THE 101 Drama, Stage, and Society I
(Volansky; MWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm)
This theatre history course will examine the development of (primarily) Western drama against a backdrop of historical and social change. Students will read a variety of plays and discuss theatre history, dramatic theory, and criticism representing the major currents in (primarily) Western theatre from its origins to the 18th century CE. We will frequently employ one or more of the following “lenses” or viewpoints to focus our lectures and discussions: the physical theatre (how the material artifacts of theater—buildings, documents, etc.—tell the story of theatre history and influence dramaturgy); the social theatre (how the theatre relates to its social context, including consideration of the audience); and the performing theatre (the plays themselves and how they were/are performed). Students will be encouraged to draw connections between the material we cover in this course and the many intellectual and aesthetic parallels to be found in contemporaneous trends in history, philosophy, literature, and the arts. Theatre Majors and Minors may not take this class pass/fail or as an audit.
THE 102 Drama, Stage, and Society II
(Volansky; MWF 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm)
This theatre history course will examine the development of (primarily) Western drama against a backdrop of historical and social change. Students will read a variety of plays and discuss theatre history, dramatic theory, and criticism representing the major currents in (primarily) Western theatre from the 18th century to 1992. We will frequently employ one or more of the following “lenses” or viewpoints to focus our lectures and discussions: the physical theatre (how the material artifacts of theater—buildings, documents, etc.—tell the story of theatre history and influence dramaturgy); the social theatre (how the theatre relates to its social context, including consideration of the audience); and the performing theatre (the plays themselves and how they were/are performed). Students will be encouraged to draw connections between the material we cover in this course and the many intellectual and aesthetic parallels to be found in contemporaneous trends in history, philosophy, literature, and the arts. Theatre Majors and Minors may not take this class pass/fail or as an audit.
THE 205 Shakespeare I
(Moncrief; TTH 2:30 - 3:45 pm)
Reading and analysis of Shakespeare’s best known plays (comedy, tragedy, history, and romance) both in the context of early modern English culture and as play scripts/performances.
THE 211 Acting I
(Sommerfeld; MWF 10:30 am-11:20 am; MWF 11:30-12:20 pm; TTH 10:00 am-11:15 am)
Analysis and application of basic acting techniques with a concentration on scene study and character analysis.
THE 221 Directing I
(Daigle; TH 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm)
Study of the basic principles and practices of directing, including interpretation, structural analysis, and investigation of basic staging techniques.
THE 231 Theatre Technology I
(Stahl; TTH 10:00 am - 11:15 am)
Investigation of methods and materials used in the theatrical production process. Laboratory hours will be required. This course is designed primarily for those who plan to participate in future theatrical productions.
THE 241 Intro to Theatrical Design
(Eckelman; TTH 11:30 am - 12:45 pm)
This course offers a broad look at all aspects of theatrical design, including scenery, properties, costume, lighting, and sound, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary skills such as close reading (of texts and images), research, and clear communication (written, visual, and aural). Students will learn to approach theatrical questions from a variety of angles, and will develop a basic understanding of all design elements and how they fit together.
THE 285 Advanced The Practicum: Stage Management
(Eckelman; TH 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
This course provides an opportunity for student stage managers of departmental productions (both SCE and facultydirected) to receive credit for their work. To be enrolled in this course, stage managers must participate in production meetings, rehearsals, and weekly roundtable discussions with the faculty. (Specific duties are determined based on the needs of the
production; guidelines are available from the instructor.) Stage managers will receive 4 credits (pass/fail) and should expect to devote a total of 120200 hours over the course of the production. This course is open to majors and nonmajors. It may be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. (Noncreditbearing participants will be noted as auditors.) To enroll for credit, contact the instructor.
THE 294 SpTp: Musical Theater
(Green; MW 2:30 pm-3:45 pm)
THE 351 Introduction to Playwriting
(Maloney; T 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm)
Analysis and practical application of techniques and styles employed in writing for the stage.
THE 394 SpTp:Acting II:Meisner Technq
(Daigle; MWF 10:30 am - 11:20 am)
THE 401 Dramatic Theory
(Volansky; MW 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm)
Throughout history, thinkers have been variously excited, enraged, bothered or bored by theater. Through the rigorous study of the writings and historical context of the major thinkers in the evolution of theater (from Aristotle to Ehn), students will come to a greater understanding of the various changes, permutations and responses to theater in the Western World. This course is both Honors Level and Writing Intensive
THE SCE-12 Senior Capstone Experience
DAN 106 Jazz/Musical Thtr Dance (A-1)
(Klopcic; TTH 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm)
Survey of musical theatre dance from late 19th century Africanbased dance forms through 21st century Broadway show styles. Focuses on the study of ballroom, ballet, jazz, and tap dance techniques, choreography, their integration in musicals, and selected repertory. “Jazz” is a compendium of movement styles that reflect African and European rhythms blended with cultural, historical, and social themes that produces a uniquely American style of dance. Includes jazz warmups, movement isolations, and combinations emphasizing rhythm, jumps, and turns. Some choreography, reading, and writing required.
DAN 108 Tap Dance (A-2)
(Klopcic; TTH 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm)
Tap is a distinctly American dance form that uses precise rhythmical patterns of foot movement and audible foot tapping to produce syncopation of sounds. Course will include instruction in basic steps such as Flaps, Shuffle Steps, Breaks, Time Steps, Waltz Clog, Cramp Roll, Riffs, Chugs, as well as complex patterns of the feet. Forms such as softshoe, waltzclog, stage tap, “hoofing,” and Appalachian clogging will be explored. This course is open to all tappers, from beginning to advanced
DAN 113 Ballet I/Beginning
(Trinh-Smith; MW 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm)
Ballet is the spectacular, classical dance form that grew out of 16th century court dances. It has a tradition, a technique, and an aesthetic basis all its own. Codification of steps has been intellectual and based on geometricalaesthetic principles. The ballet’s movement is motion dictated by taste and selectivity. Ballet I is an introduction to the fundamentals of classical ballet vocabulary; correct body placement; alignment; positions of the feet, head, and arms; flexibility; and basic locomotion in the form. The class is primarily a technique class with emphasis on proper technique at the barre, execution of movement in center and en diagonale with short variations of adagio and allegro. The course differentiates between classical and modern forms and investigates Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Bournonville styles. Some choreography, reading, and writing required.
DAN 228 Modern Dance II
(Trinh-Smith; MW 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm)
Continued exploration and development of modern dance technique, where expressive movement is highly selected, spatially designed, and organized through rhythmic structure. Focuses on both abstract and thematic material, complex sequences, and extended creative studies with emphasis on dynamics, direction, level, range, focus, floor pattern, space, and time. Course includes improvisation, taking weight/partnering, and short compositional pieces as well as choreography, selected readings, and writing of critiques. Prerequisite: Modern Dance or permission of the instructor.
DAN 233 Dance Composition
(Klopcic; TTH 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm)
This course in choreographic theory and the study of the basic principles of dance
composition explores the use of improvisation, movement dynamics, effort, meter, space, shape, and rhythm. Students explore compositional devices and develop solo and small group works. Students are encouraged to create in their range of vocabularies. Directed learning uses experiences with dynamics, rhythm, motivation, and gesture coordinated with aesthetic principles of form to develop studies and dances. Principles explored are applicable to dance making in a wide variety of styles, and students are encouraged to create in their range of vocabularies. Includes development of critical awareness, reading, writing, video and live concert viewing, movement studies, journals, and a final piece for public performance.
DAN 310 Dance Production/Performance
(Trinh-Smith; TTH 4:00 - 5:15 pm)
A practicum of theatre crafts and techniques involved in dance production, including lighting, sound, set and costume design and construction, makeup, stagemanagement, and filming dance. Includes choreography, production, and performance of student and faculty works, both on and off campus.
DAN 313 Ballet III/Advanced
(Klopcic; TTH 11:30 am - 12:45 pm)
Further development of ballet technique including differentiation between classical and modern forms; investigates Cecchetti, Russian/Vaganova, Bournonville/Royal Danish Ballet styles; and emphasizes clean line, technique, and vocabulary. Teaching methods and solo and group choreography are explored. Some reading, research, and writing required. Prerequisite: Ballet II or permission of the instructor.