Courses

 General Major: Theatre Arts (12 courses)

Cognate Requirements: 

Minor: Theatre Arts (7.5 courses)

* Students completing B.Ed. at Redeemer claiming Dramatic Arts as their teaching subject will take THR-210 as an education course (EDU-210) and therefore should choose either THR-200 or 261 for their minor.

Course Details

THR-100
Performance I

Intended for both majors and non-majors. An introduction to general concepts of performance. Through theatre games and improvisation, participants explore ways in which their body and voice can be rendered more available for work both on and off-stage. Classes include: group physical and vocal warm-ups; varieties of theatre games which illuminate important performance concepts; storytelling; and introductory stage combat. Three short pieces will be performed in-class. Journaling is required. No written exam.


THR-103
Introduction to Dramatic Art

An introduction to both the academic and the practical side of theatre arts, giving students an overview of how a play text becomes a theatrical production. Students will have a chance to learn about various aspects of technical theatre and performance, and then apply some of this knowledge in a group production project. This course will provide students with some basic theatre history and terminology, designed to help them whether they continue to study theatre or simply want to become better spectators.


THR-161
Lighting

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-162
Sound

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-163
Makeup

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-164
Set

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-165
Costumes

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-167
Properties

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-168
Special F/X Performance

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-171
Individual Performance

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-172
Ensemble Performance

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-173
Instrumental Performance

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-174
Choral Performance

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-175
Movement

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-176
Storytelling Performance

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-181
Stage Management

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-182
House Management

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-183
Business Management

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-184
Publicity

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-185
Production Management

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-191
Directing

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-192
Vocal Instruction

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-193
Choreography

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-194
Dramaturgy

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-195
Storytelling Instruction

Credit varies between 0.75 credits per term or 1.5 credits per term as determined by the department. A maximum of six credits of applied theatre (or eight 0.75 credit units from THR-161-195) may be credited toward a four-year program by non-majors.


THR-200
Performance II

A continuation of THR 100, with greater attention to specific scene-study. Through workshops in voice and articulation and movement for the stage and scene study, participants explore written and original dramatic “text”. Classes include group physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation, and stage combat. Two short pieces will be performed in-class. Journaling is required. No written exam.

Prerequisites:
THR-100
Must have received a minimum grade of B- in THR-100 or permission of the instructor

THR-210
Storytelling

A course which introduces students to the history and concepts that underlie narrative and performance. Students in this course will be guided through a series of exercises which free the voice, body, and imagination so that these attributes of the storyteller may be employed as interpretive tools.


THR-213
Playwriting

This courses focuses on the student’s unique voice and vision primarily expressed through the written word. Providing a forum for presenting works in progress, the course enables students to hear their words read, with feedback and discussion by the instructor and fellow playwrights. Students create scenes emphasizing dialogue and character, and participate in exercises related to narrative and the formation of dialogue.

Prerequisites:
THR-200, ENG-201

THR-217
Technical Theatre

An introduction to the applied aspects of theatre, including the use of tools and materials, blue-print reading, shop safety, scene painting, properties construction, lighting, costuming, make-up, and stage management. A practicum is included.


THR-218
Stage Production and Management

An introduction to stage and production management. Students will learn how to make a production schedule, budget for productions, complete work on time, manage actors, and call the cues for a show. A series of practical exercises and theatre work will allow students to practice whatthey learn. Emphasis will be placed on both practical experience and on understanding theatre production as an expression of community.

Prerequisites:
THR-103

THR-225
History of Theatre I

This course is a survey of the history of theatrical production from prehistory to the Renaissance, including the theatre of Asia. Using primary sources, dramatic texts and theatre history texts, this course will help students understand theatre as a living form, suited to its historical context and changing over time. This course is essential for theatre majors and minors and helpful for students of dramatic literature.


THR-226
History of Theatre II

A continuation of THR-225, examining the history and dramatic text of theatre from the Renaissance era to the present. Readings from selected dramatic works is included.


THR-261
British Drama Survey

A survey of British drama from the Medieval Cycle plays to the present day. The development of drama in Britain will be presented through the study of plays, which are representative of the genres, styles, and theatre conventions of the day.

Prerequisites:
THR-103 or ENG-104 or permission of the instructor

THR-300
Performance III

A continuation of THR-200, though with greater attention to professional performance skills. Through advanced workshops in voice, physicalization and movement, and scene-study, participants explore both original and established theatre “text.” Classes include group physical and vocal warm-ups, audition preparation and stage combat. Additional workshops in other performance areas, such as dance, may be included. Two audition pieces and a song will be performed in-class, as well as a larger group project. Journaling is required. No written exam.

Prerequisites:
THR-100, THR-200
Passed with a grade of B or better in both THR-100 and 200

THR-305
Text and Presentation

This course seeks to give students experience in the analysis and presentation of different types of literature in solo situations and ensemble performance. Part of the course will be spent on developing original scripts.

Prerequisites:
Year 3 or 4 standing. THR-305 is the Capstone Course for the Theatre Arts Department and is required of all majors in the 3rd or 4th year.

THR-320
Women & Marriage on Stage, 1890-1940

An examination of how women and marriage were portrayed on the stage from 1890 to 1940, a time of dramatic changes in family life and the role and status of women.

Prerequisites:
THR-103 or ENG-104 or permission of the instructor

THR-321
Global Issues in Contemporary Drama

A study of the major post-realist dramatists of the twentieth century from Brecht to the present, including the works of writers such as O’Neill, Stoppard, Fry, Churchill, Sheperd, Wilson, Walker, and Thompson.

Prerequisites:
THR-103 or ENG-104 or permission of the instructor

THR-330
Directing I

Discussion of directing technique and some of the problems the director faces. Studio workshops in picturization, focus for the actor, blocking, directing improvization, and trouble-shooting for the director. Readings from class texts and selected scenes to be directed.

Prerequisites:
THR-100, THR-103

THR-331
Directing II

Further exploration of directing technique and some of the problems the director faces. Studio workshops in dramaturgy, movement for the actor, directing improvisation, and new work development. Readings from class texts and selected one-act plays to be directed.

Prerequisites:
THR-330

THR-350
Directed Studies in Acting

Course is designed for each student in consultation with a departmental supervisor. They will normally extend over two consecutive terms. For information on setting up a directed study refer to the information on setting up an independent study on page 52 of the Academic Calendar.

Prerequisites:
THR-300
Year 3 or 4 standing in a Theatre Arts major or minor

THR-351
Directed Studies in Directing

Course is designed for each student in consultation with a departmental supervisor. They will normally extend over two consecutive terms. For information on setting up a directed study refer to the information on setting up an independent study on page 52 of the Academic Calendar.

Prerequisites:
THR-330
Year 3 or 4 standing in a Theatre Arts major or minor

THR-352
Directed Studies in Playwriting

Course is designed for each student in consultation with a departmental supervisor. They will normally extend over two consecutive terms. For information on setting up a directed study refer to the information on setting up an independent study on page 52 of the Academic Calendar.

Prerequisites:
THR-213
Year 3 or 4 standing in a Theatre Arts major or minor

THR-353
Directed Studies in Design

Course is designed for each student in consultation with a departmental supervisor. They will normally extend over two consecutive terms. For information on setting up a directed study refer to the information on setting up an independent study on page 52 of the Academic Calendar.

Prerequisites:
THR-217
Year 3 or 4 standing in a Theatre Arts major or minor

THR-354
Directed Studies in Stage and Production Management

Course is designed for each student in consultation with a departmental supervisor. They will normally extend over two consecutive terms. For information on setting up a directed study refer to the information on setting up an independent study on page 52 of the Academic Calendar.

Prerequisites:
Year 3 or 4 standing in a Theatre Arts major or minor

THR-361
Shakespeare

A study of six representative comedies, histories, and tragedies by William Shakespeare from a number of critical perspectives.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor

THR-362
English Renaissance Drama

A study of dramatic works from 1590-1642 written by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, including Marlowe, Jonson, and Middleton.

Prerequisites:
THR-103 or ENG-104 or permission of the instructor

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