Theatre : Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: Majors only
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces reading a play as an imaging of action. Exploration of structuring plot, character, and other elements of a play. Compares texts with interpretations in live and video productions. Required for all majors and minors.

TH 105 Introduction to Theatre-Non Majors

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Central theatrical and literary elements of dramatic art; readings in selected plays and criticism. Students attend several productions. For nonmajors.

TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Co-requisites: Student must register for TH 106LEC and TH 136LAB or TH 135LAB in the same term.
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Production elements: materials, equipment and construction of scenery, costumes, lighting and sound; production organization: run crews, stage management. Required of all majors.

TH 107 Costume Construction I

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 106 Or TH 135 Or TH 136 and BFA Des/Tech majors or permission of instructor
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces materials, tools, and techniques; may include patterning; fabric identification, dyeing, and painting; projects on departmental productions.

TH 108 Basic Acting I

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Nature and elements of behavior-based acting; practical investigation and involvement; physical games; imaginative exercises; improvisations; preliminary introduction to scene work. Required of all majors and minors.

TH 109 Basic Acting II

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 101, TH 106, and TH 108 or permission of instructor.
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces scene study: how to break down a script; how to prepare an actor's score; primary terms; a precise and exacting rehearsal method; how to make fundamental character choices; how to uncover the character's dramatic intentions. Emphasizes working together, sharing space, and playing objectives. Students must be willing to explore their emotional life as a means to living truthfully on stage.

TH 126 Topics in Arts and Culture

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Provides students with the ability to discover, distinguish, recognize, and analyze the elements of theatre in contemporary American culture. Areas to be examined include other branches of the arts, family celebrations, social and political events, annual feasts and holidays, mass media including commercials and advertisements, sports events, paratheatre activities, and others. In each of these phenomena, we examine elements of theatre, such as script, acting, staging, costumes, lighting, and musical score.

TH 135 Production Practicum

Laboratory
Credits: 1
Semester(s): Fall
Co-requisites: Student must register for TH 106LEC and TH 136LAB or TH 135LAB in the same term.
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Practical experience on productions based on lectures in TH 106.

TH 136 Production Practicum

Laboratory
Credits: 1
Semester(s): Spring
Co-requisites: Student must register for TH 106LEC and TH 136LAB or TH 135LAB in the same term.
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Practical experience on productions based on lectures in TH 106.

TH 201 Script Analysis

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: TH 101LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Develops fundamental analytical skills that actors, directors, and designers use to prepare a wide range of dramatic texts for rehearsal and production. Students will learn an approach to moving a play from page to stage, with emphasis on understanding and analyzing the building blocks of drama: dramatic structure, given circumstances, character, language, action, tempo, rhythm, and space. Students will improve their ability to communicate ideas about staging plays orally and in writing and begin to collaborate toward a shared artistic process and product. The ultimate goal is to realize the freedom and responsibility of theatre practitioners as interpretive artists.

TH 203 Visual Imagination

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 106
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces and explores visual vocabulary; looking and seeing as learned skills; translation of idea to image. Required of all majors.

TH 205 Technical Drafting

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 106
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Transfer of designer's ideas to ground plans and working drawings.

TH 207 Stage Makeup

Laboratory
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Analysis, research, and design as essential elements in realizing makeup for a character; explores basic materials and techniques.

TH 208 Method Acting I

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: TH 109
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The study and practice of the Strasberg Method of relaxation and sensory exercises and its application to an actor in scene work and monologues. Concentrates on exercises that constitute Lee Strasberg's Method as well as scene and monologue work.

TH 209 Method Acting II

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 208 or permission of instructor
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Continues principles and techniques studied in TH 208. Advanced acting exercises based on the method developed by the late Lee Strasberg. Further develops exploration and application of advanced scene analysis, affective memory, and additional tools to scene-work. Advanced research on method acting, focusing on Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Robert Lewis, and Sanford Meisner.

TH 210 Audition Workshop (Non-Bfa)

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studio/performance course focusing on three basic skills: scene analysis, "cold" readings, and monologue preparation. Students refine their ability to breakdown and analyze scripts and further develop their audition technique. These skills will be applied to the preparation and presentation of monologues and scenes from modern American and European plays, both realistic and nonrealistic, from the late 1980s and on. Requires all students be prepared and flexible, able to bring something new to each class and willing to adapt to direction and try new approaches to audition material.

TH 212 Improvisation for Storytellers

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 109
Grading: Graded (A-F)
This course is a hands-on exploration of improvisational techniques for storytellers, drawn predominantly from the work of Keith Johnstone. Through loosely-structured improvisations, students will develop confidence in their ability to be spontaneous and take risks, work with partners to develop unscripted material, lower and raise status in relationship to other improvisors, and understand how stories function on stage.

TH 220 Performing in America: Race, Gender, Class and American Identities on Stage

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines 20th century American drama and theatre performances as reflection on changing American identities. Looks at the ways in which plays and performances defined what it meant to be American, as well as how individual playwrights and theatre artists reshaped dramatic literature and theatre to represent their own diverse identities. Studies the variety of identities - racial, ethnic, gender, class, and religious - that emerge from the diversity of American theatre.

TH 227 Voice Training I

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Exercises to consciously relax body tension, align the body, and deepen the awareness of breathing. Text work, such as Haiku poetry, connects words to breathing.

TH 228 Voice Training II

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 227
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Continuation of TH 227; focuses on the development of vocal range, power, capacity, flexibility, and sensitivity. Text work-including poetry, monologues, sonnets, and scene work, along with exercises-continues the breathing/word connection.

TH 230 Theatre Crafts

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 106
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Research, materials, and techniques of properties for scenery and costume construction. May include paints and finishes, casting and sculpting, sewing, leatherwork, upholstery, fabric dyeing, painting techniques, and millinery and wigs.

TH 235 Production Practicum

Laboratory
Credits: 1
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: TH 135 Or TH 136
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Practical run crew experience on productions.

TH 236 Production Practicum

Laboratory
Credits: 1
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: Majors and permission of instructor
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Practical run crew experience on departmental productions.

TH 300 Stage Management

Lecture
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: TH 203
Grading: Graded (A-F)
An intense study of the vocation and profession of stage management as defined by modern theatre practice and the role of the professional stage manager. The complex inter-relationships between the stage manager and the other members of the theatrical staff from pre-production to the closing show and beyond will be examined in depth.

TH 301 Theatre History and Literature I

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Early theatrical rituals: European theatre from antiquity (Greece and Rome), through the middle ages and Renaissance (including English Elizabethan theatre and Spanish Golden Age theatre), to seventeenth-century Baroque theatre in Italy and France, and Oriental theatre (India, China, Japan, Indonesia). Combines the study of theatre forms with reading and analyzing dramas. Required of all majors. Should be taken sophomore year.

TH 302 Theatre History and Literature II

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 301 or permission of instructor
Grading: Graded (A-F)
American theatre from the sixteenth century until the present; European theatre from the eighteenth century until the present; international theatre exchange. Combines the study of theatre forms with reading and analyzing dramas. Required of all majors. Should be taken sophomore year.

TH 303 Scene Design I

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: TH 101 Or TH 203
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Analysis, research, style as translation from text to image; visual communication through spacial arrangement as it applies to theatre. Tools and techniques of presentation: ground plans, models, etc.

TH 305 Costume Drafting and Draping

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Basic techniques of pattern development for stage costume; projects in patterning from designer's sketches.

TH 306 Costume Design I

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 203
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Analysis, research, style as translation from text to image; visual communication of character through clothes. Tools and techniques of presentation: organization, etc.; minimal drawing.

TH 308 Poetic Text

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Actors' use of language, especially poetic and heightened language. Material is selected from a progression of styles beginning with naturalism and evolving to classical poetic texts. Stresses techniques of imaging, textual analysis, and full use of breath and voice to support the demands of non-naturalistic language.

TH 309 Acting in Shakespeare

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 308
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Deciphers rhythm and image codes in Shakespearean verse and incorporation of these elements into scene and character preparation. General social, historical, and theatrical orientation to Elizabethan England. Examines at least one tragedy and one comedy.

TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The dramaturg is an important collaborator in the theatrical production process, playing the multi-faceted role of historian, researcher, adaptor, translator, audience educator, and overall supporter of the production team. Working closely with the director, the dramaturg helps to shape and nourish the production and to facilitate the demanding process of bringing a play from the page to the stage. Introduced students to the fundamentals of production dramaturgy through close analysis of works by select playwrights of the contemporary historical theatre.

TH 315 Modern Theatre I

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Pre-requisites: THD 202
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Deals in some detail with the development of a dominant realistic tradition in the theatre at the end of the nineteenth century and then examines the modification of that tradition because of the attacks that set in almost at once. Emphasizes understanding individual plays, together with some appreciation of relevant developments in acting and scenic design. Figures include Zola, Ibsen, Strindberg, Hauptmann, Maeterlink, Jarry, Chekhov, Synge, Kokoshka, Wedekind, Cocteau, as well as Antoine, Stanislavsky, and Lugne-Poe.

TH 316 Modern Theatre II

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant developments in theatre art and play writing since World War I; selected readings in British and continental plays and criticism.

TH 320 American Drama

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 302
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores the contemporary American drama and theatre, specially emphasizing the plays of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Clifford Odets, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, and the emerging playwrights of the '80s and early '90s.

TH 325 Performance and the Critic

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys the performing arts (theatre, dance, music, etc.) to increase background knowledge and develop critical awareness. Reading includes criticism, material on the performing arts, and texts of plays. Students attend live performances and write critiques. Discussion of performances and assigned reading; guest speakers; screening of films and videotapes; workshops on critique writing.

TH 331 Problems in Technical Theatre

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 203 Or TH 205
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Techniques employed in resolving problems in technical theatre. Requires lab work.

TH 332 Lighting Design I

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: TH 203
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Equipment, materials, methods of lighting the stage. Requires crew work. Should be taken sophomore year.

TH 335 Production Practicum

Laboratory
Credits: 1
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: TH 107 Or TH 135 Or TH 136
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Practical experience building departmental productions.

TH 336 Production Practicum

Laboratory
Credits: 1
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Practical experience building productions.

TH 340 Makeup Studio

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 341 Theatre Studio I

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 342 Theatre Studio II

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 343 Theatre Studio III

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 344 Theatre Studio IV

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 345 Costume Construction Studio

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 107
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 346 Costume Design Studio

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 347 Scene Design Studio

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 348 Lighting Design Studio

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 349 Technical Studio

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 350 Properties Studio

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Significant participation in the performance, design, technical, and management phases of departmental productions. Credit hours for a specific project must be arranged with instructor.

TH 370 Age of Shakespeare

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Dramatic works of Shakespeare's contemporaries-Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and others; theatre and theatrical practices of the period.

TH 401 Directing I

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A practical course in directing. Provides students with the consciousness of theatre and creative directing: basic techniques in preparing the script for rehearsals, creating the space, collaborating with a designer, using tempo/rhythm, working with actors, preparing and conducting rehearsals.

TH 402 Directing II

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 401
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Continuation of TH 401. Includes work on a play, script, or other material for a production: analyzing text, preparing lists of characters, settings, props, and music/sound effects. Creating a space: its character, dimensions, relationships between actors and audience, the role of light, use of objects within space, and shape of the space for the spectators. Explores the speed/tempo/rhythm of a production. Methods of casting, auditioning, rehearsing; methods of collaborating with authors, translators, literary advisors, designers, composers, stage managers, technical staff, and administrative staff.

TH 403 Scene Design 2

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Further studies in scene design; individual projects.

TH 404 Scene Design 3

Seminar
Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The scene designer's process is exercised by creating production proposals for significant theatrical works. Particular attention is given to text analysis, research methods, visual communication, three-dimensional response, and presentation. The course culminates in a portfolio review where the student will demonstrate his/her ability to create innovative and appropriate scenic environments for given texts in diverse venues.

TH 406 Costume Design II

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Further studies in costume design.

TH 408 Audition Techniques

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: TH 308
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Techniques and methods of preparation essential for successful auditions at the college, graduate school, and professional levels.

TH 409 Mime/Movement for Actors

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 308
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves the actor's use of specific techniques as a tool to add awareness, flexibility, and suppleness to body movement so that the actor becomes free to concentrate on creating a role. This intensive training leads to a more elaborate physical building of the character, which unites the actor's body and mind with the script.

TH 411 Theatre Workshop

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Historical, artistic, practical aspects of a specific play or dramatic problem (audition), works of a specific playwright. Workshop performance produced entirely with the resources of class members.

TH 412 Theatre Workshop

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Historical, artistic, practical aspects of a specific play or dramatic problem (audition), works of a specific playwright. Workshop performance produced entirely with the resources of class members.

TH 413 Theatre Workshop

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Historical, artistic, practical aspects of a specific play or dramatic problem (audition), works of a specific playwright. Workshop performance produced entirely with the resources of class members.

TH 414 Theatre Workshop

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Historical, artistic, practical aspects of a specific play or dramatic problem (audition), works of a specific playwright. Workshop performance produced entirely with the resources of class members.

TH 416 Mask

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies mask traditions and practical exploration of mask technique, using neutral masks, full-face masks and half-masks. Develops skill in using sound, gesture and movement to create mask characters. Creating and performing solo or ensemble scenes, using mask characters.

TH 420 Introduction to Lloyd Richards Technique

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)

TH 422 Special Topics

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)

TH 423 Special Topics

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 109 Or TH 203 Or TH 302
Grading: Graded (A-F)

TH 424 Special Topics

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)

TH 427 Voice and Movement

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores the connection between voice, movement and language. Students learn to release habitual patterns of tension, to use their voices and bodies more spontaneously and expressively, and to communicate more effectively through sound, gesture and movement.

TH 433 Lighting Design

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: TH 332
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Exercises the lighting designer's ability to communicate orally, visually, and graphically in the production process. Emphasis is given to visualization techniques and both hand and computer generated rendering techniques are explored.

TH 439 Studies in Design

Seminar
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Intensive study of a particular movement, designer, problem, or area in theatrical design or technology.

TH 440 Studies in Design

Laboratory
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Intensive study of a particular movement, designer, problem, or area in theatrical design or technology.

TH 457 Comedy of Manners

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Social and historical background that in 1660 led to the rise of Restoration comedy in England. Development of comedy of manners in works of four English playwrights. Practical exploration and involvement; students work on scenes to develop understanding of the material's dramatic nature and interpretive problems.

TH 460 Asian Performing Arts

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Comprehensive study of a wide range of Asian performing arts, from theatre and dance to ritual and popular entertainment. Both intercultural and interdisciplinary, the course draws on the arts, humanities and social sciences.

TH 464 Black Theatre-Past and Present

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys the roots and development of Black Theatre from its mythic traditions in Africa to the contemporary works of Ed Bullins, Amiri Baraka and August Wilson.

TH 466 Women in Theatre

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies works of women in theatre from Krotsvitha of Gandersheim to present-day women playwrights, actors, directors and designers.

TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 302
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines, in-depth, selected figures, movements, artists, and events that have had a seminal influence on modern theatre's development. Focuses on reading important texts, discussion, and individual research, but may include workshop activities when appropriate.

TH 477 Production Dramaturgy

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The dramaturg is a major collaborator in the process of theatrical production, serving as both historical and critical researcher as well as a 'third eye' within the rehearsal space. This course is designed for students who wish to participate as dramturgs on select departmental productions throughout the season. The role of the dramaturg is to work closely with the director of the production to fulfill basic requirements and needs as that arise throughout the rehearsal and final production periods.

TH 478 Arthur Miller

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Comprehensively studies Arthur Miller's dramatic work in its historical and theatrical context, particularly focusing on one of the major plays, such as Death of a Salesman or The Crucible.

TH 479 Brecht

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A study of the plays, poetry and theatre asthetic of Brecht, and the impact of that work on 20th Cent. Drama.

TH 480 Shakespeare On Stage

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores Shakespeare in performance in the twentieth and twenty-first century. We view and analyze film and video of the plays as produced by the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company and directors such as Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, Laurence Olivier, Peter Brook and Kenneth Branagh.

TH 481 Irish Dramatists

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Traditional, classical and contemporary playwrights from Cosgrove to Beckett and Friel. Explores common themes of identity, nationalism and revolt, particularly emphasizing the tradition of tragi-comedy in the work of Irish playwrights.

TH 482 Chekhov

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Comprehensively studies Anton Chekhov's major works and the contribution they make to theatrical realism's development as we know it today. Also studies the importance of Chekhov's collaborations with Konstantine Stanislavsky to the birth of realistic theatre production.

TH 483 Ibsen

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Comprehensively studies Henrik Ibsen's major works, particularly emphasizing A Doll's House, The Wild Duck, Ghosts' and An Enemy of the People and the contribution these plays made to the birth of realistic drama.

TH 484 Theatre of MoliÈRe

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores the comic genius of Moliere, both by studying his roots in the Commedia Dell'arte and through carefully reading his major works: The Misanthrope, The Miser, Tartuffe and the Would-be Gentleman (in translation).

TH 485 Playwriting Workshop

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores basic tools of the playwright's craft; writing exercises to release imagination and spontaneity; guided development of characters, dialogue, scenes, plot structure; writing a ten-minute or short one-act play, which receives a staged reading at the end of the semester. Analyzes published plays and professional productions. May be repeated for credit.

TH 486 Playwriting Seminar

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Pre-requisites: TH 401
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Continuation of TH 485, for advanced students. Writing a full-length one-act play, which receives a staged reading at the end of the semester. Analyzes published plays and professional productions. May be repeated for credit.

TH 487 Major Figures

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Major dramatists or theatre artists; variable subjects.

TH 488 Major Figures

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Major dramatists or theatre artists; variable subjects.

TH 489 Major Figures

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Major dramatists or theatre artists; variable subjects.

TH 493 Advanced Directing

Laboratory
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Continuation of TH 402, for advanced students.

TH 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching

Tutorial
Credits: 1-3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Students may serve as undergraduate teaching assistants in 100-300 level courses with permission of instructor. Responsibilities include leading in-class discussions, meeting with students in small coaching groups, and holding study sessions.

TH 496 Art Management Internship

Tutorial
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Practical, hands-on experience. Includes work in the areas of promotion, public relations, theatre management, box office, ushering, etc.

TH 499 Independent Study

Tutorial
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Substantial independent research or applied project under the supervision of a faculty member.

THD 104 Appreciating Dance

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Appreciating Dance is a course designed for non-majors and meets the general education arts requirement for students majoring in other areas. The central purpose of the course is the development of the students? responsiveness to dance. THD 104 is an introduction to the social, historical, and expressive aspects of dance and explores the evolving roles of dancer, choreographer, and spectator through the study of masterworks in different genres and eras of dance. In this course, students are required to see three live performances outside of class and attend all classes which include discussions on historical and critical readings, video-illustrated lectures led by the instructor, guest-lectures, and interactive exercises. This course engages students in evolving discussions of concert and social dance, as we discover the ways in which performances have changed for both creators and audiences. Students will develop a responsiveness to dance as a form of communication and personal expression and understand how dance reflects and comments on society.

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