Department of Theatre

Chair: Mr. Kelly Dean Allison, MFA

The Department of Theatre subscribes to the philosophy that classroom study and practical experience are complementary and of equal value. A wide array of courses related to the performing arts and film are taught in well equipped studios and smart classrooms. Production opportunities are available in state-of-the-art production facilities, the Morris K. Sirote Theatre and the Odess Theatre in the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center.  

Majors

The Department of Theatre offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Musical Theatre, a minor in Theatre, and an individually designed major (IDM) in Film. In addition, students can earn an interdisciplinary minor in Film Studies. The department also offers an honors program for qualified students. 

All BA Theatre majors are admitted on a general track. Those who wish to specialize are given the opportunity to audition and interview for one of two pre-professional concentrations: Performance or Design and Production. The general track provides a student with a broad education in all areas of theatre. The pre-professional performance concentration focuses on acting, with an emphasis on movement and vocal training. The pre-professional design and production concentration focuses on developing design and production skills in the areas of scenery, costume, lighting and audio. 

The Musical Theatre BFA training program focuses on musical theatre performance skills with 72 semester hours in theatre, music and dance. An audition is required to declare a Musical Theatre major. Auditions are held three times during the academic year starting in November.  Enrollment is limited so students who wish to pursue a Musical Theatre BFA are encouraged to audition early.

An Individually Designed Major is a program of study that is tailored to the individual needs of each student and is available to self-motivated students. Film IDM majors normally begin with a common 30 credit hour core of film-related courses. A minimum of fifteen additional credit hours are chosen by students in areas that will prepare them to accomplish their specific career goals.  All IDM plans of study require approval from the Department of Theatre Chair and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as consultation with a faculty mentor and an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.     

Theatre faculty provide individual mentoring and advising to help students matriculate and achieve their academic and professional goals. All majors and minors are expected to show progress toward completing university core requirements, participate in department productions, and to be professional both in attitude and actions while representing the department. 

Scholarships, Stipends, and Other Financial Aid

In addition to university financial aid, stipends and scholarships are available through the Department of Theatre to qualified students. Students awarded Theatre stipends and scholarships are expected to remain in academic good standing. Department scholarships require an overall GPA of 2.5 and a 3.0 GPA for all Theatre courses. Students with department stipends must maintain an overall GPA of 2.25. For more information, call (205) 934-3236 or visit the department web site at www.uab.edu/cas/theatre

 Theater Major Requirements: General Theater Concentration

RequirementsHours
Required Courses
THR 124Theatre Technology: Scenery and Lighting3
THR 125Theatre Technology: Costumes and Makeup3
THR 154Beginning Acting3
THR 160Theatre Cornerstone1
THR 210Introduction to Theatrical Design3
THR 235Analysis of Dramatic Literature3
THR 365Directing I3
THR 481Theatre History to 1860 3
THR 482Theatre History from 1860 to Present 3
THR 491Theatre Capstone2
Theatre Design
Select three hours from the following:3
Lighting Design
Theatre Sound Design and Technology
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Theatre Performance
Select 6 hours from the following:6
Voice and Movement for the Actor I
Voice and Movement for the Actor II
Intermediate Acting
Musical Theatre Performance I
Stage Combat
Experimental Performance
Advanced Acting
Acting for the Camera
Auditioning
Dialects
Directing II
Theatre Writing
Select three hours from the following:3
Plays on Film
Playwriting I
Screenwriting I
Exploring the African-American Creative Experience
Costume History and Period Style for the Theatre
Costume History and Period Style for the Theatre
Theatre Practicum
Complete 3 hours 13
Beginning Production Practicum
Beginning Performance Practicum
Theatre Electives
Select six hours from the following:6
Introduction to Dance 2
Jazz I
Tap I
Ballet I
Plays on Film 2
Voice and Movement for the Actor I
Voice and Movement for the Actor II
Beginning Production Practicum
Jazz II
Tap II
Ballet II
Playwriting I
Screenwriting I
Drawing and Rendering for the Theatre
Stage Management
Intermediate Acting
Musical Theatre Performance I
Musical Theatre Performance II
Exploring the African-American Creative Experience
Jazz III
Playwriting II
Screenwriting II
Stage Combat
Lighting Design
Theatre Sound Design and Technology
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Experimental Performance
Costume History and Period Style for the Theatre
Advanced Acting
Internship
Acting for the Camera
Advanced Production Practicum
Advanced Performance Practicum
Pattern Drafting
Auditioning
Dialects
Advanced Studio in Performance
Special Workshop
Directing II
Individual Project in Design and Production
Advanced Studio in Scenery
Advanced Studio in Costumes
Advanced Studio in Lighting
Advanced Studio in Audio
Honors Project
Individual Studies
Total Hours48
1

One hour may be THR 205 performance, two hours must be technical THR 204.

2

Students may NOT apply THR 105 or THR 200 toward both this requirement and the Core Curriculum Area II requirement.

 Major Requirements for Theatre with a Concentration in Pre-Professional Design & Technology

RequirementsHours
Required Courses
THR 124Theatre Technology: Scenery and Lighting3
THR 125Theatre Technology: Costumes and Makeup3
THR 154Beginning Acting3
THR 160Theatre Cornerstone1
THR 210Introduction to Theatrical Design3
THR 235Analysis of Dramatic Literature3
THR 365Directing I3
THR 481Theatre History to 1860 3
THR 482Theatre History from 1860 to Present 3
THR 491Theatre Capstone2
Theatre Design
THR 323Lighting Design3
THR 326Scenic Design3
THR 327Costume Design3
Theatre Practicum 1
Complete three hours:3
Beginning Production Practicum
Beginning Performance Practicum
Design & Technology Requirements
THR 226Drawing and Rendering for the Theatre3
THR 350Costume History and Period Style for the Theatre3
Design & Technology Electives
Select six hours from the following:6
Theatre Sound Design and Technology
Pattern Drafting
Individual Project in Design and Production
Advanced Studio in Scenery
Advanced Studio in Costumes
Advanced Studio in Lighting
Advanced Studio in Audio
Total Hours51
1

One hour may be THR 205 performance, two hours must be THR 204 technical .

Major Requirements for Theatre with a Concentration in Pre-Professional Performance

RequirementsHours
Required Courses
THR 124Theatre Technology: Scenery and Lighting3
THR 125Theatre Technology: Costumes and Makeup3
THR 154Beginning Acting3
THR 160Theatre Cornerstone1
THR 210Introduction to Theatrical Design3
THR 235Analysis of Dramatic Literature3
THR 365Directing I3
THR 481Theatre History to 1860 3
THR 482Theatre History from 1860 to Present 3
THR 491Theatre Capstone2
Theatre Practicum 1
Complete three hours: 3
Beginning Production Practicum
Beginning Performance Practicum
Performance Requirements
THR 202Voice and Movement for the Actor I3
THR 203Voice and Movement for the Actor II3
THR 254Intermediate Acting3
THR 355Advanced Acting3
Performance Electives
Select nine hours from the following:9
Stage Combat
Experimental Performance
Acting for the Camera
Advanced Performance Practicum
Auditioning
Dialects
Advanced Studio in Performance
Directing II
Total Hours51
1

 One hour must be THR 205, two hours must be THR 204.

 Major Requirements for Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

RequirementsHours
THR 100Introduction to the Theatre3
or THR 105 Introduction to Dance
THR 200Plays on Film3
THR 106Jazz I2
THR 107Tap I2
THR 108Ballet I2
THR 124Theatre Technology: Scenery and Lighting3
THR 125Theatre Technology: Costumes and Makeup3
THR 154Beginning Acting3
THR 160Theatre Cornerstone1
THR 202Voice and Movement for the Actor I3
THR 203Voice and Movement for the Actor II3
THR 204Beginning Production Practicum 11
THR 205Beginning Performance Practicum 11
THR 206Jazz II2
THR 208Ballet II2
THR 258Musical Theatre Performance I3
THR 259Musical Theatre Performance II3
THR 261Musical Theatre Showcase I1
THR 254Intermediate Acting3
THR 306Jazz III2
THR 361Musical Theatre Showcase II1
THR 355Advanced Acting3
THR 405Advanced Performance Practicum1
THR 430Auditioning3
THR 451Musical Theatre History and Script Analysis3
THR 461Musical Theatre Showcase III1
THR 493Musical Theatre Capstone2
THR 401NYC Showcase1
Dance Elective 300 or 400 level 22
Dance Elective 300 or 400 level 22
MUP 124Class Piano 11
MUP 124 must be taken a second time1
MUP 140Private Lessons: Voice 11
MUP 140 must be taken a second time1
MU 221Music Theory I3
MU 222Music Theory II3
MU 224Aural Skills I1
MU 225Aural Skills II1
MUP 240Private Lessons: Voice 11-2
MUP 240 must be taken a second time1
MUP 340Private Lessons: Voice 11-2
MUP 340 must be taken a second time1
MUP 440Private Lessons: Voice 11-2
MUP 440 must be taken a second time1
Total Hours83-86

1This course must be repeated once

2Dance Electives are taken during the last two semesters, two hours per semester for a total of four hours. Students should consult the Department of Theatre for information about approved courses.

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Theatre with a General Concentration

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 1601THR 2103
THR 1543THR 124 or 1253
THR 124 or 1253 
 7 6
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 210 or 2353THR 2041
THR 2041Performance Component13
Performance Component13Writing Component23
 7 7
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 3653THR 2041
THR 2041THR 365 (or Design Component)43
Theatre History 33 
 7 4
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Theatre History 33THR 4912
Theatre Elective53Theatre Elective53
 6 5
Total credit hours: 49
1

Performance Component - Select six hours from the following courses: THR 202, THR 203THR 254, THR 318, THR 355, THR 377 or THR 465.

2

 Writing Component - Select three hours from the following:  THR 200, THR 215, THR 216, THR 300, and THR 350.

3

 Theatre History - Six required hours (do not have to be taken in sequence): THR 481 and THR 482.

4

 Design Component - Select three hours from the following: THR 323, THR 325, THR 326, or THR 327.

5

 Theatre Electives - Select six hours from the approved list of Theatre Electives for the General Concentration.

Proposed Program of Study for a Theatre Major with a Concentration in Design and Production

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 1601THR 124 or 1253
THR 124 or 1253THR 210 or 2353
THR 1543 
 7 6
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 2041THR 2041
THR 2263THR 326 or 3273
THR 210 or 2353 
 7 4
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 3233THR 2041
THR 3273THR 326 or 3273
Theatre History 13Theatre History13
 9 7
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Theatre Elective23THR 3653
 THR 4912
 Theatre Elective23
 3 8
Total credit hours: 51
1

Theatre History - Six required hours (Do not have to take in sequence):  THR 481 and THR 482.

2

Design & Production Electives - Select six hours from the following: THR 325, THR 470, THR 472, THR 474, THR 471THR 473, or THR 474

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatre Performance

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 1601THR 124 or 1253
THR 124 or 1253 
THR 1543 
 7 3
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 2353THR 2543
THR 2023THR 2041
THR 2041THR 2103
 7 7
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 3653THR 3553
THR 2041THR 3183
THR 2033Theatre History 13
Theatre History13 
 10 9
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 377 or 4653THR 4912
 3 2
Total credit hours: 48
1

Theatre History - Six required hours. (Do not have to take in sequence):  THR 481 and THR 482.

Proposed Program of Study for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MU 2241MU 2251
THR 1601THR 1543
Freshman Year Experience1MU 2223
MU 2213THR 2082
THR 2023THR 2033
THR 1082EH 1023
EH 1013MUP 1401
MUP 1401 
 15 16
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MUP 2401-2MUP 2401-2
THR 1062THR 2543
MUP 1241MUP 1241
THR 100 or 1053THR 2062
University Core3University Core3
THR 2611University Core/Lab4
THR 2583THR 2593
THR 2041 
 15-16 17-18
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MUP 3401-2MUP 3401-2
THR 3062THR 1072
THR 1253THR 3553
University Core/Lab4University Core3
THR 3611THR 4513
THR 2041THR 2051
University Core3 
 15-16 13-14
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
THR 4932THR 1243
THR 4611THR 2003
University Core3University Core3
University Core3Dance Elective 300 or 400 level2
THR 4303MUP 4401-2
Dance Elective 300 or 400 level2THR 4051
MUP 4401-2THR 4011
 15-16 14-15
Total credit hours: 120-126

 Minor Requirements for Theatre

RequirementsHours
Required Theatre
THR 154Beginning Acting3
THR 210Introduction to Theatrical Design3
THR 235Analysis of Dramatic Literature3
Theatre Technology
THR 124Theatre Technology: Scenery and Lighting3
THR 125Theatre Technology: Costumes and Makeup3
Theatre History
Select one of the following:3
Theatre History to 1860
Theatre History from 1860 to Present
Theatre Electives
Select six hours from the following:6
Jazz I
Tap I
Ballet I
Voice and Movement for the Actor I
Voice and Movement for the Actor II
Beginning Production Practicum
Jazz II
Tap II
Ballet II
Playwriting I
Screenwriting I
Drawing and Rendering for the Theatre
Stage Management
Intermediate Acting
Exploring the African-American Creative Experience
Jazz III
Playwriting II
Screenwriting II
Stage Combat
Lighting Design
Theatre Sound Design and Technology
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Experimental Performance
Costume History and Period Style for the Theatre
Costume History and Period Style for the Theatre
Advanced Acting
Directing I
Acting for the Camera
Advanced Production Practicum
Teaching Theatre in the Secondary School
Pattern Drafting
Auditioning
Dialects
Costume History and Period Style for the Theatre
Advanced Studio in Performance
Special Workshop
Directing II
Individual Project in Design and Production
Advanced Studio in Scenery
Advanced Studio in Costumes
Advanced Studio in Lighting
Advanced Studio in Audio
Theatre History to 1860
Theatre History from 1860 to Present
Total Hours24
Note:

A course may not be used to satisfy this requirement and the core curriculum.

Honors Program in Theatre

Purpose

The Theatre Honors Program is designed for outstanding students majoring in Theatre. Through mentored work on an individually developed creative project or research topic, students will develop skills in preparation for graduate school or a professional career.

Eligibility

Acceptance into the Theatre Honors Program requires the student to:

  • Be a Theatre major.
  • Have earned a 3.5 GPA in Theatre courses attempted.
  • Have earned a 3.0 GPA overall.
  • Have completed:
    RequirementsHours
    THR 124Theatre Technology: Scenery and Lighting3
    THR 125Theatre Technology: Costumes and Makeup3
    THR 154Beginning Acting3
    THR 210Introduction to Theatrical Design3
    THR 235Analysis of Dramatic Literature3
  • Have completed 60 hours toward the BA degree.
  • Have completed at least two UAB Theatre production practicum.

Requirements

  • Completion of required courses for the Theatre major.
  • Arrangement with a faculty mentor for a creative or research project.
  • Submission of a formal project proposal to the faculty mentor and the Honor’s committee.
  • Registration for 3 credit hours of .
  • Public presentation of the honors project.
  • Acceptance of the completed project by the faculty mentor and the Honor’s committee.
  • Submission of an archival copy of the project to the Theatre Department.

Benefits

In addition to the educational benefits of working on a mentored, individually designed project, honors majors receive a certificate at the Spring UAB Honors Convocation and will graduate “With Honors in Theatre.”

Contact

For more information and/or admission to the Theatre Honors Program, please contact:

Kelly Allison, Chair
Department of Theatre
ASC 255
(205) 934-8676
kallison@uab.edu

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.

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 repeated 2 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 repeated 2 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.

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.

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 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.

THR 206. Jazz II. 2 Hours.

Intermediate exploration of jazz idiom, musicality, and technique, with emphasis on theatrical and choreographic styles.
Prerequisites: THR 106 [Min Grade: C]

THR 207. Tap II. 2 Hours.

Advanced exploration of tap genre, with emphasis on musicality and technique.
Prerequisites: THR 107 [Min Grade: C]

THR 208. Ballet II. 2 Hours.

Continued study of classic ballet technique.
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.
Prerequisites: THR 259 [Min Grade: C]

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 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.
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.
Prerequisites: THR 210 [Min Grade: C] and THR 235 [Min Grade: C]

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]

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 375 [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 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]

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]

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 Workshop. 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.
Prerequisites: THR 326 [Min Grade: C]

THR 472. Advanced Studio in Costumes. 3 Hours.

Advanced exploration of special topics related to costume design and production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: THR 327 [Min Grade: C]

THR 473. Advanced Studio in Lighting. 3 Hours.

Advanced exploration of special topics related to lighting design and production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: THR 323 [Min Grade: C]

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]

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.

An opportunity for students to write, produce and/or direct an original 10-20 minute film as an individual project under the mentorship of a faculty member.
Prerequisites: THR 277 [Min Grade: C]

THR 478. Music Video Production. 3 Hours.

Designing, shooting, and editing a music video using film industry crew protocol.
Prerequisites: THR 376 [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.
Prerequisites: THR 475 [Min Grade: C]

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.

Faculty

Accetta, Valerie, Assistant Professor, Head of Musical Theatre, 2013, B.A. (Otterbein), M.F.A. (Virginia Commonwealth)
Allison, Kelly, Professor of Theatre; Chair, Department of Theatre, 1998, B.F.A. (Stephens), M.F.A. (Minnesota)
Cannon, Joseph J., Assistant Professor of Theatre, 2004, B.A. (UAB), M.F.A. (Arizona)
Hall, Cheryl D., Assistant Professor of Theatre, 1989, B.A. (Southern Illinois), M.F.A. (Arizona)
Johnson, Marlene, Associate Professor of Theater, 2006, B.A. (Asbury), M.A. (Miami-Oxford), M.F.A. (Virginia Commonwealth)
Koskinen, Karla, Professor of Theater, 2007, B.A. (Marquette), M.F.A. (Illinois State)
Mack, June, Associate Professor of Theatre, 2001, B.A. (Hollins), M.F.A. (Florida State), M.Ed. (Harvard)
McLernon, Dennis J., Professor of Theatre, Head of Performance, 2000, B.A. (Allentown), M.Ed. (Auburn-Montgomery), M.F.A. (Alabama-Alabama Shakespeare Festival)
Page, Amy, Assistant Professor of Theatre, 2014, B.A. (Winthrop), M.F.A. (North Carolina)
Schnormeier, Kimberly A., Associate Professor of Theatre, 1991, B.F.A. (Miami), M.F.A. (Northwestern)
Shackleford, Lee, Assistant Professor of Theatre, 2000, B.A. (UAB), M.F.A. (Southern Illinois)
Simon, Cliff, Professor of Theatre, 2002, B.A. (Queens), M.F.A. (Texas-Austin)
Warner, Vessela, Asociate Professor of Theater, 2007, M.A. (Sofia University, Bulgaria), M.F.A. (National Conservatory of Theater, Bulgaria), Ph.D. (Washington)
Zuckerman, Edward D., Associate Professor of Theatre, 1999, B.A. (Westchester State), M.F.A. (Wayne State)