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THA 101 Introduction to Drama

This course is an introduction to theatre textual and performance analysis through critical, historical and dramatic readings. For Theatre Majors only
Fall, 3 credits

THA 104 Technical Theatre Practices

This course includes an introduction to the materials, processes and techniques for scenic construction, painting for the stage and stage properties in addition to practical experience in laboratory exercises and production assignments. Prerequisite for all courses in Design and Technical Production.
Crew requirement
Fall, 3 credits

THA 105 Survey of Technical Theatre

The course is a comprehensive survey of the theoretical and practical aspects of technical theatre including organization, equipment, materials, methods and vocabulary. The course is intended to provide the student with a working vocabulary and the basic knowledge necessary to function effectively in the theatre.
Spring, 3 credits

THA 121, 122 Basic Acting

Exercises and improvisations are intended to develop the student’s ability to identify readily with various imagined situations and to act truthfully and spontaneously with each situation. May be repeated for a maximum of three semesters. Prerequisite: Major or minor in Theatre, Dance or Film, or permission of the chair. THA 121 is a prerequisite for THA 122.
Annually, 3 credits per semester

THA 151 Professional Skills for the Performer: Suzuki Technique

This course is an introduction to the Suzuki movement technique (focus, stillness, creating an inner world and an intense physical life on stage) with special emphasis on connecting the training to preparation for rehearsal and performance. Prerequisites: THA 121.
Spring, 3 credits

THA 141 History of Theatre: Classical

This course investigates historical periods, dramatic genres, and theatre literature of Western theatrical culture from the Greeks through Romanticism.
Fall, 3 credits

THA 142* History of Theatre: Modern

This second semester investigates historical periods, dramatic genres and theatre literature from Realism to the present. Spring, 3 credits
*Fulfills Fine Arts core requirement for non-majors

THA 143 Shakespeare in Performance

This course surveys developments in theory and practice of Shakespearean dramatic works. The stylistic analysis of selected plays, performance techniques and theatrical conventions, including contemporary and non-traditional approaches, is examined. Prerequisite: THA 101 or permission of the instructor.
Fall, 3 credits