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THTR 130. Introduction to Theatre
This course is designed to provide the student with an appreciation for the art of the theatre through a survey of theatre history, attendance at selected play productions, and involvement with the University of the Cumberlands Theatre productions.  Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

THTR 131. Acting I
An introduction to the craft of acting, including techniques employed in improvisation, scene study, and characterization. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of odd years.

THTR 135. Theatrical Design
This course is designed to introduce students to the elements and principles of Theatrical Design. It will include a history of design, drafting, and drawing for the stage, and introduction to lighting design. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters of odd years.

THTR 232. Acting II
Provides opportunities for advanced work in the craft and art of acting. Further work in characterization, scene work and analysis. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of odd years.

THTR 235. Stagecraft
This course is designed to introduce the student to the practical aspects of technical theatre, including construction of properties and scenery, scenic painting, lighting, sound, costumes and the running of a production. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters of odd years.

THTR 237. Makeup for the Stage
This course is designed to introduce students to various styles and methods for stage makeup applications. Lecture and practical applications will be basis for this class. The student is required to apply makeup to his/her face. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters of even years.

THTR 312. Theatre Outreach Lab
Lab hour required of students registered for THTR 334. Credit, 1 hour. Prerequisite: THTR 131 or instructor’s permission. Offered every fall semester.

THTR 330. Summer Theatre
This course is intended to give students credit for working as part of the production team for a summer theatre season.  Students will receive credit for working with the University of the Cumberlands Theatre for this course. Credit, 3 hours. Offered summer sessions as needed.

THTR 331. Scene Design
This course is designed to further student knowledge of Theatrical Design in the area of Scenery for the stage. Students will focus on ground plans, working drawings, renderings and models. Prerequisite: THTR 135 or Instructor’s permission. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters of odd years.

THTR 332. Light and Sound Design
This course is designed to further students’ knowledge of light and sound for the theatre. This class will develop working drawings for lighting designs and have both theoretical and practical applications for lights and sound. Prerequisite: THTR 135 or Instructor’s Permission. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters of even years.

THTR 334. Theatre Outreach
In this class students gain practical experience as they work within an ensemble to produce every aspect of a play for young audiences which will then tour and perform for area schools and community groups. This course may be repeated one time to fulfill requirements with instructor’s approval. Co-requisite THTR 312 (for first time) Credit, 3 hours. Prerequisite:
THTR 131 or instructor’s permission. Offered every fall semester.

THTR 336. Acting Styles
This course is designed to study the performance styles of a particular playwright, period, or medium such as Shakespeare, Restoration or Musical Theatre. Work to include preparation of scenes and musical numbers. Prerequisite: THTR 131 and THTR 232. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters of even years.

THTR 410. Theatre Practicum
Practical experience is provided through involvement in the University of the Cumberlands Theatre productions. This course may be repeated to fulfill requirements. Credit, 1 hour. Offered every semester.

THTR 418. Senior Colloquium
All majors are required to demonstrate their expertise through a public presentation during one of the last two semesters before graduation. The subject will be of the student’s choosing with departmental approval. Each student will work closely with a Communication and Theatre Arts faculty mentor who specializes in the chosen subject. Students may choose to showcase their skills in the performing arts or may choose to present a paper detailing research they have conducted. Students must present their work before an audience of the Communication and Theatre Arts faculty. This presentation serves as the exiting examination for the department. Credit, 1 hour. Offered every semester.

THTR 431. Principles of Directing
A study of the theory and practice of directing plays, including selection of material, script analysis, casting, blocking, and actor-director relationships. Recommended prerequisites include THTR131 and THTR 235 or Instructor’s permission. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

THTR 433. Theatre History
A survey of dramatic art and history from its earliest beginnings to the present. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of odd years.

THTR 435. Problems in Technical Theatre
A course dealing with advanced topics in technical theatre. This course will continue the work of all the design classes with a heavy emphasis in hands-on projects and work. May be repeated once for credit when the topic changes. Prerequisite: THTR 235. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters of odd years.

THTR 437. Character Improvisation
This course is a highly focused study for the advanced acting student, which uses research methods and techniques in conjunction with improvisation to explore characterization. Prerequisite: THTR 131 and THTR 232. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

THTR 490. Independent Study in Theatre
An independent study course designed to provide students with further work in an area of their choice. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

THTR 491. Internship
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for professional work experience in the fields of technical theatre, scenic and lighting design and acting. Three, six or twelve academic hours can be earned, depending on the requirements of the approved internship and the recommendation of the student’s advisor. Students cannot register for THTR 491 until they have successfully completed all appropriate applications and interviews leading to the securing of an internship. This course is offered on an arranged basis. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status and permission of the student’s advisor.

THTR 492. Special Topics in Theatre
This course is designed to allow students to enroll in classes that are not normally scheduled. Suggested topics include: Theatre in Education, Masks, Costumes, Acting Technique, Puppetry, Playwriting, Creative Drama, Scene Painting, Computer Aided Design, Prop Construction, and others as interest is expressed. May be repeated once for credit when the topic varies. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

 

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