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: Carolyn Carrington
(203) 392-6100
CarringtonC1@SouthernCT.edu

Kaia Monroe Rarick, Associate Professor
Larry Nye, Associate Professor
Michael Skinner, Associate Professor
Douglas J. Macur, Assistant Professor

MAJOR IN THEATRE

The mission of the Theatre Department is to provide comprehensive theatre training of the highest quality, to foster students' personal and artistic development, and to emphasize experiential learning and access to the profession.

The B.A. in Theatre program offers opportunities for students to engage in every facet of theatre--from page to stage.  Theatre students take classes in acting, dancing, elocution, design, technical theatre, history, and damaturgy.  Additionally, our students have ample opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in our four-show season where they are closely mentored by our outstanding faculty.  Participation in departmental productions is contingent upon good academic standing with the University.

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: Spring 2020

THR 121 - Foundations of Acting

An introduction to the fundamentals of acting. Classwork emphasizes improvisational theatre games, text analysis, and monologue work. Highly physical and energetic acting workshop.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

THR 122 - Professional Voice and Diction

A hands-on intensive for building the basic tools for dramatic, broadcast and presentational speaking. Mehods of achieving greater freedom of vocal expression and learning about the vocal process, clearer vocal mechanics, and how to care for the voice.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

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: Spring 2020

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: Fall 2018

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 2019

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 2020

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: Spring 2019

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 2020

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 2019

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 will gain skills in phrasing, musicality and acquire an appreciation for and understanding of these universal American art forms.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

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: Spring 2019

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 2019

THR 236 - Stage Makeup

Principles and practices of stage makeup.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

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 2019

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: Spring 2020

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: Spring 2020

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 2018

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: Spring 2020

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 2019

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 2019

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 2018

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 2019

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: Spring 2020

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: Spring 2020

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: Spring 2020

THR 399 - Practicum in Play Production

1.5 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

THR 415 - The Critical Eye

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

Prerequisite(s): 6 of 8 Tier 2 complete (Honors Coll.: 15 cr. HON or 45 cr. total), and prior or concurrent completion of all Tier 1 (Honors Coll.: T1MC and T1QR only).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

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 2020

THR 497 - Internship in Theatre

Practical experience for an organization within the performing arts industry or a comparable activity approved by the department. Course may be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission, faculty sponsorsip, and junior status.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

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: Spring 2019