Course Descriptions - Department of Theatre

THEATRE COURSES


THE 1000 Introduction to Theatre (3)
Survey of the basic elements and theories of theatre production with practical experiences in theatrical production and field trips to professional and amateur productions. Field trip fees and laboratory hours required. GEHU 

THE 1100 Acting I: The Actor Prepares (3)
Survey of basic acting skills including individual exercises as well as partnered scene work. Performance fees may be required. GEHU

THE 2110 Movement for the Actor (3)
A course in control of the actor’s total instrument of expression and self-discipline of body movement.
Prerequisite: THE 1100

THE 2150 Period Acting on Today’s Stage (3)
Exploration and application of historically based acting techniques currently in use on the contemporary stage.
Prerequisite: THE 1100, or permission of instructor.

THE 2110 Movement for the Actor (3)
A course in control of the actor’s total instrument of expression and self-discipline of body movement.
Prerequisite: THE 1100

THE 2300 Technical Theatre Production (3)
An introductory course comprising the basic elements of scenery, lighting, and sound and their application in practical laboratory situations. Design, construction, rigging, lighting, and sound techniques are stressed. Additional lab hours are required. Lab fees will be required.
Prerequisite: THE 1000 or permission of instructor.

THE 2301-6 Theatre Laboratory (.5)
A practical laboratory with production experiences provided in all areas of theatre. Scheduled lab times required. Meets 1 double period per week.
Prerequisite: Requirement for BA Theatre majors (6 semesters), BA in Theatre with Teacher Certification (4), BFA Performance majors (2 semesters) and BFA Design/Tech majors (8 semesters). Elective for all others.

THE  3120 Advanced Movement (3)
Extended exploration of styles of stage and character movement.
Prerequisite: THE 2110

THE 3140 Improvisation: Acting Without a Net (3)
Improvisational stage techniques, focusing primarily on acting techniques for unscripted performance. 
Prerequisite: THE 2110

THE 3145 Voice for the Performer (3)
Concentration on the vocal production process for the performer. Exercises focusing on breathing, sound production, resonance, articulation and listening that allow the natural voice to be discovered.
Prerequisite: GE 2023 or permission of instructor.

THE 3150 Contemporary Acting Techniques (3)
Practical application of contemporary acting techniques through scene study and analysis.
Prerequisite: THE 2150.

THE  3160 Speak the Speech (3)
Exploration of advanced techniques of classical acting, principally using the works of Shakespeare for analysis and practice. Emphasis on the connection between voice and the text with additional consideration of its connection to physical movement.
Prerequisite: THE 1000, THE 1100, THE 3145 and ENG 3215

THE 3200 Creative Drama (3)
Skills and methods utilizing creative drama as a teaching tool. Lesson plans will be tested and developed for creative movement, pantomime, improvisation, storytelling, and story dramatization to introduce, explore, or reinforce other content areas. 
Prerequisite: GE 2023 and THE 1100

THE 3220 Methods for Teaching Secondary School Theatre (3)
Skills and methods to deliver a theatre curriculum in the secondary school setting. Developing curriculum, planning lessons, compiling a “mini” Teacher Work Sample, understanding the classroom environment, preparing for field study, and practicing classroom management will be covered. Site visits and field study experiences are included as part of the course.
Prerequisite: EDUC 3000 and 3401; Co-requisite: EMSE 3801, EMSE 3903, and THE 4220

THE 3240 Theatre For Young Audiences (3)
Introduction to theory and practice of theatre production for young audiences.
Prerequisite: GE 2303

THE 3250 Creating Plays for Children’s Theatre (3)
The theory, method and practice of writing plays for children’s theatre production. Scenes from plays will be staged in class.
Prerequisite: Any course in written composition, Junior level or permission of instructor.

THE 3260 Playwriting for the Stage (3)
Students learn the fundamentals of playwriting and apply said fundamentals to the creation of an original play for the stage, work together in a lab environment, and provide feedback as part of the continued development of the scripts in class.
Prerequisite: THE 1000, ENG 1030, GE 2023

THE 3310 Costuming  (3)
An introduction to basic costume design and construction.
Prerequisite: THE 2300

THE 3320 Costume Construction (3)
A practical study of costume construction techniques and crafts used in the execution of costumes for the stage, including machine and hand sewing, pattern drafting, draping, and millinery skills. Production work is included as part of the course. Materials fee required.
Prerequisite: THE 2300

THE 3330 Western Costume History (3)
A historical survey of Western costume.

ID 3331-3 Public Performance (1-3)
Examination and creation of a public persona through textual analysis and external research of a literary text and the world it describes.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THE 3335 Scenic Design I (3)
Problems in concept and composition are examined through the development of ground plans, elevations, and renderings. Material fees required.
Prerequisite: THE 2300, THE 3700.

THE 3340 Costume Design (3)
Studies in theory and practices of costume design for stage. Emphasis will be given to script analysis, period research, fabric, color theory, and the sketching of finished costume renderings. Materials fee required.
Prerequisite: THE 2300, THE 3700.

ID 3341-3 Behind the Scenes of Public Performance
Practical experience in supervisory, design, and technical positions in live public performance. Instructor will determine after selection of participants if level of involvement warrants one, two, or three hours of credit. 
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THE 3345 Lighting Design (3)
General principles and practices of stage lighting and characteristics of stage lighting equipment. Material fees required.
Prerequisite: THE 2300, THE 3700.

THE 3350 Stage Makeup (3)
Basic straight and character makeup, using grease-paint, pancake and plaster. Materials fee required.
Prerequisite: THE 2300.

THE 3355 Scene Painting and Texturing for Theatre, TV, and Film (3)
The study and practice of basic scenic painting with an emphasis on faux finishes and textures as it applies to theatre, television, and film. Material fees required.
Prerequisite: THE 2300, FA 1000 or FA 2404 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor.

THE 3365 Drafting and Rendering for the Performing Arts (3)
Introduction to rendering and drafting techniques used in theatrical design and an exploration of various rendering media. Purchase of tools and equipment is required.
Prerequisite: THE 2300, FA 1000 or FA 2404 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor.

THE 3400 Directing I (3)
A study of the elements, techniques, and skills of directing for the stage.
Prerequisite: THE 3700.

THE 3450 Stage Management for the Theatre (3)
Study of the responsibilities of a stage manager in a professional theatrical production. Application of principles of good management and organization in the directorial team. Field trips required.
Prerequisite: THE 2300.

THE 3460 Seminar in Theatre Administration (3)
A problem-centered seminar dealing with contemporary theatre administration.
Prerequisite: THE 2300.

THE 3700 Script Analysis and Dramaturgy: From Page to Stage (3)
Structural analysis combined with historical and conceptual investigation of performance texts from the standpoint of the director, designer, dramaturg, and actor in order to bring a text from page to stage.
Prerequisite: THE 1000, GE 2023.

THE 3710 World Theatre I: From Ancient Ritual to Courtly Spectacle (3)
History and production texts of theatre from its ancient beginnings in myth and ritual to the highly codified performances of the 18th century. GEHU WE
Prerequisite: THE 1000, ENG 1030, GE 2023.

THE 3720 World Theatre II: From Idealism to Realism to Ideologies (3)
History and production texts of theatre from the romantic theatre of the early 19th century to myriad styles of theatrical production in the present day. GEHU WE
Prerequisite: THE 1000, ENG 1030, 2023.

THE 3820 Children’s Theatre on Tour (3)
A contemporary play for children will be chosen, staged, and performed at local schools, orphanages, or children’s hospitals. This course offers students an intensive experience as members of a touring company through their performance as actors, designers, stage managers, company managers, or crew members.
Prerequisite: THE 2300 and audition, interview, or permission of instructor.

THE 3830 Kean Players on Tour (3)
An intensive student experience in touring classic or contemporary plays at high school, adult, and senior citizen centers. Students participate as actors, designers, stage managers, company managers, crew members. 
Prerequisite: THE 2300 and audition, interview, or permission of instructor.

THE 3840 Summer Stock Theatre Workshop (6)
An intensive student experience in the organization and performance of a two-show summer stock season. Audition required for actors.
Prerequisite: THE 2300 and audition/interview, or permission of instructor. 

THE 3961-63 Issues in Theatre (1,2,3)
Designed to examine issues, developments, and modern trends in theatre practice.
Prerequisite: THE 2300.

THE 3975-3977 Theatre Practicum (1,2,3)
Individualized course allowing for practical application of technical, design, production administration, research/critical, or performance skills. 
Prerequisite: THE 1000, 1100, 2300, Junior/Senior standing, and an approved proposal.

THE 4100 Acting for the Camera (3)
The skills of film and television acting with practical performance and production experiences.
Prerequisite: THE 3150.

THE 4110 Stage Dialects (3)
Dialect as a tool in theatrical presentation using phonetic transcription to develop auditory, muscular and imitative speech skills.
Prerequisite: THE 3145.

THE 4150 Acting as a Profession (3)
A study of the professional New York theatre, with emphasis on the audition and the process of beginning a career. Field trip fees required.
Prerequisite: THE 3150, 3700.

THE 4220 Topics in Theatre Education (3)
Focus on career preparation, particularly the intersection of curricular and extra-curricular responsibilities for the theatre educator in a school setting. Investigation of job search strategies, producing the school play, managing the resources of a theatre and/or theatre classroom, planning educational field trips, and designing a guest artist residency.
Prerequisite: EDUC 3000, EDUC 3401
Co-requisite: EMSE 3801, EMSE 3903, and THE 3220

THE 4300 Advanced Technical Theatre Production (3)
An advanced course in traditional and contemporary solutions to technical production problems. Additional fees required. 
Prerequisite: THE 2301-2 (2 semesters) or permission of instructor.

THE 4350 Portfolio Preparation (3)
Preparation of theatrical portfolios, personal marketing tools, and interview techniques. Purchase of tools and equipment is required.
Prerequisite: Senior standing, declared theatre major, THE 3365, completion of 3 approved theatrical design/tech or art courses, or permission of instructor

THE 4400 Directing II (3)
Artistic and technical challenges in directing the classical, the period, the avant-garde, the experimental, or original script.
Prerequisite: THE 3400, THE 3700

THE 4850 Contemporary American Regional Theatre Experience (3)
Study of the American regional theatres. On-site experiences at regional theatres in the Northeast United States including tours and performances. Required fees for travel expenses.

THE 4860 Contemporary British Theatre (3)
A study of the British theatre. On-site experiences in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Required fees for travel expenses. 
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THE 4900 Senior Seminar in Theatre  (3)
Advanced exploration of theatre topics, including the practical aspects of the business of the theatre, conceptualization, collaboration, and communication, culminating in a final research project to be presented and defended.
Prerequisite: THE 2300, THE 3700, senior standing, declared theatre major, or permission by department chair.

THE 4955-7 Cooperative Education: Work Study (3, 6, 12)
Supervised placement in an employment position utilizing background in Theatre. THE 4955 and 4956 may be repeated for credit. A miximum of 12 credit hours in co-op ed may be applied to the B.A. degree.
Prerequisite: Minimum of 24 credit hours in Theatre courses and approval of the department chair.

ID 3331-3 Public Performance (1-3)
Examination and creation of a public persona through textual analysis and external research of a literary text and the world it describes.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ID 3341-3 Behind the Scenes of Public Performance
Practical experience in supervisory, design, and technical positions in live public performance. Instructor will determine after selection of participants if level of involvement warrants one, two, or three hours of credit. 
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

DANCE COURSES


DANC 2110 Technique and Theory of Ballet (2)
Exploration of the conceptual and experiential development of classical ballet, with particular emphasis on technique and skill.  May be repeated for credit. Supply fees required.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

DANC  2120 Technique and Theory of Modern Dance (2)
Exploration of conceptual and experiential development of modern dance, with particular emphasis on technique and skill.  May be repeated up to four times for credit. Supply fees.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

DANC 2130 Technique and Theory of Jazz Dance (2)
Exploration of the conceptual and experiential development of jazz dance styles, with particular emphasis on technique and skill.  May be repeated up to four times for credit. Supply fees.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

DANC 2140 Dance in Musical Theatre (1)
Conceptual and experiential exploration of the impact of jazz, ballet, tap, and modern dance styles within the context of the history of the musical theatre, with particular attention to the contributions of individual pioneering musical theatre choreographers.
Prerequisites: 2 semesters of any of the following:  DANC 2110, 2115, 2120, 2125, 2130, 2135, or by Permission of Instructor.

DANC 2150 Dance Styles; Reconstructing and Interpreting Dance Repertoire (3)
Students will develop the technical and artistic skills necessary to recreate and perform historic and contemporary repertoire by well-known choreographers, integrating these forms into personal representations of choreography. Performance fees required.
Prerequisite: Audition/Interview, or Permission of Instructor.

DANC 2300 Dance Production (3)
Students will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to professionally and safely use the technical elements required for dance performance.  Training and topics include an introduction to theatre’s structural components and equipment, video and media production, and designing audio, lighting, costume, and publicity materials.  Laboratory hours outside of class meeting time may be required. Supply fees and attendance at on-and off-campus events may be required.
Prerequisite: Any 2 credits of DANC technique or THE 2300

DANC  2301, 2302, 2303, 2304 Dance Laboratory (.5)
A practical laboratory with production experiences provided in all areas of dance.  Scheduled lab time required.  Meets one double period per week.  May be repeated for credit.  Additional laboratory hours outside of class may be required. Supply fees and attendance at-on-and- off-campus may be required.
Prerequisite: Any 2 credits of DANC technique or THE 2300, THE laboratory

DANC 2710 Dance History (3)
Beginning with ancient dance, the influences of society on the transformation of dance styles throughout history until the present day are examined.  Traces the development of Western dance, including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and contemporary practices as well as non-western influences.
Prerequisite: None

DANC 3110 Advanced Ballet Technique (1)
Advanced accelerated exploration of the experiential development and advancement of classical ballet, with particular emphasis on consistency of technique and skill.  May be repeated for credit.  Supply fees required.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

DANC 3120 Advanced Modern Dance Technique (1)
Advanced exploration of modern dance technique, with experiential integration of knowledge and skills to investigate and create personal methodologies that support movement challenges and aesthetic demands.  May be repeated up to four times for credit.  Supply fees required.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

DANC 3130 Advanced Jazz Dance Technique (1)
Advanced exploration of jazz dance technique, with experiential integration of knowledge and skills to investigate and create personal methodologies that support movement challenges and aesthetic demands.  May be repeated up to four times for credit. Supply fess required.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

DANC 3140 Movement Improvisation (1)
Students in this course will demonstrate use of movement improvisations applying various structures and sources of initiation, awareness of context and partner(s) and a broad range of movement vocabularies.  Skills in maintaining and splitting focus, using partnering, and evaluating successful movement improvisations will be developed.
Prerequisite: any 2 credits of DANC technique

DANC 3200 Theory and Methods of Creative Movement (3)
Exploration of skills necessary to plan, lead, and evaluate effective use of creative movement for young people in various educational and community settings, focusing on the development of a child’s personal development of body awareness, flexibility, spatial relationships, and manipulation of elements of dance.  Use of auditory and visual stimuli will be covered, in addition to application across the curriculum.
Prerequisite: any 2 credits of DANC technique

DANC 3400 Dance Composition (3)
Introduces the basics of dance-making and choreography through the exploration of form, style, and content.  Each student will create short compositions, in order to begin to develop their individual aesthetic as a choreographer. Performance fees required.
Prerequisite: DANC 2710  
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