THEA 103 Introduction to Theatre 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the form and function of theatre as a creative art. Students discover the process of creating theatre through the study and practical understanding of playwriting, acting, design, the audience, and aesthetics. Ten hours of workshop participation is required. An additional course fee is required.
THEA 105 Production: Performance 1 credit
This course may be taken for repeatable credit for performing a role in a mainstage production. The course may be taken in any half-semester either concurrent with or subsequent to completion of the project. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. An audition is required.
THEA 106 Production: Technical 1 credit
This course may be taken for repeatable credit for any major backstage role in a mainstage production, or in productions approved by the instructor, such as stage managing a senior project or Student Theatre Festival. The course may be taken in any half-semester either concurrent with or subsequent to completion of the project. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
THEA 120 Beginning Acting 3 credits
This course is an introduction to actor preparation, scene analysis, and theatre games. Laboratory hours and auditioning for departmental productions are required.
THEA 124 Dance for Fitness 1 credit
This course provides experiences in a variety of dance activities. (This course may be taken for credit as PHED 124.)
THEA 151 Stagecraft 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the elements of technical theatre. Students gain theoretical and practical understanding of scenery, lighting, properties, costumes, and makeup, as well as backstage and safety rules and regulations. Fifteen hours of laboratory are required.
THEA 153 Makeup Design 2 credits
This course presents theoretical and practical understanding of makeup techniques from basic corrective to character and stylized. An additional course fee and purchase of an individual makeup kit is required.
THEA 210 Playwriting 3 credits
This course is a practical experience in dramatic construction and writing of plays.
THEA 220 Intermediate Acting 3 credits
This course continues preparation, analysis, and games with additional performance exploration of a range of dramatic genres. Auditioning for departmental productions is required.
THEA 221 Acting for the Camera 2 credits
This course investigates the basics of on-camera work, including terminology and strategies for enhancing appearance on camera. Students perform scenes and improvisational exercises and may prepare work for telecasting on the Bethany TV station. (This course may be taken for credit as COMM 221.)
THEA 225 Dance and Movement 2 credits
This course provides instruction in dance forms including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, interpretive, and improvisational and in one or more stage movement skills such as clowning, comedia, tumbling, mask work, mime, period stylization and gesturing, and unarmed combat.
THEA 226 Stage Voice 2 credits
This Linklater-based course is an introduction to the care and appropriate use of the speaking voice. Students learn standard stage American and a variety of dialects and present memorized monologues. Prerequisite: THEA 120.
THEA 227 Stage Movement 2 credits
This course is an introduction to safe and supple ways to move on stage and an investigation of techniques for actors to enhance body control. The course includes unarmed stage combat. Prerequisite: THEA 120.
THEA 230 Theatre for Young Audiences 3 credits
This course is the study of theatre for young audiences from the perspective of playwrights, actors, teachers, and designers. All students registering for this course are expected to participate in a production and to make field trips to area schools and/ or participate in workshops sponsored for area elementary school students. Students should expect some performance aspects.
THEA 250 Stage Management 3 credits
This course is an introduction to stage and business management for the theatre. The course focuses on the organizational and business aspects imperative to running a successful production, including, but not limited to; running rehearsals, business contracts, working with various performance unions, budgets, season selection, and production organization. Each student is expected to participate in the departmental productions as an assistant stage manager. Prerequisite: THEA 151 or THEA 120 or permission of the instructor.
THEA 251 Set Design and Construction 3 credits
This course is a study of the basic elements of set design and construction and provides practical experience in designing and building sets for performances. Twenty hours of laboratory time are required. Prerequisite: THEA 151.
THEA 252 Lighting Design 3 credits
This course is a study of the basic elements of lighting design and practical experience in working with lighting for stage performances. Fifteen hours of laboratory are required. Prerequisite: THEA 151.