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Theater (THEA)

College of Arts and Humanities

THEA 101 Introduction to World Drama and Theatre (3) (2 Lec, 1 1-hr Lab) Performance traditions of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and the Pacific Islands from the 5th century B.C. to the present. Analysis of political, religious, and technological conditions of theatre. Includes practical theatre workshop. DA

THEA 200 (Alpha) Beginning Theater Practicum (1) Beginning workshop experience in the practical application of theater skills. (B) acting; (C) stagecraft; (D) costume; (E) theater management. Repeatable up to four credits in each alpha. Pre: for 200B, audition and performance of role in a Department of Theatre and Dance production; for 200E theatre majors only or consent.

THEA 201 Introduction to the Art of the Film (3) Introduction to the aesthetics of silent and sound movies. Technical subjects analyzed only as they relate to theme and style. DH

THEA 214 Development of the Sound Film (3) Growth and changes in aesthetics of the sound film from 1929 to present; films by Renoir, Welles, Eisenstein, etc. Pre: 201. (Alt. years) DH

THEA 220 Voice and Speech for the Actor (3) Training in voice and speech techniques for clear and resonant projection in performance. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent. DA

THEA 221 Acting I: Introduction to Performance (3) Concentration on voice, relaxation, body awareness, and freedom from self-consciousness through theater games, improvisations, monologues, and exercises. Emphasis on ensemble work. Repeatable one time with consent. DA

THEA 222 Acting II: Basic Scene Study (3) Basic character study and understanding of creation of roles through working on scenes from major modern and contemporary plays. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 221. DA

THEA 240 Introduction to Theater Production (3) (3 Lec, 1 3-hr Lab) Survey class introducing basic tools, materials and skills of Technical Theatre: Production, Rigging, Lighting, Costume, Make-up and Painting. DA

THEA 241 Film/TV Production Process (3) Entry-level course details three phases of the production process for film and video projects: pre-production, production, and post-production. A-F only. Pre: consent. DA

THEA 311 World Theater I: Myth to Drama (3) Myth and ritual into drama, 1000 B.C.–1500 A.D. Development of Western and Asian secular drama from sacred and ritual beginnings. Required of all majors. Pre: 101 or consent. (Alt. years) DL

THEA 312 World Theater II: Elite–Popular (3) Court and marketplace, 1500–1700. Contrast between elitist and popular forms in Western and Asian theater. Required of all majors. Pre: 311 or consent. (Alt. years) DL

THEA 318 Playwriting (3) One-act plays; practice in writing in dramatic form. Repeatable one time. Pre: grade of B or better in composition or consent. DA

THEA 319 Screenplay Writing (3) Characterization, structure, theme, image, and other components of writing for film. Pre: 201 and grade of B or better in composition, or consent. (Alt. years) DA

THEA 321 Acting III: Monologue/Audition Techniques (3) Focus on the individual student: preparation of material from all genres and styles with emphasis on line reading and responsiveness to direction. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 222 and consent. DA

THEA 322 Acting IV: Method Acting (3) Further exploration of character development through exercises and scene study. Class presentation of scenes for criticism and review. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 222 and consent. DA

THEA 323 Film/TV Acting (3) Acting techniques for film and TV production. Students appear in scenes from TV and film scripts. Repeatable one time. Pre: 101 or 221 or COM 201 or consent. DA

THEA 324 Advanced Film/TV Acting (3) Advanced acting techniques for film and TV production. Taping/filming of scenes and full-length scripts. Repeatable one time. Pre: 323 and consent. DA

THEA 325 Asian Acting for Western Actors (3) Principles of acting based on traditional Asian models. Voice, movement exercises. Pre: 222. DA

THEA 334 Taiji (T’ai Chi) for Actors I (3) Basic Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan) movement training. Repeatable one time. Pre: 221 and 222, or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 334) DA

THEA 341 The Business Side of the Film Industry (3) Introduction to the business side of Hollywood from inside the executive suite. Students will explore how movies are developed, produced, distributed, and marketed and the relationships between talent, talent agencies, and the studios. Pre: 241 or consent.

THEA 343 Theatre Production (3) Workshop in principles and techniques of contemporary technical direction, drafting, scenery construction and rigging. Pre: any course in THEA or DNCE, production experience; or consent. (Consent required for production experience option) DA (Alt. years)

THEA 348 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design for the Theatre (3) Basic concepts and techniques of 2D computer-aid design. Lecture/workshop covers language and commands common to most CAD packages with a focus on technical drawings for theatre design and an introduction to 3D computer drafting and modeling techniques. Pre: 343 or consent. (Once a year)

THEA 353 Creative Thinking in Scenic Design (3) Workshop introducing the basic principles and approaches of scenic design, with emphasis on the creative process. Pre: a course in THEA or DNCE, production experience, or consent. (Consent required for production experience option) DA

THEA 354 Introduction to Costume Construction (4) Workshop introducing basic principles and techniques of theatrical costume construction, and a survey of theatrical-related resource materials. DA

THEA 356 Costume for the Stage (3) Survey of historical costume; workshop in translation of historical styles into theatrical form. Repeatable one time. Pre: 240 or consent. DA

THEA 357 Stage Makeup Workshop (3) Theory and practice; corrective and three-dimensional makeup, modeling with paint; beards, mustaches. Repeatable one time. Pre: 240 or consent. DA

THEA 380 Beginning Directing (3) Basic practical course in how to direct a play. Students will direct scenes. Pre: upper division theater majors or consent. DA

THEA 400 (Alpha) Advanced Theater Practicum (1) Advanced workshop experience in the practical application of theater skills. (B) acting; (C) stagecraft; (D) costume; (E) theater management. Repeatable up to four credits per alpha. Pre: for 400B, audition and performance of role in a Department of Theatre and Dance production; for 400C and 400D consent; for 400E theatre majors only or consent.

THEA 411 World Theater III: Realism (3) The rise of realism, 1700–1918. Development of romantic and regional forms of drama and theater, and the impact of realism. Required of all majors. Pre: 312 or consent. (Alt. years) DL

THEA 412 World Theater IV: Modern (3) Pluralism in modern theater, 1918–present. Reactions to realism and current Western and Asian alternative theater forms. Required of all majors. Pre: 411 or consent. (Alt. years) DL

THEA 413 (Alpha) Approaches to Dramatic Texts (3) Intensive analysis and discussion of dramatic texts from a variety of authors. Understanding trends and variations in dramatic form and content. (B) contemporary British and American drama; (C) political drama in the West; Pre: one of 311, 312, 411, 412, or consent. DL

THEA 414 Women in Drama and Theater (3) The role of women and their presentation in theater from ancient Greece to the present; focus on sociopolitical status of women. Pre: 311. (Cross-listed as WS 414) DH

THEA 418 Advanced Playwriting (3) Workshop in experimental writing in dramatic form; full-length plays. Repeatable one time. Pre: 318. DA

THEA 420 (Alpha) Intermediate Voice for the Actor (3) Training in proper and dynamic use of the voice for the actor. (B) Western traditions; (C) Asian traditions. Repeatable two times. Pre: 220 or consent. DA

THEA 421 Acting V: Musical Comedy (3) Training in skills required to perform in musicals. Students present scenes from musical comedies for criticism and review. Repeatable two times with consent. Pre: one of 321, 322, MUS 231B, or consent; and/or audition. (Cross-listed as MUS 421) DA

THEA 422 Acting VI: Period Styles (3) Presentational acting in comedy and tragedy; emphasis on performance styles in Elizabethan, Restoration, and 18th-century drama. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 321 and 322, or consent. DA

THEA 426 South/Southeast Asian Acting Workshop (3) Training in skills and techniques for selected traditional south and southeast Asian theater forms. Emphasis on movement and vocal techniques. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: 222 or consent. (Alt. years) DA

THEA 427 Chinese Acting Workshop (V) Training in skills and techniques for selected traditional Chinese theater forms. Emphasis on movement and vocal technique. Repeatable to six credits. Pre: 222 or consent. (Alt. years) DA

THEA 428 Japanese Acting Workshop (V) Training in skills and techniques for selected traditional Japanese theater forms. Emphasis on movement and vocal technique. Repeatable to six credits. Pre: 222 or consent. (Alt. years) DA

THEA 429 Contemporary Performance Practices (3) Focus on individual training in the skills and techniques of contemporary experimental theater including acting, directing, and self-scripting. Repeatable two times. Pre: one of 222, 318, 380, or consent. DA

THEA 433 Movement Workshop (V) Special workshops in movement relating to specific departmental theatrical productions beyond the scope of movement taught in 437 and 438. Repeatable one time. Pre: one of 435, DNCE 435, or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 433) (Alt. years) DA

THEA 434 Taiji (T’ai Chi) for Actors II (3) Intermediate-level Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan) movement training. Repeatable one time. Pre: 334 or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 434) DA

THEA 435 Movement for Actors (3) Training actors to discover experientially the sources of movement; to teach skills for analyzing movement for its mechanical, anatomical, spatial, and dynamic content; and then to apply these skills in a role. Pre: 222 or DNCE 221. (Cross-listed as DNCE 435) DA

THEA 436 Advanced Movement for Actors (3) Detailed development of material presented in 435. Focus on Bartenieff fundamentals and movement analysis as it applies to the physical interpretation of theatrical roles. Pre: one of 435, DNCE 435, or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 436) (Alt. years) DA

THEA 437 Period Movement Styles, 1450–1650 (3) Movement styles and social deportment of European societies in the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Pre: one of 435, DNCE 435, or one semester of a 100-level dance technique class. (Cross-listed as DNCE 437) (Alt. years) DA

THEA 438 Period Movement Styles, 1650–1800 (3) Movement styles and social deportment of the Baroque and pre-Romantic periods in Europe and the American Colonies. Pre: one of 435, DNCE 435, one semester of a 100-level dance technique class, or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 438) (Alt. years) DA

THEA 439 Musical Theater Dance Forms (3) Theatrical dance forms used in 20th-century musical theater. Pre: one of 421, DNCE 221, DNCE 231, or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 439) (Alt. years) DA

THEA 445 Lighting Design (3) Workshop in stage lighting with equipment and techniques of the modern theater; emphasis on design process. Pre: 240 or DNCE 250 or consent. DA

THEA 446 Topics in Costume Construction (3) In-depth exploration of costume production techniques; construction, crafts, and new materials; Western and Asian. Repeatable one time. Pre: 356 or consent. DA

THEA 447 Theater Management (3) Business organization, management, and public relations in professional, university, community, and secondary school theaters. Pre: junior standing or consent. DA

THEA 453 Scenic Design (3) Workshop in advanced techniques and skills of scenic design; model making, rendering, and drafting. Pre: 353 or consent. DA

THEA 456 Costume Design (3) Advanced techniques and skills in design; intensive work on design problems in plays from various periods. Pre: 356 or consent. DA

THEA 462 Drama and Theater of Oceania (3) Survey of the contemporary drama and theater of Oceania that combines island and Western traditions. Includes Papua New Guinea, Hawai‘i, Fiji, Samoa, Australia, New Zealand. Pre: 101 or ANTH 350, or consent. (Cross-listed as PACS 462) DH

THEA 464 Drama and Theater of Southeast Asia and India (3) Court, folk, popular traditions, and the manner of their production. Pre: consent. DH

THEA 465 Drama and Theater of China (3) Yuan, southern, spoken drama; Beijing opera and the manner of their production. Pre: consent.

THEA 466 Drama and Theater of Japan (3) No, Kyogen, Bunraku, Kabuki, modern drama, and the manner of their production. Pre: consent.

THEA 470 Creative Drama (3) Dramatic activities for young people. For teachers, group workers, recreation majors, and others dealing with children. Supervised field activities. Pre: junior standing or consent. DA

THEA 474 Theater for Children (3) Theories and principles of formal theater for children. Study of selection, direction, and production of plays. Pre: consent. DA

THEA 475 Puppetry for Young Children (3) Methods of constructing puppets and stages with and for children 3 to 8 years of age. Use of puppets in the creative arts. Fieldwork. Pre: experience in early childhood education or consent. DA

THEA 476 Puppetry (3) History and scope of puppetry. Construction and presentation of puppets for adult and child audiences. Repeatable one time. DA

THEA 477 Masks and Giant Puppets (3) History, construction, and performance techniques for masks and large puppets. For teachers, recreation directors, and others working with students aged 10 to 18 and adults. DA

THEA 480 Intermediate Directing (3) Workshop; students direct one-act plays. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 380 and consent. (Alt. years) DA

THEA 490 Experimental Theater Studio (3) Working collectively, students research, write, design, develop, and perform a full-length production. Repeatable two times. Pre: 6 credits above the 200 level in acting, directing, playwriting, dancing; or consent. DA

THEA 492 (Alpha) Topics in Drama and Theater (3) (B) Qigong (Ch’i Kung) for actors; (C) Shakespeare in performance. Repeatable one time for (B). Pre: 221 and 222, or consent for (B); consent for (C). DA

THEA 499 Directed Work (V) Individual projects; tutorial. Repeatable two times. Pre: consent.

THEA 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: master’s Plan B or C candidate and consent.

THEA 600 Seminar in Theater Research (3) Bibliography and research methods; preparation for thesis and dissertation writing. Required of all graduate theater majors.

THEA 611 Seminar in Major Dramatic Theory (3) Major theories of Western drama from Aristotle to Roland Barthes. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 412 or consent. (Alt. years)

THEA 612 History of Western Theater I (3) Theater as a cultural and social institution in the West, from ancient Greece to Restoration England. Pre: one of 311, 312, 411, 412, or consent. (Alt. years)

THEA 613 History of Western Theater II (3) Theater as a cultural and social institution in the West, from the 18th century to the present. Pre: one of 311, 312, 411, 412, or consent. (Alt. years)

THEA 615 (Alpha) Topics in Theory and Criticism (3) (B) performance theory. Pre: 311, 312, 411, and 412; or consent. (Alt. years)

THEA 616 Script Analysis (3) Study of dramatic texts in a seminar format; analysis of Western and Asian classical to post-modern plays. Pre: 312 or consent.

THEA 617 Seminar in Theater History (3) Study of such selected topics as theatrical forms, commedia dell’arte, theater architecture, scenes and machines. Repeatable for credit when topic changes. Pre: consent.

THEA 618 Digital Multimedia Tools for Performance Research (3) Dance, Theatre, Music Majors only. A-F only. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 618)

THEA 619 Advanced Topics: Playwriting and Dramatic Theory (3) Readings, research, writing, and seminar discussions. Pre: 418, 611, and consent.

THEA 620 Advanced Voice for the Actor (3) Training at advanced level in speaking and vocal skills and techniques in preparation for a solo performance. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: 420 or consent. (Alt. years)

THEA 621 Acting VII: Great Roles (3) Great roles from the Western theater repertory; focus on the individual actor and performance styles. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 422 and consent.

THEA 625 Experimental Asian Acting (3) Integration of movement, vocal technique, and concepts of traditional Asian genres into the actor’s repertory. Exploration of application to contemporary Asian and non-Asian texts. Workshop format. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent.

THEA 634 Taiji Weapons for Actors (3) Advanced level Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan) weapons training. Pre: 334 and 434; or consent.

THEA 640 Problems in Theatre Production (3) Workshop dealing with special topics in technical direction, lighting design, computer-aided drafting, special effects and stage management. Repeatable two times with consent. Pre: 343 or 445 or consent.

THEA 653 Problems in Scenic Design (3) Workshop dealing with special topics in scenic design, related skills, and portfolio preparation. Repeatable two times with consent. Pre: 453 or consent. (Alt. years)

THEA 656 Problems in Costume Design (3) Workshop dealing with special topics in costume design and related skills. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 456 or consent.

THEA 657 Seminar in Design (3) Research, design, and discussion exploring collaborative design problems and solutions. Pre: 445, 453, 456, and consent.

THEA 660 Asian Theater Field Research (3) Goals and methods. Interview, questionnaire, observation, and performance study as research techniques. Practical application by designing a research project. Pre: 600.

THEA 663 (Alpha) Topics in Asian Theater (3) Comparative and cross-cultural examination. (B) origins; (C) theories and systems; (D) modern Asian drama. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent.

THEA 678 (Alpha) Topics in Youth Theatre/Dance (3) Creative movement/drama, puppetry, and theater/dance. (B) production concepts. Repeatable when topics change. Pre: one of 470, 474, 475, 476, 477, DNCE 490; or consent.

THEA 680 Directing Asian Theater (3) Directing traditional Asian theater pieces and Western plays performed with Asian techniques; development of new performance styles based on Asian examples; directing of scenes and one-act plays. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 380 and one Asian theater course.

THEA 681 Seminar in Directing (3) Directorial analysis of plays; preparing promptbooks. Pre: 480.

THEA 682 Graduate Workshop in Directing (3) Direction of scenes and major one-act plays. Pre-thesis production. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 681 or consent.

THEA 683 Workshop in Directing Process (3) Methods class in theater production for the director. Covers organization and techniques such as rehearsal planning, scheduling, and execution. Repeatable one time.

THEA 684 Theatre Governance (3) Covers the economic and managerial skills for starting a professional and/or non-profit theatre company or performing arts organization: artistic directorship, board development, non-profit legalities, season planning, fundraising, budgeting, publicity, international activities, etc. Pre: 600 or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 684)

THEA 690 Graduate Theater Workshop (V) Practical and supervisory theater work pertinent to professional degree objectives on productions being done in Kennedy Theatre or in other venues, by approval. Repeatable up to 6 credit hours. Pre: consent.

THEA 691 Seminar in Teaching Dance/Theater (3) Pedagogy and classroom experience in teaching technique and theory. (Cross-listed as DNCE 691) (Alt. years)

THEA 693 Internship: Youth Theater/Dance (V) Supervised leadership experiences in theater/dance program with children. Students spend nine hours per week in supervised setting and three hours in weekly class meeting. Pre: one of 470, 476, or DNCE 490; or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 693)

THEA 695 Creative Projects (V) MFA play or dance productions, design projects, original full-length plays.

THEA 699 Directed Research (V) Reading or research in theater theory or history; reading and practice in particular areas of dramatic production. Repeatable two times. Pre: consent.

THEA 700 Thesis Research (V)

THEA 705 Seminar in Western Drama and Theater (3) Special topics. Repeatable when topics change. Pre: consent.

THEA 763 (Alpha) Seminar in Asian Theater (3) (B) Southeast Asia and India; (C) China; (D) Japan. Repeatable to times. Pre: one of 464, 465, 466, or consent.

THEA 778 Issues in Youth Theater/Dance (3) Examination of current issues, problems, and future directions in curriculum theory and design as it applies to theater and dance education. Pre: one of 470, 474, DNCE 490, or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 790)

THEA 779 Seminar in Youth Theatre/Dance (3) Theories and methods applied in theatrical experiences with and for children: creative movement/drama, puppetry, and theater/dance. Pre: one of 470, 474, 475, 476, 477 and DNCE 490. (Cross-listed as DNCE 692)

THEA 800 Dissertation Research (V)