Department of Theatre and Dance (TH)

The Department of Theatre and Dance is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), and all of its programs and policies are in accordance with NAST requirements. The department offers several programs leading to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in theatre. The purpose of the MFA degree in theatre is to train students whose previous experience, demonstrated ability, and professional potential are sufficient to suggest a productive career in the theatre.

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Programs

Faculty

Chair
  • William Teague
Professor
  • William Teague

Courses

Prerequisites for 500- and 600-level courses: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor

TH
515
Hours
3
Properties Construction

A studio course which allows exploration into woodworking, metal working/welding, foam sculpting, casting, upholstery, Photoshop and any other process required to create stage props. Lab fee, $25.00.

TH
516
Hours
3
Rigging Fundamentals for Theatre

This course covers the theories and analysis of rigging systems, their design and engineering as well as practical implementation and operation. This course is intended for the student that already has been exposed to standard theatrical production concepts and methodologies. Furthermore, a large portion of the subject matter of the class deals in scientific theory and computations so competency in basic mathematics, algebra, and basic physics are essential.

TH
519
Hours
3
Electricity and Electronics for the Stage

This course provides study and studio work in aspects of electricity and electronics with reference to understanding, usage, and design of systems for theatrical production. This course will cover the essential concepts of electrical theory for both AC and DC systems. The student will not only be exposed to theory, but will also have hands-on experience. As a large portion of the subject matter of the class deals in scientific theory and computations, competency in basic mathematics and algebra is essential.

TH
520
Hours
3
Technical Direction

This course will provide students with an overview of the technical design, construction techniques, and the administrative and management functions that are a part of the field of technical direction.

TH
521
Hours
3
Period Decor

A survey of period architecture, ornament, and furniture as applied in the stage designer's research.

TH
523
Hours
3
Drafting For Theatre

A studio course concentrating on traditional technical drafting techniques as applied to the theatre. Skills learned will include orthographic and isometric projections, ground plans, sections, perspective drawing, and layout.

TH
525
Hours
3
Scene Painting

A studio art course in the materials and techniques of painting and carving surfaces for stage scenery. Lab fee: $25.

TH
526
Hours
3
Sound Prod Tech Th Dn

A course providing a working knowledge of sound production, with an emphasis on the creation of sound files for theatre and dance and the setup and maintenance of sound reproduction and modification equipment. Lab fee, $25.00.

TH
527
Hours
3
Computer Drafting For Theatre

A studio course exploring the creation of technical drawings through Computer Aided Drafting. Skills learned will include commands for drawing, layout of information, and other CAD techniques.

TH
528
Hours
3
Drawing and Rendering for Stage design

A studio course in drawing and painting architectural and natural environments appropriate for a variety of stage settings. Exploration of media to render light, color, and texture.

TH
530
Hours
3
Hy Costume For Stage

A historical study of civil costume in relation to costuming for the stage.

TH
531
Hours
3
Costume Construction I

A studio course in patterning, cutting, and constructing costumes for the stage. Additional hours in related theatre activities are required. This course has a $20 lab fee to cover materials ordered by the professor for use in the classroom as well as to help cover maintenance fees for equipment used.

TH
533
Hours
3
Basic Problems in Costume Design

A studio course in costume design principles and presentation for stage costumes.

TH
535
Hours
3
Presentation for Designers

The study and development of professional presentations for theatre artists. This includes, but is not limited to, "hard" portfolios, digital portfolios, exhibits and personal presentations.

TH
536
Hours
3
Fabric Modification

This course explores and introduces a variety of techniques in which to modify the original appearance and/or intent of fibres and fabrics. This is done through the use of various dyes/techniques, surface treatment, use of non-traditional materials and restructuring of fabrics.

TH
537
Hours
3
Drawing for Stage Designs

A studio course for drawing the human figure in a variety of stage settings and period garments. Exploration of a variety of media to render light, shadow, and textures for all types of fabrics and hard surfaces.

TH
539
Hours
3
Advanced Stage Makeup

A studio course using a variety of materials in the craft of mask making, hair ventilating, and prosthetics. Lab fee, $25.00.

TH
540
Hours
3
Stage Movemnt Phys Actng

An advanced course in body awareness, alignment, breathing techniques, physicalization, and physical characterization.

TH
541
Hours
3
Advanced Scene Study

Advanced course in specific methodologies for character conception and projection.

TH
542
Hours
3
Careers In Prof Theatre

A course focusing on audition and interview techniques, unions, résumé writing, and other skills required to apply for positions in the academic and professional theatre.

TH
543
Hours
3
Script Analysis Interptn

Theory and methodology of the textual analysis of playscripts for production. Offered every three years.

TH
544
Hours
3
Period Acting Styles I

Study and practice of period acting styles.

TH
545
Hours
3
Period Acting Styles II

A continuation of TH 544, usually focusing on verse drama, especially Shakespeare.

TH
546
Hours
3
Adv Voice Speech Perform

This course will examine vocal anatomy and physiology, and vocal health and care for the performer's voice. Various methods and approaches to voice work using breath, text, speech work and study of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Students will explore their vocal development through exercises, drills, performance and use of heighten text language.

TH
547
Hours
3
Stage Dialects

An advanced voice and speech course studying the phonetics of various dialects and accents used by actors needed to create certain roles. Students will apply the dialect/accent work to exercises, drills, and acting/performance projects.

TH
548
Hours
3
Rehearsal Process

Acting course in which students analyze and participate in the rehearsal process with both unpublished and published scripts.

TH
551
Hours
3
Hist Of The Theatre I

Beginnings to the Restoration. Offered every fall semester.

TH
552
Hours
3
Hist Of The Theatre II

Restoration to the present. Offered every spring semester.

TH
554
Hours
3
Seminar Contemp Theatr

An examination of trends and developments in the theatre and drama since the Vietnam Era. Offered every three years.

TH
555
Hours
3
Seminar Th Hy: Classic

The theatre and drama of ancient Greece and Rome.

TH
557
Hours
3
Sem Th Hy: American

Theatre and drama in the United States from its beginnings. Special focus on 19th-century developments and current post-modern adaptations of earlier plays and forms. Offered every three years.

TH
558
Hours
3
American Feminist Theatre

A seminar/survey of 20th century american feminist texts, critical essays and videos tracking the shifting focus of feminists theory, concerns and performance.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120
TH
559
Hours
3
Dance/Movement for the Actor and Director

An exploration of the fundamentals of dance language/technique as well as the use of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a theoretical framework for analyzing movement. In order to be fully prepared for the professional world of theatre, graduate students specializing in acting or directing should possess practical knowledge of various aspects of theatre including musical theatre and dance. In addition, as potential teachers and directors, students will be better able to communicate with performers after studying dance and movement technique such as LMA.

Prerequisite(s): Entrance into the Graduate Acting or Directing Program
TH
561
Hours
3
Advanced Directing

Through research, class discussions and presentations of various styles, theories and approaches to the craft and art of directing, students will apply new ideas and concepts in a practical, hands-on studio setting. This studio work will be augmented with the direction (selecting, proposing, casting and rehearsing) of a 10-minute play with minimal, “bare-bones” production value at the end of the semester.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate students must be in good standing and seek out the permission of both their individual program's director and the course's professor.
TH
565
Hours
3
Musical Theatre Performance I

Musical theatre scene study for the actor and director; the blending of acting, singing, and movement skills in the performance of songs and scenes.

TH
566
Hours
3
Musical Theatre Performance II

A special topics course for the actor and director, exploring such areas as musical theatre history, cabaret performance, the in-depth study of a single work, etc.

TH
567
Hours
1-2
Musicl Theatre Repertoire Coac

Individual coaching in musical theatre repertoire and the preparation of material for auditions, principal roles, cabaret performances, and recordings.

TH
570
Hours
3
Theatre Management

Principles of management applied to the fields of theatre operation and production, with emphasis on marketing, development, budgeting, and organizational structure.

TH
575
Hours
2
The Singing Voice

This class is designed to introduce students to basic concepts of vocal technique and musicianship through practical application.

TH
576
Hours
2
The Singing Voice - Intermediate

This class is designed to further students’ understanding of basic concepts of vocal technique and musicianship through practical application. Students will discuss various topics related to singing and will further explore those topics through performance. Students will give four solo performances over the course of the semester.

Prerequisite(s): TH 575
TH
582
Hours
3
Playwriting I

An introduction to writing for the stage, from dramatic conception to finished script. Offered alternating years with TH 583.

TH
583
Hours
3
Playwriting II

Advanced course in playwriting; concentration on various play forms, draft revision, and the script development process. Offered alternating years with TH 582.

Prerequisite(s): TH 582
TH
586
Hours
3
Dramatic Theory & Critsm

A survey of the major critical and performance theories, with special emphasis on Aristotelian and 20th-century approaches. Includes study and practice of reviewing dramatic productions. Offered every three years.

TH
600
Hours
1-3
Advanced Practicum I

This course provides for participation in productions by graduate level students within Acting, Arts Management, Costume Design and Production, Design and Technical Production, Directing, Stage Management, or other areas.

TH
601
Hours
1-3
Advanced Practicum II

This course provides for participation in productions by graduate level students within Acting, Arts Management, Costume Design and Production, Design and Technical Production, Directing, Stage Management, or other areas.

TH
602
Hours
10
Internship

Professional, practical application of various theatre specialities in conjunction with professional/commercial theatre companies.

TH
603
Hours
1-3
Advanced Practicum III

This course provides for participation in productions by graduate level students within Acting, Arts Management, Costume Design and Production, Design and Technical Production, Directing, Stage Management, or other areas.

TH
606
Hours
3
Stage Management I

Advanced theory and practical application of stage management techniques and responsibilities.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.
TH
615
Hours
3
Lighting Design I

A thorough study of the technical aspects of stage lighting, including electricity, optics, color, control theory, and light-plotting techniques.

TH
616
Hours
3
Lighting Design II

An advanced course covering the theory and practice of lighting design for the theatre, with an emphasis on script analysis and execution.

TH
618
Hours
1-3
Lighting Design III

A seminar involving the presentation of designs for various productions and preparation of problem-related demonstrations. May be repeated.

TH
620
Hours
3
Structural Design for Theatre

This course will concentrate on mathematical problem solving, the study of structural design and its application to theatrical structures and an investigation of why we build scenery the way we do.

TH
621
Hours
3
History of Stage Design

A survey of the history of stage design and the development of stage technology, suitable for all MFA design and technical students. Includes several historically related design and research projects.

TH
622
Hours
3
Scene Design I

A studio course in scenic design for theatre. Students will design three or more plays learning analysis, drafting, drawing, painting, and building models.

TH
623
Hours
3
Scene Design II

A studio course in scenic design building on the techniques learned in TH622. Emphasis on complete design drafting and the building of models.

TH
628
Hours
1-3
Prob Th Arts: Design

An intensive study of the designer's responsibility involving design for varied forms of staging and design drafting.

TH
632
Hours
3
Costume Construction II

A studio course in advanced costume construction and costume crafts. Included topics are tailoring, corsetry, millinery, armor, wigs, masks, and jewelry, both period and modern. May be repeated. Lab fee, $25.00.

TH
633
Hours
3
Costume Draping Techniques

Male and Female torso body blocks will be created and manipulated through draping techniques. Skirts will be draped. Patterns will be created from muslin drapes. Exchange between students of personal costume sketches will be discussed to develop language and communication skills. Examination of professional designer sketches, Movie/theatre costume photos, period research, commercial patterns will be examined and evaluated to learn how to assess and interpret costumes.

Prerequisite(s): TH 531 or consent of instructor
TH
634
Hours
3
Costume Design for Music

Course projects include costume designs for theatrical musicals, opera and dance. May be repeated.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor approval.
TH
635
Hours
3
Projects in Costume Design

Projects focus on analysis, research and designs for personality and characters.

Prerequisite(s): none
TH
636
Hours
3
Costume Design through the Ages

The student will be able to analyze a script and apply the principles of design to character appropriate costumes. Projects will include scripts representing time periods prior to 1900. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite(s): TH 635
TH
637
Hours
3
Period Costume Construction

A studio course in the patterning, fit, and construction of garments popular prior to the 20th century.

Prerequisite(s): TH 431 or TH 531 or TH 432 or TH 632
TH
638
Hours
3
Advanced Tailoring Techniques

A studio course in both hand and machine tailoring techniques needed to produce high quality custom tailored garments for the stage. This includes, but is not limited to hand padding, machine padding, decorative and couture techniques.

TH
639
Hours
1-3
Prob Th Art: Costuming

Study and studio work in a specialized area of costume design or technology.

TH
640
Hours
3
Prob Stage Move Phys Act

Advanced theory and practice in stage movement topics such as anatomy, clowning, mask, stage combat, mime, etc. May be repeated for credit when the topic differs.

TH
641
Hours
3
Alexander Technique Directed Study

Private instruction in graduate level Alexander Technique. This course is designed to provide advanced, specialized work on movement re-education for the performer. Topics include, but are not limited to, alignment, balance, psychophysical coordination, and applied work.

Prerequisite(s): TH 540, or permission of the Instructor.
TH
642
Hours
3
Teaching Acting

A course to provide practical experience in teaching and coaching actors, and developing methods and various approaches in teaching acting.

TH
643
Hours
1-3
Teaching Practicum

A course covering the practical aspects of teaching, including syllabi preparation, course planning, and classroom experience.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor.
TH
649
Hours
3
Probs Th Arts: Perform

Advanced theory and practical application of performance techniques.

TH
658
Hours
3
Problems in Theatre Arts: Technology

This course provides study and studio work in aspects of theatre technology. The subject matter will include a variety of aspects of theatre technology including electronics and electricity, physics and motion, automation and programming, or other state-of-the-art techniques.

TH
662
Hours
3
History of Directing

Historical development of directing theory and methodology since Saxe-Meiningen.

TH
663
Hours
3
Graduate Directing Studio I

Advanced theory and practical application of directing techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor
TH
664
Hours
3
Graduate Directing Studio II

Advanced theory and practical application of directing techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor
TH
665
Hours
3
Graduate Directing Studio III

Advanced theory and practical application of directing techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor
TH
669
Hours
1-3
Probs Th Arts: Directg

Advanced theory and practical application of directing techniques.

TH
670
Hours
3
Fundraising and Development for Arts Managers

Students will learn and subsequently apply the theories and practices to successfully acquire unearned revenue through annual and major gifts, corporate and foundation support, planned giving, capital campaigns and grant writing.

TH
671
Hours
3
Leadership in the Arts

Students will develop and understanding of leadership theory and effective management practices and the ability to model and adapt their leadership, management styles and behaviors as situations change in arts organizations. Students will also develop perspective and coaching on how to apply the course materials to their current work situation and future work environment scenarios.

TH
672
Hours
3
Venue and Event Management

Public assembly venue management represents one of the fastest growth areas in the sports, entertainment, meeting, and convention industries. With the construction of new arenas, stadiums, theaters, convention centers, and other venues, there are numerous job opportunities for properly trained individuals. This course will review and examine the principles and practices associated with managing a public assembly venue and the nature of the venue business. This is a comprehensive course designed to cover applied versus theoretical knowledge with an emphasis on assisting the student in understanding the concepts related to this professional field. In addition, this course will cover the process undertaken by event managers to plan all types of events from fundraising galas to conventions.

TH
673
Hours
3
Financial Management in the Arts

There are two parts to this class. First, a study of the application and principles of microeconomics to the arts. The topics include supply, demand, cost, pricing, margin and the arts organization as a business entity. Second, the class will deal with the principles and practices of financial management applied to the arts enterprise. Analysis of financial statements and financial management function as it is applied to the arts will be examined.

TH
674
Hours
3
Public Policy In Arts

A study of the history and manifestation of public arts policy in the United States, with emphasis placed on arts advocacy and public relations tactics and campaigns.

TH
675
Hours
3
Business Legal Issues In Arts

An examination of legal requirements of nonprofit arts organizations, specifically addressing tax exemption, reporting of contributions, development considerations, and contemporary legal issues affecting artists.

TH
676
Hours
3
Marketing The Arts

A study of contemporary marketing practices and how they are applied to the nonprofit arts organization. Special emphasis on marketing audits, forecasting, analysis, and campaigns.

TH
678
Hours
3
Board Relations and Planning in the Arts

This course is an in depth study of the role and impact of a board of directors and the planning process in the operation of an arts organization. Specific topics covered will include board and staff interaction, board duties and responsibilities, fundraising, governance models, the strategic planning process, parliamentary procedures, board committee structures and developing bylaws and articles of incorporation.

Prerequisite(s): TH 570
TH
679
Hours
1-3
Probs Th Arts: Managmt

Directed studies in specific arts management techniques and theoretical development of theatre projects. May be repeated for credit when the topic differs.

TH
690
Hours
1-6
Independent Study

Independent Study of topic found within theatre.

TH
695
Hours
3-6
Capstone Experience in Theatre

This course is designed for an MFA student in Theatre to demonstrate their accumulated training and experience within their particular area of concentration. Areas of concentration are Acting, Arts Management, Costume Design and Production, Design and Technical Production, Directing, and Stage Management.

TH
698
Hours
3
Research Not Related to Thesis

Research Not Related to Thesis.