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Course Listings - Fall 2003

Course Description
Theatre and Dance Department
Fall 2003

THDN 120A - Art of the Theatre
(4 semester hours)
J. Humphries

An overview of the development of the Theatre, this course is designed to introduce students to dramatic literature and Theatre practice. This survey will explore the role of Theatre in Western culture within a historical context. The lecture/discussion format is designed to provide insights needed to understand and value Theatre as a part of our culture. During the term, students will read four plays and attend one production. Four projects, four tests, one critical essay, and one final exam will be required.
Prerequisite: None
Fulfills Goal R-10: Fine, Performing and Literary Arts

THDN 200A - Topics: Kinesiology
(4 semester hours)
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 211A - Dance Composition
(4 semester hours)
S. LiChang

The Dance Composition course focuses on the development and presentation of choreography. Improvisation techniques and authentic movement will be incorporated throughout the semester. Improvisation, musical improvisation, and improvisation with props will be included. Course will cover introduction to movement vocabulary, the language of dance, creating movement phrases, and crafting of choreography. Assessment will be based on class participation, completion of assignments and final project.
Fulfills General Education Goal: Fine, Performing and Literary Arts
Prerequisite: None

THDN 213H - Dance in 20th Century
(4 semester hours)
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 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
(4 semester hours)
S. Reynolds

The course assumes no previous experience with the craft of acting. Working from the foundation of the Stanislavsky system, Acting 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 hours)
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. Evaluation 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 231 - Stage Design
(4 semester hours)
J. Humphries

The class will explore the process of design for the stage. Students will study the range of style within the area of scenic, costume, and lighting design. The focus of the course will be on current methods of design communication, as well as , the development of production concepts. The role of directors and designers, in the collaborative process will be examined. The class will choose four projects from a list of plays.
Prerequisite: THDN 230
fulfills Goal R-10: Fine, Performing and Literary Art

THDN 300 - Directing
(4 semester hours)
C. Georges

This course studies the art of play direction for proscenium thrust, and central stages. Basic fundamentals such as interpretation, composition, picturization, movement, and rhythm are considered. Production procedures related to auditions, casting, and rehearsals are examined. Special emphasis is placed on studying techniques and methods of working with the actor. The class has lecture/discussion and laboratory sessions. Each student is provided the opportunity to direct a one-act play during the semester. Evaluation is based on the student's directorial work, examination, and other assignments.
Prerequisite: THDN 222

THDN 400 - Topics: Senior Seminar
(2 semester hours)
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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