Theatre (THEA)

Associate Professor: Stanley (Chairperson)
Assistant Professor: Innerarity, Towns
Part-time Instructors: Moyer, Stoytcheva-Horissian

Theatre is a combination of many art forms, and the theatre curriculum provides opportunities to explore all its aspects: dramatic literature, theatre history, acting, directing, stage management, design, and technical theatre. The rigorous production program offers practical training to complement the comprehensive curriculum.

The Theatre Department produces a full season of faculty- and student-directed productions each year. In addition, the department also manages a children’s theatre company, the Emerald City Players. The department’s production facilities include the Mary L. Welch Theatre, an intimate thrust stage, and the Dragon's Lair Theatre, a small black-box studio theatre in the Academic Center. The department also maintains support facilities, including a scene shop, costume shop, dressing rooms, makeup room, and rehearsal areas.

The following courses satisfy the cultural diversity requirement: THEA 114, 212, 332, 333, 335, and 410. The following courses, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the writing intensive requirement: THEA 212, 332, and 333.

Major

All students majoring in Theatre must complete the core courses and the requirements for at least one of the three concentrations listed below. Should a student elect to pursue two concentrations, the student is required to complete 4 credits of THEA 160 and/or 161 for each concentration, totaling 8 credits.

Core courses required of all majors:
THEA 145, 201, 210, 226, 246, 247, 332, 333, and 410.

Concentration Requirements:

  1. Acting: THEA 148, 245, 249, 345, 402, and 460; 3 credits of THEA 160 in either Section A or B; 3 credits of THEA 161 and/or 162, including ½ credit of 162, which must be earned serving as Assistant Stage Manager or Crew Head for a Mary L. Welch Theatre production.
  2. Directing: THEA 148, 225, 227, 326, 402, and 461; 3 credits of THEA 160 in either section A or B; 3 credits of THEA 161 and/or 162, including ½ credit of 162, which must be earned serving as Assistant Stage Manager for a Mary L. Welch Theatre production and one credit of 162 serving as Stage Manager for a Mary L. Welch production.
  3. Design/Tech: THEA 149, 225, 228, 229, 230, and 462; one from the following: 427, 428, 429; 4 credits of THEA 160 in either section A or B; 2 credits of THEA 161 and/or 162.  

Minors

Three minors are available in the Theatre Department. 

  • A minor in Performance consists of THEA 100, 145, 148, 226, 245, 246 and two credits of THEA 160, 161, and/or 162.
  • A minor in Technical Theatre consists of THEA 100, 149, 228, 229, 230, 246, and two credits of THEA 160, 161, and/or 162.
  • A minor in Theatre History and Literature consists of THEA 100, 210, 246, 332, 333, 410, and two credits of THEA 160, 161, and/or 162.

100
UNDERSTANDING  THEATRE
A comprehensive introduction to the theatre as a distinctive art form.  Explores the creative process of the various artists involved in developing a theatrical production—actors, directors, designers, technicians, etc.—and examines the unique characteristics of dramatic literature. 

114
FILM ART: MOTION PICTURE MASTERPIECES
Study of selected classic experimental and narrative films from around the world as well as from Hollywood. Consideration of what makes a classic through examination of such topics as acting, writing, directing, style, and genre. Alternate years.

135
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE I
An introduction to the techniques of beginner conditioning and basic movement in ballet, jazz, and tap. One-half unit of credit.

136
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE II
Continuing exploration of beginner conditioning techniques and basic movement in ballet, jazz, and tap. Prerequisite: THEA 135 or consent of instructor. One-half unit of credit.

137
HISTORY OF THE DANCE I
A survey of tribal, ethnic, and folk dance from the earliest recorded dance to the 1900s. One-half unit of credit.

138
HISTORY OF THE DANCE II
A survey of the forms of dance as they have reflected the history of civilization from the 1900s through the present. One-half unit of credit.

145
ACTING I
An introductory study of the actor’s preparation with emphasis on developing the actor’s creative imagination through improvisation, character analysis, and scene study.

148
PLAY PRODUCTION
Stagecraft and the various aspects of production are introduced. Through material presented and laboratory work on the Mary L. Welch Theatre productions, students acquire experience with design, scenery, properties, costumes and lighting.

149
THEATRE GRAPHICS
A comprehensive course in mechanical drafting, perspective rendering, figure drawing, color theory, and scene painting as these skills relate to the study of theatrical design.         

160
THEATRE PRODUCTION PRACTICUM
Faculty-supervised participation in one of the department’s two shops, the Costume Shop or the Scene Shop. Enrollment in this course requires the student to work for 30 hours during one semester, which earns one semester hour of credit. Practicum credit is limited to eight semester hours of credit over four years. Students may not register for Theatre Practicum; the department chair registers all students for Practicum after productions have been cast and all duties have been assigned each semester. Course may be repeated.  

161
THEATRE PERFORMANCE PRACTICUM
Faculty-supervised participation in the creation of productions in the Mary L. Welch Theatre, which includes actors and all running crews involved in each production. Enrollment in this course earns one-half semester hour of credit for participation as an actor and/or running crew member. Practicum credit is limited to eight semester hours of credit over four years. Students may not register for Theatre Practicum; the department chair registers all students for Practicum after productions have been cast and all duties have been assigned each semester. Course may be repeated.

162
THEATRE LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM
Faculty-supervised participation in the production process through positions of leadership, which includes but is not limited to: crew heads, stage management, assistant directors, assistant designers, and assistant technical directors. Enrollment in this course earns one-half semester hour of credit, with the exception of Stage Manager, which earns one semester hour of credit. Practicum credit is limited to eight semester hours of credit over four years. Students may not register for Theatre Practicum; the department chair registers all students for Practicum after productions have been cast and all duties have been assigned each semester. Course may be repeated.

201
THEATRE FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG AUDIENCES
Study of theatre for children, theatre by children, and youth theatre. Students create and rehears a e production and/or workshops for children or teens that will tour and perform at area grade and high schools, all during the slated class times. Students may repeat this course once with a different project. Prerequisites: THEA 145, and either 148 or 149, OR consent of instructor. Alternate years.

210
MODERN DRAMA
The study and application of various analytical methodologies using plays selected from the canon of modern drama, 1875 to the present. Prerequisites: THEA 145, and either 148 or 149. Alternate years.

212
MULTICULTURAL AMERICA ON SCREEN
Introduction to the art of understanding moving images to discover the cultural values of American filmmakers and their audiences. Comparison of the ways in which films and television use comedy, drama, and the documentary to examine topics having to do with values, beliefs, and cultural diversity in America.

215
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE
Study of selected theatrical subjects, such as plays, writers, movements, or technical projects. Recent topics include stage management, sound design, stagecraft, and professional development. Prerequisite: THEA 145, and either 148 or 149. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit if the topic is different from one previously studied.

220
VOICE AND DICTION
Introduction to the fundamental techniques of vocal production for the theatre. Emphasizes an individual program of personal vocal development. Dialects and phonetic study of the major European accents and English accents. Includes oral practice of relevant literature. Alternate years. One-half unit of credit.

225
HISTORICAL STYLES IN DESIGN
An exploration of the evolution of dominant design styles in scenery, lighting, and costumes in  Western theatre.  Prerequisite or co-requisite: THEA 148 or 149. Alternate years.

226
DIRECTING I
An introductory study of the functions of the director, with emphasis on script analysis, the rehearsal process, and communicating with collaborators. Practical scene work directing student actors is a major component of the course. Prerequisites: THEA 145 and 148.  Majors may take concurrently with THEA 148.  Alternate years.

227
PRINCIPLES OF STAGE MANAGEMENT
A practical exploration and application of the standard practices of stage management, including the areas of the design process, the rehearsal process, and performance. Prerequisite: THEA 145 or 148. Alternate years.

228
SCENE DESIGN
Development of scene design techniques through study of the practice in rendering, perspective drawing, plan drafting, sketching and model building. Beginning work in theory, techniques, and practices in scenery painting for the theatre. Prerequisites: THEA 148 or 149, and THEA 225. Alternate years.

229
LIGHTING DESIGN
The theory of stage and lighting design with emphasis on their practical application to the theatre. Prerequisites: THEA 148 or 149, and THEA 225. Alternate years.

230
COSTUME DESIGN
The theory of costuming for the stage; elements of design, planning, production, and construction of costumes for the theatre. Prerequisites: THEA 148 or 149, and THEA 225, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

232
STAGE MAKEUP
Essentials in stage makeup: straight, character, special types. Effects of light on makeup are included. Recommended for performers and directors of educational, church and community theatres. Prerequisite: THEA 148. One-half unit of credit. Alternate Years.

235
INTERMEDIATE DANCE
Intermediate ballet, jazz, tap, and choreography. Prerequisite: THEA 136 or consent of instructor. One-half unit of credit.

236
ADVANCED DANCE
Advanced ballet, jazz, tap, and choreography. Prerequisite: THEA 235 or consent of instructor. One-half unit of credit.

245
ACTING II
Exploration of contemporary realism through intensive character analysis, monologue work, and scene study. Prerequisite: THEA 145.

246
FALL THEATRE COLLOQUIUM
A non-credit seminar in which faculty and students travel to Canada to such venues as the Shaw Festival or the Stratford Theatre Festival to view and discuss required plays, expanding their cultural and theatrical experiences. Enrollment in one Fall Theatre Colloquium over the 4-year course of study is required for all students majoring in Theatre. Pass/Fail. Non-credit seminar. This course may be repeated.

247
SPRING THEATRE COLLOQUIUM
A non-credit seminar in which faculty and students travel to New York City to view and discuss required plays, expanding their cultural and theatrical experiences. Enrollment in one Spring Theatre Colloquium over the 4-year course of study is required for all students majoring in Theatre. Pass/Fail. Non-credit seminar. This course may be repeated.

249
STAGE MOVEMENT
An introductory course that covers a wide range of activities designed to help theatre students become more active, physically expressive, convincing, and dimensional performers. It offers an overview of physical approaches to acting, movement theories and training, including Alexander, Laban, Chekhov, neutral mask, and Commedia dell’Arte among others and their application to successful stage performances. Prerequisite: THEA 145. Alternate years.

315
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE
Study of selected theatrical subjects, such as plays, writers, movements, or technical projects. Recent topics include stage management, sound design, stagecraft, and professional development. Prerequisite: a minimum of three THEA courses. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit if the topic is different from one previously studied.

326
DIRECTING II
Continued exploration of the director’s role in the production process with emphasis on the director’s work in rehearsal. Practical application includes the direction of a one-act play with student actors in the Dragon's Lair Theatre. Prerequisite: THEA 226. Alternate years.

332
THEATRE HISTORY I
An investigation of the Western theatre as the evolution of a multidisciplinary artistic, cultural, social, economic, religious, and political phenomenon. Dramatic texts representing specific eras are studied as historical evidence of theatre practice. Focuses on the origins of the theatre through 1700. Prerequisites: THEA 145, and either 148 or 149, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

333
THEATRE HISTORY II
An investigation of the Western theatre as the evolution of a multidisciplinary artistic, cultural, social, economic, religious, and political phenomenon. Dramatic texts representing specific eras are studied as historical evidence of theatre practice. Focuses on the early 18th century through the theatre today. Prerequisite: THEA 332, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

337
PLAYWRITING
An investigation of the techniques of playwriting with an emphasis on creative writing, culminating in a written one-act play. Prerequisites: ENGL 106 or 107 and THEA 226, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

345
ACTING III
Exploration of historical acting styles selected from among Greek, commedia dell’arte, Elizabethan, comedy of manners, melodrama, expressionism, etc. Practical application includes character analysis, monologue work, and scene study. Prerequisite: THEA 245.

402
SHAKESPEARE ON STAGE
A study of Shakespeare’s plays in production terms. Emphasis on translating works from the page to the stage, with special attention to language, poetry, and acting styles as well as technical problems. Contemporary productions will be viewed. Prerequisites: THEA 332 and 333, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

410
THEATRE AND CULTURE
Exploration of one or more historic periods in a specific locale to discover the nature of the theatre in its cultural context. Included is a study of the art, music, literature, political and social framework of the period and locale. Prerequisites: THEA 332 and 333, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

415
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE
Study of selected theatrical subjects, such as plays, writers, movements, or technical projects. Recent topics include stage management, sound design, stagecraft, and professional development. Prerequisites: THEA 332 and 333 or consent of instructor.  With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit if the topic is different from one previously studied.

426
DIRECTING III
Practical application of script analysis and directing a production in the Dragon’s Lair Theatre or the Mary L. Welch Theatre. Prerequisites: THEA 326 and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

427
ADVANCED COSTUME DESIGN STUDIO
Practical application of script analysis and execution of costume design for the productions in the Dragon’s Lair Theatre or Mary L. Welch Theatre. Prerequisites: THEA 230 and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

428
ADVANCED SCENE DESIGN STUDIO
Practical application of script analysis and execution of scene design for productions in the Dragon’s Lair Theatre or Mary L. Welch Theatre. Prerequisite: THEA 228 and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

429
ADVANCED LIGHTING DESIGN STUDIO
Practical application of script analysis and execution of lighting design for production in the Dragon’s Lair Theatre or Mary L. Welch Theatre.  Prerequisite: THEA 229 and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. 
 
432
ADVANCED MAKEUP DESIGN STUDIO
Practical application of script analysis and advanced techniques in makeup design. Three-dimensional and prosthetic makeup is included, with emphasis on nonrealistic and nonhuman forms. Prerequisite: THEA 232 and consent of instructor.

444
ADVANCED DIRECTING STUDIO
Practical application of script analysis and directing a full-length play in the Dragon’s Lair Theatre or Mary L. Welch Theatre. Prerequisites: THEA 426 and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. 

445
ADVANCED ACTING STUDIO
Practical application of script analysis and performing a major role in a Dragon’s Lair Theatre or Mary L. Welch Theatre production. Prerequisites: THEA 345 and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

460
SENIOR PROJECT IN ACTING
The application of script analysis and practical performance skills in a self-proposed performance project. Students are required to submit a formal written proposal by March 1 of their junior year that must be approved by all full-time Theatre Department faculty. This course is open to senior theatre majors only.

461
SENIOR PROJECT IN DIRECTING
The application of script analysis and practical skills in a self-proposed project. Students have the option of demonstrating expertise in directing or stage management. Students are required to submit a formal written proposal by March 1 of their junior year that must be approved by all full-time Theatre Department faculty. Students who choose to direct or stage manage a full-length play in fulfillment of THEA 461 must have completed the THEA 162 requirements of assistant stage managing and stage managing faculty-directed productions. This course is open to senior theatre majors only.

462
SENIOR PROJECT IN DESIGN/TECH
The application of analytical and practical skills in a self-proposed design or technical project. Students have the option of demonstrating expertise in costume design, scene design, lighting design, or technical production. Students are required to submit a formal written proposal by March 1 of their junior year that must be approved by all full-time Theatre Department faculty. This course is open to senior theatre majors only.

470 – 479
INTERNSHIP (See Index)
Students work off campus in professional theatres such as the George Street Theatre in New Jersey and the Walnut Street Theatre and Inter Arts Theatre in Philadelphia.

N80/N89
INDEPENDENT STUDIES (See Index)
Subjects for Independent Studies are chosen in conjunction with faculty members.

490-491
INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS (See Index)
Students who qualify for Departmental Honors produce a major independent project in research and/or theatre production.