Theatre Courses

111 Theatre Arts (1)
A study of the nature and foundation of theatre as a unique art form. The course explores the elements which make up dramatic production, the theatre's historical development and how the theatre relates to contemporary life Not recommended for theatre majors and minors. Staff.

136 Dance Technique I (1/2)
A study of basic to intermediate dance technique and concepts relevant to ballet, jazz and modern dance forms. Vaughan-Southard.

187, 188, 189 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

208 Dance Repertory (1/2)
An exposure to the creative process of concert dance production through rehearsal and performance in the Spring Dance Concert. Audition required. Includes performances of faculty and guest artist works as well as the opportunity to adjudicate choreography to be included in the concert program. May be repeated one time for credit toward the dance minor. Vaughan-Southard.

209 Dramatic Analysis (1)
An introduction to dramatic and theatrical analysis, focusing on how a theatre text works both on the page and on the stage. Students discover "how a play means" by exploring different theoretical approaches and dramatic traditions and performing both dramatic and theatrical analyses. Staff.

210 Women in the American Theatre (1)
An examination of the contributions of women in all aspects of the American Theatre; a study of the images of women as portrayed in American drama; an introduction to feminist theory and criticism as it relates to theatre and drama. Staff.

211 Introduction to Theatrical Technology and Design (1)
An introduction to the technical skills used in theatre (scenic construction and painting, costume construction, lighting and sound technology), and the basic principles of scenic, costume, lighting and sound design. Staff.

236 Dance Technique II (1/2)
Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor.
A study of intermediate to advanced dance technique and concepts relevant to ballet, jazz and modern dance forms. Vaughan-Southard.

251 Acting I (1)
For the student with previous acting experience. Explores exercises, games and pantomimes to expand the physical, mental and emotional awareness used in acting. Includes script analysis and scene work. Starko.

260 Art of Dance (1)
A survey dance history course exploring the evolution of ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance forms through lecture, readings, video viewings, research and beginning-level dance technique. Major themes include the analysis of historical, choreographic and technical examples within four dance disciplines and a range in styles of dance presentation. Vaughan-Southard.

280 Historical Perspectives on Theatre: Ancient Greece to 1850 (1)
An examination of the major periods of theatre history, theatre architecture and conventions, and dramatic literature from fifth century B.C. Greece to mid-nineteenth-century Europe. Offered periodically. Staff.

281 Historical Perspectives on Theatre: 1850 to Present (1)
The second of two classes in the theatre history sequence. An examination of dramatic styles, literature, theory and criticism, and movements primarily of the twentieth century. Offered periodically. Staff.

285 Foundations of Musical Theatre (1)
Examines the growth and development of the musical, starting with the nineteenth-century influences, The Black Crook and subsequent evolutions. Examines the structure of the musical from its earliest iterations, the influence of operetta, Tin Pan Alley composers and the Golden Age, to the concept musical model prevalent today. Relates the development of the musical to changes in popular music, as indicative of changes in society, and considers the musical as an agent of social change. Staff.

287, 288, 289 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

311 Designing Scenery for the Theatre (1/2)
Prerequisites: Theatre 211 and permission of instructor.
A theoretical and practical course in designing scenery for the theatre. Students design projects in realistic and non-realistic production styles and in various media. Offered periodically. Staff.

312 Lighting and Sound Design for the Theatre (1/2)
Prerequisites: Theatre 211 and permission of instructor.
The theory and practice of designing lighting and sound for the theatre. Students produce projects as well as have the opportunity for hands-on experience in both lighting and sound. Offered periodically. Staff.

314 Stage Management (1/2)

Covers the mechanics and methods of theatrical stage management/production management, including running rehearsals and performances, and the rules of the Actors’ Equity Association. Presents the basics of production stage management such as scheduling and budgeting. Offered periodically. Staff.

330 Dance Pedagogy (1)
An introduction to teaching methods within the dance discipline for K-12, studio and higher educational settings. Includes structuring the technique, improvisation, dance history and composition courses for the K-12 audience, curriculum planning, lesson plan development, dance technique and historical reference for the studio teacher, and planning for the subject-specific course. Includes practical teaching experiences with children and youth. Vaughan-Southard.

331 Dance Composition and Performance Methods (1/2)
Examines the elements and tools needed in crafting movement into choreography. Space, effort and time are used to examine physical performance, construction of movement, and the editing process to create articulate and expressive art. Vaughan-Southard.

332 Albion Repertory Dance Company (1/2)
A touring dance ensemble that explores dance management, dance production, and dance performance and choreographic analysis. Requires audition and participation in fall and spring semester of one academic year. Vaughan-Southard.

350 Play Direction (1)
Prerequisites: Theatre 209, 211, and 251, or permission of instructor.
An examination of the role of the director in the theatre, with emphasis on the relationship between the director and the actor and the technical problems which arise in rehearsal and performance. Starko.

360 Identity in Dance (1)
An introduction to dance as a cultural, contextual, creative and disciplined art form through the lens of gender and ethnic studies. Topics include the use of contemporary theatrical dance as a platform for social commentary, and the impact of gender and ethnicity on choreographic and performance identities as well as teaching practices. Examines how dance performance has evolved in response to, and as a result of, changing times and attitudes throughout history, social and political events, and popular culture. Vaughan-Southard.

361 Vocal Technique and Movement (1)
Prerequisite: Theatre 251 or permission of instructor.
An advanced acting course designed to give students greater control over their vocal and physical expression. The course includes individual assessment of strengths and weaknesses coupled with exercises to broaden individual students' abilities. In addition, students will prepare monologues for future auditions. Starko.

365 Interpreting Shakespeare for the Actor (1/2)
Prerequisite: Theatre 251 or permission of instructor.
An advanced acting course that examines the textual clues inherent in the Folio versions of Shakespeare's texts, discovering how they help to illuminate the actor's role. It will also focus on the vocal and physical aspects of performing Shakespeare, while placing the shows in proper historical and critical perspective. Starko.

366 Acting Styles (1/2)
Prerequisite: Theatre 251 or permission of instructor.
The study of a particular style of acting associated with a specific period or playwright. Involves textual analysis of the playwright or plays of the period as well as specific vocal and physical techniques associated with those works. Topics may include but are not limited to: The Restoration, Brecht, Ancient Greece and Shaw. The topics will vary based on departmental needs and student interest. Course may be repeated once for credit for a total of one full unit. Starko.

372 Postmodernism and Theatre (1)
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Explores postmodernism, in all of its various manifestations, and what it means in the context of "theatre" and, more generally, "performance." Focuses on the multiple meanings of "identity" within the postmodern movement, and examines how theatre and other performance forms (dance, music, television, film) embrace hybridity and multiplicity around issues of identity. Also examines theoretical texts that attempt to explain or define postmodernism and applies those ideas to works studied. Investigates how postmodernism is both a break from and a continuation of the ideas of the previous era. Staff.

375 Shakespeare I (1)
Same as English 375. Staff.

376 Shakespeare II (1)
Same as English 376. Staff.

387, 388, 389 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

391, 392 Internship (1/2, 1)
Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Staff.

402 Seminar (1)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
Detailed study of significant and relevant problems in theatre. Specific topic for consideration each year will be determined before fall registration. Staff.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1)


A practical experience in department-sponsored activities. Students may repeat the course up to four times in any combination for a total of one unit. Offered either semester on a credit/no credit basis.

175, 176 Theatre (1/4, 1/2)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Acting, direction, assistant direction, production design. Staff.