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Theatre Department

Theatre Department
Many of our Theatre Department students come to us with either prior performance or back-stage experience. Newcomers are quickly brought into the realm of performing through theoretical and practical training, through classroom projects, and hands-on experience. Talent and potential is developed in the areas of acting, set and costume-design and construction as well as sound and lighting design. Students become playwrights and directors, producers and technicians, actors and back-stage specialists. All of these talents combined culminate in full-fledged and award-winning theatre productions, solo performances and design projects.


Acting
Students will study beginning principles of acting: movement, concentration, sensory awareness, listening, vocal production, and articulation, character analysis, methodology and theatre etiquette though exercises, lectures, discussions and rehearsals. Additionally, we will teach the practical skill needed for the audition process. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. This class may be repeated for additional credit.
 
Acting Styles
Students will further develop their craft though the study of the major dramatic styles of theatre history: Greek, Commedia, Shakespearean, Restoration, Comedy of Manners, Early Realism, and Absurdist. Course work will include monologues, scene and play work. Acting Styles students will work with student playwrights and directors in the creation of two original works play festivals. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. This class may be repeated for additional credit.
 
Actor's Repertory
Students will study advanced principles of acting by creating theatre though artistic collaboration, relating theatre to its social context, refining aesthetic values, and engaging in artistically challenging performance projects to stimulate and promote creative mastery. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. This class may be repeated for additional credit.
 
Dramatic Production
Students will study the craft of the playwright or the director, exposing them to alternative careers in theatre as well as the actor. Students will learn the construction of a play and how a director interprets the written word into a live performance, as well as the history of and current developments in playwriting and directing. They will then apply the theories they learn into the practical world of the theatre by collaborating with actors on two original works play festivals. There are multiple mandatory performances. This class may be repeated for additional credit.
 
Advanced Dramatic Production
This weighted class includes all of the elements of directing, writing and acting included in the regular Dramatic Production class. In addition there is extensive academic work focusing on the many areas of theatre history. There is weekly homework and a major research project. There will be a final exam at the end of the course.