COURSE INFORMATION

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
THEA100 Introduction to Theatre Y
Enter stage right into the world of the theatre experience! This basic course introduces the student to the many roles of theatre: the audience, the performers, the scripts, and the many and varied theatre artists who come together in this exciting collaborative art form. Students experience the inside workings of a theatre production through hands-on participation.
THEA102 Introduction to Theatre Design
The field of theatre design covers a vast group of disciplines. In this class, students will discuss the elements and principles of design pertaining to all fields in the theatre design industry. In addition, this class will give students an introductory experience in the specific fields of lighting, scenic, sound, costume, makeup, props, and projection design.
THEA110 Stagecraft Y
This is an introductory course in the behind-the-scenes skills that produce theatre. Students will learn basics of stage construction and rigging with a touch of lighting and sound. Course encompasses both lecture and practical application with plenty of hands-on learning experiences.
THEA120 Stage Management
In this course, students will learn the basic principles of stage management as they pertain to the theatre. The class focuses on a hands-on approach to understanding the role of stage managers, and developing a competency in the field. Concepts will include history and current practices in theatre stage management.
THEA130 Script Analysis
Prerequisite: THEA 100 or permission of the instructor This course is designed to introduce students to the methodologies, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills necessary for the interpretation of dramatic texts, with a view toward the practical considerations of developing such texts in performance and production. To this end, the course will survey the fundamentals of theatre criticism and explore representative works of dramatic literature for their theatrical possibilities.
THEA150 Acting I for the Stage Y
This is an introductory acting course designed for students interested in acting techniques as a tool in career development. Emphasis is on vocal and physical work, developing techniques of acting, and self-expression. Character work and improvisation will put knowledge to work.
THEA178 Costume Design
This course involves beginning costume design covering the principles and theories of costume design for the stage. Course covers all design aspects as well as rendering techniques, construction methods, and accessories.
THEA183 Scenic Design Y
This is a beginning scenic design course covering the principles and theories of design for the stage. Students will learn drafting and drafting techniques both pencil-and-paper and computer aided drafting (CAD), research and research methods, analysis, and visualization. Students will develop ground plans and elevations, white models, and appropriate working drawings.
THEA185 Makeup for the Stage
This course covers the design and application of stage makeup. Its emphasis will be on how to read details of facial structure and design makeup for characterization. A variety of styles and skills will be used throughout the course. Students will practice their art by participation in major productions.
THEA186 Sound Design
This is a beginning sound design course covering the principles and theories of sound design for the stage. Students will learn drafting and drafting techniques both pencil-and-paper and computer aided drafting (CAD), research and research methods, analysis, and execution of design. Students will develop sound plots and analog digital audio presentations.
THEA187 Lighting Design
This is a beginning light design course covering the principles and theories of light design for the stage. Students will learn drafting and drafting techniques both pencil-and-paper and computer aided drafting (CAD), research and research methods, analysis, and execution of design. Students will develop complete light plots as a final project.
THEA210 Theatre Practicum
This course involves practical application of theatre skills in performance. Credit is open to anyone involved in a theatre production. Number of hours available dependent upon role/technical position. THis course may be repeated up to three times.
THEA215 Audition/Portfolio
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This course covers development of professional resume and audition material for the performer; development of professional resume and portfolio for production design and technology. All theatre majors are required to attend professional auditions and interviews each year; this course begins the preparation by detailing audition and interview expectations, techniques, and required materials. Students will begin a file of audition monologues and songs and prepare pieces for presentation in actual auditions, begin compilation of a professional-level portfolio, and prepare materials for presentation in actual auditions, begin compilation of a professional-level portfolio, and prepare materials for presentation in actual interviews. The course may be repeated up to three times.
THEA220 Voice and Movement
Prerequisite: THEA 150 This studio course introduces students to various voice and movement methods and techniques used in the art of acting. Emphasis will be placed on the essential skills of articulation, projection, and basic dialect work, as well as body awareness, economy of movement, and physical expression in the interpretation of character.
THEA230 Creative Dramatics Y
This course explores young people's dramatic literature, working with children and young adults in theatrical production, the use and development of the imagination, storytelling, etc., and the use of drama for effective teaching.
THEA235 Acting for Music Theatre
Prerequisite: THEA 150 or 152, MUSC 129 and/or permission of instructor This course continues the actor's work by using the techniques learned in THEA 150 and/or 152, and adapting those techniques to solos from the modern musical theatre. The course will also explore the connection between a Stanislavski-based acting process and music theatre needs, including vocal techniques, characterization, and physicalization of music and lyrics. This course may be repeated.
THEA252 Acting II
Prerequisite: THEA 150 This course builds upon the foundation of basic acting techniques in THEA 150. Advanced sills of analysis and characterization are developed and applied to scene study. This is a repeatable course.
THEA256 Dance
This course offers intensive physical work for all University students interested in improving flexibility of movement, integration of body language and meaning, etc. This course may be repeated up to three times.
THEA261 Directing for the Theatre Y
Prerequisite: THEA 100 and 102 This is an introductory directing course that covers basic principles and theories. The course examines the full range of directorial duties as well as aesthetics of directing, focuses on decision-making, techniques, and selection. These concepts will be studied through the use of classroom experiential learning exercises.
THEA310 Advanced Theatre Technology
In the world of advanced theatre technology, methods and skills are continually being updated and rewritten. This course provides learning experiences in working with a variety of materials other than standard stagecraft technology. Work with plastics, welding, various other materials, and upholstery. Learn new skills with advanced woodworking and be on the cutting edge of new developments in scenery construction.
THEA320 Playwriting
Prerequisite: THEA 100 This is a workshop course in the fundamentals of writing and devising original dramatic literature for the stage. The course will examine representative works of classical and contemporary plays before guiding students through the stages of various playwriting processes. Students will participate in in-class readings of the short plays they have written. The course culminates in the writing and sharing of one-act plays.
THEA322 Theatre Lit-Greek to 17th Cent.
This course offers an integration of dramatic literature and theatre history as well as aspects of history, art and architecture, and philosophy as they impact the world of theatre from the Greek to the 17th century. Students will read masterworks of each period and important theatre criticism. One focus of the course is to place theatrical works in context of the society.
THEA323 Theatre Lit-18th Cent. to Today
This course covers the integration of dramatic literature and theatre history as well as aspects of history, art and architecture, and philosophy as they impact the world of theatre from the 18th century to today. Students will read masterworks of the period and important theatre criticism. One focus of the course is to place theatrical works in context of the society.
THEA335 Adv Acting for Music Theatre
Prerequisite: THEA 235 or permission of the instructor In this course scene study and song repertoire are examined by era for the advanced music theatre student: 1900s-1930s (operetta, revue, and musical comedy), 1940s-1960s (book musicals), 1970s-present (new forms and Broadway opera). This course may be repeated.
THEA355 Acting III
Prerequisite: THEA 150 and 152 This course continues the actor's work by focusing on acting styles from ancient Greece to the present. Important aspects include: intensive verse work, period movement, period manners, and character research methods. This is a repeatable course.
THEA356 Music Theatre Dance
Prerequisite: THEA 256 or permission of the instructor This course provides an exploration of various dance styles from different eras of the musical theatre stage. This course may be repeated up to three times.
THEA360 Adv Directing for the Stage
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Building on THEA 261, this course culminates in a presentation of a one-act script. Students put their directing skills of organization, script selection, auditions and casting, rehearsals, and decision making to the practical test.
THEA384 Advanced Theatre Design
Prerequisite: THEA 178, 183, 186 and 187 This advanced course continues the student's artistic and practical learning in theatre design. After completing this course, students are eligible to apply for main-stage design assignments.
THEA409 Professional Internship
Prerequisites: permission of instructor, minimum 2.75 GPA and have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours at The University of Findlay. Theatre majors are expected to audition for semi-professional and professional companies to further their experience. The University recognizes the importance of work outside the academic year in career preparation. This credit is available for positions in professional companies only. This course will be graded S/U and may be repeated with a maximum of 15 semester hours applying toward a degree.
THEA410 Theatre Practicum
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This course covers practical application of theatre skills in performance. Credit is open to any student creating a realized design for a main-stage production during the academic year. This course is open to realized designs in the areas of costumes, scenery, lighting, sound, or makeup. This course may be repeated up to three times.
THEA490 Individual Study
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Development of individual and independent theatre projects allows the student to pursue topics and areas not specified in the curriculum. Work is expected to be of superior quality and difficulty. All proposals must be approved by the theatre faculty.
THEA495 Theatre Seminar
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This exit-level course serves as the culmination of the theatre experience at The University of Findlay. The course topic changes but is always inclusive and integrative, investigating the canon of an author's work or the impact of a theatre or theatre artist or movement. This course strives to look at the total picture, bringing all of the elements of theatre together. Major research projects and seminar style provide assessment for the graduating student and graduate school preparation for the continuing student.