THEATRE ARTS (THA)

Associate Professors: Anderson, Benson, Stoffregen;
Assistant Professor:
Clow (Chair).

Major and/or minor requirements differ for students in certified programs in the School of Education and in the College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from the requirements for students in noncertified programs in other colleges.

Theatre Arts Major
(Liberal Studies; Business; Science and Allied Health) Students enrolling in the theatre arts major must complete the theatre arts major core requirements and one area of emphasis.

Theatre arts major core requirements -
25 credits, including THA 220, 230, 260, 360 (one credit), 490; three credits from THA 222, 231, 232, 240 (performance emphasis must take THA 222, design/technical emphasis must take three credits from THA 231, 232, 240); THA 250, 251, 350, 351; participation in theatre arts productions each semester after freshman semester (taken as THA 260 or 360.)

Design/Technical Emphasis:
15 credits including nine credits from THA 231, 232, 240, 331, 340, 341, 440; six credits from THA 221, 222, 231, 232, 240, 241, 250, 251, 320, 321, 330, 331, 340, 341, 350, 351, 420, 440, 470, 471, 472

General Studies Emphasis:
15 credits including six credits from THA 221, 222, 320, 321, 420; six credits from THA 231, 232, 240, 340, 341, 440; three credits from 221, 222, 231, 232, 240, 241, 250, 251, 320, 330, 331, 340, 341, 350, 351, 420, 440, 470, 471, 472

Performance Emphasis:
15 credits including THA 221, 320, 321; six credits from THA 231, 232, 240, 242, 250, 251, 330, 331, 340, 341, 350, 351, 420, 440, 470, 471, 472

Theatre Arts Minor
(Liberal Studies; Business; Science and Allied Health) - 25 credits, including THA 220, 230, 260 (one credit), 360 (one credit); six credits from THA 250, 251, 350, 351; nine credits from THA 221, 222, 231, 232, 240, 241, 250, 251, 320, 321, 330, 331, 340, 341, 350, 351, 420, 440, 470, 471, 472

+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.

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THA 110 Cr. 2
Theatre Appreciation
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.

THA 220 Cr. 4
Acting I: Fundamentals
Theory and practice of the fundamentals of stage acting, including improvisational techniques, audition techniques, acting terminology and development of dramatic action. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Offered Sem. II.

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. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Offered Sem. II.

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. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Offered Sem. I.

THA 230 Cr. 4
Fundamentals of Play Production
Theory and practice of the production elements comprising the theatre arts: scene design and stage craft, lighting design and technology, and costume and make-up design as each contributes to the realization of a play. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Offered Sem.I.

THA 231 Cr. 3
Stagecraft
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. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: THA 230. Offered Sem. II.

THA 232 Cr. 3
Costume Crafts
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 230 for theatre majors and minors. Offered Sem. II, even-numbered years.

THA 240 Cr. 3
Theories and Techniques of Theatrical Design
A study of the elements and principles of design and their application to the theatre stage. An application of the techniques used by the designer in the creative process of interpreting a play script and translating it into visual form. Prerequisite: THA 230. Offered Sem. II.

THA 241 Cr. 3
Stage Makeup
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. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: THA 230 for theatre arts majors and minors. Offered Sem. I.

THA 250 Cr. 3
Theatre Studies I
Survey of Western theatrical history and dramatic literature of classical Athens and Rome and the Middle Ages. Particular attention is paid to the relationship of theatre performance to religious ritual and its emergence as an aesthetic phenomenon. Recommended to be taken before THA 251, 350, 351. Offered Sem. I, even-numbered years.

THA 251 Cr. 3
Theatre Studies II
Survey of Western theatrical history and dramatic literature of the Renaissance, the Age of Reason, and the Industrial Age (1500-1850.) Particular attention is paid to the relationship of theatre to European nationalism and the emergence and expansion of the middle class. Recommended to be taken after THA 250, before THA 350, 351. Offered Sem. II, 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.

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. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: THA 220. Offered Sem. I.

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. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: THA 220, 320. Offered Sem. II, even-numbered years.

THA 330 Cr. 3
Scene Painting
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. Prerequisite: THA 230 for theatre majors or minors. Offered Sem. I, odd-numbered years.

THA 331 Cr. 3
Theatre Technology
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 230, 231. Offered Sem. I, even-numbered years.

THA 340 Cr. 3
Scenery Design
A course in the principles and practices of designing stage scenery. Emphasis is on developing the creative abilities of the designer. Prerequisites: THA 230, 231, 240. Offered Sem. II, even-numbered years.

THA 341 Cr. 3
Lighting Design
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 230, 231, 240. Offered Sem.II, odd-numbered years.

THA 350 Cr. 3
Theatre Studies III
Detailed study and analysis of Western theatre history and dramatic literature from 1850 to 1945. Particular attention is paid to the question of modernism and its theatrical implications. Recommended to be taken after THA 250 and 251, and before 351. Offered Sem. I, odd-numbered years.

THA 351 Cr. 3
Theatre Studies IV
Detailed study and analysis of significant theatrical texts and performances, 1945-present. Topics explored include theatre of the absurd, political and environmental theatre, feminist theatre, multicultural theatre, and experiments in performance art. Recommended to be taken after THA 250, 251, and 350. Offered Sem. II, 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.

THA 420/520 Cr. 3
Directing
Theory and practice of directing for the stage. Emphasis on analysis, preparation and presentation of dramatic scenes. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: THA 220, 230 and six credits from THA 250, 251, 350, 351. Offered Sem. I, even-numbered years.

THA 440/540 Cr. 3
Costume Design/History
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. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: THA 230. Offered Sem. II, 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, and junior standing. Note: three to six credit hours may count toward a theatre arts major in the College of Liberal Studies. Three credits maximum on graduate level.

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.

THA 471/571 Cr. 3
Playwriting
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 Sem. I, odd-numbered years.

THA 472/572 Cr. 3
Theatre Management
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 Sem. II, even-numbered years.

THA 481/581 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Directed individual study under an assigned faculty member. Student is responsible for submitting study proposal for approval before registration. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and junior standing. Repeatable for credit - no maximum.

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, junior standing. Repeatable for credit - no maximum.

THA 490 Cr. 3
Senior Project
Research and production of senior project in directing, acting, design, technical direction or dramaturgy involving significant research and activity under an assigned faculty member. This is considered the capstone course for theatre arts majors. Student is responsible for submitting a proposal for approval one semester before registration. Prerequisites: consent of department faculty and senior standing.