College of Liberal Studies
School of Arts and Communication
Department Chair: Joseph Anderson
158 Center for the Arts, 608.785.6707
Professors: Anderson, J. Cherne;
Associate Professors: Benson, Leonard-Anderson, Stoffregen;
Assistant Professors: Elder, Hart, Kincman;
Academic Staff: Collyar, Riley
Theatre Arts Majors
(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 39 credits – Students enrolling in a theatre major must complete the theatre arts major core requirements and one area of emphasis.
Theatre Arts Major Core Requirements
21 credits – THA 210, 220, 231, 250, 251, 350, 490. THA 260 required first semester freshman year. THA 360 required every semester after first semester freshman year, except when completing THA 490.
— Design/Technical Emphasis
18 additional credits — THA 240; 15 credits from: THA 130, 201, 232, 241, 290, 330, 331, 340, 341, 342, 351, 420, 421, 440, 450, 470, 472, 481, 482.
— Arts Administration Emphasis
18 additional credits — THA 376, 472, ECO 110, MKT 309, POL 416; three credits from THA 290, 450, 470, 481, 482, and ACC 221.
— General Emphasis
18 additional credits — nine credits required from the performance area and nine credits required from the design/technical area: THA 130, 201, 221, 222, 232, 240, 241, 290, 310, 320, 321, 330, 331, 340, 341, 342, 351, 420, 421, 422, 440, 450, 470, 471, 472, 481, 482.
— Music Theatre Emphasis
15 additional credits — THA 221, 222, 310, 421, 482. Students enrolling in this major must enroll as music minor: music theatre emphasis. This emphasis requires an audition.
— Performance Emphasis
18 additional credits — THA 222, 320, 321; nine credits from: THA 130, 201, 221, 241, 290, 310, 351, 420, 421, 422, 440, 470, 471, 481, 482.
— Stage Management Emphasis
19 additional credits — THA 290, 341, 342, 390 (two enrollments), 420; three credits from THA 232, 330, 331, 340, 421, 440, 450, 470, 471, 472, 481, 482.
Theatre Arts Minor
(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) Students enrolling in this minor must select an area of emphasis.
—Arts Administration Emphasis
21 credits — THA 210, 220, 231, 376, 472; minimum of three credits in THA 360 taken over at least two productions; three credits from: THA 290, 450, 481, 482, POL 416, ECO 110, MKT 309, ACC 221.
— Design/Technical Emphasis
21 credits — THA 210, 231, 232, 240; a minimum of three credits in THA 360 taken over at least two productions; six credits from: THA 130, 201, 241, 330, 331, 340, 341, 342, 420, 421, 440, 450, 470, 481, 482.
— General Emphasis
21 credits — THA 210, 220; minimum of three credits in THA 360 taken over at least two productions; six credits from: THA 250, 251, 350, and 351; six credits from THA 130, 201, 221, 222, 231, 232, 241, 290, 320, 321, 330, 331, 340, 341, 342, 420, 421, 422, 440, 450, 470, 471, 472, 481, 482.
— Stage Management Emphasis
21 credits — THA 210, 220, 231, 290, 390; a minimum of three credits in THA 360 taken over at least two productions; six credits from: THA 232, 331, 340, 341, 342, 420, 421, 472.
— Music Theatre Emphasis
(open to music major: music theatre emphasis students only; audition required) 22 credits — THA 220, 221, 222, 320; MUS 308; Dance: four credits in ESS 100: Music Theatre and Tap are required. Remaining two credits may be chosen from Ballet, Jazz and Modern; a minimum of three credits in THA 360 taken over at least two productions.
— Performance Emphasis
24 credits — THA 210, 220, 221, 222, 320, 321; minimum of three credits in THA 360 taken over at least two productions; three credits from: THA 130, 201, 420, 421, 422, 450, 470, 471, 481, 482.
The theatre arts department incorporates a significant amount of writing throughout the required courses instead of identifying particular courses as writing emphasis courses. Students who complete the major will fulfill the university writing emphasis requirement through this writing-in-the-major program.
+ above a course number indicates a
General Education course.
THA 110 Cr. 2
A study of theatre as an art form. Emphasis on the role of the audience as collaborators in the performance and their understanding and appreciation of the elements of a theatrical production. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
THA 120 Cr. 3
Acting for Non-Majors
This course emphasizes the development of the actor’s instrument by introducing the student to the basic imaginative, physical, and vocal skills necessary for acting. It also enhances the student’s understanding of the cooperative nature of acting. It prepares them to create, discuss, rehearse, and perform. The student will apply these techniques in an interactive studio setting. Offered Spring.
THA 130 Cr. 3
Multicultural U.S. Plays: Acting the Text
In this performance-based course, students will study and perform dramatic literature from multiple cultures within U.S. society. Plays will be selected from African-American, Asian American, Native American, Hispanic American, lesbian/gay/transgendered/bisexual and other cultures for study. Students will research cultural context, analyze the plays, develop basic skills in performance, and prepare and perform scenes from the plays under study, in order to enhance student awareness and exchange ideas about multi-cultural nature of the United States. No acting experience is required. Offered Spring.
THA 201 Cr. 3
Dramatic Literature and Theatre Arts
From text to theatre, how does dramatic literature translate into live performance? To read plays is but one aspect of the art of drama. To create a theatrical performance from a playscript is to appreciate the full artistic potential of dramatic literature. International and multicultural theater ranging from the classical to the contemporary will be the basis of explorations into the significance and beauty of the dramatic arts. An interdisciplinary approach in both content and method will be used as the dramatic literature is considered in the context of history and culture, literature and art. Offered Fall.
THA 210 Cr. 3
Foundations of Theatrical Production
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of theatre by exploring the theories and practices of production elements; script analysis; and the specific goals, procedures and policies of the theatre arts department. Offered Fall.
THA 220 Cr. 3
Acting I: Fundamentals
Theory and practice of the fundamentals of stage acting, including improvisational techniques, audition techniques, acting terminology and development of dramatic action. Offered Spring.
THA 221 Cr. 3
Movement for the Stage
Theory and practice in training the actor’s body to serve as a skillful and expressive means of communication. Emphasis on the student’s awareness of movement as a foundation for character development. Offered Fall, even-numbered years.
THA 222 Cr. 3
Voice and Diction for the Stage
Theory and practice of the fundamentals of vocal production: breathing control, articulation, projection, quality and expressiveness for the actor. Offered Fall, odd-numbered years.
THA 231 Cr. 3
Theory and practice of scenic construction. A study of the stage and its equipment; the planning, building and painting of scenery and the practical aspects of stage lighting. Prerequisite: THA 210. Offered Spring.
THA 232 Cr. 3
Theory and practice of basic costume construction. Emphasis on the construction of stage costumes and accessories, including, but not limited to, basic pattern adaptation, millinery techniques, costume jewelry techniques and mask construction. Prerequisite: THA 210 for theatre majors and minors. Offered Spring, even-numbered years.
THA 240 Cr. 3
Rendering for Theatre
This course will focus on the study of the elements and principles of rendering and their application to theatrical design. Students will focus on application of various rendering techniques used by scenic, costume, lighting and makeup designers in the creative process of interpreting a play script and translating it into visual form. Prerequisite: THA 210. Offered Fall, odd-numbered years.
THA 241 Cr. 3
The theory and practice of the fundamentals of painted theatrical makeup, including various theatrical makeup materials and their applications. The course will rely heavily on the imagination and creative skills of the student and will include research in physical analysis, character analysis and color theory. Each student will serve as the makeup designer for all projects in this course. Offered Fall, even-numbered years.
THA 250 Cr. 3
Theatre Studies I: Origins to the Middle Ages
Survey of Western theatre history, dramatic literature and theory in cultural context from origins through the middle ages. Particular attention is paid to the relationship of theatre to religion and to ancient theatre as the foundation for later Western theatre. Recommended to be taken before THA 251, 350, and 351. Offered Fall, odd-numbered years.
THA 251 Cr. 3
Theatre Studies II: Renaissance through Mid 19th Century
Survey of Western theatre history, dramatic literature and theory in cultural context from the Renaissance through late 19th Century. Attention is focused on the relationship of theatre to the emergence of the early modern period, the rise of nationalism, the Enlightenment, and the growing middle class. Recommended to be taken after THA 250, and before THA 350 and 351. Offered Spring, even-numbered years.
THA 260 Cr. 1
Participation in Theatre Arts Activities
A course for any university student who wishes to gain academic credit for participation in theatre arts. Students receive individual counsel, criticism and evaluation. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor in charge of the specific activity. Repeatable for credit — no maximum. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
THA 290 Cr. 3
Stage Management for the Arts
This course will provide an introduction to Stage Management for the arts as well as a working understanding of the job of a stage manager. Emphasis on practical theory as well as the history of stage management will be combined with critical theories of running a production. The course will culminate in preparing students to stage-manage for a realized production. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.
THA/MUS 310 Cr. 3
This course examines the process of acting through song and verse. Its purpose is to explore a variety of theoretical and practical approaches integrating acting, vocal and stylistic techniques which support and strengthen each other. Prerequisites: THA 220 or 222; MUS 235, 236, 237, 238. (Cross-listed with MUS; may only earn credit in THA or MUS.) Offered Fall, odd-numbered years.
THA 320 Cr. 3
Acting II: Characterization
Theory and practice of realistic acting techniques and textual analysis in the development of characterization. Monologues and scenes from realistic drama to be performed. Prerequisite: THA 220. Offered Fall.
THA 321 Cr. 3
Acting III: Styles
Theory and practice of advanced techniques of acting with emphasis on styles of acting from Greek to the present. Monologues and scenes from various theatrical periods to be performed. Prerequisites: THA 220 and 320. Offered Spring.
THA 330 Cr. 3
Theory and practice of scene painting techniques for the theatre. By studying theories utilized by professional scenic artists, students will learn to interpret a designer’s rendering or scaled elevation. Practical exercises will introduce students to the techniques necessary to reproduce the aesthetics of designer’s renderings or scaled elevations as actual scenic pieces. Offered Fall, even-numbered years.
THA 331 Cr. 3
The research and application of current technology in the theatre, including the exploration of new materials and construction techniques. The course will include an introduction to Computer-Assisted Drafting and Design, the operation and maintenance of new technologies in the theatre facility and the examination of health, safety, and liability issues. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: THA 210 and 231. Offered Fall, even-numbered years.
THA 340 Cr. 3
A course in the principles and practices of designing stage scenery. Emphasis is on developing the creative abilities of the designer. Prerequisites: THA 210, 231, 240. Offered Spring, even-numbered years.
THA 341 Cr. 3
An introductory course in the principles and practices of designing and executing stage lighting. Emphasis is on developing the creative abilities of the designer. Prerequisites: THA 210, 231, 240. Offered Spring, odd-numbered years.
THA 342 Cr. 3
Sound Design and Engineering
The course provides the student with a working knowledge of sound design and engineering. It emphasizes the creation of sound for theatre, the theory and technique of sound design and the set up and maintenance of sound reinforcement and sound reproduction equipment. Prerequisite: THA 210. Offered Fall, odd-numbered years.
THA 350 Cr. 3
Theatre Studies III: Realism to the Present
Survey of Western theatre history, dramatic literature and theory in cultural context from the rise of realism in the late 19th Century to the present day. Particular attention is paid to realism and the explosion of styles in reaction to it, along with the study of political, environmental, feminist, multicultural, and postmodern theatre and performance art. Recommended to be taken after THA 250, 251, and before THA 351. Offered Fall, even-numbered years.
THA 351 Cr. 3
Survey of historical and contemporary theatre in cultural context from various cultures/geographic regions around the world. These areas include India and the near east, China, Japan, and the far east, Africa, Latin America, and the middle east. Particular attention is paid to local custom, religious practice and theatrical practice. Prerequisite: THA 110. Offered Spring, odd-numbered years.
THA 360 Cr. 1-3
Theatre Arts Practicum
Specialized, intensive study and participation in theatre. Projects are designed in consultation with a faculty adviser in the department. Prerequisite: permission of the supervising instructor. Repeatable for credit — no maximum. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
THA/ECO 376 Cr. 3
Economics of Art and Entertainment
The overall goal of this course is to enable participants to make or evaluate selected decisions and policy issues pertaining to the arts and to better understand the unique status the arts hold in the American economy. Focus will be on the definition use and development of leisure, economic impact of the entertainment industries as compared to other industries, and how and why government is involved in the arts industry. (Cross-listed with ECO; may earn credit in either THA or ECO.) Offered Spring, odd-numbered years.
THA 390 Cr. 2
Advanced Stage Management
This course will provide advanced study of the specific skills required of a stage manager on a theatrical production through discussion and hands-on projects designed to improve the student's understanding and execution of leadership, organizational and creative components of stage management. Prerequisite: THA 290. Repeatable for credit—maximum four. Offered Fall.
THA 420/520 Cr. 3
Theory and practice of directing for the stage. Emphasis on analysis, preparation and presentation of dramatic scenes. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: THA 210 and 220; six credits from THA 250, 251, 350, 351. Offered Fall, even-numbered years.
THA 421/521 Cr. 3
This is an advanced performance studio that provides an opportunity for students to research, explore, and create performance within a specific style or genre. The course will provide directing and/or acting students with both theoretical and practical experiences in the art of theatre performance and will occasionally feature a guest artist. Examples of offerings include: improvisation, traditional (comedy of manners, commedia dell’arte) and non-traditional styles (absurdism, post-modernism, expressionism), auditioning and others. Prerequisites: THA 321 and/or 420. Repeatable for credit — no maximum. Offered occasionally.
THA 422 Cr. 3
Acting IV: Audition Techniques
This upper level acting course works specifically on the art and technique of auditioning. It will further develop and expand the range and skills of the performance student by exploring the audition process. Students will learn basic stage and camera audition techniques, develop an extensive repertoire of audition monologues and research career opportunities. It prepares the students for a variety of audition styles and situations. Prerequisites: THA 220, 320, 321. Offered Fall.
THA 440/540 Cr. 3
A course in the principles and practices of designing stage costumes. Emphasis on the creative capabilities of the designer with a working knowledge of historical periods used in stage costuming. Prerequisite: THA 210. Offered Spring, odd-numbered years.
THA 450/550 Cr. 3-15
Internship in Theatre Arts
An academically relevant work experience focusing on career development through professional contexts. Students pursue practical applications of course work in community or professional theatre or related areas. A written project relating the internship experience to the academic preparation will be required. Credit depends on the demands and complexity and the duration of the work the student performs. Evaluation is a joint effort of the cooperating firm or group, the department supervisor and the Cooperative Education Internship liaison. Prerequisites: consent of department faculty; 15 credits in theatre; junior standing. Three to six credit hours may count toward a theatre arts major in the College of Liberal Studies. Three credits maximum on graduate level. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
THA 470/570 Cr. 1-3
Symposium in Theatre Arts
Study in a selected area of theatre arts. Varying topics will be offered at intervals, with a specific title assigned to each. For current content and credit assignment, consult the instructor or department chair. Repeatable for credit — no maximum. Offered occasionally.
THA 471/571 Cr. 3
A study of the fundamentals of playwriting, with emphasis on creating stageworthy plots, characters, dialogue and spectacle and finding venues for having plays produced. Course will culminate in the writing of a one-act or full-length play. Offered Fall, odd-numbered years.
THA 472/572 Cr. 3
The principles and methods involved in the operation of the non-commercial theatre: organization, play selection, building an audience, publicity, advertising, graphic reproduction, ticket sales, box office routines, house management, touring and business records. Prerequisite: THA 110, with the exception of theatre arts majors and minors. Offered Spring, even-numbered years.
THA 481/581 Cr. 1-3
Directed individual study under an assigned faculty member. Student is responsible for submitting study proposal for approval before registration. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — no maximum. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
THA 482/582 Cr. 1-3
Special Topics in Theatre Arts
Workshops, directed individual readings, or projects involving significant content and/or activities not available through regular offerings within the Department of Theatre Arts. Student is responsible for submitting a project proposal for approval before registration. Prerequisites: consent of department faculty and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — no maximum. Offered occasionally.
THA 490 Cr. 3
Capstone Project in Theatre Arts
The capstone project is an independent project that reflects the student’s knowledge and abilities in theatre arts. It should integrate knowledge from coursework with practical experience in theatre production, and may focus on research, design, technical theatre, performance, directing, management or other area within theatre arts. The project should involve significant research, preparation, and presentation. The project may involve work in production, or in more traditional research. The student is responsible for developing and submitting a proposal for approval one semester in advance, under advisement of a faculty member in theatre arts. Prerequisites: consent of department faculty and senior standing. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.