The theatre major prepares students for careers in acting, design and technology, production, management and teaching. A graduate is expected to possess the following competencies: the ability to understand and apply the skills necessary for success as an actor or actress; to prepare students, non-students and professionals for theatrical presentations; to direct, produce and manage the overall operations of a theatre; to possess an understanding of the role of theatre in today’s society and to the theatre of other cultures.
Required courses in the major (43-44 sh)
THE 1310 - Introduction to the Theatre
THE 1310 - (THE 210) - A survey of the fields of theatre activity designed to provide introductory knowledge of all phases of drama, literature, performance, theatre plants and equipment, and production procedures.
THE 211 - Oral Interpretation
Analysis of theme, mood, imagery, and style in order to interpret prose and poetry. Practice in planning and presenting these materials is included.
THE 311 - Readers Theatre
A study of literary materials with a view to their use in the presentation of programs for adults and children.
THE 213 - Fundamentals of Acting
Basic acting techniques of characterization, role analysis,stage movement, voice and body control.
THE 215 - Technical Theatre
Lecture and laboratory in the basic techniques of scene construction, lighting, painting, drafting, and rigging. Note Laboratory hours include the crewing of one production in addition to supervised labs on the various production areas.
THE 445 - Projects in Acting
Advanced Speech and movement for stage. The work includes pantomime, characterization, and materials for interpretation for director as well as for actor. Prerequisite The 213.
THE 316 - Lighting for the Theatre
The basic techniques of the principles and practices of lighting design for stage and television. Included are design functions, instrumentation, electricity, history and theories of design. Corequisite THE 215
THE 349 - Theatrical Costuming
Theory of costume design in relation to unified stage production. A study of fabric, texture, line, mass, color, and periods of dress. Laboratory in costume construction and the crewing of one production.
THE 366 - Introduction to Scene Design
An introduction to the elements of design with a concentration on proper techniques of drafting ground plans and other design drawings. Included is the designing of a final design project. Prerequisite The 215 or permission of the instructor.
THE 340 - History of the Theatre I
Detailed study of the development of all phases of theatre art and drama from its origins to Elizabethan Theatre. Includes study of theatre plants, plays and major dramatic movements. Prerequisite The 1310 or permission of the instructor.
THE 440 - History of the Theatre II
Detailed study of the development of all phases of theatre art and drama from the French Renaissance to the present. Includes study of theatre plants, plays and major dramatic movements. Prerequisite The 1310 or permission of the instructor.
THE 415 - Stage Directing
The procedure and the problems involved in directing a play from selection of the script, tryouts, and conducting rehearsals to the final production.
THE 480 - Lyric Theatre
This course will concern the questions and problems raised by fusion of words and music in musical theatre. Classical and popular repertory from many different nations and cultures are examined. Prerequisite Junior Standing.
THE 489 - Independent Study
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite Consent of head.
THE 490 - H Honors Thesis
THE 495 - Senior Theatre Project
Theatre research and/or creative work that is intended to be the culmination of the theatre or broad field theatre major. The work consists of a project proposal, outline, paper, and bibliography. Prerequisite Senior standing.
A study of the voice mechanism and the International Phonetic Alphabet in order that the student may improve vocal performances and correct careless and ineffective speech habits.