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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 $25.00 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 $25.00 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.
THET274
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Stage Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET114 or TDPS201; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Familiarization with the techniques and skills required of a Stage Manager in a theatrical production, including organization, production meetings, rehearsals, tech and running a show. The outcome at the conclusion of the course is the ability to function as an Assistant Stage Manager in a supervised situation.
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
THET284
(Perm Req)
Stage Costume Construction I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Study and practical experience in garment construction and related costume crafts as used in theatre costume design. Flat pattern development, corset construction, theatrical sewing techniques and organization of the costume construction process.
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
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.
THET286
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning I
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET222, THET223, and THET116. And THET114; or TDPS201. And permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Introductory internship in theatre. Constructed to help students in their sophomore year gain practical experience in a supportive work environment in the theatre. Student must research and propose internship to a Faculty Advisor and Internship Venue.
THET293
Black Theatre and Performance I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP, DVUP
Thematic and historical survey of African-American drama from the late nineteenth century to the 1960s. 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 $25.00 lab fee.
THET324
(Perm Req)
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.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET325
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in THET310; or permission of Instructor. And must audition; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Focus on use of self in creating character. Tools employed include decision-making and use of imagery, personalization, objectives, adjectives, and verbs.
THET328M
Special Topics in Intermediate Theatre and Performance; Introduction to Musical Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET330
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET222, THET223, and THET116. And THET114; or TDPS201. And permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
A lecture-laboratory course dealing with the techniques of coordinating, designing and guiding the production of a script through to performance. Study and practice in stage composition, movement, pacing, script and character analysis, and rehearsal routines. Emphasis on methods of communicating a script to an audience.
THET340
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET222, THET223, THET116, and TDPS201.
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Credit only granted for: THET340 or THET399P.
Formerly: THET399P.
Will introduce students to the art of playwriting through exploratory writing exercises, the reading of successful plays, the development of new short scripts, how to make theatrical choices, and how to use the six elements of storytelling.
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
THET363
(Perm Req)
The Business of the Business
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET116, THET222, THET223, and TDPS201; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Credit only granted for: THET399B or THET499E or THET363.
Formerly: THET399B, THET499E.
An in depth study of the business of working in the theatre. Explores early career opportunities and entry-level positions in the entertainment industry. Analyzes publicity, management, union, casting, and agency practices; how they apply to you and your career in the non-profit and commercial theatre.
THET371
(Perm Req)
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 design theory and style. Methods and techniques of coordination of all elements of scenic design for theatre.
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
THET385
(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: THET399D or THET385.
Formerly: THET399D.
Focuses on learning the grammar and conceptual thinking behind multimedia design for live performance. Students will learn how our new multimedia tools can enhance the sense of liveness as well as explore the different ways in which technology can be implemented into preproduction thinking, rehearsal experimenting, and ultimately, effective use in performance.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
THET390
(Perm Req)
History of Theatre I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
The history of Western theatre from its origins in classical antiquity through the mid-seventeenth 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.
THET399
(Perm Req)
THET408I
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; True Storytelling & Narratives of Cultural Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AMST429M and ANTH429M. Credit granted for THET408I, ANTH429M or AMST429M.
THET408U
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Theatre About Show Business
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET408X
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Performing Latin(x) America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET411
(Perm Req)
Voice for the Actor II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET324 or THET325; and must audition; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: THET311, THET411, or THET499L.
Formerly: THET311.
Learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and apply to exploration of sound and language. Designed to increase voice and speech awareness, and create a base knowledge from which to approach any accent or dialect.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET424
(Perm Req)
Movement II: Advanced Studies in Movement and Mask Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET325 or THET324; and must audition; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
A deeper exploration of how to use the actor's instrument for dramatic expression. Continuing work in the F.M. Alexander Technique and foundational exercise to help actors learn what they need to prepare for rehearsal and performance. Other techniques may include theatrical styles, physical character, dramatic use and play with space and rhythm and masks.
THET428L
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Advanced Theatre and Performance; Advanced Techniques Lighting Design: Programming
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Required pre-requisite THET377. Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET428O
Special Topics in Advanced Theatre and Performance; Photoshop
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
THET429
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET473
(Perm Req)
Rendering for the Theatre II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET373; or permission of instructor.
Continued study in rendering techniques and graphic skills for theatrical design presentation. Emphasis on style, technique and use of different artistic media.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
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.
Jointly offered with 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 $25.00 lab fee.
THET481
(Perm Req)
Theatre Graphics II: Computer Assisted Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET114 or TDPS201; and THET116; and permission of ARHU-Theatre department.
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
Study and practical application of computer generated graphical design for use in theatrical production.
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
THET489P
Special Topics in Theatre History from 1800 to Present; Shakespeare in Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET499B
(Perm Req)
Independent Study; Figure Drawing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students must pay a $25 lab fee
THET600
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Graduate Research Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be a graduate student in a Theatre program.
Also offered as: THET700.
Credit only granted for: THET600 or THET700.
Additional information: Only students in the doctoral program may register for THET700.
Basic skills in theatre research.
THET606
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Strategies and materials for teaching a typical introductory course in theatre, with emphasis on specific problems of classroom instruction (e.g., creating a supportive climate, promoting active learning by students, constructing appropriate tests, adapting methods to content, and resolving discipline problems).
THET608I
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; True Storytelling & Narratives of Cultural Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with AMST629M and ANTH629M. Credit granted for THET608I, ANTH629M, or AMST629M.
THET608V
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Performance, Violence and Memory in the Americas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
THET614
Ethnography and Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH688O, THET608E, or THET614.
Formerly: THET608E.
Different types of cultural and artistic preformance around the world (theatre, music, dance, sport, festival) are examined. Students learn 1) how various types of live performance are studied ethnographically; 2) what thick description reveals and how it adds to the analysis of performance; and 3) methods for conducting an ethnographic study of performance.
For Fall 2019: Cross-listed with AMST629P and ANTH629P. Credit granted o r THET614, ANTH629P, or AMST629P.
THET639
(Perm Req)
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
Students must pay a $25 lab fee
THET659
Advanced Design Studio in Lighting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25.00 lab fee.
THET669
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET669D
Independent Study; Advanced Media Design
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
THET669F
Independent Study; Figure Drawing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
THET669P
Independent Study; Photoshop
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET669W
(Perm Req)
Independent Study; Devised Work Collaboration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25 course fee.

The class will explore new techniques of telling mythological themes, specifically examining the use of high style-low technical approaches to theatrical storytelling. Students will discuss and explore different avenues of storytelling through design and performance, including scenery, costumes, lighting, projections, puppetry, movement, and performance. Focus will be on the cross-discipline exploration and discussion of design techniques as vehicles for storytelling while helping students examine and push their own style and tools of design. The final project will be a performance piece by the designers in the light lab loosely based off an existing text.
THET679
(Perm Req)
Advanced Design Studio in Multimedia and Projection Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET700
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Graduate Research Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be a graduate student in a Theatre program.
Also offered as: THET600.
Credit only granted for: THET600 or THET700.
Additional information: Only students in the doctoral program may register for THET700.
Basic skills in theatre research.
THET711
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: THET700.
Recommended: THET712.
A doctoral methods course. Major developments in modern and postmodern critical theory with particular emphasis on application to the fields of Theatre and Performance Studies.
THET788
(Perm Req)
THET789
(Perm Req)
THET799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET888
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Practicum in Theatre
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
THET889
(Perm Req)
THET898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.