Dance

DANC 105. The Art of Dance (Becker, Smith)
Presents dance in a broad artistic, cultural, historical, scientific and creative context, providing multiple frameworks inside which students can understand and appreciate dance throughout their lives. Activities include equal parts viewing, creating, performing, discussing, evaluating and contextualizing dance, in and out of the studio. Not recommended for Dance Majors. F, S. (Group IV)

DANC 205. Workshop in Modern Dance (Becker, Smith)
An immersive studio experience in the practice and theory of modern dance as a technical and creative discipline. Students will develop the body’s functional and expressive capacities through daily technique, improvisation and composition activities. This course serves as the gateway course within the Dance major and minor, and can also be taken by non-majors with previous dance training to fulfill Group IV Art requirement, or by instructor’s consent. F, S. (Group IV)

DANC 215. Dance Technique II (Becker, Smith)
A continued study of technical concepts introduced in Workshop in Modern Dance, with increased focus on increasing body connectivity, kinesthetic awareness, alignment, groundedness, core engagement, strength and flexibility. Prerequisite: DANC 205, or by instructor’s consent. S. (Group IV)

DANC 220. Movement (Denny)
(Alternate years. Not offered 2016-2017)
Theory and practice in training the body to serve as a means of communication for the actor. Individual and group experiences will enhance actor freedom, creative expression, and dynamics of performance. Emphasis will be placed on the movement and performance techniques of Alexander, Feldenkrais, and Berry. Also listed as THEA 220. Prerequisite: THEA 210 or permission of instructor. (Group IV)

DANC 225. Dance Practicum (0.25 unit; Smith)
Through participation in the production program in the Chappelear Drama Center, students may earn 0.25 units of credit each half semester for satisfactorily completing contracted production or performance responsibilities. Four fractional units equal one semester course credit. Prerequisite: contract must be arranged with instructor.

DANC 265. Studio Topics (Smith, Staff)
An upper-level studio course providing students focused experience in a technique other than modern dance, including ballet, musical theatre, jazz, somatics, African, etc. This course is taken by Dance majors or minors to expand exposure and fluency in other dance genres, and also by non-majors with dance experience to fulfill an Arts IV requirement. Prerequisite: DANC 205, or by instructor’s consent. F, S. (Group IV)

DANC 305. Dance History (Smith)
(Alternate years. Offered 2016–2017)
From the European origins of classical ballet to the influence of the Africanist aesthetic to boundary-breaking experimentations of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the course investigates the aesthetic and cultural themes embedded in the history of Western concert dance, with emphasis on major stylistic trends, multi-cultural influences, as well as significant artists and their works. Topics span important traditions and innovations from the Renaissance to the present, with discussions of artistic concerns, as well as implicit social and political issues such as race, class, and gender. Prerequisite: English 105 or equivalent. S. Writing Option. (Group IV)

DANC 315. Dance Composition/Choreography I (Smith)
Movement studies that examine compositional dance elements including time, space, weight and effort. Students create solo movement investigations that combine the various dance elements. Emphasis on individual movement proclivities and choreographic intent. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or DANC 215. F. (Group IV)

DANC 325. Dance Composition/Choreography II (Smith)
Choreography as process and product. Students choreograph duet, trio, quartet, and larger group dances. The process includes a written statement of intent, a journal, a weekly consultation and critique, and final performance. Prerequisite: DANC 315 or permission of instructor. F. (Group IV)

DANC 345. Advanced Dance Practicum (0.5 unit; Smith)
Through participation in the production program in the Chappelear Drama Center, students may earn 0.5 unit of credit per production for satisfactorily completing a contracted major production or performance responsibility, i.e., a crew head, choreographing a dance, a major role. Two fractional units equal one semester-credit course. Prerequisite: contract must be arranged with instructor.

DANC 355. Dance Technique III (Becker, Smith)
Focuses on mastering skills and concepts introduced in Technique II with added focus on developing mechanically sound reflexive habits, overall conditioning, and performance skills. Prerequisite: DANC 215, or by instructor’s consent. S. (Group IV)

DANC 445. Advanced Dance Projects (Smith)
Senior majors and minors may earn one unit of credit per production for satisfactory completion of individual advanced projects. Decimals indicate the specific area of the problem. Projects must be approved by the faculty and scheduled into the production season one year in advance.

DANC 490. Independent Study (Staff)
Elective under certain restrictions and with permission of instructor.

DANC 491. Directed Reading (Staff)
Elective under certain restrictions and with permission of instructor.

DANC 495. Apprenticeship (Staff)
Elective under certain restrictions and with permission of instructor.

Theatre

THEA 101. The Art of Theatre (Kahn, Vanderbilt)
This course provides a broad-based appreciation of dramatic art by approaching the major theatrical eras, representative plays, and the major roles of playwright, director, actor, and designer through lectures, readings, projects, and viewings. Not recommended for majors. F, S. (Group IV)

THEA 110. Effective Communication (Denny)
An introduction to the production and characteristics of voice, developing insights into effective vocal action, breath support, and articulation. Concurrent, practical exercises and spoken reading assignments are designed to improve vocal power, projection, clarity, and expressiveness. Not recommended for majors. (Group IV)

THEA 126. Introduction to Technical Theatre (Knutson, Vanderbilt)
Foundation course for all production work covering the organization and use of technical elements utilized in the performing arts, especially scenery, lighting, and stage management. Lab required. F, S. (Group IV)

THEA 136. Topics in Technical Theatre (0.5 unit; Knutson, Shelley, Vanderbilt)
Modular course in various specialty areas in the performing arts. Four modules offered per year. Two modules equal one unit course. F, S. Group IV. Lab fees for .2 and .5.

.1    Technical Production
.2    Scene Painting
.3    Costume Construction
.4    Costume History
.5    Make-up
.6    Lighting Technology
.7    Sound
.8    Props
.9    Stage Management
.10    Special Topic

THEA 200.1 Script Analysis for Performance (Kahn)
This course will explore how theatre artists use dramatic texts: First to analyze elements such as function, form, and theme, and second to uncover choices that actors, directors, and designers make to clarify and amplify experiences for audiences. S.

THEA 210. Beginning Acting (Denny)
Investigation into the basics of acting: development of the actor’s personal perception and understanding of script and character analysis. Various training techniques incorporating group and solo performance are utilized to enhance creative expression and interpretation. The standard concepts of Stanislavski provide the basis for all work. F, S.

THEA 220. Movement (Denny)
(Alternate years. Not offered 2016-2017.)
Theory and practice in training the body to serve as a means of communication for the actor. Individual and group experiences will enhance actor freedom, creative expression, and dynamics of performance. Emphasis will be placed on the movement and performance techniques of Alexander, Feldenkrais, and Berry. Also listed as DANC 220. Prerequisite: THEA 210 or permission of instructor. (Group IV)

THEA 237, THEA 247. Theatre Practicum (0.25 unit; Staff)
Through participation in productions in the Chappelear Drama Center, students may earn 0.25 units of university activity credit per production for satisfactorily completing contracted production or performance responsibilities. Four fractional units equal one semester course credit. Prerequisite: contract must be arranged with instructor. Repeatable.

THEA 250. Vocal Interpretation for the Actor (Denny)
(Alternate years. Offered 2017-2018.)
The technique of vocal usage specific to actors on the stage and in film will be explored. In both individual and group experiences students will interpret, analyze, and present various texts utilizing selected plays, verse, and prose. Emphasis is on improving specific vocal problems of the actor. Work on standard stage dialect usage will be included. Prerequisite THEA 210 or permission of the instructor. F. (Group IV)

THEA 256. Elements of Design (Vanderbilt)
Study in the conception, preparation, and presentation of design ideas for the performing arts. Emphasis will be on projects to familiarize students with design principles and the articulation of line, color, and texture in scene, lighting, and costume designs. Lab assignments required. Prerequisite: THEA 126 and permission of instructor. F.

THEA 257. Summer Theatre Practicum (Staff)
Students may earn one unit of credit by successfully completing a contracted production or performance responsibility during the summer and with arrangements made beforehand. Permission of the instructor is required.

THEA 259. Developmental Drama (0.5 unit; Staff)
The principles and practices of creative drama in order to enhance learning opportunities in formal education as well as growth in personal and social development. Students will practice strategies of planning and leading drama for grades Pre-K through three. Required for early childhood education majors and theatre education majors. Also meaningful to students pursuing careers in psychology and recreation. Prerequisite: EDUC 251. Also listed as EDUC 259. F. (First half of the semester)

THEA 260, THEA 360, THEA 460, THEA 470. Acting Workshop (Denny)
Repeatable workshops concentrate on specific acting techniques and on scene study through in- depth character analysis and reading acting theory. Focus is placed on the process of creating a role through the study of characters in significant play texts. Actors appear in a variety of scenes and monologues throughout the courses, each focused on improving the skills of the individual actor. Prerequisite: THEA 210 and permission of instructor. S.

THEA 269. Managing Non-Profit Arts Organizations (Staff)
(Alternate years. Not offered 2016-2017.)
Survey of current policies and practice in the management of non-profit arts organizations, including fiscal responsibility, outreach, arts accessibility, staffing, advocacy, funding, public relations, and boards. The course equips students in management or in any of the arts (music, dance, writing, fine arts, theater) with initial arts management skills. S.

THEA 331. Asian Drama and Theatre (Kahn)
(Not offered 2016-2018)
Theatre and representative plays of Asia, illustrating the form, function, and theories of performance from classical times to the present. Emphasis is on India, China, and Japan, with individual projects branching out into other Asian nations. Prerequisite: ENG 105. F. (Group III, Diversity)

THEA 337, THEA 347. Advanced Theatre Practicum (0.5 unit; Staff)
Through participation in the productions in Chappelear Drama Center, students may earn 0.5 unit of university activity credit per production for satisfactorily completing a major production or performance responsibility, i.e., a crew head or a major acting role. Two fractional units equal one semester-credit course. Prerequisite: contract must be arranged with the instructor. Repeatable.

THEA 341. American Drama and Theatre (Staff)
The history of the theatre and drama in America. Study of representative plays and playwrights from colonial theatre through today, and of significant theatres and theatre artists. Emphasis is on contemporary theatre in the United States. Prerequisite: ENG 105. S. Writing Option. (Group III)

THEA 351. Drama and Theatre to 1700 (Long)
(Offered 2016-2017.)
The theatre and representative plays, illustrating the development of drama and theatre in its various forms and styles in Western Europe in the following periods: Classical Greek and Rome; Medieval and Renaissance. Consideration is given to the influence of the social setting, the physical theatre, prevalent theories of drama and criticism, and other theatrical conditions in each period. Also listed as ENG 342. S. Writing Option. (Group III)

THEA 359. Theatre Education Methods (0.5 units; Staff)
The principles and practices of theatre education methods. Theatre Education students will plan and practice strategies of leading theatre lessons for grades 4-12. Required for Theatre Education License. Generally taken fall of senior year. Prerequisite: 259, EDUC 251. F.

THEA 366. Design Studio (Vanderbilt)
Specialized study of individual design areas used in the performing arts. Emphasis is on specific projects in respective areas, independent design work and portfolio development. Prerequisite: THEA 256 and/or permission of instructor. S.

.1    Scene Design
.2    Lighting Design
.3    Costume Design
.4    Computer-Assisted Design
.5    Technical Production (sound, projection, painting, etc.)

THEA 369. Playwriting (Staff)
A study of the nature and process of playwriting as an art form. Students will analyze traditional play structure, and complete a series of writing assignments, culminating in the completion of two one-act plays. On a weekly basis students will be expected to produce original work and respond articulately to other writing. Prerequisite: ENG 105 and one college theatre or college creative writing course. Also listed as ENG 318. Group IV. Writing Course. F.

THEA 371. Modern Drama and Theatre (Kahn)
The theatre and representative plays, illustrating the development of drama and theatre in Europe during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis is on the major innovations during the century. Prerequisite: ENG 105. F. Writing Option. (Group III)

THEA 380. Directing for the Stage (Kahn)
Principles and practice of directing for the beginning director: class discussion of directing theory, the director’s approach to the script, and laboratory experience in directing scenes. Prerequisite: THEA 126 and THEA 210. F.

THEA 381. Theories of Performance (Kahn)
A seminar in the various functions and forms of performing art events. Through a survey of performance theory, readings, papers, presentations, and viewings, students will probe in-depth the areas of purpose, process, and product especially as related to a personal aesthetic of the performing artist. Prerequisite: THEA 126 and THEA 210. S. (Group III.)

THEA 407 - THEA 498. Senior Production Projects (Staff)
Senior majors may earn academic credit for satisfactory completion of individual advanced projects. Projects must be approved by the faculty in the junior year. Permission of the instructor is required.

407. Acting
417. Management
427. Children’s Theatre/Developmental Drama
437. Directing
447. Technical Production
457. Scene Design
467. Costume Design
477. Lighting Design
487. Playwriting
497. Musical Theatre
498. Other Theatre/Dance Area

THEA 490. Independent Study (Staff)
Elective under certain restrictions and with permission of instructor.

THEA 491. Directed Readings (Staff)
Elective under certain restrictions and with permission of instructor.

THEA 495. Apprenticeship (Staff)
Elective under certain restrictions and with permission of instructor.

THEA 499. Seminar (Staff)
Intensive study of a topic selected from one of the areas of dance or theatre (expressionism, Eugene O’Neill, Bertolt Brecht, Martha Graham, scene painting, theatre architecture, etc.) Open to all students, majors and non-majors. (Group III)