Theatre Course Descriptions

THE 101 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE / 3 credits 

A survey of the theory and practice of theatre as an art form through the reading of selected plays, discussion of playwrights, genres, styles, and production methods.

THE 122 FUNDAMENTALS OF DANCE / 1 credit

Students learn form, position, muscle control, flexibility and the basic movements to bring them to a level that will enable them to enjoy and develop a love for the art of dance. (Same as PED 122)

THE 201 THEATRE TECHNOLOGIES I / 3 credits

This course is an exploration of the necessary skills required of stage technicians involved in stage carpentry, properties construction, and scene painting.  Theories of production and the distribution of responsibilities in theatre organizations are examined. Prerequisite: THE 101 

THE 202 THEATRE TECHNOLOGIES II/ 3 credits

This course focuses on the necessary skills required of stage technicians involved in stage lighting, costume construction, and make-up.  Electrical safety, equipment maintenance, stitching, and color theory are examined. Prerequisite: THE 101

THE 210, 212, 310, 312 THEATRE PRACTICUM / 1 credit each  

Practical work on a Harlequin Theatre Production as actor, backstage technician, or front of house personnel. No previous theatre experience required. Assignments are made by the instructor during the term student is registered. Maximum credit allowed for graduation is 4 credits. (200-level credits must be completed before 300-level credits)

THE 213 FUNDAMENTALS OF VOICE AND DICTION / 3 credits  

Study of the process for improvement of voice production, vocal placement, and diction through the use of vocal exercises and readings from dramatic and non-dramatic literature.

THE 232 BEGINNING ACTING / 3 credits

An introduction to the process of stage acting, through basic acting exercises and improvisation, which will enhance interpersonal communication and extemporaneous speech skills. Students will rehearse and present scenes in class.

THE 233 ADVANCED ACTING / 3 credits

A continuation of principles established in Beginning Acting with an emphasis on creating a character through improvisational exercises and rehearsal and class presentation of monologues and scenes from the plays of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: THE 232.

THE 243 BEGINNING DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR THEATRE/ 3 credits

The course will examine principles of theatrical design derived from major practitioners since the advent of Realism. Exercises will emphasize the foundational skills of drafting and rendering as used to express set, lighting, and costume design concepts for the stage. Prerequisites: THE 101, THE 201 & 202. 

THE 282 TOPICS IN DANCE / 1 credit

A continuation of principles taught in Fundamentals of Dance giving the student an in depth view of a variety of dance forms such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and musical theatre dance while fine tuning the body, building cardio-vascular health and giving each participant a sense of well being. Prerequisite: THE 122 or PED 122 or permission of instructor. (Same as PED 282)

THE 315 GENDER ISSUES AND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE / 3 credits

A critical examination of contemporary plays as documents of personal liberation. In addition to dramatic texts, readings include theoretical works from feminism, masculism, and gay liberation. Prerequisite: THE 101, 232 or permission of instructor.

THE 340 PLAYWRIGHTING WORKSHOP / 3 credits

An intensive writing workshop exploring the art of writing a play. Students will learn the art of rewriting, as well as the art of writing a play. Prerequisite THE 101 or permission of instructor.

THE 343 Advanced Design Principles for Theatre / 3 credits

The course explores style and form in set, lighting, and costume design as dictated by plays chosen from a range of historical periods and differing points of view.  Practical application of design principles of is emphasized. Prerequisites: THE 101, THE 201 & 202 and THE 243. 

THE 353 PRINCIPLES OF DIRECTING / 3 credits

The process of directing for the stage through the study of script analysis and the presentation in class of scenes from plays directed by the student. Prerequisites: THE 101, 210, 212, and 232.

THE 360 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA / 3 credits

Students will learn the techniques of acting used in film, episodic television and television commercials. These techniques can be used to create video resumes, commercials for businesses, law practices and short films for websites. Prerequisite: THE 232.

THE 382 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE / 3 credits

Study of selected topics in theatre. Prerequisites will vary.

HIS 383 WORLD THEATRE HISTORY / 3 credits

A survey of world theatre from its ritualistic beginnings to the present day. It will include  readings of selected plays from world cultures. Prerequisite: THE 101 or HIS 201 (same as THE 383).

THE 399 THEATRE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSE: Variable topics / 1 credit 

Studies of varying topics in theatre, including a 2-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary depending upon course topic.

THE 401 MODERN DRAMA / 3 credits

The seminar examines Western playwrights from George Buchner (1835) to the present through reading and discussion. The seminar will vary from a survey to a concentration on selected playwrights. Prerequisites: THE 383 or ENG 290 or ENG 291.

THE 410, 412 SENIOR PRACTICUM I &?II / 2 credits each

Advanced level of focus on a specific area of theatre: acting, directing, design/technical to be applied to the fall and spring Harlequin Theatre production. Area of focus to be determined in consultation between student and faculty. Prerequisites: THE 201, 202, 210, 212, 232.

THE 450 INDEPENDENT STUDY / variable credit

Directed study in special areas of theatre. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.