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Undergraduate Catalog 2011

Theatre

THTR 100 (3.00)

Introduction to Theatre Scenography

A theoretical introduction to the artistic and aesthetic aspects of theatre scenography, which includes the development of stage scenery, props and methodology. Lectures will cover the historical, conceptual and technical characteristics of set design. Students will read and analyze plays from the perspective of a designer and will supplement that study with practical experiences relating to department productions.
   Course ID: 057120
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 104 (3.00)

Introduction to Costume

A study of the process involved in the creation of clothing for the stage. The course will examine clothing in its historical context through the use of film, slides, guest lecturers and department productions. Students will learn to read and analyze scripts with an eye to discovering the finer points of gender, class, rank and age. Lab hours will reinforce these concepts by allowing students to work on specific projects related to departmental productions.
   Course ID: 057121
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 110 (3.00)

Introduction to Acting

Beginning elements of the acting process. Elementary work in the use of texts and physical exploration to gain basic acting tools. This course is intended for the nonmajor.
   Course ID: 057122
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 120 (3.00)

Introduction to Theatre: Theory and Production

A gateway course for all theatre majors designed to increase the student¿s knowledge of how theatre works. Attention is given to dramatic literature and theatre history, as well as to how live theatre is created through collaborative process including the roles of actors, directors, writers, designers, and technicians. Emphasis is placed on collaborative student projects.
   Course ID: 057126
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 120H (3.00)

Introduction to Theatre - Honors

A course designed to increase the student's awareness and enjoyment of theatre. Attention is given to conventional forms of drama and newer kinds of performance with attention to their sources in theatre history. The students become familiar with how theatre is made and the people who make it: actor, director, writer and designer. The nature of the audience and the relationship of theatre to society are discussed. The students read plays and see films, plays and other theatre events at UMBC and around Baltimore.
   Course ID: 057127
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 200 (3.00)

Great Performances

This lecture/demonstration course examines the phenomenon of the performer, from tribal ritual and the shaman to the Hollywood movie and rock video star. Basic elements of the course will include performer's demonstrations, theatre visits, film and video. The course will cover performance styles from a range of cultures, including African and Asian. Some attention also will be given to contemporary film acting and to performers in other such media as dance and rock music.
   Course ID: 057129
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 202 (3.00)

Introduction to Dramatic Literature

This course has two primary goals. The first is to familiarize students with basic methods of reading and analyzing plays. The second is to expose students to a significant number of dramatic texts. Assigned readings, while including classic works, will focus on dramatic literature from the late-19th century to the present.
   Course ID: 057131
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 204 (3.00)

The American Musical

This course will follow the changing form and content of the American musical. After a brief summary of early American musical plays, revues and operettas, the major part of this course will concentrate on innovations that have changed these old forms into the modern musical. These changes also will reflect changing social patterns in the United States. Some original sources will be compared with the resulting musicals. Films, recordings and live singers will be used in the class.
   Course ID: 057132
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 206 (3.00)

Fashion, Costume, and Society

A theoretical introduction to the artistic and aesthetic aspects of fashion. Students will examine the psychology of clothing and how styles developed through different historical periods. Fashion, mirroring societal changes, will be studied as an outcome of class struggle, politics, economics and attitudes toward the human body.
   Course ID: 057133
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 220 (3.00)

Craft of Acting I

Elements of the acting process; centering, concentration and focus; sense and emotional memory; learning to draw upon one's own experience as the basis of performance; gaining access to the unconscious; the attitude of public solitude; following an impulse; gesture and rhythm. Individual and group exercises.
   Course ID: 057136
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 221 (3.00)

Craft of Acting II

Continuation of THTR 220, moving the elements of craft toward specific ideas of performance, the basic act toward the concept of dramatic action. Defining motives for acting: act how? For whom? Under what circumstances? To what end?
   Course ID: 057137
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 220 and THTR 222 with a grade of C or higher.

THTR 222 (3.00)

Vocal Training for the Actor I

A course designed to expand the vocal range, power and imagination of the actor. Exercises to develop a vocal warmup that focuses on breathing, releasing muscular tension throughout the body, and finding the organic connection between feeling and sound production. Students learn the rudiments of anatomy and physiology in relation to vocal production. Acting improvisations and poetry direct the actor to greater expression.
   Course ID: 057138
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must be concurrently registered in THTR 220.

THTR 223 (3.00)

Vocal Training for the Actor II

Furthering the techniques learned in THTR 222. Emphasis on exercises that focus on breath management, resonance, articulation and vocal dynamics. Storytelling and texts that are rich in imagery will be used to increase the actor's vocal range and responsiveness.
   Course ID: 057139
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 222 with a grade of C or higher.

THTR 229 (3.00)

Movement for the Actor

A survey of techniques and methodologies exploring the physical life of the actor. These include a broad selection of traditional and new approaches to physical training designed to promote the creativity, presence, energy and technique of the actor.
   Course ID: 057144
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 230 (3.00)

Drawing for the Theatre

This course is for students interested in learning about the basic elements of drawing as they apply to theatre design. Students will explore problems in rendering three-dimensional objects, tonal and textural values and simple perspective with emphasis on visual analysis of the relationship between form and volume.
   Course ID: 057145
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 231 (3.00)

Drafting for the Theatre

Graphic techniques with major emphasis on theatrical drafting standards. Included are designers' drawings, ground plans, working drawings, elevations and sections. Importance of precise communication of designers' concepts to those constructing scenery and properties stressed.
   Course ID: 057146
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 232 (3.00)

Scene Design

Problems of design and technical theatre are studied, and the use of imagination and research are developed for various periods and styles. Techniques of rendering are discussed and applied. Students begin to design for specific plays.
   Course ID: 057147
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 100 with a grade of C or higher or have consent of Instructor.

THTR 233 (3.00)

Costume Design

Fashion design is the first step toward costume design. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with the process of designing clothes. Emphasis will be placed upon the art of drawing the human figure. Students will be encouraged to develop both their skills and imagination. The difference between stage costume and fashion - proportion, line, shape and color - will be explored. Assignments will be given in research, experimentation and other related projects. Recommended Preparation: THTR 100, 104 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057148
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 234 (2.00)

Make-up for the Stage

The student develops techniques for creating realistic, stylized and character makeup for the stage. There is an emphasis on practical application and research. Specific projects are assigned.
   Course ID: 057149
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 235 (3.00)

Lighting Design I

A study of the aesthetics and mechanics of lighting design. An examination of the fundamental concepts involved in formulating the lighting design for a theatrical performance. Experiences in basic electricity, the instrumentation and control equipment of lighting, use of color media and the mechanical development of lighting plots required for production. Recommended Preparation: THTR 100 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057150
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 237 (3.00)

Sound Design

A study of the aesthetics and mechanics of sound design. Experience, through lectures and projects, in using the equipment available to the sound designer/technician. Besides familiarization with the manual skills required,the projects are geared to develop an understanding of the conceptual processes of design as they apply to sound.
   Course ID: 057151
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 100 with a grade of C or higher or have consent of Instructor.

THTR 239 (3.00)

Movement II: Alexander Technique

Through practical exercises and related reading, the course introduces students to the basic skills of communicating through movement, including: relaxation, coordination and alignment, and spatial relationships. All exercises are based on the principles of the Alexander Technique of movement re-education, which leads to greater poise and physical expression.
   Course ID: 057152
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 240 (3.00)

Oral Interpretation

   Course ID: 057153
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 241 (3.00)

Theatre Ensemble I

Students will participate in a collaborative and creative process to devise short theater pieces inspired by a chosen theme or topic. Sources can include literature, visual art, music, current or historical events, or student biographies. Using research assignments, in-class exercise, and improvisation, students will transform source material into original performances.
   Course ID: 100549
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR110 or THTR220.

THTR 242 (3.00)

Presentations Skills for Non-Actors

An introduction to theatre performance skills that can be applied to public presentations. Emphasis is placed on developing greater expressiveness through the study of a range of acting, voice and movement techniques. Students will make presentations in class as they explore the relationship of the speaker/performer to the listener/ audience.
   Course ID: 057154
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 244 (3.00)

Script Analysis

The analysis of major theatrical works from various theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the course is to enable actors, directors, designers and critics to acquire analytic tools necessary to decode the dramatic text and to apply that knowledge to production. Coursework will range from literary and structural analysis to acted excerpts, design renderings and production concepts. Note: may be repeated once for credit. Required of all theatre majors.
   Course ID: 057164
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 250 (3.00)

Introduction to Production Techniques

A practical study of the technical aspects of scenery, costumes and lighting through departmental production crew assignments. The course is intended to teach students the step-by-step process of how a theatre production is mounted from start to finish.
   Course ID: 057156
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory

THTR 252 (1.00 - 3.00)

Theatre Lab

An elective laboratory course designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply their practical crafts through contracted departmental production projects.
   Course ID: 057157
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 254 (3.00)

Technical Production

An introduction to the basics of theatre technology and production management, including the role and responsibilities of the technical director. Topics will include the application of computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and CAD. Hands-on experience with welding and advanced carpentry also will be covered. Recommended Preparation: THTR 100, 250 and 231.
   Course ID: 057159
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 260 (4.00)

Introduction to Play Production

   Course ID: 057160
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 261 (1.00)

Theatre Production: Running Crew

A practical study of the backstage support needed to present a departmental production. Through various crew assignments, students will learn the step-by-step process of how a theatre production is presented.
   Course ID: 100557
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 100 or THTR 104.

THTR 262 (1.00)

Theatre Production: Lighting and Sound

A practical study of the technical aspects of lighting through departmental production crew assignments. Students will learn how a production is lit, beginning with a lighting plot and ending with the fully realized lighting design as seen on stage.
   Course ID: 100558
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 100 or THTR 104.

THTR 263 (1.00)

Theatre Production: Costumes

A practical study of the technical aspects of costumes through departmental production crew assignments. Students will learn how costumes are constructed and will develop skills needed to assist those constructions. Students will learn the process of costume construction from design to finished costume worn on stage.
   Course ID: 100559
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 100 or THTR 104.

THTR 264 (1.00)

Theatre Production: Scenery

A practical study of the technical aspects of stage scenery through departmental production crew assignments. Students will learn the step-by-step process of mounting a theatre production from blueprints to completed structures on stage.
   Course ID: 100560
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 100 or THTR 104.

THTR 270 (3.00)

Theatre into Film

An examination of films that are based on significant theatrical texts. Selected plays are read, analyzed and then compared with screen treatments shown in class. Cinematic and theatrical techniques are discussed and evaluated. Plays are chosen from an international list and from various time periods and genres. Open to all students.
   Course ID: 057161
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 310 (3.00)

History of the Theatre

Through interactive and collaborative learning, students will examine theatre's foundational theories and practices. Historical sites from ancient theatre and ritual drama to the 19th Century box set are explored. Emphasis is placed on theatre's physical presence, linking evolving concepts of performance space, performance practices (including performer-audience relationships), and the performance text. Note: Required of all theater majors. Recommended Course Preparation: THTR 120, and THTR 244
   Course ID: 057134
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 311 (3.00)

History of the Theatre II

Post-Renaissance theatre through the rise of realism and naturalism to the grounds of modern theatre practice. The course relates dramatic literature to emerging ideas of acting, directing, stage design, as well as new forms of theatre architecture and new concepts of performance. As in THTR 310, tendencies in the theatre are examined in view of the changing social and cultural scene. Recommended Preparation: THTR120 or THTR202 or THTR310 or instructor consent. Note: required for all theatre majors.
   Course ID: 057135
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 315 (3.00)

Alexander Technique for Musicians

This course is offered to singers and instrumentalists who are interested in learning how the Alexander technique can enhance performance skills and reduce performance anxiety and tension while playing or singing. Through group activities, observation and individual work, students will learn about Alexander technique principles and how they apply to various aspects of practicing and performing. Students will gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of anatomy and body mapping and how this information can impact their performance. Recommended Preparation: Four semesters of individual performance studies of primary instrument or permission of instructor
   Course ID: 050215
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: MUSC 315

THTR 321 (4.00)

Char & Scene Study II

   Course ID: 100545
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 324 (3.00)

Craft of Acting III

Continuation of THTR 221. Integration of improvisatory skills into scene study. Recommended Preparation: THTR 221, 223 and/or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057165
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 325 (3.00)

Vocal Training for the Actor III

Emphasis is placed on the integration of the actor's voice and body with those images, feelings and thoughts that are triggered by complex texts. Introduction to concepts and uses of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Explorations will focus on classics and non-realistic writings of modern and contemporary playwrights. Recommended Preparation: THTR 222 and 223.
   Course ID: 057166
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 329 (3.00)

Movement for the Actor III

Development of movement skills related to the creation of specific characters, the parameters of specific genres and the demands of specific performance styles.
   Course ID: 057167
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 330 (3.00)

Scene Painting

Various techniques for painting scenery are explored, as well as methods of transposing rendering concepts. Studies of the use of different materials tocreate various visual effects.
   Course ID: 057168
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 331 (3.00)

Pattern Drafting

Topics covered include creation of patterns from original garments, period pattern research and individual interpretation of source materials. Assignments develop practice in drafting, draping, fitting and altering both men's and women's period garments.
   Course ID: 057169
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 332 (3.00)

Advanced Scene and Costume Design

Students continue to study costume and scene design and history, with an emphasis on the illustration of a range of periods and styles of drama. Costume design students examine characterization and receive practice in the execution of costumes and building techniques. Scene design students explore rendering skills and working drawings for plays studied in class. Each student will be assigned extensive individual projects on a play read outside of class. Students also may be required to do construction work on theatre department productions.
   Course ID: 057170
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 231 or THTR 232.

THTR 333 (3.00)

Drawing for the Theatre II

   Course ID: 057171
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 335 (3.00)

Advanced Lighting Design

A continuation of the process of developing an aesthetic sense of lighting design. Projects involve working from a script through the conceptual process to the final product - complete lighting designs for production. Repeat students will complete highly complex design assignments involving work in special effects, timing and executing lighting movement sequences. Recommended Preparation: THTR 235 and consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057173
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 337 (3.00)

Advanced Sound Design

A continuation of the process of developing an aesthetic sense of sound design. Projects working from textual bases to complete sound designs involving mood, locational stimuli, sound as texture, etc. Repeat students will study in the area of synthesized non-realistic aural stimuli, acoustics, systems for production and performance. Recommended Preparation: THTR 237 and consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057174
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 339 (1.00 - 3.00)

Advanced Production Techniques

A laboratory course designed to give advanced theatre students an opportunity to apply their studies in the design and technical aspects of theatre production. Students enrolled are expected to contribute significantly to actual productions as assistant designers, crew heads and in the coordination of major elements of the production process. Recommended Preparation: THTR 261, and THTR 262, and THTR263, and THTR 264, or consent.
   Course ID: 057175
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 341 (3.00)

Theatre Ensemble II

An advanced course in the creative and collaborative process of theatre-making. Students participate as directors, designers, writers, adapter and performers to create works in a process that allows for a deeper investigation of performance style, genres or methods. Students, in consultation with the instructor, design appropriate research activities and develop ensemble methods to create their performance pieces. This is a non-production focused course; the semester culminates in a presentation of works-in-progress. Recommended Course Preparation: THTR 202 and THTR 244 and 200-level design.
   Course ID: 101874
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR241

THTR 345 (3.00)

Auditioning and the Business of Acting

This course is intended for all those who wish to prepare themselves for careers as professional actors. The ability to audition well is a critically important skill for the performer. Students will explore and rehearse audition material; acquire the skills for cold readings; and investigate the business side of the actor's life, including writing resumes, acquiring an agent, etc. When available, visiting professionals will contribute to course instruction.
   Course ID: 057179
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 324 with a grade of C or higher.

THTR 346 (3.00)

Theatre and Social Development

This course will teach theatre students how to apply their artistic knowledge toward creating and developing skills in P-12 students. Course work will be at UMBC and in selected P-12 schools in the Baltimore area. UMBC students will study practices and theories incorporating theatre and social development, as they learn how to create theatrical productions in P-12 classrooms. UMBC students will then craft theatrical productions with P-12 students and evaluate their social growth. The course will also examine career options in theatre and social development.
   Course ID: 057180
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 347 (4.00)

Character and Scene Study I

Building a character and playing the scene. Exercises in observation, behavior patterns, diction, the psychology of character, problems of motivation, the division of action into units and objectives. Gradually, the student learns to define an action through given circumstances and develop the arc of performance in a particular setting.
   Course ID: 057181
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 324 with a grade of C or higher.

THTR 348 (4.00)

Character and Scene Study II

   Course ID: 057182
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 349 (3.00)

Gender, Sex and Theatre Performance.

The course explores representations of both gender and sexual identity in contemporary Western theatre and performance art. Specifically, we will study how representations of gender and sexuality in performance both replicate and resist normative roles and stereotypes. The course investigates feminist and queer critiques of theatrical performance, as well as the meaning of female and queer characters in dramatic literature and their embodiment on the stage.
   Course ID: 050110
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 349
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 350 (4.00)

Directing I

In this course, we examine the basic skills and techniques involved in directing for performance, including the reading and selection of scripts, casting, blocking, and working with the actors and designers. The student also is given the opportunity to select a short script and to direct it for presentation at the end of the semester.
   Course ID: 057183
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 353 (3.00)

Stage Management

An examination of the varied responsibilities and practical techniques of the theatre stage manager. Students will learn the skills for managing a group communication dynamic, constructing a prompt book, rehearsal schedule, and the different techniques needed for pre-production, rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performances. Also included will be an exploration of the organizational structures of a theatrical production. Recommended Preparation: THTR 100, and THTR 120, and THTR 261, and THTR 262, or THTR 263, or THTR 264
   Course ID: 057158
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 354 (3.00)

Advanced Technical Production

A continuation of the skills learned in THTR 254, with additional topics covered including theatre rigging, structural design, CAD and special effects. Students will meet with professionals and visit other theatres to observe the workings of the backstage. Recommended Preparation: THTR 254.
   Course ID: 057186
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 364 (3.00)

History of American Theatre

A history of American theatre and its drama from 1700 to the present. Writers such as O'Neill, Hellman, Williams, Miller and August Wilson will be discussed. Recommended Preparation: Three-credit theatre course, a 200-level literature course or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057191
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 365 (3.00)

Modern American Theatre

A study of American dramatic literature from the works of Eugene O'Neill to the present. Social, economic and artistic influences will be examined. Recommended Preparation: THTR 202, 210, 211 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057192
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 370 (3.00)

Theatre Practicum

This course focuses on ways of teaching theatre techniques in high school drama classes. Emphasis is placed on pedagogy used in bringing plays to life, beginning with script analysis, including acting, voice, movement techniques, set and costume construction skills, use of lighting and sound, through putting a play on stage. The course includes defining objectives, constructing lesson plans and units, and examining different forms of evaluation. Classes include discussion, observation and practical experience. Recommended Preparation: THTR 250, THTR 350 or consent of the instructor.
   Course ID: 057194
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory

THTR 371 (3.00)

Playwriting

A creative writing course where students develop the skills essential to the discipline of dramatic writing. Special attention is given to understanding dramatic form and structure. Students learn the process of playwriting while completing several short plays and learning to effectively critique dramatic texts. Recommended Preparation: Any 200-level literature course and consent of the instructor.
   Course ID: 057195
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 380 (3.00 - 6.00)

Performance Laboratory

This course is designed for small-scale investigations into the nature of performance in which students uses their specific skills to act and design. Faculty will direct the formation of the projects and participate in the critical viewings of the work. Recommended Preparation: All 200-level core work and consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057196
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 390 (3.00)

Theatre in Production

An advanced practical course designed to develop skills in the preparation and performance of production materials. The course will culminate with a series of public performances.
   Course ID: 057198
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 400 (1.00 - 6.00)

Theatre Studies

Individual projects designed to suit particular interests and abilities of the student.
   Course ID: 057199
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study

THTR 410 (3.00)

Contemporary Political Theatre

An exploration of contemporary political theatre and drama will be considered in the context of historical events, artistic movements, and relevant philosophical and social thought - including issues of race, class and gender and post-colonialism. Special emphasis is given to Brecht and his influences of contemporary drama and theatrical performance. Recommended Course Preparation:THTR 202, and THTR 244
   Course ID: 057187
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Writing Intensive, Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 411 (3.00)

Modern Theatre: History and Practice

A study of the history, theories and practices of Western theatre from the mid 19th century stage to post-Modern performance. Emphasis is placed on active learning where students practice the interpretation of dramatic literature and theatrical performance in historical context. The course explores the major writers and artistic movements of the Modern period and their influence on post-Modern performance. Note: Required of all theater majors. Recommended Course Preparation: THTR 120, and THTR 244, and THTR310
   Course ID: 057188
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Writing Intensive, Arts and Humanities (GFR)

THTR 420 (3.00)

Styles of Acting

A consideration of the problems particular to specific styles of acting or modes of performing. The possible areas of exploration are as various as the theatre itself, but in general, the class concentrates on specific genres of theatre or on individual writers with distinct stylistic identities. Recommended Preparation: All 300-level core acting/voice/movement courses and consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057201
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 421 (3.00)

Acting Shakespeare

A consideration of the problems and challenges inherent in acting Shakespeare's plays. Concentration on scene study. Recommended Preparation: All 300-level core acting/voice/movement courses or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057202
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 432 (1.00 - 4.00)

Design Seminar

This class is for advanced scenic, costume, lighting and sound design majors. Students develop their design skills through a series of assignments. Class discussion, critique and practical expertise are emphasized. Students may be assigned to design or assist departmental productions.
   Course ID: 057205
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 434 (3.00)

Introduction to Draping

This course teaches students how to make patterns for theatrical costumes. Students will learn how to manipulate fabric on a three' dimensional form, appreciate the importance of the grain of fabric in relation to the design, develop a sense of proportion and the placement of style'lines, create basic patterns from foundation shapes, and learn the basics of fitting garments to the human form.
   Course ID: 100505
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete THTR 104, THTR 233, THTR 331 with a C or better.

THTR 450 (1.00)

Senior Project

In consultation with a faculty advisor or instructor, all theatre majors must conceptualize and do research leading to a solo performance or portfolio presentation that will be reviewed and critiqued by theatre faculty. Once approved, the presentation will be developed by the student with minimal faculty supervision. These presentations must be given their initial showings in the fall or spring semester preceding the semester of the student's graduation. If a student does not receive a grade of C or better for their presentation (or for a BFA student, a grade of B or better)the work will have to be reviewed again in the same or following semester.
   Course ID: 057209
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 453 (3.00)

Advanced Stage Management

This course will be a further examination of the role of the stage manager in a variety of live performance events including but not limited to theatre, musical theatre, opera, circus, concert, etc. Special focus will be given to interacting with professional theatres and guest artists, as well as exploring the state of the industry including union rules and accessibility among various professional associations. Recommended Course Preparation: THTR 353
   Course ID: 057185
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 460 (3.00)

Theatre Capstone

This is an advanced level course for theatre students close to graduation. The course will help students to articulate their artistic values, to recognize the range and kinds of skills they have acquired in their theatrical training, and to plan a career path in theatre or a related field. The course has two major components: (1) reading, discussing and writing about the artistic visions formulated by recognized theatre artists, and (2); a series of guest lectures by theatre professionals and by others theatrically trained, but with careers in other professions. Students will be required to write papers and make oral presentations as they define their own artistic aesthetic and plan for the future. Students will be required to compile a final presentation project based on their ideas and goals. Recommended Preparation: At least junior status, THTR 202, and THTR 244, and THTR 310 , and THTR 311, or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 100303
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 470 (1.00 - 4.00)

Drama Seminar

A seminar on a special topic announced in advance of the term during which the course is offered.
   Course ID: 057211
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Drama Seminar, Draw And Paint Human Fig, Understand Theatre Today, Sem: Writing/ Blk Thtr, Stage Combat, Art Of Make-Up For Stage, Contemp American Drama, Thtr&Costume Tour London, Thtr Of Samuel Beckett, Prep Technqs-Play Prod, Seminar:Combat, Student Projects, Sem: Rise Of Modrn Drctr, Seminar: Combat Class, Alexander Technique, Working With Cadd, Understanding Theatre, Draw/Paint Human Body, Theatre/Social Change, Sem:Costume Construction, Drama Sem:Combat Class, Sem: Mime Studies, Drama Seminar: Alex Tech, Sem: History Of Costume, Theatre Projects, Dram Sem:Light & Sound, Sem: Shakespeare, Theatre In Baltimore, Senior Capstone, Play Development, Japanese Performance

THTR 471 (3.00)

Advanced Playwriting

An advanced creative writing course where students practice dramatic structure and the process of playwriting. Students learn the craft and discipline of developing a dramatic text through the revision and completion of a full-length play. Recommended Preparation: THTR 371 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 057212
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

THTR 490 (3.00)

Production Workshop

The workshop is intended for advanced actors. Beginning with a play, participants spend the term exploring a social and historical context for the script, as well as studying the writer's background. The research is incorporated into the rehearsal process, which culminates in a fully staged production.
   Course ID: 057214
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture