Theater (THR)


Course Information Cr Hrs
THR-101 Introduction to Theater

In this course, students participate in lectures and discussions based on the course text in order to gain and develop knowledge of the major figures, periods and aesthetic movements within the western theatrical tradition. Students apply this knowledge to critical analyses of their own experience in live theatre productions, as well as participation in creative projects, such as acting, playwriting or theatrical design.

THR-110 Acting Fundamentals

This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of acting and make the student a more informed observer of the acting experience. The course serves as an introduction to the fundamental rehearsal process culminating in the performances of selected scenes. Attendance at live theatre productions is required.


THR-115 Introduction to Script Analysis

This course is designed as an introduction to analysis of the script and its translation from page to performance through an examination of the relationships of directors, designers, performers and audience in the rehearsal process and theatrical performance.

THR-116 Introduction to Performance Studies

Students will infuse scholarly research with artistic practice in exploration of performance. The course uses the study of cultural performance, including ritual, socio-cultural and artistic performances as a means of broadening cultural awareness and cultural literacy. This course offers a broad understanding of performance as a subject and method of study. It also develops life-long skills such as information-gathering, reasoning and synthesizing abilities which contribute to an understanding of self, culture and society.

THR-118 Costume Design and Production

Students will explore the design process, costume silhouette and detail, and scripts and character analysis within the context of historical theatrical costuming connected to the concurrent Fine Arts production.

THR-120 Acting I

This course introduces the basic skills of actor performance which include using the body and voice as tools and working cooperatively and efficiently with others. While various acting theories are introduced, the Stanislavski System will be emphasized as the main theoretical basis and a shared vocabulary for the development and evaluation of in-class performances. The students explore the interrelation of onstage and offstage performances, drawing upon life experience as a basis for creating characters for the stage. Attendance at live theatre productions is required.

THR-121 Acting II

In this course, students engage in an intensive series of scene studies, covering a range of styles and periods of theatre performance. They are exposed to theories of master teachers of acting, and introduced to many tools for characterization which they can apply to their work. Through this process, students design and develop their own process for creating and performing a role. Through warm-ups and exercises, students develop a greater individual and ensemble awareness, control of their bodies, voices, and concentration. Attendance at live theatre productions is required.

 Prerequisite: THR 110 or Grade of "C" or better in THR 120.
THR-125 Beginning Playwriting

In this introductory course, students learn specific techniques, practical exercises, and methods from award winning playwrights. This course is designed to work with the basic building blocks of dramatic structure, explore character development, analyze the elements of good dialogue writing, research how to get plays published and explore marketing tools to make a play a best seller. The course includes candid exploration of famous plays. Staged readings of the student's original work are held during finals and open to the public.

THR-130 Introduction to Theatrical Design and Technical Theatre

In this hands-on course students gain an understanding of the duties of the scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers and all related production members. Students learn about the working relationships between designers and other members of the production and how the theatrical product moves from concept to realization onstage. Students learn about physical theatre spaces, as well as design fundamentals that are applicable to each of the design areas.

THR-215 Introduction to Stage Directing

Introduction to Stage Directing is a theatre arts elective in which students study the principles, procedures, and practices of stage direction. Students learn how to select, analyze, and conceptualize a play script. They learn how to research the text and develop a prompt book for rehearsal. Students learn the basics of staging through a variety of exercises in which they will direct and be directed by their classmates. Finally, they cast, rehearse, and present a ten minute play of their choosing for public performance.

 Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in THR 115 and grade of "C" or better in THR 120.