Theatre Performance and Production (THP)

THP 401 Theatre Practicum. (1–3) F, S, SS
Performance and production assignments for advanced students of acting, technical production, stage and business management, and design. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 406 Scenography. (3) N
The process of production collaboration. Taught in conjunction with THP 419. Prerequisites: THP 430, 440, and 445 or instructor approval.

THP 410 Acting: Advanced Classical Scene Study. (3) S
Rehearsal and performance of period, classical, and nonrealistic plays. Emphasis on delivery of poetic language. Prerequisites: THP 310 and acting emphasis or written instructor approval.

THP 411 Advanced Studies in Improvisation with Youth. (3) S
Application of theories, techniques, and materials. Regular participation with children. Prerequisite: THP 311 or instructor approval.

THP 414 Directing: The Production Concept. (2) A
Play analysis, development, and implementation of the director's concept. Studio. Prerequisites: THP 315 and instructor approval.

THP 415 Directing the Actor. (3) A
Practical applications of directing for the stage. Rehearsal and presentation of scenes and short plays. Prerequisites: THP 414 and instructor approval.

THP 419 Pre-production Workshop: Director/Designer Collaboration. (3) A
Study and practice of the collaborative process necessary for developing a production concept. Various styles (realism, nonrealism, theatre for youth). Taught in conjunction with THP 406/506; cannot be enrolled concurrently with THP 406 or 506. Prerequisite: THP 415 or written instructor approval.

THP 430 Costume Design. (3) N
Principles of costume design, with projects in both modern and period styles. Prerequisite: THP 330.

THP 431 Advanced Costume Construction. (3) A
Specialized training in costume construction problems and crafts with projects in tailoring, millinery, and period accessories. Prerequisites: THP 330 and 331 or instructor approval.

THP 435 Advanced Technical Theatre. (3) A
Selection of materials, drafting of working drawings, tool operation, and construction techniques. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. Prerequisites: THP 340 and 345 or instructor approval.

THP 440 Advanced Scene Design. (3) A
Advanced studio projects in designing scenery for a variety of stage forms. Prerequisite: THP 340 or instructor approval.

THP 441 Scene Painting. (3) N
Studio projects in painting stage scenery. Prerequisite: THP 340 or instructor approval.

THP 442 Drawing. (3) N
Techniques in drawing and rendering for scenic, costume, and lighting design. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 444 Drafting for the Stage. (3) N
Fundamentals of and practice in graphic techniques for the stage. Introduction to Computer Aided Design for the stage. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours studio. Prerequisites: THP 213; instructor approval.

THP 445 Advanced Lighting Design. (3) N
Specialized techniques in stage lighting, including Computer Aided Design. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. Prerequisite: THP 345 or instructor approval.

THP 450 Theatre Organization and Management. (3) N
Box office, publicity, production budgeting, and house management procedures. Prerequisite: THE 104 with a grade of "C" or better.

THP 460 Playwrights Workshop. (3) F, S
Practice and study of creating characters, dialogue, scenes, plays, and monologues for the stage. May be repeated for credit. Studio, lecture. Prerequisite: written instructor approval.

THP 461 Scripts-in-Progress. (3) F, S
Studio work with the instructor, centered on revisions of original plays. Preparing the script for productions, and rewriting while in production. May be repeated for credit. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 460 or written instructor approval.

THP 472 Advanced Movement for the Stage. (2) F
Movement techniques for the classical and nonrealistic theatre. Prerequisites: THP 370; acting emphasis or instructor approval.

THP 477 Advanced Voice for the Stage. (2) F
Exercises to develop vocal flexibility and power; mastery of elevated American diction and language skills applied to classical and nonrealistic drama. Prerequisites: THP 370; acting emphasis or instructor approval.

THP 481 Secondary School Play Production. (3) F
Methods of directing, designing, and coordinating play production experiences at the secondary school. Off-campus practicum. Prerequisites: THP 315 and acceptance to the Professional Teacher Preparation Program or written instructor approval.

THP 494 Special Topics. (1–4) A
Topics may be selected from the following:
(a) Advanced Acting Techniques
(b) Curriculum and Supervision of Theatre in the School K–12
(c) Puppetry in Performance
(d) Storytelling
(e) Advanced Scene Painting
(f) Technical Theatre III
(g) Properties and Dressings Design and Construction
(h) Video and Industrial Scene Design
(i) Advanced Stage Management

THP 498 Pro-Seminar. (1–6) A Topics may be selected from the following:
(a) Projects:
Scenery Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Properties Design
Technical Direction
(b) Directing
(c) Stage Management
(d) Theatre in Education
(e) Theatre for Youth Tour
Prerequisite: written instructor approval.

THP 501 Acting I. (2) F
Development of fundamental techniques of concentration, listening, action, imagination, emotional preparation, and a common vocabulary. Studio. Prerequisite: admission to M.F.A. Acting program or instructor approval.

THP 502 Acting II. (3) S
Script analysis and performance techniques for 18th and 20th century realism and naturalism. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 501 or instructor approval.

THP 503 Acting III. (3) F
Script analysis and performance techniques for style: Greek, Shakespearean, and Restoration. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 502 or instructor approval.

THP 504 Acting IV. (3) S
Performance techniques for the latest developments in the field: new scripts, new theatres, performance art, and new vaudeville. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 503 or instructor approval.

THP 506 Scenography. (3) N
The process of production collaboration. Taught in conjunction with THP 419. Prerequisite: theatre graduate standing or instructor approval.

THP 507 Speech I. (1) F
Development of precision for intelligibility; phonetic studies introduced as basis for standard speech, classical texts, and dialects. Studio. Prerequisite: Admission to M.F.A. Acting program or instructor approval.

THP 508 Multiethnic Workshop. (3) F, S
Advanced workshop for development and presentation of works originating out of American ethnic cultures. Lecture, lab.

THP 509 Singing for Actors. (1) F, S
Introduction of the basics of singing technique. Breath control, resonance, articulation, exploration, and expansion of singing range. May be repeated for credit. Studio. Prerequisite: admission to M.F.A. Acting program or instructor approval.

THP 510 Speech II. (2) A
Text analysis. Introduction to verse drama through the study of Shakespearean texts, including work on scansion, meaning, and structure of verse. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 507 or instructor approval.

THP 511 Improvisation with Youth Workshop. (3) S
Readings in textual materials for creative drama, alternative methods and materials for drama with children, and special populations. Practicum included. Prerequisites: THP 311 or graduate standing and instructor approval.

THP 512 Puppetry Workshop. (3) A
Survey of puppetry in education, puppetry as an art form in design, and performance. Lab fee required.

THP 515 Problems in Directing. (3) S
Analysis of common directing problems. Topics include: creating the ensemble, conceptual unity, metaphor, nonliteral strategies, and organizational responsibilities of the director. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 517 Stage Management Practicum. (3) F
Readings and research in stage management and participation as a stage manager in a University Theatre production. Prerequisite: written instructor approval.

THP 519 Directing: Works in Progress. (3) F
Advanced projects in directing concentrating on a collaborative process between director, playwright, actors, and designers. Focus is primarily on new scripts or adaptations of literature. May be repeated for credit. Studio, on-site practicum. Prerequisites: graduate standing; written instructor approval.

THP 530 Advanced Costume Design. (3) N
Advanced studio projects in costume design for a variety of production forms. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 540 Scene Design Applications. (3) N
Conceptual and practical application of the design process including graphic and sculptural projects. Practical design problems investigated in laboratory. Lab fee. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 545 Lighting Design Applications. (3) N
Advanced studio projects in stage lighting design. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 570 Movement I. (2) F
Development of a relaxed, neutral instrument and an exercise program to increase strength, stamina, and flexibility. Studio. Prerequisite: admission to M.F.A. Acting program or instructor approval.

THP 571 Movement II. (2) A
Development of the organic connection between the body and other primary actor tools: voice, imagination, emotions, and intellect. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 570 or instructor approval.

THP 572 Movement III. (3) F
Development of physical skills necessary to perform roles from various periods, largely focusing on Restoration, 18th century comedy, and Moliere. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 571 or instructor approval.

THP 573 Movement IV. (3) S
Development of special physical skills such as combat, tumbling, and prat falls, as well as movement demands to Shakespearean and Jacobean texts. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 572 or instructor approval.

THP 575 Voice I. (1) F
Development of a clear, resonant voice free of breathiness or pressing, through exercises in alignment, relaxation, breathing, and shaping the vocal tract. Focus on linking vocal, emotional, and physical release and avoiding inefficient vocal/emotional imploding. Studio. Prerequisite: admission to M.F.A. Acting program or instructor approval.

THP 576 Voice II. (2) S
Continued development of a resonant voice with a focus on tuning the resonator and energetic articulators. Introduction of vocal extension techniques in volume, pitch, and tonal coloration. Work on imagery and the emotive power of pure sounds in poetic and Greek texts. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 575 or instructor approval.

THP 577 Voice III. (2) F
Introduction to character voices. Work on nonrealistic texts, including Restoration, 18th century comedy, Moliere, and other style texts. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 576 or instructor approval.

THP 578 Voice IV. (2) S
Introduction to the demands of verse drama through the study of scansion and to the meaning and structure of verse in Elizabethan and Jacobean texts. Continued work on vocal extension with focus on vocal variety. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 577 or instructor approval.

THP 581 Speech III. (1) F
Continuation of studies in speech for improvement of intelligibility, diction, and dialects. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 510 or instructor approval.

THP 582 Speech IV. (1) S
Advanced studies in speech, phonetics and poetic language, concentrating on the works of William Shakespeare. Studio. Prerequisite: THP 581 or instructor approval.

THP 584 Internship. (1–3) A
Field research and on-site training in theatre for youth, community theatre, and production techniques. Prerequisite: written instructor approval.

THP 593 Applied Projects. (1–12) A
Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 594 Conference and Workshop in Child Drama. (3) A
Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 598 Special Topics. (1–4) A
Topics may be selected from the following:
(a) Acting;
(b) Directing;
(c) College Teaching: acting, movement, voice, dramatic analysis, puppetry, and improvisation with youth; or
(d) Works in progress: playwright, actor.
Lecture and studio.

THP 611 Improvisation with Youth Seminar. (3) A
Examination of current theory and practices in the field. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 618 Directing Practicum. (3) A
Practical experience in directing and producing an entire play or musical for young audiences. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 649 Design Studio. (3) F, S
Projects include design of scenery, costume, lighting, or sound for laboratory or mainstage productions. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 684 Internship. (3–6) F, S, SS
Field research in acting, improvisation with youth, theatre for youth, puppetry, and scenography. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 691 Seminar: Scenography. (3) N
Examination of and research into modern concepts and practices of scenography. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

THP 693 Applied Project. (1–12) F, S, SS
Final projects for M.F.A. Theatre candidates in acting, scenography, and theatre for youth. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

Omnibus Graduate Courses: See omnibus graduate courses that may be offered.

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