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TH 205 Introduction to Theatre (4)
Introduction to the history and practice of the arts of the stage, with special emphasis on the aesthetic and practical dimensions of stage production, including projects in acting, directing, playwriting, and scenic design. Note: This is not primarily an acting class. See TH 222. Offered every semester.

TH 222 Acting (4)
An introductory workshop experience for actors, designed to foster a basic competence in the uses of the voice, body, and imagination for dramatic performance. Offered every semester.

TH 231 Stagecrafts (4)
Students will acquire a hands-on knowledge of the methods, principles, and conventions of scenic production by way of both lab and lecture periods. As this is a prerequisite for advanced classes in technical theatre, basic skills and a working vocabulary in scenery and property construction, scene painting, lighting, and sound will be stressed. Offered every semester.

TH 325 Theatre Through the Ages (1)
This team-taught course covers the breadth of historical theatrical activity not covered in the other more in-depth cultural studies courses. Students will read about one historical era and read one play each week. Offered alternate years.

TH 351 Intermediate Acting (4)
A studio class utilizing the specific methodology of theorist Sanford Meisner. Additionally, this course will focus on the mastery of audition technique relevant to prepare students for professional competition. Offered once every three years. Prerequisite: TH 222 or consent of the instructor.

TH 352 Theatre on the Edge (4)
A studio class exploring various non-realistic approaches to theatre-making, including the body as object, masks, commedia dell’arte, physical comedy, soundscapes, and translations of film, art, and music into theatrical performance. The course culminates in a piece of devised theatre on a topic chosen by the students and performed for the Celebration of Excellence. Offered once every three years.

TH 353 Advanced Acting (4)
A studio class focusing on physical characterizations, especially for monologues; period style movement; voice work; understanding and speaking classical texts; and stage combat: unarmed, broadsword, and single rapier. Prerequisite: TH 222 or consent of the instructor. Offered once every three years.

TH 361 Elements of Design (4)
This course will immerse students in a study of all aspects of theatre design, from general design theory to practical execution of designs in the theatre, with a focus on scenic design. Prerequisite: TH 231. Offered alternate years.

TH 362 Light and Sound (4)
In this course students will examine the visual and aural world and how that is imitated and manipulated in theatrical lighting and sound. Students will acquire a thorough understanding of lighting and sound technology through a study of history, theory, and hands-on experience. Prerequisite: TH 231. Offered alternate years.

TH 363 Stage Management and Theatre Operations (4)
This course combines stage management and production management, exploring the relationship between the artistry and execution of theatre from conception to final performance. Topics include stage management, production management, delegation, scheduling, professional unions, time and personnel management, touring, publicity/marketing, box office, and house management. Students will be placed in a problem-solving environment so they can acquire knowledge and skills necessary for becoming a leader in a theatre organization. Prerequisite: TH 231. Offered alternate years.

TH 371 Theatre in Society (2)
An in-depth study of two major periods in the history of the theatre, Classical Greece and 19th- Century America, with particular attention to historiographical concerns and culminating in the production of a piece of original research. Offered alternate years.

TH 372 Drama and Performance Studies (2)
A historical study of critics’ theories on playwriting and performance, especially concerning how plays and their productions should impact the audience. The course culminates in an exploration of contemporary performance art. Offered alternate years.

TH 373 Shakespeare’s Theatre (4)
A study of the historical, economic, political, social, religious, and artistic dimensions of the theatre in England beginning with the medieval period but focusing on the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Special attention will be paid to the practices of the companies and audiences of the period’s most significant playwrights. Offered alternate years.

TH 461, 462 Independent Study in Theatre (1)
Advanced tutorial on an appropriate topic. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

TH 463, 464 Internship in Theatre (1 - 4)
Internship with a theatre company or company utilizing theatre, usually during the summer. Areas of emphasis include acting, playwriting, stage management, lighting and sound, and box office/ house management.

TH 465, 466 Independent Research in Theatre (1 - 2)
When a faculty-directed production is entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, an outside evaluator chooses two students to participate in the regional Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition. In conjunction with their director, they research and prepare scenes to present at the festival.

TH 480 Honors Project (4)
Completed in either the junior or senior year, this course represents a milestone in the student’s development and is intended to prepare him or her for professional work in the field. Typically this will be a significant role or design for a faculty-directed show. For students not strictly in the acting or tech tracks, alternative possibilities will be considered, such as writing and/or directing a play, stage managing a challenging faculty-directed show, or working as the department’s business manager in an arts administration capacity.

TH 485 Senior Capstone: Theatre Directing (4)
This course examines the role of the director and how he or she translates technique and theory into the world of the text with a focus on exploration and collaboration with actors and designers. Additionally, students will practice the organizational and communication skills required to helm a production. The final outcome of the course for each student will be a fully realized production of a one-act play in the ICEBOX. Prerequisites: TH 222, junior standing, and consent of the instructor. Offered fall semesters.

TH 490, 491 Theatre Directing Practicum I & II (1 - 3)
Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to direct a production each spring. Proposals, including casting needs and a budget as well as rationale, should be submitted to the Department by September 1 of the previous fall. Decisions will be announced by October 1. Prerequisites: For a one-act play: successful completion of Stagecrafts, Acting, and one upper-level acting course as well as participation in faculty-directed productions. Two one-acts may be done in one spring by different student directors. For a full-length play: In addition to the above, students must have successfully completed the senior capstone, Theatre Directing. All proposals are subject to departmental approval. Accepted proposals are contingent on students meeting the above conditions.

TH 495 Showcase and Portfolio (0-1)
In the semester immediately prior to graduation, students prepare a 20- to 25-minute Senior Showcase, which will be presented to Department of Theatre faculty and will be open to the public, as well as submitting an electronic portfolio of writing demonstrating achievement of departmental learning outcome goals.