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Theatre & Dance - Spring 2014

THDN 120A 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 mainstage productions, and one final exam are required.

 

THDN 226A 1W Improvisation
4 Semester Hours
Podplesky, Jason

Prerequisite: None
This course introduces students to theatre improvisation, its principles, techniques, uses, and history. Upon completion of the course the students will:

  1. Appreciate the art of theatre improvisation
  2. Understand the principles and techniques of improvisation
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in improvisation as a performer
  4. Exhibit increased self-confidence and effectiveness in oral and written communication.

This course is structured primarily as a workshop; however, some sessions are discussion-centered and deal either with the subject or with students’ writing. Students are required to participate daily in class. They are required to complete various writing assignments including: lab reports, essays, reviews of literature, and a written final examination. Evaluation is based on written assignments, three exams, and demonstrated proficiency in improvisation as a performer. Text: Viola Spolin’s Improvisation for the Theater. Writing Intensive.

 

THDN 230A Stagecraft
4 Semester Hours
Humphries, Jimmy

Prerequisite: None
This course is an introduction to the basic elements of theatre production. Primarily a laboratory experience, students will also examine the historical development of technical conventions for the stage through lectures. The class will focus on the safe application of modern stage technology through hands-on participation. Two projects, a mid-term test, and a final comprehensive exam are required.

 

THDN 240A 1W Playwriting
4 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Patrick

Prerequisite: None
This workshop focuses on the development of playwriting technique and style.  Through exploration of wide-ranging theatrical styles students will learn to bring structure and propulsion to their individual voices.  Playwrights shall complete several short pieces, create within both realistic and non-realistic techniques, and culminate their efforts with a one-act play.  No previous experience within the theatre is required.

 

THDN 260H History of European Theatre
4 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Patrick

Prerequisite: None
Beginning with the ancient Greeks, this course will provide an overview of the history of European theatre. It will consider the dramatic literature, theories and practices of theatre during the span of theatre leading to the present day. During the semester we will look at the evolution of acting, directing, playwriting, design and technology, economics and operation of theatre, and theatre architecture. Course requirements include exams and a research project.

 

THDN 311A Advanced Dance Composition
4 Semester Hours
Stridsberg, Christeen

Prerequisite: 211A or permission of instructor
This Advanced Dance Composition course focuses on the choreographer’s creative process.  Emphasis is placed on identifying, selecting and utilizing a variety of source material; using choreographic devices such as improvisation to generate movement, or time/space/force to create meaning; and developing critical evaluation skills. As a continuum of methods covered in the introductory course, Advanced Dance Composition guides students through the creation of duets, trios, and/or group work to further develop choreographic and performing abilities, and to hone the analytical skills needed for reviewing and critiquing dance performances.  The students also are introduced to other compositional elements such as lighting, set design, and technology to develop a more comprehensive approach to choreography.

 

THDN 313H 1W Dance in the 20th Century
4 Semester Hours
Chang, Shih-Ming Li

Prerequisite: None
This course covers twentieth-century ballet and modern dance history, focusing primarily on the choreographers of the United States and how they influenced or were influenced by other cultures and countries.  By studying the history of these two dance forms, we will understand and recognize their relationship and how they became the dance forms that we know today. Assessment is based on writing assignments, exams, and class participation. Writing Intensive.

 

THDN 401 Senior Seminar, Part 2
2 Semester Hours
Reynolds, Patrick

Prerequisite:  Senior Class Standing
This class is for senior Theatre majors only.  In preparation for engagement with theatre work subsequent to graduation, students will examine significant plays and playwrights, continue exploration of and engagement with professional theatre, and prepare for the Senior Swan Song.  Course costs:  students should be prepared to arrange travel for one day to Cincinnati and continue professional inquiries and applications. 

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