101-3 Theater Insight. (University Core Curriculum) [IAI Course: F1 907] Through lectures, discussions, projects, text readings and written critiques, students examine how plays are written and produced and how these plays reflect the people and cultures that produce them. Theater Insight fee: $13.
THEA103A - Beginning Ballet
103A-2 Beginning Ballet. Training in the vocabulary, traditions and techniques necessary for a strong foundation in ballet, especially as it relates to dance for the musical theater stage. Instructor approval required.
THEA103B - Beginning Tap Dance
103B-2 Beginning Tap Dance. Training in the vocabulary, history, traditions and techniques necessary for a strong foundation in tap dancing especially as it relates to dance for the musical theater stage. Instructor approval required.
THEA103C - Beginning Jazz Dance
103C-2 Beginning Jazz Dance. Training in the vocabulary, traditions and techniques necessary for a strong foundation in jazz dance especially as it relates to dance for the musical theater stage. Instructor approval required.
THEA103D - Beginning Modern Dance
103D-2 Beginning Modern Dance. Training in the vocabulary, traditions and techniques necessary for a strong foundation in modern dance especially as it relates to dance for the musical theater stage. Instructor approval required.
THEA203A - Intro to Voice & Movement
203A-3 Introduction to Voice and Movement. Fundamentals of vocal production and movement for the stage. Including breathing, kinesthetic awareness, vocal placement and resonance; physical storytelling.
THEA203B - Stage Speech and the IPA
203B-3 Stage Speech and The IPA. Fundamental use of the International Phonetic Alphabet as it pertains to standard stage speech.
THEA205 - Stage Make-Up
205-2 Stage Make-up. General survey covering design and application of makeup for the stage, including youth, middle and old age, texture, color, special effects, wigs and latex. $10 lab fee required.
THEA217 - Acting
217-3 Acting. Preparing the actor's instrument through basic acting technique; concentration/relaxation exercises; improvisations. The course objective is the discovery and development of the actor's inner resources. Contemporary American plays are studied from the actor's point of view.
THEA218A - Beginning Stagecraft-Scenery
218A-3 Beginning Stagecraft-Scenery. [IAI Course: TA 911] Fundamentals of scenic construction and state rigging, including basic tools and equipment. Each class has a practical laboratory requirement of 45 hours. $20 lab fee required.
THEA218B - Beginning Stagecraft-Lighting
218B-3 Beginning Stagecraft-Lighting. Fundamentals of stage lighting including instrument handling, focusing, basic electrical theory. Each class has a practical laboratory requirement of 45 hours. $20 lab fee required.
THEA218C - Beginning Stagecraft-Costumes
218C-3 Beginning Stagecraft-Costumes. Fundamentals of stage costume construction. Each class has a practical laboratory requirement of 45 hours. $20 lab fee required.
THEA220 - Freshman Theater Seminar
220-3 Freshman Theater Seminar. (University Core Curriculum course) Through lectures, discussions, projects, text readings and written critiques, students examine how plays are written and produced and how these plays reflect the people and cultures that produce them. Students are exposed to information skills and strategies necessary to succeed in the Department's academic and production programs. Strong focus on American plays and practice. Satisfies University Core Curriculum Fine Arts requirement in lieu of 101.
THEA260 - Internship
260-1 to 15 Internship. Outside departmental internship, which is, related to the major program but not part of a regular instructional course. Written reports are required of student and outside supervisor. Mandatory Pass/Fail. Special approval needed from the instructor. Up to 15 credits toward graduation.
THEA300 - Practicum
300-1 (up to 4 credits toward graduation) Practicum. Offers students an opportunity to increase their skills in stagecraft, stage lighting, and costumes by working on department productions. Prerequisites: THEA 220, THEA 217 with grades of C or better.
THEA303A - Movement for the Actor
303A-3 Movement for the Actor. Intermediate studies in stage movement. Prerequisite: THEA 203A and 217.
THEA303B - Voice for the Actor
303B-3 Voice for the Actor. Intermediate studies in stage voice, IPA, standard speech, text analysis, scansion, cold readings. Prerequisite: THEA 203A and THEA 203B.
THEA311A - Script Analysis
311A-3 Script Analysis. Development of basic skills in script analysis and application of these skills to a variety of forms through class discussions and written assignments. While focusing on theater scripts, this course is interdisciplinary, also examining film, video, and on-line media. Satisfies CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum requirement.
THEA311C - Fundamentals of Writing
311C-3 Fundamentals of Writing for the Stage and Screen. This course introduces basic writing skills for playwrights, scriptwriters, and performance artists. It focuses on techniques-such as plot structure, dialogue, and the manipulation of images-used in all dramatic media. Written exercises are submitted and discussed weekly to identify dramatic events and techniques. For final projects, students write a script for either a 10-minute play, 10-minute film, or a 10-minute solo performance. Prerequisite: THEA 311A.
THEA317A - Intermediate Acting
317A-3 Intermediate Acting. The study and application of Stanislavskian-based technique to the acting process. Coursework includes scene and monologue work. Prerequisite: THEA 203, THEA 217, THEA 303A, THEA 303B.
THEA317B - Intermediate Acting
317B-3 Intermediate Acting. The study and application of European realism in the development of the actor's process. Prerequisite: THEA 317A.
THEA322 - SIUC Summer Theater
322-1 to 12 (up to 12 credits toward graduation) SIUC Summer Theater. Practical experience in summer stock play production. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA323 - Musical Theater Dance I
323-1 (up to 3 credits toward graduation) Musical Theater Dance I. Developing and performing musical theater choreography using intermediate jazz, tap, ballet, social and modern dance skills. Prerequisites: THEA 103A, THEA 103B, THEA 103C and THEA 103D with grades of C or better.
THEA354A - History of the Theater
354A-3 History of the Theater. (Same as CLAS 354A) Theater history from the ancient Greek and Roman periods to the 17th century.
THEA354B - History of the Theater
354B-3 History of the Theater. Theater history from the 17th century to the present.
THEA390 - Independent Study
390-1 to 3 (up to 6 credits toward degree) Independent Study. Independent work on selected problems in academic or blend of academic and creative research. A maximum of three hours may be taken for a single project and a cumulative maximum of six hours may count toward the degree. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA400 - Production
400-1 or 2 (up to 6 credits toward graduation) Production. Practicum for support of major department productions in all areas. Roles in department productions may fulfill requirement.
THEA401A - Stage Management
401A-2 Stage Management. Study of the theories and skills required to successfully stage manage a theater production. Prerequisite: THEA 217 and THEA 218A or graduate standing, concurrent enrollment in THEA 401B required.
THEA401B - Stage Management Lab
401B-1 Stage Management Lab. Practical application of the theories and skills learned in the 401A course and applied on a department of theater production. Prerequisite: THEA 217 and THEA 218A or graduate standing, concurrent enrollment in THEA 401A required.
THEA402 - Directing Studio
402-3 to 6 Directing Studio. Introduction to the art of directing through examination of various genres. An exploration of the fundamentals of directing culminating in scene work and studio presentation. Advanced students will approach the directing process from play selection through dramaturgy to production and through the context of contemporary directing styles. Prerequisites: THEA 217 and THEA 311A with grades of C or better.
THEA403A - Advancd Movement for the Actor
403A-3 Advanced Movement for the Actor. Advanced studies in stage movement with special attention to period styles. Prerequisite: THEA 303A, THEA 317A, THEA 317B.
THEA403B - Advanced Voice for the Actor
403B-3 Advanced Voice for the Actor. Advanced studies in voice with special attention to stage dialects and advanced vocal techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 303B, THEA 317A.
THEA404 - Theater Management
404-3 Theater Management. Discussion of legal and financial aspects concerning the professional and community theaters of the United States. Consideration of and practice in managerial activities of an educational theater including administration, purchasing, and accounting practices, direct sales, publicity, promotion and public relations.
THEA406 - Properties Studio
406-3 (up to 9 credits toward graduation) Properties Studio. Beginning and advanced studio work in traditional and non-traditional crafts for theatrical events, including mask work, puppetry, stage furniture construction, upholstery, weaponry, armor, and special effects. Repeatable. Prerequisite: THEA 218A with a grade of C or better or graduate standing. Studio Fee: $60.
THEA407 - Scene Design
407-3 Scene Design. Technical and artistic aspects of scene design. Theory and practice. Prerequisite: THEA 218A, THEA 413 with a grade of C or better.
THEA409 - Scene Painting Studio
409-2 (up to 6 credits toward graduation) Scene Painting Studio. Studio work in basic and advanced scene painting techniques and materials. Projects include wood, drapery, foliage, marble, transparencies, scrim painting, dye painting, faux finishes, metal reflections, and murals. Repeatable. Prerequisite: THEA 218A or graduate standing. Studio fee: $65.
THEA410 - Children's Theater
410-9 Children's Theater. Theory and practice in performing theater for children. Class activities include lectures on various aspects of production as well as producing a touring children's play for local area schools. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA411C - New Play Acting
411C-3 New Play Development for the Actor. This class prepares undergraduate actors for a prominent feature of the U.S. theatre landscape: the new play workshop. This ensconced entity-somewhere between a production and a casual reading-is an economic and artistic powerhouse, not just for playwrights, but for all theatre artists, particularly the many actors who are paid to participate in the new play development process. This class imitates the methods and environments of the most prominent new play workshops in order to demystify a process that can be both artistically satisfying and lucrative for actors. Prerequisites: THEA 217 and THEA 220 with grades of C or better.
THEA411D - Video Games: Performance
411D-3 Video Games: The Performance of Play. This course examines the fastest growing performance genre: video games. The course is designed to introduce students to the study of video games as a social, political, and cultural phenomenon. Drawing upon scholarship from across disciplines, students will play video games in order to examine how the interplay between video games and performance contribute to the construction of social identities such as race, gender, class, sexual identity, and more. In other words, this class uses the performance studies techniques to analyze how video games contribute to our understanding of the world.
THEA412 - Patterning and Draping
412-2 Patterning and Draping for the Theater. This course introduces the theatrical costume design and technical student to the basics of pattern development and construction techniques used to develop a 3-dimensional theatrical costume, with focus on giving the student a working knowledge of costume production, flat patterning, and draping techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a minimum grade of C or graduate standing. Studio fee: $25.
THEA413 - Drafting for the Theater
413-6 (3,3) Drafting for the Theater. Development of the student's skill in scenographic techniques including ground plans, sections, elevations, and detail construction drawings. Prerequisite: THEA 218A with a minimum grade of C.
THEA414 - Costume Design
414-3 Costume Design. Technical and artistic aspects of costume design. Development of the design process, understanding and use of color theory and fabric, and practice of costume drawing techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a minimum grade of C or graduate standing.
THEA415A - Costume Crafts I
415A-2 Costume Crafts I. This course focuses on advanced skills in costume technology and crafts. In this semester, a variety of fabric dyeing and fabric modification techniques are taught and practiced, culminating in a final project that incorporates several techniques in one. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a grade of B or better or graduate standing. Craft fee: $50.
THEA415B - Costume Crafts II
415B-2 Costume Crafts II. This course focuses on advanced skills in costume technology and crafts. In this semester, techniques for setting and styling wigs, and techniques for millinery (making hats) are taught and practiced, culminating in a final project that combines both wig styling and millinery. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a grade of B or better or graduate standing. Craft fee: $50.
THEA415C - Costume Crafts III
415C-2 Costume Crafts III. This course focuses on advanced skills in costume technology and crafts. In this semester, the theme of armor is explored as a variety of techniques for working with thermoplastics, foam and chainmail are taught and practiced, as well as a brief unit in jewelry making. The course culminates in a final project that incorporates several techniques in one. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a grade of B or better or graduate standing. Craft fee: $50.
THEA415D - Costume Crafts IV
415D-2 Costume Crafts IV. This course focuses on advanced skills in costume technology and crafts. In this semester, students will make a corset, and other period accessories. The course culminates in a final project that incorporates several techniques in one. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a grade of B or better or graduate standing. Craft fee: $50.
THEA416A - Structural Design I
416A-3 Structural Design for the Stage Part I. An in-depth study of the art and practice of structural design for the stage including forces, stresses, strains, load analysis, geometric properties of materials and simple beam design. Prerequisite: THEA 218A with a minimum grade of C or graduate standing.
THEA416B - Structural Design II
416B-3 Structural Design for the Stage Part II. Continued study of the art and practice of structural design for the stage including beam design, column and tension member design and combined loading design for sawn lumber and steel materials. Prerequisite: THEA 218A (or graduate standing) and 416A with minimum grades of C or special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA417 - Advanced Acting
417-3 (up to 6 credits toward graduation) Advanced Acting. Utilization of the actor's process in the performance of various theories and styles of acting. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: THEA 317B or graduate standing.
THEA418 - Lighting Design
418-3 Lighting Design. Investigation of stage lighting design, theory and professional practice. Special attention to color theory and its application to stage lighting. Lecture/Laboratory. Prerequisite: THEA 218B (or graduate standing) and THEA 413 with grades of C or better.
THEA419 - Technical Direction
419-3 Technical Direction. Advanced study of principles and procedures of scenic construction and stage rigging. Includes scene shop organization, materials, and specialized stage equipment; preparation for professional technical direction. Lecture and laboratory to be arranged. Prerequisite: THEA 218A (or graduate standing) and THEA 413 with grades of C or better.
THEA420 - Senior Seminar
420-1 Senior Seminar. Students are provided an opportunity to integrate their previous training in theater and to assess it. Students are exposed to information skills and strategies necessary for survival in the professional world. Mandatory Pass/Fail. Not for graduate credit. Concurrent enrollment in THEA 421.
THEA421 - Senior Project
421-1 Senior Project. Preparation of any of the following based on the student's area of interest: a portfolio, script, critical research paper, design, acting recital or direction of a short play. Projects are chosen and prepared under the supervision of a theater faculty member. Mandatory Pass/Fail. Not for graduate credit. Concurrent enrollment in THEA 420.
THEA422 - Playreading
422-1 Playreading. Build student's familiarity with theatrical canon through reading and discussion of a play a week. Brief writing assignments help develop deeper understanding of individual plays and connections between scripts. As reading list changes each semester, the class may be repeated up to three times.
THEA423 - Musical Theater Dance II
423-1 (up to 3 credits toward graduation) Musical Theater Dance II. Developing and performing musical theater choreography using advanced jazz, tap, ballet, social and modern dance skills. Prerequisite: THEA 323 with a C or better or graduate standing.
THEA424 - Audition Techniques
424-3 Audition Techniques. Methods of auditioning for theater and musical theater. The course covers audition techniques for open calls, cold reading/singing, improvisation, interviews, as well as the development of an audition portfolio and the preparation of head shots and resumes. Prerequisite: THEA 217 with a grade of C or graduate standing.
THEA425 - Metal Fabrication
425-3 Metal Fabrication for Theater. A study of the knowledge and practice of various welding processes and fabrication techniques for the stage as well as an understanding of the theater practitioner's responsibility to the quality and safety of their products. Prerequisite: THEA 218A with a grade of C or better or graduate standing. Studio fee: $40.
THEA450 - Topical Seminar
450-1-9 (up to 9 credits toward graduation) Topical Seminar. An intensive examination and application of selected areas of interest. Topics will vary and may include such areas as stage management, audition and interview, current political theater.
THEA454 - American Theater
454-3 American Theater. The development of American theater from colonial times to the present. Includes a study of the American musical theater from preminstrels through contemporary music-drama.
THEA455 - Dramaturgy
455-3 Dramaturgy. An introduction to the theory and practice of dramaturgy, including a survey of contemporary critical theories as they apply to the pre-production work of the dramaturg. The student will apply methodologies studies to plays from the classical repertory and to the works of new playwrights. Prerequisite: THEA 311A with a minimum grade of C or graduate standing.
THEA460 - Black Theater
460-3 Black Theater: Intersections of Culture and Performance. (Same as AFR 420) This course will freely examine the intersections between African and African American Theater. It will study the origins, form and agenda of Black Theater by tracing the commonalities of culture and Performance between African and African American Theaters. Students will be exposed to seminal essays, topical plays and performances while they hone their own critical and creative skills.