Understanding and criticism of dramatic literature, history, and production.
The technique of body and voice control, improvisation, interpretation of characters, and characterization applied in scenes.
Participation in theatre production, including stage management, direction, costumes, makeup, lighting, sound, scenery, and business management. No formal class meetings. May be repeated for a total of four credits.
Participating in acting in a university production. No formal class meetings. May be repeated for a total of four credits. Pass/Fail credit.
Methods and techniques of dramatic textual analysis for theatrical interpretation. Extensive reading of play scripts, discussion, formal writing and presentation leads to enhanced skills in the navigation of dramatic literature that is historically and stylistically diverse.
A philosophical, psychological and social theorist perspective. Analytical writing on topics such as social context and resonance of the drama, dramatic action, playwriting, dramatic illusion and Shakespeare is stressed.
Application of the principles of makeup for the theatre. Current theatre productions will serve as laboratory experiences.
Study, rehearsal and performance of musical theatre vocal literature with emphasis on musical theatre style, stage movement, vocal techniques, and scene study. Recommended for music majors and theatre majors. Auditions may be required.
Group study of the voice in performance, using applied breath and resonance techniques aimed at enhancing vocal power for the actor or public speaker. Exercises and text work will be applied to voice techniques, creating a connection between the word image and vocal expression for the actor and public speaker.
Text analysis and interpretation. The emphasis is on discovering the intention of the playwright and on blocking, including picturization and composition, culminating in each student's production of a one-act play for public presentation.
Advanced scene and monologue performance including script analysis and character building. Plays of Classical Realists will be performed.
Exploration and practice of professional audition decorum, monologue selection, preparation and performance, cold reading technique and practice, headshot and resume development and professional unions. Each student will develop a monologue portfolio that can be performed at a moments notice.
Centering, body alignment and kinetic power influencing the projection of images and ideas. A studio warm-up and work-out developing the skills for the preparation of a variety of performance pieces demonstrating kinetic principles, culminating in a public performance.
Drafting, design and interpretation of drawings for structural components of sets, lighting and costumes. Using the current production as a laboratory, students will concentrate on such skills as the basics of set construction, the computerized lighting system and costume construction.
Script analysis and preparation, dialogue development, character construction and scene composition. Students write full length manuscripts and participate in a public performance of readings from the completed plays.
The design and drafting process of lighting for a stage production. Designing a lighting plot and the role of lighting as a design element will be included; a research project will be assigned.
Design and drafting processes necessary for theatrical scenic design. Text analysis, research and the design for various play genres will be included, as well as the use of computer assisted drafting.
Using CAD, data, design, presentation and live modes in a 3D environment. Creating and editing designs which will allow experimentation with lighting looks and moving scenery through creative layouts, reports, pipe tapes and photo-realized renderings.
Creative drama methods for youth. A children's play will be produced and performed.
Technical management of all production aspects of performance including the theatrical space, rigging, emerging technology, construction from both manual and electronic drawings and renderings as well as the generation of construction drawings, interpretation and execution of lighting plots, budgeting, crew structure, time management and staff hierarchy and responsibilities. Specific problem solving, OSHA standards and the demands of the professional technical director in commercial, academic and community theatre will be emphasized.
History of theatrical production including major dramatic texts, dramatists, and dramatic theory. Included is a survey of stage and auditorium architecture, stage machinery, scenery, costuming, lighting, acting and directing from pre-history through the Italian Renaissance.
History of theatrical production including major dramatic texts, dramatists, and dramatic theory. Included is a survey of stage and auditorium architecture, stage machinery, scenery, costume, lighting, acting and directing, from the Italian Renaissance to the modern era.
Supervised professional experience of research outside the classroom. For three internship credit hours, a student is to work 135 hours with an approved agency; for two credit hours, 90 hours; for one credit, 45 hours. For an internship or an independent study, a contract must be signed by the student and by the instructor of record and other designated faculty and administrators. A student may repeat THEA U399 once with a different internship or independent study contract description for a total of no more than six hours of undergraduate credit.
A holistic approach to theatrical design emphasizing the relationship of each design component to the finished artistic product. Exploration of the effect of the architectural space on design components and the relationship between designers and directors as they manipulate the theatrical environment and the resultant stimulation of perceptions of audiences will be investigated.
Advanced study in the performance techniques and challenges particular to classical theatre. Applied scene work, focusing on the physical, vocal, and textual requirements for the performance of Shakespeare, Moliere, and Greek classical texts, will lead to the public performance of scenes and monologues.
Advanced modes of performance and the physiological and vocal challenges particular to acting outside the realm of realism. Exercises will focus on physical approaches to building character through the context of scene work in Absurdist, Commedia, and other non-realist tests.
Choosing text, casting, directing a collaborative team and exercising complete artistic control over all aspects of theatre production. Principles of actor coaching and staging technique culminate in the public presentation of a one act play with at least an hour's running time or a select act from a full-length manuscript.
Reading, research, and analysis on approved topics in theatre in preparation for major performance or production design projects. Products of the research might include preparation of a major acting role or the direction or design of a significant production, including the documentation and articulation of the artistic process.