Theatre Studies Major (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Program Overview

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 is based in the Department of Theatre & Dance. For further information, go to: BA Theatre Studies (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 Theatre Studies (BA), must complete the major requirements listed below:


THEATRE STUDIES MAJOR

Complete 63 semester hours including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. THEATRE STUDIES CORE COURSES

    Complete the following for 33 semester hours:

    1. THEATRE STUDIES CORE COURSES

      Complete the following for 28 semester hours:

      THTR 140 Introduction to Design for Theatre (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      THTR 150 Introduction to Technical Theatre (0.5 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 1
      THTR 155 Stage Management (3 hours lecture) 3
      THTR 180 Performance Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
      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 311 20th and 21st Century Playwrights (3 hours lecture) 3
      THTR 330 Play Direction I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
      THTR 391 Playwriting I (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. THEATRE STUDIES PRODUCTION COURSES

      1. Complete the following 3 courses:

        THTR 200 Production Stagecraft (2 hours lab) 1
        THTR 201 Production Operations 1
        THTR 202 Production Costumes 1
      2. Complete an additional 2 semester hours from the following:

        THTR 200 Production Stagecraft (2 hours lab) 1
        THTR 201 Production Operations 1
        THTR 202 Production Costumes 1
  2. THEATRE STUDIES ELECTIVES

    Complete 27 semester hours from the following: .

    CMST 326 Integrated Communications (2.5 hours lecture) 3
    ENTR 201 The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENTR 290 Selected Topics in Entrepreneurship (2 hours lecture, 0.5 hours field/class) 1-3
    ENTR 301 Creating Your Startup Business Model (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENTR 302 Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 215 Beginning Drama Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
    FILM 230 Introduction to Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
    FILM 255 Film Story Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
    FILM 310 Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
    GNHU 285 Mythology (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 101 Creativity for Theatre Artists (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 110 Acting II - B.A (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 175 Theatre in Performance (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 238 Musical Theatre I (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 256 Stage Management II (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 257 Commercial and Nonprofit Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 262 Visual Media Design and Technology for Live Performance (3 hours lab, 1 hour lecture) 3
    THTR 265 The Contemporary Theatre of Cultural Diversity (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 329 Introduction to Dramaturgy: The Questioning Spirit (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 335 Dramaturgical Styles (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 338 Musical Theatre II (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 366 Stage Technique: Combat (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 381 Theatre Administration and Audience Development (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 382 Contracts and Law in Theatre (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 385 Production Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 395 Playwriting II (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 400 Fundraising & Board Development (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 401 Business of the Arts (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 411 Dramatic Criticism (3 hours lecture) 3
    THTR 430 Play Direction II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
    THTR 490 Theatre Cooperative Education Experience 4-16
  3. THEATRE STUDIES COLLATERAL COURSE

    Complete 3 semester hours from the following: .

    THTR 105 Acting I (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

CMST326: Integrated Communications (2.5 hours lecture)

The rapid evolution of media and technology, coupled with the increasing fragmentation of audiences, present challenges to organizations and brands to present a coherent and compelling narrative to the multiple stakeholders they need to reach. This course addresses the complex communications mix comprising of such activities as advertising, public relations, online and viral marketing, social network relationship building, sponsorships, and event planning that organizations can use strategically to position their brands and develop integrated campaigns. Students will analyze contemporary cases and be encouraged to think in innovative ways as they create integrated communication campaigns with measurable objectives. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210 or THTR 257.

ENTR201: The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation (3 hours lecture)

This hands-on, highly interactive course is for all students interested in someday starting or owning a business or enterprise, or just exploring how entrepreneurs think and innovate. Students pursuing any major or discipline will benefit from the lessons and real-life stories of guest entrepreneurs. Students will explore creative problem solving and, in teams, develop and test problem solutions using an "opportunity discovery canvas" approach. Teams will receive guidance and feedback from instructors, mentors, and guest speakers. This course may be taken as a stand-alone course or as the first of three courses leading to a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

ENTR290: Selected Topics in Entrepreneurship (2 hours lecture, 0.5 hours field/class)

An examination of topics not covered in existing entrepreneurship classes. Course topics will vary to reflect current issues, emerging cross disciplinary intersections and student interest. Through experiential activities, guest speakers, current readings and/or case studies students are exposed to emerging interdisciplinary topics within the broad area of entrepreneurship. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENTR 201.

ENTR301: Creating Your Startup Business Model (3 hours lecture)

This course takes students who have completed The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation course deeper into the process of startup enterprise development. The course is structured to be delivered in a concentrated format and taken in the same semester as (followed by) Course III, Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup. Teams of students will test their entrepreneurial ideas using a creative "lean canvas" approach to constructing a business model. Students will "get out of the building" and in a cyclical process of trial, feedback and retrial, modify or revise their models, and create prototypes or mockups of their proposed products or services. Each team will be assigned a mentor who is an experienced entrepreneur. The course will culminate in formal presentations by each team to a panel of instructors, mentors and entrepreneurs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENTR 201.

ENTR302: Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup (3 hours lecture)

With this experiential course, students who have completed The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation (Course I) and Creating Your Startup Business Model (Course II) will conclude the series and earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. The course is structured to be delivered in a concentrated format and taken in the same semester as (following) Course II. Teams of students will work with instructors and mentors to further refine and validate their business models and product/service offerings and prepare formal "pitches" for potential investors and partners. Students will explore in greater depth the financial feasibility of their models, develop a sales and marketing "roadmap" and consider the range of funding options. Guest speakers will include venture capitalists and investors as well as crowdfunding experts and successful entrepreneurs. The course will culminate in a formal juried pitch competition open to university students, faculty and staff. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENTR 201.

ENWR215: Beginning Drama Workshop (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to writing and evaluating dramatic dialogue with consideration of the problems of form, characterization and action. Usually students will complete a one-act play. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

FILM230: Introduction to Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

An introduction to the art of screenwriting through short writing exercises; analysis of produced screenplays and films along with the completion of a short screenplay. Students will be expected to develop creative as well as technical aspects of the craft. Previous course ARFM 230 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

FILM255: Film Story Analysis (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to explore and deepen the understanding of story structure though the analysis of successful films. Students will learn how essential information is relayed through visual means, how dramatic momentum is built with cause and effect, and what makes a character credible and complex. Students will end the term with an ability to critically examine a film via its screenplay and apply that knowledge to their own work. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

FILM310: Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

The art and craft of writing for the screen will be both studied and practiced. After studying the fundamentals of effective cinematic story construction and dialogue writing, students will be required to write a half hour film script. Cross listed with English, ENFL 310. Previous course ARFM 310 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and FILM 230.

GNHU285: Mythology (3 hours lecture)

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. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Starting Winter 2016: GNHU 115 or GNHU 151; or ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

THTR101: Creativity for Theatre Artists (3 hours lecture)

An exploration of the creative impulse as expressed through the medium of theatre. This is a course intended to ground the student with an understanding of the self, the process, and provide a beginning exploration of the elements and principles of artistic expression specific to theatre. 3 sh.

THTR105: Acting I (3 hours lecture)

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. 3 sh.

THTR110: Acting II - B.A (3 hours lecture)

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

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

THTR140: Introduction to Design for Theatre (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

This course intends to develop students' understanding of textual interpretation as it relates to theatre design. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of ideas and the process by which visual metaphors are formed, developed and re-thought through the process of collaboration. Course includes text analysis, research, and the exploration of design ideas from a liberal arts point of view. Students are not expected to have strong technical skills. 3 sh.

THTR150: Introduction to Technical Theatre (0.5 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

An introductory course in technical theatre including scenic construction, lighting and sound technology and costume construction. Students will gain practical experience in various theatre production shops. 1 sh.

THTR155: Stage Management (3 hours lecture)

A study in the organizational skills needed to document and manage a theatre or dance production from audition to final performance. May be repeated once for a total of six credits. Previous course THTR 255 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

THTR175: Theatre in Performance (3 hours lecture)

Play-going class that introduces students to the variety of theatre and performance experiences in New York and New Jersey. The course combines attendance at plays with classroom discussion and text analysis. All styles and genres of performance will be considered when selecting productions. 3 sh.

THTR180: Performance Studies (3 hours lecture)

Performance Studies focuses on performance as a method of textual study, as an aesthetic event, and as a social and rhetorical act. Exploring how performance operates as a way of knowing, of being, and of acting in our world. This course is concerned with performances that occur in classroom spaces, theatre spaces, everyday spaces, and social spaces. Related course work includes textual study; oral history and ethnography; and the theory of and practice in writing, designing, and directing performative events. Students are encouraged to participation in regional and national conferences and festivals, along with campus, and community performance and production projects. 3 sh.

THTR200: Production Stagecraft (2 hours lab)

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.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

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.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

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.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

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.

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.

THTR256: Stage Management II (3 hours lecture)

This course defines the responsibilities of the stage management position for various performance mediums including dance, opera, musical theatre and television. Content includes an introduction to the various unions involved in performance, the nature of collaboration and leadership and students will explore a variety of management styles. Previous course THTR 343 effective through Fall 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 155.

THTR257: Commercial and Nonprofit Management (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed for individuals who are new to the field of arts management, and are considering an arts management career. This course will introduce "business of the arts," commercial and nonprofit, providing students with an overview of the careers and the types of work that arts managers do, bringing the arts and cultural programs to audiences, organizing programs such as fes2vals and exhibits, performing arts events and film screenings. The course will encourage research and examina2on of the current issues and trends now affec2ng arts management professionals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 180.

THTR262: Visual Media Design and Technology for Live Performance (3 hours lab, 1 hour lecture)

An introduction to the design and technology of visual media for live performance events such as theatre, dance, and concerts. Cross listed with DNCE 262. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150 or THTR 152 or DNCE 150.

THTR265: The Contemporary Theatre of Cultural Diversity (3 hours lecture)

The course examines multicultural issues raised in the plays of contemporary American playwrights. Relevant theatre attendance is part of the class requirement. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

THTR311: 20th and 21st Century Playwrights (3 hours lecture)

Students will read and examine several plays written from the beginning of the twentieth century through the present. Secondary readings devoted to specific plays, including the early political and folk plays of the 1910s and 1920s, and protest drama of the 1940s will be studied. Students will explore The Revolutionary Theater Movement of the '60s and how contemporary playwrights have expanded the contours of the American dramatic landscape, addressing complex topics such as race/gender, and gay/lesbian issues. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 211.

THTR329: Introduction to Dramaturgy: The Questioning Spirit (3 hours lecture)

Introduces student performers and scholars to "the dramaturg's way." As a collaborative member of the theatrical team, the dramaturg serves as literary and historical advisor, script interpreter, journalist and context-provider for director, cast and production crew. Effective dramaturgy draws upon skills in text analysis and writing, and requires a deep appreciation for cultural traditions and current events. Developing fresh and imaginative approaches to six hypothetical theatrical productions, students will come away with a vivid conception of how it feels to be a practitioner of this integral and important craft. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 208 or MTTH 231.

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.

THTR335: Dramaturgical Styles (3 hours lecture)

Students will learn the methods of dramaturgical analysis; study theatre aesthetics, the history and philosophy of theatre as a form from the classical period to the present postmodern period; and become conversant in current developments in critical theory. Students will be encouraged to pursue comparatively traditional research such as the editing of plays for performance and contemporary critical approaches in areas such as audience reception, feminist/gender criticism, semiotics, post-structural theory, and cultural studies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 208.

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.

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.

THTR381: Theatre Administration and Audience Development (3 hours lecture)

The initiation, development and continuing operation of the theatrical enterprise including methods of finance, budget and contract and methods of audience research and development. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 256.

THTR382: Contracts and Law in Theatre (3 hours lecture)

A study of the legal aspects of work in theatre including contracts and unions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 256.

THTR385: Production Management (3 hours lecture)

Study and compare aspects related to the management of theatrical productions in professional and educational theatre. The course will cover resource management, budget planning and tracking, labor union rules and regulations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 256.

THTR391: Playwriting I (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.

THTR395: Playwriting II (3 hours lecture)

This course is a continued exploration of writing for the stage with the study of dramaturgical elements in the work of contemporary and classic playwrights. Students will examine and continue study of story development, structure, and the use of dialogue. They will hone their craft; through creating multiple narrative strategies as well as generating short scripts and a completed one act. This course will also focus on professional training and development to learn about the business and how to producing one's own work, agents, graduate schools, and submitting to new play festivals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 391.

THTR400: Fundraising & Board Development (3 hours lecture)

This course presents the principles and methods of raising funds for nonprofit arts organizations from individuals, businesses, government agencies and foundations. These methods could include grant writing, direct marketing, special events, researching and soliciting major donors and identifying potential board member. Students will study how to cultivate and maintain a governing body that promotes a legally sound, effective, and successful nonprofit organization. The course will culminate in the development of a fundraising action plan for a nonprofit or a case study organization. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 381.

THTR401: Business of the Arts (3 hours lecture)

Designed especially for those who are unfamiliar with financial concepts, this course will introduce students to developing a budget and reading and interpreting financial statements. Through discussion and hands-on exercises, students will explore ways of developing and sustaining fiscal responsibility throughout an organization, including the understanding of roles and responsibilities of the board of directors, management and staff. The course will culminate in the preparation of a financial plan for your own nonprofit or a case study of an organization. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 381.

THTR411: Dramatic Criticism (3 hours lecture)

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 (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.

THTR490: Theatre Cooperative Education Experience

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.