The Creative Process
Creativity takes many forms and contributes to every field of study. Visual, narrative, spatial and performative expressions of ideas all contribute to the collaborative art of theatre. In this participatory class, students gain confidence in their individual intuitions and in the collaborative process as they explore different types of creative expression. Students build their own aesthetic framework as they practice critiquing works of art. Satisfies General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts requirement.
Acting Studio I
This course introduces and explores the fundamental principles of acting for the stage. In a studio environment, students apply the requisite vocabulary for communicating within the performing arena through exercises and techniques that hone a thorough understanding of the process involved in creating a character—a process that utilizes body, mind and voice. Satisfies General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts requirement.
Students gain practical experience by participating in the Domino Players' theatrical productions as performers, technicians, designers or stage managers. No previous experience is required; however, individual production assignments are determined by the faculty based on auditions and student competencies. Students must complete a minimum of 45 hours on the production to be eligible for credit; some assignments require more hours than the minimum. Most assignments entail evening and weekend rehearsals and performances. Graded Q/NQ. Students will receive one course unit of credit upon the completion of four productions for which they have registered for THR 201. Through these four productions, students must rotate through various theatrical job descriptions.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission
Where do those cool ideas come from? How do I connect with this play? How do I explain my ideas to myself, to others? This class will explore these and more. Through projects, peer-review, and lots of reading, you will be given tools and techniques for approaching the design process for the theatre. There will be no tests and little formal writing. You will be expected to explore and explain your own ideas and question and comment on the ideas of your peers. Active two-way feedback intended to move the creative and collaborative process forward is the theme around which your work shall evolve.
A survey of the various materials and construction techniques used to build stage settings. Wood working, metal working, rigging and other skills are explored. Basic construction of stock scenic units are applied to both projects and actual productions' scenery.
This course offers an in-depth exploration of the techniques and technologies used by professional master electricians and assistant lighting designers. Basic physics of electricity, equipment repair, console operation, and CAD program literacy are the foundations of the coursework. Practical experience coupled with lecture and demonstration give the student the basic skill sets to begin work as a theatre electrician.
As a comprehensive consideration of audio equipment and sound reproduction techniques, this course provides an understanding of basic audio engineering, signal paths and sound system design. How the sound wave is captured, processed, distributed, amplified and reproduced are the core ideas. The course includes the basic ideas and aesthetic foundations of theatre sound design.
AIn this class the students will develop an understanding and skills necessary to design and execute two dimensional Stage Makeup within the educational and professional theatre worlds. Application techniques, makeup Morgue development and a student portfolio will be created.
This course will explore the techniques of costume and period clothing construction. The class will cover history of garment pattern development, sewing techniques and the creation of historic clothing using modern patterning and sewing techniques. As a final project for this class, students will be expected to create a complete period costume from concept to wearable three dimensional garment.
Introduction to Arts Administration
Arts administrators need to be able to bring the arts to their communities. They must be able to determine why the arts are important for a community and communicate that information to their audiences. The course will provide an introduction on how arts organizations, including theater, dance, music, and visual arts, engage artists and audiences and how they are governed. We’ll look at both the leadership of individual organizations, as well as the larger public policy and community issues surrounding the arts. The course also includes overviews of historical contexts, economic conditions, organizational cultures and financial systems. The course highlights similarities and differences between arts administration and non-creative-industry administration.
Major Playwrights and Theatre Topics
These courses focus on major playwrights, dramatic forms or significant intellectual issues in world drama. Satisfies general studies literature requirement.
Acting Studio II
Advancing on the experiences of Acting Studio I, this course focuses attention on the specific process of preparing a role from an existing text. Particular emphasis is given to psycho-physical energy, vocal stamina and textual analysis. Additional objectives relating to the demands of specialized performance techniques (such as period movement, verse speaking, performance art or physical comedy) are selected each semester.
Prerequisite: THR 150
Acting for the Camera
This course explores the fundamental principles of acting for the camera. In a studio environment, students engage in weekly exercises and scenestudies aimed at assisting them make a nuanced transition from stage to screen. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a keen appreciation for the symbiotic relationship between actor and camera, the acquisition of a working knowledge of film and television terminologies/practices, and the expansion of the performer’s range of emotional, intellectual, physical, and vocal expressivity within the arena of mediated performance.
Prerequisite: THR 150
This studio workshop explores the vocabulary and techniques utilized by actors within the world of improvisational theatre. Intensive, performance-based studio sessions introduce then hone essential skill sets through a series of movement and language exercises. Daily production meetings lay the foundation for a culmination in a public performance. Finally there will be a critique of original work that intends to test the participant's application of the skills developed during the studio workshop.
This course is designed as an introduction to basic playwriting structure and technique, as well as a survey of relevant dramatic literature. Students will complete writing exercises designed to enhance their dramatic writing skills and expand their theatrical horizons. Among other assignments and writings, students will write and revise a ten-minute and one-act play. Satisfies General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts requirement.
This course is devoted to the textual analysis of playscripts from the perspective of the theatre practitioner. Students will analyze a range of plays for their formal components, and will draw conclusions about genre and style. Students will analyze scripts for their production requirements from the vantage points of performers, designers, directors and managers.
Topics of interest that are not covered in other courses will occasionally be offered.
Great Ages of Theatre I
This survey course introduces students to the history, critical theory and literature of the major eras of western theatre from 500 BC to the 18th century. The student also studies the theatre architecture and theatrical conventions of each era in order to understand how theatre arts reflect society and culture. Satisfies General Studies Connections requirement.
Great Ages of Theatre II
The goal of this course is to track the development of the modern approach to theatrical production. In doing so, the student will trace the evolution of the modern designer and director. Beginning with the Romantic period, the course traces the path of dramatic literature and production through the 1960s. Satisfies General Studies Connections requirement.
An in-depth study of the process of creating an environment for a performance event. Text analysis, design fundamentals and interpretive skills are applied to a series of projects that will be peer reviewed. Prerequisite/Corequisite: THR210
Designing with Light
This course studies light as a design medium. After obtaining a clear understanding of the nature of the medium, students will turn to its application to other art forms. Architecture, painting and theatre are some of the areas that make heavy use of light to alter and augment the presentation of their respective works. Students are encouraged to explore the application of lighting to their own area of artistic endeavor to gain more fruitful and complete expression of their ideas. Prerequisite/Corequisite: THR210
This course is an introduction to the process of costume design and production. Topics covered include period costume research, play analysis, budgeting, and costume rendering. Also, this course will introduce costume studio personnel and their responsibilities in the costume design/production process. Prerequisites: FAS 105, 112
This course examines the theoretical and practical aspects of directing for the stage. Topics include: the structural analysis of dramatic texts; the actor/director relationship; rehearsal techniques; articulation of a director's vision for a play; the director/designer relationship; visual and spatial dynamics; and the art of problem-solving. Participants direct scenes or short plays and are encouraged to create original works.
Prerequisite: THR 150
This course examines the major Shakespearean plays. Primary emphasis is on a close reading of the plays, but the Elizabethan background and modern Shakespearean criticism are also studied.
This course explores the fundamentals of storytelling utilizing the tools and structure used by television and film. Students will learn basic screenwriting structure and technique. Students will complete writing exercises designed to enhance their dramatic writing skills and expand their creative horizons. Among other assignments and writings, students will write and revise three short films. Prerequisite: THR 260 or permission of the instructor
A practical, professional work experience at an off-campus site, under the supervision of a mentor at the worksite and a faculty member on campus.
Prerequisite: permission of the faculty
Postmodern American Drama
This course explores the themes, theories and theatrical techniques of the contemporary American stage. Students study the works of several major American playwrights, their use of traditional and nontraditional methods of stage production and their exploration of the undercurrents inherent to contemporary American life. Also satisfies English major requirements.
Postmodern British and European Drama
This course explores the themes, theories and theatrical techniques of the contemporary British and European stages. Students study the works of several major British/European playwrights, their use of traditional and nontraditional methods of stage production and their exploration of the diminishing role of nationalism inherent to the ever-changing face of contemporary Europe. Also satisfies English major requirements.
Project Management for Arts Administrators
Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to achieve a specific goal. By nature, projects usually have a well-defined beginning and end, and are constrained by time, funding, and the expected outcomes (deliverables). The temporary nature of project management as well as the personal and humanistic approach to creating artistic products often conflict with professional business operations. In practice, project management in the arts often requires the development of a distinct set of skills. This course will enhance and test students' knowledge of budgeting, marketing, human resources, planning/time-management, and project implementation and evaluation within the framework of the creative process. Half of the course will be based on readings and research (texts and online) discussed in class and in written assignments, and the other portion will be a project-based lab, with the first part containing an individual assignment and the later half focused on a group project that introduces concepts of leadership and team-building skills. An additional lab of 1 to 1.5 hours per week will be arranged in consultation with the instructor. (ARA 220 as pre-requisite or sophomore standing).
Advanced Production Experience
Senior theatre concentrators will conduct a significant applied project as supervised and approved by the theatre faculty. Proposals must be submitted to the theatre faculty by April 15 of the junior year. All students will submit preliminary research before the production, and documentation and reflection afterwards, according to written guidelines approved by the faculty adviser.
Prerequisite: Senior standing and faculty approval of a completed proposal
A practical, professional work experience at an off-campus site, under the supervision of a mentor at the worksite and a faculty member on campus. Prerequisite: departmental approval
Senior Seminar in Theatre
A capstone course in which students address the issues and professional opportunities of the contemporary theatre. Specific topics will vary from year to year, depending on the interests of senior students and faculty. Students will develop and present senior projects that synthesize their undergraduate experiences.
Prerequisite: Senior standing