Theatre Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
ENG 261 Modern Drama (= THE 261)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fox

European, American, and British drama from Ibsen to Pinter with emphasis on the major movements within Western theater: realism, naturalism, expressionism, Epic Theater, and Theater of the Absurd. 

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

THE 011 Applied Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

First-year students only.

THE 012 Applied Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

First-year students only.

THE 021 Applied Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Sophomore students only.

THE 022 Applied Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Sophomore students only.

THE 031 Applied Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Junior students only.

THE 032 Applied Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Junior students only.

THE 041 Applied Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Senior students only.

THE 042 Applied Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Senior students only.

THE 045 Applied Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Senior students only.

THE 101 Introduction to Theatre Arts
Prerequisites & Notes

First-year and sophomore students only until first day of class.

Instructors
Green, Sutch, Tripathi, Wadman

Course provides an introduction to the various creative elements of making theatre. Lectures, readings, discussions, videos, field trips, critical writing, and laboratory work build understanding of the theatrical event and the fundamental components of stage production. 

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

THE 201 Exercises in Playcrafting and Performance
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Gardner

Study and utilization of the creative elements involved in playwriting with emphasis on character study, dialogue and script shaping. Readings on performance theory will expose students to a wide range of theatrical models and support informed critical analysis and feedback in the writing process.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

THE 221 Creating Devised Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

Offered every other year

Instructor
Costa

The course is an experiential and critical study of contemporary devised theatre. Students will develop and create original theatre work in an ensemble setting through a series of exercises, documentary research, basic film techniques, acting and creative writing.
 

THE 242 Women's Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall) Offered every other year

Instructor
Green

This course provides a close look at work created for the stage by women since 2000. The analysis of plays written and produced in the 21st century will be set in the context of feminist and queer theory which has offered insights into the cultural function of "women's work."

THE 245 Acting I
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors 
Green, Sutch, Costa, Kamtman

Study and application of the psycho-physical and emotional bases of performance. Emphasis on relaxation of the actor's body, ensemble improvisation, freeing the natural voice, acting on impulse. The training will culminate in realistic scene work.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

THE 250 Play Analysis for Production
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Gardner, Sutch

Examination of traditional methods of play analysis and their application in the development of production plans with a wide variety of theatrical scripts.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

THE 261 Modern Drama (= ENG 261)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fox

(Cross-listed as English 261.) European, American, and British drama from Ibsen to Pinter with emphasis on the major movements within Western theater: realism, naturalism, expressionism, Epic Theater, and Theater of the Absurd.

THE 285 Performance & Politics in the 20th Century: World Theatre & Drama
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Green

The course is a study of plays and theatrical theory from a range of geographic regions.  The course explores ways practitioners experimented with form and content in articulating their reactions to the human condition of the 20th century.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

THE 325 Production Dramaturgy
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor-Green

This course is an examination of the art, craft, and practice of production dramaturgy. Students will learn how to bring research, script analysis, and interpretation into the theatrical process to support a theatre production's creative team. Focusing specifically on production dramaturgy, students will gain experience creating materials typically delegated to a production dramaturg.

Satisfies a major requirement in Theatre

Satisfies a minor requirement in Theatre

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement

THE 335 Fundamentals of Stage Design
Prerequisites & Notes

Class includes a once a week lab.  (Fall)

Instructor
Gardner, Tripathi

Introduction, through exercises and projects, to the principles of designing scenery, costumes, and lighting for the theatre. For application in projects, the course includes basic rendering techniques for designers, including instruction in computer drafting and rendering.

Students entering 2012 and after:  satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012:  satisfies the Fine Arts distribution requirement.

THE 345 Acting II
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre 245. Meets for extra hours; please consult with the instructor.  (Fall) 

Instructor
Sutch, Costa

Study and application of the Stanislavsky acting process. Group and individual exercises designed to promote personalization and emotional fullness in characterization. Advanced techniques for scene and character analysis. Performances of scenes from contemporary realism, comedy, acting for the camera, and Anton Chekhov's plays.

THE 355 Directing I
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre 245 (Fall)

Instructor s
Sutch, Costa

Fundamentals of directing for the stage, focusing on text analysis, blocking principles, the director-actor relationship, the director-designer conceptual process and scene work.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

THE 362 Theatre for Social Justice
Prerequisites & Notes

Meets for extra hours; please consult with the instructor.

Instructor
Green

Course investigates the potential for theatre and performance to be catalysts for social change. Focusing on Community-Based Theatre, the course explores ways in which performance has participated in struggles against oppression and has been integral to community-building. Course combines case studies from various historical and geographical contexts with practical activities used by Community-Based Theatre practitioners.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

THE 371 World Theatre History
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor 
Green

Study of the theory and practice of stage performance throughout the world from ancient Greece to the end of the 19th Century. Lectures, readings and discussions, with emphasis on the Western tradition.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

THE 380 Special Topics in Theatre, THE 380-385
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Sutch, Costa

Group study of selected theatre topics.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

THE 381 Advanced Acting Seminar
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre 245.

Instructors
Sutch, Costa, Staff

Advanced acting seminar exploring a variety of dramatic forms.

THE 383 Contemporary Theatre and Performance: Trends in Theatre Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

One previous THE course required or permission of instructor

Offered every other year.

Instructor
Green


This course introduces students to current artists, working methodologies, and scholarship within the field of theatre and performance.  The course focuses on ways broader cultural dialogues about identity-sexuality, race, gender, class, ability-and technological innovation influence what appears on-stage, and the ways that audiences and critics think and write about these performances.  Course includes field trips to see live performances.

THE 386 Voice and Movement for the Actor I
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre 245 (Offered every other year.)

Instructor
Sutch

Foundations of vocal technique and movement analysis for the actor.  Provides a working knowledge of anatomical and kinesiological principles pertinent to strong and healthy vocal production.

THE 390 Independent Study, THE 390-398
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Staff

For the advanced student with a special topic to be pursued under the direction and supervision of a faculty member. The topic of study must be reviewed and approved by the faculty member before permission is granted for enrollment. Normally, assigned work and criteria for evaluation will be clearly established by the instructor before the beginning of the semester; in all cases this will occur before the end of the Drop/Add period.

THE 391 Independent Study - Advanced Acting
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required.

Instructor
Staff

Topics normally involve role research, preparation and/or performance.

THE 392 Independent Study - Advanced Directing
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required.

Instructors
Costa, Sutch

Topics normally involve background research, script analysis, and prompt book preparation in support of directing a full length production.

THE 393 Independent Study - Advanced Design
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required.

Instructor
Gardner

Topics may concentrate on any area of theatre design, including scenery, lighting, costumes, makeup, properties or sound, and normally involve design exercises and projects.

THE 394 Independent Study - Dramaturgy
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required.

Instructor
Green, Staff

Play analysis and interpretation in a performance-related context. Topics normally involve research in analytical methodologies as well as participation in production as an assistant to a faculty or guest director.

THE 395 Independent Study - Stage Management
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required.

Instructor
Wadman

Advanced practicum in play preparation and oversight responsibility for mainstage or 2nd stage production, including rehearsal assistance, promptbook preparation, backstage communications and performance management.

THE 396 Independent Study - Playwriting
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required.

Instructor
Staff

Topics normally involve writing exercises and a fully-developed original play script.

THE 397 Independent Study - Production Management and Advanced Design
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

THE 399 Non-Profit Arts Management
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wadman

Issues of administration, operations, evaluation, education, cultural policies, and funding as they relate to the visual and performing arts. Readings, papers, and discussions, including regular sessions with executive directors of Charlotte-Mecklenburg arts organizations. Recommended for students with interest in the arts, contemporary American culture, public policy, and/or relevant economic issues.

THE 435 Advanced Scene Design
Prerequisites & Notes

THE 335 (Additional lab hours required.) (Offered every other Spring.)

 

Instructor
Gardner

Advanced study of the design and implementation of scenic design for the stage.  Continuation of principles covered in THE 335, with special emphasis on multi-scene solutions for specific plays.  Process work, including research and play analysis, will be emphasized. Rendering techniques will include scale models and computer graphics. THE 250 is highly recommended but not required. 

THE 436 Lighting Design and Technical Production
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre 335 (Offered every other Spring.)

Instructors
Gardner, Staff

Advanced study, through exercises and projects, of the tools, principles and techniques of designing and executing stage lighting, with parallel study of related technical areas.

THE 445 Acting III
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre 245 and 345

Instructors
Sutch

Advanced study of one or more production styles involving in-depth research and resulting in class performance. An effort will be made to tailor course content to promote the individual actor's development.

THE 455 Directing II
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre 355  (Spring)

Instructors
Costa, Sutch

Advance study of directing principles and their implementation for the stage.  Continuation of developing the director's aesthetic that began in THE 355, with special  emphasis on directing rhythmic,  comedic and contemporary non-realism scenes.  The course concludes in the student directing a one-act play in The Barber Theatre with a design team.

THE 486 Voice and Movement for the Actor II
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre 245 and 386 (Meets for extra hours; please consult with the instructor.) 

Instructor
Sutch

Advanced study of vocal technique and movement analysis for the actor. Provides an in-depth analysis of individual habits and fosters healthy expansion of movement vocabulary and vocal production.

THE 499 Honors Tutorial and Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Approval of thesis proposal by May 1st of the previous academic year.

Instructor
Green

Required for graduation with honors in Theatre. For Theatre majors only with a 3.5 GPA in the theatre major and an overall GPA of 3.2.