|THE 112 - Performance Studies|
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) An introduction to the use of performance as a means of interpreting, analyzing and celebrating literature, and as a tool for experiencing cultural diversity and enacting social change. By providing training in the principles and techniques of performing various genres of literature before an audience, this course seeks to expand students' understanding of the relationships between text and performer, performer and audience, and written and oral forms of literature. Assignments include solo and group performances from poetry, narrative fiction and oral history.
|THE 114 - Stagecraft|
(2 credits) A practical course which introduces students to the organization, skills and materials necessary for mounting a stage production.
|THE 130 - Introduction to Design|
(2 credits) An introduction to the concepts of design necessary to approach, create and critically evaluate a theatrical performance environment. Study of the processes of script analysis, design research and communication. Breakdown of aspects and elements that define the most commonly held principles of scenery, costume, lighting and sound design.
|THE 206 - Playwriting: The One-Act|
|THE 215 - Acting|
(4 credits) A study of the theoretical framework of the craft of acting.
|THE 312 - Directing|
(4 credits) Beginning directors review the guiding principles of theatrical art and then apply these to script selection, development of a prompt script, and the complete rehearsal process. Each student prepares a short play for public performance. Prerequisites: THE113 and215 or permission of instructor.
|THE 343 - History and Theory I|
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of the development of the history and theory of theatre from its origins through the neoclassical period.
|THE 344 - History and Theory II|
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of the development of the history and theory of the theatre from the English Restoration through the postmodern era.
|THE 406 - Topics in Dramatic Literature|
(2 credits) Specific subject matter of this course will vary from semester to semester, but will focus on the study of dramatic literature from one genre or one playwright or one geographical area or one theme/value. Prerequisite: THE113.
|Choose 4 credits: 4|
|THE 226 - Scene Design|
|THE 227 - Introduction to Lighting Design|
|THE 230 - Costume Design|
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of methods and approaches to costume design for the theatre. Prerequisite: THE130.
|Choose 4 credits: 4|
|ENG 280 - Shakespeare|
(4 credits; alternate years) William Shakespeare never attended college, yet he saw the world sharply in his mind's eye. He wrote piercingly about kings and college students, warriors and witches, goblins and gravediggers; his 1,000 characters have never been off the stage in 400 years. In this course we read eight plays which fathom the range of human experience and take the English language to the height of expressive beauty. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
|PHI 238 - Philosophy of the Arts|
(4 credits) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) A study of major theories of the analysis and evaluation of art.
|THE 133 - Ballet|
(1 credit) A study of the form and techniques of ballet.
|THE 135 - Jazz Dance|
(1 credit) A study of the form and techniques of jazz dance. Emphasis will be on the integration of modern musical performance.
|THE 260 - Drama Ministries Ensemble (2 credit maximum goes toward major)|
(1/2 credit) A performance group emphasizing preparation of scripts for presentation in worship services and worship-related settings.
|THE 305 - Story and Worship|
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) The study of the story of worship as well as story within worship. An application of the principles and practices of dramatic art to worship planning and leadership, and also a study of plays within the context of Christian corporate worship.
|THE 315 - Acting: Scene Work|
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) Students perform scenes from classical, modern and contemporary literature. Emphasis is placed on script analysis. Prerequisite: THE215.
|THE 328 - Advanced Lighting Design|
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) An opportunity to apply the basic skills, technology and artistic principles of lighting design to script response, visual research and creative exploration. The capstone experience of the course will be for students to design lighting for a mounted one-act play. Prerequisites: THE130 and 227.
|THE 365x - Acting for the Camera|
Study and practice of acting skills and techniques in front of cameras using scenes from television, film, commercials and industrial scripts. Course also includes sections on audition techniques and the business of acting.Prerequisite: THE215, COM202, or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
|THE 407 - Playwriting: The Full-Length|
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This continuation of the study of playwriting focuses on the challenges of the long form. The course includes the processes of writing according to classic structural principles, rewriting, formatting and submitting plays for publication. Prerequisite: THE206 or permission of instructor.
|THE 465 - Selected Topics in Theatre and Speech|
(2-4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course will focus on various issues of theatre and speech that are not covered in current course offerings. Possible topics might include: auditioning, stage management, musical theatre, contemporary theatre since 1967, specific genres (comedy, tragedy, theatre of the absurd, Greek, etc.), theatre as social criticism, ethnic theatre, theatre as historical documentary.
|Total credits required: 36|