Acting Specialization

(B.F.A. 60 credits min., B.A. 36 credits. min.)

The ActingSpecialization offers courses for individuals pursuing work in the theatre,musical theatre, and film or television. With a foundation in both contemporaryacting approaches and methodologies, and an overview of historical actingstyles, this program combines academic training with performance opportunitiesin both mainstage and laboratory theatre environments.

Acting 1

Acting 2

Theatre Core – 18 credits

TH 100
Introduction to Theatre
3 credits
Explores the nature and existence of theatre as a collaborative art form: its artists, craftsmen, practices, products, traditions and historical perspectives.
TH 105
Introduction to Technical Theater
3 credits
A survey class examining the various technical and artistic facets of a live theatrical production.
TH 111
Technical Theatre Lab I
1 credit
Beginning technical theatre lab with focus on backstage operations and crew assignments. Emphasis on practical application in actual productions. (Repeatable course). TH majors and minors only.
TH 155
Acting I: Fundamentals I
3 credits
An eclectic, performance-oriented course designed to introduce, develop, and reinforce fundamental acting skills and techniques.
TH 439
Theatre History I
3 credits
A history of theatre production from Aeschylus to Shakespeare, with selected readings from Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance dramatic literature. Same as ENG 439.
TH 440
Theatre History II
3 credits
A history of theatre production from Restoration to Realism, with selected readings from French neo-classical comedy and tragedy, English restoration comedy and Continental realism. Same as ENG 440.
TH 497
Senior Seminar
1 credit
An integrative experience to assist the theatre major in preparation for graduate study or professional work.

Acting Specialization Requirements - 12 credits

TH 156
Voice & Movement
3 credits
A full examination of vocal production and movement techniques for the actor.
TH 255
Acting II: Role Analysis
3 credits
Emphasis on the development and use of techniques for in-depth research and analysis of characters. Prerequisite: TH 155.
TH 256
Acting III: Scene Study
3 credits
A workshop course designed to reinforce performance techniques through the performing of selected scenes. Prerequisite: TH 255
TH 323
Play Directing
3 credits
Investigation and execution of the classical theories, traditional techniques up to the postmodern visionary aspects of play direction. Prerequisites: TH 100, TH 155 or permission of the Instructor.
TH 355
Acting IV: Period Styles
3 credits
Advanced study of acting focusing on performance, reflecting historical periods or social cultures. Prerequisite: TH 255 or permission of Instructor.

Acting Specialization Electives:

BFA: 30 credits min.
BA: 6 credits min.

TH 180
Ensemble
1–3 credits
Involvement in a full-length play on the mainstage. Admission by audition or faculty approval. (Repeatable Course)
TH 300
Special Topics
3 credits
Advanced course designed to enrich the student’s understanding and appreciation of the theatre as an art form. This course can include but is not exclusive to Stage Combat, Playwriting, or Theatre Management.
TH 255
Acting II: Role Analysis
3 credits
Emphasis on the development and use of techniques for in-depth research and analysis of characters. Prerequisite: TH 155.
TH 256
Acting III: Scene Study
3 credits
A workshop course designed to reinforce performance techniques through the performing of selected scenes. Prerequisite: TH 255
TH 295
Principles of Costume and Makeup
3 credits
Study of sewing, fabrics, patterns, and practical application of costume construction techniques; materials and techniques for stage makeup with emphasis on practical application.
TH 379
Theatre for Social Change
3 credits
This course is specifically designed to explore the topic of Theatre for Social Change. Since its beginnings, theatre has been an active social force. It has been used to educate the public, mold public opinion, and incite theatre goers to action.
TH 380
Ensemble
1–3 credits
Involvement in a full-length play on the mainstage. Admission by audition or faculty approval. (Repeatable Course)
TH 389
Critical Readings: Topics
3 credits
Advanced course focusing on various dramatic genres, styles, playwrights, and/or script analysis. Content to be determined. (Repeatable course)
TH 391
Lighting Design
3 credits
Design theories and techniques, drafting and related paperwork for theatre and dance lighting, with emphasis on practical application in the form of light plots and production work. Prerequisites: TH 185 and TH 105.
TH 392
Scene Design
3 credits
Theory of designing stage sets. Study of drafting and rendering techniques needed to execute a design. Emphasis upon portfolio enhancement, theoretical projects, and production work. Prerequisites: TH 105. Theatre Majors/Minors only.
TH 441
Contemporary Theatre
3 credits
A survey of theatre production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with selected readings. Same as ENG 441
TH 455
Acting V: Acting for the Camera
3 credits
On-camera workshop focusing on specific acting techniques relevant to film, TV, and commercials. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.
TH 459
Independent Study Project
1‑3 credits
Opportunity to showcase area of specialization, culminating in a studio level production or demonstration of developed work. Faculty approval required. (Repeatable course)
TH 499
Internship
3–12 credits
On-site experience in a professional theatre or with an approved organization. Prerequisites: Senior status (90+ credits); faculty approval required. Requires 40 hours of experience for each credit hour. CR/NC grade only.
TH
Any TH elective not listed above
1-6 credits
DAN
Elective
1-6 credits
MUS
Elective
1-5 credits