Course Descriptions — Theatre

THE1200 Introduction to Theatre 4 semester hours
This course is designed to introduce the student to a brief history of theatre and the functions of the playwright, actor, director, producer, critic and designers.
The course will help develop an appreciation and understanding of the theatrical experience.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement ( for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

THE1300 Acting I 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the study and fundamentals of acting. Through exercises in movement, voice, imagination, and game playing, the student actor will develop control over body and movement, learn techniques to reduce performance anxiety and stage fright, sharpen focus and concentration, heighten imagination, and develop skills needed to define and support the life of a character.

THE1500 Stagecraft I 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the terminology and techniques used in technical theatre. The course examines two-dimensional and three-dimensional scenery, the physical theater, stage and scene shop equipment, project organization and process, tech nical theater graphics, materials, and theatrical construction techniques. Students in this course will be actively involved in AU Theatre Department productions and students will be required to schedule scene shop time outside of class.

THE2210 Play Analysis 4 semester hours
This course explores the relationships between dramatic text and the play in performance. Representative plays are studied in their genre, historical and social contexts. An emphasis is placed on basic structural terminology and methodology.

THE/ENG2220 Drama 4 semester hours
This course investigates representative dramatic works from a variety of times and cultures, organized thematically and/or chronologically. Students will investigate the cultural and historical contexts of the works, as well as the features of the genre of drama (performance, staging, acting, among others) that give it its unique capabilities as an art form. When possible, students will view theatrical performances of the works studied in the course

THE2300 Acting II 4 semester hours
This course focuses on advanced acting technique for scene analysis and character development. Emphasis is placed upon expanding the actor’s capabilities through advanced scene work, monologues and character study.
Prerequisite: THE1300.

THE2310 Voice and Movement 4 semester hours
This course further develops the actor for the vocal and physical demands of the stage. The actor’s voice is explored through exercises in relaxation, breathing, articulation and projection. The actor’s body is explored through techniques of movement in an effort to make the actor’s body a more flexible and efficient instrument of expression.
Prerequisite: THE1300.

THE2500 Stagecraft II 4 semester hours
Students will explore advanced construction techniques and practices, such as welding, ornamental carpentry and furniture construction. Special emphasis will be placed on creative approaches and problem solving. Students will demonstrate their knowledge through individual and group projects. Stu dents in this course will be actively involved in AU Theatre Department productions and they will be required to schedule scene shop time outside of class.
Prerequisite: THE1500 or instructor approval.

THE2510 Design for the Stage 4 semester hours
Using a variety of media, students will explore design skills, creative process and essen tials of costume, lighting and scenic design. Students will explore the process of translating a script into a visual design. Topics will include designer responsibili ties, research techniques, communication tools, creative problem solving, and the director/ designer relationship.

THE2710 Special Topics in Theatre 4 semester hours
This course is developed by faculty to examine a specialty theatre subject outside of the usual courses. This is an elective course that may not be used toward the requirements for the theatre major.

THE3310 Directing 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the process of directing. It will begin with analysis and research, and move into the actual staging and rehearsal process. The class will also concentrate on analysis, the foundation for the entire process.
Prerequisites: THE1300; THE1500; THE2210; and THE2510 or instructor approval.

THE3300 Acting III 4 semester hours
This course continues the advanced training from Acting II. Special attention for this course will be placed on classical acting using works from Shakespeare.
Prerequisites: THE1300; THE2300.

THE3500 Scenic Design 4 semester hours
This course examines the practice of designing theatrical scenery. Building frommskills learned in Design for the Stage, students will continue to explore communicationsmtools used to develop scenic ideas for the stage. Special attention will bemplaced on refining visual communication, presentation skills and theatrical drafting.
Prerequisites: ART2100; THE1500; THE2210; and THE2510 or instructor approval.

THE3520 Costume Design 4 semester hours
This course will examine the practice of designing and creating theatrical costumes. Building from skills learned in Design for the Stage, students will continue to explore communications tools used to develop costume ideas for the stage. This class will also examine basic sewing, pattern creation/modifi cation, and other processes used to create costumes for the stage.
Prerequisites: ART2100; THE1500; THE2210; and THE2510 or instructor approval.

THE3525 Lighting Design 4 semester hours
This course will examine the practice of designing and creating theatrical lighting. Building from skills learned in Design for the Stage, students will continue to explore communications tools used to develop lighting ideas for the stage. This course will also examine lighting instruments, command equipment and theatrical drafting.
Prerequisites: ART2100; THE1500; THE2210; and THE2510 or instructor approval.

THE3550 Stage Management 4 semester hours
This course will examine the practice of stage managing in a variety of different types of theatre productions. Students will explore responsibilities and common paperwork and tools used by professional stage managers.
Prerequisites: THE1300 and THE1500 or instructor approval.

THE3600 History of Theatre: Antiquity to Renaissance 4 semester hours
This course will give an overview of theatre history from Antiquity through the Renaissance. The highlights of different periods of history will be explored, which will include the study of plays and their playwrights, acting styles, staging conventions, architecture and costuming.
Prerequisite: THE1200 or instructor approval.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

THE3610 History of Theatre: Restoration to Present 4 semester hours
This course will give an overview of theatre history from Restoration through the Modern theatre. We will explore the highlights of different periods of history, which will include the study of plays and their playwrights, acting styles, staging conventions, architecture and costuming.
Prerequisite: THE1200 or instructor approval.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement ( for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

THE4300 Acting IV 4 semester hours
Further studies in style, technique and characterization as dictated by the needs of the students. Special emphasis will be placed on developing and honing the individual skills needed by professional actors.
Prerequisites: THE2310; THE3300.

THE4500 Advanced Study in Design or Technical Theatre 4 semester hours
This course is a continuation of training from THE2500, THE3500, THE3520, THE3525 or THE3550. Students will be working on advanced projects in their specific area of design or technical theatre. Although not guaranteed, students may be given an assignment as part of an AU theatre or student production.
Prerequisites: THE2500; THE3500; THE3520; THE3525 or THE3550.

THE4900 Capstone Preparation 1 semester hour
This course is designed to help the graduating theatre student prepare and organize a capstone project. Special emphasis will be placed on project and skill development and advisor selection.
Prerequisites: Completion of all other theatre requirements and consent of theatre faculty.

THE4990 Senior Capstone Project 3 semester hours
This course will serve as the culminating performance, project or written work for the theatre major. With approval and guidance from the faculty, student will develop and execute a substantial individual project that will reflect the academic and practical knowledge gained through the theatre program. This project may be realized as a theatrical performance, a design or technical project, a directorial work, a written thesis or a critical/historical document. Faculty will assist in developing specific goals and requirements for completion of the capstone project.
Prerequisites: Completion of all other theatre requirements and consent of theatre faculty.