Theatre Studies Major (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2009 University Catalog

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Theatre Studies provides students with a solid foundation in performance, dramatic literature, theatre history, dramaturgy, and stagecraft within the context of a liberal arts curriculum.  The program emphasizes both the practical and the theoretical aspects of theatre, and is oriented toward the rigorous training of well-rounded, responsible theatre artists who value ensemble, collaboration, and artistic community. The program requires a successful interview and group audition for admission to the program. (note: All Theatre & Dance majors must pass yearly juries/portfolio reviews and faculty evaluations for continuation in the programs.)

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


THEATRE STUDIES MAJOR

Complete 69 semester hours including the following 6 requirement(s):

  1. THEATRE STUDIES

    Complete the following 7 courses:

    THTR 100 Introduction to the Theatrical Medium 3
    THTR 208 Play Script Interpretation 3
    THTR 210 Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan 3
    THTR 211 Theatre History: Restoration to Modern 3
    THTR 361 B.A. Theatre Workshop 3
    THTR 410 Senior Project: B.A. Theatre 3
    THTR 411 Dramatic Criticism 3
  2. PRODUCTION STUDIES I

    Complete the following 2 requirements for 16 semester hours:

    1. Complete the following 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

      THTR 105 Acting I 3
      THTR 110 Acting II - B.A 3
      THTR 150 Stagecraft 3
      THTR 330 Play Direction I 3
    2. Complete the following 4 requirement(s) for 4 semester hours:

      1. Complete for 1 semester hours.

        THTR 200 Production Stagecraft 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 1 semester hours.

        THTR 203 Business of Production 1
  3. PRODUCTION STUDIES II

    Complete 2 semester hours from the following:

    THTR 200 Production Stagecraft 1
    THTR 201 Production Operations 1
    THTR 202 Production Costumes 1
    THTR 203 Business of Production 1
    THTR 204 Performance Production I 1
    THTR 206 Performance: Production II 1
    THTR 207 Performance: Production III 1
  4. THEATRE ELECTIVES

    Complete 9 semester hours from the following:

    THTR 112 Singing for the Actor I 3
    THTR 160 Drawing and Rendering I: Theatre 3
    THTR 212 Singing for the Actor II 3
    THTR 234 History of Decor. Start Spring 2010: History of Style: Pre-History to Elizabethan 3
    THTR 238 Musical Theatre I 3
    THTR 245 Drafting I: Theatre 3
    THTR 252 Scene Design I 3
    THTR 258 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting 3
    THTR 278 Stage Make-Up 3
    THTR 338 Musical Theatre II 3
    THTR 362 Stage Dialects 3
    THTR 366 Stage Technique: Combat 3
    THTR 391 Playwriting 3
    THTR 430 Play Direction II 3
    THTR 433 Shakespeare Workshop 3
    THTR 490 Internship in Theatre 4-16
  5. THEATRE STUDIES COLLATERAL REQUIREMENT

    Complete 2 courses from the following:

    ENGL 234 American Drama 3
    ENGL 254 English Drama: Beginnings to 1642 3
    ENGL 263 Art of Drama 3
    ENGL 353 Shakespeare: Comedies-Histories 3
    GNHU 285 Mythology 3
    MUGN 100 Introduction to Music 3
  6. REQUIRED COURSES OUTSIDE OF MAJOR

    Complete the following 5 courses:

    ANTH 100 Cultural Anthropology 3
    HIST 103 Foundations of Western Civilization 3
    PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
    SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3

Course Descriptions:

ANTH100: Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to the basic concepts, goals, and research strategies of anthropology, the nature of culture, its role in human experience, and its universality. Presentation of cross-cultural examples and conceptual frameworks for understanding and explaining cultural diversity. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Social Science, Survey Course. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement, World Cultures. 3 sh.

ENGL234: American Drama

American drama chosen for excellence or representative of a significant era or movement in the theatre from the early 18th century imitative works through melodrama to the serious works of the 20th century. Centered on major American playwrights and their work. The course also examines the backgrounds of our modern stage, including readings in minor/historical works. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL254: English Drama: Beginnings to 1642

English drama from its Medieval origins to the closing of the theaters in 1642; from miracles, mysteries and moralities through the development of Tudor and Stuart drama. Shakespeare excluded. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL263: Art of Drama

An introduction to dramatic literature and the ways in which man expresses himself and his community through drama as a blend of word and gesture. Start Spring 2010: This course explores the major forms, features, eras, and writers of world drama from ancient times to the present. Selections of plays explore ways in which cultural issues are performed. By examining a wide variety of such performances in their historical and political contexts, students will gain a broad appreciation for theater and a deep understanding of the may ways in which it expresses the tragedy and comedy of the human condition. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL353: Shakespeare: Comedies-Histories

Representative comedies and histories: their sources, devices and characteristics; their staging in the context of Elizabethan society; and Shakespeare's vision of man as actor. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

GNHU285: Mythology

The nature and interpretation of mythology, primarily as seen through the myths of Greece and Rome. Selected comparative study of myths of the Near East, Iran, India and other cultures. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, World Literature or General Humanities. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Humanities, World Literature or General Humanities. 3 sh.

HIST103: Foundations of Western Civilization

Origins and development of Western civilization to about 1350: Egyptian, Judaic, Greek, Roman, Islamic and Medieval European contributions. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, American or European History. Meets 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Social Science, American/European History 3 sh.

MUGN100: Introduction to Music

A guide to the understanding and enjoyment of western art music through study of its principal elements: melody, rhythm, harmony, form. Comparisons to musics of other parts of the world. Discussion of the ways, implicit and explicit, in which art music can serve political or social purposes. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. 3 sh.

PHIL100: Introduction to Philosophy

The nature, scope, methods, basic problems and major types of philosophy. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, Philosophy or Religion. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Humanities, Philosophy/Religion. 3 sh.

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior and surveys major topics within the diverse discipline of psychology. Topics covered will come from each of four core areas offered by the psychology department: Social/Applied (e.g., Social, Industrial-Organizational, Health), Biological Basis of Behavior (e.g., Physiology, Perception, Motivation/Emotion, Comparative Animal Behavior), Cognition (e.g., Learning and Memory, Conditioning and Learning, Cognition, Language) and Personality (e.g., Personality, Abnormal, Development). Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science for non-psychology majors only. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Social Science, Survey Course for non-psychology majors only. 3 sh.

SPCM101: Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement

This course introduces students to the theoretical and practical requirements of different types of public presentations and helps students develop an understanding and appreciation of the dynamic nature of the communication process. The course focuses on the basic elements of the communication process, listening, communicator and audience characteristics, basic research skills, and message composition and delivery. Students learn about the demands of public presentations in culturally and professionally diverse environments and develop presentation competence and flexibility. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Communication, Communication. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Communication, Speaking/Listening. 3 sh.

THTR100: Introduction to the Theatrical Medium

All forms of theatrical literature and productions including drama, ballet, mime, opera, circus, musical comedy and mass media. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. 3 sh.

THTR105: Acting I

Basic introduction to acting for the non-major; involving exploration of one's self and experiencing inwardly; deepening the personal involvement and significance of actions; improvisation and exercises for perception, self-awareness and justification. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

THTR110: Acting II - B.A

Continuation of Acting I including improvisation, scene study, characterization and script analysis. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 105; B.A. Theatre Studies majors only.

THTR112: Singing for the Actor I

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.

THTR150: Stagecraft

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.

THTR160: Drawing and Rendering I: Theatre

A drawing course aimed at developing skills necessary for rendering techniques for stage designs. Perspective drawing, the use of light, shadow, composition, landscape and the techniques in different media (such as pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, tempera), basic water color technique, color theory, and architectural sketching are included. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR200: Production Stagecraft

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.

THTR203: Business of Production

The application of business and theatre management principles to the operations of the theatre business office, including advertising, program design and creation, educational outreach and front-of-house. May be repeated seven times for a maximum of 8.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR204: Performance Production I

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

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

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

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 THAC, THMT, THPD and THST majors. 3 sh.

THTR210: Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan

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 THAC, THMT, THPD and THST majors. 3 sh.

THTR211: Theatre History: Restoration to Modern

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 MMTH, THAC, THMT, THPD and THST majors. 3 sh.

THTR212: Singing for the Actor II

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.

THTR234: History of Decor. Start Spring 2010: History of Style: Pre-History to Elizabethan

The major architectural and decorative periods of the world and their influences and role in the theatre as applied to the designer, from Ancient to Post-Modern. Start Spring 2010: An introduction to the major styles in costume, architecture and decor of western civilization from pre-history to the Elizabethan age. Particular attention will be given to the influences and role of style, as used by designers, in theatre production. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Production/Design concentration majors only. Start Spring 2010: THTR 208.

THTR238: Musical Theatre I

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.

THTR245: Drafting I: Theatre

Techniques in theatrical drafting that explore the mechanics of drafting through the solution of practical problems in floor planning, front and rear elevations; the use of different building techniques, materials and structures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR252: Scene Design I

Interpretation of dramatic texts towards the realization of effective stage designs. Styles and principles will be explored as well as the complete process which translates visual concepts into stage worthy designs. The use of different media: drawing ground plans, paint, front elevations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 160.

THTR258: Fundamentals of Stage Lighting

The functions of light on stage; the use of lighting equipment. Application work in the Memorial Auditorium and the L. Howard Fox Studio Theatre. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 152 is a prerequisite and THTR 245 may be taken as a prerequisite or corequisite.

THTR278: Stage Make-Up

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.

THTR330: Play Direction I

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.

THTR338: Musical Theatre II

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.

THTR361: B.A. Theatre Workshop

This course explores a variety of dramatic material for performance potential. It melds performance and directing with the study of literature and aspects of playwriting to create a dynamic theatrical experience that draws on students' theoretical background as well as performance skills. 3 sh.

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

THTR362: Stage Dialects

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

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

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.

THTR410: Senior Project: B.A. Theatre

This course is the capstone for the BA in Theatre Studies Program. Final project with a written and practical/performance component will be devised by the students in collaboration with a faculty playwright and/or director. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 361.

THTR411: Dramatic Criticism

Dramatic principles of theme, content, and characterization as they relate to production and performance; evaluation and analysis of the basic ingredients of dramatic criticism as related to the critic, the director, the scenic artist and the performer. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 208 and THTR 361.

THTR430: Play Direction II

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

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

Prerequisites: THTR 322 or 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: B.A.Theatre Studies and B.F.A.Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre, and Production/Design concentration majors only; and senior standing and departmental approval.