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Theatre 101 - Issues in Theatre

This course is designed for students who are interested in exploring modern society in the context of performing arts. Through a series of readings, videos, and live performances, students will see how theatre is an integral part of human culture. 3 credits. Fulfills Goal 4*

Theatre 104 - Theatre Production/Performance

This is a practicum course for students who participate in Longwood Theatre productions. Students are required to audition for Longwood Theatre productions when registered for this course. If not cast, students will be designated production crew assignments including, but not limited to, technical run crew, management, or construction. This course may be repeated for credit 6 times and cannot be taken to satisfy theatre core requirements as a senior. 1 credit

Theatre 113- Acting I

This studio course is an introduction to the art of performance in the theatre. 3 credits.

Theatre 214 - Stage Makeup for the Actor

Through a combination of lecture and laboratory demonstration, students learn the basic skills of stage makeup application and design. 3 credits.

Theatre 215 - Voice and Movement I

This studio course is an introductory exploration of the physical and vocal skills required for effective performance. Emphasis is placed on developing self-awareness and control of the actor's instrument through relaxation and tension-release, proper breathing techniques, the improvement of resonance, articulation and projection. 3 credits.

Theatre 225 - Elements of Theatrical Design

This is an introductory course in the elements of theatrical design. This course is the foundation of knowledge for all design courses in the theatre including scenic, lighting and costume. It will apply basic principles of visual design and provide the vocabulary necessary to analyze all aspects of theatrical design. 3 credits

Theatre 230 - Theatre Aesthetics

This is an introductory course in the aesthetics, which is to say the study of the art, of theatre and drama.  It is an exploration into the theatrical theories, dramaturgical structures, and types of dramatic literature, which have influenced playwriting and theatrical practice from the ancient Greek to Modern periods. 3 credits. WR 

Theatre 240 - Technical Theatre

This course will give the student a basic understanding and appreciation of the technical side of theatre. It will provide a knowledge of the safe and proper way to handle scene shop equipment. 3 credits. ***

Theatre 241 - Drafting for Theatrical Design

This is a lecture-studio course that deals with the fundamentals of theatrical drafting and mechanical drawing for those students who will be taking scene design, scene painting, and/or lighting design. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of "C-" or permission. 3 credits.

Theatre 275 - Stage Management

This lecture-studio course explores the role and responsibilities of the stage manager in academic, community, regional, and professional theatre settings. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 292 - Internship in Theatre

A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of theatre. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 295 - Special Topics in Theatre

This directed study opportunity geared toward freshmen and sophomores who want to explore a special course of study in Theatre Arts. 1-3 credits.

Theatre 306 - Stage Properties

This course is for students who will learn how to design and create stage properties. Course content will include hands-on projects, research, resources, and discussion of period styles. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 311, 312 - Studies Abroad

This course is intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in the study of theatre. Prerequisite: Permission. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 315 - Voice and Movement II

This studio course is a continued exploration of the physical and vocal skills required for effective stage performance. Emphasis is placed on the development of the actor's instrument through the study of period movement and the use of heightened language and verse. Classes are a combination of lecture, demonstration, and experiential exercises. Content is directed toward the specific needs of the actors. Prerequisite: THEA 215 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 316 - Acting II

This studio course is designed to develop fundamental acting skills through classroom exercises, scene study, and character analysis. Prerequisite: THEA 113 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits. ***

Theatre 317 - Acting III

A practicum course in acting designed to further develop the actor's analytical, vocal, and physical skills. Emphasis will be placed on exploring advanced performance concepts in a variety of dramatic styles. Prerequisite: THEA 316 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 320 - Directing

This course introduces the student to the tools and techniques used by the interpretative artist in the production of a play. Training involves workshop exercises and scene studies. Prerequisite: THEA 316 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits. **

Theatre 330 - History of Theatre I

This course is a study of the dramatic literature and the history of stage practices during the time of the Ancient Greeks to the time of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: ENGL 150 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits. **

Theatre 331 - History of Theatre II

This course is a study of the dramatic literature and the history of stage practices from the time of the English Restoration to the Modern Period. Prerequisite: ENGL 150 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits. **

Theatre 337 - Costume Technology I

This is a hands-on course in costume technology for the stage. Topics included in the course are basic sewing, identification and use of costume shop tools and equipment, safety, and wardrobing. Work on the department productions is required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 338 - Costume Technology II

This is an advanced extension of THEA 346, with a particular emphasis on costume crafts. Work on department productions is required. Prerequisite: THEA 240, THEA 337 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 339 - Fashion History and Decor

This course is a survey of clothing and ornament from ancient time to present day. Historical events, social influences, art, music, and home furnishings of each period will also be addressed. 3 credits. 

Theatre 340 - Scene Design

This is a lecture/studio course in which students analyze scripts for scenic needs and create scenic designs. Work on department productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of "C-" or permission. 3 credits.

Theatre 342 - Lighting Design I

 A lecture/studio course dealing with the basic skills necessary to the beginning lighting designer. Work on department productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 344 - Theory and Practice of Scene Painting

This is a lecture/studio course dealing with the fundamentals of scene painting, color theory, and their practical application. Work on department productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 345 - Costume Design

This is a course in costume design for the stage. Topics include script analysis, research, sketching and rendering, basic elements of design, costume history, and production. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 390 - Directed or Independent Study

Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as 391. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 399 - Theatre Management

This course is designed to acquaint students with the problems and challenges facing producers and administrators who work in not-for-profit organizations, such as LORT theatres, dance companies and symphonies. Students explore concepts and procedures for staffing, fundraising, financing, marketing, planning, scheduling, and front-of-house management. Prerequisites: ENGL 101; ACCT, 240, 242; CIMS 170 - minimum grades of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 401 - Methods of Teaching Theatre

This is a concentrated study of contemporary practices, theory, and methods of teaching theatre in the secondary school. Emphasis will be placed on curriculum development, creating lesson plans, and formulating effective assessment guidelines. This is a reading intensive course. Prerequisite: Theatre Core - minimum grade of "C-" or permission. 3 credits.

Theatre 408 - Directing for the Teacher

In this course students are introduced to the methods, techniques, and vocabulary of the educational director. Students will learn how to use space, create stage pictures, learn stage composition, and learn how to break down and interpret the text. In addition, students will develop skills in planning, rehearsal procedures, and working with young adults. Prerequisite: THEA 250 -minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits.

Theatre 413 - Acting IV

This course is an advanced practicum for actors, designed to address individual needs and interests. Emphasis is placed on preparing for professional auditions. Prerequisite: Permission; GPA 2.5 minimum. 3 credits.

Theatre 414 - Voice and Movement III

This course is a continued exploration of the physical and vocal skills required for effective stage performance. Emphasis is placed on the development of the actor's instrument though the study of mask, mime, and period movement. Classes are a combination of lecture, demonstration, and experiential exercises. This study will include the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Content of the course will be directed toward the specific needs of the actors. Prerequisite: THEA 315 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits. **

Theatre 415 - Media Performance & Production

This 3-credit course serves as the capstone for the COMM/THEA interdisciplinary minor.  The purpose of this course is to explore professional performance standards and practices in broadcast.  Students will develop advanced skills in writing radio and television anchor copy and commercial script.  Students will also produce, direct, perform and edit simulated television commercials and a short dramatic scene.  Prerequisite: Students must have completed THEA240, THEA320 & COMM343 (with grade of "C-" or better)

Theatre 430 - Modern Drama

In this course students will explore a catalog of traditional and avant-garde plays of the modern period and are required to read a significant body of modern dramatic criticism. Texts will be analyzed in the context of social and political movements, genre, and style. Prerequisite: ENGL 150 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits. **

Theatre 431 - American Drama

This course is a study of the major developments of American theatre and drama, essentially from the 1920s to today. Major playwrights, stylistic developments, and the history of staging practices during the modern period are studied. Also explored are areas such as the American musical theatre, Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre movements. Prerequisite: ENGL 150 - minimum grade of "C-". 3 credits. **

Theatre 433 - Creative Dramatics for the Classroom

This studio course is a practical exploration of resources, technologies, and application of creative dramatic activities for the classroom.

Theatre 447 - Design and Technology

This is an advanced studies course in the technical aspects of theatrical production. Prerequisites: THEA 240 and permission. 3 credits

Theatre 448 - Integrated Arts/Theatre

A study of the value and practical application of integrating the arts across all content areas of the elementary curriculum with a focus on theatre arts. Students will gain an understanding of the role of the creative process in the classroom and will investigate the various means of expressing ideas, emotions, and images through the use of creative dramatics, music and visual arts. Prerequisite: One course from ART 125, 160; MUSC 224, 225. 3 credits.

Theatre 461 - Senior Seminar

This is a capstone course, requiring a final creative/theoretical thesis, portfolio, resume, and exit exam in Theatre History and Literature, and the creation of personal Web site. Prerequisite: Senior standing; GPA minimum 2.5. 3 credits. ** ***

Theatre 490 - Directed or Independent Study

Must be approved by the head of the department. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 492 - Internship in Theatre

A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of Theatre. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 495 - Special Topics in Theatre

In this course, topics will vary from semester to semester, according to the expertise of the guest artist. Specific descriptions are available from academic advisors at the time of each offering. The course may be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisites: Permission and standing as a junior or senior. 1-3 credits.

Theatre 498 - Honors Research in Theatre

Students conduct research in theatre under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits.

 

Click to download the fall 2013 to spring 2016 course rotation for Theatre.

KEY TO COURSES
* General Education
** Writing Intensive
*** Speaking Intensive