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Theatre & Dance - Fall 2014

THDN 112A - 1W Dance in Popular Culture
4 Semester Hours
Staff

Prerequisite: None
What do A Chorus Line, the work of Fred Astaire, a Madonna music-video, and television commercials have in common? All of them are a demonstration and a cultural reflection of American show-dance. This class attempts to sharpen your interpretive, descriptive, and evaluative skills as you watch tap, jazz, ballroom, MTV, Broadway performances, and other forms of popular/main-stream dance of the past century. Assessment is based on in and out of class assignments and in-class participation. Writing Intensive

 

THDN 120A 02 Art of the Theatre
4 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Patrick
Prerequisite:  None
This course provides an overview of the many areas that come together to comprise theatre:  acting, playwriting, design, directing, literary analysis, and various business-related fields.  Students will read and attend plays, participate in class activities, learn about the social role of theatre, and work collaboratively on projects. 

 

THDN 120A 02 Art of the Theatre
4 Semester Hours
Humphries, Jimmy
Prerequisite: None
An overview of the development of the Theatre, this course is designed to introduce students to dramatic literature and theatre practice. This survey will explore the role of Theatre in Western culture within a historical context. The lecture/discussion format is designed to provide insights needed to understand and value Theatre as part of our culture. During the term students will read four plays. Four projects, four tests, one critical essay, attendance at one main stage production, and one final exam are required.

 

THDN 210C Dance Ethnology
4 Semester Hours
Chang, Shih-Ming Li
Prerequisite: None
The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of different cultures around the world by comparing and analyzing the differences of their dances.  Through the understanding of the basic elements of time, space, and movement quality, the course will help students develop the ability to analyze different styles, forms, and functions of the dances of different countries and cultures. The course format includes video viewing, lecture/discussion, research, and learning some folk dances. Grading is based upon participation, assignments, a midterm, a final exam, and a presentation.

 

THDN 222A Acting I
4 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Patrick
Prerequisite: None
This course assumes no previous experience with the craft of acting. Acting I introduces the student to acting fundamentals through laboratory exercises, character analysis, and scene work.

 

THDN 234 Costume and Make-up Design
2 Semester Hours
Humphries, Jimmy

Prerequisite: THDN 230 or permission of the instructor
The student will become familiar with current professional standards for creating a costume design from concept to performance. Class will focus on the development of a complete production costume plot. The assignments will cover period fashion history, methods of research, and rendering techniques in various media. Students will explore the different areas of make-up design including prosthetic appliances. Grades will be based on the assessment of two major projects and a final exam.

 

THDN 235 Stage Management
2 Semester Hours
Humphries, Jimmy

Prerequisite: THDN 230 or permission of the instructor
The class will focus primarily on the development of skills necessary to administer and supervise the production process from audition to performance and strike. This course will explore the qualities needed in a position of such authority and responsibility. Crisis control and personnel management are just two of the challenges that the modern stage manager faces in production. Students will learn how to apply leadership skills to ensure professional results. Grades will be based on an assessment of one major project and two exams.

 

THDN 300 Directing I
4 Semester Hours
Staff

Prerequisite: THDN 222 and THDN 230
This course studies the art of play production for proscenium, thrust, and central stages. Basic fundamentals such as script analysis, composition, picturization, movement, and rhythm are considered. Production procedures related to auditions, casting, and rehearsals are studied.  Emphasis is placed on studying techniques and methods of working with the actor. The class has lecture/discussion and laboratory sessions. Each student is provided the opportunity to direct a one-act play during the semester. Evaluation is based on the student’s directorial work, examinations, and other assignments.

 

THDN 400 Senior Seminar I
2 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Patrick

Prerequisite: For senior majors only
The first semester concentrates on pre-professional development for the senior theatre major. Students will shadow a professional, create a professional website, prepare resumes/portfolios, and investigate employment opportunities in the professional theatre. Other requirements vary from field to field (e.g., acting to scenic design).  Course costs:  students should be prepared to arrange travel for one day to Cincinnati. 

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