Theater Courses

THE 1010-1020 STAGE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE (1 s.h. each)

A minimum of 30 hours of work as a performer in Theater productions. Practical application of performance tools such as character analysis, scene study, stage speech, improvisation, dialects, pantomime, clowning, and/or period styles will be dealt with as dictated by the needs of the specific production. Partially fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum (three iterations would be needed for complete fulfillment).

Prerequisite: The student must audition for and be cast in an MU Theater production before registering for the course. (Since auditions are held at various times throughout the year, this course can be added at dates past the normal drop-add period.)


THE 1030-1040 STAGECRAFT ENSEMBLE (1 s.h. each)

A minimum of 30 hours of work as a technician on Theater productions. Practical application of stagecraft techniques used in scenery, lighting, costumes, properties, makeup, and/or sound will be dealt with as dictated by the needs of the specific production. May be taken eight times.  Partially fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum (three iterations would be needed for complete fulfillment).

Prerequisite: The student must clear an assignment with the Theater Technical Director before registering for the course. (Since auditions are held and crew assignments are made at various times throughout the year, this course can be added at dates past the normal drop-add period.)


THE 1620 SURVEY OF THEATER (3 s.h.)

Develops an appreciation of theater for audiences with emphasis on theater crafts, styles, and modes. Students must attend at least two theatrical productions. Fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum.

Prerequisite: none


THE 1630 BASIC STAGECRAFT (3 s.h.)

A practical course devoted to the crafts of theater production with emphasis on costuming, lighting, make-up, properties, scenery, and sound effects. Students must attend at least two theatrical productions and should be prepared to commit to 10 hours of work outside of class working as crew for Methodist University productions. Fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum

Prerequisite: none


THE 2000 PRACTICING CREATIVITY (3 s.h.)

An exploration of the development of creativity as a habit and not as dependent upon inspiration. Students will engage in exercises from required texts, as well as some activities from other works on creativity. As such, this is a course in which the majority of writing will be in the form of journaling. While “play” is involved, it is purposeful in nature, and intentional involvement with the exercises is expected.

Prerequisite: none


THE 3110 THEATRICAL HISTORY AND LITERATURE I (3 s.h.)

(GP) The development of theater and drama from the Greeks to the Seventeenth Century. Emphasis will be placed on dramatic texts as an integral component of theatrical production and how the relationship between text and production has developed over time.

Prerequisite: completion of core requirements in English or permission of instructor


THE 3650 ACTING I (3 s.h.)

Acting crafts with emphasis on performance.

Prerequisite: none


THE 3660 ACTING II (3 s.h.)

Advanced acting with an emphasis on acting styles.

Prerequisite: THE 3650 or permission of the instructor