Theatre (THR)

THR 113  Introduction to Theatre     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: The contributions made by directors, actors, designers, technicians, and playwrights to modern dramatic productions. Participation in a production as performer, member of stage or construction crew, or members of production committee may be required.

THR 115  American College Theatre Festival     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: An intense exposure to theatre by means of attendance at the regional Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Prerequisite(s): THR 113.

THR 126  Stage Movement Workshop     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Fundamentals of stage movement for performers and directors. Includes a basic overview of various body alignment techniques (i.e., Alexander Technique), character creation through movement using masks and clown work. Prerequisite(s): THR 113.

THR 130  Stage Combat Workshop     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A study of weaponry styles, skills and methods as used in staging violence for stage and screen. In addition to classroom work and assignments, attendance at a professional stage combat workshop over a weekend is mandatory. Additional registration and accommodation fees for this workshop are required. Prerequisite(s): THR 113.

THR 140  Production Participation     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Supervised practical work for a departmental theatrical mainstage production (includes work onstage, backstage and preproduction). May be repeated for a total of 9 credit hours.

THR 218  Oral Interpretation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Oral reading and analysis of prose, poetry, and drama. Same as COM 218. Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

THR 222  Costume & Makeup Techniques     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course will cover the basics of theatrical costuming and makeup techniques. Students will use sewing machines to create basic patterns, hand sewing and stitching techniques, fitting garments and basic two-dimensional makeup application techniques using the concepts of highlight and shadow.

THR 224  Voice and Diction     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Theories and techniques of using and improving the actor's instrument, the voice. Including articulation, resonance, working knowledge of dialects and a mastery of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite(s): THR 113.

THR 225  Theatre Management     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Fundamentals of theatre management: box office management, usher training and supervision, designing lobby displays, and various PR and marketing techniques. Prerequisite(s): THR 113.

THR 228  Acting I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Basic principles of acting theory. Studio work emphasizing warm-up techniques, improvisations, monologue and scene work. Two hours lecture, two hours lab.

THR 230  Improvisation Workshop     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This class focuses on the techniques of comedic improvisation. Students learn how to initiate scenes, build upon their scene partners' offers, and create scenes with a solid foundation through numerous exercises and practices. Prerequisite(s): THR 113 and THR 228.

THR 240  Audition Techniques Workshop     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Focus of study on monologue training for professional auditioning and the development of advanced cold reading skills. Prerequisite(s): THR 113 and THR 228.

THR 275  Script Analysis     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: A critical study of script formats: mastery of character and scene development used in works of dramatic literature and the practical application of this research to create a more dynamic and interesting character on stage. Prerequisite(s): THR 113 and ENG 104.

THR 280  Stagecraft     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of scenic construction and mechanics of stage lighting, the course will include studies in drafting, technical planning, basic shop tools and techniques, construction of scenery and stage electrical equipment and practices.

THR 283  Introduction to Research Methods in Theatre     Credits: 1-2

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to basic research methods in theatre. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving theatre-related research problems. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

THR 322  Costume and Makeup Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This course will introduce the student to the world of theatrical and film design for costumes and makeup. Students will learn to apply critical script analysis and synthesize that analysis into a working costume and makeup design for production. Students will research the various periods of fashion design, types of fabrics and their use and will understand the use of color and its collaboration with the lighting designer.

THR 325  Stage Management     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Fundamentals of stage management: effective time management skills, rehearsal techniques, and creation of an effective prompt script. Prerequisite(s): THR 280.

THR 326  Techniques of Musical Theatre Performance     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Application of musical theatre performance technique utilizing scenes and music from the Broadway stage. Study includes using show research and script analysis to develop characterization. Students will also learn technique and practices for auditioning.

THR 328  Acting II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A continuation of Acting I with special concentration on acting technique, character development, advanced scene work, and exploration of character relationships. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): THR 228.

THR 337  Theatre for Children and Youth     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course will study the various techniques used in the developing and performing of children and youth theatre. Course work will include improvisational and participatory approaches for young people and the development of scripts and story lines for young people culminating in a presentational, touring package for the St. Joseph School System.

THR 345  Shakespeare in Performance     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This course focuses on the performance of the works of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing a text and preparing that text for performance. Monologue and scene work will be performed. Prerequisite(s): THR 228.

THR 348  Directing for the Stage I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Principles of directing a work of dramatic literature for the stage: material selection, casting, staging a production, and communicating with producers, actors and technicians. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): THR 275.

THR 350  Selected Topics in Theatre     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Specialized course work in the field of theatre. Course may be repeated for up to six credits maximum with different topics. Prerequisite(s): THR 113 or departmental approval.

THR 360  Playwriting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: This course is designed to explore all aspects of playwriting. The course encourages creativity in writing and examines script research, pre-planning stages, play formatting, and communicating ideas through playwriting. Prerequisite(s): THR 275.

THR 361  Theatre Internship     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Students work with a professional theatre company or distinguished art institution in such capacities as are mutually agreed upon by the student, the Company, and the student advisor. The student will develop objectives related to his/her discipline and carry out those responsibilities through an internship as approved by the director. Applies theory and skills to actual work situations. Professionally supervised work experiences related to the student's area of interest. (Thirty hours of work for each credit hour.) Graded pass/fail. Application must be made at least one semester prior to course registration. Prerequisite(s): Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

THR 362  Summer Theatre Apprenticeship     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: Students will be cast and/or employed by a resident summer stock theatre program. See http://www.missouriwestern.edu/theatre for more details about the audition application process. May be repeated for a total of six hours. Prerequisite(s): Minimum GPA 2.5, declared departmental major, and acceptance into the program via audition/application/portfolio review process.

THR 367  History of Theatre     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: The history of theatre from its beginnings to the present day. Emphasis on conditions of production with respect to theatre architecture, cultural values, costuming, staging and performance. Prerequisite(s): THR 113.

THR 368  History of Musical Theatre     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This is a survey course covering the origins of modern musical theatre from the 18th century until the present. Topics covered will be style and techniques of musical theatre as well as influential composers, lyricists, producers and a cadre of other working professionals.

THR 370  Theatre/Video Workshop     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Practical experience in designing, staging, shooting, blocking, acting, and producing a play(s) or screenplay(s) with individual assignments designated by the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

THR 389  Production Design and Art Direction     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Introduction to the techniques of drafting and scenic design for modern theatre. Students will also learn principles of basic drafting techniques. Additional drafting materials required. Prerequisite(s): THR 113 and THR 280.

THR 390  Scenic Painting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Practical training in paints, painting tools, and layout and painting techniques for flats, drops, scrims, and three-dimensional surfaces. Coverage includes translucent painting, scrim and large drop layout and painting, and techniques for foliage and architectural painting. Prerequisite(s): THR 113 and THR 389.

THR 393  Stage Lighting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A study of methods and materials for lighting the stage. Course focuses on script analysis, the design process, equipment, and application. The illustration and application of the uses of light both for illumination and for subtle dramatic purposes. Prerequisite(s): THR 113 and THR 389.

THR 440  Acting III     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This course of study prepares the performance student for the transition into the professional arena through an in-depth examination of the business side of show business. An intensive preparation of theatrical styled material and commercial reel is created for use in television, film and theatrical industry auditions. Theoretical approaches and practical applications are emphasized. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): THR 328.

THR 448  Directing for the Stage II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Advanced techniques in directing for the live theatre. Course will culminate in the performance of a student-directed One-Act Play Festival. Prerequisite(s): THR 348.

THR 450  Independent Project     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Independent projects developed in consultation with a departmental faculty mentor. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, declared departmental major, minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and departmental approval.

THR 480  Senior Portfolio     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: This is a workshop course for graduating seniors which includes resume, resume reel and job search preparation in addition to compiling a passing graduation portfolio consisting of a resume, cover letter, headshot (for actors), reflective self-analysis and a collection of writings, production projects and recorded audition and performance pieces from their major courses and productions during their college career. Course must be completed during one of the last two semesters prior to graduation. Course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

THR 489  CAD Drafting for the Stage     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Study and application of computer-aided design techniques for scenery construction and design, focusing on the use of VectorWorks to create technical drawings for theatre. Prerequisite(s): THR 113 and THR 389.