- Theatre Production Ensemble
(1/2 credit) This course is designed to provide students with practical experience in the many facets of theatre production. Course members audition and interview for performance and production staff positions. Note: Course may be repeated.
- The Theatre Experience
(4 credits) (NWCore option under Aestetic Experience) An examination of the institution of theatre, its creational beauty, its witness to human brokenness, and its capacities for collaboration and flourishing.
(2 credits) A practical course which introduces students to the organization, skills and materials necessary for mounting a stage production.
- Performing Literature
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) An introduction to the use of performance as a means of interpreting, analyzing, and celebrating literature. Assignments include solo and group perforances from poetry, narrative fiction, and scripture.
(1 credit) A study of the form and techniques of ballet. Note: Dance courses may be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits.
- Jazz Dance
(1 credit) A study of the form and techniques of jazz dance. Emphasis will be on the integration of modern musical performance. Note: Dance courses may be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits.
- Film Aesthetics and Criticism
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (NWCore option under Aesthetic Experience) This course is an examination of film as one of the dominant art forms and influencers of our culture. We will look at film's artistic techniques, genres and content, and we will do film critique.
- Playwriting: The One-Act
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) A workshop approach to the study of dramatic structure culminating in the writing of a one-act play. Prerequisite: THE110AE.
- Stage Management
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course provides the guidelines, procedures and ethics established and practiced by professional stage managers. Students practice these skills through class projects and the development of a prompt book.
- Acting I: Introduction to Acting
(4 credits) A practical approach to the basics of the acting craft, and the development of an individual artistic process.
- Community-Based Drama
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) An introduction to types and styles of theatre dedicated to representing unrepresented communities and/or enacting positive social change. Assignments include the performance of oral history, as well as image theatre, forum theatre, and devised work.
- Scene Design
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) An introduction to the concepts, tools and skills of scenic design for the theatre. Emphasis is placed on practical hands-on experiences reinforcing previously learned design principles.
- Lighting Design
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) An introduction to the basic skills, technology and artistic principles of stage lighting design.
- Costume Design
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of methods and approaches to costume design for the theatre.
- Sound Design
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course will explore the physics and technology of sound. Students will develop a basic understanding of how sound works in their day to day lives, discuss the technologies and tools used to control sound, and develop an understanding of how they might use this knowledge to create artistic, theatre experiences.
- Motion Graphics
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course will explore the equipment and techniques used in artistic projections. Students will cover different software applications used to create and display motion graphics as well as discuss the aesthetic nature and purpose of this medium in order to create a rich, artistic experience. Prerequisite: ART105AE.
- Drama Ministries Ensemble
(1/2 credit) A performance group emphasizing preparation of scripts for presentation in worship services and worship-related settings. Note: Members are chosen by audition. Course may be repeated.
- Story and Worship
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) Christian worship, at its core, is remembering the story of God. This includes biblical stories, personal narratives, the Liturgical Year, church history (global and local), and the story journey of each worship service. This course asks why the church must tell its stories and provides specific tools for including stories within worship. This course is not primarily focused on storytelling as drama, but the role of the dramatic arts will not be overlooked. Students will be invited to seriously consider that the ancient Hebrew people had a dramatic anthology, and the class will examine together practical tools for restaging those biblical works for contemporary culture.
- Methods of Teaching Secondary English and Speech
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Students will study and practice methods for teaching English and speech in middle school and high school. Pre-service teachers will examine national standards for English/Language Arts and develop their pedagogy for teaching writing, literature, speaking and listening. This course requires a 30-hour practicum. Prerequisites: EDU102 and ENG250LC. EDU307 is strongly recommended. Cross-Referenced: Cross-referenced in English. Note: Does not count toward an English major or minor.
(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: THE215 or permission of instructor.
- Acting II: Acting Laboratory
(2 credits) A deepened, intensive, approach to acting and the actor's process covering a variety of topics connected to the acting craft taught on a rotation such as: developing accents and dialects, scene work, professional audition (classical and contemporary), and acting for the camera. Prerequisite: THE215. Note: May be taken more than once provided a different topic is studied.
- History and Theory of Theatre I
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department ) (Writing intensive) A study of the development of the history and theory of theatre from its origins through the neoclassical period.
- History and Theory of Theatre II
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive) A study of the development of the history and theory of the theatre from the English Restoration through the postmodern era.
- Directed Study
- 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: THE110AE. Note: The course will be designed to welcome both majors and non- majors. The course may be taken more than once as long as the topic of study is different.
- 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.
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
- 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. Note: May be taken more than once, provided a different topic is studied.
- Senior Seminar in Theatre
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to study the connection between theatre and place; theatre and social responsibility; theatre and vocation. We will create our online identity for prospective employers, develop an artist's statement to take us into the next phase of our journey, imagine how our artistry can and should intersect with our social responsibility. We will also take a 4-5-day trip to Chicago. Prerequisites: Junior or senior theatre major (theatre minor recommended).
- Worship Words
(4 credits) A course about artful language for faithful ministry, particularly words chosen and spoken for Christian worship. Students will analyze some of the primary uses of words within worship (biblical texts, song lyrics, prayers, faith stories, sermons, invitations, transitions, announcements, blessings) and will practice writing and speaking beautiful words.
- Leading Worship Teams
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course covers several interconnected practical aspects of worship ministry, built upon an articulate and sound personal philosophy of arts in worship. This course explores leadership skills necessary for working with volunteers, providing pastoral care for team members, preparing for and leading rehearsals, and handling budgets and copyright issues. Students will practice planning, leading, and then evaluating worship services. The course includes methods of teaching and coaching the various instruments (including singers) used in music worship bands, with an introduction to the technical aspects of each instrument and the roles these instruments play within a properly functioning band. Cross-Referenced: Cross-referenced in music.
- Worship Technology
(4 credits) This course will equip church leaders to gracefully and effectively communicate with the people who operate technology in corporate worship. Students will cover the equipment, tools, and methods used in many churches always asking how each element serves the body of Christ.
- Practicum in Worship Arts
(2 credits) Each worship arts student will be placed in relationship with a church or parachurch ministry to gain hands on experience in worship arts. Prerequisite: must be taken during last three terms prior to graduation or by permission of instructor. Note: graded on a pass/no pass basis.