Theatre Classes Open to All University Students
Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.
View the Theatre section of the SMU Meadows Course Catalog.
THEA 2311: The Art of Acting
Basic work in acting, voice and movement for the non-major. Relaxation, concentration, imagination and the actor’s exploration and use of the social world.
THEA 2319: Fashion: History and Culture
Explores how and why people tell others who they are by what they wear. Also, the role of clothing in and reflection of various historical cultures, including the relationship between fashion, art, architecture, and the decorative arts of selected time periods. For majors and nonmajors.
THEA 2321: Spectacle of Performance
Students learn to deconstruct spectacle and to analyze its influence upon themselves and society. Offers the opportunity to go backstage to experience firsthand how effects are achieved. Students are required to attend performances in a wide range of live venues and discuss what they observe, enabling them to view performance on a critical level. For majors and nonmajors.
THEA 3312: Scene Study for Non-majors
Facilitates each actor's exploration of his/her full range and complexity of imaginative, intellectual, emotional, and experiential life, as well as each actor's access to these elements of self as useful tools of creative expression. Reinforces the actor's development of a method of text analysis as an entry to a tactical approach (objective, obstacle, action) to acting. Also, the integration of text analysis and self-use as a process to create an emotionally honest, powerful, and effective moment of dramatic action on the stage. Prerequisite: THEA 2311 or instructor permission.
THEA 3313: Introduction to Design for the Theatre
An analytical study of stage design, including an introduction to the basic history, principles, and languages of stage design. Includes text analysis, elements and principles of design, and critical discussion of current theatre productions. For majors and nonmajors.
THEA 3314: Lighting Design: Theatre, Film and Television
Introduces the practice of lighting design. Students study techniques, complete projects, and make presentations in the discipline.
THEA 3316: Scene Design: Theatre, Film and Television
Introduces the practice of scenic design. Students study techniques, complete projects, and make presentations in the discipline.
THEA 3318: Costume Design: Theatre, Film and Television
Introduces the practice of costume design. Students study techniques, complete projects, and make presentations in the discipline.
THEA 3381, 3382: Theatre and Drama History I and II
Examines key moments in the history of Western theatre and drama. Focuses on selected dramatic texts and their social and cultural contexts, and to the dynamic interactions and changing relationships among performance, audience, and society as influenced by the advent of actors, playwrights, designers, and directors, and by changes in theatre architecture and the social definition of space.
THEA 4381, 4382, 4383, 4384: Studies in Theatre, Drama and Performance
An examination of selected topics in theatre, drama, and performance. Texts, topics, and critical approaches vary.
THEA 4385: Art and Theatre in Fifth-Century Athens
A senior-level, interdisciplinary seminar that examines cultural production through the media of art, architecture, dramaturgy, festival, and theatre.
THEA 5319: Fashion History and Culture
How and why do elements of design describe a culture? Students study design elements and their role in various historical cultures, including the relationships among fashion, art, architecture, and the decorative arts of selected time periods. For majors and nonmajors.