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THEA 1380: Mirror of the Age
Introduction to theatre emphasizing the role of the audience in the experience of performance. Semiotic and communications models are used to explore the dynamic interaction and changing relationship between performance, audience and society. Theatre-going experiences are discussed and analyzed.

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
How and why does what we wear tell us who we are? A study of clothing: its role 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 non-majors.

THEA 2321: Spectacle of Performance
Ever wonder how they do that? Spectacle is part of our life and culture. Students will learn to deconstruct spectacle and analyze its influence upon themselves and society at large. Go backstage to experience first hand how effects are achieved. Students will be 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 non-majors.

THEA 3312: Scene Study for Non-majors
The fundamental objectives of the course are 1) to facilitate each actor's exploration of his/her full range and complexity of imaginative, intellectual, emotional and experiential life, and to facilitate each actor's access to these elements of self as useful tools of creative expression;Íž and 2) to reinforce the actor's development of a method of text analysis as an entry to a tactical approach (objective, obstacle, action) to acting and to facilitate 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. The course will include text analysis, elements and principles of design, and critical discussion of current theatre productions. For majors and non-majors.

THEA 3314: Lighting Design: Theatre, Film and Television
An introduction to the practice of lighting design. Students will be required to study techniques, complete projects, and make presentations in the discipline.

THEA 3316: Scene Design: Theatre, Film and Television
An introduction to the practice of scenic design. Students will be required to study techniques, complete projects, and makes presentations in the discipline.

THEA 3318: Costume Design: Theatre, Film and Television
An introduction to the practice of costume design. Students will be required to study techniques, complete projects, and make presentations in the discipline.

THEA 3381, 3382: Theatre and Drama History I and II
An examination of key moments in the history of Western theatre. Particular attention is given to selected dramatic texts and their social and cultural contexts, and to the dynamic interaction and changing relationship between performance, audience and society as this is influenced by the advent of actors, playwrights, designers and directors, and by changes in theatre architecture and the social definition of space.

THEA 4373: Creative Dramatics
Creative problem-solving using the medium of improvisational theatre. Develops spontaneity and a sense of humor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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? A study of design elements and their role in various historical cultures, including the relationship between fashion, art, architecture, and the decorative arts of selected time periods. For majors and non-majors. No prerequisites.

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