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Course Listings - Fall 2007

Theatre and Dance Department
Course Descriptions
Fall 2007

THDN 112A - 1W  Dance in Popular Culture
4 Semester Hours
Pinheiro, Ligia

Prerequisite: None
What do A Chorus Line, Fred Astaire, a Madonna video, and many television commercials have in common? All of them make use of American show dance. This class attempts to sharpen your interpretive, descriptive, and evaluative skills as you watch tap, jazz, ballroom, MTV, and musical theatre dance. Assessment is based on class assignments and class participation. Writing Intensive. 

THDN 120A Art of the Theatre
4 Semester Hours
Humphries, Jimmy

Prerequisite: None
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 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 are required.

THDN 200 - 01 Lighting and Sound Design
2 Semester Hours
Humphries, Jimmy

Prerequisite: THDN 230 Stagecraft or by permission of instructor
This course will cover the techniques of designing lighting and sound for a variety of stage applications. This course is designed  not only to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of instrumentation, color, and current design theory, but also to allow the student practical hands-on experience of cueing and focusing. First half of the semester.

THDN 200 - 02 Scene Design
2 Semester Hours
Humphries, Jimmy

Prerequisite: THDN 230 Stagecraft or by permission of instructor.
This course will develop the student’s ability to communicate ideas in a visual medium through the use of images and metaphors. Students taking this course will learn to articulate these ideas by means of sketches, renderings, and scale models. Three design projects will be used to examine current scenic design practices used in theatre production. A final project will include the design of a property plot. Second half of the semester.

THDN 222A Acting I
4 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Steve

Prerequisite: None
This course assumes no previous experience with the craft of acting. Working from the foundation of the Stanislavsky system as interpreted by the Chubbuck Technique, Acting I introduces the student to acting fundamentals through exercises, scene work, improvisations, and character analysis. A book review and final monologue are required

THDN 226A – 1W Improvisation
4 Semester Hours
Georges, Corwin

Prerequisite: None
This course introduces students to theatre improvisation, its principles, techniques, uses, and history. Upon completion of the course the students will:

  1. Appreciate the art of theatre improvisation
  2. Understand the principles and techniques of improvisation
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in improvisation as a performer
  4. 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. Writing Intensive.

THDN 300 Directing I
4 Semester Hours
Georges, Corwin

Prerequisite: THDN 222
This course studies the art of play direction for proscenium and central stages. Basic fundamentals such as interpretation, composition, picturization, movement, and rhythm are considered. Production procedures related to auditions, casting, and rehearsals are studied. 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, examinations, and other assignments.

THDN 240A – 1W Playwriting
4 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Steven

Prerequisite: None
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.

THDN 400 Senior Seminar
2 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Steve

Prerequisite: For Theatre majors only
We will concentrate on career development. Each senior will create a portfolio consisting of projects in design, acting, criticism, or directing based on their interests. In addition, we will explore major styles and playwrights that have not yet been covered in other courses.

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