University at Albany
 

Theatre Curriculum

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

Courses in Theatre

Fall 2013/Spring 2014

We believe it is essential that anyone interested in studying theatre will have the opportunity to work on productions in order to gain some real understanding about what goes into the process of MAKING THEATRE HAPPEN.  To that end, we offer a range of practicum courses that provide credit-bearing opportunities for work in the shops, on stage, and back stage.  A maximum of 12 credits from ATHR 101, ATHR 102, ATHR 201, ATHR 202, ATHR 301, and ATHR 302 may be applied toward graduation.

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.  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.  Repeatable up to 6 credits.  Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

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. Repeatable up to 6 credits.  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.  Repeatable up to 6 credits.  Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

Also, for ADVANCED STUDENTS, THR 301 and 302 may be possible:

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.  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.  Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

LOWER-LEVEL COURSES

A THR 107 Introduction to Dramatic Art (3) (Offered Fall and Spring)
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) (Offered Fall and Spring)
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 121 – Play Analysis (3)  (Offered Fall ONLY)
Essential to all we do in theatre is a deep understanding of the words of our playwrights.  This course introduces the fundamentals of play analysis for theatrical productions. It is the study of approaches to the analysis of dramatic literature.  Readings in dramatic literature, criticism, and theory.  Practice in analyzing plays and other assigned readings.

A THR 135 Introduction to Technical Theatre (4) (Offered Fall and Spring)
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 240Y Acting I (3) (Offered Fall and Spring)
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.

UPPER-LEVEL COURSES

A THR 300 Plays in Process (3) (Offered Spring Only)
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. This course is designed to bring together all aspects of theatre study and production. In 2014, this course will focus on the Department's production of SPRING AWAKENING.

A THR 314 Stage Management (3) (Offered Spring Only)
Investigation into the theories and techniques of stage management, including a thorough examination of the varied functions and duties performed by stage managers in professional, educational, commercial, and community theatres. This course analyzes the means of creating successful productions through the lens of stage management.  Former students often comment on the unexpected benefit of learning to organize themselves and virtually any event or process – from cross-country moves to law office openings. Prerequisite(s): A THR 135 and permission of instructor.

A THR 340Y Acting II (3) (Offered Fall Only)
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) (Offered Fall Only)
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. Here we explore the relationship between technology and production.  With the rapid escalation of scientific innovations in entertainment lighting – from automation to energy efficiency – this is an exciting time for students to learn about this field and its expanding employment opportunities.

A THR 457 Topics in Dramatic Literature (1-3) (Offered Fall Only)
Special topics selected to address particular needs and interests of advanced students. This course may be repeated once when content varies. This course should be significant for any student interested in dramatic literature and the historical context of theatre. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.