Department of Theatre

Nina LeNoir, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Bradac, LeNoir, Nehring;

Associate Professors: Benitz, Washington;

Assistant Professors: Buckner, Evans, Guy.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screen Acting

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance

Admittance to the theatre program is by audition/interview only. Students wishing to apply should contact the department for supplemental application requirements.

The mission of the Department of Theatre is to provide programs that empower students to pursue appropriate career paths, value artistic collaboration and reach their full potential.

The Department of Theatre offers three degree programs. The bachelor of arts program is a broad–based program encompassing performance, technology, history and production. The B.A. requires 47 credits, which allows students to take electives in other disciplines and makes it possible to pursue double majors or minors. The degree provides excellent preparation for those who plan to attend graduate school and/or enter the field of teaching. The bachelor of fine arts programs are professional training programs that require 78 credits and are designed for students who plan to enter the world of theatre or film/television performance.

Students pursuing a degree in the Department of Theatre must maintain at least a 2.000 GPA in the major. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a "C" (not a "C–") or higher.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Departmental Honors

The Department of Theatre awards departmental honors to students who have produced outstanding work in their area. Requirements for consideration are that the student have earned a departmental GPA of 3.500 or higher and an overall GPA of 3.300, exhibited a professional demeanor and made outstanding contribution of time and effort to the Department of Theatre.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Acceptance to the B.A. in Theatre is by interview and audition or portfolio review. The courses required within the major afford the student a strong core of theatre knowledge and experience in the areas of acting, directing, theatre technology, dramatic literature and history. Students are provided with a wide variety of production opportunities to demonstrate understanding of acquired knowledge. Working with their advisor students will choose a 21–credit area of study in theatre studies or technology.

Students are admitted to the B.A. in Theatre by interview for the Department of Theatre at entrance to Chapman. Currently enrolled students may interview in fall or spring each year and should contact the Department of Theatre secretary for more information.

core requirements (26 credits)

TH 100

Introduction to Theatre Technology

3

TH 105

Theatre Practicum (four semesters, ½ credit each)

2

TH 170

Creating Theatre: From Page to Stage–The Art of Collaboration

3

TH 370

Script Analysis

3

TH 371

Theatre History I–Antiquity through the Eighteenth Century

3

TH 372

Theatre History II–Eighteenth Century to the New Millennium

3

TH 388

Directing for the Theatre I

3

TH 472

Dramatic Theory and Criticism

3

TH 498

Senior Seminar

3

area of study requirements (21 credits)

Students must complete all the requirements within one of the following areas of study

21

total credits

 

47

theatre studies area of study (21 credits)

requirements (6 credits)

TH 111

Introduction to Performing Techniques

2

TH 112

Acting Fundamentals

3

TH 113/313

Theatre Performance or

1

TH 305

Theatre Production

 

performance courses (3 credits)

one of the following

TH 210

Acting Shakespeare I

3

TH 216

Fundamentals of Character Building

3

TH 230

Screen Acting I

3

technology courses (3 credits)

one of the following

TH 201

Stagecraft

3

TH 202

Theatrical Makeup

3

TH 204

Costume Construction

3

TH 207

Lighting for the Stage

3

electives (9 credits)

three of the following upper–division courses

TH 333

Acting for Television Workshop

3

MUS 345

History of Musical Theater

3

TH 345

Musical Theatre

3

TH 350

London Theatre Tour

3

TH 351

The Study of Ancient Theatre and Its Lasting Influence

3

TH 352

New York Theatre Study Tour

3

TH 373

Dramaturgy

3

TH 374

Theatre for Social Change

3

TH 375

Theatre Management

3

TH 376

Writing the Short Play

3

TH 377

Playwriting

3

TH 389

Directing for the Theatre II

3

TH 409

Stage Management

3

TH 476

The History of Acting in American Film from 1890–1970

3

TH 489

One Act Play Production Workshop

3

technology area of study (21 credits)

requirements (15 credits)

TH 110

Introduction to Acting

3

TH 201

Stagecraft

3

TH 204

Costume Construction

3

TH 207

Lighting for the Stage

3

TH 301

Drafting for the Stage

3

electives (6 credits)

two of the following

TH 202

Theatrical Makeup

3

TH 302

Advanced Stagecraft

3

TH 309

Scene Painting

3

TH 350

London Theatre Tour

3

TH 351

The Study of Ancient Theatre and Its Lasting Influence

3

TH 352

New York Theatre Study Tour

3

TH 375

Theatre Management

3

TH 406

Study in Theatrical Design

3

TH 409

Stage Management

3

TH 489

One Act Play Production Workshop

3

additional courses

With prior approval from the theatre department chair, when appropriate, the following courses
may be substituted for electives in an area of study.

TH 329/429

Experimental Course

3

TH 455

Topics in Theatre

3

TH 490

Independent Internship

½–3

TH 499

Individual Study

3

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.A. in Theatre.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screen Acting

Acceptance to the B.F.A. in Screen Acting is by audition only for those students who demonstrate potential for excellence in acting and a strong interest in acting for the screen. This is a single interdisciplinary degree offered cooperatively through the Chapman University Department of Theatre and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

The B.F.A. in Screen Acting degree is offered to prepare students to work as performers in all recorded media, including film, television and new media in addition to traditional live theatre. Students will be trained in and prepared to meet the current demands of the motion picture and television industries as well as the evolving and expanding opportunities in Internet, portable media and computer–generated digital effects, which require actors to be familiar with green screen and motion capture performance techniques.

In this degree, students will study traditional acting techniques with a strong emphasis on techniques appropriate and specific to working in front of a camera. The curriculum is structured in a traditional sequence from introductory classes in film and acting basics to more advanced out–of–class film production work. Students also study editing, screenwriting, directing for film and film history. Students are provided with professional career training in the senior year, including development of their actor reel. All screen acting students will be required to act in film production students' films or other projects approved by the faculty in addition to auditioning for the Department Theatre stage productions.

Students are admitted to the B.F.A. in Screen Acting by audition for the Department of Theatre at entrance to Chapman. Following the audition, the applicant's file is also reviewed by the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Currently enrolled theatre majors and Dodge film majors may audition in the spring semester of the freshman year. For audition and supplemental application information required, interested students should contact the Department of Theatre secretary.

Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Screen Acting who also choose to complete a second major are advised that doing so may require either additional time to complete both degrees or may incur additional tuition costs due to semesters that may require enrollment in more than 18 credits.

core requirements (69 credits)

TH 100

Introduction to Theatre Technology

3

TH 105

Theatre Practicum (two semesters, ½ credit each)

1

TH 111+

Introduction to Performing Techniques

2

TH 112+

Acting Fundamentals

3

FP 115

Editing I

3

FTV 130

Introduction to Visual Storytelling

3

FTV 140/140L

Introduction to Film Aesthetics/Introduction to Film Aesthetics Lab

3

TH 170

Creating Theatre: From Page to Stage–The Art of Collaboration

3

TH 218+

Character Building for Performance

3

SW 227

Screenwriting Fundamentals

3

TH 230

Screen Acting I

3

FP 239

Directing I

3

FS 244/244L*

History of Film to 1959/History of Film to 1959 Screening Lab

3

FS 245/245L**

History of Film 1960–Present/History of Film 1960– Present Screening Lab

3

TH 311

Voice Production and Techniques I

3

TH 317

Movement for the Performer

3

TH 330

Screen Acting II

3

SW 348

Actors and Writers Workshop

3

TH 379*

Text Analysis and Scene Study for Performance

3

SCAC 383A*

Screen Acting in Production Workshop

3

SCAC 383B**

Screen Acting in Production Workshop

3

TH 476

The History of Acting in American Film from 1890–1970

3

SCAC 497*

Thesis in Screen Acting Workshop

3

SCAC 498**

Thesis in Screen Acting Workshop

3

+Students must receive a grade of "B" or higher in TH 111, 112 and 218 before they enroll in TH 379.

electives (9 credits)

TH 210

Acting Shakespeare I

3

FTV 310

Industry Insiders

3

FP 315

Editing II

3

TH 315

Acting Styles

3

SW 327

Feature Screenwriting I for Non–Screenwriting Majors

3

FTV 332

Success in Media

3

TH 333

Acting for Television Workshop

3

TH 335

Actors and Filmmakers Workshop

1–3

FTV 352

Entering the Profession

3

TH 388

Directing for the Theatre I

3

TH 410

Acting Shakespeare II

3

TH 411

Voice Production and Techniques II

3

CRPR 419A

Entertainment Marketing and Promotion for Producers

3

Up to two total travel courses (offered by the Department of Theatre or Dodge College) may count towards electives or the following courses with prior approval from the respective department chair.

additional courses

FTV 329/429

Experimental Course or

3

TH 329/429

Experimental Course

 

TH 455

Topics in Theatre

3

FTV 490

Independent Internship (may not exceed six credits) or

½–3

TH 490

Independent Internship (may not exceed six credits)

 

FTV 499

Individual Study (may not exceed three credits) or

3

TH 499

Individual Study (may not exceed three credits)

 

total credits

 

78

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.F.A. in Screen Acting.

*offered fall semester only

**offered spring semester only

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance

Acceptance to the B.F.A. in Theatre Performance is by audition for those students who demonstrate excellence in acting techniques, artistry and performance. The B.F.A. in Theatre Performance degree prepares and trains students to be successful as performers in all types of theatrical productions. Students in the B.F.A. program follow a rigorous sequential curriculum designed to assist them reach their full potential as performers within the context of a liberal arts education. In this degree, students study traditional acting techniques with a strong emphasis on techniques appropriate and specific to working in live theatre. Students are provided with professional workshops that prepare them for careers after college.

Students are provided sufficient opportunity to demonstrate their talent in campus stage, film and television productions and are encouraged to pursue professional internships.

Students are admitted to the B.F.A. in Theatre Performance program by audition at entrance to Chapman. Currently enrolled theatre majors may audition in the spring semester of the freshman year. For audition information, interested students should contact the Department of Theatre secretary.

Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Theatre Performance who also choose to complete a second major are advised that doing so may require either additional time to complete both degrees or may incur additional tuition costs due to semesters that may require enrollment in more than 18 credits.

core requirements (27 credits)

TH 100

Introduction to Theatre Technology

3

TH 105

Theatre Practicum (two semesters, ½ credit each)

1

TH 111*

Introduction to Performing Techniques

2

TH 112*

Acting Fundamentals

3

TH 170

Creating Theatre: From Page to Stage–The Art of Collaboration

3

TH 207

Lighting for the Stage

3

TH 371

Theatre History I–Antiquity through the Eighteenth Century

3

TH 372

Theatre History II–Eighteenth Century to the New Millennium

3

TH 388

Directing for the Theatre I

3

TH 472

Dramatic Theory and Criticism

3

additional requirements (42 credits)

TH 113/313

Theatre Performance (one credit each)

4

TH 105

Theatre Practicum (two semesters, ½ credit each)

1

TH 203

Basic Makeup for the Performing Artist

1

TH 210

Acting Shakespeare I

3

TH 218*

Character Building for Performance

3

TH 230

Screen Acting I

3

TH 311

Voice Production and Techniques I

3

TH 315

Acting Styles

3

TH 317

Movement for the Performer

3

TH 379*

Text Analysis and Scene Study for Performance

3

TH 410

Acting Shakespeare II

3

TH 411

Voice and Production Techniques II

3

TH 419

The Actor Process: From Rehearsal to Performance

3

TH 497A

The Business of Acting

3

TH 497B

B.F.A. Showcase

3

*students must receive a grade of "B" or higher in TH 111, 112 and 218 before they enroll in TH 379

electives (9 credits)

nine credits of the following

TH 201

Stagecraft

3

TH 204

Costume Construction

3

TH 212

Tai Chi for Theatre I

½

TH 213

Tai Chi for Theatre II

½

TH 333

Acting for Television Workshop

3

MUS 345

History of Musical Theater

3

TH 345

Musical Theatre

3

TH 350

London Theatre Tour

3

TH 351

The Study of Ancient Theatre and Its Lasting Influence

3

TH 352

New York Theatre Study Tour

3

TH 370

Script Analysis

3

TH 373

Dramaturgy

3

TH 374

Theatre for Social Change

3

TH 375

Theatre Management

3

TH 376

Writing the Short Play

3

TH 389

Directing for the Theatre II

3

TH 409

Stage Management

3

TH 476

The History of Acting in American Film from 1890–1970

3

total credits

 

78

the following courses may substitute for the elective courses with prior approval from the chair

TH 329/429

Experimental Course

3

TH 455

Topics in Theatre

3

TH 490

Independent Internship

½–3

TH 499

Individual Study

3

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.F.A. in Theatre Performance.

Course Descriptions – Theatre

TH 100 Introduction to Theatre Technology

This course is an overview of theatre production. It will introduce the student to production elements ranging from scenery, lighting, audio, projections, costumes, props and emerging technologies. Emphasis will be placed on the implementation of technical elements and production safety. Fee: $150. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

TH 105 Theatre Practicum

This course gives students practical experience in the technical areas of the production program. Students will be given a production assignment and will perform specific activities related to that technical area. This course must be repeated four semesters for a maximum of 2 credits. P/NP. (Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

TH 110 Introduction to Acting

This is a beginning acting course open to non-theatre majors and theatre majors in the technology track. The course includes relaxation work, ensemble exercises, beginning scene work, and an introduction to character building. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

TH 111 Introduction to Performing Techniques

Prerequisite, theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major. This course is a study of the fundamentals of stage movement and vocal production. Course work includes ensemble building, Alexander, Linklater exercises, Strasberg relaxation exercises, and the creation of physical and vocal warm-ups. Fee: $75. (Offered fall semester.) 2 credits.

TH 112 Acting Fundamentals

Prerequisites, TH 111, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major. The purpose of this course is the introduction to fundamental realistic acting styles including beginning scene work, Stanislavski terminology and technique, developing character from self, beginning rehearsal techniques, emotional honesty, rehearsal technique, and performance analysis. Further application of techniques learned in TH 111. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 113 Theatre Performance

Prerequisites, audition, consent of instructor. This course is designed for those students who have been given performance or stage management responsibilities in theatre productions. P/NP. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. (Offered every semester.) 1 credit.

TH 150 Theatre in World Cultures

This is a study of theatre as a performing art, ritual, vehicle for social interaction, and popular entertainment. The role of theatre in world cultures, and the historical development of performance are explored through reading, collaborative projects, discussion, and attendance of live performances. Fee: $75. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

TH 170 Creating Theatre: From Page to Stage - The Art of Collaboration

Prerequisite, theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major. This course is an introduction to the study of theatre as a collaborative art form. The emphasis is on the introduction of information that will enable students to appreciate the process of creating and maintaining viable theatre, and to effectively communicate as dedicated and disciplined theatre practitioners. The student will also learn to implement specific collaborative processes involving classroom exercises and departmental productions. Fee: $75. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 201 Stagecraft

Prerequisite, TH 100. This course provides an in-depth study of the tools and techniques used in scenery construction. Emphasis will be placed on construction materials, stage operating systems, safety methodology and interpreting construction documentation. Fee: $150. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 202 Theatrical Makeup

This is an introduction to theatrical makeup. Students study stage makeup design and artistic skills, including both painting and three dimensional make-up. Often there are special opportunities for practical experience on actual productions. Theatre majors are advised to take the course in their freshman or sophomore year. Fee: $100. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

TH 203 Basic Makeup for the Performing Artist

Prerequisites, theatre performance major, sophomore standing, or consent of instructor. This course serves to introduce performing artists to the basics of makeup for the stage. Fee: $75. (Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

TH 204 Costume Construction

This course is designed as an introduction to the theatrical costuming construction process. The course gives students training in costume construction techniques, fitting, maintenance, tools, and other responsibilities involved in theatrical costuming. This course carries a laboratory component where students will gain hands-on experience. Fee: $100. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

TH 207 Lighting for the Stage

Prerequisite, TH 100, or consent of instructor. An introduction to theatrical lighting design with an emphasis on practical application. This course will include studies in lighting history, observation, color theory, instrumentation, photometry, collaborative process, and design (analysis and application). Fee: $150. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 210 Acting Shakespeare I

Prerequisites, TH 111, 112. This course provides students with a fundamental approach to playing Shakespeare. Particular emphasis will be placed on a rhetorical approach to text and punctuation utilizing Shakespeare's First Folio as the key to unlocking the text in a presentational actor/audience experience. Some sections may be designated by degree track and/or class standing. Fee: $100. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 212 Tai–Chi for Theatre I

Prerequisites, sophomore standing, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major. This course is a study in movement of the Yang Tai-Chi form. The first semester consists of the first twenty-two movements and the second semester consists of the remaining twenty-two movements for a total of forty-four movements. Tai Chi I is a prerequisite for Tai Chi II. (Offered as needed.) ½ credit.

TH 213 Tai–Chi for Theatre II

Prerequisites, TH 212, sophomore standing, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major. This course builds on the foundation of TH 212 and continues the art and mastery of the second twenty-two movements in Yang Tai-Chi. Students learn the movement of the Yang Tai-Chi form in order to enhance and explore their study of movement and acting. (Offered as needed.) ½ credit.

TH 216 Fundamentals of Character Building

Prerequisites, TH 111, 112, theatre major. This course is an exploration of building and performing characters that fall outside the student’s physical/vocal type. The emphasis will be on creating characters based on the recognition of the student’s internal emotional life, demonstrating characters based on the establishment of external vocal/physical adjustments, and interpreting characters based on script analysis. The course is designed for students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 217 Introduction to Acting and Movement for Singers

Prerequisite, MUS 106. This is an introductory acting and movement course designed for singers. Course work includes relaxation work, ensemble exercises, scene work, introduction to character building, and Stanislavski terminology and technique. (Offered every year.) 2 credits.

TH 218 Character Building for Performance

Prerequisites, TH 111, 112, theatre performance, or screen acting major. This is a course in character building and development for performance. The emphasis is on creating complex characters through the exploration of psychological, physical, and emotional behaviors characterized by the use of gesture, actions, inner emotions, external stimuli, vocal variance, human interactions, and the body. Students will expand their knowledge of “character” through character research, scene study, and written textual analysis. Sections may be designated by degree track. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 229 Experimental Course

This course is designed to provide additional opportunities to explore experimental areas and subjects of special interest. It may be repeated for credit provided the course content is different. (Offered as needed.) 1–3 credits.

TH 230 Screen Acting I

Prerequisites, TH 111, 112, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major. This introduction to screen acting begins by analyzing the similarities and differences between stage and screen acting. Course work continues into exercises that instruct students on basic screen techniques and will evolve into introductory scene work in front of the camera. Sections may be designated by degree track. Fee: $100. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

TH 290 Independent Internship

Prerequisite, theatre major. The internship positions will offer actual working experience in the theatrical and entertainment industry. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) ½–3 credits.

TH 299 Individual Study

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 1–3 credits.

TH 301 Drafting for the Stage

Prerequisite, TH 100. This course will teach the standards and techniques for technical graphic communication within the entertainment industry, through the study of computer-aided drafting. Projects generated will include an emphasis in geometric constructions, plans, sections, elevations, orthographic and isometric projections. An introduction to drawing within a 3D environment will be provided during this course. Fee: $100. (Offered fall semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

TH 302 Advanced Stagecraft

Prerequisite, TH 201, or consent of instructor. This course is designed as an introduction to advanced construction techniques, materials, and practices used within the entertainment industry. This course gives students training in rigging, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, automation and special effects; and provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience through realized projects. Fee: $200. (Offered spring semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

TH 305 Theatre Production

Prerequisites, TH 100, 170, consent of instructor. This course is designed for those students who have been given a significant creative, technical, management or administrative production responsibility in theatre production other than performance. Such roles may include, but are not limited to: stage manager, assistant designer, assistant director, dramaturg, master electrician, props coordinator, and other comparable roles. P/NP. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. (Offered on a reading and conference basis only.) 1 credit.

TH 309 Scene Painting

Prerequisites, TH 100, sophomore standing, consent of instructor. This is a course in the basic techniques, materials and methods used in painting scenery for theatre, film, and television. This course offers practical, hands-on experience such as color theory, highlight and shadow, paint mixing, grid and layout, base painting, cartooning, lay-in painting, and detail painting. Fee: $250. (Offered spring semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

TH 311 Voice Production and Techniques I

Prerequisites, TH 111, 112, and theatre performance, or screen acting major. This is a course in the advanced principles of vocal production and stage usage. This course integrates a variety of production processes including Linklater, Berry, Alexander, Feldenkrais, and Fitzmaurice to develop alignment, respiration, phonation, resonation, and articulation for the actor. Sections may be designated by degree track and/or class standing. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

TH 313 Theatre Performance

Prerequisites, junior standing, audition, consent of instructor. Designed for those students who have been given increased production or performance responsibilities in theatre productions. P/NP. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. (Offered every semester.) 1 credit.

TH 315 Acting Styles

Prerequisites, TH 218, theatre performance major, or consent of instructor. This course will analyze, interpret, and explore acting styles. Students will study period manners, period movement, historical evidence, and the importance of period costumes as accepted and practiced in the 6th, 16th, 17th, and 20th centuries. Fee: $75. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

TH 317 Movement for the Performer

Prerequisites, TH 111, 112, and theatre performance, or screen acting major. This course is an exploration of stage movement based on work of masters such as Suzuki, Alexander, Feldenkrais, and Bogart. It may include physical character development, Kabuki theatre physical techniques, Noh theatre physical techniques, mask work, gestural communication, and proxemics. Sections may be designated by degree track and/or class standing. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

TH 329 Experimental Course

(Same as TH 229.)

TH 330 Screen Acting II

Prerequisites, TH 230, screen acting major, or consent of instructor. This course will focus on intermediate acting techniques for screen. The student will participate in various exercises and perform on camera in two scenes. Sections may be designated by degree track and/or class standing. Fee: $125. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 333 Acting for Television Workshop

Prerequisites, TH 230, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major. Students will be guided through all areas of working with television directors and the demands of production. Students will work with student directors, under the guidance of both theatre and film/television faculty, on three short projects using state of the art equipment provided by Dodge College. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

TH 335 Actors and Filmmakers Workshop

Prerequisite, TH 230, or consent of instructor. Students will be guided through all areas of working with film directors and the demands of production. Students will work with graduate student directors and cinematographers, under the guidance of both theatre and film faculty, on short projects using state of the art equipment provided by Dodge College. (Offered as needed.) 1–3 credits.

TH 345 Musical Theatre

Prerequisite, TH 110, or 112, or 217, or consent of instructor. This course will introduce and train actors in the performance style necessary for acting in musical theatre. It will include an overview of various musical theatre performance styles and an exploration of the performance of solo numbers and duets, a unit on scene work as it leads to musical performance, and directed performances. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

TH 347 Advanced Acting for Singers

Prerequisites, TH 110, or 217, and BM performance, vocal emphasis, or consent of instructor. This course is designed for singers to explore and apply advanced principles of acting and movement to performances of classical repertoire on stage and in recital. Students will develop skills for researching and imagining a character, defining strong acting choices and communicating with sound, body language and gesture. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

TH 350 London Theatre Tour

Prerequisite, sophomore standing. This course is an exploration of contemporary British theatrical productions with an emphasis on developing visual literacy and critical analysis. Students attend theatrical productions in London and Stratford, England. Fee: TBD. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

TH 351 The Study of Ancient Theatre and Its Lasting Influence

Prerequisites, an interest in the theatre, architecture, and culture of ancient Greece, and Rome, availability to tour theatres, museums, and points of interest. This will be a travel course exploring the theatres of ancient Greece, and Rome. Focus will be placed on the study of theatre, dance, art, architecture, and the exploration of ancient, and contemporary cultures. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

TH 352 New York Theatre Study Tour

Prerequisite, an interest in theatre and dramatic literature. This course is an exploration of contemporary New York City theatrical productions with an emphasis on developing visual literacy and critical analysis. Students additionally analyze the interconnectedness of local and global influences that contribute to the interculturalism within the New York Theatre community, as well as appraise and evaluate management strategies for pursuing and developing a successful career as a New York stage actor. Fee: TBD. (Offered interterm.) 3 credits.

TH 370 Script Analysis

Prerequisites, TH 150, or 170, and junior standing. This course is a study of the play, from page to stage, with emphasis on critical analysis of structure, genre, theme, style, character, language, dramatic event, and point of view. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 371 Theatre History I - Antiquity through the Eighteenth Century

Prerequisites, TH 170, or equivalent, and junior standing. This is a study of the history and historiography of theatre and dramatic literature from ancient Greece to the eighteenth century. Students will apply critical thinking and practical skills in individual and collaborative group research projects. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 372 Theatre History II - Eighteenth Century to the New Millennium

Prerequisites, TH 170, or equivalent, and junior standing. This is a study of the major movements in performance and drama during the modern-postmodern periods. Students will apply critical and theoretical approaches to the study of recent theatre history in individual and collaborative group research projects. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 373 Dramaturgy

Prerequisite, TH 170, or equivalent, or consent of instructor. This course explores the dramaturg’s role in the historic development of theatre and the impact of dramaturgy on contemporary dramatic literature and performance. Students will learn the professional and scholarly aspects of dramaturgy through readings, discussions, live performance, meetings with professional dramaturgs, and projects. (Offered in spring semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

TH 374 Theatre for Social Change

Prerequisites, theatre, or theatre performance major, and junior, or senior standing, or consent of instructor. In this course, students will explore and engage in Theatre of the Oppressed and other theatre methods currently being applied in various non-traditional theatrical settings in order to generate dialogue on hot-button issues and also to facilitate social, political, and/or restorative change. (Offered fall semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

TH 375 Theatre Management

Prerequisites, TH 100, 170, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major, or consent of instructor. This course will examine the business side of theatre through discussion and study of theatre management techniques, arts administration, accounting practices, box office and front-of-house procedures, marketing, publicity, and personnel. The differences and similarities of commercial theatre versus not-for-profit theatre will also be addressed. (Offered spring semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

TH 376 Writing the Short Play

Prerequisites, TH 170, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major, or consent of instructor. This course will focus on writing plays in short play formats, specifically ten-minute plays and one acts. (Offered fall semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

TH 377 Playwriting

Prerequisite, TH 150, or 170, or consent of instructor. This course is an introduction to the art and craft of dramatic writing for the stage in which the student will study structure, theme, and character while pursuing a completed one–act play. Students work one–on–one with their instructor, meeting every week for teaching/discussion. (Offered every semester, reading and conference only.) 3 credits.

TH 379 Text Analysis and Scene Study for Performance

Prerequisites, TH 111, 112, 218, all three with a grade of "B" or higher, junior standing, and theatre performance, or screen acting major. This course is an exploration of text analysis (the study of the language within the script) and scene study (the study of the structure of the script) for performance. The course will enable the students to create a personal approach to play analysis that fosters unique performances that serve the theatrical demands of the playwright and the production. Sections may be designated by degree tracks. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 388 Directing for the Theatre I

Prerequisites, TH 100, 170, junior standing, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major. This course is a close, practical examination of the craft of play direction. Production techniques are covered as an essential part of the overall subject. The student director solves specific problems through the direction of scenes. This course includes a laboratory component. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 389 Directing for the Theatre II

Prerequisites, TH 207, 388, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major. This course continues the practical examination of the craft of play direction. It continues production techniques as an essential part of the overall subject. The student director solves specific problems through the direction of scenes. Emphasis is placed on play analysis and structure. Each student will direct a one-act play. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 399 Individual Study

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 1–3 credits.

TH 406 Study in Theatrical Design

Prerequisite, TH 204, or 207, or 301, or consent of instructor. This is an individual study/seminar course in one or more areas of theatrical design: set, lighting, costume, and sound. This course is designed to prepare students for further study into a specific design area. Students will gain an understanding of the materials and techniques used for design and presentation in the theatrical environment. Fee: $100 (Offered on a Reading and Conference basis only.) 3 credits.

TH 409 Stage Management

Prerequisites, TH 100. This course provides students an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a stage manager within the live entertainment industry. Emphasis will be placed on industry standards and developing the necessary skills required of a professional stage manager. (Offered spring semester, alternative years.) 3 credits.

TH 410 Acting Shakespeare II

Prerequisites, TH 210, and theatre, or theatre performance, or screen acting major, or consent of instructor. This course is a continuation of the first semester approach to the Fundamentals of Acting Shakespeare. Continued emphasis will be placed on a rhetorical approach to text and punctuation utilizing Shakespeare's First Folio as the key to unlocking Shakespeare's clues for actors. An examination of “words into phrases” and figures of speech will be added as well as an approach to utilizing technique acquired in the first semester to sonnets and scene work. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 411 Voice Production and Techniques II

Prerequisites, TH 311, theatre performance major, or consent of instructor. This is a course in the principles of speech as designated by the International Phonetic Alphabet (International Phonetic Association). It integrates a variety of speech and vocal processes including Linklater, Fitzmaurice, and Machlin and the use of stage accents to further develop phonation, resonation, and articulation for the actor. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 415 Advanced Acting Styles

Prerequisites, TH 218, 315. This course includes advanced work in specific acting styles including work from Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Noel Coward, Harold Pinter, Anton Chekov, and Samuel Beckett. All periods and styles will be utilized in this investigation of problems and techniques particular to each period and style. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

TH 419 The Actor Process: From Rehearsal to Performance

Prerequisites, TH 379, theatre performance major. This course provides Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance candidates with the opportunity to research professional level rehearsal and performance techniques. A theatrical project is created, cast, rehearsed, and performed to allow students the opportunity to test their research in a lab experience while building and maintaining a performance. Fee: $75. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 429 Experimental Course

This course is designed to provide additional opportunities to explore experimental areas and subjects of interest. It may be repeated for credit provided the course content is different. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

TH 455 Topics in Theatre

Prerequisites, TH 170, or equivalent, junior or senior standing, consent of instructor. This is a special topics course. Each topic will have a specific syllabi and bibliography. This course includes the study of specific time periods, styles of works of directors, actors, or writers of theatre. Research and analysis of key themes, theatrical movements, and presentational styles relating to specific topics will be emphasized. Sample topics might include Shepard, Williams, The Group Theatre, and musical theatre. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

TH 472 Dramatic Theory and Criticism

Prerequisites, TH 371, 372, senior standing, and theatre, or theatre performance major, or consent of instructor. This course is an intensive study of foundational and innovative dramatic theory and cultural criticism as applied to a range of classic and contemporary dramatic literature. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 476 The History of Acting in American Film from 1890 - 1970

The course examines the history of acting in American film from the invention of cinema to 1970. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 477 Advanced Playwriting

Prerequisite, TH 377, or consent of instructor. This is an advanced course in the techniques of dramatic writing. It is expected that the student will have already written a play. Special problems and modern approaches to writing for theatre will be covered as the student writes a full–length play in a one–to–one situation with the instructor. (Offered every semester, reading and conference only.) 3 credits.

TH 489 One Act Play Production Workshop

Prerequisite, theatre major, consent of instructor. Students in the workshop will produce a bill of one-act plays during the spring semester only. Student responsibilities cover all aspects of production including directing, designing, stage management, marketing and technical direction. Students who wish to direct must have completed TH 389. Topics vary each year with plays chosen and production roles assigned. May be repeated once for credit. Fee: $200. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 490 Independent Internship

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) ½–3 credits.

TH 497A The Business of Acting

Prerequisites, TH 379, senior standing, and theatre performance, or screen acting major. This course, the capstone for BFA majors, will offer preparation and practical experience in auditioning for professional theatre, film/television, and related media. Fee: $200. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 497B BFA Showcase

Prerequisites, TH 497A, senior standing, and theatre performance, or screen acting major, or consent of instructor. This course, along with TH 497A, is the capstone for all BFA Theatre Performance majors. This course consists primarily of scene work that will culminate in a showcase before industry professionals in Los Angeles. P/NP. Fee: $250. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

TH 498 Senior Seminar

Prerequisites, theatre major, senior standing. This course represents a capstone of study in the theatre major and each student will complete an individually designed project. Students will complete a research, acting, or production project subject to departmental approval. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

TH 499 Individual Study

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. Individual research and projects. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.