Theater Studies (THS)

THS 004: Acting Fundamentals I (2-3 Credits)

Acting Fundamentals I is designed to offer students a working knowledge of the basic concepts, skills, and methods of Stanislavski-based acting techniques. The class will also provide students with the opportunity to understand how these techniques help strengthen their powers of critical thinking, imagination, and creativity.

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THS 017: Embodied Movement (1 Credits)

This practicum course aims at developing students’ ability to explore their own physicality in order to communicate using the body language. Throughout the semester, exercises based on Laban Movement Analysis, will challenge each individual to step out of their comfort zone by exploring various gestural and full body movements. This research into the world of "body language" embraces all abilities and helps students appreciate their own individuality, as well as equips them to physically develop theatrical characters.

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THS 020: Communication, Presence and Public Speaking (3 Credits)

Communication, Presence, and Public Speaking will train students to be persuasive, embodied communicators, which is especially vital now that technology compels us to engage with speed, flexibility, and efficiency in the public sphere. Through this course, students will build an understanding of communicative clarity, rhetorical force, and authenticity by honing vocal delivery, physical presence, and embodiment. They will acquire refined skills in text analysis, bodily carriage, and gestural clarity that will support successful communication in a variety of public settings.

Meets the following Core requirements: Written and Oral Communication II

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Written Communication

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THS 106: Acting Fundamentals II (2-3 Credits)

This course gives students practical experience in preparing, rehearsing, and performing scenes from a play. Text analysis, character development, script scoring, and other process-oriented techniques will be used. Scene work will enable students to practically apply the vocabulary and building blocks of acting.

Prerequisite(s): THS 004

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THS 120: Communication, Presence and Public Speaking (3 Credits)

Communication, Presence, and Public Speaking will train students to be persuasive, embodied communicators, which is especially vital now that technology compels us to engage with speed, flexibility, and efficiency in the public sphere. Through this course, students will build an understanding of communicative clarity, rhetorical force, and authenticity by honing vocal delivery, physical presence, and embodiment. They will acquire refined skills in text analysis, bodily carriage, and gestural clarity that will support successful communication in a variety of public settings.

Meets the following Core requirements: Written and Oral Communication II

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Written Communication

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THS 137: Performance (4 Credits)

This course challenges students to bring together all their developing skills in collaboration with others to create a fully developed production. Credit is awarded for back-stage production, the acting of a role, stage-managing, and choreographing.

Prerequisite(s): THS 004

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THS 141: Acting Methods (3 Credits)

This course challenges students to bring together all their developing skills in collaboration with others to create a fully developed production. Credit is awarded for back-stage production, the acting of a role, stage-managing, and choreographing.

Prerequisite(s): THS 004

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THS 143: Acting for Camera (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the skills required for script, character development, and performance for on-camera acting. Emphasis is placed on lecture/studio lab course work. The course is designed to give the student—actor a foundation in skills and techniques employed in acting for the camera.

Prerequisite(s): THS 004

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THS 160: Topics in Musical Theater (3 Credits)

This course examines musical theater literature chronologically, with emphasis on the development of the most important musicals of the 20th and 21st centuries. The course requires analysis through research and writing.

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THS 164: History of Theater (3 Credits)

History of Theater explores the development of the heroic imperative in dramatic literature. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of the hero and how the heroic imperative has changed through three major historical periods. An understanding of the influences that helped bring about these changes will also be examined.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts, Historical Perspectives

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THS 168: Directing (2-3 Credits)

This course will introduce the basics of directing and staging techniques for the stage. There will be a focus on an examination of the fundamentals of blocking, script analysis, play structure and the development of a cohesive aesthetic.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

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THS 175A: Documentary Theater/Playwriting (2-3 Credits)

In this course we will be creating a documentary theater piece around a topic central to the community. It will be based on interviews conducted with citizens who have something to say about their intimate relationship to the topic. THS 175 A will be used to acquaint the students with the history of the project’s theme. Students will be guided in the collection of video interviews of subjects. They will then transcribe, edit and collate information into a script. Students will be encouraged but not required to enroll for THS 175B in the Spring.

Meets the following Core requirements: Community Engagement, Create, Innovate & Experiment

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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THS 175B: Documentary Theater/Playwriting: Production (2-3 Credits)

Students will be creating a documentary theater piece around a topic central to the community. It will be based on interviews conducted with citizens who have something to say about their intimate relationship to the topic. The B section of the course will be devoted to rehearsing and mounting the play for a production performed by the students Most of the specifics will be determined by the dynamics of the group and the material that is collected and used. This class is open to actors,composers, videographers, set /costume/lighting designers, production crew.

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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THS 190: Senior Showcase Class (1-4 Credits)

THS 190 is a Capstone Class for Seniors majoring in Theater Studies. The class will include performance and written components. The performance aspect will consist of a public presentation of no more that one half hour to be directed/produced, acted (and possibly written), by the students. The senior performance may reflect a dramatic arc or fall into a non linear structure. It may center on one central theme or a variety of topics. Seniors will be asked to write an analysis/ critique of their process connecting the student's understanding of drama as an art form to other perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): THS 175B and THS 137 and THS 175A

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only. Open to juniors and seniors only.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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THS 268: Directing (2 Credits)

This course will introduce the basics of directing and staging techniques for the stage. There will be a focus on an examination of the fundamentals of blocking, script analysis, play structure and the development of a cohesive aesthetic.

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

THS 275A: Documentary Theater/Playwriting (2-3 Credits)

In this course we will be creating a documentary theater piece around a topic central to the community. It will be based on interviews conducted with citizens who have something to say about their intimate relationship to the topic. THS 175 A will be used to acquaint the students with the history of the project’s theme. Students will be guided in the collection of video interviews of subjects. They will then transcribe, edit and collate information into a script. Students will be encouraged but not required to enroll for THS 175B in the Spring.

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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THS 275B: Documentary Theater/Playwriting: Production (2-3 Credits)

Students will be creating a documentary theater piece around a topic central to the community. It will be based on interviews conducted with citizens who have something to say about their intimate relationship to the topic. The B section of the course will be devoted to rehearsing and mounting the play for a production performed by the students. This is a very organic process. Therefore, most of the specifics will be determined by the dynamics of the group and the material that is collected and used.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.