The following list of courses represents current or recent course offerings. See the course catalog for updated information.
Voice and Movement
This is a practical, activity-based course designed to help students speak and move with ease and freedom. Voice work will focus on improving resonance and enunciation and will include work on stage dialects. Movement work will focus on body alignment and spatial awareness.
Fundamentals of Acting
This course is designed to introduce students to the processes of acting, including developing clear characters, analyzing scripts, exploring dramatic action and conflict and making bold choices in the development of scenes and monologues. Students will work on basic acting skills including movement, voice, and improvisation. Substantial written and performance work is required.
Theatre Performance Practicum
Main-stage productions are open to all University students. One credit is granted for each production. This course may be repeated for up to four credits. Prerequisite: Must be cast in a role in a main-stage production. For non-major students only.
Creative Dramatics/Theatre for Youth
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the field of creative dramatics and theatre for youth through lecture, demonstration, classroom workshops and attendance at theatre for youth performances. Students will learn skills necessary to work with young people on language and communication, problem solving, creativity, positive self-concept, social awareness, empathy and an understanding of the art of theatre.
The Alexander Technique is a body alignment and movement technique that focuses on alignment of the spine and skeleton. When the spine and skeleton come into alignment, muscles soften, tension releases, coordination improves, and the body works more efficiently. This activity-based course focuses on group and private work with the instructor and is particularly appropriate for Theatre and Music students. May be repeated for credit.
Preparation and execution of basic movement exercises, jazz, tap and modern dance and their application to choreography for musical theatre. Also Dance 79-414.
This course investigates the analysis and performance of scenes from realistic plays Students engage in activities designed to explore advanced techniques for personalizing and physicalizing characters, playing actions and objectives, and engaging in rigorous script analysis
Departures From Realism
Study and practice of 20th and 21st-century acting techniques through research, analysis work and performance.
Musical Theatre Workshop
This course focuses on the intensive practical aspects of scene-and-song work in the repertory of popular musical theatre genres, paying particular attention to the skills needed as an actor to interpret lyrics and text within the structure of a musical play. While this course focuses on the performative elements of acting in a musical, considerable reading and critical analysis will also be required. May be repeated for credit.
Theatre for Social Change: Practice and Performance
This course explores theatre as a political, activist, problem solving, educational and aesthetic tool. Students will learn to develop interactive performances that can be used to effect social change in a wide variety of community settings.
Feminism and Performance: Plays by Women
A course focusing on the ways culture has constructed the performance of gender on stage, in every-day life and in the media. Also Communication Studies 75-524 and Feminist Studies 04-724. (FAP) (WA)
Acting: Poetic Language
This course explores acting techniques for developing performances from texts that feature poetic language. Activities include voice and language, movement and manners and dialect work. Rigorous character and scene analysis and historical research are required.
Directing for the Theatre
Principles and practices of directing. Includes detailed analysis of the playscript and directing of laboratory or workshop productions.
This course will explore how a director transforms personal vision into social and aesthetic meaning in a theatrical event. Through lecture, discussion and in-class exercises, the course will examine how a director uses an in-depth approach to script analysis with a special emphasis on the directors use of theatrical space and conventions to project a point of view. Prerequisite: Theatre 73-894
Theatre History and Literature
An introduction to the various elements that contribute to the development of theatre as a specialized art form, with particular emphasis placed on the role of theatre as an artistic and humanizing experience. Topics covered include historical and cultural influences, the nature and variety of dramatic texts, the nature of acting, the functions of theatrical design and the integration of theatrical aesthetics in performance. Several plays illustrating the a...
Theatre Arts in London
A theoretical and experiential survey of the art of the theatre, its past and present, with an emphasis on the role of theatre within the society and the techniques employed to achieve its purpose. Emphasis will be upon attending performances in London. This course is taught by faculty from Goldsmith College, University of London. An additional fee is levied to pay for admission to theatre performances. (Fall in London Program only)
Introduction to Play Analysis
A course exploring various critical approaches to Western written texts intended for the stage. The selection of plays will help students develop the ability to analyze and evaluate a variety of scripts in terms of form ,structure, tone and style. Students will be introduced to some of the most important realistic plays of the twentieth century while also exploring texts that depart from realism.
A course exploring Western theatre and drama in a variety of periods. Theatre performances and plays will be analyzed as functions of different fields of influence (economic realities of production and attendance; politics and power relations within and outside the theatre; social norms regarding gender, race, ethnicity, religion, family, etc; aesthetic values of the time). In addition, the course is meant to introduce students to methods of critical research and issues of historiography.
East Meets West: Interculturalism and Theatre
An investigation of theatrical interculturalism in a world-wide context. This course examines the series of exchanges, imitations, misunderstandings, and betrayals that took place in theatre during the twentieth-century and the new forms produced at the intersection of cultures.
Theory and practices of playwriting. Includes the writing of scripts for theatre reading and production.
Fundamentals for the development of a dramaturgical sensibility in order to promote integration between theory (the knowledge of theatre history, dramatic literature, and criticism) and practice (the know-how and expertise needed to realize the potential of a play in a particular production). This course is a prerequisite for those students who intend to dramaturg for SSFA productions.
Costume History I
A survey of historic costume and fashion in the Western world from classical antiquity through the 18th century. This course focuses on the exploration of the relationship between social, political and cultural occurrences and fashion, art and clothing. The ability to identify historical periods by costume silhouette and major events will be acquired in addition to the procurement of a broad vocabulary of costume and fashion terminology.
Costume History II
A survey of historic costume and fashion in the Western world from the late 18th century through the present. This course focuses on the exploration of the relationship between social, political and cultural occurrences and fashion, art and clothing. The ability to identify historical periods by costume silhouette and major events will be acquired in addition to the procurement of a broad vocabulary of costume and fashion terminology. Special attention will be given to the late 20th century and the impact costume and fashion has on the student themselves.
Taken in the fall of the senior year. Centered on one theatrical topic or theory, students will research, analyze and discuss how their particular discipline within the theatrical arts relates to and influences the prescribed topic. Topics and instructors will vary.
A study of basic foot, arm and body position in ballet. The student is introduced to the barre for fundamental ballet exercises, followed by center practice and combination of dance steps.
Education in body movement through dance techniques designed to teach an understanding of rhythm and relaxation and a presentation of basic movement problems.
See Theatre 73-414
A study of jazz technique, free style movement, floor and barre work and combinations. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a wider range of body movement and a creative means of expression for theatre dance.
An introduction to tap dance techniques, emphasizing the use of this dance in theatrical performance.
Emphasis is on learning new techniques through combined movement phrases and by learning one dance and/or sections from others. Prerequisites: Any two of the following: Dance 79-204, 79-404, 79-504. May be repeated once for credit.