Courses

Code Course Credits

VPT 110

Theatre as Mystery, Myth, and History (HIS Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

This course covers the development of theatre from its primitive beginnings through the major eras and countries until the year 1700. Theatre will be studied as a social and cultural institution, mirroring the civilization in which it thrives. Topics will include theatre as education, censorship, and understanding contemporary theatre from an historical perspective.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only. Students from upper-classes with consent of Instructor.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.

4

VPT 182

Realism and Reality: Road to the Modern Stage (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2015, 2017

The role of theatre is explored from the 18th century through the 20th century. The historical methods and means of transforming the dramatic script into a theatrical production are analyzed in the context of the prevailing society.

Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.

3

VPT 203

Acting I

Offered: Fall Semester

Beginning work on the actor’s physical, vocal, and emotional tools. Basic rules, mechanics, and methods of analysis for developing a part in a play.

3

VPT 205

Stagecraft

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

Theatre is about magic and transformation – the process needed to translate an image into a 3-dimensional form, utilizing fabric or wood, will be explored. Previous sewing or carpentry experience is not necessary. Students will learn both sewing and scenery building techniques, as well as complementary areas such as lighting, fabric decoration and scenery painting. Students are required to work on a departmental production.

May apply this course to the Studio Arts program.

3

VPT 212

Musical Theatre

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

Focusing on the history, artistic development, and performance of Musical Theatre, this course provides the tools to create fully developed Musical Theatre performances. Through discussions and workshops on acting, character development, proper vocal technique, staging/choreography, and the art form’s history, students will become informed Musical Theatre performers and critics.

3

VPT 216

Improvisation

Offered: Fall Semester

Students will draw upon their imaginative resources and extend their awareness of themselves and others. Improvisation provides a creative dramatic experience which emphasizes spontaneity of response and the development of ingenuity.

Is being offered as part of LC 294 Learning Community: Social Problems and Performance Fall 2014.

3

VPT 220

Production and Stage Management

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2015, 2017

This course is designed to familiarize students with the organizational procedures involved in performing arts productions beginning with the skills needed for stage management and the coordination of artistic and technical elements. Emphasis will be given to the facilitation of the collaborative creative process.

3

VPT 225

Play Production

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students receive credit for participating as actors, assistants to the directors and designers, stage managers, technicians and crew members in a main stage production. Specific assignments and hours worked must be approved by the Program Director. Student must have worked on a previous departmental production.

Credit is granted on a pass/fail basis. Does not count towards requirement for Theatre Arts minor. This course may be taken three times.

1

VPT 228

Oral Interpretation

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Through individual and group projects, students will practice selecting, adapting, and performing a variety of literary material. Class work will include the study and presentation of poetry, prose, and play scripts along with critical analysis.

3

VPT 300

Acting II

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2015, 2017

Concentration on refinement of the actor’s instrument through stage movement and voice. To enlarge the student’s physical and emotional projection along with detailed characterization work.

Prerequisite(s): VPT 203 or consent of the Instructor.

3

VPT 302

Directing

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

Analysis and interpretation of play scripts; creating visual imagery; basic blocking techniques; coaching of actors; and the process of producing a play from auditions through performance.

Prerequisite(s): VPT 110, VPT 182, VPT 203, or VPT 306 or consent of the Instructor.

3

VPT 306

Introduction to Playwriting

Offered: Fall Semester

Participants will be putting pen to paper with weekly writing assignments covering the basic concepts of playwriting; characterization, dialogue and plot development. This will be an active participation class with students sharing and talking about their own and each other’s work in class as they develop their scenes and one act dramas.

Course may be applied to the English major or minor or Creative Writing minor.

3

VPT 310

Transformation: Designing for the Stage

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

The theatre combines storytelling with visual and oral representation. In theatrical design, message and medium are guided by a script. Explore how both costume and set designers use angles, colors and textures to convert the written word into visual images.

No previous art training necessary. May apply this course to the Studio Arts program.

3

VPT 315

Make-up for the Stage

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

This course introduces students to the basic concept of make-up design as an illusionary technique in the performing arts. A combination of character study, painting, lighting and 3-D design will be emphasized.

May apply this course to the Studio Arts program.

3

VPT 320

Dramaturgy

Offered: Alternate Fall Semesters: 2014, 2016

A dramaturg is someone who knows his/her way around a rehearsal room and a library. This course will be a practicum of the skills of a dramaturg; touching on production dramaturgy, literary management, and educational dramaturgy. Some of the things practiced will include a discovery of how seasons are constructed, how playwrights can be assisted in new play development, what kind of research is useful for directors and actors in preparing a production, and what kind of information to give audiences and how best to convey it.

Course may be applied to the English Major or Minor.

3

VPT 324

Medieval Theatre: Staging the Divine

Offered: Spring Semester

Similar to ancient Greece, medieval drama originated spontaneously in ceremonial acts of worship. The Catholic Church which had originally declared its hostility to the theatre, eventually became its advocate and sponsor. The study of the plays and their theatrical presentation helps to illuminate medieval life and faith, and how theatre served as rite, education and entertainment.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPT 331

Topics in Theatre Arts I

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Students are given the opportunity for further study in selected areas of design and technical production for the stage. Topics will vary.

May be repeated four times as long as topics differ.

3

VPT 332

Topics in Theatre Arts II

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Students explore different subjects in dramatic literature and theatre history along with further studies in performance, directing, dramaturgy, and playwriting. Topics will vary.

May be repeated four times as long as topics differ.

3

VPT 405

Theatre Practicum

Offered: Fall and Spring Semester

Allows students who have shown significant interest and expertise to take on creative and managerial responsibilities in the areas of performance, directing, dramaturgy, design, playwriting, and technical aspects of production.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of the Program Director.

3

VPT 475

Internship in Theatre Arts

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for the qualified student to work in a professional theatre environment. Interested students contact Program Director.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3 or more

VPT 496

Independent Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for upper-level students to do an advanced research project or investigation in a field of special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. The student and a full-time faculty member familiar with the student’s area of interest agree on a plan of study and research and on evaluation methods. Before registering, the student must obtain the signatures of the faculty director and the Program Director.

3