Theater Courses

Spring 2016

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Study Abroad in Swedish Theater

THTR 204 - Evans, Shawn Paul

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.

Special Effects for Theater

THTR 236 - Collins, Owen

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.

Talk to Us: How to Make Friends and Influence People

THTR 245 - Levy, Jemma A.

An investigation, using theatre, film, television, performance art, and stand-up comedy, of the ways in which speaking directly to an audience can or should influence them. In particular, we talk about the use of rhetoric to make an argument, and the relationship between performer/speaker and audience. Students evaluate the use of direct address in various media, and the class includes some domestic travel to attend live events. The course culminates with a public performance by the students.

Topics in Performing Arts

THTR 290 - Mish, Robert W. / STAFF

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 2016, THTR 290-01:On Camera: Acting for Success in the Selfie World (4). In this course, students learn to become comfortable in front of the lens. Beginning with on-camera interviews and progressing to scenes acted in front of the camera, students hone their on-camera technique and understanding of the advantages and limitations of the camera with an emphasis on a strong creative process and a relaxed, confident on-camera presence. Students also gain an understanding of basic camera moves, lighting, and simple editing which allow them to produce their own original short scene as part of their out-of-class requirement. (HA) Mish and Aleksander. Spring 2016 only

Winter 2016

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Introduction to Theater

THTR 100 - Mish, Robert W.

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, Owen

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.

University Theater

THTR 109 - Mish, Robert W.

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 - Levy, Jemma A.

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 - Evans, Shawn Paul

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, Shawn Paul

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, Shawn Paul

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, Shawn Paul

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, Shawn Paul

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, Jemma A.

An introduction to acting for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop physical and vocal techniques for text-based and improvisational performance, focusing on relationships, objectives, and actions. Work includes in-class scene presentations from modern scripts.

Preparation for Study Abroad; Swedish Theater

THTR 203 - Evans, Shawn Paul

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, Shawn Paul

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, Owen

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, Shawn Paul

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, Owen

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

Costume Design

THTR 338 - Collins, Owen

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

Acting 3: Styles

THTR 341 - Levy, Jemma A.

An advanced acting class focused on performing the work of a particular playwright or playwrights. In this course, students enhance their scene work by examining the theatrical and historical context in which the plays were written, thereby achieving a deeper understanding of a performance style other than contemporary realism. Topics change regularly. May be repeated twice for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2016, THTR 341-01: Shakespeare (3). Prerequisite: THTR 141 or ENGL 252 or instructor consent. Through performance of monologues, small group scenes, and large crowd scenes, students learn by doing how we believe actors in Shakespeare's time would have performed his work, and how his writing informed the way actors performed. Emphasis is placed on textual and metrical analysis, comprehension of rhetoric, clear physical and verbal storytelling, and engagement of the audience. Levy.

Directed Individual Project

THTR 423 - Collins, Owen

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.

University Theater IV: Capstone

THTR 471 - Collins, Owen

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.

Fall 2015

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, Robert W.

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.

Introduction to Theater

THTR 100 - Collins, Owen

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, Owen

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.

University Theater

THTR 109 - Levy, Jemma A.

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, Shawn Paul

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, Shawn Paul

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, Shawn Paul

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, Shawn Paul

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, Shawn Paul

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, Jemma A.

An introduction to acting for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop physical and vocal techniques for text-based and improvisational performance, focusing on relationships, objectives, and actions. Work includes in-class scene presentations from modern scripts.

University Theater II: Stage Management

THTR 209 - Evans, Shawn Paul

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.

History of Theater and Drama I

THTR 210 - Menzer, Paul D.

A brief overview of some of the major performance conventions, artists, and dramatic scripts from the classical Greek to the Renaissance theaters.  New and traditional approaches to analyzing scripts, as well as a section devoted to the current department season, are included. Students attend live performances, participate in group creative exercises, write critical analyses of plays, and conduct individual research projects.

Playwriting

THTR 220 - Menzer, Paul D.

An introductory workshop in creative writing for the theater that will focus on traditional forms of scene and script writing. Opportunities for collaborative writing and devised theater may be included. Weekly writing and reading assignments are required. Limited enrollment.

Introduction to Performance Design

THTR 251 - Collins, Owen

An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required. Lab fee required

University Theater III

THTR 309 - Collins, Owen

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

Lighting Design

THTR 336 - Evans, Shawn Paul

A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production. Lab fee required.

Directed Individual Project

THTR 423 - Evans, Shawn Paul

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, Robert W.

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, Owen

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.