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Twin Cities Campus

Acting B.F.A.

Theatre Arts & Dance Dept
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 86 to 91
  • Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
The BFA in acting is an intensive, individualized, actor training program that uses both faculty from theatre and dance, as well as the Guthrie Theater's professional artistic staff to provide selected students with the physical, vocal, emotional, and intellectual skills necessary to succeed as working performance artists. The degree is intended to prepare students for entry into advanced education at a conservatory and/or graduate school, or professional employment.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Entry into the BFA acting program is by audition only, and students are admitted only in fall semester.
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 may earn no more than one undergraduate degree from the theatre arts program: a BA in theatre arts, or a BFA in acting, or a minor in theatre arts. At least 28 upper-division credits in the major must be taken at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. This includes learning abroad courses taken for resident credit. All Acting BFA students participate in the London Study Abroad program during the Fall semester of their junior year. The courses taken in London are included in these requirements. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First-Year Experience course sequence.
New Voices
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 1 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 1381 - New Voices (1.0 cr)
Acting
Take exactly 5 course(s) totaling exactly 15 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 1391 - BFA Acting I (3.0 cr)
· TH 1395 - BFA Acting II (3.0 cr)
· TH 2391 - BFA Acting III (3.0 cr)
· TH 2395 - BFA Acting IV (3.0 cr)
· TH 3391 - BFA Acting V (3.0 cr)
Voice and Speech
Take exactly 5 course(s) totaling exactly 10 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 1392 - BFA Voice and Speech I (2.0 cr)
· TH 1396 - BFA Voice and Speech II (2.0 cr)
· TH 2392 - BFA Voice and Speech III (2.0 cr)
· TH 2396 - BFA Voice and Speech IV (2.0 cr)
· TH 3392 - BFA Voice and Speech V (2.0 cr)
Movement
Take exactly 5 course(s) totaling exactly 10 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 1393 - BFA Movement I (2.0 cr)
· TH 1397 - BFA Movement II (2.0 cr)
· TH 2393 - BFA Movement III (2.0 cr)
· TH 2397 - BFA Movement IV (2.0 cr)
· TH 3393 - BFA Movement V (2.0 cr)
Design and Technology
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 6 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 1501 - Introduction to Design and Technology for Live Performance (3.0 cr)
· 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 3571 - Introduction to Stage Technology (3.0 cr)
Makeup
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 2 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 4532 - Makeup for the Actor (2.0 cr)
Intensive
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling exactly 6 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3395 - BFA Intensive I (2.0 cr)
· TH 4391 - BFA Intensive II (2.0 cr)
· TH 4395 - BFA Intensive III (2.0 cr)
Rehearsal and Performance
Take exactly 5 course(s) totaling exactly 10 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3398 - BFA Rehearsal & Performance I (2.0 cr)
· TH 3399 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance II (2.0 cr)
· TH 4393 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance III (2.0 cr)
· TH 4394 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance IV (2.0 cr)
· TH 4399 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance VI (2.0 cr)
Shakespeare
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 3 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 1181W - Introduction to Shakespeare [LITR, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3007 - Shakespeare [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 3007H - Honors: Shakespeare [LITR] (3.0 cr)
History of the Theatre
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling exactly 9 credit(s) from the following:
· 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)
· LNDN 3523 - Theatricality: Understanding the Possibilities in Theater (3.0 cr)
Theatre Literature
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3314 - Text and the Actor (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 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre [WI] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre [WI] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LNDN 3xxx
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 3100 - Theatre Practicum (1.0 cr)
· TH 3115 - Introduction to Playwriting (3.0 cr)
· TH 3120 - Theatre: Theory and Practice (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 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 3571 - Introduction to Stage Technology (3.0 cr)
· TH 3711 - Beginning Directing (3.0 cr)
· TH 3716 - Stage Management (4.0 cr)
· TH 3950 - Topics in Theatre (1.0-4.0 cr)
· TH 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-6.0 cr)
· TH 4115 - Intermediate Playwriting (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 4321 - Career Preparation for the Actor (3.0 cr)
· TH 4322 - Acting for the Camera (3.0 cr)
· TH 4380 - Creative Collaboration (1.0-3.0 cr)
· TH 4555 - Audio Technology (3.0 cr)
· TH 4556 - Projection Media Design, Creation, and Development (3.0 cr)
· TH 4711 - Intermediate Stage Direction (3.0 cr)
· TH 4905H - Honors: Tutorial Seminar in Theatre Arts (2.0-4.0 cr)
· TH 5100 - Theatre Practicum (1.0-4.0 cr)
· TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change (3.0 cr)
· TH 5179W - Text and Performance [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 5183 - Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama (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 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 5711 - Advanced Stage Direction (3.0 cr)
· TH 5716 - Stage Management for the Theatre (4.0 cr)
· TH 5760 - Advanced Stage Management (2.0 cr)
· TH 5950 - Topics in Theatre (1.0-4.0 cr)
· TH 5993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· TH 3152 - Global Avant-Gardes: Theatre, Music, Modernity [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or TH 5152 - Global Avant-Gardes: Theatre, Music, Modernity [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or GLOS 3152 - Global Avant-Gardes: Theatre, Music, Modernity [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or GLOS 5152 - Global Avant-Gardes: Theatre, Music, Modernity [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· TH 3311 - Asian American Theater (3.0 cr)
or AAS 3311 - Asian American Theater (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)
Movement Electives
Note: Upper-division DNCE courses require placement based on audition or consent.
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling 3 - 6 credit(s) from the following:
· DNCE 1001 - Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique 1 (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 1010 - Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique 3 (1.0-2.0 cr)
· DNCE 1020 - Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique 4 (1.0-2.0 cr)
· DNCE 1040 - Modern Dance Partnering Technique (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 1110 - Ballet Technique 3 (2.0 cr)
· DNCE 1120 - Ballet Technique 4 (2.0 cr)
· DNCE 1210 - Jazz Technique 3 (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 1302 - Tap Technique 2 (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 1331 - Yoga (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 1343 - Urban & Street Dance Forms 1: Introduction (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 1345 - Alexander Technique for Movement Artists (2.0 cr)
· DNCE 1349 - Contact Improvisation (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 1352 - African Diasporic Movement 2 (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 3110 - Ballet Technique 5 (2.0 cr)
· DNCE 3120 - Ballet Technique 6 (2.0 cr)
· DNCE 3220 - Jazz Technique 6 (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 3312 - Contemporary Indian Dance 2 (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 3337 - Body Mind Centering (2.0 cr)
· DNCE 3351 - African Diasporic Movement 5 (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 5110 - Ballet Technique 7 (1.0 cr)
· DNCE 5120 - Ballet Technique 8 (1.0 cr)
· PE 1xxx
Capstone
The senior capstone in the BFA Program leads students to develop an individual artistic process. The capstone asks students to identify skills that an artist needs to further their own work, while working both independently and collaboratively. Students will integrate the skills acquired through past training in the BFA Program. The BFA Capstone provides concentrated opportunities to examine artistic possibilities as they begin their life-long journey of learning and artistic expression.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 2 credit(s) from the following:
Students who double major and choose to complete the capstone requirement in their other major are still required to take the Acting BFA capstone.
· TH 4398 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance V (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)
 
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TH 1381 - New Voices
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Instructors lead students in four Saturday workshop intensives. Student forge interdisciplinary collaborations as they journey through their respective programs. prereq: [Fr or transfer] student from BFA actor training or BA or BFA dance or BA theater
TH 1391 - BFA Acting I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Acting. prereq: Accepted into BFA acting program
TH 1395 - BFA Acting II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Continuing the process of interpreting dramatic material. prereq: 1391
TH 2391 - BFA Acting III
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Applying concepts of first year of training to an ensemble performance project. Beginning of Shakespeare foundation unit. prereq: BFA student in theatre arts
TH 2395 - BFA Acting IV
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Application of process towards performance. Emphasizes Shakespeare. prereq: BFA-Acting sophomore
TH 3391 - BFA Acting V
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Experiencing a foreign theater culture/history. Applying process of interpreting dramatic material to plays of that culture.
TH 1392 - BFA Voice and Speech I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study/practice in breath centering/expansion; vocal resonance, musicality, placement; ear training; strengthening and making more flexible the muscles of speech. prereq: Accepted into BFA acting prog
TH 1396 - BFA Voice and Speech II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Building a foundation for further work in the program. Emphasizes practicing the sounds of good American speech and of the written phonetic alphabet. prereq: 1392
TH 2392 - BFA Voice and Speech III
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Continuing to build a strong, healthy voice. Mastering written phonetics, sounds of good American speech for stage. Students begin to explore speaking of heightened verse, particularly Shakespearean text. prereq: BFA student in theatre arts
TH 2396 - BFA Voice and Speech IV
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Continuing to build a strong, healthy voice. Mastering written phonetics and the sounds of good American speech for the stage. Students begin basic dialect acquisition work for the stage. Emphasizes English/Irish dialects. prereq: BFA-acting, sophmore
TH 3392 - BFA Voice and Speech V
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Experiencing a foreign theater culture/history. Applying voice training to dramatic material of that culture.
TH 1393 - BFA Movement I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Focuses on building a foundation for further work in program. prereq: BFA-acting major
TH 1397 - BFA Movement II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
May include sections such as African dance, yoga, movement for actors, and circus techniques. Focuses on building a foundation for further work in the program. prereq: 1393
TH 2393 - BFA Movement III
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Deepens/refines foundation laid in BFA Movement I/II. prereq: BFA student in theatre arts
TH 2397 - BFA Movement IV
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
May include sections such as jazz dance, partner dances, and movement for actors. prereq: BFA-acting sophmore
TH 3393 - BFA Movement V
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Experiencing a foreign theatre culture/history, applying training to dramatic material of that culture. prereq: BFA student in theatre arts
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 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 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 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 3395 - BFA Intensive I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Incorporating disciplines of acting/voice/movement. prereq: BFA-acting jr
TH 4391 - BFA Intensive II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applying first three years of training toward performance. Seventh in sequence of eight. Acting, voice, and movement. Integrating the disciplines. prereq: BFA student in theatre arts
TH 4395 - BFA Intensive III
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Incorporating the disciplines of acting/voice/movement. prereq: BFA-acting sr
TH 3398 - BFA Rehearsal & Performance I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Continuing the application of process towards performance. prereq: BFA-acting jr
TH 3399 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Continuing the application of process towards performance. prereq: BFA-acting jr
TH 4393 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance III
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Acting, voice, movement. Application of process toward performance. prereq: BFA student in theatre arts
TH 4394 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance IV
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Acting, voice and movement. Application of process toward performance. prereq: BFA student in theatre arts
TH 4399 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance VI
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Acting, voice, and movement. Continuing the application of process towards performance. prereq: BFA-acting sr
ENGL 1181W - Introduction to Shakespeare (LITR, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course explores the richness and variety of the playwright William Shakespeare through intensive study of representative plays and poems. Although Shakespeare died over 400 years ago, he is now more popular than ever. In his own day, Shakespeare was able to entertain, shock, amuse, and inform his audiences. Today, his work continues to have a global influence in nearly every corner of the world. Through class lectures, discussions and written work, students will be challenged and inspired by the many complexities and connections that we still have with the world's greatest playwright.
ENGL 3007 - Shakespeare (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01603 - EngL 3007/EngL 3007H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course is a sampling of Shakespeare’s corpus designed for English majors and minors and for other students who wish to study his works in depth. Our goal will be to view these works simultaneously as cultural artifacts of sixteenth and seventeenth-century England and as enduring classics of world literature that seem to transcend their cultural moment. To this end, we will apply various biographical, social, linguistic, generic, theatrical, political, and intellectual contexts to the plays. We will attempt to understand how these documents from early modern England have spoken so profoundly about the enduring mysteries of human experience from the moment of their inceptive genesis to the present day. English majors/minors must take this course A-F only grading basis.
ENGL 3007H - Honors: Shakespeare (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01603 - EngL 3007/EngL 3007H
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Plays from all of Shakespeare's periods, including at least A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, the history plays, King Lear, Macbeth, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, and The Winter's Tale. prereq: Honors 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
LNDN 3523 - Theatricality: Understanding the Possibilities in Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In-depth understanding of art of theater via survey of historical influences, changing styles/approaches to theater. Concept of theatricality.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 3950 - Topics in Theatre
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
TH 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. prereq: 6 Th cr, instr consent, dept consent, college consent
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 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 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 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 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 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 4905H - Honors: Tutorial Seminar in Theatre Arts
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Independent reading/research in preparing honors thesis or selected creative project. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: 4905; honors, theatre arts, dept consent; limit [2 cr for [cum laude or magna cum laude], 4 cr for summa cum laude]
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 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 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 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 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 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
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 5950 - Topics in Theatre
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 80.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
TH 5993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq 6 Th cr, instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
TH 3152 - Global Avant-Gardes: Theatre, Music, Modernity (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02592 - Th 3152/Th 5152/GloS 3152/GloS
Typically offered: Every Spring
What does it mean to be an avant-garde artist in the Global South? In postcolonial Africa and Asia, where arts were linked to national modernization projects, artists have played a key role in shaping citizens? identity, alongside schools and universities. While participating in modernizing projects, avant-garde artists maintained independence from state institutions and voiced criticism of dictators. This course examines avant-garde performance in several locations of the Global South, analyzing dramas of national history, modernist music, activist theater, cosmopolitan dance, transnational cultural circuits, and politically radical performances. Reading historical, social, and performance studies, we will develop methods for analyzing performances that aim to make transformative social interventions. These include textual analysis, ethnography, performance analysis, and tracking transnational cultural exchange. You will apply select methods in your final research paper, which centers on an avant-gardist cultural phenomenon in the contemporary Global South.
TH 5152 - Global Avant-Gardes: Theatre, Music, Modernity (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02592 - Th 3152/Th 5152/GloS 3152/GloS
Typically offered: Every Spring
What does it mean to be an avant-garde artist in the Global South? In postcolonial Africa and Asia, where arts were linked to national modernization projects, artists have played a key role in shaping citizens? identity, alongside schools and universities. While participating in modernizing projects, avant-garde artists maintained independence from state institutions and voiced criticism of dictators. This course examines avant-garde performance in several locations of the Global South, analyzing dramas of national history, modernist music, activist theater, cosmopolitan dance, transnational cultural circuits, and politically radical performances. Reading historical, social, and performance studies, we will develop methods for analyzing performances that aim to make transformative social interventions. These include textual analysis, ethnography, performance analysis, and tracking transnational cultural exchange. You will apply select methods in your final research paper, which centers on an avant-gardist cultural phenomenon in the contemporary Global South.
GLOS 3152 - Global Avant-Gardes: Theatre, Music, Modernity (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02592 - Th 3152/Th 5152/GloS 3152/GloS
Typically offered: Every Spring
What does it mean to be an avant-garde artist in the Global South? In postcolonial Africa and Asia, where arts were linked to national modernization projects, artists have played a key role in shaping citizens' identity, alongside schools and universities. While participating in modernizing projects, avant-garde artists maintained independence from state institutions and voiced criticism of dictators. This course examines avant-garde performance in several locations of the Global South, analyzing dramas of national history, modernist music, activist theater, cosmopolitan dance, transnational cultural circuits, and politically radical performances. Reading historical, social, and performance studies, we will develop methods for analyzing performances that aim to make transformative social interventions. These include textual analysis, ethnography, performance analysis, and tracking transnational cultural exchange. You will apply select methods in your final research paper, which centers on an avant gardist cultural phenomenon in the contemporary Global South.
GLOS 5152 - Global Avant-Gardes: Theatre, Music, Modernity (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02592 - Th 3152/Th 5152/GloS 3152/GloS
Typically offered: Every Spring
What does it mean to be an avant-garde artist in the Global South? In postcolonial Africa and Asia, where arts were linked to national modernization projects, artists have played a key role in shaping citizens' identity, alongside schools and universities. While participating in modernizing projects, avant-garde artists maintained independence from state institutions and voiced criticism of dictators. This course examines avant-garde performance in several locations of the Global South, analyzing dramas of national history, modernist music, activist theater, cosmopolitan dance, transnational cultural circuits, and politically radical performances. Reading historical, social, and performance studies, we will develop methods for analyzing performances that aim to make transformative social interventions. These include textual analysis, ethnography, performance analysis, and tracking transnational cultural exchange. You will apply select methods in your final research paper, which centers on an avant gardist cultural phenomenon in the contemporary Global South.
TH 3311 - Asian American Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02559 - AAS 3311/Th 3311
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Through submerging students in both theater history and practice, this class brings students closer to the history, experiences, and politics of Asian Americans. Why are Asian American stories needed, and how do we tell them? What are the artistic and social agendas driving the making of Asian American theater? How have the styles of performance shifted? While we will be actively working on readings and original theater projects, you don't need to be a theater expert to enjoy this class. Topics will include reading plays by Frank Chin, David Henry Hwang, Wakako Yamauchi, Naomi Iizuka, and others; looking at the history of Asian American theater companies; discussing creative approaches to casting, acting, directing, and design; and building collaborations among companies, audiences, and communities.
AAS 3311 - Asian American Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02559 - AAS 3311/Th 3311
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Through submerging students in both theater history and practice, this class brings students closer to the history, experiences, and politics of Asian Americans. Why are Asian American stories needed and how do we tell them? What are the artistic and social agendas driving the making of Asian American theater? How have the styles of performance shifted? While we will be actively working on readings and original theater projects, you don't need to be a theater expert to enjoy this class. Topics will include reading plays by Frank Chin, David Henry Hwang, Wakako Yamauchi, Naomi Iizuka, and others; looking at the history of Asian American theater companies; discussing creative approaches to casting, acting, directing, and design; and building collaborations among companies, audiences, and communities.
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.
DNCE 1001 - Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique 1
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
First course in ten-section sequence of modern dance technique. Introductory modern dance technique training. Dance form varies according to instructor.
DNCE 1010 - Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique 3
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Third course in ten-section sequence of modern dance technique. Beginning modern dance technique training. Dance form varies by instructor. prereq: dept consent, audition
DNCE 1020 - Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique 4
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fourth course in ten-section sequence of modern dance technique. Beginning modern dance technique training. Dance form varies by instructor. prereq: 1010, dept consent, audition
DNCE 1040 - Modern Dance Partnering Technique
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Technical demands, approaches, and skills needed for partnering in modern dance. prereq: Dance major or instr consent
DNCE 1110 - Ballet Technique 3
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
First of two-semester sequence of beginning ballet technique. Level 3 in eight-level sequence of ballet technique. Practical application of ballet principles. Barre work needed for center work. Center work will consist of adagio, basic turns, petit, grand allegro. prereq: dept consent, audition
DNCE 1120 - Ballet Technique 4
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of two-semester sequence in beginning ballet. Practical application of ballet principles. Barre/center work. Ever-changing combinations/steps learned in previous level. prereq: 1110, dept consent, audition
DNCE 1210 - Jazz Technique 3
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Third of six-semester sequence of jazz dance. Vocabulary. Technical skills using variety of jazz dance styles while increasing flexibility, groundedness, strength. Increase understanding of musicality, dynamics, style, improvisation. prereq: dept consent, audition
DNCE 1302 - Tap Technique 2
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental terms, basic rhythms and syncopation, stock steps, and standard time steps; clarity of sound and rhythm. prereq: 1301 or instr consent
DNCE 1331 - Yoga
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theory/practice of Yoga. Standing postures, forward bends, twists, balancing, seated postures, inversions, back bends, guided relaxation/meditation. Proper alignment, weight placement, body awareness, relaxation, breathing techniques. Midterm paper, movement demonstration final.
DNCE 1343 - Urban & Street Dance Forms 1: Introduction
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
We study the origins of Hip Hop dance and how it has evolved to the current incarnations of the form. There is also a focus on Hip Hop culture as a whole and we have many discussions about issues of identity, relation to power, appropriation, and youth culture. The specific forms of movement in this course are toprocking, rocking, breakdancing (breaking), New Jack Swing, and house dance. Some questions to focus on: What is Hip Hop dance? Where does it originate? Who created Hip Hop artistic expressions? What voices/bodies are heard/seen or not heard/not seen in the films assigned?
DNCE 1345 - Alexander Technique for Movement Artists
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Increased kinesthetic awareness of habitual movement patterns in order to improve dance/movement technique and prevent related injuries.
DNCE 1349 - Contact Improvisation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Safe, clear introduction to principles of contact improvisation. Rolling point of contact, supporting/being supported, falling/recovering, connecting with center as source/support for movement. Classes include warm-up.
DNCE 1352 - African Diasporic Movement 2
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of six-course sequence. Builds on level 1 by further developing in complexity technique movement, poly-rhythm, levels, undulation, combinations, dynamics. Relationship between dance/drum, energy expressing. prereq: 1351 recommended
DNCE 3110 - Ballet Technique 5
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Stretch, strength, balance, musicality. Longer phrases in adagio/allegro work. More complex elevations in petit allegro. Practical work conducted in context of study of technical development of ballet. prereq: dept consent, audition
DNCE 3120 - Ballet Technique 6
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of 3110. Ballet technique. Stretch, strength, balance, musicality. Longer phrases in adagio/allegro work. More complex elevations in petit allegro. prereq: 3110, dept consent, audition
DNCE 3220 - Jazz Technique 6
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of 3210. Jazz technique. Rhythm structures, longer phrases, greater physical speed, attack/control. prereq: 3210, dept consent, audition
DNCE 3312 - Contemporary Indian Dance 2
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Second in two-course sequence. Odissi classical Indian dance, martial movement Chhau, Iyengar yoga. Students deconstruct, extend and interweave these to create contemporary South Asian form. Footwork, hip flexion, torso movement, breath, rhythmic complexity. prereq: 3311 or instr consent
DNCE 3337 - Body Mind Centering
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Improvisational movement explorations, hands-on re-patterning work. Direct experience of the way mind (desire, attention, intention) is expressed through various body systems. Students use imagery, touch, and anatomical information to access a range of inner sensations and movement experiences. Emphasizes each individual's unique experience of the body.
DNCE 3351 - African Diasporic Movement 5
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Rigorous practice. West African techniques. Cardiovascular endurance of students will improve as a result. Live drummers, students can expect to learn drum parts to enhance the understanding of the rhythms. prereq: 1354 or audition or instr consent
DNCE 5110 - Ballet Technique 7
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continuation of ballet technique. Musicality, performance, stylistic differences. Practical work conducted within context of choreographic/aesthetic development of ballet. prereq: dept consent, audition
DNCE 5120 - Ballet Technique 8
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of 5110. Musicality, performance, stylistic differences. Practical work conducted within context of choreographic/aesthetic development of ballet. prereq: 5110, dept consent, audition
TH 4398 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance V
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Acting, voice and movement. Continuing the application of process towards performance. prereq: BFA-acting sr
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.