Theatre Major, Acting Concentration (B.F.A.) - Undergraduate - 2012 University Catalog

You are viewing the 2012 University Catalog. Please see the newest version of the University Catalog for the most current version of this program's requirements.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Acting provides rigorous training with an intensive focus in acting, preparing students to work in theatre, film and television. Acting majors develop exceptional performance skills through a combination of intense classroom work and production opportunities. (note: All Theatre & Dance majors must pass yearly juries/portfolio reviews and faculty evaluation for continuation in the programs.)

The BFA in Theatre (Acting concentration) is a program of the Department of Theatre & Dance.  For further information, click here

Curriculum Requirements:  All university students must fulfill the set of General Education Requirements applicable to their degree.  In addition, students pursuing the Theatre Major, Acting (BFA) must complete the requirements below:



ACTING CONCENTRATION

Complete 81 semester hours including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. ACTING REQUIREMENTS

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. ACTING/VOICE/SPEECH/MOVEMENT

      Complete 4 requirements for 57 semester hours:

      1. ACTING

        Complete the following 7 courses: .

        THTR 115 Acting I - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 130 Acting II - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 222 Acting III - B.F.A.: Scene Study I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 223 Acting IV - B.F.A.: Scene Study II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 322 Acting V - B.F.A.: Classical Acting I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 323 Acting VI - B.F.A.: Classical Acting II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 324 Acting VII - B.F.A. Advanced Scene Study (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
      2. VOICE

        Complete the following 3 courses:

        THTR 125 Voice for the Performer I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 225 Voice for the Performer-II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 325 Voice for the Performer-III (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
      3. SPEECH

        Complete the following 3 courses:

        THTR 326 Speech for the Performer I (3 hours lecture) 3
        THTR 327 Speech for the Performer II (3 hours lecture) 3
        THTR 328 Speech for the Performer III (3 hours lecture) 3
      4. MOVEMENT

        Complete the following 6 courses:

        THTR 120 Movement for the Actor I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 220 Movement for the Actor II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 320 Movement for the Actor III (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 321 Movement for the Actor IV (3 hours lecture) 3
        THTR 331 Movement for the Actor V (3 hours lecture) 3
        THTR 332 Movement for the Actor VI (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. PERFORMANCE & PRODUCTION

      Complete the following 2 requirements for 9 semester hours:

      1. PRODUCTION

        Complete 4 requirements for 6 semester hours:

        1. Complete for 1 semester hours.

          THTR 200 Production Stagecraft (1 hour lecture, 2 hours other) 1
        2. Complete for 1 semester hours.

          THTR 201 Production Operations 1
        3. Complete for 1 semester hours.

          THTR 202 Production Costumes 1
        4. Complete for 3 semester hours.

          THTR 330 Play Direction I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
      2. PERFORMANCE

        Complete 3 semester hours from the following list.

        THTR 204 Performance Production I (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab) 1
        THTR 206 Performance: Production II (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab) 1
        THTR 207 Performance: Production III (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab) 1
  2. SUPPORTIVE THEATRE COURSES

    Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

    THTR 208 Play Script Interpretation (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 210 Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 211 Theatre History: Restoration to Modern (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 278 Stage Make-Up (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
  3. MAJOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 3 semester hours from the following list.

    THTR 100 Introduction to the Theatrical Medium (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 112 Singing for the Actor I (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 150 Stagecraft (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 212 Singing for the Actor II (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 238 Musical Theatre I (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 338 Musical Theatre II (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 362 Stage Dialects (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 366 Stage Technique: Combat (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 391 Playwriting (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 425 Senior Showcase for Actors (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 430 Play Direction II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
    THTR 433 Shakespeare Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 435 Dramatic Workshop (4 hours studio) 3
    THTR 490 Internship in Theatre 4-16

Course Descriptions:

THTR100: Introduction to the Theatrical Medium (3 hours lecture)

All forms of theatrical literature and productions including drama, ballet, mime, opera, circus, musical comedy and mass media. 3 sh.

THTR112: Singing for the Actor I (3 hours lecture)

This course will develop and train the actors' voice and interpretation of songs through exercises, vocal production technique, in-class vocal assignments, and texts. The student will be expected to learn and prepare several songs over the term and be expected to be able to present them in a professional manner, i.e., with confidence, control and in a manner which best displays the actors' vocal abilities. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 105 or THTR 115.

THTR115: Acting I - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Work on the actor's instrument; use of the senses, involvement with the environment and other actors; concentration, honesty, and work with freeing the body, voice and imagination. Improvisation is the primary tool used for developing the actor's instrument and shaping material. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration only.

THTR120: Movement for the Actor I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Basic movement for the actor in terms of development of characterization, physicality and projection of mood and attitude. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration majors or Musical Theatre majors only.

THTR125: Voice for the Performer I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

The voice skills necessary for the actor. Intensive work directed toward classic and modern styles in stage diction. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration majors only.

THTR130: Acting II - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

A continuation of Acting I with more advanced work on the actor's instrument. Improvisation and theatre games used in developing a workshop for public presentation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 115; B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting Concentration majors only.

THTR150: Stagecraft (3 hours lecture)

An introductory course in technical theatre, primarily, scenery construction, lighting technology and costume construction. A practical experience course that involves stagecraft work in the theatre production shops. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.A. in Theatre Studies, or B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration, or B.F.A. in Theatre, Production/Design concentration, or B.F.A. Dance majors, or Theatre minor students only.

THTR200: Production Stagecraft (1 hour lecture, 2 hours other)

The application of principles learned in THTR 150 (Stagecraft) to the building and mounting of Theatre Series productions. Taken concurrently with THTR 150. 1 sh.

THTR201: Production Operations

The application of principles involving lighting, sound and props to the creation and mounting of non-scenic elements and/or the running crew for Theatre Series productions. May be repeated seven times for a maximum of 8.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR202: Production Costumes

The application of costuming principles and techniques to the building of costumes, mounting Theatre Series productions and/or costume running crew for Theatre Series productions. May be repeated seven times for a maximum of 8.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR204: Performance Production I (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)

Rehearsal, performance and strike for the first Theatre Series production in a given semester. May be repeated twice for a total of 3.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR206: Performance: Production II (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)

Rehearsal, performance and strike for the second Theatre Series in a given semester. May be repeated twice for a total of 3.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR207: Performance: Production III (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)

Rehearsal, performance and strike for the third Theatre Series production in a given semester. May be repeated twice for a total of 3.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR208: Play Script Interpretation (3 hours lecture)

An evaluation of the playscript in terms of the literary, technical and production elements essential to mounting it for performance. A consideration of both the fictional and the functional elements of playscripts. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Theatre. 3 sh.

THTR210: Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan (3 hours lecture)

The development of the theatre from the Classical Greek through the Elizabethan period. Attention to plays, playwrights, theatre architecture, scenery, costuming, styles of acting and presentations; oral reports, lectures and demonstrations.Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Theatre. 3 sh.

THTR211: Theatre History: Restoration to Modern (3 hours lecture)

The development of the theatre from the Restoration through the Modern period. Attention on plays, playwrights, theatre architecture, scenery, costuming, styles of acting and presentations of the period; oral reports, lectures and demonstrations. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Theatre. 3 sh.

THTR212: Singing for the Actor II (3 hours lecture)

This course will continue the work of Singing for the Actor I to train the actors' voice through exercises and vocal production technique designed to provide flexibility and freedom to the singer; to learn to "protect" the voice from harm while maximizing its strengths and potential. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 112.

THTR220: Movement for the Actor II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Advanced movement for the actor in terms of the relationship of movement to characterization and the need to cultivate physical and emotional relationships in body movement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration majors only.

THTR222: Acting III - B.F.A.: Scene Study I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Introduction to Stanislavskian objectives, obstacles and actions in order to create stage truth and to generate physical and emotional involvement. Students explore psychophysical action to project character choices in nonverbal and scripted scene work. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 130; B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting Concentration majors only.

THTR223: Acting IV - B.F.A.: Scene Study II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

A continuation of the study of psychophysical action and the use of objectives and actions to investigate and master stage truth. Students explore advanced character work through more challenging scene study. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 222; B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting Concentration majors only.

THTR225: Voice for the Performer-II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Intermediate study in the voice skills necessary for performance in a professional setting. Advanced work in voice production and vocal characterization directed toward performance styles and stage presentation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration majors only.

THTR238: Musical Theatre I (3 hours lecture)

Production styles, techniques and dramatic conventions used in the musical theatre in relation to direction, music, dance and design. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 105 or 115.

THTR278: Stage Make-Up (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Appreciation of make-up through symbolic aspects and historic differences with regard to theatrical productions. Make-up materials and their uses; creating corrective and character make-up, mustaches and beards for a research or creative experience to compile a practical resource file. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B. A. in Theatre Studies majors, or B. F. A. in Theatre, Acting concentration majors, or B. F. A. in Theatre, Production/Design concentration majors, or Theatre minors only.

THTR320: Movement for the Actor III (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Advanced movement for the actor in terms of the relationship of movement to space and form and the need to cultivate physical and emotional relationships in body movement. Advanced exercises and assignments related to movement in playscripts and in theatrical contexts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 120 and THTR 220 and B.F.A.Theatre, Acting concentration majors only.

THTR321: Movement for the Actor IV (3 hours lecture)

Continued study and mastery of the movement skills necessary for the professional actor with a focus on developing an energized neutral, advancing core strength, and finding character in body centers and qualities of movement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 120, THTR 220, THTR 320.

THTR322: Acting V - B.F.A.: Classical Acting I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

An introduction to work on classical material with an emphasis on Shakespearean texts. New acting demands are layered onto a Stanislavskian base of action and objectives, including physical, vocal, imaginative and analytical work. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 115 and THTR 130 and THTR 222 and THTR 223 and B.F.A.Theatre, Acting concentration majors only.

THTR323: Acting VI - B.F.A.: Classical Acting II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

A continuation of the study of classical work, culminating in a practical demonstration of the actors' engagement with heightened language in an extended project designed to provide students individual assessments of their progress. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 322 and B.F.A.Theatre, Acting Concentration majors only.

THTR324: Acting VII - B.F.A. Advanced Scene Study (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Advanced scene work on texts focused around a specific playwright, period, or style such as mid-20th century American poetic realism or contemporary British political theatre. Students apply techniques of script analysis and research and are coached through the creation of character and relationship. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 323; B.F.A.Theatre, Acting Concentration majors only.

THTR325: Voice for the Performer-III (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Advanced study in the voice skills necessary for performance in a professional setting. Intensive work in voice production and vocal development necessary to develop selected performance styles and techniques. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 125 and THTR 225 and B.F.A. Theatre, Acting concentration majors only.

THTR326: Speech for the Performer I (3 hours lecture)

Study of the speech skills necessary for the professional actor with a focus on the mastery of standard, neutral stage speech. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 125 and THTR 225 and THTR 325 and B.F.A.Theatre, Acting concentration majors only.

THTR327: Speech for the Performer II (3 hours lecture)

Advanced study of the speech skills necessary for the professional actor with a focus on heightened language in Shakespearean texts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 326 and B.F.A.Theatre, Acting concentration majors only.

THTR328: Speech for the Performer III (3 hours lecture)

Advanced study of speech skills for the professional actor with a focus on heightened language in modern texts and individual speech problems. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 327 and B.F.A.Theatre, Acting concentration majors only.

THTR330: Play Direction I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Principles of direction; selection and casting; exercises in composition and movement; scenes directed for class criticism; preparation of prompt book. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: All 100 and 200-level major requirements; and B.F.A. or B.A. Theatre majors only.

THTR331: Movement for the Actor V (3 hours lecture)

Continued study and mastery of the movement skills necessary for the professional actor with a focus on giving and taking energy in a variety of theatrical styles, advancing emotional availability and expression, and furthering student alignment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 120, THTR 220, THTR 320, THTR 321.

THTR332: Movement for the Actor VI (3 hours lecture)

Continued study and mastery of the movement skills necessary for the professional actor with a focus on the integration of movement, sound, and text, placement of heightened text in the body, and period movement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 120, THTR 220, THTR 320, THTR 321, THTR 331.

THTR338: Musical Theatre II (3 hours lecture)

This course explores the role of the singing actor, including characterization and performance skills. It examines the functions of music, lyrics, and script, and how they are integrated into one dramatic effort. It addresses the differences in styles between older presentational musicals and newer musical dramas. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 115 and THTR 130 and THTR 222 and THTR 223; and Musical Theatre majors only.

THTR362: Stage Dialects (3 hours lecture)

Lecture and laboratory demonstration on sound substitutions, rhythms, and inflectional patterns used in creating effective stage dialects. Performance in standard British, Cockney, Irish, Scottish, French, Italian, German, and Spanish dialects. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: All 100 and 200-level major requirements; and Theatre, Dance or Fashion Studies majors only.

THTR366: Stage Technique: Combat (3 hours lecture)

Stage use of sword-play, hand-to-hand combat and combat choreography with broadsword, epee, cudgel and staff among others. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 105 or THTR 115.

THTR391: Playwriting (3 hours lecture)

The creation of an original script suitable for production. The cause to effect play will be investigated as well as newer trends in theatre. Investigation of marketing possibilities and the preparation of scripts for submission. Students should have a background in the technique and artistic aspects of the theatre. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 208 or departmental approval.

THTR425: Senior Showcase for Actors (3 hours lecture)

Preparation and performance of showcases for industry representatives to introduce students to the professional theatre. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Senior level Theatre majors only; and by invitation only.

THTR430: Play Direction II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Advanced play direction with emphasis on the director's analysis of the script and working with performers; participants will direct a scene and a one act play. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 330; all 100 and 200-level major requirements; and B.A. Theatre Studies majors, B.F.A. Theatre, Acting concentration majors, or B.F.A. Theatre, Production/Design majors only.

THTR433: Shakespeare Workshop (3 hours lecture)

Analysis and performance of scenes from Shakespearean histories, comedies, and tragedies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 322 or departmental approval.

THTR435: Dramatic Workshop (4 hours studio)

An advanced course combining students as actors or directors engaged in research and performance of classical and contemporary styles of theatre in a "works-in-progress" atmosphere. Material will be drawn from the full spectrum of theatre. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BA Theatre Studies majors, or BFA Theatre, Acting concentration majors, or BFA Theatre, Production/Design concentration majors only; and junior or senior standing and departmental approval.

THTR490: Internship in Theatre

Upper-class undergraduate students may pursue a major portion of a semesters work under the supervision of an experienced professional practitioner as an assistant in an active, successful theatre, dance, speech or media center program. Departmental eligibility and approval must be secured by the mid-point of the semester preceding registration. Credit by arrangement. 4 - 16 sh.

Prerequisites: BA Theatre Studies and BFA Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre, and Production/Design concentration majors only; and senior standing and departmental approval.