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Theatre Arts (THTR)

Following certain course descriptions are the designations: F, Sp, Su. These indicate the semesters fall, spring, summer in which the course is normally offered and are intended as an aid to students planning their programs of study.


THTR 101: Introduction to Theatre (3) Analysis of the nature of theatre, its origin and development from the standpoint of the play, the physical theatre, and its place in culture. Specific emphasis is placed on the study of styles and the various artistic components which “collaborate” to create theatre. No prereq. F, Sp.

THTR 102: Intro to Theatrical Production (3) Introduction to the major elements and theory of theatrical production including, but not limited to, back of house administration and organization, the various design disciplines, basic collaboration, and overview of current trends and technologies. Course will place specific emphasis upon the “visual” component and the basic procedures involved with mounting a performing arts production. No Prereq. F

THTR 120: Theatre Laboratory I (1) Assigned in one-hour units, two hours required for major.  Designed to provide credit for work completed on USI Theatre productions.  Students are required to spend each semester working in a different technical area.  A minimum of 42 contact hours of work is required. Prereq: consent of director or production area coordinator. F, Sp

THTR 150: Practicum in Dance (3) Provides a practical background in the fundamentals of three styles of dance. The techniques and discipline of dance will be explored and utilized, culminating in an examination that tests the comprehension, comportment, and flexibility of the student. Course may be repeated once. No prerequisite.

THTR 224: Production Technology (3) Fundamental study of scenery production and engineering, shop organization, and the various techniques and procedures utilized by production personnel. Course will include technical drawing, budgeting, instructional workshops, safety, task-oriented engineering solutions, and theatre program production lab work. Prereq: THTR 102.

THTR 226: Production Graphics (3) This course teaches the fundamental techniques for transferring design concepts into proper form for consultation with other theatre artists and technicians. Techniques include both hand-drafting skills and model-making. Prereq: THTR 102 or permission of instructor.

THTR 234: Costume Technology (3) Employing lecture, demonstration and critique, the course is a study and practical application of beginning sewing techniques for theatrical application to include basic hand and machine sewing methods, reading patterns, and construction. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing or Permission of the Instructor.

THTR 235: Stage Make-up (3) Basic Principles of the art and technique of make-up for the use in the design and execution of developing and projecting the stage character. Purchase of make-up kit required. No Prereq.

THTR 236: Costume Crafts (3) Lecture, demonstration and critique. This course is the study and practical application of fabric modification techniques, beginning millinery, mask making, and jewelry making. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing or Permission of the Instructor.

THTR 243: Lighting Technology (3) Fundamental practice and theory of electrical applications in lighting a theatrical production and the collaborative process of basic theatrical lighting design. Course includes lighting terminology, electrical theory and practice, script analysis, the elements of design, and the design process. Projects include lighting observations, master electrician packets, and a lighting design project. Students will be required to participate in at least three outside lighting labs correlating to the USI Theatre productions season. Prereq: THTR 102 or concurrent enrollment.

The Threepenny OperaTHTR 251: Acting I (3) Study and practice in the fundamentals of the acting process. Class emphasizes physical and vocal work in conjunction with exercises geared toward the expansion of personal imaginative skills. Class work focuses on monologues and improvisational games. Open to all University students. No prereq. F, Sp

THTR 252: Acting II (3) Continued study and development of the fundamental acting processes taught in Acting I. Class work consists of scene study focusing on the active, objective, and subtext of the actor’s characterizations. Prerequisite: THTR 251 or permission of the instructor. 

THTR 253: Voice and Diction (3) Concerned with the anatomy and function of the speech mechanism. Emphasis on articulation, phonation, and resonation. Study of voice characteristics, vocal quality, volume, rate, pitch, and force. This course requires that the students learn the International Phonetic Alphabet. Students evaluate their own speech characteristics. F, Sp

THTR 260 Intermediate Dance Practicum (3) Provides a practical background in the fundamentals of a variety of traditional dance forms. The techniques and discipline of dance will be explored and utilized, culminating in an examination that tests the comprehension, comportment, and flexibility of the student. Beginning dance practicum. Prereq: THTR 150 or permission of instructor.

THTR 320: Theatre Laboratory II (1) Assigned in one-hour units, two hours required for major.  Designed to provide credit for work completed on USI Theatre productions.  This is the final rotation of the theatre lab.  Students will be assigned placement in a technical area their first semester and permitted to select an area for their second.  A minimum of 42 contact hours of work is required.  Prereq: consent of director or production area coordinator. F, Sp

THTR 326 Computer-Aided Design for Theatre (3) This course offers introduction to and training in the computer-assisted design software programs commonly employed in theatrical design. Prereq: THTR 102 or permission of instructor.

THTR 327: Scene Design (3) Study of the elements and principles of scenic design. Students will explore the application of design concepts based upon an analysis of script and production parameters in order to produce complete packages of speculative work (research, plans, models, drawings, etc) Prerequisites THTR 101, THTR 102, THTR 224.

THTR 337: Costume Design (3) A study of the elements and principles of costume design for the theatre. Students will develop skills in play analysis for costuming, basic rendering skills, and period research. The class will include an introduction to the various media used in communicating a costume design concept. Prereq: THTR 102. Sp

THTR 347: Lighting Design (3) Advanced study and application of lighting design for theatre, opera, dance, and other theatrical genres. May also explore basic elements of television and film. Students will complete design projects that improve upon script analysis, research, rendering, color theory, drafting, and presentation skills. Beginning computer drafting and supplemental paperwork software applications to be introduced. Students will be required to participate in at least three outside lighting labs correlating to the USI Theatre productions season. Prereq. THTR 244. Sp.

THTR 351: Acting III (3) Study and practice of the acting techniques and methods used to create a character for the stage. Emphasis placed on the application of these theories in the development of monologues and scenes from major American plays. Prerequisite: THTR 252 or permission of the instructor.

THTR 352: Acting IV (3) Provides a background in period styles to the advanced student actor, examining the special considerations inherent in performing classical drama, beginning with Greek tragedies and continuing on through Elizabethan, Restoration, and other periods, including contemporary pieces of a special nature, such as epic, expressionist and absurdist drama. Prereq: THTR 351 or permission of instructor.

THTR 353: Musical Theatre Performance I (3) The student will explore and experience the nature of musical theatre and the unique performance demands required to create it at a proficient level. Emphasis will be placed on accessible vocal material from the standard musical theatre repertoire, including solos, duets, and company numbers. Students will present research on the genre’s historical and stylistic eras. Prereq: THTR 251

THTR 354: Musical Theatre Performance II The student will further explore and experience the nature of musical theatre and the unique performance demands required to create it at a proficient level. Emphasis will be placed on more challenging vocal material from the standard musical theatre repertoire, including solos, duets and company numbers. Students will present research on the genre’s historical and stylistic eras. Prereq: THTR 251, THTR 353.

THTR 360: Practicum in Dance, Advanced Level I (3) This class will continue to develop the working techniques of movement within the dance disciplines of modern, classic ballet, tap and modern jazz and to show the application of these disciplines to the theatre. Students will develop choreography with other dancers, as well as to learn rehearsal techniques for solo and group compositions. Prereq: THTR 260 or permission of instructor.

THTR 361: Playwriting (3) Students will participate in an intense study of dramaturgy and will write dramas of their own. Prereq: ENG 302 or THTR 102 or consent of the instructor. Cross-listed with ENG 361.

THTR 371: History of Theatre I (3) History of the theatre from pre-Grecian through Elizabethan time periods. Also touching on the Asian theatre. Concentration the physical theatre, conventions in acting, directing, design. Prereq: THTR 102 or permission of instructor.

THTR 372: History of Theatre II (3)  History of the theatre from the French Renaissance through the present day. Concentration on the physical theatre, conventions in acting, directing, design. Prereq: THTR 102 or permission of instructor.

THTR 381: Stage Management (3)  This course will look at the structure of theatre, the elements of production, the rehearsal and performance process, and the role and responsibilities of the stage manager in all of these aspects.  Students learn the preparation of a promptbook, standard recordkeeping, management etiquette and union requirements.

THTR 400: Independent Study in Theatre Arts (1-3) This course is designed to provide an opportunity for upper division theatre majors and minors to research subject areas in the field of theatre arts. A maximum of six hours may be taken; only three may be taken in any one semester. Students who wish to take independent study courses should be aware that no more than 3 of the THTR 400 may be directed by the same instructor. Prereq: 21 hours of theatre arts, upper division status, and consent of the instructor. F, Sp, Su

THTR 427: Advanced Scene Design (3) Individual development in scene design projects through intensive study of various styles. Detailed representation of design ideas in rendering and models required. Class includes practice and development in scene painting. Prerequisites: THTR 102, THTR 224, THTR 327.

THTR 473: History of Western Drama I (3) Survey of representative plays from the Classics through English Renaissance as a basis for theatrical and dramatic criticism. Cross Listed with Eng 433 or 473. Prereq. ENG 201 and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Fall

THTR 474: History of Western Drama II (3) Survey of representative plays from French Renaissance to modern period as a basis for theatrical and dramatic criticism. Cross-listed with ENG 434 or 474. Prereq: Eng 201 and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Sp.

THTR 487: Stage Directing (3) An introduction to the principles of play directing. Class emphasizes text analysis, interpretation, picturization, and the various aspects involved in the production process. Class will include direction of extended scenes from full-length plays. Prereq: THTR 102, THTR 251, or permission of instructor.

THTR 490: Repertory Theatre Internship (3) This course is an intensive internship within the professional environment of the USI Theatre and New Harmony Theatre Repertory Project.  Students will be assigned positions within a professional theatre season based upon their interests and experience.  Assignments will be identified and outlined by contract and may be made in more than one area depending upon degree of supervisory responsibility assigned by the instructor.  Internship hours assigned will range between 100 and 140, depending upon area and responsibility. This course is repeatable.  Up to 6 hours my be earned for Theatre directed elective credit.  Prereqs: Either THTR 101 or THTR 102; permission of Instructor.

THTR 498: Internship in Theatre Arts (3)

THTR 499: Special Topics in Theatre Arts (3) Topics will vary. Purpose of course is to cover topics which are not specific courses in the curriculum. Prereq: consent of the Instructor.