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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts Core Classes | Theatre Arts Curriculum
Drama & Christian Ministry Curriculum | Theatre Arts Course Listing

Assistant Professors: Ms. Martin, Mr. Wallace

Adjunct Faculty: Mr. Johnson

Students wishing to major in Theatre have the option of choosing from two areas of concentration: Theatre Arts or Drama & Christian Ministry. Candidates for graduation must have an overall "C" average in all college work attempted and a minimum grade of "C" in each course required in the major.

Each Theatre Arts and Drama & Christian Ministry major is required to participate in the theatrical productions of the department every semester. To meet this requirement, all majors must register for one section of Practicum (THEA 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231) each semester.

Theatre Arts Core Classes
The following courses (29 or 30 credit hours) are required of all majors:

THEA 113 Vocal Performance or 115 Public Speaking (3)
THEA 220 Stagecraft Lab (1)
THEA 221 Stagecraft (3)
THEA 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231 Practicum (.5 each)
THEA 241 Acting (3)
THEA 242 Directing (3)
THEA 321 Scene Design (3) or 328 Costume Design (3) or 323/320 Stage Lighting (4)
THEA 331 Theatre History to 1800 (3)
THEA 332 Theatre History from 1800 (3)
THEA 329 Costume Construction (3)

Theatre Arts Curriculum (CIP 50.0501)
Theatre Arts majors will take the 50 to 61 credit hours required by the General College Curriculum, the 29 credit hours of the Theatre Arts Core Classes, 18 credit hours of THEA elective courses, and 20 to 31 hours of General Elective courses.

As a Theatre Arts major, students can choose an emphasis in one of several areas including: Acting, Directing, Stage/Lighting Design, Playwriting, Technical Direction, Musical Theatre, Stage Management, Theatre Management, etc.. Elective courses (both Theatre Arts courses and General Electives) will be selected under the supervision of advisers to support the student’s choice of emphasis.

Drama & Christian Ministry Curriculum (CIP 50.0599)
Drama & Christian Ministry majors will take the 50 to 61 hours required by the General College Curriculum (to include RELG 202 (New Testament) and RELG 212 (Old Testament)), the 29 credit hours of the Theatre Arts Core classes, 8 to 19 hours of General Electives, as well as the following 30 hours:

RELG 226 Introduction to Christian Ministries (3)
RELG 236 Church History (3)
RELG 222 Christian Beliefs or 224 Christian Ethics (3)
RELG 340 Family (3)
RELG 362 Youth Ministries (3)
MUSC 427 Music for Children (3)
THEA 272 Puppetry (3)
THEA 292 Stage Management (3)
THEA 301 Theatrical Production in a Church Environment (3)
THEA 342 Advanced Directing (3)

Theatre Arts Minor
All Theatre Arts minors will take 10 or 11 credit hours of core courses and with faculty supervision will select six to seven credit hours in the area of their interest. In addition they will select a minimum of six credit hours of THEA elective courses. 

Core Courses

THEA 131 Introduction to Theatre (3)
THEA 241 Acting (3)
THEA 329 Costume Construction (3)
or 220 Stagecraft Lab (1) and 221 Stagecraft (3)
THEA 224, 225, Practicum (0.5 each)

Area of Interest Courses (select two)

THEA 113 Vocal Performance (3)
THEA 242 Directing (3)
THEA 261 Playwriting (3)
THEA 301 Theatrical Production in Church Environment (3)
THEA 321 Scene Design (3) or 328 Costume Design (3) or 323/320 Stage Lighting (4)
THEA 331 Theatre History to 1800 (3) or  332 Theatre History from 1800 (3)

Additional Elective Hours
Students shall select a minimum of six additional credit hours of THEA elective courses

Theatre Arts Course Listing (THEA 000)

113 Vocal Performance (3)
A basic course in vocal production designed for the development of a more efficient and pleasing voice for actors, radio and television announcers, lawyers, and those desiring vocal improvement. Special attention is given to relaxation, breathing, vocal gesture and emotion, and the process of verbalization.

114 Dialects for the Actor (3)
This course is designed to assist the actor in developing techniques used for creating different dialects required for performance of certain works of dramatic literature.

115 Public Speaking (3)
A study of the principles of oral communication designed to increase a student’s skill in presenting ideas through speech, and developing vocal, physical, critical, and analytical skills through actual speech performance.

131 Introduction to Theatre (3)
A broad survey of theater from its origins to modern times. Work on current productions is required.

132 Theatre Lab (1)
An optional lab that can accompany THEA 131. Requires work on current productions.

220 Stagecraft Lab (1)
A required lab to accompany THEA 221. Requires work on current productions.

221 Stagecraft (3)
An applied study of the fundamentals of technical theatre, including scenic construction, painting, properties, and rigging. A working knowledge of tools and materials will be developed in a laboratory situation. Concurrent enrollment in THEA 220 required.

222 Drawing and Rendering for the Stage (3)
A course specializing in drawing, sketching and rendering for the theatre.

223 CADD Computer Assisted Drafting and Design (3)
A course in Computer Assisted Drafting and Design for the stage. Basic tasks including drawing lines, shapes, and freehand objects, then progressing from flats and other scenic pieces to floor plans, front elevations and working drawings. Basic familiarization with ClarisDraw and MiniCad applications. Prerequisite: THEA 221 or 222.

224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231 Theater Practicum (0.5 credit hour each)
Each Theatre Arts and Drama & Christian Ministry major is required to participate in the theatrical productions of the department every semester. Assignments will be made for the practical applications of basic theater skills.

241 Acting (3)
A course that teaches the actor to use the fundamental tools of the craft – voice, body and imagination – through exercises, improvisations, and simple character development.

242 Directing (3)
An introductory course in the fundamentals of stage directing. (Prerequisite: THEA 241 or permission).

251 American Musical Theatre (3)
A survey of the history and development of musical theatre in the United States.

261 Playwriting (3)
An introductory course in the writing of plays. Projects can include scenes, one-acts, and development of full-length scripts.

271 Stage Makeup (3)
A basic study of the design principles and application of stage makeup.

272 Puppetry (3)
An introductory course in the creation and manipulation of puppets and creation of scripts for puppet shows. Course will culminate with a publicly performed puppet show.

281 Summer Theatre Production (3)
This course offers classroom and hands-on work on a summer theatre production. Classroom work will center on basic technical operations, actor workshops, and specialty subjects as production needs demand.

282 Advanced Summer Theatre Production (3)
This course offers advanced hands-on work and supervisory positions on a summer theatre production. Includes acting, stage management, and technical crew work.

291 Theatre Management (3)
An introductory course in theatre management studying the fundamentals and methods of theatrical producing, business management, audience analysis, press relations and publicity, advertising, and audience engineering and psychology. Projects can include work on a main stage production.

292 Stage Management (3)
An introductory course in stage management familiarizing the student with the practices of the stage manager. Includes tasks required before rehearsals begin, during readings and rehearsals, during production, and during post-production. Projects include assembly of a promptbook and associated paperwork.

301 Theatrical Production in a Church Environment (3)
An introduction to the philosophical and practical aspects of dramatic production in church settings. Topics include: history of the use of drama in the church, historical and contemporary attitudes towards drama in the church, types of church drama, script selection, script writing, and the unique challenges of overall production management of church drama. Projects can include performance in a church setting.

320 Lighting Lab (1)
A required lab to accompany THEA 323. Requires work on current productions.

321 Scene Design (3)
An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of scenic design in theory and application with a practicum in analysis, layout, drawing, and color. (Prerequisite: THEA 22 1).

322 Scene Painting (3)
An introduction to the techniques and materials that form the foundation of traditional scene painting.

323 Stage Lighting (3)
A study of theatrical lighting design and equipment with a practicum in the use of lighting instruments, control systems, color media, production techniques, and lighting design. Concurrent enrollment in THEA 320 required.

324 Advanced CADD (3)
An advanced course in CADD involving perspective, rendering, and lighting design layout on the Macintosh computer and use of the most current design and lighting applications. Prerequisite: THEA 223.

327 History of Costume (3)
A course that explores the history of costume from ancient times to the present, including study of the various the influences on clothing development.

328 Costume Design (3)
A course emphasizing the design of costumes for the stage. Includes drawing, sketching, rendering of ideas for costumes, and fabric selection.

329 Costume Construction (3)
A course that covers various costuming techniques, including stitching and construction of costumes. May include patterning, draping, dyeing.

331 Theatre History to 1800 (3)
A study of theatre history and dramatic literature from the Classical Greeks to 1800.

332 Theatre History from 1800 to the Present (3)
A study of theatre history and dramatic literature from 1800 to the present day. (Prerequisite: THEA 331).

341 Advanced Acting (3)
The study of character development and through analysis, scene preparation, and performance. (Prerequisite: THEA 241 or permission).

342 Advanced Directing (3)
An advanced course in stage directing. Attention is given to analysis of themes, structure, and style. (Prerequisites: THEA 241, THEA 341, and THEA 242).

343 Acting Styles (3)
A course designed to specialize the actor in one particular acting style – Shakespearean, Commedia etc. Can be taught in conjunction with the production of a period play utilizing this style. (Prerequisite: THEA 113 and THEA 341 or permission).

345 Musical Theatre Styles (3)
A study of various musical theatre styles. (Prerequisite: THEA 241 or permission).

360 Stage Combat (3)
A course designed to acquaint the student with proper methods in combat techniques used on stage. Techniques may include unarmed combat, broadsword and dagger, quarterstaff, foil and sabre techniques.

370 Advanced Design (2)
A course designed to offer the student advanced training in scenic, lighting, and costume design with a variety of projects entailing advanced design problems. (Prerequisite: THEA 221 and 321, 323, or 328).

421 Design Project (2)
An advanced course designed to offer the student, during the senior year, an opportunity to realize a design project for a one-act or main stage production under the supervision of the design faculty. (By permission).

422 Technical Direction Project (2)
An advanced course designed to offer the student, during the senior year, an opportunity to realize a technical direction project for a one-act or main stage production under the supervision of the faculty technical director. (By permission).

423 Stage Management Project (2)
An advanced course designed to offer the student, during the senior year, an opportunity to realize a stage management project for a one-act or main stage production under the supervision of a faculty member. (By permission).

431 Theatre History/Research Project (2)
An advanced research project conducted in the senior year, under the supervision of the directing faculty. (By permission).

441 Acting Project (2)
An advanced acting project in a major role in a one-act play or main stage production, performed in the senior year, under the supervision of the acting faculty. (By permission).

442 Directing Project (2)
A play directed in the senior year under the supervision of the directing faculty. (By permission).

443 Creative Dramatics (3)
The study of the use of drama, improvisation and play as a stimulant for learning and development of creative imagination in children and adults.

444 Drama & Christian Ministries Project (2)
An advanced project involving a Drama & Christian Ministries production. Conducted in the senior year under the supervision of the directing faculty. (By permission).

445 Musical Theatre Project (2)
An advanced acting project in a major role in a musical production, performed in the senior year, under the supervision of the directing faculty. (By permission).

460 Special Topics (3)
This is a course offered when special circumstances require examination of subject matter not typically included in the academic program. Topics and projects vary.

461 Internship (3)
This is a course usually taken during a student’s third or fourth year. The student will be responsible for finding an appropriate theatre organization. Prerequisite: must be a Theatre Arts Major or Drama & Christian Ministries Major and have permission of the department.

462 Dramaturgy (3)
An introduction to the many roles of the dramaturg, including theatrical researcher, literary manager, script developer, creative consultant, critic, and "audience of one" serving the playwright, director, actors, designers and audience. The origins and development of dramaturgy will be examined.

470 Design Portfolio (2)
A course offering the design student the opportunity to assemble the products of their technical theatre courses into a portfolio necessary for interviews for graduate school and employment. Additional interview training will be offered. (By permission).

481 Summer Theatre Production (3)
This course offers classroom and hands-on work on a summer theatre production. Classroom work will center on basic technical operations, actor workshops, and specialty subjects, as production needs demand.

482 Advanced Summer Theatre Production (3)
This course offers advanced hands-on work and supervisory positions on a summer theatre production. Includes acting, stage management, and technical crew position work.

 

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