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. Staff.

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

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)
Prerequisites: Theatre 111, 209 or permission of instructor.
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.

220 Costume Design and Prop Craft (1)
An introduction to aspects of costume and theatrical property design and artisanship including professional presentation skills, basic sewing, millinery (hat making), apparel and textiles terminology, painting and dying science, leatherwork, wig styling, and armor work. Includes costume lab work and hands-on design and construction projects. 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. Staff.

251 Acting I (1)
Prerequisites: Theatre 111, 209 or permission of instructor.
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. Staff.

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 Ethnicity in Musical Theatre (1)
Examines the growth and development of the musical, starting with the nineteenth-century influences: minstrel shows, the black crook and subsequent evolutions. Examines the structure of the musical from its earliest iterations, the influence of operetta, ethnic comedians, Tin Pan Alley composers and the Golden Age, to the concept musical model prevalent today. Looks at racial minorities as subjects, contributors and sources for musicals. 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. Starko.

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.

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.

315 Scenic, Lighting, and Sound Design for the Theatre (1)
A theoretical and practical course in designing scenery, lighting, and sound for the theatre.  Students design projects in realistic and non-realistic production styles and in various media. Staff.

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. Staff.

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.

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.

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.