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Courses - Spring 2022
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.

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.
THET228A
Special Topics in Introduction Theatre and Performance
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listing with PERS298T. Credit only granted for PERS298T or THET228A.

In this course, we explore the history, context, content, and form of Persian performing arts as they are shared and circulated on multiple platforms (street, print, stage, and digital space). Through reading plays, watching videos, and visiting social media platforms, and writing about them, we examine how theatre and performance in Iran and Afghanistan empower people to perform and play with their identity, sexuality, and religion.
THET251
Broadway Mashup: Remixing America Through Musical Theater
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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, P-F
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 will meet virtually on select meeting times throughout the semester. Contact the instructor for details.

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.
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.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
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.
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.
Cross-listed with DANC489B. Credit only granted for THET363 or DANC489B.
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.
THET380
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.
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.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET384
(Perm Req)
Stage Costume Construction II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET284; or permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
Credit only granted for: THET384 or THET487.
Formerly: THET487.
Study and practical experience in the construction of stage costumes, props and accessories. Pattern development by draping, millinery, and crafts.
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.
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
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET408D
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Indigenous Women's Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The course introduces students to some of the most produced indigenous women's playwrights in Hawaii, the continental United States and Canada. Students will understand how indigenous women playwrights dramatize the indigenous experience and how they seek to disrupt hegemonic narratives of Hawaiian, U.S American, and Canadian history. Students will also investigate how indigenous womens theatre prompts audiences to understand how colonialism continues to impact indigenous communities in North America and the Pacific.
THET408G
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Digital Humanities: Process and Play
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will explore the many aspects of digital humanities research and scholarship. The first half of the class begins with a workshop-based approach; where we will gather skills for working with digital tools. Then students are to work collaboratively using the skills harnessed to create performances, short films, and other creative bodies of work as their final project for the course.
THET408W
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Documentary Theatre: Abolition Then and Now
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
THET411
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 will meet virtually on select meeting times throughout the semester. Contact the instructor for details.

Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET425
Actor's Process II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET325; and must audition; and permission of ARHU-School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies department.
A deeper exploration of the work begun in THET325. A continuation of creating a personal process through which the actor can confidently approach any genre of play. Special focus on status and subtext and the world of the playwright.
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET428D
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Advanced Theatre and Performance; Advanced Media Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET428F
Special Topics in Advanced Theatre and Performance; Theater Graphics III: Computer Assisted Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET428J
Special Topics in Advanced Theatre and Performance; Performance and Sexuality in Early Modern Japan
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Cross-listing with JAPN455. Credit only granted for JAPN455, THET428J, or JAPN498J.

Explores the intersections between performance and sexuality in early modern Japan. Our main sites will be the stage, the brothels, and everyday life as we examine how people of the period performed gender and sexuality. We will draw from popular fiction, kabuki, puppet theatre, woodblock prints, guides to the pleasure quarters, and censorship edicts. Taught in English.
THET429
(Perm Req)
THET452
(Perm Req)
Musical Theatre Workshop II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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.
Studnets must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET465
(Perm Req)
History of Fashion for the Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: THET116; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
A survey of Western clothing from the Ancient Worlds through 20th Century. A discussion of the cultural contexts of various trends in fashion through an examination of art, industry and textiles.
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.
For first year lighting design students and other MFA students. 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.
THET608G
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Digital Humanities: Process and Play
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
THET608N
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Modernism's Theatres/Theatre's Modernisms
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
THET608W
Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies; Perform(ative) Writing:The Form of Fabulation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Introduction to the fundamental skill sets of writing about performance and cutting edge theories about the reparative, anti-racist, and social justice work of performative writing.
THET639
Advanced Design Studio in Scenery
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET649
Advanced Design Studio in Costume
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
For first year costume design students and other MFA students. Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET659
Advanced Design Studio in Lighting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
For first year lighting design students and other MFA students. Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET669
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET669A
(Perm Req)
Independent Study; History of Fashion for the Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET669L
Independent Study; Theater Graphics III: Computer Assisted Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET669W
Independent Study; Devised Work Collection
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.

The class will explore new techniques of telling mythological themes, specifically examining the use of high style-low technical approaches totheatrical 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.
THET678
(Perm Req)
Theory of Visual Design For the Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students must pay a $25 lab fee.
THET688A
Special Problems in Drama; Theatre Architecture from Minoans to the Baroque
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
THET788
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET789
Master's Practicum
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET888
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Practicum in Theatre
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
THET889
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Tutorial in Theatre
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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: 1 - 10
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.