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2002 - 2003 Theatre Arts

Faculty
Chair
: George W. Bellah
McConnell 106

Professors:
Wesley Van Tassel, Acting, Directing, Theatre Management, Playwriting and Literature
Mark C. Zetterberg, Scenic and Lighting Design, Technical Direction, Theatre History and Literature

Associate Professors:
Brenda J. Hubbard, Producing Artistic Director, Acting, Directing, Theatre History and Literature
Scott R. Robinson, Costume, Scenic, and Lighting Design, Costume Technology

Assistant Professors:
George W. Bellah, Acting, Directing, Stage Movement, Stage Combat
Derek Lane, Production Manager, Scenic and Lighting Design and Technology, Stage Management
Michael J. Smith, Acting, Directing, Voice, Literature

Lecturers:
Dave Barnett, McConnell Stage Management, Technical Director, Scene Technology, Drafting
Trisha Bellah, Child Drama, Creative Drama, Children's Theatre

General Departmental Information

The Theatre Arts major offers students classroom instruction and practical production opportunities in a lively and disciplined setting. Upon completion of the major, students are prepared to pursue theatre as a career, to teach theatre at the secondary level, or to continue studies in a graduate program. Students without primary interest in theatre arts are also encouraged to participate in the program. Many of the classes serve students majoring in other disciplines.

Theatre Arts offers minors in six specializations; Teaching Theatre K-12, Theatre Generalist, Performance, Design and Technology, Youth Drama, and Theatre Management.

Admission to any theatre arts course which has prerequisites requires either a suitable placement test score or a grade of C- or better in each listed prerequisite to that course. Students must check course catalogue for all prerequisites.

Theatre Arts Core Requirements         Credits
TH 107, Introduction to Theatre                      4
TH 166, Theory of Play Production                    3
TH 261, Costume Technology                           2
TH 267, Scene Technology                             2
TH 268, Lighting Technology			     2
TH 269.1, Basic Acting                               2
TH 301, 401, Production Application		     9
TH 329, Directing I                                  3
TH 363.1, 363.2, Theatre History                     8
TH 363.3, OR
  TH 330, OR
  TH 430					     4
TH 393, 493, Production Laboratory		     6
TH 495, Senior Research Project                      2
Dramatic Literature Elective			     4
                        
                     Theatre Arts Core Total        51

NOTE: Electives in all specializations must have prior approval by student's theatre advisor. 

Bachelor of Arts

Theatre Arts Major (8450)
With Specialization

General Studies Specialization (8455)

Courses                               Credits
Theatre Arts Core Requirements                      51
Generalist Electives                                24
  A minimum of 9 credits of electives must be 
  in 301, 401, or 332.

                                       Total        75

Performance Specialization (8456)

Courses                                Credits
Theatre Arts Core Requirements                      51
TH 269.2, 269.3, Basic Acting			     4
TH 369.1, 369.2, Intermediate Acting		     6
TH 301, 401, Production Application		     9
Specialization electives			     5
 
                                       Total        75

Design and Technology Specialization (8457)

Courses                                Credits
Theatre Arts Core Requirements                      51
TH 266, Theatre Drafting			     2
TH 301, 401 Production Application		     9
TH 366, Elements of Theatre Design and Rendering
  Technique                                          3
Select from TH 361, Stage Costuming, OR
  TH 367, Stage Scenery, OR
  TH 368, Stage Lighting			     3
Select from TH 461, Costume Design, OR
  TH 467, Scenic Design, OR 
  TH 468, Lighting Design                            4
Specialization elective				     3

                                       Total        75

Youth Drama Specialization (8458)

Courses                                Credits
Theatre Arts Core Requirements                      51
TH 312 Creative Dramatics in School and Leisure      3
TH 313, Children's Theatre                           3
TH 420, Drama in the classroom			     5
Select from TH 301, 401, Production Application, OR
  TH 492, Practicum in Producing and Touring Theatre 6
Specialization electives			     7

                                        Total       75

Theatre Management Specialization (8459)

Courses                                Credits
Theatre Arts Core Requirements                      51
TH 350.1, 350.2, Theatre Management I, II            6
Select: ADMG 146, Basic Accounting, OR
  ACCT 301, Financial Accounting Analysis	     5
Select: ECON 101, Economic Issues, OR
  ECON 201, Principles of Economics, Micro, 	     5
Select: HRM 381, Management of Human Resources, OR
  MKT 360, Principles of Marketing, OR
  MGT 380, Organizational Management	    	     5
Select from TH 301, 401 Production Application, OR
  TH 332, New Play Production			     3

                                        Total       75

Theatre Arts : Teaching K-12 (8452)

This major satisfies the Primary endorsement for Drama.

A student should have a minor leading to endorsement in English, Social Studies, History, or Music. Also, see University requirements for teacher certification. Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the Curriculum and Supervision Department.

Required Courses                                 Credits
TH 107, Introduction to Theatre                      4
TH 166, Theory of Play Production                    3
TH 207, Introduction to Child Drama		     3
TH 261, Costume Technology                           2
TH 267, Scene Technology                             2
TH 268, Lighting Technology			     2
TH 269.1, Basic Acting				     2	
TH 269.2, Basic Acting: Movement                     2
TH 269.3, Basic Acting: Voice			     2
TH 312, Creative Dramatics                           3
TH 313, Children's Theatre			     3
TH 329, Directing I                                  3
Select from: TH 361, Stage Costuming, OR 
  TH 367, Stage Scenery, OR 
  TH 368, Stage Lighting			     3
Select from: TH 363.1, 363.2, 363.3, Theatre History 8
TH 420, Drama in the Schools K-12                    5
TH 429, Directing II                                 3
Department approved electives in Dramatic Literature 4

                                          Total     60

Theatre Arts Minor

Required Courses                       Credits
TH 107, Introduction to Theatre                      4
TH 166, Theory of Play Production                    3
TH 269.1, Basic Acting                               2
TH 301, 401, Production Application, OR
  TH 393, 493, Production Laboratory		     3
Specialization electives			    18

                                       Total        30

*All Minors require a minimum of 30 credits.
*ELECTIVES for both majors and minors. Electives must be selected from the approved list of 
courses in the specializations.
 
Teaching Grades 4-12 Specialization 
Electives: Minor Only 
Take TH 312 Creative Dramatics PLUS select from any electives in Performance (8456), Design and 
Technology (8457), or Youth Drama (8458).  Also, see University requirements for endorsement.

Theatre Generalist Specialization Electives (8455)

Select from any electives in Performance (8456), Technology and Design (8457), Youth Drama (8458), or Theatre Management (8459).

Performance Specializations Electives (8456)

Select from:

TH 269.2, Basic Acting: Movement (2)
TH 269.3, Basic Acting: Voice (2)
TH 270, Theatrical Makeup (2)
TH 301, Production Application (3+)
TH 312, Creative Dramatics (3)
TH 329, Directing I (3)
TH 330, Playwriting (4+)
TH 332, New Play Production (3+)
TH 333, Stage Combat (2)
TH 342, Voice and Dialects (2)
TH 343, Singing for Actors (1+)
TH 350.1, Theatre Management I (3)
TH 350.2, Theatre Management II (3)
TH 352, Stage Dance (2#)
TH 360, Stage Management (3)
TH 369.1, Intermediate Acting I (3)
TH 369.2, Intermediate Acting II (3)
TH 401, Production Application (3+)
TH 429, Directing II (3)
TH 430, Playwright's Workshop (4+)
TH 444, Acting Styles (4+)
TH 445, Audition Techniques (2)
TH 475, Acting for Film and Television (3)
TH 492, Practicum in Producing and Touring Theatre (3#)
+ may be repeated for credit
# maximum credits in specialization

Design and Technology Specializations Electives (8457)

Select from:

TH 261, Costume Technology (2)
TH 266, Theatre Drafting (2)
TH 267, Scene Technology (2)
TH 268, Lighting Technology (2)
TH 270, Theatrical Makeup (2)
TH 301, Production Application (3+)
TH 332, New Play Production (3)
TH 350.1, 350.2, Theatre Management I, II (3,3) 
TH 353, Stage Properties (3)
TH 354, Scene Painting (3)
TH 356, Theatre Sound (3)
TH 360, Stage Management (3)
TH 361, Stage Costuming (3)
TH 366, Elements of Theatre Design and Rendering (3)
TH 367, Stage Scenery (3)
TH 368, Stage Lighting (3)
TH 384, Puppetry (3)
TH 401, Production Application (3+)
TH 461, Costume Design (4)
TH 465, Costume and Fashion Drawing (3)
TH 467, Scenic Design (4)
TH 468, Lighting Design (4)
TH 489, Career and Portfolio Preparation (3)
+ may be repeated for credit

Youth Drama Specialization Electives (8458)

Select from:

TH 207, Intro to Child Drama (3)
TH 269.2, Basic Acting: Voice (2)
TH 269.3, Basic Acting: Movement (2)
TH 301, Production Application (3)
TH 312, Creative Dramatics (3)
TH 313, Children's Theatre (3)
TH 330, Playwriting (4)
TH 332, New Play Production (3)
TH 333, Stage Combat (2)
TH 342, Voice and Dialects (2)
TH 350.1, 350.2, Theatre Management I, II (3,3)
TH 352, Stage Dance (2)
TH 360, Stage Management (3)
TH 369.1, 369.2 Intermediate Acting I, II (3,3)
TH 384, Puppetry (3)
TH 401, Production Application (3)
TH 420, Drama in the Schools, K-12 (5)
TH 429, Directing II (3)
TH 430, Playwrights Workshop (4)
TH 444, Acting Styles (4)
TH 492, Practicum in Producing and Touring Theatre (3#)
# Maximum in Specialization                 

Theatre Management Specialization Electives (8459) Minor Only

Take these courses:

TH 261, Costume Technology (2), OR
  TH 267, Scene Technology (2), OR
  TH 268, Lighting Technology (2)
TH 350.1, Theatre Management I (3)
TH 350.2, Theatre Management II (3)
TH 360, Stage Management (3)

PLUS select two of the following courses:

ECON 101, Economic Issues (5)
ADMG 146, Basic Accounting (5)
ECON 201, Principles of Economics: Micro (5)
ACCT 301, Financial Accounting Analysis (5)
MKT 360, Principles of Marketing (5)
MGT 380, Organizational Management (5)
HRM 381, Management of Human Resources (5)

Theatre Arts Courses

TH 101. Appreciation of Theatre and Film (4). Viewing, discussing, and comparing film and live theatre performance.

TH 107. Introduction to Theatre (4). Overview of the basic elements of the theatre arts and dramatic structure, and the environment for production of plays. Attendance at assigned outside events is required.

TH 166. Theory of Play Production (3). Theories of production are examined through basic script analysis, protocol procedures, job descriptions, and communication.

TH 207. Introduction to Children's Drama (3). Prerequisite, TH 166 or permission of instructor. History and aesthetics of children's drama: includes storytelling, improvisational theatre, production techniques, touring theatre, and puppetry. Appropriate for students in education, leisure services, and theatre.

TH 261. Costume Technology (2). Prerequisites, TH 166 or permission of instructor. Basic theory and study of costume construction and fabrication for the theatre. Emphasis on terminology, safe operating procedures of sewing machinery, basic stitches, and fabric identification. 

TH 266. Theatre Drafting (2). Prerequisites, TH 107 and TH 166 and permission of instructor. Supervised study and practice drafting theatrical sets and properties.

TH 267. Scene Technology (2). Prerequisites, TH 166 or permission of instructor. Scene construction, rigging, painting and shifting techniques. Participation in production work is required.

TH 268. Lighting Technology (2). Applied study of lighting instruments, lighting accessories, hanging, cabling, focusing, lighting control systems, safety, maintenance and inventory control. Participation in production work is required.

TH 269.1. Basic Acting (2). Theory and practice of the essentials of acting craft, including subtext, objectives, and beginning character and play analysis. TH 269.1 same as DR 269. Students may not receive credit for both. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

TH 269.2. Basic Acting: Movement (2). Prerequisite, TH 269.1 or permission of instructor. Exploration of various basic physical characterization techniques and movement skills, inlcuding observation and imitation, physical improvisation, and mask work. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

TH 269.3. Basic Acting: Voice (2). Prerequisite, TH 269.2 or permission of instructor.  Exploration of basic principles and practice of vocal production, including relaxation, support, resonance, range, interpretation, and articulation. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

TH 270. Theatrical Makeup (2). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. The history, functions, materials and techniques of makeup as a theatrical art. Production application required.

TH 298. Special Topics (1-6).

TH 300, 400. Rehearsal and Performance (1-2). Open only to non-majors participating in Theatre Arts productions. May be repeated for credit.

TH 301, 401. Production Application (3,3). Skills learned in the classroom are applied to production work for public presentation. Different sections will be offered for participants in each area of the production team. May be repeated for a total of 15 credits.

TH 312. Creative Dramatics in School and Leisure (3). Theory and practice of dramatic improvisation as a stimulus for learning and creative recreation. Focus on exploratory drama for language acquisition and social interaction.

TH 313. Children's Theatre (3). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. Elements of creating and producing the theatre event for the child audience. Play production for children, improvisation in playwriting and story theatre. Same as DR 473. Students may not receive credit for both.

TH 329. Directing I (3). Prerequisites, TH 107, TH 166, TH 269. Basic theories, script analysis and fundamentals of directing the play.

TH 330. Playwriting (4). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals and practice in dramatic writing techniques and styles. Same as DR 410. May be repeated to a maximum of eight credits.

TH 333. Stage Combat (2). Prerequisite, 2269.1 or permission of instructor. The study and practice of basic skills, techniques, and safety factors used in staging and performing violence for the stage and media. Focus is on falls, rolls, and unarmed combat. May include use of one historical weapon.

TH 342. Voice and Dialects (2). Prerequisite, TH 269.3. Advanced voice training for the actor. Study of phonetics, scansion, phrasing, and dialects.

TH 343. Singing for Actors (1). Prerequisite, TH 269.3 or permission of instructor. Study of the mechanics of signing as applied to presentation of theatrical show music. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits.

TH 350.1, 350.2. Theatre Management (3,3). Prerequisites TH 107 and TH 166 or permission of instructor. Policy and practice of theitre administration including budgets, contracts, box office, purchasing, staffing, marketing and audience development.

TH 352. Stage Dance (2). Study and directed practice of individual and group dance in modern musical and opera productions. Open to all students participating in dramatic productions. Same as DR 310. Students may not receive credit for both.

TH 353. Stage Properties (3). Prerequisite, TH 107, TH 166, TH 267 or permission of instructor. Research, methodology, design and construction of stage props and furniture.

TH 354. Scene Painting (3). Study in the methodology and skills of scene painting, materials, and techniques.

TH 356. Theatre Sound (3). Prerequisite, TH 166. Design, operation and technology of theatrical sound systems.

TH 360. Stage Management (3). Prerequisites, TH 166 and 269.1 or permission of instructor. Techniques, communication methodology, resources, practices and technical training for the stage manager.

TH 361. Stage Costuming (3). Prerequisites, TH 261 or permission of instructor. Further study of construction and fabrication for the stage. Emphasis on patterning, dyeing, and distressing costumes for the stage.

TH 363.1. Theatre History I (4). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. From origins to the Elizabethan Era.

TH 363.2. Theatre History II (4). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. From the Elizabethan period to Ibsen.

TH 363.3. Theatre History III (4). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. From Ibsen to the present.

TH 366. Elements of Theatre Design and Rendering Techniques (3). Prerequisite, permission of instructor. Study of line, color, movement, texture, mass and proportion in theatre design and conceptualization. Rendering techniques for stage design in a wide range of media.

TH 367. Stage Scenery (3). Prerequisites, TH 166 and TH 267. Advanced stage scenery construction techniques are studied and applied.

TH 368. Stage Lighting (3). Prerequisites, TH 266 and TH 268 or permission of instructor. Study of electricity, optics, color, distribution, projecting, drafting, lighting paperwork, and methods for lighting productions.

TH 369.1.  Intermediate Acting I  (3). Prerequisites, TH 107 and TH 269.3 or permission of instructor. Character interpretation and scene study through script analysis and scene work. 

TH 369.2. Intermediate Acting II (3). Prerequisites, TH 107 and 369.1 or permission of instructor. Character interpretation and scene study through script analysis and scene work.

TH 371. Greek and Roman Drama (4) Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. Major playwrights and plays related to historical and social trends.

TH 373. American Drama (4). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. Major playwrights and their works.

TH 375. Asian Theatre (4). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. Survey of the traditional theatre, puppetry and dance-drama forms of Asia. Historical development. Cultural and aesthetic aspects of the text in performance. Influence on contemporary world theatre.

TH 381. British Drama (4). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. Origins to present. Same as ENG 381. Students may not receive credit for both.

TH 382. Ethnic Drama (4). Study of contemporary American multicultural plays by people of color and other ethnic groups.

TH 383. Contemporary World Drama (4). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor. Selected Post First World War plays from around the world are studied.  Formerly DR 470. Students may not receive credit for both.

TH 384. Puppetry (3). Prerequisite, TH 166 or permission of instructor. Survey of puppetry principles and their application to the classroom, recreational facility and theatre. Production techniques. Analysis of literature adaptable to theatre form.

TH 393, 493. Theatre Production Laboratory (1,1). Prerequisite, permission of instructor. Practical experience in all aspects of theatre production to better prepare for career opportunities. Each may be repeated for a total of three credits to a maximum of six credits.

TH 398. Special Topics (1-6).

TH 420. Drama in the Schools K-12 (5). Prerequisites, TH 107, 166. Theatre appreciation, play production, curriculum development, verbal and nonverbal skills, traditions and trends in the application of drama education in the K-12 classroom are explored and practiced.

TH 429. Directing II (3). Prerequisites, TH 329 and permission of instructor. Script study emphasizing the specific artistic and logistical preparation involved in directing a play. Culminates in directing selected scenes.

TH 430. Playwright's Workshop (4). Prerequisite, TH 330 or permission of instructor. Practice in dramatic writing through staged reading or workshop production of an original work. May be repeated to a maximum of eight credits.

TH 444. Acting Styles (4). Prerequisite, TH 369.1 and permission of instructor. Practice in applying skills of performance to special textual needs, including stylized comedy, modern realism, and heightened language. Same as TH 544. Student may not receive credit for both.

TH 445. Audition Techniques (2). Prerequisites, TH 369.1. Exploration and practice of techniques and materials required for professional auditions.

TH 461. Costume Design (4). Prerequisites, 261, 361,and 366 or permission of instructor. Basic principles of design related to theatrical costumes. The role of the costume designer in planning and developing a sketch from the initial reading of the script through production, research, production meetings, and rendering technique. Formerly DR 361 and DR 461. Students may not receive credit for both.

TH 465. Costume and Fashion Drawing (3). Sketching design ideas for theatrical costumes and street clothing in three dimensional form with textural effects and color to present a realistic appearance on paper.

TH 467. Scene Design (4). Prerequisite, TH 366 and 367 or permission of instructor. Study, research, practice and applied use of scenic design techniques and theory.

TH 468. Lighting Design (4). Prerequisite, TH 366 and TH 368 or permission of instructor. Conceptualization, design and application of theatrical lighting using contemporary stage lighting practices.

TH 470. Summer Theatre Workshop (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of instructor. Intensive practical experience with an approved summer theatre. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

TH 475. Acting for Film and Television (3). Prerequisite, TH 369.1. Study and practice of the techniques of performing for the camera and of recording voice-overs. May be repeated for credit.

TH 487. Theatre Pedagogy (3). Student will be given individualized instruction in teaching practices and will participate in journal writing, critiquing, counseling, coaching, advising, leading discussion and grading.

TH 489. Career & Portfolio Preparation (3). Prerequisites, declared Theatre major, junior or senior status. Techniques and practice in preparation of professional portfolio, resumes and letters of application for employment in the entertainment industry.

TH 490. Cooperative Education (1-12). An individualized contracted field experience with business, industry, government, or social service agencies. This contractual arrangement involves a student learning plan, cooperating employer supervision, and faculty coordination. Prior approval required. May be repeated. Grade will be S or U.

TH 491. Workshop (1-6).

TH 492. Practicum in Producing and Touring Theatre (3, 6, 12.) Prerequisite, permission of instructor. Lecture, demonstration, and participation in producing and touring a show. A maximum of 3 credits may be applied to the specialization.

TH 495. Senior Research Project (2). Prerequisite, permission of advisor and majority consent of the theatre faculty. Senior students shall present a research paper in a major area of interest. May be repeated one time for credit.

TH 496. Individual Study (1-6). Prerequisite, TH 107 or permission of instructor.

TH 498. Special Topics (1-6).

TH 499. Seminar (1-5).