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Theatre Courses

THE 101 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE / 3 credits 

Survey of basic theatrical elements including acting, playwriting, directing, design, history, and dramatic literature that demonstrates the significance of theatre in society both Western and non-Western.

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 210 THEATRE PRACTICUM / 1 credit

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 212 THEATRE PRACTICUM / 1 credit

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 282 TOPICS IN DANCE / 1 credit

A continuation of principles taught in PED 122, 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 cardiovascular health, and giving each participant a sense of well being. Prerequisite: THE 122, PED 122, or permission of instructor. (Same as PED 282).

THE 301 MODERN DRAMA / 3 credits

A seminar-based course that 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.

THE 310 THEATRE PRACTICUM / 1 credit

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 312 THEATRE PRACTICUM / 1 credit

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 333 ADVANCED ACTING / 3 credits

A continuation of principles established in THE 232 with emphasis on the development of period acting styles such as Ancient Greek, Elizabethan, Restoration, Georgian, and contemporary non-realism. Prerequisite: THE 232.

THE 340 PLAYWRITING 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 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.

THE 382 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE / 3 credits

Study of selected topics in theatre. Prerequisites will vary.

HIS 383 WORLD THEATRE HISTORY / 3 credits

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 

Study of varying topics in theatre. Includes a 2-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary.

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

Advanced level focus on a specific area of theatre such as acting, directing, or technical design to be applied to the fall or spring main stage theatre production. The area of focus will be determined in consultation with the professor. Prerequisites: THE 210 or 212, THE 232, and THE 310 or 312.

THE 450 INDEPENDENT STUDY / variable credit

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