Theatre Arts Course Descriptions

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COURSES IN THEATRE ARTS

101 Theatre Appreciation (AR)

An introduction to the history and literature of the theatre, acting, directing and theatrical design.  This survey course involves seeing theatre throughout central Illinois. Offered annually.

102 Fundamentals of Acting (AR)

An examination of the basic concepts, vocabulary and techniques of acting. Offered annually.

105x/106x Theatre Laboratory I/Theatre Laboratory II

Laboratory experience in the practical application of stagecraft to scenery construction, costume construction, stage lighting and theatre management. Grades are credit/no credit. Offered every seven weeks.

110 Stagecraft (.5)

A survey of the basic principles of stagecraft and their practical application to scenery, sound, properties and stage lighting. Offered each fall.

112 Costume Technology (.5)

An introduction to the basic costume studio skills, including the use of various sewing machines and other specialized studio equipment as well as an introduction to basic pattern drafting and cutting skills. Offered annually.

141 Introduction to Theatre Studies

An introductory seminar for first year theatre majors in the BA program, examining the practice and analysis of theatre performance, design, and literature from a liberal arts perspective. Designed to model the basic historical, practical and theoretical models of theatre studies as a discipline. Offered each fall.

180 Acting I

An introduction to the fundamental vocabulary, skills and concepts of acting. Students will be asked to explore the actor’s process through a series of exercises that develop listening, concentration and imagination. Designed for Theatre Arts majors only, this course serves as a foundation for all subsequent performance courses. Offered each fall.

181 Acting II

A process oriented course focused on scene study from contemporary plays. Course also introduces beginning text analysis for actors. For Theatre Arts majors only. Prerequisite: THEA 180. Offered each spring.

184 Voice/Speech I (.5)

Introduction to breathing and sounding techniques fundamental to developing a free voice. Also includes study of human anatomy and vocal hygiene. For Theatre Arts majors only. Offered in first seven weeks each fall term.

185 Movement for the Actor I

An exploration of a variety of movement principles applicable to the stage actor. Emphasis is placed on increasing body strength, endurance and flexibility. Primary focus of the course is in using the principles of Rudolf Laban’s work with “Effort/Shape”. For Theatre Arts majors only. Offered each spring.

188 Performance I

An introduction to techniques and approaches in acting, voice/ speech, and movement. Acting work includes sensory and emotional awareness, observation, concentration and basic scene study techniques. Voice/speech work includes anatomy and kinesthetics of breath and voice, basic vocal warm-ups, and diction drills. Movement work includes neutral body, physical conditioning, and moving through time and space with energy. Required for Theatre Arts majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree. Offered annually.

211 Stage Makeup (.5)

Through demonstration, practical application and experimentation the student will evolve a personal approach to makeup for the stage. A seven week lecture and laboratory course. Offered each fall.

219 Stage Management

An introduction to the basic theories and principles of stage management for theatrical productions. Special attention will be given to script analysis for production planning, group discussions, lectures and practical projects. Prerequisite: THEA 110. Offered every other spring.

220 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

An introduction to visual communication and aesthetic theory as it applies to all elements of theatre design. Explores theatre design as a means of communication, artistic expression and organization of information. Research, group discussions, design projects in sets, lighting and costumes, lectures and demonstrations complement studio work. Prerequisites: THEA110 and THEA112. Offered each fall.

221 Visual Concepts

An advanced study of aesthetic theory and the collaborative process. Explores the complex relationship between designer, director, text and audience with special emphasis on the dynamic between designers and directors. Critiques, research, group discussions, lectures, demonstrations and project work with guest directors, complement studio work. Prerequisite: THEA 220. Offered alternate spring semesters.

225 Drawing for the Theatre

An introduction to drawing from the human form designed for Theatre Arts majors. Students will be introduced to the art of drawing as an exercise through observation, technique and media exploration. Discussion, drawing from human models, critiques and demonstrations will complement studio work. Offered each fall.

241 Introduction to Dramatic Literature (AR,W)

An introduction to the key theories and theorists of theatrical history. Provides an understanding of the fundamentals of dramatic analysis and exposes the student to a variety of theatrical genres and modes of dramatic expression. Offered annually.

276 Dance Appreciation (AR,W)

An examination of the last fifty years of concert dance in the United States. Through readings and viewings of performances on video, students will become familiar with various choreographers, be able to offer critical analysis of selected works and hypothesize future trends in dance performance. Offered occasionally.

280 Acting III

A continuation of the process from Acting II including elements of style and advanced text analysis. For BFA Acting and Music Theatre students only. Prerequisite: THEA 181. Offered each fall.

284 Voice/Speech II (.5)

Continuing development of breath and voice with application of techniques to speaking poetry. Also covered are approaches to breath, voice, and character work for actor’s preparation outside of rehearsal. Prerequisite: THEA 184 – Voice/Speech I. Offered in second seven weeks each fall term.

288 Performance II

A continuation of Performance I, this course allows students to continue to develop the ability to integrate acting, voice/speech, and movement. Focus is placed on scene study and dramatic action. A unit on auditioning techniques will be included in the course. Prerequisite: THEA 188 or permission of instructor. Offered annually.

290 Practicum

Practical work for theatre arts majors. Students will assume production responsibilities in one of the following areas: performance, assistant directing, design, stage management, scenic craftwork and costuming. A contract outlining specific assignments must be filed with the Director of the School of Theatre Arts. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of the Director of the School. Offered each semester.

310 Technical Drawing

Artistic and technical aspects of theatrical drafting, scenic rendering, and three dimensional model building as utilized to communicate spatial design for the stage. Students will explore a variety of craft techniques and experiment with all painting and drawing media. Project work, research, translation of hand drafting to CAD featured. Prerequisite: THEA 220. Offered every other spring.

311 Rendering

Introduction to rendering processes and concepts for theatrical design. Explores various styles of costume drawing and painting as a means of artistic expression, communication and organization of information. Students will study selected historical and contemporary modes of costume rendering and experiment with all painting and drawing media. Project work, research, and demonstrations complement studio work. Prerequisite: THEA 220. Offered every other spring.

312 Properties for the Theatre

The student will be introduced to a multitude of common materials, media, methods and scene shop tools which are utilized by designers and craftspeople to create stage properties. Visual research skills will be utilized for project development. Organizational and formal presentation skills will be developed through assignments. Craft skills, material selection and tool use will be developed through project work. Prerequisite: THEA 110 and THEA 112. Offered every other spring.

313 Costume Crafts

Introduction to the artistic and technical aspects of creating costume accessories and properties for the stage. Explores both period and contemporary stage accessories with special attention given to fabrication and construction. Lectures, demonstrations of fabrication techniques, and research assignments complement studio work. Prerequisite: THEA 112. Offered alternate spring semesters.

317 Costume Construction

Project work in the construction of costumes for the stage, including pattern drafting, draping and the translation of the costume rendering into reality. Prerequisite: THEA 112 or consent. Offered in alternate years.

318 Scene Painting

An exploration of the preparation and painting of scenery for the stage. Project work includes layout, textural applications, figurative and tromp l’oeil methods for translating scale elevations or scenic models into reality. Prerequisite: THEA 110 or consent. Offered in alternate years.

319 Special Materials and Techniques

A continuation of scene painting and properties for the stage. This course will explore in further detail special construction techniques, unique materials and media, complex shop tools and detailed painting and surface finishing processes. Project work, research and demonstrations complement studio work. Prerequisites: THEA 312, 313 or 318. Offered every other spring.

341 Playwriting (W)

Instruction in the basic principles of the art of playwriting. Using a workshop format, each student will be required to write and rewrite one or more plays. May be repeated for credit if the subject matter is not duplicated. Prerequisite: junior standing and consent. Offered every other spring.

355 Fundamentals of Play Directing

An introduction to the theories and techniques of theatrical direction. Prerequisite: junior standing in the School of Theatre Arts. Offered every fall.

360 Travel Seminar

An on-site study of national and international centers of theatrical activity. Open to all University students.May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: consent. Offered occasionally during May Term.

370 Acting for the Camera

371, 372 Theatre History I, II (CH)

A two course sequence which provides a comprehensive survey-seminar about world theatre history. Theatre History I traces theatre in the ancient world to 1650; Theatre History II covers 1650 to the present. Each course explores theatrical architecture, conventions, and literature as they interact with cultural movements. Each class requires significant dramaturgical, performance, archival, or writing projects. Courses may be taken in any order. Prerequisite: THEA 241. Offered each fall (371) and spring (372).

376 History of Western Dance (AR)

Covers the evolution of western dance with concentration on ballet and American modern dance. Special attention is given to historical figures who made a large contribution to the development and art of dance. Offered in alternate years.

377 History of Décor (AR, G)

An exploration of the decorative history of human experience as expressed through domestic crafts, ornamentation, architectural styles and furniture. Offered in alternate years.

378 Costume History (AR)

A comprehensive survey of Western costume from Mesopotamia to the 20th century. Explores the study of dress from a socio-cultural and historical context. Special attention will be given to the evolution of silhouette and the attitudes expressed by each period regarding personal adornment. Slide lectures, group discussions, and pictorial research complement class work. Offered every other fall.

381 Auditions

This course focuses on specific skills required of the actor in the audition situation and other issues related to the profession are also addressed. This course is intended for BFA performance juniors in the School of Theatre Arts but qualified BA performers may be admitted. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. Offered in every spring.

382 Advanced Scene Study

380 Play Workshop

384 Voice/Speech III (.5)

Work on freeing breath and voice continues. Also covered is an experiential approach to study of English speech sounds and International Phonetic Alphabet with techniques applied to work on a monologue. Open to B.F.A. performers only. Prerequisite: THEA 184 and THEA 284 or declared major in Music Theatre. Offered in first seven weeks each spring term.

385 Movement for the Actor II

An exploration of the body-mind connection and how it pertains to the physical work of the actor. In addition to visiting a variety of movement principles, particular focus will be given to the area of unarmed stage combat (including falls and rolls) in scene work. Prerequisite: THEA 185. Offered each fall.

388 Performance III

Building upon Performance I and II, this course allows students to continue to develop the ability to integrate acting, voice/speech and movement work and includes an introduction to performance Shakespeare and other classical material. Prerequisite: THEA 288 or permission of instructor. Offered occasionally.

391 Performance in Production

This experiential course is designed to give Theatre Arts students an emersion experience in a production process. Students invited to participate in this course will function as a theatre company, creating a theatrical performance in our E.Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory season.May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered May Term.

396/496 Internship

Design/Technical Credit for participation in an off-campus supervised internship in theatre. Sample apprenticeships include work with casting agencies, production companies, professional theatres and film companies. Prerequisite: consent of the Director of the School of Theatre Arts. Offered each semester.

421 Costume Design

Introduction to aesthetic theory and visual communication as they apply to designing costumes for the stage. Script analysis, character development, collaborative dynamics, research techniques, rendering projects, and theoretical application of production techniques complement studio work. Prerequisite: THEA 220, 221 and 311, or consent of the instructor. Offered in alternate years.

422 Scene Design

A concentrated study of spatial design methods for the theatre. Through multiple projects, students will undertake script analysis, visual research, conceptual design development and application of studio production techniques to create unique scene design solutions. Perspective drawing, rendering, drafting, model building and formal aspects of design presentation will be utilized. Prerequisite: THEA 220, 221 and 310, or consent of the instructor. Offered in alternate years.

423 Lighting Design

A study of lighting design principles and techniques for the theatre. Through multiple projects, students will undertake script analysis, visual research, conceptual design development and application of studio production techniques to create lighting designs. Formal aspects of design presentation will be utilized. Prerequisite: THEA 220, 221 and 310 or consent of the instructor. Offered in alternate years.

441 Issues in Contemporary Theatre

A discussion course focusing on contemporary theatre production, theory, and reception. Although international perspectives will be raised, the focus will be on American theatre practice, and occasional trips to Chicago and other venues may be required. Prerequisite: senior standing in the School of Theatre Arts. Offered each spring.

455 Directing Workshop

Experiential course in which advanced directors work with students enrolled in Acting Workshop. Projects are performed weekly for the School of Theatre Arts and invited guests. Prerequisite: THEA 355. Offered each year.

481 Acting Shakespeare

Advanced work in acting, focused on techniques and approaches needed for Shakespeare’s plays. Classes will include textual analysis as well as scene study. Designed for B.F.A. performers, though B.A. Theatre students may be admitted based on availability and audition. Course may be taken twice. Prerequisite: THEA 280. Offered every fall semester.

482 Senior Showcase

An advanced performance course resulting in an urban showcase/alumni event. Content will vary depending upon the the students. Course may include advanced scenes & monologues, contemporary techniques, singing, dance and stage management. Designed for BFA & BA performers, students admitted based on their senior pre-screening audition. Prerequisite: senior standing and SoTA Faculty approval. Offered each fall with a Chicago showcase in the spring.

484 Voice/Speech IV (.5)

Work on freeing breath and voice continues Methods for learning accents and dialects are explored and applied to work on monologues. Also covered are approaches to voice and speech work during rehearsal and performance. Open to B.F.A. performers only. Prerequisite: THEA 384, Voice III or declared major in Music Theatre. Offered in second seven weeks each spring term.

485 Rapier and Dagger

Advanced movement course that includes scene work. Students will learn safe and effective techniques for performance of staged violence, using the rapier and the dagger. Prerequisite: THEA 385, or permission of the instructor. Offered in alternate years.

486 Sticks and Stones

Advanced movement/acting class. Students will learn safe and effective techniques for performance of staged violence. The course will focus on use of only one weapon, most often broadsword technique. However, the course could focus on small sword, quarterstaff, sword and shield, single sword, found weaponry or any weapon currently recognized by the American Society of Fight Directors. Prerequisite: THEA 385 or permission of instructor. Offered alternate years.

490 Practicum

Advanced practical work for upper level theatre arts and music theatre majors. Students will assume major production responsibilities in one of the following areas: directing, design, assistant directing, stage managing, etc. A contract outlining specific assignments must be filed with the Director of the School of Theatre Arts. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of the Director of the School. Offered each semester.

491 Degree Project

All theatre arts students may submit a degree project proposal. For detailed information about requirements and procedures, consult the Theatre Arts Handbook. A contract outlining specific assignments must be filed with the Director of the School of Theatre Arts. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of the Director of the School. Offered each semester.

497 Independent Study:

Theatre History and Dramatic Literature Individual, concentrated study in theatre history or dramatic literature. A student must have permission of a sponsoring faculty member and the Director of the School of Theatre Arts.May be repeated for credit if subject matter is not duplicated. Offered each semester.

498 Independent Study:

Performance Individual, concentrated study in performance. A student must have permission of a sponsoring faculty member and the Director of the School of Theatre Arts.May be repeated for credit if subject matter is not duplicated. Offered each semester.

499 Independent Study:

Design and Technical Individual, concentrated study in design or technical theatre. A student must have permission of a sponsoring faculty member and the Director of the School of Theatre Arts.May be repeated for credit if subject matter is not duplicated. Offered each semester.


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COURSES IN MUSIC THEATRE

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9 to 5   - Fall 2012

32, 32X Music Theatre Pit Orchestra (.25, 0)

This instrumental ensemble course runs in conjunction with the School of Theatre Arts’ musical productions, including the rehearsal and performance run of the musical.May be repeated for credit.May be taken for credit or no credit. Prerequisite: Consent of Music Coordinator/Conductor. Offered each semester.

160 Music Theory for Musical Theatre I

Basic key concepts in music theory, including melody, rhythm, harmony, and form using excerpts from musical theatre literature. The course includes related aural and sight singing instruction and integrates keyboard skills with written work in a laboratory setting. Offered every fall.

160x Musical Theatre Basic Keyboard I

Basic keyboard reinforcement of theoretical concepts from Music Theory for Musical Theatre with special attention to the development of sufficient keyboard technique to handle simple vocal accompaniments.

161 Music Theory for Musical Theatre II

Basic analysis of musical theatre songs, presenting models for the singing actor on how to use music analysis to aid performance. The course continues instruction of key concepts of music theory including scales, intervals, and elementary voice-leading and basic harmonics. The course includes related aural and sight singing instruction and integrates keyboard skills with written work in a laboratory setting. Offered every spring.

161x Music Theatre Basic Keyboard II

Basic keyboard reinforcement of theoretical concepts from Music Theory for Musical Theatre with special attention to the development of sufficient keyboard technique to handle simple vocal accompaniments.

162, 163 Freshman Applied Voice for Music Theatre (.5 each)

Instruction in the area of applied voice for Music Theatre students. In addition to providing instruction in vocal technique, this course introduces students to the repertoire and styles associated with the Music Theatre genre. Students will receive private instruction and will participate as a member of a repertory class. 162 offered each fall; 163 offered each spring.

232 Jazz Dance II (.25)

Intermediate jazz technique. Course will focus on a variety of styles common to the jazz idiom as well as stretching and strengthening techniques to help improve dance technique. Prerequisite: PE 144x or consent of instructor.May be repeated for credit. Offered each fall.

233 Tap Dance II (.25)

Intermediate tap technique. The course will explore a range of styles and rhythms as well as work with tap combinations for intermediate tap student. Prerequisite: Tap I or consent of instructor.May be repeated for credit. Offered each spring.

234 Ballet II (.25)

Beginning/ Intermediate ballet technique. The course focuses on building the student’s ballet vocabulary and their technical skill in executing that vocabulary. Students will be drilled in how to learn, master and perform simple ballet combinations. Prerequisites: PE 141x/PE 142x/PE 144x or consent of instructor.May be repeated for credit. Offered each semester.

235 Modern Dance II (.25)

Intermediate modern technique. The course focuses on building the student’s technical skill level. Students are expected to perform more complex combinations at the intermediate level. Attention is given to the quality of class performance in terms of dynamic, skill, musicality, body awareness and use of space. Prerequisites: Modern I or consent of instructor.May be repeated for credit. Offered each semester.

262, 263 Sophomore Applied Voice for Music Theatre (.5 each)

A continuation of applied work in Music Theatre as described under MUTH 162. 262 offered each fall; 263 offered each spring.

332 Jazz Dance III (.25)

Advanced jazz. Course will focus on a variety of styles common to the jazz idiom as well as stretching and strengthening techniques to help improve dance technique. Longer and faster jazz dance combination work will be incorporated as well as some video style dance. Prerequisite: MUTH 232 or consent of instructor.May be repeated for credit. Offered each spring.

333 Tap Dance III (.25)

Advanced level elements of tap dance will be the skills developed in this course. The course will explore a range of styles and rhythms as well as work with Broadway tap combinations for the advanced student of tap dance. Prerequisite:Tap II or consent of instructor.May be repeated for credit. Offered each fall.

334 Ballet III (.25)

Advanced ballet technique. The course focuses on building the student’s ballet vocabulary and their technical skill in executing that vocabulary. Students will be expected to learn, master and perform advanced ballet combinations. Students will focus on exploring performance skills that range beyond the technique. Prerequisites: MUTH234/235, or consent of instructor.May be repeated for credit. Offered each semester.

335 Modern Dance III (.25)

Advanced modern technique. The course focuses on building the student’s technical skill level. Students are expected to perform complex combinations at the advanced level. Attention is given to the quality of class performance in terms of dynamic, skill, musicality, body awareness and use of space. Prerequisites: MUTH 234/ 235, or consent of instructor.May be repeated for credit. Offered each semester.

336 Dance Composition (1)

An examination of the tools available to the dance choreographer for creating dance for the solo form. Areas of space, time, and energy are addressed individually and in combination. Students have the opportunity to work on specific problems and to show the solutions to the class. Prerequisite: MUTH 232, 233, 234, 235 or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years.

337 Choreography (1)

This course examines the theoretical and practical approaches to the art and creation of choreography. Elements of dance may also be applied in particular to the music theatre to discover and explore the problems inherent in choreography for the musical stage. Prerequisite: MUTH 332, 333, 334, 335, or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

362, 363 Junior Applied Voice for Music Theatre (.5 each)

A continuation of applied work in Music Theatre as described under MUTH 162. 362 offered each fall; 363 offered each spring.

374 Music Theatre History and Literature (AR) (1)

A survey course tracing the development of the Broadway musical from the turn of the 20th Century to the present. The study of each form is enhanced by the examination of the literature and the theatrical conventions surrounding the form. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered in alternate years.

383 Music Theatre Scene Study (1)

Advanced work in analysis and preparation of solos and ensembles from music theatre literature. This course will explore a variety of styles and performance practices from 1910 to 2010. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.Offered in alternate years.

462, 463 Senior Applied Voice for Music Theatre (.5 each)

A continuation of applied work in Music Theatre as described under MUTH 162. 462 offered each fall; 463 offered each spring.

483 Music Theatre Workshop (1)

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to synthesize music theatre skills in the development and performance of an original or obscure musical. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years.

494 Music Theatre: Special Projects (1)

Individual work in the areas of dance, music theatre performance and /or production. This course is designed to provide faculty supervision in learning specialized or further exploration of advanced techniques. Prerequisites: senior standing consent of instructor and approval of project by music theatre head. Offered each semester.

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