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Theatre and Drama

Faculty
Introduction
Major in Theatre and Drama
Double Major Program
Minor in Theatre and Drama
Secondary Teacher Certification
Departmental Honors Program
Course Descriptions
Related Courses

Faculty

Chairperson
Professor Leon I. Brauner

Professors
Roger Herzel, Howard Jensen, George Pinney, Frank Silberstein, Albert Wertheim

Associate Professors
Bruce Burgun, Dale McFadden, Wesley Peters, Dennis J. Reardon, Robert Shakespeare, Rakesh Solomon, Ronald H. Wainscott

Assistant Professors
Debra Hale, Jeannette deJong, Murray McGibbon

Academic Advising
Theatre 230, (812) 855-4342

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Introduction

The Department of Theatre and Drama (THTR) believes that theatrical productions and classroom study are of equal and complementary value. Courses in acting, directing, playwriting, dramatic literature, theatre history, design, and technology are all vital and interrelated aspects of the theatre and drama program.

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Major in Theatre and Drama

Requirements
Students must complete 31 credit hours in theatre and drama, including the following introductory courses. Students are advised to take the courses in a building progression (i.e., T100 should be taken early in the progression of study). See the academic advisor for clarification.

  1. T100 Introduction to Theatre;

  2. T120 Acting I;
    T225 Stagecraft I;
    T230 Stage Costuming I;
    T335 Stage Lighting;
    T340 Directing I; and
    T370-T371 History of Western Theatre and Drama I-II.
  3. 6 additional credit hours in one of the following four areas of concentration:
    • Theatre history and dramatic literature: T460, T461, T462, T468.
    • Acting and directing: T115, T220, T300, T315, T320, T325, T410, T420, T423, T442, T443, T445.
    • Design and technology: T130, T326, T425, T426, T430, T433, T434, T435, T438.
    • laywriting and screenwriting: T453, T454, T458.
  4. 15 of the 31 credit hours must be taken in 300 and 400-level courses.
The academic advisor will assign to the appropriate area of concentration any credits earned in theatre and drama courses T390, T399, T483, T490, and T499.

Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Transfer Students
Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in theatre and drama in residence on the Bloomington campus. At least 6 credit hours must be taken in the student's area of concentration.

  1. Students who have taken an acting course at another school and wish to take any course of the acting curriculum beyond T120 must audition for the acting faculty prior to the beginning of classes in the fall semester. See an academic advisor for date and time.
  2. All courses transferred from another institution or campus must be evaluated through the Theatre and Drama Advising Office before they may be applied toward the theatre and drama major or minor. Transfer students must submit bulletin descriptions and course syllabi for potential transfer credits during the first semester of study.
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Double Major Program

The requirements for a double major in the Department of Theatre and Drama are the same as for a single major.

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Minor in Theatre and Drama

Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in theatre and drama including:

  1. T100 or T210.
  2. A minimum of one course each in three areas:

  3. Acting and directing: T120.
    Design and technology: T225, T230, T326, or T335.
    Theatre history and dramatic literature: T370, T371, T460, T461, T462, T468.
  4. Two additional courses in one of the three areas of concentration listed or two courses in playwriting and screenwriting. Students are advised to take the courses in the minor in a building progression (i.e., T100 or T120 should be taken early in the progression of study).
Students are advised to plan their minor program of study in consultation with both their major and minor advisors.

The following is a list of courses recommended for theatre and drama minors:

  1. Acting: T220, T320
  2. Directing: T340
  3. Movement: T300, T410
  4. Oral interpretation: T115, T315
  5. Playwriting: T453, T454, T458
  6. Stagecraft: T225, T425, T435
  7. Scene design: T326, T426
  8. Costuming: T230, T430
  9. Lighting: T335, T438
  10. Dramatic literature: T460, T461, T462, T468
  11. Theatre history: T370, T371
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Secondary Teacher Certification

Students seeking certification as teachers may combine their professional training in the Department of Theatre and Drama with the Department of Communication and Culture. Students should see the School of Education Undergraduate Program bulletin for required courses in the Departments of Theatre and Drama and Communication and Culture.

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Departmental Honors Program

Outstanding students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 are eligible for admission to the honors program in theatre and drama at the end of their sophomore year. Minimum requirements for the honors degree are:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.3.
  2. 31 credit hours, to include 9 credit hours of honors course work in theatre and drama at the 300-400 level, 6 of which must be in T399-T499.
  3. A senior project of a creative or research nature, which may be counted as part of the T499 requirements.
Application for admission and the student's program of courses must be approved by the department's honors committee.

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Course Descriptions

T100 Introduction to Theatre (4 cr.) AHLA Overview of theories, methodology, and skills. Emphasis on theatre as a composite art. Relationship of various components: play, playwright, actor, director, designer, audience, critic, and physical theatre.
T115 Oral Interpretation I (3 cr.) AHLA Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills; oral and visual presentation of literature for audiences.
T120 Acting I (3 cr.) Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills: body movement, voice and diction, observation, concentration, imagination. Emphasis on improvisational exercises. Lectures and laboratory.
T130 Stage Makeup (1 cr.) Techniques and styles of makeup in theatre. Lecture and laboratory. Theatre majors have registration priority.
T210 Appreciation of Theatre (3 cr.) AHLA Introduction to the art and history of theatre through a study of major dramatic genres, theatrical elements and techniques, and current productions. No credit given for theatre and drama major concentration.
T220 Acting II (3 cr.) P: T120 and consent of instructor. Textual analysis and techniques of communicating with body and voice. Study and performance of characters in scenes from modern realistic and non-realistic dramas. Lecture and laboratory.
T225 Stagecraft I (3 cr.) Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills: analysis of practical and aesthetic functions of stage scenery, fundamentals of scenic construction and rigging, mechanical drawing for stagecraft. Lecture and laboratory.
T230 Stage Costuming I (3 cr.) Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills: materials, construction techniques, pattern drafting, wardrobe work, and decorative processes. Lecture and laboratory
T300 Musical Theatre Workshop (3 cr.) Focuses on synthesizing acting, singing, and dancing into one performance technique. Amount of emphasis placed on each area will vary according to specific needs of the students enrolled. Admission by audition only.
T315 Oral Interpretation II (3 cr.) R: T115. Study of the oral and visual presentation of literature, with emphasis on analysis of intellectual and emotional values.
T320 Acting III (3 cr.) P: T220 and audition. Character analysis and use of language on stage. Study and performance of characters in scenes from Shakespeare and modern realistic and non-realistic dramas. Lecture and laboratory.
T325 Voice and Speech (3 cr.) P: T120. R: sophomore standing. Anatomy and functions of vocal mechanism; introduction to phonetics; improvement of student's voice and diction through exercises and practical work in area of student's special interest. Theatre majors have registration priority. I Sem., II Sem.
T326 Scene Design I (3 cr.) Introduction to process of scene design, scene designer's responsibilities, scene problem solving, and exploration of visual materials and forms.
T335 Stage Lighting (3 cr.) P: T225. Introduction to the process of determining and implementing a lighting design. Analytical skills, concept development, design methods, lighting technology, and practical applications are covered. Lecture and laboratory.
T340 Directing I (3 cr.) P: T120. R: T225, T230, T335, or consent of instructor. Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills: play analysis, work with actor, basic elements of stage composition.
T370-T371 History of Western Theatre and Drama I-II (3-3 cr.) T370, AHLA, CSA; T371, AHLA, CSB Development of theatre and drama in Western world from beginnings to present. Study of theatre arts and culture institutions; focus on historical context for plays and performances; emphasis on research methods in theatre history. I: Beginnings to ca. 1700; II: ca. 1700 to Present.
T390 Creative Work in Summer Theatre (1-3 cr.) P: consent of chairperson. Work in summer theatre productions. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.
T399 Reading, Research, Performance for Honors (12 cr. max.) P: approval of departmental honors advisor.
T410 Movement for the Theatre (3 cr.) P: T120. Introduction to theories, methodologies, and skills involved in developing a flexible, relaxed, controlled body for the theatre. Emphasis on relaxing body tensions, alignment, eye training, tumbling, and stage combat.
T420 Acting IV (3 cr.) P: T320 and audition. Emphasis on ensemble acting and contrasting styles. Study and performance of characters in scenes from Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, and classical Greek dramas. Lecture and laboratory.
T423 Acting V (3 cr.) P: T420 and audition. Techniques of performing period plays with emphasis on comedy. Study and performance of characters in scenes from MoliŽre, Restoration, and eighteenth-century dramas. Lecture and laboratory.
T425 Stagecraft II (3 cr.) P: T225 or consent of instructor. Using theatrical drafting as a vehicle, special materials, techniques, and problems of construction are explored. Elements of basic rigging and rigging safety are also covered.
T426 Scene Design II (3 cr.) P: T326 or consent of instructor. Work in line, color, and composition using historical conventions as the basis for contemporary scenic statements. Emphasis on period style and presentational forms.
T430 Stage Costuming II (3 cr.) P: T230 or consent of instructor. Pattern drafting, fabric selection, special construction problems. Management of costume shops, and care of wardrobes.
T433 Costume Design (3 cr.) P: T230 or consent of instructor. Design and selection of costumes, with an emphasis on the relationship of costume to character and production.
T434 Historic Costume for the Stage (3 cr.) P: T320 or consent of instructor. A survey of period fashion and manners from ancient Egypt to the twentieth century; emphasis on applicability to the stage.
T435 Electronics for Theatre Technicians (3 cr.) P: T335 or consent of instructor. Introduction to electronics; lighting control and other theatre-related electrical systems and devices.
T438 Lighting Design (3 cr.) P: T335 or consent of instructor. Stage lighting design concept development and implementation. Advanced lighting techniques and approaches.
T442 Directing II (3 cr.) P: T340. Problems and functions of director from selection of script through performance. Lecture and practical projects.
T443 Directing III (3 cr.) P: T442. Directing plays from various periods and in different styles. Lecture and practical projects.
T445 Voice and Dialects (3 cr.) P: T325. Vocal work that focuses on combining imagery and imagination with the development of vocal technique through exercises in breathing, producing the sound and resonance; the mastery of four of the most common dialects used in the American theatre.
T453 Playwriting I (3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Introduction to principles of dramatic structure. Conferences and peer evaluations. Focus is on the creation and revision of a one-act play.
T454 Playwriting II (3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Consideration of dramaturgical antecedents and certain practical and theoretical problems. Creation of a full-length play.
T458 Screenwriting (3 cr.) Structural analyses of cinematic models, culminating in the creation of an original full-length narrative screenplay.
T460-T461-T462 Development of Dramatic Art I-II-III (3-3-3 cr.) T460, AHLA, CSA;
T461-T462, AHLA, CSB Dramatic art in the Western world from beginnings to the present. Study of dramatic genres, plays in productions, and theatrical approaches to plays of the past. I: Classical to Early Renaissance Drama; II: Late Renaissance to Modern Drama; III: Modern and Contemporary Drama.
T468 Non-Western Theatre and Drama (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA Dramatic literature and theatre in one or more of the following areas: China, Japan, Korea, India, or southeast Asia.
T483 Topics in Theatre and Drama (1-3 cr.) Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. May be repeated once for credit if topic differs.
T490 Independent Study in Theatre and Drama (1-6 cr.) P: 12 credit hours in theatre and drama, departmental grade point average of 3.0 or above, consent of instructor. Readings, performances, experiments, and reports in area of student's special interest. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
T499 Reading, Research, Performance for Honors (12 cr. max.) P: approval of departmental honors advisor.

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Related Courses

In addition to the 31 credit hours of required courses that must be taken in the Department of Theatre and Drama, a student may include one or more of the following related courses as part of the major:

Afro-American Studies
A383 Blacks in American Drama and Theatre, 1767-1945 (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA
A384 Blacks in American Drama and Theatre, 1945-Present (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA
A385 Seminar in Black Theatre (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA

Comparative Literature
C311 Drama (3 cr.) AHLA

Education
M478 Methods of Teaching High School Speech (3 cr.)

English
L203 Introduction to Drama (3 cr.) AHLA
L220 Introduction to Shakespeare (3 cr.) AHLA
L308 Elizabethan Drama and Its Background (3 cr.) AHLA
L313 Early Plays of Shakespeare (3 cr.) AHLA
L314 Late Plays of Shakespeare (3 cr.) AHLA
L363 American Drama (3 cr.) AHLA
L365 Modern Drama: Continental (3 cr.) AHLA
L366 Modern Drama: English, Irish, and American (3 cr.) AHLA

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