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Theater Minor

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THE MINOR IN THEATER

Course Number Course Name Credit
THEA 135 Acting 1   3
THEA 150 Performance Production 1  1
THEA 151 Basic Stage Craft and Design 3
THEA 202 The Active Voice  3
THEA 204 Introduction to Theater 3
THEA 250 Performance Production 2 2

Choose two of the following electives:

Course Number Course Name Credit
THEA 230A Acting Through Song 3
THEA 300 Acting on Camera   3
THEA 308 Directing 1     3
THEA 318 Advanced Acting/Directing  3
THEA 335 Acting 2 3
THEA 351 Advanced Stage Craft and Design 3
THEA 395 Field Experience 3

Total Credit Hours: 21

THEATER COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

THEA 135 Acting 1
Students are introduced to the basics of acting technique through physical and vocal training, character development exercises, and script analysis. Students develop acting skills by working incrementally on the analysis and staging of monologues and scenes from several contemporary American plays. For the final, students will stage and perform scenes of their choosing for an invited audience. Consistent attendance is mandatory in this lab-style course.

THEA 150 Performance Production 1
This course provides credit for students who participate in the full-length fall or spring theater productions. Students are required to contribute 40 hours of work to the production as either cast or crew. This is an activity course and may be taken more than once for credit. Graded on a P/F basis. Prerequisite: acting is by audition only.

THR 151 Basic Stage Craft and Design
Students will experiment with the fundamentals of design: line, shape, color, value, and space, and learn the process of designing theatrical elements from concept to build, run, and strike. Students will gain a working knowledge of theater terminology as well as familiarity with tools and techniques for crafting scenery, props, costumes, lighting, sound, and video. The role and responsibilities of stage management are also covered.

THEA 202 The Active Voice
Students will be introduced to and engage in an exploration of vocal life as an active, powerful, and transformational component of their entire physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual selves. Attention will be paid to breath awareness, vocal production, speech and diction by way of study of the physiological and psychological nature of voice, lab-style participation, practice and evaluation of exercises, text presentations, and performances. Not a singing class. Prerequisite: minimum of C in THEA 135 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 204 Introduction to Theater
This course introduces students to the history of theater and the collaborative process between playwright, director, actor, and designer. Students will analyze classical and contemporary scripts, create basic improvisations, write dialogue for a play, implement design and directing techniques, and work collaboratively in small groups to prepare staging and design for a play of their choosing for the final project.

THEA 230A Acting Through Song
This Special Topics course is offered on an as-needed basis, focusing on teaching the basics of truth-telling and communication using vocal music as its medium.  Students will learn foundations of basic acting, character development, improvisation, collaborative communication, movement, physical awareness and expression and will apply these principles to vocal repertoire ranging from early opera to modern musical theatre. This is not a performance-based class as much as it is a process class; no final singing performance will be graded. However, the class will culminate in a performance. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

THEA 250 Performance Production 2
This course provides credit for students who participate in the full-length fall or spring theater productions. Students are required to contribute 80 hours of work to the production as either cast or crew. This is an activity course and may be taken more than once for credit. Graded on a P/F basis. Prerequisite: acting is by audition only.

THEA 308 Directing 1
This course focuses on bringing text to life through analysis and interpretation of various genres of plays. Students will learn the process of directing from choosing and analyzing a play to running auditions, casting, developing a concept, creating blocking, conducting rehearsals, and incorporating design elements during tech. Class time is devoted to presenting, observing, and evaluating prepared work and culminates in a final scene. Directors will cast their actors from students outside of the course and are required to conduct weekly rehearsals outside of class. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in THEA 135 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 300 Acting on Camera
This course is designed for students to learn acting for the camera, behavior on-set, and the business of the film and television industries. Course components include understanding and working through the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of acting on camera. Students will learn the process of the craft as it pertains to preparation, rehearsal, being on-set, and performing. Work in class will consist of acting exercises on camera and presentations of monologues and scenes for critique. Outside of class, students will be assigned to write response papers to readings and film viewings, as well as make time for rehearsal. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in THEA 135 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 318 Advanced Acting/Directing
This advanced theater course will focus on strengthening acting and directing skills, developing techniques for approaching classical and contemporary scripts, and producing live theater events. For the final project, students will collaboratively plan an annual student-led showcase comprised of scenes of their choosing. Students are required to conduct weekly rehearsals outside of class and present work in class for critique. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in THEA 135, THR 308, or permission of the instructor.

THEA 335 Acting 2
This advanced acting course focuses on strengthening acting skills using the techniques of Psychological Realism (Constantin Stanislavski), Psychophysical Action (Michael Chekhov), Emotional Recall (Lee Strasberg), Viewpoints (Anne Bogart), and Suzuki (Tadashi Suzuki). Students will apply these techniques to scenes from various genres of plays. For the final, students will stage and perform scenes of their choosing for an invited audience. Consistent attendance is mandatory in this lab-style course. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in THEA 135 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 351 Advanced Stage Craft and Design
This advanced course builds on the fundamentals of stage craft, including advanced design principles, construction techniques, styles of theater, and the execution of special effects. Students are required to apply these skills outside of class to the design, build, and strike for the fall or spring full-length theater production.

THEA 395 Field Experience
Field experience is an independent course of advanced study for students interested in accumulating real-world experience in a professional or educational theater institution off campus. Student identifies and secures a theater related opportunity, devises an individualized study plan with predetermined learning goals under the guidance of the course instructor, and contributes a minimum of 3 hours per week at the designated institution. Student will keep a log of hours, submit weekly process recordings to the instructor for review, and hold a weekly meeting to debrief with the instructor. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

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