Course Descriptions

Theatre (TH) 

1513 Beginning Acting (3) F
Basic training in acting choices, stage technique and creating a character. Involves scene work and character analysis, includes laboratory. Laboratory graded and credited with course. 

1533 Text Analysis (3) SP
Students learn basic concepts of dramatic theory and apply them in a critical examination of plays, using five different methods to achieve a detailed understanding of a playscript in preparation for a production. 

2113 Beginning Directing (3)
Basic principles governing play structures, choice and casting are discussed. Requires student directed scenes with lab. Laboratory graded and credited with course.  

2123 Voice and Diction for the Stage (3) SP
Voice and diction fundamentals, used to develop vocal resonance, projection and articulation, as well as the natural connection of voice to action playing. Prerequisites: Theatre 1513. 

2131 Theatrical Choreography: Various styles (1) F, SP 
A practical class for developing the performer’s technique in various forms of dance for the musical theatre

2143 Movement for the Stage (3) SP Offered odd-numbered years
Theory and application of movement, combat techniques, the Alexander technique, the elements of a physical regimen in order to develop physical coordination, flexibility, strength, spontaneity and awareness of the body in presentational space. Prerequisite: Theatre 1513. 

2153 Intermediate Acting (3) F 
An application of the Meisner approach to acting, toward producing a scene/character study based on a modern American play. Prerequisite: Theatre 1513 

2163 Drafting for the Theatre (3) F, Offered even-numbered years 
Introduces technical drafting from basics through advanced practices in theatre including ground plans, sections, elevations, scaling, etc. Prerequisite: Theatre 2453. 

2213 Rendering Media (3) SP Offered odd-numbered years 
Introduces design students to multiple software packages that create, edit, manipulate, animate and present visual design work. 

2223 Playwriting (3) SP Offered odd-numbered years 
This course is designed to encourage and nurture Christian playwrights. It will introduce students to playwriting terms and strategies, while applying the process of defining and analyzing the dramatic elements in a play script. By the end of the course, students will write a one-act play. 

2233 Theatre for Young Audiences (3) F Offered odd-numbered years 
Students will learn about ways of organizing a theatre program and its productions. It will also address issues of concern, such as age-appropriateness, choices of theatre seasons, grant money, and gender-blind and color-blind casting, as well as many others. 

2243 Theatre in New York (3) W 
This trip will expose theatre majors and minors to New York Theatre. They will view Broadway and off-Broadway productions and reflect on their experiences.

2253 Stage Combat (3) F Offered even-numbered years 
This course will teach students how to use safe and effective stage fighting techniques.

2423 Introduction to Theatre (3) F, SP 
Considers the nature of drama, history of theatre development, acting and directing, and stage production. May be used to satisfy Fine Arts degree core requirements. 

2453 Introduction to Technical Theatre (3) F 
Analyzes technical problems of production, including construction, scene design and lighting.

3013 Makeup for the Stage (3) SP 
Practical application of all processes and types of stage makeup. Theatre majors only.

3023 Fundamentals of Design (3) SP Offered even-numbered years 
The theory of scene design and its relation to the director, actor and other elements of production. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement. 

3033 Theatre Management (3) SP Offered even-numbered years 
Familiarizes students with the fundamentals of running a professional or educational theatrical program (administration and budgeting, grant writing, season selection, box office, house management and marketing) as well as the practical and theoretical aspects of stage management for theatrical productions. 

3043 Improvisational Acting (3) F Offered even-numbered years 
Improvisational techniques explore the inner sources of spontaneous creation by exercising commitment and creative freedom in each moment of performance. Students will study improvisational theory and enact performance sessions designed to build spontaneous awareness. 

3053 Costume Design (3) F Offered odd-numbered years 
Costume designing from a production approach through design theory, figure drawing and a study of fabric. Theatre majors only or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 3023. 

3063 Lighting Design (3) SP Offered odd-numbered years  
Teaches students the concepts of lighting design and lighting technology. Students will learn how to implement communication, technology, organization and creativity in the lighting industry. 

3073 Scene Design (3) F Offered even-numbered years 
This course will allow students to develop drafting, rendering, painting, model-making and communication skills. Students will study historical, as well as contemporary, design techniques. Prerequisites: Theatre 2453, 3023.  

3083 Musical Theatre History (3) F Offered odd-numbered years 
An online course involving watching musicals and reading about their history, this class will teach students about the evolution of the American musical. 

3093 Dramaturgy (3) F Offered even-numbered years 
This course defines the role of dramaturgy as literary advisor in the process of producing plays. Various methods of research into the historical, cultural, and literary background of a play will be discussed and applied.  

3403 Methods of Teaching Theatre (3) Offered on demand 
This course equips the theatre education major with an introduction to curriculum development and classroom activities to teach drama classes in high school or junior high settings. Field placement opportunities.  

3413 Creative Dramatics (3) SP Offered odd-numbered years 
An overview of children’s theatre: understanding the literature, acting techniques, design concepts, and the production presentation. Field placement opportunities. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement. 

3433 History of Theatre I (3) F Offered even-numbered year
Theatre history from its Greek origins to 18th century European practice. Prerequisite: Theatre 1533. 

3443 History of Theatre II (3) SP Offered odd-numbered years 
Theatre history from 19th century romanticism to modern theory and practice. Prerequisite: Theatre 1533. 

345V Theatre Internship (1-6) SU 
Students involved in the International Program in London will apply for internships in the area of theatre, consisting of eight weeks, approximately 15 hours per week. Other opportunities for theatre internships may be approved by the department chair as they arise. Prerequisites: Theatre 2423 or permission of the department chair. 

3491 Theatre Workshop: Practicum (1) F, SP 
A practical course in technical aspects of dramatic production. The course may be repeated each semester for credit up to 8 hours. 

4013 Advanced Acting (3) F 
This course focuses on Shakespeare and is designed to help actors develop their approach to Shakespeare’s plays. Emphasis is placed on the mechanics of analyzing, interpreting, and internalizing Shakespeare’s texts with the end goal of bringing them to full emotional and creative life. Students also study Shakespeare’s canon and place as a historical figure. For theatre majors only. Prerequisites: Theatre 1513, 2153. 

4023 Advanced Directing (3) SP Offered even-numbered years 
Principles of directing various styles and periods focusing on the ability of the director to bring a creative viewpoint to bear on the work. Requires student-directed scenes with lab. Laboratory is graded and credited with course. For theatre majors only. Prerequisite: Theatre 2113. 

4033 Period Styles (3) SP Offered odd-numbered years 
This course introduces an approach to performing in a range of historic works through reorganization of basic acting methods. It will familiarize students with classical dramatic literature. It will also teach them how to use textual clues to understand character development, while applying various acting styles in performance. Through their study of period styles and acting, students will also find the correlation between faith and art. Prerequisites: Theatre 1513, 2153. 

4043 Musical Theatre Performance Workshop (3) SP Offered even-numbered years 
This course will allow students to explore all aspects of musical theater performance. Students will work with musical theatre productions for the 18th-20th centuries. Students will also be taught the singing, acting and technical aspects of musical theatre

4102 Senior Seminar I (2) F 
This course is designed to assist students in making the transition from college to the “real world.” Through the development and understanding of creating resumes, auditioning and creating professional goals, students will be prepared to enter the professional world with confidence. Prerequisites: senior standing and approval of the instructor. 

4112 Senior Seminar II (2) SP 
This course is designed to assist students in making the transition from college to the “real world.” Through the development and understanding of creating resumes, auditioning and creating professional goals, students will be prepared to enter the professional world with confidence. Prerequisites: senior standing and the approval of the instructor. 

4nnV Special Topics (1-6) F, SP 
Various topics in dramatic literature and performance. (Examples: advanced scene design, advanced playwriting, etc.) Requires consent of the instructor.