Theatre Courses (THE)

THE 1115
Performance and Production Practicum I (1)
  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and-or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit.
   
THE 1130
Introduction to Theatre (3)
  An introduction to theatre as a fine art and as a vital part of our western culture, the course focuses on the aspects of audience, production, and performance. It is designed for the student who wishes to gain a fundamental understanding and an appreciation of the theatrical arts in our society.
   
THE 1132
Introduction to Film (3)
  A historical and critical perspective of film production from North America, Europe, and Asia through which modern film production is interpreted, analyzed, and discussed. It is designed for the student who wishes to gain a fundamental understanding and an appreciation of film and its impacts on our culture and society.
   
THE 1150
Creative Habit (1)
  A component of the Department of Theatre and Dance First Year Initiative program (FYI), Creative Habit is a part of the introductory learning community established at the entry level for incoming theatre and dance students. Centering on Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit, the learning community examines strategies for successful studies in Theatre and Dance.
Co-requisites: THE 1130 and TROY 1101
   
THE 1160
Audition and Portfolio Techniques (1-2)
  A continuation of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s First Year Initiative (FYI) and Creative Habit Learning Community, this course provides an introduction to the practices and tools in the development of a professional audition, interview, and portfolio, and offers guidance in refining and presenting a professional self-image. Prerequisite: THE 1150, and the permission of instructor.
   
THE 2215
Performance and Production Practicum II (1)
  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. Prerequisite: THE 1115 May be repeated for credit.
   
THE 2216
Performance and Production Practicum III
  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THE 2215
   
THE 2211
Theatre for Youth (1-3)
  Provides introductory exposure to the field of Theatre for Young Audiences, including hands-on experience in skills related to performance, production, literature, creation and development, and pedagogical implications and opportunities.
   
THE 2221
Technical Theatre (2-3)
  A study of standard technical practices and equipment for the theatre.
   
THE 2245
Stagecraft Lab (1-3)
  Stagecraft Lab provides the basic elements of theatrical production through participation in acting (actors selected through audition), management, and/or technical theatre, including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup, business and publicity.
   
THE 2251
Voice and Diction (2)
  Study of individual and group practice in the effective use and control of the mechanics of oral delivery with a focus on the “professional dialect,” the general American dialect and/or the standard dialect. Includes use of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
   
THE 2271
Fundamentals of Scenery and Lighting (2-3)
  A study of standard technical practices for the theatre within the scenery and lighting production areas.
   
THE 2272
Fundamentals of Costumes and Makeup (2-3)
  A study of standard technical practices for the theatre within the costume and makeup production areas.
   
THE 2291
Dramatic Literature I (3)
  A continual, enthusiastic, and serious reading of plays is essential to the developing theatrical artist. Students will read a carefully chosen variety of works for the stage and study their historical context/impact, critical merit, and dramatic structure.
   
THE 3300
Fundamentals of Acting (2-3)
  An introduction to the basic principles, terminology, and disciplines of the actor.
   
THE 3301
Acting I (2-3)
  A study of basic principles, terminology, and disciplines of the actor, including relaxation, concentration, movement, and characterization.
   
THE 3302
Costume Techniques (2-3)
  A study of the techniques of costume construction, including methods of drafting patterns, building and/or modifying costumes, and the application of arts and crafts.
   
THE 3303
Makeup Techniques (1-2)
  A study of the theory and techniques of stage make-up. Includes makeup for theatre, film, and video.
   
THE 3304
Lighting Techniques (2-3)
  A study of stage lighting equipment and lighting practices.
   
THE 3313
Creative Drama (2)
  Study and application of the techniques of creative drama and children’s theatre.
   
THE 3315
Performance and Production Practicum IV (1)
  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THE 2216
   
THE 3316
Acting II (3)
  A study of advanced concepts of acting, focusing on script analysis and character development along with further study of voice, movement, and scene dynamics. Prerequisite: THE 3301 and COM 2251 or permission of instructor.
   
THE 3321
Scenic Design (3)
  The principles and techniques of drafting and designing in a variety of theatrical spaces. Prerequisite: THE 2221 and completion of the THE 2245 rotation or permission of the instructor.
   
THE 3330
Special Topics in Theatre (1-3)
  Examination of selected topics in theatre not included in the established curriculum. Content may be of a historical, thematic, technological, design, or specialized performance nature. May be repeated for credit.
   
THE 3331
Costume Design (3)
  A study of the theory, principles, and techniques of costume design applied to a series of theatrical projects. Prerequisite: Completion of the THE 2245 rotation or permission of the instructor.
   
THE 3335
Movement I (2)
  This course centers on the development of physical awareness and expressiveness building an understanding for a psychophysical approach to acting. The course examines personal body use and employs a variety of exercises, techniques, and theories of movement training designed to improve an actor’s awareness of impulse and expressiveness of ideas.
   
THE 3336
Acting III (3)
  Acting III is an in-depth exploration of advanced concepts of acting focusing on script analysis, character development, period styles, dialects, freedom of movement, and a professional work ethic. Students will also explore ways to find opportunities in film, television, major American markets, and graduate schools. In addition, emphasis will be placed on student’s ability to instruct and coach other actors. Prerequisites: THE 3301, THE 3316 and THE 3350
   
THE 3344
Lighting Design (3)
  A study of the principles of lighting design and equipment applications. Also covers drafting techniques for lighting. Prerequisite: THE 3304 and completion of the THE 2245 rotation or permission of the instructor.
   
THE 3345
Advanced Stagecraft Lab (1-3)
  A continuation of Stagecraft Lab designed for the upper level student. Prerequisites: THE 2245 rotation or permission of instructor.
   
THE 3346
Educational and Psychology Assessment in Fine Arts (3)
  This course provides a study of measurement and evaluation techniques for the secondary and P-12 teacher. Emphasis will be placed on the selection, evaluation, administration, scoring and interpretation of selected measures of student performance, achievement and behavior. The student will demonstrate skills in utilizing measurement data to plan appropriate learning activities for students.
   
THE 3350
Script Analysis (2-3)
  Focuses on the nature of the text, playwright's purpose, dramatic structure, and style. The course will examine how the actor, director, designer, and technician approach a play and how that understanding translates into the staging.
   
THE 3352
Sound Techniques (2)
  A study of digital and analog recording techniques, recording equipment, and application.
   
THE 3354
Rendering Techniques for the Theatre (2)
  A study and application of traditional and experimental techniques for theatrical rendering, including watercolor, markers, pastels, pencils, and other media.
   
THE 3365
Fundamentals of Design for Theatre (3)
  An Introduction to theatrical design and conceptual thought through interpretation, visualization, and applied practices.
   
THE 3360
Playwriting I (3)
  This course is an introductory class for creative students interested in writing plays. The course is designed to teach students to create with the basic building blocks of dramatic structure, character development, good dialogue, strong storytelling, and offers methods for marketing students and their work.
   
THE 3370
The Theatre Professional (3)
  A preparation course that provides upper-level students with the tools to launch their professional theatrical career and livelihood. Prerequisite: Junior status
   
THE 3380
Travel Study in Theatre (3)
  Supervised study of theatre through travel abroad or within the United States. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
   
THE 4415
Performance and Production Practicum V (1)
  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THE 3315
   
THE 4416
Performance and Production Practicum VI (1)
  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THE 4415
   
THE 4441
Oral Interpretation (2)
  Study and application of the principles and practices of oral interpretation (reading) of literature, including individual and ensemble performance. Prerequisite: COM 2241 or permission of the instructor.
   
THE 4443
Theatre History I (3)
  Through the study of literature and dramaturgy, this course traces the history of theatre from the origins of drama to English Restoration drama of the 18th century. Prerequisite: ENG 2205.
   
THE 4444
Theatre History II (3)
  Through the study of literature and dramaturgy, this course traces the history of the theatre from the 19th century to the
Prerequisite: ENG 2206
   
THE 4451
Directing I (3)
  Script analysis and directing principles with studies in the direction of scenes from contemporary plays Prerequisite: THE 3301.
   
THE 4452
Directing II (2-3)
  Advanced study of directing, extending to period styles and culminating with the production of a one act play. Prerequisites: THE 3301, 4451.
   
THE 4454
Creative Project (2)
  Requirement for all graduating theatre majors in a comprehensive program of study. Couse involves creation of a theatrical event or process within the student’s concentration area. The student will develop a major field-related project, including conceptual proposal and written and verbal defense of project. This course will facilitate the comprehensive assessment of student mastery in theatrical production.
   
THE 4455
Theatre Senior Capstone (1-2)
  Senior seminar requiring students to integrate and extend the knowledge and practice of theatre as they investigate and plan post-graduate opportunities. Students complete a comprehensive exit exam, complete a program assessment and take the Praxis II in the Theatre content area. Prerequisite: Proof of Praxis registration and Creative Project Proposal.
   
THE 4456
Developing an Educational Theatre Program (2)
  Administration aspects of an educational theatre program (P-12) including scheduling, recruitment, appropriate use of support groups and partnerships, play selection, evaluation, purchase and maintenance of resource materials and equipment, business management, performance, co-curricular and extracurricular events such as festivals and competitions. Also include theatre careers and other opportunities utilizing theatre skills as well as national theatre standards for P-12. Prerequisites: THE 4451, junior status.
   
THE 4472
Internship in Grades P-12 (9)
  The Professional Internship Program is the culminating clinical field-based experience for students seeking certification in a teaching field. The Professional Internship Program provides the student with the opportunity to conduct classes and assume the role of a teacher while receiving supervision from a classroom teacher and a university supervisor for a period of one full semester. The student will demonstrate skills of the informed, reflective decision maker throughout the internship experience.
Prerequisite: admission to TEP. Co-requisite: IED 4454
   
THE 4481
Methods and Materials for the Theatre Teacher (3)
  Teaching methods, selection, organization and use of theatre related materials and resources in grades P-12. Units of study will be categorized by grade levels. Observation and teaching experience will be included. Prerequisites: THE 3313, 4456, EDU 3310, admission to TEP
   
THE 4491-92
Guided Independent Research (1 to 3 credit hours per course)
  Information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.
   
THE 4493-94
Guided Independent Study (1 to 3 credit hours per course)
  Information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.
   
THE 4496-97
Internship (3 to 6 credit hours per course)
  An internship with a recognized professional theatre program or company in which the student is assigned specific tasks in one of the recognized areas of theatre arts. The number of credit hours earned will depend upon the number of hours contracted for in the internship agreement. The course is designed to give the student an opportunity for practical application of skills in theatre arts in a professional theatre setting. The student must apply and meet admission requirements.
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