Theatre & Dance

Current Courses

 

SPRING 2019

Theatre

THE 102-10 - Drama, Stage and Society II

MWF 11:30am-12:20pm; GCA 204
Volansky

This theater 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 theater history, dramatic theory, and criticism representing the major currents in (primarily) Western theater 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 theater (how the material artifacts of theater—buildings, documents, etc.—tell the story of theater history and influence dramaturgy); the social theater (how the theater relates to its social context, including consideration of the audience); and the performing theater (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.

THE 102-11 - Drama, Stage and Society II

MWF 11:30am-12:20pm; GCA 206
B.Fox

This theater 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 theater history, dramatic theory, and criticism representing the major currents in (primarily) Western theater 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 theater (how the material artifacts of theater—buildings, documents, etc.—tell the story of theater history and influence dramaturgy); the social theater (how the theater relates to its social context, including consideration of the audience); and the performing theater (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.

THE 211-10 - Intro to Acting
MWF 10:30-11:20am
Sommerfeld
Analysis and application of basic acting techniques with a concentration on scene study and character analysis.

THE 211-11 - Intro to Acting
MWF 11:30am-12:20pm
Sommerfeld

Analysis and application of basic acting techniques with a concentration on scene study and character analysis.

THE 211-12 - Intro to Acting
MWF 12:30-1:20pm; Tawes Theatre
Daigle
Analysis and application of basic acting techniques with a concentration on scene study and character analysis.

THE 241-10 - Introduction to Theatrical Design

TTH 11:30-12:45pm with lab F 2:30-4:00pm
Eckelman

This course offers a broad look at all aspects of theatrical design, including scenery, properties, costume, lighting, and sound, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary 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. This course will have a required lab section that will be used only a few times over the semester.

THE 306 - American Musical Theatre (cross-list with American Studies)

MWF 12:30-1:20pm
Volansky

The study of musical theater in America from the turn of the century to the present with emphasis on the form itself and its history. The course will explore the structure of the musical and the dramatic functions of score, lyrics, and libretto as well as the political, societal, musical, and theatrical reasons for changes in the form.

THE 381-10 - Junior Seminar
TTH 10-11:15am
B. Fox
The course prepares theatre majors for the SCE through script analysis, critical thinking, synthesis of textual and performance analysis, research, readings, discussion, writing, and engagement with guest artists. Over the semester, students develop stronger oral and written communication skills, develop the leadership and management skills necessary for effective creative collaboration, and expand their own imaginative tools and resources. Students spend part of the semester writing and revising chapters for the written SCE Production Book. 
(Learning objectives may vary slightly from student to student, depending on the needs of each SCE project.) This course is required for all theatre majors, and must be taken in the spring of the junior year. 

THE 394-10 - SPTP: Improvisation

TH 2:30-5:00pm
Daigle

This course will examine the history, theory and practice of theatrical improvisation.

Pre-requisite THE 211


THE 394-11 - Advanced Directing
TTH 1-2:15pm

B. Fox
This course will build upon the concepts initially explored in Directing I. Through discussion, exercises and scene work, students will delve deeper into the craft of directing. Topics will include: various leadership approaches, collaboration with actors / designers / stage managers, text analysis, and exploration of different theatrical styles. 
Prerequisite: THE 221 10 or by permission of instructor.

THE 394-12 - Special Topics: Advanced Design: Props

TTH 1:00-2:15pm
Eckelman

Building on the skills and ideas of Intro Design, this course offers a deeper look at the art and craft of theatrical props. Students will expand their existing design skills (script analysis, research, communication, collaboration) and will explore a range of discipline-specific issues, such as: distressing, rehearsal props, prototyping, stage weaponry, consumables, practicals, living props, and/or special effects. Prerequisite(s): THE241 or permission of the instructor

THE 401 - Dramatic Theory

MW 2:30-3:45pm
Volansky

Throughout history, thinkers have been variously excited, enraged, bothered or bored by theater.  Through a rigorous study of the writings and historical context of the major thinkers and practitioners in the evolution of theater (from Aristotle to the present), students will come to a greater understanding of the various changes, permutations and responses to theater in the Western World. 

PRACTICUM COURSES

*Students will be enrolled in these courses by the professor, typically during the second week of classes. 

THE 181 Theatre Practicum: Crew
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student technicians (lighting/sound/projection operators and backstage/wardrobe/run crew) of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Technicians typically must participate in load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of each production. Technicians should expect to devote a total of 20-50 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. Student technicians will be automatically enrolled (either for credit or as auditors) after their production closes. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 1 credit, pass/fail.

THE 182 Theatre Practicum: Performance
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student performers in departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Performers typically must participate in auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of each production. Performers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail.

THE 183 Theatre Practicum: Design
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student designers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Designers typically must participate in a production orientation workshop (scenery, props, costumes, lighting, or sound), a design meeting with the departmental faculty, production meetings, load-in, technical rehearsals, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Designers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail.

THE 184 Theatre Practicum: Dramaturgy & Direction
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student dramaturgs, assistant directors, choreographers (movement/dance/fight), and devisers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Students in these positions typically must participate in production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Students in these positions should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail.

THE 185 Theatre Practicum: Assistant Stage Management
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student assistant stage managers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Assistant stage managers typically must participate in production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Assistant stage managers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail.

THE 285 Advanced Theatre Practicum: Stage Management
Th 5:00-6:00pm
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student stage managers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Stage managers typically must participate in weekly roundtable discussions with the faculty, auditions, callbacks, production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Stage managers should expect to devote a total of 120-200 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 4 credits, pass/fail. Prerequisite: THE185, coursework in stage management, or permission of the instructor.

 

DANCE

 

DAN 194 -  Special Topics: Jazz Dance

TTH 2:30-3:45pm
Moffett

Jazz Dance offers an exploration of movement vocabularies of the American dance form Jazz, demonstrating its evolution as both an art form and vehicle for individual and group expression. Emphasis will be placed on rhythm, style, technical development, and self-expression. Students will experience a range of jazz vocabularies including Authentic Jazz Dance (ex. Lindy Hop), Classical Concert Jazz Dance (jazz dance originating at the time of Jack Cole), Musical Theatre Jazz Dance (Broadway), and Contemporary Jazz Dance (ex. Lyrical Jazz and Pop Jazz) Class structure includes isolation techniques, warm-up techniques, coordination techniques, traveling sequences, and an extended jazz dance phrase that integrates and builds upon concepts introduced earlier in class. Articles, videos, reflective and analytical writing, and live performance will contextualize the movement practice. 

 

DAN 212 - Beginning Ballet

MW 4-5:15pm

Cannon

Beginning Ballet is an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet technique as well as ballet terminology, traditions, and etiquette. Ballet class begins at the ballet barre and progresses to ballet centre adagio, and allegro combinations, all of which emphasize clarity of line, movement efficiency, range of motion, and artistry. Readings, videos, reflective and analytical writing, and live performance will contextualize the in-class work.

 

DAN 305 - Intro. to Teaching Dance

MW 4-5:15pm
Moffett

Research shows that nearly 90% of dancers who stay in the field past college teach at least part time. Introduction to Teaching Dance will provide students with a practical and theoretical introduction to teaching dance technique classes. Emphasis will be placed on designing and implementing developmentally appropriate and kinesthetically sound lesson plans for students PreK-12. Course readings will include philosophies of early dance education pioneers and current best practices in the field of dance education as expressed through the National Core Arts Standards. Through observation, peer teaching practicums, field experiences, and written reflection, students will gain experience planning, teaching, and evaluating dance technique classes.

 

DAN 327 - Intermediate Modern Dance

TTH 4-5:15pm
Moffett

Intermediate Modern Dance is a progression of Beginning Modern Dance.  Students work to develop a keen awareness of their bodies in order to build clarity, movement efficiency, groundedness, and dynamism.   Special emphasis is placed on working in optimal alignment, building both strength and flexibility, and negotiating control and abandon. The focus is on technical development as it relates to inviting forward artistry and physical mastery of the body. Readings, videos, reflective and analytical writing, and live performance will contextualize the movement practice.