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Theater Courses

For descriptions of the courses offered next semester, see our Upcoming Courses page.


THEA 170  Fundamentals of Acting (3). The techniques of body and voice control; improvisations; interpretation of characters: characterization applied in scenes.

THEA 172  Basic Stage Makeup (1). The study and application of the principles of the art of makeup for the theatre.

THEA 200 – Understanding and Appreciation of Theatre (3). An introduction to the understanding and appreciation of theatrical experience. Attendance at theatrical performances required.

THEA 201 – Introduction to Script Analysis (3)In this course, students will apply research and analysis skills to dramatic texts with an eye toward serving theatrical productions. (Prereq: ENGL 101 and 102, or equivalents, each with a grade of C or higher.)

THEA 220  Theatre Laboratory (1). Supervised participation in theatre production. No formal class meetings. May be repeated for up to 8 credits.

THEA 253  Scenic Technology (3). A beginning course in the principles and practice of scenic technology.

THEA 301 – Theater History I (3). {=ENGL 301} A study of the development of Western theatrical texts and practices including playwriting, acting, and design from ancient Greece to 1800. (Prereq: ENGL 101 and 102, or equivalents, each with a grade of C or higher.)

THEA 302 – Theater History II (3). {=ENGL 302} A study of the development of Western theatrical texts and practices including playwriting, acting, directing, and design from 1800 to the present. (Prereq: ENGL 101 and 102, or equivalents, each with a grade of C or higher.)

THEA 310 – Reading and Performing Shakespeare (3). {=ENGL 310} A course about how people read and perform Shakespeare in which students read and perform Shakespeare. (Prereq: ENGL 101 and 102, or equivalents, each with a grade of C or higher.)

THEA 322 – Playwriting (3). A workshop approach to playwriting that culminates in each student creating a production-ready one-act play.

THEA 333 – Directing (3). (Prereq: THEA 170). An introduction to the history, principles, and practices of the art of stage direction including the selection, casting, and rehearsing of scenes to be presented in class.

THEA 340  Oral Interpretation of Literature (3). {=COMM 340} A course designed to give an understanding of the principles involved in extracting meaning from the printed page and the oral presentation of that meaning in a lucid and stimulating manner.

THEA 370  Intermediate Acting (3). (Prereq: THEA 170) A continuation of THEA 170.

THEA 399  Independent Study (3-6). Contract approval by instructor, advisor, department chair and vice chancellor for academic affairs is required.

THEA 428  African American Theatre (3). The major movements, figures, plays and critical strategies that have marked the development of African American theatre in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

THEA 472  Cinema (3). {=ENGL 472} An investigation into the aesthetics of cinema. (Prereq: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102)

THEA 472L  Cinema Laboratory (0). {=ENGL 472L} Required viewing for THEA 472.

THEA 481  History of Cinema (3). Survey of the international cinema from 1945 to the present.