Theater Courses

Fall 2014

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Introduction to Theater

THTR 100 - Mish

An introduction to drama and the theater arts, including a brief historical survey, selected examples of dramatic literature, and a sequence on theater disciplines such as acting, designing, and directing.

University Theater

THTR 109 - Levy, Mish (Multiple Sections)

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process is required. May be repeated for degree credit with permission. Maximum seven credits for students with a major or minor in theater, eight credits for others.

Fundamentals of Theater Art

THTR 131 - Evans

An introduction to modern theater practice involving one hour of lecture and four hours of laboratory work per week. A practical course, emphasizing scene craft, stage lighting, and prop-making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class work on actual productions. Laboratory course. Lab fee required.

Fundamentals of Theater Art

THTR 131L - Evans (Multiple Sections)

An introduction to modern theater practice involving one hour of lecture and four hours of laboratory work per week. A practical course, emphasizing scene craft, stage lighting, and prop-making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class work on actual productions. Laboratory course. Lab fee required.

Stage Acting I

THTR 141 - Levy, Nesbit (Multiple Sections)

An introduction to the art of acting. A studio course with special attention given to the actor's analysis of dramatic literature. Memorization and the presentation of scenes from plays are required.

University Theater II: Stage Management

THTR 209 - Evans

Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop management techniques through the study of the production problems of a major dramatic work or theatrical project being produced by the department. Students are required to participate in the production in a stage management capacity.

3D Printing & Desktop Manufacturing for the Theater

THTR 238 - Collins

Desktop manufacturing has revolutionized the design and prototyping of objects. This course is an introduction to the use of desktop manufacturing technologies. Students learn how to create digital designs, publish them electronically and create physical versions of those digital ideas. The course concentrates on how these technologies can be used in theater design and technology.

Digital Production

THTR 253 - Evans

Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.

University Theater III

THTR 309 - Collins

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process is required.

Stage Directing

THTR 361 - Levy

A studio course exploring the director's approach to play production, stressing the methods by which style, meaning, emotional values, and plot may be clearly expressed for an audience, culminating in a public presentation.

Directed Individual Project

THTR 423 - Collins

This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Internship

THTR 453 - Mish

After consultation with a theater faculty member and a representative of a departmentally approved theater or dance company, students submit a written description of a proposed summer internship with the company. Specific conditions of the internship and of required on-campus, follow-up projects must be approved by the department. Students register for the credit during fall registration, and the credit is awarded at the end of the fall term after completion of the required on-campus, follow-up projects.

University Theater IV: Capstone

THTR 471 - Collins

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process and a portfolio documenting the student's productions at Washington and Lee University are required.

Honors Thesis

THTR 493 - Mish

An advanced theater course that serves as a capstone to the major. Theater majors selected by the department conduct advanced theater research and individual artistic preparation, contribute artistically to the department's performance season, and produce a significant written thesis under the guidance of a thesis adviser.

Spring 2014

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Study Abroad in Swedish Theater

THTR 204 - Evans

This course provides a broad impact on student's cross-cultural skills and global understanding, enhancing their worldview. Students have the opportunity to acquire critical intercultural knowledge, appreciation of cultural and social differentness, and exposure to perspectives critical for global leadership. The course focuses on examining cultural differences between Sweden and United States through the exploration of the arts; however, because of the size of the class students are encouraged to examine Swedish culture from their own disciplinary interest.

University Theater II: Stage Management

THTR 209 - Collins

Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop management techniques through the study of the production problems of a major dramatic work or theatrical project being produced by the department. Students are required to participate in the production in a stage management capacity.

Special Effects of Theater

THTR 236 - Collins

In this hands-on, project-based course, students apply the process of iterative design and use critical thinking to provide creative solutions to solve the artistic effects required to tell stories in theater. Starting with textual analysis of given scripts, students develop the parameters required for various effects, figure out a process to create those effects, and make them.

Spring-Term Topics in Performing Arts

THTR 296 - Jew

Selected studies in theater, film or dance with a focus on history, criticism, performance or production.  May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

THTR 296-01: Contemporary American Playwrights: Text and Performance (4). This course leads students through some of the major plays written in the United States in the last thirty years. Plays by men, women, people of color, gay writers, immigrants, urban dwellers, rural playwrights, Southern playwrights, poets, political activists, screenwriters, experimental artists and solo performers, are selected with an eye toward demonstrating the diverse perspectives that mark American theater and drama today. Attention is paid to works that have achieved a level of popular success on stage as well as critical acclaim in the academy or mainstream theater, or at least have attracted political or artistic controversy. (HA) Jew.

University Theater III

THTR 309 - Collins

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process is required.


Winter 2014

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Introduction to Theater

THTR 100 - Jew (Multiple Sections)

An introduction to drama and the theater arts, including a brief historical survey, selected examples of dramatic literature, and a sequence on theater disciplines such as acting, designing, and directing.

University Theater

THTR 109 - Collins, Martinez (Multiple Sections)

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process is required. May be repeated for degree credit with permission. Maximum seven credits for students with a major or minor in theater, eight credits for others.

Introduction to Text and Performance

THTR 121 - Jew

This course explores the intersection between dramatic script and performance.  Students are guided through a method of critical strategies for assessing and interpreting dramatic literature, as well as a series of formal writing exercises designed to develop their critical and creative abilities. The course  culminates in the creation and presentation of student-written and performed scenes.

Fundamentals of Theater Art

THTR 131 - Collins

An introduction to modern theater practice involving one hour of lecture and four hours of laboratory work per week. A practical course, emphasizing scene craft, stage lighting, and prop-making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class work on actual productions. Laboratory course. Lab fee required.

Fundamentals of Theater Art

THTR 131L - Collins (Multiple Sections)

An introduction to modern theater practice involving one hour of lecture and four hours of laboratory work per week. A practical course, emphasizing scene craft, stage lighting, and prop-making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class work on actual productions. Laboratory course. Lab fee required.

Stage Acting I

THTR 141 - Mish

An introduction to the art of acting. A studio course with special attention given to the actor's analysis of dramatic literature. Memorization and the presentation of scenes from plays are required.

Preparation for Study Abroad; Swedish Theater

THTR 203 - Evans

This course is designed to enable students to participate successfully in the Spring term study abroad course in Sweden. During the weekly class meetings, students examine the historical, social, political, and artistic qualities that make Sweden unique, arming them with knowledge for their time in Sweden. Studying abroad, which promotes encountering cultural difference and, hopefully, crossing cultural boundaries, can be expected to be uncomfortable and even incomprehensible some of the time. As a result of this course, students will be open to exploring and enjoying those cultural differences.

University Theater II: Stage Management

THTR 209 - Evans

Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop management techniques through the study of the production problems of a major dramatic work or theatrical project being produced by the department. Students are required to participate in the production in a stage management capacity.

Educational Theater:Creative Strategies for Using Theater in the Pre-Kindergarten-to-High-School Classroom

THTR 225 - Jew

This course introduces students to the major theories, methods and practices in using theater art as an educational tool for children and youths. Students develop and implement lessons plans in their own areas of expertise, and participate in educational outreach for the department's production season. A solid background in the plays and practitioners in educational theater is developed through readings and in-class discussions. Short papers, teaching demonstrations and dramaturgical research are required. Students of all academic disciplines are welcome.

Musical Theater

THTR 242 - Mish (Multiple Sections)

Students learn, through study of seminal texts and video clips of performances and interviews with performers, a basic history of the American musical theater as an art form, combining the talents of composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, and others. Students research musical dramatic literature and apply musical and acting skills in the development and performance of excerpts from distinctive musicals of various eras. Students develop constructive, critical methods in the process of practicing and viewing musical theater performance.

Digital Production

THTR 253 - Evans

Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.

Topics in Performing Arts

THTR 290 - Martinez

Selected studies in theater, film or dance with a focus on history, criticism, performance or production. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

THTR 290: Topics in Performing Arts, Shakespeare and Swordplay (3) Prerequisite: Instructor consent.  A studio course devoted to exploring and practicing the vocal, physical and acting skills necessary to perform a stage sword fight in a play by Shakespeare. (HA) Martinez. Winter 2014

University Theater III

THTR 309 - Collins

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process is required.

Costume Design

THTR 338 - West

A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions. Lab fee required.

Directed Individual Project

THTR 423 - Collins

This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Internship

THTR 453 - Mish

After consultation with a theater faculty member and a representative of a departmentally approved theater or dance company, students submit a written description of a proposed summer internship with the company. Specific conditions of the internship and of required on-campus, follow-up projects must be approved by the department. Students register for the credit during fall registration, and the credit is awarded at the end of the fall term after completion of the required on-campus, follow-up projects.

Honors Thesis

THTR 493 - Jew

An advanced theater course that serves as a capstone to the major. Theater majors selected by the department conduct advanced theater research and individual artistic preparation, contribute artistically to the department's performance season, and produce a significant written thesis under the guidance of a thesis adviser.