Performance (Theatre)
Offered as a Minor
5 credits as follows: • THTR 121, 131, and 151 • THTR 231 or 232 • THTR 310, 331, or 361
An introductory overview of scenic illusion and technical devices, starting from ancient Greece through to modern design and production techniques. Scenery, lighting, costumes, make-up, properties, sound and technical effects are examined in the classroom and through workshop experiences as they apply to live performance and to film and television. The course includes three design projects structured to demonstrate creative problemsolving.
Exploration and development of imaginative processes and basic techniques of acting. Training through class exercises, scene and monologue work, discussions, readings and 294 Theatre lecture/demonstrations. Designed to develop students physically, vocally, emotionally, and experientially as interpreters of what it means to be human. ARTS; O; AC; Offered annually, usually multiple terms; J. Grace, E. Carlin Metz, D. Nichols
An introductory study of theatre as a collaborative art form, examining dramatic writing and theatrical production, and the process whereby scripts are translated into performance by theatre artists, and exploring theatre’s capacity to reflect and promote social, political, and cultural change.
The study of acting as applied to psychologically motivated text. Class work includes text analysis, critical analysis of performance, and text study and performance. Students repeating the course will undertake successively advanced concepts, applications, and projects. Prereq: THTR 131 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; may be taken up to 3 times; O; THTR 231 may not be taken in the term immediately after a student has completed THTR 131, if both courses are taken in the same academic year.
Theoretical concepts and practicum approaches to acting as practiced historically and in world theatre. Study will include multiple approaches to acting in a wide array of texts and performance settings, including historical epochs of western theatre, non-western physical theatre, sociopolitical theatre, and story theatre. Students repeating the course will undertake successively advanced concepts, applications, and projects. Prereq: THTR 131 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; may be taken up to 3 times; O; THTR 231 and 232 may be taken in either order; usually offered in alternate years; E. Carlin Metz, J. Grace
An immersive experience in theatre art composed of three interrelated sections that must be taken concurrently. The enrollment of students not majoring in theatre is encouraged. Students enroll in all three of the following courses:
Shakespeare and Beyond Advanced integration of traditional and nontraditional acting theory and practical application (from Shakespeare to the Absurd) through text, voice, and movement. Scene and monologue study, text analysis, and philosophical and historical context are examined in terms of central questions regarding what it means to be human as revealed through performance. Prereq: THTR 131, THTR 231, and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; O; usually offered in alternate years; E. Carlin Metz, J. Grace
Advanced theory and concepts in directing for the stage. This course focuses on the manipulation of three dimensional space through form, metaphor, motivation, composition, picturization, positive/ negative space, and movement and the relationships between the director and the actors and the director and the designers. Applied projects will include staging scenes and preparation of a One Act Play. Prereq: THTR 121, 131, 151, 261, and sophomore standing, or permission of the instructor; Usually offered in alternate years; E. Carlin Metz, J. Grace