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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.

THET222 is for new Theatre majors only. Non-Theatre majors must attend the first day of class for permission to add
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.
THET251
Broadway Mashup: Remixing America Through Musical Theater
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Interrogate musical theater's political history, investigating how this uniquely American genre uses narrative, song, and dance to weave critical differences across race, ethnicity, immigration status, religion, gender, sexuality, and ability into our national fabric.
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.
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.
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.
THET377
(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 the theories of electrification, instruments, design, color, and control for the stage. Practical work on productions.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET383
(Perm Req)
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.
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.
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.
THET399
THET408D
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Dramaturgy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET408E
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Black Women Playwrights
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET408L
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Performativity of Law and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with ANTH468V. Credit only granted for THET408L or ANTH468V.

Law is theatre, sport, and business. True stories are creatively told to select audiences and stakes are high. This class will explore the performances and performative power of courtroom trials and testimony, as well as offstage legal culture. We will examine notions of truth, evidence, reason, and justice, and will analyze examples from both the everyday and the sensational.
THET408O
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Body in/as Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This class examines how bodies both make and represent culture. We will pay particular attention to the notion of the body and its attendant signifiers of race, class, gender, nation and sexuality among others. We will traverse through different theoretical realms to offer support for a view of the body as flesh and bone, but also as a socio-historical construction replete with contingent meanings. Dance, theatre, film, visual culture and performance art will provide the context of where andhow bodies perform. Ultimately, you will think about how your own body signifies on and off stage and what its cultural specificities operate within the world and its complicated ideologies. No dance or theatre experience required but willingness to experiment with your bodys performance capabilities is encouraged.
THET408T
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; A Giant Trigger Warning: Terror, Trauma, and Contemporary Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET420
(Perm Req)
Language and the Actor
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.
Explores the actor's relationship to language, particularly heightened poetic language, in order to: develop the ability to embody language and vocally and physically project the images; apply an intellectual understanding of the inherent structural, poetic, and rhetorical techniques of heightened language in combination with action theory; and access the inner states of character while expressing them through text.
THET428M
Special Topics in Advanced Theatre and Performance; Advanced Media Design: Public Projections
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
THET428Q
Special Topics in Advanced Theatre and Performance; Technologies of Japanese Performance
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Crosslisted with JAPN498P. Credit only granted for THET428Q or JAPN498P.

This course explores technologies of performance in Japan across the centuries. We will focus on concepts of likeness and liveness as they manifest in performances of mythical origins, the traditions of noh drama, the popular, commercial theatres of kabuki and bunraku, and contemporary experiments with robotics, Vocaloids, and other new technology. Taught in English
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.
THET452
(Perm Req)
Musical Theatre Workshop II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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 from the integrated musicals of the 1960s through the development of concert and rock/pop musicals.
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.
Jointly offered with 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
(Perm Req)
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.
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 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
THET499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET608D
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Dramaturgy
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)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET669K
Independent Study; Professional Development in Dance and Theatre
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with DANC689F. Credit only granted for THET669K or DANC689F.
THET669M
(Perm Req)
Independent Study; Advanced Media II: Public Projections
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
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
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.