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Theatre (THE)

Chairperson: Associate Professor McGlasson

Courses in theatre offer theory, production, design, and performance training in various areas of dramatic arts, and many are open to nonmajors. The Theatre Department conducts open auditions and makes performance and production work available to all members of the URI community.

100 Introduction to Theatre (3)

Designed to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the theatrical process as well as to develop critical standards and increase the enjoyment of theatre as an art. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Not open to theatre majors. (A)

111 Introduction to Acting (3)

Designed to initiate students to theatre as a collaborative art through systematic exposure to the principles and techniques of acting. (Studio 6)

112 Introduction to Acting II (3)

To expand the work of 111 (exercise for relaxation, concentration, imagination) with character work on a monologue and scene complemented by intense work on voice, text, and movement. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 111.

161 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)

Stage carpentry, rigging, properties, scene painting, and lighting mechanics with practical experience working on productions. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

181 Script Analysis (3)

Analysis of plays from varying perspectives of the actor, director, and designer. Course emphasizes theatre terminology and develops a working vocabulary. (Lec. 3) (A)

182 Script Analysis for Film Media (3)

Understanding scripts through analysis of structure, character, language, genre, and style and their evolution from page to film. Scripts, videos, and DVDs will be studied. (Lec. 3)

211, 212 Basic Acting I, II (3 each)

Introduction to the theory and basic techniques of acting. Includes moment-to-moment improvisation, the reality of doing, fantasy work, and voice and movement. (Studio 6) Pre: (for 211) 111, 112, and concurrent enrollment in 213. 212: Continuation of 211. Pre: 211.

213 Acting Workshop (1)

A voice-movement workshop to be taken concurrently with 211. (Studio 2) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 211.

214 Acting Workshop (1)

A voice-movement workshop to be taken concurrently with 212. (Studio 2) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 212.

217 The Role of Music in Theatre (3)

Perspectives on music and its relationship and application to the theatre for theatre students. Musical vocabulary, performance techniques, and conventions related to the theatre. Emphasis on relationship of music and musical performance to all aspects of theatrical production. (Studio 6) Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with permission of instructor.

221 Stage Management (3)

Theoretical and practical study of the basic methods and procedures of the production with emphasis on the director-stage manager relationship and the role of each. Participation in productions required. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

227 Dance for Musical Theatre (3)

Orientation and instruction in beginning dance for the musical stage. Dance vocabulary in jazz, ballet, tap; performance techniques and conventions related to the American musical. (Studio 6) Pre: theatre major or permission of instructor. May be repeated once with permission of instructor.

237 Stage Combat (3)

Fundamental principles of safety, form, choreographic conception, and execution. Unarmed combat included. Eventual application in a performance environment geared to beginning and advanced students. (Studio) Pre: permission of instructor.

250 Costume Laboratory (3)

Practical experience in the principles of costuming including construction and finishing techniques, and experience working on a theatrical production. (Lec. 1, Lab. 4)

261 Introduction to Theatre Design (3)

Introduction to theatre production design with emphasis on development of capabilities for expression in conceptual and graphic terms. Projects in stage scenery, costumes, and lighting. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

291 Production Laboratory (1)

Orientation and instruction in theatre through tutored participation in crews and production assignments or projects for departmental productions. (Independent Study) May be repeated for credit.

300 Individual Problems in Theatre Studies (1-3)

Individual theatre work on an approved project under supervision of a faculty member. (Independent Study) May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

301 Special Group Studies (1-3)

Group theatre work in approved production projects under supervision of a faculty member. (Independent Study) May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

307 Creative Dramatics (3)

Explores purposes, techniques, and benefits of drama in the K-12 classroom. Theory and practice of creative dramatics, methodologies, and activities. Teaching practicum in and out of the class to develop utilization of creative drama to teach a variety of skills. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

311, 312 Intermediate Acting I, II (3 each)

311: Continuation of Basic Acting with emphasis on approaches to characterization through improvisation and through the analysis and performance of assigned scenes. (Studio 6) Pre: 212; concurrent enrollment in 313. 312: Continuation of 311. (Studio 6) Pre: 311; concurrent enrollment in 314.

313 Acting Workshop (1)

A voice-movement workshop to be taken concurrently with 311. (Studio 2) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 311.

314 Acting Workshop (1)

A voice-movement workshop to be taken concurrently with 312. (Studio 2) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 312.

321 Orientation to Play Direction (3)

Director’s role in the process of theatre production. Emphasis on development of production concepts and rehearsal techniques. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

322 Play Direction (3)

Practical course in play direction. Class functions as a production unit and mounts a season of one-act plays. (Practicum: minimum of 6 hours per week) Pre: 321 and permission of instructor.

331 Playwriting (3)

Analysis and evaluation of written material supplemented by play readings and workshop tryouts of students’ plays. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

341 Theatre Management (3)

Principles, terminology, and practical technique of theatre administration. Assignments will be made to departmental productions. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

350 Makeup (1)

Principles and techniques of stage makeup. Practical experience in application through a number of projects in developing character makeups with prosthetics, wigs, and facial hair. (Studio 2) Open to senior theatre majors only. Others by permission of instructor.

351, 352 Principles and Theories of Theatrical Costuming I, II (3 each)

351: Analytical study of fashions, modes, and manners in Western civilization as required for modern theatrical production; early recorded history to the Renaissance. (Lec. 3) 352: Continuation of 351; the Renaissance to the present. (Lec. 3) (A) [D]

355 Stage Costume Design (3)

Costume design theories and techniques for modern and period plays in a wide variety of styles. (Studio 6) Pre: 261 and 351 or 352 or permission of instructor.

362 Scene Painting (3)

Problems in scene painting, including use of color, basic techniques in scenic art such as texturing, trompe l’oeil, work from design elevations, carving, and some work in plastics. (Studio 3)

365 Scene Design (3)

Theories and techniques of scenic design, emphasizing conceptualization and development of stage setting through project designs for various stage forms, production styles, and periods. (Studio 6) Pre: 261 or permission of instructor.

371 Stage Lighting (3)

Theories and techniques of lighting for the stage. A series of design projects and lab work introduces students to script analysis and conceptualization for lighting, instrumentation, and the use of color in stage lighting. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

381 History of Theatre to 1642 (3)

General history of the theatre from its origins through the Renaissance. Introduction to non-Western drama of the period. Course focuses on the actor, staging, and the audience as they have influenced the development of the theatre and dramatic literature. (Lec. 3) (A)

382 History of Theatre: Neoclassical Through the 19th Century (3)

Course includes non-Western drama of China, Japan, and Korea. Continuation of 381. (Lec. 3) (A)

383 History of the Modern Theatre (3)

Modern theatre and drama from 1880 to the present. Course includes new European stagecraft and its influence on the development of modernist and postmodernist drama, and contemporary non-Western drama. (Lec. 3) (A)

384 American Theatre History (3)

Origins and development of American theatre from the wilderness to the contemporary Broadway and off-Broadway stage, including the evolution of the musical play. Analysis of special contributions made by the grassroots movement, the university theatres, the Federal Theatre Project, and the regional theatre movement. (Lec. 3)

391 Advanced Production Laboratory (1-2)

Advanced instruction in theatre through tutored participation in crews and production assignments or projects for departmental productions. (Independent Study) May be repeated for credit.

400 Advanced Individual Problems in Theatre Studies (1-3)

Advanced individual theatre work on an approved project under supervision of a faculty member. (Independent Study) May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Not for graduate credit.

401 Advanced Special Group Studies (1-3)

Advanced group theatre work in approved production projects under supervision of a faculty member. (Independent Study) May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Not for graduate credit.

411, 412 Scene Study (3 each)

Emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of assigned scenes representative of the major theatrical genres and styles. (Studio 6) Pre: for 411, 312, and permission of instructor and concurrent enrollment in 417; for 412, 411 and concurrent enrollment in 418. Not for graduate credit.

413 Special Workshop in Acting (3)

Techniques related to a specific aspect or style of performance; e.g., masks, puppetry, verse-speaking, and improvisation. The study is normally related to a departmental production or special project. (Studio 6) Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Not for graduate credit.

415 Professional Internship (6-12)

Designed for junior and first-semester senior theatre majors who desire a professional experience. This program provides instruction and practical experience in cooperation with a faculty advisor and a professional theatre. (Practicum) Pre: permission of chairperson. Not for graduate credit.

417 Acting Workshop (1)

A voice-movement workshop to be taken concurrently with 411. (Studio 2) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 411. Not for graduate credit.

418 Acting Workshop (1)

A voice-movement workshop to be taken concurrently with 412. (Studio 2) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 412. Not for graduate credit.

420 Advanced Directing Practice (1-3)

Special projects for the advanced directing student. Student directors will assume production responsibilities for all aspects of their projects, including a critical analysis upon completion. Weekly tutorial required. (Independent Study) Pre: 321, 322, or equivalent and permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

441 Advanced Theatre Management (3)

Individual projects of theatre management in a major departmental production or project. (Practicum) Pre: 341. Not for graduate credit.

451 Stage Costume Technology (3)

Construction methods and techniques appropriate to stage costuming with emphasis on major theatrical periods and productions. (Studio 6) Pre: 351 or 352 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Not for graduate credit.

455 Advanced Costuming (1-3)

Individual projects in costume design for studio or major productions. Styles and theory related to projects; costume sketches and construction. (Independent Study) Pre: 355 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

463 Special Workshop in Design and Technical Theatre (3)

Techniques related to a specific aspect or style of production; e.g., masks, puppetry, wig making, sound effects, projections, properties. Normally related to a departmental production or special project. (Lab. 6) May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Not for graduate credit.

465 Advanced Scene Design (1-3)

Individual projects in designing scenery for studio and major productions. (Studio 2-6) Pre: 365 and permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

475 Advanced Stage Lighting (1-3)

Individual projects in lighting design and control for studio and major productions. (Studio 2-6) Pre: 371 and permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

481 Topics in Theatre (3)

Selected topics in theatre. (Seminar) May be repeated for credit with different topic.

484 Special Research Project (3)

An in-depth study of a single critical or historical aspect of theatre. The subject is normally related to a departmental production. (Independent Study) Pre: upper-division standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Not for graduate credit.

499 Senior Seminar (1)

A capstone seminar for the graduating Theatre Major. Content will be developed to assist in the transition from the educational realm to the professional world with Portfolio development and assessment as integral experience. (Seminar) Pre: senior standing and major or minor in theater.


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