Theater Major Requirements

2017 - 2018 Catalog

Theater major leading to BA degree

A major in theater leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 35 credits in theater as follows:

  1. Performance: THTR 109, 121 (FILM 121), 141
  2. Technology. One course chosen from THTR 131, 236, 238
  3. Literature: Two courses chosen from THTR 210, 211, 215; DANC 240
  4. Design: One course chosen from THTR 251, 253, 336
  5. Synthesis: One course chosen from THTR 209, 220, 361; DANC 220
  6. At least 12 additional credits chosen from among the following, including at least nine credits chosen from theater, dance or film courses:
    DANC 120, 202, 215, 220, 225, 230, 233, 240, 250, 292, 330, 340, 390
    FILM 109, 195, 196, 233, 236, 250, 255
    THTR 100, 131, 202, 203, 204, 209, 210, 211, 215, 220, 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 245, 251, 253, 290, 336, 337, 338, 341, 361, 397, 423, 453, 493
    CLAS 215
    ENGL 202, 231, 242, 243, 252, 319, 354
    FREN 397 (when topic is appropriate)
    GERM 335, 332
    GR 301, 303
    ITAL 295 (when topic is appropriate)
    LIT 225, 235
    MUS 210
    SPAN 398 (when topic is appropriate)
  7. Capstone Experience: THTR 471 (1) or THTR 493-493 (6)
  1. Performance:
  2. Required courses:

    • THTR 109 - University Theater
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      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.


    • THTR 121 - Script Analysis for Stage and Screen (FILM 121)
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy, Collins, Evans

      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.


    • THTR 141 - Stage Acting I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyLevy, Mish

      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.


  3. Technology:
  4. One course chosen from:

    • THTR 131 - Fundamentals of Theater Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCorequisite: THTR 132
      FacultyStaff

      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.


    • THTR 236 - Special Effects for Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteAdditional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term
      FacultyCollins

      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.


    • THTR 238 - 3D Printing & Desktop Manufacturing for the Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins

      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.


  5. Literature:
  6. Two courses chosen from:

    • THTR 210 - Ancient and Global Theater
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy

      This course examines the history of theater and dramatic literature from its foundations in ancient world cultures through the Renaissance. Since this history course covers over 2000 years of time, class meetings sometimes move at a fast pace. Students gain a general world-wide cultural understanding of the art and history of the theater from its beginnings, and how theater spread as a phenomenon across the globe. 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.

       

       

       


    • THTR 211 - Western Theater History
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy

      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.


    • THTR 215 - Modern Drama
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course explores the principal movements and aesthetics in the modern period in European and American theater history from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. Significant plays, playwrights, theatre artists and theorists are studied in context of the successive waves of modern movements: realism, symbolism, expressionism, surrealism, epic theater and theater of the absurd. Oral presentations, short research papers and performance projects will be required.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


  7. Design:
  8. One course chosen from:

    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins, Evans

      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


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      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.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyEvans

      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.


  9. Synthesis:
  10. One course chosen from:

    • THTR 209 - Stage Management
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      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.


    • THTR 210 - Ancient and Global Theater
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy

      This course examines the history of theater and dramatic literature from its foundations in ancient world cultures through the Renaissance. Since this history course covers over 2000 years of time, class meetings sometimes move at a fast pace. Students gain a general world-wide cultural understanding of the art and history of the theater from its beginnings, and how theater spread as a phenomenon across the globe. 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.

       

       

       


    • THTR 361 - Stage Directing 1
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141 and instructor consent
      FacultyLevy

      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.


    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120
      FacultyDavies

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to group choreography. This course focuses on creating a finished performance piece for presentation.


  11. At least 12 credits chosen from among the following including at least nine credits chosen from theater, dance, or film courses:
    • DANC 120 - Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      This course combines the exploration of individual and ensemble artistic expression in contemporary modern dance with the study of the history of modern dance. The course culminates in a performance presentation.


    • DANC 202 - Dance Europe
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyDavies

      Contemporary modern dance is an art form that explores questions about the body, identity, and globalization. Choreographers experiment with their craft by examining the way in which we relate to the world around us. The globalization of dance leads to cultural interchange and critical thinking about our place in a larger society and includes an exchange of styles and ideas and a cultural reflection on how and why dance is made. Globalism creates a rich artistic atmosphere and contributes to a wide variety of styles. Students travel to the four centers of contemporary modern dance in Europe: Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels. We explore contemporary aesthetics of particular regions, how culture influences movement choices, and the new ways in which European audiences are adapting to new forms of expression.


    • DANC 215 - World Dance Technique
      FDRHA
      Credits2
      FacultyStaff

      This dance class reflects the world dance form that is the specialty of the dance artist-in-residence. The basic dance techniques of that specific form are taught and movement is tied to the historical narrative of the country.


    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120
      FacultyDavies

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to group choreography. This course focuses on creating a finished performance piece for presentation.


    • DANC 225 - Intermediate Contemporary Modern Dance Technique
      Credits2
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      A studio course devoted to refining effort/shape values and pursuing performance quality phrasing and style in "Horton" modern dance technique. Students investigate self-directed reverse combinations, deconstruct movement phrases into sequential elements, and learn methods for written and oral analysis of dance. Students practice listening to the body by connecting movement phrases with kinesthetic experiences. May be repeated for up to eight credits.


    • DANC 230 - Musical-Theater Dance Technique
      Credits2
      FacultyStaff

      A studio exploration of choreography in musical theater from the 1940s to the present. Composition, theme, and form are discussed in concert with practical work in restaging historically significant musical dance numbers. Of particular interest are the choreographers' styles and the many dance techniques prevalent in musical theater. These issues are experienced through dance practica as original choreography is taught. May be repeated for up to six degree credits.


    • DANC 233 - Movement for Actors
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course exams an array of methods that provide a vocabulary for thinking about, acting upon, and talking about movement and gesture and the physical integration of voice, breath, speech, and movement. We explore Alexander Technique and create an awareness of physical habits of 'misuse' and transform them by focusing on breathing and vocal work. Students examine viewpoints as a method for vocabulary to discuss work and as a tool for creating it. Laban Movement Analysis looks at these same concepts as a language for interpreting and documenting human movement. Class meetings include lecture, studio work, and individual projects, and the course culminates in individual performance works that explore the synthesis of muscle coordination, sensory perception, and knowledge.


    • DANC 235 - Head to Toe
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyStaff

      The theory and practice of creating a lecture/demonstration-style performance based on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) for elementary students. This class spends time researching recent scholarly writings on the brain, neural wiring and how pairing movement with traditional educational concepts can help young children to learn better. Students then use these principles to create a lecture/demonstration for local 4th- and 5th-grade students, including meeting and discussing ideas with local principals, setting up performances, creating a concert that ties to Virginia SOLs in English, science or mathematics, making costumes, sets or other production elements, choreographing and performing the material. Students also prepare an evaluation of the production and create literature to leave with the teachers so that the basic principles used to create the performance can be continued if desired.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


    • DANC 250 - Aerial Dance Techniques
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course examines a unique array of techniques from across the aerial arts and a diversity of experimental approaches to movement in the air. The history of the form as well as lineage of style and current techniques are expressed through lecture, studio work, required readings and videos, masterclasses, performances, and written responses.


    • DANC 292 - Ballet Technique
      Credits2
      FacultyStaff

      This studio course is devoted to the practice of classical ballet technique and to the exploration of classical and contemporary ballet in performance. The course culminates in a performance presentation. This course may be repeated for degree credit for up to six degree credits.


    • DANC 330 - Experiential Anatomy
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      A study of human motion as it relates to the locomotor and physical activities of the dancer. The course covers the planes of the body; vocabulary of the skeleton; and specific muscles, their actions, and how they relate to the dancer's body. Injury prevention through alignment and proper movement is considered, as well as the reversal of body alienation. Attention is given to the application of course information to technique class and performance.


    • DANC 340 - Contemporary Dance Observation and Analysis
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      The observation and analysis of live and recorded contemporary dance focusing on the work of emerging and established choreographers. Exploration of methods for describing the moving body in space. Emphasis is placed on the written and verbal critique of contemporary dance in performance.


    • DANC 390 - Special Topics
      Credits3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      An advanced studio course for experienced dancers exploring various choreographic styles and methods and the intersections between technique, aesthetics and creative collaboration. 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. The course culminates in a performance piece for presentation. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      Spring 2017, DANC 390-01: Aerial Dance (4). Prerequisite: Instructor consent (especially if you have a physical ailments or a fear of heights).  Additional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term. A technique course for dancers, athletes and anyone excited about pushing themselves to new heights (literally!). This class explores various choreographic styles and methods and the intersections between technique, aesthetics, and creative collaboration. The course  culminates in an outside performance with the dancers tethered to the roof of Wilson Hall and dancing on its walls. Davies.


    • THTR 100 - Introduction to Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      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.


    • THTR 131 - Fundamentals of Theater Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCorequisite: THTR 132
      FacultyStaff

      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.


    • THTR 202 - Supervised Study Abroad
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyCollins, Martinez

      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.


    • THTR 203 - Preparation for Study Abroad; Swedish Theater
      Credits1
      FacultyEvans

      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.


    • THTR 204 - Study Abroad in Swedish Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyEvans

      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.


    • THTR 209 - Stage Management
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      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.


    • THTR 210 - Ancient and Global Theater
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy

      This course examines the history of theater and dramatic literature from its foundations in ancient world cultures through the Renaissance. Since this history course covers over 2000 years of time, class meetings sometimes move at a fast pace. Students gain a general world-wide cultural understanding of the art and history of the theater from its beginnings, and how theater spread as a phenomenon across the globe. 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.

       

       

       


    • THTR 211 - Western Theater History
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy

      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.


    • THTR 215 - Modern Drama
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course explores the principal movements and aesthetics in the modern period in European and American theater history from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. Significant plays, playwrights, theatre artists and theorists are studied in context of the successive waves of modern movements: realism, symbolism, expressionism, surrealism, epic theater and theater of the absurd. Oral presentations, short research papers and performance projects will be required.


    • THTR 216 - Contemporary Drama
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course explores European and American theater and drama from the late 20th century to the present. Significant plays, playwrights, theater artists and theorists are studied alongside the issues of postmodernism, capitalism, feminism, diversity and the emerging global economy and culture. Dramatic works under review also include solo and performance art, as well as fringe and political theatrical forms. The current state of theater is also a focal point for class discussion. Oral presentations, short research papers and performance projects are required.


    • THTR 220 - Playwriting
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      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.


    • THTR 236 - Special Effects for Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteAdditional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term
      FacultyCollins

      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.


    • THTR 238 - 3D Printing & Desktop Manufacturing for the Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins

      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.


    • THTR 239 - Total Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteThree credits in theater or dance and instructor consent
      FacultyStaff

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


    • THTR 241 - Stage Acting II
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141 and instructor consent
      FacultyLevy

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


    • THTR 242 - Musical Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyMish

      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.


    • THTR 245 - Talk to Us: How to Make Friends and Influence People
      FDRHA
      FacultyLevy

      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.


    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins, Evans

      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


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      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.


    • THTR 290 - Topics in Performing Arts
      FDRHA
      Credits3 credits in fall or winter, 4 in spring
      PrerequisiteThree credits in theater and instructor consent

      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.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyEvans

      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.


    • THTR 337 - Scene Painting and Scenic Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyCollins

      This course is an exploration and application of the methods and materials used in painting and finishing scenery for the theater. The course covers both historical and current scene painting techniques, as well as the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques. Outside projects are required. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 338 - Costume Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

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


    • THTR 341 - Acting 3: Styles
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141 or instructor consent

      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. 


    • THTR 397 - Seminar in Theater Topics
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSix credits in theater or dance courses and instructor consent

      A seminar in theater history, literature/ criticism or production with a specific topic and scope to be announced prior to registration. Work in the seminar is based on research, discussion and assigned papers and/or projects. Lab fee required for certain topics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • THTR 423 - Directed Individual Project
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      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.


    • THTR 453 - Internship
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDepartmental consent
      FacultyMish

      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.


    • THTR 493 - Honors Thesis
      Credits3-3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of the required courses for the major, a 3.500 grade-point average in courses used for the major, and permission of the department. Students must have completed advanced theater courses in their area of interest, demonstrated ability in the area of interest as evidenced by course work, performance and/ or production experience, and completion of additional area-specific requirements
      FacultyStaff

      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.


    • FILM 109 - Film Performance Laboratory
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultySpice

      Participate as a writer, actor, cinematographer or technician in a faculty supervised film production. May be repeated for degree credit for a total of 3 credits.


    • FILM 195 - Topics in Film Studies
      FDRHA
      Credits3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement, and other prerequisites may vary with topic

      Selected topic in film studies, focused on one or more of film history, theory, production, or screenwriting. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • FILM 196 - Topics in Film and Literature
      FDRHL
      Credits3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement, and other prerequisites may vary with topic

      Selected topics in film and literature. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • FILM 233 - Introduction to Film
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement
      FacultyStaff

      An introductory study of film taught in English and with a topical focus on texts from a variety of global film-making traditions. At its origins, film displayed boundary-crossing international ambitions, and this course attends to that important fact, but the course's individual variations emphasize one national film tradition (e.g., American, French, Indian, British, Italian, Chinese, etc.) and, within it, may focus on major representative texts or upon a subgenre or thematic approach. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the history, theory, and basic terminology of film.


    • FILM 236 - Science Fiction & Fantasy: From Page to Screen and Beyond
      FDRHL
      Credits4
      FacultyAdams

      Film, almost from origins, has been fascinated by the evocation of fantasy worlds and by the effort to imagine and represent future worlds filled with technological marvels.(Film is, of course, a medium obsessed by its own technological improvements from sound and color to 30 and virtual reality.) From such major directors as Lang and Kubrick to Lucas and Spielberg, science fiction has attracted some of the finest and most innovative directors. In this course, we study major examples of this phenomenon along with the technological history and philosophical speculations contributing to it.


    • FILM 255 - Seven-Minute Shakespeare
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteCompletion of the FDR FW and HL requirements
      FacultyDobin

      After intensive collective reading and discussion of four Shakespeare plays in the first week, students organize into four-person groups with the goal of producing a seven-minute video version of one of the plays by the end of the term, using only the actual text of the play. The project requires full engagement and commitment, and includes tasks such as editing and selecting from the text to produce the film script, creating storyboards, casting and recruiting actors, rehearsing, filming, editing, adding sound tracks and effects. We critique and learn from each other's efforts.


    • CLAS 215 - Ancient Drama and Its Influence
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultyCrotty

      In this course we study ancient tragedy and comedy, both Greek and Roman, and look, too, at the cultural forces shaping ancient drama and some of the influence on later drama and thought. In addition to later plays that hail from ancient drama, we consider some philosophical interpretations of the significance of drama, and, in particular, tragedy.


    • ENGL 202 - Topics in Creative Writing: Playwriting
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FDR FW requirement
      FacultyGavaler

      A course in the practice of writing plays, involving workshops, literary study, critical writing, and performance.


    • ENGL 231 - Drama
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW requirement
      FacultyStaff

      An introductory study of drama, emphasizing form, history, and performance. Organization may be chronological, thematic, or generic and may cover English language, western, or world drama. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the interpretation of theatrical texts.


    • ENGL 242 - Individual Shakespeare Play
      FDRHL
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW requirement
      FacultyPickett

      A detailed study of a single Shakespearean play, including its sources, textual variants, performance history, film adaptations and literary and cultural legacy. The course includes both performance-based and analytical assignments.


    • ENGL 252 - Shakespeare
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW requirement
      FacultyStaff

      A study of the major genres of Shakespeare's plays, employing analysis shaped by formal, historical, and performance-based questions. Emphasis is given to tracing how Shakespeare's work engages early modern cultural concerns, such as the nature of political rule, gender, religion, and sexuality. A variety of skills are developed in order to assist students with interpretation, which may include verse analysis, study of early modern dramatic forms, performance workshops, two medium-length papers, reviews of live play productions, and a final, student-directed performance of a selected play.


    • ENGL 319 - Shakespeare and Company
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteENGL 299
      FacultyPickett

      Focusing on the repertory and working conditions of the two play companies with which he was centrally involved, this course examines plays by Shakespeare and several of his contemporary collaborators and colleagues (Jonson, Middleton, Fletcher). Attentive to stage history and the evolution of dramatic texts within print culture, students consider the degree to which Shakespeare was both a representative and an exceptional player in Renaissance London's "show business."


    • ENGL 354 - Contemporary British and American Drama
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteENGL 299
      FacultyPickett

      This course examines both the masterpieces and undiscovered gems of English language theater from Samuel Beckett to the present. The course investigates contemporary movements away from naturalism and realism towards the fantastical, surreal, and spectacular. Student presentations, film screenings, and brief performance exercises supplement literary analysis of the plays, though no prior drama experience is presumed.


    • GERM 335 - German Playwriting
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteGERM 311 or instructor consent
      FacultyCrockett

      A four-week intensive seminar, taught in German, which leads to the writing of a one-act play in German for possible production the following winter. A workshop with an established playwright and the reading of several successful German one -act plays provide the theoretical component. Students conceptualize and draft a one-act play in German of approximately thirty minutes in performance length. Through dramatic readings and peer review, students continue to modify and improve their manuscript to achieve the final, stage-worthy version.


    • GERM 332 - Performing German
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteGERM 261 or instructor consent
      FacultyCrockett

      The reading, interpretation, preparation and performance of one or more German-language dramas. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. A maximum of three credits may be used to meet major requirements.


    • GR 301 - Tragedy
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteGR 202 or equivalent, or instructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      A study of the Greek dramatists through close textual analysis; readings from ancient and modern theatrical writers and theories.


    • GR 303 - Old and Middle Comedy
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteGR 202 or instructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      A study of the comic tradition in general and of Greek comedy in particular. Readings in Greek and English from Aristophanes and from the corpus of ancient and modern comic plays.


    • LIT 225 - Poetry and Drama of Japan in Translation
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement
      FacultyIkeda

      This course is designed to introduce students to the poetry and theater of Japan's premodern era. We examine classical themes and poetic art forms, and read from the vast canon of Japanese poetry. Readings cover major poets such as Hitomaro, Komachi, Teika, Saigyo, Sogi and Basho. The second part of the course offers a close study of the four traditional dramatic art forms of Japan: Noh, Kyogen or Comic Theater, Puppet Theater, and Kabuki. Students experience the performative aspect of the Noh theater by learning dance movements and song/chant from the play Yuya . The final part of the course demonstrates how classical theater has influenced modern playwrights and novelists.


    • LIT 235 - Tragedies East and West
      FDRHL
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW requirement
      FacultyFu

      This course is designed to introduce students to the topic of tragedy in both China and the West from its origin in Greece and the Chinese Yuan dynasty up to modern times. It examines the concept of tragedy as a literary genre in the West, its evolution in history, and the aptness of its application to Chinese drama. Primary texts from Western and Chinese classical drama as well as from the modern period are selected as a basis for comparison, with a view to helping students form a comparative perspective in their appreciation of both Chinese and Western drama. Course activities include frequent discussions, writing assignments and projects of student performance, video screenings and a possible trip to either Washington DC or New York City to view a Chinese or Western play in performance.


    • MUS 210 - Vocal Pedagogy
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTwo terms of applied vocal study and instructor consent. Designed for music and theater majors and advanced non-majors
      FacultyParker

      This course focuses on the basic functions of vocal production and strategies for teaching healthy singing.


    • And the following courses when the topic is appropriate
    • FREN 397 - Séminaire avancé
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteThree courses at the 200 level

      The in-depth study of a topic in French literature and/or civilization. Recent offerings include: La Littérature francophone du Maghreb; La littérature Beure; La France sous l'occupation; Les femmes et l'écriture au XVIIe siècle; Les écrivains du XXe siècle et la diversité culturelle; L'affaire Dreyfus. Students are encouraged to use this course for the development of a personal project. May be repeated for degree credit when the topics are different.

       


    • ITAL 295 - Topics in Italian Culture
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteITAL 163 or equivalent

      A second-year topics course focusing on issues and texts related to Italian literature and culture. All discussion, writing, and exercises are in Italian. May be repeated for degree credit with permission and if the topics are different.


    • SPAN 398 - Spanish-American Seminar
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      Prerequisite240 and SPAN 275

      A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. Recent topics have included "Spanish American Women Writers: From America into the 21st Century," "20th Century Latin America Theater," and "Past, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Argentina's Cultural Products." May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      Fall 2017, SPAN 398A-01: Spanish-American Seminar: Fictions of Self-Representation (3).  Prerequisites: SPAN 240 and 275. An examination of forms of self-representation through the reading of literary and non-literary works. In addition to conceptual discussions of how artists use fictionalized forms of self-portraiture in diverse Latin-American contexts, we pay special attention to issues of subjectivity, self-empowerment, authority, and reader recognition, among others. Primary texts focus mainly on the 19th and 20th centuries. (HL) Botta.

       


  12. Capstone Experience:
    • THTR 471 - University Theater IV: Capstone
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteSenior standing and instructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      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.


    • or
    • THTR 493 - Honors Thesis (+THTR 493) for total of 6 credits
      Credits3-3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of the required courses for the major, a 3.500 grade-point average in courses used for the major, and permission of the department. Students must have completed advanced theater courses in their area of interest, demonstrated ability in the area of interest as evidenced by course work, performance and/ or production experience, and completion of additional area-specific requirements
      FacultyStaff

      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.