NOTE: Students taking more than 18 units in a semester may elect to take THR 102 for zero (0) units. This option will allow students to fully participate without incurring applicable overload tuition charges. In this case, THR 102 enrollment will be registered on student transcripts but no graduation units or letter grade will be in effect, as the class will be graded on a pass/no pass basis. Regardless of enrollment units, all THR 102 students must exhibit the same level of commitment to attending all scheduled shop hours and to accomplishing all course learning outcomes.
THR 100 Audition Requirement 0 Units
Students in the acting and directing emphasis must audition at least once per academic year, and be willing/available to do the show if cast. (Auditioning does not guarantee casting). After each audition students are required to meet with full time theatre faculty present at the audition to get feedback. Students must complete the audition process and feedback session to get credit for that audition. An updated list will be published at the end of each semester detailing auditions and feedback sessions completed. In the semester when students expect to graduate, they should enroll in THR 100 for pass/fail certification. Students who fail to complete this requirement will not be approved for graduation with a theater major: acting and directing emphasis.
THR 102 Applied Stagecraft 0.5 Units
This is a hands-on course covering varying tasks in regard to theatrical scenery, lighting, audio, costuming, and paint. This course is required for all students involved in Concordia University Irvine productions (including the cast). As each production is different and provides unique, specific challenges, the content will vary based on the production associated with the course. The course is repeatable.
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 attendance of on-campus productions.
THR 200 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. A lab fee is required.
THR 210 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. A lab fee is required.
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 material from contemporary realism and the modern drama era such as Chekhov and Ibsen. It will include 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. There may be an additional charge for field trips. Lab time is included in the schedule. Prerequisite: THR 261 or consent of instructor.
THR 322 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. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: THR 210 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. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: THR 210 or consent of instructor.
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 210 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 210 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 210 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.
THR 341 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. Prerequisite: THR 251 or consent of instructor.
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 and THR 261 and THR 262 and THR 341 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 including restoration and theatre of the absurd. It will 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.
THR 391 Practicum: Theatre (Non Major) 0.5-4 Units
This course is a practical, hands-on experience where students will work on one or more theatre productions.
THR 392 Practicum: Theatre for Musical Theatre Minor 0.5-4 Units
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.
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 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 461 Creative Dramatics 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 as an instructional tool. Through individual and group movement, sound, and unscripted exercises, students learn to incorporate dramatic activities in the classroom, rehearsal hall and a variety of other settings, including an introduction to puppetry.
THR 471 Acting IV: Acting for the Camera 4 Units
This is a course covering the skills, terms, and concepts that must be understood in order to create convincing realistic acting performances in front of a camera. A practical course, students will be assigned a series of scenes and exercises which will be recorded by equipment equivalent to what one would encounter in the film and video industry. A natural outgrowth of the skills learned in Acting I and II, this course adapts those skills to work in front of the camera. Lab time is included in the schedule. Prerequisites: THR 251 and THR 261 and THR 262 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).