Courses

THEA 100: Introduction to Theatre Arts
3.0 Credits
An introductory survey of the history, aesthetics, and literature of the theatre, and the various areas of theatrical production. Fall and Spring.


THEA 111: Acting I
4.0 Credits
An introduction to the techniques of dramatic expression utilizing the body, voice, and imagination. Structured play exercise helps the beginner to overcome physical/vocal inhibitions, and develop a sense of trust and teamwork within the group. Scene work is approached using beats, intentions, scores of physical actions, obstacles, and subtext. The class concludes with a recital to provide practical experience in rehearsal and performance. Fall and Spring.


THEA 120: Movement for Performers
3.0 Credits
An introduction to expressively engaging the entire physical instrument in life and performance. Coursework focuses on a variety of techniques designed to develop an increased range of physical and vocal expression. The course features experimentation in a studio setting and practical/creative application through rehearsal and performance. Fall, odd years.


THEA 124: Ballet I
2.0 Credits
Beginning instruction in ballet. This course includes the technique, vocabulary and history of classical ballet. May be repeated. Fall.


THEA 125: Jazz Dance I
2.0 Credits
Beginning and continuing instruction in jazz dance. This course includes the technique, vocabulary and history of the genre. May be repeated. Fall.


THEA 132: Stagecraft
4.0 Credits
The theory and practice of the construction and painting of scenery and props, the fundamentals of stage lighting, and the organization of technical work in the theatre. Includes a lab component. Fall.


THEA 134: Costume Construction
3.0 Credits
In this class we will seek to understand the overall breadth of the field, with an introduction to its areas of specialization; beginning stitching, patterning, and crafting techniques, and individual contributions to the work of the Gonzaga Costume Shop, as well as a personal construction project. Fall and Spring.


THEA 200: Theatre History
3.0 Credits
A study of the theatre as an expression of life and culture from a primitive ritual to the 21st century. Theatre literature, performance practice, and theatre architecture will be studied within the larger context of the culture form which the various types of theatrical expression are derived. Fall, odd years.

Prerequisite: THEA 100 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 216: Advanced Acting
4.0 Credits
An intensive study of the acting process building on skills developed in Acting I (THEA 111). The course focuses on character development in psychological realism and other modern forms and is intended to expand the actor's range with both scene and monologue work, as well as to expand skills in voice/body integration and script analysis. Spring.

Prerequisite: THEA 111 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 224: Contemporary Modern Dance I
2.0 Credits
Analysis and theory of modern dance with an emphasis on basic technique and movement exploration. Includes a study of the evolution of modern dance and its past and present pioneers. May be repeated. Fall.


THEA 230: Topics in Dance
1.0 - 2.0 Credits
Topics in Dance. Periodic offering.


THEA 235: Design Process
3.0 Credits
This course covers the fundamentals of the process of designing for the theatre - developing the design from the initial script study through the collaborative process in design meetings. Learning how to “see” and developing points of view and approaches are studied. The course will also cover the business of design, working in regional theatres and other professional venues. Fall, even years.


THEA 237: Costume and Fashion Design
3.0 Credits
This course examines the role of costume design in the performance storytelling process for stage and fashion. Utilizing classic design principles and tools, including color theory and artistic media, we will explore turning texts into visual images through script analysis, character interpretation, use of historical dress, and artistic inspirations. Spring, even years.


THEA 239: Lighting Design
3.0 Credits
An introduction to the technical procedures, equipment, organization, drafting, and design principles of theatrical lighting. Students will design and execute lighting for main stage productions. Spring.


THEA 240: Theatre for Young Audiences
3.0 Credits
An introduction to the artistic, pedagogical, and entrepreneurial methods for producing theatre for (and with) young audiences. Coursework features practical rehearsal and performance, a survey of major Theatre for Young Audience plays, applied theatre techniques, and curriculum development. This class is intended for students seeking to become teachers (inside and outside of theatre arts classrooms) and those interested in performing for K-12 audiences. Spring, even years.


THEA 253: Directing I
3.0 Credits
The fundamental techniques of play analysis, actor communication, and composition are introduced and applied to model plays. Organizational, leadership, and conceptual skills are developed as students audition, cast, and rehearse chosen scenes from the modern realistic repertoire for performance. Fall.

Prerequisite: THEA 111 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 260: Technical Lab
1.0 Credits
Introductory level participation in one or more phases of the technical production process (set construction, costume construction, lighting, sound, etc.).


THEA 261: Performance Lab
1.0 Credits
Performance of a role in a main stage theatre production.


THEA 316: Acting For The Camera
4.0 Credits
With experience of basic acting techniques in hand, the student actor works in front of the camera to meet the challenges of electronic media. Simplicity of presentation, performance of the authentic person, and active listening are key skills. Work is in a variety of forms, from feature films to public service announcements. The class concludes with a public showing of student work. Periodic offering.

Prerequisite: THEA 111 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 320: Ballet II
3.0 Credits
This intermediate course in ballet focuses on technique, vocabulary, and choreography. Student participants in public performance. May be repeated. Spring.

Prerequisite: THEA 124 Minimum Grade: D or THEA 226 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 321: Jazz Dance II
3.0 Credits
This intermediate course in jazz dance focuses on technique, vocabulary, choreography and performance studies. Dancers participate in public performances of the spring dance concert. May be repeated. Spring.

Prerequisite: THEA 125 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 322: Musical Theatre Dance
3.0 Credits
Examination of the unique history of musical theatre dance. Practice in the techniques and choreographic styles required for performance in musicals. Dancer will participate in the annual spring dance concert. May be repeated. Spring, even years.


THEA 323: Urban Dance
3.0 Credits
This intermediate dance course introduces the history and physical styles of hip hop, fusion, funk and world dance. This performance based course includes a public performance in the spring dance concert. Completion of THEA 125 Jazz I recommended. Spring, odd years.


THEA 332: Scenic Design
3.0 Credits
Theory and application of the process used to design theatrical scenery. Students will begin to develop and apply skills in script analysis, theatre drafting, model building, collage, and research techniques with the intent to design scenery for live theatre performance. Fall, odd years.


THEA 354: Directing II
3.0 Credits
With a foundation in conceptualization, play analysis, actor communication, and design, student directors will create a vision for a short play. Student directors cast their shows and collaborate with a design team to realize the production in a public performance. Emphasis is placed on building conceptually rich, unified productions and the development of an individual creative voice. Spring.

Prerequisite: THEA 253 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 497: Internship
1.0 - 3.0 Credits
Professional work experience in theatre related field. Fall, Spring, and Summer.


THEA 490 – 494: Directed Study
1.0 - 3.0 Credits
Students will take leadership in one of the following areas of applied theatrical production: stage management, lighting design, scenic design, sound design, costume design or directing.


THEA 498: Senior Project I
1.0 Credits
All seniors must participate in a fourth year project, a senior capstone course to fulfill this requirement in order to graduate. Fall.


THEA 499: Senior Project II
1.0 Credits
All seniors must participate in a fourth year project, a senior capstone course to fulfill this requirement in order to graduate. Spring.

Prerequisite: THEA 498 Minimum Grade: D


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