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THEA 1. Introduction To Theatre. Primarily for non-majors interested in acquiring a background of information in theatre. Plays, history, acting theories, technical methods and people in the theatre. Lectures, demonstrations and discussions will characterize the greater portion of the course. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 2. History of the Theatre: Ancient to Renaissance. Broad survey of the nature and development of theatrical performance from ancient times through the Renaissance which emphasizes the relationship between theatre and the larger philosophical social and political concerns of its time. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 3. Theatre History After 1660. Investigates the relationship between the development of theatre styles, structures and institutions, and philosophical, political, and cultural practices after 1660. Considers plays, production styles, theatre as an institution, and issues of representation of gender, race and class. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 4. Script Analysis. Understanding the structure of a play and the interrelationship of its many parts, enables the artist to translate a script into production. In lecture and discussion, and through individual and group projects, the class will investigate the structure of playscripts and portions of playscripts various styles from several points of view (as director, designer, actor for example), as well as different analytic approaches and methods which may offer possible production alternatives. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 5. Aesthetics of Theatre and Film. Interpretations of seminal dramatic scripts emphasizing the aesthetics of the theatrical art in relation to the cinematic medium. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 9. Appreciation Of Acting. Examination of the art of acting, including a review of actors and acting - past and present. Basic exercises in voice and diction, movement, and character will be utilized. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 11. Acting Study I. The foundation course for the Actor Training Program, it provides a basic working knowledge of the craft of acting. This studio class focuses in the areas of physical awareness, relaxation, trust, discipline, and action/objective. This is accomplished through bodywork, theatre games, improvisation, and discussion. Prerequisite: Theatre and Dance Majors or Minors or instructor permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 16. Technical Production I - Stagecraft. Principles of scenic and stage prop construction, techniques of mounting and shifting stage scenery, and the study of ground plans and construction drawings for theatrical production. Required participation in one departmental production. Lecture/lab activity. Note: MAY NOT be taken concurrently with THEA 20 without instructor permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 20. Technical Production II - Lighting. Principles of stage lighting, fixtures, control and color. Introduction to basic concepts and practices of lighting design. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 2.0
THEA 101. Acting Study II. Building from the skills developed in Acting I and through scene and monologue work, provides a working knowledge of the craft of acting to include: the actor's process in analyzing a text, developing a role, and working in collaboration with others. Develops skills, confidence, mental agility, and trust through physical work, theatre games and improvisation. Prerequisite: THEA 11 or instructor permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 105. Film Theory and Criticism. Survey of film theory focusing on Auteurism, Class, Expressionism, Formalism, Genre, Gender, Narratology, Neorealism, Phenomonology, Post Structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Realism, Semiology, Structuralism and Third Cinema. Cross-listed: ENGL 105/FILM 105. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 106. Latin American Film. Exploration of the major movements in Latin American cinema beginning with the initial impetus of the Argentine and Mexican film industry of the late 1940's and the relationship of their aesthetic formulas to the cultural and socio/political climate of major Latin American nations. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 107. Directing. Practical experience in production procedures, characterization and basic principles of play direction. Analyzes directing techniques. Lecture/lab activity. Prerequisite: THEA 2, THEA 3, THEA 4, THEA 11, THEA 16, THEA 20; instructor permission; Junior or higher standing Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 109. Musical Theatre. Practical study in singer-actor performance techniques. Major consideration is given to coordination of dialogue, melody, and lyric. Lecture/lab activity. Prerequisite: MUSC 25, THEA 9, or THEA 11, DNCE 1, DNCE 2, DNCE 3A, DNCE 4, DNCE 5, DNCE 6 or instructor permission/audition. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 110. Acting Study III: Advanced Acting. Provides the student with the opportunity to research, rehearse and perform advanced acting styles and techniques with an emphasis on text analysis, given circumstances, subtext, and heightened language. Note: May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: THEA 101, THEA 114A, THEA 114B or instructor permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 111. Audition Technique. An in-depth study of the techniques of auditioning for professional theatre, film, voice over and musical theatre. Students prepare an audition repertoire that is appropriate to their age and type. Prerequisite: THEA 101, THEA 114A, THEA 114B, and/or instructor permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 112. Musical Theatre Workshop. Continuation of basic performance techniques for the singer, actor, dancer in musical theatre production. Application of acting techniques, dance and musical theatre literature, soliloquy, duet and group scene work. Note: Musical Theatre Minors must take this course concurrently with THEA 111. Prerequisite: THEA 109 or instructor permission and/or audition. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0
THEA 113. Acting Styles: Shakespeare. De-mystifying approach to speaking Shakespeare's text. Acting Shakespeare begins with an in-depth study of the structure and meter of the verse. The language is explored through sound, sense, and imagery exercise. Scene and monologue work is detailed and extensive. Prerequisite: THEA 101, THEA 114A, THEA 114B and instructor permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 114A. Voice and Movement I. Introduction to the basic fundamentals of voice production and movement for the actor. Basic anatomy and physiology, relaxation, alignment, and breath work and its connection to movement. Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, and physical strengthening exercises are used in combination with vocal exercises to develop the actor's voice and body. Vocal and physical improvisation are introduced through various voice and movement exercises. Prerequisite: THEA 11. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 114B. Voice and Movement II. Strengthening work developed in Voice and Movement I is continued. In addition, vocal articulation, resonance and tone are introduced. Movement study supports this work with the introduction of character masque and life-study projects. The International Phonetic Alphabet is studied and its aid in articulation and accent study. Prerequisite: THEA 114A. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 115. Puppetry. Play production with puppets. Practical work in constructing and manipulating various kinds of puppets. Simple puppets for use at elementary level; hand puppet production. Lecture/lab activity. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 115A. Multicultural Puppetry. Multicultural puppetry was developed to introduce the student to the techniques and construction of puppetry and its use in a multicultural setting. Puppetry has been found to be an excellent tool for the teaching of multiculturalism to children. Emphasizes the methodology in the development of multicultural/multilingual scripts and their use in the implementation of curriculum. The ability to speak a second language is not a prerequisite. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 118. Children's Theatre. Study of special problems and techniques in the production of formal drama for children; a consideration of techniques, methods and materials for use in improvised theatre. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 120. Practicum in Technical Production. Practical experience in handling technical stagecraft problems, stage management, and crew management. Activity and participation in major productions. Four hours a week minimum required in workshop. A total of six undergraduate units may be taken. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0
THEA 121. Rehearsal and Performance. Participation in the preparation, rehearsal and performance of a departmental production. Approximately 50 hours of participation (including rehearsal and performance time) for one unit of credit. Admission by audition. A total of six undergraduate units may be taken. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0
THEA 123. Design for Theatre. Advancement in the methods of developing concepts for and of productions involving analysis of the script, research and spatial awareness in relation to costume, scenic and lighting design. Prerequisite: THEA 16, THEA 20 or instructor permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 124. Advanced Design. Abstract, Realism and contemporary design for the theatre. Includes discussion of the collaborative process, script analysis for theatre, dance, opera and related performing arts. Projects include: Advanced rendering of scenery, costume and lighting with preparation of preproduction storyboards; Continued skill development from THEA 123; Research for contemporary practitioners; Computer rendering using related new technology. Lecture/lab activity. Prerequisite: THEA 16, THEA 20, and THEA 123, or instructor permission. Corequisite: THEA 135. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 131. Styles in Costume. Study of relationships between the visual sign systems of theatre. Assignments employ stage costume, study of physical resources, research and analytic method to demonstrate director/designer/actor/production values. Required participation in one major public production. Lecture/lab activity. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 140. Black Drama in the African Diaspora. A survey of the contributions of theatre artists in the African Diaspora. The reading list includes drama from Nigeria, Trinidad, and the U.S. Focuses on how this drama has been influenced by the response to the politics of colonialism and post-colonialism, examining the cultural, sociological and political climate in which the plays have been created and performed. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 144. Women and Theatre: Staging Diversity. Includes study of recent feminist performance theory and criticism and its application to acting, directing, and writing for the theatre. Students will participate in both lecture/discussion and activities, including the creation of a final performance. Lecture two hours; lab two hours. Cross Listed: WOMS 144; only one may be counted for credit. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 155. Survey of Survey of World Cinema. A historical review of the development of major international film styles and themes. Concepts derived from this study of international film are then used as the basis to analyze contemporary films of South America, Europe, India, Asia, and Africa. Emphasis is on both the development of formal film technique and a comparison of the unique cultural values that shape the film narrative style. Cross-listed: FILM 155. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 160. Sem Play Prod K-12 Teach. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 170. African American Theatre and Culture. Survey of African-American theatre as a reflection of African-American culture and politics. Places particular emphasis on African-American drama and theatre after 1959. Prerequisite: GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70/71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 173. Contemporary Chicano/Latino Theatre: Themes and Performance 1965-Present. Study of contemporary Chicano/Latino, Chicana/Latina theatre and drama from 1965 to the present, and its approaches toward performance. The course focuses on new trends, influences and new developments in playwriting, directing, performance styles, and its impact on the movie industry. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 174. Multicultural Perspectives in American Theatre. Study of the historical and artistic contributions of Native Americans, Chicano/Latinos, African-Americans and Asian-Americans to American Theatre. Focuses on a range of plays from various ethnic and racial groups, forming a multicultural classroom experience; specifically study groups, from 1965 to the present, and examine the cultural, sociological and political climate in which these plays were created. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 175. Multicultural Perspectives in American Film. Study of the historical and artistic contributions of Native American, Chicano/Latino, African-Americans and Asian American to the American cinema. The course will concentrate on a range of films with an emphasis on multicultural theoretical and critical writings and will examine the cultural and socio-political climate in which these films were crafted. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 194. Theatre-Related Work Experience. Supervised employment in a company or producing agency working on theatre-related work, arranged through the Theatre and Dance Department and the Cooperative Education Program office. Requires preparation of application packet, completion of a 3-6 month full-time or part-time work assignment, and a written report. No more than 3 units will be counted towards the degree. Note: Open only to upper division or graduate students with appropriate course preparation. Prerequisite: Consent of Department chair. Graded: Credit / No Credit. Units: 3.0 - 12.0.
THEA 195. Fieldwork. Directed observations and work experience with public agencies. Field work is offered to give students orientation in occupational specialties. Supervision is provided by both the instructional staff of the university and the cooperating agencies. Each student is required to maintain a record of activities and assignments with a faculty member for a work program prior to admittance to the course. Graded: Credit / No Credit. Units: 2.0 - 3.0.
THEA 196. Sem Play Prod K-12 Teach. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 196C. Wkshp Musical Comedy Dir. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0
THEA 196E. Wkshp Theatre Sound. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0
THEA 196F. Wkshp Bus + Merch Techn. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0
THEA 196G. Wkshp Teach W/Drama Tech. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0
THEA 196H. Wkshp Draft Fund Tech Th. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 2.0
THEA 196I. Storytelling-Ancient Art. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0
THEA 199. Special Problems in Theatre. Individual project or directed reading. Note: Departmental petition required. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0 - 3.0.
THEA 295. Fieldwork. Directed observations and work experience in public or private agencies to give a student orientation in an occupational specialization. The student must make arrangement with a faculty member for a work program prior to admittance to the course. Graded: Credit / No Credit. Units: 2.0 - 3.0.
THEA 295A. Teaching Practicum. Graduate students accepted for work in this program will serve as teaching assistants for a drama professor for the period of one semester. This experience should provide the student with a knowledge of the materials and resources for class instruction, help him/her gain proficiency in the techniques of class organization and presentations and help him/her to better understand the teaching-learning process at a university level. Students will be expected to plan, prepare and present units of the program under the supervision of the professor. The particular area of proficiency and interest (acting, design, literature, history, puppetry) will determine the area in which the students serve. Graded: Credit / No Credit. Units: 3.0
THEA 299. Special Problems in Theatre. Individual project or directed reading. Note: Departmental petition required. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0 - 3.0.
THEA 500. Culminating Experience. Completion of a thesis, directing project, or playwriting project. Prerequisite: Advanced to candidacy and permission of the graduate coordinator. Graded: Thesis in Progress. Units: 3.0
THEA 599. Culminating Exp/Cont Enrollmen. Graded: No Grade Associated. Units: 0.0