Fall 2012 Theater Courses
Acting II, Directing I, Performance Theory, and Senior Company are available with prerequisites as listed in the Academic Catalog for the Theater Department. Additional descriptions of new SPRING offerings can be found here.
THEA 001. Theater and Performance
By combining a survey of many different approaches to theatrical performance, this class should give you an understanding and appreciation of the importance of theater and performance in the world. Study will include history, performance theory, and production design in relationship to play scripts and videotaped or live performances. Sessions will include exercises that pertain to the collaboration between actors, directors and designers. Writing requirements will include journal keeping, responses to readings and performances and research papers.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors. Writing course. 1 credit.
THEA 002A. Acting I
This course is designed as a practical introduction to some of the principles, techniques, and tools of acting. We will use theater games and improvisation exercises (from Stanislavsky, Viola Spolin, Viewpoints, and other sources) to unleash the actor's imagination, expand the boundaries of accepted logic, encourage risk taking, and prepare the actor for the creative process. We will focus on preparing the body and voice for rehearsal and performance and will pay special attention to vocal and physical imagination. We will focus on increasing "presence" on stage, developing a character, learning how to rehearse, and evoking a response from the audience in the context of scene study. Four hours per week. Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors. 1 credit.
THEA 004B. Lighting Design
This class explores the fundamentals of lighting design. The course objective is to introduce lighting concepts and how to express them for both theater and dance. It is intended to demystify an enormously powerful medium. Reading and class discussion provide a theoretical basis for such creativity while the assignments and projects provide the practice for this artistic endeavor. The course is designed to serve all students regardless of prior experience in theater production. N.B.: For graduating classes through 2013, fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors. 1 credit.
THEA 004C. Costume Design
This course will focus on costume design and introduce methods that apply to designing for stage. In class, we will take a look at the costume designer's responsibilities as an artist and collaborator and explore the relationship between text, concept, and production. In addition to formal lecture, we will discuss fabrics and colors and how they relate to light and scenery in performance, and we will explore different medium and techniques for presentation of a design. A lab component of this class will introduce the student to costume shop operation and equipment in addition to a brief overview of costume history. The course is designed to serve all students regardless of prior experience in theater production. N.B.: For graduating classes through 2013, fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors. 1 credit. NOT OFFERED FALL 2012/SPRING 2013.
THEA 006. Playwriting Workshop
This creative workshop course introduces students to essential elements of dramatic writing. In-class writing exercises and weekly assignments lead to the development of character monologues, scenes, and two original one-act plays. A variety of stylistic approaches and thematic concerns are identified through the reading and discussion of plays by contemporary playwrights. Students will explore their individual creative voice, learning how to translate their vision through character, image, and story. Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors. 1 credit.
Requirements for Course Majors, Course Minors, Honors Majors, and Honors Minors are available here. Additional information on course schedules for upcoming semesters is available here or on the bulletin boards outside the Theater Department Office (LPAC 013). Please direct any further questions to Jean Tierno, Administrative Assistant for the Theater Department at x8149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.