements, the course creates and experimental definition of theatre including content, structure and form.

THE 3006 Shakespeare on Stage (3 credits)

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.

THE 3007 Playwriting

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.

THE 3008 Black Theatre (3 credits)

Focuses on the development of Black theatre as an outgrowth of African-American historical evolution with an emphasis on those plays which are enduring.

THE 3030 Special Topics in Theatre (3 credits)

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 4014 Women and Theatre (3 credits)

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.

THE 4020 Directed Studies in Theatre (3 credits)

Reading and practical work in a specialized area of theatrical production or scholarship under the direction of a faculty artist or scholar.

SAR 2114  Words & Music: The Art of Song (3 credits)

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.

SAR 3031  TOP: Fashion in Costume Design (3 credits)

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.
Villanova, PA 19085