THE - Theatre Arts

Dean Panttaja, Dept. Chair, Dept. of Theatre Arts (204 Shoup Hall 83844-2008; phone 208/885-6465).

THE 101 Introduction to the Theatre

The 101 Introduction to the Theatre (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

For non-majors. Building an appreciation for theatre as an art form through understanding the creative process of the playwright, the director, the designer, and the actor. Attendance at theatre productions reqd.

THE 103 Theatre Technology I

The 103 Theatre Technology I (3 cr)

Intro to theatre production spaces, shop tools, construction materials, and stage equipment; theories and methods used in lighting and in the construction of scenery. Course includes a lab component.

THE 104 Theatre Technology II

The 104 Theatre Technology II (3 cr)

Methods of costume construction techniques; intro to sewing, crafting and costuming skills. Course includes a lab component.

THE 105 Basics of Performance

The 105 Basics of Performance (3 cr)

Intro to performance; techniques of relaxation, observation, and justification; work in improvisation, sensory exploration, image-making, and beginning textual analysis; initial monologue and scene performance. One lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk.

THE 106 Basics of Performance

The 106 Basics of Performance (3 cr)

Intro to performance; techniques of relaxation, observation, and justification; work in improvisation, sensory exploration, image-making, and beginning textual analysis; initial monologue and scene performance. One lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk.

Prereq: The 105 or Permission. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 110 Convocation

The 110 Convocation (1 cr, max arr)

One 1-hr weekly seminar discussing performance and production techniques, process and activities.

THE 190 Theatre Practice

The 190 Theatre Practice (1 cr)

Open to non-majors. Practical experience in an aspect of theatre production including but not limited to: board operation, scenery shifting and wardrobe.

THE 200 Seminar

The 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

THE 201 Scene Design I

The 201 Scene Design I (3 cr)

Development of basic skills in visualization, period research, graphic techniques, and script interpretation in scenery.

THE 202 Costume Design I

The 202 Costume Design I (3 cr)

Costume design skills including script/character analysis, fabric choices, design process, period research, and drawing/painting skills.

THE 203 Workshop

The 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

THE 204 Special Topics

The 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

THE 205 Lighting Design I

The 205 Lighting Design I (3 cr)

Basic equipment, lighting methods, and theory for theatrical production; basic drafting of realized and hypothetical productions.

THE 206 Theatrical Make-up

The 206 Theatrical Make-up (1 cr)

Practical application techniques for basic contour and old age makeup for the theatre. Limited to 20 students. 2 hrs of lab a wk.

Prereq: Theatre Major or Minor

THE 298 Internship

THE 299 Directed Study

The 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

THE 305 Intermediate Acting

The 305 Intermediate Acting (3 cr)

Exploration of Stanislavsky System focused in work on sense and emotional memory, inner monologue, and imagery techniques; emphasis on group improvisation and theatre games; work in action and scene study; performances of selected scenes and monodramas. One lec and 3 hrs of lab a wk.

Prereq: The 105-The 106. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 306 Intermediate Acting

The 306 Intermediate Acting (3 cr)

Studies in American method acting as exemplified by its leading practitioners (Strasberg, Hagen, and Meisner); textual analysis and individual acting problems; continuing emphasis in scene preparation. One lec and 3 hrs of lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: The 305.

THE 311 Pattern Development Studio

The 311 Pattern Development Studio (3 cr, max arr)

Patterning and draping techniques for stage costume and apparel construction. May be repeated for course credit. (Fall. Alt/yrs)

Prereq: The 104. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 320 Theatre Management

The 320 Theatre Management (2 cr)

Exploration of stage management and standard management practices relating to theatre production and business, funding, and public relations.

THE 361 Technical Direction

The 361 Technical Direction (3 cr)

Technical direction and planning for single and multiple set theatre productions; includes shop and personnel management techniques, drafting, budgets, scheduling, and organization.

THE 371 Play Analysis

The 371 Play Analysis (3 cr)

Critical intro to plays as drama and theatre; an approach to tragic and comic genres; major dramatists of the 20th century culminating in an analysis of contemporary theatre styles.

THE 390 Theatre Practice II

The 390 (s) Theatre Practice II (cr arr)

Open to nonmajors. Advanced practical experience in all aspects of theatre production.

Prereq: The 190. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 395 Summer Theatre II

The 395 Summer Theatre II (2-8 cr, max 8)

Prereq: Permission of department

THE 400 Seminar

The 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

THE 403 Workshop

The 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

THE 404 Special Topics

The 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

THE 405 Individual Instruction in Performance

The 405 Individual Instruction in Performance (cr arr)

Individualized coaching in performance. One hr of lab a wk per cr.

Prereq: Permission of department

THE 406 Design Studio

The 406 Design Studio (cr arr)

Individual training in an area of theatre design; includes an advanced design assignment and the public presentation of a play.

Prereq: The 201, The 202, or The 205; or Permission. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 410 Costume Design II

The J410/J510 Costume Design II (3 cr, max 12)

Emphasis on developing characterization, stylization, and fabric choice; explore advanced rendering techniques; continuation of portfolio development. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Three lec and 1 hr of lab a wk.

Prereq: The 202 or Permission. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 417 Movement Studio

The J417/J517 Movement Studio (3 cr, max 18)

Emphasizes body awareness utilizing yoga and related techniques to increase strength and flexibility, heighten sensory awareness, generate dynamic energy, and mind/body connections. Students are encouraged to explore the creative boundaries of their body and discover the body's effectiveness as a primary expressive tool in performance. Students earning graduate credit will be held to a higher standard.

Prereq: Acceptance into B.F.A./M.F.A. program or Permission

THE 418 Voice Studio

The J418/J518 Voice Studio (3 cr, max 18)

Focuses on techniques of vocal production designed to open, free and energize the voice/body and to promote full and supported breathing. Emphasis on breath control, meditation and visualization techniques, vocal warm-ups, and their application to performance. Students earning graduate credit will be held to a higher standard.

Prereq: Acceptance into B.F.A./M.F.A. program or Permission

THE 425 BFA Acting Studio

The J425/J525 BFA Acting Studio (3 cr, max arr)

Rigorous study and practice in performance. Areas of specialization may include: Shakespeare, Devising, Commedia del'arte, Period Styles, Asian Theatre, Animals, Realism, Comedy. The course will be repeated each semester by BFA candidates.

Prereq for 425: Acceptance into BFA program

Prereq for 525: Acceptance into MFA program

THE 440 Playwriting

The J440/J540 Playwriting (3 cr)

Introduce the student to the fundamental elements of playwriting, including dramatic structure and action, developing theme and characterization, understanding stagecraft and writing dialogue.

THE 441 Foundations of Screenwriting

The J441/J541 Foundations of Screenwriting (3 cr)

Same as JAMM 471. Introduction to the fundamental elements of screenwriting; techniques of developing story lines and advancing a narrative in a visual way using the industry standard of a tightly structured long-form feature film. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Prereq: Permission

THE 451 Nonverbal Communication

The 451 Nonverbal Communication (3 cr)

See Comm 421.

THE 460 Professional Theatre Conference Participation

The J460/J560 Professional Theatre Conference Participation (1 cr)
Professional Theatre Conference Participation.

THE 463 Advanced Costume Technology Studio

The 463 Advanced Costume Technology Studio (3 cr, max arr)

Advanced theatrical costume construction techniques and strategies, including: tailoring, costume crafts and period undergarment construction. Materials selection and handling. May be repeated for course credit. Recommended Preparation: The 311. (Fall, Alt/yrs.)

Prereq: The 104 or Permission. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 464 Scenographic Techniques

The 464 Scenographic Techniques (3 cr)

Practical survey of graphics used in design and execution of scenery for the stage, including drafting, perspective, front and rear elevations, painters elevations, and properties design and drafting.

Prereq: The 201 or Permission. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 465 Advanced Scene Design

The 465 Advanced Scene Design (3 cr)

Development of a conceptual approach to design through assorted design projects.

Prereq: The 201 or Permission. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 466 Scene Painting

The 466 Scene Painting (3 cr)

Introduction to the art, practice and technique of large-scale decorative painting for the stage. Development of brush and application techniques, color mixing, and layout skills. Provides instruction in the imitation of wood, marble, brick and stone, as well as sections on stenciling, faux finishing and trompe l'oiel. (Fall only)

Prereq: The 201 or Permission. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 468 Theatre History I

The 468 Theatre History I (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities, International

The comprehensive survey of the major theatrical trends, theorists, and practitioners from the Golden Age of Greece until the early 19th Century.

THE 469 Theatre History II

The 469 Theatre History II (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities, International

The comprehensive survey of the major theatrical trends, theorists, and practitioners from 1875 to the present contemporary theatre scene. Recommended Preparation: The 371.

THE 471 Directing

The J471/J571 Directing (3 cr)

Preparation of a play from casting to performance. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Three lec and one hr of lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: The 305.

THE 472 Directing

The J472/J572 Directing (3 cr)

Staging and interpretation of a play; developing a production concept; coaching actors. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Three lec and one hr of lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: Upper-division acting course at 300/400 level.

Prereq: Permission

THE 483 Senior Capstone Project

The 483 Senior Capstone Project (2 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

A capstone class for graduating theatre majors that requires students to synthesize their experiences in dramatic theory, literature, theatre performance, and production. Seminar students prepare a service learning project and a portfolio presentation that summarizes their experience and their current vision of the theatre. The class also includes a component in resume preparation and professional presentation.

THE 484 Advanced Stage Lighting

The J484/J584 Advanced Stage Lighting (3 cr, max 12)

Advanced lighting design theories and practice through design of assorted productions in realistic drama, dance, arena, thrust, and mystical theatre. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Prereq: The 205 or Permission. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all co/prerequisites.

THE 498 Internship

The 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)

THE 499 Directed Study

The 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

THE 501 Seminar

The 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

THE 502 Directed Study

The 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

THE 503 Workshop

The 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

THE 504 Special Topics

The 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

THE 510 Costume Design II

The 510 Costume Design II (3 cr, max 12)

See The J410/J510.

THE 512 MFA Directing Studio

The 512 (s) MFA Directing Studio (3 cr, max 18)

Advanced individual study in directing, including work in staging, styles, and interpretation.

THE 513 MFA Design Studio

The 513 (s) MFA Design Studio (2 cr, max 18)

Advanced individual study in all areas of theatrical design with emphasis on portfolio development. One lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk.

THE 514 MFA Production Studio

The 514 (s) MFA Production Studio (2 cr, max 18)

Advanced individual study in all areas of technical theatre production and management with emphasis on portfolio development. One lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk.

THE 515 MFA Jury/Portfolio Review

The 515 MFA Jury/Portfolio Review (1 cr, max arr)

Preparation and evaluation of performance monologues and design portfolios.

Coreq: MFA studio courses

THE 516 MFA Graduate Seminar

The 516 MFA Graduate Seminar (3 cr, max arr)

An in-depth, rigorous, exploration of theatrical research and collaboration pedagogy and methodologies within the larger context of the artistic, creative process. Course may be repeated.

Prereq: Acceptance into MFA program

THE 517 Movement Studio

The 517 Movement Studio (3 cr, max 18)

See J417/J517.

THE 518 Voice Studio

The 518 Voice Studio (3 cr, max 18)

See The J418/J518

THE 522 Advanced Studies in Theatre

The 522 (s) Advanced Studies in Theatre (3 cr, max 18)

This course is for advanced studies in theatre history, analysis, and criticism for creative writing, performance, directing, design, and technology graduate candidates. Topics are coordinated and rotated departmentally and are beyond the departmental history and play analysis core. Course may be repeated for credit.

THE 525 MFA Acting Studio

The 525 MFA Acting Studio (3 cr, max arr)

See The J425/J525.

THE 526 MFA Writers Studio

The 526 MFA Writers Studio (3 cr, max 18)

The primary goal of the MFA Writers Studio is to help the writers develop their unique voice and vision; understand the role of the writer within a historical, cultural and political context; and expose them to a variety of styles and approaches to creating new work for both stage and screen. Toward that end, the Writer's Studio fosters a safe but challenging creative environment, in which writers are presented with assignments designed to help them identify that set of aesthetic concerns which will form the foundation of their Voice and Style as a writer. MFA candidates in Dramatic Writing enroll in this course each semester they are in the program.

THE 535 Production Design

The 535 Production Design (3 cr, max 12)

Design responsibility for a mainstage production.

Prereq: Permission of department

THE 540 Playwriting

The 540 Playwriting (3 cr)

See The J440/J540.

THE 541 Foundations of Screenwriting

The J441/J541 Foundations of Screenwriting (3 cr)

See The J441/J541.

THE 560 Professional Theatre Conference Participation

The 560 Professional Theatre Conference Participation (1 cr)
See The J460/J560.

THE 571 Directing

The J471/J571 Directing (3 cr)

Preparation of a play from casting to performance. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Three lec and one hr of lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: The 305.

THE 572 Directing

The J472/J572 Directing (3 cr)

Staging and interpretation of a play; developing a production concept; coaching actors. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Three lec and one hr of lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: upper-division acting course at 300/400 level.

Prereq: Permission

THE 584 Advanced Stage Lighting

The 584 Advanced Stage Lighting (3 cr, max 12)

See The J484/J584.

THE 595 Professional Off-Campus Studio

The 595 Professional Off-Campus Studio (3 cr, max 18)

This is a studio course designed for professional off-campus graduate students only. The course is composed of one on one mentoring for off-campus projects.

Prereq: Permission

THE 596 MFA Exit Project

The 596 MFA Exit Project (3 cr)

Culminating creative project for MFA candidates.

Prereq: Permission of department

THE 597 Practicum

The 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)

THE 598 Internship

The 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

THE 599 Non-thesis Master's Research

The 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
Prereq: Permission