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Historical, critical and cultural aspects of theatre and drama discussed relative to play attendance. No credit after THR 1111.
Survey of American musical theatre from its multiple historical origins to the present. Development of musical theatre understanding and critical observational skills through focus on the ways in which the genre has emerged through interactions between musical theatre artists and their audiences.
Introduction to the aesthetic principles of theatre as an art form: with special focus on the design principles and theatre spaces. Required for theatre majors. No credit after THR 1010.
Reading and structural analysis of plays. Selected nineteenth and twentieth century plays.
An introduction to the vocabulary of the stage, the process of acting, improvisation, and ensemble work.
Continuation of THR 1040 or THR 1211; scene study, improvisation in development of actor's craft.
An introduction to stagecraft techniques and practices used in the creation of scenery and costumes for the performing arts.
Fundamentals of theatre makeup. Laboratory projects coordinated with University Theatre productions.
An introduction to stagecraft techniques and practices used in the performing arts for lighting, sound, and stage management.
Continuation of THR 1211 with concentration on working on a role; breakdown of text into actions, objectives, beats; sensory work through scene work.
Basic explorations of movement and voice focusing on the experiential study of a variety of movement and vocal techniques in order to expose the student to differing approaches and styles of voice and movement work that are commonly practiced in contemporary theatre.
Introduction to the principles, practices, and exercises in body technique and stage movement.
Introduction to vocal production. Emphasis on relaxation, breathing techniques, and the production of vocal sounds.
Studio course; examining styles of musical theatre performance; applying acting techniques to interpret styles throughout the era of musical theatre.
Supervised laboratory in technical and managerial facets of theatre in production.
Supervised studio in theatre performance requiring participation in department productions.
Supervised studio in scenery and lighting techniques applied to department productions.
Supervised studio in theatrical costuming applied to department productions.
Supervised studio in stage management applied to department productions.
Supervised studio in theatre management as applied to department productions.
Supervised studio in theatre production for back stage crew and/or wardrobe crew applied to department productions.
Supervised studio as a unique production crew or technical assignments (projection designer, puppeter, automation specialist, etc.) required in a department production.
Study of activities except acting that take place on stage or backstage during a technical performance and during rehearsal period.
An introduction to the quantitative and analytical skills utilized by successful entreprenuers. Topics include: fund management, financial management, contracts, development, and marketing. This course is intended for all students preparing for a career as an independent entrepreneur, business person, artist, creator, musician, writer, and any others seeking self-determined professional opportunities.
Study and exercise in the fundamentals of the actor's craft. Emphasis on the development of the actor's inner resources as applied to dramatic action, and consideration of basic stage techniques.
Development of the techniques and basic principles of character building. Emphasis on the development of a role through script, exercises and scene work.
Continuation of THR 2010 or THR 2221. Emphasis on character movement.
Styles of stage movement: Commedia, Moliere, Restoration. Emphasis on period deportment, manners, and dance forms.
Continuation of vocal production work and an introduction to consonant sounds.
Continuation of vocal and articulation work and an introduction to rhythm and tempo in the speaking voice.
Participation in theatre productions as stage manager or assistant stage manager.
Supervised studio in theatre performance requiring participation in department productions. Written permission of Instructor or academic advisor required.
Supervised studio in theatrical scenery and lighting techniques applied to department productions.
Supervised laboratory in theatrical costuming applied to department productions. Written permission of Instructor or academic advisor required.
Supervised studio in stage management applied to department productions. Written permission of Instructor or academic advisor required.
Supervised studio in theatre management applied to department productions.
Supervised laboratory as back stage crew and/or wardrobe crew for department productions.
Supervised studio as unique production crew or technical assignment (projection designer, puppeteer, automation engineer, etc.) in a department production.
Techniques and practices for design and layout specifically addressing the needs in Theatre and Arts Marketing; programs, posters, billboards, brochures, and web pages
Methods and approaches used by Theatre Management professionals to create and maintain meaningful relationships with patrons and audience. This class will emphasize oral communication skills supported by simple use of practices found in the theatre industry
Fundamentals of applied theatre work, especially story drama, process drama, and theatre-in-education (TIE). Focus on the artist as teacher; the visiting artist in the classroom, after-school drama programming, performing as a member of a TIE team.
Supervised students work in schools, with youth programs, and in community service settings, implementing applied theatre projects.
Theories and methods of acting verse drama.
Styles of stage movement: Shakespeare. Emphasis on Renaissance deportment, manners, and dance forms.
Continuation of vocal articulation and vocal music techniques; harmonizing them in performance.
Acting technique and practice with an emphasis on developing the technical and emotional adjustments required for success in Film, TV and industry acting. Units include adjusting theatre acting technique for Film and TV; learning to ""hit marks"" and to understand frame sizes; and developing video auditions.
Capstone experience for B.F.A. acting students. The course focuses on transitioning into the profession, including: auditioning approaches and techniques; showcase preparation and presentation; and developing a personal professional resume and electronic portfolios.
Capstone experience for B.F.A. design tech students. The course focuses on transitioning into the profession, including: auditioning approaches and techniques; showcase preparation and presentation; and developing a personal professional resume and electronic portfolios.
Development of a personal electronic portfolio demonstrating computer proficiency.
Culminating project for theatre honors students: research for scholarly/creative activity.
The scenic designer's multiple analysis of a play. Practice in evolving a technique of scenic design by study of selected plays with execution of sketches and working drawings.
Studio theory course in stylistic characteristics of modern stage designs. Advanced problems in scenic design.
Studio projects coordinated with University Theatre productions.
Advanced costume design projects concentrating on the expression of character through design principles. Further development of drawing and rendering skills.
Theory and practice in stage lighting. Examination of lighting in composition and the aesthetics of light through projects in the stage lighting laboratory. Discussion of applications of lighting instrumentation and control equipment to theatrical production. Participation in lighting University Theatre productions is required.
Examination of situations and responsibilities encountered in professional lighting design. Project work based on large-scale, complex requirements.
Studio and demonstration course as an introduction to painting for the stage, with an emphasis on the materials, texturing techniques, three-dimensional effects and the beginning work from painter's elevations.
Studio and demonstration course for the design or technical theatre student. Materials, techniques, styles of scene painting.
Introduction to the craft of writing for the stage. Students required to write a full-length dramatic script.
Intensive training in acting or another branch of theatre. Study is conducted on-site at the Moscow Art Theatre School, Moscow, Russia.
Focused studies on Russian theatre, performance, design and production; directed studies in contemporary Russian.
Plays from the Greek through the eighteenth century, including Shakespeare; relation of drama to an era and its theatre.
Plays and theories of the theatre from the nineteenth century to modern times; relation of drama to an era and its theatre.
Critical study of significant Black dramatists of the American stage: Willis Richardson, Marita Bonner, Randolph Edmonds, Langston Hughes, Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, Ed Bullins, Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange, and August Wilson.
Stanislavski, Meyerholdt, Artaud, Gordon Craig, Brecht; lectures and creative projects.
The development of the physical theatre and the evolution of production methods in Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, and English Restoration theatres with the correlation of the cultural environment of each period.
Disciplinary writing assignments under the direction of a faculty member. Must be selected in conjunction with a designated corequisite; see section listing in Schedule of Classes for corequisites available each term. Satisfies the University General Education Writing Intensive Course in the Major requirement. Required for all majors.
Specialized studies in theatre performance, history, criticism, management, design, and technology. Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes.
Understanding and application of the principles and tools of the Technique: Psycho-physical approach; Imagination and Incorporation of Images; Improvisation and Ensemble work; Atmosphere; and Psychological Gesture. Subject matter to be chosen from the plays of William Shakespeare. Clues from First Folio renditions of the plays will be identified on all analysis assignments.
Yoga; Laban Movement Analysis for analyzing and further strengthening the body.
Studies in speech and phonetics through physiology, articulatory improvement, and phonetics with application to text. Offered for graduate credit only.
Introduction to the design process and expectations for graduate-level study in theatrical design. Review of responsibilities of each portion of design team, examination of traditional and electronic methods of research.
Examination of the responsibilities and skills needed to function as a professional lighting designer. Varied styles of theatrical production, the lighting designer's communication with other professionals, use of computers in lighting design process, graphic presentation of lighting design concepts.
Continuation of THR 6090 or THR 6331. Employment of theatrical lighting techniques in non-theatrical applications such as film and video; preparation and presentation of a lighting design portfolio; roles of unions in theatrical lighting design.
Studio study and application of graphics which support development and representation of the design idea. Rendering techniques, presentational styles, computer graphics.
Continuation of THR 6210 or THR 6361.
Survey and analysis of theatrical styles of production in European and American theatre, related to historical theory and practice. Research and comparative analysis; some laboratory project work.
Examination and analysis of a specific dramatic genre, style or historic period as it relates to acting, directing, or management. Correlative performance or other practical projects. Subject matter coordinated with the repertory of Hilberry Theatre.
Continuation of THR 6010 or THR 6601.
Press writing and public relations for arts organizations. Topics include: writing, media relations, controlling public image.
Relationships between individuals in the work environment; understanding differing behavioral styles amongst employees in the theatre.
Exploration of characterization through study of archetypes, centers, imaginary body, creative individuality, composition of space and connection to the audience. Subject matter will be supported by mask work and the techniques of Jacques LeCoq; and the study of High Comedy.
Advanced Stanislavski practices and exploration of other approaches to the study of physical theatre. Subject matter will explore contemporary, post-modern and devised texts.
Broadway and social dance techniques.
Viewpoints; ensemble-generated expressive movement.
Application of voice and speech techniques to Shakespeare and heightened language, with additional studies in verse analysis.
Improving the singing voice and applying the work to musical theatre performance. Continuation of Narrow phonetic transcription and Shakespearean phrasing; alliteration, antithesis, inflections, music; developing vocal power.
Historical trends in fashion from ancient Egypt to Elizabethan England, as it pertains to theatre arts and its literature. Study of various periods and genres; design of costumes for plays of these periods based on a historical approach.
Continuation of THR 6600 or THR 7321. Historical trends in fashion from Jacobean England through the 21st Century.
Students are involved with the creative process and execution of a design element for a production at a commercial theatre in the Detroit Metro area.
Supervised experience in the Classic Theatre repertory program.
Supervised experience in practical application of design and technology specific to the design and implementation required to produce classical and contemporary theatre in a repertory model.
Supervised experience in practical application of stage management techniques and processes required to produce classical and contemporary theatre in a repertory model.
Supervised experience in various management assignments for WSU and for public relations activities for the Theatre Department.
Continuation of THR 6020 or THR 6605.
Continuation of THR 7050 or THR 7601.
Market data and analyzing techniques used in theatre; making informed short-term and long-term decisions.
Using a theatre project as a collateral source (investment or social enterprise) for financial support; attaining support through sponsorships, grants, personal relationships, and investors in the theatre
Focused studies on Russian theatre, performance, design and production; directed studies in contemporary Russian.
Historical, philosophical, cultural, and ethical dimensions of teaching and learning in multiple dance and theatre environments. Web course.
Development and execution of the industry showcase; performance and interviews with industry specialists. Subject matter will focus on character types for the individual actor and development of an original solo piece or group devised work.
Physical composition class building on previous techniques, working toward original devised performance pieces.
Studies in the techniques needed for performance in voice-overs and camera.
Continuation of THR 6220 or THR 6365.
Continuation of THR 7210 or THR 8301.
Continuation of THR 7060 or THR 7605; further practical studies in various theatre crafts.
Continuation of THR 7110 or THR 8601; further practical studies in various theatre crafts.
Writing and working with the media: press releases, public service announcements, magazine queries, radio and television spot writing; using print and electronic media through features and interviews.
In-depth research on selected topics in theatre and dance.
Assisting faculty members in teaching first-semester undergraduate-level courses.
Assisting faculty members in teaching second-semester undergraduate-level courses.
Integrated approaches for the arts for early childhood, youth and adolescents, and older adults. Web class.
Research-based seminar on aspects of management administration, integrated arts, and assessment in multiple dance and theatre teaching artist environments. Web course.
Demonstration in the specific design area in the skills developed by the student designer. Portfolio presentation developed in consultation between the student and the design area advisor.
Course designed to bridge from academia to the professional world. Selection, research and execution of seven monologues from a variety of period texts; development of a professional website; research and documentation of the artist's job market in a chosen geographic area. The course culminates in a final Oral Examination by each student's M.F.A. Exit Committee.
Course designed to bridge from academia to the professional world. Development of a professional website and portfolio; research and documentation of the manager's job market in a chosen geographic area. The course culminates in a final Oral Examination by each student's M.F.A. Exit Committee.