UB Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007: Theatre

Theatre

Department of Theatre & Dance

College of Arts and Sciences
285 Alumni Arena
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-5030

Phone: 716.645.6898
Fax: 716.645.6992
Web: www.cas.buffalo.edu/depts/theatredance

Robert Knopf
Chair

Catherine Norgren
Associate Chair

Lynne Koscielniak
Director, Theatrical Design/Technology

M. A. Casarella
Assistant to the Chair; Director, Undergraduate Advising

Vincent O�Neill
Director, Theatre Performance

About the Program

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers BA and BFA degrees and a minor in theatre. Prospective majors or minors should meet with the director of theatre and the undergraduate advisor as early as possible. For students with prior training, course requirements may be adjusted. If lower-level courses are waived, additional courses may be assigned. This policy applies to all majors and minors.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Performing and Creative Arts Scholarships are available through the University Honors Program. Auditions are required for applicants. To qualify for consideration, students must have a minimum high school average of 90 percent and a combined SAT score of at least 1230 or an ACT score of 28. Transfer honors applicants must hold a minimum GPA of 3.8. The Perry Watkins Scholarship is available to African American freshman students majoring in design/technology. Talent-based scholarships are also available to all students. Auditions, portfolios, and a personal interview are required for all scholarships.

Notable Program Features

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers BA and BFA degree programs in which students may study a broad range of production, design, technology, performance, historical, and literary aspects of theatre, dance, and music theatre. A central curriculum of courses is shared by all theatre, dance, and music theatre majors from which students go on to pursue separate majors in theatre, dance, music theatre, or theatre and dance areas. Auditions are required for entrance into the BA Dance and all BFA programs.

In theatre, there is a full sequence of courses in theatre technology and design, acting, playwriting, directing, history, dramaturgy, and dramatic literature. In dance, there is a full sequence of courses in jazz, ballet, contemporary dance, tap, choreography, teaching methods, history, and research.
Performance and production are essential parts of the curriculum, providing hands-on learning experiences. There are four performance spaces in the Center for the Arts: the Drama Theatre with 400 seats and the 1800 seat Main Stage, and two multipurpose black box spaces. The Katharine Cornell Theatre provides performance opportunities for student-directed productions. The department�s Zodiaque Dance Company and Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble Company perform at the university and present in the community; membership is by audition held at the beginning of the fall semester. Young Choreographers Showcase, featuring the work of student choreographers by invitation of the dance faculty, performs in the spring semester. These auditions are open to all University at Buffalo students, regardless of major.

The Theatre and Music Theatre programs both offer one major proscenium production and one black box production each year. Recent works include: Merrily We Roll Along, A Winter�s Tale, The Trial, The Good Women of Szechuan, Steel Pier, Spinning into Butter. These performance opportunities are augmented by classroom projects that culminate in a performance at the end of each semester, as well as �Poor Theatre," directed by the faculty.

Dancers Workshop, a student-run organization, also generates a production annually. Workshop advisors are members of the faculty. The Guild, a student theatre and dance organization, develops and supports student-directed workshop productions.

Students may shape the courses that complete the requirements for the BA Theatre major by following sequences in areas such as performance, design/tech, directing, history, and dramatic literature.

Facilities. The $50 million Center for the Arts benefits UB students directly through outstanding public performance and exhibition facilities. The center houses the Departments of Art, Media Study, and Theatre & Dance, showcasing both academic and public presentations of the arts in their many intriguing and interdisciplinary forms. The Department of Music is housed in adjacent Slee and Baird Halls, allowing music students to also discover a genuine intermingling of the arts.

Theatre students have a variety of theatres and studios in which to work and learn. The range and complexity of theatre spaces allow students great versatility in their professional preparation. Supporting this effort are excellent shop facilities for costumes, scenery, properties, paint, and makeup.

The 400-seat Drama Theatre is intimate, with inviting decor and technical advantages that make it ideally suited to theatre and dance department productions. The orchestra pit can accommodate approximately forty musicians.

The 1,800-seat Main Stage Theatre houses the majority of the professional touring companies that perform at the Center for the Arts. It features a custom-built orchestra shell, allowing stage concerts to take place without the need for microphones and speakers. Computer-controlled panels on the walls of the auditorium are designed to adjust the acoustics at the touch of a button.

The twin black box theatres allow almost any kind of theatrical presentation. A 200-seat media study screening room can be used for departmental programming, as well as for the public presentation of films, speakers, panel discussions, poetry readings, and press conferences. Dance studios are spacious with Marley covered maple wood floors engineered for maximum resiliency, twelve-foot mirrors, upper-level observation spaces, and specially designed sound systems.

UB theatre and dance students also work regularly at Alleyway Theatre, Artpark, Buffalo United Artists, Irish Classical Theatre Co., MusicalFare, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Studio Arena Theatre, Theatre of Youth, and Western New York-affiliated Dance Masters of America dance establishments. Buffalo�s Studio Arena is a LORT theatre located in the heart of the downtown theatre district.

Careers Opportunities/Further Study

Career possibilities for theatre graduates include performance; stage management; technical and design aspects of stage, television, and film; teaching; choreography; directing; dramaturgy; and criticism. The department�s graduates have gone on to graduate study; several have received fellowships to prestigious programs or immediately begun professional careers in performance and production. Graduates who have chosen not to enter the professional fields of theatre or dance have found the interpersonal, group, and leadership skills that their training has developed to be invaluable in many other professions, such as law, business, government, and social services, as well as in the arts and education.


Theatre - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C+ in all required courses.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre�Majors/Intended
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
TH 108 Basic Acting I
TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 203 Visual Imagination

Required Courses

TH 301 Theatre History and Literature I
TH 302 Theatre History and Literature II
TH electives: A minimum of 9 credit hours from one area, such as literature, acting, design/technology, or playwriting
One design course (choose from TH 303 Scene Design, TH 306 Costume Design, or TH 332 Lighting Design I)
Two 200/300-level TH practicums
Two dramatic literature courses

Proficiency in a foreign language through the second semester of the second year or its equivalent is required, to be demonstrated through classroom courses or through Alternative Methods for Earning University Credit. S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this requirement.


Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 51

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Placement in dance and performance courses is based on auditions. Performance is an option each semester. Please note that schedule does not include performance credits.

FIRST YEAR
Fall�TH 101, TH 108
Spring�One 200/300-level TH practicum
Fall or Spring�TH 106 with TH 135 or TH 136; TH 203

SECOND YEAR
Fall�TH 301, TH electives, one 200/300-level TH practicum
Spring�TH 302, TH electives
Fall or Spring�One design course (TH 303 in the fall or TH 306 or TH 332 in the spring)

THIRD YEAR
Fall�One dramatic literature course*, TH electives
Spring�One dramatic literature course*, TH electives

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�TH electives
Spring�TH electives

*One or both of these may be taken in the fourth year.

Electives and Course Groupings

TH 315 Modern Theatre I
TH 316 Modern Theatre II
TH 320 American Drama
TH 325 Performance and the Critic II
TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
TH 410 Theatre of the Oppressed
TH 460 Asian Performing Arts
TH 464 Black Theatre
TH 465 Iberoamerican Theatre
TH 466 Women in Theatre
TH 467 Life of the Drama
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
TH 478 Arthur Miller
TH 480 Shakespeare on Stage
TH 481 Irish Dramatists
TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

Theatre (Performance) - B.F.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C+ in all required courses.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses.
Audition.
Letter of intent.
Interview with program director at the end of the first year.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre�Majors/Intended
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
TH 108 Basic Acting I
TH 109 Basic Acting II
TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 203 Visual Imagination

Required Courses

MTR 220 Beginning Musical Theatre Dance
TH 208 Method Acting I
TH 209 Method Acting II
TH 227 Voice Training I
TH 228 Voice Training II
TH 301 Theatre History and Literature I
TH 302 Theatre History and Literature II
TH 308 Poetic Text
TH 309 Mime/Movement for Actors
TH 408 Audition Techniques
TH 409 Acting in Shakespeare
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
THD 201 Modern Dance 1
THD 415 Mind-Body Integration
One design course (choose from TH 303 Scene Design I, TH 306 Costume Design I, or TH 332 Lighting Design I)
Two TH or THD electives
Four 200/300-level TH practicums
Two dramatic literature courses
Two studio-performance courses

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 78-82

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Placement in dance and performance courses is based on auditions.
Performance is an option each semester.


FIRST YEAR
Fall�TH 101, TH 108
Spring�TH 109, THD 201, one 200/300-level TH practicum
Fall or Spring�TH 106 and TH 135 or TH 136; TH 203

SECOND YEAR
Fall�MTR 220, TH 208, TH 227, TH 301, one 200/300-level TH practicum, one studio-performance course
Spring�TH 209, TH 228, TH 302, one 200/300-level TH practicum
Fall or Spring�One design course (TH 303 in the fall or TH 306 or TH 332 in the spring)

THIRD YEAR
Fall�TH 308, TH 200/TH 300 practicum, one dramatic literature course*; one TH or THD elective, one studio-performance course
Spring�TH 309, TH 409, one dramatic literature course*, one TH or THD elective; one studio-performance course (optional)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�TH 408, TH 468, THD 415; one studio-performance course (optional)
Spring�one studio-performance course (optional)

*One or both of these may be taken in the fourth year.

Electives and Course Groupings

Dramatic Literature Courses

TH 315 Modern Theatre I
TH 316 Modern Theatre II
TH 320 American Drama
TH 325 Performance and the Critic II
TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
TH 410 Theatre of the Oppressed
TH 460 Asian Performing Arts
TH 464 Black Theatre
TH 465 Iberoamerican Theatre
TH 466 Women in Theatre
TH 467 Life of the Drama
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
TH 478 Arthur Miller
TH 480 Shakespeare on Stage
TH 481 Irish Dramatists
TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

Electives

TH 401 Directing 1
TH 402 Directing 2
TH 485 Playwriting Workshop
TH 486 Playwriting Seminar
THD 202 Modern Dance 2
THD 213 Ballet 1
THD 214 Ballet 2
THD 263 Jazz Dance 1
THD 264 Jazz Dance 2
THD 400 Creative Movement

Theatre (Design/Technology) - B.F.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C+ in all required courses.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses.
Portfolio review.
Letter of intent.
Interview with program director at the end of the first year.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre�Majors/Intended
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
TH 108 Basic Acting I
TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 203 Visual Imagination

Required Courses

TH 205 Drafting
TH 230 Theatre Crafts
TH 301 Theatre History and Literature I
TH 302 Theatre History and Literature II
TH 303 Scene Design
TH 306 Costume Design
TH 331 Problems in Tech Theatre
TH 332 Lighting Design
TH 401 Directing 1 or TH 485 Playwriting Workshop or
TH 402 Directing 2 or TH 486 Playwriting Seminar
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
THD 415 Mind-Body Integration
THD 430 Dance History or MUS 115 Understanding Music
One art history course
Two upper-level design courses (choose from TH 403 Scene Design 2, TH 406 Costume Design 2, and TH 433 Lighting Design 2)
Four 200/300-level TH practicums
Two dramatic literature courses
Two studio-design/tech courses

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 75-78

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Placement in dance and performance courses is based on auditions.
Performance is an option each semester.


FIRST YEAR
Fall�TH 101, TH 108
Spring�TH 306 or TH 332; one 200/300-level TH practicum
Fall or Spring-TH 106 and TH 135 or TH 136; TH 203

SECOND YEAR
Fall�TH 205, TH 301, TH 303, one 200/300-level TH practicum, one studio-design/tech course
Spring�TH 302, TH 331, one 200/300-level TH practicum, one studio-design/tech course

THIRD YEAR
Fall�TH 401 or TH 485; THD 430 or MUS 115; TH 200/300 practicum, one dramatic literature course*, one upper-level design course; one studio-design/tech course (optional)
Spring�TH 402 or TH 486; one upper-level design course, one dramatic literature course*; one studio-design/tech course (optional)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�TH 468, THD 415, one art history course; one studio-performance course (optional)
Spring�One studio-design/tech course (optional)

*One or both of these may be taken in the fourth year.

Electives and Course Groupings

Dramatic Literature Courses

TH 315 Modern Theatre I
TH 316 Modern Theatre II
TH 320 American Drama
TH 325 Performance and the Critic II
TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
TH 410 Theatre of the Oppressed
TH 460 Asian Performing Arts
TH 464 Black Theatre
TH 465 Iberoamerican Theatre
TH 466 Women in Theatre
TH 467 Life of the Drama
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
TH 478 Arthur Miller
TH 480 Shakespeare on Stage
TH 481 Irish Dramatists
TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

Studio Design Tech Courses

TH 341 Theatre Studio 1
TH 342 Theatre Studio 2
TH 343 Theatre Studio 3
TH 344 Theatre Studio 4
TH 345 Costume Construction Studio
TH 346 Costume Design Studio
TH 347 Scene Design Studio
TH 348 Lighting Design Studio
TH 349 Technical Studio
TH 350 Properties Studio

Theatre - Minor

Required Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre�Majors/Intended
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre and TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 108 Basic Acting I
One 300/400-level theatre history and/or literature course
Minimum of 9 further credit hours at the 200/300 level, none of which may be studios or independent studies

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor: 22

Course Descriptions

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre�Majors/Intended

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces reading a play as an imaging of action. Exploration of structuring plot, character, and other elements of a play. Compares texts with interpretations in live and video productions. Required for all majors and minors.

TH 105 Introduction to Theatre�Nonmajors

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Central theatrical and literary elements of dramatic art; readings in selected plays and criticism. Students attend several productions. For nonmajors.

TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  TH 135 or TH 136
Type:  LEC

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Production elements: materials, equipment and construction of scenery, costumes, lighting and sound; production organization: run crews, stage management. Required of all majors.

TH 107 Costume Construction I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 106
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Introduces materials, tools, and techniques; may include patterning; fabric identification, dyeing, and painting; projects on departmental productions.

TH 108 Basic Acting I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  freshman/sophomore standing or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Nature and elements of behavior-based acting; practical investigation and involvement; physical games; imaginative exercises; improvisations; preliminary introduction to scene work. Required of all majors and minors.

TH 109 Basic Acting II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 101, TH 106, TH 108, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Introduces scene study: how to break down a script; how to prepare an actor�s score; primary terms; a precise and exacting rehearsal method; how to make fundamental character choices; how to uncover the character�s dramatic intentions. Emphasizes working together, sharing space, and playing objectives. Students must be willing to explore their emotional life as a means to living truthfully on stage.

TH 126 Topics in Arts and Culture

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Provides students with the ability to discover, distinguish, recognize, and analyze the elements of theatre in contemporary American culture. Areas to be examined include other branches of the arts, family celebrations, social and political events, annual feasts and holidays, mass media including commercials and advertisements, sports events, paratheatre activities, and others. In each of these phenomena, we examine elements of theatre, such as script, acting, staging, costumes, lighting, and musical score.

TH 135 Production Practicum

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  TH 106
Type:  LAB

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Practical experience on productions based on lectures in TH 106.

TH 136 Production Practicum

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  TH 106
Type:  LAB

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Practical experience on productions based on lectures in TH 106.

TH 203 Visual Imagination

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 101 or TH 105; TH 106
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces and explores visual vocabulary; looking and seeing as learned skills; translation of idea to image. Required of all majors.

TH 205 Technical Drafting

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 106
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Transfer of designer�s ideas to ground plans and working drawings.

TH 207 Stage Makeup

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 203 and permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Analysis, research, and design as essential elements in realizing makeup for a character; explores basic materials and techniques.

TH 208 Method Acting I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 109, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

The study and practice of the Strasberg Method of relaxation and sensory exercises and its application to an actor in scene work and monologues. Concentrates on exercises that constitute Lee Strasberg�s Method as well as scene and monologue work.

TH 209 Method Acting II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 208, TH 301, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Continues principles and techniques studied in TH 208. Advanced acting exercises based on the method developed by the late Lee Strasberg. Further develops exploration and application of advanced scene analysis, affective memory, and additional tools to scene-work. Advanced research on method acting, focusing on Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Robert Lewis, and Sanford Meisner.

TH 210 Audition Workshop (Non-BFA)

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  THD 109
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Studio/performance course focusing on three basic skills: scene analysis, "cold" readings, and monologue preparation. Students refine their ability to breakdown and analyze scripts and further develop their audition technique. These skills will be applied to the preparation and presentation of monologues and scenes from modern American and European plays, both realistic and nonrealistic, from the late 1980s and on. Requires all students be prepared and flexible, able to bring something new to each class and willing to adapt to direction and try new approaches to audition material.

TH 227 Voice Training I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 109 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Exercises to consciously relax body tension, align the body, and deepen the awareness of breathing. Text work, such as Haiku poetry, connects words to breathing.

TH 228 Voice Training II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 227 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Continuation of TH 227; focuses on the development of vocal range, power, capacity, flexibility, and sensitivity. Text work�including poetry, monologues, sonnets, and scene work, along with exercises�continues the breathing/word connection.

TH 230 Theatre Crafts

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 101, TH 106, TH 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Research, materials, and techniques of properties for scenery and costume construction. May include paints and finishes, casting and sculpting, sewing, leatherwork, upholstery, fabric dyeing, painting techniques, and millinery and wigs.

TH 235 Production Practicum

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  TH 101, TH 106, TH 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Practical run crew experience on productions.

TH 236 Production Practicum

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  TH 101, TH 106, TH 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Practical run crew experience on departmental productions.

TH 301 Theatre History and Literature I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 101, TH 106, TH 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Early theatrical rituals: European theatre from antiquity (Greece and Rome), through the middle ages and Renaissance (including English Elizabethan theatre and Spanish Golden Age theatre), to seventeenth-century Baroque theatre in Italy and France, and Oriental theatre (India, China, Japan, Indonesia). Combines the study of theatre forms with reading and analyzing dramas. Required of all majors. Should be taken sophomore year.

TH 302 Theatre History and Literature II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 301 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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American theatre from the sixteenth century until the present; European theatre from the eighteenth century until the present; international theatre exchange. Combines the study of theatre forms with reading and analyzing dramas. Required of all majors. Should be taken sophomore year.

TH 303 Scene Design I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 203
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Analysis, research, style as translation from text to image; visual communication through spacial arrangement as it applies to theatre. Tools and techniques of presentation: ground plans, models, etc.

TH 305 Costume Drafting and Draping

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 107, TH 203 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Basic techniques of pattern development for stage costume; projects in patterning from designer�s sketches.

TH 306 Costume Design I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 203
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Analysis, research, style as translation from text to image; visual communication of character through clothes. Tools and techniques of presentation: organization, etc.; minimal drawing.

TH 308 Poetic Text

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 203, TH 209, TH 227, TH 302, major or minor, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Actors� use of language, especially poetic and heightened language. Material is selected from a progression of styles beginning with naturalism and evolving to classical poetic texts. Stresses techniques of imaging, textual analysis, and full use of breath and voice to support the demands of non-naturalistic language.

TH 309 Mime/Movement for Actors

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 228, TH 308 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Involves the actor�s use of specific techniques as a tool to add awareness, flexibility, and suppleness to body movement so that the actor becomes free to concentrate on creating a role. This intensive training leads to a more elaborate physical building of the character, which unites the actor�s body and mind with the script.

TH 315 Modern Theatre I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Deals in some detail with the development of a dominant realistic tradition in the theatre at the end of the nineteenth century and then examines the modification of that tradition because of the attacks that set in almost at once. Emphasizes understanding individual plays, together with some appreciation of relevant developments in acting and scenic design. Figures include Zola, Ibsen, Strindberg, Hauptmann, Maeterlink, Jarry, Chekhov, Synge, Kokoshka, Wedekind, Cocteau, as well as Antoine, Stanislavsky, and Lugne-Poe.

TH 316 Modern Theatre II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Significant developments in theatre art and play writing since World War I; selected readings in British and continental plays and criticism.

TH 320 American Drama

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores the contemporary American drama and theatre, specially emphasizing the plays of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Clifford Odets, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, and the emerging playwrights of the �80s and early �90s.

TH 325 Performance and the Critic

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Surveys the performing arts (theatre, dance, music, etc.) to increase background knowledge and develop critical awareness. Reading includes criticism, material on the performing arts, and texts of plays. Students attend live performances and write critiques. Discussion of performances and assigned reading; guest speakers; screening of films and videotapes; workshops on critique writing.

TH 327 Advanced Voice Training

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 228 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Continuation of TH 228. Speaking and singing on the stage. Emphasizes radical expansion of the student�s vocal capabilities through advanced exercise work and application of the technique to a variety of in-class performance challenges.

TH 328 Voice Workshop

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 327 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Develops skills to act with principal dialects and dialect technique for actors.

TH 331 Problems in Technical Theatre

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 203, TH 205 or permission of insturctor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Techniques employed in resolving problems in technical theatre. Requires lab work.

TH 332 Lighting Design I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 203 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Equipment, materials, methods of lighting the stage. Requires crew work. Should be taken sophomore year.

TH 333 Lighting Design II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 205, TH 332 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Methods of lighting and theatrical production. Requires crew work and projects.

TH 335 Production Practicum

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  TH 101, TH 106
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Practical experience building departmental productions.

TH 336 Production Practicum

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  TH 101, TH 106
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Practical experience building productions.

TH 340 Makeup Studio

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 203, TH 207, majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 341 Theatre Studio I

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  audition or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 342 Theatre Studio II

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  audition or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 343 Theatre Studio III

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  audition or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 344 Theatre Studio IV

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  audition or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 345 Costume Construction Studio

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 346 Costume Design Studio

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 347 Scene Design Studio

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 348 Lighting Design Studio

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 349 Technical Studio

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 350 Properties Studio

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 370 Age of Shakespeare

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/seniors, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Dramatic works of Shakespeare�s contemporaries�Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and others; theatre and theatrical practices of the period.

TH 401 Directing I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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A practical course in directing. Provides students with the consciousness of theatre and creative directing: basic techniques in preparing the script for rehearsals, creating the space, collaborating with a designer, using tempo/rhythm, working with actors, preparing and conducting rehearsals.

TH 402 Directing II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 401 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Continuation of TH 401. Includes work on a play, script, or other material for a production: analyzing text, preparing lists of characters, settings, props, and music/sound effects. Creating a space: its character, dimensions, relationships between actors and audience, the role of light, use of objects within space, and shape of the space for the spectators. Explores the speed/tempo/rhythm of a production. Methods of casting, auditioning, rehearsing; methods of collaborating with authors, translators, literary advisors, designers, composers, stage managers, technical staff, and administrative staff.

TH 403 Scene Design 2

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 303 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Further studies in scene design; individual projects.

TH 406 Costume Design II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 306 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Further studies in costume design.

TH 407 Stage Makeup 2

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 340 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Further studies in stage makeup.

TH 408 Audition Techniques

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 309 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Techniques and methods of preparation essential for successful auditions at the college, graduate school, and professional levels.

TH 409 Acting in Shakespeare

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 408 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Deciphers rhythm and image codes in Shakespearean verse and incorporation of these elements into scene and character preparation. General social, historical, and theatrical orientation to Elizabethan England. Examines at least one tragedy and one comedy.

TH 410 Theatre of the Oppressed

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, juinor/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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A senior seminar exploring the �politics� of oppression as subject matter in modern and contemporary European and American dramatists from Ibsen to Athol Fugard, Amiri Baraka and Eve Ensler.

TH 411 Theatre Workshop

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 109 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Historical, artistic, practical aspects of a specific play or dramatic problem (audition), works of a specific playwright. Workshop performance produced entirely with the resources of class members.

TH 412 Theatre Workshop

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Historical, artistic, practical aspects of a specific play or dramatic problem (audition), works of a specific playwright. Workshop performance produced entirely with the resources of class members.

TH 413 Theatre Workshop

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Historical, artistic, practical aspects of a specific play or dramatic problem (audition), works of a specific playwright. Workshop performance produced entirely with the resources of class members.

TH 414 Theatre Workshop

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 109 or permission of instructor, sophmore/junior status
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Historical, artistic, practical aspects of a specific play or dramatic problem (audition), works of a specific playwright. Workshop performance produced entirely with the resources of class members.

TH 416 Mask

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 109, TH 203 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies mask traditions and practical exploration of mask technique, using neutral masks, full-face masks and half-masks. Develops skill in using sound, gesture and movement to create mask characters. Creating and performing solo or ensemble scenes, using mask characters.

TH 418 Theatrical Clowning

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 109, TH 203 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The history of clowning in Western theatre, with some reference to non-Western cultures. Students learn clowning techniques�charter work, transformation of objects, slapstick, and simple acrobatics. Each student develops an individual clown character and presents that character in performance before an audience.

TH 419 Street Theatre

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 109, TH 203 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the nature and practice of street theatre. Students look at forms of street theatre in Western tradition and other cultures. They explore the theatrical potential of non-theatrical spaces and examine the relationship of performers to audience in such spaces. They also examine non-naturalistic theatre forms and techniques appropriate to the medium of street theatre. Students develop ensemble pieces for public performance in found spaces.

TH 422 Advanced Acting: Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 209 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Particular techniques or methods of acting, focusing on the work of a major theoretician, practitioner or teacher of acting, such as Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, Lloyd Richards, or Lee Strasberg. Builds on previous work in the core acting sequence.

TH 423 Advanced Acting: Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 209 and permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Particular techniques or methods of acting, focusing on the work of a major theoretician, practitioner or teacher of acting, such as Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, or Lee Strasberg. Builds on previous work in the core acting sequence. LEC

TH 424 Advanced Acting: Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 209, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Particular techniques or methods of acting, focusing on the work of a major theoretician, practitioner or teacher of acting, such as Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, or Lee Strasberg. Builds on previous work in the core acting sequence.

TH 427 Voice and Movement

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 228, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores the connection between voice, movement and language. Students learn to release habitual patterns of tension, to use their voices and bodies more spontaneously and expressively, and to communicate more effectively through sound, gesture and movement.

TH 439 Studies in Design

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Intensive study of a particular movement, designer, problem, or area in theatrical design or technology.

TH 440 Studies in Design

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Intensive study of a particular movement, designer, problem, or area in theatrical design or technology.

TH 457 Comedy of Manners

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Social and historical background that in 1660 led to the rise of Restoration comedy in England. Development of comedy of manners in works of four English playwrights. Practical exploration and involvement; students work on scenes to develop understanding of the material's dramatic nature and interpretive problems.

TH 460 Asian Performing Arts

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Comprehensive study of a wide range of Asian performing arts, from theatre and dance to ritual and popular entertainment. Both intercultural and interdisciplinary, the course draws on the arts, humanities and social sciences.

TH 464 Black Theatre�Past and Present

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys the roots and development of Black Theatre from its mythic traditions in Africa to the contemporary works of Ed Bullins, Amiri Baraka and August Wilson.

TH 465 Iberoamerican Theatre

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Comprehensively studies of a wide range of Latin American performing arts, from theatre and dance to ritual and popular entertainment. Both intercultural and interdisciplinary, the course draws on the arts, humanities and social sciences.

TH 466 Women in Theatre

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302 junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Studies works of women in theatre from Krotsvitha of Gandersheim to present-day women playwrights, actors, directors and designers.

TH 467 Life of the Drama

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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With Eric Bentley�s groundbreaking two-volume survey of the development of drama in the Western world as text, examines a broad overview of theatre from the perspective of one of the twentieth century�s most important theatre critics.

TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines, in-depth, selected figures, movements, artists, and events that have had a seminal influence on modern theatre�s development. Focuses on reading important texts, discussion, and individual research, but may include workshop activities when appropriate.

TH 478 Arthur Miller

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Comprehensively studies Arthur Miller�s dramatic work in its historical and theatrical context, particularly focusing on one of the major plays, such as Death of a Salesman or The Crucible.

TH 480 Shakespeare on Stage

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior or senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Explores Shakespeare in performance in the twentieth and twenty-first century. We view and analyze film and video of the plays as produced by the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company and directors such as Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, Laurence Olivier, Peter Brook and Kenneth Branagh.

TH 481 Irish Dramatists

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Traditional, classical and contemporary playwrights from Cosgrove to Beckett and Friel. Explores common themes of identity, nationalism and revolt, particularly emphasizing the tradition of tragi-comedy in the work of Irish playwrights.

TH 482 Chekhov

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Comprehensively studies Anton Chekhov�s major works and the contribution they make to theatrical realism�s development as we know it today. Also studies the importance of Chekhov�s collaborations with Konstantine Stanislavsky to the birth of realistic theatre production.

TH 483 Ibsen

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Comprehensively studies Henrik Ibsen�s major works, particularly emphasizing A Doll�s House, The Wild Duck, Ghosts� and An Enemy of the People and the contribution these plays made to the birth of realistic drama.

TH 484 Theatre of Moli�re

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 302, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Explores the comic genius of Moliere, both by studying his roots in the Commedia Dell�arte and through carefully reading his major works: The Misanthrope, The Miser, Tartuffe and the Would-be Gentleman (in translation).

TH 485 Playwriting Workshop

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 101, TH 108 or TH 203 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Explores basic tools of the playwright�s craft; writing exercises to release imagination and spontaneity; guided development of characters, dialogue, scenes, plot structure; writing a ten-minute or short one-act play, which receives a staged reading at the end of the semester. Analyzes published plays and professional productions. May be repeated for credit.

TH 486 Playwriting Seminar

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 485 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Continuation of TH 485, for advanced students. Writing a full-length one-act play, which receives a staged reading at the end of the semester. Analyzes published plays and professional productions. May be repeated for credit.

TH 493 Advanced Directing

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  TH 402 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Continuation of TH 402, for advanced students.

TH 498 Arts Management Internship

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors, junior/senior or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Practical, hands-on experience. Includes work in the areas of promotion, public relations, theatre management, box office, ushering, etc.

TH 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors, permission of instructor only
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Substantial independent research or applied project under the supervision of a faculty member.

 

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