Theatre (THEATR)

THEATR 1005: Topics in Theatre - Humanities/Fine Arts

Organized study of selected topics. Subject and credit may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with departmental consent.

Credit Hour: 1-99


THEATR 1100: The Theatre in Society

Examines the form and meaning of theatre in civilizations of the West from the ancient Greeks to modern times.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: Freshman or Sophomore standing


THEATR 1200: Voice and Articulation

Techniques for improving speaking voice; theories underlying techniques. Attention to student's articulation, pronunciation, voice quality, general expressiveness.

Credit Hours: 2


THEATR 1250: World Theatre Workshop

(same as BL_STU 1250). Provides a diverse ensemble of student performers, writers, and technicians with an intensive immersion in the process of theatrical production through the public presentation of dramatic literature that focuses on global issues of ethnicity and culture.

Credit Hours: 2


THEATR 1320: Beginning Scenic Construction

This course examines, through theory and practice, the art and science of technical theatre. Students explore the methods, equipment, and materials used in executing scenery, properties, and lighting designs for the stage, and participate in the backstage operation of a theatrical production.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 1340: Beginning Costume Construction

This course examines, through theory and practice, the art and science of costume technology in the theatre. Students explore the methods, equipment, and materials used in executing costume designs for the stage, and participate in the backstage operation of a theatrical production.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 1360: Stage Makeup

Character analysis, facial anatomy, color for stage and television makeup. Practice in application.

Credit Hour: 1


THEATR 1400: Acting for Non-Majors

Basic theory and practice of acting for the non theatre major.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 1420: Stage Movement for the Actor

Basic work in the techniques that comprise movement training for the actor.

Credit Hours: 2


THEATR 1720: African-American Theatre History

(same as BL_STU 1720). A historical and critical analysis of the evolution of African American cultural performance in the American theatre and entertainment industry.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 2005: Topics in Theatre - Humanities

Organized study of selected topics. Subject and credit may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with department consent.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 2150: African-American Cinema

(same as BL_STU 2150). Study of the impact of cinema and the entertainment industry on the social perceptions of African-Americans and on African-American culture.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 2200: Introduction to Performance Studies

This course focuses on the writing of adaptations for the stage through performance. Students develop skills in critical reading, writing, listening, speaking and analysis of performance as they study oral and literary texts, autobiography and narratives.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 2300: Production Workshop I

Work backstage in support of university theatre productions. Scenery, lighting, costumes, properties or other responsibilities. May be repeated. Graded on a S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 2330: Stage Management

Study of the role of the theatre stage manager. Practice in becoming effective in planning and stage managing theatre productions. Graded on A/F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 2360: Stagecraft

Fundamentals of properties and scenic construction stressing terminology and practical production experience.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 1320


THEATR 2410: Performance Workshop

Credit for performance in University Theatre Production. Must audition and be cast to receive credit. May be repeated. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


THEATR 2510: Introduction to Theatre Design

Design principles and elements as they relate to theatre performance. Use of drawing and creative 3-dimensional exercises to develop design concepts.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: to students interested in directing, playwriting, and design for the theatre


THEATR 2710: Introduction to Theatre History

Survey of major periods emphasizing the produced play in its historical context.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 2800: Principles of Script Analysis

Methodologies of script analysis for theatrical purposes. Extensive writing will be required.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000


THEATR 2810: Script Analysis for Theatre Majors

Advanced methodologies of script analysis. Critical analysis of scripts for theatre, film, and performance, including the analysis of plots, characters, themes, and language. Students in this class view performances and read scripts, then analyze the connections between the scripts and performances through extensive writing exercises.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000
Recommended: Intended for Theatre Majors


THEATR 2920: Beginning Playwriting

(same as ENGLSH 2560). Study and practice of playwriting fundamentals; emphasizes the one-act play.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 3005: Topics in Theatre - Humanities

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and earnable credit may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with departmental consent.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent
Recommended: Junior Standing


THEATR 3005H: Topics in Theatre - Honors - Humanities

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and earnable credit may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with departmental consent.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: Instructor's consent and honors eligibility
Recommended: Junior standing


THEATR 3100: Summer Repertory Theatre

Participation in production of Summer Repertory Theatre. May be repeated.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 3200: Performance of Literature

(same as ENGLSH 3570 and COMMUN 3570). Analysis and oral interpretation of literary works. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: sophomore standing


THEATR 3230: Vocal Performance Technique

This course develops the ability to use the voice as a creative and expressive instrument through a comprehensive study of speech and voice dynamics which include the exploration of proper breathing, relaxation, tonal placement, and non-regional articulation.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 3300: Production Workshop II

Credit earned in a technical project in support of a University Theatre production. Scenery, costumes, properties, or other responsibilities. May be repeated to total of 3 hours. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 3310: Costume Crafts

To develop the skills and techniques needed in executing costume crafts, including millinery, corsetry, painting and dyeing, and embellishment.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 3320: Theatrical Patternmaking

Patternmaking for the theatre. Basic knowledge of sewing required.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 1340 or T_A_M 1200


THEATR 3330: Advanced Costume Construction

Learn advanced techniques in theatrical costuming through lecture, demonstration and practical application.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 1340 and instructor's consent


THEATR 3340: Scene Painting

Studio practice in techniques of painting scenery for the Theatre.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 3420: Acting I

Basic theory, practice of acting, stage movement.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 3430: Acting II

Script analysis, character and role development in modern and contemporary non-realistic theatrical forms. Rehearsal and presentation of scenes, based on contemporary dramatic and performance theory.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: THEATR 2800


THEATR 3530: Computer Graphics in Theatre Design

The use of graphics and CAD software to create theatre designs. The course will progress from 2D CAD drafting to 3D image rendering.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 3540: Advanced Stage Makeup

Advanced practical experience in stage makeup techniques. Projects might include: mask making, ventilation, advanced character applications. Practice in application. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: THEATR 1360 and instructor's consent


THEATR 3550: Sound Design

Beginning sound design for the theatre. Units include basics of researching, recording, and augmenting sound for the use in a theatrical production.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 1320 and instructor's consent


THEATR 3560: Scene Design

Theory/practice of scenic design for the theatre with emphasis on the evolutionary process of design from concept to reality.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 2510
Recommended: THEATR 3530


THEATR 3600: Theatrical Directing

Theory and practice of play directing, script selection, casting, play analysis, rehearsal and performance.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 2800 and instructor's consent


THEATR 3700: World Dramatic Literature

(same as ENGLSH 3170). Survey of world drama from Greeks to present, focusing on structure, theory and performance.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: THEATR 2710 and THEATR 2800


THEATR 3750: New American Theatre

Survey of drama of the most recent decade as it documents contemporary mores and amplifies cultural themes.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 3770: The Theatre Experience: From Page to Stage and Screen

Stimulates critical thinking about theatrical performance, its relationship to the society of which it is a part, and its past and present significance as an art form, a cultural resource, a social institution, and a commercial enterprise.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Journalism Majors only


THEATR 3920: Intermediate Playwriting

(same as ENGLSH 3560). Intermediate study of the writing process as applied to theatre, leading to the creation of a full-length play to be considered for production.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 2920 or ENGLSH 2560


THEATR 3930: Screenwriting for Television and Film

(same as FILM_S 3930). Fundamentals of storytelling utilizing tools and structure used by television and film.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000


THEATR 4005: Topics in Theatre - Humanities

Organized study of selected topics. Topic and credit may vary semester to semester. May be repeated with department consent.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 4220: Acting III

(cross-leveled with THEATR 7220). Period acting styles. Special projects in interpretation, rehearsal, creation of roles.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 3420 or THEATR 3430
Recommended: THEATR 2800


THEATR 4240: Theory and Practice of Theatre of the Oppressed

(same as PEA_ST 4240). Theory and practice of Augusto Boal's liberatory interactive theatre process, including application of techniques of specific social issues.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 4280: Digital Media and Performance

(cross-leveled with THEATR 7280). This course introduces students to the history and practice of the combination of live actors and digital media within the context of theatre and performance. Students learn about developments in the history of this topic as well as significant individuals, groups of artists, and theorists who have contributed to the field. Theories of performance are utilized as a way to understand subjects such as the development of computers and the Internet, the impact of technology and social media on society, virtual reality, telematics, robotics, and video games. Students create their own performances that combine live performances with digital media elements, and learn basic approaches to using computer software that is employed in creating these types of performances.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 4460: Musical Theatre Performance

A practical study for the actor of theatrical songs through character analysis, lyric interpretation and movement. A performance course.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 4530: Stage Lighting Design

Theory and practice of lighting for theatre production.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 4570: Theatrical Costume Design

Basic practice in costume rendering using charcoal, crayon, ink, watercolor and other media. Costume history, both theatrical and general, will be surveyed. Basic problems of theatre design will be considered.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 1320 or THEATR 1340


THEATR 4600: Advanced Directing

(cross-leveled with THEATR 7600). Advanced principles of theatrical directing; emphasizes stylistic variations. May be repeated once.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 3600 and instructor's consent


THEATR 4650: Introduction to Dramaturgy

The course focuses on the practice of dramaturgy and the various functions currently performed by the artist/scholar identified as "dramaturg" including research, dramatic criticism/interpretation, new play development, marketing and educational outreach, and textual adaptation.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 4700: Studies in Theatre History

Advanced survey of major periods, movements. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours with instructor's consent.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: Senior standing


THEATR 4720: American Musicals

(same as MUS_H_LI 4376). Historical survey of the development of the 20th-Century American Musical in Theatre and Film.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 4730: Theatre Architecture

Examines the renovation of existing buildings into workable theatre spaces. Includes history of theatre architecture.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 4800: Studies in Dramatic Theory

Analysis of history, meaning and function of selected concepts of contemporary dramatic and performance theory.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: senior standing


THEATR 4820: Studies in Dramatic Literature

Advanced survey of major movements, periods, writers. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours with instructor's consent.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: Senior standing


THEATR 4830: Studies in Dramatic Criticism

Survey of methods of criticism of scripts and performances.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: senior standing


THEATR 4920: Advanced Playwriting: Problems

(same as ENGLSH 4560; cross-leveled with THEATR 7920 and ENGLSH 7560). Advanced study of the writing process as applied to theatre, including theory and practice of special playwriting problems and techniques.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 3920 or ENGLSH 3560


THEATR 4930: Adaptation of Literature for the Stage

(same as ENGLSH 4570; cross-leveled with THEATR 7930 and ENGLSH 7570). This upper-division course will explore adaptation principles and practices with a variety of forms of literature that were not originally written for the stage.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 4935: Adaptation of Literature for Film

(same as FILM_S 4935 and ENGLSH 4935; cross-leveled with THEATR 7935, ENGLSH 7580 and FILM_S 7935). This upper-division course will explore adaptation principles and practices with a variety of forms for literature that were not originally written for film.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 4940: Internship in Theatre

Internship: Experimental learning as an actor, designer, technician, publicist/manager, or dramaturg with an approved theatre company. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-6
Prerequisites: departmental consent
Recommended: junior or senior standing


THEATR 4960: Directed Readings in Theatre

Independent reading, reports.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 4990: Capstone in Theatre

Theatre experiences and knowledge gained by students are connected through compilation of resume and portfolio. Student will meet with faculty jury to discuss his/her body of theatrical work. Required for senior theatre students. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 7005: Topics

Organized study of selected topics. Topic and credit may vary semester to semester. May be repeated with department consent.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 7220: Acting III

(cross-leveled with THEATR 7220). Period acting styles. Special projects in interpretation, rehearsal, creation of roles.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 2800 and THEATR 3420 or THEATR 3430


THEATR 7240: Theory and Practice of Theatre of the Oppressed

(same as PEA_ST 7240). Theory and practice of Augusto Boal's liberatory interactive theatre process, including application of techniques of specific social issues.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 7280: Digital Media and Performance

(cross-leveled with THEATR 4280). This course introduces students to the history and practice of the combination of live actors and digital media within the context of theatre and performance. Students learn about developments in the history of this topic as well as significant individuals, groups of artists, and theorists who have contributed to the field. Theories of performance are utilized as a way to understand subjects such as the development of computers and the Internet, the impact of technology and social media on society, virtual reality, telematics, robotics, and video games. Students create their own performances that combine live performances with digital media elements, and learn basic approaches to using computer software that is employed in creating these types of performances.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 7530: Stage Lighting Design

Theory and practice of lighting for theatre production.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 7600: Advanced Directing

(cross-leveled with THEATR 4600). Advanced principles of theatrical directing; emphasizes stylistic variations. May be repeated once.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 3600 and instructor's consent


THEATR 7700: Studies in Theatre History

Advanced survey of major periods, movements. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours with instructor's consent.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 7710: History of American Theatre I

Examination of theatrical literature and production from the beginnings to World War One.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 7720: History of the American Theatre II

Examination of theatrical literature and production from World War One to the present.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 7730: Theatre Architecture

Examines the renovation of existing buildings into workable theatre spaces. Includes history of theatre architecture.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 7800: Studies in Dramatic Theory

Analysis of history, meaning and function of selected concepts of contemporary dramatic and performance theory.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 7820: Studies in Dramatic Literature

Advanced survey of major movements, periods, writers. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours with instructor's consent.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 7830: Studies in Dramatic Criticism

Survey of methods of criticism of scripts and performances.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 7920: Advanced Playwriting: Problems

(same as ENGLSH 7560; cross-leveled with THEATR 4920 and ENGLSH 4560). Advanced study of the writing process as applied to theatre, including theory and practice of special playwriting problems and techniques.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: THEATR 3920 or ENGLSH 3560


THEATR 7930: Adaptation of Literature for the Stage

(same as ENGLSH 7570; cross-leveled with THEATR 4930). Explores adaptation principles and practices with a variety of forms of literature that were not originally written for the stage.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 7935: Adaptation of Literature for Film

(same as ENGLSH 7580 and FILM_S 7935; cross-leveled with THEATR 4935, FILM_S 4935 and ENGLSH 4935). This upper-division course will explore adaptation principles and practices with a variety of forms of literature that were not originally written for film.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 7950: Introduction to Dramaturgy

This course focuses on the practice of dramaturgy and the various functions currently performed by the artist/scholar identified as "dramaturg" including research, dramatic criticism/interpretation, new play development, marketing and educational outreach, and textual adaptation. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 7960: Directed Readings in Theatre

Independent reading, reports.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 8005: Topics in Theatre

Organized study of selected topics. Topic and credit may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with department consent.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 8090: Research in Theatre

Independent research of advanced nature leading to report. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 8100: Theatre Scholarship

History, goals, and techniques of academic writing in theatre including research, types of studies, primary materials, interpretation, writing techniques, and publication.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 8385: Problems in Theatre

Individual study/project not leading to thesis or dissertation.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 8720: Backgrounds of Modern Theatre Practice

Survey of modern performance theory, aesthetics and practice. Emphasis on European theatre since 1875. May be repeated or credit.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 8787: Seminar in Theatre History

Selected problems in theatre history. May be repeated.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 8820: Graduate Seminar in Dramatic Literature

This is a course that explores the influence of major playwrights and playwriting in society--specific playwrights and their works are determined by the course professor.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 8887: Seminar in Dramatic Theory and Criticism

Selected topics in dramatic theory and criticism. May be repeated.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 8960: Directed Readings in Theatre

Independent reading, reports.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


THEATR 8987: Graduate Seminar in Playwriting

(same as ENGLSH 8560). Seminar in theory, practice, and pedagogy of playwriting, students prepare a mid-term in playwriting theory, a full-length play, a research paper, and a syllabus and lesson plans for an undergraduate playwriting course.

Credit Hours: 3


THEATR 9090: Research in Theatre

Research leading to thesis or dissertation. Graded on a S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent