Course Descriptions

THEA 100 Practicum
THEA 105 Musical Theatre Production
THEA 109 Off-Campus Production
THEA 110 Introduction to Movement and Dance for Theatre
THEA 111 Modern Dance
THEA 112 Ballet I
THEA 115 Dance Rehearsal and Performance
THEA 120 Introduction to Theatre Arts
THEA 140 Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 205 Theatre in New York City
THEA 212 Ballet II
THEA 220 Play Production
THEA 231 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
THEA 237 Reconstructing Shakespeare's Company
THEA 240 Advanced Acting
THEA 250 Selected Topics
THEA 260 Art of the Cinema
THEA 303 Theatre in England
THEA 331 Stage Lighting and Advanced Design
THEA 350 Selected Topics
THEA 490 Senior Project

THEA 100 Theatre Practicum (variable 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 no more than five credits of Theatre Practicum will count towards graduation. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

THEA 105 Musical Theatre Production (3 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 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 the musical theatre. Whether MUSI or THEA, this course may only be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite:  permission of the instructor.

THEA 109 Off-Campus Production (1 credit)
Designed to give credit for significant participation, on or off stage, in an off-campus theatrical production. The work must be approved by a member of the Hartwick Theatre faculty and a system of evaluation established with the appropriate member of the production staff. May not be repeated for the same kind of experience. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

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

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

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

THEA 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. Can also be taken for physical education credit. May be repeated once.

THEA 120 Introduction to Theatre Arts (3 credits)
An introduction to play writing, 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 will work on a Hartwick production.

THEA 140 Fundamentals of Acting (3 credits)
A practical investigation of the basic theories of acting designed for those who just want to see what acting is all about, those who want to improve their communication skills, and those who, already experienced or not, are contemplating a career in theatre. Through theatre games, exercises and scene study, students will learn how to relax on stage, focus on the moment, connect with a partner, and shape behavior in imagined situations.

THEA 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 productions since 1910. In New York students will see productions, meet professionals, and tour theatres.  Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered in January Term. Fee involved.

THEA 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

THEA 220 Play Production (4 credits)
Working in teams of two, each student in this course will be actively involved in  selecting,  analyzing, conceptualizing, designing, casting, rehearsing, promoting, and presenting to the public a short one-act play with the intention of gaining experiential knowledge of the roles of the producer, director, designer, and stage manager. Prerequisite: THEA 120

THEA 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, stagecrafts, graphic methods, and production organization.

THEA 237 Reconstructing Shakespeare's Company (4 credits)
A simulation of the workings of Shakespeare's theatrical company as it prepares to produce one of his comedies for the Elizabethan public theatre. Students take on roles both as characters in the comedy to be produced in a workshop performance at the end of the course, and as members of the acting company. Activities include script analysis, discussions of Elizabethan culture and theatrical practice, and improvisations based on research into the period. Laboratory sessions are devoted to rehearsal. Counts in the theatre major as a course in theatre history. (Cross-listed as ENGL 237)

THEA 240 Advanced Acting (4 credits)
Students will engage in advanced projects in script analysis for performance and skills development. Topics may include period styles, speaking verse, physical comedy, improvisation, audition techniques or other skills needed by the aspiring performer. Prerequisite: THEA 140 and THEA 110, 111, or 112

THEA 250 Selected Topics (3 credits)
A study of a topic in theatre production or dramatic literature. Sometimes offered as Fundamentals of Costuming.

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

THEA 303 Theatre in England (3 credits)
Based in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, the class will attend 10 or more 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.  Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Offered alternate January Terms. Fee involved.

THEA 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 in special effects, technical direction, and workplace safety. This course will place an emphasis on the creative process, from play selection to opening night. Prerequisite: THEA 231.

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

THEA 490 Senior Project (4 credits)
In consultation with the theatre faculty, each student will in the spring of his or her 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.