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Theatre Courses (THTR) College of Arts and Sciences


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
THTR 1011 Theatre Production Lab I: Scenery Run Spring/Fall 1
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THTR 1012 Theatre Production Lab I: Wardrobe Run Fall/Spring 1
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THTR 1013 Production Lab: Acting Practicum Fall/Spring 1
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Theatre majors who have been cast in a role of significant size in a faculty directed Theatre Department production may use the role for one credit counting towards their production lab requirement. The actor must perform all duties of the role in a professional manner. The director of the production will typically serve as the teacher of record. Selected roles counting toward credit will be determined by the Theatre Department in advance of auditions.


Instructor(s): Scott Cummings, John Houchin, Luke Jorgensen and Patricia Riggin

Prerequisites: Theatre Majors only and Must have successfully completed THTR1103

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THTR 1014 Theatre Production Lab I: Electrics Run Spring/Fall 1
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THTR 1015 Theater Production Lab I: Sound Run Spring/Fall 1
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THTR 1016 Theatre Production Lab I: Special Topics Run Spring/Fall 1
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THTR 1021 Theatre Production Lab II: Scenery Prep Spring/Fall 1
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THTR 1022 Theatre Production Lab II: Costumes Prep Spring/Fall 1
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THTR 1023 Theatre Production Lab II: Props/Paint Prep Spring/Fall 1
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THTR 1024 Theatre Production Lab II: Electrics Prep Spring/Fall 1
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THTR 1025 Theatre Production Lab II: Sound Prep Fall/Spring 1
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THTR 1026 Theatre Production Lab II: Special Topics Prep Fall/Spring 1
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THTR 1027 Theatre Production Lab II: Dramaturgy Fall/Spring 1
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The course will be based on the practical application of Dramaturgy Basics: THTR2240. The major emphasis is on the practice and application of the art and science of dramaturgy. Students will apply the knowledge of Dramaturgy Basics to a Theatre Department production. Students will implement typical dramaturgical tasks and receive guidance and feedback on their execution. More importantly, the lab will frame the dramaturgical point of view so students will be able to effectively navigate the role in production. Over the course of the semester students will work on: Script selection and analysis, production dramaturgical research and response, in-rehearsal practice and protocol, audience contact – program notes, lobby display and talk backs, new play development, building a theatrical season, and civic engagement.


Instructor(s): Theresa Lang

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required and Must have completed or be taking concurrently: Dramaturgy Basics, THTR2240.

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THTR 1031 Theatre Production Lab III: Assistant Scenic Designer Fall 1
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For this lab, students will assist the scenic designer with many aspects of the design process, depending on the needs of the show. Through this work they will learn about the process and become acquainted with the relationship between the designer and the scene shop. They will assist with such activities as research, the creative development of the design idea, model building, drafting, properties research, and interacting with the scene shop and scenic painters.


Instructor(s): Crystal Tiala

Prerequisites: Department Permission and Completion of Stage Design I (THTR334401 or ARTS335201)

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THTR 1032 Theatre Production Lab III: Assistant Costume Designer Fall/Spring 1
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For this lab, students will assist the costume designer with many aspects of the design process, depending on the needs of the show. Through this work they will learn about the process and become acquainted with the relationship between the designer and the costume shop. They will assist with such activities as research, pulling from stock, shopping, special construction projects, wigs, ensemble costuming, and being a liaison during dress rehearsals. Students will work on one departmental production during the design process through dress rehearsals. The work that students do on that production will vary by student and will be determined by the needs of the production and may evolve during rehearsal.


Instructor(s): Jacqueline Dalley

Prerequisites: Department Permission

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THTR 1034 Theatre Production Lab III: Asst. Light Designer Fall/Spring 1
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For this lab, students will assist the lighting designer with all aspects of the design process, depending on the needs of the show. Through this work they will learn about the process and become acquainted with the relationship between the designer and the master electrician. They will assist with such activities as research, the creative development of the design idea, drafting, hanging and focusing instruments, interaction with stage management, and the creation of visual focus, movement and mood on stage with light.


Instructor(s): Jeff Adelberg, Russell Swift and The Department

Prerequisites: Department Permission

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THTR 1035 Theatre Production Lab III: Assistant Sound Designer Fall/Spring 1
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For this lab, students will assist the sound designer with many aspects of the design process, depending on the needs of the show. Through this work they will learn about the process and become acquainted with equipment as it pertains to a theatrical production. They will assist with such activities as research, the creative development of the design idea, equipment set up, sound creation, amplification and placement.


Instructor(s): George Cooke

Prerequisites: Department Permission

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THTR 1038 Theatre Production Lab III: Assistant Director Spring/Fall 1
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For this lab, students will assist the director with many aspects of the rehearsal process, depending on the needs of the show. Through this work they will learn about the process and become acquainted with the professional directing process. The lab will last from preproduction through opening night. This lab applies to faculty and professionally directed productions only.


Instructor(s): Cummings, Dept., Houchin, Jorgensen and Riggin

Prerequisites: Department Permission

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THTR 1039 Theatre Production Lab III: Assistant Stage Manager Fall 1
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THTR 1041 Advanced Production Lab: Scenic Design Fall 2
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THTR 1042 Advanced Project Lab: Costume Design Fall 2
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THTR 1044 Advanced Project Lab: Light Design Fall 2
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THTR 1045 Advanced Production Lab: Sound Design Fall 2
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THTR 1049 Advanced Production Lab: Stage Manager Fall 2
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THTR 1051 Advanced Production Lab: Technical Director Fall 2
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THTR 1103 Acting I: Fundamentals of Performace Fall/Spring 3
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Acting I trains students to acquire the essential skills of an actor: vocal and physical exercises to free the body and voice; improvisation and ensemble exercises to encourage creativity, to free one's imagination, and to release emotional spontaneity; and monologue and/or scene work to learn about the crafting and performance process of the actor.


Instructor(s): The Department

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THTR 1120 Elements of Dance Fall/Spring 3
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This course is designed to develop the student's knowledge and experience of dance as an art form. The elements of dance used in ballet, modern and jazz will be introduced along with the principles of composition. The aesthetics of dance as an art form will also be studied. Students will be reading texts as well as viewing dance works in live performance and on video. This course will provide a groundwork for students who wish to do further work in technique, composition, and performance.


Instructor(s): Sun Ho Kim

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 1128 Ballroom Dance: Mid-19th Century Spring 1
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Students in this course will learn a selection of mid-19th century ballroom dances such as the waltz, the polka, a quadrille, and country dances such as the Virginia Reel. In addition, students will connect with the past through an exploration of topics such as women’s and men’s fashion, etiquette, and the physical world of the ballroom. Students will be asked to synthesize the information contained in the course though the embodiment of a character that will be presented in class. These elements will encourage each student to envision the past, bringing it to life with an understanding of the relationships between dance, etiquette, fashion, and the culture of the period.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Quinn Burgess

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 1130 Elements of Theatre Production I Spring 3
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Elements I introduces the history, theory, and practice of technical theatre production through lectures, discussions, observation and hands-on experience. The class consists of two paths of learning. The first will be practicing the necessary skills for the preparation of scenery, props, costumes and lights. Students will be required to learn to safely rig scenery, use many power tools, hang and focus lighting equipment, and cut and stitch fabric. The second path develops literacy in the visual design elements as it applies to theatre and theatrical spaces. A number of exercises will expand your visualization and creative skills. Required for Theater Majors and Minors.


Instructor(s): Russell Swift, Crystal Tiala and Jacqueline Dalley

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course is required for theatre majors, but it is also open to interested non-majors by permission. Minors please get permission from Theatre Department for registration.

THTR 1140 Elements of Theatre Production II Fall 3
Course Description

The course is a continuation of the Elements of Theatre Production I class. In addition to learning more of the basic knowledge and skills necessary for the preparation and execution of theatrical production work, students will use class projects to begin creating designs for the stage. The final project will focus on professional design processes and collaborative procedures as they apply to scenic, costume, lighting and sound design. In addition, Elements II in combination with the Theater Production Laboratory will introduce you to skills necessary for the preparation and execution of lights, sound, painting and make-up for stage productions. It is required for Majors.


Instructor(s): Jeff Adelberg, Crystal Tiala and Jacqueline Dalley

Prerequisites: THTR1130 Elements of Theater Production I

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Comments: The course is major restricted but interested students who have completed THTR1130 Elements of Theater Production I, may take this with departmental permission.

THTR 1170 Introduction to Theatre Fall/Spring 3
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This is a survey course for primarily non-majors. Its aim is to impart an appreciation of the theatre as an artistic and humanizing experience. There will be discussion of the various elements that contribute to the development of theatre as a specialized art form including historical and cultural influences, staging styles and techniques, and the multiple genres of dramatic writing. Several plays illustrating the above will be read and attendance at selected performances is required.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

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THTR 1172 Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process Fall 3
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This foundational course provides a thorough introduction to theatre and drama study. It is geared towards, though not limited to, Theatre majors (or prospective majors) in their first year. Dramatic texts are studied as blueprints for performed events. Students will read a wide range of plays in order to develop play analysis skills and to gain an awareness of how structure shapes meaning. Fundamental aspects of theatrical process and production are also taken into consideration.


Instructor(s): Scott T. Cummings

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Required for all Theatre majors

THTR 1503 Performing Politics Spring 6
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This course explores how marginalized and oppressed people have used public performances—in the theatre and on the streets—to make political claims about human rights and social justice. We will examine a range of political plays and protest movements, asking how and why do relatively powerless people use public performances to make political claims? Can theatre be both good politics and good art? Students will create their own political performances (e.g. short plays, puppet shows, videos, etc.), learning about various aspects of theatre while developing a better understanding of their own political views and interests.


Instructor(s): Jennie Purnell and Luke Jorgenson

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: POLI1031

Comments: Core Renewal Course:Complex Problems

THTR 1702 This Is Your Brain on Theatre: Neuroscience and the Actor Fall 3
Course Description

For the past century, theatre pedagogy has contemplated the dynamic relationship between actor training and neuroscience, enhancing our understanding of the complexity of the performer’s skills. This class explores these connections while engaging in acting exercises that build the important foundations of the craft, allowing performers to create reality on stage while stimulating and holding the audience’s attention. The class also considers how plays depict abnormalities in brain function, culminating in the performance of scenes related to these topics The ability of the theatre to engender empathy, stimulate memory, and illuminate human behavior are the enduring questions we will explore.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Patricia Riggin

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions

THTR 2203 Acting II: Voice/Body/Text Fall/Spring 3
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Voice, speech, gesture, and movement are essential tools for effective communication -- for actors and for anyone who addresses an audience. The goal of this team-taught course is for the actor/speaker to achieve a greater range of expressiveness and agility and a stronger, healthier voice and body in performance. Kristin Linklater's voice technique, somatic-based body exercises, and rigorous physical training will be used to build awareness, sharpen focus, promote articulation, release tension, and create dynamic presentations of prepared texts. This course is a prerequisite course for upper level acting classes. This course is a prerequisite course for upper level acting classes.


Instructor(s): Patricia Riggin and Sun Ho Kim

Prerequisites: THTR1103

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THTR 2210 Improvisation for the Stage I Fall 1
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A theater elective intended for a wide range of students. It will be a workshop in using "short form" improvisation and theater games as a technique for actor training, character development, and ensemble building.


Instructor(s): Jacqueline Arko

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 2211 Improvisation for the Stage II Spring 1
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Building on concepts learned in Level 1, students will shift away from the safety and structure of “short form” improvisation, focusing on longer scenes with more character development and emotional depth, ultimately learning how to do an entirely self-directed, self-edited “long form” improvisation comedy show.


Instructor(s): Jacqueline Arko

Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed THTR2210

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THTR 2215 Boston College Opera Workshop Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

Opera Workshop is open by audition to all Boston College students seeking vocal and stage experience in opera, operetta and musical theater repertoire. Students have the opportunity to experience lead, supporting and ensemble roles, and occasionally will also present solo arias. OpShop presents performances in both Gasson Hall and as a part of the Arts Festival.


Instructor(s): Randy McGee and Sandra Hebert

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: MUSP2850

Comments: Performance Course.

THTR 2220 Stage Movement for Actors Spring 3
Course Description

Through instruction in the essential skills of movement and dance, this course teaches actors how to use their bodies as expressive tools of stage performance. While developing strength, flexibility, and endurance through vigorous exercise, students will be taught somatic (body) awareness in such areas as breathing, centering, balancing, posture, gravity, and rhythmic coordination. In addition, they will be trained in the techniques of movement improvisation, partnering, and stage violence, with attention also to period manners and dances.


Instructor(s): Sun Ho Kim

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 2221 Modern Dance I Fall 3
Course Description

This course introduces modern dance, in theory and in practice. Through training in various dance techniques, movement analysis, composition exercises, work on the floor and at the barre, study of modern dance history, and viewing of dance videos, students will learn the vocabulary and aesthetics of modern dance and begin to express themselves creatively in those terms. Coursework includes reading assignments, a research paper, exams, and a performance project. Appropriate dance attire is required.


Instructor(s): Sun Ho Kim

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THTR 2223 Dance for Musicals I Fall 3
Course Description

This class is designed for the beginner to experienced dancer. Each student will study jazz, tap, modern/contemporary dance, ballroom, world dance and more. Emphasis is placed on the individual student's development in dance technique, physical conditioning and artistic expression. Students will begin the study of the most influential choreographers of past and present, including DeMille, Bennett, Fosse, Robbins and others. Each class will consist of a body warm-up, strength and flexibility training and choreographed combinations. Both a written and performance final will be given. Specific dress and footwear will be required.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Nicole Sell

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THTR 2225 Intermediate Ballet I Fall 3
Course Description

This course is designed to continue to challenge those who have taken the Ballet Essentials in the fall semester and to invite new students into the class who are either at the level of an experienced or advanced beginner dancer. Individual attention will be given with the goal of perceiving the technical and artistic aspects of dance as a performing art. Each class will incorporate barre and center work with phrases appropriate to the individuals in the class. Students will become familiar with the vocabulary and the historical background of ballet. Work in anatomy, kinesiology, costume design, and music will be introduced. Dress code will be leotard and tights or unitard, and ballet shoes. A pianist will accompany each class.


Instructor(s): Margot Parsons

Prerequisites: THTR1125 or THTR1126 or permission of instructor

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THTR 2226 Intermediate Ballet II Spring 3
Course Description

A continuation of Intermediate Ballet I (THTR2225). As in Intermediate Ballet I, individual attention will be given with the goal of perceiving the technical and artistic aspects of dance as a performing art. Each class will incorporate barre and center work with phrases appropriate to the individuals in the class. Students will continue to increase their ballet vocabulary and their understanding of the historical background of ballet. In addition, there will be further readings in anatomy and dance criticism. Dress code will be leotard and tights or unitard, and ballet shoes. A pianist will accompany the class.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Margot Parsons

Prerequisites: THTR1125 or TH11126 or permission of instructor

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THTR 2239 Stage Management Basics Spring 2
Course Description

This course is a lecture/laboratory course with the major emphasis on the practice and application of the art and science of stage management. Course work will include a thorough investigation of the theory and principles of human resource management, as well as technical production. Special emphasis will be placed on the application of theory to actual stage management situations.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Howard Enoch

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 2240 Dramaturgy Basics Fall 1
Course Description

This course is a lecture course with an associate lab: THTR1027. The major emphasis is on the practice and application of the art and science of dramaturgy. While some theoretical material will be included and referenced, the purpose is to train students to dramaturg productions. The class will introduce some of the typical dramaturgical tasks and provide guidance and feedback on their execution. More importantly, it will frame the dramaturgical point of view so students will be able to effectively navigate the role in production. Over the course of the semester students will work on: Script selection and analysis, production dramaturgical research and response, in-rehearsal practice and protocol, audience contact – program notes, lobby display and talk backs, new play development, building a theatrical season, and civic engagement.


Instructor(s): Theresa Lang

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 2244 Computer Aided Drafting and Design Fall 1
Course Description

This course will use VectorWorks software to introduce students to 2-dimensional drafting and 3-dimensional modeling for a theatrical stage/architectural design context. Projects will include drafting in orthographic projection, 3-D modeling in wire-frame. Computer-aided drafting and design technology is an indispensable design tool for entertainment and theatrical stage and lighting design.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Crystal Tiala

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 2247 Makeup Design for the Stage Spring 3
Course Description

This course introduces students to basic makeup techniques for the stage. Students will study makeup design principles and develop a mastery of applied techniques. Using the theories of highlight and shadow, and an examination of facial anatomy and how it changes with age, the student will learn to change the look of the face to suit different characters. Emphasis will be placed on character analysis and research, and translating that into a makeup design. Time will also be given to study various styles of makeup (e.g., fantasy, cartoon, period makeup, etc.) and special-effect makeup.


Instructor(s): Jacqueline Dalley

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 2251 Principles of Theatre Management Fall 3
Course Description

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the managerial, administrative, and leadership aspects of both for-profit and non-profit theatre. This class will consist of lectures on the fundamentals of arts management, case studies, project work, and a series of in-depth conversations with leaders in the field of theatre and/or performing arts management. Emphasis will be placed on: marketing, PR, budgeting, audience development, producing, fundraising, education, and community relations. Producing work in today's world, the challenges and opportunities, will be a theme throughout the semester.


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THTR 2253 Theatre Topics Fall 3
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THTR 2254 Theatre Skills Fall 3
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THTR 2255 Theatre Skills: Sounds Design Basics Fall 3
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THTR 2256 Theatre in Boston: The Critical Eye Fall 3
Course Description

While it is understood that the art of the theatre is only realized in performance, we all too often rely on the script alone when we study the theatre. This course examines the script in performance to help the student develop an informed critical eye. We will travel throughout Boston to see eight to ten plays in area theatres. The primary goal of this course is to develop the means to critically evaluate performance and to investigate the process and value of the artist's interpretation of a text.


Instructor(s): Christopher Jones

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THTR 2260 Writing Wrongs: Writing the Issue-Based Play Spring 3
Course Description

These days it’s nearly impossible to pick up a newspaper, check your Facebook news feed, or walk across campus without becoming angry, confused or upset about a current issue or conflict. Our opinions about issues like gun control, immigration reform, racial inequality, gender bias and countless other topics give rise to intense emotions such as anger, confusion, sadness and fear -- the very emotions that are embedded in great plays and other works of art. In this class, through classroom discussion, assigned readings, writing exercises, and a final creative project, we’ll each explore why specific news stories, issues, or conflicts evoke strong emotions in us; discover our personal connection to the issue; investigate the motivations and emotions underneath our opponents’ opinions; and, ultimately learn how to transform our knee-jerk emotional responses into engaging works for the theatre that foster the kind of constructive and complex conversation these important issues deserve.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sheri Wilner

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 2268 Theatre for Youth Spring 3
Course Description

This class builds upon the knowledge acquired in Creative Dramatics. During this semester, students create an original piece of children's theatre that tours local schools.


Instructor(s): Luke Jorgensen

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

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THTR 2275 History of Theatre I Fall 3
Course Description

This course follows the simultaneous development of the actor, playwright, architect, and director from the Egyptian theatre through to the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. The course will also study the development of dramatic structure and form over time. In a larger sense, it will examine the role and function of theatre in each successive society, determining how the stage reflects the social, political, and cultural concerns of each age.


Instructor(s): Stuart Hecht

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 2285 History of Theatre II Spring 3
Course Description

Continuation of History of Theatre I. It begins in 1642 in England and tracks the simultaneous development of the actor, playwright, architect and director. However, it studies this evolution within the larger cultural and political contexts that implicated every decision from the content of dramas to the seating arrangements within auditoriums. Among the epochs and influences that will be considered are art and decadence in English Restoration comedy, the role of the playhouse in the rise American proletarian culture, the impact of sentimentalism and Victorian morality on playwriting, and the advent of psychology and its effect on acting.


Instructor(s): Stuart Hecht

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THTR 3303 Acting III: Spontaneity and Imagination Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Acting III explores the essential principles of acting using the methods developed by Sanford Meisner and William Esper. Through a progression of structured improvisations, the actor’s ability to work moment by moment and to truthfully live in those moments is developed. These exercises are designed to stimulate impulses, sharpen concentration and listening skills, and develop the imagination, spontaneity and emotional skills of the actor. During the semester, students apply the expertise acquired through these exercises to scene work.


Instructor(s): Patricia Riggin

Prerequisites: THTR1103 and THTR2203

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THTR 3323 Dance for Musicals II Spring 3
Course Description

Students will expand on their knowledge of jazz, tap, modern/contemporary dance, ballroom, world dance and others. Influential choreographers' styles and characteristics of past and present will be analyzed and learned through the study of their repertoire. Such repertoire might include pieces from West Side Story, Fosse, Chicago, and Thoroughly Modern Mille, among others. Continued emphasis will be placed on the individual students' exploration of dance technique, physical conditioning, and artistic expression. Audition techniques will be emphasized. Each class will consist of a body warm-up, strength and flexibility training and choreographed combinations.


Instructor(s): Kirsten McKinney

Prerequisites: THTR2223 or permission of instructor

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Comments: Specific dress and footwear will be required.

THTR 3344 Stage Design I Spring 3
Course Description

This course will concentrate on contemporary professional design practices and theories for the stage. Students will study the evolution of theater design and will investigate the development of imagistic design forms, produce effective spatial environments and create ideas through rigorous research of imagery. Processes will include script analysis and the study of imagery as well as techniques in drafting and model building.


Instructor(s): Crystal Tiala

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ARTS2258

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THTR 3347 Costume Design Fall 3
Course Description

The art of costume design integrates artistic imagination with the practical concerns of theatrical production. The course is designed to help students develop the fundamental skills used by costume designers, focusing particular attention on character analysis, period research, and visual communication. The course will include a series of exercises and projects to develop skills in figure drawing, rendering in various media, fabric selection and color. Students will learn how to communicate character, mood and style through costume following two learning tracks: (1) developing the concept and theory of the design and (2) communicating the design through figure drawing and rendering.


Instructor(s): Jacqueline Dalley

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ARTS3357

Comments: Students are not required to have advanced drawing skills to take this class. There are several class sessions devoted to learning and practicing drawing and painting techniques.

THTR 3348 Event Design & Organization Spring 3
Course Description

This course will introduce students to the visual design and styling of events, that is press events, concerts, celebrations, industrials, video conferences, as well as the successful management and organization of those events. The various questions of style, personnel, audience, budget, schedule, location and communication will be looked at from the point of view of the design team and the management team. Actual events will be used as examples and student will use them as case studies to develop their own designs and support structures.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Scott Clyve

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This counts as an upper level production course for Theatre majors and minors.

THTR 3362 Playwriting I Fall 3
Course Description

This writing-intensive course offers a practical introduction to the art and craft of writing for performance. Students will engage in numerous writing exercises that highlight the special demands and opportunities of writing for the stage. Emphasis is placed on finding ways to contact and release the theatrical imagination and on mastering the basics of writing a solid dramatic scene. Exemplary plays by established playwrights will be studied as appropriate, but the overwhelming emphasis is on student writing.


Instructor(s): Scott T. Cummings

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2241

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THTR 3366 Directing I Fall 4
Course Description

This is a course in the fundamentals of script analysis, staging, and interpretation. Students learn through both lecture and practical application the basic skills that constitute the stage director's craft. Previous acting or other stage experience, along with background in dramatic literature, is strongly recommended.


Instructor(s): Stuart J. Hecht

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

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THTR 3376 American Musical Theatre Fall 3
Course Description

This course examines the development and workings of the American musical, from the multiple roots of its inception through to the present. As we trace the evolution of this diverse theatrical form, we will study its leading creative artists and productions, its use of music, lyrics and book, its ties to American culture and shifting tastes. Through lecture, text and recordings, we explore the musical's value and function beyond issues of entertainment. The course will cover the work of George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers with Hart and with Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and more.


Instructor(s): Stuart J. Hecht

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 3378 Creative Dramatics Fall 3
Course Description

This class investigates the power of drama to educate, inspire and empower the individual. The course focuses on drama pioneers whose work crosses over borders between the fields of education, theater, drama therapy and social justice. This is a hands-on investigation of theories and techniques and will include working with local middle school students to observe and apply ways of making drama with adolescents. Creative Dramatics is essential for activists, directors and for teachers in obtaining additional certification to teach drama. Subjects include storytelling, improvisation, Commedia Dell’Arte, drama therapy, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Theatre for Youth. It examines the work of Viola Spolin, Augusto Boal, Winifred Ward, Jerry Grotowski, and Jacob Moreno.


Instructor(s): Luke Jorgensen

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 3383 Contemporary Female Playwrights Spring 3
Course Description

In a recent study called “The Count,” conducted to determine who is being produced in American theatres, it was discovered during the past three years, only 22% were written by women. This is certainly not due to a lack of female playwrights, whose numbers equal those of male writers. Yet on American stages, four out of every five plays are written by men. In this class we’ll address the lack of gender parity by reading and creatively responding to a wide range of female-written plays authored by a diverse range of female playwrights. Special guests from the professional Boston theatre community, including playwrights, dramaturgs, literary managers and others, will talk with us about their personal experiences in the theatre, as well as share with us the female-written plays that have had the greatest impact on them.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sheri Wilner

Prerequisites: None

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THTR 3385 African American Theater and Drama Fall 3
Course Description

This course examines how African American playwrights have combined historical narrative, personal recollection, spirituality and religion, popular music, and folk art to create a unique form of American drama that reflects the traumas and triumphs of African Americans. Plays to be studied range from William Wells Brown's autobiographical Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom (1858) to Lorraine Hansbury's inspirational A Raisin in the Sun (1959) to Lydia Diamond's contemporary comedy Stick Fly (2006).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): John Houchin

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS3375

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THTR 3387 Modern Theatre and Drama Spring 3
Course Description

This upper-level theater studies course traces the development of modern European drama from Ibsen to Beckett, or roughly speaking, from 1875 to 1975. Other major dramatists to be studied include Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Pirandello, Brecht, Genet and Ionesco. The various movements within modernism--naturalism, symbolism, expressionism, futurism and surrealism --are also examined.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Scott T. Cummings

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2240

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THTR 3389 Modern Greek Drama in English Spring 3
Course Description

The Greeks' love of theater did not end with the classical age. The course presents a survey of highlights of Modern Greek drama centering mainly on the twentieth century, with plays such as Tragedy-Comedy (N. Kazantzakis), The Courtyard of Miracles (I. Kambanellis), The City (L. Anagnostaki), The Wedding Band (D. Kehaides), and The Match (G. Maniotes). The discontinuity from the ancient Greek theater may be discussed, and a reading performance may be planned. The course is offered entirely in English, but provision may be made for reading the plays in Greek.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Dia Philippides

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: CLAS1166

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THTR 4403 Advanced Meisner Technique Spring 3
Course Description

THTR4403: Advanced Meisner Technique builds on the skills developed in Acting III (previously Acting Techniques I): the ability to work moment-by-moment, to do truthfully, to release the spontaneous self, and to emotionally prepare. The student actor will progress by applying these skills to advanced scene work, working with plays written prior to and from the early 20th century. The course will also cover approaches to character work, cold readings, and auditions.


Schedule: Biennially

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Prerequisites: THTR3303

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THTR 4404 Advanced Acting Technique Spring 3
Course Description

Advanced Acting Technique builds on the foundations developed in Acting III: the ability to work moment by moment, to “do truthfully,” to release the spontaneous self, and to emotionally prepare. The student actor will progress by applying these skills to advanced scene work that demands rigorous preparation, the addition of character transformations, and the use of heightened language. Prerequisites: Acting I, Acting II, and Acting III (or permission of the instructor)


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Riggin, Patricia

Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed THTR1103 and Must have successfully completed THTR2203 and Permission of instructor required

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THTR 4406 Shakespeare Acting Fall 3
Course Description

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Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: THTR1103 and THTR2203 or permission of instructor

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THTR 4462 Playwriting II Spring 3
Course Description

This laboratory course continues the work begun in Playwriting I on an advanced level and a more independent basis. In addition to in-class writing and take-home assignments, students will write a fully developed full-length play or two complete one-acts. The course places particular emphasis on the completion of lively, well-structured, rehearsal-ready scripts, and in that interest, a major revision of a work-in-progress is important.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Scott T. Cummings

Prerequisites: THTR3362 or permission of instructor

Cross listed with: ENGL2248

Comments: Attendance at local productions of new plays is expected.

THTR 4466 Directing II Spring 4
Course Description

This course is built upon the foundation of skills and knowledge developed in Directing I. The students will further refine skills acquired in the first course and will also gain an understanding of the theoretical aspects of the director's craft.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Stuart J. Hecht

Prerequisites: THTR3366 or permission of instructor

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THTR 4901 Readings and Research in Theatre Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Students are not encouraged to employ this course for anything but a very specific research program, which must be approved in advance by a Theatre faculty member.


Instructor(s): Crystal Tiala, Jacqueline Dalley, John Houchin, Luke Jorgensen, Patricia Riggin, Scott T. Cummings and Stuart J. Hecht

Prerequisites: Department permission

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THTR 4961 Honors Project in Theatre Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

A year-long project open only to senior Theatre majors. An advanced independent study in the area of readings and research, though it may include a performance or production aspect. This will result in a written thesis at year's end.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Department permission

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THTR 5540 Theatre Practicum in Design Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This is a senior project involving the design of sets, lights, costumes and/or sound for a departmental mainstage production. Candidates are selected in the second semester of their junior year and will discuss the scope of the project with the faculty. Consultation with the faculty will determine whether the student enrolls in the Practicum in the fall or the spring semester of their senior year.


Instructor(s): Crystal Tiala and Jacqueline Dalley

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

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Comments: Consideration for enrollment will be given to those students who have successfully completed the design sequence THTR1130-1140; the relevant upper level design course in scenic, lighting or costume design; and a student workshop design.

THTR 5548 Theatre Practicum in Directing Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This is a senior project in which a limited number of students direct a departmental workshop production, contingent upon the acceptance of a written proposal submitted to the faculty. An independent study for those students interested in advanced study in directing, done under close faculty supervision. Only those students who have successfully completed both directing classes may be considered to direct a workshop production.


Instructor(s): Stuart J. Hecht

Prerequisites: Department permission

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