Theatre Course Descriptions

PA 101 Philosophy of Performing Arts 3 CR
This course examines the creation, expression, and meaning of performance art. Through drama, music, and voice, students will critically analyzes the perennial elements and structure of story and its place in uncovering and creating meaning.

THR 101 Introduction to Theatre  3 CR
The purpose of Introduction to Theatre is to increase students' understanding, appreciation, and critical perceptions of the theatrical art-form. Readings and lectures will focus on the elements of theatrical practice; artists and innovators of theatre throughout history; and on the theatre's development as an art form and a social phenomenon; participation in class forum discussions and sharing of critiques and short reports will offer avenues to explore students' individual theatrical interests; and attendance at theatrical events will offer first¬hand experience in theatre arts.

THR 102 Blackbox Stage Production  1 CR
Participation in TheatreFest, Improve and other approved student-driven theatrical activities. All events are overseen by the Director of Theatre.

THR 103 Mainstage Production  1 CR
Participation in Spring mainstage musical in one of the areas of theatrical discipline.  All events are overseen by the Director of Theatre.

THR 110 Acting I   3 CR
Focuses on basic acting skills, including the development of imaginary circumstances, improvisation and creative development. Students are introduced to skills in script analysis, character identity, emotional reality and objective-driven structure through monologues and scene study.

THR 111 Acting II    3 CR
Focuses on acting skills, including the advance development of imaginary circumstances, improvisation and creative development. Students will develop skills in script analysis, character identity, emotional reality and objective-driven structure through monologues and scene study.

THR 120 Voice for Musical Theatre I   3 CR
The practical application of singing techniques, preparation and presentation to various styles of period and contemporary musical theatre works.  Students are introduced to skills in speech, diction, pitch, analysis, and interpretation through various styles of period and contemporary musical theatre works.

THR 121 Voice for Musical Theatre II   3 CR
The practical application of singing techniques, preparation and presentation to various styles of period and contemporary musical theatre works.   Students will develop skills in speech, diction, pitch, analysis, and interpretation through various styles of period and contemporary musical theatre works.

THR 130 Stagecraft  3 CR
An introduction to the basic materials and techniques used in scene, painting, costume, and lighting production. Intended to equip the student with the skills required to work on productions. This course will also hold discussions of basic terminology, shop organization, job descriptions, maintenance procedures, and safety. Other jobs such as Run Crew, Wardrobe, Front of House, Board Operator or other duties will be discussed.

THR 140 Directing I   3 CR
This course will cover an overview of both the responsibilities of a director and the  various relationships a director has with designers, playwrights, stage manager, tech  staff, actors and dramaturges. This course will also explore various directional  strategies and identify the different styles of theatre, stage types, floor plans, script  interpretation, directional research and resources, concepts, conceptualization of a  play and interpretation. Finally, this course will introduce elements of directing and strategies for working with actors, staging short scenes, and using a minimum of technical elements in a final scene.

THR 141 Directing II   3 CR
This course will provide students with practical understanding of advanced stage directing strategies including conceptualization, interpretation, casting, and cast and crew interaction.  Students will also explore the similarities and differences between directing for theatre, film, and television.

THR 150:  Intro to Costumes   3 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of costuming including a socio-historical understanding of the role of costumes in theatre.

THR 210:  Acting for Musical Theater I   3 CR
This course focuses on basic acting skills as they apply to musical theater.  In particular students will focus on working with elevated text and the transitions from scene into song.   

THR 211:  Acting for Musical Theater II   3 CR
This course focuses on advanced acting skills as they apply to musical theater.  In particular students will focus on working with elevated text and the transitions from scene into song as well as musical interludes, dance breaks, and reprises.

THR 230:  Children’s Theater I   3 CR
This course examines the fundamentals of children’s theater including dramatic structure, audience needs, directing, and acting techniques that are employed in the production of theater for children.  Students will explore, analyze, and produce children’s plays.

THR 231:  Children’s Theater II   3 CR
This course introduces students to advanced approaches to children’s theater production. The course further builds upon foundational concepts such as dramatic structure, audience needs, directing, and acting techniques as well as focuses on material adaptation, auditions, rehearsal, technical support, and promotion.  In addition, students will explore, analyze, produce and perform children’s plays and create accompanying educational curricula.

THR 240:  Playwriting I   3 CR
This course is an introduction to the craft of playwriting and the role of the playwright. Students will analyze works of significant playwrights in order to experience the process of the playwright. Students will participate in various writing exercises in order to develop their own one act plays.

THR 241:  Playwriting II   3 CR
In this course students will hone their playwriting abilities through the development of advanced techniques. Students will engage in peer critique in order to develop their original works. Students will also learn the role of the playwright in the production process through the staging of an original one-act play.

THR 250:  Costume Design   3 CR
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of costume design including basic design elements, script and character analysis, and historical period and genre research.

THR 392 Theatre Internship   1 - 6 CR
An opportunity for qualified students in the Theatre Concentration of the Performing Arts minor to gain practical experience in theatre production and management. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and program director.