Department of Theatre, Cinema & Dance

Jeff Stover, Chairperson
jstover2@missouriwestern.edu
(816) 271-4423
www.missouriwestern.edu/theatrecinema

The Theatre, Cinema and Dance program offers unique opportunities for learning, performing, and design. The Bachelor of Arts program in theatre and cinema is one of only a handful in the United States and the only one in the region. We provide students with an outstanding professional training and hands-on experiences that will prepare them for a successful career in the entertainment industry.

This Bachelor of Arts degree offers an outstanding integration of both cinema and theatre. Students decide which field to specialize in – theatre, musical theatre, or cinema – but will gain experience and knowledge in all three.  The Dance Minor provides students with the opportunity to explore and develop their technique in beginning and advanced classes in jazz, tap, modern and ballet.

Each course in this program provides students with the professional training necessary to develop technical, creative and storytelling skills, allows them the opportunity to focus and hone those skills, and provides the environment in which they can discover and explore their own expressive voice.

Our graduates go on to successfully pursue master’s degrees in their respective fields and/or seek careers as actors, designers, editors, directors, cinematographers, audio engineers and more.  Our degree programs give students the edge in today’s competitive job market.

The Theatre, Cinema and Dance program offers the following degrees:

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Cinema with a concentration in Theatre, Musical Theatre, or Cinema.
  2. Bachelor of Science in Education (a joint degree combining Speech Communication and Theatre.

Students may minor in Theatre, Cinema, Dance, Speech and Theatre, or Musical Theatre.

Applied Learning

Missouri Western's Theatre, Cinema and Dance program requires at least four credit hours of applied learning. These learning experiences occur outside of the classroom and allow the students to apply their knowledge in a workplace.

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.

Cinema (CIN)

CIN 100  Introduction to Film     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the language of film, its history, aesthetics, theory and technology. The course will critically examine the cinema from the early days of black and white silent films to the most recent blockbusters. Attendance at weekly screenings outside of class is required.

CIN 120  Film Theory and Criticism     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Examination of various approaches to film theory and criticism including formal aspects of cinema, tools for stylistic analysis, and ideological implications of film. Attendance at weekly screenings outside of class is required. Prerequisite(s): CIN 100.

CIN 220  Film Studies     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A rotating topics course focusing on various issues relating to the world of film. Topics include: History of Film, Women in Film, Film Genres, American Genres, and Film Directors. Attendance at weekly screenings outside of class is required. Prerequisite(s): CIN 120.

CIN 245  Production I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Introduction to basic theory and practice of video production with emphasis on preproduction planning, scripting, directing, lighting, camera operation, editing and audio. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): CIN 100.

CIN 253  Audio Production     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Professional techniques in audio recording, mixing, and editing for music, theatre, and film production, utilizing current digital technology. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245.

CIN 255  Editing I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Intermediate level non-linear editing, building upon basic editing skills introduced in CIN 245. This course will provide a thorough grounding in operation of Final Cut Pro software with emphasis upon theoretical editing concepts and communication of content and meaning through visual language. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245.

CIN 280  Portfolio I     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: This is a workshop course, ideally, for students in their fourth or fifth semester which job search preparation in addition to compiling work for their first reel, reflective self-analysis and professional outlook. Course must be completed during their fourth or fifth semester in the major. Course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

CIN 335  Motion Picture Lighting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: This course is an intensive exploration of the craft, technologies and aesthetic principles of cinematography and lighting techniques. Lectures and in-class demonstrations will cover film and video formats, film stocks, film and digital cameras, exposure, lenses and optics, lighting units, lighting placement, lighting control, camera support, and camera movement. Class sessions will consist of lectures, demonstrations, hands on with cameras and lighting units, exercises, and screenings of selected film clips which demonstrate specific cinematography and lighting techniques. Prerequisite(s): CIN 255.

CIN 340  Acting for the Camera     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Focuses on the development of auditioning skills and techniques in preparation for professional acting and performance work for film and television. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245.

CIN 342  Screenwriting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course is designed to explore all aspects of scripting for both video and film production. The course encourages creativity in writing and examines pre-script planning, the components of scripting, scripting as communication and language as well as the mechanics of scripting. Analysis of current motion picture, commercial and television scripts. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245 and THR 275.

CIN 345  Production II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Intermediate production course with an introduction to recording synchronous location sound, synchronizing it with a picture and using it in post-production to tell a story. Students will pair technical filmmaking knowledge with visual storytelling techniques and synchronized sound recording in order to create a narrative film that can resonate with an audience. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253, CIN 255, CIN 280, and CIN 342.

CIN 350  Selected Topics in Cinema     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Specialized course work in the field of video and cinema. Course may be repeated for up to six credits maximum with different topics. Prerequisite(s): CIN 100 or departmental approval.

CIN 355  Editing II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Students will extend their knowledge of the editorial tool set, professional video standards, terminology, and aesthetics of editing. Further develop skills in design, layout, interactivity, and media encoding through the use of DVD Studio Pro. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253 and CIN 255.

CIN 361  Cinema Internship     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Students work with a professional film/video production 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.

CIN 377  Producing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Focuses on duties of a producer through development, financing, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing and distribution. Emphasizes production management, budgeting and scheduling. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253, CIN 255, and CIN 342.

CIN 380  Production Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A course in the general principles of art direction and the creation of the visual look of a production. Films will be analyzed from a design perspective: the set, costumes, make-up, cinematography, and other visual elements. Prerequisite(s): CIN 100.

CIN 410  Production     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A rotating topics course focusing on various issues relating to the world of film production and direction. Topics include: Music Video Production, Commercial Production, Documentary Production, and Studio Production. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245.

CIN 435  Cinematography     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: The process of studio and location lighting for film and video; principles, instruments, measurement tools, filters/diffusers, single/multiple setups. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253, CIN 335, and CIN 342.

CIN 442  Advanced Screenwriting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Advanced study and practicum in writing feature-length screenplays with emphasis on creating works for production, sale, and/or publication. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253, CIN 255, and CIN 342.

CIN 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.

CIN 472  Business of Film     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This course will focus on how professional film/video projects are financed, produced, distributed, marketed and exhibited. It will survey the contemporary marketplace, its pitfalls and practices, and propose workable strategies and solutions to market your work while protecting your rights as an artist. Prerequisite(s): CIN 377.

CIN 477  Directing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Examination of various theories and techniques of directing including script analysis and interpretation, directing actors for film and video, mise-en-scene, coverage, and continuity along with focus on set issues including lighting, set design, lens selection, and blocking. Prerequisite(s): CIN 335, CIN 345, and CIN 377.

CIN 480  Portfolio II     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, head shot (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.

CIN 495  Thesis     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Designed for hands-on and special projects in video production, using both studio and remote locations. Students serve in pre-assigned crew positions. Prerequisite(s): CIN 477.

Dance (DAN)

DAN 101  Beginning Dance     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: A beginning movement course in dance techniques and styles including elements of ballet and modern dance techniques. Emphasis is on body alignment, basic movement vocabulary and creativity. The course includes beginning instruction in theory and technique. Designed for students with little or no dance experience. Variable content course. Proper attire required. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of credit. Meets General Studies Category 5, Line 2 physical activity course.

DAN 110  Tap Dance I     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: A beginning-level dance course in tap dance. Steps and methods of tap including dance terminology and rhythmic awareness, coordination, clarity of sound, and tap styles. Meets two days a week. Tap shoes required. Meets General Studies Category 5, Line 2 physical activity course. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of credit.

DAN 111  Jazz Dance I     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A beginning-level dance course in historical, musical and contemporary jazz dance technique. Class consists of a warm-up, across the floor and center combinations. Meets two days a week. Meets General Studies Category 5, Line 2 physical activity course. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of credit. Prerequisite(s): DAN 101 or instructor approval.

DAN 112  Modern Dance I     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A beginning-level dance course in contemporary modern dance technique. Class includes warm-up, center work, traveling movements and combinations, which promote stability, strength, movement of the torso, and alignment. Meet two days a week. Meets General Studies Category 5, Line 2 physical activity course. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of credit. Prerequisite(s): DAN 101 or instructor approval.

DAN 114  Ballet     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: A beginning-level dance course in classical ballet technique. Emphasizes discipline, coordination, musicality, strength and flexibility. Includes barre, centre, adagio, allegro and reverence. This course meets three hours per week. Proper attire including pink (women) or black (men) ballet shoes required. Meets General Studies Category 5, Line 2 physical activity course. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of credit. Prerequisite(s): DAN 101 or instructor approval.

DAN 120  Dance Performance     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Directed student dance performance opportunity in order to focus on dance as a performing art. Dancers perform in front of an audience. The number of hours per week is determined by the choreographer/director on a project-to-project basis. Requires instructor approval. Meets General Studies Category 5, Line 2 physical activity course. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit.

DAN 210  Tap Dance II     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A continuation of Tap Dance I. Students will build on their skills in tap, method, dance terminology, rhythmic awareness, clarity of sound, coordination and tap styles. Tap shoes are required. Prerequisite(s): DAN 110 or instructor approval.

DAN 211  Jazz Dance II     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: An intermediate-level dance course. Emphasizes precise and consistent technique, flexibility, balance, control and retaining long combinations in a variety of jazz styles. Class includes warm-up, floor work, center, traveling, and dance combinations. This course meets two days a week. Proper attire required. Meets General Studies Category 5, Line 2 physical activity course. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of credit. Prerequisite(s): DAN 111 or instructor approval.

DAN 212  Modern Dance II     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: An intermediate-level dance course in contemporary modern technique. Emphasis on release techniques, rhythmic precision, and spatial principles through extended complex combinations and athleticism. This class meets two days a week. Proper attire required. Meets General Studies Category 5, Line 2 physical activity course. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of credit. Prerequisite(s): DAN 112 or instructor approval.

DAN 214  Dance History     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Examines theatrical forms of dance in historical and cultural contexts. Major topics in dance history are examined as they pertain to the development of dance as an art form in modern society. This course meets three hours a week.

DAN 310  Dance Improvisation     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Explores spontaneous choreography and movement. Studies include solo and group improvisation as well as in-studio and site-specific work. This course meets 2 days a week. Proper attire required. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of credit. Prerequisite(s): DAN 112 or DAN 212 or instructor approval.

DAN 312  Dance Choreography     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Explores the choreographic prcoess. Students learn choreographic approaches and present solo and group choreographed dance projects. Meets two days a week. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Prerequisite(s): DAN 111 or DAN 211, DAN 114, DAN 112 or DAN 212 or instructor approval.

Holly Breuer (2015) Assistant Professor, Theatre. B.F.A., Syracuse University; M.F.A., Kent State University.

Robert Hanson (2015) Assistant Professor, Cinema. B.A., Yale University; M.F.A., University of Southern California.

Sonia Hanson (2015) Assistant Professor, Theatre. B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University; M.F.A., San Diego State University.

H. Tee Quillin (2010) Associate Professor, Theatre. B.A., University of Alabama; M.F.A., Southern Methodist University.

Jeff Stover (2013) Chairperson, Asst Professor/Tech Director, Theatre. B.A., University of Nevada-Las Vegas; M.F.A., University of Texas at Dallas.

Robert Willenbrink (2013) Professor, Theatre. B.A., M.A., Morehead State University; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University.