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THEATRE


THET-101   Introduction to Acting
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

An introduction to the actor’s art through exer- cises, improvisations and scripted work designed to boost self confidence  in oral and physical communication  skills as well as foster imagina- tive responses to the creative theatre process. (3 hours weekly)

 


THET-102   Acting I for Non-Theatre
Majors
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
This course is an introduction  to the art and craft of acting, focusing on the actor’s inner and outer resources including physical and vocal re- sponse, concentration, imagination, and sensory awareness. Also includes beginning-level work on character creation through improvisation, performance,  and script analysis. Prerequisite: Eligible  to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

THET-103   Acting I: Foundations for
Acting and Performance
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
Designed as an exploration  of the nature  of the performance and the collaborative creative process, this course is an introduction  to the art and craft of acting, focusing on the actor’s inner and outer resources including physical and vocal response, concentration, imagination, and sensory awareness. This course also includes beginning level work  on character creation through improvisation, performance, and script analysis. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-
121. (3 hours weekly)

THET-110   Introduction to Theatre
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
This course will ser ve as an introduction  to the aesthetics and craft of the theatrical experience. It encompasses all aspects of the theatrical arts and production, including  the critical viewing of performances with written analysis, creative performance  projects, vocabulary, analysis of texts, and the origins of drama and performance. (3 hours weekly)

THET-115   Introduction to Theatrical
Design and Technical Theatre
3 Credits

Students will explore the fundamentals of design: line, shape, color, value, and space, and develop the creative aspects of theatrical scenic, lighting, and costume design from concept to build, run, and strike. Students will gain a working knowl- edge of theatre terminology as well as a familiar- ity with tools and techniques for scenery, paint, props, costumes, lighting, audio, and video. (3 hours weekly)

THET-119   Introduction to Playwriting
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities/ Literature Core)

This course is an introduction to the art and craft
of playwriting. Students will participate in daily writing exercises, read play scripts, attend and respond to assigned theatrical performances, complete  assigned written  projects, and read them in class for discussion. Emphasis is placed on the student’s increasing  ability  to freely employ the tools of the craft, including, but not limited to, conflict, character, action, dialogue, dramatic structure, responding to others’ work, revision of written work, and preparation for production. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as ENGL-119.

THET-120   Stage Management
3 Credits

Students will learn and practice the basic prin- ciples of organizing a rehearsal process, man- aging appropriate procedures and regulations, and running the performances of a theatrical production. (3 hours weekly)

THET-125   Text Analysis
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
Students will develop the skills necessary for the analysis and interpretation of play scripts from a variety of global cultures as the basis for public performance, from the viewpoints of audience members and practitioners. Students will be in- troduced to various play types and structures as distinct from one another and requiring different types of analysis and appreciation. Introduction to research methods for contemporary perfor- mance, including reviews, critical interpretation, and research for production. Required for all theatre majors. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

THET-131   Theatre Appreciation
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
This course is designed to help  students not majoring in theatre develop an appreciation of the art form by understanding the relationship of theatre to society and diverse cultures. Students become familiar  with components  of stage art including play-writing, acting, directing, and design through practical experiences and viewing of live productions  and films. Students will be prepared for greater enjoyment of theatre by developing a more critical eye for the many facets of the art form. (3 hours weekly)

THET-135   Stagecraft
3 Credits

This course will allow the student to gain knowl- edge in the main disciplines of theatre, including scenery, lighting and projection, costume and makeup, sound, stage management and proper- ties. Safe operation of power tools and back stage machinery, lighting equipment, audio equipment are also covered. (4 hours weekly)

THET-136   Lighting I
3 Credits

The purpose of this class is to enable students to safely work with basic stage lighting and pro- jection equipment  for the stage and provide  a basic understanding of lighting technology along with new innovations in lighting and projec- tion technology. This will include working with electrical wiring, hand and power tools, stage lights, computerized lighting consoles, projectors and media ser vers. Prerequisite:  THET-135. (4 hours weekly)

THET-137   Sound I
3 Credits

The purpose of this class is to enable students to safely work with basic sound equipment for the stage and provide a basic understanding  of audio technology along with new innovations in audio technology. This will include working with microphones, amplifiers, mixers, tape decks and equalizers. Prerequisite: THET-135. (4 hours weekly)

THET-138   Basic Stage/Media Make-Up
3 Credits

Basic Stage/Media Make-Up is a hands-on course that will address the following topics: basic un- derstanding of facial anatomy and its application to make-up; basic theory on the origin and need for make-up; character analysis through make- up; principles of highlight, shadow, color, and lighting; types and styles of make-up; application and design; and the purpose of the make-up designer/artist. (3 hours weekly)

THET-151   The Spoken Word
3 Credits

The course will focus on performing literary selections as spoken presentations with an emphasis on analyzing prose, poetry, dramatic literature, and children’s  literature in order to communicate  its beauty, meaning, and emotional impact while emphasizing the oral and aural quality of the works. In addition, this course will empower  individuals  to feel more at ease making text-based presentations  at public  and private events. Especially recommended for all public performers, education, business and journalism majors and for those wishing to improve their delivery and articulation. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as SPCH-151.

THET-160, 161, 162, 163   Theatre
Practicum
1 Credit

Students will practice their knowledge and skills in designated areas of theatre production. Hands- on experience with different phases of produc
tion is the method of instruction. Students will concentrate their efforts in one of the following areas - lighting, sound, set construction, costum- ing, theatre management,  stage management, directing, props, or acting. Acting is by audition only. The student may take theatre practicum four times for credit. Each registration should be for the next numbered course. Prerequisite: consent of instructor required. (2-3 hours weekly)

THET-177   Introduction to Stage
Combat
2 Credits

This course will introduce students to the basics of safety and partnering techniques  in unarmed, knife, broadsword, quarterstaff, and single sword combat for the stage. Students must work dili- gently to create a safe environment while portray- ing a character in a fight performance. Students will demonstrate these partnering skills in class performances. This class will also give an over- view on stage combat styles around the world. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as LFIT-177.

THET-190   Theatre History I
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

A study of the evolution of theatre from its ritual origins through Greek and Roman traditions, the medieval worlds of England and Japan, the Renaissance through  Romanticism, examining Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, Restoration and Neo-Classical traditions, as well as the 17th and 18th century Italian, German, French, Span- ish, and early American Theatre. Emphasis is on the play in performance reflecting the changing physical theatre, as well as the social, political, and artistic currents of each period. Prerequisite: Eligible  to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

THET-191    Theatre History II
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

A study of the evolution of theatre from the de- velopment of Realism in the 19th century through the Theatre of the Absurd in the 1960’s examin- ing Naturalism, Idealism, Symbolism, Expres- sionism, and Surrealism, continuing to the highly diversified contemporary theatre from the 1960’s to the present, with special attention to issues of diversity, access, the international  avant-garde, and the impact of technology. Emphasis is on the play in performance reflecting the changing physical theatre, as well as the social, political, and artistic currents of the period. Prerequisite: Eligible  to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

THET-202   Acting II
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
This course expands on the critical  thinking and artistic skills initiated in Acting I, creating a dialogue between theory and practice through deeper character  work  and  detailed  script analysis combined with a disciplined approach to the rehearsal process. Prerequisite: THET-102. (3 hours weekly)

THET-209   Modern Drama
3 Credits (Literature/Arts/ Humanities Core)

Modern Drama studies work  written for European and American  theater in the last and present century. Students discuss and appraise plays; identify basic elements which distinguish modern drama from earlier periods; evaluate performances of contemporary plays; and study what playwrights have said about the nature of drama. Students also discuss the impact of major philosophical  and scientific  achievements on dramatic material. This course is writing inten- sive. Prerequisite:  ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as ENGL-209.

THET-216   Contemporary Drama: Topics in Diversity
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities/ Literature Core)

Contemporary Drama studies works written for
European and American  theater from 1950 until current practice. Students discuss and appraise plays; identify basic elements which distinguish contemporar y drama  from  earlier  periods; evaluate performances of contemporary plays; and study what playwrights have said about the nature of drama. Students are introduced to the formalist conventions and characteristics, terms and concepts, and critical theory of drama in order to master skills in interpretation, analysis, and critical  evaluation. Students also discuss the impact of gender, race, culture, and sexual orientation  studies on dramatic material. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-
121. NOTE: Also listed as ENGL-216.

THET-224 Musical Theatre Performance
2 Credits

This course ser ves as an  over view of all the necessary skills needed in musical theatre per- formance. Topics include singing techniques, music reading and sight singing, choosing and performing audition material, working with musi- cal directors and accompanists, acting the song, the business of musical theatre, and Broadway history  from 1927 to present. Students will attend at least two professional musical theatre perfor- mances. The class will culminate in a public performance of class material. Pre- or corequi- site: MUSC-117 or MUSC-118. (3 hours  weekly)

THET-241   Acting for Television
3 Credits

This  class will prepare  students to  present themselves in a professional manner in any of the mass media. Voice, appearance, movement and the technical aspects of the mass media performance will be covered through compre- hensive exercises and on-camera evaluation. Prerequisite: THET-102. (4 hours weekly)

THET-250   Shakespeare from Page to
Stage

3 Credits (Literature/Arts/ Humanities Core)
Shakespeare from Page to Stage focuses on reading, analyzing and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays as literary  texts; understanding  them  as products of specific historical, cultural and ar- tistic currents, and as performance text meant for production. Emphasis is given to the process that transforms literary text through production, informed  by literar y and theatrical  elements. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as ENGL-250.

THET-251   Shakespeare from Page to
Screen
3 Credits (Literature/Arts/ Humanities Core)

This course focuses on reading, analyzing and interpreting  Shakespeare’s plays as they have been adapted to film; understanding them as products of specific historical, cultural and artistic currents, as performance text meant for production within the constraints of the medium of film. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as FILM-251 and ENGL-251.

THET-260   Voice and Diction
3 Credits

This course allows students to experience and understand the basic tools of communication, voice, and diction.  Class exercises include  re- laxation, alignment, breathing, phonation, reso- nation, articulation, vocal range, and inflection. Students will develop  a knowledge  and sense of their own voice and speech expressing who they are and what they feel. Students will dem- onstrate mastery of the International Phonetic Alphabet through testing and several memorized performances. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as SPCH-260.

THET-261   Dialects for the Actor
3 Credits

This course will explore how to improve the voice through warm-ups and phonetic articula- tion. The students will use this knowledge to aid them in learning  seven different  dialects: standard British, Cockney, Irish, variations of American Southern, French, German, and Rus- sian. Students will demonstrate how to research a dialect, mark a text, and speak the dialect using the sounds that are character relevant. Students will perform a monologue  or scene for each dialect learned. Prerequisite: THET-260 or SPCH-260. (3 hours weekly)

THET-265   Acting Shakespeare
3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the act- ing techniques employed to perform the works of William  Shakespeare. Topics will include scansion, voice and diction, period movement, historical over view, and stage to screen perfor- mances. Students will demonstrate their perfor- mance skills through memorized monologues and scenes. Students will participate in a public performance  event at HCC, performing  Shake- speare pieces learned  in class. Prerequisite: Eligible  to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

THET-271   Theatre Juried Audition
Techniques
2 Credits

This course is a capstone course for the theatre performance track in the theatre area of study intended to prepare a résumé and audition monologues for both professional work and application to transfer institutions. The culmina- tion of the course will be the presentation of monologues and résumé to a jury comprised of departmental instructors and theatre profession- als. Students will be expected to put significant time into their preparation outside of class meet- ings. Prerequisite: THET-202. (2 hours weekly)

THET-273   Movement for the Actor
3 Credits

This course will focus on training  actors to understand their own physical habits through spatial awareness exercises, Laban, Element, Lecoq, and Alexander terminology. The students will demonstrate  these skills  by studying the physical habits of other students in the class. The students will then apply this knowledge towards developing physical embodiments of characters in monologues and scenes. Students will also demonstrate their skills in Neutral and Character Mask work.  Prerequisite: THET-102. (4 hours weekly)

THET-277   Intermediate  Stage
Combat: Unarmed
2 Credits

This physically-intense course will reinforce safe- ty and partnering techniques in unarmed combat for the stage. Students must work diligently to create a safe environment  while portraying a character in a fight performance.  Students will demonstrate these advanced partnering skills in class performances.  Students will have the option  of performing  a Skills Proficiency  Test in Unarmed for a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). If students pass, they receive a certificate of proficiency in Unarmed from the SAFD. Prerequisite: THET-177 or LFIT-177. (3 hours weekly)  NOTE: Also listed as LFIT-277.

THET-278   Intermediate  Stage
Combat: Single Sword
2 Credits

This physically-intense course will reinforce the safety and partnering techniques in flashy, Hol- lywood  sword fighting  for the stage. Students must work  diligently  to create a safe environ- ment  while  portraying  a character in a fight performance.  Students will demonstrate  these advanced partnering skills in class performanc- es. Students will have the option of performing a Skills Proficiency  Test in Single Sword for a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors  (SAFD). If students pass, they receive a certificate of proficiency  in Single Sword from the SAFD. Prerequisite:  THET-177 or LFIT-177. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as LFIT-278.

THET-279   Intermediate  Stage
Combat: Quarterstaff
2 Credits

This physically-intense course is intended for students who seek advanced actor training in quarterstaff combat for the stage. Students must demonstrate safe partnering techniques and strong acting choices while fighting with quarter- staffs onstage. Topics covered include  acting the fight, scene selections from film and literature, quarterstaff techniques, critiquing choreography, and voice in violence.  Students will have the option of performing a Skills Proficiency  Test in Quarterstaff for a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). If students pass the Skills Proficiency  Test, they receive a certificate of proficiency in Quarterstaff from the SAFD. Prerequisite:  THET-177 or LFIT-177. (3 hours weekly)  NOTE: Also listed as LFIT-279.

THET-280   Intermediate  Stage
Combat: Knife
2 Credits

This physically-intense course is intended for students who seek advanced actor training in knife combat for the stage. Students must dem- onstrate safe partnering techniques and strong acting choices while fighting with aluminum the- atrical knives. Topics covered include acting the fight, scene selections from film and literature, knife techniques, critiquing choreography, and voice in violence. Students will have the option of performing  a Skills Proficiency  Test in Knife for a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors  (SAFD).  If students pass the Skills Proficiency  Test, they receive a certificate of proficiency in Knife from the SAFD. Prerequisite: THET-177 or LFIT-177. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as LFIT-280.

THET-290   Production Seminar
3 Credits

This course combines the theoretical and practi- cal aspects of theater by challenging students to take on leadership roles in a production  as well as in the seminar class. Students have a produc- tion responsibility for the semester which may include performance, assisting members of the production team, or dramaturgy. In addition, all students will participate in a weekly  seminar class through  which  the production  work  is synthesized with the liberal arts, specifically with theatrical, literar y, philosophical,   social, political, and economic  aspects of the play and its themes. Prerequisite: THET-102 or THET-103 and the consent of the Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department. (3 hours weekly)

 


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