Theater Arts (THEA)

THEA 1101  Fundamentals of Voice and Movement I  (1)  
Co-requisite(s): THEA 1301  

An introduction to the fundamentals of voice and movement for the actor with emphasis on freeing the natural voice and developing awareness of the voice and body as creative, expressive instruments. This course supports the work done in acting core courses.

THEA 1102  Fundamentals of Voice and Movement II  (1)  
Co-requisite(s): THEA 1302  

A continuation of THEA 1101 with emphasis on the fundamentals of voice and movement for the actor, freeing the natural voice, and developing awareness of the voice and body as creative and expressive instruments.

THEA 1103  Freshman Voice for Traditional Musical Theatre  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to traditional musical theatre styles, in chorus roles with repertoire before 1965.

THEA 1104  Freshman Voice for Contemporary Musical Theatre  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to contemporary musical theatre styles, in chorus roles with repertoire after 1965.

THEA 1110  The Fine Arts: An Experiential Survey of Music, Art, Theatre, and Film  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Acceptance into the Fine Arts Living Learning Center  

An exploration of four Fine Arts disciplines (film, art, theatre, and music) from an interdisciplinary perspective, with emphasis on specific performances and exhibitions, and a small group focus on new student experiences.

THEA 1301  Acting I: Realism  (3)  
Co-requisite(s):   

Introduction to the basics of acting, including theatrical terminology, improvisation, scene study, and character analysis. Emphasis will be placed on an acting method based on the works of Constantin Stanislavski.

THEA 1302  Acting Realism: Scene Study  (3)  
Co-requisite(s): THEA 1102  

An introduction to basic acting technique. Students employ the character analysis, basic object exercises, and other acting tools toward producing a character study based on a modern American play.

THEA 1306  Introduction to Theatre  (3)  

Develops an engaged understanding of live theatre and performance in contemporary society through an overview of the various artists, skills, crafts, traditions, and conventions that inform the creation of a theatrical event. Students with credit in Thea 1306 may not earn credit for Thea 1206.

THEA 1312  Scenic Elements  (3)  

Basic course in stagecraft. Technical crew lab included.

THEA 1316  Costume and Stage Makeup Elements  (3)  

Study and application of the theories and techniques of theatrical costuming, construction of theatrical clothing, and theatrical makeup. Technical crew lab included.

THEA 1324  Script Analysis  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1380  

Introduction to the process of script analysis, focusing on play structure, environmental research and character development, and culminating in a written play analysis.

THEA 1380  Theatre Aesthetics: Visual Storytelling  (3)  

An introduction to basic theatre aesthetics. Emphasis placed on elements and principles of design for visual storytelling.

THEA 1383  Theatrical Drafting  (3)  

Introduction to theatrical hand drafting techniques, tools and standards, including fundamentals of graphic problem solving by visualization of elements in three dimensional space.

THEA 2101  Applied Voice and Movement I  (1)  
Co-requisite(s): THEA 2301  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1102  

Continuation of the work begun in THEA 1101 and 1102 with emphasis on movement for the stage as it applies to realistic acting, as well as interpretive, post-modern theatre making.

THEA 2102  Applied Voice and Movement II  (1)  
Co-requisite(s):   
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2101  

Continuation of the work begun in THEA 2101 with emphasis on movement for the stage as it applies to realistic acting, as well as interpretive, post-modern theatre making.

THEA 2103  Sophomore Voice for Traditional Musical Theatre  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to traditional musical theatre styles, in small group/ensemble roles with repertoire before 1965.

THEA 2104  Sophomore Voice for Contemporary Musical Theatre  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to contemporary musical theatre styles, in small group/ensemble roles with repertoire after 1965.

THEA 2105  Singing for the Actor  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Instructor permission required  

Preparing the actor to participate in singing roles including ensemble work, straight plays with music, and Shakespeare sonnets. The course will also cover vocal technique, sight singing, and harmony/group singing. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours.

THEA 2113  Workshop in Traditional Musical Theatre I  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Application of techniques and skills learned in the voice class in a performance setting using materials from traditional musical theatre styles pre-1965.

THEA 2114  Workshop in Contemporary Musical Theatre I  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Application of techniques and skills learned in the voice class in a performance setting using materials from contemporary musical theatre styles from 1965 to the present.

THEA 2298  Ballet I  (2)  

Ballet with emphasis on technique and vocabulary. Theatre Arts majors may substitute this class for one semester of Human Performance.

THEA 2299  Jazz I  (2)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2298  

Jazz techniques, vocabulary, and styles relevant to character/theatre dance. Theatre Arts majors may substitute this class for one semester of Human Performance.

THEA 2301  Acting: Physical Methods  (3)  
Co-requisite(s):   
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1302  

An Introduction to the physical methods of Acting, focusing on Viewpoints.

THEA 2302  Acting: Shakespeare  (3)  
Co-requisite(s):   
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1302  

Exploration of the acting challenges of Shakespeare's plays, through studies of text sense and structure, and exercises for developing breath, relaxation, vocal energy, and creative acting choices.

THEA 2316  Stage Makeup  (3)  

Study and application of theories and techniques of theatrical makeup. Technical crew laboratory included.

THEA 2370  Technology Fundamentals for Theatre  (3)  

Introduction to essential software and technologies utilized in the creation of a live theatrical production.

THEA 2371  Lighting and Sound Elements  (3)  

General principles and practices of stage lighting and theatrical sound technology. Technical crew laboratory included.

THEA 2374  Theater History I  (3)  

Historical investigation of theatre practice, performance, and dramatic literature from ancient times through the Renaissance.

THEA 2375  Theater History II  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2374  

Historical investigation of theatre practice, performance, and dramatic literature from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. Emphasis on Europe and North America.

THEA 2383  Theatrical Drawing and Rendering  (3)  

Principles and practices of drawing, rendering, and modeling techniques used for the theater.

THEA 2385  Technical Theatre for Non-Theatre Majors  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of the Instructor An introductory study of the tools, techniques, and concepts related to the technical aspects of theatre production  
THEA 2390  Stage Management  (3)  

The art and craft of stage management, including the role and responsibilities of the stage manager.

THEA 3001  Production Lab  (0)  
Pre-requisite(s): Junior standing  

Evaluation of acting and crew work for all major productions, thesis production, qualifying productions, and weekly workshops. May be taken a maximum of 3 times.

THEA 3103  Junior Voice for Traditional Musical Theatre  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to traditional musical theatre styles, in solo limited supporting roles with repertoire before 1965.

THEA 3104  Junior Voice for Contemporary Musical Theatre  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to contemporary musical theatre styles, in solo limited supporting roles with repertoire after 1965.

THEA 3106  Production Lab II  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Junior standing and THEA 3105  

Continuation of THEA 3105.

THEA 3113  Workshop in Traditional Musical Theatre II  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2113 and consent of instructor  

A continuation of THEA 2113.

THEA 3114  Workshop in Contemporary Musical Theatre II  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2114 and consent of instructor  

A continuation of THEA 2114.

THEA 3297  Tap I  (2)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2298  

Tap with an emphasis on the basic steps, rhythms, and music theory related to the dance.

THEA 3298  Ballet II  (2)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2298  

A continuation of Ballet I, refining technique and developing broader ranges of movement.

THEA 3301  Acting: Advanced Realism  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2302 and upper-level standing  

Correlating advanced acting techniques and the performance requirements of important realistic playwrights. Students will analyze, rehearse and perform scenes from playwrights of the early independent theater movement and from a range of contemporary playwrights.

THEA 3302  Acting: Advanced Auditioning  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing An exploration of auditioning techniques and professional auditioning practices in the Theatre  
THEA 3303  Theatre for Young Audiences  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1302 and upper-level standing  

An applied study of the dramatic literature and production techniques of theater intended for young audiences. Emphasis will be on techniques of acting and the creation of new material.

THEA 3304  Acting: Playwright Study  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

The application of advanced acting techniques to the unique style and period conventions of an individual playwright. May be repeated once for credit with study of a different playwright(s).

THEA 3310  Introduction to Standardized Patient Methodology  (3)  
Cross-listed as HP 3312  

See HP 3312 for course information.

THEA 3316  Costume Draping and Patterning  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1316  

Technical skills with emphasis on interpreting two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional costumes by manipulating fabric through draping, patterning, and construction.

THEA 3323  Costume Crafts  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1316 or consent of the instructor  

Technical skills with an emphasis on 2D and 3D techniques in creating and modifying specialty costume pieces.

THEA 3324  Directing I/Script Analysis  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1380 and upper-level standing  

A study of play analysis for beginning directors. Workshop laboratory required.

THEA 3325  Directing II  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3324  

Continuation of THEA 3324. A study of techniques of play direction. Fundamental consideration of blocking and director-actor communication. Workshop laboratory required.

THEA 3326  Costume Design  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1316  

Development and execution of costume designs for a variety of theatrical situations. Lectures, design projects, critiques, and discussions.

THEA 3327  Advanced Makeup Techniques  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1316  

This course builds on introductory skills learned in THEA 1316 (Costume and Makeup Elements). Students will study advanced application skills and tools for character transformation with makeup, masks, and 3D elements.

THEA 3333  Theatre in Cultural Context  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): For theatre majors only or consent of instructor  

An exploration of theatre production and theatrical history particular to a specific region of the world, with references to regional historical, political, social, cultural, artistic, and architectural influences. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours if topic varies.

THEA 3341  Master Works in Drama  (3)  
Cross-listed as GTX 3341  

See GTX 3341 for course information.

THEA 3352  Japanese Theatre and Culture  (3)  
Cross-listed as JPN 3352  

History and practice of theatre in Japan from earliest recorded history to the present era.

THEA 3363  Metal-Working for the Theatre  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1312  

Prepares students for various aspects of metal-working for the theatre, including safety, welding, cutting, and shaping.

THEA 3370  Scene Design  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1312 Survey of theatrical design and scene designers, and the realization of students' designs as floor plans, renderings, and models  
THEA 3371  Lighting Design  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2371 Lighting design in theatrical production and as an artistic tool in manipulating three dimensional space  
THEA 3372  Scene Painting  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1312; upper-level standing  

Introduction to large scale painting. Students execute texture techniques.

THEA 3373  Short-form Playwriting  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1324  

Development of techniques and skills of dramatic writing through practice in creating short-form original dramatic work.

THEA 3380  Sound Design  (3)  
Cross-listed as FDM 3380  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2371 or FDM 2360  

The creation and implementation of sound design for theatre; also applicable to film, music production, video games, and live events. Includes the artistic process of design and the development of technical abilities and conceptual approaches to sound manipulation.

THEA 3383  Computer Aided Drafting and Modeling  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1383  

Computer aided drafting to incorporate many of the principals covered in THEA 1383 (hand-drafting for the theater). Utilize both the vector based Vector works software and the floating point algorithm based AutoCAD software.

THEA 3390  Marketing for the Performing Arts  (3)  

Audience development principles and marketing techniques for both commercial and non-profit arts organizations. Emphasis on live theatre. Technical crew lab included.

THEA 3398  Theatrical Props: Construction and Management  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1312 and consent of instructor  

Practical study of the design, construction, organization, and implementation of theatrical properties in production.

THEA 3V9R  Research  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of the instructor  

Undergraduate research undertaken with the supervision of a faculty member. May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours.

THEA 4102  Theatre in the Professional World  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Senior standing and consent of instructor  

Prepares majors for the transition from academia to the professional arena.

THEA 4103  Senior Voice for Traditional Musical Theatre  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to traditional musical theatre styles, in solo leading roles with repertoire before 1965.

THEA 4104  Senior Voice for Contemporary Musical Theatre  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to contemporary musical theatre styles, in solo leading roles with repertoire after 1965.

THEA 4107  Production Lab III  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Senior standing and THEA 3106  

Evaluation of acting and crew work for all major productions, thesis production, qualifying productions, and weekly workshops.

THEA 4108  Production Lab IV  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Senior standing and THEA 3106  

A continuation of production methods learned in THEA 3106.

THEA 4113  Workshop in Traditional Musical Theatre III  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3113 and consent of instructor  

A continuation of THEA 3113.

THEA 4114  Workshop in Contemporary Musical Theatre III  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3114 and consent of instructor  

A continuation of THEA 3114.

THEA 4190  Portfolio Development  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Development of design portfolios and presentation skills needed for professional employment in theatrical design.

THEA 4215  Art as Civic Practice: Engagement, Collaboration, and Inclusivity  (2)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing  

Engagement, collaboration, and inclusivity through the lens of arts-based practices as they are related to three key groups: ourselves, organizations, and communities, including community-based artistic programming across fine arts entities.

THEA 4297  Jazz II  (2)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2298 and 2299  

Continuation of Jazz I, refining technique and exploring different styles of jazz and character dance.

THEA 4298  Tap II  (2)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3297  

Continuation of Tap I, refining technique and exploring advanced rhythms and steps.

THEA 4301  Acting for the Camera  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2301 and 2302  

Preparation for professional performance in television and film.

THEA 4308  Advanced Theatre Theory  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Senior level standing  

Great texts of dramatic theory ranging from Aristotle and Zeami through to Emile Zola and Bertolt Brecht. Theoretical ideas on the aesthetics, efficacy and morality of theatre have interacted with plays at various time periods.

THEA 4321  History of Costume  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor  

A study of dress from Egyptian times to the twentieth century.

THEA 4322  History of Decor in the Western World  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing  

Major historical movements and periods in architecture and decorative arts in the West, with special attention to how these trends relate to theatrical design.

THEA 4326  Advanced Costume Design  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3326  

Advanced principles and practices of costume design, with an emphasis on the design team/director collaboration.

THEA 4335  Creative Dramatics  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor  

Education, theory, and philosophy that will cultivate the techniques of creative dramatics and develop the skills needed for human interaction in dramatic play. Lab required.

THEA 4351  Automated Lighting  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2371  

Design techniques and the programming of automated lighting fixtures on various lighting consoles.

THEA 4365  Advanced Directing I  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3324  

Directing techniques for departures from realism, with an emphasis on postmodern theatre, musical theatre, and verse drama. Workshop required.

THEA 4366  Advanced Directing II  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 4365  

Continuation of THEA 4365. Workshop required.

THEA 4370  Advanced Scene Design  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3370; and upper level standing  

Development and execution of scenic designs for a variety of theatrical situations. Lectures, design projects, critiques and discussions.

THEA 4371  Advanced Lighting Design  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3371  

Developing and executing lighting designs for a variety of situations. Lectures, design projects, cue composition, and critique and discussion.

THEA 4373  Playwriting  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3373  

A study of the art and craft of playwriting with an emphasis on play structure, development of the personal voice, use of dramatic irony, and character development.

THEA 4376  Theater History III  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2374 and 2375; and upper-level standing  

Historical investigation of theatre practice, performance, and dramatic literature from the early twentieth century to the present.

THEA 4377  The Theatre and Christianity  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor  

An exploration of biblical perspectives concerning creativity and the arts with a special emphasis on theatre and the performing arts.

THEA 4378  Dramaturgy: Theory and Practice  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 4376 and consent of instructor  

Investigation of the functions and methods of the dramaturg such as choosing a season, audience enrichment, new play development, researching production history, and understanding dramatic structure and theory.

THEA 4379  Advanced Studies in Contemporary Theatre and Drama  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2374 and 2375  

Topics related to leading contemporary playwrights, current issues of dramatic style, and emerging trends in theatrical practice. May be repeated once for credit with different content.

THEA 4380  Performing Arts Management  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing  

Organizational structure, fundraising techniques, and board development for non-profit professional and commercial performing arts organizations. Includes contracting with professional unions, budgeting, and season planning. Technical crew lab included.

THEA 4384  Advanced Sound Design  (3)  
Cross-listed as FDM 4371  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 3380/FDM 3380  

A continuation of THEA 3380/FDM 3380. This course builds upon the sound design skills gained previously and adds training in the advanced functions of industry standard software. Students will develop a personal design style, a discerning ear for quality audio, and in-depth knowledge of the production process. Intended for theatre designers, this course is also applicable to film, music production, video games, and live events.

THEA 4390  Advanced Stage Management  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 2390  

Role and responsibilities of the stage manager using the Regional Theatre or LORT Stage Manager model. Explores budgeting, seasonal planning and responsibilities in touring and non-theatrical situations.

THEA 4395  Stage Combat  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing and consent of instructor  

Actor movement in stage combat (armed and unarmed) with emphasis on proper technique, safety, and theatricality. May be repeated once for credit with different contents.

THEA 4398  Technical Direction for Theater  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): THEA 1312, 1316, 1383, and 2371  

Four basic areas of technical direction: creating technical drawings, estimating a set, choosing materials used in the theater, and scheduling the building of sets for the theater. This course may be repeated once with a different topic.

THEA 4V75  Music Directing for Musical Theatre  (1-3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Instructor Approval  

A practical approach to teaching music, conducting ensembles, collaborating with directors, evaluating voices, and improving vocal technique. This course is geared toward students interested in learning how to Music Direct Musicals and Theatre performances.

THEA 4V98  Professional Internship  (1-3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing  

Internship in Theatre and/or the Entertainment industry fulfilled in cooperation with an approved organization. The student will participate in formal training and directed activities in Theatre, Television, Film, Music or other Industry related fields.

THEA 4V99  Special Studies in Theater Arts for Majors  (1-3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Senior standing and consent of instructor  

Advanced studies in special theater topics. May be repeated for up to six hours credit.

THEA 4V9R  Research  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of the instructor  

Undergraduate research undertaken with the supervision of a faculty member. May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours.

THEA 4VC5  Production Capstone  (1-3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Senior standing and consent of instructor  

Advanced practicum in production performance design technical theater or management. May be repeated with different topic not to exceed six credit hours.