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1150 Dance: Tap or Jazz No prerequisites. Introduction to a major style of dance commonly employed on the stage. The student learns the terminology of dance, practices and performs dance routines, and is required to research and choreograph a routine appropriate for a stage production. This course is a lower level theatre elective primarily for BFA Theatre students with an Acting/Directing focus and may be repeated with the instructor’s permission. (Fall and/or Spring as needed)

1300 Introduction to Theatre (3-0) No prerequisites. Fulfills the General Education requirement in Fine Arts. An appreciation course in Theatre dealing with dramatic style, form and production areas. The course is designed to educate the audience of today by bettering their understanding of theatrical art. (Fall and/or Spring as needed)

2110 Production I No prerequisites. Designed for interested students. The study, practice, and participation in every phase of dramatic production work and management. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 semester hours credit. Required of Theatre majors and minors. (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

2250 Make-up (0-2) No prerequisites. Required for all Theatre majors. An introduction to stage make-up design and application for actors and theatre technicians. Primary emphasis is on realistic applications but stylization, abstraction, and prosthetics are also examined. Laboratory required. Suitable for non-majors. (Spring)

2320 Improving Voice and Diction (3-0) No prerequisites. Designed for teachers, speech and hearing therapists, actors, readers, and public speakers. An introductory study of the speech mechanism and the International Phonetic Alphabet with an emphasis upon improving articulation, pronunciation, and other components of vocal production. Cross-listed as COMM 2320. (Fall odd years)

2330 Acting I (3-0) Prerequisite: Theatre majors and minors only, or permission of the instructor. Required for all Theatre majors. A study of fundamental techniques and theories of acting. An introduction to the art of acting as an integral part of the students’ social and educational milieu and as a means for adequate self expression and personal growth. (Fall)

2340 Stagecraft (3-0) No prerequisites. Required of all Theatre majors and minors. A basic course in technical production for the stage. Emphasis placed on scenery construction, rigging, elements of scene painting, basic theatre lighting, and an understanding of the stage space and its functions. (Spring)

2350 Costume Construction (3-0) No prerequisites. Required of BFA Design/Technical students and Theatre Arts Education Focus students, but open to anyone interested. An introduction to various aspects of costume construction, including sewing techniques, fabric selection, pattern selection, cutting, and garment alterations. (Fall odd years)

3210 Production II (0-2) Prerequisites: THRE 2210. A continuation of Production I. Designed for interested students. The study, practice, and participation in every phase of dramatic production work and management. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 semester hours credit. Required of BFA Theatre majors. (Fall, Spring, and Summer.)

3310 Digital Video Capture and Editing (3-0) No prerequisites. Upper level elective for Theatre majors. An introduction to the techniques of capturing digital video through the use of video cameras and media converters for use in non-linear editing on a computer for a variety of video projects including interviews, advertisements, music videos, live performances and documentaries. Students will learn how to compress video for use in various formats including Power Point presentations and video incorporated into web sites. Cross-listed as MMA 3310. (Fall and/or Spring as needed)

3320 Directing I (3-0) Prerequisites: THRE 2330, 2340. A required course for all majors and minors. A study of basic techniques of directing with emphasis on script analysis, fundamentals of staging, and work with actors. Students must prepare a one-act play or approved cutting from a larger play for production. (Spring.)

3325 Theatre Management (3-0) Prerequisites: THRE 2330, THRE 2340. Upper level elective for Theatre majors. A study of the process involved in selecting a theatre space, raising funds, conducting public relations and publicity, selecting of a season, contracting artistic personnel, and running a box office. (Fall even years)

3330 Acting II (3-0) Prerequisites: THRE 2330. Upper level elective for Theatre majors and minors. An introduction to scene analysis and character development. Scenes from modern and contemporary plays are used to help the student understand the application of analysis to performance. Emphasis is placed on the process of creating a role. (Fall even years)

3344 Fundamentals of Lighting Design (3-0) Prerequisites: THRE 2340. An upper level elective in technical theatre, required for Theatre Arts Education Focus. An exploration of the theories and practices involved in the design of lighting for the theatre. Emphasis will be placed on equipment capabilities, functions and maintenance, script analysis, design theories and application, and the role of the light designer. (Fall even years)

3345 Fundamentals of Scenic Design (3-0) Prerequisites: THRE 2340. A required course for all Theatre majors. An exploration of the elements and principles of design as they relate to scenery and lighting. Emphasis will be placed on basic graphic skills, art and architectural research, play analysis in terms of spatial relationships on stage, and an introduction to drafting. (Fall odd years)

3350 Theatre History and Dramatic Literature: Greeks to 19th Century (3-0) No prerequisites. Required of all Theatre majors and those with Theatre Arts Education Focus. An advanced elective for minors. An historical investigation of early theatre and dramatic literature. (Fall even years)

3360 Creative Drama (3-0) No prerequisites. Upper level elective for Theatre majors and teaching field students. Designed for the student interested in working with children. A study of the goals and techniques of developmental drama with emphasis on pantomime, improvisation, and story dramatization for elementary school children. (Spring odd years)

3365 Theatre History and Dramatic Literature: 19th Century to Present (3-0) No prerequisites. Required of all majors and for Theatre Arts Education Focus. An advanced elective for minors. An historical and critical study of theatre and dramatic literature since the 19th century. (Fall odd years)

3370 Playwriting (3-0) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. An upper level elective for majors, minors, teaching field students, and students interested in creative writing. A study in the principles of dramatic construction and practice in the writing of one act and full length plays. Emphasis is placed on process and skills development in playwriting as well as analysis of the structures of some of the great works of dramatic literature. (Spring odd years)

4320 Advanced Playwriting. Prerequisite: THRE3370 and senior standing, or permission of the instructor.  An upper level elective for majors, minors, teaching field students, and those interested in creative writing.  Required of Creative Writing minors.  Advanced study of principles of dramatic construction and practice of writing a full length play.  Significant emphasis placed on process and planning in the creation of an original script.  (Spring odd years)

4330 Acting III (3-0) Prerequisite: THRE 3330, or permission of instructor. Upper level elective for Theatre majors. An exploration of period style as it relates to acting. The continuation of experience in analyzing roles and discovering basic techniques as they apply to the performance of period plays. Scenes from Greek, Elizabethan, Restoration, and other theatrical periods will be used in the study of performance analysis and style. (Fall odd years)

4335 Musical Theatre Practicum (3-0) Prerequisites: students admitted by audition. An advanced elective for majors and minors devoted to the practical application of theory to musical theatre production. Students learn how to project character through singing and dancing. The production(s) they develop may be toured for performance. May be repeated for credit in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and the Musical Theatre Minor. (Spring even years)

4350 Costume Design and History (3-0) Prerequisites: None. An upper level elective for majors and minors. An exploration of the elements and principles of design as they relate to costume design, and an examination of fashion and the history of costumes in the theatre. Special emphasis is placed on script analysis and historical research. (Fall even years)

4363 American Musical Theatre (3-0) No prerequisites. An advanced elective for majors and minors. An historical and critical study of the development of the American musical including the viewing and discussion of a wide range of musical theatre productions. (Spring odd years)

4365 Theatre Arts in the Secondary School (3-0) Prerequisites: THRE 3320. Required for students with Theatre Arts Education Focus. A study of the essential elements in theatre, criteria for the evaluation of plays, criteria for selection of materials, and techniques for teaching are included. (Spring even years)

4390 Senior Project in Theatre (3-0) Prerequisites: Senior standing and approval of the instructor. Required for all majors. Individual study, under the guidance of a member of the faculty, of a specific problem of student’s choice. It culminates in an extensive project for a major production in (1) Directing, (2) Acting, (3) Design, (4), playwriting, and serves as a capstone course in theatre. (Fall)

4X95 Independent Studies (variable credit) Prerequisites: Senior status, permission of instructor, and of department Chairperson. Upper level elective for majors. A study program arranged between an advanced student and an instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. The course includes the definition of goals appropriate for the advanced student, ways of attaining those goals, a schedule for frequent consultation, and means of measuring progress. (As needed)

XX99 Special Topics (variable credit) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. For majors and minors. A course of study offered occasionally to groups of students to broaden departmental curriculum, to meet student demand, or to observe special events. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (As needed) Fine Arts (F A)

2310 Survey of Fine Arts (3-0) No prerequisites. This course is aimed at all students interested in gaining a broad understanding of the fine arts disciplines and satisfies the fine arts component in the General Education requirements. A survey of the inter-relationship of fine arts disciplines (painting, sculpture, music, theatre, architecture, film, and photography) and their relationship to political and social change through the course of history. The course will provide a rudimentary knowledge of the fi ne arts disciplines, with specific emphasis on recognized artistic movements in their historical contexts. (Fall, Spring as needed)


2017-18 Season

All This and Moonlight, by Charles R. Johnson
directed by Graeme Regan
Oct. 5-6

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, by William Inge
directed by Charlie Hukill
Nov. 9-11, 16-18

Women in Congress, by Aristophanes
directed by David Ainsworth
Feb. 22-24, Mar. 1-3

Box Office Information

Located in the Lobby of the Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Center, on the corner of Sayles Blvd. and Hunt St.
325-793-3889

Reservations/tickets are available online

Hours

The Box office opens two weeks before faculty and student directed shows open. A member of our staff will be at box office between 3-6 p.m. on weekdays and show days.


Department of Theatre
McMurry University 1 #68
Abilene, TX 79697
325-793-3839

2017-18 Season