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Theatre and Dance (THEA)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink1000. Introduction to Theatre, TV & Film. 3. [CA<>H] A broad examination of theatre, television and film through the ages including history, production, dramatic literature, creativity, art, entertainment and censorship.

1021. Freshman Seminar: Academic and Professional Issues in Dance. 1. [I,L<>{none}] Introduces freshman to the discipline of dance and academic study at the University of Wyoming. Key intellectual and literacy concepts will be introduced, including, but not limited to:  critical thinking and analysis, knowledge of the discipline, career options, diversity of the discipline, university and region.

1040. Production Crew I. 0.5. Participation in one Departmental production during semester enrolled. Contribute to the preparation and/or actual production of one stage play in the areas(s) of lighting, costume construction, set construction, scenic painting, stage properties, or arts management. Required for all Theatre & Dance freshmen. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1100. Beginning Acting. 3. [CA<>{none}] Explores inner resources of beginning actor and brings these resources to bear upon the art of creating a believable stage image.

1101. First-Year Seminar. 3. [{none}<>FYS]

1200. Introduction to Stage Design. 3. Introduces and explores visual aesthetic principles as they relate to various aspects of stage design. Studio projects in scene, lighting, and costume design supplement lectures. Prerequisite for other design courses.

1300. Musical Theatre Workshop. 1 (Max. 16). Workshop production of a Musical or Musical Theatre scenes.

1340. Musical Theatre Class Voice. 3. Group instruction in singing techniques and performance styles associated with Musical Theatre. Includes demonstration, brief lectures, discussion, and active participation through singing, analyzing, movement, and scene preparation.

1360. Fundamentals of Music for Theatre Majors. 3. Basics of music theory to include music notation, rhythm, pitch, scales, key signatures, triads, and basic ear training and keyboard skills, specific to the needs of Musical Theatre. Assumes little or no music theory background.

1405. Introduction to Pilates Training. 1 (Max. 2). An introduction to Pilates based training, including mat work and exercises on the Reformer. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1410. Ballet I/I. 1. [CA<>H] Introduces principles and practices of classical ballet technique.

1420. Ballet I/II. 1. [CA<>H] Continues studies in classical ballet technique. Instructor permission required. Prerequisite: THEA 1410.

1430. Modern Dance I/I. 1. [CA<>H] Introduces principles and techniques of modern dance.

1440. Modern Dance I/II. 1. [CA<>H] Continues studies in modern dance technique. Instructor permission required. Prerequisite: THEA 1430.

1450. Beginning Tap Dance. 1. Explores basic tap techniques and related principles of tap dance composition.

1470. Men's Technique. 1 (Max. 2). Introduces and develops the principles and techniques of movement and dance specific to men.

1480. Beginning Jazz. 1. [{none}<>H] Introduces jazz dance.

1700. Voice for the Actor. 2. Introduction to voice work. Emphasizes breath freedom, flexibility and support for the actor. Methodologies studied include:  Fitzmaurice Voicework, Linklater and Lessac systems.

JumpLink2005. Creative Drama in the Classroom. 3. Focuses on K-12 Theatre teaching methods. Students discover teaching methods for integrating improvisation, storytelling, movement/dance, and puppetry into the school curriculum. Students design and implement theatre lessons using these creative drama techniques. To engage real life practice teaching, students are given opportunities to teach creative drama lessons to the class.

2010. Theatrical Backgrounds Drama I. 3. First semester of a two-course series. Introduces dramatic literature through the ages. Offered fall semester.

2020. Theatrical Backgrounds Drama II. 3. Second semester of a one-year course. Continues THEA 2010. Prerequisite: THEA 2010.

2030 [3500]. Beginning Playwriting. 3. Introduces writers to the creative process of playwriting (writing for the stage) or screenwriting (writing for the movies). Strongly emphasizes character and story development, as well as practical side of the industry. Students write a play or screenplay. Prerequisites: WA and THEA 1000, 1100. 

2040. Production Crew II. 0.5. Continues the "hands-on" production crew experience provided by Production Crew I. Contribute to a Theatre Department production in the area(s) of lighting, costume construction, set construction, scenic painting, stage properties, stage management, or arts management. Required for all Theatre & Dance majors. Prerequisite: THEA 1040.

2050. Theatre Practice. 1-2 (Max. 4). Encompasses individually supervised practical training in performance and production. Offered for S/U only. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

2145. Costume Construction. 3. Teaches the basic skills and terminology that are used in costume construction. Teaches hand and machine sewing focusing on techniques used to stitch historical and modern costumes as well as basic knowledge of fabric.

2150. Drafting for Design. 3. Introduces Design and Technical students to the basics of hand drafting and numerous drafting techniques and conventions. After completing this course, students will be well prepared for scenic and lighting design courses. Prerequisite: THEA 1200 or permission of instructor.

2160. Stage Makeup. 2. Introduction to theatrical makeup with the stage performer in mind. Focus on principles, materials, and techniques; concentrating on problems of designing and executing specific makeup designs and applications for a wide range of ages, types, and styles.

2170. Speech for the Actor. 3. Studies speech techniques, including the International Phonetic Alphabet and Standard American Speech for the Stage. Builds upon the FitzmauriceVoicework technique as well as other voice methodologies. Prerequisites: THEA 1100 and 1700.

2180. Costume Crafts. 3. Focuses on the area of costume crafts which may include but not limited to dyeing, millinery, masks, fabric painting and distressing, working with a variety of materials. Prerequisite: THEA 2145.

2200. Backgrounds of Dance. 3. [CA,G<>H] Surveys ethnic and theatrical dance forms from primal society to 20th century. Examines the place of the arts as a reflection of the culture.

2220. Stagecraft. 3. Introduces students to basic stage production practices and techniques, including safe rigging practices, set construction, scenic painting, stage properties, and stage lighting. Students are encouraged to participate in "hands-on" demonstrations during classes.

2240. Stage Production. 3. Introduces students to basic Stage Production techniques in numerous areas, including but not limited to costume construction, property design and construction, scenic painting, upholstery, and lighting instrument repair and maintenance. Prerequisite: THEA 2220.

2250. Computer Aided Design I. 3. Introduces students to computer drafting techniques for the Theater using AutoCAD. Students learn the basics of two-dimensional drawing using AutoCAD, and also learn basic drawing standards as they apply to the Theater. Instructor permission required. Prerequisites: THEA 1200, THEA 2150.

2340. Musical Theatre Voice Lesson. 1 (Max. 6). Solo instruction in singing techniques and performance styles associated with Musical Theatre. Includes demonstration, brief lecture, discussion, and active participation through singing, analyzing, movement, and performance.

2400. Vertical Dance I. 1. An introduction to vertical dance including safety issues, beginning rigging and performance. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: consent of instructors.

2410. Ballet II/I. 1. Continues studies in classical ballet. Prerequisite: THEA 1420.

2420. Ballet II/II. 1. Continues studies in classical ballet. Prerequisite: THEA 2410.

2430. Modern Dance II/I. 1. Continues studies in modern dance technique. Prerequisite: THEA 1440.

2440. Modern Dance II/II. 1. Continues studies in modern dance technique. Prerequisite: THEA 2430.

2450. Tap II. 1. Continues studies in techniques and principles of tap dance. Prerequisite: THEA 1450.

2480. Jazz II. 1. [{none}<>H] Continues studies in techniques and principles of jazz dance. Instructor permission required. Prerequisite: THEA 1480.

2720. Intro to Stage Combat. 2. The basic techniques used in staging both unarmed stage combat and rapier and dagger fight scenes. Students will experience the process of learning, rehearsing, and performing fight scenes. Includes analysis, discussion, training exercises, and choreographed performance. General curriculum follws that set forth by the Society of American Fight Directors. Prerequisite: THEA 1100.

2790. Stage Management. 3. Study of the essential elements of supervising theatrical productions. Stresses the art of organizing auditions, casts, crews, rehearsals, and performances while developing a unique professional relationship with directors, designers and actors. Students will work on a live production. Prerequisite: THEA 1100, 1200, 2220.

2800 [3800]. Stage Lighting I. 3. Examines the elemental aspects of stage lighting including equipment, facilities, color, and fundamental electricity. Requires studio work on departmental productions. Intended for majors in the program. Prerequisite: THEA 2220.

2810. Scenic Painting for the Theatre. 3. Introduces the art of scenic painting by the hands-on use and instruction of a variety of scenic paints, application on select construction materials, the use of unique tools and techniques commonly used to paint scenery for the stage. Safe use and proper handling of such material are addressed. Prerequisite: THEA 2220.

2900. Sound Design for Theatre and Dance. 3. Examines the basic aspects of sound design for the theatre, dance, entertainment and film worlds. Topics covered include recording, sampling, live mixing, playback, and non-linear editing through several software packages. Prerequisite: THEA 2220.

2990. Period Styles in Design for Theatre. 3. Developed to provide an overview of social cultural, art, architecture, music, fashion, literature, and period styles and décor from antiquity to the modern age of western civilization applicable to theatrical stage design. Instructor permission required.

JumpLink3021. Foundations of Dance Pedagogy. 1. Introduces students to basic theories and practices of dance pedagogy. Lecture and discussion will be balanced with peer teaching and coaching, observation of lessons and integration within a dance classroom situation with some teaching responsibilities and development of a portfolio with lessons and resources for teaching. Prerequisites: sophomore standing in the department of Theatre and Dance; successful completion of THEA 3420 or THEA 3440.

3100. Kinesiology for Dance. 3. Encompasses seminar in current kinesiology research for dancers. Includes practicum based projects, lectures and supplementary materials. Prerequisite: ZOO 2040.

3160. Advanced Stage Makeup. 2. Extension of Stage Makeup, focusing primarily on the development of a life mask and ultimately prosthetics using a variety of mediums. Prerequisite: THEA 2160.

3180. Drama and Religion. 3. Drama and religion seek to communicate ideas about the ultimate meaning of human life. Both influence and are influenced by the culture from which they developed. Examines plays that are influenced by the Bible, Greek plays whose concepts have influenced Christianity over the centuries, and modern plays that address religious issues. Cross listed with RELI 3180. Prerequisite: junior standing.

3400. Vertical Dance II. 1 (Max. 2). A continuing course in vertical dance emphasizing the math and physics of the rigging; safety and design, choreography and research in the field. Prerequisites: completion of THEA 2400 and consent of instructors.

3410. Classical Ballet III/I. 1 (Max. 2). Continued studies in classical ballet technique. Emphasizes improving technical skills and introducing more advanced steps. Includes research into one discipline of ballet. Prerequisites: successful completion of THEA 1420 or its equivalent and consent of instructor.

3420. Classical Ballet III/II. 1 (Max. 2). Continued studies in classical ballet technique. Emphasizes broadening the dancer's movement vocabulary while refining acquired technical skills. Dancers begin work in study of Baroque dance terms. Prerequisites: successful completion of THEA 3410 and consent of instructor.

3430. Modern Dance III/I. 1. (Max. 2). Continued studies in modern dance technique. Presents rhythmic analysis, introduction to pre-classic dance forms and historical survey of modern dance. Prerequisite: successful completion of THEA 1440 or its equivalent as deemed by instructor.

3440. Modern Dance III/II. 1. (Max. 2). Continued studies of sequential modern dance technique at intermediate level. Introduces Laban effort/shape theory, compositional forms, improvisation and additional rhythmic analysis. Prerequisite: THEA 3430 or its equivalent as deemed by instructor.

3480. Jazz III/I. 1 (Max. 2). An intermediate jazz technique class. Students will learn varying styles of jazz dance, ranging from historical to contemporary, and will perform these for evaluation and incorporate them into class compositions. Prerequisite: THEA 2480.

3490. Jazz III/II. 1 (Max. 2). An advanced class in jazz technique and performance. Students will learn varying styles of jazz dance, ranging from historical to contemporary, and will perform these for evaluation as well as incorporate them into class compositions. Prerequisite: THEA 3480.

3501. Screen Writing and Television Writing. 3. This class introduces students to the craft of writing for movies and television. Strong emphasis is placed on character and story development as well as how the Hollywood entertainment industry works. Prerequisite: COM1 or consent of instructor.

3600. Teaching Theatre in Elementary or Secondary School. 3. Focuses on aspects of age appropriate teaching methods, strategies, and curriculum planning for either elementary or secondary education. Additional emphasis include planning a production season, arts management and budgeting, using national and state content and performance standards, assessing student growth, and developing community advocacy plans. Prerequisite: THEA 1100.

3650. Theatre for Young Audiences: Plays and Production. 3. Highlights aspects of performance and directing for child audiences. Students will explore the work of outstanding contemporary playwrights who are writing for young audiences, and develop techniques in writing, acting, and directing for and with young people. Prerequisite: THEA 1100.

3730. Intermediate Acting. 3. Develops the actor's voice and body for characterization and character interaction through performance of scenes. Study of character and scene analysis. Prerequisite: THEA 1100.

3740. Acting Styles. 3. Focuses on textual analysis of plays from different periods and styles of dramatic literature. Emphasizes vocal and physical interpretation of character as represented in non-realistic styles of drama. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: THEA 1100 and 3730.

3750. Acting for the Camera. 3. Addresses performance skills required in acting for the camera. Covers various techniques, styles, and skills necessary to be successful in the professional world of film and television as an actor. Students perform scenes for 3-camera and single camera set-ups, and become familiar with rudimentary technical skills as crewmembers for shoots. Lecture and test material cover career opportunities, union affiliations, and current trends in the film and television industry. Prerequisites: THEA 1100 and 3730.

3805. Stage Lighting II. 3. Analyze proposed productions in terms of period, style, theatre limitations and instrumental inventories. Determine appropriate design solutions in written descriptive analyses that result in 2-D drawings of the design. Produce all supporting paperwork including drafting a plan view, section view, instrument schedules, magic sheets and proposed cue lists. Instructor permission required. Prerequisites: THEA 2220, 2810 and 2900.

3810. Scene Design. 3. Applies graphic design to scenic design commencing in drop point perspective, designer's elevations and scenic design rendering. Requires practical work on theatre productions. Prerequisite: THEA 2150.

3820 [4840]. Stage Costuming I. 3. A study of basic drawing and rendering skills, and a selective study of historical silhouettes. Objectives include the ability to trust instinct, application of the basic elements of design, applying historical reference and research to a specific character, developing a concept and finally the application of these principles to a final project. Prerequisite: THEA 1100.

3840. Historical Costumes from the Skin Out. 3. Learning how to replicate period gowns and undergarments prior to the 1920s by draping and flat-patterning techniques. Includes the research and construction of one complete set of period undergarments and gown either as an individual or in a team to be determined by the complexity of the garment and the skill level of the students. Prerequisite: FCSC 3174 (4170) or FCSC 3175.

3850. Design and Technology Seminar. 2. Introduces designer/technician to process of preparing successful interview material, including a professionally developed portfolio. Exposes designer/technician to business aspects of the theatre world, including resumes, letters of inquiry and application, contracts, unions and professional organizations, internships, apprenticeships, URTAs and professional design/technical training programs. Culminates in junior End-of-the-Year Evaluations. Prerequisite: junior standing in the BFA Program with Design/Technical emphasis.

3890. Lighting CADD. 3. Designed for the advanced lighting student, provides further exploration of the computer technology that has become so critical for modern lighting design.  Introduces students to software programs such as VectorWorks, Lightwright, and Photoshop, as well as networking and advanced programming for modern light boards. Prerequisites: THEA 2250 and 2800.

3910 [591]. 20th Century Theatre Diversity. 3. Studies plays and production techniques, within the context of historical and sociological events, as developed in the 20th Century that has led to the cultural diversity seen in modern theatre. Prerequisite: junior standing.

3950. Dialects for the Actor. 3. Introduces the actor to five major dialects for the stage. Examines sensibility, vowel and consonant changes, pitch placement and charting. Prerequisites: THEA 1100, 1700, and 2170.

JumpLink4000. Character Dance. 1. Principles, style and technique of character dance. Prerequisite: THEA 3410.

4001. Historical Dance. 1-2 (Max. 2). Historical dance forms in the "Noble Style" dating from the 15th through 18th Centuries. Class work covers the relationship of musical forms to the specific step vocabulary and dances of each period, deportment, period costume as it relates to movement, social environment, period style with an emphasis on reconstruction of 17th and 18th Century dances from Feuillet notation. Prerequisite: THEA 3420.

4010. Advanced Ballet. 2-3 (Max. 18). Encompasses progressive technical training and performance style. Prerequisite: THEA 3420.

4030. Advanced Modern Dance. 2-3 (Max. 18). Encompasses progressive technical training and performance style in modern dance techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 3440.

4060. English/Theatre Studies in _____. 3. Identical to ENGL 4060.

4200. 20th Century Dance. 3. [CA,WC<>COM3] Intensely studies dance in 20th Century, emphasizing contemporary movement in modern, ballet, jazz and musical theatre dance. Examines social, political and aesthetic trends influencing dance theory and performance. Prerequisite: THEA 2200.

4230. Greek Tragedy. 3. Reading and discussion of major plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, together with examination of the performance and social context of Greek drama, its use of traditional myths, and selected issues in contemporary scholarship on the tragedies. Cross listed with CLAS/ENGL 4230. Prerequisite: 3 hours of classics courses.

4250. Beginning Dance Composition. 2. Presents and criticizes movement studies based on various approaches to composition. Explores experimentation in choreography. Prerequisites: THEA 2420, 2440.

4260. Intermediate Dance Composition. 2-3 (Max. 3). Prerequisites: THEA 4250 and consent of instructor.

4330. History of American Musical Theatre. 3. [WC<>COM3] History of the American Musical from its inception to today. Emphasis on developments and literature. Prerequisites: THEA 2010, 2020, 6 hours in theatre at the 3000-level.

4500. Advanced Playwriting. 3. An intensive continuation of THEA 3500. Focuses on the creation, analysis and rewriting of play script(s), culminating in a public reading or performance of the script(s). Prerequisite: THEA 2030.

4600. Teaching Theatre Artists: Service Learning in the Community. 3. Focus on Service Learning in the Community. Students will have the opportunity to observe various settings in the community of development of theatre program. Some areas of observation and practicum include drama/theatre-in-education, community-issue-focused-theatre, and theatre with special populations, crisis prevention, drama therapy, Preventive Medical Agencies, etc. Prerequisite: THEA 1100.

4700. Auditioning and Careers in Dance. 1. Designed for dance majors as a culminating course in preparation for final semester auditions and applications for companies and graduate schools. Through this course, students will set career goals, create an audition portfolio, and gain exposure to the many challenges and opportunities in dance. Prerequisites: senior standing, THEA 1021, and one semester of THEA 4010 or 4030.

4710. Advanced Scene Study. 1-3 (Max. 6). Involves intensive work at an advanced level dealing with individual actor's problems through the medium of scene study. Prerequisite: THEA 3740.

4720. Auditioning and Professional Issues. 3. Introduces actors to process of finding, preparing and executing successful audition material, including monologues, songs and dance combinations. Exposes actors to business aspects of the theatre world, including resumes, photos, contracts, unions, internships, apprenticeships, Equity Membership Candidacy programs, URTA's and professional actor training graduate programs. Culminates preparation for final semester auditions for the company/school of choice. Prerequisites: THEA 1100, 3730 and 3740.

4730. Movement for Actors. 2. An exploration of the underlying physical skills of actors as well as the art of physical acting and non-verbal storytelling. We will be using a mix of Viewpoints, LeCoq, Suzuki, and other practitioners’ contributions, including Mask, Mime, Clowning, Devised Theatre and more. Prerequisite: THEA 1100 and 2720.

4750. Computer Aided Design II. 3. Gives design and Technical students advanced training in AutoCAD and Softplot. Also explores methods for effectively transferring files and data between these two programs, and incorporating spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel to improve efficiency. Prerequisites: THEA 2250, THEA 2800.

4770. Summer Theatre. 1-3 (Max. 6). Offers credit for participation in the Wyoming Summer Theatre program in all phases of production. Offered for S/U only. Prerequisites: 12 hours in theatre and consent of instructor. (Offered summer session)

4800. Stage Lighting-Production. 3. Explores design and execution of lighting for theatrical production. Includes practical laboratory work with Theatre & Dance productions. Prerequisites: THEA 2800, 2900, and 3805.

4810. Advanced Scenic Design. 3. Explores alternate styles of scenic design in the realization of a design for a complete stage setting. Emphasis in course work will be on creating the portfolio. Prerequisite: THEA 3810.

4820. Directing I. 3. Tools course. Focuses on basic pictorial and blocking skills of the director. Includes in-class exercises that cover structural and character analysis of play scripts, blocking annotation and prompt scripts, developing ground plans, creating compositions with emphasis, focus and balance, and employing movement as a dynamic tool. Requires two outside directing projects with verbal evaluations of all project work. Prerequisites: THEA 2010, 2020, 3730, and 3810 or instructor permission.

4830. Directing II. 3. Focuses on creative process of developing directorial concepts, establishing the world and style of the play, working with the actor, and functioning as a designer. Includes exercises that analyze different directorial approaches, as well as the audition and casting process. Culminates one-act mounted production performed before invited audience. Prerequisites: THEA 4820 and written permission of instructor.

4845. Costume Fit and Alteration. 3. Focuses on fitting modern clothing and historical costumes to individuals. Students learn how to identify fit issues in a fitting, make the proper corrections and fit the garment again. Students use a combination of previously constructed garments and also pattern garments to fit. Prerequisite: FCSC 3174 (4170) or FCSC 3175.

4850. Stage Costuming II. 3. Explores costume design, emphasizing various rendering techniques. Emphasis is placed on the portfolio. Prerequisite: THEA 3820.

4880. Advanced Theatre Practice. 1-2 (Max. 4). Encompasses individual problems in theatre or interpretation. Includes research, writing and practical work. Prerequisites: 12 hours in theatre and consent of instructor.

4930. Theatre History I. 3. [WC<>COM3] First semester of a one-year series. Surveys theatrical and dramatic practices from origins of Western European theatre to the theatre of the avant-garde. Specifically focuses on the climate of ideas and theoreticians, theatrical practitioners and audiences. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: THEA 2010, 2020, 6 hours in theatre at 3000-level.

4940. Theatre History II. 3. Second semester of a one-year series. Continues THEA 4930. Prerequisite: THEA 4930.

4950. Senior Thesis. 3. Encompasses senior research project under faculty member guidance and supervision. Prerequisite: senior standing.

4960. Senior Project. 1-3 (Max. 3). Exercise in the practical application of production, centered on a UW production, either main stage or studio. It may deal with design in scenery, costumes, properties, sound, makeup, playwriting,  technical direction, directing, dance pedagogy, or choreography. The project is intended to be a "real" exercise in theatrical production.

4990. Research in Theatre. 1-3 (Max. 6). Prerequisites: 6 hours in area of research and consent of instructor.

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