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Course Descriptions

THEATRE

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

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

THET-102 Acting I
3 Credits (Fine 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 response, 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-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 principles of organizing a rehearsal process, managing 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 introduced 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 performance, 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 knowledge in the main disciplines of theatre, including scenery, lighting and projection, costume and makeup, sound, stage management and properties. 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 projection equipment for the stage and provide a basic understanding of lighting technology along with new innovations in lighting and projection technology. This will include working with electrical wiring, hand and power tools, stage lights, computerized lighting consoles, projectors and media servers. 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 understanding 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 production is the method of instruction. Students will concentrate their efforts in one of the following areas - lighting, sound, set construction, costuming, 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 diligently to create a safe environment while portraying a character in a fight performance. Students will demonstrate these partnering skills in class performances. This class will also give an overview 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, Spanish, 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 development of Realism in the 19th century through the Theatre of the Absurd in the 1960’s examining Naturalism, Idealism, Symbolism, Expressionism, 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 intensive. 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 contemporary 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 serves as an overview of all the necessary skills needed in musical theatre performance. Topics include singing techniques, music reading and sight singing, choosing and performing audition material, working with musical 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 performances. The class will culminate in a public performance of class material. Pre- or corequisite: 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 comprehensive 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 artistic currents, and as performance text meant for production. Emphasis is given to the process that transforms literary text through production, informed by literary 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 relaxation, alignment, breathing, phonation, resonation, 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 demonstrate 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 articulation. 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 Russian. 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 acting techniques employed to perform the works of William Shakespeare. Topics will include scansion, voice and diction, period movement, historical overview, and stage to screen performances. Students will demonstrate their performance skills through memorized monologues and scenes. Students will participate in a public performance event at HCC, performing Shakespeare 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 culmination of the course will be the presentation of monologues and résumé to a jury comprised of departmental instructors and theatre professionals. Students will be expected to put significant time into their preparation outside of class meetings. 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 safety 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, Hollywood sword fighting 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 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 quarterstaffs 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 demonstrate safe partnering techniques and strong acting choices while fighting with aluminum theatrical 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.


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