Theatre Arts (THEA)

Courses

THEA 0181. THEATRE PRACTICUM. 1 Hour. (TCCN = DRAM 1120)

Open to all students interested in participating in dramatic productions on-stage, backstage, or front of house. Considers aspects of play production which may include scenery construction, publicity, costumes, and lighting. Practicum students participate in auditions and are assigned to production crews. May be repeated for credit. All Theatre Arts majors register for 0181 each semester.

THEA 1101. THEATRE ARTS SYMPOSIUM. 1 Hour.

An orientation to academic and professional theatre skills and resources. This course is graded pass/fail.

THEA 1140. PRIVATE LESSONS IN VOICE-MUSICAL THEATRE. 1 Hour.

This sequence of courses is required of students who are pursuing the BFA in Musical Theatre. These courses may not be used as substitute voice lessons for those students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. Offered as MUSI 1140 and THEA 1140; credit will be granted only in one department. Prerequisite: Open to Musical Theatre majors only or by permission of the Department Chair.

THEA 1141. PRIVATE LESSONS IN VOICE-MUSICAL THEATRE. 1 Hour.

This sequence of courses is required of students who are pursuing the BFA in Musical Theatre. These courses may not be used as substitute voice lessons for those students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. Offered as MUSI 1141 and THEA 1141; credit will be granted only in one department. Prerequisite: C or better in MUSI 1140 or THEA 1140. Open to Musical Theatre majors only or by permission of the Department Chair.

THEA 1302. VOCAL FUNDAMENTALS. 3 Hours. (TCCN = DRAM 2336)

Introduction to the fundamentals of vocal production for the stage and oral communication skills in presentations, including interaction in the classroom setting to meet the needs of course work. Emphasis on relaxation, breathing techniques, the creation of vocal sound, the interconnection of voice and body, and the use of acceptable grammar and pronunciation in formal presentations. Credit for THEA 1302 will not be granted to B.F.A. students in the performance option.

THEA 1303. FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION. 3 Hours.

The fundamentals of vocal performance as it relates to effective oral communication. Students develop ideas for the purpose of communication and learn effective techniques for clarity of expression, ideas, and message while considering the effect on an audience. Theatrical communication techniques are one of several skill sets taught. Oral, aural, written, and visual literacy are all explored, with intense focus on oral presentation. This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Communication.

THEA 1304. STAGECRAFT I. 3 Hours. (TCCN = DRAM 1330)

An introduction to all areas of theatre craft, technology, and production. The development and application of technical skills, production organization, and an orientation to production facilities, equipment, and materials.

THEA 1305. INTRODUCTION TO THEATRICAL DESIGN. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of design elements, theory and practice as applied to costume, scenic, properties, lighting, and sound design. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THEA 1307. ACTING I: BASIC TECHNIQUES. 3 Hours. (TCCN = DRAM 1351)

Study and exercise in fundamentals of the actor's craft utilizing the Stanislavsky Method. Emphasis on the development of basic acting techniques including: characterization, objectives, beats, action, and script analysis. Performance requirements include improvisation, monologues, and scene study. Attendance at productions outside of the classroom may be required.

THEA 1342. THEATRE AND FILM APPRECIATION. 3 Hours.

Develops awareness of and appreciation for dramatic art as reflected in theatre and film. Designed to increase the student's enjoyment and knowledge of drama and its historical, social and cultural contexts. Students may be required to attend plays. Theatre Arts BFA and BA majors and minors may not use this course in place of THEA 1343. This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

THEA 1343. INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE. 3 Hours. (TCCN = DRAM 1310)

Acquaints the student with major phases of theatrical activity and production research. Considers the duties and contributions of director, actor, scene designer, costumer, and others involved in play production. Students may be required to attend and review productions. This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

THEA 2140. PRIVATE LESSONS IN VOICE-MUSICAL THEATRE. 1 Hour.

This sequence of courses is required of students who are pursuing the BFA in Musical Theatre. These courses may not be used as substitute voice lessons for those students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. Offered as MUSI 2140 and THEA 2140; credit will be granted only in one department. Prerequisite: C or better in MUSI 1141 or THEA 1141. Open to Musical Theatre majors only or by permission of the Department Chair.

THEA 2141. PRIVATE LESSONS IN VOICE-MUSICAL THEATRE. 1 Hour.

This sequence of courses is required of students who are pursuing the BFA in Musical Theatre. These courses may not be used as substitute voice lessons for those students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. Offered as MUSI 2141 and THEA 2141; credit will be granted only in one department. Prerequisite: C or better in MUSI 2140 or THEA 2140. Open to Musical Theatre majors only or by permission of the Department Chair.

THEA 2306. COSTUME TECHNOLOGY. 3 Hours. (TCCN = DRAM 1342)

Introduction to the process and application of the fundamental skills of costuming and costume design preparation methods.

THEA 2337. IMPROVISATION. 3 Hours.

The study of modern improvisational skills and techniques for the performer, director, playwright, and instructor.

THEA 2352. ACTING II: SCENE STUDY. 3 Hours. (TCCN = DRAM 1352)

Acting technique exercise to enhance and develop acting skills through scene study. Methods of characterization, research, and role preparation. Prerequisite: THEA 1307 and permission of instructor.

THEA 3140. PRIVATE LESSONS IN VOICE-MUSICAL THEATRE. 1 Hour.

This sequence of courses is required of students who are pursuing the BFA in Musical Theatre. These courses may not be used as substitute voice lessons for those students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. Offered as MUSI 3140 and THEA 3140; credit will be granted only in one department. Prerequisite: C or better in MUSI 2141 or THEA 2141. Open to Musical Theatre majors only or by permission of the Department Chair.

THEA 3141. PRIVATE LESSONS IN VOICE-MUSICAL THEATRE. 1 Hour.

This sequence of courses is required of students who are pursuing the BFA in Musical Theatre. These courses may not be used as substitute voice lessons for those students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. Offered as MUSI 3141 and THEA 3141; credit will be granted only in one department. Prerequisite: C or better in MUSI 3140 or THEA 3140. Open to Musical Theatre majors only or by permission of the Department Chair.

THEA 3300. DIRECTING I. 3 Hours.

The techniques of staging plays. Play interpretation, casting, rehearsal procedure, staging, and the role of the director in character analysis and creation. Prerequisite: THEA 1305, THEA 1307, THEA 1343, THEA 3309 and permission of faculty.

THEA 3301. SCENE DESIGN I. 3 Hours.

History, theory, and basic concepts of design methods with application for stage, television, and film. Aesthetic skills of color, line, texture, and form, and the interactions of these elements. Mechanics and techniques of illustration and rendering of design ideas. Prerequisites: THEA 1304, THEA 1305, THEA 1343, THEA 3309, THEA 3318, and permission of instructor.

THEA 3302. FILM STUDIES. 3 Hours.

Principles of film study, including history, genre, aesthetics, theory, and criticism of U.S. and international films. Lecture and discussion, including the viewing of selected films.

THEA 3303. SOUND DESIGN. 3 Hours.

The study of the fundamentals of sound design as related to the theatrical production environment. The study of basic sound design tools and the practical application of these tools through project work. Prerequisites: THEA 1305, THEA 3316, or permission of instructor.

THEA 3304. STAGECRAFT II. 3 Hours.

An overview of and hands-on training in advanced production techniques, including metalworking and welding, theatrical rigging, automation principles, advanced wood joinery, and fabrication utilizing new materials, as well as an in-depth study of theatrical safety practices. Prerequisites: THEA 1304 or permission of instructor.

THEA 3305. LIGHTING DESIGN I. 3 Hours.

The study of basic design principles and techniques and their application in theatrical lighting design. The practical application of computer-aided design tools and the use of theatrical lighting equipment in realized design projects. Prerequisites: THEA 1305, THEA 3316, and THEA 3318 or permission of instructor.

THEA 3306. SCENE PAINTING FOR THE STAGE. 3 Hours.

Instructional and demonstrative approaches to scenic painting for the stage. Prerequisite: THEA 1304 or permission of instructor.

THEA 3307. COSTUME HISTORY. 3 Hours.

Historical styles and trends of fashion to the present as applied to stage, television, and film.

THEA 3308. ACTING III: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA. 3 Hours.

An advanced acting course to acquire performance technique on camera. Previously taught as THEA 4308. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: THEA 1307, THEA 2352, and permission of instructor.

THEA 3309. SCRIPT ANALYSIS. 3 Hours.

An investigation of dramatic structure from the points of view of the director, actor and designer. Elements of dramatic theory are included.

THEA 3310. CREATIVE DRAMA. 3 Hours.

The theory and practice of creative dramatics exercises and activities. The application of the artistic elements in creative drama and interdisciplinary applications of creative drama activities.

THEA 3311. DIALECTS IN PERFORMANCE. 3 Hours.

The study and application of selected dialects for performance. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THEA 3312. THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES. 3 Hours.

The theory and practice of creating and producing plays for young audiences. Students shall be required to act in selected works.

THEA 3314. VOICE AND MOVEMENT. 3 Hours.

An intermediate course in vocal production and its integration with movement. Primarily focuses on articulation, breath support, and voice/movement interaction. Only Theatre Arts majors or minors may enroll. Prerequisite: Must be a Theatre Arts major or minor; permission of advisor.

THEA 3315. THEATRICAL MAKEUP. 3 Hours.

Types, styles, and techniques of make-up application for stage, television, and film.

THEA 3316. LIGHTING AND SOUND TECHNOLOGY. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the equipment, technologies, terminology, and careers in the theatrical areas of lighting and sound. Examines the theories and application of optical control and distribution, the physics of audio, distribution of acoustical energy, and lighting color theory.

THEA 3317. SINGING FOR THE ACTOR I. 3 Hours.

An applied study of the vocal apparatus, vocal placement, the voice/body relationship, character, working with text, phrasing, and auditioning as they relate to singing in musical theatre for the Broadway or West End theatre. Emphasis is placed on integrating singing and acting skills. Prerequisites: THEA 1307 or permission of faculty. Same as offering MUSI 3317; may not be repeated and credit will only be granted in one department.

THEA 3318. DRAFTING FOR THE ARTS. 3 Hours.

The principles and application of computer-aided drafting techniques for the entertainment industry.

THEA 3320. PLAYWRITING I. 3 Hours.

The art and craft of constructing a play. Students write playlets, scenes, and one-act plays for in-house performance and/or instructor evaluation.

THEA 3340. MOVEMENT PERFORMANCE I: FUNDAMENTALS. 3 Hours.

Development of movement techniques and movement performances. Freeing the body through exercises and experiences in relaxation, physical awareness, and movement through space. Focus on body awareness and the release of habitual patterns that restrict the body (formerly titled Performance Fundamentals II: Movement). Prerequisite: THEA 1307 and permission of faculty.

THEA 3341. ACTING IV: ADVANCED ACTING & PORTFOLIO. 3 Hours.

The development and presentation of a professional audition with an additional emphasis on advanced character development, acting as a business, entrepreneurial opportunities, and the planning and research needed to establish an acting career in a city or region. Prerequisite: THEA 1303, THEA 1307, THEA 1343, THEA 2352, THEA 3309 and permission of faculty.

THEA 3346. STAGE COMBAT. 3 Hours.

An introduction to stage combat. Students will safely explore the choreographed illusion of stage violence through the skills of unarmed and armed combat.

THEA 3351. ROBOTS, DIGITAL HUMANITIES, AND THEATRE. 3 Hours.

Lecture and applied practices of the emerging emotional interaction between robots and humans utilizing theatrical methodologies. Course will emphasize human and robot interactions from interdisciplinary approaches including cultural, historical, sociological, health-care, performing arts and a persons with disabilities framework.

THEA 3355. ALL IN: UNIVERSAL ACCESSIBILITY IN THE PERFORMING ARTS. 3 Hours.

The principles of universal design as they apply to the major phases of production in the performing arts, and how they may be used to create a more accessible performance and/or production experience with disabled artists and patrons. Offered as THEA 3355 and DS 3355; may not be repeated and credit will only be granted in one department.

THEA 3360. GENDER AND THE PERFORMING ARTS. 3 Hours.

Examines the role of gender in the performing arts, including theory and practice focused on gender. Additional topics may include female pioneers in the performing arts, the image of gender in different media, the way gender affects actors and artists, and the effect of cultural definitions of gender on audience reception. Offered as THEA 3360 and WOMS 3360. Credit will be granted only once.

THEA 3361. WOMEN IN THEATRE. 3 Hours.

Examines the history, theory, and practice of women in theatre. Pioneering female writers, directors, producers, actors, designers, and activists will be explored as will their influence upon drama in its historical, social, and cultural contexts. Students will also be introduced to theory that examines female characters in plays and their impact on the artist and audience. Offered as THEA 3361 and WOMS 3361. Credit will be granted only once.

THEA 3387. ART DIRECTION I. 3 Hours.

The history, theory, and basic concepts of art direction methods and basic construction techniques for television and film. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty.

THEA 4140. PRIVATE LESSONS IN VOICE-MUSICAL THEATRE. 1 Hour.

This sequence of courses is required of students who are pursuing the BFA in Musical Theatre. These courses may not be used as substitute voice lessons for those students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. Offered as MUSI 4140 and THEA 4140; credit will be granted only in one department. Prerequisite: C or better in MUSI 3141 or THEA 3141. Open to Musical Theatre majors only or by permission of the Department Chair.

THEA 4141. PRIVATE LESSONS IN VOICE-MUSICAL THEATRE. 1 Hour.

This sequence of courses is required of students who are pursuing the BFA in Musical Theatre. These courses may not be used as substitute voice lessons for those students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. Offered as MUSI 4141 and THEA 4141; credit will be granted only in one department. Prerequisite: C or better in MUSI 4140 or THEA 4140. Open to Musical Theatre majors only or by permission of the Department Chair.

THEA 4300. DIRECTING II. 3 Hours.

Continuation of THEA 3300. Students will direct scenes and/or one-act plays. Prerequisite: THEA 3300 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4301. ACTING V: ADVANCED ACTING ENSEMBLE. 3 Hours.

Students will perform solo and/or group performances devised from their own and/or other artists' research and development in a collaborative, ensemble environment. Prerequisite: THEA 1307, THEA 2352, and permission of faculty.

THEA 4302. STAGE MANAGEMENT AND THEATRE ADMINISTRATION. 3 Hours.

Managerial activities and responsibilities applicable to community or professional theatre. Prerequisite: THEA 1343 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4303. CLASSICAL THEATRE HISTORY. 3 Hours.

The development of world theatre from its beginnings through the Renaissance. Analysis of representative plays of each period with particular emphasis on drama in its historical context. History of acting, costuming, and directing. Prerequisite: THEA 1343 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4304. MODERN THEATRE HISTORY. 3 Hours.

The development of Western theatre from the Renaissance to the present. Analysis of representative plays from Europe, England, and America. Development of the modern stage, acting methods, and production techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 1343 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4305. SCENE DESIGN II. 3 Hours.

Continuation of THEA 3301. Distinctions among stage, television, and film design, interaction of one with another, advanced methods, and application of scene design concepts. Prerequisite: THEA 3301 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4306. LIGHTING DESIGN II. 3 Hours.

Specialized topics and advanced design technique and application principles. Participation on light crews in departmental productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 3305 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4310. MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY. 3 Hours.

The history, development, and contemporary manifestations of the musical theatre art form in America and London's West End, and its relation to the continually changing social milieu. The course follows the development of musical theatre from its inception to the present.

THEA 4311. SHAKESPEARE AND VERSE IN PERFORMANCE. 3 Hours.

The study and performance of iambic pentameter and verse as found in Shakespearean and verse plays. Prerequisite: THEA 1303 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4314. ADVANCED PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES. 3 Hours.

An advanced examination of theatre craft, technology, and production. Prerequisite: THEA 3304.

THEA 4315. SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP DESIGN. 3 Hours.

The examination of styles and techniques of specialty makeup applications for the stage and how these relate to television and film.

THEA 4317. SINGING FOR THE ACTOR II. 3 Hours.

The advanced study of musical theatre performance as it relates to the integration of acting, singing and dance skills into an effective performance. The script, score, character, vocal demands, and movement requirements of both solo and ensemble works will be studied, and the works will be performed in a culminating, musical revue-styled performance. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: THEA 1307 and THEA 3317, or permission of instructor.

THEA 4320. STAGE WELDING, RIGGING, AND FABRICATION. 3 Hours.

Styles and techniques of welding, rigging, and specialized materials fabrication for the stage and in video and film production. Prerequisite: THEA 1304, and permission of instructor.

THEA 4322. PLAYWRITING II. 3 Hours.

The art and craft of constructing a full-length, two-act play. Course content will include references to the work of major playwrights and playwriting theory. Students will receive course content through a combination of class lectures and one-on-one writing conferences with the instructor. Prerequisites: THEA 3320 or permission of faculty.

THEA 4330. U.S. THEATRE HISTORY. 3 Hours.

The evolution of theatre in the United States from its beginning in colonial times to the present day. Representative plays from various periods are studied.

THEA 4333. MUSICAL THEATRE PORTFOLIO AND SHOWCASE. 3 Hours.

Advanced principles of character development for musical theatre are explored with emphasis on the development of a role through script, music, and character analysis. The semester is structured toward the development of an actor's final portfolio culminating in an audition context presentation or showcase. Prerequisite: THEA 2352, THEA 4317, DNCE 3335 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4340. MOVEMENT PERFORMANCE II: PHYSICAL THEATRE. 3 Hours.

The study and performance of physical theatre techniques. Prerequisites: THEA 3340 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4343. COSTUME DESIGN. 3 Hours.

Theory and practice of costume design and application of those principles to theatrical production. Prerequisites: THEA 1343, THEA 1305, THEA 3309, or permission of instructor.

THEA 4344. PORTFOLIO AND RENDERING. 3 Hours.

The application of the principles of developing and disseminating professional materials in the 21st century, including résumés, business cards, digital portfolios, and web-based portfolios. Includes developing interview skills and practices, accounting for the independent contractor, job searching, and research into unions on the theatrical industry. The lab component focuses on rendering techniques, both traditional and digital.

THEA 4345. SUMMER THEATRE ACTIVITIES. 3 Hours.

The study and application of specialized production and performance activities in a summer repertory theatre setting.

THEA 4346. THEATRICAL WEAPONRY. 3 Hours.

This course fosters a practical and theoretical understanding for the process of creating the illusion of safe and credible violence for the stage. Emphasis is placed on textual characterization and working with the weapons most frequently used in stage violence. Depending upon the semester, the student may be trained in broadsword, single rapier, rapier and dagger, small sword, or quarterstaff.

THEA 4387. ART DIRECTION II. 3 Hours.

An applied course in art direction methods, construction practices and techniques in video and film production. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty.

THEA 4391. CONFERENCE COURSE. 3 Hours.

Topics assigned on an individual basis covering individual research or study in a designated area. May be repeated as the topic changes. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

THEA 4393. SPECIAL TOPICS. 3 Hours.

Special studies in drama and theatre. Topic varies from semester to semester. May be repeated as topic changes or until a maximum of six credit hours is attained. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

THEA 4394. HONORS THESIS/SENIOR PROJECT. 3 Hours.

Required of all students in the University Honors College. During the senior year, the student must complete a thesis or project of equivalent difficulty under the direction of a faculty member in the major department.

THEA 4395. THEATRE INTERNSHIP LEVEL I. 3 Hours.

Individual research through working with a professional theatre or performing arts organization. Individual conference to be arranged. Prerequisites: Theatre Arts major with permission of instructor and department chair. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

THEA 4695. THEATRE INTERNSHIP LEVEL 2. 6 Hours.

Individual research through working with a professional theatre or performing arts organization. Individual conference between sponsor and departmental advisor required. Prerequisites: Theatre Arts major with permission of instructor and department chair. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

THEA 4995. THEATRE INTERNSHIP LEVEL 3. 9 Hours.

Individual research through working with a professional theatre or performing arts organization. Individual conference between sponsor and departmental advisor required. Prerequisites: Theatre Arts major with permission of instructor and department chair. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

THEA 5391. CONFERENCE COURSE. 3 Hours.

Topics assigned on an individual basis covering individual research or study in a designated area. May be repeated as the topic changes. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THEA 5393. TOPICS IN THEATRE ARTS. 3 Hours.

Special topics in theatre; offered periodically, with subject matter determined by instructor and student interest. Previous topics have included: Design Portfolio Workshop; Alternative Actor Training Workshop; Playwriting; Improvisation; and Styles in Acting.