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Theater - Course Descriptions

TH 101 Theater Appreciation—3 Cr. Hrs. – 3 Contact Hrs. Designed for non-majors, this class attempts to prepare students for success as theatergoers. We will study the requirements of being an involved spectator at live theater and be introduced to the many elements of production. This is an experience-oriented course and requires attendance at play performances outside of class.

TH 102 Introduction to Acting I—3 Cr. Hrs. – 3 Contact Hrs. An introduction to the art and craft of acting for the stage. Focuses on character analysis and performance. Physical, vocal, and mental exercises are utilized to develop the individual’s self-awareness and communicative skills.

TH 108 Theater for Children—3 Cr. Hrs. – 3 Contact Hrs. A course exploring the specialized techniques of play production for or with children, creative dramatics, and theater games. The class is designed for persons working with children such as elementary schoolteachers, special education workers, recreation leaders, and religious education staff. The use of theatrical techniques as educational tools to enhance the learning experience in other subjects is explored.

TH 120 Technical Theater I—1 Cr. Hr. – 1 Contact Hr. (5 week course) The fundamental course in the technical theater sequence specifically designed as a prerequisite for Applied Theater classes and crew assignments for play productions. Introduces production staff organization and different types of stages and scenery.

TH 141 Applied Theater Acting—1 Cr. Hr. – Variable Contact Hrs. Practicum class earning credit for acting in a Center for Theater production. Scheduling is flexible but will include weekend performances and probably evening rehearsals.

TH 142 Applied Theater – Dance—1 Cr. Hr. – Variable Contact Hrs. Practicum class for performing in a Center for Theater production. Scheduling is flexible but will include weekend performances and probably evening rehearsals.

TH 144 Applied Theater – Costuming—1 Cr. Hr. – Variable Contact Hrs. Practicum class earning credit for crew work on a Center for Theater play production. Scheduling is flexible but requires forty hours of lab work during available times.

TH 145 Applied Theater – Scenery Construction— 1 Cr. Hr. – Variable Contact Hrs. Practicum class earning credit for crew work on a Center for Theater play production. Scheduling is flexible but requires forty hours of lab work during available hours.

TH 147 Applied Theater – Production Crew—1 Cr. Hr. – Variable Contact Hrs. (4-week course) Practicum class earning credit for crew work on Center for Theater productions. Scheduling is flexible but requires forty hours of lab time in a fourweek period. Work ssignments are made in terms of student interest and production needs. Includes scenery construction, painting, properties, costume, lighting, and/or sound crews.

TH 148 Applied Theater – Performance Crew— 1 Cr. Hr. – Variable Contact Hrs. (2-week course) Practicum class earning credit for crew work on Center for Theater productions. Requires attendance at weekend and evening rehearsals and performances for a two-week period. Work assignments will be made in terms of student interest and production needs. Includes scenery shifting, properties, costume running, and lighting, and/or sound crews.

TH 160 Acting for TV and Film—3 Cr. Hrs. – 3 Contact Hrs. This course is designed to prepare the student with the basic skills necessary for TV and/or film acting. Among the topics covered are: acting for the camera, the use of and differences between the television and film camera, the use of the storyboard, shooting out of sequence, developing continuity, and the use of lighting, sound, special effects and editing. Rehearsal outside of class time and shooting on location may be required. The final class project will culminate in each student acting in a prepared film scene. Before enrolling in this course, you must demonstrate that you are
ready to succeed.

TH 201 Introduction to Theater History*—3 Cr. Hrs. – 3 Contact Hrs. An introductory course designed to give the student an wareness of the development of theater from classical Greece through Neo-classical France.

TH 202 Introduction to Acting II—3 Cr. Hrs. – 3 Contact Hrs. An acting class emphasizing the analysis of scripted scenes and haracter interactions. Selected scenes are rehearsed for possible performance at the end of the semester.

TH 203 Readers Theater—3 Cr. Hrs. – 3 Contact Hrs. This performance course is designed to give the student knowledge of and experience in oral reading as a theatrical form. Out-of-class rehearsal and performance time may be required.

TH 210 Play Production—3 Cr. Hrs. – 3 Contact hrs. An introductory course in the process of play production from script selection through final performance.

TH 212 Summer Theater Workshop—3 Cr. Hrs. – Variable Contact Hrs. A practicum course allowing advanced students to undertake special projects in conjunction with a summer theater company. Projects are usually creative in nature and are undertaken with the advice and supervision of an approved mentor. Although focusing on the specialized crafts of acting, directing, design, technical production, or arts management, project implementation will emphasize the cooperative nature of theater.

TH 217 Creative Dramatics—1 Cr. Hr. – 1 Contact Hr. This course is an introduction to the use of creative dramatics in the classroom, home, and community. The goals and concerns of creative drama will be explored as well as methods for incorporating these techniques into a curriculum. Focus will be centered on the activities that are the basis of every creative dramatics program. A particular interest will be centered on the novice who needs practical advice on how to begin teaching creative thinking and problem solving.

TH 260 Student Production Practicum – 2 Cr. Hrs. – Variable Contact Hrs. An experiential — course giving credit for creative involvement in the planning, rehearsal, and performance of a play.

*Denotes course that contains an International Component.