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10.29 Theatre

1000 and 1001

Introduction to the History of Theatre I and II

is a historical survey of the art of the theatre. The history of theatre will be studied in terms of the evolution of performance and of the physical theatre from their origins in a variety of social rituals and contexts through to their present plurality of forms. At the same time, the nature and function of the various components of theatrical performance (acting, directing, design, etc.) will be analyzed in terms of period philosophical, social, cultural, political and religious contexts. These courses are open to non-theatre students.

Lectures: Three hours per week.

1010

Introduction to Acting

is an appreciation of the fundamentals of the craft of acting. Basic exercises in voice, movement, relaxation and concentration, improvisation and script analysis will introduce the student to the imaginative and physical skills required by an actor. This is a basic course for all theatre students regardless of their specific areas of interest. This course is open to non-theatre students.

Studio: Six hours per week.

1020

Introduction to Stagecraft

is an appreciation of the basic vocabulary and techniques of the various technical and organizational structures and practices of staging plays. Areas of concentration will include scenic and costume construction, basics in lighting, painting, props, sound and stage management. This is a basic course for all theatre students regardless of their specific areas of interest. This course is open to non-theatre students.

Studio: Six hours per week.

1110

Acting I

is an introductory course for those majoring in acting. Emphasis on voice, speech, movement and text analysis. Various learning methods will be employed, from sensitivity exercises to improvisation and creative imagination exercises. Participation in in-class performance is required. This course is restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 1000, Theatre 1010 and 1020.

1120

Stagecraft I

is an introductory course for those majoring in stagecraft. Emphasis on the fundamentals of scenic carpentry, wardrobe, sound, lighting, crewing, painting and stage management. Practical projects will be related to departmental productions. This course is restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 1000, Theatre 1010 and 1020.

2010 and 2011

Acting II

(same as former 201A/B)

is a second level courses for Acting Majors. Emphasis on speech, text analysis and scene study. Various techniques and texts will be employed to root the student in the fundamental process of acting. A beginning approach to understanding the body as an instrument and the techniques required to use the instrument. These courses are restricted to Acting Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 1001, Theatre 1110. Theatre 2010 is a prerequisite for Theatre 2011.

2020 and 2021

Stagecraft II

(same as former 202A/B)

are second level courses for the Stagecraft Major. Emphasis on the fundamentals of drafting, stage management, model-making, props building, and painting. These courses are restricted to Stagecraft Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 1001, Theatre 1120. Theatre 2020 is a prerequisite to Theatre 2021.

2080 and 2081

Production Acting

(4 cr. hrs. each)

is in each case either a semester's worth of work in one of the major productions, in a supporting capacity (i.e. a supporting role) or a significant role in a studio production. These courses are restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Twelve hours per week.

Prerequisite: Theatre 1110.

2090 and 2091

Production Stagecraft

(4 cr. hrs. each)

is in each case either a semester's worth of work in a major production in a supporting capacity (i.e. assistant stage manager, wardrobe assistant, etc.) Or in a studio production in a major capacity. These courses are restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Twelve hours per week.

Prerequisite: Theatre 1120.

3010 and 3011

Acting III

(same as former 301A/B)

is an intermediate level courses for the Acting Major. Continued emphasis on speech, voice production, text analysis, etc. Intermediate level scene study on material including non-realistic plays. These courses are restricted to Acting Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 2010 and 2011, Theatre 2080 and 2081.

3020 and 3021

Stagecraft III

(same as former 302A/B)

is an intermediate course for Stagecraft Majors. Continued emphasis on carpentry, painting, lighting, sound, wardrobe, stage management, etc. These courses are restricted to Stagecraft Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 2020 and 2021, Theatre 2090 and 2091.

3060 and 3061

Master Classes I and II (Stagecraft)

is In each case a semester's worth of work for stagecraft students with a guest artist in a particular area of specialization. These courses are restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 2020 and 2021. Theatre 3060 is a prerequisite for Theatre 3061.

3070 and 3071

Master Classes I and II (Acting)

is in each case a semester's worth of work for acting students with a guest artist in a particular area of specialization. These courses are restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 2010 and 2011. Theatre 3070 is a prerequisite for Theatre 3071.

3080 and 3081

Production-Acting

(4 cr. hrs. each)

is in each case work on a major production in a significant capacity (i.e. a principal role) These courses are restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Sixteen hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 2010 and 2011, Theatre 2080 and 2081.

3090 and 3091

Production-Stagecraft

(4 cr. hrs. each)

is in each case work on a major production in a significant capacity (i.e. stage manager, crew chief, head of props, etc.). These courses are restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Sixteen hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 2020 and 2021, Theatre 2090 and 2091.

3605

Music Theatre Workshop

(6 cr. hrs.)

(same as Music 3605) is an advanced performance course for singers and actors. It offers students the opportunity to experience the performance elements inherent in a professional level music theatre production through an intensive rehearsal period, a performance run and an extended tour. The goal of this course is to develop the students' skills in preparing a production for public performance at a professional level. (Offered in intensive intersession format only).

Prerequisite: By audition.

4001

Theatre Institute at Harlow

(10 credit hours)

is a full semester's work, utilizing both the Harlow Campus and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, comprising a "thesis production" involving fourth-year acting and stagecraft students in major responsibilities. A practical component in Theatre Criticism utilizing the resources of the Harlow Campus proximity to London and Stratford. A series of Master Classes, Workshops, Field Trips and Guest Lectures offered by members of the theatre profession in England. A project in a selected area of theatre history.

Prerequisites: Theatre 4010 or 4011, 4060 or 4070, 4080 or 4090, 4030, 4040.

4010

Acting IV

(same as former 401A)

is an advanced course for acting majors. Concentration on advanced scene study on texts illustrating period styles or genres of plays. This course will be directly related to performance work in Theatre 4080. Restricted to acting majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011, Theatre 3080 and 3081.

4020

Stagecraft IV

(same as former 402A)

is advanced courses for Stagecraft Majors with individual concentration on specific technical skills. Restricted to Stagecraft Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 3020 and 3021, Theatre 3090 and 3091.

4030

Theory of Directing and Design

is an examination and analysis of the nature and practice of directing and design from a theoretical and aesthetical perspective. A lecture/seminar course involving script analysis to examine the interpretive and imagistic processes of directors and designers.

Lecture/Seminar: Three hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011 or Theatre 3020 and 3021, Visual Arts 2700 and 2701, and 18 credit hours in Dramatic Literature courses.

4040

Directed Studies

are student projects in playmaking, performance, directing, design or technical presentations supervised by faculty. In consultation with the faculty, the student will submit a proposal for a project on which he/she wishes to work. These projects will be presented in public. Restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011 or Theatre 3020 and 3021.

4060

Master Class III (Stagecraft)

is advanced work with a guest artist in a particular area of specialization. Restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 3060 and 3061.

4070

Master Class III (Acting)

is advanced work with a guest artist in a particular area of specialization. Restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Six hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 3070 and 3071.

4080

Production-Acting

(4 cr. hrs.)

is work on a major production in a significant and leading capacity (i.e. leading or principal role). Restricted to Theatre majors.

Studio: Twenty hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011, Theatre 3080 and 3081.

4090

Production-Stagecraft

(4 cr. hrs.)

is work on a major production in a significant and leading capacity (i.e. designer, stage manager, technical director, etc.). Restricted to Theatre Majors.

Studio: Twenty hours per week.

Prerequisites: Theatre 3020 and 3021, Theatre 3090 and 3091.