201. Introduction to Theatre
Script analysis, dramatic structure, production styles, Introductory over-view of acting, directing, and the technical elements of production: lighting, set design and
construction, costuming, make-up, theatre management. Participation in some phase or major play production (onstage or offstage) required.
202. Basic Elements of Production
This course covers the basics for set, lighting, and costume design for the stage. Learn drafting, some drawing, rendering and model making skills, design processes, and some backstage technologies. Some crew work on the current theatre department production is required. This course is required for theatre majors.
An introduction to the technical aspects of live theatre and the creative problem solving skills necessary to successfully make the leap from page to stage. Students will be exposed to and gain practical experience in a variety of areas, including: set construction, lighting operations, sound systems, scenic painting, and stage management.
212. Acting for Non-Majors
Introduces students to the basics of acting for the stage. Students will learn and participate in practical and challenging acting games and physical exercises, be exposed to the basics of character analysis, learn to think, move, and speak like an actor, and perform in a variety of solo and group projects including monologues and scene-work.
280. Selected Topics in Theatre
Selected topics in theatre at the introductory or intermediate level.
300. Theatre Production
This course offers students a variable number of credit hours for participation in a Wofford theatre production, either off or on stage. Attendance at all rehearsals and
301. Acting I
This course deals with the basics of acting technique (vocal, body movement, improvisation). All students enrolled will participate actively in laboratory productions.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Students will develop a fundamental knowledge and skills base about the field of directing for the stage. This will include extensive creative projects; presentations on
past and present stage directors; script analysis from a director’s perspective; enhancing communication, audition and rehearsal skills; the development of a critical eye for directorial choices; and the performance of two scenes that the student will direct for public performance. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
This class will investigate major influences in physical theatre, provide a practical study of the principles of movement for the stage with an emphasis on physical neutrality, and will begin exploration of various physical actor training methods.
310. Improvisation for the Actor
An introduction to one the fundamental tools of the actor’s art, this course will offer students a rigorous exploration of the principles, skills, and applications of theatrical improvisation. Although “improv” is often identified in popular culture as a comedic, competition-based form of entertainment, the primary focus in this class will be on Stanislavsky-based improvisation, which emphasizes character, relationships, and collaboration. Improvisation work in this context stresses risk- taking, physical and emotional awareness, observation, intuition, imagination, and spontaneity.
320. Dramatic Theory
This course is an introduction to the analysis of dramatic literature and the history of dramatic theory and criticism.
325. Modern Drama
A course of study which focuses on the work of late 19th to mid 20th century European and American dramatists. Authors include Ibsen, Chekhof, Strindberg,
Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, O'Neill, Miller and Williams. Also listed as English 325. Prerequisite: 200- level English course.
328. Contemporary Drama
A study of major contemporary drama (1970 to present). Authors considered include Foreman, Churchill, Rabe, Kushner, Zimmerman and others. Also listed as English
328. Prerequisite: 200- level English course.
351. The Art of Film
An introduction to the theory, technique, history, and criticism of film with screenings of major works. Also listed as English 351.
360. Greek and Roman Drama
Selected Greek and Roman comedies and tragedies will be read in translation. The course will concentrate on the thematic, philosophical, and religious aspects of
ancient drama. Also listed as English 360. Prerequisite: A 200- level English course and Theatre 201.
361. African American Drama
Focuses on the creation of African American identity on the American stage from the early 19th century through the present. Students will read Baraka, Kennedy, Wilson, Parks, Hughes, etc. as well as engage with issues of race, literature, performance, and authorship in class discussion, written work and oral presentations. Prerequisite: A 200-level English course. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Cultures and Peoples requirements for graduation.
362. 19th Century American Drama
The theatrical history of the United States is older than the nation itself. From Robert Hunter’s satire Androboros (1714), the earliest printed American play, and Thomas
Godfrey’s tragedy The Prince of Parthia (1765), the first American play professionally performed on an American stage, to George Aiken’s stage adaptation of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one of the most popular works of its period in both America and Europe, pre-twentieth century American drama is a complex and compelling topic. This class will address ideas and issues of nationhood, the frontier, American identity, race and race relations, and popular and high culture. Also listed as English 362 . Prerequisite: A 200- level English course.
376. Playwriting I
A course in creative writing focusing on plays. Also listed as English 376. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
380. Set Design
Working from the page to the stage, students will learn to design scenery based on script analysis, creative visualization, and directorial problem solving. This class also teaches practical skills in drafting, research and model making. Success in this class may lead to design opportunities for our departmental productions.
385. Period Styles
Based on Sir Kenneth Clark's timeless classic Civilisation, art, architecture, music, furniture, fashion, literature, political and social history from Ancient Greece to early
20th century Is explored for visual knowledge to inform theatrical productions. Students will learn from slides, lectures and movie clips the vast artistic range available
to theatre artists. Research and design projects are required.
390. Costume Design
Creativity is emphasized in this project-oriented course. The student will learn the complete process for designing theatrical costumes, hair and makeup. This course
covers costume history, design, rendering and artistic conceptualization. Prerequisite: Theatre 202.
400. Theatre Practicum
A special course of individual study and instruction wherein an advanced student of theatre may pursue a special interest such as set design, lighting, theatrical management, acting, or playwriting, under the direction of the instructor. Active participation in laboratory and major productions required. A maximum of 6 semester hours may be earned in Theatre 400. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
401. Acting II
Applies skills introduced in Acting I to different styles of dramatic texts. Through intensive scene study, we will expand each performer's range of emotional, intellectual, physical, and vocal expressiveness. Prerequisite: Theatre 301 or permission of instructor.
404. Advanced Movement
This course will provide an in-depth study of physical actor training for the stage. Through the creation of original theatre pieces, monologues, and scene work, the
student will implement techniques learned in daily physical training.
410. Theatre for Youth
This course will contextualize Theatre for Youth through the study of the history and significance of this type of performance and then will use in-class exercises to create a strong ensemble of actors who will then collaborate on the creation, rehearsal, and performance of an original children's theatre script.
413. Devised Theatre
Working collaboratively, the class will choose and explore a topic/theme of particular interest to students on this campus and then plan, develop, rehearse, and perform a non-traditional theatrical production based on this theme. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.
470. Independent Project
A student initiated project, approved and supervised by a faculty member, integrating learning in the major.
476. Playwriting II
In this workshop, students will write at least two ten-minute plays and one full- length two-act play, in addition to developing their craft through writing projects and exercises. Students will read and discuss plays by such playwrights as Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene Ionesco. Actors will read each participant’s work at a special presentation at the end of the semester. Class is conducted in a workshop format, and participants and the instructor will read, discuss, and analyze script pages in class. Prerequisite: THEA 376.
480. Advanced Topics in Theatre and Related Areas
A seminar for advanced students. Subject matter varies from year to year. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
490. Advanced Studies in Film
A topics course involving close study of specific directors, genres, or national cinemas. Topics will change from semester to semester. Screenings of feature films may be held outside of class. Students may take Theatre 490 for credit only once. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.