Theater Courses

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 - STAFF / 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.

FS: First-Year Seminar

THTR 180 - Levy, Jemma A.

First-year seminar.

Fall 2015, THTR 180-01: First-Year Seminar: Scum and Villainy: A History of Theatre through the Characters We Love to Hate (3). First-Year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-Year class standing. This seminar examines the idea of villains and villainy as it is reflected in dramatic literature. Through readings and discussions, we come up with our own ideas about how the significance of villains has changed over time -- sociologically, historically, psychologically, and as a source of entertainment. We look at the ways theatre history both reflects and affects changes in our ideas about "bad guys". A combination of frequent shorter writing assignments and two longer papers allow students to hone their writing skills while reflecting on larger questions of good and evil. (HA) Levy.

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 - Jew, Kimberly M.

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 - Jew, Kimberly M.

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 - 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.

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.


Spring 2015

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Supervised Study Abroad

THTR 202 - Martinez, Joseph D.

A Spring Term Abroad course. An intensive exposure to English theater and the current season in London. In addition to a full schedule of theater attendance, the course includes a study of theater training, production techniques and representative styles and periods of English drama.

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.


Winter 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 - Courtney, Anna M.

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, 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.

Introduction to Text and Performance

THTR 121 - Ristau, Todd W.

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, Owen

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, Owen

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, Owen

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, Owen

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, Owen

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, Robert W.

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 - Collins, Owen

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 - Ristau, Todd W.

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.

Stage Acting II

THTR 241 - Levy, Jemma A.

A studio course continuation of THTR 141 with greater emphasis placed on research techniques and performance.

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.

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.

Directed Individual Project

THTR 423 - Levy, Jemma A.

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.

Honors Thesis

THTR 493 - Collins, Owen

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.