Theatre Performance Emphasis

Course Descriptions

THE 116-416 – Practicum
A development of practical nonperformance Speech Communication and Theatre Arts projects. In order to receive credit, students must fulfill specific requirements outlined by the faculty member directing the project. Two hours of practicum are required for Speech Communication emphasis majors. Students enrolled in the Theatre Arts emphasis are required to take four hours.
(1 Credit)

THE 119 – Performance Workshop
A study and application of improvisational techniques with emphasis on physical and mental awareness of self and environment. Course makes use of intuitive instincts, pantomime, theatre games and concentration exercises for teaching stage presence, confidence and discipline and identifying inhibitions.
(3 Credits)

THE 117-417 – Practicum
A development of practical nonperformance Speech Communication and Theatre Arts projects. In order to receive credit, students must fulfill specific requirements outlined by the faculty member directing the project. Two hours of practicum are required for Speech Communication emphasis majors. Students enrolled in the Theatre Arts emphasis are required to take four hours.
(1 Credit)

COM 121 – Voice & Diction
A study and application of proper techniques for achieving effective voice and diction. Topics include vocal quality, articulation, loudness, expressiveness and pitch. Class sessions include lectures, in-class presentations and exercises. In addition, students will monitor their progress through audio recordings made during the semester.
(3 Credits)

THE 125 – Oral Interpretation
A study and application of techniques used to present literature orally. The major emphasis will be on vocal effectiveness in conveying meaning, emotion and characterization.
(3 Credits)

THE 201 – Stagecraft
An intensive study of theatre organization and technology. Emphasis is placed on scene construction, lighting, sound, costuming and make-up. Drafting is introduced. One hour lab required.
(3 Credits)

THE 205 – Theatre History
A comprehensive survey of the theory and history of theatre from Greek periods to modern periods. It examines outstanding playwrights, productions, designers and actors.
(3 Credits)

THE 233 – Acting I
Emphasis on the training of the actor, especially physical and vocal tuning, character analysis, techniques of monologues and scene analysis in contemporary dramatic situations. Students are urged to participate in directing projects.
(3 Credits)

THE 305 – Directing I
A study of the fundamentals of directing a play. Play section, script analysis, the artistic approach, the handling of personnel and other related issues are investigated. The directing of a one-act play is required. Students in THE 233 and 333 are available for participation in directing projects.
(3 Credits)

THE 319 – Improvisational Workshop
A study of acting as a tool for stimulation in short scenes and plays. The study of mime, movement and Commedia dell'Arte are used in the creation of a short play.
(3 Credits)

THE 306 – Directing II
A study of the performance styles and techniques of directing, including the study and production of scenes from period plays.
(3 Credits)

THE 333 – Acting II
Training for actor specializing in the physical and vocal techniques necessary for executing roles in different acting styles, including Greek, Commedia dell'Arte, Shakespearean, French Neoclassical, Restoration, Melodrama and Epic.
(3 Credits)
Prerequisite: THE 233 or approval of instructor.

COM 350 – Research Methods in Theatre Arts
Involves basic research methods and procedures and critical analysis of selected research documents. Presents basic designs in communication, including statistical and computer procedures for analyzing data.
(3 Credits)

THE 252 – Playwriting I
The study of the basic principles of playwriting is the focus of this course. From start to finish, the student will complete a one act play as the final project. The student will learn how to develop plot, character, though, diction, sound and spectacle in the original drama.
(3 Credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 102

THE 364 – Modern Drama
An intensive analysis of the works of Lbsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Porandello and Brecht. The class investigates the role of each playwright in a national theatre, his style and contribution to the development of a comprehensive view of modernism in the theatre.
(3 Credits)

THE 422 – Senior Project
Students will write, direct, act, design or choreograph a project under the direction of a Fine & Performing Arts faculty member; a written report on and oral defense of the project are required.
(3 Credits)

THE 345 – Black American Theatre
A study of historical and contemporary plays, theatre personnel and actors of Black America. It surveys the dramatic literature and producing organizations of the genre.
(3 Credits)

THE 352 – Playwriting II
Each advanced student is guided in the development and completion of full-length play.
(3 Credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 102 & THE 252

THE 419- Dramatic Theory & Critic
A seminar in the history and principles of dramatic criticism. The different forms and genres of literature will also be investigated.
(3 Credits)