Course Listing Theater Arts

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42.210 Drama Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5027
Status Active

Presents a study of plays from the classical period to the present.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.218 Comedy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5035
Status Active

Presents the theory and practice of comedy from the Greeks to the present.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.304 Creative Writing: Playwriting Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5094
Status Active

Studies the theory and practice of playwriting. Conducted as a workshop with close analysis of student work.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II and 42.227 Essay Writing/Eng Majors, or 42.229 Essay Writing or 42.238 Intro to Creative Writing.

42.348 Modern American Drama Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5123
Status Active

A study of such playwrights as O'Neill, Odets, Wilder, Williams, and Miller.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.361 Restoration Comedy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5134
Status Active

A study of comic plays from 1660 to the mid-eighteenth century. Focus on the works of Ethridge, Wycherley, Congreve, and Sheridan.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101 College Writing I; Pre-Req: 42.102 College Writing II.

42.362 Modern Drama Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5135
Status Active

A study of selected Continental, British and American plays of the late nineteenth century to the present.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.363 English Renaissance Drama Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5136
Status Active

A study of major dramatists of the Age of Shakespeare including Marlowe, Dekker, Webster, Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, Massinger, Ford and others

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.382 Theatre History I: Ancient Greece through the 18th Century Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33541
Status Active

A survey of ancient to early modern theatre in its historical and social contexts, tracing changes and developments in acting syles, theatre architecture, scenic practices, dramatic literature, and the audience. The course examines how theatre both reflects and shapes the changing beliefs and priorities of a culture.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.383 Theatre History II: Nineteenth Century to the Present Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33542
Status Active

A survey of theatre in its historical and social contexts from the 19th century to the present, focusing on innovations in design and technology, the advent of the director, the emergence of modern schools of acting, and the creation of new forms of theatre to suit the changing needs of a modern world.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.423 Shakespeare I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5170
Status Active

A study of selected histories, comedies, and tragedies.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.424 Shakespeare II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5171
Status Active

A study of selected histories, comedies, and tragedies not covered in 42.243. Shakespeare I is not a prerequisite.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

59.382 Theatre History I: Ancient Greece through the 18th Century Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33541
Status Active

A survey of ancient to early modern theatre in its historical and social contexts, tracing changes and developments in acting syles, theatre architecture, scenic practices, dramatic literature, and the audience. The course examines how theatre both reflects and shapes the changing beliefs and priorities of a culture.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

59.383 Theatre History II: Nineteenth Century to the Present Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33542
Status Active

A survey of theatre in its historical and social contexts from the 19th century to the present, focusing on innovations in design and technology, the advent of the director, the emergence of modern schools of acting, and the creation of new forms of theatre to suit the changing needs of a modern world.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

59.459 Play Production Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37386
Status Active

Introduction to the design and technical aspects of theatre through hands-on experience working on campus productions. Focus on basic principles of set, lighting, props, costume, makeup, and sound production. May be repeated for credit.

THEA.201 Introduction to Theatre Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37380
Status Active

This course explores the arts and practices of theatre from classical to contemporary times. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and forms of theatre as well as to theories of its origins and purposes. Replaces 42.219 and 59.219; credit may not be earned for both 42/59.219 and THEA 201.

THEA.221 Stagecraft Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37381
Status Active

Survey of the materials, skills, and techniques of technical theatre (including scenic construction, scene painting, lighting, and sound production) through reading, lecture, and hands-on experience. Replaces 42.252; credits may not be earned for both 42/59.252 and THEA 221.

THEA.230 Foundations of Theatrical Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37382
Status Active

Basic principles and techniques in scenic, lighting and costume design for theatre. Replaces 42.260 and 59.386; credits may not be earned for both 42.260 and THEA 230 or for 59.386 and THEA 230.

THEA.261 Acting 1 Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37383
Status Active

Theory and practice of acting including exercises in the elements and methods of acting and the preparation of a public performance. Replaces 42.261 and 59.261; credits may not be earned for both 42/59.261 and THEA 261.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101 College Writing I; Pre-Req: 42.102 College Writing II.

THEA.262 Acting 2 Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37384
Status Active

A continuation of THEA 261 emphasizing techniques of scene study and characterization. Pre-requisite THEA 261 or the equivalent. Replaces 42/59.262; credits may not be earned for both 42/59.262 and THEA 262.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: THEA 261 Acting 1, or the equivalent.

THEA.301 Working with the Playscript Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37387
Status Active

A hands-on introduction to a range of plays, studied as scripts intended for production. Conducted as a seminar/workshop with attention to both the critical interpretation and staging of various dramatic forms. Replaces 42.384 and 59.384; credits may not be earned for both 42/59.384 and THEA 301.

THEA.311 Play Production Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37386
Status Active

Introduction to the design and technical aspects of theatre through hands-on experience working on campus productions. Focus on basic principles of set, lighting, props, costume, makeup, and sound production. May be repeated for credit.

THEA.340 Directing Workshop Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37385
Status Active

Study of the process of directing plays of different styles. Students will direct scenes with other members of the workshop and their work will be analyzed by the instructor and fellow students. Replaces 42.343 and 59/343; credits may not be earned for both 42/59.343 and THEA 340.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: THEA 261 Acting 1, or the equivalent.

THEA.401 Topics in Theatre Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37389
Status Active

Advanced study of a selected area of theatrical production, history, texts, or theory. Repeatable for credit when topics differ. Replaces 42.414 and 59.414; repeated credit may only be earned when topics differ.

THEA.490 Performance Practicum Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37388
Status Active

THEA.493 Practicum in Theatre Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37391
Status Active

Part-time, full-semester internship at a professional theatre. Program director's permission required. Replaces 42.495 and 59.495; may be repeated for credit with permission.

THEA.494 Directed Study in Theatre Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37390
Status Active

Supervised independent project in theatre. Instructor's permission required. Replaces 42.494 and 59.494; may be repeated for credit with permission.