This 15-credit minor, available to non-Theater Studies majors only, is comprised of five required courses.

Required Courses (15 credits)

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Course Descriptions

  • THEAH1201 Understanding theater as live performance through lectures, discussion and experimentation with old and new ideas on staging and production. The student will explore the use of the stage and the function of music, movement, the actor's art and the director's art based on scripts from the Greeks through the time of Shakespeare. Spring

  • THEAH1202 Since the time of Shakespeare "Modern Theater" has blossomed and flourished all over the globe. Through lectures, readings, class discussions, viewings of live stage performances and films, students will explore trends that led to modern drama, including the golden age of Spain, German Romanticism, the poetic realism of Chekhov, Asian theatre, the American musical and avant garde theatre. Theater projects and theater trips. Offered every semester.

  • THEAH2255 Through writing and revising a play, students discover and explore the dramatic form. Emphasis is placed on the nature and development of conflict and strategies for resolution.

  • THEAH3337 Field trips to the varied and rich theatrical fare in the metropolitan area, including Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theater. Discussions explore various aspects of the plays and production. Students are responsible for transportation to and from theater location. Tickets are underwritten by grants from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

  • THEA1110 This course is designed to provide students with some basic acting techniques. Regardless of previous training and experience, if any, this class will give students a strong foundation on which to build in terms of concentration, focus, motivation, and presentation. This course will include physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation, conflict exercise, monologue and scene work. Emphasis will be placed on practical execution as well as academic theory.

  • THEA2005 A study of the basic theory and techniques of directing. Organization, basic staging and composition will be studied as well as script analysis, casting and working with actors.

  • THEA2250 Techniques of writing for motion pictures, television and the stage. A practical approach from concept to finished scripts. Students complete one work each semester. Advanced students also deal with the realities of marketing their work. Students may enroll for a total of two semesters. Fall, Spring