Course Descriptions

THTR 010X (CA) Theatre Practicum (.25-1)

Any student who is making a significant contribution (either technical or performance) to a faculty-directed play or faculty supervised project which is being presented in the department's production season, may apply to receive credit for this activity. The application must be requested during the production schedule (not after) and will be evaluated by the faculty member involved who will determine the amount of credit to be granted. Creating in the Arts.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Harris

THTR 011X (CA) Theatre Practicum - Atypical Performance (Variable credit .5 - 1)

Any student who is making a significant contribution (either technical or performance) to an independent, atypical performance or production not covered by the standing Theatre Practicum may apply to receive credit for this activity. The project can be faculty or student directed or coordinated but it must involve significant faculty supervision. This application must be submitted to the appropriate faculty member prior to the production schedule (not after) and will be evaluated by the faculty member involved who will determine the amount of credit to be granted.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 020X (CA) Dance Practicum (.25-1)

The major focus will be on learning specific dances. Additional attention is given to theatrical elements needed to support dance presentation or productions, including but not exclusive to participation in selected activities from the related areas of costume, light, sound and makeup design.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Prerequisite: Fall audition
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 110 (CA) The Theatre: A Contemporary Introduction (1)

An introduction to the broad spectrum of theatre's principles, goals, physical resources and working procedures. Sections are included on concepts of theatre, acting, production, audience and theatrical literature. Further direct involvement in performance and technical activity, critical writing and discussion, and attendance at outside theatre events. Additional responsibility in applied work on theatre productions.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 140 Acting I (1)

Course work in fundamental techniques of acting. The students will do intensive personal and social investigation through exercises in movement, voice training and improvisation as methods of making contact with themselves and others as they explore an actor's training and ensemble work.

  • Corequisite: THTR 150
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Coromel

THTR 141 Acting II (1)

Study of major realistic/naturalistic acting theory. In-depth exploration of play and character analysis, scene and monologue work.

  • Prerequisite: THTR 140
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Coromel

THTR 145 (CA) Introduction to Acting (1)

The objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the art of acting through firsthand experience. The course is meant to increase student awareness of his/her potential through exercises; introduce students to the acting method of psychological realism; and provide students with experience and confidence to perform in front of others.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 150 Voice for the Stage (.5)

This course is an introduction to the voice for the stage. Students will learn how their voice works, through a variety of exercises, both technically and imaginatively. Emphasis is on self-awareness exercises, relaxation techniques, physical/vocal stretches and the development of a personal warm-up.

  • Corequisite: THTR 140
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Coromel

THTR 151 Voice and Speech (.5)

A course aimed at (1) improving natural, clear, unaffected speech and (2) eliminating negative habits and regional accents: and an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet for the purposes of exploring stage dialect.


THTR 155 (CA) Stagecraft I (1)

An introduction to the physical aspects of theatre production. This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills used in backstage production support. Areas of study include construction, sound, and lighting. Required of all theatre majors, but also intended for the interested non-major who would like to explore the performing arts from a technical perspective.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Steck

THTR 157 (CA) Introduction to Design for the Stage (1)

A course designed to be an introduction for all students to the basic ideas and techniques of designing for the stage. Team-taught by members of the Theatre Design faculty, focusing particularly on the development of scenic designs, costume designs and lighting designs. Particular attention to be paid to the development of an appropriate theatrical image and understanding how each of the various design areas contribute and support each other in creating a seamless unified whole

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Harris

THTR 165 Stagecraft II (.5)

Analysis and detailed application of the principles introduced in Stagecraft I. The course will provide the comprehensive knowledge that will prepare students to plan and direct the technical aspects of backstage production.

  • Prerequisite: THTR 155
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 175 (*CA) Introduction to Dance Technique (.5)

Students are introduced to the basic principles of dance technique through participation in beginning ballet, jazz and modern dance vocabulary.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To complete the Creating in the Arts credit in dance classes, students must satisfactorily complete two of THTR 175, THTR 181, 182, and 284 OR a student may repeat any one of these classes in order to fulfill the CA requirement.)
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 181 (*CA) Fundamentals of Ballet (.5)

Class participation in basic techniques of ballet. Develops an understanding of the ballet aesthetic.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To complete the Creating in the Arts credit in dance classes, students must satisfactorily complete two of THTR 181, 182, and 284 OR a student may repeat any one of these classes in order to fulfill the CA requirement.)
  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Nelson

THTR 182 (*CA) Fundamentals of Modern Dance (.5)

Class participation in basic modern dance technique. Through developmental exercises and dance combinations, the students are introduced to modern dance as an expressive artistic medium.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To complete the Creating in the Arts credit in dance classes, students must satisfactorily complete two of THTR 181, 182, and 284 OR a student may repeat any one of these classes in order to fulfill the CA requirement.)
  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Nelson

THTR 212 (TH) Costumes History (1)

A survey of historic costume from the Ancient Middle East to contemporary Western dress. Issues of society, culture, gender, politics, economy, and technology will be explored as they relate to the history of Western clothing. Aesthetic aspects are discussed through study of extant artwork and artifacts.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Thinking Historically
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Brewer-Wallin

THTR 213 (CA) Introduction to Dance (.5)

The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to experience a wide variety of dance styles. It is designed for students who wish to develop a basic understanding of ballet, modern, jazz, and tap techniques.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Fouts

THTR 217W (TH) Theatre History I (1)

Study of evolution of religious ritual into structured performance practice and the origins of theatre in various parts of the world. Special attention to how dramatic text, cultural values, political structures, and performance spaces and styles interact to create performance phenomena from shamanistic times through the 18th century.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Thinking Historically
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Cole

THTR 219 (IT) Theatre History II (1)

Study of dramatic texts and performance practice and theory from the late 18th century through the present day. Emphasis on the connections between theatre and culture.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Interpreting Texts
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Cole

THTR 233 (CA) Fundamentals of Costume Design (1)

This course covers play script analysis for costume design, with projects involving the design process, costume rendering and presentation. Fabric dyeing and basic principles of costume construction are also covered. Open to all majors.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Brewer-Wallin

THTR 234 (CA) Dance Composition (.5)

An introduction to principles of composition in dance. Students are introduced to methods of structuring movement in order to create original dances. Principles of choreography and composition are applied to practical tasks in dance making. Closed to freshmen.

  • Prerequisite: THTR 181 or THTR 182 or consent of instructor
  • Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 240 Stage Makeup (.5)

This course will help students learn the basics of character makeup application and design. We will begin with the basic elements of design, learn how to manipulate those elements, and apply that knowledge through hands-on application and careful visual research; a basic understanding of professional makeup application will be achieved. Purchase of makeup kit is required for practical application of the techniques studied.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Brewer-Wallin

THTR 251 (CA) Introduction to Computer Aided Design/Drafting (1)

This course is intended to introduce the student to Computer Aided Design (CAD). This course will teach basic and advanced 2-D drawing and editing, allowing the student to draw, dimension, and plot their work. We will be using AutoCAD for Windows or/and Vectorworks for our work environments. The fundamentals of CAD will be covered with a focus on their use in the theatrical world.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Reinagel

THTR 260 (CA) Stage Combat (1)

Stage Combat is a course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of stage combat. Students will explore basic principles of movement, safety practices, and will learn the history and application of three Western stage combat forms: unarmed combat and two others drawn from the following list: rapier and dagger, single sword, broadsword, or quarterstaff.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Prerequisite: THTR 140, THTR 145 or Consent of instructor
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Cole

THTR 282 (CA) Modern Dance II (1)

Course work utilizes principles and techniques learned in THTR 182 Fundamentals of Modern Dance. Emphasizes further refinement of skills and expressiveness.

  • Prerequisite: Previous modern dance training or consent of instructor
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Nelson

THTR 284 (*CA) Ballet I (.5)

This course builds on the ballet vocabulary introduced in Fundamentals of Ballet, and furthers the student's study of line, placement and musicality. Students should expect more speed and complex movements with continued development of technique and style.

  • Prerequisite: Previous ballet training or consent of instructor
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To complete the Creating in the Arts credit in dance classes, students must satisfactorily complete two of THTR 181, 182, and 284 OR a student may repeat any one of these classes in order to fulfill the CA requirement.)
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Joslin

THTR 318W (CA) Theatre and Culture (1)

Study of major movements in the theatre as they embody significant new approaches to the writing and staging of plays and performance events, and express change in social values and intellectual discourse.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Cole

THTR 320W (CA) Playwriting Workshop (1)

This course focuses on crafting short plays by learning about plot, theme, character, dialogue, and theatricality in a theatrical space.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Creating in the Arts
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 135 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 340 Acting Studio I (1)

Advanced actor training designed to allow individual in-depth exploration of the realistic acting process, play and character analysis and ensemble work, through the study of the works of Shaw, Ibsen, Chekhov, Miller, Williams and contemporary playwrights. Intended for upper-division theatre majors. May be repeated once for credit.


THTR 341 Acting Studio II (1)

Advanced actor training designed to allow individual in-depth exploration of style through the study of the works of Shakespeare and other Elizabethan/Jacobean dramatists. Intended for upper-division theatre majors. May be repeated once for credit.


THTR 355 Fundamentals of Scene Design (1)

A course to promote an understanding of the process of creating scenic designs. Through project assignments, class work will focus upon the reading and analysis of texts, the discovery and selection of dramatic images and their translation into a three-dimensional scenic form.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Harris

THTR 356 (CA) Fundamentals of Stage Lighting (1)

The study of lighting design theory and its application to performance and performance spaces. The course will cover electricity, uses of instruments and control equipment, the principles and theory of light and color, textual analysis, enhancement of dramatic atmosphere and image.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment:  Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate Fall
  • Instructor: Steck

THTR 357 Design/Production Studio I (1)

Advanced course allowing individual in-depth exploration of various aspects of the theatrical design process. Incorporates through both theoretical and practical projects: text and performance analysis, development of scenic, costume and/or lighting concepts, problems of technical execution.

  • Prerequisite: THTR 233, THTR 355, THTR 356, OR equivalent.
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Harris, Brewer-Wallin, Steck, Reinagel

THTR 358 Design/Production Studio II (1)

Advanced design projects incorporating the skills developed in Design Studio I, with special emphasis on production period and style. The class will include production design work and assignments geared toward portfolio presentation.

  • Prerequisite: THTR 233, THTR 355, THTR 356, OR Equivalent.
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Harris, Brewer-Wallin, Steck, Reinagel

THTR 430 Special Topics in Performance Studies (1)

This course provides the flexibility to offer topics of special interest in the various areas of theatre studies. Among the courses that will be offered are: Cultural Diversity in the American Theatre; The History, Function and Role of the Dramaturg; Metatheatre — Its Social, Political and Cultural Implications; Theatre Design in the 20th Century. May be repeated once for credit.

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 444 Arts Management (1)

Study of the business and legal aspects of arts activity in America's establishment and nonestablishment art areas. Special attention to such subjects as general funding, touring, government grants and alternative careers.

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 479 Directing I (1)

Fundamental historical, theoretical and practical aspects of play direction. Analysis of directorial approaches, scripts and conditions of presentation in various performance circumstances. Practical application of script analysis and rehearsal techniques.

  • Prerequisite: Theatre Core, THTR 217W, THTR 219, or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Cole

THTR 491 (CA) Special Topics in Theatre (0.5 or 1)

Special Studies in Theatre is designed to allow advanced students an opportunity to undertake a study of specific topics in theatre which are not offered in the regular curriculum.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

THTR 499W Senior Thesis (.5 to 1)

Required for senior Theatre majors. Research, create and perform solo performance in addition to written thesis.