Theater

ALLEN KUHARSKI, Professor and Chair
K. ELIZABETH STEVENS, Assistant Professor 3
MATT SAUNDERS, Assistant Professor (part time)
LAILA SWANSON, Assistant Professor (part time), Co-Chair for Production
ELIZABETH ATKINSON, Visiting Assistant Professor (part time)
GABRIEL QUINN BAURIEDEL, Visiting Assistant Professor (part time)
JAMES MAGRUDER, Visiting Assistant Professor (part time)
ALEX TORRA, Visiting Assistant Professor (part time)
ADRIANO SHAPLIN, Visiting Instructor (part time)
SARAH SANFORD, Visiting Instructor (part time)
JAMES MURPHY, Associate in Theater Performance (part time)
ADAM RIGGAR, Production Manager and Technical Director
JEAN TIERNO, Administrative Assistant
TARA WEBB, Costume Shop Manager and Arts Administrator

 

3 Absent on leave, 2014–2015.

The theater major uses the study of all aspects of performance as the center of a liberal arts education. It is intended to be of broad benefit regardless of a student’s professional intentions. All courses in the department address the processes of play production, especially as they involve collaboration; all production for performance in the department is part of coursework.

The Theater Department emphasizes writing as an important aspect of discursive thinking and communication. Many courses have a significant writing component, the nature of which varies from course to course.

The Academic Program

Planning a major or minor in theater requires thoughtful care and deliberate planning. First- and second-year students thinking about a theater major should read these requirements and recommendations closely and should consult with their faculty adviser or the chair of the Theater Department early and often. Leave schedules, study abroad, a wide variety of intern and apprentice programs, and the importance of course sequences make long-range planning essential. Almost all theater courses and seminars are offered on a regular, annual schedule.

Courses numbered 001 to 010 are introductory and are prerequisite to intermediate courses.

Courses numbered 011 to 049 are intermediate and are prerequisite to advanced courses numbered 050 through 099.

Seminars carry numbers 100 and above.

Intermediate work in each of the course sequences requires a beginning course in that area.

Some advanced courses carry additional prerequisites that are listed in the course descriptions.

For those majors who intend a career in theater, whether academic, not-for-profit, or commercial, internships in professional theaters are strongly recommended. Because of scheduling difficulties, students should plan and apply for internships, time spent off campus, and community projects as far in advance as possible.

Alumni guest artists are typically in residence on campus during the summer as part of the Swarthmore Project in Theater. Positions are usually available in production, development, public relations, marketing, box office, and house or stage management. Positions are usually not available in acting, directing, or design.

Course Major

Requirements

10 credits of work including:

  • Fundamentals of Dramaturgy (001)
  • Acting I (002A)
  • Fundamentals of Design for Theater and Performance (003) or any course in design (004A, 004B, 004C, 004D, 004E)
  • Performance Theory and Practice (015)
  • One credit from following list: Playwriting Workshop (006) or Solo Performance (025) or Directing I (035)
  • Production Ensemble (022) or Special Project in Design (034)
  • Senior Company (099)
  • Theater Seminar (100-level)
  • One additional credit in acting, design, directing, theater history, playwriting, or dramaturgy

All course majors and minors are required to fulfill a set number of hours doing technical/crew work before the end of the junior year. Students can obtain details on how to fulfill the technical/crew requirement from their major advisers, the department office, or from advising forms available outside the chair’s office. Technical/crew hours can be arranged directly with the department’s Production Manager/Technical Director or Costume Shop Supervisor.

The areas of specialization are acting, solo performance, directing, design, playwriting, dramaturgy, and theater history. Special arrangements will be made for students who seek secondary school certification. Prospective majors should consult with the chair or their department adviser about their choice.

In addition to these course requirements, the major includes a comprehensive examination in two parts: (1) an essay relating the student’s experience in Senior Company; and (2) an oral examination on the essay and related subjects by theater faculty.

Course Minor

Course minors are required to take 7.0 credits of work including:

  • Fundamentals of Dramaturgy (001)
  • Acting I (002A)
  • Fundamentals of Design for Theater and Performance (003) or any course in design (004A, 004B, 004C, 004D, 004E)
  • Performance Theory and Practice (015)
  • One credit from following list: Playwriting Workshop (006) or Solo Performance (025) or Directing I (035)
  • Production Ensemble (022) or Special Project in Design (034)
  • Each minor will choose an area of specialization and take one additional course or seminar in that area. Course minors who complete these requirements by the end of the junior year may petition to enroll in THEA 099: Senior Company in the fall semester of their senior year.

All course minors need to fulfill the same technical/crew requirement described for course majors above.

Honors Major

General requirements include:

  • Fundamentals of Dramatrugy (001)
  • Acting I (002A)
  • Fundamentals of Design for Theater and Performance (003) or any course in design (004A, 004B, 004C, 004D, 004E)
  • Performance Theory and Practice (015)
  • One credit from following list: Playwriting Workshop (006) or Solo Performance (025) or Directing I (035)
  • Production Ensemble (022) or Special Project in Design (034)
  • Senior Company (099)
  • Theater Seminar (100-level; counts as one honors preparation)
  • Two additional thesis projects or seminars to be arranged individually in consultation with the student’s major adviser.

All potential honors majors need to fulfill the same technical/crew requirement described for course majors above.

Each major will choose an area of specialization and take one additional course in that area. One specialization will constitute the normal honors major in theater. Honors students will take Senior Company in the fall of senior year, while they are planning their production project. The usual schedule will be spring of junior year, Theater Seminar; fall of senior year, THEA 099 and pre-rehearsal thesis project preparation; and spring of senior year, rehearsal and performance of the thesis project.

Double majors taking three examinations in theater will also follow that schedule.

For double majors taking one honors examination and comps in theater, the examination may be a production project, depending on available resources.

Approval of the Sophomore Plan for any honors major is conditional upon;

  • the student maintaining good academic standing through the end of the junior year.
  • theater honors majors approved for production thesis projects in the senior year are required to notify the department chair of their intention to drop or change their Honors Program by the end of the junior year.
  • an honors major in theater must receive the approval of their major adviser before committing to any extracurricular or off-campus projects during the junior or senior year in order to avoid potential conflicts with their honors thesis work.
  • students who prove unable to fulfill the expectations of the faculty for their Honors Programs in theater may be dropped from honors at the department’s discretion.
  • unless for reasons of health or other personal circumstance beyond the student’s control, leaving the department’s Honors Program after the end of the junior year is considered a significant compromise of a student’s academic performance.

Honors students majoring in theater will typically make a total of three preparations as follows:

  • Seminar (listed earlier), written examination, and an oral set by an outside examiner.
  • Production project in one of the following fields: Acting, Design, Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, or Solo Performance (see descriptions below).
  • A third preparation for honors will be approved at the discretion of the faculty at the end of the student’s junior year.

In the student’s Sophomore Plan of study and again in the junior year, they will be asked to indicate their first and second preference for their third honors preparation, only one of which may be for an additional production thesis. In addition to thesis preparations in the form of performance projects, the third preparation may consist of a second seminar, staged readings in playwriting or production dramaturgy, portfolio projects in design, written thesis work in performance theory, playwriting, dramaturgy, etc. Due to scheduling and staffing constraints, the department can only guarantee one individual performance thesis project per student. Decisions on the third preparation in honors will be made on a case-by-case basis, in part on the quality and completeness of each student’s coursework in the department through the end of the junior year.

Acting

The student, together with their adviser, will undertake a project that will take place over the course of two semesters. The fall semester will consist of a series of workshops and assignments designed to further develop the critical and practical skills required for performance. This preparatory work in the fall semester will be put to use in the spring through the production of a play or performed by the students and directed by the acting faculty. An external examiner will attend as many rehearsal sessions as possible to observe the student’s process. The examiner also attends one or more of the public performances. The examination proper will consist of an extended interview directly following the performance and a briefer oral during honors weekend. The subject of the first interview will be the student’s processes as he or she relates to the production. The second oral will concern the student’s assessment of the entire process as a part of his or her undergraduate education and future plans.

Design

The student will function as the designer for a production presented by the Theater Department in one area of design. The student will produce appropriate preparatory materials for this project (research, sketches, color renderings, drafting, models, digital media, light or sound plots, etc.). Because this is a collaborative project, a production time line will need to be prepared and production meetings scheduled. In addition to the development of the design, the student will collaborate with all relevant staff and craftsmen during the fabrication stage, ensuring the full-scale design is executed as designed. The local instructor will supervise these activities appropriately, on the model of a special project in theater. The external examiner will receive copies of all materials as the student creates them and will pay close attention to the way in which the project develops under continual revision. The examiner will attend one of the public performances and in advance of honors weekend will receive in digital form the student’s completed portfolio for presentation. The examination proper will consist of an extended interview directly following the performance and a briefer oral during honors weekend. The subject of the first interview will be the student’s processes as he or she relates to the production. The second oral will concern the student’s assessment of the entire process as a part of his or her undergraduate education and future plans.

The student may also prepare a portfolio project in design as an honors thesis, with all appropriate studio work but without being linked to a specific production in the department. Such a project permits the student to create a project beyond the givens of the department’s specific production environment.

Directing

The student will, under faculty supervision, read around a given playwright’s work, make a director’s preparation for the entire play, and rehearse for public presentation a locally castable portion of the chosen play. Original developmental projects may be proposed, subject to the approval of the faculty adviser for the thesis. The department will hire a professional collaborator (usually an actor) for a set number of rehearsal hours in connection with the project. The instructor will supervise these activities appropriately, on the model of a special project in theater. The external examiner will visit this project several times (depending on schedule and available funds). These visits (to rehearsal or planning session) will not include feedback from the examiner. The examiner attends rehearsal to know as much as possible about the student’s methods of making the work. The examiner also attends one or more of the public performances. The examination proper will consist of an extended interview directly following the performance and a briefer oral during honors weekend. The subject of the first interview will be the student’s processes as he or she relates to the production. The second oral will concern the student’s assessment of the entire process as a part of his or her undergraduate education and future plans.

Dramaturgy

This project will be done in one of the following ways:

  • As a production project in the form of a one-credit attachment to the Fundamentals of Dramaturgy class (THEA 001) or Production Dramaturgy Seminar (THEA 121) consisting of work with a faculty or student director. This will typically be in connection with Production Ensemble or an honors thesis in directing. The student will create a body of writing appropriate to the specific project. This will include (but is not limited to) notes on production history, given circumstances, script analysis, program and press-kit notes, study guide, and a grant proposal. The student’s work will continue in rehearsal. The external examiner will receive all materials as they are generated. The examiner also attends one or more of the public performances. The examination proper will consist of an extended interview directly following the performance and a briefer oral during honors weekend. The subject of the first interview will be the student’s processes as he or she relates to the production. The second oral will concern the student’s assessment of the entire process as a part of his or her undergraduate education and future plans.
  • The completion of a stage adaptation of a non-dramatic text or combination of texts. A complete draft of the adaptation will be completed under the supervision of a faculty member in production dramaturgy, and a staged reading of a revised version of the text will be presented in collaboration with a professional director as guest artist. This is a two-credit thesis project to be completed over two semesters in the senior year, generally parallel to the honors thesis model for playwriting. The examiner will attend at least two rehearsals and the final staged reading, in addition to reading the final text and its original source. The examination will consist of an extended oral presentation given during honors weekend.
  • Students fluent in a second language can apply to do a translation of a play into or out of English as an honors thesis attachment to Production Dramaturgy. This may be a one-credit attachment for a written draft only (done with a member of the faculty) or as a two-credit thesis with a staged reading done in collaboration with a guest director, as in the adaptation thesis above. In the case of a staged reading, the examiner will attend at least two rehearsals and the final staged reading, in addition to reading the final text together with the original source. The examination proper will consist of an extended interview directly following the performance and a briefer oral during honors weekend. The subject of the first interview will be the student’s processes as he or she relates to the production. The second oral will concern the student’s assessment of the entire process as a part of his or her undergraduate education and future plans.

Playwriting

The student will write a complete draft of a play over the course of a semester in collaboration with a faculty member or other professional production dramaturge. In a second semester, the department will hire a professional director for a set number of rehearsal hours in preparation for a staged reading, with whom the student will work through a rehearsal and revision process based on the earlier work with the production dramaturgy. The faculty adviser and/or the production dramaturgy faculty will continue to assist during the rehearsal/revision process. The external examiner will read the completed first draft and attend as many rehearsal sessions as possible and the final staged reading to observe the student’s writing and collaborative process. The examination proper will consist of an extended interview directly following the staged reading, the reading of the student’s revised draft based on the rehearsal process and performances, and a briefer oral examination during honors weekend. There is also the option of a purely written playwriting thesis preparation, without the production component.

Solo Performance

The student, with guidance from their adviser, will create and perform a solo performance. The program will hire a professional director for a set number of rehearsal hours, which the student will supplement with practice and other writing, acting, and design “homework.” The adviser will assist in this work on a regular basis. The external examiner will attend as many rehearsal sessions as possible to observe the student’s process. The examiner attends rehearsal to know as much as possible about the student’s methods of making the work. The examiner also attends one or more of the public performances. The examination proper will consist of an extended interview directly following the performance and a briefer oral during honors weekend. The subject of the first interview will be the student’s processes as he or she relates to the production. The second oral will concern the student’s assessment of the entire process as a part of his or her undergraduate education and future plans.

Honors Minor

Seven credits of work including:

  • Fundamentals of Dramaturgy (001)
  • Acting I (002A)
  • Fundamentals of Design for Theater and Performance (003) or any course in design (004A, 004B, 004C, 004D, 004E)
  • Performance Theory and Practice (015)
  • One credit from following list: Playwriting Workshop (006) or Solo Performance (025) or Directing I (035)
  • Theater Seminar (100-level) or two-credit Honors Thesis in Dramaturgy (180-181) or two-credit Honors Thesis in Playwriting (180-181)

Honors minors who complete these requirements and complete a sequence in acting, design, directing, or playwriting/dramaturgy by the end of the junior year may petition to enroll in THEA 099: Senior Company in the fall semester of their senior year.

There is an option for students to pursue a course major in conjunction with an Honors minor, in which case the student may be eligible for an individual thesis project along the lines of those described for honors majors above. Interested students should discuss the details of this with their major advisers before preparing their sophomore papers.

All potential honors minors need to fulfill the same technical/crew requirement described for course majors above.

Department Policies for All Theater Majors and Minors

Co-curricular and extracurricular work in the Theater Department, although not specifically required, is strongly recommended for majors. Opportunities include paid and volunteer staff positions with the department, in-house projects for various classes, production work in The Eugene M. and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center, and Drama Board productions.

While the Theater faculty recognizes the value of co-curricular and extra-curricular performance work by students, such commitments at times can create serious stress and scheduling conflicts that can negatively impact a student’s health and academic performance. The department therefore requires all majors and minors to receive written pre-approval from either their advisers or the chair before committing to any performance work outside of the department.

In the case of conflicts for students between dress rehearsals or performances in the department and other classes, the faculty will gladly make arrangements for excused absences with professors in other departments. Students should alert the department faculty about any such conflicts in the first weeks of rehearsals for any given production in the department, and never less than two weeks before the date of the conflict with dress rehearsals.

Working consistently with faculty on such time-management issues is essential for all rising theater majors and minors, and is of the highest priority for students planning to participate in the Honors Program.

With respect to the 20-course rule, courses in dramatic literature taught in the English Literature, Classics, or Modern Languages and Literatures departments may be designated as part of the major. Courses in non-dramatic literatures taught in those departments will not be considered part of the major.

Recommended Course/Seminar Sequence for Majors and Minors

* indicates requirements for all course and honors majors in theater.

Freshman Year

Fundamentals of Dramaturgy (001)

Acting I (002A), fall or spring semester*

Any course in design (003 or 004 sequence), fall or spring semester*

Production Ensemble (022), fall semester* (by audition; open to first-year students)

Sophomore Year

Fundamentals of Dramaturgy (001) (if not taken freshman year)

Performance Theory & Practice (015), fall semester* (counts for Writing Intensive Course Credit in the Humanities)

Playwriting Workshop (006), or Solo Performance (025)

Production Ensemble (022), fall semester*, or

Special Project in Design (034), fall or spring semester

(If not taken in freshman year, Theater 022 or 034 recommended here for students considering study abroad in their junior year)

NB: Theater majors planning a semester abroad should plan to do so in the spring of the sophomore year or the fall of the junior year.

Junior Year

Playwriting Workshop (006), or Solo Performance (025), or Directing I (035)

Performance Theory & Practice (015), fall semester*

Production Ensemble (022), fall semester* (if not taken in previously)

Special Project in Design (034), fall or spring semester

Theater Seminar (100-level) spring semester* (counts for Writing Intensive Course Credit in the Humanities)

NB: A seminar is required for all theater majors and honors minors and should be taken in the junior year.

Completion of a sequence in acting, directing, design, playwriting, or production dramaturgy*

Completion of the technical/crew hours requirement

Senior Year

Senior Company (099), fall semester*

(honors majors add at least one credit of thesis credit each semester of the senior year)

Introductory Courses

All introductory courses are open to all students without prerequisite.

THEA 001. Fundamentals of Dramaturgy

This course will investigate a tripartite nature of dramaturgy as it is currently regarded and practiced in American theater. Structural dramaturgy: tragedy, comedy, farce, the well-made play, and modern departures thereof. Production dramaturgy: collaborative process, methods and strategies for historical research, note-taking, script editing, and adaptation. Institutional dramaturgy: script evaluation, season planning, mission statements, marketing and audience outreach. Through readings, discussions, writing assignments, and engagement with campus and area productions, students will sidestep the deathless—and deadly—question, “What is a dramaturg?” to focus upon how dramaturgs think and what they do with what they know.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors as well as a counting as a writing-intensive course in the Humanities Division.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Magruder.

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 improvisational exercises (from Stanislavsky, Viola Spolin, Uta Hagen and other sources) to unleash the actor’s imagination, expand the boundaries of accepted logic, encourage risk taking, and free the body and voice for the creative process. We will also focus on beginning to analyze text, understanding scene-work and monologues in relation to an entire play, listening and responding to self, others and space, and developing the ability to play actions. Finally, each student will have the opportunity to test our principles of work through one scene with a partner, no longer than ten minutes, to be assigned by the instructor. This scene will be performed in front of the class.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Bauriedel. Fall 2014. Sanford. Spring 2015. Staff.

THEA 002B. Special Project in Voice Performance

By individual arrangement with the directing or acting faculty for performance work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 002C. Special Project in Acting

By individual arrangement with the directing or acting faculty for performance work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: Concurrent or past enrollment in THEA 002A.
0.5 or 1 credit. CR/NC grade.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 003. Fundamentals of Design for Theater and Performance

This course offers an introduction to creative aspects of designing scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound for theater and performance with emphasis on the correlation of text, imagination, and space. In a collaborative classroom setting, the students will have the opportunity to explore individual ideas and transform these into a design that is cohesive and relevant to a production. The lab component of the course will provide a broad introduction to the technical aspects of theater production. The course is designed to serve all students regardless of prior experience in theater production.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Spring 2015. Swanson.

THEA 004A. Set Design

This course will focus on set design and introduce methods that apply to designing for stage. In class, we will take a look at the set designer’s responsibilities as an artist and collaborator and explore the relationship between text, concept, and production in addition to learning the basic skills of drafting and model making. In addition, we will discuss the relationship between scenery, costumes, and light in performance. A lab component of this class will include an introduction to computer drafting and additional information about materials used for stage construction. The course is designed to serve all students regardless of prior experience in theater production.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Spring 2015. Saunders.

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.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Murphy.

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.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Swanson.

THEA 004D. Integrated Media Design for Live Performance

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the application of various visual and audio technologies in live theater and dance performance. Discussion of the historical and theoretical context of contemporary mixed-media performance will be combined with an orientation to the available technologies found at Swarthmore and beyond. The class will include the conceptualization and preparation of a series of individual studio projects. The course is designed to serve all students regardless of prior experience in theater production.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Spring 2015. Saunders.

THEA 004E. Sound Design

This course will provide an introduction to sound design concepts for live performance. Course work will emphasize research, design development, collaboration, and the creative process. Laboratory work will focus on basic audio engineering, software, field recording, and documentation in a theatrical context. The course is designed to serve all students regardless of prior experience in theater production.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.



1 credit.
Fall 2014. Atkinson.

THEA 005. Opera Production Workshop

(Cross-listed as MUSI 024)
Opera is a collaborative art form, involving composing, writing, performing, stage directing, choreography and design. In this workshop-based class, students will gain a basic understanding of opera as an art form and experience all aspects of the rehearsal and production process. The class culminates in the performance of an original opera written, directed and performed by faculty and students in collaboration with students from a nearby elementary school.
1 credit.
Spring 2015. Staff.

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.
Spring 2015. Shaplin.

THEA 008. Movement Theater Workshop

(Cross-listed as DANC 049)
This class will offer an orientation to movement-based acting through various approaches: traditional performance traditions in Bali and elsewhere, commedia dell’arte, the teachings of Jacques Lecoq, and so forth. Taught by Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel of the Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia. The class will require rehearsal with other students outside of class time and will end with a public showing of work generated by the students. Six hours per week.
Note: Movement Theater Workshop cannot be taken in lieu of THEA 012 either as a prerequisite for Acting III or by students seeking a major or a minor with an emphasis in acting.
Prerequisites: THEA 002A, any dance course numbered 040–044, or consent of the instructor.
1 credit.
Spring 2015. Bauriedel.

Intermediate Courses

THEA 012. Acting II

In this course students will explore and develop the skills necessary to perform Shakespeare with specificity and confidence. In addition to vocal and physical exercises intended to strengthen and free the actor’s body and voice, students will delve into Shakespearean scene study. The course provides a strong foundation in basic acting technique that can be applied to multiple dramatic genres. In addition students will explore Shakespearean scenes using rigorous textual analysis, learning to use the clues in Shakespeare’s text to make smart, useful acting choices. While working on scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, students will learn how to rehearse, how to develop a character and how to increase their vocal, physical and emotional flexibility.
Prerequisites: THEA 002A.
1 credit.
Spring 2015. Staff.

THEA 012A. Intermediate Special Project in Acting

By individual arrangement with the acting or directing faculty for performance work in connection with department directing projects, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company. May be taken concurrently with THEA 008 or 012.
Prerequisite: THEA 002A, THEA 002C, and THEA 008 or 012 or 022.
0.5 or 1 credit. CR/NC grade.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 013. Special Project in Theater Practicum

By individual arrangement with the design or directing faculty for production work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis productions, Production Ensemble, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 003 or any 004 design class.
0.5 or 1 credit. CR/NC grade.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 014. Special Project in Stage Management

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 014A. Special Project in Set Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004A.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 014B. Special Project in Lighting Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004B.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 014C. Special Project in Costume Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004C.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 014D. Special Project in Integrated Media Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004D.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 014E. Special Project in Sound Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004E.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 015. Performance Theory and Practice

This course covers a series of major texts on performance theory and practice, with emphasis on directing and acting. Assigned readings will focus on theoretical writings by or about the performance work of artists such as Zeami, Stanislavsky, Artaud, Brecht, Grotowski, Mnouchkine, Chaikin, Suzuki, and Robert Wilson as well as selected theoretical and critical texts by nonpractitioners. The course includes units on performance traditions and genres outside of Europe and North America. Weekly video screenings required.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
Writing course.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Kuharski.

THEA 016. Special Project in Playwriting

An independent study in playwriting taken either as a tutorial or in connection with a production project in the department. By individual arrangement between the student and department faculty.
Prerequisites: THEA 006.
1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 021. Special Project in Production Dramaturgy

Production dramaturgy in connection with a production completed on or off campus. To be taken concurrently with or following THEA 001: Fundamentals of Dramaturgy. By individual arrangement between the student and the department faculty.
Prerequisite: THEA 001
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 022. Production Ensemble I

Rehearsal of a full-length work for public performance with a faculty director: ensemble techniques, improvisation, using the audience as part of the given circumstances. Required for all course and honors majors in acting, directing, and dramaturgy; also required for course minors in acting, directing, and dramaturgy.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Torra.

THEA 023. Special Project: Intermediate Theater Practicum

By individual arrangement with the design or directing faculty for production work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis productions, Production Ensemble, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 003 or any 004 design class, and THEA 013.
0.5 or 1 credit. CR/NC grade.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 024. Special Project: Intermediate Stage Management

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis projects, Acting III, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 003, or THEA 004B, or THEA 035.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 025. Solo Performance

Solo performance is a theater of inclusion: it creates a space in which everyone can speak up and be heard. In this course students will research, write, and perform a one-person show. This course fulfills the intermediate acting requirement for acting majors and minors (Acting I is still required for all majors and minors). It also counts as a prerequisite for Production Ensemble in the spring.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Next offered spring 2016.

THEA 034A. Special Project: Intermediate Set Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004A and THEA 014A.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 034B. Special Project: Intermediate Lighting Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004B and THEA 014B.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 034C. Special Project: Intermediate Costume Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004C and THEA 014C.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 034D. Special Project: Intermediate Integrated Media Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004D and THEA 014D.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 034E. Special Project: Intermediate Sound Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004E and THEA 014E.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 035. Directing I: Directors’ Lab

This course focuses on the theater director’s role in a collaborative ensemble and on the ensemble’s relation to the audience. Units cover the director’s relationship with actors, designers, composers, technicians, and playscripts. The student’s directorial self-definition through this collaborative process is the laboratory’s ultimate concern. Final project consists of an extended scene to be performed as part of a program presented by the class.
Prerequisites: THEA 001, THEA 002A.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Kuharski.

THEA 042. Production Ensemble II

Available by audition or consent of instructor to students who have successfully completed THEA 022.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Torra.

Advanced Courses

THEA 052. Production Ensemble III

Available by audition or consent of instructor to students who have successfully completed THEA 022 and 042.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Torra.

THEA 053. Special Project: Advanced Theater Practicum

By individual arrangement with the design or directing faculty for production work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis productions, Production Ensemble, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 003 or any 004 design class, and THEA 013, and THEA 023.
0.5 or 1 credit. CR/NC grade.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 054A. Special Project: Advanced Set Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004A and THEA 014A and THEA 034A.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 054B. Special Project: Advanced Lighting Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004B and THEA 014B and THEA 034B.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 054C. Special Project: Advanced Costume Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004C and THEA 014C THEA 034C.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 054D. Special Project: Advanced Integrated Media Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004D and THEA 014D and THEA 034D.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 054E. Special Project: Advanced Sound Design

By individual arrangement for a production project in connection with department directing workshops, Production Ensemble, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004E and THEA 014E and THEA 034E.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 055. Directing II: Advanced Directing Workshop

Directing II requires students to apply the exercises from THEA 035: Directing I to a variety of scene assignments. These will address a variety of theatrical genres and various approaches to dramatic text (improvisation, cutting, and/or augmentation of play scripts, adaptation of nondramatic texts for performance, etc.). Projects will be presented for public performance.
Prerequisites: THEA 001, 002A, 015, THEA 035, and any class in design.
1 credit.
Spring 2015. Kuharski.

THEA 061. Intermediate Special Project in Production Dramaturgy

Production dramaturgy in connection with a production complete on or off campus. By individual arrangement between the student and the department faculty.
Prerequisites: THEA 021, and 051.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 062. Production Ensemble IV

Available by audition or consent of instructor to students who have successfully completed THEA 022, 042, and 052.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Torra.

THEA 064. Advanced Special Project in Scenography, Sound, and Technology

A portfolio design or other design project in connection with a production completed on or off campus. To be taken concurrently or following THEA 054A, THEA 054B, THEA 054C, THEA 054D, or THEA 054E. By individual arrangement between the student and the department faculty.
Prerequisites: Any course in the THEA 003–004 group, THEA 014 group, and THEA 034 group.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 072. Advanced Special Project in Acting

By individual arrangement with the acting or directing faculty for performance work in connection with department directing projects, honors thesis projects, or Senior Company. With faculty approval, acting in a production off campus may qualify for this credit.
Prerequisites: THEA 002A, THEA 002C, THEA 008 or 012 or 022, THEA 012A.
0.5 or 1 credit. CR/NC grade.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 074A. Special Project: Senior Project in Set Design

This course is an independent study in set design. This special project will examine the forms and techniques of design applied in actual production. By individual arrangement under the mentorship of the design faculty for work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis productions, Production Ensemble, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004A, THEA 014A, THEA 034A, and THEA 054A.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 074B. Special Project: Senior Project in Lighting Design

This course is an independent study in lighting design. This special project will examine the forms and techniques of design applied in actual production. By individual arrangement under the mentorship of the design faculty for work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis productions, Production Ensemble, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004B, THEA 014B, THEA 034B, and THEA 054B.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 074C. Special Project: Senior Project in Costume Design

This course is an independent study in costume design. This special project will examine the forms and techniques of design applied in actual production. By individual arrangement under the mentorship of the design faculty for work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis productions, Production Ensemble, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004C, THEA 014C, THEA 034C, and THEA 054C.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 074D. Special Project: Senior Project in Integrated Media Design

This course is an independent study in integrated media design. This special project will examine the forms and techniques of design applied in actual production. By individual arrangement under the mentorship of the design faculty for work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis productions, Production Ensemble, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004D, THEA 014D, THEA 034D, and THEA 054D.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 074E. Special Project: Senior Project in Sound Design

This course is an independent study in sound design. This special project will examine the forms and techniques of design applied in actual production. By individual arrangement under the mentorship of the design faculty for work in connection with department directing workshops, honors thesis productions, Production Ensemble, or Senior Company.
Prerequisite: THEA 004E, THEA 014E, THEA 034E, and THEA 054E.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 075. Advanced Special Project in Directing

By individual arrangement with the directing faculty. With faculty approval, directing or assistant directing off campus may qualify for this credit.
Prerequisites: THEA 001, THEA 015 orTHEA 021, THEA 022, THEA 035, THEA 106.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 091. Advanced Special Project in Production Dramaturgy

Production dramaturgy in connection with a production complete on or off campus. By individual arrangement between the student and the department faculty.
Prerequisites: THEA 001, 021, 051, and 061.
0.5 or 1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 092. Off-Campus Projects in Theater

Residence at local arts organizations and theaters. Fields include management, financial and audience development, community outreach, and stage and house management.
Prerequisites: appropriate preparation in the major.
1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 093. Directed Reading

1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 094. Special Projects in Theater

1 credit.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 099. Senior Company

A workshop course emphasizing issues of collaborative play making across lines of specialization, ensemble development of performance projects, and the collective dynamics of forming the prototype of a theater company. Work with an audience in performance of a single project or a series of projects.
This course is required of all theater majors in their senior year and can not be taken for external examination in the Honors Program. Class members will consult with the instructor during spring semester of their junior year, before registration, to organize and make preparations. Course and honors minors may petition to enroll, provided they have met the prerequisites.
Prerequisites: THEA 001, 002A; any course in design; 015; 006, 025, or 035; 022; a 100-level seminar; and the completion of one three-course sequence in theater.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Fall 2014. Swanson.

Seminars

THEA 102A/102B. Acting Capstone

By arrangment with the theater faculty.
This project will take place over the course of two semesters. The fall semester will consist of a series of workshops and assignments designed to further develop the critical and practical skills required for performance. This preparatory work in the fall semester will be put to use in the spring through the production of a play or performed by the students and directed by the acting faculty.
Fall 2014. Torra. Spring 2015. Torra.

THEA 106. Theater History Seminar

A comparative study of theater history from its origins through the 21st century, along with a critical examination of a given theatrical company as a case study. Emphasis on the coherence of specific performance traditions and periods, significant companies as well as individual artists, the placement of theatrical performance within specific cultural contexts, and their relevance to contemporary theatrical practice. Readings will include, but not be limited to, dramatic texts as one form of artifact of the theatrical event. The spring 2015 seminar will focus on the work of Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil.
Prerequisites: THEA 015.
Writing course.
2 credits.
Not offered 2014–2015.

THEA 121. Dramaturgy Seminar

How does a “monstre sacré” like Phaedra or Don Juan repeat across the centuries? What does Joe Orton owe to Wycherley and Ralph Roister Doister? In this cross-temporal comparative study of the post-classical western dramatic canon, emphasis will be placed equally on works from famous “periods” (Spanish Golden Age, Restoration comedy, French Classicism, Sturm und Drang, etc.) and on examples of forgotten or usurped genres—e.g., masque, melodrama, ballad opera, le parade, tragicomedy, Grand Guignol. Readings will also include critical texts by Castelvetro, Jonson, Boileau, Rousseau, Diderot, Dryden, Lessing, Schiller, Hegel, Hugo, Kierkegaard, Strindberg, Shaw, Nietzsche, and others.
Prerequisites: THEA 001 or by permission of instructor.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
Writing course.
2 credits.
Spring 2015. Magruder.

THEA 180. Honors Thesis Preparation

Credit either for honors attachments to courses or for honors thesis projects in directing, design, acting, and so on. By arrangement with the student’s faculty adviser in theater.
THEA 180A. Honors Thesis Preparation in Acting.
THEA 180B. Honors Thesis Preparation in Directing.
THEA 180C. Honors Thesis Preparation in Playwriting.
THEA 180D. Honors Thesis Preparation in Design.
THEA 180E. Honors Thesis Preparation in Dramaturgy.
THEA 180F. Honors Thesis Preparation in Solo Performance.
THEA 180G. Honors Thesis Preparation in Performance Theory.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.

THEA 181. Honors Thesis Project

Credit for honors thesis projects in directing, design, acting, and so on. By arrangement with the student’s faculty adviser in theater.
THEA 181A. Honors Thesis Production in Acting.
THEA 181B. Honors Thesis Production in Directing.
THEA 181C. Honors Thesis Production in Playwriting.
THEA 181D. Honors Thesis Production in Design.
THEA 181E. Honors Thesis Production in Dramaturgy.
THEA 181F. Honors Thesis Production in Solo Performance.
THEA 181G. Honors Thesis Production in Performance Theory.
Fall and spring semesters. Staff.