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Course Descriptions

Theatre and Dance Course Listings - Spring 2013

THDN 120A- 01 Art of the Theatre
4 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Patrick

Prerequisite: None
This course provides an overview of the many areas that comes together to comprise theatre: acting, playwriting, design, directing, literary analysis, and various business-related fields.  Students will read and attend plays, participate in class activities, learn about the social role of the theatre, and work collaboratively on projects.  The class includes mid-term and final examinations and a cumulative individual or group project.

THDN 120A- 02 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.  Four projects, four tests, one critical essay, attendance at main stage productions, and one final exam are required.

THDN 211A- 01 Dance Composition
4 Semester Hours
Chang, Shih-Ming Li

Prerequisite: None
The dance composition course focuses on the development and presentation of choreography. Improvisation, authentic movement study, journal writing, class discussion, and composition exercises will be incorporated throughout the semester.  The course will cover introduction to movement vocabulary, the language of dance, creating movement phrases, and the crafting of choreography.  All students are expected to explore new movement ideas physically in each class.  Assessment will be based on class participation, completion of assignments, and a final project.

THDN 226A- 01W Improvisation
4 Semester Hours
Staff

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.

This 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.  Test: Viola Spolin’s Improvisation for the Theater.  Writing Intensive.

THDN 230A- 01 Stagecraft
4 Semester Hours
Humphries, Jimmy

Prerequisite: None
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.  One project, a mid-term test, and a final comprehensive exam are required.

THDN 250A- 01 Child Drama
4 Semester Hours
Staff

Prerequisite: None
This course introduces students to drama activities with and for children.  It is designed for students who wish to work with children in drama settings such as camps, recreation centers, or theatres, and for students who wish to use drama as a teaching tool in a classroom.
Upon completion of the course the student will:

  1. Appreciate the contribution drama can make to a child’s development and life.
  2. Understand the history of creative drama, its principles and techniques.
  3. Be able to plan and conduct effective drama sessions for children of different ages in different settings.
  4. Be able to plan and conduct effective lessons in which drama is used as a teaching tool.

This course will have lecture, discussion, and laboratory sessions.  Laboratory sessions will include participating in drama activities with fellow students and conducting drama workshops with school children.  Students will be required to complete weekly exercises/projects based on the text and a culminating project that will consist of developing:  a) an exemplary subject or theme-based drama workshop session; or b) an exemplary lesson using drama as a teaching tool.  Students will lead laboratory sessions and write critiques of these sessions.  Assessment will be based on the portfolio of work the student creates throughout the term, the culminating project, and his or her demonstrated skill as a workshop leader.
Texts: The Dramatic Difference-Drama in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom by Victoria Brown
and Sarah Pleydell;  Dramatic Literacy-Using Drama and Literature to Teach Middle-Level Content by
Lea Smith and J. Daniel Herring.

THDN 313H-01W Dance in the Twentieth Century
4 Semester Hours
Staff

Prerequisite: None
This course is designed for those of us who love to watch dance.  We begin by looking at dance in the late 19th century, then move to an examination of modernism seen in the dances of Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, and finally we look at the post-modernist works of Twyla Tharp and Mark Morris.  You will write short review papers of live and film performances and one research paper.  Assessment is based on writing assignments, exams, class participation, and discussion.  Writing intensive.

THDN 322- 01 Advanced Acting
4 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Patrick

Prerequisite: THDN 222A or permission of the instructor
Building off the fundamentals skills explored in the introductory course, Advanced Acting moves forward into specialized scene, voice, and movement work.  Sections include work on Shakespeare, Laban movement, personalized vocal regimens and Western realistic acting.  The course works toward the presentation of three different scenes and two monologues over the course of the semester.  Students will also attend two theatre productions.

THDN 401- 01 Senior Seminar
2 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Patrick
Prerequisite: Senior Class Standing
This class is for senior Theatre majors only.  In preparation for engagement with theatre work subsequent to graduation, students will examine significant plays and playwrights, continue exploration of professional theatre, and prepare for the Senior Swan Song.

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