Course Descriptions



Introduction to the Theatre

Credit(s): 3

Theatre 101 examines the contributions of individual artists to the art of theatre. Through discussion and attendance at plays, students will become familiar with elements of dramatic structure and the roles and responsibilities of the director, lighting designer, costumer, playwright, sound technician, actors, and scene designer. This is a nonperformance course open to non majors. It is designed to enhance students' understanding of dramatic art and the appreciation and enjoyment of live performance. Skills in observation, writing, critical thinking, and verbal expression are emphasized and developed. Students are required to attend three plays during the semester. This course fulfills an arts and humanities requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Stage Makeup

Credit(s): 3

THEA 102 offers instruction in the basic principles and techniques of theatre makeup. Students will explore, through the eye of the makeup artist, concepts of facial structure, aging, style and modeling with paint and will observe demonstrations of basic techniques. Weekly labs offer the opportunity to translate knowledge into design and practical application of theatrical makeup. This course will benefit students seeking careers or further education in the theatre arts as well as community members who participate in the theatre. Students must purchase a theatrical makeup kit which is approximately $50. Lecture/Lab: 5.5 hours per week


Introduction to Stagecraft 1

Credit(s): 3

Theatre 103 offers practical lab experience in applying theories and methods of scenery and prop design and construction. It focuses on the creative use of production tools and stage equipment. This course provides an opportunity to develop technical skills for theatre and media production for students exploring those career areas or who are interested in community theatre participation. Prior completion of other courses is not necessary. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Stagecraft II

Credit(s): 3

Theatre 104 offers the continuing theater student an important step toward a major in Theater Arts. It is practical, hands-on experience in construction of major set components (from the preliminary illustration phase through onstage production). This class emphasizes application of techniques, skills, and attitude established in THEA 103. The class is also valuable for non-theatre majors who need to develop physical skills in building and construction with an emphasis on a creative approach to problem solving and various media use. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete THEA-103 with a minimum grade of C-.


Basics of Performance I

Credit(s): 2

This course is an introduction to the art of stage performance, emphasizing the development of acting skills. It includes basic verbal skills of articulation, projection and inflection as well as the study of script formats, actor language, voice, movement, and imagination. Emphasis is on developing an understanding and appreciation for the total performance of the actor, combining creative imagination and discipline. Students will do solo and duo acting, requiring script memorization and performance before an audience. Tickets to area theatrical shows may have to be purchased at a total cost of under $12. Prior completion of other courses is not required.


Basics of Performance II

Credit(s): 2

This course is a continuation of THEA 105, focusing on enhanced voice and movement and the development of characters from scripts. Students will study and practice techniques actors use in working with ensembles, memorizing parts, and developing stage presence. The skills introduced in THEA 105 are improved upon and include verbal and nonverbal communication techniques, memorization, script analysis, and the interpretation of character. Lecture: 2 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete THEA-105 with a minimum grade of C-.


Theatre Practice

Credit(s): 1

Students participate in the development and production of an NIC play, gaining experience in one or more areas, including lighting, properties, costuming, set construction, audio and sound support, and stage managing. Practical experience in theatrical production may include basic carpentry, electrical, makeup, sewing, painting-skills applied to theatre but useful in other fields. Students will refine these skills as they develop an appreciation for the total process of theatre art involving organization, creativity, discipline, and ensemble teamwork. The course is open to non majors and may be repeated for a total of four credits. Some evening and weekend work will be included. Prior completion of other courses is not required. Lecture: Varies


Storytelling With Puppets: Preserving Culture and Oral Traditions

Credit(s): 3

THEA-197 offers instruction in the basic principles and techniques of puppetry. Students will explore through construction and use of different forms; shadow, glove and sock puppetry. Students will hear and observe Native American storytellers relate their cultural stories. Students will use Imppels to retell these stories through live performance. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 1 hour per week


Play Analysis

Credit(s): 3

Focusing on the role of the playwright, students will explore the structure of dramatic works and the process of script creation. The course includes exposure to live and recorded plays of Ibsen, Shakespeare, Chekov, Arthur Miller, and other great playwrights. Different styles of drama including tragedy, comedy, melodrama, and farce are emphasized. Students will strengthen skills in reading, listening, writing, script, and character interpretation as they develop an appreciation of dramatic literature and the playwright's art and craft. Weekend attendance at plays is anticipated. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Intermediate Acting

Credit(s): 3

Theatre 272 introduces the student actor to aspects of the Stanislavski system of acting and realistic acting techniques for the modern theatre. Emphasis is on character analysis, ensemble acting for an audience with exercises in concentration, observation, and use of inner truth and emotional recall. Skills learned include interpretive and internal techniques for character identification and "bringing a character to life." Attention is given to improving verbal and nonverbal acting qualities. Some evening and weekend participation may be necessary. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete THEA-105 and THEA-106 with a minimum grade of C-.


Stage Lighting

Credit(s): 3

Theatre 273 provides an introduction to the theory and practice of lighting, with attention to visual interpretation and design of the performance environment for theatre, dance, and rock n'roll. This course offers an opportunity to develop technical lighting skills for theatre and media production for students exploring those career areas or who are interested in lighting support for community theatre, dance, and rock bands. Lecture: 3 hours per week