Course Descriptions Theatre (THEA)
Updated for 2013-2014
THEA 101 Introduction to Drama and Theatre (3)
This course in theatre appreciation includes study of selected plays representative of important historical periods, with a review of the elements and forms of drama as well as theatre skills. (DA) (formerly DRAM 101)
Prerequisite: ENG 21 or ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent. THEA 170 Introduction to Children’s Theatre This course examines the dramatic structure, audience needs, directing, and acting techniques that are employed in the production of theatre for children. Students will use movement, vocal exercises, improvisation, script writing, scripted material, and puppet and shadow theatre to increase knowledge of and comfort with theatre for children. Students will perform a short children’s theatre piece for a young audience as part of their final for the class. (formerly DRAM 170) (DA) Prerequisite: ENG 21 and ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent. THEA 220 Beginning Voice and Movement (3) This course is an introduction to the basic fundamentals of voice and movement for the actor. Students will concentrate on breathing and relaxation exercises, neutral mask and other approaches to increase self-awareness and potential for self-expression. The work in this class is intended as preparatory for a wide range of acting/movement/vocal techniques. (formerly DRAM 220) Recommended Preparation: There is no academic preparation necessary. For the class, students should wear appropriate clothing. Students will be lying down, stretching, rolling, jumping and sweating to the best of their ability.
THEA 221 Beginning Acting I (3)
An introduction to acting with individual and group exercises in movement for the stage, improvisation, monologue preparation and performance. (DA) (formerly DRAM 221)
THEA 222 Beginning Acting II (3) Advanced work in improvisation and character development. Vocal and physical training is emphasized, particularly on scene work. Actors are expected to work together to present scenes to the class. (DA)
(formerly DRAM 222)
Prerequisite: THEA 221 (formerly DRAM 221) with a grade of C or better or equivalent.
THEA 230 Storytelling and Solo Performance (3) THEA 230 is a practical performance-oriented course emphasizing the history, forms and art of storytelling and solo performance. Students create and rehearse individual and group stories/monologues, as well as perform in a solo piece. This course examines the dramatic structure, audience needs, directing, and acting techniques that are unique to the craft of a solo performer or storyteller. (formerly DRAM 230) Prerequisites: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or better; or approval from instructor. Rec Preparation: THEA or DRAM 221, or THEA or DRAM 101. THEA 240 Basic Stagecraft (3) An introduction to stagecraft and the technical aspects of theatre, including basic theory and fundamentals of lighting, set construction, sound, costuming, makeup and stage management. Class time will be divided between lectures and laboratory work in the theatre. (formerly DRAM 240)
THEA 260 Dramatic Production (3) Practical introduction to the process of converting a script into a performance. Students are required to participate in at least two aspects of a public performance. (DA) (formerly DRAM 260) Prerequisite: THEA 221 (DRAM 221) with a grade of C or better, or consent of the instructor. Rec Preparation: Students are encouraged to take THEA 222 (DRAM 222) before taking this class.
THEA 262 Local Style Theatre (3) A practical performance-oriented theatre course that presents the local experience in a theatrical production. The actual production activities the student undertakes will vary with the production requirements of the play being produced. (DA) (formerly DRAM 262) Prerequisites: DRAM 221 or THEA 221 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent; or instructor approval.
THEA 280 Beginning Playwriting (3) The course introduces structure, guidelines, and format of the one-act and ten-minute play; beginning with the conception of an idea, followed by effective outlining techniques, subsequent drafts, and the final product in a polished one-act play and ten-minute play. (DA)(formerly DRAM 280) Prerequisites: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher; or approval from instructor.