Theatre and Dance Courses

Theatre (THE) courses

  • THE 605 Theatre for Children and Youth

    Special training and techniques involved in the preparation and development of productions for, and by, children and youth. Activities include directing, scenic and costume design, scripting, and a study of the history, literature and research of the field. May be taught concurrently with THE 505. Cannot receive credit for both THE 505 and THE 605.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • THE 606 Creative Dramatics

    The art of creative drama and how it can be used in the school and community with children, youth, adults, and "special populations." Students teach their own classes in creative drama during the latter part of the semester.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • THE 611 Scripting and Performing

    Theoretical and practical knowledge in developing performance skills for one-person shows, extended literary performances, performance art, stand-up comedy, personal narrative and other performer-composed theatrical texts. May be taught concurrently with THE 510. Cannot receive credit for both THE 510 and THE 611.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • THE 616 Theatre for Social Change

    Theoretical and practical knowledge for developing performances for, about, and in partnership with community-based nonprofit organizations. Includes volunteer assignment and techniques for journaling, interviewing, scripting, and directing original material. May be taught concurrently with THE 515. Cannot receive credit for both THE 515 and THE 615.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • THE 623 Auditioning and Acting for the Camera

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    A practical immersion into the on-camera market for the professional actor. Auditioning and acting skills for single and multi-camera formats including commercials, television comedy, television drama, industrials, film, and other digital mediums. Also covers industry and marketing logistics in relation to the on-camera market. May be taught concurrently with THE 522. Cannot receive credit for both THE 522 and THE 623.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • THE 631 Theatre History I

    Traces the important periods in the development of theatre from its beginning through the English Restoration. Through analysis of conventions of staging and dramatic literature, examines the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and social dimensions of theatre in different cultures and time periods. May be taught concurrently with THE 541. Cannot receive credit for both THE 541 and THE 631.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • THE 632 Theatre History II

    Traces the important periods in the development of theatre from the 18th century to the present. Through analysis of conventions of staging and dramatic literature, examines the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and social dimensions of theatre in different cultures and time periods. May be taught concurrently with THE 542. Cannot receive credit for both THE 542 and THE 632.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • THE 633 Development of Modern Theatre

    Examines the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and social dimension of modern theatre, from the development of naturalism to Theatre of the Absurd, through analysis of staging practices, theatrical theory, and dramatic literature. May be taught concurrently with THE 543. Cannot receive credit for both THE 543 and THE 633.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall (odd-numbered years)
  • THE 634 Contemporary Theatre

    Examines the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and social dimension of theatre and drama since 1960. Emphasis will be on theatre as an art form and a social and cultural institution. May be taught concurrently with THE 545. Cannot receive credit for both THE 545 and THE 634.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (even-numbered years)
  • THE 635 Development of American Theatre

    Study of theatre in the United States from colonial times to the present with a focus on the cultural and aesthetic variety of American theatrical practice and the theatre as a reflection of various social, cultural, and political beliefs. May be taught concurrently with THE 547. Cannot receive credit for both THE 547 and THE 635.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall (even-numbered years)
  • THE 640 Directing II

    Advanced directing techniques. Directing of a one-act play. May be taught concurrently with THE 530. Cannot receive credit for both THE 530 and THE 640.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall, Spring
  • THE 652 Scene Design II

    Advanced designs of selected plays including floor plans, front elevations, white and finished models and renderings.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • THE 655 Lighting Design II

    Advanced principles and techniques of lighting for theatre, dance, and other performance/presentational events. May be taught concurrently with THE 555. Cannot receive credit for both THE 555 and THE 655.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • THE 658 Sound Design for the Theatre

    Principles of sound design with an emphasis on practical application. Includes a study and practice of basic audio production, recording, editing, mixing, reinforcement, and playback techniques used in association with dramatic events. Study of sound design includes aesthetic, dramatic, and practical considerations of script analysis, creative collaboration, research, and problem solving. Practical class application will be in the form of simple projects, exercises, and designs. May be taught concurrently with THE 558. Cannot receive credit for both THE 558 and THE 658.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring (odd-numbered years)
  • THE 665 Costume Design II

    Emphasis on special problems in costume design including applications of concepts to design projects and presentation of completed design projects. May be taught concurrently with THE 565. Cannot receive credit for both THE 565 and THE 665.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • THE 671 History of Costume and Decor I

    A survey of styles of dress, interior design and decoration, architecture, art, and historical events as they pertain to the design of theatrical productions, from ancient Egypt to circa 1700. Requires sketching. May be taught concurrently with THE 561. Cannot receive credit for both THE 561 and THE 671.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • THE 672 History of Costume and Decor II

    Survey of styles of dress, interior design and decoration, architecture, and art as they pertain to the design of theatrical productions, from circa 1700 to the present day. Requires sketching. May be taught concurrently with THE 562. Cannot receive credit for both THE 562 and THE 672.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • THE 700 Graduate Research Methods in Theatre and Interpretation

    Exploration of the current state of theatre studies. Focuses on strategies for research with primary and secondary sources, critical and theoretical methodologies, and various methods of reporting research.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • THE 707 Theatre Pedagogy: Theories and Practices

    Designed to acquaint theatre teachers with the field of current theories and practices of theatre and performance pedagogy, and to develop instructional skills with specific application to teaching introductory level theatre courses.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • THE 710 Seminar: Performance

    Studies in rhetorical, cultural, social and aesthetic dimensions of performance.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (even-numbered years)
  • THE 742 Dramatic Theory and Criticism

    Representative theories of dramatic form and function; works of major critics and philosophers from Aristotle to present.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • THE 790 Workshop in Theatre

    Designed to improve the students' skill and knowledge in specific areas of theatrical production. Each workshop will be concerned with a single topic, either acting, directing, or design. The course will examine the intersections between theory and practice in the creation of theatrical works. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    3-9Spring
  • THE 793 Degree Paper

    Research and writing of an extended paper originating in one of the 700-level courses. Students may choose to present the completed paper for their required research report. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    3Upon demand
  • THE 794 Theatre Practicum

    Prerequisite: permission of department head.

    Acting, stagecraft, costuming and associated work in the Tent Theatre or other specified theatre production. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    3Upon demand
  • THE 795 Applied Research Project

    Prerequisite: permission of research advisor and, if applicable, host institution permission must be obtained the semester prior to enrollment.

    The applied research project may consist of: 1) a creative project (directing, designing, scripting, performing), or 2) an internship with a host company or agency. For the non-thesis project, students must design specific educational and social as well as artistic objectives and appropriate assessment measures in consultation with the advisor. Students may choose to report on the applied research project for their required research report. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    3Fall, Spring, Summer
  • THE 796 Readings

    Prerequisite: permission of graduate coordinator.

    Individual, experimental or research studies in theatre and performance studies. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Fall, Spring
  • THE 797 Topics

    Prerequisite: permission of graduate coordinator.

    Creative or special topics in theatre and performance studies. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Fall, Spring
  • THE 798 Thesis Research

    Prerequisite: permission of the graduate coordinator.

    Research leading to a master's thesis. Students will present a proseminar on their research during the semester they are enrolled in this course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    3Fall, Spring, Summer
  • THE 799 Thesis Writing

    Prerequisite: permission of graduate coordinator.

    Preparation of thesis. May be repeated, but no more than three hours may be counted toward a master's degree. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    3Fall, Spring, Summer