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 140 Hip Hop and the Text

We will study the origins of hip hop music as an African retention and a cultural response in African American culture and American society. We will examine the music and the performance of lyrics through the lens of race, class, and gender. We will explore the field through dance, video, music, television, film, and literary works. We will discuss the implications of appropriation, sexual politics, consumerism, and globalization of African American culture through hip hop culture. Lastly, we will discuss hip hop as a form of resistance to mainstream society.

THEA 150 Contemporary African American Theatre and Performance

This course will examine contemporary African American theatre with a special emphasis on plays written in the late twentieth and twenty-first century. We will examine these works through the lens of race, class, and gender. We will focus on a variety of media representations that exist along with these literary works. We will also survey some of the most influential writings in the field of African American Theatre. We will analyze African American theatre through theory and performance.

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.