Theatre Arts Courses

100 Theatre Practicum (1-2 credits) Available to students working on faculty-supervised shows as designers, technicians, actors, or stage managers. One credit will be awarded for 40 to 79 hours and two credits for 80 hours or more of work overseen and evaluated by an appropriate faculty member. May be repeated as often as necessary, but not more than five credits of Theatre Practicum will count toward graduation. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (EL)

105 Musical Theatre Production (4 credits) (same as MUSI 105) Study, rehearsal, and performance of a musical theatre piece. Students will be cast in a role or assigned a production responsibility and will be coached and directed by the staff. An emphasis will be placed on the development through practice of skills in singing, acting, dancing and in the designing, lighting and running of a production. Significant time will also be given to looking at literary, thematic and historical aspects of the piece to be produced with the intent of developing a sensitivity to the special qualities of musical theatre. Whether MUSI or THEA, this course may be taken only twice for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (EL)

110 Introduction to Movement and Dance for the Theatre (1 credit) Body training in movement technique using rhythm dynamics, space and gesture. Learning basic dance skills including jazz, tap, ballet, and modern. Foundation for dance classes. (EL)

111 Modern Dance (1 credit) An introduction to modern dance technique and the use of the body as an instrument of expression. (EL)

112 Ballet I (1 credit) Introduction to the fundamentals of classical ballet consisting of basic barre, center work, and movement through space. (EL)

115 Dance Rehearsal and Performance (1 credit) Open to members of Orchesis, the College dance club, the course requires a significant number of hours in rehearsal to be determined by the Orchesis club advisor. May be taken twice, but only one credit will count toward the Physical Education requirement. (EL)

120 Introduction to Theatre Arts (3 credits) An introduction to playwriting, script analysis, production and performance designed for students interested in gaining more from reading and watching plays as well as for those beginning a serious study of theatre. In addition to reading several short plays and discussing the creative steps required to mount them, students will work in small groups writing and producing their own play, will see and critique a number of local productions, and may work on a Hartwick production. (EL)

131 Stagecrafts Stagecraft is the study of the techniques that are used to bring a theatrical design from concept development to the stage. Through a series of class projects students will learn design concepts and create some of design elements that could be used on stage. In addition, time will also be spent on scene painting techniques, lighting design, sound design, and the tools and equipment that are used for each. Students will also learn how the theatrical world is structured and what roles are played by those that work in it. Class time will also be used to teach safe work habits for scene shops and theatres.

140 Fundamentals of Acting (3 credits) A practical investigation of the basic theories of acting as a fine art. Emphasis will be on training the actor in the use of physical and mental abilities as effective tools of dramatic expression. (EL)

205 Theatre in New York City (3 credits) Based in part on campus and in part in New York City. This course will allow students to see a wide variety of theatrical productions and to study the history of Broadway and off- Broadway production since 1910. In New York, students will see productions, meet professionals and tour theatres. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered in January. Fee involved. (EL)

212 Ballet II (1 credit) Concentration on classical ballet technique, barre, center work, and movement through space. Prerequisite: Ballet I or permission of the instructor. (EL)

220 Play Production (4 credits) each student in this course will select, analyze, design, cast, rehearse, promote and present a short one-act play—gaining experiential knowledge of the roles of the producer, director and designer. Class discussion and exercises will focus on such matters as selecting the play, budgeting, advertising, organizing the production team and calendar, developing a production concept, casting, blocking, working with actors, creating a prompt book, making a model of the set, planning costumes, props, makeup, lights and sound, setting cues, and polishing the performance. Prerequisite: THEA 120. (EL)

231 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design (4 credits) An introduction to the processes and methods of designing the visual and aural worlds of staged performance based on thematic elements and creative collaboration. Topics include scenery systems, light, costume, sound design, stage crafts, graphic methods, and production organization. (EL)

240 Advanced Acting (4 credits) Advanced acting projects such as study of period styles, physical acting, and ensemble development. Prerequisites: THEA 140 and THEA 110, 111, or 112. (EL)

250 Selected Topics (3 or 4 credits) A course at the advanced level, the content of which is determined according to the special interest of the instructor and students.

260 The Art of Cinema (2 credits) An examination of the visual, aural and narrative language systems used to convey meaning in this most popular of art forms. From the most concrete components of cinematic art (story structure, photographic composition, sound, etc.) to the most abstract, the course will provide a foundation for students’ personal “cineliteracy.”

303 Theatre in England (4 credits) Based in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, the class will attend up to 12 productions offered by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, West End theatres and Fringe companies. Students will also visit theatres, museums and historic sites and will talk with a number of British theatre professionals. There will also be time for students to explore the London area on their own. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and preparatory course. Offered alternate January Terms. Fee involved. (EL)

312 Ballet III (1 credit) A continued concentration in classical ballet technique, barre, and center work, and movement through space. Beginning and advanced pointe work. Prerequisite: THEA 212 or permission of instructor. (EL)

331 Stage Lighting and Advanced Design (4 credits) An intensive study of the role of light as an artistic component of theatrical production as well as related technologies as determined by student interest. Prerequisite: THEA 231. (EL)

350 Topics in Theatre (3 or 4 credits) Advanced study of a topic in theatre production or dramatic literature.

490 Senior Project (4 credits) In consultation with the theatre faculty, each theatre major will in the spring of junior year propose a significant theatre project for completion in the senior year. Normally this will involve directing and designing a play to be included in the department’s production season. Major design or research projects will also be considered. Prerequisites: THEA 120, 220, 231, senior standing, and substantial completion of the Theatre Arts major.

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