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Description of Courses

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THE THEATRE (Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

170. Jazz and Tap Dance - 2-0-2
Basic instruction in jazz and tap dance techniques and styles.

200. Theatre Practicum - 1 to 3 hours
(Repeatable up to six semester hours.) Active participation in the theatre; at least 50 hours of work for one hour of credit. Conditions of the work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved determined in advance by the student and the faculty supervisor. PR: CI.

201. Theatre Appreciation - 3-0-3
Appreciation of theatre as a collaborative art from the perspective of the audience member. Theatrical style, direction, acting, design, management and criticism explained and illustrated by performances and productions. Course not applicable to major or minor requirements in theatre.

202. Dance Troupe - 1 to 6 hours
Active participation in dance-technique classes, rehearsal of choreography and performance with the Berry College Dance Troupe.

202a. Dance Troupe - 1 to 6 hours; 0 credit
Zero-credit option for Dance Troupe.

207. Movement for the Stage - 3-0-3
This course is designed for preservationists, dancers and singers, for whom the body is the primary vehicle of expression. The "physical instrument" is the principal means by which the performer embodies the character, devoid of personal mannerisms. The focus of this class is to enhance performance through body work and self-exploration.

208. Basics of Acting - 2-2-3
Introduction to acting fundamentals and selected rehearsal and performance skills from the practical perspective of the working actor. Exploration of the actor's relationship to the playscript, to the stage environment and to elements of the actor's instrument (body, voice, imagination, etc.). Practical application of techniques and principles of acting including in-class exercises, rehearsed scenes and monologues.

209. Basics of Directing - 2-2-3
Introduction to directing fundamentals and selected rehearsal strategies from the practical perspective of the working director. Exploration of the director's relationship to the playscript, to the stage environment and to fellow collaborators. Practical application of techniques and principles of directing including in-class exercises, textual analysis and rehearsed scenes.

215. Introduction to Theatre - 3-0-3
The principles of theatre "from page to stage." A comprehensive overview of theatre as a distinctive art form that will serve as the foundation for subsequent concentrated and specialized study in the field. Activities include attendance at live productions and field experiences associated with the Berry College Theatre Company.

221. Stagecraft - 2-2-3
Development of a basic understanding of the technical aspects of theatre. Principles and practices in the construction of stage scenery and the rigging/focusing of lights. Laboratory component focusing on construction and painting of major productions in E.H. Young Theatre. Materials fee.

228. Topics in Theatre - 3-0-3
Special topics in theatre designed to accommodate material that is highly specialized or not otherwise available in the departmental curriculum.

261. Costuming and Makeup - 2-2-3
Emphasis on the "how" and "why" of costumes and makeup for the stage. Practical experience in draping, pattern layout, simple sewing skills, the basic elements of textiles and costume crafts. Principles and practice of makeup and hairstyling for the theatre. Laboratory component focusing on costume and makeup projects associated with major productions in E.H. Young Theatre

304WI. Introduction to Playwriting - 3-0-3
Creation of original scripts for theatre; instruction in the craft of playwriting and guidance toward constructive self-criticism. Selected readings from classical or contemporary playwrights. Possible selection of student work for reading and performance. PR or CR: one 200-level literature course.

306. Modern Dance - 3-0-3
Introduction to the fundamentals of modern dance technique through the development of a dance vocabulary and repertory. Preparing for dancing in musical-theatre productions, as well as concert dance performances.

307. Choreography - 3-0-3
Theory and practices in the art of making dances with focus on developing dances, performing and teaching personal choreography and directing rehearsals; preparing dancers to serve as choreographers in various production settings.

308. Intermediate Acting - 2-2-3
Advanced principles and techniques in acting with emphasis on characterization, playing period styles and ensemble performance. Exploration of theories of acting from the Greeks to the present day.

309. Advanced Directing - 2-2-3
Principles and techniques of directing the realistic modern play. Case studies and scene work, analysis and preparation for performing a one-act play, including the development of a prompt script. Emphasis on the artistic, analytical, interpersonal and visual skills required to be an effective director. PR: THE 209.

320. Musical Theatre - 3-0-3
(See MUS 320.)

322WI. Script Interpretation - 3-0-3
A systematic approach to understanding playscripts and realizing their legitimate theatrical implications. Script study from the perspective of the working director/designer as if in preparation for mounting a production.

323. Modern and Contemporary Theatre - 3-0-3
Survey of selected playwrights, theatre companies and theatre movements of the modern and contemporary stage. Traces major movements, styles and their interrelationships to set them in the appropriate artistic, social and intellectual context and to relate singular events to the total development of the theatre. Emphasis on the reliability, interpretation and significance of evidence.

341WI. History of Theatre - 3-0-3
History of theatre in a global context from the Classical Age through the 19th century; the theatre's impact on the development of world cultures. Emphasis on the role of theatre in society and its involvement in the political and social events of the times.

362. Period Style - 3-0-3
Research course for design students examining the history and aesthetics of period styles as they are applied to representing architecture, furnishings and fashion in a theatrical setting. PR: THE 221 and 261.

363. Costume Design - 2-2-3
The role of the costume designer as a collaborative artist in the theatre process. Elements of design applied to costumes as well as techniques of figure drawing and the use of various color media for the production of finished renderings. Both historical and contemporary design styles considered. PR: THE 261 or CI.

365. Stage Design - 2-2-3
Technical and artistic approach to lighting and scenery design, including rendering techniques as well as the role of design in guiding the direction and shape of theatrical production. May be repeated once for credit. PR: THE 221.

401WI. Shakespeare - 3-0-3
(See ENG 401WI.)

450. Senior Project - 3-0-3
Course requirements: (1) completion of an internship project or research project under supervision of advisor; (2) completion of a comprehensive major examination; and (3) submission of a portfolio for departmental review. PR: SS and theatre major.

496. Academic Internship - 3 to 6 hours
Problem-oriented experiences in specific academic projects relating to the individual student's program of study, planned in consultation with the student's advisor. PR: See general provisions for academic internships in this catalog.

498. Directed Study - 1 to 3 hours
Advanced study or individual research of specific problems based on an outline prepared by the student and the instructor. Involves extensive investigation and commitment by the student. PR: JS or SS and approval of school dean.

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