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Theatre Arts

TA 110 Introduction to the Theatre Arts (3)
An introductory study of the theatre arts including general theatre history, play analysis, production evaluation and a basic understanding of the way in which the technical theatre areas are related to production. Field trips to view productions will be encouraged.

 

TA 112 Introduction to Film (3)
Introductory study of the history and process by which films are made, including general history, production planning, process, and a basic understanding of the components that are synthesized to produce films.

 

TA 165 Production Dynamics (3)
Introduces all the collaborative elements involved in modern theatre production: acting, design, stage management, building, crew, running, house management, directing. Concerned with acquainting majors with the opportunities, expectations and requirements within the theatre program. Required for all freshman theatre majors.

 

TA 166 Text Analysis (3)
Concentration in the process of reading, understanding, analyzing and interpreting play texts for production: direction, performance, design. Teaches students how to approach and interpret dramatic literature as a unique genre. Focus on illuminating inner meaning and theme through meaningful and accurate analysis. Required for all freshman theatre majors.

 

TA 167 Play Reading (3)
Students apply critical and analytical methods learned in TA 165 and TA 166 to analyze a vast body of classic and modern dramatic literature from prepresentative historical periods. Required for all freshman theatre majors.

 

TA 199 Special Studies
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

TA 205 Stage Speech I (3)
Understanding basic speech production. Exploration of the essential components of voice and speech with a concentration on the organs of speech and physiological articulators. Detailed concentration on the types of sounds in spoken English, the International Phonetic Alphabet and mastering standard American stage speech.

 

TA 210 Oral Expression Through Theatre (3)
Experience in stage diction. Concentrated study of speaking skills for use on the stage.

 

TA 240 Creative Drama for Teachers (3)
Creative dramatics leadership principles that apply to the classroom. Techniques of employing the child’s native aptitude.

 

TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft (3)
Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical scenecraft, with suitable opportunity for practical applications.

 

TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting (3)
Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical lighting, with suitable opportunity for practical application.

 

TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming (3)
Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical costuming and design with suitable opportunity for practical application.

 

TA 247 Technical Theatre: Sound (3)
Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical sound, with suitable opportunity for practical applications.

 

TA 250 Basic Movement and Vocal Development for the Theatre (3)
Basic movement and voice training for the actor. Theory and practical application through body and vocal exercise.

 

TA 251 Elements of Acting (3)
For non-majors and non-performance theatre majors. Exploration of the modern acting technique with a concentration of the basic elements of acting. This course will deal with theory as well as practical performance experiences.

 

TA 252 Technical Theatre: Makeup (3)
Basic principles and processes of theatrical makeup, including demonstrations and daily practice.

 

TA 253 Production Workshop (1-3)
Application of principles of acting and dramatic production. Credit available for students working on scheduled theatre productions. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

TA 255 Physical Studio I: Movement (3)
Understanding the human body in terms of basic skeletal and muscular anatomy and how it contributes as an expressive instrument in the art and craft of acting. Students will develop dexterity, strength and coordination through basic and advanced movement and stretching exercises, explore the idea of physical center and neutral alignment, and explore relaxation and breathing techniques that increase an actor’s overall physical awareness.

 

TA 261 Physical Studio II: Movement and Voice (3)
In depth, practical study of voice dynamics and modern techniques of voice and body integration through physical “actions”. Laban, Berry, Linklater, Rodenburg exercises that focus on physical-vocal integration will be explored. A complete vocal/physical warm-up will be developed. A progression of voice, speech, word, text and action exercises will culminate in a practical approach to rehearsal and performance dynamics. Prerequisite: TA 255

 

TA 265 Acting I (3)
For majors only. A rigorous study of modern acting technique that explores the basic tools of the actor and introduces the fundamentals of the Stanislavsky system: motivation, super objective, objective, obstacles, stakes, beats, sense memory and basic character development. Introduces textual scoring. Explores modern theories of playing “point-of-view” through improvisation, open scenes and applying all of these ideas to contemporary scene work.

 

TA 271 Acting II (3)
For majors only. An in-depth application of theories learned in TA 265: scene scoring, beat breakdowns, point-of-view scoring, and character development are explored through rigorous scene and monologue work. Prerequisite: TA 265

 

TA 290 Physical Studio III: Advanced Movement and Voice Integration (3)
Advanced exploration of developing physical/vocal skills through a variety of specialized movement techniques and disciplines. Combines script analysis theory with methods and exercises: physicalizing text, animal work, neutral and character mask work. Theories are developed in physical exercises, improvisations, character interviews and open scene work. Prerequisite: TA 261

 

TA 305 Stage Speech II: Dialects (3)
Students apply theories learned in TA 205 to mastering European and American stage dialects. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is utilized as a practical tool for exploring differences in sounds of spoken English within America and throughout the world. Mastery of British Stage RP (Received Pronunciation) and several other commonly used stage dialects will be explored. Prerequisite: TA 205

 

TA 308 History of Fashion (3)
A course in the development of fashion in the clothing of men and women from earliest times to the present with an emphasis on the clothing of the western world and its relationship to the social environment of each era.

 

TA 310 Elements of Acting II (3)
A continuation of TA 251, with a more advanced concentration and exploration of modern acting technique. This course will deal with advance theory and practical application.

 

TA 320 Dramaturgy (3)
An exploration of the role of the production dramaturgy, including research skills, the dramaturgy’s relationship with other members of the creative team, and special emphasis on theatre-specific dramaturgical writing.

 

TA 330 Script Writing (3)
Concentrates on the basic skills of writing scripts for the theatre: plotting, character development, form and structure; but it will develop the form and skills necessary for writing for other media as well.

 

TA 334 Stage Management (3)
A practical course in methods and procedures for mounting theatre, music and dance productions. Emphasis will be placed on organization, communication and coordination with the production team. This course is strongly suggested for all students desiring to stage manage departmental productions.

 

TA 336 Stage Properties (3)
Principles and techniques of stage properties, design and production. Includes script analysis, construction techniques and organizational strategies.

 

TA 338 History of Architecture and Decor (3)
A study of architecture, furniture and decorative arts from early Greek to modern, focusing on those eras that most commonly influence theatrical production styles.

 

TA 343 Costume Design (3)
Basic principles and studio practice in costume design.

 

TA 344 Costume Crafts (3)
Concentrates on special materials and techniques used in the costume shop, including mold-making/casting, thermoplastics, dyes, paints and printing.

 

TA 345 Scenic Painting I (3)
Basic principles and studio practice in scene painting.

 

TA 346 Scenic Design (3)
Basic principles and studio practice in scene design. Prerequisite: TA 244 or consent of instructor

 

TA 347 Drafting for Theatre (3)
A studio course dealing with basic drafting techniques and practices used for theatrical design, including floor plans, light-plots, sectional drawings, front and rear elevations, perspective drawings and detail drawings. Prerequisite: TA 346

 

TA 348 Lighting Design (3)
Basic principles and studio practice in lighting design. Prerequisite: TA 245 or consent of instructor

 

TA 349 Scenic Design Studio (3)
Advanced studio course dealing with design analysis, composition and drawing/rendering techniques. Medium emphasis varies. Prerequisite: TA 346 or consent of instructor

 

TA 350 Advanced Creative Dramatics: Puppetry (3)
A study of special dramatic techniques and literature for a practical approach to producing puppet plays with children in grades 3-8.

 

TA 353 Advanced Production Workshop (1-3)
Provides students with upper-division credit for participating in acting and technical work for the theatre program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

TA 354/454 Production Design (1-3)
Scenic, lighting, costume or sound design for main stage or studio theatre productions. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

TA 355/455 Production Management (1-3)
Stage management, shop supervision or other leadership roles in theatre production. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

TA 356 Theory of Acting (3)
Principles and techniques of acting; problems in analysis and interpretation of dramatic literature of various historical periods. An exploration of the various historical styles and theories of acting and how they were affected by the manners of the time. Prerequisites: TA 250 and 251 or consent of instructor

 

TA 360 Contemporary Audition (3)
Involves the practical study and application of developing modern audition technique; resume development, cold reading skills, prepared sides, prepared monologue, on-camera acting, agents. Students will develop a repertoire of modern audition material from representative modern styles and genres. Prerequisite: TA 271

 

TA 364 Play Direction (3)
Introduction to dramatic theories and techniques and their application to play direction. Sources of dramatic materials, choice of plays, casting and rehearsal.

 

TA 365 Theatrical Comedy (3)
A course in the concept of comedy as a theatrical form from classical Greece to contemporary theatre. Selected comedies will be read.

 

TA 366 Theatrical Tragedy (3)
A course in the concept of tragedy as a theatrical form from classical Greece to contemporary theatre. Selected tragedies will be read.

 

TA 368 Physical Studio IV: Advanced Movement (3)
Intermediate movement dynamics are explored through tumbling and stage combat--armed and unarmed, hand-to-hand, rapier and dagger. Gestic language and psychological gesture and explored in application to modern and classical play texts. Prerequisites: TA 255, TA 261

 

TA 371 Acting III (4)
Intermediate exploration of modern acting technique, focusing on selected theories and approaches to living completely and truthfully on stage, especially in regards to a character’s emotional life. Primary exploration – The Sanford Meisner Technique of acting. Prerequisites: TA 265 and TA 271

 

TA 375 Asian Theatre (3)
A survey of the history and literature of Asiatic Theatre with particular attention to India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan.

 

TA 381 Greek, Roman & Medieval Theatre (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre from the Greeks through the Middle Ages. Special attention will be given to how the theatre is affected by, and responds to, culture and society.

 

TA 382 Renaissance Theatre (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre during the Renaissance. Special attention will be given to how the theatre is affected by, and responds to, culture and society.

 

TA 383 European Theatre 1660-1875 (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre in Europe from 1660 to 1875. Special attention will be given to how the theatre is affected by, and responds to, culture and society.

 

TA 384 European Theatre 1875-Present (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre in Europe from 1875 to the present. Special attention will be given to how the theatre is affected by, and responds to, culture and society

 

TA 385 American Theatre (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre in America from the Revolutionary War to the present. Special attention will be given to how the theatre is affected by, and responds to, culture and society.

 

TA 386 International Theatre (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre around the world. The focus will include theatre from Asian, Latin American, African and others. Special attention will be given to how the theatre is affected by, and responds to, culture and society.

 

TA 390 Performance Studies in Acting (3)
Individual study of a character in the context of performing a character in a play before an audience. Prerequisites: TA 250, TA 251, TA 356

 

TA 395, 396, 397 Special Studies: Plays in Performance (2 each)
B.F.A. students only. The study of plays through performance; viewing, analyzing, critically assessing. Students attend six professional performances per year and complete associated written work assigned by faculty adviser.

 

TA 399 Special Studies (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

TA 405 Acting Shakespeare (3)
Concentration in the process of acting Shakespeare for the stage. Students develop a working knowledge of using scansion as a tool for unlocking meaning in the text. Verse speaking, text analysis, antithesis, and a view to the ever-changing world of the Elizabethan acting style. Prerequisite: TA 271

 

TA 406 Independent Study (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

TA 406 Independent Study: Capstone Thesis (3)
Involves preparation and presentation of a theatrical production or appropriate theatre project. B.F.A. candidates only.

 

TA 407 Seminar (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

TA 408 Workshop (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

TA 409 Practicum (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

TA 412 Portfolio Review (1)
Portfolio and resume refinement, interview skills for technical theatre, and a survey of the job market. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

TA 414 Children’s Theatre (3)
The study of aesthetic and technical problems in producing theatre for youth, including the history, philosophy and psychology and literature of children’s theatre.

 

TA 427 Contemporary Theatre (3)
Intensive study of skills required when acting various modern acting styles and traditions. Through practical application and scene work, students explore Becket, Pinter, Ibsen, Checkov, Stringdberg, O’Neil and others. Explores the world view of the plays and performance traditions. Prerequisite: TA 371

 

TA 432 Acting Styles I: Modernism (3)
Intensive study of the skills required when acting various modern acting styles and traditions. Through practical application and scene work, students explore Becket, Pinter, Ibsen, Checkov, Stringdberg, O’Neil, and others. Explores world views of the plays and performance traditions. Prerequisite: TA 271

 

TA 433 Acting Styles II: Restoration/Manners (3)
Intensive study of the skills required when acting various classical acting styles tradition. Through practical application and scene work, students explore Restoration Comedy, Commedia el Arte, Comedy of Manners and others. Explores world views of the plays and performance traditions. Prerequisite: TA 271

 

TA 434/534 Advanced Scenecraft (3)
Advanced work in the area of scenic techniques and processes. Prerequisites: TA 244 or consent of instructor

 

TA 436/536 Advanced Costume Techniques (3)
Advanced work in the area of costuming. Prerequisite: TA 246 or consent of instructor

 

TA 437 Classical Audition (3)
Involves practical study and application of developing classical audition technique. Students generate a repertoire of classical verse monologues and learn how to approach cold reading verse and classical auditions; Greek, Roman, Elizabethan, Neo-Classical. Prerequisite: TA 405

 

TA 440 Theatre Management (3)
A study of the problems and procedures involved in running the business affairs of a theatre: The box office, house, publicity, ticket sales, supporting funds, budgeting.

 

TA 442/542 Using Creative Dramatics to Teach Across the Curriculum (3)
Study of and experience in the basic techniques of creative dramatics as these apply to the teaching of most disciplines in the curriculum from Early Childhood/Elementary to High School levels. (K-12). Prerequisite: upper-division or graduate standing

 

TA 443 Advanced Costume Design (3)
Advanced principles and studio practices in costume design.

 

TA 445 Scenic Painting II (3)
Advanced principles and studio practice in scenic painting. Prerequisite: TA 345 or consent of instructor

 

TA 446 Advanced Scene Design: CAD (3)
Advanced principles and studio practice in scenic design, using computers for drafting, 3-D modeling, and painting. Prerequisite: TA 346 or consent of instructor

 

TA 447 Digital Imagery (3)
Advanced studio class dealing with the creation, manipulation and use of digital images in theatre production. Topics include design and production of patterns, slides and video for projection, as well as printed materials for on-stage use.

 

TA 448 Advanced Lighting Design (3)
Advanced principles and studio practice in lighting design. Prerequisite: TA 348 or consent of instructor

 

TA 453 Capstone Experience (1-3)
Capstone independent study to be determined for all majors by faculty adviser.

 

TA 457/557 Advanced Directing (3)
Study of the practical processes of directing by which plays are produced in the theatre. Students will study the problems of directing by practical application of various theories in rehearsal and production of scenes from a variety of types of plays and styles of performance. Prerequisite: TA 364 or consent of instructor

 

TA 606 Special Individual Studies (1-3)
Designed for graduate advanced individual study in some aspects of the theatre arts. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

TA 607 Seminar (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Designed for graduate students as a supplemental enrichment course of study in the theatrical literature and history, or production techniques, of a specific nation, culture or the work of a particular theatrical artist of contemporary or historical significance. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

TA 608 Workshop (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

TA 609 Practicum (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

 

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