Courses

Course Code Credits

First-Year Seminar: Theatre as Mystery, Myth & History

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. This course is the equivalent to VPT 181 History of the Theatre I for a theatre arts concentration/minor and the theatre arts requirement for a dance minor. Limited to 16. Non-freshman allowed with permission of instructor.

VPT110 4

History of the Theatre I

The development of theatre from its primitive beginnings through major eras and countries until the year 1700. The theatre will be studied as a social and cultural institution mirroring the civilization in which it thrives. Limited to 20.

VPT181 3

Realism & Reality: Road to the Modern Stage

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. Limited to 20.

VPT182 3

Acting I

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. Limited to 12.

VPT203 3

Stagecraft

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. Limited to 16.

VPT205 3

Musical Theatre

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. Limited to 20.

VPT212 3

Improvisation

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. Limited to 20.

VPT216 3

Production & Stage Management

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. Limited to 16.

VPT220 3

Play Production

Students receive credit for participating as actors, assistants to the directors and designers, stage managers, technicians and crew members in a mainstage 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 including Theatre Arts majors and minors. Does not count towards requirement for Theatre Arts major/minors or Dance minor. May be taken three times for credit. Limited to 12.

VPT225 1

Play Production II

Students receive credit for participating as actors, assistants to the directors and designers, stage managers, technicians and crew members in a mainstage 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 including Theatre Arts majors and minors. Does not count towards requirement for Theatre Arts major/minors. May be taken three times for credit. Limited to 10.

VPT226 1

Acting II

Concentration on refinement of the actor's body through stage movement and voice. To enlarge the student's physical and emotional projection along with detailed characterization work. Pre-requisite: VPT 203. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 12.

VPT300 3

Directing

Analysis and interpretation of play scripts; basic blocking techniques; coaching of actors; and the process of producing a play from auditions through performance. Pre-requisite: VPT 181 or 182 or VPT 203. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 8.

VPT302 3

Introduction to Playwriting

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. Limited to 8.

VPT306 3

Theatrical Costume Design

Explore how history affects body decoration and colors influence people's attitudes, as you learn the criteria influencing costume design decisions. By using angles, colors, fabrics, and a script, students will translate personalities into costumes. No sewing involved. Limited to 12.

VPT308 3

Scenic Design for the Stage

Theatre is the place where different arts meet and ultimately collide. It is the role of the designer to forge an aesthetic equilibrium from this complex interaction. Explore the practices of scenographers: including script analysis, collaboration, research, visual thinking and develop creative abilities using exercises to build intuitive responses and drawing skills. Limited to 12.

VPT312 3

Make-Up for the Stage

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. Limited to 12.

VPT315 3

Oral Interpretation

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. The use of particular techniques for the classroom will also be explored. Limited to 12.

VPT317 3

Topics in Theatre I

This class will explore how scientific issues and advances over the centuries have been interpreted in the theater. Class will read and watch selected plays, and delve into the portrayal of their subject matter through discussion and analysis of scripts, public response, and long-term social change. Limited to 25.

VPT331 3

Theatre Practicum

Students are given the opportunity to so further study in selected areas of design and technical production for the stage. Topics will vary. May be taken four times with different topics.

VPT405 3

Seminar in Theater Arts II

Students explore different subjects in dramatic literature and theatre history along with further studies in performance, directing and playwriting. Topics will vary. May be taken four times with different topics. Limited to 12.

VPT406 3

Theatre Practicum I

Allows students who have shown significant interest and expertise to take on creative and managerial responsibilities in the areas of performance, directing, dramaturgy, design and technical aspects of production. Capstone course for Theatre Arts concentration. One semester required for majors. Permission of the Program Director. Limited to 6.

VPT415 3

Theatre Practicum II

Allows students who have shown significant interest and expertise to take on creative and managerial responsibilities in the areas of performance, directing, dramaturgy, design and technical aspects of production. Capstone course for Theatre Arts concentration. One semester required for majors. Permission of the Program Director. Limited to 6.

VPT416 3

Internship in Theatre Arts

Opportunity for the qualified student to work in a professional theatre environment. Interested students contact Program Director. Limited to 6.

VPT475 3

Directed Study

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of instructor.

VPT490 3