Required Courses

ATH102. Introduction to Theatre.The concepts and practices of theatre as an artistic collaboration, a profession and a communal event is the focus of this introductory course. This is an explorative overview of theatre, including a study of the professions relating to the creative process: playwriting, acting, directing and design. A variety of forms and styles of theatre will be reviewed and discussed through the reading and analysis of three significant plays in the dramatic lexicon. We will study the process of theatre production and the demands of theatre as a business. You will gain an ability to critically view theatre productions.

ATH110. Stagecraft I. This course seeks to introduce students to the language and practice of technical theatre. It covers the basics of tools, hardware, theatrical construction, safety practices, lighting, painting, and the physical space. Additional weekly lab hours are required for the hands-on experience of building the department production and are scheduled once the term begins at the mutual convenience of student and instructor.

DESIGN (Free choice)

ATH112. Acting I. Designed to engage the aspiring actor in developing performance power, technique, and discipline, including self-discovery, in-depth character exploration, and textual analysis. Understanding what goes into actions, objectives, and given circumstances will be part of the process of beginning monologue and scene work. Appreciation of theater as a profession through learning how to prepare and see other performances. It will require an open heart and mind in order to have the opportunity to take risks, challenge oneself, and be creative.

ATH120. History of Theater. An investigation of the development of Western theatre from its roots in Greek tragedy to the contemporary with special focus on the works of Sophocles, Plautus, Medieval Theatre, the Commedia dell’arte, Elizabethan theatre, Moliere, Restoration, and 19th century American theatre. This class concentrates on the nature of theatre-in-performance including the physical development of theatre spaces, staging concepts, and the artist-audience relationship. GenEd: LCC

INDEPENDENT STUDY: Stage Management

PRACTICUM (3 terms)

SENIOR PROJECT (1 or 2 term)
ATH-497. Theater One-Term Senior Project As a requirement of the major, students propose this one-term project as a “capstone” study in an area of concentration in theater studies. This project is designed in consultation with the faculty coordinator of senior projects and must be proposed at least a term in advance. Projects may include research, practical production experience or independent projects in theater. By permission of the faculty.

ATH-498-499. Theater Two-Term Senior Project. Students seeking to graduate with honors may elect to propose a two-term senior project as a “capstone” study in an area of concentration in theater studies. This project is designed in consultation with the faculty coordinator of senior projects and must be proposed at least a term in advance. Projects may include research, practical production experience or independent projects in theater. By permission of the faculty.