Programs by Campus
Theatre and Drama
Required during the first term of residence:
- THTR-T 500 Introduction to Graduate Study (1.5 cr.)
- THTR-T 410 Movement for the Theatre (3 cr.) P: T121 or T120. This course is not currently being offered. Introduction to fundamental principles and methods focusing on kinesthetic awareness, posture, flexibility, coordination, relaxation, and physical characterization.
- THTR-T 442 Directing II: Advanced Directing (3 cr.)
- THTR-T 443 Directing III: Directing Style (3 cr.)
- THTR-T 504 Stage Combat (3 cr.) Complete basic training in the safety techniques of theatrical violence, based upon the accepted practices of associations such as the Society of American Fight Directors, and utilized in theatres around the country. Emphasis will also be placed on acting the fight, storytelling, and historical styles of combat.
- THTR-T 510 Advanced Movement for the Theatre I (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. The Dynamic Presence Training integrates Suzuki Technique with Aikido, Alexander, Circus, Slow Tempo, and more. It is designed for holistic performer training, and the development of a more dynamic stage presence.
- THTR-T 511 Advanced Movement for the Theatre II (3 cr.) P: T510. A continuation of T510. Second semester.
- THTR-T 513 Musical Theatre Dance Styles I (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Dance styles of the 1920s through the 1950s will be explored and performed, including the choreographers Fred Astaire, Hermes Pan, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, and Gower Champion. Graduate students will be required to write a research paper within the context of the course’s historical content and present results to the class.
- THTR-T 514 Musical Theatre Dance Styles II (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. A continuation of Musical Theatre Dance Styles I, dance styles of the 1950s through present day will be explored and performed, including the choreographers Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Bob Avian, and Susan Stroman. Graduate students will be required to write a research paper within the context of the course’s historical content and present results to the class.
- THTR-T 516 Musical Theatre Showcase (3 cr.) P: Audition and consent of instructor. A professional course to better develop audition techniques, understanding of the business of show business, performance skills, and to showcase for agents and casting directors. Graduate students will be required to write a research paper within the context of the course’s historical content and present results to the class.
- THTR-T 520 Studies in Acting I (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. History and analysis of major theories of acting.
- THTR-T 521 Studies in Acting II (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Application of major theories of acting to performance. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
- THTR-T 522 Studies in Acting III (1-3 cr.) Analysis of script; application of vocal and physical techniques of characterization to various forms and types of drama. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
- THTR-T 525 Voice for the MFA I (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Focuses on the student’s understanding of breath and how breath marries with text. The student starts to think of breath as something authentic to the body and not a learned skill. The emphasis is on warm up, relaxation and letting go of vocal habit. Techniques employed: Berry, Rodenburg, and Linklater.
- THTR-T 535 Voice for the MFA II (3 cr.) P: T525. Applies the theory of voice as action and the idea of letting go of fluffy sound. Further work with breath with the understanding that restriction of breath equals restriction of imagination. Introduction to High Comedy and Restoration Style.
- THTR-T 542 Theories of Directing (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. This course is not currently being offered. History and analysis of major theories of directing. Lecture and practical projects.
- THTR-T 543 Studies in Directing II (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Practical problems in directing significant plays of diverse forms and styles. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
- THTR-T 545 Voice and Dialects (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Training for the professional actor that focuses on combining imagery and imagination with the development of vocal technique through exercises in breathing, producing the sound resonance; the mastery of four of the most common dialects used in the American theatre.
- THTR-T 610 Advanced Movement for the Theatre III (3 cr.) P: T510 & T511. A continuation of T510 & T511. The DYNAMIC PRESENCE TRAINING continues in the second year by integrating Physical Improvisation, Grotowski's Plastiques, and Circus to provide actors with more spontaneity, impulse, and freedom. It is designed for holistic performer training, and the development of a more dynamic stage presence.
- THTR-T 611 Advanced Movement for the Theatre IV (3 cr.) P: T510, T511, T610. A continuation of T510, T511 & T610. The DYNAMIC PRESENCE TRAINING continues in the second year by integrating Improvisation, Grotowski's Plastiques, and Circus to provide actors with more spontaneity, impulse, and freedom. It is designed for holistic performer training, and the development of a more dynamic stage presence.
- THTR-T 625 Second Year Voice for the MFA I (3 cr.) P: T535 Emphasis on the examination of structure in scene work and how the structure of text frees the student to speak and communicate thought. Revisiting of the IPA and dialects for the stage through rhythm and placement of vocal focus. Techniques: Meier and David Alan Stern.
- THTR-T 635 Second Year Voice for the MFA II (3 cr.) P: T625. Continued work with dialects. The course is designed to find the organic side of dialect work and to investigate how consistent dialect allows the listener to enter the world of the play. The emphasis is the creation of a relationship between form and content.
- THTR-T 710 Advanced Movement for the Theatre V (3 cr.) P: T510, T511, T610, T611. This class represents the culmination of the M.F.A. Acting, graduate movement progression. The third year of the DYNAMIC PRESENCE TRAINING moves into deeply physical explorations of symbology, psychoanalysis, archetype, imagination and more, coupled with intense self-diagnosis. The class culminates in the performance of transformative character work.
- THTR-T 720 Internship in Acting (3-9 cr.) Internship in a professional theatre for one semester or equivalent period of time. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.
- THTR-T 723 Graduate Acting for the Camera (2 cr.) Restricted to the Theatre & Drama M.F.A. program. Exploration of the fundamentals of acting for the camera designed to develop students’ on-camera acting skills.
- THTR-T 725 Third Year Voice for the MFA I (3 cr.) P: T635. Establishing a strong vocal process and foundation for the graduate student to take into professional acting work. An understanding of the fundamentals of voice techniques, including breath,connection and use of emotional release giving the student strong process for text analysis by looking at poetic as well as contemporary texts.
- THTR-T 735 Third Year Voice for the MFA II (3 cr.) P: T725. Dealing with vocal release and breath in the audition process. Examining physical and vocal stamina through a long run in the professional theatre and dealing with voice strain in different theatre spaces, including outdoor theatre.
- THTR-T 433 Costume Design II (3 cr.)
- THTR-T 438 Advanced Stage Lighting (3 cr.)
- THTR-T 502 Theatre Design and Technical Research Methods (1.5 cr.) P: T500 (S/F grading) Reading, discussion, and use of computer for scenic, costume, lighting, and technology research. Exploration of commercial software used in developing and communicating each discipline’s products.
- THTR-T 505 Design Research and Collaboration (1-3 cr.) Primarily for M.F.A. students in design and technology. Development of skills necessary for successful theatre productions, especially collaboration, research, communication (graphic and verbal), and presentation.
- THTR-T 506 Fundamentals of Scenic Design (3 cr.) A studio course in the theory, process, and techniques of scenic design for the theatre. Topics include principles, elements, and concepts of design; script analysis; design concept development; creative research and its interpretation; and the communication and presentation of theatrical ideas.
- THTR-T 523 Costume and Character in London Theatre (3 cr.) Overseas theatre studies in London. Experience theatrical character development through costume design. Survey social influences on costume and dress worn by characters through history, including contemporary trends and dress. Field trips to Bath and Stratford.
- THTR-T 524 Theatrical Rendering and Model Building (3 cr.) A skills-based studio course with a concentration on theatrical rendering and model building techniques, craft, media; and visual communication.
- THTR-T 526 Advanced Scenic Design I (3 cr.) P: T426 and permission of instructor. A graduate level studio course in the theory, process, and techniques of scenic design for the theatre. Topics will include script analysis; design concept development; creative research and its interpretation; and the communication and presentation of theatrical ideas. Particular emphasis is placed on design for specific theatre architecture
- THTR-T 527 Theatre Planning (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Function and design of theatre plans with attention to needs of audience and theatre personnel.
- THTR-T 528 Studies in Stage Scenery (1-3 cr.) P: T526 or consent of instructor. Selected problems in designing stage scenery; composition and style. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
- THTR-T 529 Studies in Theatre Technology (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor.
Selected problems in scenery engineering, stage machinery, problem-solving, technical management, estimation and planning, and design and execution of advanced projects. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 credits.
- THTR-T 530 Advanced Costume Design Aesthetics (3 cr.) Intensive study of costume design and application of design principles. Students will produce projects in various genres. Theatre, opera, ballet, and musical theatre are just some of the forms surveyed. Students work in a collaborative design arena that emulates the process for whichever genre they are designing in.
- THTR-T 531 Costume Technology II (3 cr.) Provides a strong base in costume construction techniques for incoming graduate students. It provides a foundation of sewing, craft, fitting, and patternmaking techniques as well as training in team management from which the students may develop a construction project and perform assignments including supervisory roles in production work.
- THTR-T 532 Design for Television and Film (3 cr.) P: Permission of instructor. Design based studio class in Production Design for Film and Television. Working from original scripts written specifically for the course, concepts include research, interpretation, and industry standard presentation techniques.
- THTR-T 533 Studies in Stage Costuming (1-3 cr.) P: T430 and T433 or consent of instructor. Selected problems in costume materials and methods, costume design and historic fashion; application to styles and forms of theatrical production. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
- THTR-T 534 Historic Costumes for the Stage (3 cr.) P: Permission of instructor. Survey of historical costume in western civilization, ancient Mesopotamian cultures through the Twentieth Century. Taught from a socio-historical perspective and applied to performance theory.
- THTR-T 536 Electronics for Theatre (3 cr.) Rudiments of electricity and electronics as applied to theatre. Investigation of current technology for theatrical performance, including power distribution, control systems, and creative applications for lighting, sound, special effects, and mechanized scenery.
- THTR-T 537 Fundamentals of Costume Design (3 cr.) Intensive study of costume design in mainstream theatre. Projects in collaborative aesthetics in design and practical application, rendering techniques, and visual communication. No laboratory/technology component.
- THTR-T 538 Studies in Stage Lighting (1-3 cr.) P: T546, or a previous T538, or permission of instructor.
Variable topics course focusing on lighting genres, techniques, and criticism. Topics include architectural lighting, lighting consulting for the theatre, stage lighting aesthetics, and rendering light.May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
- THTR-T 539 Fundamentals of Theatrical Drafting (3 cr.) A studio course consisting of both traditional hand drafting techniques and digital CAD techniques as they are used in theatrical production communication.
- THTR-T 540 Structural Design for the Stage (3 cr.) P: Permission of instructor. Structural concepts of static mechanics and strengths of materials with focus on the ability to critically analyze and design efficient structures specific to theatre and performing arts applications.
- THTR-T 541 History of Decor (3 cr.) A survey course examining the trends in architecture, painting, sculpture, furniture, and decorative motifs. The student will gain a distinction of periods while building an historic time line for use in theatrical design.
- THTR-T 546 Stage Lighting Design (3 cr.) Stage lighting design concept development, presentation, and implementation are emphasized. Advanced lighting techniques and approaches. A practicum will be assigned.
- THTR-T 547 Sound Design I (3 cr.) P: T347 or permission of instructor. Study of the practical use, aesthetics, and implementation of sound in theatre productions. Focus is on using computers to assist in the creation, selection, and playback of sound cues. Topics include sound system operation and design for both plays and musicals. Emphasis on researching, selecting, and recording music for production.
- THTR-T 549 Production and Event Management (3 cr.) Discussion of the skills necessary to produce and manage theatrical productions, and the application of those skills to large events.
- THTR-T 551 Stage Rigging I (1 cr.) Stage Rigging I is a survey of structural engineering terminology and methods as applicable to common rigging practice in the theatre and entertainment industry.
- THTR-T 552 Stage Rigging II (1 cr.) Rigging II is a hands-on type course. This class is intended to familiarize the student with the operation and maintenance of typical rigging equipment. Class work includes counterweight systems operations, pin-rail operations, rope and knot basics, wire-rope basics, chain hoist basics, and arena-type rigging basics.
- THTR-T 560 Understructures for Historical Garments (3 cr.) P: T430 or T531. Students will learn about the various understructures of dress from 1500-1900, including materials and techniques of construction. Students will create, as a final project, an ensemble of understructures from a specific piece of research.
- THTR-T 561 Period Patternmaking and Construction (3 cr.) P: T430 or T531. Students will learn about the various patternmaking techniques and shapes of women's garments from 1500-1920. Students will create, as a final project, an ensemble based on specific research.
- THTR-T 564 Pro Tools for Theatre and Music (3 cr.) P: MUS-A100 or THTR-T347 or THTR-T447. This course introduces the recording and editing software Pro Tools for use in theatre sound design and music production.
- THTR-T 585 Theatre Management (3 cr.) Problems in managing a theatre: selection of plays, special programming, business operations, promotion, public relations. Lecture and practical projects.
- THTR-T 626 Advanced Scenic Design II (3 cr.) P: T526. An MFA capstone studio course in the theory, process, and techniques of scenic design for the theatre. Design projects include non-theatrical venues and diverse areas of the entertainment industry. Portfolio quality presentation is expected.
- THTR-T 639 Advanced Theatrical Drafting (3 cr.) Advanced course in drafting methods, skills, and the specialized uses for theatrical drafting for productions. Mastery of students’ graphic communication through standard theatre drafting methods.
- THTR-T 562 Men's Tailoring (3 cr.) P: T430 or T531. Students will learn to draft, construct, and fit a man's suit for a model, as well as understanding basic men's fashion guidelines in historical detail.
- THTR-T 460 Development of Dramatic Art I (3 cr.)
- THTR-T 461 Development of Dramatic Art I (3 cr.)
- THTR-T 462 Development of Dramatic Art II (3 cr.)
- THTR-T 468 Non-Western Theatre and Drama (3 cr.)
- THTR-T 501 Introduction to Historiography (1.5 cr.) P: T500. (S/F grading) Reading and discussion of current historiographical problems and methods particular to research and scholarly reporting in theatre history, theory, and literature.
- THTR-T 550 Structure of Drama (3 cr.) Theory and structure of drama, based upon intensive reading of Aristotle’s Poetics and other critical writings.
- THTR-T 555 Theories of Theatre and Drama I (3 cr.) Survey of major theoretical and critical works. Greeks to c. 1890.
- THTR-T 556 Theories of Theatre and Drama II (3 cr.) Survey of major theoretical and critical works. 1890 to the present.
- THTR-T 563 Forms and Styles in Modern Theatre and Drama (3 cr.) Study of plays in relation to such styles as realism, naturalism, expressionism, and absurdism.
- THTR-T 565 American Drama and Theatre I (3 cr.) Beginnings to 1890. Either semester be elected independently.
- THTR-T 566 American Drama and Theatre II (3 cr.) 1890 to the present. Either semester may be elected independently.
- THTR-T 567 European Drama from Molière to Ibsen (3 cr.) Representative French, German, Italian, and Russian plays.
- THTR-T 568 Ibsen and Strindberg (3 cr.) Intensive study of the major plays of Ibsen and Strindberg.
- THTR-T 570 Studies in Classical and Medieval Theatre (3 cr.) Concentrated study of Greek, Roman, and medieval theatre.
- THTR-T 571 Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Theatre (3 cr.) Concentrated study of significant figures, practices, and dramas in the European theatre from 1500 to 1800.
- THTR-T 572 Studies in Romantic and Realistic Theatre (3 cr.) Concentrated study of European and American theatre from 1800 to 1915. Emphasis on romanticism, realism, and the reactions to realism.
- THTR-T 573 Studies in Modern and Contemporary Theatre (3 cr.) Concentrated study of significant practices, trends, and figures in the European and American theatre from 1915 to the present.
- THTR-T 662 Comparative Theatre and Drama: Melodrama (3 cr.) The “third form” of drama, from melodramas of Euripides to tragicomedies and melodramas of modern television and motion pictures.
- THTR-T 750 Seminar in Structure of Drama (3 cr.) P: T550, T555-T556 or equivalent. Projects in the analysis of different forms and types of drama. Each student is required to complete and report on a sequence of analytical interpretations of the structure of assigned plays.
- THTR-T 765 Seminar in American Theatre and Drama (3 cr.) Selected topics. May be repeated if the topic differs.
- THTR-T 774 Seminar in Stage Interpretation of Selected Plays (3 cr.) Study of selected plays through various periods; problems of interpretation and staging for present-day audiences. May be repeated if the topic differs.
- THTR-T 775 Seminar in Theatre History (3 cr.) Selected problems concerning theatres and staging methods in Europe in a restricted period. May be repeated if the topic differs.
- THTR-T 463 Development of Dramatic Art III (3 cr.)
- THTR-T 453 Playwriting I (3 cr.) Introduction to principles of dramatic structure. Conferences and peer evaluations. Focus is on the creation and revision of a one-act play.
- THTR-T 454 Playwriting II (3 cr.) P: T453 or permission of instructor. Prior playwriting experience helpful, but not required. Consideration of dramaturgical antecedents and practical and theoretical problems. Creation of a full-length play.
- THTR-T 458 Screenwriting (3 cr.) Structural analyses of cinematic models, culminating in the creation of an original full-length narrative screenplay.
- THTR-T 559 Studies in Playwriting (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. This course is recommended for specialists only, most generally for graduate students pursuing an M.F.A. in playwriting who are working on the advanced development of original full-length play scripts and screenplays.
Thesis and Special Courses
- THTR-T 390 Creative Work in Summer Theatre (1-3 cr.) May be repeated for a maximum of 6 cr.
- THTR-T 500 Introduction to Graduate Study (1-5 cr.) may be repeated for a maximum of 6 cr. (S/F grading) Methods and expectations of theatre research and script exploration in graduate study. Must be taken in the first terms of residency.
- THTR-T 583 Topics in Theatre and Drama (1-3 cr.) Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. May be repeated once for credit if topic differs.
- THTR-T 600 Directed Research (1-6 cr.) P: T500 or equivalent and consent of instructor. Individual supervised research projects.
- THTR-T 700 Independent Study (arr. cr.) P: Consent of instructor and department chairperson. **These courses are eligible for a deferred grade.
- THTR-T 701 Readings in Theatre and Drama (arr. cr.) **These courses are eligible for a deferred grade.
- THTR-T 895 M.A. Thesis (arr. cr.) **These courses are eligible for a deferred grade.
- THTR-T 897 M.F.A. Thesis (arr. cr.) **These courses are eligible for a deferred grade.
- THTR-T 899 Ph.D. Thesis (arr. cr.) **These courses are eligible for a deferred grade.