Theatre Arts (THA)

College of Arts and Humanities

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THA 100. Theatre Survey. 1 Credit.

This class is a survey course designed to introduce students to the full range of the Theatre process including directing, performance, design, dramaturgy and management.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 101. Introduction to Theatre. 3 Credits.

A survey of theatre as a humanity by exploring how theatre reflects and comments on its time and place. This course teaches the student what to listen for, and what to look for, when attending a live theatre performance.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall, Spring & Summer.

THA 103. Acting I. 3 Credits.

A course designed to introduce the basic skills and techniques needed by the developing actor to create successfully a character for performance on stage. Fulfills general education arts requirement.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

THA 104. Stagecraft. 3 Credits.

To demonstrate though written work, oral discussion, and laboratory participation an understanding of technology as the theatre artist's instrument focusing on the basic elements of technical theatre, including the physical space and the scene shop.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

THA 113. Script Analysis. 3 Credits.

Introduces and applies methods for analyzing scripts intended for theatrical performance. Additionally explores an in-depth methodology of reading, analyzing, and understanding a play script intended for production. Investigate techniques used to determine how to read a play for its structure, scrutinizing the playwright's methods of creating theatre through plot, character and imagery, and understanding how scripts "mean" to the theater practitioner as distinct from other forms of literature.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 116. Costume Construction. 3 Credits.

Theory and practice in theatrical costuming including organization, construction, drafting, dyeing, painting, and wardrobe management. Laboratory required.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

THA 118. Voice for the Performer. 3 Credits.

The goal of vocal training is the understanding of the individual voice. Voice training seeks to uncover the potential for a naturally produced vocal sound with all its capabilities and limitations. Fulfills general education arts requirement.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 131. Intro to Musical Theatre. 3 Credits.

A survey of musical theatre I production with an emphasis on the artists who create the shows.

THA 181. Voice Class I. 1 Credit.

Class instruction in singing skills for nonmusic majors. Previous voice study not required.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 182. Voice Class II. 1 Credit.

Class instruction in singing skills for non-music majors.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 200. Theatre Practicum. 1-3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide theatre arts majors and minors the opportunities to participate in and learn skills directly related to specific areas of theatrical production.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 200 requires prerequisite of THA 104 or THA 116.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

THA 203. Acting II. 3 Credits.

Continued focus on the basic skills and techniques needed to create a role on the stage. Emphasis on character development.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 203 requires prerequisite of THA 103.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

THA 204. Scene Painting. 3 Credits.

Studio course designed to introduce students to basic skills and techniques of scenic painting.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 204 requires prerequisites of THA 104 and THA 113.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 206. Graphics for the Stage. 3 Credits.

An exploration of graphic solutions used in the various stages of planning and executing a setting for the theatre. Scenic design, stage technician drafting techniques, and perspective techniques used exclusively in the theatre.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 206 requires prerequisite of THA 104.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 208. Scene Construction and Rigging. 3 Credits.

This course develops a familiarity with scenic construction techniques and materials. Practical solutions to technical problems are discussed. Other topics include theatre safety, technical drawing, and budgeting. This course is a requirement for technical majors but an elective for all other theatre majors.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 208 requires prerequisite of THA 104.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 210. Stage Makeup I. 3 Credits.

Theory and practice in design and application of various types of makeup for the stage.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

THA 212. Creative Drama. 3 Credits.

Theory and practice in creative techniques of expression and dramatic forms to be used as a teaching and recreational device for children and adults. Fulfills general education requirement.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 213. Script Analysis II. 3 Credits.

To introduce students to the unique problems of interpreting dramatic texts from the classical periods of theatre history for contemporary stage production.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 214. Stage Properties. 3 Credits.

Explores the research, design, craft, skills, and solutions involved in providing theatrical properties, defined generally as the smaller objects that complete the costume and visual setting for a given show production. Students will learn the basic vocabulary for communication and collaboration with all production staff during the production process. Students will learn how to create source and scrapbook files, property plots, maintenance and security during and after, organizing and storage of stage properties.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 214 requires prerequisites of THA 104 and THA 116.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 216. Fundamentals of Design. 3 Credits.

The exploration of multiple elements of production design to create a foundation of communication for future designers, technicians, actors, directors and stage managers. Students will learn how to manipulate design principles to support and enhance theatrical productions.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

THA 218. Virtual Production Techniques. 3 Credits.

This course explores several software programs used to generate and communicate elements of production design.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 221. Musical Theatre Fundamentals. 1 Credit.

Beginning study of musical notation to provide skills to read and interpret musical theatre vocal lines. Apply basic piano skills necessary to "hear" the musical notation and transfer it to the voice.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 221 requires prerequisite VOI 181.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 250. Race and Gender in American Theatre. 3 Credits.

This course will focus on how some traditionally marginalized groups have been examined and portrayed in American theatre.
Gen Ed Attribute: Diversity Requirement.

THA 300. Career Preparation. 2 Credits.

Designed to educate second semester juniors or first semester seniors on career path options in the field immediately following college.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 301. Directing I. 3 Credits.

An introduction of the theories and techniques of stage direction with emphasis on prerehearsal planning, play selection, script analysis and promptbooks, casting and blocking.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 301 requires prerequisites of THA 103, THA 113 and THA 216.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

THA 303. Acting Shakespeare. 3 Credits.

A course for the advanced student actor focusing on techniques essential for developing roles from classical texts with a particular emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare. Characterization, text analysis and scansion will all be covered. It is recommended that the student take THA 118 and DAN 130 prior to enrollment in this course.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 303 requires prerequisite of THA 203.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 304. Scene Design. 3 Credits.

This course identifies and explores the processes involved in creating a scenic space that is both practical and expressive. Skills in set design, representational painting, scenic drafting, and script interpretation are developed.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 304 requires prerequisites of THA 113 or permission of instructor.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 305. Lighting Design for the Stage. 3 Credits.

Exploration of lighting as a means of artistic communication in the theatre. The course covers the aesthetics, tools, technology, and the graphic methods used to light a play. Special topics in lighting for other performing arts will be discussed.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 305 requires prerequisites of THA 113 or permission of instructor.

THA 306. History of Theatre/ Drama I. 3 Credits.

Examination of plays, players and methods of theatrical production from English Renaissance to 1875.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 306 requires prerequisite of THA 113 or THA 213.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 307. History of Theatre/Drama II. 3 Credits.

Examination of plays, players, and methods of theatrical production from Modern Theatre 1875 to 1900 through Contemporary Theatre 1975-Present.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 307 requires prerequisite of THA 113 or THA 213.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 312. Children's Theatre. 3 Credits.

Production of children's theatre for stage and television. Course elements will include script analysis and production values, publicity, and tour preparation. Students enrolled in the course will create a complete production. Fulfills general education requirement.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 313. Playwriting Workshop I. 3 Credits.

Writing the play: possibilities and limitations of the stage. Attention to sets and costuming where relevant. Characterization by action and dialogue. Problems of establishing motivation. The play's totality in theme, character, and action. Informal readings of student work.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 315. Sound Design. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of sound and how it relates to theatrical production.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 316. Costume History/Design. 3 Credits.

The history of European and American costume and its application to the period production. The process of designing costumes in various styles will be explored. Students are required to design costumes for periods studied.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 316 requires prerequisites of THA 113 or permission of instructor.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 318. Dialects for the Performer. 3 Credits.

Dialects and regionalisms for the stage.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 318 prerequisite requires THA 118.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 319. Musical Theatre Repertoire. 3 Credits.

This course will acquaint students with styles of composition and vocal presentation through various genres of musical theatre.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 319 requires prerequisite THA 103, THA 203, VOI 181, THA 221 and DAN 130.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 320. Staging Architecture and the Decorative Arts. 3 Credits.

This course aims to enhance the design students knowledge of architectural and decorative arts time periods culminating in their ability to adapt and modify them for the various types of historically known theatre staging. Focus is on the European, early American worlds 1500-1900's, the architecture, decorative arts, and the economic and social conditions out of which they sprang.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 320 requires prerequisite of THA 113 or permission of instructor.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 323. Physical Traditions in Performance. 3 Credits.

This course examines multicultural and historical non-storytelling traditions of performance that stem from actor-driven creation. Throughout theatrical history significant innovations and practices grew from creative work established not by playwrights and directors, but rather from actors themselves. This is non-text driven work relying on improvisational characterization within the structure of a historical tradition. This class studies these traditions in order to empower the actor as a part of the creative process and generate a sizeable skill set for use in all theatrical settings.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 323 requires prerequisite DAN 130, THA 118, THA 203.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 325. Scene Into Song. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to develop within the student actor a technique for approaching a total performance in musical theatre, integrating the spoken word with song toward a seamless presentation alongside a partner.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 325 requires prerequisite: THA 103, THA 203 and THA 319.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 342. History of Musical Theatre. 3 Credits.

In this course students will study the historical background of the true American art form, Musical Theatre. There will be an emphasis placed on the development of the genre throughout its time. In addition to studying the history of the genre's development, this course also studies the influential shows, artists and music that have provided major contributions to the growth of the art form.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 350. Audition Techniques. 3 Credits.

Auditioning is an integral part of performance and musical theatre course of study. As a professional, semiprofessional, and amateur one must audition to participate onstage. This course will move beyond foundation acting courses and translate onstage/onscreen work into an auditioning environment. Guest industry professionals, audition simulations, and critiques from the instructor will build and strengthen an audition portfolio that is carefully and uniquely crafted to each student's individual needs, strengths and type. Upon completing this course a performer will have multiple tools and a comprehensive understanding of this vital component of professional theatrical practice.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 350 requires prerequisite THA 203.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 399. Directed Studies in Theatre. 1-6 Credits.

Research, creative projects, reports, and readings in theatre. Students must apply to advisers one semester in advance of registration.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Repeatable for Credit.

THA 400. Professional Apprenticeship. 3-15 Credits.

This course provides a structured and supervised work experience in theatre. Students must submit an application to the department chairperson for permission.
Repeatable for Credit.

THA 401. Directing II. 3 Credits.

Play direction as a creative aspect of stage production with emphasis on exploration of concept, techniques of rehearsing a play and working with actors, and the role and function of the stage manager.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 401 requires prerequisite of THA 301.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 403. Advanced Theatre Practicum. 3 Credits.

A production seminar for advanced arts students that will culminate in a public performance. Under the mentorship of a faculty professional, the class will work as an ensemble that takes the production process form the determinants of a production's performance potential to its final public presentation.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Repeatable for Credit.

THA 404. CAD for the Stage. 3 Credits.

To develop the student's ability in utilizing the AutoCAD Release 14 environment to draft and plot scenic designs and technical drawings for the theatre.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 404 requires prerequisite of THA 218 or permission of instructor.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 406. Advanced Scene Study. 3 Credits.

A special topics class for the advanced student actor with study and scene work in a variety of period, modern, and contemporary styles. Students will focus on the physical, intellectual, and emotional demands inherent in the text as they move from textual analysis to performance.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 406 requires prerequisite THA 303, THA 118 and DAN 130.
Typically offered in Fall.

THA 414. Stage Management. 3 Credits.

Duties and responsibilities of the theatrical stage manager throughout the production process.
Pre / Co requisites: THA 414 requires prerequisite THA 104, THA 116, and THA 216 or permission of instructor.

THA 419. Music Theatre Repertoire. 3 Credits.

Research, preparation and performance of a variety of music theatre genres.
Typically offered in Spring.

THA 499. Theatre Seminar. 3 Credits.

Intensive examination of a selected area of study in theatre. Topics will be announced in advance.
Repeatable for Credit.