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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 Minimum Grade of D or THR 206 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of D

THR 212 Advanced Stage Management

Course Description: This course provides students the opportunity to further develop skills necessary to stage manage major productions.

Coure Rotation: NY: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 104 Minimum Grade of D or THR 104 Minimum Grade of 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 230 The History of Spoken Word

Course Description: Popular culture has embraced the genre of Spoken Word, Performance Poetry and Hip-Hop. This course will examine how Spoken Word has evolved from its earliest stages and most primitive beginnings to what it is today. Students will study the historical origins of the art and will participate in a critical analysis of both ancient and modern chants, lyrics and poetries from the near and far corners of the glove. Selected readings, audio recordings and video clips will be discussed both for their artistic value and for the role they play as historical accounts that shed light on the social, moral and political struggles of a people.

3 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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of D or THR 168 Minimum Grade of D or THR 137 Minimum Grade of D

THR 238 Advanced Scene Study I

Course Description: A performance class that introduces the student to the exploration of different styles and techniques from the archives of world theatre. Students will explore works in context of their own time as well as in light of contemporary performance theory and practice.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 104 Minimum Grade of D or THR 104 Minimum Grade of D

THR 242 Costume Material Construction II

Course Description: A continuation of THR 142 (formerly THR 180) with emphasis on more advanced construction including dance wear, painting and dying costumes, construction of accessories, and the adaptation of pulled or rented costumes. Problems of shop and wardrobe management and working within a budget will aslo be addressed.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 280 Min Grade D or THR 280 Min Grade D or THR 142 Min Grade D

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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 269 Advanced Stagecraft

Course Description: A study of advanced theatre techniques as currently in use on Broadway. Specific emphasis on rigging and shifting techniques and safety. New products and construction approaches will be examined.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 105 Minimum Grade of D or THR 105 Minimum Grade of D

THR 272 Scene Painting I

Course Description: A series of workshop exercises in lining, panelling, trompe l'oeil ornament, landscape painting, etc,. Emphasis is placed on the sensible use of materials and equipment and on procedures that employ time and talent efficiently.

3 credits

THR 273 Scene Painting II

Prerequisite: THR 272 or permission of Instructor. Course Description:A continuation of THR 272 with an emphasis on facility in a variety of styles and the improvement of working speed.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 272 Min Grade D

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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of D

THR 296B Makeup for the Stage II

Course Description:The class is designed as a study of the advanced techniques used in theatrical makeup. Students will learn the processes for casting life masks and using the castings in creating latex and foamed latex makeup appliances. Students will design full makeups based on these techniques. Additionally, students wil learn the processes used in the design, creation, and maintenance of wigs and ventilated hair pieces. Safety procedures, awareness of the toxic nature of any mateials used, and orderly working methods will be stressed at all times.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 140 Min Grade D

THR 296D Advanced Stagecraft

Course Description:This course is a continuation of THR 132, basic Stagecraft. Emphasis will be on the assembly, bracing, and moving of constructed scenery. Students wil learn proper and safe rigging practices on a variety of systems including hemp, counterweight, and motorized systems. A systematic investigation will be made of current and traditional approaches of moving scenery both for storage and for dynamic integration within the production. other areas of investigation will include properties of working in plastics and metal. Finally, the students will make an overview of the sequential progress of a complete production from drawings into the ship to the organization of the crews and shifts and the strike and storage.

3 credits

THR 296F Speech for the Stage II

Prerequisite: THR 255 or permission of Instructor.

Course Description:This course is an expansion and continutation of the work begun in THR 255. Students will work on voice placement and support, enunciation and diction. They will also continue work with the IPA in recognizing and recording individual and combination phonetic sounds. Vocal exercises will be rooted in Linklater technique and methodology of Viola Spolin.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 255 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 ½ 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