All Theatre Course Descriptions

THE 1115

Performance and Production Practicum I (1)  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and-or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit.

THE 1130

Introduction to Theatre (3)  An introduction to theatre as a fine art and as a vital part of our western culture, the course focuses on the aspects of audience, production, and performance. It is designed for the student who wishes to gain a fundamental understanding and an appreciation of the theatrical arts in our society.

THE 1132

Introduction to Film (3)  A historical and critical perspective of film production from North America, Europe, and Asia through which modern film production is interpreted, analyzed, and discussed. It is designed for the student who wishes to gain a fundamental understanding and an appreciation of film and its impacts on our culture and society.

THE 1150

Creative Habit (1)  A component of the Department of Theatre and Dance First Year Initiative program (FYI), Creative Habit is a part of the introductory learning community established at the entry level for incoming theatre and dance students. Centering on Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit, the learning community examines strategies for successful studies in Theatre and Dance.Co-requisites: THE 1130 and TROY 1101.

THE 1160

Audition and Portfolio Techniques (1-2)  A continuation of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s First Year Initiative (FYI) and Creative Habit Learning Community, this course provides an introduction to the practices and tools in the development of a professional audition, interview, and portfolio, and offers guidance in refining and presenting a professional self-image. Prerequisite: THE 1150, and the permission of instructor.

THE 2215

Performance and Production Practicum II (1)  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. Prerequisite: THE 1115. May be repeated for credit.

THE 2216

Performance and Production Practicum III  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THE 2215.

THE 2211

Theatre for Youth (1-3)  Provides introductory exposure to the field of Theatre for Young Audiences, including hands-on experience in skills related to performance, production, literature, creation and development, and pedagogical implications and opportunities.

THE 2221

Technical Theatre (2-3)  A study of standard technical practices and equipment for the theatre.

THE 2230

Performance Studio (1-3)  This course provides a studio structure offering opportunities for student performance and production as well as development of new works, with emphasis on audience response and discussion. May be repeated for credit.

THE 2232

Musical Theatre Repertoire (2-3)  This course offers students opportunities to explore the musical theatre canon through historical context, vocal stylization, and performance techniques.

THE 2233

Survey of the Broadway Musical (3)  Traces the origins and surveys major works of Broadway musical theatre repertoire.

THE 2234

Acting the Song (1-3)  Students apply theatre performance techniques through rigorous individual and group study, with emphasis on good performance habits, storytelling, movement, listening and responding, navigation vocal production, song analysis, stage presence, and development of ensemble.

THE 2245

Stagecraft Lab (1-3)  Stagecraft Lab provides the basic elements of theatrical production through participation in acting (actors selected through audition), management, and/or technical theatre, including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup, business and publicity.

THE 2251

Voice and Diction (2)  Study of individual and group practice in the effective use and control of the mechanics of oral delivery with a focus on the “professional dialect,” the general American dialect and/or the standard dialect. Includes use of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

THE 2271

Fundamentals of Scenery and Lighting (2-3)  A study of standard technical practices for the theatre within the scenery and lighting production areas.

THE 2272

Fundamentals of Costumes and Makeup (2-3)  A study of standard technical practices for the theatre within the costume and makeup production areas.

THE 2291

Dramatic Literature I (3)  A continual, enthusiastic, and serious reading of plays is essential to the developing theatrical artist. Students will read a carefully chosen variety of works for the stage and study their historical context/impact, critical merit, and dramatic structure.

THE 3300

Fundamentals of Acting (2-3)  An introduction to the basic principles, terminology, and disciplines of the actor.

THE 3301

Acting I (2-3)  A study of basic principles, terminology, and disciplines of the actor, including relaxation, concentration, movement, and characterization.

THE 3302

Costume Techniques (2-3)  A study of the techniques of costume construction, including methods of drafting patterns, building and/or modifying costumes, and the application of arts and crafts.

THE 3303

Makeup Techniques (1-2)  A study of the theory and techniques of stage make-up. Includes makeup for theatre, film, and video.

THE 3304

Lighting Techniques (2-3)  A study of stage lighting equipment and lighting practices.

EDU 3305

Teaching with Technology (3) This course is designed to introduce prospective teachers to currently available technology and to prepare them to use various media for their own education as well as in their professional careers. Students are expected to become comfortable in the use of various media and to explore the possibilities for the use of media in the classroom. Emphasis is given to ways in which multimedia can be used to meet the needs of the varying learning styles.

EDU 3310

Introduction to Education (3) This course provides a broad overview of education, teaching and schools, and an orientation to the Teacher Education Program. Multiple field experiences in school settings are required as part of the course. This is a prerequisite course for most other education courses.

THE 3313

Creative Drama (2)  Study and application of the techniques of creative drama and children’s theatre.

THE 3315

Performance and Production Practicum IV (1)  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THE 2216.

THE 3316

Acting II (3)  A study of advanced concepts of acting, focusing on script analysis and character development along with further study of voice, movement, and scene dynamics. Prerequisite: THE 3301 and COM 2251 or permission of instructor.

THE 3321

Scenic Design (3)  The principles and techniques of drafting and designing in a variety of theatrical spaces. Prerequisite: THE 2221 and completion of the THE 2245 rotation or permission of the instructor.

THE 3330

Special Topics in Theatre (1-3)  Examination of selected topics in theatre not included in the established curriculum. Content may be of a historical, thematic, technological, design, or specialized performance nature. May be repeated for credit.

THE 3331

Costume Design (3)  A study of the theory, principles, and techniques of costume design applied to a series of theatrical projects. Prerequisite: Completion of the THE 2245 rotation or permission of the instructor.

THE 3335

Movement I (2)  This course centers on the development of physical awareness and expressiveness building an understanding for a psychophysical approach to acting. The course examines personal body use and employs a variety of exercises, techniques, and theories of movement training designed to improve an actor’s awareness of impulse and expressiveness of ideas.

THE 3336

Acting III (3)  Acting III is an in-depth exploration of advanced concepts of acting focusing on script analysis, character development, period styles, dialects, freedom of movement, and a professional work ethic. Students will also explore ways to find opportunities in film, television, major American markets, and graduate schools. In addition, emphasis will be placed on student’s ability to instruct and coach other actors. Prerequisites: THE 3301, THE 3316 and THE 3350.

SPE 3340

Diverse Learners (3) This course is oriented toward identifying exceptional students and providing appropriate learning experiences in the classroom setting. This course is a survey of the nature and needs of exceptional children and an introduction to their educational programs.

THE 3344

Lighting Design (3)  A study of the principles of lighting design and equipment applications. Also covers drafting techniques for lighting. Prerequisite: THE 3304 and completion of the THE 2245 rotation or permission of the instructor.

THE 3345

Advanced Stagecraft Lab (1-3)  A continuation of Stagecraft Lab designed for the upper level student. Prerequisites: THE 2245 rotation or permission of instructor.

THE 3346

Educational and Psychology Assessment in Fine Arts (3)  This course provides a study of measurement and evaluation techniques for the secondary and P-12 teacher. Emphasis will be placed on the selection, evaluation, administration, scoring and interpretation of selected measures of student performance, achievement and behavior. The student will demonstrate skills in utilizing measurement data to plan appropriate learning activities for students.

THE 3350

Script Analysis (2-3)  Focuses on the nature of the text, playwright's purpose, dramatic structure, and style. The course will examine how the actor, director, designer, and technician approach a play and how that understanding translates into the staging.

THE 3352

Sound Techniques (2)  A study of digital and analog recording techniques, recording equipment, and application.

THE 3354

Rendering Techniques for the Theatre (2)  A study and application of traditional and experimental techniques for theatrical rendering, including watercolor, markers, pastels, pencils, and other media.

THE 3360

Playwriting I (3)  This course is an introductory class for creative students interested in writing plays. The course is designed to teach students to create with the basic building blocks of dramatic structure, character development, good dialogue, strong storytelling, and offers methods for marketing students and their work.

THE 3365

Fundamentals of Design for Theatre (3)  An Introduction to theatrical design and conceptual thought through interpretation, visualization, and applied practices.

THE 3370

The Theatre Professional (3)  A preparation course that provides upper-level students with the tools to launch their professional theatrical career and livelihood. Prerequisite: Junior status.

THE 3380

Travel Study in Theatre (3)  Supervised study of theatre through travel abroad or within the United States. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

EDU 4400

Classroom Management (3) This course is designed for all education majors. The purpose of this course is to establish a foundation of content and application relative to classroom management and discipline, emphasizing reflection, decision making, and integrated teaching/learning strategies. Methodologies utilized will include discussion, lecture, field experience, case studies, problem solving sessions, projects, and research.

RED 4401

Reading in the Content Areas (3) This course provides a study of teaching reading in grades P-12, emphasizing methods in the content areas. Prerequisites: admission to TEP.

THE 4415

Performance and Production Practicum V (1)  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THE 3315.

THE 4416

Performance and Production Practicum VI (1)  Provides hands-on training related to theatrical productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Practicum students are assigned to casts (performers selected by audition) or crews in design, management, and/or technical theatre areas including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, business, box office, and publicity. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THE 4415.

THE 4441

Oral Interpretation (2)  Study and application of the principles and practices of oral interpretation (reading) of literature, including individual and ensemble performance. Prerequisite: COM 2241 or permission of the instructor.

THE 4443

Theatre History I (3)  Through the study of literature and dramaturgy, this course traces the history of theatre from the origins of drama to English Restoration drama of the 18th century. Prerequisite: ENG 2205.

THE 4444

Theatre History II (3)  Through the study of literature and dramaturgy, this course traces the history of the theatre from the 19th century to the present.Prerequisite: ENG 2206.

THE 4451

Directing I (3)  Script analysis and directing principles with studies in the direction of scenes from contemporary plays. Prerequisite: THE 3301.

THE 4452

Directing II (2-3)  Advanced study of directing, extending to period styles and culminating with the production of a one act play. Prerequisites: THE 3301, 4451.

THE 4454

Creative Project (2)  Requirement for all graduating theatre majors in a comprehensive program of study. Couse involves creation of a theatrical event or process within the student’s concentration area. The student will develop a major field-related project, including conceptual proposal and written and verbal defense of project. This course will facilitate the comprehensive assessment of student mastery in theatrical production.

IED 4454

Internship Seminar for Interdisciplinary Education (3) This course provides seniors an opportunity during internship to examine broad educational issues and concerns, topics on the state and local levels, and those of personal interest. The scope of the course ranges from juvenile law, classroom management professionalism, professional development for teachers and other course topics. Prerequisite: admission to TEP Co-requisite: IED Internship.

THE 4455

Theatre Senior Capstone (1-2)  Senior seminar requiring students to integrate and extend the knowledge and practice of theatre as they investigate and plan post-graduate opportunities. Students complete a comprehensive exit exam, complete a program assessment and take the Praxis II in the Theatre content area. Prerequisite: Proof of Praxis registration and Creative Project Proposal.

THE 4456

Developing an Educational Theatre Program (2)  Administration aspects of an educational theatre program (P-12) including scheduling, recruitment, appropriate use of support groups and partnerships, play selection, evaluation, purchase and maintenance of resource materials and equipment, business management, performance, co-curricular and extracurricular events such as festivals and competitions. Also include theatre careers and other opportunities utilizing theatre skills as well as national theatre standards for P-12. Prerequisites: THE 4451, junior status.

EDU 4471

Curriculum and Instructional Delivery (3) This course offers a survey of school curricula, organizational patterns for school systems and classrooms. It is designed for Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, and Middle and Secondary Education majors. Various instructional strategies, major philosophies and learning theories are examined. Note: should be taken semester prior to internship. Prerequisite: admission to TEP.

THE 4472

Internship in Grades P-12 (9)  The Professional Internship Program is the culminating clinical field-based experience for students seeking certification in a teaching field. The Professional Internship Program provides the student with the opportunity to conduct classes and assume the role of a teacher while receiving supervision from a classroom teacher and a university supervisor for a period of one full semester. The student will demonstrate skills of the informed, reflective decision maker throughout the internship experience.Prerequisite: admission to TEP. Co-requisite: IED 4454.

THE 4481

Methods and Materials for the Theatre Teacher (3)  Teaching methods, selection, organization and use of theatre related materials and resources in grades P-12. Units of study will be categorized by grade levels. Observation and teaching experience will be included. Prerequisites: THE 3313, 4456, EDU 3310, admission to TEP.

THE 4491-92

Guided Independent Research (1 to 3 credit hours per course)  .Information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.

THE 4493-94

Guided Independent Study (1 to 3 credit hours per course)  Information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.

THE 4496-97

Internship (3 to 6 credit hours per course)  An internship with a recognized professional theatre program or company in which the student is assigned specific tasks in one of the recognized areas of theatre arts. The number of credit hours earned will depend upon the number of hours contracted for in the internship agreement. The course is designed to give the student an opportunity for practical application of skills in theatre arts in a professional theatre setting. The student must apply and meet admission requirements.