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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Course Descriptions

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THEU 101
Introduction to Theatre
Theatre Core, Fine Arts
3

Architecture, technological innovation, literary genre, performance style, and artistic collaboration. Introduces basic principles of dramatic and performance criticism with a focus on writing about the drama.

THEU 105
Stagecraft
Theatre Core
3

Training in the skills and techniques of technical theatre (including set construction, scene painting, lighting, and sound) through reading, lecture, and hands-on experience.

THEU 132
Basic Acting 1
Theatre Core
3

Intensive study in a variety of techniques and exercises developed by Constantine Stanislavski (and variations developed by prominent instructors who succeeded him) in order to prepare the student for the creative and practical demands of stage acting. In this first of a two-course sequence, emphasis is placed on exercise work focusing on concentration and public solitude, imagination, improvisation, observation, scoring physical actions, beat analysis, definition of and pursuit of objective, and the defining and playing of an action.

Prerequisites: THEU 101

THEU 181
Practicum in Theatre Production
Theatre Core
1 to 3

Students gain hands-on experience by working on a technical crew assigned to Regent Theatre production. Crew assignments may be drawn from a variety of production opportunities in the areas of scenery, costume, makeup, sound, light and props. Majors must register for this course a minimum of six (6) times. Minors must register for THEU 181 for a minimum of three (3) times. Repeatable up to nine (9) credit hours.

THEU 221
Movement for the Stage
Theatre Core
3

Theory and practice of training the actor to expressively communicate with the body. Special emphasis is placed on non-verbal communication and raising the student's awareness of movement as a foundation for developing a character. Lab required.

THEU 227
Makeup for the Theatre
Theatre Core
3

Affords the student the opportunity to gain expertise in designing and applying a variety of stage make-ups including: corrective, fantasy, animal, special effects, and old age. The course includes the introduction of latex prosthetic pieces. Students are required to purchase a personal makeup kit.

Prerequisites: THEU 101 or instructor approval

THEU 232
Basic Acting 2
Theatre Core, Fine Arts
3

An intensive study of acting in the realist tradition as interpreted by Sanford Meisner in order to prepare the student for the creative and practical demands of stage acting.

Prerequisites: THEU 101 and THEU 131 or THEU 132

THEU 234
Voice and Diction for the Stage
Theatre Core
3

The fundamental theory and practice of healthy and articulate vocal production: controlling breath, phonation, resonation, enunciation, projection, vocal quality and proper Standard American English. The intent of the course is to produce a vocally expressive actor.

THEU 251
Improvisation
Theatre Elective
3

Provides an overview of modern improvisation techniques as taught by Viola Spolin, The Second City, The Groundlings, and The Improv Olympics. These core skills are useful to the performer, the director, and the teacher. Special emphasis is placed on techniques used to build an ensemble, the use of improvisation as a tool to boost creativity, and the spiritual parallels between faith and this unique art form.

Prerequisites: THEU 101 and THEU 232

THEU 305
Advanced Stagecraft
Theatre Core
3

Practical workshop providing students with advanced experiences in scenic construction, property design, sound design, costume construction, lighting technology and control, and crew supervision.

Prerequisites: THEU 105

THEU 310
Playwriting
Theatre Core
3

Writing laboratory exploring multiple models of creativity employed in the writing process with an emphasis on the impulse writing technique and its balanced relationship with the editorial process. A writing-intensive course with an extensive term project.

THEU 312
Stage Combat
Theatre Elective
3

Performance laboratory for aesthetic guidelines, safety principles, and practical techniques used in the staging of armed and unarmed sequences of staged combat.

THEU 314
Play Analysis
Theatre Core
3

Provides tools for students to analyze plays as theatre literature from the perspective of performance such as structural approaches, historical/biographical approaches, a study of genres, psychoanalytic approaches, and moral/philosophical approaches to include Judeo-Christian core values.

Prerequisites: THEU 101

THEU 320
The Business of Theatre
Theatre Core
3

Management laboratory introducing organizational structures and management principles appropriate for educational, professional, community and church-related theatre programs with an emphasis on not-for-profit organizations.

THEU 321
Costume Design
Theatre Core
3

The principles and methods of costume design as they relate primarily to theatrical production. Students study the evolution of clothing styles through history with an emphasis on Western costume. Lab required.

THEU 322
Fundamentals of Directing
Theatre Core
3

Practical and theoretical work of the director as artist, leader, and collaborator. Focus placed on directing modern realistic plays to hone skills in text analysis, communication, organization, and style. Students rehearse projects outside of regularly scheduled class hours.

THEU 323
Scenic and Lighting Design
Theatre Core
3

Studio-based examination of the practical and aesthetic considerations of scenic design as it applies to theatrical performance and other live events. Course contains both traditional lecture and hands-on design work including drafting, sketching, composition and the spectator/event relationship. Lab required.

THEU 324
Stage Management
Theatre Elective
3

Examines the duties and responsibilities of a production stage manager. Emphasis is placed on students' honing their organizational and communication skills with all members of a production team. Working with and adapting to Actors' Equity Association equity regulations are included. Students are expected to create a prompt book as well as participate in departmental productions.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval required

THEU 330
Screen Acting 1
Theatre Elective
3

Explores the techniques and methods of screen acting for single-camera productions (although multiple-camera productions are also addressed). Students prepare and perform scenes for presentation in class, participate in classroom exercises and discussions, and perform as on-camera talent for student productions.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval required

THEU 337
Vocal Production for the Actor 2
Theatre Elective
3

Continuation of the study and application of vocal skills based on the Linklater Technique first introduced in Vocal Production. Course content is expanded upon and further applied to scripted text. The International Phonetic Alphabet is introduced as a tool in the correction of individual speech problems and as a basis for the study of major performance dialects. The latter part of the course is devoted exclusively to dialect study.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval required

THEU 375
Special Topics in Theatre
Theatre Elective

Intensive examination of a selected area of study in the field of theatre. Topics vary and are announced in advance. This course may be repeated for credit. Lecture, seminar, and/or team study.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval may be required

THEU 402
Modern Drama
Theatre Core
3

Investigates the rise of dramatic realism and reactionary waves of anti-realist theatre in Europe and America from 1875 to mid-twentieth century. Playwrights may include Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, Shaw, Pirandello, O'Neill, Ionesco, Beckett, and others. Plays will be considered with reference to the work of seminal stage directors.

THEU 405
Theatre History 1
Theatre Core
3

Historical examination of significant developments in world theatre and drama from its origins through the European Renaissance.

Prerequisites: THEU 101 or instructor approval

THEU 406
Theatre History 2
Theatre Core
3

Historical examination of significant developments in world theatre and drama from the 18th century through the 20th century.

Prerequisites: THEU 101 or instructor approval

THEU 420
Performance Studio
Theatre Elective
3

A performance lab that provides the advanced student an opportunity to research, explore, and generate performances within specific periods, styles, or genres. Provides students with both theoretical and practical experience in performance. Examples of offerings include (but are not limited to) Contemporary Drama, Shakespeare, Comedy of Manners, Commedia dell' Arte; Non-traditional styles such as Absurdism, Expressionism, Symbolism, Auditioning and other topics as well. This course may be repeated for credit. Students having completed THEU 322 may be allowed to direct scenes.

Prerequisites: THEU 332

THEU 490
Independent Study
Theatre Elective

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a designated faculty member and the student. An independent study cannot be offered for a course that is already designated and listed. Repeatable up to six (6) credit hours.

THEU 495
Theatre Internship
Theatre Elective

Approved internship in a field of the student's specialty. This guided learning experience is a culminating experience in which the student applies the principles and skills learned, demonstrating competency under the guidance of a specialist in the field. The number of credits available to the student is contingent upon the student's contracted responsibilities, but no more than three (3) credits per academic term may be earned.

Prerequisites: THEU 101, THEU 105, THEU 232

THEU 496
Portfolio
Theatre Core
3

Capstone workshop guiding senior Theatre majors in the development of professional portfolios highlighting skills and accomplishments suitable for professional auditions or graduate school interviews. Outcomes include polished performance selections, written materials, headshots, websites and new media platforms. Coaching in presentation techniques for a range of venues. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

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