Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2021

THEA - Theatre

THEA 1007 On-Set Film Production I GFA 1

The first of a three-course certificate program which provides an introduction to the skills used in on-set film production, including all forms of narrative media which utilize film industry standard organization structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures.

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THEA 1100 Acting for the Novice

This course introduces the student to the art and craft of acting. It is designed to give the student an overview of the role of acting and the human experience, and an understanding of what it means to be an actor. Students will be explore aesthetic principles as well as practical applications of the craft of acting including warm-ups, physical and vocal awareness and expression, theatre terminology, basic character study, and the performance process. Acting for the Novice is an introductory course; experience and talent are less important than hard work and enthusiasm. This course is an elective and may satisfy three hours in students degree requirements.

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THEA 1105 Theatrical Heritage

The study of the theatrical experience, so as to give the student an understanding, awareness and respect of the history, talents, skills and traditions that go into the practice of live theatre. Attendance at GC Theatre productions required.

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THEA 1107 Electric & Lighting GFA3

Prerequisite: THEA 1007. The third of a three-course certificate program designed specifically to provide students with a basic level of on-set film lighting skills, knowledge and experience with film industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures in lighting and electrics.

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THEA 1125 Audition/Portfolio Workshop

Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor restriction. Overview of the department and preparation for a successful academic career at GC. Students will gain practical experience in audition/portfolio techniques and resume writing.

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THEA 1160 Stagecraft

Prerequisite: Must be a Theatre major/minor or have instructor's permission. Basic principles of scenic, lighting and sound materials and equipment; methods of construction and handling of scenery, lighting and props; basic theatre safety and equipment maintenance. Participation in GC theatre productions and lab hours required. Required of majors prior to taking higher-level courses.

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THEA 1160L Stagecraft Lab

40 lab hours performed during the semester.

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THEA 1200 Introduction to Design

Prerequisite: THEA 1160. Theatre design with an emphasis on basic design principles and aesthetics. Beginning exercises in scenic, lighting, properties, sound, and costume design. Introduction to various artistic media and techniques. Participation in GC theatre productions and lab hours required. Required of majors prior to taking higher-level courses.

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THEA 1200L Introduction to Design Lab

40 lab hours performed during the semester.

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THEA 1207 Grip Rigging

Prerequisite: THEA 1007. This course provides students with a basic and advanced level of on-set grip rigging skills, knowledge and experience with film industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures in grip rigging.

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THEA 1220 Costume Construction

Prerequisite: Must be a Theatre major/minor or have instructor's permission. Instruction in the basic techniques of stage costume construction and Costume Shop operation. Practical experience is gained through the application of learned techniques in laboratory work and working on University theatre production. Participation in academic theatre productions and lab hours required.

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THEA 1220L Costume Construction Lab

40 lab hours performed during the semester.

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THEA 1300 Acting I: Voice and Movement

Prerequisite: Must be a Theatre major/minor or have instructor's permission. Introduction to acting techniques and characterization methods, with an emphasis on stage movement and vocal work in application to limited text. Participation in GC theatre auditions required. Required of majors prior to taking higher-level courses.

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THEA 1307 Set Construction

Prerequisite: THEA 1007. This course provides students with a basic level of on-set film set construction skills, knowledge and experience with the film industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures in set construction.

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THEA 1310 Improv for Social Change

This participatory course emphasizes lab study in group improvisational acting, theatrical, dynamics, performance and role-playing, particularly as employed toward problem-solving and social change. Theorists such as Brazilian Augusto Boal and Jacob Moreno will be considered in discussion and performance. Students will expand their acting potential and ability to work creatively in social groups by developing group theatrical presentations based on personal ideas related to problem themes. Critiques of ideas and performances are an essential component of this course.

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THEA 2007 On-Set Film Production II GFA2

Pre-requisite: THEA 1007. The second of a three-course certificate program designed specifically to provide students with a basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge and experience with film industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures.

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THEA 2150 Play Analysis

Prerequisite: ENGL 1101. Analyzing, researching, and interpreting dramatic works, leading to an understanding of how interpretation translates to production choices for theatre production. Required of majors prior to taking higher-level courses. Attendance at GC Theatre productions required.

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THEA 2225 Introduction to Costume

Corequisite: THEA 2225L. This course introduces students to the broad spectrum of theatrical costume work. Studenst will explore the various jobs available in a professional costume shop and gain an introductory understanding of the costume design process. This course is required of all theatre majors.

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THEA 2225L Intro to Costume Lab

Corequisite: THEA 2225. This lab provides hands-on application of information learned in THEA 2225 and focuses primarily on the sewing aspect of costuming. Studenst will work on costumes for theatre productions in addition to lab projects. This course is required of all theatre majors.

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THEA 2300 Acting II

Prerequisites: THEA 2150, 1300, or permission of the instructor. Participation in GC theatre auditions required. A continuation of the principles explored in Acting I, with a greater emphasis on scene work, text, and character development.

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THEA 2930 Performance Practicum

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor required. Credit earned for performance work in one mainstage theatre production. This course is repeatable for credit.

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THEA 2935 Production Practicum

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor required. Credit earned for production work on one mainstage theatre production. This course is repeatable for credit.

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THEA 2940 Sophomore Theatre Practicum

Prerequisites: THEA 1200 or permission of the instructor. A mandatory theatre practicum for second-year students designed to hone and expand upon basic theatre production skills. Participation in GC Theatre productions required.

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THEA 2950 Special Topics

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Consideration of topics in which courses are not otherwise offered, but for which there is a current need at the freshman/sophomore level. This course is repeatable for credit.

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THEA 3100 Theatre History I

Prerequisites: THEA 2150 or permission of the instructor. Attendance at GC Theatre productions required. A comprehensive study of the theatre from its origins through the seventeenth century, with emphasis on how theatre has reflected the changing cultures of each era.

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THEA 3110 Theatre History II

Prerequisites: THEA 2150 or permission of the instructor. Attendance at GC Theatre productions required. A comprehensive study of the theatre from the eighteenth century to the present, with emphasis on how theatre has reflected the changing cultures of each era.

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THEA 3125 Survey of Costume History

Prerequistes: THEA 2225 and 2225L. In this class students will identify period silhouettes and design styles of clothing from various cultures and historical periods. Students will also gain an understanding of how changes in technology and cultural awareness influences fashion.

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THEA 3205 Scene Design

Prerequisite: THEA 1200 or permission of the instructor. Problems in theatre graphics, techniques application, script interpretation, scenic design and style, drafting technique, perspective, color theory, and rendering and model building. Participation in GC theatre productions and lab hours required.

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THEA 3215 Lighting Design

Prerequisite: THEA 1200 or permission of the instructor. Problems in script interpretation, equipment selection, lighting design and style, drafting technique, paperwork, color theory and fundamentals of electricity. Participation in GC theatre productions and lab hours required.

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THEA 3220 Costume Craft

Prerequisite: Must be a Theatre major/minor or have instructor's permission. A practical course in which the technical theatre skills used for millinery, mask making, corset building, painting, dying, and general craft construction are taught in a laboratory setting. Participation in GC theatre productions and lab hours required.

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THEA 3225 Costume Design

Prerequisite: THEA 1200 or permission of the instructor. Participation in GC theatre productions and lab hours required. Problems in script interpretation, period plays, theatrical style, fabric selection and color theory.

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THEA 3300 Acting III

Prerequisites: THEA 2150 and THEA 2300. Participation in GC theatre auditions required. A continuation of the principles explored in Acting II, with a greater emphasis on modern text, and delving deeper into characterization.

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THEA 3320 Theatre as Social Change

Prerequisites: Improvisation for Social Change (THEA 1310), Acting I (THEA 1300), or any introductory course in Health or Sociology or permission of the instructor. Theatre as Social Change is an interdisciplinary course expressing the power of theatre with participants in the community. The course is based on principles from sociology, community research and social justice. Core course content includes archival stories, oral histories, surveys, film documentaries, self-reflection, social research skills, and theatre of the oppressed techniques. Students will work with a community partner to harness the power of the performing art of theatre to effect positive change on one or more social issues.

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THEA 3350 Directing I

Prerequisites: THEA 1300, 2150, and permission of the instructor. Attendance at GC Theatre productions required. Principles and practice of directing for the stage, including play analysis, pre-production, casting, problem solving, staging, picturization, and rehearsal techniques.

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THEA 3360 Directing II

Prerequisite: THEA 3350 and permission of the instructor. Attendance at GC Theatre productions required. To develop further hands-on directing skills beyond the introductory level. This course will emphasize interaction with actors in the directing process, which will result in the performance of scenes. The course will go beyond the two-person scenes, and define an individual directorial voice and style.

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THEA 3400 Stage Management

Prerequisites: THEA 1160 (Stagecraft) and THEA 1220 (Costume Construction). A practical course of study about the function, responsibilities and processes of successful stage management. Participation in GC Theatre Productions is required.

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THEA 3500 Theatre for Classroom Teacher

This course focuses on the study of theatre in the classroom using the art and craft of Creative Dramatics. Theatre is used as a tool for teaching across the curriculum and is taught as a discreet art form. Skills covered include but are not limited to: puppetry, mask work, improvisation, theatre games, story telling and play making. The course is a major component and required of Education majors and credential seekers and is an elective for the Theatre major. This is an activity based course.

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THEA 3700 Stage Makeup

Prerequisite: Must be a theatre major/minor or permission of the instructor. Theory, design and practice in the art of stage makeup. The course focuses on the development of make up skills necessary for the practicing theatre artist. Attendance at GC Theatre productions required.

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THEA 4011 Script Writing

Prerequisites: ENGL 2208, or permission of the instructor. A practical study of the techniques and craft of writing scripts for the stage, screen, or broadcast media. (Cross-listed as ENGL 4011.)

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THEA 4200 Advanced Scenic Design

Prerequisite: THEA 3205. The study of advanced theatrical scenic design theory and practice, including research, sketch and rendering, scaled models, and construction and painting techniques. Participation in GC theatre productions and lab hours required.

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THEA 4210 Advanced Lighting Design

Prerequisite: THEA 3215. The study of advanced theatrical lighting design theory and practice, including research, plot and rendering, and design execution. Participation in GC theatre productions and lab hours required.

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THEA 4220 Advanced Costume Design

Prerequisite: THEA 3225. The study of advanced theatrical costume design theory and practice, including research, sketch and rendering, and design execution. Participation in GC Theatre productions and lab hours required.

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THEA 4225 Costume Technology

Prerequisite: THEA 2225 and THEA 2225L. In this class, students will utilize and build upon skills learned in Intro to Costume todevelop costume patterns, construct garments, and the basic techniques of costume crafts. Students may also construct and alter garments for use in theatrical performances.

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THEA 4226 Shakespeare

Prerequisites: ENGL 2110 or IDST 2305, or permission of the instructor. A study of selected topics, genres, or issues in Shakespeare; may be linked with Shakespearean production staged by the Departments of Music and Theatre. (Cross-listed as ENGL 4226.)

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THEA 4228 Development of English Drama

Prerequisites: ENGL 2110 or IDST 2305, or permission of the instructor. A study of the development of English drama from the Middle Ages through the early modern period. (Cross-listed as ENGL 4228.)

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THEA 4300 Acting IV

Prerequisite: THEA 3300. Participation in GC Theatre auditions required. Intensive study of acting styles from various periods and movements.

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THEA 4440 Modern Drama

Prerequisites: ENGL 2110, 2120, or 2130, or IDST 2305. A study of selected modern plays in English. (Cross-listed as ENGL 4440.)

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THEA 4600 Senior Seminar

Prerequisite: Permission of the department Chair. A summing up of all the student has learned, through discussion of issues in theatre practice, and a project demonstrating the student's mastery of a theatrical work.

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THEA 4930 Advanced Performance Practicum

Prerequisites: THEA 2930 and permission of the instructor. Credit earned for performance work on one mainstage production. This course is repeatable for credit.

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THEA 4935 Advanced Production Practicum

Prerequisites: THEA 2935 and permission of the instructor. Credit earned for non-performance work on one mainstage production. This course is repeatable for credit.

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THEA 4940 Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Tutorial investigation of a topic of special interest. This course is repeatable for credit.

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THEA 4950 Special Topics

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Consideration of topics in which courses are not offered otherwise, but for which there is current need. Subject matter varies. This course is repeatable for credit.

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THEA 4960 Internship

Prerequisite: Approval by the department Chair. An individually designed and planned learning experience involving off-campus field experience and study in the private or public sector. This course is repeatable for credit.

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