Jul 12, 2020  
2008-2009 University Catalogue 
    
2008-2009 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

Courses


 
  
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    THMD 221 - Intermediate Jazz


    A continuation of the previous year’s dance training with focus on the jazz technique needs of the musical theater performer. More intricate combination work, turning, increase in speed and strength. Formerly TH 253

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 121 or THMD 122

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Priority enrollment to Musical Theater majors. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 222 - Intermediate Jazz


    A continuation of the previous year’s dance training with focus on the jazz technique needs of the musical theater performer. More intricate combination work, turning, increase in speed and strength. Formerly TH 254

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 221

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Priority enrollment to Musical Theater majors. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 231 - Intermediate Tap


    A continuation of the previous year’s dance training with focus on the technical and stylistic needs of the musical theater performer. More difficult steps, and more intricate patterns and rhythms are explored. Formerly TH 255

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 131 or THMD 132

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Priority enrollment to Musical Theater majors. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 232 - Intermediate Tap


    A continuation of the previous year’s dance training with focus on the technical and stylistic needs of the musical theater performer. More difficult steps, and more intricate patterns and rhythms are explored. Formerly TH 256

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 231

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Priority enrollment to Musical Theater majors. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 261 - Movement for Actors III


    Utilizes intensive physical-emotional improvisation work, including exercises in Williamson technique, rhythmic movement, center floor work, stretches, and the use of physical impulse to expand emotional range. Formerly TH 215A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 162 THST 102 THVC 112

    Open to Acting majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THMD 262 - Movement for Actors IV


    Utilizes intensive physical-emotional improvisation work, including exercises in Williamson technique, rhythmic movement, center floor work, stretches and the use of physical impulse to expand emotional range. Formerly TH 215B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 201 THMD 261 THVC 211 

    Open to Acting majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THMD 271 - Stage Combat III


    This intermediate course teaches the integration of safety and acting with the techniques of broadsword and rapier-and-dagger. Formerly TH 205A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 172

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THMD 272 - Stage Combat IV


    Intermediate course prepares the student for the National Stage Combat Proficiency Test, adjudicated the last day of class by a Fight Master from the Society of American Fight Directors. This test includes unarmed combat, rapier-and-dagger and broadsword, integrated into a character-specific scene of dramatic conflict. Formerly TH 205B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 271

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THMD 311 - Advanced Ballet


    A continuation of the two prior years of training. Execution of all jumps, all dance steps in combination, in turns and in relevé. Styles and performance technique explored. Formerly TH 351

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 212

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 312 - Advanced Ballet


    A continuation of the two prior years of training. Execution of all jumps, all dance steps in combination, in turns and in relevé. Styles and performance technique explored. Formerly TH 352

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 311

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 321 - Advanced Jazz


    A continuation of jazz training of the two previous years. More technically challenging steps, more intricate combination at more rapid instructional pace. Styles and performance technique emphasized. Formerly TH 353

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 222

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 322 - Advanced Jazz


    A continuation of jazz training of the two previous years. More technically challenging steps, more intricate combination at more rapid instructional pace. Styles and performance technique emphasized. Formerly TH 354

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 321

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 341 - Partnering


    For the more advanced student, this course explores the dynamics of partnering including Ballet and Jazz lifts, turns, tilts, balances, simple to advanced. Also includes, swing, mambo, cha cha, disco, strength, weights training, and conditioning. Formerly TH 357

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 212 Corequisite: THMD 321

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 342 - Partnering


    For the more advanced student, this course explores the dynamics of partnering including Ballet and Jazz lifts, turns, tilts, balances, simple to advanced. Also includes, swing, mambo, cha cha, disco, strength, weights training, and conditioning. Formerly TH 358

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 341 Corequisite: THMD 321

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THMD 361 - Movement for Actors V


    Develops clarity and precision of movement through increased awareness of action and character. The student develops greater kinesthetic sense and enhances his/her capability for expressive movement. First term focuses on Laban efforts and the second term on viewpoints. Formerly TH 315A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THVC 212 or THMD 262; THST 202 THVC 212 

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THMD 362 - Movement for Actors VI


    Develops clarity and precision of movement through increased awareness of action and character. The student develops greater kinesthetic sense and enhances his/her capability for expressive movement. First term focuses on Laban efforts and the second term on viewpoints. Formerly TH 315B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 301 THVC 311 THMD 361 Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THMD 371 - Stage Combat V


    Advanced exploration of the text-specific challenges of fight direction and fight performance using a wide variety of weapons. Weapons and texts change each semester. Formerly TH 305A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: National Stage Combat Proficiency Test Recognition. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THMD 372 - Stage Combat VI


    Advanced exploration of the text-specific challenges of fight direction and fight performance using a wide variety of weapons. Weapons and texts change each semester. Formerly TH 305B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 371

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THMD 461 - Movement for Actors VII


    Continuation of THMD 362. Work in LeCoq movement. Spring term develops a senior movement project. Formerly TH 415A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 362 THST 302 THVC 312

    Open to Acting majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THMD 462 - Senior Movement Project


    See THMD 461. Formerly TH 415B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Student must have completed the first semester of their Junior year (75 credits).

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THMD 471 - Stage Combat VII


    Advanced exploration of the text-specific challenges of fight direction and fight performance using a wide variety of weapons. Weapons and texts change each semester. Formerly TH 405A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 372

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THMD 472 - Stage Combat VII


    Advanced exploration of the text-specific challenges of fight direction and fight performance using a wide variety of weapons. Weapons and texts change each semester. Formerly TH 405B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THMD 471

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THPD 120 - Crew


    Four different production assignments for School of Theater productions. Continues the classroom instruction in theater tech skills, providing an increased understanding of Technical Production. Formerly TH 103L

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 0 cr, hrs vary
  
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    THPD 123 - Scene & Lighting Technology


    Introductory course in various phases of physical production dealing with the stage, house, backstage personnel and their duties, construction and painting of scenery, stage lighting, costumes, props, and makeup. Formerly TH 123

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Corequisite: THPD 125

    Priority enrollment to majors in the School of Theater Arts.

    Credits: 2 cr, 2 hrs

  
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    THPD 124 - Costume & Property Technology


    Introductory course in various phases of physical production dealing with the stage, house, backstage personnel and their duties, construction and painting of scenery, stage lighting, costumes, props, and makeup. Formerly TH 124

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Corequisite: THPD 126 Priority enrollment to majors in the School of Theater Arts.

    Credits: 2 cr, 2 hrs
  
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    THPD 125 - Scene & Lighting Tech Lab


    Supports Scene and Lighting Technology. Formerly TH 123L

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Corequisite: THPD 123

    Open to Theater Management and Production and Theater Design and Technology majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THPD 126 - Costume & Property Tech Lab


    Laboratory experience for students in SOTA’s Theater Management and Production and Design-Tech program. Students receive foundation training in scenery construction and rigging, lighting and electrical production, costume and property construction, and provide production support serving as primary assistants to professional designers working on SOTA shows. Weekly hours may vary depending upon assignment. Formerly TH 124L

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Open to Theater Management and Production and Theater Design and Technology majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 1.5 hrs
  
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    THPD 127 - Makeup


    Focuses on cosmetic application combined with thorough exploration of the relationship of appearance to character. The course emphasizes the total visual impact of the character on the audience, discussing in-depth the contribution of props and costume to the overall effect. The student is given clear directions on the basic techniques including methods and materials for all types of stage makeup, period makeup, fantasy and the use of three-dimensional makeup and prosthetic make-up. Formerly TH 111

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THPD 120

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 1 cr, 2 hrs

  
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    THPD 220 - Production Crew


    Advanced technical production assignments for School of Theater Arts productions. This course continues the study of theatrical production begun in theater tech classes and labs. This course is meant for students with non-performance majors in the School of Theater Arts.

    Credits: 0.5 cr, hrs vary
  
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    THPD 261 - Fundamentals of Stage Management I


    An examination of the role of the stage manager in theatrical production. Practice in the techniques of pre-production activity, coordinating and maintaining rehearsal discipline, developing a prompt script and calling a show. Formerly TH 227

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THPD 124

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Priority enrollment to Theater Management and Production.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THPD 262 - Theater Management


    An introduction for the Applied Theater Arts student to the important role that theater managers and their administrative staffs play in the day-to-day operations of theater companies. A close-up look at all the facets of running a successful theater: fundraising and audience development, marketing and public relations, fiscal organization and board relations, box office and house management, and educational outreach. Formerly TH 228

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THPD 261

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Priority enrollment to Theater Management and Production majors.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THPD 264 - Technical Direction


    Discussions and projects investigating the role of the technical director in theatrical production, including production scheduling, coordinating, planning, budgeting, familiarity with materials, equipment and purchasing procedures.  Repeatable for elective credit, with advanced projects for repeating students. Formerly TH 237

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 132 and THPD 123

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only. Priority enrollment to Theater Design and Technology majors.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THPD 320 - Production Practicum


    Practical application of training to experiences in a wide range of production areas: dramaturgy, design, technology, theater management, etc. May include realized studio, workshop or project assignments. Formerly TH 349

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THPD 120 or THPD 261

    Open to Applied Theater Arts and Theater Design and Technology majors only. Repeatable for credit.

    Credits: 1 cr, hrs vary

  
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    THPD 361 - Advanced Stage Management


    Advanced study of the stage manager’s function in theatrical production. Coordination of production personnel and the management responsibilities in the pre-rehearsal, rehearsal, and production periods. Formerly TH 327

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THPD 261

    Priority enrollment to Applied Theater Arts majors. Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THPD 460 - Management and Production Seminar (short title: M&P Seminar)


    Analysis and study of contemporary practices and trends in non-performance disciplines of theatrical production. Students engage in readings, discussions and writing projects dealing with their experiences to date in their chosen field of theatrical endeavor. The course may require field trips and/or attendance at special events to place current trends in larger social and practical contexts, and to help the student develop strength and perspective within his or her own work. Formerly TH 460

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THEA 499

    Open to Applied Theater majors only.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THPD 461 - Senior Project


    Faculty-approved and supervised capstone experience in a student’s area of concentration. May be a School of Theater Arts-sponsored project or one with a reputable outside company recognized by the faculty and area professionals. Formerly TH 451

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: Two semesters THDP 320

    Open to Applied Theater Arts and Theater Design and Technology majors only.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THPD 462 - Senior Project


    Faculty-approved and supervised capstone experience in a student’s area of concentration. May be a School of Theater Arts-sponsored project or one with a reputable outside company recognized by the faculty and area professionals. Formerly TH 452

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THPD 461

    Open to Applied Theater Arts and Theater Design and Technology majors only.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 101 - Acting Studio I


    An introductory studio focusing on the fundamentals of acting including basic skills for stage communication, voice, and movement; involves centering and exercises designed to increase physical and emotional stamina, identify and strengthen technique, develop focus and concentration, and introduce the student to the demands of the theater. In the process of demystifying the craft, the student discovers the energy, power, and vulnerability of self. Formerly TH 103A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Open to Acting, Applied Theater Arts and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 6 hrs
  
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    THST 102 - Acting Studio II


    An introductory studio focusing on the fundamentals of acting including basic skills for stage communication, voice and movement; involves centering and exercises designed to increase physical and emotional stamina, identify and strengthen technique, develop focus and concentration and introduce the student to the demands of the theater. In the process of demystifying the craft, the student discovers the energy, power, and vulnerability of self. Formerly TH 103B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites: THST 101 THVC 111

    Open to Acting, Applied Theater Arts and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 6 hrs

  
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    THST 110 - Music Skills Lab


    Supports Music Skills I and II. Formerly TH 122L

    Prerequisites & Notes
    May be taken twice for credit.

    Credits: 0 cr, 1 hr
  
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    THST 111 - Music Skills for Musical Theater I


    Skill training in sight reading, ear training, keyboard, and music theory, oriented to the needs of the musical theater performer. First year focuses on rudiments of notation, pitches, intervals, rhythms, and simple chords. Students learn to read from “lead sheet” notation. Examples are drawn from the musical theater repertoire. In-class exercises and drills are supplemented with computer-based instruction and keyboard lab. Formerly TH 122A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Corequisite: THST 110

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 112 - Music Skills for Musical Theater II


    Skill training in sight reading, ear training, keyboard, and music theory, oriented to the needs of the musical theater performer. First year focuses on rudiments of notation, pitches, intervals, rhythms, and simple chords. Students learn to read from “lead sheet” notation. Examples are drawn from the musical theater repertoire. In-class exercises and drills are supplemented with computer-based instruction and keyboard lab. Formerly TH 122B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 111

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 120 - Acting Theory and Technique


    This course introduces the actor and future director to both the theory and practical application of acting preparation. The semester progresses from a basic understanding of the Meisner approach to active listening and connection utilizing repetition exercises; a working actor based script analysis identifying objectives and actions; and applying those lessons to scene work for evaluation. Grading is based on participation and progress.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THEA 161

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THST 131 - Introduction to Design


    The fundamentals of design for the theater including costume, lighting, and scenery. Review of the designer’s role in the production process, design requirements, and aesthetics. Emphasis on the basic principles of two-dimensional art and graphic forms through various media and study of color and color theory. Formerly TH 139

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Priority enrollment to Theater Design and Technology majors.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THST 132 - Set Design


    An exploration of and instruction in techniques for theatrical scenic design. This class includes lectures, individual guidance, discussions and projects investigating the aesthetic, technical, and practical problems of designing scenery for the stage. Repeatable for elective credit, with advanced projects for repeating students. Formerly TH 239

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites: THST 131 and FNDP 101

    Priority enrollment to Theater Design and Technology majors.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 181 - Acting for Non-Majors I


    This course introduces the non-actor to improvisation, character development, and the basic idea of action and objective in performance. The first four weeks acclimate the new actor to being expressive in a group using body and voice through improvisation, theater games, and movement; breathing and relaxation techniques are also taught. The student is introduced to script analysis and asked to write and develop monologues to create dramatic characters for performance. Grading is based on class participation and progress with the work on monologues. Formerly TH 100A

    Credits: 2 cr, 4 hrs
  
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    THST 182 - Acting for Non-Majors II


    This course introduces the non-actor to improvisation, character development, and the basic idea of action and objective in performance. The first four weeks acclimate the new actor to being expressive in a group using body and voice through improvisation, theater games, and movement; breathing and relaxation techniques are also taught. The student is introduced to script analysis and asked to write and develop monologues to create dramatic characters for performance. Grading is based on class participation and progress with the work on monologues. Formerly TH 100B

    Credits: 2 cr, 4 hrs
  
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    THST 201 - Acting Studio: Technique I


    Study in contact and truthful response, conversational reality, concentration, spontaneity, getting in touch with one’s own behavior and that of others. Formerly TH 223

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 102 THVC 112 Corequisite: THVC 211

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 4 cr, 7.5 hrs

  
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    THST 202 - Acting Studio: Technique II


    Refinement of the actor’s inner resources and further development of the actor’s technique and skills at textual analysis. Exploration of relationship, point of view, circumstance, truthful involvement, and the reality of doing. Formerly TH 224

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 201 THVC 211 Corequisite: THVC 212

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 4 cr, 7.5 hrs

  
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    THST 210 - Advanced Music Skills Lab


    Supports Music Skills III and IV. Formerly TH 222L

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 110

    May be taken twice for credit.

    Credits: 0 cr, 1 hr

  
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    THST 211 - Music Skills for Musical Theater III


    Continued skill training in sight reading, ear training, keyboard and music theory, oriented to the needs of the musical theater performer. Examples are drawn from a wide range of musical repertoire. In-class exercises and drills are supplemented with computer-based instruction. Formerly TH 222A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 112 Corequisite: THST 210

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 212 - Music Skills for Musical Theater IV


    Continued skill training in sight reading, ear training, keyboard and music theory, oriented to the needs of the musical theater performer. Examples are drawn from a wide range of musical repertoire. In-class exercises and drills are supplemented with computer-based instruction. Formerly TH 222B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 211 Corequisite: THST 210

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 222 - Foundations of Singing/Acting


    Students are introduced to techniques for handling the unique challenges of integrated singing-acting. Vocal technique and acting technique are integrated through intensive work on solo literature, musical scenes, exercises and improvisations. Formerly TH 241

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites: THST 112, THVC 122, THST 201

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 231 - Lighting Design


    Procedures for lighting, with emphasis on the functions of theatrical stage lighting. Discussions and projects investigating the problems of lighting design, including electrical principles, instrumentation, color, media, equipment control, planning, and rigging.  This course and its projects are studio-based in approach.  Repeatable for elective credit, with advanced projects for repeating students. Formerly TH 339

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 131 and THPD 123

    Priority enrollment to Theater Design and Technology majors.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 232 - Costume Design


    Investigation of materials and principles, tools, supplies and techniques of costume design and construction, with emphasis on projects and discussions involving aesthetic, technical, and practical elements.  Repeatable for elective credit, with advanced projects for repeating students. Formerly TH 439

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: Take THST 131, THPD 124 and FNDP 102

    Priority enrollment to Theater Design Technology majors.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 265 - Directing Studio


    Introduces the basics of acting coaching coordinated with script analysis and dramatic criticism. Semester culminates with student staging and coaching a medium-length scene from a modern play. Formerly TH 217B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Priority enrollment for Acting and TMP majors. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THST 266 - Directing Studio


    An introductory course that explores the process of stage directing from inspiration to opening night. An introduction to the basic fundamentals of directing, including a thorough investigation of the directing vocabulary, exercises in space and composition, exploration of scripts from the director’s point of view, and practical experience with ground plans. Finally students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of blocking values and textual analysis by conceptualizing and then mounting simple scenes. Formerly TH 217A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Priority enrollment for Acting and TMP majors. Instuctors permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THST 280 - Fundamentals of Acting I


    Designed specifically for voice and dance majors from the Schools of Music and Dance, this introductory course places an emphasis on each student discovering their core through the study of improvisation, monologue work, emotional discovery, speech and movement. The course is open only to students admitted to the Musical Theater minor and serves as a foundation for training in acting that complements studies in musical theater technique.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Open only to TMP majors and Musical Theater minors in the Schools of Dance or Music.

    Credits: 2 cr, 4 hrs
  
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    THST 281 - Acting for Non-Majors III


    Formerly TH 200A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 182

    Credits: 1 cr, 1.5 hrs
  
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    THST 282 - Acting for Non-Majors IV


    Formerly TH 200B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 182

    Credits: 1 cr, 1.5 hrs
  
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    THST 301 - Acting Studio: Technique III


    Studies in advanced acting. Further development of performance technique as it relates to the rehearsal process. Special emphasis given to clarity of behavior, characterization, action, and objective. Scene work used as a means of gauging the actor’s ability to apply studio work to text. Formerly TH 323

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 202 THVC 212 Corequisite: THMD 361

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 6 hrs

  
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    THST 302 - Acting Studio: Poetic Realism


    Exploration of scene study methods as they apply to dramatic works by such authors as Ibsen, Strindberg, Wilde, Chekhov, Synge, O’Casey, and Shaw, and further development of actor’s attention to and application of behavioral specificity. Formerly TH 324

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 301 THMD 361 

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only.  Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 6 hrs

  
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    THST 320 - Musical Theater Performance


    An elective course for actors, singers, and dancers in which students can explore the craft of the singing actor through exercises, improvisations, and repertoire study. Students learn and rehearse solos, scenes, and ensembles from the musical theater repertoire. Emphasis is on developing honesty, ease, and expressiveness in musical theater performance. Formerly TH 320

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Instructor permission required. May be taken three times for credit.  Only open to students in the School of Theater.

    Credits: 2 cr, 4 hrs
  
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    THST 321 - Musical Theater Repertory


    Scenes, songs, and dances are drawn from the diverse musical theater repertory, enabling the student to develop versatility and a sense of style. Formerly TH 318A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites: THST 212, THST 222

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3.5 hrs

  
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    THST 322 - Musical Theater Repertory


    Scenes, songs, and dances are drawn from the diverse musical theater repertory, enabling the student to develop versatility and a sense of style. Formerly TH 318B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites: THST 321

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3.5 hrs

  
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    THST 330 - Design - Technology Seminar


    This seminar-style class is designed as a forum for considering challenges and concepts facing advanced design and technology students. Course deals with advanced design concepts and applications in the various theatrical fora, including dance, opera, ballet, and musical theater. Solutions are sought through the collaborative process with costume, lighting, scene design, and theater tech students arriving at conceptual treatments and visualizations. Formerly TH 429

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THPD 264

    Open to Theater Design Technology majors only.  May repeat once for credit.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 331 - Sound Design


    Fundamental procedures for sound creation and reproduction, with emphasis on the function and practice of theatrical sound design. Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and projects investigating the problems of sound design for the stage, including sound production, modification, amplification, balance, instrumentation, character of sound, media, equipment control, planning and rigging in stage space, and working with stage management to set cues for the live performances.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 232

    Priority enrollment for Design Tech majors. May be taken 3 times for credit.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 341 - Acting on Camera


    Designed for acting students who want to gain knowledge and experience in acting for film and television, the primary market in the entertainment industry. Sessions give each participant a hands-on experience in acting for the camera. The actors are able to see and evaluate each other’s film work during a special screening session at the end of the course. Formerly TH 330

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 202

    Open to Acting majors only.  Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 1 cr, 2 hrs

  
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    THST 343 - Oral Interpretation


    The course examines the elements of form and structure in various kinds of literature, and applies that analysis to the craft of the performance. Studies begin with fairy tales, investigate modern and contemporary retellings of fairy tales, and continue with modern and contemporary short stories. The techniques of oral interpretation — different than those used in a studio acting class — focus on the meaning of literature via suggestive vocal dexterity and subtlety of revelation, rather than explicit action. Students are required to write papers analyzing the literature they choose to perform. Formerly TH 325

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THPD 120

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only.

    Credits: 2 cr, 4 hrs

  
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    THST 344 - Audition Techniques


    This course focuses on the skills necessary to audition successfully for theater, film, and television. Topics include cold readings, monologues, television commercials, and dealing with agents and casting directors. Formerly TH 326

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 361 or THST 302

    Open to Acting and Applied Theater Arts majors only.  Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 361 - Fundamentals of Directing


    An overview of the directorial process. Discusses the various facets of a director’s job, especially in the early phases of a production, e.g. working with the actor, casting, table work and rehearsal, and culminates with each student directing a scene of his/her own. The emphasis is on empowering the students as theater practitioners, within the rehearsal process, by introducing them to the basic problems encountered by the stage director, with whom all theater participants work. Formerly TH 317

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites: THST 232, THPD 261 or THST 201

    Open to Acting, TMP and Technology majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 371 - Rehearsal & Performance I


    Preparation and presentation of faculty-directed works in progress or in major production projects. In addition, each student prepares and presents a performance journal. Formerly TH 313A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 202

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only.

    Credits: 4 cr, hrs vary

  
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    THST 372 - Rehearsal & Performance II


    Preparation and presentation of faculty-directed works in progress or in major production projects. In addition, each student will prepare and present a performance journal. Formerly TH 313B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 202

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only.

    Credits: 4 cr, hrs vary

  
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    THST 380 - Fundamentals of Acting II


    Designed specifically for Voice, Dance and Applied Theater Arts majors from the Schools of Music, Dance and Theater who have been admitted into the Musical Theater Minor. This second course in the sequence is devoted primarily to technical training in which actors gain a sense of conversational reality, strengthening their imaginations, responsiveness, spontaneity, and range of emotions. The course serves as a foundation for training in acting that complements studies in musical theater technique.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 280 w/ grade of B or better

    Open to students enrolled in the Musical Theater minor only.

    Credits: 2 cr, 4 hrs

  
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    THST 401 - Acting Studio: Verse Drama I


    Integrated voice and performance work on period scenes and monologues. Material to be covered includes Greek and Restoration. Formerly TH 423

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 302

    Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 6 hrs

  
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    THST 402 - Acting Studio: Verse Drama II


    Continues the student’s training in the most advanced level of period-style work. Increased attention to voice work is supported by the use of texts from Greek to Restoration. Exploration of comic techniques, heightened behavior, and emotional support. Formerly TH 424

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 401

    Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 4 cr, 7 hrs

  
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    THST 440 - New Play Workshop


    This workshop explores the collaborative relationship between the playwright, director, and actor in the practical creation of a new work. Within a supportive environment that encourages risk and exploration, the new work is developed through dramaturgical investigation, class discussion and critiques by the instructor, and results in an informal reading of the piece. Formerly TH 412

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 361

    Priority enrollment to Applied Theater Arts majors. Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 441 - Stage to Video Production


    Project work both behind and in front of the camera. Each actor works on a monologue or scene chosen in consultation with the instructor to make his/her work in front of a camera compelling, secure, and believable. ATA students deal with Production Assistant responsibilities, such as continuity, assisting directing, etc. Student assignments may vary according to strengths and interests. Special benefit: students can use excerpts from the workshop for a “video audition” commonly required by today’s casting directors, agents, and film/TV directors. Formerly TH 430

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 341

    May be taken twice for credit.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 443 - Acting for Film I


    For acting students who want to gain advanced knowledge and experience in acting for film and television. The primary goal of the class is to bring out each actor’s natural talent, which is often the most “marketable” in the film and television industry. Each actor works on a monologue or scene — chosen in consultation with the instructor — to make his/her work in front of a camera compelling, secure, and believable. Special video sessions give each participant a valuable, hands-on experience in acting for the camera. The actors are also able to see and evaluate each other’s film work during a special screening session at the end of the course. The actors use excerpts from their monologue/scene for a “video audition” commonly required by today’s Casting Directors, Actor’s Agents, and Film/TV Directors. Formerly TH 400A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 341

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 444 - Acting for Film II


    For acting students who want to gain advanced knowledge and experience in acting for film and television. The primary goal of the class is to bring out each actor’s natural talent, which is often the most “marketable” in the film and television industry. Each actor works on a monologue or scene — chosen in consultation with the instructor — to make his/her work in front of a camera compelling, secure, and believable. Special video sessions give each participant a valuable, hands-on experience in acting for the camera. The actors are also able to see and evaluate each other’s film work during a special screening session at the end of the course. The actors use excerpts from their monologue/scene for a “video audition” commonly required by today’s Casting Directors, Actor’s Agents, and Film/TV Directors. Formerly TH 400B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 443

    Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts only.

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 445 - Scene Study in American Playwrights


    This Senior acting studio focuses on American master playwrights of the twentieth century: O’Neil, Miller, Albee, Williams, Shepard, etc. Scenes are chosen to give students the opportunity to explore fully the emotional lives of characters and learn how to become more expressive and imaginative in their acting choices. The work of this course demands the complete investment of the actor through transformation of self into character in these heightened, highly theatrical texts. Improvisation and exercises may also be included in the work sessions. Formerly TH 425

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 301

    Open to Acting, Applied Theater Arts and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 3 cr, 6 hrs

  
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    THST 461 - Directing Studio


    A thorough investigation of the directing vocabulary, exercises in space and composition, exploration of scripts from the director’s point of view, and practical experience with ground plans. The student is asked to demonstrate his/her understanding of blocking values and textual analysis by conceptualizing and then staging simple scenes. Introduces the basics of acting coaching and is coordinated with script analysis and dramatic criticism. Formerly TH 417

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THST 361

    Priority enrollment to Applied Theater Arts majors. Open to majors in the School of Theater Arts

    Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THST 471 - Rehearsal & Performance III


    Preparation and public performances of faculty-and guest-directed theater productions. Faculty coach works with students on an individual basis in problem solving and strengthening technique related to the work in production. Formerly TH 413A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Only open to students in the School of Theater.

    Credits: 4 cr, hrs vary
  
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    THST 472 - Rehearsal & Performance III


    Preparation and public performances of faculty-and guest-directed theater productions. Faculty coach works with students on an individual basis in problem solving and strengthening technique related to the work in production. Formerly TH 413B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Only open to students in the School of Theater.

    Credits: 4 cr, hrs vary
  
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    THVC 111 - Voice and Speech for Actors I


    Linklater exercises are the basis of a course designed to help the student find his/her natural voice and to integrate body, breathing, voice, thought and feeling into expression through speech. The student is given a practical understanding of the voice and how it works. Tensions that inhibit primary impulses are uncovered and dismantled. The function of the articulators is studied and they are examined for blocks and exercised for release. Formerly TH 109A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Open to Acting majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs
  
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    THVC 112 - Voice and Speech for Actors II


    Linklater exercises are the basis of a course designed to help the student find his/her natural voice and to integrate body, breathing, voice, thought and feeling into expression through speech. The student is given a practical understanding of the voice and how it works. Tensions that inhibit primary impulses are uncovered and dismantled. The function of the articulators is studied and they are examined for blocks and exercised for release. Formerly TH 109B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites: THVC 111 THST 101

    Open to Acting majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THVC 120 - Voice for Musical Theater Lab


    Supports Voice for Musical Theater I & II. Formerly TH 141L

    Prerequisites & Notes
    May be taken twice for credit.

    Credits: 0 cr, 1.5 hrs
  
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    THVC 121 - Voice for Musical Theater I


    Introduction to the fundamentals of vocal technique, vocal anatomy, and vocal performance for the musical stage. Examination of various styles used in the musical theater, past and present. Formerly TH 141A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Corequisite: THVC 120

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THVC 122 - Voice for Musical Theater II


    Introduction to the fundamentals of vocal technique, vocal anatomy, and vocal performance for the musical stage. Examination of various styles used in the musical theater, past and present. Formerly TH 141B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THVC 121

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THVC 131 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater


    Individual (and, occasionally, small group) instruction in vocal techniques appropriate for the musical theater, culminating in a jury examination each semester. Formerly TH 142A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 0.5 hrs
  
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    THVC 132 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater


    Individual (and, occasionally, small group) instruction in vocal techniques appropriate for the musical theater, culminating in a jury examination each semester. Formerly TH 142B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 0.5 hrs
  
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    THVC 210 - Voice for Actors Lab


    Lab work designed to strengthen techniques learned in THVC 211 & 212 Voice and Speech for Actors. Formerly TH 109L

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THVC 112 

    May be taken twice for credit. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 0 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THVC 211 - Voice and Speech for Actors III


    Practical training in speech for the stage. Emphasis on articulation and eliminating regionalisms. Through the course of the year, each student is expected to achieve a high degree of proficiency in General American Pronunciation by developing a working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Resonance, placement, and range are developed. Particular attention is paid to ending consonants, equating length of thought and length of breath and key wording. Formerly TH 209A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THVC 112 or THVC 132; THST 102 Corequisite: THVC 210

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THVC 212 - Voice and Speech for Actors IV


    Practical training in speech for the stage. Emphasis on articulation and eliminating regionalisms. Through the course of the year, each student is expected to achieve a high degree of proficiency in General American Pronunciation by developing a working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Resonance, placement, and range are developed. Particular attention is paid to ending consonants, equating length of thought and length of breath and key wording. Formerly TH 209B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THVC 211 THST 201 Corequisite: THVC 210

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THVC 231 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater


    See THVC 131. Formerly TH 242A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THVC 132

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 0.5 hrs

  
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    THVC 232 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater


    See THVC 131. Formerly TH 242B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THVC 132

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 0.5 hrs

  
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    THVC 311 - Voice and Speech for Actors V


    Involves the study of the key dialects of North America, the British Isles, and Europe, as well as work in the area of voice characterization, using the International Phonetic Alphabet as a guide. Later work in voice and text would cover breathing support, vocal connection, energy, musicality, variety, and clarity. Some monologue and sonnet work would be drawn from material from such authors as Shaw and Shakespeare. The dialects chosen are those for which there is most demand in dramatic literature and in the commercial theater; consequently, some time is spent on “Standard British,” “Southern Irish,” and a range of “American Southern,” and “New York” accents. Approximately six to eight dialects are addressed in depth. Formerly TH 309

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THVC 212 THST 202 THMD 262

    Open to Acting majors only. May be taken twice for credit. Instructor permission required.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THVC 312 - Voice and Speech for Actors VI


    Involves the study of the key dialects of North America, the British Isles, and Europe, as well as work in the area of voice characterization, using the International Phonetic Alphabet as a guide. Later work in voice and text would cover breathing support, vocal connection, energy, musicality, variety, and clarity. Some monologue and sonnet work would be drawn from material from such authors as Shaw and Shakespeare. The dialects chosen are those for which there is most demand in dramatic literature and in the commercial theater; consequently, some time is spent on “Standard British,” “Southern Irish,” and a range of “American Southern,” and “New York” accents. Approximately six to eight dialects are addressed in depth. Formerly TH 310

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisite: THVC 311 THST 301 THMD 361

    Open to Acting majors only. May be taken twice for credit.

    Credits: 2 cr, 3 hrs

  
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    THVC 321 - Voice for Musical Theater V


    Styles of singing-acting. Students apply integrated singing-acting technique to a diverse range of period styles of musical theater. Solo literature from the 1860s through the present day is examined. Formerly TH 341A

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites: THST 202, THST 212, THST 222

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 1.5 hrs

  
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    THVC 322 - Voice for Musical Theater VI


    Styles of singing-acting. Students apply integrated singing-acting technique to a diverse range of period styles of musical theater. Solo literature from the 1860s through the present day is examined. Formerly TH 341B

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites: THVC 321

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

    Credits: 1 cr, 1.5 hrs

 

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