THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre

This course introduces fundamental approaches to thinking about and doing performance. Traditionally-understood theatre history, literature, design, acting, and directing are situated in their appropriate places in a global, intercultural, and interdisciplinary context, where concepts, purposes, and methods of performing are various.

THEA 120 Acting I

Introduction to acting techniques for stage and screen, including script analysis, character development exercises, and improvisation. This course involves ongoing performance training, an on-set experience, and a final showcase performance.

THEA 129 Applied Acting

Actual stage experience in one of the subscription series productions ranging from minor to major roles. Investigation into character, period and author will be included. 46 hours of work will be required for each academic credit.

THEA 210 Introduction to Performance Art: Making Everyday Actions Extraordinary

How can simple actions like cleaning a staircase, cooking and serving food, or sitting across from a stranger be considered art? In this class we'll explore the ways in which carefully considered interactions with other people, objects, and spaces can become extraordinary experiences. We'll focus on everyday activities and examine how actions like recontextualizing, scripting, and repeating these activities can shift our understanding and impact an audience.

THEA 220 Production Technologies

This course provides an introduction to technical theatre, with emphasis on standard scenic elements and lighting mechanics. A significant practical laboratory gives students hands-on experience with set construction and lighting.

THEA 221 Acting II

This course is designed for a study of variety in acting styles and disciplines.

THEA 222 Introduction to Theatrical Design

Through the course of the semester students will learn the basic principles of visual design and its applications to theatre. As a process based course, students will learn how to interpret scripts and collaborate on projects with regard to the four major areas of theatrical design: scenery, lighting, costuming and sound. Through various projects students will learn to collaborate with one another in the context of theatrical production. Areas of emphasis will include script interpretation as well as the visual representation of ideas.