2014–2015 Theatre Courses

 

THTR 124 Survey of the Theatre, LE (3)
A survey course to introduce the student to an appreciation of live theatre. Supplemented by historical perspectives and readings/viewings of representative plays, the student builds a basis for solid criticism through the study of the philosophies, principles, and practices of theatrical productions.
       
THTR 127 Stagecraft I, LE (2)
An introduction to the basic theories and techniques of stage scenery and lighting. Practice in construction of sets and properties, scene painting, and stage lighting. Additional lab work on campus productions is required.
       
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup (2)
Theory and techniques of stage costuming and theatrical makeup. Practice in costume construction and design, wardrobe maintenance, and stage makeup techniques.
       
THTR 140 Costumes for the Theatre (2)
This course is designed to introduce theatre majors to the essentials of costume design, construction and wardrobe maintenance. Emphasis will be placed on historical research, applying conceptual thought, and character analysis. Students will explore costuming materials, design and construction techniques, and historical costume period.
       
THTR 142 Stage Makeup (2)
Students in this course learn the art and craft of makeup design and application. Students learn the fundamental principles of stage makeup design, research and the application of stage makeup.
       
THTR 160 Computer Aided Drafting for the Theatre (3)

This course is designed to introduce theatre majors to the essentials of theatrical design application on computer software. In this course, students will become proficient in computer aided drafting for the stage utilizing current software programs such as Softplot and Vectorworks.

       
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)
A study of basic acting techniques including the actor’s role and objectives, voice production, improvisation, monologues, and scene study.
       
THTR 190 The Performer’s Body: A Guide to Creative Wellness (2)
Like an athlete, stage performers need to care for themselves in ways unique to their profession. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of health issues related to stage performance and to encourage the application of this knowledge in order to thrive on stage. Subjects that will be covered are mind/body awareness, overcoming fatigue, stress management, relaxation, creativity, and building resilience.
       
THTR 200/300 Special Topics in Theatre Arts (1–4)
A changing topics course offering special areas of interest not covered in regular courses. Topics include Theatre Management, Reader’s Theatre, Modern Dance, special focus on particular styles of theatre or dramatic literature as well as travel/study programs.
       
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)
This overview of the art and business of stage management examines the skills of personnel management, organization, delegation, and scheduling as required tools of an effective stage manager. Students will develop an understanding of the technical infrastructure of the theatre and an awareness of how the theatre hierarchy functions. Graduates of this course are prepared to successfully stage manage productions, from auditions, to rehearsals.
       
THTR 221 Yoga for Wellness, LE (2)

This course is designed to help students discover the benefits of regular yoga practice and develop a personal practice that can be continued beyond this class. Students will study the history and philosophy of yoga and the practical skills of pose work. Most classes will be devoted to understanding beneficial moving and breathing principles. Students will be encouraged to expand their practice beyond the mat, and bring increased awareness into their lives. Reading and reflective journaling will assist this process. Students will be guided to adapt yoga poses to their needs on a daily basis. Relaxation is part of the daily curriculum; as students strengthen their ability to full rest, learning is absorbed and they become better students. Students will be required to develop a plan for their personal yoga practice. Cross listed with HPW 220.

       
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (1–4)
Student involvement in Westminster Players’ productions, either as performers or as technicians. May require an audition and consent of instructor.
       
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE (2)
This class is an introduction to basic elements of movement and dance. Explores body alignment, core support, weight, momentum, movement quality, connectivity and more in relation to time, space, and energy. The class is structured as a series of dance sequences and designed to carry over into every day practice. Same as HPW 230.
       
THTR 260 Design for the Theatre (3)
Examines design concepts in terms of theatrical production. Script analysis for the design of sets, costumes, and lighting design are studied. Pre-requisite: THTR 160 Computer Aided Drafting for the Theatre
       
THTR 280 Acting II (3)
An intermediate course in acting with focus on scene study and characterization. Prerequisite: THTR 180 or consent of instructor.
       
THTR 303 Performance Studies (1)
This course is a workshop about the essence of theatrical collaboration and will keep a performer’s voice, body, intellect, and wit tuned, sharp and current. Students will meet three times a week for physical and vocal warm-ups, play readings, monologue selection and development. Students will blog as part of an online community to encourage their own and others explorations. All theatre majors are strongly encouraged to attend throughout their tenure in the program; attendance will be considered when reviewing applications for the BFA track. This course is repeatable for credit.
       
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)

Workshop in playwriting which examines structure and style in dramatic literature as a starting point for student’s work in scene writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 220 or THTR 358 or 359 or equivalent.

       
THTR 325 Stage Lighting (3)
This course is designed to help students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of stage lighting: basic electrical theory, light and color theory, instrumentation, control systems, drafting, and special effects. It is required that each student serve as an electrician or as master electrician on a production during the semester. Prerequisite: THTR 127 or consent of the instructor.
       
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)
This course is a continuation of the theories and applications of construction techniques for the scenic environment. Special emphasis is placed on stage machinery and rigging, welding and scenery building. The course includes a laboratory component during which students will apply these skills to departmental productions. Prerequisite: THTR 127 or consent of instructor.
       
THTR 327 Advanced Acting Workshop (1–4)
Advanced study of acting techniques through participation in on-campus productions. Prerequisites: consent of  program director. This course can be repeated for credit.
       
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (1–4)
Advanced work in technical theatre or stage management through participation in on-campus productions. Prerequisite: consent of   program director. This course can be repeated for credit.
       
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)
This class is designed to familiarize students with the materials and advanced techniques used in the design and construction of theatrical costumes which may include millinery, mask making, and the dyeing and painting of fabric. In this course the student will deepen their understanding of the principles and elements of design, play analysis, research, costume period and style, design problems, construction and organization skills. The course includes a laboratory component during which students will apply these skills to departmental productions. Prerequisite: THTR 129 or 140 or consent of the instructor.
       
THTR 330 Intermediate Dance and Movement (2)
This course is designed as an intermediate movement class for students with beginning movement training or a background in creative process. Students will combine creative thought and problem-solving with movement technique and exploration. This class offers the important ‘application’ process necessary to cultivate higher learning.
       
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)
This course is an introduction to methods of painting scenery for stage productions, characteristics of various scene painting materials. The course includes a study of color, perspective and techniques. The course includes a laboratory component during which students will apply these skills to departmental productions. Prerequisite: THTR 127 or consent of instructor.
       
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)
Study of the history of theatre and dramatic literature from 1800 to the present.
       
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)
All work as an actor begins with the audition. Emphasizing preparation for stage, film, television, commercial and voice over auditions, this course also covers the basics of head-shots, resumes, business cards, mailings, demos, and on-line resources. Summer employment opportunities, graduate school preparation, and retaining an agent will also be explained. Prerequisites: THTR 280 or consent of instructor.
       
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (2)
Being present in your body is vital to successful performance. This course will examine various movement enhancers such as Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Suzuki Method, yoga, tai chi, and Laban analysis in order to improve body awareness, alignment, and flexibility.
       
THTR 372 Movement II (2)
The physical aspects of character development will be explored through exercises in mime, clowning, mask work, and movement techniques. Students will gain proficiency in beginning stage combat, period style, and epic movement appropriate to outdoor theatre, musicals, classical, and stylized theatre.
       
THTR 379 Voice, Diction, and Dialect (4)
This course utilizes process-oriented work on vocal production and phonetics while developing an increased awareness and understanding of articulation, resonance, expressivity, pitch, pace, rhythm, and variety. Students will become aware of the function and potential of their vocal instrument in the creation of regionalisms, dialects, and accents.
       
THTR 380 Acting III (3)
Participants will engage in various acting techniques including Meisner, Adler, Strasberg, and Stanislavski as they learn the subtleties that distinguish the many genres and styles expected of the advanced actor. Pre-requisite: THTR 280 or consent of instructor.
       
THTR 385 Musical Theatre (3)
This hybrid course will survey the history and masterworks of this quintessentially American art form and provide participants the opportunity to perform musical theatre selections. Students will gain a familiarity with major composers, lyricist, and choreographers and will write about the techniques and themes of musical theatre including an explanation of how the genre both reflects and contributes to American culture. Participants will then put feet to their understanding by working song and dance vignettes from the musical theatre repertoire.
       
THTR 401 Directed Studies in Theatre Arts (1–4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Theatre Arts Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
       
THTR 440 Internship (1–4)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.  
       
THTR 470 Directing (3)
Study of the theories and practices of staging plays for the theatre. Includes script analysis, production planning, rehearsal techniques, stage composition, and designer/director communication. Each student directs a one-act play for public performance. Prerequisite: THTR 127, 129, 180, and 228, or consent of instructor.
       
THTR 480 Acting IV (4)
This advanced scene study course concentrates on expanding character and style ranges with specific emphasis placed on individual needs. Small and large group scenes will be utilized. Pre-requisite: THTR 380
       
THTR 485 Theatre Seminar  
This course serves as a final opportunity for graduating seniors to receive faculty evaluation of their portfolio, vitae, resume, and monologues. This course will provide an appraisal of a plan of action for success in graduate school and/or a student’s chosen profession. It is a final opportunity for a student to undergo personal, professional, and programmatic assessment. Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of the advisor.
       
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (1–3)
As the culminating project or performance for the BFA, this course provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate the integration of their academic studies and their theatre skills. With guidance from the faculty, students elect to complete their capstone experience as a design project, theatrical performance, directorial work, dramaturgical project, written thesis, or a critical/historical document. Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of the advisor.