Theater Courses

THR 100 - Theater Laboratory

(Credits: 0.50)

Laboratory instruction and supervision in one or more of the following areas: Backstage Run Crew (including stage hands, fly operators, and props crew), Wardrobe Crew, and House Management. Students assist in the mounting and running of Cardinal Stritch University productions. Assistance/availability for load-in/load-out is required. No experience is necessary. Students must have faculty approval in order to enroll.

THR 103 - Stage Makeup

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will gain a practical understanding of stage makeup including both the application and contribution makeup brings to the visual impact of the actor and the overall design of a production. Students will learn the tools necessary to identify race, gender, and age differences among humans and how to incorporate such differences into specific character designs for the stage. Other topics include historical makeup, fantasy makeup, makeup for large and small theaters, and makeup design as part of the collaborative process.

THR 104 - Costume Techniques

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will gain a practical knowledge of basic costuming techniques in the fields of costume construction, design, and alterations, as well as wardrobe supervision. Students will learn to recognize costume design as a vital tool in the overall collaborative design process of theater. Other topics include fabric painting and dyeing, period and modern hairstyles, machine vs. hand-sewing techniques, and basic national safety standards.

THR 105 - Theater Dance I

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to the basic musical theater dance techniques and includes movement and dance training geared toward developing an individual's movement potential to the fullest ideal. Styles may include ballet, modern, jazz and tap.

THR 106 - Theater Dance II

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introductory and intermediate study of tap dance style and techniques utilized in musical theatre.

THR 107 - Theater Dance III

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is the third of four courses in theater dance that builds on the knowledge and skills learned in Theater Dance I and Theater Dance II. It provides an advanced level of the many styles and skills involved in musical theater dance including advanced knowledge of posture, flexibility, and centering of the body; basic rudiments of ballet, modern and jazz dance; movement that is specific to genres and choreographic styles as seen historically on the musical theater stage; and knowledge of the choreographers that have advanced theater dance. Prerequisite: THR 105, THR 106.

THR 108 - Theater Dance IV

(Credits: 2.00)

This course in tap dance technique builds on the knowledge and skills learned in Theater Dance II by advancing the specific skills necessary for mastery of this particular dance form. Through the study of the history of tap dance in America and its vital place in American musical theater, students will be exposed to the broad range of dancers who have created this art form and will have the opportunity to advance their own knowledge and skills in the following areas: tap vocabulary, rhythm, sound technique, pattern accuracy, fluidity of movement, expression and style, phrasing and dynamics, improvisation and composition. Prerequisite: THR 105, THR 106, THR 107 or instuctor consent.

THR 110 - Acting for Non-Theater Majors

(Credits: 3.00)

This introductory course in acting focuses on the basic building blocks of acting technique including collaboration, creating a character, and speaking in front of an audience. This course is specifically designed for non-theater majors.

THR 160 - Introduction to Backstage

(Credits: 3.00)

Introduction to Backstage serves as a survey course in the elements of stage production. Students are introduced to the four basic disciplines of production: scenery, lighting/sound, costume, and stage management.

Topics Include:
1. Scenery: Introduction to studio personnel, the process of designing, building and painting scenery, and a discussion of properties for the stage.
2. Lighting/Sound: The process of lighting design and creating sound for the stage.
3. Costumes: Introduction to studio personnel, the process of designing and building costumes, properties for the stage, wardrobe, and make up.
4. Stage Management: Organization, duties of both artistic and administrative sides of theatre, role of the stage manager, and the rehearsal process.

THR 200 - Theater Laboratory

(Credits: 0.50)

Laboratory instruction and supervision in all phases of theatre production with greater emphasis on expanding the student's responsibility and involvement in the production in either scenic construction or painting, costume building, gathering props, stage electrics, sound design, sound board operator, light board operator, assistant stage manager, or involvement as a performer. Assistance/availability for load-in/load-out is required. Students must have faculty approval in order to enroll (for performers this means being cast in the production).

THR 201 - Voice and Movement

(Credits: 3.00)

An introduction to the vocal mechanism, the production of tone, resonance, projection and articulation. Students will be introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet and its application to the speaking process. Some vocal application of techniques.

THR 202 - Voice for the Actor II

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to the principles of oral reading of prose and poetry. Topics include language (vowels, diphthongs and consonants, imagery, figures of speech), the forms of verse and prose (iambic pentameter, rhyme, line endings and the sonnet form) and context. The course focuses on vocal performance with specific application to the dramatic works of William Shakespeare.

THR 205 - Introduction to the Theater

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an overview of the theater as an art form with particular emphasis on the theater's development from ancient Greece to the present. Students will learn the vital roles of everyone involved in bringing a script to the stage and have the opportunity to view and critique actual theater productions.

THR 208 - Introduction to Acting

(Credits: 3.00)

In a world of screens and electronic devices, want to explore what it means to really connect? This introductory course in acting focuses on the basic building blocks of confidence, response, and play as well as the beginning elements of exploring human connection and storytelling. Students will uncover hidden talents and learn the art of acting for the stage, which includes collaboration, creating a character, and speaking in front of an audience.

THR 213 - Play Analysis I

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an examination of dramatic literature and structure. It includes the study of the play script both as literature and as a theatrical document.

THR 214 - Play Analysis II

(Credits: 3.00)

This course offers an examination of dramatic literature with emphasis on literary/dramatic styles and the structural elements of play scripts.

THR 215 - Dance as Cultural Expression

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores nonverbal communication through dance in a variety of contemporary and historical contexts. Students will learn dances of differing cultures and examine the relationship of dance to social structure, ethnicity, gender, spirituality, and politics. Dance styles include African, Hip Hop, Latin, Flamingo, and Western styles of the 20th century. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

THR 220 - Stagecraft

(Credits: 3.00)

Ever wonder what it takes to create live theater? This course takes the student backstage to introduce the basic principles of stagecraft: construction of scenery and properties and the fundamentals of stage lighting. Emphasis is placed on scenic construction practices, fly system operation, and stage electrics. Students will be expected to assist in show prep and show strikes.

THR 225 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to the language, elements and conventions of theatrical set, light and costume design including the exploration of the designer/director/performer relationship. Particular emphasis will be placed on laboratory projects and assignments that will bring theater from the page to the stage. Prerequisite: THR 160 recommended.

THR 300 - Theater Laboratory

(Credits: 1.00)

In addition to laboratory instruction, students will be given a major production responsibility supervised by shop supervisors. These assignments include (but are not limited to) such positions as stage manager, master carpenter, property master, wardrobe supervisor, master electrician, etc. Roles approved by the Performance Concentration Program also will receive credit. In general, one credit is given per assignment. Assistance/availability for load-in/load-out is required. Students must have faculty approval in order to enroll.

THR 301 - History of Musical Theater

(Credits: 3.00)

This course traces the growth of the uniquely American theatrical form from its beginnings in minstrel shows and burlesques through the golden age of Broadway to the contemporary stage. Topics include major contributors (composers, lyricists/librettists, performers) as well as the musical as a reflector and barometer of American social concerns and issues.

THR 303 - Acting II

(Credits: 3.00)

This second-level acting course focuses on the understanding and presentation of classical language or heightened text and the continued exploration of advanced response and play. Prerequisite: THR 208.

THR 304 - What We Wore, Where We Lived

(Credits: 3.00)

Have you ever wondered why the Greeks wore togas? Or why men wear pants? Every culture and period in history has unique qualities that set them apart. Two of these are fashion and living space. This course examines the cultural and historical significance of architecture, decor, fashion, customs and style and how they can be artistically brought to life on the theatrical stage. Starting with the Greeks, this course examines some of the major cultures from a historical point of view and reveals the influence of how we lived in the past on how we live and interact today. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

THR 310 - Scenic Design

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to the methods and materials employed in theatrical scenic design. Particular emphasis will be placed on the collaboration between the director and other designers. Both traditional and multimedia forms of design for the stage will be explored. Prerequisite: THR 225.

THR 315 - Children's Theater

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an examination of major trends in children's theater within the context of the process of producing a play for young audiences. Acting, design, directing and tech students work together to adapt a children's fairy tale for the stage.

THR 399 - Independent Study

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

Independent Study

THR 400 - Theater Laboratory

(Credits: 1.00 - 2.00)

In addition to laboratory instruction the student will be responsible for design aspects of the production under the guidance of the Theatre faculty. These assignments include Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Directing, and Sound Design. Students are required to have completed prior Theatre Labs in the areas of their design choice prior to being approved for such an assignment and credit. Assistance/availability for load-in/load-out is required. Students must have faculty approval in order to enroll.

THR 401 - Senior Seminar: Theater History

(Credits: 3.00)

A study of physical structures, major movements, playwrights and major theater practitioners from the ancient Greek period through the eighteenth century. Includes a major research component.

THR 402 - Theater History II

(Credits: 3.00)

A study of representative physical structures, major movements, playwrights and major theater practitioners of the nineteenth, twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Prerequisite: THR 214.

THR 403 - Internship: Off-Campus

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

Theater Internship: Off-Campus Prerequisite: Junior standing and department approval.

THR 405 - Directing

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of play direction techniques as used in dramatic productions from inception to performance. Students will explore their "directing eye" and develop creative response to the given elements in storytelling, culminating in their own student-directed short scene presentation. Prerequisite: THR 213 and either THR 160 or THR 208.

THR 433 - Stage Dialects

(Credits: 3.00)

An introduction to the major dialects employed by the actor and performer. Using the International Phonetic Alphabet, the student will be introduced to the Standard English, American Southern, Irish, French, Italian, Scots and Brooklynese dialects. Transcriptions and oral presentations. Prerequisite: THR 201 or consent of instructor.

THR 499 - Independent Study

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

Independent Study