2014-2015 Catalog

Theatre Arts (Thea)

http://www.arts-sciences.und.edu/theatre-arts

Angelone, Burgess, Cherry, Davidson, McLennan (Chair) and Reissig

The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of North Dakota strives to achieve educational theatre of the highest quality by maintaining professional standards and practice through teaching, creative activity/research, and service.

The Department of Theatre Arts fulfills the mission through the following objectives:

  1. To provide a quality liberal arts foundation for all theatre majors.
  2. To povide experiences that will engender an appreciation and understanding of theatre and how it enriches our life.
  3. To provide academic training and practical experience appropriate for students who wish to pursue careers in theatre or who wish to continue their studies at an advanced professional or graduate program.
  4. To serve as a cultural resource for the university community and the general public.

The Department of Theatre Arts aims to fulfill the objectives through the following goals:

  1. All theatre majors will successfully complete the University Essential Studies courses and demonstrate significant levels of competency through completion of a Senior Project.
  2. Majors and non-majors will improve creative thinking skills through theatre courses within the essential studies curriculum.
  3. Majors will achieve competency in at least one of the following areas: acting, musical theatre, design and technology, or general studies in theatre.
  4. The Department of Theatre will serve the university, region, and state through quality performance of a rich variety of theatre styles.

The University of North Dakota is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). The curriculum of the Department of Theatre Arts provides students with opportunities to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts. The Department offers a Master of Arts degree at the graduate level (see Graduate section for details). All undergraduate theatre majors share a common set of core courses. The Bachelor of Arts offers a well-rounded curriculum for theatre majors. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance (acting) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre are pre-professional acting degrees that require a higher level of proficiency in theatrical performance and are appropriate preparations for students who desire professional careers in acting and musical theatre. The Department offers a minor in Theatre and a minor in Dance.

The Department of Theatre Arts integrates the classroom curriculum with applied, experiential learning in production. Our production season offers a rich variety of styles and genres, including musicals. Student directors and designers may apply to stage a production in the Burtness Lab Theatre.

The Burtness Theatre facility and the adjacent Chandler Hall house offices, labs, and classrooms for Theatre Arts. The Burtness Theatre building boasts a fully-equipped, 365 seat, proscenium-stage and Blackbox (Lab) Theatre. Chandler Hall is home to an acting/movement and voice studio, a high-tech lecture classroom, a computer design studio, a conference room, rehearsal space, student stage manager and publicity offices, a student lounge, and faculty offices.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

The Bachelor of Fine Arts programs are offered to students with marked abilities who desire an intensive undergraduate concentration in Theatre Arts, in preparation for either a career in professional theatre, or graduate study leading to the MFA, or both. Candidates accepted for the program will be expected to maintain a high standard of excellence and to demonstrate significant artistic growth.

Candidates seeking admission to the BFA in Performance (acting) program must submit an application spring semester of their sophomore year to the Head of the BFA in Performance who will then schedule an audition and personal interview for the candidate with the Theatre Arts faculty. BFA applications are generally accepted in March with screening held in April. Upon acceptance, the student will be assigned to the BFA faculty adviser. Each student will be reviewed annually by Theatre Arts faculty who will make a recommendation concerning the student’s status in the BFA program based on the student’s performance in classes and in production activities. If probation is recommended, students may apply for readmission at the completion of a full semester of satisfactory work. Readmission will be contingent upon faculty evaluation.

Candidates seeking admission to the BFA in Musical Theatre audition as incoming freshmen or transfer students. Each student auditioning will be required to submit a resume and the BFA in Musical Theatre Program Application found on the Theatre website along with a headshot if available. Each freshman and transfer student auditioning and seeking scholarship monies will be required to complete the Freshman Scholarship Form found on the Theatre website. All applications must be submitted to the Theatre department office a week prior to auditioning. In order to receive scholarship monies, each student must be a major in the Theatre Arts department.

For information regarding auditioning, please contact the head of the Musical Theatre program.

All applying for acceptance into the BFA in Musical Theatre program must demonstrate a satisfactory competence in scholarship, vocal ability, acting and theatre knowledge. In order to demonstrate competence in scholarship, each student applying to the program must hold a cumulative 2.5 GPA. In order to demonstrate competence in Theatre knowledge, students must submit a theatrical resume listing his/her production work. In order to demonstrate competence in vocal ability and acting, each student will complete an audition for the program. Faculty members in Theatre Arts in the programs of acting, dance and musical theatre as well as voice faculty from the music department will be responsible for determining acceptance into the program.

 

B.F.A. in Musical Theatre with a Major in Theatre Arts B.A. with a Major in Theatre Arts

College of Arts and Sciences

 

B.F.A. in Performance with a Major in Theatre Arts

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing): 39 credit hours.

II. The Following Curriculum:

Core I *
THEA 110Introduction to Theatre Arts3
or THEA 130 The Art and Craft of Theatre
THEA 161Acting I3
THEA 201Theatre Practicum3
THEA 260Costume Craft3
THEA 270Stagecraft3
Core II **
THEA 230Text Analysis3
THEA 300Play Direction I3
THEA 330Contemporary Theatre3
ENGL 315Shakespeare3
or ENGL 316 Shakespeare
THEA 423History of the Theatre: Classical, Medieval and Renaissance3
THEA 424History of the Theatre: Seventeenth Century to the Present3
Acting, Voice, and Movement Sequences
THEA 120Voice and Movement I2
THEA 220Voice and Movement II2
THEA 271Intermediate Acting I: The Actor in You3
THEA 272Intermediate Acting II: Script Analysis & Meisner3
THEA 320Voice and Movement III2
THEA 371Advanced Acting: Advanced Scene Study3
THEA 420Voice and Movement IV2
THEA 471Advanced Acting III: Shakespeare3
THEA 481Theatre Practicum1
THEA 494Senior Project4
Theatre Electives
Select seven of the following:21
Introduction to Acting for Musical Theatre
Scene Craft
Lighting for Stage I
Acting for the Music Theatre
Play Direction II
Scene Design for the Stage
Costume Design
Playwriting
Dance technique classes as approved by Advisor
Total Credits79

 

*

courses normally taken during the first year of study

**

courses normally taken during the second year of study

B.F.A. in Musical Theatre with a Major in Theatre Arts

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (See University ES listing): 36 credit hours

II. The Following Curriculum:

Major Requirements

Music Courses
MUSC 130Music Theory I3
MUSC 131Aural Skills I1
MUSC 133Keyboard Skills I1
MUSC 2__ (Choral Ensemble: audition required)1
MUSC (Individual Lessons: taken every semester) *16
Theatre Courses
THEA 110Introduction to Theatre Arts3
THEA 120Voice and Movement I2
THEA 161Acting I3
THEA 201Theatre Practicum1
THEA 220Voice and Movement II2
THEA 230Text Analysis3
THEA 240Ballet I2
THEA 241Jazz Dance I2
THEA 242Tap Dance1
THEA 260Costume Craft3
THEA 270Stagecraft3
THEA 271Intermediate Acting I: The Actor in You3
THEA 204Introduction to Acting for Musical Theatre3
THEA 300Play Direction I3
THEA 371Advanced Acting: Advanced Scene Study3
THEA 344Musical Theatre Dance Style2
THEA 404Acting for the Music Theatre3
THEA 423History of the Theatre: Classical, Medieval and Renaissance3
THEA 424History of the Theatre: Seventeenth Century to the Present3
THEA 494Senior Project4
THEA 450Musical Theatre History3
Electives
THEA 243Modern Dance I2
THEA 330Contemporary Theatre3
THEA 340Ballet II2
THEA 341Jazz Dance II2
THEA 342Modern Dance II2
THEA 425Play Direction II3
THEA 442Choreography3
THEA 471Advanced Acting III: Shakespeare3
THEA 488Playwriting3
MUSC 134Music Theory II3
MUSC 135Aural Skills II1
MUSC 136Keyboard Skills II1
MUSC 242Diction for Singers2
MUSC 269Opera Workshop1
Others by Advisor Approval12

 

*

Course number for individual lessons determined at registration.

 

B.A. with a Major in Theatre Arts

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (Thea 494 fulfills the Essential Studies Capstone requirement.) 39 cr.

II. Level II proficiency in a foreign language 8 cr.

III. 8 additional hours in the same or a second foreign language or 8 additional hours in a cognate area: courses to be approved by adviser.

IV. The following curriculum:

40 credits, including:

THEA 110Introduction to Theatre Arts3
or THEA 130 The Art and Craft of Theatre
THEA 161Acting I3
THEA 201Theatre Practicum3
THEA 230Text Analysis3
THEA 260Costume Craft3
THEA 270Stagecraft3
THEA 300Play Direction I3
or THEA 335 Stage Management
THEA 330Contemporary Theatre3
THEA 423History of the Theatre: Classical, Medieval and Renaissance3
THEA 424History of the Theatre: Seventeenth Century to the Present3
THEA 494Senior Project4
Fulfills ES Capstone and Advanced Communication
Select two of the following:6
Makeup for the Stage
Intermediate Acting I: The Actor in You
Play Direction I (may not be an elective if taken above)
Scene Craft
Lighting for Stage I
Stage Management (may not be an elective if taken above)
Lighting for Stage II
Play Direction II
Scene Design for the Stage
Costume Design
Theatre Practicum
Playwriting
Total Credits40

 

 

 

Minor in Theatre Arts

Required 25 credits, including:

THEA 110Introduction to Theatre Arts3
THEA 161Acting I3
THEA 201Theatre Practicum1
THEA 330Contemporary Theatre3
Select one of the following:3
Costume Craft
Stagecraft
Select one of the following:3
Play Direction I
Stage Management
Select one of the following:3
History of the Theatre: Classical, Medieval and Renaissance
History of the Theatre: Seventeenth Century to the Present
Select two of the following:6
Makeup for the Stage
Text Analysis
Intermediate Acting I: The Actor in You
Lighting for Stage I
Play Direction II
Scene Design for the Stage
Costume Design
Playwriting
Total Credits25

 

Minor in Dance

Required 20 credits, including:

Select six of the folllowing (Dance Technique):12
Ballet I
Jazz Dance I
Tap Dance
Modern Dance I
Ballet II
Jazz Dance II
Modern Dance II
Musical Theatre Dance Style
   and Acting I
Choreography
Select two of the following:2
Theatre Practicum
Additional technique class/classes

Courses

THEA 110. Introduction to Theatre Arts. 3 Credits.

Basic orientation and historical perspective to theatre arts. Study of the roles of playwright, director, actor, designer, producer, and audience members in current theatre practice. Course will include attendance at area performances. Course includes 16 hours of experiential work in scene/costume shop or on a production. F,S.

THEA 120. Voice and Movement I. 2 Credits.

Development of the student's physical and vocal awareness. Emphasis on freeing the actor and identifying personal habitual response patterns. F.

THEA 130. The Art and Craft of Theatre. 3 Credits.

Introduction to basic principles, theory, and techniques of theatrical performance. Examines theatre with emphasis on participatory roles. For prospective majors and minors. F.

THEA 161. Acting I. 3 Credits.

Basic principles of acting with emphasis on movement; basic character development through improvisation and script. F,S.

THEA 201. Theatre Practicum. 1 Credit.

Participation in theatre pre-performance and performance capacities, both technical and acting, under faculty direction. Repeatable to 8 hours. F,S.

THEA 204. Introduction to Acting for Musical Theatre. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the unique style of performance techniques for musical theatre including voice and movement work, acting, and staging. Prerequisite: THEA 161. F,S,SS.

THEA 210. Selected Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

Topics of special interest to faculty and students, such as Stage Management, and others. Repeatable up to 9 credits. On demand.

THEA 220. Voice and Movement II. 2 Credits.

A sequential continuation of Theatre 120: Voice and Movement I with focus on freeing the channel for sound, improving range, and articulation. Emphasis in movement will be on posture and introducing somatic techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 120 or consent of instructor. S.

THEA 225. Makeup for the Stage. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the basic techniques of makeup for the stage design and application. F.

THEA 230. Text Analysis. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the dramatic text from the standpoint of production and performance. Prerequisites: THEA 110 or THEA 130. F.

THEA 240. Ballet I. 2 Credits.

An introductory ballet class designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of ballet. This class will contain a ballet barre, warm-up, barre stretch, an adagio center combination and floor exercises designed to enhance alignment, flexibility, strength and center. F.

THEA 241. Jazz Dance I. 2 Credits.

This course is designed to introduce the student to principles and techniques characteristic of jazz dance. Students will execute movement combinations in a variety of jazz styles. Emphasis will be placed on movement fundamentals of alignment, flexibility, endurance, dynamic range, and strength. F.

THEA 242. Tap Dance. 1 Credit.

This class is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of tap dance. Warm-up, exercises, and combinations in tap technique will provide opportunities for the student to develop an efficient use of weight, alignment, articulation of footwork, coordination, and musicality. F.

THEA 243. Modern Dance I. 2 Credits.

Introduction to the elements of modern dance and practice of the fundamentals of the technique with attention given to both the art and craft of the dance form. Emphasis on postural alignment, shape, sequence, flexibility, as well as the body in relation to space, time, force, and movement initiation. S.

THEA 250. Readings in Dramatic Literature. 3 Credits.

Readings in dramatic literature from ancient to contemporary, with a strong emphasis on written and verbal analysis of realist texts. S, even years.

THEA 260. Costume Craft. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basic principles, theory, and techniques of costume contruction. This hands-on class will reach from basic to advanced skills. Prerequisites: THEA 110 or THEA 130. S.

THEA 270. Stagecraft. 3 Credits.

This course is intended to teach the basic functions, aesthetics, history, methods and materials of scenery, properties, lighting and sound. Practical experience, shop procedures are tied to hands-on experience in departmental productions. F.

THEA 271. Intermediate Acting I: The Actor in You. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the Meisner Technique and to scene study. Special emphasis will be placed on using and trusting yourself to inform your work, working together, and applying rehearsal techniques to scripted work. Prerequisite: THEA 161 or consent of instructor. F.

THEA 272. Intermediate Acting II: Script Analysis & Meisner. 3 Credits.

Script analysis through the study of contemporary scripts using Stanislavsky-based and Meisner-based methodology. Prerequisites: THEA 271. S.

THEA 300. Play Direction I. 3 Credits.

Principles and techniques of directing for the theatre. Student laboratory directing experiences. Prerequisites: THEA 161 and THEA 230. F.

THEA 320. Voice and Movement III. 2 Credits.

A sequential continuation of THEA 220. Vocal emphasis on shaping and muscularity of sounds and words, articulation, love of language and vocal flexibility. Physical emphasis on freedom, flexibility, and integration. Prerequisites: THEA 220. F.

THEA 325. Scene Craft. 3 Credits.

Specialized construction and rigging of scenery, advanced technology applications to the stage, drafting projects and practical problem solving. Prerequisites: THEA 270. On demand.

THEA 326. Lighting for Stage I. 3 Credits.

The principles, mechanics and design of stage and lighting; its relationship to set, makeup and costume design; plus laboratory participation in University productions. Prerequisite: THEA 270 or consent of instructor. S, odd years.

THEA 330. Contemporary Theatre. 3 Credits.

Readings in dramatic literature from 1880s to contemporary times. Strong emphasis on written and verbal analysis of current dramatic techniques beyond realism. S, odd years.

THEA 335. Stage Management. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the procedures, responsibilities, and best practices for stage management. F.

THEA 336. Lighting for Stage II. 3 Credits.

The principles, mechanics and design of stage and television lighting; its relationship to set, makeup and costume design; plus laboratory participation in University productions. Prerequisite: THEA 270 or consent of instructor. S, even years.

THEA 339. Production Design. 3 Credits.

The development of the entire theatrical event, from conception to closing, with particular attention to the collaboration of various artists, craftspersons, and managers. Prerequisites: THEA 130, THEA 226, THEA 270 and THEA 300 or consent of instructor. S.

THEA 340. Ballet II. 2 Credits.

Ballet II is a continuation of Ballet I. Students will continue to develop advanced ballet skills and technique in relationship to form, strength, flexibility, center, line, choreography and physical expression. Prerequisite: THEA 240 or consent of instructor. S.

THEA 341. Jazz Dance II. 2 Credits.

This course is designed to be a continuation of THEA 241. Students continue to explore the principles and techniques characteristic of jazz dance through a variety of jazz dance styles. Emphasis will be placed on applying efficient form and dynamic energy to intermediate level movement combinations in center and across the floor. Prerequisites: THEA 241. F.

THEA 342. Modern Dance II. 2 Credits.

In this course students will continue to refine the skills learned in Modern Dance I and explore the principles and techniques characteristic of modern dance. Emphasis will be placed on correct alignment, spatial awareness, musicality, and dynamic energy as applied to intermediate level movement combinations. Prerequisite: THEA 243 or consent of instructor. S.

THEA 344. Musical Theatre Dance Style. 2 Credits.

In this course students will learn the vocabulary, styles, and techniques associated with musical theatre dance. Building upon the movement basics learned in the prerequisite courses, students will refine their dance skills and increase their knowledge base through the practice and assimilation of repertory from the classic musical theatre. Prerequisites: THEA 241. S.

THEA 350. Dramatic Production and Criticism. 3 Credits.

An examination of the principles of production criticism and the application of those principles to a series of theatrical productions. F, even years.

THEA 371. Advanced Acting: Advanced Scene Study. 3 Credits.

Advanced script analysis applied to plays that place advanced demands on the actor. Prerequisites: THEA 272 or consent of instructor. F.

THEA 397. Cooperative Education. 1-6 Credits.

A practical work experience with an employer closely associated with the student's academic area. Arranged by mutual agreement among student, department, and employer. Repeatable to 12 credits. Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA and junior standing. F,S,SS.

THEA 404. Acting for the Music Theatre. 3 Credits.

Appreciation of and performance techniques for musical theatre including: voice and movement work, acting, and staging. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. S, even years.

THEA 415. Selected Problems in Theatre Arts. 1-3 Credits.

Topics of special interest to faculty and students, such as Theatre Management, Women's Issues in Drama, Polish Theatre and Drama, Improvisation, Scene Painting, and others. Repeatable up to 9 credits. On demand.

THEA 420. Voice and Movement IV. 2 Credits.

A continuation of THEA 320 with emphasis on specialized and advanced voice and movement skills. Prerequisites: THEA 320. S.

THEA 422. American Theatre History. 3 Credits.

The development of Theatre Arts in America from Colonial times to the present. On demand.

THEA 423. History of the Theatre: Classical, Medieval and Renaissance. 3 Credits.

The theatre in performance. The origins of theatrical forms and their relationships to acting style, physical theatre and audience with the cultural environment. F.

THEA 424. History of the Theatre: Seventeenth Century to the Present. 3 Credits.

A continuation of topics covered in THEA 423 beginning with the Seventeenth Century and continuing to the present. Student need not take THEA 423 prior to enrolling in THEA 424. S.

THEA 425. Play Direction II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of THEA 300 with emphasis on contemporary theories, analysis, research, conceptualization, and implementation. Laboratory experience. Prerequisite: THEA 300 or consent of instructor. S.

THEA 426. Scene Design for the Stage. 3 Credits.

The analysis, research, and conceptualization of the physical context of theatre productions. Emphasis on individual creative projects. Repeatable up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: THEA 270. F.

THEA 427. Costume Design. 3 Credits.

Elements, principles, and styles of design applied to the visual creation of a dramatic character. Repeatable up to 6 credits. Prerequisites: THEA 260 or consent of instructor. S, even years.

THEA 442. Choreography. 3 Credits.

An introduction to choreography that offers the student training in the sequential application of basic principles of movement and form to a small group of dancers. Prerequisites: THEA 342 or consent of instructor. S, odd years.

THEA 450. Musical Theatre History. 3 Credits.

A survey of the history of musical theatre in performance, genre and world presence. Prerequisite: THEA 204. F,S.

THEA 471. Advanced Acting III: Shakespeare. 3 Credits.

A detailed examination of Shakespeare in performance. Prerequisite: THEA 371. F.

THEA 481. Theatre Practicum. 1-2 Credits.

Projects in all areas of theatre and interpretation in a supervisory capacity. Specific assignments in production/planning with faculty approval. Repeatable to 8 hours. F,S.

THEA 488. Playwriting. 3 Credits.

The playwright's problems as revealed through practice of writing plays; experimental productions of the student's creative work whenever possible. Repeatable up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: Sufficient background in theatrical arts and creative writing and consent of instructor. F,S.

THEA 494. Senior Project. 4 Credits.

Individual work in an approved area. Prerequisite: Theatre BA or BFA students only. F,S.

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