Theater Courses

Winter 2019

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Introduction to Theater

THTR 100 - Evans, Shawn Paul (Shawn Paul)

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 40 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 - Evans, Shawn Paul (Shawn Paul)

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 40 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 - Collins, Owen

An introduction to modern theater practice involving two hours of lecture per week and participation of approximately 45-60 hours of work in a large-scale production spread throughout the term. A practical course, emphasizing scene-craft, stage lighting, and prop making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class to work on actual productions. Laboratory course with THTR 132.

Laboratory for Fundamentals of Theater Art I

THTR 132 - Collins, Owen

An introduction to modern theater practice involving four hours of laboratory work per week. A practical course, emphasizing scenecraft, stage lighting, and prop making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class to work on actual productions.

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 (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.

Stage Management

THTR 209 - Evans, Shawn Paul (Shawn Paul)

Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a 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.

Musical Theater

THTR 242 - Mish, Robert W.

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, Shawn Paul (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.

Topics in Performing Arts

THTR 290 - Hill, Michael D.

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 2019, THTR 290-01: Topics in Performing Arts: The American Dream in Post-1954 Black Drama (3). No prerequisites or consent necessary for this section. While Alain Locke, as early as the Harlem Renaissance, prophesied great things for African American dramatists, it was not until the early days of the Civil Rights Movement that his optimism was fully gratified. After Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun appeared though, black Americans garnered multiple Pulitzer prizes and, by most accounts, became vibrant contributors to a national theater. In part, this contribution has been defined by an ironic view of that success narrative known as "The American Dream." This course explores African American drama since 1954, focusing on the interplay between black selfhood and the evolving notion of an American Dream. Examining pivotal plays from this period, we analyze what makes the struggle for progress an ambiguous, yet attractive topic for black playwrights. (HA) M. Hill.

Stage Directing 1

THTR 361 - Levy, Jemma A.

An introduction to directing for the stage.  In this hands-on class, students learn and develop basic techniques for integrating work with scripts, performers, and designers into a cohesive stage performance.  Students direct scenes from realistic modern or contemporary plays, focusing on collaboration, clarity, imagination, and analysis to create stage pictures and character relationships that tell a specific story on stage.  The class culminates in invited classroom performances.

Directed Individual Project

THTR 423 - Evans, Shawn Paul (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.

University Theater IV: Capstone

THTR 471 - Levy, Jemma A.

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 2018

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 - Evans, Shawn Paul (Shawn Paul)

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 - Davies, Jenefer M.

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 40 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 - Sandberg, Stephanie L.

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 40 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 - Evans, Shawn Paul (Shawn Paul)

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 40 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.

Script Analysis for Stage and Screen

THTR 121 - Sandberg, Stephanie L.

The study of selected plays and screenplays from the standpoint of the theatre and screen artists. Emphasis on thorough examination of the scripts preparatory to production. This course is focused on developing script analysis skills directly applicable to work in production. Students work collaboratively in various creative capacities to transform texts into productions.

Stage Acting I

THTR 141 - Mish, Robert W.

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.

Stage Management

THTR 209 - Evans, Shawn Paul (Shawn Paul)

Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a production in a stage-management capacity.

Western Theater History

THTR 211 - Levy, Jemma A.

This course examines theater from the Renaissance period up to the modern era. Students read, analyze, and perform texts from this period, studying in detail how the theater is culturally created and maintained. The goal of the course is to gain a general overview of how the theater came to be what it is today. Since theater is primarily a cultural institution, we simultaneously examine politics, philosophy, religion, science, and other factors that influence how the art form is created, maintained, and culturally preserved. We also examine history itself as an important cultural tool for assessing the events of the past.

Stage Acting II

THTR 241 - Levy, Jemma A.

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

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 - Evans, Shawn Paul (Shawn Paul)

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 40 hours. A journal recording the production process is required.

Lighting Design

THTR 336 - Evans, Shawn Paul (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 (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.

University Theater IV: Capstone

THTR 471 - Levy, Jemma A.

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 2018

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Discover Scotland: History and Culture through Theater

THTR 227 - Brock, Michelle D. (Mikki) / Levy, Jemma A.

Spring Term Abroad. For a small nation of just over 5 million, Scotland looms remarkably large in our historical, cultural, and artistic imagination. This course travels to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Highlands to allow students to go beyond the mythologizing and romance to discover Scotland as it has been experienced and performed by the Scottish people. Using Scotland's vibrant and remarkably political theater scene as our jumping-off point, we study this country's history and culture, examining the powerful intersections of myth and reality that shape Scottish identity past and present. We pay particular attention to the dichotomies -- Highland and Lowland; urban and rural; separatist and unionist; poor and rich; Protestant and Catholic, etc. -- that make modern Scotland such a fascinating subject of historical and artistic inquiry.

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.

Total Theater

THTR 239 - Mish, Robert W.

A practical study of design, directing, production and acting problems in a specific style of dramatic literature, culminating in a public theatrical production.