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Theatre

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Susquehanna offers a major in theatre with three emphases: performance, production and design, and theatre studies. Majors complete university Central Curriculum requirements plus 52 semester hours of courses in one of the three theatre emphases. These include introductory courses and specific emphasis requirements. A grade of C- or better is required for any course to apply to the major or minor. Courses may count toward only one emphasis or minor. The department also expects theatre majors and minors to participate each semester in department theatre productions and activities supervised by department faculty.

Theatre Major Emphases

Students fulfill the university Central Curriculum requirements, participate fully in department productions and successfully complete the following courses:

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24        Department Requirements

4 THEA-151 Acting I: The Stanislavski System
4 THEA-252 Western Theatre History
4 THEA-253 Identity and Representation in Non-Western Theatre
4 THEA-258 From Page to Stage
4 THEA-340 Stage Management and Theatre Operations
4 THEA-453 Dramatic Theory and Criticism

Students also choose one of the following options:

28        Option One: Performance Emphasis

4 THEA-251 Acting II: Voice and Movement
4 THEA-351 Acting III: Period Styles
4 THEA-451 Directing

4          Four semester hours chosen from THEA-101 The Fall Musical, THEA-102 Student-directed Production, THEA-103 Spring Production, THEA-104 Advanced Acting Workshop and THEA-105 Experimental Acting Workshop.

12        Choose 12 semester hours from the following:

1 THEA-101 The Fall Musical
1 THEA-102 Student-directed Production
1 THEA-103 Spring Production
1 THEA-104 Advanced Acting Workshop
1 THEA-105 Experimental Acting Workshop
4 THEA-142 Stagecraft
4 THEA-143 Scenic Production
4 THEA-240 Theatre and Violence
4 THEA-246 Scenic Design
4 THEA-254 African-American Theatre History
4 THEA-452 Seminar in Theatre
4 THEA-341 Costume Design
4 THEA-342 Stage Makeup

28        Option Two: Production and Design Emphasis

4 THEA-142 Stagecraft
4 THEA-143 Scenic Production
4 THEA-501 Production Lab

16        Choose 16 semester hours from the following:

4 THEA-240 Theatre and Violence
4 THEA-246 Scenic Design
4 THEA-254 African-American Theatre History
4 THEA-341 Costume Design
4 THEA-342 Stage Makeup
4 THEA-345 Lighting Design

4        THEA-452:01 Seminar in Theatre: Technology

4        THEA-452:02 Seminar in Theatre: Advanced Scenic Painting

4        THEA-452:03 Seminar in Theatre: Costumes and Makeup

4        THEA-455 Computer Applications for Theatrical Design

28        Option Three: Theatre Studies Emphasis

4 THEA-240 Theatre and Violence
4 THEA-254 African-American Theatre History
4 THEA-246 Scenic Design
4 THEA-502 Dramaturgy

The remaining 15 semester hours may be chosen from the courses below:

4 THEA-142 Stagecraft
or THEA-143 Scenic Production
4 THEA-200 Introduction to Dramatic Literature
4 THEA-251 Acting II: Voice and Movement
4 THEA-451 Directing

4          THEA-452 Seminar in Theatre (repeatable with department head approval)

1          THEA-502 Dramaturgy (repeatable up to three times)

1          THEA-501 Production Lab (repeatable once)

No more than 4 semester hours from the following may be included:

1 THEA-101 The Fall Musical
1 THEA-102 Student-directed Production
1 THEA-103 Spring Production
1 THEA-104 Advanced Acting Workshop
1 THEA-105 Experimental Acting Workshop

No more than eight semester hours from the following may be included:

4 THEA-341 Costume Design
4 THEA-342 Stage Makeup
4 THEA-345 Lighting Design

Minor in Theatre. Students are expected to participate in departmental theatre productions and complete 20 semester hours: THEA-151 Acting I: The Stanislavski System and THEA-142 Stagecraft; four semester hours chosen from THEA-252 Western Theatre History, THEA-253 Identity and Representation in Non-Western Theatre, THEA-240 Theatre and Violence or THEA-254 African-American Theatre History; and eight semester hours chosen from the following: four semester hours of production ensembles (THEA-101 The Fall Musical, THEA-102 Student-directed Production, THEA-103 Spring Production, THEA-104 Advanced Acting Workshop and THEA-105 Experimental Acting Workshop); THEA-143 Scenic Production; THEA-240 Theatre and Violence; THEA-246 Scenic Design; THEA-251 Acting II: Voice and Movement; THEA-258 From Page to Stage; THEA-340 Stage Management and Theatre Operations; THEA-341 Costume Design; THEA-342 Stage Makeup; THEA-345 Lighting Design; THEA-451 Directing; and THEA-506 Individual Investigation.

THEA-101 The Fall Musical

An ensemble of singers, dancers and actors that rehearses and performs a fully realized musical theatre production in the fall semester. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission, by audition. 1 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

THEA-102 Student-directed Production

An ensemble led by a student director that rehearses and performs a full-length production in the spring semester. Prerequisite: Department permission, by audition. 1 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

THEA-103 Spring Production

A large ensemble of performers that rehearses and performs a fully realized, challenging piece of dramatic literature in the spring semester. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission, by audition. 1 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

THEA-104 Advanced Acting Workshop

A small ensemble of highly select performers that rehearses and performs a fully realized, challenging piece of dramatic literature in the fall semester. Prerequisites: THEA-151, instructor's permission, by audition. 1 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

THEA-105 Experimental Acting Workshop

This ensemble course will challenge students with demanding roles in a bare-bones acting environment to bring out their best talent in a no-frills, cutting edge performance experience.  Prerequisites: THEA-151, instructor's permission, by audition. 1 SH. 

THEA-142 Stagecraft

Students explore production process, management and leadership skills, preparing scenery, properties, special effects, sound, and costumes for university theatre productions. The course offers hands-on training, exploring practical applications of artistic and structural design, project management, team development, construction techniques and resource coordination. Expectations are up to eight hours of lab each week with possible evening rehearsal and performance assignments. 4 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

THEA-143 Scenic Production

Students explore the production process for executing theatrical designs for university theatre productions. This course focuses on scenic painting techniques and the installation and operation of theatre lighting equipment. Hands-on training. Expectations are up to eight hours of lab each week with possible evening rehearsal and performance assignments. 4 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

THEA-151 Acting I: The Stanislavski System

This course explores a broad spectrum of skills in the creative process of acting. These skills (including expansion of vocal and physical abilities, emotional and sensory awareness, improvisational skills, etc.) will be focused toward introducing the prospective actor to the six basic steps in Stanislavski's "System of Acting." Prerequisite: Theatre major, theatre minor or the department's permission. 4 SH. CC: Oral Intensive.

THEA-152 Understanding Theatre

Fundamental characteristics and function of the theatre. Includes basic roles of the playwright, director, actor, designer, technicians and other professions. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression.

THEA-200 Introduction to Dramatic Literature

An introduction to world dramatic literature through study of the development of drama and its various forms, with a focus on dramatic movements and theatrical innovations, as well as the cultural aesthetic, literary and political contexts of individual works. 4 SH. CC: Literary Expression, Diversity Intensive.

THEA-240 Theatre and Violence

Through the reading and analysis of various genres of play texts written by a diverse collection of playwrights, this course analyzes theatre's unique ability to engage with both the agenda and the trauma of violence. Students in this course will learn to consider violence as a tool of oppression that reinforces power structures and as an expression of trauma by those un-empowered by the same societal power structures. Same as WMST-241. 4 SH. CC: Diversity Intensive, Ethics Intensive.

THEA-246 Scenic Design

This course will concentrate on the scenic design process and will expose the students to the responsibilities and the role of the scenic designer in the production process. Students will be introduced to the art of scenic design through practical projects in script analysis, literary research, technical drawing, scenic rendering and modeling. 4 SH.

THEA-251 Acting II: Voice and Movement

An in-depth exploration of the basic principles of acting and the creative process introduced in Acting I. These skills (including expansion of improvisational skills, action and text analysis, character analysis and transformation, communion, etc.) will be focused toward advanced work in scene and monologue study, specifically dealing with early and contemporary realism. Prerequisite: THEA-151. 4 SH. CC: Oral Intensive.

THEA-252 Western Theatre History

Historical survey from the fifth century B.C.E. to the mid-19th century and the rise of realism, studying the theatre and drama of Europe and its colonies, including (but not limited to) Canada, the United States and Mexico. Integrates the study of the history of the theatre through representative plays and their production. Students view live performances, tapes and films to gain an on-stage perspective. Field trips involve some costs; waiver possible. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression.

THEA-253 Identity and Representation in Non-Western Theatre

Survey of the indigenous and postcolonial theatre and drama of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, among others. Integrates the study of the history of the theatre through representative plays and their production. Students view live performances, tapes and films to gain an on-stage perspective. Field trips involve some costs; waiver possible. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Diversity.

THEA-254 African-American Theatre History

This course surveys the history of African-American theatre as a reflection of the African-American culture and experience. The course will examine the history of African-American theatre and the African-American practitioner's role in theatre from slavery to modern times. Through the study of African-American dramatic literature, the course examines various dramatic genres (comedy, tragedy and melodrama), historic and contemporary themes and developments in African-American theatre, especially the body of plays that shaped the popular image of black life in America and in many cases perpetuated negative stereotypes of African-Americans. 4 SH. CC: Diversity, Historical Perspectives.

THEA-258 From Page to Stage

An exploration of dramatic literature with a concentration in play analysis. The analysis will focus on the structure of dramatic art and how it can be applied by the theatre artist. Prerequisite: THEA-151. 4 SH. CC: Writing Intensive.

THEA-340 Stage Management and Theatre Operations

Survey of stage management and theatre administration, exploring the relationship between the artistry of theatre as a fine arts discipline and the execution of management principles in theatre operations. Topics to be studied include stage management, theatre organization, professional unions, production management, publicity/marketing, and box office and house management. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission and junior standing. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary.

THEA-341 Costume Design

Portfolio projects in costume design, beginning with script analysis and research and culminating with finished renderings and realized design components for the student's portfolio. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or instructor's permission. 4 SH. 

THEA-342 Stage Makeup

Portfolio projects in makeup design, beginning with script analysis and research and culminating with realized and conceptual projects. Projects in makeup design expose students to the techniques of traditional, prosthetic and wig applications. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or instructor's permission. 4 SH.

THEA-345 Lighting Design

This course concentrates on the lighting design process and exposes students to the responsibilities and the role of the lighting designer in the production process. Students are introduced to the art of lighting design through practical projects in script analysis, literary and artistic research, technical drawing, computer application and hands-on production work. 4 SH.

THEA-351 Acting III: Period Styles

Advanced training in acting with an emphasis on effective vocal/rhetorical techniques and on the use of poetic rhythm and imagery in creating a role psychologically as well as physically. Definition of style/language analysis, Greek period style, the comic impulse/Commedia Dell'arte, Renaissance/Elizabethan period style, 17th-century French farce and Restoration/Georgian "Comedy of Manners." Prerequisites: THEA-251 and either THEA-252 or THEA-253. 4 SH. CC: Oral Intensive.

THEA-451 Directing

Study of the basic processes of play directing, script selection, blocking, rehearsal procedure, casting, directorial function and the history of directing. Direction of in-class scenes and presentations of a single all-class scene program at the end of the term for the public. Prerequisites: THEA-258, THEA-251 and/or THEA-351, or instructor's permission. 4 SH.

THEA-452 Seminar in Theatre

Issues and topics in theatre. Emphasizes research and analysis. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. 4 SH.

THEA-453 Dramatic Theory and Criticism

Students will engage in a focused examination of the major literary and theoretical movements found in drama, spanning the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisites: THEA-258, either THEA-252 or THEA-253 or instructor's permission. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Diversity Intensive, Writing Intensive.

THEA-455 Computer Applications for Theatrical Design

This course explores artistic and technological applications of a range of computer programs used by contemporary artists in theatre technology and design, including Photoshop, Vectorworks and AutoCAD LT through demonstration, hands-on project work and practical assignments. Students will learn how to synthesize traditional design theory and modern technology practice related to bringing theatre texts to realization. Prerequisites: THEA-246 and either THEA-142 or THEA-143. 4 SH.

THEA-501 Production Lab

Applied projects in theatrical design, technical production or theatre management, completed in conjunction with Department of Theatre productions. The student and the supervising professor determine and tailor projects to ensure both mastery of the student's project (or assignment) and a general understanding of the complexities of theatre. All projects require department approval, are critically assessed by the supervising faculty member as well as the student, and must be completed to the satisfaction of the theatre faculty. Four semesters of Production Lab are required for graduation with the production and design emphasis of the Bachelor of Arts in theatre (may be waived at the discretion of the department). 1 SH.

THEA-502 Individual Investigation: Dramaturgy

In-depth exploration of selected topics in theatre with faculty guidance allows students to focus on topics outside normal sequence of course offerings. Prerequisite: Department-designated faculty director's permission. May be repeated. 1-4 SH.

THEA-503 Honors Study

Independent study for candidates accepted into the departmental honors program. Candidates work under faculty direction, develop and submit a written or production thesis, and defend their thesis orally. 4 SH.

THEA-504 Internship

Supervised work in fields related to professional and/or not-for-profit theatre. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and internship coordinator's permission. Variable credit.

DANC-101 Conditioning

Development of strength and muscular endurance, as well as lengthening of muscle groups and release of unnecessary tension. 2 SH.

DANC-140 Jazz/Tap

Fundamental technique, practice and appreciation of jazz and tap dance. 2 SH.

DANC-150 Modern Dance

Introduction to the technical skills, practice and appreciation of modern dance. Vocabulary, movement, floorwork, various dance patterns and movement combinations included. 2 SH.

DANC-155 Contemporary Ballroom Dance

Fundamental technique, training and appreciation of ballroom dances, including the foxtrot, waltz, rumba, cha cha and others. 2 SH.

DANC-250 Historical Partner Dance

Fundamental technique, training and appreciation of historical partner dances, including the minuet, quadrille, polonaise, gavotte, mazurka and others. 2 SH.