Theatre

B.A. Degree - Theatre Major

In addition to the general education requirements, Theatre majors must complete 45 semester hours as prescribed below:

  • ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking 3 s.h.
  • THTR1200 Introduction to Theatre 3 s.h.
  • THTR1220 Beginning Acting 3 s.h.
  • THTR1310 Introduction to Stagecraft 3 s.h.
  • THTR2240 Stagecrafts 2 3 s.h.
  • THTR2260 Acting 2 3 s.h.
  • THTR3260 Acting 3 3 s.h.
  • THTR3370 Theatre History 1 3 s.h.
  • THTR3380 Theatre History 2 3 s.h.
  • THTR3140 Playwriting 3 s.h.
  • THTR4100 Directing I 3 s.h.
  • THTR4120 Directing 2 3 s.h.
  • THTR4200 Seminar 1 1 s.h.
  • THTR4210 Seminar 2 2 s.h.

One of the following film courses:

  • ENGL2520 Film Adaptations of Literature 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2530 Film Topics 3 s.h. (May be repeated when topic changes.)
  • ENGL3550 Film Studies 3 s.h. (May be repeated when topic changes.)

One Upper-Division THTR or film Electives 3 s.h.

B.A. Degree - Theatre and Film Major

In addition to the general education requirements, Theatre and Film majors must complete 45 semester hours as prescribed below:

  • ENGL2510 Introduction to Film 3 s.h.
  • ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking 3 s.h.
  • THTR1200 Introduction to Theatre 3 s.h.
  • THTR1220 Beginning Acting 3 s.h.
  • THTR1310 Introduction to Stagecraft 3 s.h.
  • THTR2260 Acting 2 3 s.h.
  • THTR3370 Theatre History 1 3 s.h.
  • THTR3380 Theatre History 2 3 s.h.
  • THTR4100 Directing I 3 s.h.
  • THTR4200 Seminar 1 1 s.h.
  • THTR4210 Seminar 2 2 s.h.

15 s.h. of Film electives (ENGL2530 and ENGL3550 may be repeated for elective credit when topics change.)

Theatre and Speech Communications Minor

A minor in Theatre and Speech Communication requires 18 semester hours of courses in theatre/speech communication as prescribed below:

  • COMM1200 Speech Communication: An Introduction 3 s.h.
  • Choose one:
         THTR1200 Introduction to Theatre 3 s.h.
         THTR1220 Beginning Acting 3 s.h.
         THTR1240 Vocal Presentation Skills 3 s.h.
  • THTR1310 Introduction to Stagecraft 3 s.h.
  • Choose one:
  •      ENGL/THTR3350 Shakespeare 3 s.h.
         THTR3370 Theatre History 1 3 s.h.
         THTR3380 Theatre History 2 3 s.h.
  • Communication electives 3 s.h.
  • Theatre electives 3 s.h.

Theatre Minor

A minor in Theatre requires 17 semester hours to include:

  • THTR1200 Introduction to Theatre 3 s.h.
  • THTR1220 Beginning Acting 3 s.h.
  • THTR1310 Introduction to Stagecraft 3 s.h.
  • One of the following: 3 s.h.
         THTR3370 Theatre History I s.h.
         THTR3380 Theatre History II 3 s.h.
  • THTR4100 Directing I 3 s.h.
  • THTR2350/4350 Theatre Production Studies 1 s.h.
    (Must be repeated twice for credit in the minor.)

Teacher Certification in Speech Communication/Theatre

  1. FOR SPEECH COMMUNICATION MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY SPEECH COMMUNICATION/THEATRE ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Students majoring in Speech Communication who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with a secondary endorsement must complete the major requirements and the Secondary Education Program (with COMM4390 Methods of Teaching Theatre and Speech as the appropriate methods course), and the following courses:
    • COMM1200 Speech Communication: An Introduction or
           COMM1230 Small Group Discussion 3 s.h.
    • COMM/ENGL2500 Introduction to Mass Media 3 s.h.
    • COMM3330 Dialogue: Theory and Practice 3 s.h.
    • THTR1220 Beginning Acting 3 s.h.
    • THTR1240 Vocal Presentation Skills 3 s.h.
  2. FOR THE NON-COMMUNICATION MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY SPEECH COMMUNICATION/THEATRE ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Non-Communication majors desiring a secondary endorsement (5-12) in Iowa must complete the Secondary Education Program (with COMM4390 Methods of Teaching Theatre and Speech as the appropriate methods course), a major in a secondary teaching field, and the following courses:
    • COMM1200 Speech Communication: An Introduction or
           COMM1230 Small Group Discussion 3 s.h.
    • COMM/ENGL2500 Introduction to Mass Media 3 s.h.
    • COMM3330 Dialogue: Theory and Practice 3 s.h.
    • THTR1220 Beginning Acting 3 s.h.
    • THTR1240 Vocal Presentation Skills 3 s.h.
    • One Speech Communication Elective COMM Prefix 3 s.h.
    • Two Theatre Electives THTR Prefix 6 s.h.

 

Courses in Theatre

THTR1200 Introduction to Theatre 3 s.h.
Designed to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of dramatic art and to foster an understanding of some of the basic principles which underlie theatre practice and theatre technique. Students should develop an appreciation for the work of the artists who help to bring the playwright’s pages to life as well as consider their contribution as members of an audience. Goal 2A

THTR1220 Beginning Acting 3 s.h.
Study and practice of the fundamentals of acting through improvisation and exploratory exercises. Basic principles of stage performance designed to enhance the student’s appreciation of the art form are emphasized. Goal 2A

THTR1240 Vocal Presentation Skills 3 s.h.
The study and use of effective physical and vocal presentation methods. Goal 3B

THTR1310 Introduction to Stagecraft 3 s.h.
Introduction to the elements and practices of theatrical construction and scene design. Concentration on the techniques of theatrical construction, costume construction, lighting technology, stage mechanics, alternative methods of staging and shifting stage scenery, backstage organization, and development through practical experience of essential woodworking and stagecraft skills. Laboratory session required. Goal 2A

THTR2000 Individual Study Goal 2A 1-3 s.h.

THTR2110 Performance Studies 3 s.h.
Introduction to the contemporary concept of “performance”, a key way of thinking about theatre in contemporary scholarship. It will provide an overview of organized human behavior as performance—from ritual to play to theatre to live art. Goal 2A

THTR2120 Theatre, Performance, and Society 3 s.h.
Examines the social and cultural functions of theatre and performance and how they serve as tools for cultural learning, social activism, political indoctrination, and education of the people. This separates theatre and performance from its aesthetic qualities and instead focuses on its function. Goal 2A

THTR2240 Stagecrafts 2 3 s.h.
Continued study of the elements and practices of theatrical construction and scene design, lighting design, and costume design. Laboratory session required. Prerequisite: THTR1310. Goal 2A.

THTR2260 Acting 2 3 s.h.
Continued study of the basic principles of acting through scene work and monologues. In addition to realism, period styles such as Ibsen, Checkhov and Shaw will be studied. Continued voice and movement work will also be applied. Prerequisite: THTR1220. Goal 2A.

THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies 0-1 s.h.
Participation in a theatrical production: acting, directing, technical production, design. (Total credits accumulated in this course plus THTR4350 may not exceed eight.) Students approved for credit work in this course by faculty-director must contribute a minimum of 45 clock hours of activity, which shall be exclusive of assignments, and activities pertaining to other courses. Goal 2A

THTR3000 Individual Study Goal 2A 1–3 s.h.

THTR3100 Dramatic Literature 3 s.h.
Exploration and analysis of an individual genre or topic in dramatic literature, with an emphasis on common themes and characteristics of texts that make up the categories. Subjects will vary, but may include the following: feminist theatre, postcolonial drama, multi-cultural theatre, American Realism, global theatre, theatre of the absurd, avant-garde theatre, theatre of the Holocaust, LGBT theatre, and Irish drama. May be repeated for credit when course subject changes. Goal 2A

THTR3260 Acting 3 3 s.h.
Continued study of the basic principles of acting through scene work and monologues. In addition to realism period styles such as Greek and Shakespeare will be studied. Continued voice and movement work will also be applied. The student will also have the opportunity to produce an audition package. Prerequisite: THTR2260. Goal 2A.

+ THTR3350 Shakespeare (Also ENGL3350) 3 s.h.
Study of a representative group of Shakespearean plays and sonnets. Primary emphasis is placed on the dramatic and poetic elements in the plays with some study of various aspects of the Renaissance. Goal 2B

+ THTR3370 Theatre History I 3 s.h.
Study of the development of theatre, drama, and stagecraft from their beginnings through the 17th century, with reading of representative plays. Prerequisite: ENGL1410 Modern Rhetoric or THTR2100 Script Analysis and Dramatic Criticism. Goal 2A

+ THTR3380 Theatre History II 3 s.h.
Study of the development of theatre, drama, and stagecraft from the 18th century to the present, with readings of representative plays. Prerequisite: THTR3370 Theatre History I, or ENGL1410 Modern Rhetoric and consent of instructor. Goal 2A

THTR3140 Playwriting 3 s.h.
Study and application of playwriting techniques and theory. In addition to a number of creative writing exercises, students will write a one-act by the conclusion of the course. Goal 2A.

THTR3700 Theatre Internship 1-3 s.h.
An opportunity for advanced students to link theatrical theory and practice by working with established theatre organizations. Students will consult with the instructor in researching and obtaining appropriate internships. May be repeated for credit up to 6 s.h. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Theatre major/minor. Goal 2A

THTR3950 Topics in Theatre 2-3 s.h.
Advanced study of a selected area in theatre: performance, design, technology, history, management, dramaturgy, trends. May be repeated for credit. Goal 2A

THTR4000 Individual Study Goal 2A-3 s.h.

+ THTR4100 Directing I 3 s.h.
Study and application of stage direction, including conceptualization, staging, rehearsal techniques, issues of style, and communication with actors and designers. Prerequisites: Theatre Major/Minor or consent or instructor, THTR1220 Introduction to Acting, THTR2100 Script Analysis and Dramatic Criticism. Goal 2A

THTR4120 Directing II 3 s.h.
Application of directing principles and techniques demonstrated by directing a one-act play. Prerequisite: THTR4100. Goal 2A.

THTR4200 Senior Seminar I 1 s.h.
Reading, discussion, and analysis of modern critical theory pertaining to theatre and performance. Restricted to theatre or theatre and film majors with Senior standing. Goal 2A.

THTR4210 Senior Seminar II 3 s.h.
Student-designed project in acting, directing, playwriting, or technical theatre. Restricted to theatre or theatre and film majors with Senior standing who have taken THTR4200 Senior Seminar I. Goal 2A.

THTR4350 Advanced Theatre Production Studies 0-1 s.h.
Participation in a theatrical production: acting, directing, technical production, design. Students approved for credit work in this course by faculty-director must complete a minimum of 45 clock hours of activity which shall be exclusive of assignments and activities pertaining to other courses. Prerequisite: THTR2350 and junior or senior standing. (Total credits accumulated in this course plus THTR2350 may not exceed 8.) Goal 2A

+ THTR4390 Methods of Teaching Theatre and Speech (Also COMM4390) 3 s.h.
Consideration of the theatre and speech classroom experience on the secondary level. Provides training in methods, unit preparation, media, evaluation, and directing extracurricular activities. Required of prospective theatre and speech teachers. Goal 2A

+Denotes an alternate year course.