THTR - Theater

THTR 207 Introduction to the Art of Theater

Introduction to theatre design concepts and principles, art techniques and design tools used in creating theatre. Exploration of art media, drawing, painting, drafting, and presentation as it relates to theatrical design through script analysis, conceptualization, design techniques and communication of ideas.
3

THTR 272 Production Work and Review I

Supervised participation in one production assignment in either scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, stage management or properties on Theater program productions. Required of all Sophomore Theater Majors and includes a written self evaluation and oral review with faculty. Course is graded P/NP. Grade of IP is allowed.

1

Prerequisites

THTR 171

THTR 307 Survey of Theatre History

A chronological study of theater's major artistic, literary and social developments from ancient origins to present day. Emphasis will be on readings from landmark works of dramatic literature, as well as the individuals and movements that have shaped theater's evolution.
3

THTR 321 Acting Workshop I

This course explores the fundamentals of acting for both majors or those anticipating theater-related degrees. Includes the study of relaxation, concentration, imagination, and physical and psychological awareness. Focuses on the basic tenets of Stanislavski's acting system. (For majors and minors only.)

3

THTR 322 Acting Workshop II

Continuation of THTR 321. Focuses to a greater extent on Stanislavski method of acting. Continues to assist the actor with a process for character development while stressing actor interaction through basic scene work taken from realistic plays.
3

Prerequisites

THTR 321 or THTR 325

THTR 325 Acting for Non-Majors

This course explores the fundamentals of the acting process to the beginning student. The student will practice a variety of acting methods, and learn the necessity of script work and analysis. The student will work on discovering the physical, vocal, and psychological aspects of the character and apply them to specific dramatic texts using scene study and performance.
3

THTR 333 Directing I

A practical introduction to the work of a theater director. Students in the course will work with text analysis and the visual elements of composition, picturization, and movement in staging. The course will also explore the communicative skills needed to be successful as a director in this collaborative art form.

3

Prerequisites

THTR 207

THTR 335 Voice for Stage

Course is designed to help students incorporate the significant elements of vocal production into their acting. The process then proceeds one step further by applying these skills to dialect work. Class will focus on correct pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
3

Prerequisites

THTR 321 or THTR 325

THTR 337 Stage Movement

Course is designed to introduce the student to different movement techniques and incorporates movement to enhance character work.

3

Prerequisites

THTR 322

THTR 350 Theatre Crafts

Introductory course for Theater majors that gives the student a foundation in the basic techniques, tools, and materials of construction for both scenery and costumes for the stage. (Non-majors by permission of instructor.) Fee: $40.

3

THTR 351 Beginning Stage Lighting and Sound

An introductory study of the principles of stage lighting and sound design for theatrical productions. Emphasis will be on both the design and technology necessary to create designs use stage lighting and sound equipment. Students will use a variety of tools to create both practical and theoretical projects. Previous theatre experience is not required.
3

THTR 353 Beginning Scenic Design

An Introductory study in the theories and skills of scenic design for the theatre. Skill training includes beginning drawing, drafting, CADD, perspective, model building and watercolor painting. Class will also focus on visual research skills and script analysis as it pertains to the creation of a scenic environment. No previous design skills necessary.

3

THTR 355 Lyric Theatre Workshop

Study of theatrical singing and acting techniques as applicable to all varieties of theatrical music, including cabaret, music-theater, and opera. Students are expected to participate in various performances prepared by the class. Open to all students with instructor's permission. Email for an audition.

3

Cross Listed Courses

MUS 455, THTR 555

THTR 363 Beginning Costume Design

Exploration and practice of drawing, rendering, and design techniques in costume design. Students will be expected to apply the historical and technical elements to costume renderings of specific theatrical. No drawing or painting experience necessary.
3

THTR 365 Stage Make Up

Introductory course in the basic principles of the art and techniques of theatrical makeup. Emphasis will be on both creative design and execution using a range of methods, mediums and styles. Fee: $65.
3

THTR 370 Performance Practicum

Working on Theater program productions in all artistic areas is an integral part of student learning. All performance emphasis students must complete this course at least twice for the major. (It can be taken multiple times and for Theater majors can have 1 requirement substituted with THTR 371)  Required for all students cast in theater program shows. Course is graded P/NP.

1

THTR 371 Design/ Integrated Theater Practicum

Working on Theater program productions in all artistic areas is an integral part of student learning. All design/ integrated theater emphasis students must complete this course at least twice for the major. (It can be taken multiple times and can have 1 requirement substituted for the Theater major with THTR 370)  Required for students assigned an artistic position on theater program shows. Course is graded P/NP.

1

THTR 372 Production Work and Review II

Supervised participation in two different production assignments in either scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, stage management, properties on Theater productions. Required of all junior Theater majors and minors. Includes written self evaluation and oral review with faculty. Course is graded P/NP.

1

Prerequisites

THTR 272

THTR 400 Dramaturgy

Students will investigate the deep structures of dramatic texts through the lens of their chosen emphases/majors in order to realize these texts' full potential for performance. For purposes of this class, participants will become dramaturgs, the most recent creative addition to the American theater.

3

THTR 405 Drama Studies: Shakespeare in Ashland

The course involves an in depth study and analysis of specific works of William Shakespeare (and perhaps other playwrights), and attending productions of those plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Taught during a summer session. Fee: $350

3

Cross Listed Courses

PHL 339

THTR 409 Studies in Drama: Renaissance Theatre

An in-depth examination of theatre’s artistic, literary and technological advances during the Renaissance period of Western Europe, with an emphasis on the works of Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights.
3

Prerequisites

THTR 307 or permission of instructor.

THTR 410 Studies in Drama: Classical Theatre

An in-depth study of western civilization's early masterpieces, which have influenced over two millennia of theater ever since. Special emphasis will be given to contemporary adaptations of Greek and Roman plays.

3

Prerequisites

THTR 307 or permission of instructor.

THTR 411 Studies in Drama: American Theater

An in-depth study of American dramatic literature from its foundations in colonial America up to the innovations of our own time. Participants will explore iconic works by O'Neill, Glaspell, Miller, Shepard, Wilson and Vogel, and consider the trends and movements that have advanced American theater.
3

Prerequisites

THTR 307 or permission of instructor

THTR 422 Advanced Acting

An advanced course designed to help the student integrate skills learned in previous acting classes, including vocal and physical work, and to develop new skills. The course uses material from Shakespeare as the acting texts for the course and addresses work on classical texts, acting style, and period context for his plays.
3

Prerequisites

THTR 322

Cross Listed Courses

THTR 522

THTR 424 Graduate Preparation Workshop

This course prepares the student for the rigors of graduate school auditions. The course focuses on building the audition portfolio from selection of contrasting pieces to obtaining professional head shots and developing an effective resume. It will also prepare students for the entire audition process.
1

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor.

THTR 427 Playwriting Workshop

Study of the aesthetics and techniques involved in the  written dramatic form for stage. Emphasis upon writing, workshop critiques and discussion of student's plays.
3

THTR 433 Advanced Directing for the Stage

This class will allow directing focused students in the Integrated Theater Emphasis to get an advanced level course which will prepare them for a Directing Capstone by giving them some advance directing training and a public performance component. Students will continue working on Script Analysis, Stage Pictures and Blocking, and developing a conceptual approach to a theatrical production.

3

Prerequisites

THTR 333

THTR 437 Audition Techniques

This course is designed to prepare the student for the entire professional auditioning process. It focuses on selection and performance of monologues, prepared auditions, cold readings, commercial and film auditions. It also covers creating appropriate resumes, getting the best head shots, and the details of getting a theatrical agent and working in union and non-union situations.
3

Prerequisites

THTR 322

THTR 445 History of Fashion

Surveys the history of fashionable western dress from Ancient Egypt through the 20th century. This class will explore the meaning of fashion in the broadest social context as it relates to the arts, theatre design and its function in society, and will also use an interdisciplinary approach examining fashion through a gender and women’s studies lens.

3

THTR 450 Production Stage Management

This course focuses on the theories and practice of stage, production, and artistic management. Topics include rehearsal management, budgeting, schedule work, costing, unions and season selection as they apply to both the educational, community and professional theatre.

3

THTR 451 Advanced Stage Lighting and Sound

Advanced course in study in lighting design that includes designing for thrust, arena, musicals, and dance. Work with projections, automated equipment and CADD. Sound work includes computer editing and cueing for theatrical production.
3

Prerequisites

THTR 351

THTR 453 Advanced Scenic Design

A course in stage design where students will be introduced to the more advanced practices of stage design, model building, and drafting. Students will apply learned theories and skills to several projects and written presentations.
3

Prerequisites

THTR 353 or permission of instructor

THTR 456 Scenic Painting and Decorative Arts

This course gives students a foundation in the decorative arts of painting and properties design for the stage as it applies to 5 different historical periods. Each period will have assigned projects where students will explore 3D painting, trompe l'oeil painting, stencils, murals, fabric crafts and lettering skills.

3

THTR 463 Advanced Costume Design

Students will participate in advanced discussions and projects in textiles, color palettes, silhouettes, and costume fashion research. These concepts will be implemented in formal costume design projects utilizing a variety of dramatic styles.
3

Prerequisites

THTR 363 or equivalent

THTR 467 Costume Craft and Technology

This course is designed to encourage students to master construction techniques through building their own designs with a variety of techniques. Puppetry, millinery and fabric manipulation will be emphasized. Students will be expected to provide fabrics and notions for most projects. (Sewing skills required.)

3

THTR 471 Theater Management

Course introduces students to the diverse issues involved in managing a theatre company. It begins with a history of the issues leading up to the regional theatre movement and includes an examination of the manager's role, budgeting, marketing, fundraising, the role of a board of directors, as well as an understanding of the modern context/trends/needs of artists which management supports.
3

THTR 490 Directed Study

Individualized programs which focus on a specialized area in theatre. These are available only when developed through a contractual agreement between the student and a supervising faculty member.
Variable

THTR 491 Seminar

Credit arranged.

Variable

THTR 492 Seminar

Credit arranged.

Variable

THTR 493 Research

Credit arranged.

Variable

THTR 497M Integrated Theater Internship

This course is to give a professional work experience to students in the Integrated Theater Emphasis in the BA Theater program. Students enrolled will secure an internship at a professional theater company in one area of focus; management, directing or dramaturgy.  This course requires a minimum 90 hours of work and is supervised by a theater faculty and the College of Arts and Sciences internship coordinator. 

3

THTR 498 Theater Capstone

Capstone course is required of all Theater majors. Each student, in consultation with a faculty mentor, designates a specific project to act as the culmination of their degree program. Projects are in areas of Performance, Design, Directing, Stage Management, and Dramaturgy. Documentation of project includes a written process and self-evaluation paper and a public presentation to students and Theater faculty.

3

THTR 499 Senior Thesis

Research, study, or original work under the direction of a faculty mentor, leading to a scholarly thesis document with a public presentation of results. Requires approval of thesis director, department chair, dean, and the director of the honors program, when appropriate.
3

Prerequisites

Senior standing; 3.0 G.P.A. in the thesis area, or good standing in the honors program.

THTR 507 Survey of Theatre History

A graduate-level study of the historical development of theater from its ancient antecedents through the postmodern era. Emphasis will be on teaching strategies for conveying the sociopolitical momentum of western civilization as reflected in (and sometimes caused by) theater production and literature.

3

THTR 510 Theories of Dramatic Criticism

Exploration of selected writing on theater ranging from Plato and Aristotle to the present day. Participants will undertake writing of their own using various styles and formats.

3

THTR 515 Advanced Studies in Theatre History

This course is designed to provide MFA directing students with methodologies for exploring dramatic literature's masterpieces, with a focus on creative solutions to the directing challenges posed by working on a variety of historical time periods.

3

Prerequisites

THTR 507 or permission of instructor

THTR 521 Acting Pedagogy

This course is designed to help prepare the student to undertake the teaching of acting at the college level. The student will observe and participate actively in the teaching of a University of Portland acting course, as well as, having regular mentoring sessions with the course's instructor.
3

THTR 522 Advanced Acting

An advanced course in acting designed to challenge the student as an actor and director. The course uses material from Shakespeare as the acting texts for the course and addresses work on classical texts, acting style, and period context for his plays. The course includes both vocal and physical work. It also explores the directing of Shakespeare.
3

Cross Listed Courses

THTR 422

THTR 531 Advanced Production Seminar

This course is designed to help graduate directors develop a personal creative process to conceptualization and collaboration. Besides focusing on written documentation and research for the development of a conceptual approach to a text, which culminates in a formal concept paper, students will devise performance pieces that are based on ideas of ritual, absurdism, performance art and post modern production.

3

THTR 533 Advanced Play Direction

This course introduces students to the MFA in Directing program, and focuses on directing technique. It addresses analysis and conceptualization of a play for production; stage composition, picturization, and movement; collaboration; and production planning.
3

THTR 537 Advanced Directing Seminar

This seminar course will examine current issues and professional practices in the field of directing. The student will be directly exposed to the ideas, practices, and experiences of currently working professional directors from a variety of backgrounds.

3

THTR 539 Production Process Qualifier

This course is designed to supervise students through the major steps in the production process. This course allows student directors to acquire production laboratory experience prior to the thesis production project.

3

THTR 541 Script Analysis Seminar

This MFA course is designed to give directors a variety of analysis strategies for use in preparing a production. Participants explore the value of chronological, character, and audience-based analysis structures and apply them to dramatic literature. In particular, action-based analysis will be used for interpretation of individual scenes within selected dramas.
3

THTR 555 Lyric Theatre Workshop

Study of theatrical singing and acting techniques as applicable to all varieties of theatrical music, including cabaret, music-theater, and opera. Students are expected to participate in various performances prepared by the class. Open to all students with instructor's permission. Email for an audition.

3

Prerequisites

Instructor audition required.

Cross Listed Courses

MUS 455, THTR 355

THTR 571 Graduate Practicum

This course is meant to provide the graduate director with an opportunity to direct a one-act play in a studio setting with undergraduate actors.

3

THTR 572 Graduate Director's Workshop I

This workshop/seminar course for graduate directors will focus on professional topics and directing craft. THTR 572 and THTR 573 are not sequenced and may be taken in either order.
3

THTR 573 Graduate Director's Workshop II

This workshop/seminar course for graduate directors will focus on professional topics and directing craft. THTR 572 and THTR 573 are not sequenced and may be taken in either order.

3

575 College Course Design

This course is designed to prepare the student to undertake the design and preparation of college-level theatre courses without the benefit of pre-existing syllabi or resources. The student will be lead through the course design and syllabus writing process, starting from a brief course description to a complete syllabus and course assessment form.

THTR 579 Production Internship

This course provides a professional development opportunity through an internship with an organization outside of the University. The student seeks out and obtains an internship with the guidance and advice of the Graduate Program Director. (IP grade allowed.)
3

THTR 590 Directed Study

Individualized programs which focus on a specialized area in theatre. These are available only when developed through a contractual agreement between the student and a supervising faculty member.
1-3

THTR 593 Seminar

Credit arranged.
Variable

THTR 598 Thesis Production

This course is the capstone production for the graduate directing student application of the full directing process from conceptualization to finished produced production.

3

THTR 599 Thesis

Graduate directing students will work under an advisor in the creation of a thesis that documents the research and directing process for their produced Thesis Production. Students will defend the conclusions arrived at in the thesis in front of the entire theater faculty. (IP grade allowed.)

3

Prerequisites

THTR 598

THTR 599X Thesis in Progress

Registration for any graduate student who has received the grade of IP in Thesis 599 is required while the thesis is in progress. Fee: $50.

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