Theatre (THR)

THR 111   Experiences in Theatre   3 Units

This activity-oriented course is designed to acquaint students with the ephemeral and experiential nature of the theatre including play-going, play-making (i.e., scene work), rudimentary play analysis, discussion, and direct participation in on-campus productions.

THR 211   Computer Aided Design   3 Units

This course will introduce students to the application of computer hardware and software for the theatre including instruction and practice in computer aided design (CAD), computer rendering, and 3D modeling. A lab fee is required. Offered alternate years.

THR 241   Voice and Movement for the Actor   3 Units

This course will provide intensive training in the integral use of the voice and body for the actor through the development of tools for communicating character and subtext including vocal and physical relaxation, flexibility, and strength and is intended for students who plan to pursue further study in acting.

THR 251   Introduction to Theatre   3 Units

This course will provide an overview of the various conventions, forms, styles, and genres of the theatre, including principles of play analysis and exploration of theatre criticism from dramaturgical, literary, and cultural perspectives through the thematic discussions of representative plays. There may be an additional charge for required field trips.

THR 261   Acting I   3 Units

As an introduction to basic acting techniques, this course will examine ways to construct the interior, physical, and vocal life of a character, teach warm-up procedures and staging principles including scene analysis, performance of monologues, and improvisations. There may be an additional charge for field trips.

THR 262   Acting II   4 Units

This course is an advanced approach to acting techniques used in contemporary realism material including an in-depth study of scene and character analysis; performance of monologues, improvisations, and scenes; exercises based on the Meisner technique and other acting approaches. Lab time is included in the schedule. There may be an additional charge for field trips. Lab time is included in the schedule. Prerequisite: Thr 261 or consent of instructor.

THR 311   Stagecraft   3 Units

Through hands-on experiences this course will introduce the practical application of theatrical design principles including techniques and practices of technical organization, set construction, lighting preparation, costume construction, makeup application, and sound preparation. Field trips (additional charge) and participation in on-campus productions required. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: Thr 251 or consent of instructor.

THR 321   Introduction to Theatrical Design   3 Units

As an introduction to the theories and principles of theatrical design, this course will emphasize the holistic and scenographic approach, while exploring set, lighting, costume, makeup, and sound design with director/designer collaboration. Field trips and participation in on-campus productions required. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: Thr 251 or consent of instructor.

THR 323   Period Styles of Design   3 Units

Through a survey of historical periods and design styles as they are applied to theatre, this course will include an examination of architecture, costumes, furniture, interiors, lighting, ornament, and stage scenery. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: Thr 321 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THR 325   Scenic Design   3 Units

This course will study scenography covering the design of stage settings and properties including further development of drafting skills for the theatre. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: Thr 321 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THR 327   Lighting and Sound Design   3 Units

This course will look at the designing of theatrical lighting and sound and the practical application of those designs to the stage. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: Thr 321 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THR 329   Costume Design   3 Units

Through the design of theatrical costumes and accessories expressed through color renderings, this course will include overview of the history of costume. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: Thr 321 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THR 330   Performance Studies and Readers Theatre   3 Units

This course will provide in-depth work in solo and group oral interpretation including selection, adaptation, and presentation of readers theater programs for children and adults. Intercultural issues in performance, performing for religious audiences, and performance of non-fiction will also be examined. There may be an additional charge for required field trips. Offered alternate years.

THR 351   Play Direction I   3 Units

This course will introduce students to the following techniques: play selection and analysis, auditioning, scene design and staging, actor coaching, rehearsal strategies, and production management. Both the principles for proscenium and the open stage will be discussed along with the presentation and evaluation of workshop scenes. Prerequisites: Thr 251, Thr 261 and Thr 262 or consent of instructor.

THR 371   Acting III   4 Units

As an advanced study of theatrical performance techniques and through the use of in-class workshop experiences, this course will emphasize the acting of Shakespeare and other period styles and include exercises, analytical skills, rehearsal procedures, and methods of artistic criticism. Lab time is included in the schedule. There may be an additional charge for required field trips. Prerequisite: THR 262 or consent of instructor.

THR 381   Acting in Musical Theatre   3 Units

Exploration of the voice, movement, and acting skills necessary to perform in modern musical plays will be examined in this course as students participate in workshops, exercises, warm-ups, rehearsal procedures, and in-class solo and group performances. Prerequisite: THR 261 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THR 390   Practicum: Theatre (Theatre Major)   0.5-4 Units

This course, intended for students in the theatre major, is a practical, hands-on learning experience where student will work on one or more theatre department productions. Credit is earned in one (1)-unit increments.

THR 391   Practicum: Theatre (Non Major)   1 Unit

This course is a practical, hands-on experience where students will work on one or more theatre productions. Credit is earned in one (1)-unit increments.

THR 392   Practicum: Theatre for Music or Theatre Minor   1 Unit

This course, intended for students in the Musical Theatre minor, is a practical, hands-on learning experience where student will work on one or more theatre department productions. Credit is earned in one (1)-unit increments.

THR 441   Theatre and Culture I   3 Units

Through the study of representative plays, this course will examine the various theatre cultures from the Classical period through the Renaissance, giving consideration to the theatrical conventions, visual art, music, and significant historical events of the periods. There may be an additional charge for required field trips. Prerequisite: Thr 251 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THR 442   Theatre and Culture II   3 Units

As a continuation of Thr 441, this course will examine theatre cultures from the Renaissance to the present day. There may be an additional charge for required field trips. Prerequisite: Thr 251 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THR 443   Contemporary Theatre and Culture   3 Units

This course will examine various theatre cultures, concentrating on theatrical texts and performances written and produced within the past 60 years including contemporary trends and styles. There may be an additional charge for required field trips. Prerequisite: Thr 251 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THR 451   Play Direction II   3 Units

As a continuation of Thr 351, this course will deepen students' knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of stage directing including director/designer collaboration; analysis of period style and genre with application to directors' choices; analysis of modern and contemporary theories of the stage; and artistic direction and dramaturgy in the contemporary theatre. Workshop scenes are presented and evaluated. There may be an additional charge for required field trips. Prerequisite: Thr 351 or consent of instructor.

THR 452   Advanced Script Analysis   3 Units

As an advanced study of selected plays from the standpoint of the theatre artist (actor, director, designer), this course will look at the process of translating a dramatic text to theatrical production. An emphasis will be placed upon the techniques of perception, imagination, and integration used in developing a concept and determining specific performance and design choices with the application of analysis through projects and presentations. Offered alternate years.

THR 461   Creative Drama and Improvisation   3 Units

With an emphasis upon personal dramatic experience and drama as process instead of theatrical product, this course will examine the principles and procedures for utilizing creative dramatics activities in a variety of settings, as expressed through individual and group movement, sound, and improvisation. Practicum lab hours required.

THR 471   Acting IV   3-4 Units

This is an advanced experiential course that will cover performance techniques and principles through in-class scene study of Greek tragedy and Comedy of Manners theatrical styles including exercises, analytical skills, and rehearsal procedures. There may be an additional charge for required field trips. Lab time is included in the schedule. Prerequisites: Thr 251 and Thr 261 or consent of instructor.

THR 489   Theatre: Professional Preparation   1 Unit

This course will explore the skills and materials needed for the professional theatre artist as students create a portfolio, résumé, and other necessary items to prepare for a career in the arts. A Lab fee is required.

THR 490   Internship: Theatre   1-8 Units

This is an intense, practical experience in a theatre setting that contributes significantly to the student’s preparation for entrance into a theatrical profession. Specific tasks will be determined in agreement with the host of the internship. Approximately forty (40) contact hours are required for each unit of credit.

THR 498   Theatre Showcase   3 Units

This advanced, thesis-style course will require intensive, hands-on activity at an advanced level under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: theatre major, senior status, and application approval by the theatre faculty (also see Theatre Showcase Guidelines available in the Theatre Office).