Theatre (THEA) Courses

THEA 100 Acting I — Fundamentals
3 hours. Study of basic principles of acting, including survey of acting theories, performance of scenes, and critical observation and analysis of productions. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsal and performance of selected material.

THEA 105 Technical Theatre Practicum
1 hour. The practical application of technical techniques in connection with university theatre main-stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 115 Acting Practicum
1-3 hours. The practical application of acting techniques in connection with university theatre main-stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 130 Stagecraft
3 hours. Balancing lecture with hands-on experience, the course offers a survey of materials, processes, and equipment in the fabrication, assembly, painting, rigging and installation of stage scenery, properties and lighting. Additional course fee is required.

THEA 135 Design Practicum
1-3 hours. The practical application of design techniques in connection with university theatre main-stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 145 Management Practicum
1-3 hours. The practical application of theatre and stage management techniques in connection with university theatre main-stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 155 Directing Practicum
1-3 hours. The practical application of directing techniques in connection with university theatre productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 160 Improvisational Theatre Workshop
2 hours. Focus on development of improvisational skills through structured and directed psychological, physical and social exercises. May be repeated once for credit.

THEA 165 George Fox University Players: Drama Touring Troupe
1 hour. Participation in theatre's traveling drama ministry ensemble. Students must remain with the troupe the entire year. May be repeated to a maximum of four hours credit. Pass/No Pass.
Prerequisite: audition and invitation.

THEA 200 Acting II – Stage Voice and Movement
3 hours. A study of the basic principles and techniques of increasing vocal and physical awareness and production on the stage, including life study projects and an introduction to basic theoretical approaches to voice and movement. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsal and performance of selected material.
Prerequisites: THEA 100 Acting I - Fundamentals and instructor's permission.

THEA 240 Understanding Drama
3 hours. A study of significant plays from the classical period to the present, both as literary works and staged productions, the goal being a deeper understanding and appreciation of drama as a symbolic form. Primary focus is on literary values, with attention also given to the constraints and interpretations embodied in the staging, acting, directing, and designing of a play. (Identical to LITR 240.)

THEA 275 Field Experience
1-10 hours. Offered summers only. Supervised experience with off-campus professional, community, church or camp theatre productions or drama programs. The experience may include acting, directing, technical production, design, publicity, management, therapy or any combination thereof.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 285 Selected Topics
3 hours. Characteristically offered as part of May Term. Special courses offered occasionally to meet the needs and interests of students, professors and visiting professors, specifically including technical theatre.

THEA 300 Acting III – Contemporary Scene Study
3 hours. A study of the acting and philosophical challenges that face contemporary actors in the professional world of theatre. Through in-depth scene study, structural analysis, in-class presentations and outside research the student is exposed to the theatre community's various artistic responses to recent political and social movements. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsal and performance of selected material.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 305 Technical Theatre Practicum
1 hour. The practical application of technical techniques in connection with university theatre main-stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 315 Acting Practicum
1-3 hours. The practical application of acting techniques in connection with university theatre main-stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 330 Stage Lighting and Sound
3 hours. An introductory study of the principles of stage lighting and sound design for theatrical production. The emphasis will be on both design and operation of sound and lighting equipment. Students will apply theory through a number of projects. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: THEA 130 Stagecraft or instructor' permission.

THEA 335 Design Practicum
1-3 hours. The practical application of design techniques in connection with university theatre main-stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 340 Theatre as Ministry
3 hours. A consideration of theatre skills as tools for meeting human needs in essentially nontheatrical environments. Focus on drama as a service medium rather than as strictly an entertainment vehicle.

THEA 345 Management Practicum
1-3 hours. The practical application of theatre and stage management techniques in connection with university theatre main-stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 350 Music Theatre Performance
3 hours. An introduction to the acting, dance, and vocal techniques required for music theatre performance. Through in-depth scene study, vocal training, dance and in-class performances, the student will be introduced to the various artistic challenges inherent in music theatre since its inception. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsals and performance of selected material. Additional course fee is required. (Identical to MUSI 350.)
Prerequisites: THEA 100 Acting I - Fundamentals and MUSA 105 VC Applied Voice or MUSI 125T Music Theatre.

THEA 355 Directing Practicum
1-3 hours. The practical application of directing techniques in connection with university theatre productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 360 Improvisational Theatre Workshop
2 hours. Focus on development of improvisational skills through structured and directed psychological, physical and social exercises. May be repeated once for credit.

THEA 365 George Fox University Players: Drama Touring Troupe
1 hour. Participation in theatre's traveling drama ministry ensemble. Students must remain with the troupe the entire year. May be repeated to a maximum of four hours credit. Pass/No Pass.
Prerequisite: audition and invitation.

THEA 370 Directing for Theatre
3 hours. An introduction to the director's role in theatre through historical and artistic research, comprehensive structural analysis, scene work, the creation of composition, stage pictures, blocking, rhythm, tempo and an exploration of the working relationships with actors and design teams. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsal and performance of selected material.
Prerequisite: THEA 100 Acting I - Fundamentals.

THEA 380 Costume Design
3 hours. A study of the elements and principles of costume design for the theatre. Students will develop skills in play analysis for costuming, basic rendering skills and period research. The class will include an introduction to the various media used in communicating a costume design concept. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: THEA 130 Stagecraft or instructor's permission..

THEA 390 Playwriting
3 hours. This course is designed to introduce basic playwriting, in particular elements of the playwright’s craft: dramatic action, plot, characterization and theatricality. The course functions as a playwriting workshop with students presenting exercises in class to be discussed by their peers. Utilizing techniques learned, students will complete a draft of a one-act play. (Identical to WRIT 390.)

THEA 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline-specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

THEA 400 Acting IV – Acting Shakespeare
3 hours. An in-depth study of the world and words of Shakespeare. Through classroom exercises, scene study and outside research, the student is exposed to how word choice, syntax and grammar informs the actor, influences action, exposes character, and creates the world of play. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsal and performance of selected material.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 420 Theatre Management
3 hours. This course introduces students to the diverse issues involved in managing a theatre company. It includes an examination of marketing and promotions, financial management, and organizational structures of various types of theatres, with special emphasis given to stage management. Students will be able to apply learned principles to hands-on projects and presentations.
Prerequisite: THEA 130 Stagecraft or instructor's permission.

THEA 430 Scenic Design
3 hours. An introductory study of the theories and skills of stage design with an emphasis on script analysis and good visual research. Assignments will guide the student to learning the practices of drafting, perspective drawing, watercolor rendering and model building. Students will apply these learned techniques and research skills to several projects. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: THEA 130 Stagecraft or instructor's permission.

THEA 440 Theatre History
3 hours. A broad survey of the history of theatre dedicated to the research, study and analysis of the innovators and revolutionaries in playwriting theory, acting, directing, design and production.

THEA 475 Field Experience
1-10 hours. Offered summers only. Supervised experience with off-campus professional, community, church, or camp theatre productions or drama programs. The experience may include acting, directing, technical production, design, publicity, management, therapy or any combination thereof.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

THEA 485 Selected Topics
3 hours. Characteristically offered as part of May Term. Special courses offered occasionally to meet the needs and interests of students, professors and visiting professors, specifically including technical theatre.

THEA 495 Special Study
1-3 hours. Open to exceptional students who want to explore a specific area in greater depth. Entrance at the discretion of a faculty member.

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