University at Albany
 

Theatre Curriculum

Auditions are not neccessary for acceptance into the Department of Theatre.

Courses in Theatre

Fall 2012/Spring 2013

A THR 101 Production Practicum I (1)
Laboratory participation in production crew activities on the departmental shows. Examples of these basic crew assignments are scenery, publicity, paint, props, electrics, costumes, etc. Repeatable up to 6 credits. A maximum total of 12 credits from A THR 101, A THR 102, A THR 201, A THR 202, A THR 301, and A THR 302 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

A THR 102 Production Practicum I A (1)
Laboratory participation as an actor in the rehearsal and performance of a departmental show. Enrollment is contingent on a successful audition. Only 3 credits of A THR 102, 202, and A THR 302 may be applied toward the major. Repeatable up to 6 credits. A maximum total of 12 credits from A THR 101, A THR 102, A THR 201, A THR 202, A THR 301, and A THR 302 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

A THR 107 Introduction to Dramatic Art (3)
The components of dramatic art; attention to the contributions of acting, script, makeup, scenery, lighting, sound, music and architecture to the theatre as a unified creative expression.

A THR 120 Understanding Design for the Performing Arts (3)
An introduction to the creative and historical processes, principles, and practices of design for the performing arts.  Using theatre as the primary form, this course provides an overview of scenery, lighting, costuming, sound, and special effects, examining how each plays a role in defining resolutions to the major issues of live performance design.

A THR 135 Introduction to Technical Theatre (4)
Examination of the elements of technical theatre, including function and coordination of theatre architecture, scenery, lighting, costume and props. Three hours of lecture, plus assigned laboratory sessions.

A THR 201 Production Practicum II (2)
Laboratory participation in production crew activities on the departmental shows. Examples of these intermediate level crew assignments are Run Crew, Wardrobe Crew, Makeup Crew, Light Board Operator, Sound Board Operator, etc. Only 3 credits of A THR 102, A THR 202, and A THR 302 may be applied toward the major. Repeatable up to 6 credits. A maximum total of 12 credits from A THR 101, A THR 102, A THR 201, A THR 202, A THR 301, and A THR 302 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

A THR 202 Production Practicum II A (2)
Laboratory participation as an actor in the rehearsal and performance of a departmental show. Enrollment is contingent on a successful audition. Only 3 credits of A THR 102, A THR 202, and A THR 302 may be applied toward the major. Repeatable up to 6 credits. A maximum total of 12 credits from A THR 101, A THR 102, A THR 201, A THR 202, A THR 301, and A THR 302 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor. 

A THR 221 History of Theatre and Drama from the Antiquity to the Renaissance (3)
This is a survey of dramatic literature and theatrical art in ancient Greece and Rome, Asia, and Medieval and Renaissance/Neoclassical Europe, focusing on the most significant developments in theatre architecture, stagecraft and scene design, acting styles and techniques, dramatic structure and genres, audience and patronage. In addition, the class also studies the accomplishments of great theatre artists (architects, designers, actors, directors, etc.) and dramatists and discusses their contributions in a social-historical context that extends beyond the theatre.

A THR 230 Great Drama on Film and Video (3)
A study of major works of drama through the ages with emphasis on their values as works of dramatic literature as well as crucial raw material for complex embodiment in theatre and film performance.

A THR 240Y Acting I (3)
Development of an actor’s instrument through the use of voice, body and imagination to create realistic behavior under given circumstances. Concepts taught include creative work habits, ensemble development, use of self, acting as interacting, rehearsal skills and action analysis. Exercises include improvisation and scripted. This course does not require previous acting experience and encourages students to take artistic risks as a first step in the department’s acting sequence. Open to freshmen and sophomores only.

A THR 300 Plays in Process (3)
This course examines the arc of the dramatic event from its genesis in the mind of the playwright to its presentation before an audience. Particular attention is paid to source material and its relationship to the development of the script. The contributions of interpreters such as dramaturg, director, designers and actors are also explored. Students are exposed, as directly as possible, to aspects of the creative process that makes theatre happen. May not be offered in 2010-2011.

A THR 301 Production Practicum III (3)
Laboratory participation in production crew activities on the departmental shows. Examples of these advanced crew assignments include Assistant Lighting Designer, Assistant Costume Designer, Assistant Director, State Manager, Master Electrician, Sound Engineer, Wardrobe Supervisor. May be repeated once for credit. A maximum total of 12 credits from A THR 101, A THR 102, A THR 201, A THR 202, A THR 301, and A THR 302 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

A THR 302 Production Practicum III A (3)
Laboratory participation as an actor in the rehearsal and performance of a departmental show. Enrollment is contingent on a successful audition. May be repeated once for credit. A maximum total of 12 credits from A THR 101, A THR 102, A THR 201, A THR 202, A THR 301, and A THR 302 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

A THR 340Y Acting II (3)
Further development of a role through script analysis. The course focuses on learning and applying a practical method of analyzing a script for fundamentals of objective and action. The goal of the course is to teach actors to make and play effective choices that are firmly grounded in text. Exercises include extensive scene study and monologue projects, and may include audition technique work, and improvisation. Prerequisite(s): A THR 240.

A THR 370 Lighting Technology (3)
Introduction to the physical properties of light and the technology used in theatrical lighting. Topics include optics, equipment, electricity, the physics of light, color, and the interpretation of lighting plans and paperwork.

A THR 397 Independent Study in Theatre (2–4)
Directed reading and conferences on selected topics. A student may take the course once as strictly research and once as a production-related study, but not repeat one or the other. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor and department chair.


A THR 457 Topics in Dramatic Literature (1-3)
Special topics selected to address particular needs and interests of advanced students. This course may be repeated once when content varies. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.