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Liberal Studies Major

Theatre Concentration

School of Education



  • Liberal Studies Major: Theatre Concentration
  • 12 Units
  • THR 251: Introduction to Theatre
  • 3

This course will provide an overview of the various conventions, forms, styles, and genres of the theatre, including principles of play analysis and exploration of theatre criticism from dramaturgical, literary, and cultural perspectives through the thematic discussions of representative plays. There may be an additional charge for required field trips.

  • THR 261: Acting I
  • 3

As an introduction to basic acting techniques, this course will examine ways to construct the interior, physical, and vocal life of a character, teach warm-up procedures and staging principles including scene analysis, performance of monologues, and improvisations. There may be an additional charge for field trips.

  • THR 461: Creative Dramatics
  • 3

With an emphasis upon personal dramatic experience and drama as process instead of theatrical product, this course will examine the principles and procedures for utilizing creative dramatics activities as an instructional tool. Through individual and group movement, sound, and unscripted exercises, students learn to incorporate dramatic activities in the classroom, rehearsal hall and a variety of other settings, including an introduction to puppetry.

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  • THR 200: Stagecraft
  • 3

Through hands-on experiences this course will introduce the practical application of theatrical design principles including techniques and practices of technical organization, set construction, lighting preparation, costume construction, makeup application, and sound preparation. A lab fee is required.

  • THR 210: Introduction to Theatrical Design
  • 3

As an introduction to the theories and principles of theatrical design, this course will emphasize the holistic and scenographic approach, while exploring set, lighting, costume, makeup, and sound design with director/designer collaboration. A lab fee is required.

  • THR 351: Play Direction I
  • 3

This course will introduce students to the following techniques: play selection and analysis, auditioning, scene design and staging, actor coaching, rehearsal strategies, and production management. Both the principles for proscenium and the open stage will be discussed along with the presentation and evaluation of workshop scenes. Prerequisites: THR 251 and THR 261 and THR 262 and THR 341 or consent of instructor.

  • THR 441: Theatre and Culture I
  • 3

Through the study of representative plays, this course will examine the various theatre cultures from the Classical period through the Renaissance, giving consideration to the theatrical conventions, visual art, music, and significant historical events of the periods. There may be an additional charge for required field trips. Prerequisite: THR 251 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • THR 442: Theatre and Culture II
  • 3

As a continuation of THR 441, this course will examine theatre cultures from the Renaissance to the present day. There may be an additional charge for required field trips. Prerequisite: THR 251 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

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