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Courses - Spring 2019
THET
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THET110
Introduction to the Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU
In the age of pop music and blockbuster films, of memes and viral videos, we often forget that theatre was one of the original forms of popular entertainment. We will focus on theatre practitioners including actors, directors, designers and backstage personnel to understand how theatre is produced. We will also consider popular entertainment in Europe and America, with a particular focus on musical theatre and Broadway to explore how theatre communicates, resonates, and remains relevant to all audiences.
THET116
(Perm Req)
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Examines theatre as an environmental art that is realized through collaboration between set, costume, and lighting designers.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET222
(Perm Req)
Foundations of Acting and Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Students will become familiar with the tools and process of acting through the discipline of acting exercises, analyzing character and performing. Students will research various theatre artists that have contributed to the acting process. Through monologue and scene work students will learn listening skills, communicative, collaborative and embodiment skills and will learn how to use the self in the imaginative process and research. And, most importantly, students will learn creative process through practice.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET223
(Perm Req)
Text and Context in Western Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Introduction to the analysis and critique of the play script. Students will have the opportunity to read, analyze, and interpret western dramatic literature from a range of periods and styles. Texts are analyzed from a variety of theatrical analytical perspectives, with an eye towards choices theatre artists must make in the creation of a theatrical production.
THET228O
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Introduction Theatre and Performance; Costume Crafts
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET285
The Art of Communication and Presentation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSOC
Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, INAG110, JOUR130, or THET285.
An introduction to the fundamental practice and theory of public speaking and oral communication using theatrical techniques of both performance and the craft of storytelling.
THET287
Subversive Cultures and Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: THET289I or THET287.
Formerly: THET289I.
Every society has rebels - those who refuse to conform to the mainstream's rigid rules, aesthetics, and beliefs. From unruly skateboarders, punk rockers, bohemian poets, and radical theater performers, to national revolutionary movements and brick-throwing anarchists - such groups form niches that are defined by their exclusion from society. We will look at how their beliefs and actions fit into a particular historical context, and how their actions drive social change.
Also offered as ANTH287. Credit granted for THET287 or ANTH287.
THET294
Black Theatre and Performance II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
Thematic and historical survey of African-American drama from the 1960s to the present. Emphasis on sociopolitical context, thematic thrust, issues, styles, the aesthetic reflected in the work, impact on African-American and general theatre audiences.
THET310
(Perm Req)
Voice for the Actor I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET116, THET222, THET223, and TDPS201; and must Interview; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
Freeing the natural voice. In-depth experience of connection of actor's voice to thought, impulse and emotion. Tools for releasing tension, increasing resonance and range, and refining articulation will be explored.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET324
Character Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in THET310 and THET362; or permission of Instructor. And must audition; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
European-based physical approach to acting. Primary focus on character development, may include creating original characters and learning how to bring to life an already scripted character. Techniques to explore the soul and psychology of characters and their physical qualities, voice, rhythm and movement.
THET326
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET222, THET223, THET116, and TDPS201; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Credit only granted for: THET328V or THET326.
Formerly: THET328V.
Viewpoints is a movement-based performance course for students who already have a foundation in the basics of acting and/or dance. The Viewpoints are a set of tools and vocabulary; using 9 categories of time and space, students will fully explore the possibilities of using their physical instruments (the body) to their fullest on stage.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET328A
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Intermediate Theatre and Performance; Stage Design & Opera
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The music in opera establishes a world in which the action and drama takes place. This class will discuss what elements of the world are needed to help the structure of the story while helping the audience understand motifs and themes in an opera. Students will become familiar with design concepts and strengthen a vocabulary to communicate their ideas of their worlds to others. Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET328Y
Special Topics in Intermediate Theatre and Performance; Site Specific Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET377
(Perm Req)
Lighting Design I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET222, THET223, and THET116. And THET114; or TDPS201; or permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
A study of the theories of electrification, instruments, design, color, and control for the stage. Practical work on productions.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET380
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET116. And THET114; or TDPS201; or permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
Theatre Sound Design is a first course in designing sound for stage productions.
THET383
(Perm Req)
Costume Design I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: TDPS201 or THET114; and (THET116, THET222, and THET223). Or permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Basic principles of theatre costume design and introduction to rendering skills. Emphasis on development of design conception, unity, character statement, basic clothing design and period style adaptation.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET391
(Perm Req)
Theatre History II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
The history of Western theatre from the mid seventeenth century to the early twentieth century, with emphasis on plays and playwrights, architecture and decor, acting and costuming, and significant personalities. Includes explorations of interrelationships between Western theatre and the theatre of other cultures.
THET408P
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Popular Performance & Popular Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET428Y
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Advanced Theatre and Performance; Advanced Training in TYA Theatre: Andy's Summer Playhouse
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: THET328D - Theatre for Young Audiences or permission of instructor. For permission please email Jared Mezzocchi at jaredmez@umd.edu. In this advanced course, we will be emphasizing administrative and artistic development for the upcoming season at Andy's Summer Playhouse, named 2018 SUMMER OF LEGACY. Andy's Summer Playhouse is a 48 year old non-for-profit children's theater in Wilton, NH, focusing on original works written, directed and designed by professionals while performed and operated by children ages 8-18. The productions are intended for audiences of all ages. In this course, students will be asked to investigate and develop the programs offered while also thinking outside of the box regarding marketing and outreach for the local communities around the theater. This course offers real-life investigations on how to operate and grow a small non-for-profit performing arts organization while also learning the entrepreneurial skills to be an independent artist.
THET429
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET440
(Perm Req)
Advanced Playwriting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: THET340; or permission of instructor. And permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Credit only granted for: THET440 or THET499P.
Formerly: THET499P.
Ensemble-based writer's workshop. It is the second part of a two-course sequence and is designed for students who already have a foundation in the basics of playwriting or who are other wise well-versed in the art of theatre and dramatic structure. Through exploratory writing sequences, the reading of full-length plays, and in-class readings of work-in-progress, students will continue to deepen their craft and develop the script for a new full-length play.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET451
(Perm Req)
Musical Theatre Workshop I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must audition.
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Development of the ability to move, act and express through the media of lyric and music.
THET471
(Perm Req)
Design Studio in Scenery
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET371; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Also offered as: THET639.
Credit only granted for: THET471 or THET639.
Advanced study of scenic design for the theatre. Particular design projects will vary.
Students must pay a 25 lab fee.
THET474
Advanced Stage Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET114 or TDPS201; and (THET116, THET222, THET223, and THET274); and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department; and sophomore standing or higher.
Intensive practical study of the techniques and procedures for stage management.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET475
History of Art, Architecture, and Decor for the Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET114 or TDPS201; and (THET116, THET222, and THET223); and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Also offered as: THET670.
Credit only granted for: THET475 or THET670.
Study of Western art, architecture, and decor and their practical application to theatrical production.
THET477
(Perm Req)
Design Studio in Lighting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET377; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Also offered as: THET659.
Credit only granted for: THET477 or THET659.
Designed for students who have successfully completed THET377 and wish to further develop their lighting design skills. Emphasis is on theoretical design of productions and realized light lab projects. Particular design projects will vary.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET488A
Special Topics in Theatre History Before 1800; Theatre Architecture from Minoans to the Baroque
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET489D
Special Topics in Theatre History from 1800 to Present; Asian American Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET499
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET608A
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Performance, Activism, and Aesthetics of Risk
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
THET608C
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Performing Disability, Cripping Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
THET608Q
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Staging Black Queer Lives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
THET639
Advanced Design Studio in Scenery
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
THET649
Advanced Design Studio in Costume
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
THET659
(Perm Req)
Advanced Design Studio in Lighting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay $25 lab fee.
THET669
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET669M
(Perm Req)
Independent Study; Advanced Media II: Public Projections
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET670
Period Style for the Theatre: Fashion and Decor
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: THET600.
Also offered as: THET475.
Credit only granted for: THET475 or THET670.
A study of environmental decor, theatrical architecture, historic ornament and fashion through the ages and their practical application for theatrical production.
THET672
Theory of Visual Design in Scenery
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A historical and theoretical study of design practices in performing arts with an emphasis in scene design and interpretation.
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
THET678
(Perm Req)
Theory of Visual Design For the Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
THET679
Advanced Design Studio in Multimedia and Projection Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
THET688A
Special Problems in Drama; Theatre Architecture from the Minoans to the Baroque
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
THET698G
Seminar: Theatre History; History of Theatre to 1700
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
THET712
Historical Research Methods and Historiography in Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: THET700.
Formerly: PCOM712.
A survey of methods commonly used in writing theatre history and their application to a suitable problem. Formulation of significant research questions, systematic collection of bibliographic and phenomenal information, formulating substantial claims, organizing and writing research for disciplinary outlets.
THET788
(Perm Req)
THET789
THET888
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Practicum in Theatre
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
THET889
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Tutorial in Theatre
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
THET898
(Perm Req)
THET899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 10
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud