Courses

List of Courses:
  • 043 - Dance: Ballet I
    Introduction to the basic principles and vocabulary of ballet. Flexibility, strength, and control are emphasized.
  • 044 - Dance: Ballet II
    Provides the intermediate dancer with ongoing training in ballet technique. Emphasis is on center work and adagio.
  • 045 - Dance: Ballet III
    Provides the more advanced dancer with an upper-level technique class emphasizing pointe work and petit allegro.
  • 048 - Dance: Jazz I
    Introduction to the basic principles and vocabulary of jazz technique and rhythm.
  • 050 - Thea Practicum Mainstage Cast
    Practical application in a mainstage production of classroom courses in theatre performance. Students develop character, analyze text, research cultural and historical background, and engage with an ensemble through a rehearsal process in preparation for performance.
  • 051 - Thea Practicum Studio Cast
    Practical application in a studio production of classroom courses in theatre performance. Students develop character, analyze text, research cultural and historical background, and engage with an ensemble through a rehearsal process in preparation for performance.
  • 052 - Thea Practicum Mainstage Staff
    Practical application in a mainstage production of classroom work in the non-performance aspects of theatre, including stage management, assistant direction, choreography, dramaturgy, business management, publicity, etc. Students gain experience in the creative and technical aspects of production.
  • 053 - Thea Practicum Studio Staff
    Practical application in a studio production of classroom work in the non-performance aspects of theatre, including design, stage management, assistant direction, choreography, dramaturgy, business management, publicity, etc. Students gain experience in the creative and technical aspects of production.
  • 054 - Thea Practicum Mainstage Crew
    Practical application in a mainstage production of classroom work in technical theatre, including set and costume construction, and hanging and focusing lights, as well as additional crew work. Students gain practical experience in the technical aspects of production.
  • 055 - Thea Practicum Studio Crew
    Practical application in a studio production of classroom work in technical theatre, including set, costume, and lighting design, set and costume construction, and additional crew assignments. Students gain practical experience in the technical aspects of production.
  • 080 - Dance: Modern I
    Introduction to the basic principles and vocabulary of modern dance. Emphasis is on individual expression through the use of improvisation, modern dance technique, and rhythm.
  • 081 - Dance: Modern II
    Builds on the basic modern dance techniques and allows greater exploration of improvisation and movement sequences.
  • 082 - Dance: Modern III
    Continuation of DANC 081. Further development of modern technique and improvisation and floorwork. Exploration of different styles of modern dance, e.g. Limon, Graham, and others.
  • 083 - Dance as Movement
    This introductory course is provided to train the student dancer in spatial awareness, weight transfer, and basic studio-dance movement. It is a generic dance class designed to enable dancers to make connections between basic pedestrian movement and dance vocabulary movements.
  • 101 - Acting I
    Basic acting technique and improvisation methods. Includes voice work and stage movement.
  • 102 - Oral Interpretation
    Instructs students in the necessary techniques for effective oral reading. Valuable for students of theatre, mass communication, and literature, as well as for others who want to make the written word come alive - at home, in business, or on the platform.
  • 120 - Intro to Technical Theatre
    A project-based course focusing on technical disciplines within theatre which may include costuming, make-up, set design, lighting, and stage management. The course also may include work in scene painting, prop making, and basic construction techniques.
  • 140 - Stagecraft
    An introduction to basic design and construction techniques, and may include scene painting and lighting, in support of department productions.
  • 200 - Topics in Dance History
    A comprehensive study of a notable topic in dance history whether it is a choreographer, particular period of dance, or specific topic, e.g., Politics and Dance, Antony Tudor. Students will be introduced to a particularly relevant viewpoint that includes historical context, analysis, and viewing. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken more than once if topics differ.
  • 201 - Acting II
    Continues work done in THEA 101, with added emphasis on more advanced monologues and scene study. Some work may explore dramaturgy beyond contemporary naturalism. Prerequisite: THEA 101.
  • 210 - Dramatic Literature
    A survey of dramatic literature from the 5th century B.C.E. to present day. Representative plays will be read with emphasis on theatre as live performance. Discussions will explore the social, political, and cultural context of the plays and performance. Prerequisites: THEA 101 and THEA 201.
  • 225 - Voice and Speech
    This course introduces vocal techniques, including Linklater voice work designed to "free the natural voice" of the student actor or public speaker. Through breathing, relaxation, alignment, and physical awareness exercises, students increase their ability to be expressive and honest in their vocal communication. Texts used include poetry, Shakespeare sonnets, and dramatic literature.
  • 230 - Theatre Movement
    Focuses on movement techniques inspired by the demands of the stage. The content varies, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. Topics covered can include: Alexander Technique, LMA/Bartenieff, Suzuki/Viewpoints. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.
  • 250 - Dance History
    An introduction to western dance history. Periods covered include, but are not limited to, the Baroque, Romantic, and Classical ballet eras and the Modern and Post Modern eras. Both ballet and modern dance luminaries are studied. Video is used and an emphasis is placed on historical context as regards dance styles and periods.
  • 260 - Theatre Topics
    Group study of selected topics in theatre. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.
  • 272 - The History of Theatre
    The course examines the history of theatre within political, religious, socio-economic, and technological contexts. Both Western and non-Western influential theatrical venues, writers and their works, actors, designers, directors, and theoreticians are studied.
  • 285 - Theatre Costuming
    A comprehensive study of the history, design, and construction of theatrical costuming. Includes hands-on experience in the areas of design sketches and renderings, color, fabric, and lighting studies as well as field trips to local museums, theatre tours, and productions.
  • 301 - Acting III
    This course extends the performer's acting technique developed in Acting I and Acting II. Scene work includes some specific period styles and is worked to performance level. Specific emphasis is given to vocal and physical development of the characters performed. Prerequisites: THEA 101 and THEA 201.
  • 325 - Voice for the Actor
    Building on the skills developed in Voice and Speech, this class explores the Linklater vocal progression in greater depth and incorporates techniques of other voice teachers, such as Patsy Rodenburg and Cecily Berry. Students analyze and perform more challenging texts both individually and as an ensemble. Open only to theatre majors and minors. Prerequisite: THEA 225.
  • 330 - Dance Composition
    A course designed to introduce the student to the fine art of composition for dance. Respected texts are used to guide the students through the process of creating work for the stage. Students identify key components of effective composition, practice these principles, and produce pieces that illustrate their skill as choreographers.
  • 340 - Advanced Voice and Movement
    Students will build on skills developed in Voice and Speech and in Theatre Movement, deepening their understanding and practice of techniques necessary to the actor's craft. Prerequisites: THEA 225 and THEA 230.
  • 350 - Thea Practicum Mainstage Cast
    Practical application in a mainstage production of classroom courses in theatre performance. Students develop character, analyze text, research cultural and historical background, and engage with an ensemble through a rehearsal process in preparation for perfomance. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 351 - Thea Practicum Studio Cast
    Practical application in a studio production of classroom courses in theatre performance. Students develop character, analyze text, research cultural and historical background, and engage with an ensemble through a rehearsal process in preparation for performance. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 352 - Thea Practicum Mainstage Staff
    Practical application in a mainstage production of classroom work in the management area including stage management, assistant direction, choreography, dramaturgy, business management, publicity, etc. Students gain experience in the creative and technical aspects of production. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 353 - Thea Practicum Studio Staff
    Practical application in a studio production of classroom work in the non-performance aspects of theatre, including design, stage management, assistant direction, choreography, dramaturgy, business management, publicity, etc. Students gain experience in the creative and technical aspects of production. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 354 - Thea Practicum Mainstage Crew
    Practical application in a mainstage production of classroom work in technical theatre, including set and costume construction, and hanging and focusing lights, as well as additional crew work. Students gain experience in the technical aspects of production. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 355 - Thea Practicum Studio Crew
    Practical application in a studio production of classroom work in technical theatre, including set and costume construction, and hanging and focusing lights, as well as additional crew work. Students gain experience in the technical aspects of production. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 360 - Acting Shakespeare
    Trains students in the fundamentals of Shakespearean acting. Through workshops, lectures, and instruction from the Globe Theatre in London, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Principia classroom, students learn the cultural and historical context of Shakespeare's plays and the fundamentals of textual analysis and performance. The course culminates in a full production of one of Shakespeare's plays. Offered only on Principia abroads.
  • 370 - Dance Practicum Cast
    Practical application in a dance production of classroom courses in a performance setting. Students participate in all aspects of a performance experience from auditions to learning and creating (if chosen as a choreographer) choreography, through the rehearsal process to the final mainstage performances for the community. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 371 - Dance Practicum Staff
    A dance production course designed to give students hands-on experience in assisting the director and, in certain cases, the technical director. Professionalism, self-discipline, strong communication skills, and team work are stressed. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 401 - Advanced Acting Topics
    Advanced course in acting focused on specific performance techniques. Areas covered are style, audition techniques, improvisation, voice, movement, and specific acting methods such as the Chekhov Technique. Subject matter will change based on the needs of the students. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ. Prerequisites: THEA 101, THEA 201, and THEA 301.
  • 402 - Spec Creative or Research Proj
    Advanced creative or research project in performance or scholarship. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve semester hours, three of which may apply toward the major or minor. Open only to theatre majors or minors.
  • 402C - Creative Project: Voice Acting
  • 420 - Directing
    Practical application of skills acquired in Acting I, II, and Practicum through working with actors to direct scenes and one-act plays. The fundamental directing principles of text analysis, communication, picturization, blocking, and design principles are learned and practiced. Prerequisites: THEA 101, THEA 201, either THEA 210 or THEA 272, and either THEA 301 or THEA 352.
  • 494 - Theatre or Dance Internship
    Practical experience in one of the various areas of theatre and dance (management, performance, technical theatre, or dramaturgy). May be offered for variable credit from three to 15 semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of 15 semester hours.

Theatre: Stagecraft

In addition to our many acting and performing based classes, Principia offers students the opportunity to examine the technical areas of theatre.