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Undergraduate Courses

THE 101 Acting Practicum (B)

Allows students to develop an understanding of the theatre production process through a practicum experience in acting. Course open to students who have been cast in Mainstage productions. 1 Cr.

THE 102 Lighting Practicum (B)

Allows students to develop an understanding of the theatre production process through a practicum experience in stage lighting. 1 Cr.

THE 103 Directing Practicum (B)

Allows students to develop an understanding of the theatre production through a practicum experience in directing. 1 Cr.

THE 104 Sound Practicum (B)

Allows students to develop an understanding of the theatre production process through a practicum experience in sound. 1 Cr.

THE 105 Painting Practicum (B)

Allows students to develop an understanding of the theatre production process through a practicum experience in painting scenery for Mainstage productions. 1 Cr.

THE 106 Costume Practicum (B)

Allows students to develop an understanding of the theatre production process through a practicum experience in wardrobe, costume construction, and practical backstage experience. 1 Cr.

THE 107 Stage Crew Practicum (B)

Allows students to develop an understanding of the theatre production process through a practicum experience as part of a stage crew. 1 Cr.

THE 111 Introduction to Theatre (A,F)

Allows students to develop an understanding of the basic elements and unique characteristics of the theatre arts. Studies representative dramatic master- pieces. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

THE 112 Looking At Performance (A,F)

Introduces students to the principal systems employed by performance forms to communicate meaning. Embraces a performance studies perspective, focusing on a wide array of performance activities in the fine arts (including theater, dance, music, visual art and interdisciplinary performance forms) as well as political debates, sporting events and other "everyday" performances. Addresses primary questions such as: How do we experience and understand performance? How is meaning constructed and encoded in performance? What role do the fine arts play in society and how does performance manifest the culture from which it emanates? Involves assigned readings, lectures, demonstrations, video/audio samples and attendance at assigned performance events. 3 Cr.

THE 200 Voice and Diction (A,P,Y)

Bring increased awareness, confidence and skill to each participant for breath, vocal power, resonance, clarity and expressivity in any public speaking arena. Become aware of physical and vocal habits which interfere with a free efficient and healthy voice and learn techniques to overcome the habits. Develop public speaking skills. Become fluent in the International Phonetic Alphabet and learn the skills necessary to research and perform a dialect. 3 Cr.

THE 201 Theatre Arts (A,P)

Provides an introduction to theatre from a production perspective. The course includes basic analysis of the play script, development of production concepts, exploring production styles from an historical perspective, and following the page to stage process of departmental production. Course requires participation on the crew of a Mainstage production. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

THE 202 Stagecraft (B)

THE202 Stagecraft provides a foundational education in the area of Technical Theater through a combination of traditional lecture, discussion, and lab-based work. Students will learn the principles of shop safety, methods of scenic construction, basics of theatrical sound and lighting, proper tool use and maintenance, rigging, and more. Hands-on experience will be gained through personal and team projects. In addition, this class supports the technical aspects of department mainstage productions. Occasional weekend calls may be necessary depending on the scope and scale of season productions, with a minimum 1 week notice. No previous experience in technical theater is required. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

THE 221 Introduction to Acting (A,P)

Provides an introduction to the craft of acting. Emphasizes basic techniques through acting exercises, monologue presentations and scene work. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

THE 232 Improvisational Theatre (A,P)

Covers principles and techniques of improvisation as an art form, and fundamentals of ensemble-playing, characterization and play-making (creation of scenarios). Explores the effect of the dramatic process on communication skills and human development. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

THE 235 Stage Lighting I (A)

Prerequisite: THE 202.

Introduces the use of various types of lighting equipment. Studies basic design and color theory and practice. Requires students to serve as lighting crew for departmental productions. 3 Cr.

THE 236 Theatre Graphics (B)

Introduction to graphic standards as used in theatrical design. Topics include hand drafting, AutoCAD and model making. 3 Cr.

THE 239 Introduction to Design for the Theatre (A)

An introduction to: the elements and principles of design for theatre; the roles of the scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designer in the production process; the analysis of text from the design perspective and the methods and media used to represent design concepts. Research and analysis includes contemporary and historical concepts and practices in the visual aspects of theatre design. 3 Cr.

THE 244 Costume Construction I (A)

Studies theories and procedures in building stage costumes, including pattern draping, fabric modification and embellishment, basic costume construction techniques, and shop safety. Allows students to acquire basic sewing skills as well as practical costume construction experience. 3 Cr.

THE 281 Creative Drama (A)

Covers theories and practices of creative drama by means of informal experiment oriented student-centered dramatic presentations based on parts or entirety of short literary pieces for young children, factual data or original stories, to foster self-expression and personal growth or participants. Emphasis is also placed on incorporation of original songs, pieces of choreographed dance, and puppetry in presentations. 3 Cr.

THE 304 Musical Theatre Audition Techniques (A)

Cross-listed as MUS 304.

Explores elements of the audition process with a focus on preparing for successful musical theatre auditions. Emphasis is placed on refining performance skills, compiling a resume and professional materials, and building a repertoire portfolio that showcases each student's strengths. 3 Cr. Spring.

THE 306 The Theatre of Politics (A,I)

We combine two different disciplines to gain a unique understanding of many of the current issues that face all of us. The texts used for this course are contemporary plays and additional readings from political science texts. The course will be broken into 5 units, all dealing with modern issues in American politics such as race, gender, and medical ethics. There are multiple presentations throughout the semester. Students from all disciplines are strongly encouraged to take this course- the issues studied are relevant to all. 3 Cr. Spring.

THE 307 Fundamentals of Stage Management (A)

Provides a basic introduction to the role and responsibilities of a production stage manager in the production process. Emphasis is placed on the skills required to stage manage a fully realized production. 1 Cr.

THE 308 Stage Management Practicum (B)

Prerequisite: THE 307.

Allows students to develop an understanding of the theatre production process through a practicum experience in the stage management of a department production. 1 Cr.

THE 314 History of Theatre I: Classical through Renaissance (A)

Surveys the origin and development, production techniques, acting styles, and significant plays from the classical period through the Renaissance. Also includes the discussion of theatre traditions of non-Western cultures. 3 Cr. Fall.

THE 315 History of Theatre II: Romanticism Through Modern (A)

Surveys the development of production techniques, acting styles, and significant plays from the 19th century to the present. Also includes the discussion of theatre traditions of non-Western cultures. 3 Cr. Spring.

THE 319 Play Analysis (A)

Play Analysis studies selected plays from a theatrical point of view. Includes analysis of plot, character, themes, genre, and styles. 3 Cr.

THE 322 Intermediate Acting (B)

Continues the exploration of acting. Emphasizes character development and analysis through scene work and discussion. 3 Cr.

THE 323 Advanced Acting (B)

Prerequisite: THE 322.

Provides advanced work in developing the craft of acting with particular emphasis on characterization and script analysis. The student will also be expected to be able to articulate and justify his/her acting choices. 3 Cr.

THE 324 Physical and Vocal Training I (A)

Prerequisite: THE 200.

Provides a basic introduction to the coordination of the voice and body as an instrument of communication. Emphasizes proper body alignment and efficient vocalization, including relaxation techniques, proper breathing and resonance exercise, and exploration of the mind-body voice as a unified entity. 3 Cr.

THE 332 Scene Design I (A)

Requires students to translate a visual metaphor into a design for the stage, use the basic elements of design and the principles of composition and communicate that design to others via the graphic process. Analyzes design and explores our age in the history of theatrical design, both Western and Non-Western. 3 Cr.

THE 333 Scene Design II (B)

Prerequisite: THE 332.

Explores historical and conceptual styles of scenic design, advanced model and rendering techniques and advanced portfolio development. 3 Cr.

THE 334 Scene Painting (B)

Provides an introduction to the principles of large scale painting including application techniques suitable for representation of a variety of surface types, color mixing theory, enlargement from renderings and hard/soft cover techniques. 3 Cr.

THE 335 Voice-Over Perfoming (B)

Provides an introduction to the voice over field. The primary focus is on developing and practicing the skills necessary for voice-over performance. 3 Cr. Spring.

THE 336 Stage Lighting II (B)

Prerequisite: THE 235.

Provides an advance study of lighting design and practice. Includes draft lighting plots and related paperwork. Students will work with computer control systems, AutoCAD and other computer applications in current use in stage lighting. May provide practical design assignments. 3 Cr.

THE 338 Technical Production I (A)

Prerequisite: THE 202.

Advance study of shop equipment; construction techniques for two-dimensional and three-dimensional scenery; and theoretical knowledge of production. Students will produce both theoretical and practical projects. Supervision of student crews is required. 3 Cr.

THE 339 American Drama (A)

Examines a representative set of twentieth- and twenty-first century American plays and develops students' close reading skills. Covers representations of social issues, such as Family, Gender and Sexuality, African-American Experiences, Labor and the American Dream, and the Nation, and how playwrights used and modified the genre to tell their stories. Emphasizes a critical approach to the content and historical context of American plays (rather than performance). Requires that students write regularly in both formal and informal contexts, research reviews and critical interpretations of plays (and understand the difference), and consider the implications of film adaption. Crosslisted with ENG339. NYSED requires a minimum course grade of “C” (undergraduate sections) for certification. 3 Cr.

THE 341 History of Fashion (A,W)

From ancient Egypt to the 21st Century, fashions illustrate the cultural aesthetic of each society, as driven by gender roles, available technology, social patterns, religious pressure, economic prosperity and catastrophic events. Examination of basic textile processes and the silhouettes of each era, the Body Ideal, created by Characteristic garments, embellishment and hairstyles. Expanding communications, social change and shifting attitudes on gender impact the fashion industry. 3 Cr. Spring.

THE 345 Stage Makeup I (A)

Covers techniques in stage makeup, including uses and characteristics of makeup materials and methods of application, character analysis and design of realistic, old age, wounds and scars, caricature and fantasy. 3 Cr.

THE 347 Costume Design I (A)

Covers the fundamentals of costume design: principles, character analysis, and use of historical source material; analysis of how clothing reveals character and motive; and selection of colors, forms, fibers, and weaves appropriate to the mood, style, period, and interpretation of a play. 3 Cr.

THE 348 Costume Design II (A)

Prerequisite: THE 347.

Advanced projects in costume design and technology, such as exploring styles and techniques in designing film, theatre and dance costumes, involving a variety of historical, contemporary, and non-traditional theatre pieces. Allows students to design/assist in workshop/lab/Mainstage theatre productions in order to apply theory to practical experience. 3 Cr.

THE 351 Directing I (A)

Prerequisites: THE 221 and 319.

Prepares students for directing, including intensive analysis of the playscript, collaboration, review of the rehearsal process, basic principles of composition, picturization and movement. 3 Cr.

THE 353 Children'S Theatre (A)

Covers a brief history of children’s theatre, play selection process for production, script analysis in writing, program making, rehearsals, and actual presentation of plays with original songs and choreographed dance for young audiences. 3 Cr.

THE 363 Playwriting (A)

Cross-listed as WMS 363.

Covers principles of playwriting. Requires preparation, with class discussion and critiques of an original one-act play. Includes optional rehearsed reading. 3 Cr.

THE 365 Puppet Theatre (A)

Covers the historical roots of puppetry and its relationship to other arts, especially theatre; and designing, constructing, and manipulating various kinds of puppets. Emphasis is placed upon puppet design and construction and the development of puppet theatre scripts. 3 Cr.

THE 399 Independent Study in Theatre (A)

Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

THE 400 Theatre Viewing (A)

Provides students with the tools and opportunity to critically analyze, evaluate and appreciate theatre productions. Enables students to view several professional theatre productions and participate in backstage tours and discussion with artistic staff. 3 Cr.

THE 402 Senior Project in Theatre (A)

Prerequisite: THE 401.

Requires preparation and execution of a research project. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

THE 410 Contemporary Women Playwrights (A,D,W,Y)

Cross-listed as WMS 410.

Explores ways in which contemporary female playwrights present gender and gendered experiences, and how the construction of women is staged in a variety of cultural contexts through an examination of selected works by 20th-century female playwrights from diverse backgrounds and different countries. Includes an investigation of feminist theory as it applies to theatre practices. 3 Cr.

THE 414 American Theatre (A,W)

Covers the development of American theatre from the Colonial period to present time, particularly theatre architecture, production techniques, scene design, styles of acting, producers, plays, and playwrights. 3 Cr.

THE 420 Theatre and Dilemmas of the Society (A,I)

Explores the role played by the theatre in raising consciousness toward significant social, political, educational, religious, and technological developments. 3 Cr.

THE 422 Acting Lab (B)

Prerequisite: THE 322.

Provides the opportunity to explore advanced acting issues, such as developing a character based on movement, phonetic transcription, dialects, and audition techniques. The class includes public performance. 3 Cr.

THE 426 Improvisational Studio (B)

Prerequisite: THE 232 and instructor's permission.

Provides advanced work in giving dramatic structure to ideas and stories. Requires performance for and leadership of groups of various ages in improvisation. 3 Cr.

THE 430 Children'S Theatre Mini-Tour (B)

Prerequisite: THE 281 and THE 353 or instructor's permission.

Covers methods for development and performance of plays for children in non-theatre spaces and the genre of plays suitable to the specific project. Requires performing in an ensemble, developing skills in group and individual improvisation, material suitable for presentation to a child audience, working with a child audience, and touring production for child audiences. 4 Cr.

THE 450 Field Experiences in Theatre (A)

Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

Allows students to identify methods, techniques, and procedures involved in the project being studied, perform these functions and/or observations, and plan a design for implementing the project in a different situation. 1-12 Cr.

THE 483 Creative Drama Practicum (B)

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission and THE 281.

Examines current theories in creative drama in the United States and England. Requires research and preparation of appropriate activities as part of training leaders, and 20 hours of independent work in an educational institution or community agency. 3 Cr.

THE 490 Special Topics in Academic Theatre (A)

Covers topics such as non-Western theatre, dramatic theory and criticism, and contemporary trends in theatre. The exact nature of the topic and instructional methodology are defined by the instructor. 3 Cr.

THE 491 Special Topics in Theatre Production (B)

Topics such as advanced directing and advanced problems in scenery, costume and lighting will be offered periodically. The exact nature of the topic and instructional methodology will be defined by the instructor. 3 Cr.

THE 492 Special Topics in Theatre - Literature (A)

Covers topics in the study, analysis, creation and criticism of dramatic literature. The exact nature of the topic and instructional methodology are defined by the instructor. 3 Cr. By Arrangement.

THE 493 Special Topics in Theatre-Performance (A)

Covers topics in the study, analysis, and creation of theatrical performance. Topics may include but are not restricted to Non-Western performance styles, contemporary schools of performance, guerilla theatre, and the theories of Boal. The exact nature of the topic and instructional methodology are defined by the instructor. 1-3 Cr. By Arrangement.

THE 495 Conference Participation (A)

Participation in multi-day regional or national theatre conference, and reflective, written component. Departmental approval required. 1 Cr.

THE 499 Advanced Independent Study in Theatre (A)

Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.