Theatre (THEA)

Theatre (THEA)

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THEA 1101 Survey of Theatre: 3 semester hours.

An audience-oriented course in the creative processes and aesthetic principles which guide artists of the live theatre, film and television in the shaping and reflection of human value. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements. F, S, Su

THEA 1107 Theatre and Dance Showcase: 0 semester hours.

Attendance at weekly showcase hour. Enrollment in this course is required of all students in Theatre and Dance majors and minors. Graded S/U. F, S

THEA 1111 Stagecraft: 3 semester hours.

Shop and crew based course in building scenery, hanging lights, painting and properties. Lectures are based on construction theories. Students will form a production staff and crews for university productions. Required for majors. F

THEA 1118 Oral Interpretation of Literature: 3 semester hours.

Development of skills conveying an understanding of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature through the use of body, voice, and mind, thus enhancing one's communication and critical thinking skills. Students learn the art of communicating to an audience the various genres of literature through thorough analysis and interpretation of the selection. Satisfies Objective 7 of the General Education Requirements. S

THEA 1131 Voice and Diction: 2 semester hours.

A performance-based course focusing on basic breathing, tone, diction, and other aspects of speech for stage. Students will demonstrate acquisition of these skills through lab performances. F

THEA 1191 Theatre Production: 1 semester hour.

Supervised work in theatre production. Enrollment must be approved by a theatre faculty member and does not presume casting in a given production. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. F, S, Su

THEA 2211 Drafting: 3 semester hours.

Class explores mechanical drafting needs in the performing arts with special emphasis on scene and lighting design. Class offers an in-depth look at manual drafting and its extension toward computer-aided drawings. S

THEA 2214 Makeup: 2 semester hours.

Laboratory sessions on the technique of makeup. Includes participation on crews of university productions. F

THEA 2218 Stage Dialects: 2 semester hours.

A practical course in the production of commonly used stage dialects. Students study the international phonetic alphabet (IPA), and train in dialect development techniques. PREREQ: THEA 1131. D

THEA 2221 Stage Costume Construction: 3 semester hours.

Methods of assembling stage costumes. Use of various fabrics and materials will be emphasized. S

THEA 2251 Fundamentals of Acting: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to acting theories and "action" based methodology. Skills demonstrated in areas of imagination, observation, improvisation, text analysis, and some monologue and scene work. Satisfies Objective 7 of the General Education Requirements. F, S, Su

THEA 2252 Intermediate Acting Scene Study: 3 semester hours.

A continuation of "action" based methodology through scene study in Dramatic Realism. Focus on character development, scoring analysis, and repeatable performance technique. PREREQ: THEA 2251 or permission of instructor. S

THEA 3300 Theatre Movement Workshop: 2 semester hours.

Exploration of techniques of movement improvisation and the text/movement synthesis of physical theatre. Equivalent to DANC 3311. PREREQ: DANC 1110. D

THEA 3301 Theatre Voice Workshop: 1-2 semester hours.

Intensive vocal workshop for the actor, resulting in an understanding of phonetics using the International Phonetic Alphabet. The class will correct regional and other speech deficiencies, and aid the student in attaining a clear, articulate, and standardized American Speech for the stage. D

THEA 3302 Beginning Costume Materials Workshop: 1-2 semester hours.

Beginning costume materials, including millinery, jewelry, and mask making. D

THEA 3303 Advanced Costume Materials Workshop: 1-2 semester hours.

Experimentation with several types of fabric dye and fabric modification, such as stenciling, screen painting, batik methods, Devoe, and piping. D

THEA 3304 Theatre Management: 2 semester hours.

Consideration of administrative aspects of play production with emphasis on stage management, theatre management, publicity, and advertising. S

THEA 3311 Introduction to Scene Design: 3 semester hours.

Basic scene design emphasizing concepts of line, color, form, and texture; drafting techniques, perspective drawing, foreshortening, rendering, and model building will be introduced. PREREQ: THEA 2211. F

THEA 3312 Stage Lighting Design: 3 semester hours.

Theory and practice of lighting design as applied to various types of stage production. Includes script analysis, programming of lighting consoles, and methods of design incorporating the manipulation of the controllable properties of light. PREREQ: THEA 1111. S

THEA 3331 Materials and Methods for High School Speech Arts: 3 semester hours.

Required for teaching majors in speech and theatre. D

THEA 3390 Practicum Theatre Arts I: 1-2 semester hours.

Recital projects for intermediate student groups in various areas of theatre arts. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with different titles. AS

THEA 3391 Theatre Production: 1 semester hour.

Supervised work in theatre production. Enrollment must be approved by a theatre faculty member and does not presume casting in a given production. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. F, S, Su

THEA 3393 Independent Research Projects I: 1-3 semester hours.

Under the supervision of the Theatre faculty, intermediate students will undertake special research projects in theatre, focusing on themes, methods and/or problems encountered early in one's stage life. May be repeated once with different content for a maximum total of 6 credits. F, S

THEA 3399 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times.

THEA 4400 Theatre Background I: 3 semester hours.

Theatre and drama, from their origins through the Jacobean period. AF

THEA 4401 Theatre Background II: 3 semester hours.

Study of the theatre and drama from the Spanish Golden Age through the "well-made play." AS

THEA 4402 Stage Costume History: 3 semester hours.

A survey of the history of western clothing from Ancient Egypt through the present. Study of the social context and motivations behind the evolution of clothing, silhouette, and costume components. PREREQ: THEA 2221 or permission of instructor. AF

THEA 4403 Stage Costume Design: 3 semester hours.

Costume design for the theatre incorporating the influence of period, concept, and mood. Course work includes text analysis, research, drawing, painting, and collage. AS

THEA 4404 Problems in Acting: 3 semester hours.

Focuses on special acting problems such as characterization, movement, voice, pantomime, film and television acting. Content varies from year to year. May be repeated for up to 6 credits with permission of the instructor. PREREQ: THEA 2251, THEA 2252. AS

THEA 4405 Advanced Costume Construction: 3 semester hours.

A study in period corset and millinery construction. A lab course in which students gain practical experience and skills crucial to a career in costume technology. PREREQ: THEA 2221. AF

THEA 4406 Advanced Light Design: 3 semester hours.

Study of lighting design in performing arts. Students gain knowledge through actualized projects, study of television and film lighting, and exploration of the Controllable Properties including color. PREREQ: THEA 1111, THEA 3311, and THEA 3312. D

THEA 4412 Scenic Painting: 3 semester hours.

A study of painting techniques as used in theatrical scenery; theory, practice, and equipment will be investigated as they apply to the art of stage painting. AF

THEA 4414 Advanced Makeup: 2 semester hours.

Concentrated study of characterization, care, setting, styling and application of various types of wigs. Design and construction of polyfoam prosthesis. PREREQ: THEA 2214 or permission of instructor. AS

THEA 4419 Modern European Theatre: 3 semester hours.

Continental and British theatre and drama from 1850 to mid-twentieth century. OF

THEA 4420 American Theatre History: 3 semester hours.

American theatre and drama from the beginnings to mid-twentieth century. D

THEA 4421 Basic Pattern Drafting for Stage Costuming: 3 semester hours.

Cutting patterns from measurements. Adjusting various patterns to designs. Alterations and fittings. PREREQ: THEA 2221 or permission of instructor. AF

THEA 4422 Period Pattern Drafting for Stage Costuming: 3 semester hours.

Use of the basic patterns to reproduce historical costumes from the 12th century to 1950. PREREQ: THEA 4405 or permission of instructor. OF

THEA 4424 Advanced Acting Styles: 3 semester hours.

Study of various period styles of acting including Greek, Medieval, Elizabethan, Restoration, and 19th century melodrama. The student will act in a series of special projects encompassing a variety of styles. PREREQ: THEA 2251, THEA 2252, or permission of instructor. AF

THEA 4426 Advanced Scene Design: 3 semester hours.

Study of scene design in performing arts and beyond. Students work toward portfolio-quality work in realized and non-realized projects in theatre, television, film, and design areas. PREREQ: THEA 1111, THEA 3311, and THEA 3312. D

THEA 4455 Beginning Stage Direction: 3 semester hours.

Consideration of aesthetics of dramatic production and the relationship of basic techniques of stage direction. Includes the direction of scenes and one-act plays. PREREQ: THEA 1111, THEA 2251, THEA 2252, or permission of instructor. F

THEA 4456 Advanced Stage Direction: 3 semester hours.

Advanced theories in techniques of stage direction including consideration of period styles. The student will direct a series of advanced projects including scenes and a full-length play. PREREQ: THEA 4455 or permission of instructor. AS

THEA 4470 Contemporary Theatre: 3 semester hours.

World drama and theatre during the two most recent decades. AS

THEA 4490 Practicum Theatre Arts II: 1-3 semester hours.

Recital projects for advanced students in various areas of theatre arts. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with different titles. AS

THEA 4491 Independent Research Projects II: 1-3 semester hours.

Under the supervision of the Theatre faculty, the advanced student will undertake special research projects in theatre, focusing on themes, methods and/or problems encountered later in one's stage life. May be repeated once with different content for a maximum total of 6 credits. F, S

THEA 4499 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content.

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