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Theatre Arts B.A.

Theatre Arts & Dance Dept
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 31 to 41
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This degree program offers study of the art form in both theoretical historical context and the practice of live dramatic performance. Course offerings include theatre history and dramatic literature; acting, movement, and voice; directing; design and technology for scenery, costume, lighting, makeup, and sound; and stage and arts management. Coursework also embraces theatre as a group art, an art in which individual excellence is often fully realized only in collaboration with other artists. The practical application of the art encourages students to test classroom experiences under the pressure of public performance in the laboratory of the University Theatre. For students interested in a BFA program, see Acting BFA for requirements.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. All CLA BA degrees require 18 upper division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the theatre arts BA is TH. The theatre arts BA consists of base requirements, common across all sub-plans, and a choice between specialization in one of five sub-plans: generalist, social justice/applied drama, history/literature, design/technology, or performance creation. Each sub-plan carries a separate set of requirements to be completed in addition to the base requirements. Students may earn no more than one undergraduate degree from the theatre arts program: a BA in theatre arts, a BFA in acting, or a minor in theatre arts. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Introductory Courses
Take 4 of the following courses for a total of 12 credits.
TH 1321 - Beginning Acting: Fundamentals of Performance (3.0 cr)
TH 1322 - Creating the Performance (3.0 cr)
TH 1501 - Introduction to Design and Technology for Live Performance (3.0 cr)
TH 1101W - Introduction to the Theatre [AH, WI] (3.0 cr)
or TH 1101V - Honors Section: Introduction to the Theater [AH, WI] (3.0 cr)
Design/Technology & Theatre History
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3571 - Introduction to Stage Technology (3.0 cr)
or TH 3521 - Introduction to Scenic Design for Theater and Performance (3.0 cr)
or TH 3531 - Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design (3.0 cr)
or TH 3541 - Introduction to Stage Lighting Design (3.0 cr)
or TH 3559 - Introduction to Sound Design for the Theatre (3.0 cr)
or TH 3716 - Stage Management (4.0 cr)
TH 3171 - History of the Theatre: Ancient Greece Through Neo-Classicism (3.0 cr)
TH 3172 - History of the Theatre: Age of Enlightenment to Present (3.0 cr)
Theatre Practicum
At least one credit of TH 3100 must be a production (not performance) credit.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3100 - Theatre Practicum (1.0 cr)
Senior Project
Students who double major and choose to complete the senior project requirement in their other CLA major must complete two additional upper division electives credits, in theatre, to make up for not taking TH 4901.
TH 4901 - Senior Seminar (2.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· TH 4177W - Survey of Dramatic Literature I: Strategic Interpretation [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 4178W - Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Representation and its Effects [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 5179W - Text and Performance [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre [WI] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present [WI] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present [WI] (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Generalist
Take two courses totaling at least 6 credits to complete the sub-plan. The history/literature requirement is completed by the upper division writing intensive within the major requirement in the program requirements. Students must complete at least 11 credits of upper division coursework in residence at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus.
Design/Technology
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3521 - Introduction to Scenic Design for Theater and Performance (3.0 cr)
· TH 3531 - Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 3541 - Introduction to Stage Lighting Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 3559 - Introduction to Sound Design for the Theatre (3.0 cr)
· TH 3716 - Stage Management (4.0 cr)
· TH 5355 - Puppetry: Techniques and Practice in Contemporary Theater (3.0 cr)
Performance
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3321 - Stanislavski and Techniques for Characterization (3.0 cr)
· TH 3330 - Physical Approaches to Acting (3.0 cr)
· TH 3332 - Circus Performance (1.0 cr)
· TH 3361 - Introductory Musical Theater (3.0 cr)
· TH 3381 - Theater Storytelling and Solo Performance (3.0 cr)
· TH 4322 - Acting for the Camera (3.0 cr)
· TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change (3.0 cr)
Social Justice/Applied Drama
Take 5 courses totaling at least 15 credits to complete the subplan. Students must complete at least 14 credits of upper division coursework in residence at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus.
Electives
Select topics of TH 3950 & 5950 may count toward this requirement with prior approval from the director of undergraduate studies.
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· DNCE 3487W - Dance and Citizenship: Land, Migration, and Diaspora [WI] (3.0 cr)
· HECU 3581 - Art for Social Change: Art and Culture in Political, Social, and Historical Context [AH] (4.0 cr)
· HECU 3582 - Art for Social Change: Arts Praxis - Social Justice Theory and Practice in the Field [DSJ] (4.0 cr)
· HECU 3583 - Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity and Advocacy Internship & Integration Seminar [CIV] (8.0 cr)
· TH 3120 - Theatre: Theory and Practice (3.0 cr)
· TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change (3.0 cr)
· TH 5183 - Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama (3.0 cr)
· TH 5355 - Puppetry: Techniques and Practice in Contemporary Theater (3.0 cr)
· YOST 4314 - Theater Activities in Youthwork and Education (2.0 cr)
or YOST 5314 - Theatre Activities in Youthwork and Education (2.0 cr)
History/Literature
Take five courses totaling at least 15 credits to complete the sub-plan. Students must complete at least 14 credits of upper division coursework in residence at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus.
Electives
Select topics of TH 3950 & 5950 may count toward this requirement with prior approval from the director of undergraduate studies.
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3120 - Theatre: Theory and Practice (3.0 cr)
· TH 4177W - Survey of Dramatic Literature I: Strategic Interpretation [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 4178W - Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Representation and its Effects [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 5179W - Text and Performance [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 5183 - Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama (3.0 cr)
· TH 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre [WI] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present [WI] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present [WI] (3.0 cr)
Design/Technology
Take six courses totaling at least 16 credits to complete the sub-plan, including the Theatre Practicum. Students must complete at least 15 credits of upper division coursework in residence at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus.
Theatre Practicum
Take exactly 1 course(s) from the following:
· TH 3100 - Theatre Practicum (1.0 cr)
Electives
Select topics of TH 3950 & 5950 may count toward this requirement with prior approval from the director of undergraduate studies.
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3521 - Introduction to Scenic Design for Theater and Performance (3.0 cr)
· TH 3531 - Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 3541 - Introduction to Stage Lighting Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 3559 - Introduction to Sound Design for the Theatre (3.0 cr)
· TH 3716 - Stage Management (4.0 cr)
· TH 4555 - Audio Technology (3.0 cr)
· TH 4556 - Projection Media Design, Creation, and Development (3.0 cr)
· TH 5100 - Theatre Practicum (1.0-4.0 cr)
· TH 5355 - Puppetry: Techniques and Practice in Contemporary Theater (3.0 cr)
· TH 5500 - Theatre Design Practicum (1.0-3.0 cr)
· TH 5510 - Drawing, Rendering, and Painting for the Theatre Designer I (3.0 cr)
· TH 5520 - Scene Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 5530 - Costume Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 5540 - Lighting Design for the Theatre (3.0 cr)
· TH 5545 - Stage Lighting Technology (3.0 cr)
· TH 5559 - Sound Design for Performance (3.0 cr)
· TH 5560 - Drawing, Rendering, and Painting for the Theatre Designer II (3.0 cr)
· TH 5570 - Properties/Scenery Technology (1.0-3.0 cr)
· TH 5580 - Costume Technology (3.0 cr)
· TH 5590 - Theatre Technology Practicum (1.0-3.0 cr)
· TH 5716 - Stage Management for the Theatre (4.0 cr)
· TH 5760 - Advanced Stage Management (2.0 cr)
Performance Creation
Take nine courses totaling at least 15 credits including BA mentoring and creative collaboration to complete the sub-plan. Students must complete at least 14 credits of upper division coursework in residence at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus.
BA Mentoring
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3370 - BA Mentoring (1.0 cr)
Creative Collaboration
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 4380 - Creative Collaboration (1.0-3.0 cr)
Electives
Select topics of TH 3950 & 5950 may count toward this requirement with prior approval from the director of undergraduate studies.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3115 - Introduction to Playwriting (3.0 cr)
· TH 3314 - Text and the Actor (3.0 cr)
· TH 3316 - Voice for the Actor (3.0 cr)
· TH 3321 - Stanislavski and Techniques for Characterization (3.0 cr)
· TH 3322 - Advanced Techniques for Characterization (3.0 cr)
· TH 3330 - Physical Approaches to Acting (3.0 cr)
· TH 3332 - Circus Performance (1.0 cr)
· TH 3361 - Introductory Musical Theater (3.0 cr)
· TH 3381 - Theater Storytelling and Solo Performance (3.0 cr)
· TH 3711 - Beginning Directing (3.0 cr)
· TH 4115 - Intermediate Playwriting (3.0 cr)
· TH 4321 - Career Preparation for the Actor (3.0 cr)
· TH 4322 - Acting for the Camera (3.0 cr)
· TH 4532 - Makeup for the Actor (2.0 cr)
· TH 4711 - Intermediate Stage Direction (3.0 cr)
· TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change (3.0 cr)
· TH 5330 - Comedy: Advanced Physical Performance Studio (3.0 cr)
· TH 5340 - Tragedy/Poetry: Advanced Physical Performance Studio (3.0 cr)
· TH 5355 - Puppetry: Techniques and Practice in Contemporary Theater (3.0 cr)
· TH 5370 - Hand, Mind, and Gesture: An Independent Study in the Creation of Image Driven Performance (3.0 cr)
· TH 5711 - Advanced Stage Direction (3.0 cr)
 
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TH 1321 - Beginning Acting: Fundamentals of Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Vocabulary/techniques for practical performance studies. Use/training of body/voice. Creation of choices and dramatic phrases. Storytelling. Training the will, the instrument, and the imagination. prereq: 1101 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1101
TH 1322 - Creating the Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Responsibilities/techniques of modern stage director as creative/interpretive artist. Creation of directed performance of invented/pre-existing forms, from happenings to traditional psychological/poetic realism. prereq: 1321 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1321 or 1501 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1501
TH 1501 - Introduction to Design and Technology for Live Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles, processes, and possibilities in all areas of stage design and production. Process and relationship between artistic and production staff members. Collaboration, compromise, creation. Student are assigned to a lab in a technical area. prereq: 1101 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1101
TH 1101W - Introduction to the Theatre (AH, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02181
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to art/craft of theatre. Appreciation/critical analysis of plays/performances. Examples of theatre's diverse interactions with society considered from various cultural perspectives.
TH 1101V - Honors Section: Introduction to the Theater (AH, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02181
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to art/craft of theater. Appreciation/critical analysis of plays/performances. Examples of theater's diverse interactions with society considered from various cultural perspectives. prereq: Honors student
TH 3571 - Introduction to Stage Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Hands-on techniques. Stage lighting technology in a lab (theater) setting. Electricity, optics, color, control (dimming). Construction/rigging of scenery. Operation of counter weight fly systems and power tools. Constructing a garment. Hand/machine sewing, pinning, marking, measuring, seam finishes, fabric identification. prereq: 1501
TH 3521 - Introduction to Scenic Design for Theater and Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use of space/illusion to create environments for theater/performance. Collaborative vocabulary through script interpretation/analysis. Visual literacy through sketching, painting, and drafting. Individual/group projects. prereq: 3571
TH 3531 - Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Costume design process, including, researching, script analysis, the costume designer's role throughout the production process, and design problems. prereq: TH 3571
TH 3541 - Introduction to Stage Lighting Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Composition, color theory, instrumentation, and control (dimming) as they apply to theater, opera, and dance. Collaborative process of the lighting designer through individual and group projects in a lab setting (i.e., a theater.) prereq: 3571
TH 3559 - Introduction to Sound Design for the Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basics of audio design for theatre. Script analysis, audio editing, music research, basic system design, paperwork, cue building. Basic components of audio design. Final project will involve applying skills to partially realized design. prereq: 1501
TH 3716 - Stage Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Production process, pre-production to maintaining/closing. Managing rehearsals, communication, conflict resolution. Individual/group projects: promptbook building, blocking notation, Cue placement/execution, scene breakdowns, creating/maintaining checklist, building a form library. prereq: 1501 or instr consent
TH 3171 - History of the Theatre: Ancient Greece Through Neo-Classicism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
History of Western theatre and drama; theatrical practices, staging conventions, and dramatic structure of plays. Ancient to mid-18th century. prereq: Th major or instr consent
TH 3172 - History of the Theatre: Age of Enlightenment to Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theatrical practices, staging conventions, dramatic structure of plays. prereq: Th major or instr consent
TH 3100 - Theatre Practicum
Credits: 1.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Participation in University Theatre main stage play as actor, construction/running crew personnel, or theatre management operations personnel. prereq: 1101; only two enrollments as actor may count toward a major
TH 4901 - Senior Seminar
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: Dnce 4901/Th 4901
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Development of senior project, alone or in groups, under guidance of faculty members. prereq: Sr, [Th or Dnce major]
TH 4177W - Survey of Dramatic Literature I: Strategic Interpretation (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Basic principles of script analysis as applied to stage practice from traditional/postmodern approaches. Students read plays, critical perspectives. Discussion, critical writing, performance. prereq: [[3171, 3172], [jr or sr]] or instr consent
TH 4178W - Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Representation and its Effects (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
In-depth look at how plays actively participate in production of social values and of society itself. Emphasizes consequences of choices theatre artists make. prereq: [[3171, 3172], [jr or sr]] orr instr consent
TH 5179W - Text and Performance (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to read texts toward performance in various dramatic/nondramatic material. Method of unlocking metaphoric energy of texts. Vocabulary/techniques of analysis that transform text from page to stage. prereq: [1322, [3171 or 3172]] or grad student
TH 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00962 - Afro 5181W/Th 5181W
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Historical survey of significant events in the development of American black theatre traditions. Essays, plays, playwrights, and theatres from early colonial references to the Black Arts Movement.
AFRO 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00962 - Afro 5181/Th 5181
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Historical survey of significant events in the development of American black theater traditions. Essays, plays, playwrights, and theaters from early colonial references to the Black Arts Movement.
TH 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00963 - Afro 5182/Th 5182
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Essays, plays, playwrights, theatres that have contributed to contemporary Black theatre from beginning of Black Arts Movement to present.
AFRO 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00963 - Afro 5182W/Th 5182W
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Essays, plays, playwrights, theatres that have contributed to contemporary Black theatre from beginning of Black Arts Movement to present.
TH 3521 - Introduction to Scenic Design for Theater and Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use of space/illusion to create environments for theater/performance. Collaborative vocabulary through script interpretation/analysis. Visual literacy through sketching, painting, and drafting. Individual/group projects. prereq: 3571
TH 3531 - Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Costume design process, including, researching, script analysis, the costume designer's role throughout the production process, and design problems. prereq: TH 3571
TH 3541 - Introduction to Stage Lighting Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Composition, color theory, instrumentation, and control (dimming) as they apply to theater, opera, and dance. Collaborative process of the lighting designer through individual and group projects in a lab setting (i.e., a theater.) prereq: 3571
TH 3559 - Introduction to Sound Design for the Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basics of audio design for theatre. Script analysis, audio editing, music research, basic system design, paperwork, cue building. Basic components of audio design. Final project will involve applying skills to partially realized design. prereq: 1501
TH 3716 - Stage Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Production process, pre-production to maintaining/closing. Managing rehearsals, communication, conflict resolution. Individual/group projects: promptbook building, blocking notation, Cue placement/execution, scene breakdowns, creating/maintaining checklist, building a form library. prereq: 1501 or instr consent
TH 5355 - Puppetry: Techniques and Practice in Contemporary Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamentals of puppet and object theater/performance are introduced through traditional/contemporary puppetry forms. Focuses on object theater, toy theater, hand puppets, and shadow/Bunraku-style puppets. Readings, in-class screenings of videos/slides. Students build/create series of short works for in-class performance. prereq: [[3513 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3513], instr consent] or grad student
TH 3321 - Stanislavski and Techniques for Characterization
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of text, character, and relationship in scenes/monologues from contemporary/modern psychologically-based drama, early 20th-century texts, and classical repertoire. Lecture, discussion, exercises, performance. prereq: 1322, [3314 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3314], audition
TH 3330 - Physical Approaches to Acting
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Dynamic physical approach to acting. Expanding expressiveness/creativity. Strengthening connections between physical/vocal expression. Uniting instinct and intellectual analysis. Techniques as advanced by Delsarte, Meyerhold, Grotowski, Kantor, Suzuki, Barba, etc., and structured improvisation, are incorporated in solo/collaborative performance projects. prereq: 1322, [3314 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3314], audition, instr consent
TH 3332 - Circus Performance
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Strength/conditioning, aerial techniques. Acrobatics to improve timing/muscular structure. Juggling to improve hand-eye coordination and showmanship.
TH 3361 - Introductory Musical Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History of American musical theater. Videos/discussions, basic music theory, voice, dance, acting, audition techniques. Solo/ensemble presentations for public class performance.
TH 3381 - Theater Storytelling and Solo Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Live storytelling and solo performance as theatrical art form. How to turn personal experiences into stage stories. Guests perform, discuss their work, and critique student work. Students develop short monologues/performances and conclude with original solo theater performance/story.
TH 4322 - Acting for the Camera
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differences between stage acting and acting for camera. Hands-on experience with film equipment. Scenes/monologues rehearsed/performed for camera. Videotape playback for class critique. prereq: 1301 or 3321
TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Reading, writing, research, presentations and workshops explore activist performance projects. Theories of social formation and ideology provide framework to discuss/animate theater's potential for social change. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
DNCE 3487W - Dance and Citizenship: Land, Migration, and Diaspora (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Dance/performance as practiced/transformed by minority groups in the United States. Migration as a global phenomenon, particularly pertaining to land disputes, labor distribution, political asylum, refugee, and dislocation.
HECU 3581 - Art for Social Change: Art and Culture in Political, Social, and Historical Context (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Arts, popular culture, social change. Interdisciplinary field study, seminar work, internship. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3582, 3583, dept consent
HECU 3582 - Art for Social Change: Arts Praxis - Social Justice Theory and Practice in the Field (DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Arts, popular culture, social change. Interdisciplinary field study, seminar work, internship. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3581, 3583, dept consent
HECU 3583 - Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity and Advocacy Internship & Integration Seminar (CIV)
Credits: 8.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Arts, popular culture, social change. Interdisciplinary field study, seminar work, internship. Offered spring semester. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3581, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3582
TH 3120 - Theatre: Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introdution to diverse ways of thinking about theatre and its representational practices. Students explore traditional/non-traditional modes of performance through readings, discussions, and hands-on performance projects. Seminar-style course. prereq: 1101
TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Reading, writing, research, presentations and workshops explore activist performance projects. Theories of social formation and ideology provide framework to discuss/animate theater's potential for social change. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
TH 5183 - Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
How storytelling and creative drama can be used as tools to help develop K-12 students' critical literacy and to assist them in becoming more fluent readers/writers. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
TH 5355 - Puppetry: Techniques and Practice in Contemporary Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamentals of puppet and object theater/performance are introduced through traditional/contemporary puppetry forms. Focuses on object theater, toy theater, hand puppets, and shadow/Bunraku-style puppets. Readings, in-class screenings of videos/slides. Students build/create series of short works for in-class performance. prereq: [[3513 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3513], instr consent] or grad student
YOST 4314 - Theater Activities in Youthwork and Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01329
Typically offered: Every Spring
Empowering methods of personal/creative development using experiential learning and theater activities to enhance creativity/imagination. Approaches to working with youth in school and youth agency settings. Experiential learning, improvisational theater theory/practice. prereq: 1001 or 2101
YOST 5314 - Theatre Activities in Youthwork and Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01329 - YoSt 4314/YoSt 5314
Typically offered: Every Spring
Using experiential learning and theater activities to enhance creativity and imagination of youth workers and educators. Approaches to working with youth in school and agency settings. Application of experiential learning and improvisational theater theory/praxis. prereq: 1001 or 2101
TH 3120 - Theatre: Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introdution to diverse ways of thinking about theatre and its representational practices. Students explore traditional/non-traditional modes of performance through readings, discussions, and hands-on performance projects. Seminar-style course. prereq: 1101
TH 4177W - Survey of Dramatic Literature I: Strategic Interpretation (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Basic principles of script analysis as applied to stage practice from traditional/postmodern approaches. Students read plays, critical perspectives. Discussion, critical writing, performance. prereq: [[3171, 3172], [jr or sr]] or instr consent
TH 4178W - Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Representation and its Effects (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
In-depth look at how plays actively participate in production of social values and of society itself. Emphasizes consequences of choices theatre artists make. prereq: [[3171, 3172], [jr or sr]] orr instr consent
TH 5179W - Text and Performance (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to read texts toward performance in various dramatic/nondramatic material. Method of unlocking metaphoric energy of texts. Vocabulary/techniques of analysis that transform text from page to stage. prereq: [1322, [3171 or 3172]] or grad student
TH 5183 - Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
How storytelling and creative drama can be used as tools to help develop K-12 students' critical literacy and to assist them in becoming more fluent readers/writers. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
TH 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00962 - Afro 5181W/Th 5181W
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Historical survey of significant events in the development of American black theatre traditions. Essays, plays, playwrights, and theatres from early colonial references to the Black Arts Movement.
AFRO 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00962 - Afro 5181/Th 5181
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Historical survey of significant events in the development of American black theater traditions. Essays, plays, playwrights, and theaters from early colonial references to the Black Arts Movement.
TH 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00963 - Afro 5182/Th 5182
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Essays, plays, playwrights, theatres that have contributed to contemporary Black theatre from beginning of Black Arts Movement to present.
AFRO 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00963 - Afro 5182W/Th 5182W
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Essays, plays, playwrights, theatres that have contributed to contemporary Black theatre from beginning of Black Arts Movement to present.
TH 3100 - Theatre Practicum
Credits: 1.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Participation in University Theatre main stage play as actor, construction/running crew personnel, or theatre management operations personnel. prereq: 1101; only two enrollments as actor may count toward a major
TH 3521 - Introduction to Scenic Design for Theater and Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use of space/illusion to create environments for theater/performance. Collaborative vocabulary through script interpretation/analysis. Visual literacy through sketching, painting, and drafting. Individual/group projects. prereq: 3571
TH 3531 - Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Costume design process, including, researching, script analysis, the costume designer's role throughout the production process, and design problems. prereq: TH 3571
TH 3541 - Introduction to Stage Lighting Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Composition, color theory, instrumentation, and control (dimming) as they apply to theater, opera, and dance. Collaborative process of the lighting designer through individual and group projects in a lab setting (i.e., a theater.) prereq: 3571
TH 3559 - Introduction to Sound Design for the Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basics of audio design for theatre. Script analysis, audio editing, music research, basic system design, paperwork, cue building. Basic components of audio design. Final project will involve applying skills to partially realized design. prereq: 1501
TH 3716 - Stage Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Production process, pre-production to maintaining/closing. Managing rehearsals, communication, conflict resolution. Individual/group projects: promptbook building, blocking notation, Cue placement/execution, scene breakdowns, creating/maintaining checklist, building a form library. prereq: 1501 or instr consent
TH 4555 - Audio Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Sound as science. Technology to create/manipulate sound. Recording techniques. Effects/signal processing. Microphone/mixing techniques. prereq: 1501 or instr consent
TH 4556 - Projection Media Design, Creation, and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Focus of this course is to develop skills and explore creativity in designing and creating multimedia for use in projections for live performance. The course will address topics in the field including; communication and collaboration with the rest of the artistic team (director, choreographer, other designers); ways to incorporate the images into the production and supporting the action and storytelling on stage; use of software and other technologies for design and development; paperwork, organization and communication to bring everything to a successful conclusion. Projects will include designing with multimedia and working with software and technologies to develop individual and group presentations. This course is about development and will not get into the specifics of projectors, playback, projection surfaces, systems design and hook up. That will be covered in TH4558 Projection Technology, Design, Engineering, and installation.
TH 5100 - Theatre Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual creative projects in production of approved plays as an actor, director, dramaturg, or playwright. (See 5500 for design practicums.) prereq: instr consent, dept consent; 4 cr of 3100 for undergrads
TH 5355 - Puppetry: Techniques and Practice in Contemporary Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamentals of puppet and object theater/performance are introduced through traditional/contemporary puppetry forms. Focuses on object theater, toy theater, hand puppets, and shadow/Bunraku-style puppets. Readings, in-class screenings of videos/slides. Students build/create series of short works for in-class performance. prereq: [[3513 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3513], instr consent] or grad student
TH 5500 - Theatre Design Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 20.0]
Prerequisites: Th 3521, 3531, or 3541
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual projects in production of approved plays as a designer of scenery/properties, costumes, lighting, or sound. (See 5100 for other creative practicums.) prereq: Th 3521, 3531, or 3541
TH 5510 - Drawing, Rendering, and Painting for the Theatre Designer I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1501 or grad
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of skills necessary for presentation of theatre scene/costume designs. Materials, layout, and techniques in scene painting. Basic drawing/graphic skills. prereq: 1501 or grad
TH 5520 - Scene Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 3521
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Conceiving/communicating design ideas in both two-dimensional sketches and three-dimensional models for theatre and allied venues. Drafting. prereq: 3521
TH 5530 - Costume Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and process of costume design for theatrical productions (e.g., dance, opera, film) through hypothetical productions. prereq: 3531
TH 5540 - Lighting Design for the Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 3541
Typically offered: Every Spring
Design aesthetics and exploration of design for various stage forms and venues. Development of the lighting plot and paperwork; use of the computer in lighting design. prereq: 3541
TH 5545 - Stage Lighting Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The lighting technician's skills and crafts: equipment, techniques, control operation, wiring, and maintenance. prereq: 3515 or grad or instr consent
TH 5559 - Sound Design for Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Audio technology/psychology, their impact on audience in a performance. Communication, design process, psychoacoustics, script analysis. prereq: 4555 or instr consent
TH 5560 - Drawing, Rendering, and Painting for the Theatre Designer II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Development of skills necessary for presentation of theatre scene/costume designs. Materials, layout, and techniques in scene painting. Rendering and scene painting skills. prereq: 5510
TH 5570 - Properties/Scenery Technology
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Management, structures, upholstery, mask-making, furniture construction, stage mechanics, soft properties, faux finishes. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 3515 or grad or instr consent
TH 5580 - Costume Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fabric enhancement techniques, masks, wig-making, millinery, makeup prosthetics, pattern drafting, and draping. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 3571 or grad or instr consent
TH 5590 - Theatre Technology Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual creative project in technology/craft area of theatre. Practical work in costume, lighting, makeup, props, scenery, sound, or theatre management. prereq: 3515, instr consent, dept consent; 4 cr max for undergrads
TH 5716 - Stage Management for the Theatre
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories, practicalities, and techniques for rehearsal/performance. Organizing/managing various types of performance venues. prereq: [1101, 1321, soph] or grad
TH 5760 - Advanced Stage Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience in stage management for specific productions of the University Theatre with emphasis on rehearsal and performance. prereq: 5716 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 5716, instr consent; [4 cr max for undergrads]
TH 3370 - BA Mentoring
Credits: 1.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Prepare BA theatre performance majors/minors with essential skills that will enhance performing careers as actors, directors, playwrights. Attend non-traditional performances by national/international touring companies. Engage in vigorous discussions led by those artists who are at the forefront of creation models. Rigorous skill-building workshops led by artists, scholars, technicians.
TH 4380 - Creative Collaboration
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ensemble creation of a single theatre performance work. Creative/dramaturgical work. Public showing of work, completed or in-progress. Students work collaboratively with faculty or affiliate guest artists. prereq: Audition, interview, instr consent
TH 3115 - Introduction to Playwriting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study of traditional play structure, characterization, dialogue, dramatic action, and theme. Final project is a one-act play.
TH 3314 - Text and the Actor
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Standard stage speech, international phonetic alphabet transcription, and textual analysis to perform heightened language texts such as Shakespearean/Shavian monologues, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and Beowulf. Videos viewed/discussed. prereq: 1101, 1321, 1322
TH 3316 - Voice for the Actor
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Anatomy/physiology of vocal/respiratory mechanisms. Abdominal breathing, forward tonal placement, articulation of consonants, vocal projection. IPA phonetic transcription and vowel standardization for American Standard Stage Speech. Techniques applied to performance of monologues. prereq: 1101, 1321, 1322
TH 3321 - Stanislavski and Techniques for Characterization
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of text, character, and relationship in scenes/monologues from contemporary/modern psychologically-based drama, early 20th-century texts, and classical repertoire. Lecture, discussion, exercises, performance. prereq: 1322, [3314 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3314], audition
TH 3322 - Advanced Techniques for Characterization
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of text, character, and relationship in scenes/monologues from contemporary/modern psychologically-based drama and from early 20th-century texts. Lecture, discussion, exercises, performance. prereq: 3321
TH 3330 - Physical Approaches to Acting
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Dynamic physical approach to acting. Expanding expressiveness/creativity. Strengthening connections between physical/vocal expression. Uniting instinct and intellectual analysis. Techniques as advanced by Delsarte, Meyerhold, Grotowski, Kantor, Suzuki, Barba, etc., and structured improvisation, are incorporated in solo/collaborative performance projects. prereq: 1322, [3314 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3314], audition, instr consent
TH 3332 - Circus Performance
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Strength/conditioning, aerial techniques. Acrobatics to improve timing/muscular structure. Juggling to improve hand-eye coordination and showmanship.
TH 3361 - Introductory Musical Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History of American musical theater. Videos/discussions, basic music theory, voice, dance, acting, audition techniques. Solo/ensemble presentations for public class performance.
TH 3381 - Theater Storytelling and Solo Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Live storytelling and solo performance as theatrical art form. How to turn personal experiences into stage stories. Guests perform, discuss their work, and critique student work. Students develop short monologues/performances and conclude with original solo theater performance/story.
TH 3711 - Beginning Directing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to/application of techniques/theories of stage direction. Script analysis, composition, blocking, rehearsal methods, improvisation, actor coaching, scene production. prereq: 1101, 1321, 1322
TH 4115 - Intermediate Playwriting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
New methods of play construction. How characteristic plays from particular contemporary styles create original theatrical effects by using/breaking dramatic conventions. Writing exercises, workshoping of student plays. prereq: 3115 or [writing sample, instr consent]
TH 4321 - Career Preparation for the Actor
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Information/techniques necessary for professional acting career. prereq: 3322
TH 4322 - Acting for the Camera
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differences between stage acting and acting for camera. Hands-on experience with film equipment. Scenes/monologues rehearsed/performed for camera. Videotape playback for class critique. prereq: 1301 or 3321
TH 4532 - Makeup for the Actor
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary. May include functions/aesthetics of stage makeup, application techniques, prosthetics, and facial hair.
TH 4711 - Intermediate Stage Direction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Coordinating/guiding collaborative artistic team. Script selection, textural analysis, concept development, space use, composition, movement, dialogue. Final presentation of scene. Intensive research, textural examination, journal. prereq: 1322 or instr consent
TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Reading, writing, research, presentations and workshops explore activist performance projects. Theories of social formation and ideology provide framework to discuss/animate theater's potential for social change. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
TH 5330 - Comedy: Advanced Physical Performance Studio
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mechanics of creating physical comedy. Focuses on process using clown, Comedia dell'arte, Bouffons, or improvisational comedy. Exercises on how comedy is born from tragedy and state of conflict within one's self. prereq: 3330, audition
TH 5340 - Tragedy/Poetry: Advanced Physical Performance Studio
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Specific tragic/poetic training paradigms in physical theater employed by Stanislavski, Grotowski, Brecht, Lecoq, etc. Psychological, emotional, technical, and physical work. Tragic action in Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Melodrama, operatic characterization, Brecht. Original tragic/poetical work. prereq: [3322, 3331, grad student] or instr consent
TH 5355 - Puppetry: Techniques and Practice in Contemporary Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamentals of puppet and object theater/performance are introduced through traditional/contemporary puppetry forms. Focuses on object theater, toy theater, hand puppets, and shadow/Bunraku-style puppets. Readings, in-class screenings of videos/slides. Students build/create series of short works for in-class performance. prereq: [[3513 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3513], instr consent] or grad student
TH 5370 - Hand, Mind, and Gesture: An Independent Study in the Creation of Image Driven Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Create single or collaborative performance/event that lives in time/space. Work will draw from personal investigation, amplify personal signature, explore modalities of image driven forms. Propose, develop, construct, rehearse, present finished public performance. prereq: 5355, instr consent
TH 5711 - Advanced Stage Direction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Realistic/nonrealistic dramatic forms. Theory/technique of rehearsal. Production problems. Includes directing of three one-act plays. prereq: [4711, instr consent] or grad student