Theatre

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Kaia Monroe Rarick, Associate Professor
CHAIRPERSON
Lyman B 17
(203) 392-6106 – Fax (203) 392-6105
monroek2@SouthernCT.edu

Department Secretary: Rebecca Ford
(203) 392-6100
fordr2@SouthernCT.edu

Shelia Garvey, Professor
Kaia Monroe Rarick, Associate Professor
Larry Nye, Associate Professor
Michael Skinner, Assistant Professor
John Carver Sullivan, Professor

MAJOR IN THEATRE

Theatre department provides theatre education of the highest quality within the liberal arts setting while fostering students' personal and artistic development and engagement with the community at large. The Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with excellent training in all facets of theatre: design, performance, dance, history, criticism, and technical theatre.  Classroom and production objectives stand at the crossroads of the literary, performing, visual, and electronic arts.

Any theatre major who fails to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in theatre courses will not be allowed to participate in any departmental productions or department sponsored activities.

Students may wish to focus on an area of special interest such as design/technical theatre, acting and directing, musical theatre and theatre education/youth theatre through focused upper level electives.

The department offers the following:

Theatre, B.A.
Minor in Theatre

THR 100 - Understanding Theatre

Survey of dramatic literature and theatrical styles with an emphasis on the individual artistry of collaborating theatre practitioners. Students attend live performances, read plays, and write production critiques. From ancient Greek to hip-hop theatre, students will evaluate the role of theatrical performance in human life and culture.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 121 - Introduction to Performance

An introduction to basic stage performance skills and techniques for the beginning actor. Appropriate for the major and non-major. Classwork emphasizes theatre games, improvisation, theatrical terminology and monologue work.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 122 - Stage Speaking

Study of individual readiness for performance. Ways of achieving relaxation, freedom from self-consciousness, and free expression of the voice.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

THR 131 - Principles of Theatrical Design

Theories, principles and practices of design as they specifically apply to the special temporal and spatial demands of the script and the actor working within a created environment.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 151 - Stagecraft I

Survey of technical production areas including sets, props, costumes, lighting and sound. Course includes lectures on materials, tools and techniques, and practical work on department productions.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

THR 211 - History of Theatre I

Evolution of the theatre as an art form with stress upon the major developments and changes of emphasis: Greek theatre; Roman theatre; Medieval theatre; and Renaissance and Elizabethan theatre.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 212 - History of Theatre II

Evolution in the last three centuries of the theatre as an art form, with stress upon the major developments and changes of emphasis: the Neo-Classic theatre; the Restoration stage; the eighteenth-century theatre; the nineteenth-century, and the birth of realism.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

THR 220 - Acting I

The Stanislavski method for making choices through scene work. Preparation and presentation of scenes. Advanced improvisational exercises, sensory tasks, and text analysis are stressed. Involves outside class work with scene partners.

Prerequisite(s): THR 121.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 221 - Beginning Modern Dance

Exploring the styles of Graham, Limon, Cunningham, and others. Establishes a foundation in the art of modern dance, using mind and body awareness. Develops physically and artistically while gaining skills in musicality and phrasing enabling them to progress as a movement artist.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

THR 223 - Historic Dance for Actors

Survey of pre-classic, classic, and contemporary forms as needed in theatrical presentations.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 224 - Beginning Tap and Jazz Dance

To establish a technical and artistic foundation in the art of Tap and Jazz Dance. The student will develop physically and attain proper alignment. The student also will gain skills in phrasing and musicality, and acquire an appreciation and understanding for the universal art forms. This course enables students to progress to the next level and to better prepare them for future auditions and employment.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 227 - Oral Interpretation

Oral Interpretation of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature covering a variety of genres. Projects will cover adaptation, cutting, personal interpretations, and performance styles of communicating the written word orally.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking and INQ 101.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

THR 228 - Shakespeare Workshop

An opportunity for the novice student to explore and perform the works of William Shakespeare. Exploring the plays and poetry in order to improve communication skills. Exposure to the acting demands of the theatre.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking and INQ 101.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 232 - Costume Construction

Techniques and practices involved in the construction of stage costumes. Emphasis is on the craft of sewing, the making and use of patterns, and the selection and use of materials. A brief study of historical costumes and designing procedures for the stage is included.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

THR 234 - Costume Design I

Principles of costume design and an historical study of stage costume. Participation required in practical work.

Prerequisite(s): THR 131.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

THR 236 - Stage Makeup

Principles and practices of stage makeup.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

THR 238 - Lighting I

Introduction to stage lighting design and equipment. Participation in design and crew work on department productions on both Lyman Center mainstage and Kendall Drama Lab.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

THR 240 - Play Analysis and Dramaturgy

Introductory study of the play as a literary form. Recommended for freshmen.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

THR 251 - Stagecraft II

Study of the problems involved in the mechanics of building, rigging, and shifting stage scenery for various types of theatrical production.

Prerequisite(s): THR 151.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

THR 252 - Technical Drafting for the Theatre

Reading and creating technical drawings; standard practices for presenting set and lighting design information. Manual drafting skills and computer assisted drafting (CAD) are both covered.

Prerequisite(s): THR 151 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2012

THR 291 - Rehearsal and Performance I

Responsibilities for rehearsal and performance in the Kendall Drama Lab.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the faculty director. Repeatable for credit. Maximum of 6 credits in combination with THR 391.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 296 - Technical Theatre Production I

Shop or backstage crew work on a drama lab production. Pre-production shop assignments may include construction, painting, props, wardrobe, lighting and sound areas. Running crew positions require significant weekend and evening time commitment during technical rehearsal and performance weeks.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission. May be repeated.

.5 to 2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 298 - Special Topics in Theatre

Examination of development as, issues, and/or creative work in the field of theatre.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

THR 315 - The American Musical Theatre

Study of the American Musical Comedy form and its variations as they have developed from the origins in the Viennese Operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, the Minstrel Show,Vaudeville, and Burlesque.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

THR 320 - Acting II: Advanced Scene Study

Exercises and methods for advanced problem identification, textual analysis, and characterization in problem scenes. Preparation and presentation of scenes.

Prerequisite(s): THR 122 and/or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

THR 324 - Intermediate Tap and Jazz Dance

To further develop the student’s technical proficiency in the art of Tap and Jazz Dance. The student will further his or her skills in phrasing and musicality and attain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the universal art forms. The student will build upon previous beginning course work. This course will enable the student to progress to the next level and will further prepare them for future auditions and employment.

Prerequisite(s): THR 224.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

THR 325 - Directing I

An overview of the history of directing and the role of the director. Lectures and scene study which focus specific directorial problems such as composition, line and movement, working with actors, use of imagery and metaphor.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 338 - Lighting II

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2012

THR 351 - Scene Painting

Principles of color and techniques of scene painting. Proficiency in the actual painting of stage scenery is the goal.

Prerequisite(s): THR 151.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

THR 373 - Puppetry I

The many uses of puppetry in education, recreation, therapy, and the media. Instruction in the making and manipulation of various types of simple puppets.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2013

THR 375 - Theatre for Young People

A survey of children’s theatre which includes selection, designing, and directing of plays for young people. Observation and/or involvement in production of a children’s play in progress.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

THR 382 - The Movies

Examination of film through the use of the narrative mode focusing on theme and genre.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

THR 391 - Rehearsal and Performance II

Responsibilities for rehearsal and performance in the Lyman Center Stage.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the faculty director. Repeatable for credit. Maximum of 6 credits, in combination with THR 291.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 396 - Technical Theatre Production II

Shop or backstage crew work on a Lyman mainstage production. Pre-production shop assignments may include construction, painting, props, wardrobe, lighting and sound areas. Running crew positions require significant weekend and evening time commitment during technical rehearsal and performance weeks.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

.5 to 2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 398 - Special Topics in Theatre

Examination of developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of theatre.

.5 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

THR 415 - The Critical Eye

Critical Analysis of plays and productions with practice in the writing of reviews and critiques of currently produced plays.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

THR 420 - Acting III: Acting in the Non-naturalistic Play

Introduction to style and period using selected playwrights. Development of audition skills. Scene work.

Prerequisite(s): THR 320 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

THR 425 - Directing II

Practice in directing scenes and a one-act play. Making choices; the script, the cast, the floor plan. Methods of conceptualizing a playwright’s text through set design and lighting. Scheduling time, space, and task. Working collaboratively while supervising designers, actors and technical staff.

Prerequisite(s): THR 325 and/or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

THR 497 - Internship in Theatre Studies

Practical experience in an approved professional theatre or related organization. Course may be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission and junior status.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

THR 498 - Advanced Special Topics

Examination of developmetns, issues, and/or creative work in the field of theatre.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

THR 499 - Independent Study in Theatre

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017