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Theatre Arts Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

THEA 010

Theatre Forum    1.0 Fall

This course is an introduction and orientation to the Theatre Department and to the profession of the theatre in all its many manifestations. The main focus of the course, which is team-taught by several faculty and staff, is to provide students with information they need to take fullest advantage of their education at the university. 3.0 hours performance. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

THEA 020

Literature in Performance    3.0 Fa/Spr

Development of (1) intellectual and emotional responsiveness to literature for increased understanding and appreciation, and (2) expressional skills of voice and body for effective oral interpretation of literature. This is an approved General Education course.

THEA 024

Children’s Literature in Performance    3.0 Fa/Spr

Development of the skills for effective dramatization of literature in the elementary classroom or children’s theatre, including creative dramatics, storytelling, oral interpretation and group readings.

This course is the same as THEA 124 which may be substituted.

THEA 041

Ballet for Musical Theatre    2.0 Fall

This course is designed for the dance student who is interested in learning the basic traditional techniques of ballet in musical theatre, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. This course may be repeated in order to achieve a technical level which warrants promotion to the next level, though credit may only be earned once. 4.0 hours activity.

THEA 042

Modern Dance for Musical Theatre    2.0 Spring

This course is designed for the dance student who is interested in learning basic traditional forms of modern dance in musical theatre. 4.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

THEA 043

Jazz Dance for Musical Theatre    2.0 Spring

This course is designed for the dance student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of jazz dance in musical theatre, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level of technique. This class may be repeated in order to achieve a technical level which warrants promotion to the next level, though credit may only be earned once. 4.0 hours activity.

THEA 044

Tap Dance for Musical Theatre    2.0 Fall

This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of tap dance in musical theatre. 4.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

THEA 047

Mime I    3.0 Spring

Students are introduced to basic techniques of French Mime, beginning with body control in a state of relaxed tension and the clic; these techniques are applied to the creation of simple Mime pieces, using specific characters, environments, and situations. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 049

Musical Theatre Dance Survey    2.0 Spring

This course is designed for the theatre or dance student interested in studying representative dance techniques which are used in musical theatre productions. Because musical theatre dance incorporates a wide range of purposes and styles, the dances studied will reflect that diversity. 1.0 hour discussion, 3.0 hours performance.

THEA 060

Acting    3.0 Fa/Spr

An exploration of human intention, as revealed in behavior, to be accomplished through a study of the techniques of acting, the interpretation of scripts, and the analysis of character. This is an approved General Education course. CAN DRAM 8.

THEA 060H

Acting-Honors    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.

A special section of acting open only to students with demonstrated academic talent. Interested students should consult with the Theatre Arts Department. This is an approved General Education course.

THEA 061

Introduction to the Theatre    3.0 Fa/Spr

A survey of all aspects of theatre arts, including history, production styles and techniques, acting, directing, and stagecraft. Supplemental reading and examination of theatre literature. This is an approved General Education course.

THEA 065

Textual Analysis for Production    3.0 Fall

A foundation course in the principles and methods employed by directors, designers, and actors to comprehend dramatic literature as scripts for theatrical performance.

THEA 070

Stagecraft    2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in THEA 173.

An introduction to technical theatre production, including scenery and property construction, painting, lighting, and stage management. Production crew participation is required. 1.0 hour discussion, 3.0 hours performance.
CAN DRAM 12.

THEA 071

Theatre Graphics    2.0 Fall

An introduction to the basic techniques used in scene design. Emphasis is given to sketching, drafting, rendering, and model-building. 4.0 hours activity.

THEA 072

Make-Up    2.0 Fa/Spr

Art of transforming the appearance of the actor by means of paint and plastic application to meet the requirements of theatrical production. 1.0 hour discussion, 2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. CAN DRAM 14.

THEA 073

Costume Crafts    2.0 Spring

A study of the skills and techniques used by the theatrical costumer in the construction of stage costumes, accessories, and masks. 1.0 hour discussion, 2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

THEA 076

Lighting for Stage and Television    3.0 Fall

The fundamentals of lighting for stage and television, including light measurement, electrical theory, color application, lighting graphics, and design procedures. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

This course is the same as CDES 076 which may be substituted.

THEA 090

Voice for Performance    2.0 Fa/Spr

A beginning course in voice and diction, the principal aim of which is to increase the clarity and expressiveness of each student’s “natural” speaking voice. An essential program of study and practice for performers, but equally valuable to anyone whose career aspirations require effective vocal communication. 1.0 hour discussion, 2.0 hours activity. CAN DRAM 6.

THEA 095

Movement for Actors    2.0 Fall

Development of movement techniques for performance. A course for majors in Theatre and Music. Open to interested non-majors. 4.0 hours activity.

THEA 096

Acting for Television    3.0 Spring

To introduce the actor to the technicalities of the TV studio and production process, and to the specifics and scope of TV performance. Areas covered will include movement, make-up, character development, vocal techniques, script study, as well as professional actualities such as casting and cold reading. 6.0 hours activity.

This course is the same as CDES 096 which may be substituted.

THEA 101

Theatre Workshop    2.0 Fa/Spr

Supervised theatre activities in performance, design, directing, and production. Projects vary individually and involve a specific commitment to a key position in a department production. 4.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

THEA 102

Musical Theatre Workshop    2.0 Fa/Spr

Supervised activities in musical theatre performance, design, directing, choreography, and production. Projects vary individually and involve a specific commitment to a key position in a department musical theatre production. 4.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

THEA 124

Children’s Literature in Performance    3.0 Fa/Spr

Development of the skills for effective dramatization of literature in the elementary classroom or children’s theatre, including creative dramatics, storytelling, oral interpretation and group readings.

This course is the same as THEA 024 which may be substituted.

THEA 141

Intermediate Ballet for Musical Theatre    2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 041 or consent of instructor.

This course is designed for the serious musical theatre dance student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in ballet and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4.0 hours activity.

THEA 143

Intermediate Jazz Dance for Musical Theatre    2.0 Fall

Prerequisites: THEA 043 or consent of instructor.

This course is designed for the serious musical theatre dance student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in jazz dance and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4.0 hours activity.

THEA 147

Mime II    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 047.

The physical and analytical techniques introduced in THEA 047 are refined and expanded; students create solo, duet, and group mime pieces that demonstrate their mastery of mime techiques. 6.0 hours activity.

THEA 150

Gender and the Stage    3.0 Fall

A study of gender issues as they have been dealt with in plays and productions throughout the history of the theatre. The course will focus on the portrayal of women and men on stage as well as key figures who broke barriers in the areas of playwriting, acting, designing, and production. This is an approved General Education course.

THEA 151

Musical Theatre I    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

An introduction to all aspects of musical theatre, including history and development, major works, and production elements. Assignments will include reading, listening to, viewing, and critiquing musicals. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

THEA 152

Musical Theatre II    3.0 Spring

An examination of the development of musical theatre from the “Golden Age of the American Musical” to the present day. A specific view of current trends and practices, including the rock musical, the British Invasion, the return of “through-sung opera,” the Corporate Musical, and Off-Broadway chamber musicals. Assignments include reading, listening to, viewing, and critiquing musicals.

THEA 160

Intermediate Acting I    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: THEA 060 required; THEA 090 and THEA 095 recommended.

An extension of the work begun in THEA 060 to enhance students’ understanding and skill in the areas of analysis, creative imagination and believable theatrical behavior. Through exercises, guided improvisations, discussions, journal writing and scene work, students develop a personal methodology of approach to the problems of acting. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 161

Intermediate Acting II: Characterization    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 160.

Students investigate a variety of techniques for creating believable characters. Performance assignments, classroom exercises, and written work explore physical, emotional, biographical, historical, and intellectual approaches to character. Classwork emphasizes the use of the creative imagination, of analytical skills, and of physical improvisation. May be repeated for credit two times. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 162

Acting Theatre Performance    1.0 Fa/Spr

Acting activities include participation in productions or in directing class scenes. 3.0 hours performance. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

THEA 163

Costume Theatre Performance    1.0 Fa/Spr

Costume and makeup activities including participation in costume construction and on wardrobe and makeup crews for department productions. 3.0 hours performance. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

THEA 165

History of Theatre I    3.0 Fall

The development of physical theatres, scenery, costuming, acting, directing, playwriting, and business procedures from the Greek to the French neo-classical theatre.

THEA 166

History of Theatre II    3.0 Spring

The development of physical theatres’ scenery, costuming, acting, directing, playwriting, and business procedures from the English Restoration to the present.

THEA 167

Musical Theatre Ensemble    2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.

Students will spend classroom time learning and rehearsing pieces from the musical theatre canon. In addition, students will be directly involved in a touring company presenting musical theatre selections for interested groups off and on campus. Tour dates will be scheduled as requested, with a concentraton on the spring semester. 4.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

THEA 168

Dance Theatre Workshop    1.0 Fa/Spr

Dance activities which include participation in productions, class techniques and critique sessions, and rehearsals of original choreography. 3.0 hours performance. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units.

THEA 170

Stage Lighting    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 071; THEA 076. Concurrent enrollment in THEA 173 is recommended.

An introduction to the basic techniques of stage lighting and lighting design. This course includes color and light theory, handling and operating lighting equipment, basic electricity, and lighting graphics. Lighting crew participation is required. 1.0 hour discussion, 4.0 hours activity.

THEA 171A

Theatre Costume I    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in THEA 163.

An introduction to the design and history of costumes for theatrical productions.

THEA 171B

Theatre Costume II    3.0 Spring

Further study of the design and history of costumes for theatrical productions. Individual projects will include designing and rendering original costumes.

THEA 172

Advanced Make-Up    2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 072.

Advanced techniques of make-up application for the theatre, including the use of three-dimensional materials; basic techniques of mask construction; special problems of characterization. 1.0 hour discussion,
2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

THEA 173

Technical Theatre Performance    1.0 Fa/Spr

Technical theatre activities include participation in scenery construction and painting, and on lighting, sound, and stage crews for department productions. 3.0 hours performance. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

THEA 174

Computer-Aided Design for Theatre    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 070; THEA 071.

The application of computer-aided drafting and graphics to technical theatre production. Emphasis on computer skills needed to create conceptual scene and lighting drawings for theatre and related performing arts. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 176

Lighting for Interior Design    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: One of the following: ART 041, CM 091, or THEA 071.

An introduction to the theory and application of interior design in residential and commercial environments. This course includes the nature of light, the human perception of light, available light sources and luminaries, color theory as applied to light, control and manipulation of light, and design tools of architectural lighting. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 180

Directing I: Principles of Directing    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: THEA 060; THEA 070.

A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of directing, including script analysis, blocking, composition, dramatic focus, and actor coaching. A series of staged scenes using outside actors are a central
part of the course activities. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 189

Theatre Arts Internship    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Audition and faculty permission.

This course is offered as 189A-C for 1.0-3.0 units respectively. THEA 189 may be offered as Touring Troupe for Musical Theatre; interested students must audition and register directly with the supervising faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

THEA 190

Advanced Voice for Performance:    3.0 Spring
Acting Heightened Text

Prerequisites: THEA 060, THEA 090, and THEA 160.

The aim of this course is to help advanced acting students develop the knowledge, sensitivities, and skills needed to act in plays in which dramatic action and thematic content must be carried primarily through an active and richly textured speaking of the text. Classroom and out-of-class activities will include analysis, voice language exercises, and the preparation of scenes and soliloquies from Shakespeare and other classic, as well as modern, poet-dramatists. 1.0 hour discussion, 4.0 hours activity.

THEA 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

THEA 220

Shakespeare in Performance    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 020 or faculty permission.

An intensive study of selected plays and poems through oral interpretation in order to communicate the dramatic content.

THEA 260

Creative Drama    3.0 Fall

Study of the principles, theories, and objectives of creative drama. Investigation of the methods and techniques of creative drama that aid the effective artistic, social, mental, and emotional growth of children. For teachers and recreation directors. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 261A

Advanced Acting: Audition and Improvisation   3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 060; THEA 160.

Students learn audition skills while developing a portfolio of audition pieces, a professional resume, and head shots. Concurrently, students work in class on a series of improvisational techniques, including Polish, American, character development, and comedy. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

THEA 261B

Advanced Acting: Styles Musical Theatre    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: THEA 060; THEA 160.

An advanced study in styles of acting and the development of a character. Emphasis will be placed on special work in musical theatre styles from traditional to modern eclectic, including scenes and songs from musical theatre texts. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

THEA 261C

Advanced Acting    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 060; THEA 160.

Advanced study in special acting problems. When offered, the course will focus on one area of advanced acting, for example, mask work, new script techniques, gesture and physical impulse, Brechtian acting, or collaborative improvisation. Subject areas are both explored experimentally and placed within theoretical/historical contexts. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

THEA 264

Development of Drama    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

Study of the principles of drama as it has evolved from classical to postmodern times. Special emphasis is given to the relationship between the structural and thematic elements of a play and their realization in performance. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

THEA 264H

Development of Drama-Honors    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Admission to the Theatre Arts Department Honors in the Major program with junior standing and a GPA within the top 5% of theatre arts majors.

Study of the principles of drama as it has evolved from classical to post-modern times. Special emphasis is given to the relationship between the structural and thematic elements of a play and their realization in performance. Students will also work on their Honors in the Major project. A grade of B or higher is required for Honors credit.

THEA 267

One Acts Production Seminar    2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Practical application of production, acting, and/or directing, with emphasis on staged production. 1.0 hour seminar, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 268

Seminar in Choreography    2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: THEA 168.

Practical application of choreographic principles with emphasis on staged production. 1.0 hour seminar, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

THEA 270

Seminar in Technical Theatre    2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: THEA 070 or faculty permission.

Advanced problems in scene design, lighting design, or technical production. Special attention is given to verbal and visual communication, and folio presentation and presentation.

THEA 271

Costume Design    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: THEA 171A or THEA 171B or faculty permission.

A study of the design of costumes for various theatrical forms, including plays, operas, musical theatre, and dance. Activity hours to be arranged. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 272

Stage Design    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: THEA 071 or faculty permission.

A study of the visual interpretation of plays of various theatrical periods and styles through sketches, renderings, and models. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 273

Seminar in Costuming    2.0 Fall

Advanced studies of solving problems of costume construction for theatrical productions. Activity hours to be arranged.

THEA 280

Directing II: Staging    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: THEA 180.

Advanced studies in the principles and practice of directing. Scene study and staging are a major portion of the course, with special emphasis given to advanced techniques in composition, working with actors, and design collaboration. 2.0 hours seminar, 2.0 hours activity.

THEA 289

Internship in Theatre Arts    2.0-12.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Must be a major or minor in Theatre Arts at no less than junior standing with at least a 2.5 GPA; faculty permission.

This course is an internship offered as 289A-D for 2.0 to 12.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Supervised out-of-classroom work experience in theatre-related activities in university, community, or regional theatre companies and/or theatre-related enterprises. No more than 3 units may be applied to the major.

THEA 290

Senior Project Showcase    2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Senior status and permission of instructor.

This course provides senior-level theatre majors with a culminating creative experience in the area of theatre production. Working with a faculty mentor, students will apply the knowledge and skills of their particular areas of specialization (acting, directing, design, technical production, stage managing) to the collaborative creation and production of an original theatre piece. 1.0 hour discussion, 3.0 hours performance.

THEA 299H

Honors Seminar in Theatre Arts    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Admission to the Theatre Arts Department Honors in the Major program with junior standing and a GPA in the top 5% of theatre arts majors.

Independent study for theatre arts Honors in the Major students involving creative and scholarly activity. This activity will require substantial research and a public presentation under the direction of one or more theatre arts faculty members.