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THEA 140: Fundamentals of Acting A laboratory course exploring the fundamental craft of acting. Development of skills in creativity, improvisation, imagination, concentration, and text analysis. 3 credits THEA 210: Contemporary Issues in Media and Theatre An introduction to academic theatre and media scholarship forming a critical foundation on which students can formulate opinions based on factual observation and argue various points of view relating to current production in theatre, radio, television, digital communication, and performance studies. This course is both writing intensive and argumentatively provocative. 3 credits THEA 212: Issues in Theatre History An historiographical survey of the forces which have created theatrical forms. Emphasis on Aesthetic, Social, Political, and Economic influences. 3 credits THEA 221: Voice and Diction A practical examination of the voice as a communicative tool. Emphasis on vocal flexibility, breathing, vocal expansion, and a working understanding of the phonetic alphabet. 3 credits THEA 251: Principles of Design An exploration of the fundamental principles of design: space, time, composition, etc. Emphasis on creative problem solving and aesthetic development. 3 credits THEA 252: Costume and Makeup Techniques This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic materials and techniques of theatrical stage makeup. Emphasis will be on basic application of two-dimensional makeup, analysis of character as it relates to physical appearance, the development of a makeup portfolio and morgue, and exposure to more advanced three-dimensional techniques. An examination of costume as part of the character mask completes the overview. 3 credits THEA 310: Principles of Play Directing A laboratory exploration of the directing process from play selection and analysis to rehearsal techniques. Emphasis on developing leadership qualities, communication skills, and aesthetic sensitivity. 3 credits THEA 331: Writing for the Stage and Screen Practical writing experience at transferring ideas into written dramatic forms, including playwriting and critical writing. 3 credits THEA 340: Improvisation This laboratory course stresses basic improvisation performance skills such as focus, teamwork, mime, character development, status work, story development and scene work. You will develop a number of practical skills that can be applied in almost any real-life situation, including creative problem-solving, quick-thinking skills, spontaneity, interpreting non-verbal communication, resolving conflict respectfully with others, and holding your place while working within a group dynamic. 3 credits THEA 350: Advanced Acting The course focuses on character development and script analysis for theatrical performance focusing on, but not limited to, American realism. 3 credits THEA 360-376: Production and Performance in Theatre A laboratory course investigating the rehearsal and performance process in creating a mainstage production. Students assume various roles, both on production crew and cast, and are evaluated on the quality of their participation in the work. The course culminates in public performance and post performance evaluation, by students and directors. 1 - 3 credits THEA 390-399: Special Topics/Electives/Independent Study Specialty and elective courses offered on a rotating basis: Modern and Contemporary Drama

Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014  
Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014  
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