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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 Minimum Grade of D or THR 108 Minimum Grade of D

THR 112 Makeup for Theatre II

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 140 Minimum Grade of 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 126 Exploring Performing Arts in New York City

Attendance as a group at a selected number of theatre, music, and dance performances in New York City supported by background and follow-up lectures and discussions. Lecture-demonstrations and exercises in the Preston Theatre on directing, acting, designing, and other components of theatre art.

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 Minimum Grade of D

THR 143 Costume and Decor I

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

Course Description: An introduction to the historical development of architecture, interior design and costume.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

3 credits

THR 144 Costume and Decor II

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

Course Description: This course is a continuation of THR 143.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 143 Minimum Grade of D

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

Course Description:Tailored to the specific needs of the student with emphasis on drafting of some or all of the following: designer's elevations, light plots, working drawing, and historical ornament. (Student will supply their own tools.)

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 168 Min Grade D or THR 168 Min Grade D

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 Minimum Grade of D

THR 179 Projection and Slides

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 176 Min Grade D or THR 176 Min Grade D

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 196K Topic: PAPE Travel Course

Prerequisite: Students must be a PAPE major. Permission of instructor required to register.

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with experiencing ensemble based theater performance and participating in workshops activiteis as part of three international theater festivals.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

0 - 3 credits

THR 196T Topics in Theater: Introduction to Design and Technology for Theater

Course Description: This is an exploratory studio class in which students will study the creative and production process for putting on a theatrical event. Students will explore the design process as performed by the Scenic, Lighting, Costume, and Sound designers. Students will learn to analyze the script and search out clues pertaining to design requirements. Students will explore the use of space, line, color, scale, light and shadow. Special emphasis will be placed on visual communication skills including drawing, rendering, painting and model making.

3 credits