Theatre

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The Meadows Division of Theatre is one of the most highly regarded training programs in the country.

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Students select from the Acting track or the Theatre Studies track.

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The Division of Theatre produces 8-10 main stage shows of new and classical works every year. Pictured: Artist-in-residence Will Power works with students.

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Students can produce their own plays through the SMUST organization and may also apply for Meadows Exploration grants to help supplement production costs.

Undergraduate Classes

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.

THEA 1303, 1304: Dramatic Arts
Today An introduction to theatre and performance for entering theatre majors. Considers basic artistic concepts, disciplines, and vocabulary common  to this program, providing an elementary foundation in theatre with an emphasis on acting. 

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 2101, 2301, 3301, 4101, 4201, 4301, 5101, 5201, 5301: Directed Study
Directed Study courses are not required and are taken only as needed. Their form and content is not predetermined. The student and the adviser decide what kind of activity or learning experience should occur. Before the end of the add-drop period, the student must arrange the course content and grading basis with the supervising faculty. Numbers are assigned to the student’s year status rather than by the subject matter. The section number indicates the professor with whom the course is undertaken.

THEA 2140: Light Running/Construction Crew
Practical application of skills and knowledge studied in THEA 2240 to the mounting and running of a theatrical production; involves either serving on the running crew of a Division production or completing 65 hours of work mounting a production. Theatre majors should complete  this  course  by  the  end  of  the  junior  year.  Departmental  approval  required  for nonmajors. Must be taken concurrently with or subsequent to completion of THEA 2240.

THEA 2141: Scenery Running/Construction Crew
Practical application of skills and knowledge studied in THEA 2241 to the mounting and running of a theatrical production; involves either serving on the running crew of a Division production or completing 65 hours of work mounting a production. Theatre majors should complete  this  course  by  the  end  of  the  junior  year.  Departmental  approval  required  for nonmajors. Must be taken concurrently with or subsequent to completion of THEA 2241. 

THEA 2142: Costume Running/Construction Crew
Practical application of skills and knowledge studied in THEA 2242 to the mounting and running of a theatrical production; involves either serving on the running crew of a Division production or completing 65 hours of work mounting a production. Theatre majors should complete this course by the end of the junior year. Departmental approval required for nonmajors. Must be taken concurrently with or subsequent to completion of THEA 2242. 

THEA 2240: Lighting Practicum
An introduction to the backstage crafts of theatrical lighting intended to give the student a broad understanding of the basic principles and technical procedures used in the design of lighting. Fifty-hour lab required. Departmental approval required for nonmajors. 

THEA 2241: Scenery Practicum
An introduction to the backstage crafts of theatrical scenery intended to give the student a broad understanding of the basic principles and technical procedures used in the design of scenery. Fifty-hour lab required. Departmental approval required for nonmajors. 

THEA 2242: Costume Practicum
An introduction to the backstage crafts of theatrical costume intended to give the student a broad understanding of the basic principles and technical procedures used in the design of costumes. Fifty-hour lab required. Departmental approval required for nonmajors. 

THEA 2271, 2272, 2273, 2274, 2275, 2276, 2277, 2278: Technical Theatre Laboratory
Various workshops are structured to introduce students to a broad range of technical experience. May include properties, design and construction, audio design for performing arts, advanced electrics, costume construction, scenic construction for film and television. 

THEA 2303: Acting 1
Exploration of the actor’s imagination and the nature of acting, embracing training concepts of ease, honesty, sense memory, and concentration. 

THEA 2304: Acting 2
Beginning script work, in which the actor learns to analyze a scene for its events and to particularize these events in a series of expressive action tasks. Sophomore course. Prerequisite: THEA 2303.

THEA 2305: Voice for the Stage 1
Employing body awareness, modified yoga positions, and a variety of isolated physical actions, students deepen their experience of breath, impulse, and vibration. This process of freeing the vocal mechanism allows students to practice ease and efficiency of vocal release and to begin to make acting choices that are self-revealing. General patterns of self-editing and an initial expansion of the actor’s range and flexibility in performance are addressed. 

THEA 2306: Voice for the Stage 2
Students continue to practice ease and efficiency of vocal release and deepen their ability to make acting choices that are self-revealing. Vocal power, flexibility, and efficiency are enhanced and refined. Students are introduced to phonetic information and begin to execute detailed speech actions. 

THEA 2307: Movement 1
Teaches students to individuate internal energies of the body; to use these energies to move the body to create precise statuary mime for the stage; and to begin to synthesize physical listening skills for ensemble acting. Skills taught include juggling, Hatha yoga, corporal mime, illusionistic pantomime, Tai Chi Ch’uan, and the improvising of mime pieces. 

THEA 2308: Movement 2
Increases students’ physical listening skills and practices these in unarmed stage combat. Skills taught include T’ui Sh’uo, Chi Sao, foil fencing (left and right), French sabre, Kung-fu animals, and conventions of unarmed stage combat. Prerequisite: THEA 2307. 

THEA 2311: The Art of Acting
Basic work in acting, voice, and movement for the nonmajor. Relaxation, concentration, imagination, and the actor’s exploration and use of the social world. 

THEA 2319/MSA 3325: 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 nonmajors. 

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 firsthand 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 nonmajors. No prerequisites. 

THEA 2322: Text Analysis
Aids first-year student in the skills necessary to read a play as an actor, a director, a playwright, a designer, and a student of drama; as such, it is an essential foundation step in the major. Explores key styles and genres of dramatic literature and allows students to become familiar with important texts in the development of theatre. The class focuses on a balance of lecture and discussion, and assignments include reading, written papers, and text-based exercises. Guest lecturers from the faculty provide perspective on different areas of theatre production.

THEA 2333: Technical Drawing for the Theatre
Principles and practice in the techniques of drafting traditional and non-traditional types of stage scenery. Students will learn how to prepare and present construction and detail drawings for use in a scene, prop or electric shop. 

THEA 2361: Introduction to Stage Management
Explores methods and techniques of theatrical stage management, including preproduction planning, scheduling, and conducting rehearsals and performances. Assignments are theoretical and practical. Permission of instructor required for nonmajors and first-year students.

THEA 2371: Theatre Technology 1: Lighting Mechanics
Basic principles of stage lighting design are introduced, including the mechanics and optics oflighting instruments, electrical theory and practices, control systems, basic design concepts, and color theory. Controllable qualities of light are investigated and demonstrated through the student’s participation on a lighting crew for a department production. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. 

THEA 2372: Theatre Technology 2: Costume Construction Techniques
Introduces basic costume patterning and construction methods. Includes draping, drafting, and flat-patterning. Also, terminology, equipment usage, and the skills necessary to the entire costuming process. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.

THEA 2373: Theatre Technology 3: Stagecraft
Introduction to the organization of the scene shop, tool maintenance and usage, construction techniques, technical drawing development, computer applications, rigging, time and material budgeting. Students will complete class projects and work on Meadows School of the Arts stage productions. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.

THEA 2374: Theatre Technology 4: Introduction to Theatrical Sound
Introduction to the organization of the sound studio, maintenance and usage of equipment, recording techniques, and computer applications. Students will complete class projects and work on Meadows School of the Arts stage productions. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. 

THEA 3201: Theatre Practicum
Independent work with theatre faculty on a specific topic chosen by the student.

THEA 3207: Movement 3
Teaches extension of energy and physical listening skills. Skills taught include quarterstaff, rapier and dagger, court sword, and broad sword. Prerequisite: THEA 2308. 

THEA 3208: Movement 4
Allows the student to process personal experience into the movement and sound of a character. Skills taught include clowning, LeCoq figures, and neutral mask. Prerequisite: THEA 3207. 

THEA 3303: Acting 3
A synthesis of first- and second-year work to the end of an individual system by which actors approach the presentation of characters through their ability to present themselves effectively. Prerequisite: THEA 2302. 

THEA 3304: Acting 4
Continuation and extension of THEA 3303, consisting of special projects in characterization studies. Prerequisite: THEA 3303. 

THEA 3305: Voice for the Stage 3
Students refine their ability to execute detailed speech actions and identify specific phonetic changes using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Vocal power, flexibility, and malleability are enhanced. The application of voice and speech actions to heightened language and stakes in a scene is practiced and refined. 

THEA 3306: Voice for the Stage 4
Vocal power, flexibility, and expressive capability are practiced in a variety of space configurations. Students refine their ability to execute detailed speech actions and identify specific phonetic changes using the phonetic alphabet. The application of voice and speech actions to accents and dialects is practiced and refined. 

THEA 3307: Topics in Theatre Playwriting
This course will be conducted in a workshop structure. Led by a distinguished guest artist, each student playwright will spend the duration of the course developing and refining a short play. Student actors will conduct daily reading of each play, led by a director, and take part in discussion with the playwrights and director intended to assist the playwright in the development of his/her play. The course culminates with a public reading of the student written plays. 

THEA 3310: Special Topics in Theatre
Topics on theatre performance vary each term. May include acting, voice and movement. 

THEA 3311: Acting for Singers and Dancers
Advanced work in acting, voice, and movement built upon the foundational performance and presentation skills required for singing and dancing. The focus is on scene study intended 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. For dance majors and music vocal performance majors only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 

THEA 3312: Scene Study For Non-Majors
Objectives 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, 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. Prerequisites: Art of Acting 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 nonmajors. 

THEA 3314: Lighting Design: Theatre, Film, 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 3319: History of Design: Fashion, Architecture and Interiors
A historical survey of fashion, interior design and architecture and how they relate to designing costumes and scenery for Theatre, Film and Television. 

THEA 3321: Topics in Design 1: Lighting
Presents approaches to lighting design and poses specific design problems for the student to solve. Attention is also given to color, composition, cueing and production through presentations and discussions in class. Students will participate in department productions as assistant designers and electricians. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.

THEA 3322: Topics in Design 2: Director - Designer Relationship
The course covers design metaphors, ground plans, and terminology. It also explores the director-designer relationship and the elements of design as they relate to theatrical space. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.

THEA 3323: Topics in Design: Costume
Students develop an understanding of the basic principles of costume design used to create statements about a play and its characters. Lectures and class discussions prepare students to confront specific problems in design projects. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. 

THEA 3324: Topics in Design 4: Sound
This course will introduce the basic principles of theatrical sound design and the practices and skills required to develop a production’s sound design and supportive technical documentation. Students will be introduced to, system layout, effects development, source researching, and organization. The combined hands-on presentations and class assignments will allow students to develop a working knowledge of the sound designer’s responsibilities and skills. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. 

THEA 3331: Playwriting 1
Creative exploration in the development of performance scripts with emphasis on structural vocabularies of story, plot, character development, and dramatic action. 

THEA 3332: Playwriting 2
Intermediate techniques of playwriting with emphasis on developing individual style and voice; writing one-act plays. Prerequisite: THEA 3331. 

THEA 3341: Directing 1
Researching the history of designer/director relationships and creating and conceptualizing various approaches to texts, with a goal of achieving a working vocabulary in the collaborative language among theatre artists. The course culminates in a director/designer presentation and/or performance.

THEA 3342: Directing 2
Production styles and methodologies evidenced in the art of major modern directorial innovators. Directing projects required. Prerequisites: THEA 3341 and permission of instructor. 

THEA 3357: Designing With Computers, Stage Projection
An exploration of the tools for computer image creation and their application. Software used includes, but is not limited to AutoCAD, MiniCAD and Adobe Photoshop. 

THEA 3361, 3362: Stage Management 1
Fuller explanation of the methods and techniques of theatrical stage management. Prerequisite: THEA 2361.

THEA 3371, 5371: Automated Lighting 2
Students will have the opportunity to work with Vari-Lite, Robe and Martin automated lighting fixtures while learning advanced programming skills. 

THEA 3373, 5373: Draping I
A study of pattern making that utilizes both the three dimensional approach of draping fabric on a dress form and drafting patterns by formula. Students will learn to drape a basic bodice, skirt, and collars. The will create a basic sleeve pattern by formula. The will manipulate these patterns to achieve a variety of shapes. 

THEA 3374, 5374: Draping II
Exploration of period dress from a draping point of view.

THEA 3375: Theatre Technology 5: Lighting Automation
Advanced study in the field of automated lighting and control systems.

THEA 3376: Theatre Technology 6: Advanced Costume Construction
Techniques A continuation in the study of costume construction. 

THEA 3377: Theatre Technology 7: Advanced Stagecraft
A continuation of stagecraft, students will explore advanced construction techniques, rigging, metal work, and the use of automation in scenery. 

THEA 3378: Theatre Technology 8: Advanced Techniques in Sound
The use of sound to create an environment for a theatrical event will be explored. Students will complete a studio project and/or Meadows event. 

THEA 3379, 5379: Computer Assisted Design I
Students learn the fundamentals of computer-assisted design, using Vectorworks and Spotlight, in application for the theatre. Includes 2-D work and some 3-D work. Drafting, as such, is not taught. It is assumed that the student has an understanding of mechanical drawing and its conventions. The course will focus on how to apply that knowledge using a computer. 

THEA 3380, 5380: Computer Assisted Design II
Using VectorWorks as the primary drafting software, focus of the class will be on modeling scenic and lighting designs, organization of the drawing layouts, rendering techniques and lighting specific CAD tools. 

THEA 3381, 3382: Theatre and Drama History 1, 2
An examination of key moments in the history of Western theatre and drama. 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 4105: Voice for the Stage 5
A continuation of the voice curriculum to further enrich the actor’s technique and address any outstanding issues in the work. The vocal workout keeps the actor in tune with his/her instrument while preparing to enter the profession. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 

THEA 4106: Voice for the Stage 6
A continuation of the voice curriculum including the study of the International Phonetic Alphabet and dialect/accent work and the addition of specific skills for a variety of media. Cold reading skills, studio time and use of microphones, and commercial work for radio and television spots are addressed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  

THEA 4207: Movement 5
An exploration of historical movement and dance including selected dances, movements, and manners of the 16th through the 20th centuries, focusing on the embodiment of the style of those periods. Emphasis is placed on the dress, movement, and manners of the Renaissance and Classic Baroque periods. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 

THEA 4208: Movement 6
Physical self-study explored through mask work including Neutral Mask, the masks of the commedia dell’arte, Character Mask, and European Clown. The exploration begins with finding a physical neutral, moves through the playing of the stock masked commedia characters and their counterparts in plays by Shakespeare and Moliere, and culminates with finding one’s own personal clown. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THEA 4303, 4304: Acting 5, 6
An actor’s approach to classic texts through scene study, monologues, and lecture/demonstration. Emphasis is on Shakespeare and his contemporaries. 

THEA 4305: Voice for the Stage 5
Vocal power, flexibility, and transformation are practiced with a variety of textual demands. Actors work in character voice in scene work and presentations. Students refine their ability to execute detailed speech actions and identify specific phonetic changes using close phonetic transcription. 

THEA 4306: Voice for the Stage 6
Vocal power, flexibility, and transformation are practiced with a variety of textual, character, and space demands. Students refine their ability to execute detailed speech actions and identify specific phonetic changes using close phonetic transcription. Students prepare a solo performance employing the skills they have learned in the entire sequence of training. 

THEA 4309: Business and Professional Aspects of Theatre
A preparation for graduating actors that includes compiling resumes, photographs, use of cold readings, monologues, and scene work with a variety of scripts for repertory or summer theatre casting. 

THEA 4321: Advanced Scene Study
Designed for junior, senior and graduate Theatre majors. Team taught by senior faculty. Text includes modern and contemporary dramatic literature. The course will have three fundamental objectives: 1. Through intensive exploration of the text, to reinforce the actor’s development of a method of text analysis as an entry to a tactical approach to acting. 2. Through the employment of improvisational techniques and other exercises, 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. 3. 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. 

THEA 4331: Playwriting 3
Advanced work in the development of performance scripts for the stage with emphasis on fulllength works. Prerequisite: THEA 3332. 

THEA 4332: Playwriting 4 
Advanced techniques of writing for the stage, including rehearsal and performance or produced theatrical event. Focuses on professional aspects of playwriting. Prerequisite: THEA 4331. 

THEA 4341: Directing 3
Advanced project studies in stage direction with emphasis on the interplay between director and other artistic collaborators (playwrights and/or designers). Prerequisites: THEA 3342 and permission of instructor. 

THEA 4342: Directing 4
Advanced techniques in the interpretation of established dramatic literature and/or creation of original work for the stage. Emphasis on collaboration between director and playwright. This course is for the student seriously considering directing as a career. Explores professional career choices for the young director. Prerequisites: THEA 4341 and permission of instructor. 

THEA 4357: Designing with Computers: Stage Projection
Working with the tools necessary to create projected scenery, students learn the fundamentals of creating projected images for the stage. 

THEA 4361, 4362: Stage Management 2
Fuller explanation of the methods and techniques of theatrical stage management. Prerequisite: THEA 3361, 3362. 

THEA 4363: Production Management
This course will introduce students to the role of the production manager for live entertainment. Budgeting, scheduling, and the business aspects of the manager will be discussed.

THEA 4366/CFA 3386: European Theatre
A survey of major figures and movements in European theatre beginning with the premiere of Ibsen’s, A Doll’s House and culminating with the premiere of Beckett’s, Waiting for Godot. 

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 4376: Lighting Automation I
This course presents approaches to lighting design and poses specific Design problems for the students to solve. Attention is also given to color composition, queuing and production values. The course will focus on Vari*Lite, Robe and Martin experimentation.

THEA 4381/CF 3377, 4382/CF 3383, 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: Studies: Theatre, Drama, Performance
A senior-level, interdisciplinary seminar that examines cultural production through the media of art, architecture, dramaturgy, festival and theatre. 

THEA 4387/ARHS 4332: Art and Drama in Classical Athens
This undergraduate seminar is an intensive reading and discussion course focused on the relationships between the visual arts and dramatic performances as seen against the historical background of golden-age Athens during the Fifth Century B.C.

THEA 4491, 4492: Special Project 1, 2
This course serves to bring together three years of class work, shop/studio experience and growth to give each student a meaningful and challenging hands of leadership experience in either the design or technical area. 

THEA 4493, 4494: Summer Theatre Workshop 1, 2
Students may engage in summer theatre work  and gain credit toward degree completion. Approval of enrollment and credit for this class must be obtained from the chair of the Division of Theatre and Program Head.

THEA 5001, 5002, 5003, 5004: Design Lab 1, 2, 3, 4 
Exploration of techniques in advanced Design

THEA 5205, 5206: Movement I, II
Exploration of the actor’s self through immersion in physical skills for the theatre, including T’ai Chi Ch’uan, corporal mime, improvisation,  juggling, hatha yoga, unarmed stage combat, animal-style wu-shu, and foil fencing. 

THEA 5207, 5208: Voice for the Stage I, II
A series of progressive exercises/experiences designed to introduce basic principles of physical, vocal, and imaginative freedom, encouraging the removal of psychophysical barriers to sound production, and developing the voice’s sensitivity to impulse, power, flexibility, and range. Organic exploration of sounds of speech, using IPA pillows and Sound and Movement improvisations. Text work includes development of self-scripted solo pieces, exploration of poetry and song, and the application of voice work to modern dramatic texts. 

THEA 5209, 5210: Applied Movement I, II
Body work as it pertains to economy of movement, alignment, proper use, kinesthetic awareness, strength, flexibility, and freeing the physical instrument. Includes acrobatics, the Lecoq twenty movements, and Neutral Mask, as well as physicalization of text, improvisation, and ensemble projects employing the physical work investigated throughout the term. 

THEA 5221, 5222: Scene Design I, II
An introductory course for designers focusing on the communication skills (visual and verbal) necessary for collaborating with the director and the other artists in the theatre. Included is a Design Seminar that explores the text relative to its literary, musical, social, and historical influences. 

THEA 5223, 5224: Costume Design I, II
An introductory course for designers with emphasis on the application of design principles and the use of research materials. 

THEA 5225, 5226: Lighting Design I, II
Fundamentals of learning how to see, exploring the mind’s eye, and painting with light. How to translate theatrical moments and music into lighting sketches, story boards, and atmospheres. Developing points of view and approaches. Fundamentals of the tools of the lighting designer and assistant skills and techniques are studied. 

THEA 5241: Collaboration: Directors and Designers
Team taught by directing and design faculty, this course emphasizes the building of a collaborative process among theatre artists. Students research historical collaborative relationships, create and conceptualize approaches to various texts, and familiarize themselves with the approaches of artists currently working in the theatre. 

THEA 5258: Advanced Designing with Computers
A continuation of the exploration of tools for computer image creation and their applications. Software used includes, but is not limited to, AutoCAD, MiniCAD, and Adobe Photoshop. 

THEA 5259: Advanced Design Skills
Students learn advanced skills in theatrical design practice. Topics include hand drafting, theatrical model-making, set sketching, fashion illustration, introduction to textiles, and digital tablet drawing. 

THEA 5303, 5304: Acting I, II
Studio focuses on defining a fundamental acting process. Stress is placed on the identification of behavioral blocks, channeling impulses into uncluttered and organic psychophysical connections, and using the text as a blueprint for action. Courses combine a mix of exercise, improvisation and scene study with materials drawn from modern American Realism as well as the early Modernist plays of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov. 

THEA 5319: History of Design
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 nonmajors. No prerequisites. 

THEA 5321: Topics in Design I: Lighting
This course presents approaches to lighting design and poses specific Design problems for the student to solve. Attention is also given to color composition, queuing and production values. The course will focus on Vari*Lite, Robe and Martin experimentation.

THEA 5351, 5352: Scene Design III, IV
A continuation of the study of scene design incorporating individual class projects with the intensive study of style and genre. 

THEA 5353, 5354: Costume Design III, IV
An intermediate course with emphasis on play analysis, character relationships, and techniques of presentation. 

THEA 5355, 5356: Lighting Design III, IV
Continued Study in the art of lighting design. Advanced atmosphere creation, professional techniques, and specialized approaches are explored. Professional assistantships are assigned to selected students. 

THEA 5357: Designing With Computers: Stage Photography
An exploration of the tools for computer image creation and their applications. Software used includes, but is not limited to, AutoCAD, MiniCAD, and Adobe Photoshop.

THEA 5375: Theatre Technology 5: Lighting Automation
Advanced studies in the field of automated lighting and control systems. Students will explore top brands of intelligent lighting equipment, learning to program and provide simple repair and upkeep of equipment. 

THEA 5398, 5399: Production Research and Development I, II
Script analysis, background research, and performance design for actors, designers, and directors.

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