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Offered as AMST 327 and THTR 327.


THTR 329. Dramatic Literature (3)
Dramatic text analyzed in the context of theatrical production. Major analytical tools introduced.


THTR 330. Play Directing I (3)
This course will begin a two-semester study of the art and craft of stage direction of plays. Topics covered will include history of the profession, directorial theory and practice, development of skills such as text analysis, design and concept, and general problem solving.
Prereq: THTR 101 and THTR 102, and upperclass status.


THTR 331. Play Directing II (3)
This course will continue with the basic concepts learned in THTR 330 and will expand them in regard to actual production. Topics will include directing mechanics, ground planning, blocking, and visualization, staging and working with actors. The course will culminate in a faculty supervised directing project for public performance. There are three evening labs for this course.
Prereq: THTR 330, and upperclass status.
SAGES Senior Capstone


THTR 334. Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies (3)
Close reading of a selection of Shakespeare’s tragedies and history plays (e.g., “Richard the Third,” “Julius Caesar,” “Hamlet,” “King Lear”). Topics of discussion may include Renaissance drama as a social institution, the nature of tragedy, national history, gender roles, sexual politics, the state and its opponents, theatrical conventions. Assessment may include opportunities for performance.
Offered as ENGL 324, ENGL 424, and THTR 334.


THTR 335. Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances (3)
Close reading of selected plays of Shakespeare in the genres of comedy and romance (e.g., “The Merchant of Venice,” “Twelfth Night,” “Measure for Measure,” “The Tempest”). Topics of discussion may include issues of sexual desire, gender roles, marriage, the family, genre conventions. Assessment may include opportunities for performance.
Offered as ENGL 325, ENGL 425, and THTR 335.


THTR 352. Costume Design and Construction (3)
Design and ornamentation of stage costumes and accessories. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: THTR 123 and THTR 124 or consent of department.


THTR 370. Modern Acting Theories in Practice (3)
From Boleslavski to Bogart, this course is designed to offer the advanced undergraduate student an introduction to a wide range of modern acting theories through reading, seminar discussion, and comparison of select theories in extended scene study. Readings and exercises are drawn from the works of Stanislavski-based theorists and practitioners as well as leading anti-realists. Texts reflect both character-based approaches and movement-based approaches to modern actor training.
Prereq: THTR 101 and THTR 102 or DANC 103 and DANC 104.


THTR 375. Voice for the Stage I (3)
Development of the actor’s vocal instrument. Work in articulation, range, and flexibility.
Prereq: Theater major or consent of department.


THTR 376. Voice for the Stage II (3)
Continuation of THTR 375.
Prereq: THTR 375.


THTR 380. Stage Management (3)
Designed to acquaint student with the numerous aspects of stage management.


THTR 382. Crossing Bridges: The Public Role of Artist in Understanding Disease (3)
An in-depth look at the role of the artist in public life and in creating theatrical performance from life experience. The students interact with patients in medical treatment for catastrophic illness and as they understand the experience of disease, they help transform that experience into a performance that gives a voice to the unvoiced in our society. The approved service learning course is offered only as a Senior Capstone and is a demanding challenge for the serious student of theater. Prereq: Acting concentration or consent of department.
SAGES Senior Capstone


THTR 385. Rehearsal and Production (1-3)
Practicum for students participating in production work in the Department of Theater and Dance. Supervised laboratory experience in technical theater, construction techniques, scenery, costumes, lighting, and props; production; ticket office operations, promotion, publicity and public relations; house management; wardrobe responsibilities; stage management; assistant directing; and other production positions relating to the mainstage performances in Eldred Theater. Students are recommended to take one credit hour per production, with a maximum of 8 credit hours allowed during their undergraduate career.


THTR 386. Rehearsal and Performance (1)
Practicum for students participating in performance in the Department of Theater and Dance, relating to the mainstage productions at Eldred Theater. This course may be repeated, for a maximum total of 2 credits.


THTR 397. Honors Studies I (3)
Individual projects in acting, dance, and directing.


THTR 398. Honors Studies II (3)
Individual projects in acting, design, playwriting, and directing.


THTR 399. Independent Study in Theater Arts (1-3)
Independent research and project work in areas of acting, design, voice, theater history, playwriting, directing, or theater management.


THTR 401. Advanced Stage Movement I (3)
This beginning class focuses on developing flexibility, alignment, strength, concentration and basic motor skills and serves as a base for the remaining three semesters. Yoga and Tai Chi exercises are used to develop flexibility and a relaxation of the breath. Elements of Decroux based corporeal mime technique will strengthen the student’s physical instrument as well as address alignment problems. Motor skills (articulations, inclinations and design work) will be developed with Decroux, as well as LeCoq based exercises.
Prereq: Must be candidate in M.F.A. Acting program.


THTR 402. Advanced Stage Movement II (3)
Continuation of THTR 401. The course focuses on simplifying and empowering the physical actor by continuing to connect breath to action to discover relaxation within the given task, and beginning work in characterization. Strength, flow, energy and the shedding of intrusive mannerisms will be gained from a study of Tai Chi form, and LeCoq based neutral mask work. Following the neutral mask work, students will progress to character work through the use of Physical Acting techniques. Stage combat work continues.
Prereq: THTR 401.


THTR 403. Advanced Stage Movement III (3)
The class focuses on expanding the actor’s physical and imaginative range which will enable students to support larger and bolder physical choices in characterization. Building upon the Neutral Mask work from the previous semester, the student will experience, through LeCoq based techniques, Basel and Expressive Masks. Stage combat work continues.
Prereq: THTR 402.


THTR 404. Advanced Stage Movement IV (3)
This class gives the actor the advanced physical skills and techniques needed to encompass the demands of historical dramatic texts. The work will center around period movement for the theater. The actor will experience the philosophies of carriage and deportment; religious, scientific thought and art from particular historic periods most often encountered in the professional theater. Stage combat work continues.
Prereq: THTR 403.


THTR 431. Play Directing I (3)
Fundamentals of directing. Concept and development.


THTR 435. Scene Design I (3)
Special projects in mainstage design for theatrical settings.


THTR 440. Portfolio Designs (3)
Independent projects involving presentation and criticism of scenic or costume designs for given play, musical, or opera. Culminates in presentation of portfolio.


THTR 452. Costume and Construction (3)
Special projects in costuming for mainstage productions.


THTR 456. Costume Design I (3)
Lecture-studio course. The study of costume design. Theory, technique, and principles of the fundamental approach to costuming a production.
Prereq: THTR 352.


THTR 473. Graduate Voice Technique I (3)
Assessment of students’ current vocal and alignment skills. Laboratory for exploring new vocal and alignment habits supportive of healthy vocal functioning. Exploration of the body and voice as it relates to breath, resonance, and the healthy exhalation of sound.
Prereq: Must be candidate in M.F.A. Acting program.


THTR 474. Graduate Voice Technique II (3)
Continued laboratory for the exploration of alignment and vocal skills supportive of healthy vocal functioning. Continued exploration of the body and voice as it relates to breath, articulation, resonance, and the healthy exhalation of sound. Emphasis on the physical and energistic skills needed to produce full-bodied, healthy sound capable of being heard and understood while acting in theatrical productions. Required of M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program.
Prereq: THTR 473.


THTR 475. Voice for Stage: Shakespeare (3)
Development of skills needed to address the specific needs of Shakespeare and Classical texts in performance, including vocal skills, the use of breath, using imagery, and textual studies. Required of M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program.


THTR 479. American Stage Speech (2)
Designed to evaluate the graduate student actors’ current speech skills, to teach them a stage-appropriate dialect using the Skinner narrow IPA set, and to achieve a level of mastery over articulation and diction. Prereq: Course limited to first-year M.F.A. candidates in Acting Program.


THTR 485. Rehearsal and Production (1-3)
Practicum for students participating in production work in the Department of Theater and Dance. Supervised laboratory experience in technical theater, construction techniques, scenery, costumes, lighting, and props; production; ticket office operations, promotion, publicity and public relations; house management; wardrobe responsibilities; stage management; assistant directing; and other production positions relating to the mainstage performances in Eldred Theater. Students are recommended to take one credit hour per production, with a maximum of 8 credit hours allowed during their undergraduate career.


THTR 501. Text Analysis for the Actor (2)
An introduction to the craft of reading a theatrical text from an actor’s point of view. Methods for analyzing the action and dialogue of a play will be applied to dramatic text so that the actor can learn to transform a one-dimensional text into a three-dimensional performance.


THTR 509. Seminar: Introduction to Performance Theory (2)
Research seminar designed to acquaint the theater student with the major theoretical writings of performance theory. Readings on the creative process and archetypal mythology. Exploration of anthropological, psychological, and cultural sources of art and the theatrical impulse.


THTR 512. Graduate Audition Lab (1-2)


THTR 530. Ensemble Technique (1-2)

A practicum course structured to explore the use of ensemble dynamic techniques in a rehearsal/performance environment, as well as to develop a set of exercises which encourage and sustain the actor’s channels of interpersonal communication during a range of rehearsal and performance situations.
Prereq: Must be candidate in M.F.A. Acting program.


THTR 531. Acting: Research and Performance I (3)
The various elements of the actor’s process considered on advanced levels. Integration of rehearsal discoveries into a practical performance situation. Limited to M.F.A. candidates.


THTR 532. Acting: Research and Performance II (3)
The various elements of the actor’s process considered on advanced levels. Exploration of rehearsal techniques for characterization. Limited to M.F.A. candidates.


THTR 533. Acting: Research and Performance III (3)
Sequential courses designed to explore the various elements of the actor’s process on advanced levels and to integrate the discoveries made into a practical performance situations. Limited to M.F.A. candidates.
Prereq: THTR 531 or THTR 532.


THTR 534. Acting: Research and Performance IV (3)
Sequential courses designed to explore the various elements of the actor’s process on advanced levels and to integrate the discoveries made into a practical performance situation.
Prereq: THTR 531 or THTR 532 or THTR 533.


THTR 540. The Business of the Business (2)
This course covers the basic knowledge needed for an actor to plan and manage a career in the theater. Included is discussion of union rules and applications for AEA, AFTRA, and SAG. Discussion of basic marketing techniques, including development of an individual marketing plan for each student. Guest lecturers might include IRS experts on the actor’s special needs, casting directors, and commercial agents.


THTR 576. Advanced Voice Technique (3)
Vocal instruction individualized to the particular needs of advanced M.F.A. Acting students. This may include the exploration of dialect skills, developing the skills for extraordinary uses of the voice, or continued exploration of skills necessary for classic and poetic texts. Required of M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program.
Prereq: THTR 473 and THTR 474.


THTR 579. American Stage Speech II (3)
This course will continue the work begun in THTR 479 American Stage Speech, continuing the work on IPA, articulation, and general speech clarity for the stage. Exercises from the Berry and Rodenberg Schools of thought will be used in addition to the speech basics of Skinner.
Prereq: THTR 479.


THTR 580. Stage Dialects (2)
This survey course will examine the use and application of major stage dialects in the American theatre using a phonetic tool set as a basis for understanding sound substitutions. The student will also study the ways in which rhythmic changes and resonance and tension shifts affect the dialects.
Prereq: Graduate standing.


THTR 581. Classical Speech and Text (2)
This course will study ways in which the actor’s speech instrument is used differently in classical texts, particularly those of Shakespeare. Students will study tools for analyzing a line of text in order of understand how to use the words and sound of the line.


THTR 601. Special Projects (1-3)
(Credit as arranged.)


THTR 610. Professional Internship (1-4)
Involvement in intensive internships with professional theaters in the Cleveland area bridging academic and professional lives. Internships range from six weeks to one semester.


THTR 620. Advanced Role Analysis Preparation I (3)
Study and performance of scenes involving methods of approaching various types of plays and the specific problems they present to the individual actor. Analysis, action, characterization, and subtext. Open only to M. F. A. Acting students.


THTR 621. Advanced Role Analysis Preparation II (3)
Continued study and performance of scenes involving methods of approaching various types of plays and the specific problems they present.
Prereq: THTR 620.


THTR 630. Performance Studio (3)
A performance laboratory, ensemble-based practicum in which the student works to integrate effectively a wide range of performance skills culminating in a studio production. May be taken two times in the last two semesters of graduate study.
Prereq: THTR 534.


THTR 642. Thesis Portfolio I (1)
Course designed specifically for candidates in the Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. Graduate students enroll for the course during their third year of study, although work spans three years of study, based on roles the M.F.A. actor has created. A portfolio is prepared, according to requirements set forth in the department’s M.F.A. Handbook, and is presented to the faculty during the spring semester of the third year, in a formal oral defense. Satisfactory completion of the portfolio and its oral defense are among the requirements for awarding the Master of Fine Arts degree. Course limited to M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program.


THTR 643. Thesis Portfolio II (1)
Course designed specifically for candidates in the Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. Graduate students enroll for the course during their third year of study, although work spans three years of study, based on roles the M.F.A. actor has created. A portfolio is prepared, according to requirements set forth in the department’s M.F.A. Handbook, and is presented to the faculty during the spring semester of the third year, in a formal oral defense. Satisfactory completion of the portfolio and its oral defense are among the requirements for awarding the Master of Fine Arts degree. Course limited to M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program.