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Theatre Arts Program

Course Descriptions

Theatre

THEA 110 Introduction to Theatre Arts 3 cr. (GE3) Basic introduction to the theory and principles of theatrical presentation including dramatic literature, acting, stagecraft and dramatic analysis, with emphasis on practical application.

THEA 120 Intro to Drama Lit & Analysis 3 cr. Introductory course in the literature of drama. Plays representative of important periods of theatre history are discussed and analyzed in their cultural context as well as for possible performance. Students work to understand the plays' potential meanings for modern audiences. The play list will carry over to the THEA 161 Acting 1 and be the basis for the students drama lit study for the remainder of their theatre education.

THEA 121 The One-Act Play 2 cr. The course revolves around the study of the one-act play, how it differs from the full length play, as well as the reading of several one-acts and evaluating them as per their availability and appropriateness for competition.

THEA 161 Acting I 3 cr. A basic introduction to acting styles and techniques with emphasis on mime, improvisation, characterization, voice, movement, and script analysis.

THEA 162 Audition Techniques 1 cr. The selection, rehearsal, and performance of theatrical scenes and monologues as well as musical theatre material for the purpose of auditions.

THEA 194 Independent Study 1-3 cr. Independent or directed study of special topics in the study of theatre. Theatre majors or minors only.

THEA 199 Special Topics 1-3 cr. Varying areas of content, issues, or themes in the study of theatre. Repeatable for credit as topics change.

THEA 201 Theatre Practicum 1 cr. Participation in a significant capacity in any communication arts sponsored theatrical production above and beyond the requirements of a specific course. Repeatable up to eight credits.

THEA 202 Ryan Audition 1 cr. Credit offered to those students selected to audition for the Irene Ryan Regional Scholarships. The course will be the selection, rehearsal, and presentation of various theatrical pieces.

THEA 222 Make-up 2 cr. Theory and practical laboratory work in stage make-up applications, including mask building.

THEA 250 Creative Drama 3 cr. The study of creativity, and the relationship of drama and creative play culminating with activities centering around storytelling and children's theatre.

THEA 270 Stagecraft 3 cr. The course will begin with the stage managers approach to script analysis for a play in production and will conclude with the fundamental approach to the implementation of the scenic artist's designs for the stage through the study of set construction, painting techniques, and technical coordination.

THEA 275 Production Design 5 cr. The focus of the course will be design process, as applied to the creation of the theatrical environment, including analysis, research, communication, and implementation. Students will complete design project in costuming, scenery, and lighting. Prerequisite(s): THEA 270

THEA 296 Study Tour 1-3 cr. MSU faculty-led study trips to appropriate locations. Will include additional requirements beyond travel itself. May be repeated for credit. Does not count towards the theatre major or minor.

THEA 297 Internship 1-2 cr. Hands-on experience in the discipline.

THEA 350 Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature I 3 cr. A survey of the development of the theatre and dramatic literature from Greeks to 1642.

THEA 351 Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature II 3 cr. A complete and critical study of the theatre from 1642 to 1900. Dramatic analysis, performance theory and style, architecture, advancements, and individual contributors are included in the study.

THEA 352 Theatre in the Classroom 3 cr. This course will allow the student to build on the foundation learned in THEA 250 Creative Drama. Students will continue to explore various approaches to the delivery of creative drama activities. A project design and in-classroom work will be a final project. Prerequisite(s): THEA 250.

THEA 353 Plays for the Young 3 cr. The main thrust of this course is to read and study the history, range, progression, and variety of dramatic materials for and with the young. The student will develop a critical attitude towards such works and develop an insight and expertise in the selection of materials appropriate to different ages and situations.

THEA 361 Acting II 3 cr. In-depth study of modern trends in acting technique with special emphasis placed upon the creation of character through various acting styles. Prerequisite(s): THEA 161 or consent of instructor.

THEA 385 Directing 3 cr. Fundamentals of composition, stage movement, stage business, and rehearsal as applied to the directing of plays. Prerequisite(s): THEA 161 or consent of instructor.

THEA 386 Playwriting 3 cr. A study of the basic principles of writing for the stage. Emphasis will be on developing short forms for production the ten-minute play, one-page play, and the monologue.

THEA 387 Playwrights Lab 1 cr. Development of original student-written plays. Focus will be on revision of ten-minute scripts for production. Prerequisite: THEA 386 or consent of instructor.

THEA 394 Independent Study 1-3 cr. Independent or directed study of special topics in the study of theatre. Theatre majors or minors only.

THEA 395 Service Learning 3 cr. Students will utilize reflection and research (both primary and secondary) to integrate (a) personal community or global service experience(s). Theatre majors or minors only.

THEA 399 Special Topics 1-3 cr. Varying areas of content, issues, or themes in the study of theatre. Theatre majors or minors only. Repeatable for credit as topics change.

THEA. 401 Tour Show 3 cr. This course is designed for the both the Theater and non-Theater major/minor to acquaint the student with the basic principles of acting, stage work, and touring. These principles include, but are not limited to: script reading and analysis; a technical production process that would accommodate a limited budget and specifics to be performed in various spaces and conditions; the research and preparation of materials that would allow a non- traditional audience member and teacher to view the production and be able to incorporate performance materials back into a regular classroom activity.

THEA 414 Theatre Management 3 cr. This course will emphasize the business of theatre: Production Procedures from beginning to end; grant writing, box office procedures, publicity policies, and audience development. Prerequisite(s): BADM 301.

THEA 450 Contemporary Drama 3 cr. A study of dramatic literature from 1952 to the present. Plays from England, Europe, and the Americas will be represented. Course may be repeated as the content changes.

THEA 480 Advanced Theatre Performance 5 cr. The focus of the course will be twofold: script analysis/dramaturgy, and advanced theories and practice in acting and stage direction. Students will do a variety of script analysis projects leading to production concepts as discussed by the dramaturge, actor, and director. The final project will be a finished full length theatrical performance directed and acted by members of the course. Prerequisite(s): THEA 161, 361 and 385

THEA 486 Playwriting II 3 cr. Advanced study in playwriting, emphasizing the one-act play and experimental forms.

THEA 496 Study Tour 1-3 cr. MSU faculty-led study trips to appropriate locations. Will include additional requirements beyond travel itself. May be repeated for credit. Does not count towards the theatre major or minor.

THEA 497 Internship 1-2 cr. Hands-on experience in the discipline.