Theatre Minor

School of Arts and Sciences

This is one option for a minor in our Theatre Major. Other options to consider are linked here.

Curriculum

  • Theatre Minor
  • 19 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 contemporary plays. Field trips required.
  • THR 261: Acting 1
  • 3
As an introduction to basic acting techniques, students will examine ways to construct the interior, physical, and vocal life of a character, learn warm-up procedures, and staging principles, including experiences in scene analysis, performance of monologues, and improvisations. Field trips may be included. Prerequisite: THR 251 or consent of instructor.
  • THR 262: Acting 2
  • 4
This course is an advanced approach to acting techniques used in contemporary realism material including an in-depth study of scene and character analysis; performance of monologues, improvisations, and scenes; exercises based on the Meisner technique and other acting approaches. Lab time is included in the schedule. There may be an additional charge for field trips. Lab time is included in the schedule. Prerequisite: THR 261 or consent of instructor.
  • THR 351: Play Direction 1
  • 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, including both the principles for proscenium and the open stage. Workshop scenes are presented and evaluated. Prerequisites: THR 251, 261 and 262, or consent of instructor.
  • Choose one of the following courses not taken above:
  • THR 441: Theatre and Culture 1
  • 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. Field trips are required. Prerequisite: THR 251 or consent of the instructor.
  • THR 442: Theatre and Culture 2
  • 3
As a continuation of Theatre and Culture 1, this course will examine the theatre of various cultures from the Renaissance to the present day. Prerequisite: THR 251 or consent of instructor.
  • THR 443: Contemporary Theatre and Culture
  • 3
This course will examine various theatre cultures, concentrating on theatrical texts and performances written and produced within the past sixty years including contemporary trends and styles. Offered in alternate years.
  • Choose one of the following courses not taken above:
  • ENG 387: Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • 3
This course will read, critically analyze, discuss, and evaluate selected plays from 1890 through the 21st century, including such dramatists as Ibsen, O'Neill, Pirandello, Lorca, Miller, Williams, and Albee. Attending a performance may be required. Prerequisite: ENG 201, or CENG 201 or 202.
  • ENG 466: Shakespeare
  • 3
Critical reading and analysis of selected examples of Shakespeare's histories, comedies, and tragedies is the focus of this course. Prerequisite: ENG 201, or CENG 201 or 202, ENG 271.
  • THR 321: 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. Field trips and participation in on-campus production work required. A lab fee of $50 is required. Prerequisite: THR 251 or consent of instructor.
  • THR 330: Performance Studies and Readers Theatre
  • 3
This course will provide an in-depth work in solo and group oral interpretation, including selection, adaptation, and presentation of readers theater programs for children and adults, including intercultural issues in performance, performing for religious audiences, and performance of non-fiction. Field trips are required./dt>
  • THR 441: Theatre and Culture 1
  • 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. Field trips are required. Prerequisite: THR 251 or consent of the instructor.
  • THR 442: Theatre and Culture 2
  • 3
As a continuation of Theatre and Culture 1, this course will examine the theatre of various cultures from the Renaissance to the present day. Prerequisite: THR 251 or consent of instructor.
  • THR 443: Contemporary Theatre and Culture
  • 3
This course will examine various theatre cultures, concentrating on theatrical texts and performances written and produced within the past sixty years including contemporary trends and styles. Offered in alternate years.
  • THR 461: Creative Drama and Improvisation
  • 3
With an emphasis upon personal dramatic experience and drama as process instead of theatrical product, students will examine the principles and procedures for utilizing creative dramatics activities in a variety of settings, as expressed through individual and group movement, sound, and improvisation. Practicum lab hours required.
 

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this minor and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your minor. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.


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