Theatre (THEA)

Assistant Professors: Good, Innerarity (Chair), Stoytcheva-Horissian
Instructor: Moyer

  • Major: Theatre
  • Concentrations: Acting, Directing, Design/Tech
  • Courses required for Acting and Directing Concentrations: 13
  • Courses required for Design/Tech Concentration: 14
  • Production credits required for Acting and Design/Tech Concentrations: 6
  • Production credits required for Directing Concentration: 7
  • Non-credit Colloquium: THEA 246 and 247 (Theatre trips)
  • Capstone requirement: THEA 460, 461, or 462
  • Minors: Performance, Technical Theatre, Theatre History and Literature

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, rehearsal areas, and a design studio.

Major Requirements

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, 161, and/or 162 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:

  • 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 1/2 credit of 162, which must be earned serving as Assistant Stage Manager or Crew Head for a Mary L. Welch Theatre production.
  • 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 1/2 credit of 162, which must be earned serving as Assistant Stage Manager for a Mary L. Welch Theatre production and 1 credit of 162 serving as Stage Manager for a Mary L. Welch Theatre production.
  • Design/Tech: THEA 149, 225, 228, 229, 230, and 462; either THEA 427, 428, or 429; 4 credits of THEA 160 in either section A or B; 2 credits of THEA 161 and/or 162.  

Capstone Requirement

All majors must successfully complete THEA 460, 461, or 462.

Diversity and Writing Courses

The following course satisfies the Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement: THEA 210. The following course satisfies the Global Cultural Diversity Requirement: THEA 332. The following course satisfies either the Domestic or Global Diversity Requirement: THEA 333. The following courses, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement: THEA 332 and 333.

Minor Requirements

Three minors are available in the Theatre Department. 

  • A minor in Performance consists of THEA 100, 145, 148, 226, 245, 246, and 2 credits of THEA 160, 161, and/or 162.
  • A minor in Technical Theatre consists of THEA 100, 149, 228, 229, 230, 246, and 2 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 2 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. 

135
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE I
An introduction to the techniques of beginner conditioning and basic movement in ballet, jazz, and tap. 2 credits.

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. 2 credits.

137
HISTORY OF THE DANCE I
A survey of tribal, ethnic, and folk dance from the earliest recorded dance to the 1900s. 2 credits.

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. 2 credits.

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. 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. 1 credit. May be repeated for credit. Practicum credit is limited to 8 credits over 4 years.

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. 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. 0.5 (1/2) credit. May be repeated for credit. Practicum credit is limited to 8 credits over 4 years.

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. 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. Stage Manager receives 1 credit; otherwise, 0.5 (1/2) credit. May be repeated for credit. Practicum credit is limited to 8 credits over 4 years.

201
THEATRE FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG AUDIENCES
Study of theatre for children, theatre by children, and youth theatre. Students create and rehearse a production and/or workshops for children or teens that will tour and perform at area grade and high schools, all during slated class times. Prerequisites: THEA 145 and either 148 or 149 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with a different project. 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. Fulfills Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement.

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. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor when topics are different.

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. 2 credits.

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

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

232
STAGE MAKEUP
Essentials in stage makeup: straight, character, special types. Includes effects of light on makeup. Recommended for performers and directors of educational, church, and community theatres. Prerequisite: THEA 148.

235
INTERMEDIATE DANCE
Intermediate ballet, jazz, tap, and choreography. Prerequisite: THEA 136 or consent of instructor. 2 credits.

236
ADVANCED DANCE
Advanced ballet, jazz, tap, and choreography. Prerequisite: THEA 235 or consent of instructor. 2 credits.

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 or minoring 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: 3 THEA courses. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor when topics are different.

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 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. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement. Alternate years.

333
THEATRE HISTORY II
An investigation of 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. Fulfills either Domestic or Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.

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

345
ACTING III
Exploration of historical acting styles, including Greek, commedia dell’arte, Elizabethan, comedy of manners, melodrama, and expressionism. 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.  May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor when topics are different.

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  
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 
Subjects for Independent Studies are chosen in conjunction with faculty members.

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