Theatre (THEA)

While a formal major in theatre at the graduate level is not offered, the following courses are available.

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

THEA 510.  Design Project   1 credit hour

Advanced work in the problems of stage lighting design, costume design or scenic design. With the permission and supervision of the appropriate faculty member, the student designs for specific productions for either Main Stage or Experimental Theatre. Repeatable twice for credit if taken in different design areas. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

THEA 516.  Scriptwriting I   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Cross-listed as ENGL 517. The writing of scripts for performance in theatre, film, television and the Internet. Emphasizes both verbal and visual aspects of scriptwriting. If possible, the scripts are given in-class readings by actors. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

THEA 517.  Scriptwriting II   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Cross-listed as ENGL 518. The writing of scripts for performance in theatre, film, television and the Internet. Emphasizes both verbal and visual aspects of scriptwriting. If possible, the scripts are given in-class readings by actors. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

THEA 530.  Musical Theatre Scene Study   2 credit hours

An interdisciplinary practicum course with opportunities for student performers to refine interdisciplinary techniques by performing scenes from a variety of musical theatre genres including operetta, book musicals and rock musicals. Advanced students may explore opportunities to gain experience in directing and choreographing under faculty guidance and supervision. Prerequisites: junior or senior musical theatre, dance or voice majors only; and/or permission of the instructors.

THEA 544.  Advanced Stagecraft   3 credit hours

Lab. arr. Explores advanced construction techniques for the fabrication of stage scenery and stage properties. Such operations may include welding, vacuum forming, carpentry and working with a variety of new materials. Students complete a research project and presentation/demonstration of research findings. Independent projects relating to materials and techniques studied are pursued in arranged labs. Prerequisite: THEA 244.

THEA 546.  Scene Painting   3 credit hours

Presented with a lecture demonstration-studio arrangement. Explores various theatre painting materials and techniques enabling the student to develop skill as a scenic artist. Prerequisite: THEA 244.

THEA 555.  Senior Project   1 credit hour

Cross-listed as MUSP 555. An interdisciplinary course to showcase the talents of graduating seniors to professional producers, agents and casting directors. Students develop and produce a variety show demonstrating their talents in singing, dancing, acting, directing and choreography. For majors only. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

THEA 559.  Directing II   3 credit hours

Lab. arr. Staging and rehearsal techniques emphasizing the problems of the period and stylized play. Prerequisites: THEA 359 or departmental consent and junior standing.

THEA 590.  Theatre: Special Topics   1-3 credit hours

Designed to expand and strengthen the experience of the student academically and professionally. Study of developments in theatre that go beyond, or are related to, courses already offered gives students a much richer preparation for their field of study. Topics include new technology, new materials, contemporary explorations in performance, and in-depth study of production methods.

THEA 610.  Directing the Musical   3 credit hours

An interdisciplinary course using interdepartmental expertise (theatre, dance, music) to teach the student how to produce a musical. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

THEA 621.  Advanced Oral Interpretation   3 credit hours

Intensive study and analysis of various forms of literature, the techniques of effective oral communication and the building of the individual or group concert recital. Arranged workshops and festivals. Prerequisites: THEA 221Q and junior standing.

THEA 622.  Academic Theatre Practicum   2 credit hours

The investigation and exploration of the theatrical act in the classroom situation within the university community. Reinforces researching, writing, directing and performing skills. Enrolled students, functioning as a company, produce and perform for various disciplines on campus. Repeatable once for credit.

THEA 623.  Theatre History I   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. The history of theatrical activity as a social institution and an art form from its beginnings to the 17th century. Includes representative plays, methods of staging and theatrical architecture of various periods.

THEA 624.  Theatre History II   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. History of theatrical activity as a social institution and an art form from the 17th century to the present. Includes representative plays, methods of staging and theatrical architecture of various periods.

THEA 630.  Music Theatre and Opera Audition   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as MUSP 790E. A practicum course which develops techniques and audition repertory singers need to gain professional employment and/or successfully compete for placement in advanced training programs. Also covers the business skills necessary to a professional career, and brings students into contact with professional guest artists who can provide additional insight and contacts. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

THEA 643.  Styles In Acting   3 credit hours

Training in, and development of, the special techniques required for period or stylized plays with special emphasis on Greek, Shakespearian and Restoration styles. Prerequisites: THEA 243, 342, junior standing.

THEA 647.  Scene Design II   3 credit hours

Continuation of THEA 344 with more advanced work in designing settings for the stage and including studies in scenographic techniques and exercises in model building. Students design settings for a production having a single set, a production requiring a simultaneous setting and a production using multiple settings. Requires no laboratory work in theatre production. Prerequisites: THEA 244, 344.

THEA 649.  Stage Lighting II and Theatre Sound   3 credit hours

Continues the study and application of the theories and techniques of THEA 345, emphasizing advanced concepts of design, and provides an introduction to theatre sound production. Prerequisite: THEA 345.

THEA 651.  Scene Study   3 credit hours

The synthesis of all previous acting courses. Studies scenes in depth as preparation for performance. Course goal is the presentation of fully realized characterizations in those scenes studied, integrating the elements of the actor's craft learned in the prerequisite courses. Prerequisites: THEA 643 and junior standing.

THEA 653.  History of Costume   3 credit hours

Lab. arr. Historical survey and individual research of dress from ancient Egypt to present day emphasizing social, political, economic and religious influences. Theory and practice of adapting period styles to the stage. Prerequisite: THEA 253 or departmental consent.

THEA 675.  Directed Study   1-4 credit hours

Cross-listed as COMM 675. Individual study or projects. Repeatable for credit with departmental consent. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

THEA 780.  Theatre Internship   3-15 credit hours

Advanced theatre production work as arranged by students in directing, acting, scenery and lighting; costume design and construction; or theatre management with a professional theatre company. Work is evaluated by graduate faculty. Total of internship activity applicable toward graduation is 15 hours. Prerequisite: junior standing or departmental consent.

THEA 820.  Investigation & Conference   1-3 credit hours

Cross-listed as COMM 820. Directed research and experimentation for graduate students in some phase of (a) public address, (b) theatre history and production, (c) radio-television, or (d) the teaching of speech. Repeatable for credit up to a total of 6 hours.

THEA 824.  Development of Modern Theatre Styles   3 credit hours

An examination of the major movements in the modern theatre since 1870. Emphasizes both literary and physical elements of styles.