Theatre

Professors

Kelly Bremner, Chair

Rachel Black

Kevin Dudley

Rachael Swartz

The Department of Theatre offers both a major and a minor. In addition, the department offers a cooperative pre- professional program in association with Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia, a professional regional theatre.

There are four specific areas of concentration within the pre-professional program, all of which lead to a B.F.A. degree in theatre.

The department also offers the option of an add-on endorsement for those with teaching licensure or holding an endorsement in another teaching area. Consult the Department of Education for licensure requirements in theatre arts.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

THRE 100 : Introduction to Theatre

Understanding the theatrical experience through study of the various types, styles, and production processes of the theatre; theatre as public art and its relationship to culture. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Interpreting Texts.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 105 : Introduction to Acting

Study and practice of the fundamentals of acting through improvisation and exploratory exercises; basic principles of stage performance applied to various professions and non-theatre venues; building of strong presentational and communication skills. Recommended for non-majors. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 109 : Intro. to Dance Artistry

An introductory survey class of dance as art and cultural practice in our world. This class focuses study on vocabulary, styles, and history of dance, studied through viewings and writing, quizzes, movement studies, and discussion of issues, both current and historical. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 110 : Stagecraft

Introduction to the technical aspects of scenery, costumes, lighting, props, and sound production with emphasis on the tools, terminology, techniques, and safety procedures appropriate to each discipline. Practical application through participation in theatrical production. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Quantitative Literacy in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 111 : Musical Theatre Class Voice

Study of basic singing technique. Specific emphasis will be placed on vocal aesthetics appropriate for the genre of American Musical Theatre. Musical Theatre students are required to complete THRE 111 before taking MUSP 216. Permission of the Instructor required. 1 credit hour.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 112 : Keyboarding Skills for Actors

Study of basic keyboarding skills to aid the comprehensive musical theatre professional. Special emphasis on real world application for Musical Theatre literature preparation and auditions.

Semester Hours

2

THRE 204 : Stage Lighting

Introduction to the technical aspects of stage lighting for theatrical productions with emphasis on the tools, terminology, techniques, creativity and safety procedures appropriate to the discipline. Great attention is paid to the practical application through participation in theatrical production. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 205 : Acting I

Overview of acting styles and methods; development of imagination through improvisation, exercises, and scene work; audition techniques. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

Theatre 105 or Theatre major or minor.

THRE 206 : Acting II

Thorough examination and application of Stanislavski's system and its descendants. Scene study and character development for contemporary realistic theatre. Rehearsal technique.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

205.

THRE 207 : Costume Construction

Introduction to the sewing and technical aspects of costuming and costume construction with emphasis on the tools, terminology, techniques, creativity, fashion and safety procedures appropriate to the discipline with practical application through in class projects and participation in theatrical production. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 209 : Drafting & 3D Design for Theatre

An introduction to Computer Aided Drafting and 3D Design principles as they apply to theatre & entertainment design. Students will gain exposure to Vectorworks, Spotlight, and Renderworks. In addition, students will work with Photoshop other Adobe products to generate virtual designs.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 211 : Musical Theatre Voice Private

Voice study is designed to give studetns high-level technical and musical skills, which form the basis for artistic communication with others through teaching and performance. All students studying voice will be expected to demonstrate consistent growth in vocal performance skills. This growth must be evident in the vocal technique, sound and a consistently rising level of difficulty in repertoire requirements. Fee.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 216 : Ballet

An exploration of ballet dance technique evaluating body alignment and execution of ballet steps. Basic knowledge of ballet history. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 217 : Jazz

An exploration of jazz dance technique evaluating body alignment for jazz dance and execution of jazz steps. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 218 : Tap

An exploration of tap dance technique evaluating rhythmic play, footwork, and terminology as well as historical and cultural impact of tap dance. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 219 : Musical Theatre Styles

Overview of a variety of musical theatre dance styles and learning of choreography in style of production. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 233X : Introduction to Drama

Introduction to drama, with a focus on the literary issues specific to drama as a form of narrative; consideration of dramatic genre and theory, and some attention to staging and performance, with an introduction to important playwrights of the tradition. English majors in the creative writing track are encouraged to take this course prior to English 325X.This course satisfies the Humanities Core requirement.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

101.

THRE 235 : Principles of Singing - Acting

Investigation and application of the fundamental principles of singing - acting. Students learn to make expressive behavioral choices utilizing their voice, face and body while singing. Song analysis is taught as a tool to identify and produce successful and effective behavioral choice-making that demonstrates specificity, clarity, emotional truth, variety and intensity in performance. Technique is developed through study in exercises and repertoire. Pre or corequisite: MUSP 216 or 416.

Semester Hours

2

THRE 236 : Principles of Singing-Acting II

Advanced investigation and application of singing acting techniques and methodologies. Students refine their ability to make expressive behavioral choices utilizing their voice, face and body while singing through application in scene work and solo singing.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

235.

THRE 237 : Music Skills for Musical Theatre

Skill training in sight reading, ear training, and music theory, oriented to the needs of the musical theater performer. Fundamentals of notation, pitches, intervals, rhythms, and simple chords. In-class exercises and drills are supplemented with computer-based instruction.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 245 : Voice for the Stage

Advanced study in vocal control; breathing, projection, pronunciation, articulation, dialect, vocal range and pitch; emphasis on speaking classical language; attention to the International Phonetic Alphabet. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 270 : Script Analysis

Systems for analyzing scripts which may be employed by directors, actors, and/or designers. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Critical Thinking in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 272 : Stage Management

This course develops the skills of effective Stage Management and Theatre Administration. Students will master concepts related to time management, leadership and organizational skills as applied to production stage management in the professional theatre arena.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 282 : Barter Observationship

Direct observation of all aspects of work at the Barter Theatre. Students osberve rehearsals of pperformances, technical and production meetings and/or shop work, and business meetings. Pass/Fail. One semester hour.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 300 : Stage Movement

Basic understanding of elements of physicalization for the stage through practical application; exploration of the body as it reflects the inner life; examination of movement theories. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 301 : Adv Stage Movement

Organization of movement expression using essence theory of emotion, intentions, gesture, and physical characterization through movement; period movement and dance; unarmed and armed combat.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

300.

THRE 305 : Acting III

Examination of major historical periods and genres; focus on classical tragedy and comedy, Shakespeare, Moliere, Brecht, and others.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

206 and 270, or permission of instructor.

THRE 306 : Global Dance

A survey of world dance styles ranging from Western popular dance into world tribal dances. This class focuses on communal and religious dances as well as philosophy of dance and dance theory, studied through viewings, writing, movements studies, discussions of issues and quizzes. Three semester hours.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 307 : Dance Repertoire

This course follows the creation and performance of dance choreography from audition through final performance. Enrollment is by audition only. Students cast in the dance repertoire course learn new and previously created works of choreography by dance faculty or guest artists. In addition to developing performance skills, students are introduced to technical theatrical design concepts and are expected to complete pre and post production assignments. may be repeated for credit. Three semester hours.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 308 : Dance Composition

An exploration of the art and craft of creating dances. Techniques to nurture the individual creative process are explored, including movement improvisation, visual art imagery, chance procedures, musical influences, poetic, imagery, and prop and costurme studies. This course culminates in a student's presentation of substantial composition. Three semester hours.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 309 : Fundamentals of Theatrical Des

Introduction to theories of theatrical design and their applications. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 310 : Adv Theatre Design

Selected topics in advanced design and technology with emphasis on contemporary skills and techniques.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

309.

THRE 311 : Set Design for Theatre

This course builds on the skills acquired in the Fundamentals of Theatricals Design & Computer Aided Droafting & 3D Deisgn for Theatre. Students will explore the set design for theatre in contextual application through drafting, model building & 3D & Digital rendering. Prerequisite: THRE 209 and THRE 210. Three semester hours.

THRE 312 : Devised Performance

Devised Performance is an approach to performance that emphasizes the collaborative creation of scripts for performance. In this course we will focus on the development of key Devised Performance skills such as collaboration, improvisation, writing, and social and civic engagement in a workshop classroom environment.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 314 : Principles of Play Directing

Introduction to and analysis of director's role with emphasis on interpretation, creating stage action, composition, rhythm, picturization, and the coaching of actors.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

270, or permission of instructor.

THRE 315 : Advanced Directing the Stage

Application of the techniques for directing introduced in 314; includes preparation of a one-act play or excerpt from a full-length play for presentation.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

314.

THRE 316 : Applied Theatre

An introduction to the practice of theatre methods in non-traditional and non-theatrical settings, often with marginalized or underserved populations. The course will cover Applied Theatre techniques which tackle such diverse topics as public health, education, housing, social welfare, and juvenile and criminal justice. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 320 : Theatre History I

Survey of world theatre from its origins to the Restoration; emphasis on major periods, typical plays, important personages, and major architectural and production techniques. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Written Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 321 : Theatre History II

Study of world theatre from the Restoration to the present; emphasis on major periods, typical plays, important personages, and major architectural and production techniques. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Interpreting Texts. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Ethical Reasoning in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 322 : American Theatre

Study of American theatre with emphasis on major periods, typical plays, important personages, and major architectural and production techniques. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Interpreting Texts. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Ethical Reasoning in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 325 : Introduction to Playwriting

Introduction to the major components of writing for the stage; emphasis on dramatic action, character, and dialogue; tools and techniques of playwriting; focus on the imagination and creativity of the student through the development of the one-act play.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 335 : Musical Theatre

Survey history of musical theatre; emphasis on practical application of styles, periods, movement, dance, acting, voice, and interpretation; special emphasis on the American musical.This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

one of the following: Theatre 105, Theatre 205, Applied Music 216, Applied Music 416, or permission of instructor.

THRE 336 : Musical Theatre History

Comprehensive survey of the history of musical theatre from antiquity to present day, and assumptions about its future; an emphasis on major periods, important individuals, noteworthy works, and, artistic, cultural and commercial trends that influenced the art form. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Written Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 340 : Auditions

Preparation for professional auditions. Strategies, audition techniques, examination of all aspects of acting as a career, and individualized coaching. One to three semester hours.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 350 : Special Topics in Theatre

Topics for advanced study in theatre, chosen by the department in response to needs and interests of students.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

THRE 360X : Shakespeare

Representative comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances from his early, middle, and late periods, studied in the context of cultural and dramatic history and the Elizabethan theatre.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

101.

THRE 400 : Senior Project

Individually designed program of study developed in consultation with faculty in the department.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

majors or minors in their senior year; departmental permission.

THRE 401 : Thretre Practicum - Performance

Practical hands on training in acting, singing, and dancing. Serve as cast member in departmental mainstage production. Rehearsal and performance techniques. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Instructor. .5 credits May be repeated for credit.

THRE 402 : Theatre Practicum - Shops

Practical hands on training in Carpentry, electrics and costume construction for departmental mainstage productions. .5 credits May be repeated for credit. Pass-Fail only.

THRE 404 : Theatre Practicum - Leadership

Practical hands on training in Design, Stage Management or Stage Directing for departmental mainstage productions either as lead or as an assistant. .5 credits May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 405 : Acting IV

Advanced scene study, rehearsal technique, characterization, styles, and audition preparation. Special attention is given in this course to making the transition into the professional acting world.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

206 and 270, or permission of instructor.

THRE 415 : The Business of Theatre

Understanding not-for-profit arts organizations and organizational structures; focus on personnel, unions, audience development, fund-raising, artistic mission, volunteer support, and fiscal control.

Semester Hours

3

THRE 416 : Ballet II

An intermediate exploration of ballet dance technique evaluating body alignment and greater execution of ballet steps. Wider knowledge of ballet history and ballet repertoire. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 417 : Jazz II

An intermediate exploration of jazz dance technique evaluating body alignment for jazz dance and greater execution of jazz steps. Wider knowledge of jazz history and style. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 418 : Tap II

An intermediate exploration of tap dance technique evaluating rhythmic play, footwork, and terminology as well as historical and cultural impact of tap dance. Wider knowledge of percussive patterns and styles. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 419 : Musical Theatre Styles II

Overview of more difficult musical theatre shows and learning of enhanced choreography in style of production. Advance dance scene styles and execution. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 460 : Independent Study

Advanced research in a specific area of theatre under the supervision of a faculty member in the department.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

departmental permission.

THRE 470 : Internship I

Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site. Two to six semester hours. Pass-Fail only.

Semester Hours

6

Prerequisites

departmental permission.

THRE 470 : Internship

Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.

THRE 471 : Internship II

Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.

Semester Hours

6

Prerequisites

departmental permission.

THRE 480 : Professional Theatre Experience

Participation in professional workshops, attendance at Barter productions followed by talk-back sessions with Barter professionals, instructional tours, observation of professional rehearsals and mentoring by Barter professionals. This class is for majors and intended majors only.

Semester Hours

1

THRE 490 : Honors Thesis I

Independent research in a special topic for honors.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

senior status, GPA of 3.