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THR 1110: THEATER IN THE TWIN CITIES (4 credits)

Foundation in theater and drama for the beginning student. Orientation to the dramatic tradition through consideration of plays and playwrights from the Greeks to the present; history of theatrical customs, traditions and conventions as they affect modern stage design, acting, directing, costumes, makeup, and criticism. Experience seeing and analyzing SCU and Twin Cities theater productions.

THR 2140: ACTING: LEADERSHIP IN PERFORMANCE (4 credits)

Why do we perceive some people as confident and poised? How do you bring the most authentic you to every communication situation? This course introduces theories and processes for realizing effective communication of thought. Emphasis is on non-verbal communication skills, textual analysis and practical application of performance theory.

THR 2150: DIRECTING: EVENT PRODUCTION (4 credits)

Do you excel at planning and organizing events? Are you able to imagine the big picture and bring it to fruition? This class provides an introduction to the theories and craft of directing and event planning. Areas of study include textual analysis; audience analysis; concept development; rehearsal techniques; identification of event objectives, budget, venue usage, scheduling; and marketing design and implementation.

THR 2310: DANCE FOR MUSICAL THEATER (4 credits)

Foundation in techniques and styles of dance and choreography for musical theater.

THR 4994: TOPICS: MEDIA PERFORMANCE (4 credits)

Given our society's increased reliance on electronic communication, how do we ensure that our messages are effectively delivered? This course examines and explores the components of media performance through a variety of electronic communication channels. Emphasis is on the development of critical assessment skills and a personal performance style that enhances and facilitates listener understanding.

THR 4994: TOPICS: LITURGICAL DRAMA (4 credits)

An overview of the surprising and complex history of liturgical drama beginning with the Middle Ages and continuing through today. The class will examine the styles, texts, and performances of material entitled liturgical drama. A component of the course will include the organization and performance of at least two liturgical drama presentations.

THR 4994: TOPICS: SURVEY OF MUSICAL THEATER (4 credits)

A survey of musical theater from its origins through today's forms; the course will analyze the development of musical theater and how it relates to domestic, social, ethical, political, economic and religious issues today and throughout history. Emphasis will be given to: developing a critical perspective; the study of theater theory; and examining the relationship between musicals and audiences. An understanding of the performance and production methods for the musical is fostered by attending professional productions and through in-class performances.

THR 4994: TOPICS: VOICE IN THE WORKPLACE (4 credits)

Have you ever felt disconnected from an individual's ideas due to their voice? Does a dialect, timidity, nasality or other vocal trait stand in the way of your effective communication? This course will help the student maximize the impact of their speaking voice. The course explores a variety of vocal theories and methodologies aimed at achieving accurate vocal realization of thought and increasing listener reception and understanding of ideas.

THR 4994: TOPICS: WOMEN IN THEATER (4 credits)

Theater began as a form that excluded women entirely. The plays of ancient Greece and Elizabethan England were written and performed only by men, beginning a long tradition of theater that represented women only from male perspectives. The course will explore 20th and 21st century women in theater and focus on a wide range of women artists in theater, including playwrights, actresses, stage and lighting designers, costumers, historians, and theorists. The course will examine the progress of women in theater and the evolution of female characters and subjects throughout the times. We will examine, through reading scripts and attending productions, the significant contributions of women artists.

THR 4994: SENIOR THESIS AND PERFORMANCE PROJECT (4 credits)

During the senior year, Music Theater majors are expected to write a major research paper on a selected work of dramatic literature, to collaborate with a professional director on performance process, to portray a major role in a production of the selected work, and to describe the synthesis of their research and experiential learning in an oral theses with emphasis placed on research methodology, textual analysis, styles of acting and application of the learning in rehearsal and performance settings. The thesis play and role must be selected in consultation with the Department Chair and/or the Director of Theater during the fall semester of the student's junior year.