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This program is being phased out at Graceland and incoming students will not be able to major in Theatre effective Fall 2022. Current students and transfer students may still declare this major, so long as they work with their Academic Advisor to be sure to complete the degree requirements by Spring 2026.

  • BA Degree - Theatre Major

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

    Core Courses 36 s.h.

    THTR Elective courses 9 s.h.

    One of the following two courses must be taken each semester a student is a declared Theatre Major:

    No more than 8 s.h. of Theatre Production Studies/ Advanced Theatre Production Studies may be counted toward credits required for graduation.

    *Up to 3 s.h. of THTR2350 and/or THTR4350 will be applied towards the required 9 s.h. THTR Elective courses.

    Courses Offered
    • ENGL3530Digital Filmmaking
      ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking - 3 s.h.

      A hands-on introduction to digital film production and editing. Introduces the technical knowledge need to investigate the creative possibilities of composition, light, motion, color and sound in shooting digital film. Examines the fundamentals of nonlinear editing, including continuity development, logging clips, audio tracks, and transitions. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ENGL2510 or instructor consent. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR1200Introduction to 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. The dramatic literature studied in the course will focus primarily on the issue of equality. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • THTR1220Beginning Acting
      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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    • THTR1310Introduction to Stagecraft
      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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

    • THTR2240Stagecrafts 2
      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. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: THTR1310. Goal 2A.

    • THTR2260Acting 2
      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, Chekhov and Shaw will be studied. Continued voice and movement work will also be applied. Prerequisite: THTR1220. Goal 2A.

    • THTR2350Theatre Production Studies
      THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 clock hours of activity, which shall be exclusive of assignments, and activities pertaining to other courses. Goal 2A.

    • THTR3140Playwriting
      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.

    • THTR3370Theatre History I
      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: ENGL1100 Discourse I. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR3380Theatre History II
      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 ENGL1100 Discourse I and consent of instructor. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR4100Directing I
      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. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR4120Directing II
      THTR4120 Directing II - 3 s.h.

      Application of directing principles and techniques demonstrated by directing a one-act play. Prerequisite: THTR4100. Goal 2A.

    • THTR4200Senior Seminar I
      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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A.

    • THTR4210Senior Seminar II
      THTR4210 Senior Seminar II - 2 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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A.

    • THTR4350Advanced Theatre Production Studies
      THTR4350 Advanced Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 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.

    ENGL3530Digital Filmmaking THTR1200Introduction to Theatre THTR1220Beginning Acting THTR1310Introduction to Stagecraft THTR2240Stagecrafts 2 THTR2260Acting 2 THTR2350Theatre Production Studies THTR3140Playwriting THTR3370Theatre History I THTR3380Theatre History II THTR4100Directing I THTR4120Directing II THTR4200Senior Seminar I THTR4210Senior Seminar II THTR4350Advanced Theatre Production Studies
    Course Descriptions
    ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking - 3 s.h.

    A hands-on introduction to digital film production and editing. Introduces the technical knowledge need to investigate the creative possibilities of composition, light, motion, color and sound in shooting digital film. Examines the fundamentals of nonlinear editing, including continuity development, logging clips, audio tracks, and transitions. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ENGL2510 or instructor consent. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. The dramatic literature studied in the course will focus primarily on the issue of equality. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

    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. Additional fee 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, Chekhov and Shaw will be studied. Continued voice and movement work will also be applied. Prerequisite: THTR1220. Goal 2A.

    THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 clock hours of activity, which shall be exclusive of assignments, and activities pertaining to other courses. 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.

    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: ENGL1100 Discourse I. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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 ENGL1100 Discourse I and consent of instructor. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A.

    THTR4210 Senior Seminar II - 2 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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A.

    THTR4350 Advanced Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 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.

  • Theatre Minor

    A minor in Theatre requires 15-23 semester hours to include:

    No more than 8 s.h. of Theatre Production Studies/Advanced Theatre Production Studies may be counted toward credits required for graduation.

    Courses Offered
    • THTR1200Introduction to 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. The dramatic literature studied in the course will focus primarily on the issue of equality. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • THTR1220Beginning Acting
      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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    • THTR1310Introduction to Stagecraft
      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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

    • THTR2350Theatre Production Studies
      THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 clock hours of activity, which shall be exclusive of assignments, and activities pertaining to other courses. Goal 2A.

    • THTR3370Theatre History I
      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: ENGL1100 Discourse I. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR3380Theatre History II
      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 ENGL1100 Discourse I and consent of instructor. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR4100Directing I
      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. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR4350Advanced Theatre Production Studies
      THTR4350 Advanced Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 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.

    THTR1200Introduction to Theatre THTR1220Beginning Acting THTR1310Introduction to Stagecraft THTR2350Theatre Production Studies THTR3370Theatre History I THTR3380Theatre History II THTR4100Directing I THTR4350Advanced Theatre Production Studies
    Course Descriptions
    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. The dramatic literature studied in the course will focus primarily on the issue of equality. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

    THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 clock hours of activity, which shall be exclusive of assignments, and activities pertaining to other courses. Goal 2A.

    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: ENGL1100 Discourse I. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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 ENGL1100 Discourse I and consent of instructor. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    THTR4350 Advanced Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 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.

  • Course list - Theatre
    Courses Offered
    • THTR1200Introduction to 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. The dramatic literature studied in the course will focus primarily on the issue of equality. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • THTR1220Beginning Acting
      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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    • THTR1310Introduction to Stagecraft
      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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

    • THTR2000Individual Study (Goal 2A)
      THTR2000 Individual Study (Goal 2A) - 1-3 s.h.
    • THTR2240Stagecrafts 2
      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. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: THTR1310. Goal 2A.

    • THTR2260Acting 2
      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, Chekhov and Shaw will be studied. Continued voice and movement work will also be applied. Prerequisite: THTR1220. Goal 2A.

    • THTR2350Theatre Production Studies
      THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 clock hours of activity, which shall be exclusive of assignments, and activities pertaining to other courses. Goal 2A.

    • THTR2900Topics in Theatre
      THTR2900 Topics in Theatre - 3 s.h.

      Study of a selected area in technical theatre. designed to develop an interest in technical theatre, as well as develop skills through the practice of applying very specific techniques in painting, texturing, and glazing. Goal 2A

    • THTR3000Individual Study (Goal 2A)
      THTR3000 Individual Study (Goal 2A) - 1-3 s.h.
    • THTR3100Dramatic Literature
      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.

    • THTR3140Playwriting
      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.

    • THTR3260Acting 3
      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.

    • THTR3350Shakespeare (also ENGL3350)
      THTR3350 Shakespeare (also ENGL3350) - 3 s.h.

      Study of a selection of plays and poems likely authored or co-authored by Shakespeare, emphasizing the plays as historical performance texts. Encourages students to locate Shakespeare’s works within Renaissance-era notions of harmony and discord, and war and peace. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR3370Theatre History I
      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: ENGL1100 Discourse I. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR3380Theatre History II
      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 ENGL1100 Discourse I and consent of instructor. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR3700Theatre Internship
      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.

    • THTR3950Topics in Theatre
      THTR3950 Topics in Theatre - 1-3 s.h.

      Advanced study of a selected area in theatre: performance, design, technology, history, management, dramaturgy, trends. May be repeated for credit. Goal 2A.

    • THTR4000Individual Study (Goal 2A)
      THTR4000 Individual Study (Goal 2A) - 3 s.h.
    • THTR4100Directing I
      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. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    • THTR4120Directing II
      THTR4120 Directing II - 3 s.h.

      Application of directing principles and techniques demonstrated by directing a one-act play. Prerequisite: THTR4100. Goal 2A.

    • THTR4200Senior Seminar I
      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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A.

    • THTR4210Senior Seminar II
      THTR4210 Senior Seminar II - 2 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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A.

    • THTR4350Advanced Theatre Production Studies
      THTR4350 Advanced Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 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.

    • THTR4390Methods of Teaching Theatre and Speech (also COMM4390)
      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. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program.

    THTR1200Introduction to Theatre THTR1220Beginning Acting THTR1310Introduction to Stagecraft THTR2000Individual Study (Goal 2A) THTR2240Stagecrafts 2 THTR2260Acting 2 THTR2350Theatre Production Studies THTR2900Topics in Theatre THTR3000Individual Study (Goal 2A) THTR3100Dramatic Literature THTR3140Playwriting THTR3260Acting 3 THTR3350Shakespeare (also ENGL3350) THTR3370Theatre History I THTR3380Theatre History II THTR3700Theatre Internship THTR3950Topics in Theatre THTR4000Individual Study (Goal 2A) THTR4100Directing I THTR4120Directing II THTR4200Senior Seminar I THTR4210Senior Seminar II THTR4350Advanced Theatre Production Studies THTR4390Methods of Teaching Theatre and Speech (also COMM4390)
    Course Descriptions
    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. The dramatic literature studied in the course will focus primarily on the issue of equality. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

    THTR2000 Individual Study (Goal 2A) - 1-3 s.h.
    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. Additional fee 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, Chekhov and Shaw will be studied. Continued voice and movement work will also be applied. Prerequisite: THTR1220. Goal 2A.

    THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 clock hours of activity, which shall be exclusive of assignments, and activities pertaining to other courses. Goal 2A.

    THTR2900 Topics in Theatre - 3 s.h.

    Study of a selected area in technical theatre. designed to develop an interest in technical theatre, as well as develop skills through the practice of applying very specific techniques in painting, texturing, and glazing. 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.

    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.

    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 selection of plays and poems likely authored or co-authored by Shakespeare, emphasizing the plays as historical performance texts. Encourages students to locate Shakespeare’s works within Renaissance-era notions of harmony and discord, and war and peace. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    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: ENGL1100 Discourse I. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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 ENGL1100 Discourse I and consent of instructor. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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 - 1-3 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. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A.

    THTR4210 Senior Seminar II - 2 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. Additional fee required. Goal 2A.

    THTR4350 Advanced Theatre Production Studies - 0-2 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 35 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. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program.