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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 Minimum Grade of D or THR 104 Minimum Grade of D or THR 151 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 333 Scene Design II

3 credits

Prerequisites

DRA 270 Minimum Grade of D or THR 270 Minimum Grade of D or THR 332 Minimum Grade of D

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 Minimum Grade of D or THR 176 Minimum Grade of D

THR 339 Theatre Design

Course Description: Introduction to theater consulting with emphasis on auditoria types and layouts, sightline studies, audience flow, codes and regulations, control and environmental systems, and their interrelation. Students will plan a moderate sized multiuse facility and develop a "found" space.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 232 Minimum Grade of D

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 343 Costume Design II

Students will explore a variety of research and presentational methods as well as the problems of scale, genre, and style with the goal of building a portfolio. Students will also explore the practical problems of budgeting and scheduling.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 282 Minimum Grade of D or THR 342 Minimum Grade of D

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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of D or THR 104 Minimum Grade of D or THR 151 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of D and THR 356 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 396C Topic: Scene Study III

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 356 Min Grade D

THR 396D Topic: Scene Study IV

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 396C Min Grade D

THR 396E Topic: Musical Theater Audition Intensive Tutorial

Course Description: This course will provide students with an understanding of how to properly audition for musical theater in today's professional environment.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 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