Theatre Major, Acting Concentration (B.F.A.) - Undergraduate - 2009 University Catalog

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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 86 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. VOICE/SPEECH/MOVEMENT/PRODUCTION

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. ACTING COURSES

      Complete the following for 51 semester hours:

      THTR 115 Acting I - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation I 3
      THTR 120 Movement for the Actor I 3
      THTR 125 Voice for the Performer I 3
      THTR 130 Acting II - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation II 3
      THTR 220 Movement for the Actor II 3
      THTR 222 Acting III - B.F.A.: Scene Study I 3
      THTR 223 Acting IV - B.F.A.: Scene Study II 3
      THTR 225 Voice for the Performer-II 3
      THTR 322 Acting V - B.F.A.: Classical Acting I 3
      THTR 323 Acting VI - B.F.A.: Classical Acting II 3
      THTR 324 Acting VII - B.F.A. Advanced Scene Study 3
      THTR 325 Voice for the Performer-III 3
      THTR 326 Speech for the Performer I 3
      THTR 327 Speech for the Performer II 3
      THTR 328 Speech for the Performer III 3
      THTR 330 Play Direction I 3
      THTR 366 Stage Technique: Combat 3
    2. PERFORMANCE & PRODUCTION

      Complete the following 2 requirements for 8 semester hours:

      1. PRODUCTION

        Complete 4 courses:

        THTR 200 Production Stagecraft 1
        THTR 201 Production Operations 1
        THTR 202 Production Costumes 1
        THTR 203 Business of Production 1
      2. PERFORMANCE

        Complete 4 semester hours from the following

        THTR 204 Performance Production I 1
        THTR 206 Performance: Production II 1
        THTR 207 Performance: Production III 1
  2. SUPPORTIVE THEATRE COURSES

    Complete the following 6 courses:

    THTR 100 Introduction to the Theatrical Medium 3
    THTR 150 Stagecraft 3
    THTR 208 Play Script Interpretation 3
    THTR 211 Theatre History: Restoration to Modern 3
    THTR 278 Stage Make-Up 3
  3. MAJOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

    THTR 112 Singing for the Actor I 3
    THTR 210 Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan 3
    THTR 212 Singing for the Actor II 3
    THTR 238 Musical Theatre I 3
    THTR 338 Musical Theatre II 3
    THTR 362 Stage Dialects 3
    THTR 391 Playwriting 3
    THTR 425 Senior Showcase for Actors 3
    THTR 430 Play Direction II 3
    THTR 433 Shakespeare Workshop 3
    THTR 435 Dramatic Workshop 3
    THTR 490 Internship in Theatre 4-16
  4. COLLATERAL COURSE

    Complete the following course for 6 semester hours:

    DNCE 155 Dance Technique: Ballet I 3

Course Descriptions:

DNCE155: Dance Technique: Ballet I

Study of basic ballet terminology, barre work, center floor exercises. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve credits. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 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.

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.

THTR115: Acting I - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation I

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

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

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

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

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

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.

THTR220: Movement for the Actor II

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

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

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

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

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

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.

THTR322: Acting V - B.F.A.: Classical Acting I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

THTR425: Senior Showcase for Actors

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

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.

THTR435: Dramatic Workshop

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