Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Saturday, December 16, 2017, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

THAR 110: Dance Appreciation

How do you define dance? Where is dance found? How does dance affect you? As we explore this line of inquiry, we will touch on topics such as dance history, theory, culture and documentation. Drawing from a variety of somatic practices and our collaborative experience, we will physically sample approaches to dance and practice noticing dance in our lives.
Units: 3.
Also listed as Dance 110

THAR 111: Introduction to the Theatre

A survey of the traditions of dramatic form and the contributing arts of the theatre presented in historical context. Students read representative playscripts and attend performances. Also offered at the London Centre.
Units: 6.

THAR 132: Ensemble Thinking

Ensemble Thinking is a system of physical, improvisational, group exercises that provides organizing lenses through which we observe and participate in movement and performance. Using this technique, we will develop awareness and listening skills for relating to others, build a common language, and practice collaboratively creating dances. Through embodied studio investigations, this course introduces students to dance composition.
Units: 3.
Also listed as Dance 132

THAR 134: Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form that explores movement possibilities created when two or more individual bodies are touching and/or sharing weight, balance or support. The practice of Contact Improvisation encourages the development of self-responsibility, awareness, clear physical communication and a strong, versatile body. This is a rigorous dance lab in which we will experiment with action, physics and listening.
Units: 3.
Also listed as Dance 134

THAR 135: Stagecraft

An introduction to the technical aspects of theatre production. Laboratory experience in scenic construction and rigging, painting, lighting, sound, backstage organization, and management. In addition to regular class meeting times, there is a lab component that gives students hands-on application of technical and theatre design.
Units: 6.

THAR 136: Embodied Creative Practice

This is a course designed to build your creative muscle. In the supportive community of this class, we will access your individual story, writing, drawing, movement and voice to create and perform for each other every class meeting. Employing diverse performance techniques and referencing various readings, we will discover and craft our unique inspirations, directions, and experience.
Units: 3.
Also listed as Dance 136

THAR 137: Costume Crafts and Technology

An introduction to the technical aspects of costume creation and production for the theatre. Course includes hands-on experience in costume construction, cutting, draping, millinery, and other costume crafts. Practicum in the costume shop in support of current productions is required. In addition to regular class meeting times, there is a lab component that gives students hands-on application of technical and theatre design.
Units: 6.

THAR 138: Articulating the Solo Body

Based in ReWire/Dancing States and other contemporary techniques, this course will build a movement foundation for the solo dancing body. In the studio, we will work with clarity, speed, and precision to develop a versatile and conscious dancer. We will also explore topics such as performance, intention, and habits while dancing.
Units: 3.
Also listed as Dance 138

THAR 143: Movement for the Theatre: Fundamentals of Movement

Movement for the Theatre introduces students to the basic movement and gestural vocabulary of the dance discipline and promotes a fundamental understanding of how dance and movement serve as one of the contributing arts to the theatre. In each section, emphasis will be placed on basic technique, historical context, and their relationship to common theatre, musical, and opera production practices. Recommended for students who wish to participate in theatre, opera, and musical productions. Only 6 units of Movement for the Theatre (any type) can count toward the theatre arts major.
Units: 3.

THAR 149: Movement for the Theatre: Social Dance

Movement for the Theatre introduces students to the basic movement and gestural vocabulary of the dance discipline and promotes a fundamental understanding of how dance and movement serve as one of the contributing arts to the theatre. In each section, emphasis will be placed on basic technique, historical context, and their relationship to common theatre, musical, and opera production practices. Recommended for students who wish to participate in theatre, opera, and musical productions. Only 6 units of Movement for the Theatre (any type) can count toward the theatre arts major.
Units: 3.

THAR 161: Stage Make-Up

A hands-on course offering experience in the proper design and application of stage make-up for students interested in theatre or music-theatre performance. Practicum in stage makeup in support of current productions is required. In addition to regular class meeting times, there is a lab component that gives students hands-on application of technical and theatre design.
Units: 3.

THAR 170: Shakespeare London

Students will study several plays by William Shakespeare selected from among the current offerings by the Royal Shakespeare and other companies. Discussions will address the plays themselves, production techniques, and the audiences to whom they appeal. Students are required to attend performances of the plays under study. Offered at the London Centre.
Units: 6.
Also listed as English 170
Prerequisite: Must be attending Lawrence London Centre

THAR 185: Movement and Text

This studio-based introductory course examines the interplay of physical movement with verbal and written texts. Using choreographic approaches and improvisational structures, students will investigate how to mine a theatrical text for its range of expression, embodiment, and compositional qualities, and to examine the kinesthetic body as a text.
Units: 6.

THAR 187: Acting I

We present a demystified, participatory approach to the craft of acting. Using the methods of Viola Spolin, students master the fundamental concepts of Stanislavsky and explore acting tools in the traditions of Grotowski and Meisner.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore standing or consent of instructor

THAR 191: Directed Study in Theatre Arts

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

THAR 195: Internship in Theatre Arts

An opportunity for students to apply their theatre skills in business and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international levels. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

THAR 211: Introduction to London Theatre

Introduction to a critical approach to theatrical performance. Students read play scripts before attending a wide range of plays in a variety of performance spaces in London, working towards a developed understanding of dramatic form. Study of literary and theatrical conventions is designed to enhance students' critical sophistication.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Open to students attending the London Centre only

THAR 212: Theatre Traditions I: Greeks Through the 18th Century

A survey of theatre in its cultural context from its Greek origins through the 18th century. Extensive readings from the dramatic literature of each period supplement the study of the physical theatre and production practices.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

THAR 220: Topics in Movement/Performance

Topics in this series vary from year to year. May be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Spring 2018: Musicians in Movement
Units: 3.
Also listed as Dance 220

THAR 221: Dance Studies: Global Perspectives

This course introduces major concepts, approaches and issues in the study of dance as a cultural, historical and artistic practice. By examining key texts in dance studies, viewing dance films and engaging in the practice of dancing, students will investigate how moving bodies shaped history while considering dance as a form of cultural identity and political power.
Units: 6.

THAR 224: Theatre Traditions II: Romanticism Through the Present

A survey of theatre in its cultural context from Romanticism through the present day. Extensive readings from the dramatic literature of each period illustrate the ideas, aesthetic values, and staging innovations that led to the theatre of the 21st century.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

THAR 229: Performance of Literature

A study of the principles involved in the oral performance of different forms of literature. Class involves practical platform training and experience with interpretive analysis and presentation.
Units: 6.

THAR 231: Introduction to Design for the Theatre

A survey covering all aspects of visual design for the theatre. Emphasis on the necessary techniques of drafting, painting, and modelmaking, with attention to aesthetic and practical problems of theatre design. In addition to regular class meeting times, there is a lab component that gives students hands-on application of technical and theatre design.
Units: 6.

THAR 237: Reconstructing Costume History: A Hands-On Costume History Survey

A survey of the evolution of clothing in Western Civilization as it reflects historical events and social culture from Ancient Greece to the Elizabethan England. Hands-on patterning and draping provides an immersive experience as we explore period silhouettes and techniques unique to each period. We will also explore representative plays and theatrical conventions from each period. Practicum in the costume shop in support of current productions is required.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THAR 137

THAR 255: Start-Up Theatre

Open to students from theatre, economics, and other students interested in entrepreneurship in the performing arts. Topics change each year. May be repeated when topic is different up to 6 total units.
Units: 1 TO 3.
Also listed as Innovation & Entrepreneurship 255, Economics 255
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

THAR 279: Fringe Theatre in London

This course will attempt to define Fringe Theatre (a movement started in 1968) and to categorize its main elements. The class shall attend a wide variety of plays and venues and come to an understanding of how the fringe has changed over the years. Discussions will address production techniques, the plays themselves, the audiences to whom they appeal, and to what extent the fringe is still an important theatrical force. Students are required to attend performances of the plays under study. Offered at the London Centre.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing Must be attending Lawrence London Centre

THAR 306: Russia on Stage: Three Centuries of Russian Theater

This course introduces students to the rich theatrical tradition of Russia. The readings for the course span over two centuries, starting from the social comedies of the late eighteenth century to the contemporary "New Drama" and documentary theater. The plays are situated within the larger historical and political context of Imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Lecture/discussion. Taught in English.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Russian 306

THAR 310: Alexander Technique I

The Alexander Movement Technique (AMT) is an educational method for finding easier use of self in daily activity. The technique offers us insight into our own mental processes and perceptions of our body’s structure, and allows us to replace faulty habits with coordinated movement.
Units: 3.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval is required. The instructor will talk with each student about the hands-on aspects of the technique and the code of ethics that governs the work.

THAR 327: Playscript Analysis

The playscript is a blueprint for a construction that uses the media of space, time, color, speech, and action to reflect from the stage images of what it means to be human. This course will explore both technical and creative ways to decipher the play text.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing Recommended sophomore or junior year Recommended to be taken before THAR 527

THAR 340: Musical Theatre Production Overview

This course is designed to equip future educators with a basic understanding of the various details and responsibilities involved in mounting a musical theatre production. Topics include: choosing a musical, rehearsal schedules, finances, stage direction/blocking, lighting, sound, choreography, and pit orchestra. Offered every other year, fall term (even years).
Units: 3.
Also listed as Music Education and Pedagogy 340
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

THAR 351: Film in Germany (in English)

This course selects from 90 years of filmmaking in Germany. Films range from expressionism to Nazi propaganda and from escapist comedies to avant garde art. Learning to “read” German films critically also means finding out how to understand movies from Hollywood and beyond. Possible topics include “From Caligari to Hitler,” “German Literature as Film,” and “What Makes Lola Run.” Taught in English. German majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in German.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 357, German 357

THAR 352: Introduction to Film

An introduction to the critical analysis of Latin American and Spanish film. Selected films represent various countries, genres and directors from Latin America and Spain. Readings of relevant film theory, class discussions and composition tasks prepare students for other advanced courses in the Spanish program.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 330, Spanish 430
Prerequisite: SPAN 202, its equivalent, or consent of instructor; not open to native speakers of Spanish.

THAR 355: Theatre Production Laboratory

Practicum in theatre production. May be taken for one or more terms; six terms required of theatre arts majors, three terms required of minors. May be taken by any student involved in theatre production. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 1.

THAR 357: Musical Theatre Production Laboratory

Practicum in musical theatre. May be taken for one or more terms; can be used in partial fulfillment of the six terms of Theatre Arts 355 required of all theatre arts majors or the three terms of Theatre Arts 355 required of all theatre arts minors. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 1.

THAR 362: Acting for Singers 1

An opera/song performance course that develops the fundamental tools to create on stage. This term concentrates on basic acting techniques beginning with spoken word and then transferring those skills to intoned speech (song). These building blocks include understanding and breaking down a script, navigating the stage and movement on it, creating and motivating character choices, response to your fellow performers, honesty on-stage, concentration, imagination and commitment to the script, the environment and your character.
Units: 3.
Also listed as Music Repertoire-Perf Study 361

THAR 363: Greek and Roman Drama in Translation

In this course we analyze ancient plays both as great works of literature and as artifacts of a particular artistic, cultural, and political context. Students will read excerpts and complete plays in English from a variety of ancient authors, including (from Classical Athens) Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and (from late Republican and early Imperial Rome) Plautus, Terence, and Seneca.
Units: 6.
Also listed as English 263, Classics 363
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

THAR 364: Acting for Singers 2

An opera/song performance course that develops the fundamental tools to create on stage. This term concentrates on expanding the techniques from the previous term and on developing a stronger sense of ensemble work. Viewpoints and Theatrical Composition will be the main thrust of the exploration, using the current song and aria repertoire of the individual student.
Units: 3.
Also listed as Music Repertoire-Perf Study 362
Prerequisite: MURP 361 or equivalent

THAR 387: Let Us Arise: Ireland's Deep Time

Taking a dramaturgical and geographical approach to explore a deep sense of place, we will use the lens of culture (drama, poetry, fiction, music, film, history and visual arts) to investigate the variegated quality of Ireland's land and its people.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Environmental Studies 387
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and ENST 150, ENST 151, or THAR 327

THAR 390: Tutorial Studies in Theatre Arts

Advanced work, arranged and carried out in consultation with an instructor.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

THAR 391: Directed Study in Theatre Arts

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

THAR 395: Internship in Theatre Arts

An opportunity for students to apply their theatre skills in business and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international levels. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

THAR 399: Independent Study in Theatre Arts

Advanced work in directing, design, performance, or criticism, arranged in consultation with department.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

THAR 423: History of American Dramatic Literature

A study of American theatre in its cultural context from its colonial beginnings to the present. Extensive readings of the works of principal playwrights.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

THAR 425: Advance of the American Musical

A study of this uniquely American theatrical form as it develops in response to our culture throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Ability to read music helpful, but not required.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Musicology 160
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

THAR 427: Playwrighting

Students will employ the vocabulary and dramaturgical insight we explored in Playscript Analysis to the task of writing for the stage. We will examine important plays in the one-act repertory while each student drafts a 25-40 minute play.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THAR 327

THAR 432: Shakespeare

An introduction to Shakespeare’s plays and their literary, historical, and theatrical context.
Units: 6.
Also listed as English 425
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

THAR 434: Restoration and 18th-Century Comedy

A study of English comedies as reflections of changing taste and thought in the period 1660-1800. Authors include Wycherley, Etherege, Congreve, Farquhar, Steele, Fielding, Goldsmith, and Sheridan.
Units: 6.
Also listed as English 445
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

THAR 436: Renaissance Drama

A study of eight to ten plays from the early modern period, excluding Shakespeare. Readings include Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton and Webster.
Units: 6.
Also listed as English 435
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

THAR 440: Modern Drama

Studies in some of the major playwrights in Europe, England, and America from the time of Ibsen to the present.
Units: 6.
Also listed as English 490
Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English, or consent of instructor

THAR 477: Acting II

Continued, in-depth study of the elements covered in Theatre Arts 187 with added monologue, scenic work, and an introduction to acting Shakespeare. The department expects that students who take this course have had extensive performance experience between Acting I and Acting II.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THDR/THAR 187 or consent of instructor

THAR 479: Styles of Acting

Study of the acting of a particular period or style typically focused on the challenges of pre-modern or alternative texts, based on the techniques acquired in Theatre Arts 187.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THAR 187 or consent of instructor

THAR 527: Play Directing

Examination of and practice in fundamental directing methods and techniques. In this course we focus on the directing tradition of Alexander Dean.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THDR/THAR 187 or consent of instructor

THAR 551: Costume Design

The theory and practice of costume design for the stage, focusing on period style and presentation technique. Laboratory responsibility in the costume shop required as part of course.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THDR/THAR 231 or consent of instructor

THAR 553: Stage Lighting

A study of basic lighting theory, design, and technique that enables students to assume responsibility, with knowledge and precision, for designing and executing lighting plots. Laboratory responsibility on lighting crews required as part of course.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THDR/THAR 231 or consent of instructor

THAR 555: Set Design

A study of the role of the set designer in a theatrical production from the conceptual through the production phase. Emphasis on values of concept, inventive scenic solutions, and creative research as applied to a number of different dramatic styles. Laboratory responsibility in the scenic studio required as part of course.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THDR/THAR 231 or consent of instructor

THAR 557: Sound for the Stage

An examination of the aesthetic and practical applications of sound creation and reinforcement as involved in all contemporary theatre performance. Laboratory experience on a sound crew is a required part of the course.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THDR/THAR 135 or 231 or consent of instructor

THAR 573: Computing in Stage Design and Production

A study of the range of areas wherein computing supports the efforts of the contemporary designer, including CAD, modeling, rendering, and animation applications. The course involves hands-on laboratory work in computing.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: THDR/THAR 135 or 231 or consent of instructor

THAR 581: Advanced Design Studio

Advanced Design Studio provides emerging designers and intensive learning environment where they explore their unique voice as theatrical designers and gain practical design knowledge through individual mentoring.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One of the following: THAR 551, 553, 555, or 557

THAR 590: Tutorial Studies in Theatre Arts

Advanced work, arranged and carried out in consultation with an instructor.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

THAR 591: Directed Study in Theatre Arts

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

THAR 595: Internship in Theatre Arts

An opportunity for students to apply their theatre skills in business and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international levels. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

THAR 599: Independent Study in Theatre Arts

Advanced work in directing, design, performance, or criticism, arranged in consultation with department.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

THAR 687: Senior Experience

Students enroll in this course during the term they complete their Senior Experience and self-assessment. Projects are discussed with the academic advisor and proposed using the senior theatre projects Moodle page.
Units: 1.
Prerequisite: Senior standing

THAR 690: Tutorial Studies in Theatre Arts

Advanced work, arranged and carried out in consultation with an instructor.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

THAR 691: Directed Study in Theatre Arts

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

THAR 695: Internship in Theatre Arts

An opportunity for students to apply their theatre skills in business and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international levels. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

THAR 699: Independent Study in Theatre Arts

Advanced work in directing, design, performance, or criticism, arranged in consultation with department.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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