2011-12 General Bulletin

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Eldred Hall
www.case.edu/artsci/thtr
Phone: 216-368-4868; Fax: 216-368-5184
Ron Wilson, Department Chair

This is an archived copy of the 2011-12 Bulletin. To access the most recent version of the bulletin, please visit http://bulletin.case.edu.

The Department of Theater offers education and participation in all aspects of drama, with course offerings in acting, stagecraft, costume, scene design, directing, and playwriting. Students have the opportunity to perform on stage as well as to serve on the technical crews in main-stage theatrical productions each year. The high ratio of faculty to students ensures that students will be able to work closely with highly skilled professionals. The department treats all performances as educational experiences and welcomes the participation of all students regardless of their academic majors and career goals.

Actor education in the theater program prepares majors for acting career opportunities in the American theater. Graduates are currently employed nationally and regionally. The MFA Acting Program, a collaboration between the university and The Cleveland Play House, represents a unique alliance between one of the oldest theater programs in the United States and the nation’s first regional theater.

The department is affiliated with the National Theater Institute (NTI) in Waterford, Connecticut, one of many collaborations that afford opportunities to our students. This prestigious program offers students the best in concentrated theater training, and its Moscow semester provides a singular cultural perspective as well. Students may participate in NTI programs during the fall or spring semester; full credit is available with no loss of financial aid.

Many of our students go abroad for either one semester at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) or a full year in other programs. BADA offers a conservatory-based intensive program in all aspects of actor training, with full credit transfer and no loss of financial aid. For more information on this and other opportunities, consult Jeffrey Ullom, director of undergraduate theater studies.

Department Faculty

Ron Wilson, BGS
(Wichita State University)
Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater and Drama; Chair; Director, Case/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program
Movement for the actor; acting; acting for the camera; playwriting; performance theory

Catherine Albers, MFA
(University of Minnesota)
Professor; Director of Recruitment
Acting; audition laboratory; business of the business; acting for the camera

Heather Anderson Boll, MFA
(Yale University)
Visiting Assistant Professor
Acting I and II, Movement for the Actor

Jill Davis, MFA
(Temple University)
Assistant Professor
Scene design; scene painting; stage management

Angelina M. Herin, MFA
(University of South Carolina)
Assistant Professor
Costume, hair and makeup design

Shanna Beth McGee, MFA
(University of Georgia)
Associate Professor
Voice

Jerrold Scott, MFA
(University of South Carolina)
Associate Professor; Artistic Director, Eldred Theater
Acting; speech; directing

Jeffrey Ullom, PhD
(University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana)
Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Theater Studies
Dramatic literature, history


Adjunct Faculty

Michael Bloom, PhD
(Stanford University)
Adjunct Associate Professor; Artistic Director, The Cleveland Play House

Undergraduate Programs

Theater Major

The Bachelor of Arts program in theater offers concentrations in acting, design/technical theater, dramatic writing, and directing.

The basic course requirements for all theater majors are as follows:

THTR 101Acting I: Fundamentals3
THTR 126Introduction to Theater3
THTR 330Play Directing I3
Any two of the following:
THTR 223Introduction to Scenic Design3
THTR 224Introduction to Lighting Design3
THTR 352Costume Design and Construction3
THTR 380Stage Management3
All of the following courses:
THTR 327American Theater and Playwrights3
WLIT 228Development of Theater: Beginnings to English Renaissance3
WLIT 229Development of Theater: Renaissance to Romanticism3
THTR 329Dramatic Literature3

 

Acting Emphasis: Additional Classes

THTR 231Acting III: Contemporary Technique3
THTR 232Acting IV: Classical Technique3
THTR 306Acting V: Camera Technique3
THTR 311Audition Laboratory1
THTR 375Voice for the Stage I3
THTR 376Voice for the Stage II3
THTR 382Crossing Bridges: The Public Role of Artist in Understanding Disease3
Total Units19

Total hours, not including  /: 43

Design/Technical Emphasis: Additional Classes

Total hours, not including /: 42

Dramatic Writing Emphasis: Additional Classes

THTR 312Playwriting3
THTR 314Advanced Playwriting3
THTR 316Screenwriting3
THTR 399Independent Study in Theater Arts1-3
Total Units10-12

Total hours, not including /: 42

Directing Emphasis: Additional Classes

THTR 331Play Directing II3
And two other courses to be determined with the advisor
Total Units3

Total hours, not including /: 42

Departmental Honors in Theater

Majors wishing to take a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in theater must make written application to the director of undergraduate theater studies no later than May 1 of their junior year. Students must have a minimum 3.25 overall grade point average and a minimum 3.75 grade point average in theater. Acceptance into the honors program is contingent upon faculty support and recommendation by the director of undergraduate theater studies and the department chair.

Those accepted register for and during their senior year, for a total of 6 hours. The honors project is defined as a production project in acting, design, playwriting, directing, or management/outreach. A supporting paper discussing the concept, execution, and performance of the project must be filed with the director of undergraduate theater studies no later than one week following the project presentation. Preparation of the project will be supervised by a department faculty member.

This project may be accepted for honors only if it receives a grade of A from both the project advisor and the director of undergraduate theater studies. The grade of A must be received both semesters. Students who qualify will receive the notation “Departmental Honors in Theater” on their diplomas. Information about the structure and specific requirements of the honors project is available from the director of undergraduate theater studies.

Minor

A minor in theater requires 18 hours. The requirements for each concentration are as follows:

General Theater

THTR 101Acting I: Fundamentals3
THTR 102Acting II: Exploration of Craft3
One of the following:3
Introduction to Scenic Design
Introduction to Lighting Design
Costume Design and Construction
THTR 228Development of Theater: Beginnings to English Renaissance3
THTR 229Development of Theater: Renaissance to Romanticism3
THTR 327American Theater and Playwrights3
or THTR 329 Dramatic Literature
Total Units18


Acting

THTR 101Acting I: Fundamentals3
THTR 102Acting II: Exploration of Craft3
THTR 231Acting III: Contemporary Technique3
THTR 228Development of Theater: Beginnings to English Renaissance3
THTR 229Development of Theater: Renaissance to Romanticism3
THTR 375Voice for the Stage I3
Total Units18


Design/Tech

THTR 105Introduction to Stagecraft3
THTR 228Development of Theater: Beginnings to English Renaissance3
THTR 229Development of Theater: Renaissance to Romanticism3
Two of the following:6
Introduction to Scenic Design
Introduction to Lighting Design
Costume Design and Construction
One of the following:3
Dramatic Literature
American Theater and Playwrights
Total Units18

Dramatic Writing

THTR 101Acting I: Fundamentals3
THTR 228Development of Theater: Beginnings to English Renaissance3
THTR 229Development of Theater: Renaissance to Romanticism3
THTR 312Playwriting3
THTR 316Screenwriting3
THTR 330Play Directing I3
Total Units18


Directing

THTR 228Development of Theater: Beginnings to English Renaissance3
THTR 229Development of Theater: Renaissance to Romanticism3
THTR 223Introduction to Scenic Design3
or THTR 224 Introduction to Lighting Design
THTR 327American Theater and Playwrights3
THTR 330Play Directing I3
THTR 331Play Directing II3
Total Units18

 

Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts in Acting 

 

In 1996, The Cleveland Play House and Case Western Reserve University joined forces to create a new Master of Fine Arts program in acting The students begin their involvement with the Play House in their first semester, and their level of involvement steadily increases until, in the third year, they become professional apprentices in the Play House company.

The MFA in acting is a terminal pre-professional degree. Candidacy for the program requires an undergraduate degree with (ideally) a major in theater, equivalent training and experience, or demonstrable potential for work at the MFA level. In addition, candidates must provide evidence of technical skill and creative ability.

At the end of each semester in residence, the student’s skill and creative ability are evaluated in light of his or her work in the department. Only students who have clearly demonstrated growth and excellence are permitted to remain in the program. The award of the MFA degree is contingent upon the student’s academic progress and upon the assessment on the part of the faculty that the candidate possesses the potential to work in the field of theater on a professional level.

Requirements for the MFA degree include:

  1. A minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all course work on the graduate level
  3. Completion of the course requirements for the MFA Thesis Portfolio
  4. Successful completion of the Third Year Internship at The Cleveland Play House

Course requirements for the MFA in acting are as follows:

18 hours of acting, including script analysis, implementation of acting theory, characterization, modernist playwrights, and Shakespeare18
12 hours of movement, chosen from mask work, period styles, stage combat, and commedia12
9 hours of voice, chosen from voice production, articulation, and interpretation 9
6 hours of speech, using Edith Skinner techniques, dialects, verse and lyric drama, and Shakespeare 6
6-9 hours of performance theory, projects, and professional seminars6-9
6 hours of creative thesis6
THTR 401Advanced Stage Movement I3
THTR 402Advanced Stage Movement II3
THTR 403Advanced Stage Movement III3
THTR 404Advanced Stage Movement IV3
THTR 473Graduate Voice Technique I3
THTR 474Graduate Voice Technique II3
THTR 475Voice for Stage: Shakespeare3
THTR 479American Stage Speech2
THTR 501Text Analysis for the Actor2
THTR 509Seminar: Introduction to Performance Theory2
THTR 512Graduate Audition Lab1-2
THTR 530Ensemble Technique1-2
THTR 531Acting: Research and Performance I3
THTR 532Acting: Research and Performance II3
THTR 533Acting: Research and Performance III3
THTR 534Acting: Research and Performance IV3
THTR 540The Business of the Business2
THTR 576Advanced Voice Technique3
THTR 579American Stage Speech II3
THTR 580Stage Dialects2
THTR 581Classical Speech and Text2
THTR 601Special Projects1-3
THTR 610Professional Internship1-4
THTR 620Advanced Role Analysis Preparation I3
THTR 621Advanced Role Analysis Preparation II3
THTR 630Performance Studio3
THTR 642Thesis Portfolio I1
THTR 643Thesis Portfolio II1
Total Units123-133

 

Courses

THTR 100. Introduction to Performance. 3 Units.

A course designed to provide the non-major or undeclared liberal arts major limited experience with a basic understanding of performance and the theater. Fundamentals in improvisation, vocabulary, and scene study are stressed. This course fulfills THTR 101 should the undeclared student select theater as his or her major or minor.

THTR 101. Acting I: Fundamentals. 3 Units.

This course is designed to expose the theater major or minor to the development of the actor's basic tools. Relaxation, concentration, and improvisation are taught along with basic scene study work.

THTR 102. Acting II: Exploration of Craft. 3 Units.

This course continues the work begun in THTR 101 with emphasis on action, emotional life, and text analysis as the essential elements of the actor's work. Prereq: THTR 101.

THTR 105. Introduction to Stagecraft. 3 Units.

An introduction to scenic construction and painting, hands-on oriented to workshop skills.

THTR 124. Theater in Culture: From Steam Engine to Cyberspace. 3 Units.

Using selected dramatic texts from the 19th century to present day, the course explores the roles of production participants and audiences in their historical, cultural, and contemporary contexts. Material is presented in lecture/discussion format, augmented by live theater performances and audio-visual resources.

THTR 126. Introduction to Theater. 3 Units.

THTR 126 is a fundamental study of theatre from the standpoint of developing the critical acumen of a potential audience. It covers each ingredient of the theatrical experience--audience, playwriting, acting, directing, theatre architecture, design and technology--and attempts to help students define a reasonable set of standards to judge that part of the experience as an audience member and to clearly communicate their feelings and thoughts regarding that experience. The primary textbook is Edward Wilson's The Theatre Experience, former theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal. Readings in this text are augmented by the reading of specific plays that represent different periods, genres, conventions, and dramatic styles. Representative plays (typically six each semester) include Oedipus Rex (Sophocles), Hamlet (Shakespeare), Tartuffe (JMolliere), Uncle Vanya (Chekhov), Waiting for Godot (Beckett, and Angels in America (Kushner). Many of these plays are supplemented by short films prepared by Films for the Humanities so that students can see examples of various dramatic and theatrical styles in performance. In addition to class discussions, lectures, and readings, students are also required to attend two live theatre productions offered by Case Western Reserve University's Department of Theater each semester. The students write critical essays about their experience as an audience member in relation to a particular aspect of the performance. Students also have an opportunity to complete in-class projects in which they gain experience functioning as a theatre practitioner. These projects and the accompanying written assignment are designed to increase the student's understanding of the function and interdependence of various theatre artists.

THTR 201. Movement for the Actor. 3 Units.

The course focuses on developing a kinesthetic awareness of the body and its use as a theatrically expressive instrument. Exercises will encompass development of flexibility, strength building, alignment, motor skills, and concentration. Prereq: THTR 101 or THTR 102.

THTR 206. Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - James Bond and Popular Culture. 3 Units.

The twenty-one films of James Bond have become part of popular culture, and the figure of the superspy has become mythic in proportion. This series, from its first installment in 1963 to the latest reinvention of James Bond in 2006, not only depicts one dashing man's efforts to save the world from disaster again and again, but also traces the development of our popular culture. Issues of violence, sex, the presentation and treatment of women, racial stereotypes, and spectacle among other topics can be discussed after viewing each film, providing an opportunity to explore the changing expectations of American audiences and the developing form of contemporary cinema. Students who have taken USSO 286D may not receive credit for this class.

THTR 223. Introduction to Scenic Design. 3 Units.

An introduction to visual design for the stage through established theories and knowledge of the theater as a physical space. Approaches practical problems of scenic design as well as professional potential of the field.

THTR 224. Introduction to Lighting Design. 3 Units.

A "grounds up" guide to theatrical lighting for the stage. Focus made upon instrumentation, choices made in the design process, aesthetics of presentation. Combines theory with practical application.

THTR 228. Development of Theater: Beginnings to English Renaissance. 3 Units.

Theater 228/World Literature 228 explores the foundations of theater in Western civilization, beginning with Greece and then charting and analyzing the developments in playwriting, design, acting and theater architecture. Students read a wide variety of plays in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the history of the art form, but also learn how theater has played an integral societal function as a medium of political, economic, and cultural commentary. Development of Theater I explores developments from Aeschylus to the English Renaissance.. Offered as THTR 228 and WLIT 228. Prereq: Sophomore Standing.

THTR 229. Development of Theater: Renaissance to Romanticism. 3 Units.

Theater 229 explores the many developments in playwriting, design, acting, and theater architecture across the world. Students read a wide variety of plays in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the history of the art form, but also learn how theater has played an integral societal function as a medium of political, economic, and cultural commentary. Development of Theater II not only explores the development of theatrical conventions in Spain, England, Italy, France and other European countries that lead to the creation of modern drama, but the course also offers an in-depth look at the history and conventions of theater in India, Korea, China, and Japan. Twenty Seven credit hours completed required. Offered as THTR 229 and WLIT 229. Prereq: Sophomore standing.

THTR 231. Acting III: Contemporary Technique. 3 Units.

An exploration of advanced contemporary acting technique based on the work of Michael Chekhov. Provides advanced acting students with the tools necessary to work effectively and consistently with contemporary texts, with emphasis placed on psychological gesture and geste. Prereq: THTR 101 and THTR 102.

THTR 232. Acting IV: Classical Technique. 3 Units.

An exploration of techniques to approach classical theater, with emphasis on the works of Shakespeare. Presents the challenges of working with heightened language in classical texts, and provides skills necessary to transfer modern acting methods to these more poetic plays. Prereq: THTR 102.

THTR 306. Acting V: Camera Technique. 3 Units.

Acting for the Camera class with emphasis on how it differs from onstage work. Interviews, scenes, and exercises will be used to highlight the differences and similarities. Emphasis on contemporary works. Prereq: THTR 231 or THTR 232.

THTR 311. Audition Laboratory. 1 Unit.

A discussion and practicum exploring the problems faced by an actor in various audition situations. Development of an audition repertory for the actor for stage, video and film. Prereq: Senior Theater major.

THTR 312. Playwriting. 3 Units.

Theory and practice of dramatic writing, in the context of examples, classic and contemporary. Recommended preparation: ENGL 203 or ENGL 213 or ENGL 214 or ENGL 303 or ENGL 304. Offered as ENGL 305 and THTR 312.

THTR 314. Advanced Playwriting. 3 Units.

Theory and practice of dramatic writing with special focus on the craft of writing a full-length play. Offered as ENGL 314 and THTR 314. Prereq: ENGL 305 or THTR 312.

THTR 316. Screenwriting. 3 Units.

A critical exploration of the craft of writing for film, in which reading and practicum assignments will culminate in the student submitting an original full-length screenplay. Offered as ENGL 316 and THTR 316. Prereq: THTR 312.

THTR 327. American Theater and Playwrights. 3 Units.

Designed to provide students an overview of the development of theater in the United States and to familiarize them with the work and themes of selected American playwrights. Offered as AMST 327 and THTR 327.

THTR 329. Dramatic Literature. 3 Units.

Dramatic text analyzed in the context of theatrical production. Major analytical tools introduced.

THTR 330. Play Directing I. 3 Units.

This course will begin a two-semester study of the art and craft of stage direction of plays. Topics covered will include history of the profession, directorial theory and practice, development of skills such as text analysis, design and concept, and general problem solving. Prereq: THTR 101 and THTR 102, and upperclass status.

THTR 331. Play Directing II. 3 Units.

This course will continue with the basic concepts learned in THTR 330 and will expand them in regard to actual production. Topics will include directing mechanics, ground planning, blocking, and visualization, staging and working with actors. The course will culminate in a faculty supervised directing project for public performance. There are three evening labs for this course. Prereq: THTR 330, and upperclass status.

THTR 334. Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies. 3 Units.

Close reading of a selection of Shakespeare's tragedies and history plays (e.g., "Richard the Third," "Julius Caesar," "Hamlet," "King Lear"). Topics of discussion may include Renaissance drama as a social institution, the nature of tragedy, national history, gender roles, sexual politics, the state and its opponents, theatrical conventions. Assessment may include opportunities for performance. Offered as ENGL 324, ENGL 424, and THTR 334.

THTR 335. Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances. 3 Units.

Close reading of selected plays of Shakespeare in the genres of comedy and romance (e.g., "The Merchant of Venice," "Twelfth Night," "Measure for Measure," "The Tempest"). Topics of discussion may include issues of sexual desire, gender roles, marriage, the family, genre conventions. Assessment may include opportunities for performance. Offered as ENGL 325, ENGL 425, and THTR 335.

THTR 352. Costume Design and Construction. 3 Units.

Design and ornamentation of stage costumes and accessories. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: THTR 123 and THTR 124 or consent of department.

THTR 375. Voice for the Stage I. 3 Units.

Development of the actor's vocal instrument. Work in articulation, range, and flexibility. Prereq: Theater major or consent of department.

THTR 376. Voice for the Stage II. 3 Units.

Continuation of THTR 375. Prereq: THTR 375.

THTR 380. Stage Management. 3 Units.

Designed to acquaint student with the numerous aspects of stage management.

THTR 382. Crossing Bridges: The Public Role of Artist in Understanding Disease. 3 Units.

An in-depth look at the role of the artist in public life and in creating theatrical performance from life experience. The students interact with patients in medical treatment for catastrophic illness and as they understand the experience of disease, they help transform that experience into a performance that gives a voice to the unvoiced in our society. The approved service learning course is offered only as a Senior Capstone and is a demanding challenge for the serious student of theater. Prereq: Acting concentration or consent of department.

THTR 385. Rehearsal and Production. 1 - 3 Unit.

Practicum for students participating in production work in the Department of Theater and Dance. Supervised laboratory experience in technical theater, construction techniques, scenery, costumes, lighting, and props; production; ticket office operations, promotion, publicity and public relations; house management; wardrobe responsibilities; stage management; assistant directing; and other production positions relating to the mainstage performances in Eldred Theater. Students are recommended to take one credit hour per production, with a maximum of 8 credit hours allowed during their undergraduate career.

THTR 386. Rehearsal and Performance. 1 Unit.

Practicum for students participating in performance in the Department of Theater and Dance, relating to the mainstage productions at Eldred Theater. This course may be repeated, for a maximum total of 2 credits.

THTR 396. Non-Verbal Theatrical Text. 3 Units.

This is a SAGES capstone course. It has been constructed to provide an opportunity for advanced Design/Technical Theater Undergraduates to examine and explore the roots and current trends of post-modern, contemporary theater as well as to investigate current design outside of its traditional decorative role. Rather, as in current movements described as "action design" or "affective space theory", design will be used to create a text which combines with the spoken word in production for the purpose of audience perception of meaning. As a starting point, this course will examine the advent of realism on stage and follow this study by subsequent significant movements departing from realism. Through extensive use of video and live presentation, students will select movements in theater production for written and oral analysis. As a class, we will define post-modern as a term to describe contemporary theater and further explore the possibilities of theatrical presentation form a written dramatic source. This course will culminate in the production, whether group or individualized, of a creative design, based on a work written for the stage, but exploring non-verbal communication of an author's or director's intent. This exploration of theater language might combine non-verbal characteristics inclusive of images, relationships, activity, song, music, properties, objects, color, costume, movement, light, silence, sounds, presence or gesture. Goals of the seminar will be to find a process for textual analysis through an in-depth examination of the chosen text, to create a focus upon the action which drives this text, to discover a process for imagery that will give the text dimension and finally, to embody and realize ideas which impart to that text its intellectual content. A public presentation within Eldred's black box, Mather's dance studio space, or a public performing space within the CWRU campus will be integral to this process. Weekly discussion, analysis and critique will be a critical element of the course, as well as expository writing. Weekly participatory assignments will also be prescribed from a mandatory and suggested reading list. Prereq: Theater Majors with Design Tech Emphasis.

THTR 397. Honors Studies I. 3 Units.

Individual projects in acting, dance, and directing.

THTR 398. Honors Studies II. 3 Units.

Individual projects in acting, design, playwriting, and directing.

THTR 399. Independent Study in Theater Arts. 1 - 3 Unit.

Independent research and project work in areas of acting, design, voice, theater history, playwriting, directing, or theater management.

THTR 401. Advanced Stage Movement I. 3 Units.

This beginning class focuses on developing flexibility, alignment, strength, concentration and basic motor skills and serves as a base for the remaining three semesters. Yoga and Tai Chi exercises are used to develop flexibility and a relaxation of the breath. Elements of Decroux based corporeal mime technique will strengthen the student's physical instrument as well as address alignment problems. Motor skills (articulations, inclinations and design work) will be developed with Decroux, as well as LeCoq based exercises. Prereq: Must be candidate in M.F.A. Acting program.

THTR 402. Advanced Stage Movement II. 3 Units.

Continuation of THTR 401. The course focuses on simplifying and empowering the physical actor by continuing to connect breath to action to discover relaxation within the given task, and beginning work in characterization. Strength, flow, energy and the shedding of intrusive mannerisms will be gained from a study of Tai Chi form, and LeCoq based neutral mask work. Following the neutral mask work, students will progress to character work through the use of Physical Acting techniques. Stage combat work continues. Prereq: THTR 401.

THTR 403. Advanced Stage Movement III. 3 Units.

The class focuses on expanding the actor's physical and imaginative range which will enable students to support larger and bolder physical choices in characterization. Building upon the Neutral Mask work from the previous semester, the student will experience, through LeCoq based techniques, Basel and Expressive Masks. Stage combat work continues. Prereq: THTR 402.

THTR 404. Advanced Stage Movement IV. 3 Units.

This class gives the actor the advanced physical skills and techniques needed to encompass the demands of historical dramatic texts. The work will center around period movement for the theater. The actor will experience the philosophies of carriage and deportment; religious, scientific thought and art from particular historic periods most often encountered in the professional theater. Stage combat work continues. Prereq: THTR 403.

THTR 440. Portfolio Designs. 3 Units.

Independent projects involving presentation and criticism of scenic or costume designs for given play, musical, or opera. Culminates in presentation of portfolio.

THTR 456. Costume Design I. 3 Units.

Lecture-studio course. The study of costume design. Theory, technique, and principles of the fundamental approach to costuming a production. Prereq: THTR 352.

THTR 473. Graduate Voice Technique I. 3 Units.

Assessment of students' current vocal and alignment skills. Laboratory for exploring new vocal and alignment habits supportive of healthy vocal functioning. Exploration of the body and voice as it relates to breath, resonance, and the healthy exhalation of sound. Prereq: Must be candidate in M.F.A. Acting program.

THTR 474. Graduate Voice Technique II. 3 Units.

Continued laboratory for the exploration of alignment and vocal skills supportive of healthy vocal functioning. Continued exploration of the body and voice as it relates to breath, articulation, resonance, and the healthy exhalation of sound. Emphasis on the physical and energistic skills needed to produce full-bodied, healthy sound capable of being heard and understood while acting in theatrical productions. Required of M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program. Prereq: THTR 473.

THTR 475. Voice for Stage: Shakespeare. 3 Units.

Development of skills needed to address the specific needs of Shakespeare and Classical texts in performance, including vocal skills, the use of breath, using imagery, and textual studies. Required of M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program.

THTR 479. American Stage Speech. 2 Units.

Designed to evaluate the graduate student actors' current speech skills, to teach them a stage-appropriate dialect using the Skinner narrow IPA set, and to achieve a level of mastery over articulation and diction. Prereq: Course limited to first-year M.F.A. candidates in Acting Program.

THTR 485. Rehearsal and Production. 1 - 3 Unit.

Practicum for students participating in production work in the Department of Theater and Dance. Supervised laboratory experience in technical theater, construction techniques, scenery, costumes, lighting, and props; production; ticket office operations, promotion, publicity and public relations; house management; wardrobe responsibilities; stage management; assistant directing; and other production positions relating to the mainstage performances in Eldred Theater. Students are recommended to take one credit hour per production, with a maximum of 8 credit hours allowed during their undergraduate career.

THTR 501. Text Analysis for the Actor. 2 Units.

An introduction to the craft of reading a theatrical text from an actor's point of view. Methods for analyzing the action and dialogue of a play will be applied to dramatic text so that the actor can learn to transform a one-dimensional text into a three-dimensional performance.

THTR 509. Seminar: Introduction to Performance Theory. 2 Units.

Research seminar designed to acquaint the theater student with the major theoretical writings of performance theory. Readings on the creative process and archetypal mythology. Exploration of anthropological, psychological, and cultural sources of art and the theatrical impulse.

THTR 512. Graduate Audition Lab. 1 - 2 Unit.


THTR 530. Ensemble Technique. 1 - 2 Unit.

A practicum course structured to explore the use of ensemble dynamic techniques in a rehearsal/performance environment, as well as to develop a set of exercises which encourage and sustain the actor's channels of interpersonal communication during a range of rehearsal and performance situations. Prereq: Must be candidate in M.F.A. Acting program.

THTR 531. Acting: Research and Performance I. 3 Units.

The various elements of the actor's process considered on advanced levels. Integration of rehearsal discoveries into a practical performance situation. Limited to M.F.A. candidates.

THTR 532. Acting: Research and Performance II. 3 Units.

The various elements of the actor's process considered on advanced levels. Exploration of rehearsal techniques for characterization. Limited to M.F.A. candidates.

THTR 533. Acting: Research and Performance III. 3 Units.

Sequential courses designed to explore the various elements of the actor's process on advanced levels and to integrate the discoveries made into a practical performance situations. Limited to M.F.A. candidates. Prereq: THTR 531 or THTR 532.

THTR 534. Acting: Research and Performance IV. 3 Units.

Sequential courses designed to explore the various elements of the actor's process on advanced levels and to integrate the discoveries made into a practical performance situation. Prereq: THTR 531 or THTR 532 or THTR 533.

THTR 540. The Business of the Business. 2 Units.

This course covers the basic knowledge needed for an actor to plan and manage a career in the theater. Included is discussion of union rules and applications for AEA, AFTRA, and SAG. Discussion of basic marketing techniques, including development of an individual marketing plan for each student. Guest lecturers might include IRS experts on the actor's special needs, casting directors, and commercial agents.

THTR 576. Advanced Voice Technique. 3 Units.

Vocal instruction individualized to the particular needs of advanced M.F.A. Acting students. This may include the exploration of dialect skills, developing the skills for extraordinary uses of the voice, or continued exploration of skills necessary for classic and poetic texts. Required of M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program. Prereq: THTR 473 and THTR 474.

THTR 579. American Stage Speech II. 3 Units.

This course will continue the work begun in THTR 479 American Stage Speech, continuing the work on IPA, articulation, and general speech clarity for the stage. Exercises from the Berry and Rodenberg Schools of thought will be used in addition to the speech basics of Skinner. Prereq: THTR 479.

THTR 580. Stage Dialects. 2 Units.

This survey course will examine the use and application of major stage dialects in the American theatre using a phonetic tool set as a basis for understanding sound substitutions. The student will also study the ways in which rhythmic changes and resonance and tension shifts affect the dialects. Prereq: Graduate standing.

THTR 581. Classical Speech and Text. 2 Units.

This course will study ways in which the actor's speech instrument is used differently in classical texts, particularly those of Shakespeare. Students will study tools for analyzing a line of text in order of understand how to use the words and sound of the line.

THTR 601. Special Projects. 1 - 3 Unit.

(Credit as arranged.)

THTR 610. Professional Internship. 1 - 4 Unit.

Involvement in intensive internships with professional theaters in the Cleveland area bridging academic and professional lives. Internships range from six weeks to one semester.

THTR 620. Advanced Role Analysis Preparation I. 3 Units.

Study and performance of scenes involving methods of approaching various types of plays and the specific problems they present to the individual actor. Analysis, action, characterization, and subtext. Open only to M.F.A. Acting students.

THTR 621. Advanced Role Analysis Preparation II. 3 Units.

Continued study and performance of scenes involving methods of approaching various types of plays and the specific problems they present. Prereq: THTR 620.

THTR 630. Performance Studio. 3 Units.

A performance laboratory, ensemble-based practicum in which the student works to integrate effectively a wide range of performance skills culminating in a studio production. May be taken two times in the last two semesters of graduate study. Prereq: THTR 534.

THTR 642. Thesis Portfolio I. 1 Unit.

Course designed specifically for candidates in the Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. Graduate students enroll for the course during their third year of study, although work spans three years of study, based on roles the M.F.A. actor has created. A portfolio is prepared, according to requirements set forth in the department's M.F.A. Handbook, and is presented to the faculty during the spring semester of the third year, in a formal oral defense. Satisfactory completion of the portfolio and its oral defense are among the requirements for awarding the Master of Fine Arts degree. Course limited to M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program.

THTR 643. Thesis Portfolio II. 1 Unit.

Course designed specifically for candidates in the Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. Graduate students enroll for the course during their third year of study, although work spans three years of study, based on roles the M.F.A. actor has created. A portfolio is prepared, according to requirements set forth in the department's M.F.A. Handbook, and is presented to the faculty during the spring semester of the third year, in a formal oral defense. Satisfactory completion of the portfolio and its oral defense are among the requirements for awarding the Master of Fine Arts degree. Course limited to M.F.A. candidates in the Acting program.

THTR 644. M.A. Project. 1 - 12 Unit.

Research and development of a Master of Arts project in Theater.