THR-Theatre Courses

Courses

THR 100. Introduction to the Theatre. 3 Hours.

Understanding the theatre experience through class lectures, reading and writing assignments, demonstrations, discussions, and viewing live evening performances. Writing is a significant component of this course. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Fine Arts.

THR 102. Introduction to Cinema. 3 Hours.

A survey of the world's greatest films and filmmakers emphasizing historical context and development of the art form over time. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Fine Arts.

THR 105. Introduction to Dance. 3 Hours.

Understanding the dance experience through class lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and viewing performances.

THR 106. Jazz I. 2 Hours.

Basic movement and combinations based on modern jazz, Broadway/theatrical styles, and popular jazz forms. May be taken 3 times for a total of 6 hours.

THR 107. Tap I. 2 Hours.

Basic rhythmic studies and combinations based on Broadway/theatrical tap styles. May be taken 3 times for a total of 6 hours.

THR 108. Ballet I. 2 Hours.

Fundamentals of classic ballet technique with emphasis on analysis and proper execution. May be taken 3 times for a total of 6 hours.

THR 124. Theatre Technology: Scenery and Lighting. 3 Hours.

Scenic construction techniques and execution of stage lighting via lectures, demonstrations, and practical application. Emphasis in tools, materials and procedure. 40 lab hours outside of scheduled classes required.

THR 125. Theatre Technology: Costumes and Makeup. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of costume construction, finishing and manipulation. Basic stage makeup techniques. Lectures, demonstrations and practical experience. 30 lab hours outside of scheduled classes required. Need instructor permission.

THR 126. Film Technology: Cinematography, Audio and Editing. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of film technology, camera operations, lighting, audio, editing and an introduction to the fundamentals of composing basic camera shots.

THR 154. Beginning Acting. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the basic principles of acting. Exercises in talking and listening, actions and objectives, subtext and internal monologue.

THR 160. Theatre Cornerstone. 1 Hour.

The objective of this course is to introduce incoming freshmen to the professional performing arts industry and the UAB Department of Theatre community. Its primary objective is to prepare students for a successful collegiate career in the study and practice of theatre. Course required for majors in the first fall semester of residency.

THR 200. Plays on Film. 3 Hours.

Understanding major genres of drama through lecture, analysis, reading scripts, and viewing performances. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Fine Arts.

THR 202. Voice and Movement for the Actor I. 3 Hours.

This course seeks to integrate voice and body in order to develop a free, flexible, and dynamic voice and body for the actor. Students will explore body work in order to develop kinesthetic awareness in the centering, grounding, and release of tension which are essential to the freeing of the voice. Students will explore expanded field of awareness as well as breath release, support for sound, resonance, embodying sounds, vocal hygiene, and vocal dynamics with applications to speaking text.

THR 203. Voice and Movement for the Actor II. 3 Hours.

A continuation of Voice and Movement for the Actor I with special emphasis on voice/body integration, field of awareness, breath support, range, dynamics, phrasing, tempo-rhythms. Students will explore how to use the voice working with a variety of dramatic texts. Additionally, students will explore principles of the Alexander Technique. May be repeated two times with permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: THR 202 [Min Grade: C]

THR 204. Beginning Production Practicum. 1-2 Hour.

Practical directed production experience in conjunction with actual production. THR 204 and THR 404 may be repeated for a combined total of 8 hours.

THR 205. Beginning Performance Practicum. 1 Hour.

Practical directed performance experience in conjunction with actual production. Requires audition. THR 205 and THR 405 may be repeated for a combined total of 8 hours. Requires permission of instructor.

THR 206. Jazz II. 2 Hours.

Intermediate exploration of jazz idiom, musicality, and technique, with emphasis on theatrical and choreographic styles. May be taken 3 times for a total of 6 hours.
Prerequisites: THR 106 [Min Grade: C]

THR 207. Tap II. 2 Hours.

Advanced exploration of tap genre, with emphasis on musicality and technique. May be taken 3 times for a total of 6 hours.
Prerequisites: THR 107 [Min Grade: C]

THR 208. Ballet II. 2 Hours.

Continued study of classic ballet technique. May be taken 3 times for a total of 6 hours.
Prerequisites: THR 108 [Min Grade: C]

THR 210. Introduction to Theatrical Design. 3 Hours.

Study and application of elements of design in theatre setting. Roles of scenic, lighting, and costume designers and their collaborative relationship with director.

THR 215. Playwriting I. 3 Hours.

Study and practicum in playwriting with emphasis on creating works for production and/or publication. Permission of instructor required. Writing is a significant component of this course.
Prerequisites: EH 101 [Min Grade: C]

THR 216. Screenwriting I. 3 Hours.

Study and practicum in writing scripts for TV and film, with emphasis on creating works for production and/or sale.
Prerequisites: EH 101 [Min Grade: C]

THR 226. Drawing and Rendering for the Theatre. 3 Hours.

Emphasis on rendering styles and drawing skills used in developing costume, scenic, and lighting designs. Studies in color theory, basic perspective, illustrating light source and figure drawing. Work in a variety of media and styles.
Prerequisites: THR 210 [Min Grade: C]

THR 230. Stage Management. 3 Hours.

The role and responsibilities of the stage manager for live theatrical events. Emphasis on managerial theory and practice.

THR 235. Analysis of Dramatic Literature. 3 Hours.

An examination of seminal dramatic works from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. Students will apply structural analysis to these works, focusing on their dramatic action, character development and language, in order to mine the ideas contained in them and determine how these ideas might be articulated to audiences in a live stage production.
Prerequisites: EH 101 [Min Grade: C]

THR 254. Intermediate Acting. 3 Hours.

Second part of a three part sequence. This course explores and applies the techniques of the acting process as prescribed in Constantin Stanislavaski's text, AN ACTOR PREPARES: given circumstances, character objectives, physical objectives, internal and external characterization techniques.
Prerequisites: THR 154 [Min Grade: C]

THR 258. Musical Theatre Performance I. 3 Hours.

This course offers an exploration of musical theatre performance by focusing on vocal production and historical style. Emphasis will be placed on specificity of performance, both vocally and physically, so that students will be able to accurately and successfully perform in different styles of musical theatre from early musicals through the 1960s. This course will also look at the relationship of the written vocal score to performance and the historical context of each piece.
Prerequisites: THR 154 [Min Grade: C]

THR 259. Musical Theatre Performance II. 3 Hours.

This course continues an exploration of musical theatre performance by focusing on vocal production and historical style. Emphasis will be placed on specificity of performance, both vocally and physically, so that students will be able to accurately and successfully perform in different styles of musical theatre from the 1970s through the present. This course will also look at the relationship of the written vocal score to performance and the historical context of each piece.
Prerequisites: THR 258 [Min Grade: C]

THR 261. Musical Theatre Showcase I. 1 Hour.

This course focuses on rehearsal and performance techniques through practical exploration of ensemble songs from assigned musical theatre selections leading to proficiency in performance skills and preparation for graduation and the profession.

THR 279. Cinematography. 3 Hours.

The theory and practice of camera work for shooting narrative and documentary films.
Prerequisites: THR 126 [Min Grade: C] or THR 277 [Min Grade: C]

THR 300. Exploring the African-American Creative Experience. 3 Hours.

Contributions of African Americans to theatre and dance. Creative process and application of creative process through live performance.
Prerequisites: THR 100 [Min Grade: C] or THR 200 [Min Grade: C] or THR 235 [Min Grade: C]

THR 303. History of Film I: Origins to 1960. 3 Hours.

From the first silent movies to the development of the modern color sound movie of Hollywood in the fifties: comparison and contrast of the views of major film makers of the first sixty years of the 20th Century.
Prerequisites: EH 101 [Min Grade: C]

THR 304. History of Film II: 1960 to Present. 3 Hours.

From the modern color sound movie of the fifties and the Nouvelle Vague to the latest movies produced around the globe: comparison and contrast of the views of filmmakers since the 1960s.
Prerequisites: THR 303 [Min Grade: C]

THR 306. Jazz III. 2 Hours.

Advanced study in Jazz technique and musicality with complex combinations and understanding of theatrical style. May be taken 3 times for a total of 6 hours.
Prerequisites: THR 206 [Min Grade: C]

THR 315. Playwriting II. 3 Hours.

Advanced Study and practicum in playwriting with emphasis on creating works for production and/or publication. Writing is a significant component of this course.
Prerequisites: THR 215 [Min Grade: C]

THR 316. Screenwriting II. 3 Hours.

Advanced study and practicum in writing feature-length screenplays, with emphasis on creating works for production, sale, and/or publication. May be repeated 1 time for a total of 6 hours.
Prerequisites: THR 216 [Min Grade: C]

THR 318. Stage Combat. 3 Hours.

Fighting for the stage and screen.

THR 323. Lighting Design. 3 Hours.

Exploration of the theory and practice of lighting design for live performance.
Prerequisites: THR 124 [Min Grade: C] and THR 210 [Min Grade: C] and THR 235 [Min Grade: C]

THR 325. Theatre Sound Design and Technology. 3 Hours.

Principles and practice of designing, engineering and propagating audio for live theatrical productions.

THR 326. Scenic Design. 3 Hours.

Exploration of the theory and practice of scene design for live performance.
Prerequisites: THR 210 [Min Grade: C] and THR 235 [Min Grade: C]

THR 327. Costume Design. 3 Hours.

Exploration of the theory and practice of costume design for live performance. Basic principles of design, characterization and rendering technique.
Prerequisites: THR 210 [Min Grade: C] and THR 235 [Min Grade: C]

THR 343. Experimental Performance. 3 Hours.

This course explores alternative approaches to creating performance. In addition, the course focuses on the psychology of the actor and examines techniques to reduce performance anxiety. The work culminates in the creation of a solo piece.
Prerequisites: THR 154 [Min Grade: C]

THR 350. Costume History and Period Style for the Theatre. 3 Hours.

A selective study of clothing, architecture, furniture and decorative arts of different historical eras, with emphasis on popular theatrical eras and styles. Includes an examination of the societal, cultural, and economic influences which shape historical style.
Prerequisites: EH 102 [Min Grade: C] or EH 107 [Min Grade: C]

THR 355. Advanced Acting. 3 Hours.

Advanced level class in actor training. Students will be introduced to specific period styles acting techniques for Shakespearean drama, restoration drama, and emerging changes for performance techniques in the plays of Henric Ibsen and Anton Chekhov.
Prerequisites: THR 202 [Min Grade: C] and THR 254 [Min Grade: C]

THR 360. Internship. 3 Hours.

Experience in non-academic theatre under supervision of professional staff. Interns may work in single area of specialty or in rotation throughout host theatre operation and may contract for single term or academic year.

THR 361. Musical Theatre Showcase II. 1 Hour.

This course focuses on rehearsal and performance techniques through practical exploration of duet scenes and songs from assigned musical theatre selections leading to proficiency in performance skills and preparation for graduation and the profession.
Prerequisites: THR 261 [Min Grade: C]

THR 365. Directing I. 3 Hours.

Basic principles of staging, picturization, composition, focus, and movement. Text analysis, directorial scoring, and actor/director dynamics.
Prerequisites: THR 210 [Min Grade: C] and THR 235 [Min Grade: C]

THR 374. Video Editing. 3 Hours.

Digital video and audio editing.
Prerequisites: THR 126 [Min Grade: C]

THR 375. Beginning Narrative Filmmaking. 6 Hours.

Study and practicum in producing short narrative films. Students will gain experience in screenwriting, scouting locations, designing shots, drawing storyboards, creating shooting schedules, holding auditions, casting, and editing.
Prerequisites: THR 126 [Min Grade: C] and THR 216 [Min Grade: C]

THR 376. Intermediate Narrative Filmmaking. 3 Hours.

Expand upon the experience gained in Beginning Filmmaking by working as part of a crew (industry model) to write, cast, shoot and edit an original narrative film.
Prerequisites: THR 316 [Min Grade: C] and THR 375 [Min Grade: C]

THR 377. Acting for the Camera. 3 Hours.

A study of acting techniques for film and television.

THR 378. Film Directing. 3 Hours.

Students will study the films and directing techniques of the great film directors from around the world. They will then apply those directing techniques as they design shots and work with actors in filmmaking exercises. Activities in this course are divided between film analysis and exercises in a workshop format.
Prerequisites: THR 376 [Min Grade: C]

THR 401. NYC Showcase. 1 Hour.

Preparation of songs, monologues and scenes for presentation to casting directors and agents. Students enrolled in this course will be required to cover costs associated with travel to New York City.

THR 404. Advanced Production Practicum. 1-2 Hour.

Practical directed production experience in conjunction with actual production. Prior to taking THR 404, student must have completed the 3 required practicum credits. THR 204 and THR 404 may be repeated for a combined total of 8 credits.

THR 405. Advanced Performance Practicum. 1 Hour.

Practical directed performance experience in conjunction with actual production. Requires audition. Prior to taking THR 405, student must have completed the 3 required practicum credits. THR 205 and THR 405 may be repeated for a combined total of 8 hours.

THR 406. Special Topics in Dance. 1-3 Hour.

Specialized subjects in dance taught as opportunity allows.

THR 420. Teaching Theatre in the Secondary School. 3 Hours.

Course provides the student with a complete understanding and utilization of the knowledge and skills needed to teach theatre at the secondary school level.

THR 425. Pattern Drafting. 3 Hours.

Students will learn garment terms, their application, and flat pattern techniques for garment development. The course requires 20 lab hours, in addition to regular class meetings.
Prerequisites: THR 125 [Min Grade: B]

THR 430. Auditioning. 3 Hours.

This course prepares the actor for graduate school and professional auditions. A working method is explored for the preparation of classical and contemporary audition pieces.
Prerequisites: THR 154 [Min Grade: C] and THR 202 [Min Grade: C]

THR 435. Dialects. 3 Hours.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills to describe and recreate oral postures, placement, and rhythms of various stage dialects.
Prerequisites: THR 202 [Min Grade: C]

THR 450. Costume History and Period Style for the Theatre. 3 Hours.

A selective study of clothing, architecture, furniture and decorative arts of different historical eras, with emphasis on popular theatrical eras and styles. Includes an examination of the societal, cultural, and economic influences which shape historical style.
Prerequisites: EH 102 [Min Grade: C] or EH 107 [Min Grade: C]

THR 451. Musical Theatre History and Script Analysis. 3 Hours.

Exploration of the origins and development of musical theatre, from the mid-18th century to the present day. Students will develop a critical sensitivity to the medium and will learn to analyze the music, plots, characters and situations of musical theatre.
Prerequisites: EH 102 [Min Grade: C] or EH 102 [Min Grade: C]

THR 455. Advanced Studio in Performance. 3 Hours.

Advanced exploration of special topics related to acting through performance including but not restricted to period styles, dialects, ensemble work, solo performance, or any other specialized genre.
Prerequisites: THR 154 [Min Grade: C]

THR 461. Musical Theatre Showcase III. 1 Hour.

This course focuses on rehearsal and performance techniques through practical exploration of scenes and solo songs from assigned musical theatre selections leading to proficiency in performance skills and preparation for graduation and the profession.
Prerequisites: THR 361 [Min Grade: C]

THR 462. Special Topics. 1-3 Hour.

Specialized subjects taught as opportunity allows.

THR 465. Directing II. 3 Hours.

Preparing performances. Director/actor communication in rehearsal, rehearsal motifs, rehearsal organization, and finishing production. Actual direction of one-act play for laboratory performance.
Prerequisites: THR 365 [Min Grade: C]

THR 470. Individual Project in Design and Production. 1-3 Hour.

Directed individual study in topics related to theatrical design and production. Individual Project in Design: The design of costumes, scenery, lighting, audio, or makeup for a mainstage production under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Individual Project in Production: Assume the position and execute the responsibilities of a specific production position, such as a cutter/draper or technical director, while under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Proposals for individual projects must be approved prior to registration.

THR 471. Advanced Studio in Scenery. 3 Hours.

Advanced exploration of special topics related to scenic design and production. May be repeated for credit.

THR 472. Advanced Studio in Costumes. 3 Hours.

Advanced exploration of special topics related to costume design and production. May be repeated for credit.

THR 473. Advanced Studio in Lighting. 3 Hours.

Advanced exploration of special topics related to lighting design and production. May be repeated for credit.

THR 474. Advanced Studio in Audio. 3 Hours.

Advanced exploration of special topics related to audio design and production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: THR 210 [Min Grade: C] and THR 235 [Min Grade: C] and THR 325 [Min Grade: C]

THR 475. Advanced Narrative Filmmaking. 3 Hours.

Expand upon the experience gained in Intermediate Filmmaking by working as part of a crew (industry model) to write, cast, shoot and edit an original narrative film.
Prerequisites: THR 376 [Min Grade: C]

THR 476. Audio for Film: Recording and Mixing. 3 Hours.

Audio recording in studio and field, proper microphone techniques, non-linear, multi-track mixing for motion pictures, radio, and television.
Prerequisites: THR 375 [Min Grade: C]

THR 478. Music Video Production. 3 Hours.

Designing, shooting, and editing a music video using film industry crew protocol.
Prerequisites: THR 375 [Min Grade: C]

THR 480. Individual Project in Film. 1-3 Hour.

An opportunity for students to write, produce and/or direct an original 10-20 minute film as an independent project.

THR 481. Theatre History to 1860. 3 Hours.

An exploration of Western theatre from 500 B.C. to 1860 by focusing on the Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration, and Enlightenment periods. The original historical and performance contexts of plays written during the period will be considered to illuminate the cultural and political role of theatre through the ages. The class format includes lectures, class discussions, group exercises, and creative and research projects.
Prerequisites: THR 235 [Min Grade: C]

THR 482. Theatre History from 1860 to Present. 3 Hours.

An exploration of nineteenth and twentieth century Western theatre, focusing on Romanticism, Realism and Non-Realism. Also introduces students to the most popular forms of traditional non-Western theatre to explain their influence on the European avant-garde. Emphasis will be placed on seminal plays, theatre spaces and design, acting techniques, and directing styles. The class format includes lectures, class discussions, group exercises, and creative and research projects.
Prerequisites: THR 235 [Min Grade: C]

THR 489. Individual Studies in Film. 1-3 Hour.

An opportunity for students to study a specific aspect of film production or history leading to the presentation of research.

THR 491. Theatre Capstone. 2 Hours.

An exploration of the role of theatre and the theatre artist in the macrocosm of the world. Synthesis and assessment of the academic theatre experience through writing assignments, class discussion, and oral presentations focused on career preparation and planning, the role of theatre in society, defining a personal aesthetic and collaboration. Required for graduation in last year of residency.

THR 492. Film Internship/Capstone. 3 Hours.

A synthesis experience for students as they apply what they have learned to a real-life, work environment. When possible, students are expected to intern with a Los Angeles film or television production company.

THR 493. Musical Theatre Capstone. 2 Hours.

An exploration of the business of musical theatre including information about contracts, unions, agents/managers, casting directors, taxes and other life strategies in order to develop a specific plan for the next steps after graduation. Students prepare themselves for professional careers by developing such items as resumes, audition material, headshots and websites.

THR 496. Honors Project. 3 Hours.

Admission into the departmental honors program.

THR 499. Individual Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Directed individual study in theatre topics unrelated to design and production. Proposals for individual projects must be approved prior to registration. May be repeated for credit.