Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Department of Theatre & Dance

Dr. David Young, Department Head
Email: david.young@wku.edu

Gordon Wilson Hall, Office 300A
Phone: (270) 745-5845; Fax: (270) 745-5879
Website: http://www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance

Theatre & Dance is determined to be a department where you can reach your full potential. We offer several different degree programs, all designed to balance theory and practice. Our AB degree in Dance and our AB degree in Theatre are each designed to provide a solid liberal arts foundation in their discipline while leaving room for study in a minor or second major. Our BFA in Performing Arts degree provides a broad study of theatre while also offering intensive pre-professional training in one of four required areas of concentration: acting, directing, music theatre, or theatre design and technology. We also offer 4 minors: a minor in Theatre, a minor in Musical Theatre, a minor in Dance, and a minor in Arts Administration. We believe that what you learn in the shops, the studios, and onstage is every bit as important as what happens in the classroom. Our intensive production season complements the curriculum by offering you ample opportunity to put theory to the test as you work side by side with your peers, faculty and guest artists on a steady variety of theatre and dance productions. Career preparation is also woven into our curriculum with courses such as Acting Audition Workshop, Dance Pedagogy, and Performing Arts Career Seminar. Whatever degree you choose as the best path for you, we'll challenge you, we'll collaborate with you, and we'll care about you.  

Western Kentucky University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance.

When planning a program of study in this department, each student should be aware of the University’s academic requirements and regulations contained in this catalog in the chapter “Academic Information.” Specific attention should be given to the subsections in the chapter entitled (a) Academic Programs, (b) Colonnade Program Requirements, and (c) “Academic Requirements and Regulations.” Students should be aware that some academic programs may require additional scholastic regulations and standards not specified in the catalog. To obtain a copy of these regulations, students should contact the Department Head.

Faculty

Professor

Amanda G. Clark MFA (Dance), University of Oklahoma Norman, 2005

Elena S. Pollatsek MFA (Theatre Design), New York University, 1998

Associate Professor

Julie L. Barber DA (Music), Ball State University, 2014

Michelle G. Dvoskin PhD (Theatre), University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Meghen L. McKinley MFA (Dance), University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2012

David A. Young PhD (Theatre), Wayne State University, 2000

Assistant Professor

Michael P. Frohling MFA (Theatre), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2010

Anna L. Patsfall MFA (Dance), Florida State University, 2017

Alan R. White MFA (Theatre), LA State University System Office, 2021

Instructor I

Austin H. Elledge MFA (Theatre Arts), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2021

Instructor II

Carol Jordan MA (Theatre Education), Emerson College, 1998

Visiting In-Residence

Mary K. Samouce MFA (Theatre Design), New York University, 1995

Dance (DANC)

DANC 103    Foundations of Dance Technique    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Introduction to dance course designed for students with no dance experience or very limited exposure. Focuses on the fundamentals of dance technique from a ballet perspective.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 108    Beginning Men’s Ballet Technique    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Beginning men's ballet technique. Repeatable up to three times for credit.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

DANC 110    Dance Appreciation    3 Hours

A general study of the various forms of dance with emphasis on the contributions each has made to the performing arts and the development of our culture. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

DANC 111    Ballet I    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Beginning level of ballet with focus on the basic principles of ballet technique. Includes introduction to the history, theory, terminology, and technique of classical ballet. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021

DANC 112    Dance Flexibility / Strength Technique    1 Hour

A study of principals of movement involved in the efficient development of the dancer's body with emphasis on a careful approach that will prevent or minimize common dance injuries.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

DANC 113    Jazz I    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

An introduction to the basic techniques of jazz dance designed for the student with previous dance experience; Emphasis on terminology, body awareness, mechanics, and rhythmical development. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 115    Tap I    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

An introduction to the foundational technique of tap with emphasis on terminology and mechanics, historical influences, and basic musical terms and concepts. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

DANC 117    Modern I    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

An introduction to the basic techniques of modern dance with emphasis on body awareness through an integrated somatics-based approach. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

DANC 211    Ballet II    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of intermediate level ballet. Explores the principles of ballet technique, basic dance anatomy, ballet theory, history, and artistic self-expression. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 111

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 212    Partnering I    2 Hours

A study in the basic techniques of partnering with emphasis on the techniques and mechanics that apply to support, timing, and concepts of classical partnering.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 211

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

DANC 213    Jazz II    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of beginning/intermediate level jazz dance technique with emphasis on vocabulary, effective body isolation, rhythmic accuracy, performance, and awareness of historical influences. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 215    Tap II    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of beginning/ intermediate level tap technique with emphasis on terminology, rhythmical development of styles, historical influences, and basic musical terms and concepts. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

DANC 217    Modern II    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of modern dance technique at the beginning/intermediate level with emphasis on action efforts through performance, historical components, and mind-body awareness. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 235    Dance Improvisation    2 Hours

A guided exploration of solo and group improvisation technique through structured, free, and contact improv contexts including sensory experiences and choreographic tools.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

DANC 300    Dance Company    1 Hour (repeatable max of 10 hrs)

Dance performance ensemble. NOTE: Requires audition, and concurrent enrollment in two appropriate dance technique courses.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 301    Dance Pedagogy    3 Hours

Study and practice of teaching methods and skills applicable to the teaching of dance technique.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

DANC 310    Choreography I    3 Hours

An introduction to the elements that go into the creative development of dance with emphasis on the isolation of various elements for the purpose of detailed study.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 235

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

DANC 311    Ballet III    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of intermediate level ballet. Explores the principles of ballet technique, basic dance anatomy, ballet theory, history, and artistic self-expression. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 312    Partnering II    2 Hours

A continuation of DANC 212.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 212

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

DANC 313    Jazz III    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of intermediate level jazz dance technique with focus on technical execution, movement style, musicality, and performance. Includes study of historical influences. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

DANC 314    Styles of Musical Theatre Dance I    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Development of basic practical knowledge of choreographed movement in the musical theatre dance idiom; includes study of fundamentals of ballet for the actor, derivative musical/rhythmic forms, and elementary Broadway dance vocabulary and styles.

Prerequisite(s): (DANC 111 and DANC 115) and DANC 213

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

DANC 315    Tap III    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of intermediate level tap technique designed to develop speed, control, dynamic shading, and rhythmic accuracy. Includes study of historical influences and musical and compositional structures through a variety of tap styles. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

DANC 317    Modern III    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

An expansion of modern dance technique and theory at the intermediate/advanced level with emphasis on movement analysis, technical vocabulary, style, presentation, and historical explorations. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; spring 2021

DANC 320    Choreography Production    2 Hours

Application of compositional elements toward a completed choreography project. Includes work on production in progress.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 310

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

DANC 334    Pointe I    1 Hour (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Preparation for and study of techniques applicable to pointe work as a specialized form of classical ballet.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 318

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 336    Point II    1 Hour (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Second level in the study of technique applicable to pointe work. This course is designed to develop the accuracy and precision for dancing more complicated pointe variations.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 334

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

DANC 350    Dance History    3 Hours

A survey of the historical and aesthetic development of dance as an art form in Europe and America from ancient Greece to contemporary periods.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020

DANC 360    Dance in Culture: Moving History    3 Hours

Survey of world dance forms, emphasizing social, cultural and aesthetic principles defining these forms. Gender, racial, political and religious orientations shaping dance history are examined. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 400    Visual Media for Dance    3 Hours

This course will explore a variety of digital techniques for dance films, screen dance, choreographic documentation, as well as projection integration for choreographic purposes. Students will participate in discussions, observations, collaborative projects, hands on training, and dance film/media analysis. Students will explore the technical, practical, and artistic challenges involved in producing dance media work.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 420 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

DANC 410    Dance Practicum    3 Hours (repeatable max of 12 hrs)

An independent study project that enables the student to do research and special projects in unique areas where the usual course-work does not fulfill the need of the student.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

DANC 411    Ballet IV    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of advanced level ballet. Includes study of principles of ballet technique, with special emphasis on anatomical principles and artistic expression. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 413    Jazz IV    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of advanced level jazz dance technique with emphasis on artistic quality, musicality, style, and performance. Includes study of historical influences. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

DANC 414    Special Topics in Dance    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A special-topics course for advanced study in a particular area of dance. May be repeated four times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

DANC 415    Tap IV    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study o advanced level tap technique designed to enhance ability in improvisation, style, composition, and performance. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021

DANC 417    Modern IV    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Advanced study of modern technique with increased difficulty and style variety in combinations, emphasis on performance and artistry, somatic approach and understanding, and creative components. Repeatable up to four times for credit.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

DANC 420    Choreography II    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Examines the analytical facet of making and viewing choreography, focusing on theme, meaning and the artist's creative voice.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 310

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

DANC 445    Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology    3 Hours

An analysis of the principles of anatomy and kinesiology for dancers. Note: Restricted to students who have successfully completed a 300-level dance technique course.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

Performing Arts (PERF)

PERF 101    Acting    3 Hours

Improvisation, theatre games, and introductory scene and/or monologue work intended to develop fundamental performance and ensemble collaboration skills.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021

PERF 110    Mat Pilates    2 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A study of Pilates-based, mat exercises. Holistic exercises use specific breath support and provide physical/mental conditioning that change muscle tone, balance, flexibility and overall fitness and well-being. Repeatable two times for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PERF 120    Rehearsal and Production    1 Hour

An introductory, experiential learning course providing an overview of theatre and dance production safety procedures and rehearsal etiquette, as well as practical experience in all areas of theatrical production.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PERF 121    Rehearsal and Production II    1 Hour

Continuation of PERF 120.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PERF 175    University Experience: Performing Arts    2 Hours

Designed to develop academic skills and library research skills to foster personal development and to provide information about campus resources, thus empowering students to have a successful transition to the higher education experience.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PERF 205    Voice and Movement for the Stage    1 Hour (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

A developmental studio course designed to help students enhance the quality, strength, balance, flexibility and control of their natural vocal/kinesthetic abilities. Repeatable once for credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 220    Production Lab I    0.5-1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide experience in theatrical production. Repeatable for a total of 2 credits.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 221    Rehearsal and Production IV    1 Hour

Continuation of PERF 220.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PERF 261    Performing Arts Practicum I    1 Hour (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Individualized, mentored practical project course in drama, theatre or dance. Repeatable 3 times for a total of 4 credit hours.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 300    Topics in Contemporary Performance Studies    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Topics-based course focusing on a particular area of contemporary performance theory and practice. May be repeated twice for a total of 9 credit hours.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PERF 320    Production Lab II    0.5,1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide experience in theatrical production.

Prerequisite(s): PERF 220

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 321    Production Lab III    0.5-1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide experience in theatrical production. Repeatable for a total of 2 credits.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 331    Dramaturgy Lab    0.5-2 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Practice-based learning in at least one area of dramaturgy (literary management, production dramaturgy, new play dramaturgy, audience outreach).

Prerequisite(s): THEA 252 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 340    Performance Lab I    0.5-1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide practical experience in theatrical performance under actual production conditions. Repeatable for a total of 2 credits.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 341    Performance Lab II    0.5-1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide practical experience in theatrical performance under actual production conditions.

Prerequisite(s): PERF 340

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 350    Voice and Diction for the Theatre    1 Hour

Study and practice of proper vocal production and standard American diction for theatrical applications.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 300

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

PERF 361    Performing Arts Practicum II    2 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Individualized, mentored practical project course in drama, theatre or dance. Repeatable 3 times for a total of 8 credit hours.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 362    Theatre in Diversion    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Course focusing on techniques for working with at-risk youth. Will provide students with a chance to teach drama skills and develop a performance showcase with teenagers in the juvenile justice system, and to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions in reducing delinquency.

Prerequisite(s): (SOCL 100 and SOCL 302) or THEA 252

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PERF 369    Professional Work / Career Experience in Theatre    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Practical out-of-classroom experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating business, industry, social or governmental agency. Can be repeated one time with departmental approval.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PERF 400    Advanced Performing Arts Studio    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

A team mentored applied performing arts studio offering advanced Department of Theatre and Dance majors an opportunity to work together in small, collaborative teams on the conceptualization and production of fully realized performing arts events. Repeatable twice for a total of 9 credits. Note: Theatre and Dance majors only, at least junior standing.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

PERF 401    Solo Performance    3 Hours

Practical training in the creation and performance of solo performance works.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 252 with a minimum grade of C and THEA 101 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

PERF 420    Production Lab IV    0.5-1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide experience in theatrical production. Repeatable for a total of 2 credits.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 421    Production Lab V    0.5-1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide experience in theatrical production. Repeatable for a total of 2 credits.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 423    Performing Arts Management    3 Hours

A basic study of the principles of management applied to the fields of theatre operation, production preparation and performance that will affect the direction and growth of the theatre.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PERF 430    Production Lab VI    0.5-1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide experience in theatrical production. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): PERF 421

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 431    Production Lab VII    0.5-1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide experience in theatrical production.

Prerequisite(s): PERF 430

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2021

PERF 440    Performance Lab III    0.5-1 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A variable credit experiential learning course designed to provide practical experience in theatrical performance under actual production conditions. Repeatable for a total of 2 credits.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PERF 445    Research in Theatre and Dance    3 Hours

Directed Research in Theatre and Dance. Offered as an independent study course with a theatre/dance faculty advisor.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PERF 450    Performing Arts Career Seminar    1 Hour

Prerequisite(s): Department of Theatre and Dance majors with senior standing, or permission of instructor.Prepares senior theatre and dance department majors to successfully engage the application/audition process for graduate and/or entry-level career positions in the field of performing arts.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Performing Arts (588) , Dance (630) or Theatre (798)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PERF 451    Career Seminar Workshop    2 Hours

A discipline specific workshop designed to accompany PERF 450: Performing Arts Career Seminar.

Prerequisite(s): PERF 450

Corequisite(s): PERF 450

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PERF 461    Performing Arts Practicum III    3 Hours (repeatable max of 12 hrs)

Individualized, mentored practical project course in drama, theatre or dance. Repeatable 3 times for a total of 12 credit hours.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

Theatre (THEA)

THEA 101    Acting I    3 Hours

Improvisation, theatre games, and introductory scene and/or monologue work intended to develop fundamental performance and ensemble collaboration skills.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 141    Stage Makeup    1 Hour

Fundamental theory and application of standard and character stage makeup.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

THEA 151    Theatre Appreciation    3 Hours

A study of the literary, historical and creative aspects of the theatre. It is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of theatre from the point of view of the audience. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 203    Acting Audition Workshop    1 Hour (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

A developmental studio workshop designed to help students select and prepare effective audition monologues, learn and apply performance techniques unique to the auditioning, and successfully navigate the audition application process. Required of all students needing written departmental recommendation on audition forms. Note: Restricted to students pursuing a degree program in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 204    Portfolio Preparation Workshop    1 Hour

Introduction to the process of compiling design and technical resumes and portfolios for the performing arts fields.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 219    Design I    3 Hours

An introduction to the fundamental design concepts, techniques and processes common to all areas of theatre production.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 252

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 222    Stagecraft    3 Hours

Students enrolling in this course must also concurrently enroll in a section of Rehearsal & Production. This course presents the fundamental tools, materials and methods of scenery construction. Other topics include stage rigging, drafting and scene painting. Practical experience is gained by assisting with the construction of scenery for the department's mainstage productions.

Prerequisite(s): PERF 120

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 230    Stage Combat I: Unarmed    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A study of unarmed violence for the stage including punches, slaps, kicks, falls, and rolls. Classic vs. contemporary approaches to staging violence will also be covered. Repeatable once for a total of six credit hours, only three of which may be applied towards a major.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 101 and PERF 205

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

THEA 241    Costume Technology    3 Hours

Students enrolling in this course must also concurrently enroll in a section of Rehearsal and Production. A basic study of construction techniques for complete stage costumes with emphasis on historical costumes for the theatre.

Prerequisite(s): PERF 120

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 250    Stage Electrics    3 Hours

Students enrolling in this course must also concurrently enroll in a section of Rehearsal and Production. Introduction to the fundamentals of lighting and sound for the theatre.

Prerequisite(s): PERF 120

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 252    Fundamentals of Theatre    3 Hours

An introductory course in theatre. It provides the student with a study of play analysis and its practical application by means of theatre production projects.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 300    Acting II    3 Hours

An acting studio course focusing on the fundamentals of text and character analysis, characterization, and performance.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 101

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

THEA 301    Acting III    3 Hours

An advanced acting course focusing on the application of advanced character analysis, characterization, and style to intensive scene work.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 252 and THEA 300 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 303    Acting for the Camera    3 Hours

A fundamental approach to auditioning and acting for the camera.

Equivalent(s): BCOM 303

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

THEA 306    Musical Theatre Ensemble    1 Hour (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Musical theatre vocal ensemble. Repeatable seven times for a total of eight credit hours.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 307    Musical Theatre Workshop I    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Practice in integrating singing, acting, and movement using musical theatre repertoire from 1920 to present.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 101

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

THEA 311    Stage Management    3 Hours

Theoretical grounding and practical training in stage management.

Prerequisite(s): PERF 120 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 312    Stage Management Practicum    3 Hours

Requires a concurrent stage management assignment.A practical application course designed to dovetail with an actual stage management assignment providing theoretical grounding and practical "on-the-job" experience in stage management.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019

THEA 319    Design II    3 Hours

Application of fundamental design concepts and techniques to the design of scenery, costumes and lighting for the theatre.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 219

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 322    Stage Design    3 Hours

This course presents basic principles for designing theatre scenery. The student will create designs for three plays, including one complete design with drafting, sketches and a model.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 222 with a minimum grade of C and THEA 319 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

THEA 323    Period Styles in Design    3 Hours

The study of aesthetic styles as general artistic principles and in costume and decor applications. Emphasis on design as communication across cultures and time periods. No prerequisites required, but taking an introductory art and/or design course in any field before taking this course is recommended. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

THEA 324    Applied Vocal Styles I    1 Hour (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

Topic-based individual or small group instruction in applied vocal styles for the theatre. Note: Restricted to students pursuing a BFA Performing Arts-Musical Theatre concentration with at least sophomore standing.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 325    Theatre in Education    3 Hours

An overview of strategies for teaching theatre to students in grades K-12. Topics covered include curriculum development, creative dramatics, arts integration, and assessment.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2021

THEA 330    Stage Combat II    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Staged swordplay technique and choreography featuring single rapier.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 230

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

THEA 341    Culture and Performance    3 Hours

An exploration of how dramatic works reflect, challenge and influence cultural norms and how performance can identify and address social problems. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 358    Drama Writing    3 Hours

A concentrated study of the techniques of drama writing emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 200 and ENG 203 or ENGL 203C

Equivalent(s): ENG 358

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2021

THEA 363    World Theatre History I    3 Hours

A study of influential, worldwide theatrical movements, ideas, technologies and personalities that shaped the development of theatre from origin theories through 17th century.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 364    World Theatre History II    3 Hours

A study of influential, worldwide theatrical movements, ideas, technologies and personalities that shaped the development of theatre from the 18th century to the present.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2021

THEA 365    U.S. Theatre History    3 Hours

Survey of U.S. theatre history, with a focus on the 20th century to the present.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

THEA 371    Directing I    3 Hours

A combined theory/studio course designed to provide both a theoretical framework and practical experience with the stage director's pre-production process, including: dramaturgical research and analysis, production conceptualization, promptbook preparation, the fundamentals of stage composition, organic blocking and the director/designer collaboration.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 252

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 375    Topics in Drama    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Topics-based course focusing on a particular area of dramatic theory and/or literature.

Prerequisite(s): (THEA 252 or ENG 354 or ENG 355)

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 380    Directing II    3 Hours

Applied practice in ground-plan development and implementation, organic blocking, coaching actors, and rehearsal management.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 371

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

THEA 385    Applied Vocal Styles II    1 Hour (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Topic based individual or small group instruction in applied vocal styles for the theatre.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

THEA 391    Theatre for Young Audiences    3 Hours

An examination of the selection, preparation, and presentation of plays for children. Emphasis on analysis of plays for young audiences, script sources and production planning.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 252

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

THEA 392    Production of Theatre for Children    3 Hours (repeatable max of 27 hrs)

A practical application of children's theatre training by means of a traveling children's theatre production company performing on campus and in the surrounding area.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 371 and THEA 372 and THEA 391

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2021

THEA 401    Period Styles Lab    3 Hours

Intensive, collaborative scenework, focusing on the special demands of analyzing, conceptualizing and performing period plays, with an emphasis on verse drama.

Prerequisite(s): (THEA 301 or THEA 371)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

THEA 407    Musical Theatre Workshop II    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

A continuation of musical theatre study begun in THEA 307, this course offers advanced character study for both songs and scenes in the American musical theatre repertoire from 1920 to present.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 307

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

THEA 410    Playing Shakespeare    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Advanced acting course focusing on the application of performance and characterization skills in the performance of Shakespearean/Jacobean dramatic literature.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 301

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

THEA 412    Special Topics in Acting    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Topics-based course focusing on a particular area of advanced acting craftsmanship.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 301

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

THEA 414    Acting IV    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Advanced scene style focusing on collaboration skills and working with directors.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 301

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019

THEA 422    Stage Lighting Design    3 Hours

Lighting equipment is demonstrated and the student is provided practical experience in working with lights for the major productions, at a time other than the class period. Each student will design the lighting for a full-length play.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2021

THEA 424    Topics in Design and Technical Theatre    3 Hours (repeatable max of 15 hrs)

Repeatable once with a different topic. A special-problems course for advanced study in the area of technical theatre: scenery, costume, lighting and sound. The topic and project organization are to be submitted by the student and approved by the faculty during the semester prior to the project.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

THEA 425    Play Production in the Schools    3 Hours

Offers practical instruction in the fundamentals of theatrical production at the secondary school level. Emphasis on providing current and future teachers with resource materials and practical solutions to the challenge of producing and directing high quality theatre in the schools.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

THEA 430    Musical Theatre History    3 Hours

Survey of U.S. musical theatre history from the 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th century to the present. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 252

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

THEA 431    Musical Theatre Repertoire    3 Hours

A performance-based study of musical theatre repertoire and vocal styles from 1920 to present day using both scripts and scores. Performance work will occur in solo and small group settings. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 300 and MUS 100 and MUS 350

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

THEA 441    Costume Design    3 Hours

An advanced course for theatre majors as well as those interested in understanding the concept of costuming. Emphasis is placed upon the historical and practical aspects of theatrical costume design.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 319

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2021

THEA 499    Studies in British Theatre    3 Hours

A study of the British theatre highlighted by a tour to England and viewing of representational plays of the English theatre, including visitations to supplementary historical and cultural sites.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; summer 2019; winter 2020