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The House of Bernarda Alba by Frederico Garcia Lorca


THAR 1191 – Theatre Practicum

This course serves as a laboratory in stage management, design, construction, and the handling of scenery, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, publicity, box office, and make-up. Fee

THAR 1320 – Acting in Everyday Life
This course introduces the art of acting in order to develop an appreciation of the art and an understanding of how various acting techniques may be used to heighten one’s awareness and as a tool for self-realization. Fee. Satisfies CORE Fine Arts requirement, intended for non-theatre majors.

THAR 1321 – Beginning Acting
Introduction to the art and technique of acting, improvisation and experiential work, leading to an understanding of concentration, observation, objectives, and tactics.

THAR 1322 – Intermediate Acting This course continues the student’s study of acting with a major focus on the process of characterization through scene study. Prerequisite: THAR 1321

THAR 1380 – Introduction to Theatre
This course introduces students to the art and craft of theatre. Designed for the Theatre Arts major, this course culminates in the production of a short theatrical performance.

THAR 1381 – Theatre Appreciation
A study of the process of theatrical production–from page to the stage–and its relevance as a form of cultural expression. Satisfies the CORE Fine Arts requirement. Designed for non-theatre majors.

THAR 2192 – Theatre Arts Practicum
This course provides laboratory experience in stage management, design, construction, and the handling of scenery, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, publicity, box office, and make-up. Fee

THAR 2193 – Theatre Practicum
This course provides a laboratory experience in stage management, design, construction, and the handling of scenery, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, publicity, box office, and make-up. Fee. May be repeated for credit.

THAR 2242 – Basic Stage Make-up
This course studies the principles of the art, technique, and design of stage make-up. Fee.

THAR 2324 – Stage Movement
This course explores physical coordination, timing, force, quality, and motivation leading to an understanding of the actor’s physical impulse and how to direct and control it. Fee

THAR 2325 – Theatre Voice and Speech Studies
Introduction to the fundamentals of correct voice production and clear speech, as it applies to acting for the stage, presentation of portfolio and auditions.

THAR 2360 – Introduction to Technical Production
This course clarifies the basic terminology and procedures used in the technical aspects of theatre production; includes scenery and costume construction, lighting, properties and backstage organization. Laboratory experience is provided in these production aspects. Fee.

THAR 2361 – Introduction to Theatre Design
An introduction to and the application of scenic, costume and lighting formats. Skills include drawing, painting, and model making techniques for the expression of theatrical design. Prerequisite: THAR 1380. Fee. Satisfies Core Fine Arts Requirement.

THAR 2380 – Play Analysis
This course focuses on the use of text analysis for actors, directors and designers through the study of dramatic structure and form in representative plays.

THAR 3194 – Advanced Theatre Practicum
An advanced laboratory in acting, stage management, and the design, construction, and handling of scenery, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, publicity, box office, and make-up. Prerequisite: THAR 2193 and permission of instructor. Fee.

THAR 3195 – Advanced Theatre Practicum
An advanced laboratory in stage management, design, construction, and handling of scenery, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, and make-up. Prerequisite: THAR 3194 and permission of instructor. Fee.

THAR 3304 – Children’s Theatre
Theory and practice of play production for the child audience, with laboratory application. Permission of the instructor required. Fee

THAR 3323 – Acting in Verse
Special problems in acting related to verse texts, e.g., Greek, Shakespeare, Moliere. Prerequisites: THAR 1322. May be repeated for credit.

THAR 3324 – Selected Topics in Performance
This course is a continuation of the study of acting through various acting techniques associated with specific genres and styles (i.e., Restoration, Greek, Commedia.) Prerequisite: THAR 1322 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Fee

THAR 3325 – Advanced Acting
This course is designed for Theatre Arts majors as a continuation of the study of the art and technique of acting, with major focus on advanced scene study. Prerequisites: THAR 1322 and completion of 65 credit hours or permission of instructor. Fee.

THAR 3341 – Costume Design
This course is a study and application of the costume design process from research methods to painted sketches. Instructor’s permission required. Fee

THAR 3344 – Costume Construction
This course is a study and application of sewing techniques, flat patterning, and draping skills for the stage. Fee

THAR 3362 – Scene Design
Coordination of the visual scenic elements that comprise a theatrical production and an introduction to theatre graphics. Laboratory experiences in Scenic Design. Prerequisites: THAR 1380, 2361 or permission of the instructor. Fee

THAR 3363 -Lighting Design
An investigation of how light reveals form and the application of basic principles and tools to control light effectively on stage. The course includes research, direct observation, and practical experience. Prerequisite: THAR 2360. Fee.

THAR 3381 – The Development of Drama & Theatre I
A study of the development of Western drama and theater from early times to through the mid-18th century. This course includes the reading and study of representative dramatic literature.

THAR 3382 – The Development of Drama & Theatre II
A study of the development of drama and theater from the mid-18th century to the present day. This course includes the reading and study of representative dramatic literature.

THAR 4196 – Advanced Theatre Practicum
This course provides advanced laboratory experience in stage management, design, construction, and the handling of scenery, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, publicity, box office, and make-up. Prerequisite: THAR 3195 and permission of instructor. Fee.

THAR 4301 – Creativity in the Arts
This course presents an overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of creativity applied to the integration of the arts (i.e. music, dance, visual art, theatre, and literature) in the elementary school classroom in order to develop children’s imaginations and expressive creativity. Prerequisites: Completion of 65 credit hours or permission of instructor. Fee.

THAR 4303 – Creative Dramatics
This course explores process-oriented theatre activities and games (emphasizing movement, pantomime, improvisation, and story telling) to enhance the creative development of the individual. Fee

THAR 4331 – Fundamentals of Directing
This course introduces students to the role of the Director in the production of plays. It applies analytical and critical thinking to casting, staging, rehearsal techniques in student directed scenes. Prerequisites: THAR 1322 and THAR 2360.

THAR 4333 -Senior Studio
This capstone course in Theatre Arts offers students a chance to synthesize the knowledge of theatre, research and prepare for post-graduation professional and educational opportunities in theatre and to use their art to complete a service-learning project. Prerequisites: THAR 4331, and completion of 90 semester credit hours or permission of the instructor. Fee.

THAR 4342- Costume History
This course chronologically studies western dress and its relationship to society and culture from ancient Egyptian times to the present. The course considers the concerns pf movement for the actor wearing period dress on stage.

THAR 4385 -Shakespeare
An intensive study of the vital connection between the audience, performer, playhouse and the text in Shakespearean drama produced on stage during the playwright’s life and today. Fee

THAR 4393 -Reading & Research in THAR
An intensive research and writing course focused on a selected area under the supervision of the faculty. Departmental approval required.

THAR 4399 – Selected Topics
A symposium course that may focus on a number of different topics, such as American theatre history, dramaturgy, playwriting, American musical theatre, and other selected topics. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.