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THEATRE (THTREMUS) Undergraduate Courses

101 Introduction to Acting I (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Primarily for non-majors. Basic principles of acting for non-performance majors. The class introduces the fundamentals of acting to help the student "discover" him/herself through improvisation and other exercises Grounds the student in basic acting theory.

102 Introduction to Acting II (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Primarily for non-majors. Continuation of 101, with attention to scene study. Instructs how to analyze and approach the written text and embody character.

110 Introduction to Acting for the Camera (3 credit hours) Introduces students to the basic techniques of acting through the use of video. Sound foundation acting principles will be presented with an emphasis on exercise, scene and monologue work, and closing with scene orchestration via a basic two-camera with switcher recording, utilizing a mix of selected dramatic material and/or existing film scripts.

 

162 Introduction to Stage Makeup (1 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Covers the foundations of stage make-up; basic corrective, manipulating the features with the highlight and shadows and old age makeup applications, script analysis for makeup and an introductions to prosthetics and wig care.

 

172 Movement I (2 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Aims to provide performers with a working knowledge of their bodies. Exercises, improvisation and other techniques will aid in developing awareness of the body as an expressive medium.

181 Acting I (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Emphasizes exploration and definition of the total physical life of an actor, freeing and expanding the imagination, self-awareness and personal discovery and developing a character through individual experience and creativity, sense memory and imagery.

182 Acting II (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Scene-specific improvisation to text analysis and scene study; structured improvisation, script and scene analysis, text interpretation and realization, identification and implementation of action and objectives.

192 Voice I (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Establishes a working philosophy and vocabulary for voice study. Exercises develop students' understanding and awareness of vocal production necessary for continued study. Uses Linklater system of vocal production, with vocal improvisation and physical/vocal awareness.


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211 Introduction to Drama (3 credit hours) Introduces the student to as many basic elements of the theatre, practical and theoretical, as time allows. It also presents a number of key plays from various periods, and examines them from the point of view of their dramatic qualities, theatrical strengths, social and political contexts, their performance history, and their relevance today.

212 Introduction to World Performance (3 credit hours) An introduction to world performance traditions based on non-Western societies. Main issues examined include: nature of performance and conditions of occurrences in social and political contexts; modes of performance; rituals and ritualistic drama; non-Western dramaturgy and performance perspective; relationship between the performer and the audience.

222 Introduction to Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies (3 credit hours) Surveys performance histories of diverse cultural communities of the United States. Students study transnational origins and cultural contexts for multi-cultural theatre: African American (African, Caribbean, Afro-Latino), Native American, Latin American, Asian American (Southeast Asian, East Asian), Middle Eastern, and others. Students study multi-cultural literatures and practices in the United States. Students learn about performance histories and practices of culturally diverse communities in the United States, study performance aesthetics emerging from Asian American, African American, Latin American and Native American communities, and learn how to read and analyze diverse plays by United States authors in cultural context.

227 Playwriting I (3 credit hours) Creative writing course in the rudiments of playwriting, with special attention to writing for performance in a 10-minute play format. Class is a workshop in which students perform as well as write.

 

233 Studio: Modern Rituals/Traditional Practices (3 credit hours) Trains students in performance techniques grounded in various cultural traditions: choral singing, masking, poetry, vocal call and responses, dance, martial arts, and mimicry. Embodied studio practice emphasizes aesthetics of diverse cultural communities. Guest artists and instructors interact with students in the instructional space. Students learn how practice emerges from culturally specific contexts, how to embody culturally specific aesthetics and practices, and they train in the vocal, physical and theatrical expression skills.

240 Introduction to Design (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 250. Introduction to theory and practice of theatrical design, text analysis and the ways a production concept and visual metaphor can be communicated in the design of scenery, costumes and lighting.

241 Directing I (3 credit hours) Permission of the instructor. The history of directors; function and responsibilities of a director; relationships with designers, playwrights, stage managers, technical/artisan staff, actors, dramaturges. Identifying styles of theatre, stage types, floor plans. Also covers script interpretation/analysis, director's research, resources, directorial concepts, conceptualization of a play, interpretation.

242 Directing II (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Theatre 250 or permission of instructor. Stage composition, blocking, effective stage pictures, principles of focus. Also stage movement with actors, establishing variety, clarity, use of levels, enhancement of inner action of the play, entrances/exits, crowd scenes, rhythm, pace, tempo. Also working with actors, approach to motivation/characterization, rehearsal techniques, study/use of status technique.

245 Introduction to Stage Management (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 250 or permission of instructor. Principles and practices of stage management, including rehearsal coordination, prompt book preparation and director/cast/crew relationships during rehearsal for theatre, opera and musical theatre. Combines classroom instruction with practicum experience. Students assistant-stage-manage a University Productions show during the semester; participate in rehearsals and performances.

250 Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices (3 credit hours)
Introduction to the basic principles and practices of stagecraft: scenic materials, construction, painting, stage lighting and costuming. Lectures and lab (shop assignment for a mainstage production).

251 Production Practicum I (1 credit hour)Laboratory in theatre production. Students work in stagecraft, scenic painting, lighting, props, costuming for main stage productions.

252 Production Practicum II (1 credit hour)
Prerequisite: Theatre 251 and permission of instructor. Second-level laboratory in theatre production.

256 Lighting Design I (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: Theatre 250. Introduction to components of stage lighting, including an in-depth exploration of the functions and controllable properties of stage lighting. Topics include color theory, optics, electricity, distribution and equipment. Industry standards will be covered.

260 Scene Design I (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 250. Beginning course in scenic design with an emphasis on text analysis. Expression of the production concept, style and period studied through visual research and development of a model.

261 Production Practicum III (1 credit hour) Prerequisite: Theatre 251 and 252 or permission of instructor. Exploration of principles of theatre crafts and practices under faculty supervision.

262 Production Practicum IV (1 credit hour) Prerequisite: Theatre 261 or permission of instructor. Exploration of principles of theatre crafts and practices under faculty supervision.

263 Design Rendering (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Study in the techniques, materials and theory of communicating the costume and scenic idea.


270 Costume Design I (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 240 and 277 or permission of instructor. Familiarizes students with art and process of costume design, with strong emphasis on text and character analysis and methods of research. Introduction to basic drawing skills and other visual options in presenting design ideas.

271 Movement II (2 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 172. This class expands the understanding and awareness of movement philosophy and vocabulary while developing a clearer connection to the actor's body in relation to performance/text.

272 Movement III (2 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre172 and 271. Expands the student's individual flexibility, range, sensitivity to experiencing movement while stimulating movement imagination. Fundamentals of performance enhancement, Alexander Technique, Tai Chi are used as reference.

274 Stage Combat I (2 credit hours) Permission of instructor Prerequisite: Theatre 172 and 181. Focuses on enabling the actor to extend range of truth and responsibility; imparts a philosophical and historical overview relative to three areas of concentration: unarmed combat, quarterstaff and single rapier, and rapier-and-dagger.

277 History of Dress (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: Theatre 351. Slide survey couse which traces the history of dress from ancient times through the present day, with an emphasis on the societies which produced particular manners and styles of dress.

 

281 Acting III: Acting for The Camera I (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 182. Exploration of the fundamentals of acting techniques as they relate to the medium; concentration on purposeful relaxation, image work, subtext and re-emphasis of basic action playing. Methods include improvisation, storytelling, monologues and scenes. Subject matter explored will be of a contemporary nature and will utilize in-class critique.

282 Acting IV (3 credit hours)
Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 281. Basic Scene Study: Action/objective text scoring and technique review; includes early- to mid-20th century American and European playwrights.

291 Voice II (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 192. Expands the understanding and awareness of the basic vocal philosophy and vocabulary established in Voice I, while developing a clearer connection to the demands of text. Continuation of Linklater work, Lessac and Berry study, Skinner speech work, including IPA. Includes poetic text, sonnets and monologues.

292 Voice III (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 291. Expands and refines the students individual flexibility, range and sensitivity to experiencing voice while stimulating vocal imagination. Improvisation and Roy Hart techniques are explored.

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321 History of Theatre I (3 credit hours) The history of theatre from Greeks to Shakespeare, reading selected plays and tracing the history of theatre into dramatic texts generated at particular times and places.

322 History of Theatre II (3 credit hours) The history of theatre from in Western Europe and the U.S. from the end of the 17th century to present, focusing on the production of theatre in its historical, social and ideological contexts. Class studies representative plays.

323 American Theatre and Drama (3 credit hours) The study of the American heritage as theatre artists and what has influenced us; principal American dramatists and principal events and issues in the American theatre, mainly in the 20th century.

324 Global Community Practicum (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 222. Engages students in research and development of performance projects at a local, community organization or at an international site. The class participates in fieldwork experiences and each individual submits a final project report or thesis at the end of their fieldwork. The Capstone course is collaborative and interdisciplinary and multiple faculty members can supervise and approve student work.

325 Contemporary American Theatre & Drama (3 credit hours) Examines works and developments in American theatre and drama from the past twenty years, especially the diverse and multicultural drama of this period. Looks at elements of class and ethnicity, urbanization, family and community, war and technology, commercialism and consumerism, gender, race, and sexuality.

326 Intercultural Drama (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 222. Examines how international dramatic literature in translation comments on global lives and lifestyles. Class reads, analyzes and discusses intercultural plays in cultural context. Written assignments and in-class presentations investigate the political, social, ad cultural impact meaning of intercultural dramatic works. Students learn to analyze themes, structures, characters, and language of intercultural/international plays through the lens of cultural studies.

327 Playwriting II (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 227. Students write the first act of a full-length play. They read from their plays in class and the work is discussed. They also read plays, see performances, keep a journal. At the end of the semester, students give a staged reading of their work for an informal audience.

332 Performing Archives and Oral Histories (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 233. Students use ethnographic or archival sources to create new performance works. Building on histories introduced in 222, they create individual or small group projects. Interpretative text and character work helps to improve individual student performance skills.

340 Devising Theatre (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 233. The course is a laboratory course for play development. The class creates collaborative theatrical works from text, visual art, movement, stories and/or contemporary events. The class develops performances through improvisation, then organizes and evaluates their work using principles of dramatic structure, and play analysis. Dramaturgy and directing skills are introduced through studio practice and critique.

341 Directing III (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 242. Covers period styles from Greek to avant garde, styles of performance (realism, naturalism, expressionism, absurdist, farce, experimental). Explore contemporizing of a play.

342 Directing IV (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 341. The realization of a play from choice of script to opening night; the complete process of direction/concept, research process, collaborating with designers, casting, rehearsal technique, play opening and review. Students direct a short play.

345 Stage Management Practicum: Plays (2-3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 245 and 351. Methods of stage management, including rehearsal coordination, prompt book preparation and director/cast/crew relationships during rehearsal period, for plays. Students are assigned as stage managers for Theatre productions.

350 Scenic Construction I (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: 250 and 362. For the beginning design and technical student, focusing on in-depth study of scenic construction and materials used in construction. Topics: drafting of construction drawings; developing of working drawings; basic electricity; working with wood, foams, fabric, plastics and metals; hardware used in construction/rigging. Requires working in shop, load-in and strike of a production.

351 Production Practicum V (2-3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 261 and 262 or permission of instructor. Exploration of principles of theatre crafts and practices under faculty supervision.

352 Production Practicum VI (2-3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 351 or permission of instructor. Exploration of principles of theatre crafts and practices under faculty supervision.

353 Sound for the Theatre (2 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 250. Principles and practices of sound for the theatre: potential which sound can bring to a theatre production; actual sound projects.

356 Lighting Design II (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 256. An in-depth exploration into development and execution of a lighting design, and the lighting potentials of a wide variety of facilities, production styles, and lighting equipment. Includes work on development of communication skills with directors and shops, via value sketches and lighting plots.

360 Scene Design II (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 256. Some advanced model-making and drawing skills; the process of conceptualizing and articulating design ideas. Exploration of the unique characteristics of proscenium, arena and thrust staging.

362 Drafting & Model Making (2 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 250. Developing the essential skills of drafting as a means of communication for the stage designer. Explore issues of clarity and expressiveness through use of drafting tools. Develop skill with line weight, accuracy and speed in drawing.

370 Costume Design II (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 270. Advanced course in the process of designing costumes for the stage, through a series of projects using specific texts to further develop skills in text analysis, research, drawing and painting.

371 Physical Theatre (1 credit hour) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 172, 271, 272. Exposes the actor to the dynamics of gesture, the physical foundations of character and interaction, the architecture of stage space and creating of original work. Based on work of Jacques Lecoq, techniques include commedia, chorus, dance, mime, neutralist and clown.

374 Stage Combat II (2 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 192, 274, 282. Continuation of Stage Combat I, leading to SAFD certification.

381 Advanced Scene Study (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 282. European classics of the 18th and 19th centuries. In depth scene study identifying author's period and style, understanding the physical and social traits inherent in scenes.

382 Shakespeare/Restoration (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Emphasis on Shakespeare and Restoration period text. Language through verse is explored; getting advanced classical text and action off the page. Monologue and scene work and some play reading is required.

385 Performing Arts Management (2 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 250. An overall look at the administrative aspects of the performing arts, using a theatre company as the standard model, but with a look at orchestras, dance, and opera. Exploration of theatre development, profit vs. nonprofit companies, role of board of directors, unions, budgeting, marketing, public relations, fundraising.

386 Practicum in Performing Arts Management (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Practical work in the management of the performing arts, principally theatre, through assisting in the creation of live performing arts presentations.

387, 388 Studio I, II (2 each) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 282; Theatre 387 is a prerequisite to 388. The ongoing work each semester includes scene work, monologues, auditions, readings and occasional short plays; provides opportunity to expand roles and styles of performance.

395 Stage Dialects (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 292. Introduces students to specific methods for acquiring stage dialects. Work includes International Phonetic alphabet) and Standard American Speech/Dialect. Students listen to and perform scenes and monologues in each dialect, which may include Standard American, Standard British, Cockney, Irish, American Southern, French, South African, Spanish.

399 Topics in Drama (1-4 credit hours) Covers specialized topics in theatre and drama, which vary from semester to semester. The purpose is to explore in depth aspects of theatre that cannot be covered in existing courses, such as a play or special subject.

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400 Directed Reading (1-3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Special reading project under faculty supervision.

401 Independent Study (1-3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Allows special work in directing, design, theatre studies or other specialized areas.

402 Ideas of Theatre (3 credit hours) An introduction to various types of dramatic literature, to different ideas of theatre­ naturalistic, expressionist, tragicomic, farcical­ and to the reading of plays themselves. Class discussions concentrate on dramatic structure, how a playwright creates meaning through the arrangement of action, language, and character; also examine our assumptions about the nature and purposes of theatre and drama.

403, 404 Design & Production Seminar I, II (2 credit hours each) Active discussion courses which explore issues of contemporary theatre, particularly in relation to design and production. These courses broaden the student's knowledge of contemporary theatre artists and practices, and sharpens esthetic judgment of productions.

426 Fundraising and the Arts ( 2 credit hours)A review and analysis of philanthropy and development in America's cultural life, and the role of both the public and private sectors.

427 Advanced Playwriting (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Students write a dramatic text, complete a series of assigned technique exercises and material-reading, participate in class discussions and live readings.

429 Playwriting Toward Production (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor; students must have written a script. Student must have written an original play. Class is a collaboration between student designers, actors, producers and playwrights; analyzes the evolution of a script from its writing to its production. Students rewrite and workshop their plays and present them before an audience at the end of the semester.

434 Writing Musical Theatre (2-3 credit hours)Permission of instructor. Course will bring together composers, librettists, singers, and actors who want to collaborate on writing new material for the musical stage. Using techniques such as improvisation and theatre games to stimulate ideas, it will involve every member of the class in creating first a popular song, then a short scene, and finally, the reading of a one-act musical piece.

 

435 Producing in the American Theatre (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: Theatre 385, 386 and Junior or Senior standing. A history of American theatre, emphasizing the development of producing techniques coupled with significant productions in the American theatre of the 20th century.

 

438 Legal Issues in the Theatre (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: Theatre 435. Theatre's collective bargaining fundaments/issues.

440 Special Topics in Global/Ethnic Theatre (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. This is an in-depth research and performance course that examines African American Theatre. The class investigates history, biography, international or contemporary aspects of African descendent theatre.

441 Design for Directors (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: 342. Course examines the role of design in a director's concept and what is particular to the director-designer relationship. Various areas of design, how to analyze from a design perspective, how to communicate with designers.

442 Directing Project (3 credit hours)
Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 441.
Students continue their preparation for a professional career or graduate studies in directing by directing a studio play.

443/444 Directing Colloquium I and II (1 credit hour each) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 442. Senior directing students meet to discuss final projects, do presentations of concept of their play, design and casting choices, practical realization of the play, choice of script, and post-production discussions/reviews.

445 Stage Management for Operas & Musicals (2-6 credit hours)Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 245 and 351. Seminar portion covers methods of stage management; students are also assigned as stage managers for School of Music, Theatre & Dance opera or musical theatre productions.

446 Advanced Stage Management (3 credit hours)Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 245. Further study of the principles and practices of stage management including personnel management, problem solving, range of work environments and contracts, union rules, and touring.

 

450 Scenic Construction II (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Theatre 350. For advanced technical students. Topics include scenic tracking and automation, pneumatics/hydraulics, metal working, rigging, basic mechanics for scenery construction, budgeting and business of the technical director.

451 Production Practicum VII (2-3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 352. An introduction to production and management skills needed by the technical director: drafting of construction drawings, cost analysis of materials, metal and wood fabrication, environmental/ structural safety, scenery rigging, movement, mechanization. Students work on studio projects and department productions.

452 Costume Construction (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Basic hand and machine sewing techniques and fundamental skills used in construction of theatrical costumes. Introduction to costume shop equipment. Some work on University Productions' projects.

456 Lighting Design III (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 356. Advanced study of lighting design, incorporating increasingly difficult texts, facilities and production styles; alternative venues and production styles. Includes several major projects.

457 Lighting Design IV (3 credit hours)
Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 456.
Course incorporates increasingly difficult texts, facilities and production styles; alternative venues and production styles, such as concert, television and landscape lighting. Includes several major projects.

460 Scene Design III (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 360. For students whose main interest is scenic design. Hones the conceptual process and develops deeper awareness of style as related to text.

461 Production Practicum VIII (2-3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 451. Advanced level production practicum under faculty supervision.

462 Drafting (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 250. A study of the principles of scenery drafting; basic skills of geometric construction; steps for making production drawings.

464 Scene Painting for the Theatre (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 250. A study of the methods and materials of painting scenery for stage productions; characteristics of various scene painting materials; lab work devoted to color, perspective, utilization of various materials.

466 History of Decor (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. A chronological study of the decorative styles of interiors and exteriors in Western architecture and their application to the stage.

468 History of Theatre Architecture and Stage Design (3 credit hours)Permission of instructor. This course covers the origins and evolution of the theatre building and theatrical design and technology with the corresponding political, social and artistic context.

470 Costume Design III (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 370. Further exploration of the process of costume design for theatre. Projects are more intensely focused on text, research, the conceptual process, and sense of style.

471 Women's Pattern Drafting (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 452. Course covers the techniques used for drafting and draping women's slopers based on standard measurements. Using basic bodice, sleeve, and skirt slopers, students will develop patterns for contemporary and historical garments. Includes a final project.

472 Stage Make-Up (2 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Fundamentals of make-up for theatre: study of facial structure, physiology of age, character and psychology of color.

476 Costumes Crafts (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. An introduction to the materials and techniques used in the design and construction of craft work associated with theatrical costumes, including millinery, mask making, and dyeing and painting of fabric.

478 History of 20th Century Dress & Costume Design (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 477 or permission of instructor. The continuing evolution of the fashion silhouette; growth of theatrical costume design during the 20th century; influences of economic and political situations, art styles, popular culture.

481 Acting VII (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 382. Professional seminar: particular attention to individual rehearsal and audition technique; preparation for graduate, conservatory and professional work. Seminars with guest lecturers and visiting directors focus on professional career preparation.

483 Acting VIII (3 credit hours) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 481. Styles II: Playwrights may include Shaw, Chekhov, Coward, Wilde, Strindberg. Advanced scene work incorporates style texts and Romance language authors.

484 Acting IX: Acting for the Camera II (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: Theatre 281 or permission of instructor. Concentration on practical techniques to use in selected on-camera situations. Utilization of adjustments needed for compelling, truthful work using various audition and recording formats. Single and multiple camera studio work will be employed.

487, 488 Studio III, IV (2 credit hours each) Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 487 is a prerequisite to 488 Prerequisite: Theatre 382, 388. Ongoing work each semester includes scene work, monologues, auditions, readings and occasional short plays; provides opportunity to expand roles and styles of performance.

495 Uber Practicum (2-6 credit hours) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This advanced theatre practicum requires a significant production contribution from the student, such as a major design assignment, stage management or technical direction.

556 Lighting Design V (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: permission of instructor. Further exploration of the process of lighting design for theatre and other related events. Projects focus intensely on the conceptual and collaborative process.

557 Light Lab (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: 556 or permission of instructor. An in-depth look into the tools, hardware and software of lighting design; the study of a wide variety of static and intelligent instruments and emerging lighting technologies. Requires several small projects.

560 Scene Design IV (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 460 and permission of instructor. Scene design students continue to hone their conceptual process and develop style awareness of style as related to text through the execution of advanced scenic projects.

564 Advanced Scene Painting (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 464 and permission of instructor. Builds upon skills learned in basic scene painting course (464). Additional skills taught are translucency, signage, masked sprays, faux finishes, sculpture, advanced perspective, geometric layout, trompe l'oeil.

570 Costume Design IV (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 470 and permission of instructor. A further in-depth exploration of texts, the conceptual process, research and a sense of style resulting in more accomplished costume projects.

571 Men's Pattern Drafting (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 471 or permission of instructor. Techniques for drafting men's slopers based on standard measurements. Using basic jacket, sleeve and pants slopers, students develop patterns for contemporary and historical garments, develop patterns and construct muslin mock-ups. Final projects may include patterning garments for a mainstage production.

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THEATRE (THTREMUS) Graduate Courses

For Both Graduate and Undergraduate Credit (see above listing):

452 Costume Construction

462 Drafting and Model-Making

463 Design Rendering

466 History of Decor

468 History of Theatre Architecture & Stage Design

471 Women's Pattern Drafting

472 Stage Make-Up

476 Costume Crafts

Graduate Credit Only:

501 Research Methods & Theatre Criticism (3 credit hours) Course starts with an introduction to the U-M libraries and the bibliographic sources for study. How to undertake research into each aspect of theatre practice and its various contexts.

502/602 Performance (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Performance is construed as a broad category, with history and theory of acting for the stage central to it, but supplemented by performances in other venues including popular entertainments, video and film, areas of public life with long performance traditions, such as religion and politics.

504/604 Theatre Design (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Fundamentals of theatre design are considered in historical and practical contexts: emergence of designer as artist; relationship to theatre directors; effect of theatre and dramatic forms on design; effect of visual styles. A series of experimental projects supplement the seminars, including site-specific work on campus and experiments with style and materials.

505 Special Work in Theatre Production & Performance (1-6) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Independent study class arranged with a particular instructor.

506/606 Directing (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Directing is construed as a broad category, with the history and theory of stage directing central to it, but reaching to other forms of production as they exist in dance, musical theatre and opera, film and television, and public spectacles such as conventions, memorials, funerals, parades.

513/613 Late 19th- and 20th-Century Euro-American Drama (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Traces the development of an indigenous American drama and theatre, beginning with European realistic and naturalistic influences. Studies the particular elements in the American experience that shaped drama and theatre­ pioneering and territoriality, individualism, social class and ethnicity, urbanization, family and community, race and religion, commercialism and consumerism, war and technology, and politics.

514 Independent Study in Design (1-3) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Specific design projects to refine communication, craft, and design skills.

515 Independent Study in Directing (1-3) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. May include workshops with undergraduate students on specific projects; or fully-realized productions; or internships at a professional theatre.

516 Independent Study in Playwriting (1-3) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. A writing project leading to a reading and/or workshop or full production for an audience.

521 History of Theatre I (3 credit hours) The history of theatre from Greeks to Shakespeare, reading selected plays and tracing the history of theatre into dramatic texts generated at particular times and places.

522 History of Theatre II (3 credit hours) The history of theatre from in Western Europe and the U.S. from the end of the 17th century to present, focusing on the production of theatre in its historical, social and ideological contexts.

556 Lighting Design V (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: permission of instructor. Focus on the conceptual and collaborative process in lighting design.

557 Light Lab (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: 556 or permission of instructor. An in-depth look into the tools, hardware and software of lighting design; the study of a wide variety of static and intelligent instruments and emerging lighting technologies.

560 Scene Design IV (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 460 and permission of instructor. Students continue to hone their conceptual process and develop style awareness.

564 Advanced Scene Painting (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 464 and permission of instructor. Builds upon skills learned in basic scene painting course (464). Additional skills taught are translucency, signage, masked sprays, faux finishes, sculpture, advanced perspective, geometric layout, trompe l'oeil.

570 Costume Design IV (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 470 and permission of instructor. A further in-depth exploration of texts, the conceptual process, research and a sense of style resulting in more accomplished costume projects.

571 Men's Pattern Drafting (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 471 or permission of instructor. Techniques for drafting men's slopers based on standard measurements. Using basic jacket, sleeve and pants slopers, students develop patterns for contemporary and historical garments.

572 Advanced Stage Make-Up (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: 472 and/or permission of instructor. In-depth study of stylized make-up; make-up from various historical periods; designing make-up for different styles of performance, including theatre, opera, ballet, film and television. Exploration of exotic make-up techniques, such as prosthetics, wigs, facial hair.

577 History of Dress (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Slide survey course which traces the history of dress from ancient times through the present day, with an emphasis on the societies which produced particular manners and styles of dress.

578 History of 20th Century Dress & Costume Design (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. The continuing evolution of the fashion silhouette; growth of theatrical costume design during the 20th century; influences of economic and political situations, art styles, popular culture.

600 Individual Research (1-3) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Individual research under faculty guidance.

601 Directed Reading (1-2) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Special reading project under faculty supervision.

602 Performance (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Performance is construed as a broad category, with history and theory of acting for the stage central to it, but supplemented by performances in other venues including popular entertainments, video and film, areas of public life with long performance traditions, such as religion and politics.

604 Theatre Design (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Fundamentals of theatre design are considered in historical and practical contexts: emergence of designer as artist; relationship to theatre directors; effect of theatre and dramatic forms on design; effect of visual styles. A series of experimental projects supplement the seminars, including site-specific work on campus and experiments with style and materials.

605 Special Topics (1-3) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Classes cover specialized topics in theatre and drama, which explore in depth various aspects of theatre that cannot be covered in existing courses, such as a particular play or special project. Topics vary from term to term.

606 Directing (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Directing is construed as a broad category, with the history and theory of stage directing central to it, but reaching to other forms of production as they exist in dance, musical theatre and opera, film and television, and public spectacles such as conventions, memorials, funerals, parades.

613 Late 19th- and 20th-Century Euro-American Drama (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Traces the development of an indigenous American drama and theatre, beginning with European realistic and naturalistic influences. Studies the particular elements in the American experience that shaped drama and theatre­ pioneering and territoriality, individualism, social class and ethnicity, urbanization, family and community, race and religion, commercialism and consumerism, war and technology, and politics.

614 Theatre Practice Independent Study (1-3) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Topics may include: aspects of theatre history, criticism, theory or dramaturgy, such as African-, Asian-, Hispanic-, or Latino-American theatre, political theatre, theatre and film, Shakespeare's theatre, tragedy, new dramatic forms and styles. May include elements of practical work in writing or staging.

628 Avant-Garde Theatre (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. The history of avant-garde theatre and drama in isolation from twentieth-century developments in conventional dramatic forms. Presents a wide range of avant-garde dramatic literature and theatrical practice in Europe and Russia.

710 Independent Study in Theatre Criticism (1-6) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Individual project under faculty supervision.

715 Independent Study in Dramaturgy (1-6) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Individual project under faculty supervision.

716 Independent Study in Theatre History (1-6) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Individual project under faculty supervision.

900 Preliminary Exam Preparation (1-6) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted to candidate status

990 Dissertation - Precandidate (1-8) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. May be taken as the prospectus class.

993 GSI Training (1) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Training and orientation for graduate student teaching assistants. Includes the organization and planning for instruction; the diagnosis of student problems; teaching techniques and strategies; design and selection of teaching materials; use of instructional media; evaluation of learning; relationship between the teaching assistant and the faculty mentor; applicable policies and procedures; support services available; practical concerns. Laboratory teaching is included.

995 Dissertation - Candidate (4-8) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and candidate status. Dissertation work by doctoral student who has been admitted to candidacy.

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