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Course Listings -Spring 2002

 
Course Descriptions
Theatre and Dance Department
Spring 2002

THDN 120 A - Art of the Theatre
(4 semester hrs.)
C. Georges

The goal of the course is to provide you with an overview of the theatre that will enhance your appreciation of this art either as audience member or participant. This class will consider the origin and development of the theatre, the roles theatre plays in our society, and the crafts of the theatre (acting, directing, design, etc.) Readings include contemporary plays and a text. Class periods will include discussions, lectures, participatory activities, and attending performances. Evaluation will be based on three exams, a research or creative project, and a number of brief reaction papers, reviews, projects and essays.
Prerequisite: None
Fulfills Goal (A): Fine, Performing and Literary Arts

THDN 200A - Topics-Kinesilogy
(4 semester hrs.)
L. Pinheiro

Understanding how the human body's anatomical aspects apply to dance training is the goal of this course. We will look at the bone and muscle structure of the human body and their relationship to dance technique, movement efficiency, and injury prevention. Dance experience is not required; however, the course is designed to address dancers' needs and concerns. Assessment is based on tests, class participation, and a research project.
Prerequisite: None

THDN 213H- Dance in 20th Century
(4 semester hrs.)
L. Pinheiro

The course is designed for those of us who love to watch dance. We begin by looking at the romantic ballet Giselle; then we move to an examination of modernism seen in the dances of Tudor, Cunningham, and Graham; and finally we look at the post-modernist works of Tharp and Morris. You will write short papers and reviews covering the dances on film. Assessment is based on writing assignments, exams, and class participation.
Writing intensive
Fulfills Goal R-10: Western Historical Perspectives Learning Goal
Prerequisite: None

THDN 222A - Acting I
(4 semester hrs.)
S. Reynolds

This course assumes no previous experience with the craft of acting. Working from the foundation of the Stanislavsky system, Acting I introduces the student to acting fundamentals through exercises, scene work, improvisations and character analysis. Character notebooks, a book review and a final monologue are required.
Prerequisite: None
Fulfills Goal R-10: Fine, Performing and Literary Arts

THDN 226A - Improvisation
(4 semester hrs.)
C. Georges

This course introduces students to theatre improvisation, its principles, techniques, uses, and history.
Upon completion of the course the students will:
a. appreciate the art of theatre improvisation
b. understand the principles and techniques of improvisation
c. demonstrate proficiency in improvisation as a performer
d. exhibit increased self-confidence and effectiveness in oral and written communication
The course is structured primarily as a workshop; however, some sessions are discussion-centered and deal either with the subject or with students' writing. Students are required to participate daily in class. They are required to complete various writing assignments including: lab reports, essays, reviews of literature, and a written final examination. Assignment is based on written assignments, three exams, and demonstrated proficiency in improvisation as a performer.
Text: Viola Spolin's Improvisation for the Theatre.
Prerequisite: None
Fulfills Goal (A): Fine, Performing and Literary Arts
Writing Intensive
Note: Daily participation is required. Class absences will lower a student's grade.

THDN 230A - Stagecraft
(4 semester hrs.)
J. Humphries

This course is an introduction to the basic elements of theatre production. Primarily a laboratory experience, students will also examine the historical development of technical conventions for the stage through lectures. The class will focus on the safe application of modern stage technology through hands-on participation. Two projects, a mid-term test, a final comprehensive exam and lab hours are required.
Prerequisite: None
Fulfills Goal R-10: Fine, Performing and Literary Art

THDN 240A - Playwriting
(4 semester hrs.)
S. Reynolds

This course will be conducted in workshop fashion. The goal is for each student to write a one-act play and then rewrite it two or three times after having it read and critiqued in class. Playwrights will not be asked to act in their own plays. Other students will read, allowing playwrights the opportunity to concentrate on learning the craft of writing and the craft of working with actors. In addition, outside reading of plays, in class writing assignments, lectures on dramatic action, and weekly conferences with the instructor and fellow playwriting students will be a part of the course.
Writing Intensive
Fulfills Fine, Performing and Literary Arts Learning Goal
Prerequisite: None

THDN 260H - History of European Theatre
(4 semester hrs.)
C. Georges

Beginning with the Greeks, this course will provide an overview of the history of European Theatre. It will consider the dramatic literature, theories and practices of Theatre during the great ages of the western Theatre tradition. During the semester we will look at the evolution of acting, directing, play-writing, theatre design, and theatre architecture. Throughout the course we will study the relationship between theatre and society. Course requirements include exams and a research project.
Prerequisite: None
Fulfills Goal (H): Western Historical Respective

THDN 401 - Senior Seminar
(4 semester hrs.)
J. Humphries

This course is for senior Theatre majors only. We will concentrate on career development. Each senior will create projects in design, acting, criticism, and directing. Analysis papers will also be expected.

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