Theatre Courses

THE 1010-1020, 2010-2020, 3010-3020, 4010-4020 STAGE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE (1 s.h. each)

A minimum of 30 hours of work as a performer in Theatre Department 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. These courses are offered every spring and fall semester. 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 Theatre Department 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, 2030-2040, 3030-3040, 4030-4040 STAGECRAFT ENSEMBLE (1 s.h. each)

A minimum of 30 hours of work as a technician on Theatre Department 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. These courses are offered every spring and fall semester. 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 Theatre Department 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 THEATRE (3 s.h.)

Develops an appreciation of theatre for audiences with emphasis on theatre crafts, styles, and modes. Students must attend at least two theatrical productions.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall and spring


THE 1630 BASIC STAGECRAFT (3 s.h.)

A practical course devoted to the crafts of theatre 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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall and spring


THE 2300 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN THEATRE (3 s.h.)

An introduction to theatrical applications of computer technology, with an emphasis on (a) Computer-assisted Design and Drafting (CADD), (b) graphics software such as Photoshop, and (c) use of the Internet as a research tool. Students will also be introduced to fundamentals of 3-D rendering.

Prerequisite: THE 1630 or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


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

(GP) The development of theatre 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
Offered: fall (even years)


THE 3120 THEATRICAL HISTORY AND LITERATURE II (3 s.h.)

(GP) The development of theatre and drama from the Eighteenth Century to the present. 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
Offered: spring (odd years)


THE 3610 COSTUMING LABORATORY (3 s.h.)

A laboratory course devoting equal time to (1) the theory and principles of costume design and (2) practical work on costumes for current productions.

Prerequisite: THE 1630 or permission of instructor
Offered: spring (odd years)


THE 3620 MAKE-UP LABORATORY (3 s.h.)

A laboratory course devoting equal time to (1) the theory and principles of make-up design and application and (2) practical work on make-up for current productions

Prerequisite: permission of instructor
Offered: spring (even years)


THE 3650 ACTING I (3 s.h.)

Acting crafts with emphasis on performance.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
Offered: fall (odd years)


THE 3660 ACTING II (3 s.h.)

Advanced acting with an emphasis on acting styles.

Prerequisite: THE 3650 or permission of the instructor
Offered: spring (even years)


THE 3680 SCENE DESIGN LABORATORY (3 s.h.)

A laboratory course devoting equal time to (1) the theory and principles of scenery costume design and (2) practical work on scenery for current productions. A computer-intensive course.

Prerequisite: THE 1630 or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall (odd years)


THE 3690 LIGHTING DESIGN LABORATORY (3 s.h.)

A laboratory course devoting equal time to (1) the theory and principles of lighting design and (2) practical work on lighting for current productions. A computer-intensive course

Prerequisite: THE 1630 or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall (even years)


THE 3700 STAGE MANAGEMENT LABORATORY (3 s.h.)

Study of the production process of stage management for theatrical enterprises and managing current productions.

Prerequisite: THE 1630 or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


THE 4670 PLAY DIRECTION I (3 s.h.)

The art and craft of play direction. Students will direct a one-act play with minimal production values.

Prerequisite: THE 1620 or 1630 or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall (even years)


THE 4680 PLAY DIRECTION II (3 s.h.)

An emphasis on directing styles and processes involved in creating a fully mounted production. Students will direct a production.

Prerequisite: THE 4670 or permission of the instructor
Offered: spring (odd years)


THE 4850 SPECIAL STUDY IN THEATRE (3 s.h.)

An exploration of the student’s special interest in theatre, either academic or production-oriented.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Offered: fall and spring


THE 4900 SPECIAL PRODUCTION IN THEATRE (3 s.h.)

A cumulative student production with written pre-production plans, a public performance, and a post-production evaluation.

Prerequisites: 18 s.h. in Theatre and permission of the department chair
Offered: as needed


THE 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN THEATRE (TBA)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in Theatre.

Prerequisite: Approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities before approval by the Provost. Credit to be determined.
Offered: as needed