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THEATRE (TH)

Professor Edmond Williams, Chairperson
Office: 115 Rowand-Johnson Hall

$10.00 laboratory fee for all courses except as noted below.

TH 113 Voice and Diction. Three hours.

Credit for this course will not be awarded to students majoring or minoring in theatre. A beginning course designed to assist the student in improving use of his or her voice and speech. Offered each semester and in the summer session.

TH 114 Introduction to Theatre. Three hours.

This course does not satisfy the fine arts requirement for theatre majors. Introduction to the theatre through the study of plays and production techniques.

TH 115 Beginning Acting. Three hours.

Credit for this course will not be awarded to students majoring or minoring in theatre. Training in the basic elements of the actor's craft. Additional hours in related theatre activities may be required.

TH 120 Principles of Stage Design. Three hours.

An introduction to the various areas of theatrical design and technology, including but not limited to scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and makeup.

TH 140 Stage Movement I: Foundations of Expressive Movement. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor, or permission of the instructor.

Course in the use of the actor's body as an expressive tool; body/spatial/sensory awareness, structure and alignment, stage presence and gesture.

TH 141 Acting I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor.

The course is designed to introduce the beginning student to the art and craft of acting.

TH 142 Acting II: Introduction to Scene Study. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 141 and permission of the instructor.

Characterization and textual analysis approached through classroom rehearsals of scenes from modern plays.

TH 165 Musicianship for Musical Theatre Performance I. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

A course in basic musical theatre skills, including sight-singing, playing keyboard instruments, singing in harmony, phonetic transcription, and audition techniques.

TH 166 Musicianship for Musical Theatre Performance II. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 165.

A continuation of TH 165, featuring more advanced work in sight-singing, keyboard, ensemble singing, and audition techniques.

TH 213 Intermediate Acting. Three hours.

Credit for this course will not be awarded to students majoring or minoring in theatre. Introduction to character development through scene study. Additional hours in related theatre activities may be required.

TH 220 Fundamentals of Stage Scenery. Three hours.

Required lab. Survey of the techniques for building, rigging, and painting scenery for various forms of production. Emphasis is on scenery for the legitimate stage.

TH 230 Stage Makeup. Two hours.

Prerequisite: Theatre major or permission of the instructor.

Required lab. Principles of and practical work in all types of stage makeup.

TH 240 Stage Movement II: Expressive Movement and Physical Character. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Theatre major or minor, and TH 140 and TH 142.

Use of the physical instrument in the creation and exploration of character and other performance situations. Advanced body-use and movement skills.

TH 241 Beginning Voice and Speech for Performance. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor, or permission of the instructor.

A beginning course in the proper use of the vocal instrument for performance.

TH 245 Teaching Theatre: Performance. Three hours.

Survey of the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to teach theatre. Topics include acting, directing, choosing plays for production, and rehearsal techniques.

TH 246 Teaching Theatre: Play Production. Three hours.

Survey of the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to teach theatre. Topics include speech, dramatic literature, children's drama, costuming, scenery, and playwriting.

TH 290 Theatre Practicum. One hour.

Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor.

Participation in University Theatre productions. Assignments in scenery, lighting, properties, sound, costuming, publicity, rehearsal and performance, etc.

TH 320 Intermediate Technical Production. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 220.

Continued study of the planning and execution of scenery and lighting for the legitimate stage and television, with emphasis on solving a series of production-related problems.

TH 322 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Required lab. Survey of materials and techniques employed in executing stage lighting for both the legitimate stage and television.

TH 361 Beginning Directing. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 141 and TH 120 or TH 220.

Study of the principles and techniques of directing plays. Additional hours of related theatre activities are required.

TH 390 Theatre Practicum II. One hour.

Prerequisite: TH 290 (2 hours).

Participation in University theatre productions. Assignments in scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, management, rehearsal, performance, etc.

TH 421 Period Decor. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Survey of period architecture and ornament as they apply in research for productions.

TH 422 Scene Design. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or TH 423.

A studio course exploring the process and techniques of scene design. Students will design three to five plays.

TH 423 Drawing and Painting for the Theatre. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

A studio course exploring techniques of representational sketching and painting as applied to stage design.

TH 424 Sketching and Drafting for the Theatre. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

A studio course in drafting, drawing, and painting techniques for the stage designer.

TH 425 Scene Painting. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120 or TH 220.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course in the materials and techniques for painting stage scenery and properties. A materials fee is required.

TH 426 Sound Production Techniques for Theatre and Dance. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

The course provides the student with a working knowledge of sound production. It emphasizes the creation of sound tapes for theatre and dance, and the setup and maintenance of sound reproduction and modification equipment.

TH 427 Computer Graphics for the Theatre. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 120 or TH 220, and permission of the instructor.

Study of computer programs and computer-assisted design and drafting programs used in producing technical drawings for theatre. AutoCAD is the primary program studied.

TH 430 History of Costume for the Stage. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Historical study of dress in relation to costuming for the stage.

TH 431 Costume Construction I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course in basic patterning, cutting, and construction techniques. Additional hours in related theatre activities may be required.

TH 432 Costume Construction II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course in advanced costume construction techniques and/or costume crafts. Topics may include tailoring, corsetry, millinery, armor, wigs, masks, and jewelry. The course may be repeated for credit.

TH 433 Costume Design I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course in costume design, principles, and presentation.

TH 434 Costume Design II. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 120 and permission of the instructor.

$25.00 laboratory fee. Continued, advanced study of the material in TH 433. Projects address specific problems in design.

TH 439 Advanced Stage Makeup. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 230 or permission of the instructor.

$25.00 laboratory fee. A studio course using a variety of materials in the art of mask making, hair ventilating, and prosthetics.

TH 440 Stage Movement III: Topics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 240 or permission of the instructor.

Advanced theory and practice of specific stage movement, such as clowning, mask, stage combat, mime, etc. May be repeated once for credit with a different topic.

TH 441 Acting III: Advanced Scene Study. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 142 and permission of the instructor.

Thorough exploration of character study; concentration on 20th-century classics.

TH 442 Careers in the Professional Theatre. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 441 and permission of the instructor.

The course focuses on audition and interview techniques, the union, and resume writing and other skills required to apply for positions in the academic and professional theatre.

TH 443 Script Analysis and Interpretation. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 142 and permission of the instructor.

Theory and methodology of textual analysis of play scripts for production.

TH 444 Acting IV: Period Acting Styles I. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 441 and permission of the instructor.

Study and practice of acting styles from 1850 to the present.

TH 445 Acting IV: Period Acting Styles II. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 441 and permission of the instructor.

Study and practice of acting in verse drama, concentrating on Shakespeare's works.

TH 446 Advanced Voice and Speech for Performance. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TH 241 and permission of the instructor.

Intensive exercises and practice for acquiring acceptable use of voice and speech for performance.

TH 447 Stage Dialects. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 446 or permission of the instructor.

Study of stage dialects for the performer. Offered in alternate years.

TH 448 Rehearsal Process. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 441 or permission of the instructor.

In this acting course, students analyze and participate in the rehearsal process of both unpublished and published scripts.

TH 449 Advanced Movement-Stage Combat. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 140, TH 141, TH 240, or permission of instructor.

An advanced stage movement course in safely creating the illusion of armed violence. Topics include stage sword work, rapier/dagger, knife, small sword, broad sword.

TH 451 History of the Theatre I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Covers the period from theatre's beginnings to the Restoration. Offered in alternate spring semesters.

TH 452 History of the Theatre II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Covers the period from the Restoration to the 20th century. Offered in alternate spring semesters.

TH 453 European Theatre History since 1850. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Explores the European sources of the modern theatre.

TH 462 Advanced Directing. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Historical development of directing theory and methodology since Saxe Meiningen.

TH 465 Musical Theatre Performance I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing, TH 166, or permission of the instructor.

A course in musical theatre scene study, in which acting, singing, and movement skills are blended in the performance of songs and scenes.

TH 466 Musical Theatre Performance II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing, TH 465, or permission of the instructor.

A special topics course exploring such areas as musical theatre history, cabaret performance, in-depth study of a single work, etc.

TH 467 Musical Theatre Repertoire Coaching. One or two hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing, TH 166, MUA 174, and/or permission of the instructor.

Individual coaching in musical repertoire, musical and dramatic performance techniques, and skills crucial to learning and rehearsing new material.

TH 470 Theatre Management. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 220 or permission of the instructor.

This course explores principles of theatre management applied to theatre operation with the emphasis on mission statements, organizational structure, budgeting, fundraising, and marketing.

TH 472 Arts Administration. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior standing or permission of the instructor.

A study of the management of theatrical and other performing arts organizations, with consideration of legal principles, tax-exempt status, unions, and other related topics.

TH 482 Playwriting I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 220 or permission of the instructor.

The course introduces the fundamentals of writing for the stage. Practical instruction in playwriting includes an opportunity to write a one-act play.

TH 483 Playwriting II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 482 or permission of the instructor.

An advanced course in playwriting concentrating on full-length play forms, draft revisions, and the script development process.

TH 486 Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TH 120, TH 220, or permission of the instructor.

Survey of the major critical theories from antiquity to the present day, accompanied whenever possible by discussion of appropriate dramatic examples.

TH 490 Independent Study. One to three hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty.

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