THR - Theatre

THR 108 Voice and Movement for the Actor I

Course Description: An exploration of the actor's use of time and space in the theater centered in Viewpoints technique. Through physical exercises, discussions and readings from Zeami, Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart, students will come to understand the physical fundamentals of this training and become aware of and take responsibility for their own bodies on stage and within ensemble environments.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

THR 109 Voice and Movement for the Actor II

Course Description:This course is a continuation of THR 108 and explores the application of Viewpoints training as applied to scene work. Students will work on scenes with partners, on a weekly basis, using the fundamentals learned in the fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DAN 196A Min Grade D or THR 108 Min Grade D

THR 112 Makeup for Theatre II

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 140 Min Grade D

THR 121 Introduction to Theater

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: A study of the tradition and development of the theater art with emphasis the elements required to develop, produce, and evaluate theatrical productions. Students will write, design, direct, and produce their own short play.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

THR 122 Production Crew I (Costume)

Course Description: Introduction to costumes for theatre. Students will acquire the skills and techniques to construct, fit and alter costumes for small and large productions. Students will work on actual departmental productions in both construction of costumes and wardrobe running crew.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

THR 123 Current Theatre in New York - A

Satisfies 3 credits towards NYC Studies Concentration/Minor. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: Analysis and criticism of the current New York theater season. Broadway or off-Broadway productions alternate with classroom discussion. Emphasis is on the writing, pre-production and creative team, and critical review of the final product.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits

THR 124 Current Theater in London

Course Description: Analysis and criticism of the current London Theater season. West End and Fringe productions alternate with class discussion. Emphasis is on the writing, pre-production and creative team, and critical review of the final product. The semester will be supplemented with travel to London.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits

THR 127 Cultural Theater Travel Experience

Course Description: To read with sensitivity a representative sample of cultural theatre theories and to understand how the plays interacted with the culture and society. Also to explore the performance dimension of the theatre culture and to come to a better appreciation of the theatre traditions around the globe. Students will also become aware of the global influence on western drama and increase knowledge of cultural history and appreciation of cultural traditions through firsthand experience.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

THR 131 Development of the Physical Theatre

Course Description: A study of the physical theatre and its relationship to the development of dramatic form - scenery, costumes, lighting, and performance.

3 credits

THR 132 Stagecraft

Course Description: A survey of the organization, materials, equipment, and procedures encountered in the construction, rigging, and preparation of scenery for the theatre.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

THR 133 Stage Lighting

Prerequisite: None.

Course Description: A study of basic electricity, equipment, control, and accepted practices involved in the design and execution of lighting for the professional and non-professional stage.

3 credits

THR 134 Theater History: From Classical to Neoclassical

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: A study of dramatic form, technique, and staging from the Greeks through the 18th century with emphasis on historical importance and problems in contemporary production.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

THR 135 Theater History: From Romanticism to the Present

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: A study of dramatic forms, ideas, and staging practices that have evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries and how they have shaped contemporary production aesthetics.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

THR 136 World Theater

Course Description: An introduction to non-western theater history and practices.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, Spring.

3 credits

THR 137 Drafting I

Course Description: Basic techniques and procedures of preparing technical drawings for the theatre. Student will supply his or her own equipment.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

THR 140 Makeup for Theatre I

Course Description: Introduction and exploration of make-up for theatrical productions. Students will design and realize full make-up based on stage make-up techniques taught. Technical application of wigs and hair are included. Students will be stylist and make-up artists for the fall department productions.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

THR 142 The Costume

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: An introduction to the equipment and practices of the costume shop. Students will develop basic sewing skills, how to recognize various fabrics, how to develop basic patterns, and how to drape and construct a simple garment.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 122 Min Grade D

THR 143 Costume and Décor II

3 credits

THR 151 Acting I

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: A performance class in which through exercise, improvisation, and scene work in a Stanislavski based approach, students will become aware of their instrument (body, voice, emotions, etc.) and how to use it. A non-majors section is suitable for Fine Arts Core Requirement.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

THR 153 Verse for the Stage: A Historical Study, Literary Review, Performance and Writing Workshop

Course Description: The primary focus of this course is to gain a greater proficiency and expertise in the area of the verse for the stage. Students will study dramatic text designed for the stage ranging from Shakespeare to Lorca as well as more modern poetry and verse by writers/performers such as Allen Ginsberg, Sekou Sundiata and Roger Bonair-Agard. A study and comparison between the Poetic Dramatic Monologue and the Actor?s Monologue will be examined. Students will learn, rehearse and perform published and/or classical verse-monologues as well as get a chance to write their own work for performance.

3 credits

THR 169 Drafting II

3 credits

THR 170 Indie Theater Producing

Prerequisites: Permission of the Performing Arts department to register.

Course Description: Cultivating students? entrepreneurial spirits, NYC Indie Producing will teach students how to produce a NYC showcase production as well as give context to the theatrical model used by most of Off Broadway. The practical information will be complimented by larger discussions about what a producer?s role is in the creative process and industry challenges.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

THR 176 Lighting Workshop

Course Description: A study of the physics of light, optics, mechanics, and electricity and how they apply to the equipment and control and accepted practices in lighting for the professional and nonprofessional theater.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 222 Min Grade D

THR 179 Slides and Projections

3 credits

THR 180 The American Musical Theatre

Course Description: The American Musical Theater is a survey course designed to introduce students to the history of this American Art form. It is a broad-based overview of musical theater entertainment forms such as vaudeville, minstrel, burlesque, musical films and of course stage musicals. The course will cover the groundbreaking artistic movements, styles, creators and works in musical theater.

3 credits

THR 196A Topic: From Page to Stage

Course Description: Through this course, students will see how the written word translates into live action.

3 credits

THR 196E Theater Props

Course Description: Exploring the rationale for the use of theatrical properties. Role analysis to project physical aspects of the production. Practical application.

3 credits

THR 196F Sound and Acoustics II

Course Description: Continued work from THR 331 focusing on sound reinforcement, reproduction, and recording techniques for the theater. Emphasis is on the physics of sound transmission, acoustical parameters, and the equipment involved in all stages of the ?sound chain?. A production sound design will be prepared.

3 credits

THR 196G Performing Arts Freshman Seminar

Course Description: This course serves as an introduction into the business of performing arts. Students will learn basic audition etiquette and will understand theatre protocol and the chain-of-command.

Course Rotation: NYC:Fall

1 credits

THR 196J Topic: Improvisation II

Course Description: The course is designed to build upon the principles and techniques learned in Improvisation I. the core focus of Improvisation II will be on creating unscripted scene work. Through traditional warm-up exercises and games, the course will serve to heighten the student?s ability to react spontaneously and truthfully to their presented circumstances, culminating in short and long form improvised scene work.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 258 Min Grade D

THR 207 Directing II

Course Description: Students will continue to explore the craft of directing through working on a variety of plays from the world theatre repertory and directing scenes using department actors. Continuing to work on directorial analysis, preparation, working with actors, and production planning, the class will culminate with a festival of fully realized one act plays.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 206 Min Grade D or THR 206 Min Grade D

THR 208 Playwriting

Course Description: The theory and practice of developing a dramatic situation. Class discussion of student exercises and playscripts, supported by reading and analysis of appropriate models. Selected projects will be further developed for public presentation.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 121 Min Grade D

THR 209 Playwriting Workshop

Course Description: Writing of plays. Completed works are discussed and given dramatic readings. Opportunities for presentation at the CWP Theatre.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 208 Min Grade D

THR 210 Theater Props

Course Description: Exploring the rationale for the use of theatrical properties. Role analysis to project physical aspects of the production. Practical application.

Course Rotation NY: Spring

3 credits

THR 211 Stage Management

Prerequisite: THR 232 or permission of the Instructor.

Course Description: Basic principles and techniques for analyzing the structure of various types of plays leading to the development of a performance concept. The special analytical concerns of actors, directors and designers are explored.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 232 Min Grade D

THR 219 Making Connections to Classical Greek Theater

Course Description: Since the Romans first turned to the Greeks for models of theater, the influence of Greek concepts has been a major determinant of the development of Western theater. This course explores social and artistic ideas of Ancient Greece as it is reflected in Classical Greek Theater. We will go beyond examing Greek concepts and plays by making connections to modern adaptations of Greek classics.

Must be able to travel out of country and provide necessary documentation.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

THR 220 Roman Theater and Visual Spectacles of the Italian Renaissance

Course Description: This course will be taught from two significant times in theater history. Part one will explore Roman Theater as it relates to its Greek origins. Part two will explore Theater in the Italian Renaissance and its place in classical antiquity. The classroom work will be complimented by spending 10 days traveling through Italy experiencing first hand the Roman and Italian Renaissance influences.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

THR 222 Production Crew II (Scenery)

Course Description: Acquiring the skills and techniques to construct, assemble, and finish costumes, wigs, and accessories in performance situations. Stress will be placed on learning safe working practice, collaboration, and the importance of production schedules. Students will also work on actual production and front of house crews and help set-up and strike shows.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

THR 224 Russian Revolutions in Theater

Course Description: Survey of Russian drama as a literary and theatrical phenomenon from the end of the eighteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century.

3 credits

THR 225 Theatre Practicum

Prerequisite: Permission of department chairperson and a minimum CQPA of 3.00. May not be substituted for a required course.

Course Description: With the approval of the supervising faculty member, the department chairperson, and the academic dean, students may use actual production experience (acting, production crew, assisting) for academic credit. In addition to the production experience, the student must maintain a journal and complete a final paper discussing the processes involved and the goal(s) achieved. May be taken up to three times for elective credit. Cannot be used as a substitution for a required course.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

1 - 6 credits

THR 225A Theatre Practicum - A

Prerequisite:Permission of department chairperson and minimum CQPA of 3.00. May not be substituted for a required course.

1 - 6 credits

THR 225B Theatre Practicum - B

1 - 6 credits

THR 225C Theatre Practicum - C

1 - 6 credits

THR 231 Theater and Social Change

Course Description: This course will introduce students to the new international field of Theatre and Social Change. Students will read and research historical and contemporary theatre companies that do this kind of theatre. They will develop, in small groups, a short piece reflecting their own concerns for theatre and social change. Students will also examine the different environments, reasons, ethics, and structures of theatre and social change, in American and international culture. The emphasis is on exposing the students the reasons and methodology of creating and working in theatre that effects change.

Coure Rotation: NY: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

THR 232 Script Analysis

Prerequisite: THR 151 or permission of the Instructor.

Course Description:A study of script preparation and rehearsal techniques needed by the stage manager in professional and educational theater. Emphasis on methods, working conditions, union regulations and developing a production script.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 151 Min Grade D

THR 237 Drafting II

Course Description: Advanced techniques in preparation of technical drawings tailored to the specific needs of the student. Emphasis on some or all of the following: perspective, designer elevations, light plots, historic ornament, and CAD applications such as VectorWorks. (Students will supply their own equipment.)

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 138 Min Grade D or THR 168 Min Grade D or THR 137 Min Grade D

THR 240 Makeup for the Theater II

3 credits

THR 251 Acting II

Course Description: A performance class continuing in the Stanislavski approach, in which students will explore the exterior expression of character that enhances the evolution of the internal elements of character. Students will read and analyze selected contemporary dramatic literature and through text and sub-text develop comic and dramatic scenes.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 151 Min Grade D

THR 254 Acting for the Musical Stage I

Prerequisite: THR 251 or permission of Instructor.

Course Description: A performance class focusing on the acting and stylistic adjustments requires for the performance of a musical number within the context of the scene and the entire musical work. In addition to building on an acting foundation the course will address issues of range and vocal support, style, and repertory.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 251 Min Grade D

THR 255 Speech for the Stage

Prerequisite: THR 251 or permission of the Instructor.

Course Description: An in-depth look into theLink later vocal training method. Along with in-class physical exercises, breathing and relaxation techniques, students will explore freedom of choice and its marriage to emotional release. This class will also study the I.P.A. (international phonetic alphabet) and how to use it to understand the physical formation of words, correct pronunciation of texts and prepare for further study with dialects.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 251 Min Grade D

THR 256 Speech for the Stage II

Course Description: A continuation of the Linklater and IPA work begun in THR 256 that strengthens the actor's understanding of his/her voice and how to use the voice on text in performance situations.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 255 Min Grade D

THR 257 Stage Combat I

Course Description: In this course, students will learn the basics of safety and partnering techniques in unarmed and sword combat for the stage. Students must work diligently to create a safe environment while portraying a character in a fight performance. Topics include punches, reactions, vocals, knaps, sword attacks, parries and sword tricks. The class will also introduce to the art of quarterstaff fighting. Students will demonstrate these skills in final performances.

Course Rotation: NYC, Spring

3 credits

THR 258 Improvisational Theatre

Techniques of theatre improvisation are studied and then used to create original material for dynamic performance. Specific forms of improvisation include the monologue, storytelling, satiric sketches, and the comedy review. The course culminates in the evolution of a major performance event based on improvisation.

3 credits

THR 259 Performing Poetry

Course Description:This course will examine the rhyme scheme, cadence, musicality and physicality involved in performing poetry. A study of work of popular performance poets who have a name for themselves in the world of performance art, slam poetry and spoken word will be followed by a performance workshop where students will breakdown poetic text. Just as an actor would memorize and prepare a monologue or scene, students will prepare and re-work solo and group pieces of poetry focusing on the vocal and physical aspects of their performance as well as ways to incorporate costume, props, music and the collaboration of other artistic mediums.

3 credits

THR 272 Scene Painting I

3 credits

THR 273 Scene Painting II

3 credits

THR 280 Costume and Materials Construction I

Prerequisite: Restricted to students majoring in Theatre and Theatre Arts.

Course Description: Introduction to draping and patternmaking clothing. Focus on period costumes for theatre. Fabric swatching in garment district and field trip to the Metropolitan Museum included. This class will assist in the design and building of costumes for the fall department theatrical productions.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 122 Min Grade D

THR 281 Costume and Materials Construction II

Course Description: This course is a continuation of THR 280. More advanced draping and paternmaking technique are introduced and explored. Field trip to Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. Focus on costume for theatrical productions.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 280 Min Grade D

THR 296G Topics: Theatre Production Management

Course Description: Fundamentals of production management for theatre and live performance. Students will complete practical and written projects, and observe and assess elements of the production process.

Course Rotation NY: Spring, odd years.

3 credits

THR 296J Topic: High School Musicals: The Tech Side

/Prerequisite:
New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I.

Course Description: The average High School Theater Teacher wears many hats ? director, teacher, producer, designer, technician and so much more. They are often the one person that holds the entire production together. Most public school drama teachers have training in acting, English, music, and or other performance areas. Many have little training in the technical aspects of stage productions. This course aims to assist and/or train both the teacher and their students in many of the non-performance aspects of theater. The technical crew, often referred to any of the following: A/V Squad, Lighting Crew, Stage Crew, Techies, is called upon to figure much out for themselves. Our aim is to assist these unsung heroes of the high school teacher.

3 credits

THR 296K Topic: Arts and Entertainment Management

Course Description: The study of non-profit and for-profit arts organizations, particularly those in the performing arts. The course covers organizational structure, the board of trustees, marketing, human resources, planning, financing, fund raising, and evaluation. The course also addresses major trends taking place in the field and career opportunities.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

THR 296L Topic: Sketch Comedy Writing and Performance

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor required.

Course Description: This course will introduce the skills and techniques necessary to write and perform sketch comedy. Students will generate original material via improvisation, exercises and collaborative assignments that will culminate in a student-produced revue.

Course Rotation: Fall:NY

3 credits

THR 296M Topic: Modelmaking I

Course Description: An exploration of the designer?s use of space in the theater cantered in modelmaking (scale1/4 inch or « inch). Through visual research, character exploration, discussions and reading from one play, students will come to understand the fundamentals of designing for the theatre.

Course Rotation: Fall;NY

3 credits

THR 301 Advanced Scene Study I

Course Description: Advanced work in characterization and role development for the actor with emphasis on placing the work within the context of the entire play.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 104 Min Grade D or THR 104 Min Grade D or THR 151 Min Grade D

THR 331 Sound and Acoustics

Prerequisite: THR 232 or permission of instructor.

Course Description: Introduction to sound reinforcement, reproduction, and recording techniques for the theater. Emphasis is on the physics of sound transmission, acoustical parameters, and the equipment involved in all stages of the "sound chain". A production sound design will be prepared.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 232 Min Grade D

THR 332 Scene Design I

Course Description: The principles and practices of theatrical scenic design. Emphasis is on concept, research, presentation methods including actor/action studies, full rendering models and necessary technical drawings and support materials to prepare a production for bidding.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

THR 336 Lighting Design I

Course Description: The principles and practice of theatrical lighting design from the initial concept and work with other designers to the final light plot and necessary support paper work that will prepare a production for bidding or rental. Focusing, cuing, and rehearsal procedures in preparation for performance will be explored.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 176 Min Grade D or THR 176 Min Grade D

THR 339 Theater Design

3 credits

THR 342 Costume Design I

Course Description: The principles and practices of costume design for the stage from concept and analysis to finished sketches and selection of fabrics and trim. Students will work on both period and modern dress projects.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

THR 353 Improvisation II

Course Description: The course is designed to build upon the principles and techniques learned in Improvisation I. The core focus of Improvisation II will be on creating unscripted scene work. Through traditional warm-up exercises and games, the course will serve to heighten the student?s ability to react spontaneously and truthfully to their presented circumstances, culminating in short and long form improvised scene work.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 258 Min Grade D

THR 354 Acting for the Musical Stage II

Course Description: A performance course evolving from the discipline and technique learned in Musical Stage I. Emphasis is on analyzing both the music and lyrics, and creating an appropriate sub-text in order to perform musical numbers. Students will enlarge their repertoire and develop appropriate audition material.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 254 Min Grade D

THR 355 Dialects for the Stage

Course Description: Vocal technique and voice production for the actor with emphasis on placement, extending the range, and sizing the voice for a variety of performance situations.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 255 Min Grade D

THR 356 Advanced Scene Study II

Course Description: A performance course building on the foundations laid in Scene Study I. Students will enhance their range and dramatic literacy by expanded contact with plays and performance theory. Scenes will be performed from both historical and contemporary sources.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 104 Min Grade D or THR 104 Min Grade D or THR 151 Min Grade D

THR 357 Acting for Television and Film

Course Description: A performance class building on previous study that adds the dimension of acting before the camera. Through performance review on tape and familiarity with the operation of the equipment involved the student will learn what the camera "sees" and how to make adjustments for the media.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 251 Min Grade D and THR 356 Min Grade D

THR 358 Acting for Television and Film II

Course Description: A performance class continuing the exploration begun in Acting for TV and Film I. The course will address scene work within the context of multiple "takes" and multiple camera setups. Maintaining through line and consistency will be reinforced through the work and weekly performance review on tape.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

THR 359 Directing I

Prerequisite: THR 232 or permission of the Instructor.

Course Description: Fundamental principles of the director's preparation of the script for production from analysis and concept through rehearsal techniques and realization. Students will be expected to prepare a directors' script and direct the work for presentation before an audience.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 232 Min Grade D

THR 361 Advanced Scene Study III

Restricted to students majoring in Theatre and Theatre Arts.

Updated Course Description: Drawing on a variety of techniques and movement based approaches, students will work on developing a classical awareness using Shakespearean text.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 356 Min Grade D

THR 362 Advanced Scene Study IV

Prerequisite: Restricted to students majoring in Theatre and Theatre Arts.

Course Description: Further development of scene study technique. This course is a continuation of THR 361.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 361 Min Grade D

THR 390 Theatre Internship

Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of the Department Chair. This course may not be substituted for a required course.

Course Description: Practical experience on the job in cooperation with Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, film and television companies, and regional and summer stock theaters. Hours vary according to the nature of the internship. Some, but not all, provide students compensation. In addition to supervisor evaluation, students will be expected to complete a log of their activities and meet regularly with a faculty mentor.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 - 6 credits

THR 395 Independent Study in Theatre

Course Description: With the approval of faculty member, the department chairperson, and the academic dean, students may select a topic for guided study that is not included in the regular course offerings. The student meets regularly with a faculty mentor to assess progress. A research paper, documented performance or portfolio project must also be completed and submitted for review.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

1 - 9 credits

THR 395A Independent Study in Theatre (A)

1 - 9 credits

THR 395B Independent Study in Theatre (B)

1 - 9 credits

THR 396F Topic: Rapier and Dagger Fighting for the Stage

Course Description: A hands-on comprehensive introduction to sword fighting for theatrical presentation. Students will be trained in the safe use and execution of the rapier and dagger techniques. They will be taught basic footwork, parries, offensive and defensive moves and choreography and then apply techniques to scene work. Attention will be given to the rehearsing of given fight choreography as it applies to the stage. Class will culminate in a skills proficiency fight test to be adjudicated by a qualified Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD).

Course Rotation: Fall:NY

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 257 Min Grade D

THR 460 The Business of Acting

Prerequisite: Senior standing. Restricted to students majoring in Theatre and Theatre Arts.

Course Description: An introduction into the business side of the entertainment industry for senior theater students.

3 credits

THR 499 Senior Year Experience in Theatre

Prerequisite: Senior standing as a BFA Theatre or BA Theatre Arts Major and permission of the Department.

Course Description: Designed to prepare and showcase the graduating student. Comprehensive review, exploration, and evaluation of background. Preparation of resumes, portfolios, or audition materials required to pursue advanced training and/or a professional career.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

THR 501 Basic Technique 1

Course Description:This course introduces the core of the program. Stanislavski divided his system into two parts: ?work on the self? and ?work on the role.? Year 1 of the program is devoted to work on the self. In the first semester, the focus is on fundamental exercises in Relaxation, Concentration, Observation (the essential difference between looking and seeing, between listening and hearing), In-the-Moment Behavior and a broad panoply of Sense Memory exercises in a carefully graduated syllabus. In the first year, playwrights and directors work side-by-side with the actors, acquiring a thorough grounding in the technical foundation of the Stanislavski system.

6 credits

THR 502 Basic Technique 2

Course Description: Advanced "work on the self." The more advanced exercises, including Affective Memory, Private Moment, "Song and Dance," Animal Exercises, Improvisation and Repetition.

6 credits

THR 503 Theater History 1

Course Description: An exploration of the historical development of the artists, literature and craft of the theater, beginning with Greek and Roman theater, and proceeding in the first semester to the European playwrights of the seventeenth century. In sharp contrast to the other classes in the First Year, these classes focus not on the performance of dramatic art, but on its historical development both as literature and craft.

3 credits

THR 504 Theater History 2

Course Description: Theater as literature and craft from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century.

3 credits

THR 505 Workshop 1

Course Description: The Workshop unites all the students at the end of each week in an intensive session of applied technique. Designed to expose the students to the principles and techniques of the Actors Studio's most experienced artists, the Workshop elists Moderators of the Actors Studio in a four-week rotation.

At the end of each week, the various sections reunite in the collegial atmosphere this program is designed to foster, for a workshop conducted by a roster of teachers drawn from our greatest resource: the vast technical knowledge, practical experience and luster of the Actors Studio 800-member roster.

The Workshop will differ markedly from the Basic Technique classes in that every four weeks a new instructor will arrive on the scene with his or her own three-hour agenda for the class. In this way, the students will be exposed to the individual views, principles and techniques of some of the most illustrious and gifted member of the Actors Studio.

3 credits

THR 506 Workshop 2

Course Description: The Workshop reflects, utilizes and builds on the more advanced work of the Basic Technique 2 course, continuing the transition to the Second Year Scene Work course, the Actors Lab, and the Playwrights and Directors Unit.

3 credits

THR 521 Voice and Speech 1.1

Course Description: The voice work is based on Kristin Linklater's progression of exercises as described in her book, Freeing the Natural Voice. The course provides a series of exercises to free, develop, and strengthen the voice, first as a human instrument, then as the actor's instrument.

3 credits

THR 522 Voice and Speech 1.2

Course Description: Continuation of Voice and Speech 1.1. The exercises this term will include resonators, breathing power, range, and articulation.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

THR 523 Neutral American Speech

Course Description: Required for selected actors. Two 90-minute classes per week. For international students or students with pronounced regional accents, for whom the acquisition of standard American speech is important.

3 credits

THR 524 Neutral American Speech 2

Course Description: Continuation of Neutral American Speech 1.

3 credits

THR 531 Movement 1 - Improvisational Movement

Course Description: In Improvisational Movement, students learn a physical language that offers ways to discover one's own body. The course investigates their relationship to space, to each other, and to situations. This course is ultimately about creating a space where anything can happen.

3 credits

THR 532 Movement 2 - Improvisational Movement

Course Description: Continuation of Movement 1.

3 credits

THR 533 Movement 1 - West African Dance

Course Description: This course is a high-powered, rhythmic dance experience, bringing together the body, the mind, and the spirit in an energetic union of the music, dance, and oral tradition of the people of West Africa. Students learn regional songs of welcome and praise, accompanied by live drumming to provide an understanding of the relationship between the dancer and the musician and the common language they must speak in order to execute an African dance style.

3 credits

THR 534 Movement 2 - West African Dance

Course Description: Continuation of Movement 1.

3 credits

THR 541 Preparing to Direct 1

Course Description: This course provides directors with the practical tools they will need when they are ready to apply the fundamental principles of the Stanislavski System and the work of the Actors Studio. This course is designed to provide students with a solid theory of the basic elements of stage directing, along with enough practical experience to understand the theory organically.

4 credits

THR 542 Preparing to Direct 2

Course Description: The second semester of this course is devoted to preparing the directors to meet the demands that will be made on them in their Directing classes and the Playwrights and Directors Unit in the second year.

4 credits

THR 543 History of Directing 1

Course Description: This course will examine, through readings, reports, screenings, and discussion, the central issues that underlie the development of the principal innovative theater directors in the modern period, beginning in the late 19th century and extending to the present day in both Europe and the United States. The first semester will provide an overview of the directorial landscape with key essays, interviews, and other writings by Meiningen, Antoine, Stanislavski, Vaghtangov, Meyerhold, Copeau, Artaud, and Brecht. The course will also explore the extension of the Stanislavski tradition to America by way of the Group Theater and the foundation years of the Actors Studio.

3 credits

THR 544 History of Directing 2

Course Description: A continuation of History of Directing 1, the course in the second semester will continue with the development of the Actors Studio during the Kazan years and thereafter, exploring, through a discussion and analysis of film and video productions, a wide spectrum of directorial innovators, ranging from the British school (Brook, Hall, Nunn) to the Europeans (Grotowski, Strehler, Mnouchkine, Chaikin, and Wilson).

3 credits

THR 545 Story Telling and the Use of Space 1

Course Description: This course is an introduction to set design and the use of space as a vehicle for storytelling. The course will illustrate how subtle choices can dramatically impact an actor's entrance and how scenic elements can contribute to storytelling and perform as supporting characters to reveal the director's intentions.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

2 credits

THR 546 Storytelling and the Use of Space 2

Course Description: The second semester of this course involves the assignment of plays to the Directors and presents them with complex stage opportunities for them to explore. The course culminates in a final presentation by the students.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

2 credits

THR 551 Playwriting 1

Course Description: The First Year writing course constitutes the playwright's Basic Technique class. Emotional honesty and moment-to-moment life are explored from the writer's perspective. Writing exercises access the unconscious, develop the writer's "voice" and dominant themes, and help the writer learn to tell a story on the stage.

4 credits

THR 552 Playwriting 2

Course Description: Evolving out of Playwriting 1, this course applies the techniques learned in the first semester to the development of the scenes and one-act plays that will seed the entire program in the Second Year Playwrights and Directors Unit.

4 credits

THR 601 Scene Work 1

Course Description: It is in this course that the students move from the preparation of themselves to the preparation of the part. Through Stanislvavski's historic investigations of action, objective, beats, characterization, and given circumstances, the students learn the principles of scene analysis and the actor's obligation to the text. Although the directors and playwrights are specializing in this second year, their training would be incomplete without this second phase of training. So Scene Work (1 and 2) is also required for them. The directing students in this class continue to participate in the work as actors (as do the playwrights). Scenes and exercises are not directed in Scene Work: the actor must be free to find his or her own way into the character and the scene, making his or her won, not a director's mistakes, on the theory that we learn best from our own mistakes. This year the directors and playwrights also exercise their muscles, and learn from their mistakes, in the Playwrights and Directors Unit. Most of the material used in the scene work classes is taken from the traditional repertoire of American and Foreign realistic plays, from the 1890s to the present. It is chosen by the students, with the teacher's approval or recommended by the teachers to present particular challenges to the student. Scenes from "classic plays ? Shakespeare, the Restoration repertoire, the Greeks- are not explored until the Third year, when the M.F.A students have the technical grounding that will permit them to face the stylistic demands of the classical repertoire without falling back on rhetorical convention.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

Prerequisites

THR 501 Min Grade C and THR 502 Min Grade C

THR 602 Scene Work 2

Course Description: It is in this course that the students move from the preparation of themselves to the preparation of the part. Through Stanislavski historic investigations of action, objective, beats, characterization, and given circumstances, the students learn the principles of scene analysis and the actor's obligation to the text. Although the directors and playwrights are specializing in this second year, their training would be incomplete without this second phase of training. So Scene Work (1 and 2) is also required for them. The directing students in this class continue to participate in the work as actors (as do the playwrights). Scenes and exercises are not directed in Scene Work: the actor must be free to find his or her own way into the character and the scene, making his or her won, not a director's mistakes, on the theory that we learn best from our own mistakes. This year the directors and playwrights also exercise their muscles, and learn from their mistakes, in the Playwrights and Directors Unit. Most of the material used in the scene work classes is taken from the traditional repertoire of American and Foreign realistic plays, from the 1890s to the present. It is chosen by the students, with the teacher's approval or recommended by the teachers to present particular challenges to the student. Scenes from "classic plays ? Shakespeare, the Restoration repertoire, the Greeks- are not explored until the Third year, when the M.F.A students have the technical grounding that will permit them to face the stylistic demands of the classical repertoire without falling back on rhetorical convention.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

6 credits

Prerequisites

THR 601 Min Grade C

THR 603 Theater History 3

Course Description: Theater as literature and craft from the early twentieth century to the present.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 503 Min Grade C and THR 504 Min Grade C

THR 621 Voice and Speech 2.1

Course Description: The voice work is based on Kristin Linklater's progression of exercises as described in her book, Freeing the Natural Voice. The course provides a series of exercises to free, develop, and strengthen the voice, first as a human instrument, then as the actor's instrument.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 521 Min Grade C and THR 522 Min Grade C

THR 622 Voice and Speech 2.2

Course Description: This course is a continuation of the voice work based on Kristin Linklater's progression of exercises as described in her book, Freeing the Natural Voice. The course provides a series of exercises to free, develop, and strengthen the voice, first as a human instrument, then as the actor's instrument.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 621 Min Grade C

THR 623 Neutral American Speech 3

Course Description: For international students or students with pronounced regional accents, for whom the acquisition of standard American speech is important.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 523 Min Grade C and THR 524 Min Grade C

THR 624 Neutral American Speech 4

Course Description: For international students or students with pronounced regional accents, for whom the acquisition of standard American speech is important.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 523 Min Grade C and THR 524 Min Grade C

THR 633 Movement 3 Horton Technique

Course Description: This beginning level of Horton technique for beginners, lays the foundation for all that follows in the more advanced levels. The basic warm up is taught: flat backs, primitive squat descent and ascent, lateral stretches, release swings and deep lunges. The shapes that will be used throughout the training in Horton technique are emphasized: the T positions, stag position, cross lunge and coccyx balance. When Lester Horton created this technique in the 1940's he designed many of the material into series of studies which concentrate on training specific areas of the body. These studies stretch, lengthen and strengthen the body. Many of the beginning level studies focus on the Achilles tendon, the abdominal muscles, and movements that lengthen the spine and the hamstring muscles. Simple combinations of movements, that include turns and jumps, are taught to introduce musicality and dynamics to the beginning dancer's vocabulary. Performance qualities are emphasized at the very beginning of the dancer's training.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

THR 634 Movement 4 Horton Technique

Course Description: Required for actors (elective for others). Two 90-minute classes a week.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 531 Min Grade C and THR 532 Min Grade C

THR 635 Improvisational Movement 3

Course Description: In Improvisational Movement 3, students learn a physical language that offers ways to discover one's own body. This course investigates their relationships to space, to each other, and to situations. They will also gain a basic understanding of anatomy.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 531 Min Grade C and THR 532 Min Grade C

THR 636 Improvisational Movement 4

Course Description: Students learn a physical language that offers ways to discover one's own body. This course investigates their relationships to space, to each other, and to situations. They will also gain a basic understanding of anatomy.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 635 Min Grade C

THR 641 Directing 1

Course Description: This course applies to the director's craft the principles of the Stanislavski System that the student directors have been learning in Basic Technique and Scene Work Classes. The directors and actors (and playwrights) have learned the "common grammar" that inspired Stanislavski to begin his exploration, precisely so that the various disciplines could communicate with each other. That Communication is at the heart of this course, as the First year's theory becomes the Second Year's process, enabling the directors to deal directly and effectively with the play, the playwright, the actors, and the audience. In the first semester, the directors work on realistic material based on short plays and short stories. In a stet-by-step, hand ?on- process the director learns how to tell the play's story through every theatrical means, by working on the play before rehearsals begin; conducting auditions and casting the play; conducting reading rehearsals around the table; introducing the actors to the director's concept of the play and the production; guiding the actors in the creation of character; organizing the rehearsal time; putting the play "on its feet"; leading the actors toward the play's events; creating truthful, organic moment to moment blocking; and incorporating all of the external elements of setting, lighting and costume.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

8 credits

Prerequisites

THR 541 Min Grade C and THR 542 Min Grade C

THR 642 Directing 2

Course Description: Advanced work in challenging scenes and short plays from the full panoply of realistic and non-realistic theater, some of which are emerging as both director's and actor's theses for the Repertory Season.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

8 credits

Prerequisites

THR 641 Min Grade C

THR 651 Playwriting 3

Course Description: This course's attention is on the page, on the writer's craft, and the craft expands to include the development of full ? length plays. Like the scenes and one-acts that were read, criticized, rewritten, reread, rewritten, reexamined by the class and the instructor in the first year, the writer's effort to develop full-length plays are subjected to the same process.

Course Description: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

Prerequisites

THR 551 Min Grade C and THR 552 Min Grade C

THR 652 Playwriting 4

Course Description: This course's attention is on the page, on the writer's craft, and the craft expands to include the development of full ? length plays. Like the scenes and one-acts that were read, criticized, rewritten, reread, rewritten, reexamined by the class and the instructor in the first year, the writer's effort to develop full- length plays are subjected to the same process.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

6 credits

Prerequisites

THR 651 Min Grade C

THR 661 Playwrights and Directors Unit 1

Course Description: The PD Unit is designed to focus two disciplines in a course that emphasizes the development and direction of original material in circumstances that begin to mirror the professional theater. The original work of the playwrights, completed in Playwriting 1 and 2 comes through the pipeline to the PD Unit. There, it is cast by the second year actors, directed by one of the directors, rehearsed by the actors cast, and then presented for analysis and criticism in the unit.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 505 Min Grade C and THR 506 Min Grade C

THR 662 Playwrights and Directors Unit 2

Course Description: The PD Unit is designed to focus two disciplines in a course that emphasizes the development and direction of original material in circumstances that begin to mirror the professional theater. The original work of the playwrights, completed in Playwriting 1 and 2 comes through the pipeline to the PD Unit. There, it is cast by the second year actors, directed by one of the directors, rehearsed by the actors cast, and then presented for analysis and criticism in the unit.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 661 Min Grade C

THR 681 Principles of Design - Creative Collaboration 1

Course Description: This course taught by Shawn Lewis, artistic adviser and scenic designer of our MFA Program's Repertory Season, in association with the acclaimed scenic and costume designer Tony Walton, delves deeply into the artistic collaborative process of theatrical design. Walton created this course to celebrate the real-life procedures and problems that theatre artists face in the course of developing and presenting a show. Prominent designers from the Broadway theatre are invited to share their unique methods of confronting the major artistic and practical issues of the design process. Students will be encouraged to devise their own creative projects through traditional and non-traditional presentations. This course is required for directing students and is an elective for acting and playwriting students.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 545 Min Grade C and THR 546 Min Grade C

THR 682 Principles of Design - Creative Collaboration 2

Course Description: The directors continue to learn the crucial elements of the design process through a step-by-step process.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 681 Min Grade C

THR 701 Process Lab I

Course Description: This course is a practicum, reuniting all three disciplines to create the works that will comprise the students' graduation exercises. It is in the Process Lab that the works developed in the Second Year become the students' masters degree thesis in the fall of the Third Year. The works are shaped and sharpened for the experience that will dominate the final semester: the Repertory Season. Since every actor, director, and playwright will be represented in the final repertoire, both students and faculty will be involved in the process from the first session in the Fall to the last session in the Spring. It will be the assignment of the faculty to make sure that the work of each student is shown to the best possible advantage.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

4 credits

THR 702 Process Lab 2

Prerequisite: Student must be a major in Acting, Directing, or Playwriting.

Course Description: The final 15 weeks of preparation of the graduation scenes, one acts and plays, using all the experience and techniques in the previous five semesters. The technical crafts-d‚cor, lighting, costume, stage management, etc.-will now comes into play as the work moves from classroom to the stage. As students complete their theses and Rep Season appearances, Process Lab 2 affords them a forum to assess and expand the lessons learned on stage.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

4 credits

THR 703 Scene Work 3

Prerequisite: Restricted to students in the Acting track majoring in Theatre Arts and Stagecraft.

Course Description: Advanced scene work, continuing the second year?s training. This scene work class is only for actors. It provides deeper understanding of the work and intensifies their preparation for their public appearances during the spring Repertory Season. Most of the material used in the Scene Work 3 is taken from the American and foreign repertoire of realistic and non-realistic plays.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 501 Min Grade C and THR 601 Min Grade C

THR 704 Scene Work 4

Course Description: Advanced scene work, continuing the first semester?s training. In this class the actors will also learn audition techniques for the stage and the camera.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 502 Min Grade C and THR 602 Min Grade C

THR 711 Classics, Period and Style I

Course Description: For the actors, this course is another practicum, as they bring classic, period and style scenes and play to life on stage, not as museum pieces or textbook readings, but as new extensions of the contemporary student's souls and craft. The works encountered in this course are not approached as literature or history, but within the context of the Studio's process, employing the techniques that the actors have acquired in the past two years.

Course Description: NY: Fall.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 501 Min Grade C and THR 601 Min Grade C

THR 712 Classics, Period and Style II

Course Description: The second semester of this course involves advanced scene work on styles of drama ranging from Goldoni, Moliere, Congreve, Sheridan and Goldsmith to Wilde, Shaw and Eliot to O?Neil and Williams.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 502 Min Grade C and THR 602 Min Grade C

THR 721 Voice and Speech 3.1

Course Description : The course begins exploring the content of language: vowels and consonants, words and images, words into phrases and meaning and progress to finding the balance between the internal pulsation of content of language, and the skeleton of the form. Work will progress from sonnets, to monologues, to a final scene. Students may elect to pursue musical theatre and singing interest.

Course Description: NY: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 521 Min Grade C and THR 621 Min Grade C

THR 722 Voice and Speech 3.2

Course Description : This semester explores the content of language: vowels and consonants, words and images, words into phrases and meaning and progress to finding the balance between the internal pulsation of the content of language and the skeleton of the forum. Work will progress from sonnets to monologues to a final scene. Students may elect to pursue musical theatre and signing interest.

Course Rotation: NY:Spring

3 credits

THR 733 Movement 5 Ballroom Dancing I

Course Description: Dances to be taught include meringue, foxtrot, salsa, rumba, tango, swing, and waltz.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

3 credits

THR 735 Improvisational Movement 5

Course Description : Warm-up and cool down routines involving stretching, core strengthening, and self-massage. Exercises to work on relationships: to partners, to space, and to emotions. Exercises for advanced partnered movement, geometrical descriptions of the body, and the breath connected to motion and temp. Exercises in building the body as an instrument.

Course Description: NY: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 635 Min Grade C

THR 736 Improvisational Movement 6

Course Description: Continuation of Movement 5, this course moves the actors to exercise the full use of the body as an instrument and to perform advanced movement without restriction.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 735 Min Grade C

THR 741 Directing 3

Course Description : Directing 3 is an intense, practical course, focusing on detailed analysis of text, to determine what is happening in every moment of the play ? and why it is happening. The texts analyzed and scenes performed are from the classics. This is the Classics, Period and Style course for Directors.

Course Description: NY: Fall.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 642 Min Grade C

THR 742 Directing 4

Prerequisite: Restricted to students in the Directing track majoring in Theatre Arts and Stagecraft.

Course Description: This course is a continuation of Directing 3. Directing 4 is an intense, practical course, focusing on detailed analysis of text, to determine what is happening in every moment of the play ? and why it is happening. The texts analyzed and scenes performed are from the classics. This is the Classics, Period and Style course for directors.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 741 Min Grade C

THR 751 Playwriting 5

Course Description : This course is the final crucial step in moving the works that have been developed by the Playwrights to the stage of the Rep Season and to the stage readings of their full-length plays. The course also will introduce the writers to the development of screenplays.

Course Description: NY: Fall.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 652 Min Grade C

THR 752 Playwriting 6

Course Description: This course offers firm, continuing support to the writers in the Rep Season and of equal importance, a forum in which to assess their experiences in the Rep Season, apply the lessons learned to what they have written and prepare full-length plays for the stage reading of the work and for the professional world they will soon enter.

Course Rotation: NY:Spring

4 credits

THR 761 Film and TV Writing Workshop I

Course Description: This workshop is designed as an introductory course for playwrights interested in writing for film and television. Film, much like theatre, is a storyteller?s art-but now we are telling those stories principally through images rather than through action on the stage. We playwrights must make a transition from our theatrical vocabulary into a cinematic one. As we begin to learn how to write for a visual medium, it will be one of our goals to develop a story to fit for the big screen-as well as perfecting our own cinematic voice to tell that story best.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall

4 credits

THR 762 Film and TV Writing Workshop II

Course Description: This workshop is designed as an introductory course for playwrights interested in writing for film and television. Film, much like theatre, is a storyteller?s art-but now we are telling those stories principally through images rather than through action on the stage. We playwrights must make a transition from our theatrical vocabulary into a cinematic one. As we begin to learn how to write for a visual medium, it will be one of our goals to develop a story to fit for the big screen-as well as perfecting our own cinematic voice to tell that story best.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall

4 credits

THR 783 Applied Stage Design 1

Course Description: This course is a practical workshop in support of the student's Repertory Season projects, with the full attention of the students and the program's design faculty, staff, and the stage crew focuses on the work that is moving from the classroom to the stage.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

THR 784 Applied Stage Design 2

Course Description: The final 15 weeks of this craft course, hands on, in collaboration with the Playwrights and Directors Unit, as the various works developed over nearly three years are prepared for the graduation exercises.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits