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THEATRE ARTS (TH)
Division of Humanities
Division of Humanities - Adm
 
TH 1040 - Backstage on Broadway
(1.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-#; S-N only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Supervised field trip to New York; attending selected professional theatre productions; backstage tours; discussions with theatre professionals.



TH 1050 - London Theatre Tour
(1.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-#; S-N only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Supervised field trip to London, England; attending selected professional theatre productions; backstage tours; discussions with theatre professionals.



TH 1060 - Production Experience
(1.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-#; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
Participation in some aspect of theatre production other than performing (e.g., scenery, props, costumes, lighting). An interview and approval from theatre faculty is required.



TH 1070 - Performance Experience (ART/P)
(1.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-#; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
Participation in theatrical production as a performer. A production audition is required with approval from the theatre faculty.



TH 1101 - The Theatre Experience: An Introduction (FA)
(4.0 cr; fall, every year)
Fundamental examination and practical application of the theory, history, and practice of theatrical performance as a reflection of society. Focus is on the theatre event as a collaborative effort and transitory art form. (lect, 2 hrs practicum)[Note: practicum two hours per week, selected from M-Th from 2:00-5:00 pm]



TH 1111 - Fundamentals of Acting (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101, theatre arts major or minor or #; spring, every year)
Approaches characterization from a physical and psychological view. Focus is on use of imagination, text analysis, body and voice to develop characters from modern realistic dramatic literature.



TH 1301 - Fundamentals of Design (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; fall, every year)
Problem-solving approach to elements, principles, and functions of design; their place in the theatre and elsewhere.



TH 1993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



TH 2101 - Fundamentals of Directing (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1111, theatre arts major or minor or #; fall, every year)
Introduces the practical components of the director as artist, teacher, and collaborator. Focus is on the craft of directing modern realistic dramatic literature through text analysis, communication of concepts, and stylistic techniques.



TH 2111 - Creative Drama with Children (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or theatre or elem ed major or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Development of classroom skills in the use of dramatic techniques to teach a broad range of subjects to children. Exercises, presentations, and experiential learning techniques are modeled and practiced in class.



TH 2201 - Voice and Movement (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1111, theatre arts major or minor or #; spring, every year)
Explores the use of the voice and the body as means for expression in performance and everyday communication. Focus is on expansion and enhancement of vocal and physical skills through release of tension, posture, vocal exercises, and muscle extension.



TH 2211 - Oral Interpretation (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; offered alternate yrs; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Introduces the study of literature through text analysis and performance. Focus is on the student's discovery of the aesthetic, communicative, and performative elements of a variety of personal narratives, prose, and poetry.



TH 2221 - Readers' Theatre (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2211; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Explores the theory and practice of adapting literature into group performance. Focus is on text analysis, script development, directing, and performing both dramatic and non-dramatic literary texts.



TH 2222 - Creating Live Radio Theatre from Script to Performance (ART/P)
(1.0 cr; Prereq-#; S-N only, spring, offered periodically)
Provides an opportunity to develop a radio theater show from script through broadcast performance. Parts are assigned through audition. Involves significant research and rehearsal time in various capacities for all students enrolled. [Note: students will audition/interview to be on radio]



TH 2231 - Playwriting (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Introduces the process for writing and revising an original play. Focus is on writing, revising, and presenting a short play, including idea generation, invention, drafting, and peer response.



TH 2301 - Stagecraft (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; spring, every year)
Development of stagecraft from the Greeks to the present. Basic forms of stage scenery and their functions in the theatre. Tools, materials, and techniques employed in creating the visual environment of the stage. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs practicum)



TH 2993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



TH 3001 - Theatre Scene Painting Studio (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-#; fall, odd academic years)
Instruction in a systematic approach to painting theatrical scenery. Traditional techniques and the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques.



TH 3003 - Stage Management (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-#; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Introduces the principles of theatrical stage management; explores the stage manager's functions and duties through all phases of the production process including pre-production, rehearsal, and performance.



TH 3101 - World Theatre: History and Literature I (FA)
(4.0 cr; fall, every year)
Theatrical practice and dramatic literature from origins through late 17th century, tracing the roots leading to, and influences on, early modern European theatre practice and dramatic literature, as well as examining select Asian, African, and/or pre-Columbian American theatrical practice.



TH 3102 - World Theatre: History and Literature II (FA)
(4.0 cr; spring, every year)
Theatrical practice and dramatic literature from the late 17th century to the present, examining select Asian, African, and/or Western Hemisphere theatrical practice, as well as tracing the roots leading to, and influences on, current world theatre practice and dramatic literature.



TH 3201 - Advanced Acting (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101, 1111, 2101; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Begins with advanced acting techniques based in psychological realism and moves to an exploration of select classical and non-realistic forms. Styles to be examined are chosen from a list, including ancient Greek, Elizabethan, comedy of manners, absurdism, postmoderism, musical theatre, etc.



TH 3202 - Advanced Directing (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101, 1111, 2101; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Begins with advanced directing techniques based in psychological realism and moves to an exploration of select classical and non-realistic forms. Styles to be examined are chosen from a list, including ancient Greek, Elizabethan, comedy of manners, absurdism, postmoderism, musical theatre, etc.



TH 3301 - Stage Lighting (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1301, 2301; fall, even academic years)
History and development of lighting for the stage. Theory and concepts of lighting as a visual art and its function in the theatre. Lighting design as a creative process and practical solution of lighting design problems. Lighting equipment and its use.



TH 3302 - Stage Costuming (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1301, 2301; fall, odd academic years)
History and development of stage costume. Theory and concepts of stage costuming as a visual art and its function in the theatre. Costume design as a creative process. Practical demonstrations of knowledge of design, history, and functions of stage costume.



TH 3303 - Computer-Assisted Drawing (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; fall, offered periodically)
Theory, concepts, and practice of using a computer as a drawing and drafting tool.



TH 3304 - Art Direction for Film and Television (FA)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Introduction of art direction for film and television. The roles and duties of the production designer and art director for fictional film and television series.



TH 3305 - Stage Make-Up (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Systematic approach to stage make-up application. Includes history, safety, product, design, and application, with heavy emphasis on hands-on experience.



TH 3306 - Advanced Lighting and Sound Design (ART/P)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1301 or 3301 or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Advanced study in the application of design theory as it relates to lighting and sound for theatre. Particular emphasis on use of relevant technologies in the design process.



TH 3450 - Irish Drama: Print, Culture, and Performance (IP)
(4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; summer, offered periodically)
Includes theatre performances and tours, workshops, and seminars from leading Irish scholars and actors; class sessions; cultural visits and exploration of Irish cities, landscapes, and historical sites throughout Ireland. [Note: some course readings expected before departure]



TH 3993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



TH 4301 - Scenic Design (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1301, 2301; fall, odd academic years)
Designing scenery as an expressive environment for the theatre. Elements and functions of design and principles of composition. Problems in coordination and execution of design in the interpretation of dramatic literature using a variety of staging techniques. Study of various styles of historical and contemporary stage productions and theatre architecture through the writings and designs of such artists and theorists as Appia, Craig, Meyerhold, Jones, and Svoboda.



TH 4901 - Senior Project
(2.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-theatre arts major, #; fall, spring, every year)
Culminating activity to demonstrate the student's competence in some area of theatre arts. Projects may be completed independently (e.g., a research paper, a solo acting performance) or as part of a group effort. Acting, scenery, lighting, costume design, playwriting, and theatre history are some areas in which the project may be undertaken.



TH 4993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



 
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