Directing-focused Courses

ATH125. Improvisation I. (Spring; Culbert). This class allows the individual and the group to explore through intuitive creative ways a physical, emotional, and spontaneous form of approaching theatre. This course prepares the performer for advanced training techniques by focusing attention on freeing the body to communicate. Emphasis will be placed on spatial awareness and control, physical characterization and developing performing skills in gestural relationships, kinesthetic response, tempo and character dynamics. Theatre games and a variety of improvisation methodologies will be used in the practice of performance discipline, risk taking, and collaboration on stage.

ATH128. Stage Combat. (Spring, Finlay). An exploration of physical violence on the stage from the classical to the contemporary. The basic techniques of unarmed Stage Combat will be introduced as well the use of the Medieval Quarterstaff and Elizabethan Rapier. Students at the conclusion of the course will be expected to be able to choreograph a safely executed fight for the stage from an existing play.

ATH140. American Musical Theatre and Dance. (Same as ADA-140) (Fall; Moutillet). This course is an introduction to the American Musical from Vaudeville and Minstrel Shows to today’s contemporary Broadway shows. Through lectures, video viewing and workshops, students will learn an historical background focusing on the work of lyricists, composers, choreographers, directors, and producers. This unique American entertainment art form reflects American diversity and culture, changing times, values and trends.

ATH150. Staging Explorations in Theatre and Dance. (Same as ADA-150) (Not offered 2014-2015). This course is based on the close examination of a particular period or theme of multi-disciplinary artistic production that will offer students an immersion into important developments in performative expressions. This course explores dynamic movements in the artistic avant-garde, its historical background, and its principal creators in theatre, dance, and associated performing arts; through discussions, lectures, studio work, and collaborative creation. The resulting collaboration will be produced and performed at Yulman Theatre. No prerequisite.

ATH151. Directing I. (Fall; Finlay). Students explore the process of bringing the script and the director’s concept to the stage by working with actors through casting, script analysis, rehearsal, and performance. Previous acting experience (in class or in production) required.

ATH230. Movement for Actors. (Not offered 2014-2015). Development of the actor’s body as an expressive instrument. Yoga/centering exercises, acrobatics and circus techniques are explored to achieve a flexible, free, strong, and restfully alert body on stage. Contemporary and period character development through movement.

ATH235. Physical Theatre. (Winter; Moutillet). This course emphasizes the development of the actor’s body as an expressive instrument. Primarily, focus is on the actor’s physical presence, actions over language, and use of gestures. Actors/dancers will be trained in techniques that focus on the building of strength, flexibility, improvisation targeting relationships and interplay between performers, and visual elements to create scenic imagery. Workshops pursue a wide range of styles, approaches and aesthetics including dance theatre, movement theatre, mask, use of live camera to project performers’ actions and interactions with props and scenery. We review European, Japanese, and American styles of physical expression to broaden theatrical actions. The course will culminate in a collaborative creation produced and performed at the Yulman Theatre in the Winter Dance concert. No prerequisite.

ATH240. Theatre Criticism. (Not offered 2014-2015). This is an intensive and practical course on reading and writing dramatic criticism. A look at the concepts and practices of theatre criticism in American Theatre begins with a discussion of major theories of Western drama, from Aristotle to Artaud. Through the reading and discussion of contemporary examples of dramatic criticism and directed studies in techniques of journalistic writing, students will gain an understanding of the nature and function of a theatre review and an ability to critically view theatre productions. Writing will include research essays, response papers, and critical reviews of play scripts as well as performances on campus and at professional theatres.

ATH 325. Acting Shakespeare. (Not offered 2014-2015). The demands of Shakespeare in performance in this class will include active work on scansion, verse structure, rhetoric, language imagery, as well as text analysis and character analysis in a professional discipline of role preparation and rehearsal process for individual (monologue) and partnered (scene) work. It is assumed that the student taking this course is prepared and willing to challenge him/herself in order to become an expressive, creative and informed Shakespearean actor. A variety of contemporary methods of actor training will be reviewed and used as a process of performance preparation. Prerequisite: ATH112 or permission of the instructor. GenEd: LCC

ATH342. Acting II. (Spring; Culbert). Students review skills learned in earlier acting classes with a higher degree of emphasis on performance. Focus on in-depth textual analysis – discovering the inner workings of a play, of scenes, monologues and character choices. Students will gain an understanding of the work of a professional actor, and the discipline of the theatre business. Prerequisite: ATH112 or permission of the instructor.

ATH361. Advanced Directing. (Winter, Finlay). An advanced course in techniques of working with script, actor, and designer in realizing a theatrical event on stage. Final project to be directed for public performance. Prerequisite: ATH151.

ATH/ADA 370. Theatre or Dance Internship. As a professional work/study experience, students can elect to pursue a specific area of interest in a one-term internship with a professional theatre or dance company. The precise form of this project will vary with the student and area of focus within the department, but may include production, performance, management, or administrative work in the field or other projects approved by the faculty. Appropriate credit is granted upon completion of the internship. this course will be taken Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and approval of the department Chair.


ATH105. Special Topics in Theatre. Topics chosen from a variety of performance, design and technical areas according to faculty and student interests. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Solo Performance

ATH490-494. Theatre Independent Study 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. For the junior of senior student who has demonstrated the ability to work independently, this one term project may be proposed to a sponsoring faculty member. This course may be repeated up to five times, as independent or interrelated studies. It is expected that this student-initiated project is designed to allow the student to gain experience through independent research, study, or practical studies that could not otherwise be gained in the curriculum. Projects must be proposed at least a term in advance. By permission of sponsoring faculty only.

Contemporary Playwrights

Theatre Management