Department of Theatre & Dance
Courses in Performance
ATH 102 – Introduction to Theater
Survey the concepts and practices of contemporary theater as an artistic collaboration & a profession. Learn to think like a playwright, director, actor or designer for the theater.
ATH 105 – Special Topics in Theater
Areas of focus include: performance art, solo performance, audition technique
ATH 112 – Acting I
Develop performance power, skills & discipline through techniques in the presentation of monologues & scenes. Take risks, tap into your creativity and gain an appreciation of the art of the actor!
ATH 121 – Puppet Theater Design & Performance
Part design, part performance: the art of the puppeteer, toy theater artist and animated objects.
ATH 125 – Improvisation
Approach theater intuitively & spontaneously. Learn to think creatively on your feet in this practical course which develops skills for the performer in physical theater and ensemble performance.
ATH 128 – Stage Combat
An exploration of physical violence for the stage from Shakespeare to the present. Instruction in safety & methodologies of armed and un-armed stage fighting.
ATH 140 – American Musical Theater and Dance
Review Vaudeville and Minstrel shows to today’s Broadway shows with a focus on lyricists, composers, choreographers, directors and producers.
ATH 150 – Staging Explorations in Theater & Dance
Immerse yourself in period & style of important & formative expressions in performance. Collaborate on the development of a theater & dance performance piece.
ATH 151 – Directing
Explore the process of bringing a script to the stage. Develop your own concept as a theater director. Learn about script analysis, casting, rehearsal process and performance. Explore the relationships of working with actors & designers
ATH 230 – Movement for Actors
Develop your body as an expressive instrument through yoga/centering, acrobatics, circus techniques and more!
ATH 231 – Voice for the Stage
Learn about how the actor’s voice is used: develop breath, power, range and clarity in your voice through extensive exercises and presentations of text, poetry and children’s literature.
ATH 235 – Physical Theater
With a focus on the actor’s physical presence, actions over language and use of gesture, training is in the physical relationship between performers and the stage.
ATH 320 – Script to Performance
Explore the work of a playwright in the creation and performance of an original script.
ATH 325 – Acting Shakespeare
Become an expressive, creative and informed Shakespearean actor. Learn scansion, verse structure, rhetoric, language imagery & performance style + the discipline of the professional actor!
ATH 342 – Acting II
Explore text & the profession of the actor through challenging performance studies. Develop a personal approach to acting. Increase your range as an actor!
ATH 366 – Acting Styles
A practical course in performing classical and highly stylized forms of theater: how to perform poetic or heightened language and movement as a continuation of acting training.
ATH 370 – Theater Internship
Work with a professional company in performance, production, management or administration.
ATH 490 – Theater Independent Study
Develop your own study of an aspect of Theater or Performance not covered by department courses. Examples: audition technique, voice over recording
ATH 497-499 – Senior Project in Theater
Capstone project in an aspect of theater of special interest to the student in research, production or a special topic
TAB341T – London Theater Mini-term Abroad
Attend theater performances and backstage tours in London! Experience some of the world’s best theater and dance while living in vibrant London for 3 weeks!
EGL 200 – Shakespeare to 1600
Focussing on the comedies & histories, learn about characters with complicated and engaging perspectives
EGL 201 – Shakespeare after 1600
Focusing on the great tragedies and romances, with guest artist performances and workshops from the American Shakespeare Center, gain a sense of Shakespeare’s artistry