Spring 2019 Theatre Classes
Fall 2018 Theatre Classes
Spring 2018 Theatre Classes 

 

THEATRE COURSES

Course 

Description Semesters Offered

THTR 1003 
Acting I: Introduction to Acting

Introductory course designed to explore creativity, collaboration, and communication in the craft of acting. Focuses on basic terms and concepts of psychological realism fundamental to the actors' process through solo work and ensemble exercises. Open to majors and non-majors.

Fall &
Spring 

THTR 1009 
Theatre and Society

Explores the importance of telling (and listening) to stories from the stages of the world; in theatre we learn what people value in their time and place. Investigates the range of genres of theatre in today's society and how theatrical artwork is devised and presented. Ideal for non-majors. Approved for GT-AH1. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts.

Fall &
Spring

THTR 1011
Development of THTR 1

Exploration of live performance from the beginning of recorded history up to 1600 through its cultural context--masked dramas, shadow puppets, passion plays, and Shakespeare. Course travels through India, Greece, Japan, Iran, Africa, Mexico, and Europe, weaving a theme of sustainability throughout.  Approved for GT-AH1. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts.

Fall 
THTR 1019
Theatre Foundations

Introduces fundamental methods of text analysis for the stage, presents common vocabulary and concepts of the theatre event as an art form and how it works, and what playmaking means to those who do it.

Fall &
Spring
THTR 1105
Stage Technologies

Introduces technical production elements and procedures, including materials, organizations, methods and equipment to realize theatrical scenery, properties, lighting and sound. 

Fall &
Spring

THTR 1115 
Costume Technologies

Introduces technical production elements and procedures including materials, organizations, methods and equipment to realize theatrical costuming and make-up. 

Fall &
Spring

THTR 2021
Development of Theatre 2: Forms of Modern Theatre and Drama

Examines the interaction of dramatic literature and performance in European theatre from 1800 to present, with attention to innovators like Ibsen, Strindberg, Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, and Churchill.

Spring 

THTR 2043
Voice and Movement for the Stage

Natural resources of the human voice and body are studied as artistic resources for the performing artist. Designed to examine both the process and products of vocal and physical craft work.

Fall 

THTR 2105
Introduction to Performance Design 

Introduces the creative/collaborative process of design for theatre and dance, including scenery, costume, lighting, and sound. Students create design projects and evaluate them with regard to artistic and practical concerns. Much of the course work is hands-on, experiential, and team-oriented.

Fall 
THTR 3005
Costume Design I

Study and application of the principles of design as applied to stage costume, emphasizing texts in analysis and interpretation. Presented in a studio format and project driven. Explores concept development, style selection, and extensive practice in a variety of media and techniques for costume rendering.

Fall 
THTR 3011 Development of the American Musical Theatre

Studies the American musical theatre heritage and its relation to the continually changing social milieu. Examines productions, their creators, and performers. Recommended prereq., 3 credits in THTR, DNCE, or MUSC. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts.

Fall &
Spring
THTR 3013
Studio One: Building a Character

Students learn to deepen and develop their proficiency with specific acting techniques. Explores the craft elements of acting, as well as text analysis.

Fall 
THTR 3015
Scene Design 1
Examines the process of theatrical scene design from early conception to realization. Course work is project-based. Students are introduced to the crafts of script analysis, conceptualization, design expression, drafting, and 3-D model building. Spring 
THTR 3023
Studio 2: Creating a Role

Continued development of acting technique and tools for play analysis, with particular emphasis on scene study. Special attention will be given to the Master Teachers of Acting and their pedagogies.

Spring 
THTR 3033
Acting Practicums

Allows students to undertake an acting project, either within the major season or approved departmental production. Requires detailed preparational research, rehearsal commitments, and public presentation of theories and concepts in practice. Following the performance, students present written reports and evaluations. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.

Fall &
Spring

THTR 3035
Production Practicums

Practical production projects within a designated area of technical theatre, design, stage management, normally related to the department's season. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.

Fall &
Spring

THTR 3043
Advanced Voice for the Stage

Continues the work begun in THTR 2043. Studies advanced vocal techniques with the goal of integrating these skills into the working process of the performing artist.

Spring 
THTR 3045
Stage Management

Covers stage management from the inception of a production concept through the process of mounting aproduction, focusing on the interrelationships of the various artists involved, management and scheduling of time, and the psychology of handling a wide range of personalities.

Fall or Spring 
THTR 3053
Acting 2

Continuation of the techniques introduced in the beginning acting course (THTR 1003). Emphasis is placed on monologues and scene study of contemporary plays. Basic techniques in developing a character are explored.

Spring 

THTR 3055
Stage Lighting Design 1
Introduces the craft of stage lighting design through experimental lighting labs, lecture/demos, hands-on production experience, and theoretical projects. Subject matter includes aesthetics of light, colortheory, lighting for performance, design graphics, and basic lighting technology.  
THTR 3075
Sound Design

Study and application of the principles of sound technology and design, emphasizing concepts of electricity, acoustics, equipment, and their application to the stage.

Spring 
THTR 3085
History of Fashion

Surveys topics in western dress from ancient civilizations to contemporary time: the garments, accessories, materials, and technologies of personal adornment in the context of philosophical, political, social, and technological change. Priority given to majors. Replaces THTR 2085.

Fall or Spring
THTR 3149
Professional Orientation

Explores and identifies a wide range of professional opportunities connected to personal strengths and interests in theatre and dance by studying current professional practices, trends and cross-disciplinary connections.  Instructor will:  provide information/learning needed from representative professionals; open avenues to find/create employment opportunities towards internship consideration/post-graduation; and mentor structured self-assessment/professional development.

Fall 
THTR 4005
Costume Design 2

Advanced studio course building on experiences and techniques studied in THTR 3005, with additional emphases on portfolio quality rendering technique and costume production technology as it affects and is affected by the designer.

On Occasion 
THTR 4013
Studio 3: Acting Shakespeare

In-depth study of Shakespearean texts from the perspective of their demands on the actor, including the conventions and performance styles of Elizabethan theatre.

Fall 
THTR 4021
Development of Theatre 4: American Theatre and Drama

Explores issues in American theatre and drama in the 19th through 20th centuries. Recommended prereq., at least 12 hours of THTR course work. Similar to THTR 4001.

Fall &
Spring 
THTR 4023
Studio 4: Playing With Styles

Studies selected styles of theatre performance such as Greek Drama, Comedy of Manners, Commedia Dell'art, Modern Realism, Theatre of Absurd, and Non-Western Theatre, including vocal and physical style elements.

Spring 
THTR 4033
Advanced Movement for the Stage

Continues the work begun in THTR 2043. Studies the advanced physical techniques with the goal of integrating these skills into the working processesof the performing artist.

Fall 
THTR 4035
Scene Painting
Introduces the craft of scene painting through practical projects. Sessions are in a studio format. Students are trained in traditional methods of scenic art, including layout, representational painting, trompe l'oeil, faux finishing, and related skills. Students are taught about proper tool use and care, paint products, and the profession. On Occasion
THTR 4039
Musical Theatre Repertory

Developed around the learning of complete scenes, songs, and dances that are representative of the major periods and styles within musical comedy from the 1920s to the present. Emphasizes in-class performance. Admission by audition.   May be repeated up to six total credit hours.  Same as THTR 5039.

Spring 
THTR 4047
Shakespeare Behind the Scenes
Detailed study of script analysis, directing concepts, staging and criticism of the plays being produced by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. On Occasion
THTR 4051
Playwriting
Introductory course in craft of playwriting Requisites: primary focus on technique of developing short plays. Instructor consent required. Fall or Spring
THTR 4055
Stage Lighting Design 2

Assumes a basic knowledge of stage lighting; concentrates on advanced technology, processes, and design projects.

Fall
THTR 4059
Open Topics 

Covers topics not otherwise listed in the curriculum. Topics for each semester are specified in the online Schedule Planner. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.

Fall and/or Spring

THTR 4061
Directing

Theory and practice of directing for the stage. Recommended rereqs., two semesters of THTR 3035.

Fall 
THTR 4063
Audition Techniques

Prepares students for the demands of the acting profession. Trains students in various audition techniques including general auditions, prepared auditions, cold readings, on-camera auditions, andcommercial auditions. Shows how to prepare and perfect audition material in a professional and exemplary way. Discusses agents, casting directors, and the process of becoming a professional actor.

Spring 
THTR 4073
Performing Voices of Women
Explores theories underlying the "Feminine voice," varied perspectives in prose and poetry, ways of embodying these voices and perspectives in performance forms, and ultimately the students' own voices through creation of autobiographical performance pieces (some to be presented for student audiences). Open to both men and women. Same as WMST 4073. On Occasion
THTR 4085
Theatre Management

Concentrates on theory and practice of management aspects of the performing arts, emphasizing theatre and dance. Includes marketing, budgeting, house andstage management, audience development, grant writing, unions, and season development. Includes practical experience. Credit not granted for this course and THTR 3065. Meets with THTR 5085.

Every other Spring 
THTR 4095
Special Topics in Theatre Design and Technology

Intensive study of specialized topics in theatre technology and design. Topics and credits specified in the online Schedule Planner. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours within a term.

Fall and/or Spring
THTR 4103
Acting for the Camera

Introduces fundamental tools of acting for the camera. Students learn basic film terminology, specific camera acting techniques, and the demands placed on an actor when shooting a film. Uses exercises, scenes, monologues, and readings to provide a solid understanding of how to create a character, analyze a text, utilize important vocabulary, and performeffectively on camera.

Fall 
THTR 4105
Theatre Make-Up Design
Explores theatrical make-up styles and techniques from initial research through paper design to final make-up. Ranging from period styles to Byzantine mosaic, to clowns, to special effects (old age, wounds, stages of healing, zombies, etc.) Techniques include ombre blending, removing eyebrows, shrinking and enlarging features, creating 3D appliances and applying silicone and foam prosthetics. Meets with THTR 5105. Fall or Spring 
THTR 4113 Comedy: A Performance Study Examines the role of comedy in performance within various cultures through readings, viewings and a participatory exploration. We will analyze comedy within various societies to understand the underlying ideals and values. Throughout this investigation we will seek to understand what makes something comedic, why, for whom, for what purpose, when and under what circumstances.  On Occasion
THTR 4125
Watercolor Illustration & Rendering Techniques
Gain fluency in established techniques and styles of master illustrators and painters. Famous illustrations are technically analyzed and copied in this exploration of intent, process, technique and style. Other mediums incorporated include pastels, color pencils, pen and ink and gouache. Painting supplies must be supplied by the student.  Every other year
THTR 4149
 Internship

Provides opportunities for theatre majors to explore career opportunities in theatre fields other than, or in addition to, those with performance emphasis. Students apply knowledge and skills developed in their major studies to a practical work experience. Maybe repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prereq., 30 credit hours in THTR.

Fall & Spring
THTR 4173
Creative Climate Communication

We generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change, and engage with various dimensions of issues associated with sustainability. We work to deepen our understanding of how issues associated with climate change are or can be communicated, by analyzing previously created expressions from a variety of media (interactive theatre, film, fine art, television programming, blogs, performance art, for example), and then be creating our own work. Recommended prereq., ENVS 1000. Same as ENVS 3173.

On Occasion
 
THTR 4175 Conceptualization Fosters the student's creative and collaborative skills by introducing a variety of strategies and scenarios for conceiving live, theatrical productions, events and experiences. A project based curriculum offers several individual and team exercises in visualizing, documenting and communicating ideas for live performances, including their overall scope, aesthetic, style, audience relationship and mode of presentation.  Every other year

THTR 4193
Studio 5: Senior Project

Students engage in a project or projects of their own undertaking that takes a broader experience to apply the craft utilizing self-initiative, collaborative approaches and public exhibition. Instructor consent required for non-BFA THTR performance majors.  Fall & Spring
THTR 4555
Production Studio

Requires participation in a Theatre department production assignment in the areas of design, technology, or management, as well as participationin a semester portfolio review. May be repeated upto 6 total credit hours. Credit not granted for this course and THTR 4065 or 4075.

Fall & Spring
THTR 5011
Seminar: Theory and Criticism
Studies theories and criticisms of drama and theatrical performances from Plato to post-modernism. Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only. Fall or Spring
THTR 5025
Costume Patterning and Construction

Includes techniques for the patterning and construction of contemporary and period costumes. Hands-on format covers techniques, materials, and equipment particular to theatrical production. Formerly THTR 4025.

Fall & Spring
THTR 5039
Musical Theater Repertory
Developed around the learning of complete scenes, songs, and dances that are representative of the major periods and styles within musical comedy from the 1920s to the present. Emphasizes in-class performance. Admission by audition.   May be repeated up to six total credit hours.  Meets with THTR 4039. Spring 
THTR 5049
Problems in Theatre

Opportunity for students to explore, upon consultation with the instructor, areas in theatre that the normal sequence of offerings may not allow. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. 

Fall and/or Spring
THTR 5051
Special Topics in Theatre History
Detailed study of a particular topic in theatre history (e.g., an era, a style, a country, or an organization). Topic specified in the online Schedule Planner. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours on different topics. Fall and/or Spring

THTR 5061
Seminar: Asian
Performance

Study of live performance forms, theory, and literature throughout Asia: performance history, production styles, and social functions of performance. Background in theatre, dance, or Asian studies recommended. On Occasion
THTR 5071
Perspectives on Directing
Advanced study of theory and practice of stage directing through examination of the work of leading directors, analysis of texts, and classroom exercises. Department enforced restriction: previous directing course work and/or directing experience or instructor consent required. Spring 
THTR 5085
Theatre Management
Concentrates on theory and practice of management aspects of the performing arts, emphasizing theatre and dance. Includes marketing, budgeting, house andstage management, audience development, grant writing, unions, and season development. Includes practical experience. Credit not granted for this course and THTR 3065. Meets with THTR 4085.  Every other Spring
THTR 5105
Theatre Make-Up Design
Explores theatrical make-up styles and techniques from initial research through paper design to final make-up. Ranging from period styles to Byzantine mosaic, to clowns, to special effects (old age, wounds, stages of healing, zombies, etc.) Techniques include ombre blending, removing eyebrows, shrinking and enlarging features, creating 3D appliances and applying silicone and foam prosthetics. Meets with THTR 5105. Spring 
THTR 5113 Comedy: A Performance Study Examines the role of comedy in performance within various cultures through readings, viewings and a participatory exploration. We will analyze comedy within various societies to understand the underlying ideals and values. Throughout this investigation we will seek to understand what makes something comedic, why, for whom, for what purpose, when and under what circumstances.  On Occasion
THTR 5125
Watercolor Illustration and Rendering Techniques
Gain fluency in established techniques and styles of master illustrators and painters. Famous illustrations are technically analyzed and copied in this exploration of intent, process, technique and style. Other mediums incorporated include pastels, color pencils, pen and ink and gouache. Painting supplies must be supplied by the student.  Every other year

THTR 5175 Conceptualization

Fosters the student's creative and collaborative skills by introducing a variety of strategies and scenarios for conceiving live, theatrical productions, events and experiences. A project based curriculum offers several individual and team exercises in visualizing, documenting and communicating ideas for live performances, including their overall scope, aesthetic, style, audience relationship and mode of presentation.  Every other year
THTR 6003
Production Research and Practicum: Acting
Allows students to undertake an acting project, normally within the major theatre season, that requires detailed preparatory research, testing of ideas, and public presentation. Students work under faculty supervision and prepare a written report and evaluation of the research, rehearsal, and performance process. Recommended restriction: advanced studies in acting and advisor approval. Fall & Spring
THTR 6005
Production Research and Practicum: Designing
Allows students to undertake a design project, normally within the theatre season, that requires detailed preparatory research, testing of ideas, and public presentation of theories and concepts in practice. Students work under faculty supervision, and prepare a documented written report and evaluation of the research, design, and realization process, as well as fully rendered designs and/or plots. Projects may be in costumes, lights, or scenery. Fall & Spring
THTR 6007
Colorado Shakespeare Festival Dramaturgy
Students work as production dramaturgs for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, developing detailed textual, historical, and critical research for CSF productions, participating in education and outreach programs, and writing production-related articles for publication. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Summer
THTR 6009
Research Strategies and Techniques

Examines research methodologies appropriate to the performing arts, particularly theatre and dance. Projects are aimed at familiarizing graduate students with the library and other resources, andthe development of thesis and dissertation prospectuses. Meets with DNCE 6009.

Fall 
THTR 6011
Global Ancient and Classical Theatre
Studies classical and neoclassical drama in performance, with particular attention to 20th century productions and the critical and scholarly responses to these productions. Fall or Spring
THTR 6021
On-Stage Studies: English Renaissance Drama
Studies Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatic texts as playscripts for performance, with particular attention to contemporary Shakespeare criticism and landmark Shakespeare productions over the last two centuries. On Occasion
THTR 6031
On-Stage Studies: American Theatre

Studies American drama in performance, with particular attention to critical and scholarly responses to landmark productions of American classics.

Fall or Spring
THTR 6041
On-Stage Studies: Modern Theatre

Studies European theatre from 1600 to 1950, with particular attention paid to critical and scholarly responses to landmark productions of classics from the period.

Fall or Spring
THTR 6051
Production Research and Practicum: Directing
Allows students to undertake a production project, normally within the major theatre season, that requires detailed preparatory research, testing of ideas, and public presentation. Students work under faculty supervision and prepare a documented written report and evaluation of the research, rehearsal, and performance process. Departement enforced restriction: advanced course work in directing and advisor approval. Fall & Spring
THTR 6071
Seminar: Perspectives on Acting
Art of acting is examined through study of acting theories and practices developed during major periods of theatre history. Examines the variety of theories about acting that remain today. Every other year
THTR 6081
Seminar in Amer Theatre: Lesbians and Gays
Studies the portrayal of lesbians and gays in mainstream American theatre during the 20th  and 21st centuries,as well as the contributions of gay and lesbian theatre artists during the same period. On Occasion
THTR 6091
Production Research and Practicum: Dramaturgy
Students undertake a dramaturgical project, normally within the major season, requiring detailed preparatory research, testing of ideas, and public presentation of theories and concepts in practice. Students work under faculty supervision and prepare a documented written report of their project. Recommended restriction: advanced course work in dramatic literature and advisor approval. Fall & Spring
THTR 6959
Master's Thesis
May be repeated up to a total of 6 hours. Fall & Spring
THTR 8999
Doctoral Dissertation
All doctoral students must register for not fewer than 30 hours of dissertation credit as part of the requirements for the degree. For a detailed discussion of doctoral dissertation credit, refer to the Graduate School section. Fall & Spring