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THR105 Introduction to Theatre (3)
An examination of theatre as an art form and it is designed to introduce students to the fundamental areas of theatrical endeavor (acting, designing, directing, and playwriting) and to familiarize them with the coordination of these specialties in the final production. Special attention is given to play analysis and interpretation.

THR202 Acting Laboratory I (1)
Prerequisite: THR 205 and permission of the instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by assuming a major responsibility in an approved production.

THR203 Acting Laboratory II (1)
Prerequisite: THR 205 and permission of the instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by assuming a major responsibility in an approved production.

THR204 Acting Laboratory III (1)
Prerequisite: THR 205 and permission of the instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by assuming a major responsibility in an approved production.

THR205 Acting I (3)
The initial phase of the actor's training with emphasis on developing physical skills as a means of expression. The class deals intensively with creativity, artistic discipline, and the development of vocal and physical variety as the basis for character development. Offered for non-majors as a Fine Arts elective.

THR206 Acting II (3)
Course requirement: Theatre majors. Students will concentrate on the problems of character development. Attention is given to script interpretations, advanced physical training, and stimulating the special talents of individual students.

THR207 Theatre Production (3)
A course focusing on the fundamentals of play production and is designed to acquaint the student with all areas of technical theatre and give them experience in organization and technical theatre coordination.

THR208 Oral Interpretation of Literature (3)
An introductory course concentrating on techniques for performing literature. Students work with a variety of selections in prose, poetry, and dramatic literature while developing foundations of creative analysis and imaginative interpretation as synthesized through class performances. Cross-listed as COM 208.

THR209 Mime and Clowning (3)
Students will explore various mime and clowning techniques, including tumbling, juggling, mime illusions, and other physical humor. The course will culminate with a performance of clown and mime skits. This is mainly a hands-on course, with some outside research on a related topic for a final paper. By the nature of the course, the student will also develop abilities to work in collaboration in putting together a show.

THR210 Integrated Movement for Life and Stage (3)
An experimental course which assists students in developing awareness and ease of movement. Based in Hatha Yoga, Mind Body Centering, and Alexander Technique, students will develop increased awareness and enjoyment of movement and of their bodies in movement. This is primarily a hands-on course, with a signification portion of self-reflective activities such as journaling and observation outside of class. We will explore asana, breath, alignment, and meditation techniques to relax and maintain ease and comfort in our bodies, whether preparing for work on the stage, in the gym, or in the classroom. Students will begin investigating ways of taking this awareness and ease into relationship with each other in group movement.

THR211 Production Laboratory I (1)
Prerequisite: THR 207 and permission of the instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by assuming a major technical responsibility for an approved production.

THR212 Production Laboratory II (1)
Prerequisite: THR 207 and permission of the instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by assuming a major technical responsibility for an approved production.

THR213 Production Laboratory III (1)
Prerequisite: THR 207 and permission of the instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by assuming a major technical responsibility for an approved production.

THR225 Introduction to Musical Theatre (3)
Students will study America's particular contribution to World Theatre and investigate the form's development and its significance as a unique feature of our culture. The course treats outstanding authors, composers, and lyricists, and the problems of analysis of the popular musical. Knowledge of music is not required.

THR230 Stage Makeup (3)
Students will be introduced to the basic techniques of makeup for the stage. They will develop skills in makeup for old age, modeling the face, special characters as angry, jolly, sad, and special techniques such as scars and bruises. It is a hands-on course, with demonstration by the teacher and then practiced by the student.

THR255 Theatre Practicum (3)
Courses of a practical nature will be available under this number to allow for special interest development. Courses will generally be seminars.

THR300 Independent Study in Theatre (3)
Courses offering students an opportunity to develop interests related to the aspects of Theatre.

THR301 History of Theatre I (3)
Students will study the development of theatre practices from the Greeks to modern times, with special emphasis on methods of production and outstanding personalities. THR 301 covers the period to the 17th century English theatre, while THR 302 concentrates on the American theatre and world movements since 1700.

THR302 History of Theatre II (3)
Students will study the development of theatre practices from the Greeks to modern times, with special emphasis on methods of production and outstanding personalities. THR 301 covers the period to the 17th century English theatre, while THR 302 concentrates on the American theatre and world movements since 1700.

THR305 Playwriting I (3)
Students will study dramatic structure and pay special attention to the one act play form. Students will write a playlet with a view toward production in Playwright's Lab. As a final project, the student is expected to write a more fully developed one act play, either an original or an adaptation from another literary form. This course can be used to fulfill the upper level English core requirement or the fine arts requirement.

THR306 Playwriting II (3)
Students will further consider dramatic structure, focusing on the full length play. The student will develop a detailed scenario for a full length play with a rough draft of the first act completed.

THR311 Playwriting Laboratory I (1)
Prerequisite: THR 305 and permission of the instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by completing a special project in playwriting.

THR312 Playwriting Laboratory II (1)
Prerequisite: THR 305 and permission of the instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by completing a special project in playwriting.

THR313 Playwriting Laboratory III (1)
Prerequisite: THR 305 and permission of the instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by completing a special project in playwriting.

THR320 Advanced Acting (3)
Students have the opportunity to continue the study of acting by doing individualized work with an instructor. This work will be done in conjunction with THR 206.

THR330 Creative Dramatics (3)
Prerequisite: THR 105. Students will develop the skills necessary to lead dramatic activities for young people. Students will learn and apply the principles of drama as they apply to creative drama, including transformation, group improvisation, stage pictures, role playing, and character development. They will investigate methods for working with young people using drama as a means to encourage the creative process.

THR355 Theatre Practicum (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Advanced courses of a practical nature will be available under this number to allow for special interest development. Courses will generally be seminars.

THR356 Teaching Communication and Theatre (3)
A course designed to develop Communication and Theatre teachers for the secondary schools. Extracurricular areas of coaching forensics and mounting theatrical productions will also be explored. Cross-listed as COM 356.

THR398 Professional Preparation for Careers in Theatre (2)
A hands-on exploration of options and preparation for opportunities available to Theatre majors, during study and after graduation. Typical options we will explore include internships and apprenticeships, summer employment, graduate study (MFA or PhD), and professional work in theatre. Students will develop skills to approach a job search or investigation of further educational options. Students will develop the instruments with which to present themselves to outside organizations, in the pursuit of further study or professional work. These instruments are specific to theatre and typically include portfolios, audition monologues, resumes, and interview skills.

THR400 Independent Study in Theatre (3)
In independent study courses, exceptionally advanced students will develop special interest projects or studies under the direction of the departmental faculty.

THR401 Directing I (3)
Prerequisite: THR 105, 205, 207. An introduction to the craft of directing, with particular emphasis on script analysis. Students will develop a methodology for reading and interpreting scripts, and explore the means of realizing a play's interpretation on stage by examining staged works. Cross-listed as ENG 401.

THR402 Directing II (3)
Prerequisite: THR 401. An advanced course dealing with the artistic creativity of directing, with emphasis on the development of the student's artistic ability in special directing projects.

THR411 Directing Laboratory I (1)
Prerequisite: THR 401 and permission of instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by completing a special project in directing.

THR412 Directing Laboratory II (1)
Prerequisite: THR 401 and permission of instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by completing a special project in directing.

THR413 Directing Laboratory III (1)
Prerequisite: THR 401 and permission of instructor. Students may earn 1-3 credit hours by completing a special project in directing.

THR425 Scene Design (3)
Prerequisite: THR 401. Students will be acquainted with the basic principles and styles of scene design, with emphasis on the development of visual interpretation and expression of the play.

THR455 Dramatic Theory (3)
Advanced seminar courses of a theoretical nature will be available under this listing.

THR498 Senior Experience (1)
Course requirement: Senior year, Theatre major. A seminar-type course, the student will work with the theatre faculty to prepare their final theatre major project. The student will choose a person from theatre history. They will research and write a one person show on that person. They will then perform the show, helping each other with directing and technical needs.