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Theatre Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
ENG 242 Women's Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights (=THE 242)
ENG 261 Modern Drama (= THE 261)
ENG 285 Politics & Performance: 20th Century Theatre (=THE 285)
ENG 352 Strangeness in Shakespeare
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 050 Production Experience
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Henderson

This non-credit "course" represents one of the two Production Experience requirements for the major and minor.

THE 060 Stage Management Experience
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Henderson

This non-credit "course" represents the Stage Mangement production requirement for the major.

THE 101 Introduction to Theatre Arts
Prerequisites & Notes

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

Instructors
Green, Henderson, Sutch, Tripathi

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 requirement.
 

THE 201 Exercises in Playcrafting and Performance
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Kaliski

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 requirement.

THE 210 Leadership & Management in the Arts (=THE 310)
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre majors should register for THE 310.

Instructor
Henderson

The goal of this course is to introduce you to the methods of management of non-profit cultural institutions in the United States in order to further your understanding of how you fit into this environment, either as an administrator or an artist.  You will learn practical skills for the successful management of arts organizations that will also translate into tools for your personal success.  Topics we will cover include leadership, marketing, fundraising, financial management and board governance.  This class will provide a new perspective on the role of arts managers and an understanding of how capable management practices can strengthen the arts in our country.

Satisfies a requirement in the Music major and minor.
Satisfies the Visual & Performing Arts 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 (=ENG 242)
Prerequisites & Notes

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."

Satisfies a requirement in the English major.
Satisfies a requirement in the Theatre major or minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the Literary and Cultural Representations track of the Gender & Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the Global Literary Theory interdisciplinary minor.
 

THE 245 Acting I
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors 
Green, Sutch, Costa, Kaliski

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 requirement.

THE 250 Play Analysis for Production
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
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 requirement.

THE 270 Designing in the Digital Age
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tripathi

This course examines the impact that digital technology has had on the theatrical design process, implementation, and final presentation/stage product.  The class explores how visual stage designers conceptualize, create, and convey their art in the digital age and how audiences experience the conflation of live performance and digital technology.  Students will learn about and analyze current technologies through lecture, discussion, demonstration and hands-on experience.

Satisfies a Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in the Digital Studies interdisciplinary minor.

THE 285 Politics & Performance: 20th Century Theatre & Drama (=ENG 285)
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 requirement.

THE 310 Leadership & Management in the Arts (=THE 210)
Prerequisites & Notes

For Theatre majors only.  All other students should register as THE 210.

Cross-listed with THE 210.

Instructor
Henderson

The goal of this course is to introduce you to the methods of management of non-profit cultural institutions in the United States in order to further your understanding of how you fit into this environment, either as an administrator or an artist.  You will learn practical skills for the successful management of arts organizations that will also translate into tools for your personal success.  Topics we will cover include leadership, marketing, fundraising, financial management and board governance.  This class will provide a new perspective on the role of arts managers and an understanding of how capable management practices can strengthen the arts in our country.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts 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 332 Hamilton
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Costa, Culpepper, Lewis

This interdisciplinary course centers on the ground-breaking, innovative musical by Tony-Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda.  More specifically, it focuses on the artistic process that Miranda followed in transforming white-male-centered, potentially dry Revolutionary history into popular entertainment with a cast whose major roles are played mostly by people of color and whose music mixes hip-hop, rap, and R&B ballads with both traditional American musical theater and classical forms.  Miranda's version of Hamilton's story is about who owns American history and who has charge of the narrative.  He offers a reimagined, inclusive version of the making of America through which everyone gets to be in "the room where it happened."  The course's starting point is Miranda's: Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton.  From that point on, the course will investigate the Hamilton libretto, musical score, and choreography through a comparison with Chernow's book and public schools' telling of American history. Students will often learn experientially through performing aspects of the musical in class.  The class will attend a performance of Hamilton at the Blumenthal Performance Center and will enjoy appearances by both other Davidson faculty and guests from outside the college; all such extra expenses of the class have been generously underwritten by a Bacca Humanities grant.  Each student will complete a final project for the course that involves an artistic transformation of the type Hamilton represents, whether in creative writing, musical composition, theatrical composition, or analysis in one of those areas that, like the work of a dramaturg or a theatrical director, will be grounded in performance.

Satisfies a requirement in the Theatre major.
Counts as an Innovation Course in the English major.
Satisfies a requirement in the Music major and minor.

THE 335 Fundamentals of Stage Design
Prerequisites & Notes

Class includes a once a week lab.  (Fall)

Instructor
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 requirement.
Students entering before 2012:  satisfies the Fine Arts 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, Kaliski

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 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 requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement

THE 371 World Theatre History
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor 
Staff

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 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 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 435 Advanced Scene Design
Prerequisites & Notes

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

 

Instructor
Tripathi

Advanced study of the design and implementation of scenic design for the stage.  Continuation of principles covered in THE 335, with special emphasis on practical solutions for specific plays. Process work, including research, play analysis, and drafting will be emphasized. The course concludes in the student designing a one-act play in the Barber Theatre with a student director.

THE 436 Lighting Design and Technical Production
Prerequisites & Notes

Theatre 335 (Offered every other Spring.)

Instructors
Tripathi

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.