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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 204 Introduction to Theater 3
THEA 250 Performance Production 2 2

Choose 6 credits of Electives:

Course Number Course Name Credit
THEA 100 Actors Lab 1
THEA 202 The Active Voice 3
THEA 308 Directing/Playwriting 3
THEA 318 Advanced Acting/Directing  3
HEA 330 Special Topics 1 or 3
HEA 330C Intro to Musical Theatre 3
THEA 335 Acting 2 3
THEA 351 Advanced Stage Craft and Design 3
THEA 395 Field Experience 3
THEA 495 Internship 1 or 2
THEA 498 Teaching Assistant 1 or 3

Total Credit Hours: 18

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.

THEA 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 204 Introduction to Theater
In Intro to Theatre, the student will be exploring the power of ancient through modern theatre, celebrate its diversity and investigate how it can alter society. The class will identify and cultivate the spec-actor in each theatre maker. They will journey through several aspects of Theatre Arts and discover the best way to make the given text come alive and begin to recognize why the plays we explore impact their audience so profoundly. Each participant will take on the challenge to add to theatre’s history by creating an original 10-minute plays based on a social justice issues that we deem relevant for today’s theatre audience.

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.

(Choose 6 credits of Electives)

THEA 100 Actor’s Lab
Actor’s Lab is offered to help students explore the craft of ensemble theatre building. The ensemble will meet weekly with the intention of learning to listen and respond kinetically, be curious and play well with others.  Students are expected to develop basic stage performance techniques which transfer and enhance all forms of interpersonal communication. Through improvisational and theatrical games, open scenes, watching live theatre experiences on campus, and class discussions, students are expected to mobilize their intellectual, emotional, and moral capacities. Students will gain and sustain confidence within interpersonal communication and performance by learning and practicing skills such as presence, listening and story-telling.

THEA 202 The Active Voice
The Active Voice is a study of voice, designed with the stage performer in mind. It will explore the voice as an instrument of communication, as well as a part of the body as a whole. The Linklater Method of coie productions and study will be used as a basis for instruction. This method incorporates the growing awareness of how the entire body and breath contribute to the making of sound. It helps to identify areas of tension which restrict vocal freedom, and seeks to provide tools and avenues of release. Attention will be given to posture, breathing, projection, sensitivity, articulation, phonetics, expression and communication of text. Students will also use poetry and classic texts through which they will discover the power of a free voice, and will use this power for more effective communication.

THEA 308 Directing/Playwriting
This theatre course will focus on creating a theatre collective which includes devising ones’ own script and highlighting the director’s process. In this creative effort, the student will devise an original piece culminating in a performance in front of an audience. During class hours, the student will develop the steps of: casting, collaborating and rehearsing, improvising, writing, revising and developing one’s own directing techniques by studying theatre masters’ plays and theories. Outside of the class, the student will work on their original work and view live arts by contemporary practitioners in Philadelphia and the surrounding theatre community.

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 330C  Intro to Musical Theatre
This course is open to anyone who wishes to receive practical training and experience in musical theatre performance. This course will also focus on the history of musical theatre, monologue work, finding a powerful song that the student can take to their next audition. Performance techniques will emphasize the skills necessary for successful presentation of a musical number by an actor.

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.