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Theatre Arts

Course Code
THTR 325  Credits
Title African American Theatre 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Survey of selected plays by African American writers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Focus on aesthetic and interpretive dimensions grounded in African American historical and cultural contexts. AMCS 210 or AMCS 211 are highly recommended as prerequisites. 



Course Code
THTR 331  Credits
Title Acting II: Scene Study 
Prerequisite THTR 230 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description As a follow-up to Principles of Acting, students in Scene Study will rehearse and perform scenes from the dramatic canon of great plays. The scene work will be performed as an actors' lab with regular feedback from the instructor and fellow classmates. 



Course Code
THTR 333  Credits
Title Movement for the Actor 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A physical approach to acting will be explored through Alexander, Laban, stage combat, and other movement methodologies. 



Course Code
THTR 334  Credits
Title Voice for the Actor 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Voice for the actor focuses on vocal techniques. The course explores voice production: breathing, projection, articulation, diction, IPA, and dialects. 



Course Code
THTR 340  Credits
Title Principles of Choreography 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Adaptation of choreographic assignments, in-class critiques, and analyses permit students to evolve a personal, original style and process associated with the role of choreographer. 



Course Code
THTR 350  Credits
Title Costume Studio 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Costume Studio explores theatrical costume design and construction. THTR 234 Theatrical Design Principles is recommended as a prerequisite. 



Course Code
THTR 356  Credits
Title Lighting Studio 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Acquiring artistic and technical skills needed for designing lighting for the theatre; practical experience in design presentation. THTR 255 Stagecraft is recommended as a prerequisite. 



Course Code
THTR 360  Credits 1-4 
Title Dramatic Production I 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Play production techniques (acting and directing, technical theatre) through the process of staging weekly productions for summer theatre audiences. May be repeated by undergraduates. Offered summer only. 



Course Code
THTR 390  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Theatre 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is an upper division topical course and may be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
THTR 397  Credits 1-3 
Title Independent Study 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Independent reading or research allowing an individual student to explore a specific topic under faculty supervision. 



Course Code
THTR 402  Credits
Title Practicum 
Prerequisite THTR 202 THTR 302 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Practical experience in a performance activity in Theatre. This course may be repeated for a max of 12 credits, only 3 credits may be applied to the major. 



Course Code
THTR 420  Credits
Title The Theatrical World 
Lasc Area
  • Goal 6
  • Goal 8
 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course will explore the theatre from Europe and Asia, with special emphasis on the theatre of Classical Greece, India, China, Japan, and American Musical Theatre. Students will read plays, materials about theatre, see videos of theatre productions, and make group presentations. MnTC Goal 6 and 8. 



Course Code
THTR 425  Credits
Title Contemporary Playwrights 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Significant playwrights and their works from the last 25 years. May be elected twice when the reading lists are substantially different. 



Course Code
THTR 430  Credits
Title Acting Styles 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Principles and problems in the acting of major historical and theatrical styles (for example, Classical, Renaissance, and Modern). May be repeated for credit when the style focus is substantially different. 



Course Code
THTR 431  Credits
Title Design and Technology Styles 
Prerequisite THTR 234 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Principles and problems in design and technology styles (for example, tailoring, scenic painting, rendering techniques). May be repeated for credit when the style focus is substantially different. 



Course Code
THTR 434  Credits 1-3 
Title Special Projects in Theatre Arts 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Opportunity for the advanced student to do individual creative or investigative work in a particular phase of theatre. May be taken more than once if content is substantially different. Offered on demand. 



Course Code
THTR 436  Credits
Title Directing III: Advanced 
Prerequisite THTR 435 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Advanced study of techniques of direction through the use of movement, picturization, tempo and script analysis. 



Course Code
THTR 440  Credits
Title Dance Production 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The course explores theory and practice in the productions aspects of dance. Students in the class will be required to rehearse and perform dances choreographed by faculty or visiting guest artists, and perform in the annual spring dance concert. This course must be repeated for a total of 4 credits for the Minor in Theatre Dance. 



Course Code
THTR 450  Credits
Title Scenic Studio 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Explore different types of stage settings: different styles, designing for different types of theatre spaces, and different approaches to the genres of dramatic literature. Offered on demand. 



Course Code
THTR 460  Credits 1-4 
Title Dramatic Production II 
Prerequisite THTR 360 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Play production techniques (acting and directing, technical theatre) through the process of staging weekly productions for summer theatre audience. May be repeated by undergraduates. Offered summer only.