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Old Dominion University

2014-2015 Catalog

THEA - Theatre

THEATRE Courses

THEA 152. Acting One. 3 Credits.

Develops and explores creative potential through exercises, improvisations, performance games, and original performances created by class. Emphasis is on qualities of spontaneity, concentration, ensemble awareness, imagination, and rhythmic and spatial form.

THEA 173+. Theatre Activities. 1 Credit.

This course is an activity course in which the students participate in University Theatre Activities such as set building, costume construction or running crew for season productions. This qualifies as a CAP experience.

THEA 174+. Theatre Activities. 1 Credit.

This is an activity course in which the students participate in University Theatre Activities such as set building, costume construction or running crew for season productions. This qualifies as a CAP experience.

THEA 195. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected topics designed for nonmajors, or for elective credit within a major. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in a booklet distributed to academic advisors.

THEA 196. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected topics designed for nonmajors, or for elective credit within a major. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in a booklet distributed to academic advisors.

THEA 225. Introduction to Production Technology. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of construction, lighting, and production techniques in contemporary theatre and film. Students will apply acquired skills to active productions for ODU Theatre and Film productions.

THEA 227A. Honors: Film Appreciation. 3 Credits.

This class will focus on both contextual and close text analysis of masterworks as they have influenced film art and industry. Students in this course are expected to develop basic research, communication, viewing and critical thinking skills as they apply their knowledge to the analysis of the film experience. Open to students in the Honors Program only.

THEA 230. Drama for Production. 3 Credits.

A practitioner-oriented examination of drama from its origins to the present. Particular emphasis is placed on plays from around the world that are associated with changes in theatre practice.

THEA 241A. The Theatre Experience. 3 Credits.

An introductory audience-oriented examination of the elements of theatre and their historical development through study of plays and performances; emphasis will be directed to actually experiencing live theatre. Attendance at performances is required.

THEA 244. Introduction to Production Design. 3 Credits.

An introduction to principles, methods, and materials used in designing stage and film productions.

THEA 246. Introduction to Stage Combat. 3 Credits.

This course trains performers in techniques for creating believable and safe stage combat. Techniques will involve falling, landing, hand-to-hand combat and various weapons, resulting in fully staged fights by the end of the course.

THEA 248. Introduction to Stage Makeup. 3 Credits.

Develops skills and techniques for design and application of stage makeup.

THEA 252. Acting Two. 3 Credits.

Basic introduction to principles of acting which may be applied to stage and media and application of various techniques through exercises, improvisations, and performances of short scenes. Prerequisites: THEA 152.

THEA 270A. Film Appreciation. 3 Credits.

This class will focus on both contextual and close text analysis of masterworks as they have influenced film art and industry. Students in this course are expected to develop basic research, communication, viewing and critical thinking skills as they apply their knowledge to the analysis of the film experience.

THEA 271. Introduction to Filmmaking. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce the beginning student to making movies. Students will learn the basics of working with cameras, lights, sound recording, video editing and post production. This is a hands-on production course.

THEA 273+. Theatre Activities. 1 Credit.

This is an activity course in which the students participate in University Theatre Activities such as set building, costume construction or running crew for season productions. This qualifies as a CAP experience.

THEA 274+. Theatre Activities. 1 Credit.

This is an activity course in which the students participate in University Theatre Activities such as set building, costume construction or running crew for season productions. This qualifies as a CAP experience.

THEA 295. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected topics designed for nonmajors, or for elective credit within a major. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in a booklet distributed to all academic advisors.

THEA 320. Auditioning Technique. 3 Credits.

Course will examine practical audition skills and provide an orientation to the tools of procuring professional auditions, including head shots and resumes. Emphasis will be placed on effectively selecting and preparing auditions for stage, film and television. Prerequisites: THEA 152 and THEA 252.

THEA 321. Production Management for Television and Stage. 3 Credits.

This course will assist students in understanding the elements of production management both in television and on stage. The course emphasizes organizational and communication skills; technical production knowledge; professional rehearsal and performance protocol according to the rules of AEA, AFTRA and SAG as well as basic production budgeting and scheduling. Prerequisite: THEA 225 or COMM 225 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 325. Sound Design for Stage and Camera. 3 Credits.

This class will introduce the concepts and techniques of sound design and sound effects for the stage and camera. Students will learn design of sound elements in both a live and recorded environment as well as learn the current equipment and software in digital sound reproduction. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

THEA 330. The Short Script. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the principles of screenwriting using the short script as a basis for the exploration. The intent of the course is to introduce concepts of format, characterization, plot, dialogue and narrative style for the short script. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

THEA 341. Lighting Design for Stage and Film. 3 Credits.

A production course introducing students to the world of light and shadow, mood and composition by surveying lighting design, its technologies for stage and camera, and such principles as basic electrical theory and stage/studio/location design aesthetics. Prerequisite: THEA 225/COMM 225 or THEA 271/COMM 271 or permission of instructor.

THEA 343. History of Theatre: Beginnings to the Renaissance. 3 Credits.

A cultural-epoch examination of world theatre as it developed through dramatists, directors, designers, and actors from its beginning to the eighteenth century. Prerequisites: THEA 230 or junior standing or permission of the instructor.

THEA 344. History of Theatre: Classic Baroque to the Present. 3 Credits.

A cultural-epoch examination of world theatre as it developed through dramatists, designers, and actors from the eighteenth century to the present. Prerequisites: THEA 230, junior standing, or permission of the instructor.

THEA 345. Scenographic Design. 3 Credits.

This course will explore advanced principles of design for the stage in the areas of scenery. The process will include the application of various artistic styles to stage production. Prerequisite: THEA 225 or COMM 225 or THEA 244.

THEA 346. Screenwriting I. 3 Credits.

A course that exposes the student to the fundamental narrative screenwriting principles taught through text reading, film viewing and analysis, class discussions, and writing assignments. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

THEA 347. Movement for the Actor. 3 Credits.

An examination through exercises and assignments of principles for developing a disciplined, flexible body for character creation. Prerequisite: THEA 152 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 348. Acting for the Camera. 3 Credits.

Course will examine the process of building characters for the camera, and the ways in which the conventions of the stage are adapted for the film or video audience. Prerequisite: THEA 152.

THEA 349. Costume Design for Stage and Camera. 3 Credits.

This course explores the design aesthetic, historical context, and contemporary impact on performance of the costume garment and its accessories. Students will explore the application of design principles in a practical experience. Prerequisite: THEA 225 or COMM 225.

THEA 350. The Spoken Text. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basic structures of verbal style through performance of the works of a variety of classical and contemporary writers. Students will become comfortable with linguistic techniques suitable to a range of performance situations. Prerequisites: THEA 152 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 352. Acting Three. 3 Credits.

Study of and experimentation with various theories concerning the preparation of roles and special performance characteristics of different styles and types of drama. Considerable attention is directed toward scene study. Prerequisites: THEA 152 and THEA 252.

THEA 360. Voice for the Stage I. 3 Credits.

This course will explore facets of vocal production, speech and expression necessary for an engaging performance on stage. Through exercises and text work, the student will learn healthy vocal production, elements of clear speech and techniques for improving vocal range and expressiveness. Prerequisite: THEA 152.

THEA 367. Cooperative Education. 1-3 Credits.

Available for pass/fail grading only. Student participation for credit based on the academic relevance of the work experience, criteria and evaluative procedures as formally determined by the department and the Cooperative Education program prior to the semester in which the work experience takes place. (qualifies as a CAP experience) Prerequisites: Approval of the department and the Career Management Center, in accordance with the policy for granting credit for Cooperative Education programs.

THEA 368. Internship. 3 Credits.

Practicum/field experience in professional settings for students in all areas of Theatre and Film. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisites: Approval of the Director of Theatre and major advisor.

THEA 369. Internship for the BFA. 3 Credits.

A structured work experience with or without remuneration; a paper, a log and portfolio of work time plus satisfactory evaluations by supervisor and cooperating faculty member are required. (qualifies as a CAP experience) Pass/Fail only. Prerequisites: Approval of Director of Theatre and BFA Director.

THEA 370. The Video Project. 3 Credits.

A studio course that presents an opportunity for the student to produce digital video content. This is a hands-on course which is organized to allow the student to experience the entire process of developing a project for the camera from scripting through filming to editing and finishing detail. Prerequisites: THEA 271 or COMM 271 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 371. History of Animation. 3 Credits.

This course traces the evolution of the animated film worldwide, from the silent to the modern era. The purpose of the course is to provide students with a broad chronological and international overview of animated film masterworks. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

THEA 373+. Theatre Activities. 1 Credit.

This is an activity course in which the students participate in University Theatre Activities such as set building, costume construction or running crew for season productions. This qualifies as a CAP experience.

THEA 374+. Theatre Activities. 1 Credit.

This is an activity course in which the students participate in University Theatre Activities such as set building, costume construction or running crew for season productions. This qualifies as a CAP experience.

THEA 375. Television Production. 3 Credits.

This course explores the basic process of producing television from script to presentation. Prerequisites: THEA 271 or COMM 271 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 380. The Video Documentary I. 3 Credits.

This course offers the student an opportunity to explore the world of documentary filmmaking. By using the camera as a research tool in developing evidence in support of a thesis, the student is better able to understand documentary filmmaking. Students will develop projects leading toward the completion of a short documentary film or video. Prerequisites: THEA 271 or COMM 271.

THEA 383. Directing Movies. 3 Credits.

A Director provides a movie's vision. This class will help students learn how to develop and articulate that vision. It will also explore the process of casting, working with actors, and collaborating with the other principle players on a movie, such as the Cinematographer, Production Designer, and Editor. Prerequisites: THEA 271 or COMM 271.

THEA 385. Cinematography. 3 Credits.

Introduces students to cinematography. The course explores camera technique, blocking actors, lighting, and cinematography fundamentals. The concepts of the course are applied to fiction and nonfiction cinema. This is a production class. Prerequisites: THEA 271 or COMM 271.

THEA 386. Video and Audio Editing. 3 Credits.

This course will cover post-production techniques, including: video editing utilizing Avid Media Composer, audio editing utilizing ProTools, and color correction utilizing DaVinci Resolve. Students will also learn how to properly import and organize material, move it between applications, and output deliverables. Prerequisites: THEA 271 or COMM 271.

THEA 395. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected topics designed for nonmajors, or for elective credit within a major. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described to all academic advisors. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the instructor.

THEA 396. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected topics designed for nonmajors, or for elective credit within a major. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in a booklet distributed to all academic advisors. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of the instructor.

THEA 441/541. American Theatre. 3 Credits.

A study of dramatic theories and theatre practices as they relate to the development and growth of theatrical art in the United States. Prerequisites: THEA 230, junior standing, or permission of the instructor.

THEA 442/542. Principles of Directing. 3 Credits.

An examination and practical application of principles of stage direction as influenced by play script, acting talent, set and lighting design, and the technical facilities of production organizations. Prerequisites: THEA 152 and THEA 230, and THEA 244 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 445/545. Experimental Theatre. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of avant-garde theatre scripts and performance techniques from 1900 to the present. Prerequisites: THEA 230 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 446. Directing for the Camera. 3 Credits.

This course seeks to provide students with fundamental principles and practical techniques of directing the narrative fiction film: script development and analysis, production planning, shot composition and framing, and working with actors and crew. Prerequisites: THEA 271 or COMM 271.

THEA 447/547. Women in Theatre. 3 Credits.

A study of the contributions women have made to the theatre as actresses, directors/managers, designers, and playwrights, and of their creative problems and methodologies. Prerequisites: THEA 230 or permission of the instructor.

THEA 449W/549. Script and Performance Analysis. 3 Credits.

Approaches script analysis from a directorial perspective through the written examination of action, character, language, music, and spectacle, as well as the play's production history and historical context, to discover how plays might be staged for the contemporary audience. Plays in production will be examined from a critical perspective with attention to artistic interpretation in the areas of direction, design, and performance. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisite: THEA 152, THEA 230, THEA 244, and a grade of C or better in ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, or permission of the instructor.

THEA 452/552. Acting Four. 3 Credits.

An advanced scene study class exploring issues of style and period pertinent to portraying characters on stage. Prerequisites: THEA 152, THEA 252 and THEA 352.

THEA 460. Voice for the Stage II. 3 Credits.

Course will continue the study of vocal production, speech and expression necessary for on stage performance of both classical and modern text. Techniques for producing effective dialects will be introduced as well as the application of dialect towards character development. Prerequisite: THEA 152.

THEA 471W/571. International Film History. 3 Credits.

An examination of world cinema as a technology, a business, an institution, and an art form from its inception to the present. Emphasis is on the narrative fiction film, its technological and aesthetic development, economic organization, and socio-cultural context. Representative classic and contemporary works will be screened and analyzed. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: COMM 270A or THEA 270A, a grade of C or better in ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

THEA 472. Acting Five. 3 Credits.

An examination and advanced study of techniques relevant to specialized theatre performance. This course will allow advanced students the opportunity to explore a variety of work including experimental theatre, avant garde works, mediated performance and visual based theatre. Prerequisites: THEA 152 and THEA 252 or permission of instructor.

THEA 473+. Theatre Activities. 1 Credit.

This is an activity course in which the students participate in University Theatre Activities such as set building, costume construction or running crew for season productions. This qualifies as a CAP experience.

THEA 474+. Theatre Activities: Performance. 1 Credit.

Participation in University Theatre activities as a performer. Available through audition only. Prerequisites: Audition.

THEA 479W/579. American Film History. 3 Credits.

An examination of American motion pictures as an art form, a business and an institution from its inception to the present. Primary attention is accorded to the narrative fiction film, its aesthetic and technological development, economic organization and social impact. This course highlights the many connections between film history and American culture. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C; THEA 270A or COMM 270A; and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

THEA 480/580. The Video Documentary II. 3 Credits.

A production/studio course designed to complement the work developed in Theatre 380: The Video Documentary I. Discussion/presentation topics range from production field work to post-production editing. The final third of the semester will be devoted to compiling the rough footage in post production. Prerequisites: THEA 380 or COMM 380.

THEA 482. Screenwriting II. 3 Credits.

Students explore visual storytelling through the theories guiding character development, narrative construction, thematic layers, scene analysis, and many more. Students participate in a variety of critical and writing exercises to enhance their knowledge of the craft of screenwriting. Prerequisites: COMM 346 or THEA 346.

THEA 483. Advanced Video Project. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the processes and techniques of a narrative film production. Students experience pre-production, production, and post-production phases in creating a product to be entered in regional and national competitions. Prerequisite: COMM 271/THEA 271 and COMM 370/THEA 370 or permission of instructor.

THEA 485. Film and Television Genres. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to examine the conventions and meanings of various film and television genres within their broader aesthetic, socio-historical, cultural, and political contexts. Each time the class is offered it will focus in depth on a different genre, such as the gangster, the Western, the musical, the comedy, science fiction, among others. Prerequisites: COMM 270A or THEA 270A.

THEA 486/586. Advanced Filmmaking. 3 Credits.

Offers the advanced film/video maker an opportunity to produce a project beyond the scope of previous classroom projects. Prerequisites: THEA 271 or COMM 271, THEA 346 or COMM 346, THEA 370 or COMM 370, THEA 385 or COMM 385, THEA 446 or COMM 446, and THEA 483 or COMM 483 and approval of instructor only.

THEA 489. Methods of Teaching Theatre. 3 Credits.

Focuses on conceptual foundations of theatre education including its history, and on methods and materials for classroom instruction and theatrical rehearsals and performances. Prerequisites: Junior standing.

THEA 490. Theatre Education Practicum. 1 Credit.

This course provides students with an opportunity to further develop their understanding of theatre instruction by personal observation and participation in the classroom setting. (qualifies as a CAP experience) Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the College of Education.

THEA 495/595. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest which, due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. These courses will appear in the course schedule. Prerequisites: Appropriate survey course or permission of the instructor.

THEA 496/596. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest which, due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. These courses will appear in the course schedule. Prerequisites: appropriate survey course or permission of the instructor.

THEA 497/597. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Prerequisites: Senior standing.

THEA 498/598. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: senior standing.

THEA 499. Senior Project. 1 Credit.

Completion of a creative project leading to a written work and a presentation during a student's senior year related to student's interest area. Topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor with conferences as appropriate. Prerequisites: Senior standing as theatre major and approval of major advisor.

THEA 541. American Theatre. 3 Credits.

A study of dramatic theories and theatre practices as they relate to the development and growth of theatrical art in the United States.

THEA 542. Principles of Directing. 3 Credits.

An examination and practical application of principles of stage direction as influenced by play script, acting talent, set and lighting design, and the technical facilities of production organizations.

THEA 543. Acting Three. 3 Credits.

An advanced scene study class exploring issues of style and period pertinent to portraying characters on stage. Prerequisite: THEA 152, THEA 252 or permission of instructor.

THEA 545. Experimental Theatre. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of avant-garde theatre scripts and performance techniques from 1900 to the present. Prerequisite: THEA 230 or permission of instructor.

THEA 547. Women in Theatre. 3 Credits.

A study of the contributions women have made to the theatre as actresses, directors/managers, designers, and playwrights, and of their creative problems and methodologies.

THEA 549. Script and Performance Analysis. 3 Credits.

Approaches script and performance analysis by examining the separate elements of action, character, language, music, spectacle or “mise en scene” in order to discover play spine and style as a basis for staging the play. Also examines the method of “scoring a role” or finding character motivations in relation to overall play spine.

THEA 552. Acting Four. 3 Credits.

An advanced scene study class exploring issues of style and period pertinent to portraying characters on stage.

THEA 571. International Film History. 3 Credits.

An examination of world cinema as a technology, a business, an institution, and an art form from its inception to the present. Emphasis is on the narrative fiction film, its technological and aesthetic development, economic organization, and socio-cultural context. Representative classic and contemporary works will be screened and analyzed.

THEA 579. American Film History. 3 Credits.

An examination of American motion pictures as an art form, a business and an institution from its inception to the present. Primary attention is accorded to the narrative fiction film, its aesthetic and technological development, economic organization and social impact. This course highlights the many connections between film history and American culture.

THEA 580. The Video Documentary II. 3 Credits.

A production/studio course designed to complement the work developed in Theatre 380: The Video Documentary I. Discussion/presentation topics range from production field work to post-production editing. The final third of the semester will be devoted to compiling the rough footage in post production.

THEA 586. Advanced Filmmaking. 3 Credits.

Offers the advanced film/video maker an opportunity to produce a project beyond the scope of previous classroom projects.

THEA 595. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest which, due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. These courses will appear in the course schedule and will be more fully described by academic advisors.

THEA 596. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest which, due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. These courses will appear in the course schedule and will be more fully described by academic advisors.

THEA 597. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate.

THEA 598. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate.

THEA 697. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: graduate standing and approval of the department chair.

THEA 698. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: graduate standing and approval of the department chair.