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Courses in Music: Theatre and Drama
Theatre and Drama (THTREMUS)

Courses in Theatre & Drama are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The courses listed below count as LSA credit

THTREMUS 101. Introduction to Acting I
Consent of instructor required. Open to non-concentrators. Consent of instructor required. (3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 102. Intro to Acting II
Consent of instructor required. Consent of instructor. (3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 110. Introduction to Acting for the Camera
THTREMUS 101 and/or permission of instructor. (3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

To introduce students to the basic techniques of acting for the camera through the use of video. Sound foundation acting principles would be presented with an emphasis on exercise, scene and monologue work, and closing with scene orchestration via a basic two-camera with switcher recording, utilizing a mix of selected dramatic material and/or existing film scripts.

THTREMUS 211 / ENGLISH 245 / RCHUMS 280. Introduction to Drama and Theatre
(3; 2 in the half-term). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RCHUMS 281.

This course aims to introduce students to as many basic aspects of the theatre, practical and theoretical, as time allows. It also presents them with a number of key plays from various periods and examines them from the point of view of their dramatic qualities, their theatrical strengths, their social and political contexts, their performance history, and their relevance today.

THTREMUS 222. Introduction to Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies
(3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Survey of performance histories of diverse cultural communities of the United States. Class studies transnational origins and cultural contexts for multi-cultural theater: African American, Latino/Latin American, Asian American, Middle Eastern and others.

THTREMUS 227 / ENGLISH 227. Introductory Playwriting
(3; 2 in the half-term). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

A creative writing course in the rudiments of playwriting, with special attention to the one-act play. Students are accepted on the basis of a portfolio.

THTREMUS 233. Modern Rituals/Traditional Practices
Consent of instructor required. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Trains students in performance techniques grounded in various cultural traditions: Choral singing, masking, vocal call and response, dance, martial arts, and mimicry. Embodied studio practice emphasizes the aesthetics of diverse cultural communities.

THTREMUS 240. Introduction to Design
THTREMUS 250. (3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

This course introduces students to the process of designing scenery, costumes and lighting for the stage. It deals both with finding and developing ideas and with finding ways to express them. It provides students with a process with which to approach to play and begin to design, as well as starting to develop a theatrical vocabulary which will serve as a foundation for future design work.

THTREMUS 245. Introduction to Stage Management
Permission of instructor. (2 - 3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 250. Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices
(3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 251. Practicum I
(1). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 252. Prod Practicum II
THTREMUS 251 and permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 256. Lighting Design I
THTREMUS 250. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is an introduction to the components of stage lighting, including an in-depth exploration of the functions and controllable properties of stage lighting. Some of the topics include color theory, optics, electricity, distribution, and equipment. Industry standards regarding control systems, organizational standards, and collaborative techniques will also be covered.

THTREMUS 260. Scene Design I
THTREMUS 250. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This is a beginning course in scenic design with an emphasis on text analysis. Expression of the production concept, style and period is studied by use of the elements of design. This includes analyzing and discussing plays as the inspiration for a design, some history of design, considering the three-dimensional world of a stage, and how to make basic drawings and models for a stage design.

THTREMUS 261. Practicum III
Permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 262. Practicum IV
Permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 270. Costume Design I
THTREMUS 240 and 277/Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the art and process of costume design. There is strong emphasis on text and character analysis as well as methods of research. An introduction to basic drawing skills is combined with other visual options in presenting design ideas and exploring the collaborative process.

THTREMUS 277. History of Dress
Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

A slide survey course, which traces the history of dress from ancient times through the present day, with an emphasis in the societies that produced particular manners and styles of dress and their relationship to one another.

THTREMUS 321 / ENGLISH 443. History of Theatre I
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 322 / ENGLISH 444. History of Theatre II
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 323 / ENGLISH 349. American Theatre and Drama
(3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 324. Global Community Practicum
THTREMUS 222. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) Permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This course engages students in research and development of performance projects at a local, community organization or at an international site. The class participants in field work experiences and each individual submits a final project report or thesis at the end of their fieldwork. The Capstone course is collaborative and interdisciplinary and multiple faculty members can supervise and approves student work.

THTREMUS 325. Contemporary American Theatre and Drama
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines works and developments in American theatre and drama from the past twenty years, especially the diverse and multicultural drama of this period. Looks at elements of class and ethnicity, urbanization, family and community, war and technology, commercialism and consumerism, gender, race, and sexuality.

THTREMUS 326. Intercultural Drama
Consent of instructor required. (3 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines how international dramatic literature in translation comments on global lives and lifestyles. Class reads, analyze and discusses intercultural plays in cultural context. Written assignments and in-class presentations investigate the political, social, ad cultural impact meaning of intercultural dramatic works.

THTREMUS 327 / ENGLISH 327. Intermediate Playwriting
ENGLISH 227. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

Practice in writing short plays. Conceptualizing a full-length play.

THTREMUS 332. Performing Archives and Oral Histories
THTREMUS 233 or AAS 342. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) Permission of instructor. (3 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

In this course students use ethnographic or archival sources to create new performance works. Building on histories introduced in 222, they create individual or small group projects. Interpretative text and character work helps to improve individual student performance skills.

THTREMUS 334. The Atonement Project
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will teach students about restorative justice, reconciliation, and atonement. We will explore questions of why and how artistic activity can begin and/or support processes of reconciliation for people who have committed crimes and for crime victims. Students in this class will facilitate weekly arts workshops in adult prisons and community venues where former prisoners, crime victims, and the families of those groups can gather together. Focusing on the themes of acknowledgement, apology, and atonement, the workshops will produce original performances, creative writing, and visual art presented at the end of the semester by both the student facilitators and the members of the workshop. Students and workshop participants who give their consent can contribute their work to the Atonement Project website - an online forum designed by the MIT Media Lab - as a means of starting conversations about atonement with web users. Ultimately this course seeks to identify the best strategies for using the arts to address crime and those most affected by it.

THTREMUS 340. Devising Theatre
Permission of instructor. (3 in the half-term). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This course is a laboratory course for play development. The class creates collaborative theatrical works from text, visual art, movement, stories and/or contemporary events. The class develops performances through improvisation, then organizes and evaluates their work using principles of dramatic structure, and play analysis. Dramaturgy and directing skills are introduced through studio practice and critique.

THTREMUS 345. Stage Management-Plays
Consent of instructor required. THTREMUS 351 & permission of instructor. (2 - 6). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This course covers methods of stage management including rehearsal coordination, prompt book preparation, record keeping, and director, cast and crew relationships during the rehearsal period.

THTREMUS 350. Scenic Constructn I
THTREMUS 250&362/P.I. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 351. Practicum V
Permission of instructor. (1 - 3). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 352. Practicum VI
Permission of instructor. (1 - 3). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 353. Sound for Theatre
Consent of instructor required. Consent of instructor required. THTREMUS 250&P.I. (2). May be elected five times for credit. W.

Students work as a member of a theatre production team with emphasis on sound effects and sound design for theatre.

THTREMUS 356. Lighting Design II
Consent of instructor required. Consent of instructor required. THTREMUS 256/P.I. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course features an in-depth exploration into the development and execution of lighting design, including an extensive exploration into the lighting potentials of a wide variety of facilities, production styles, and lighting equipment. It works on the development of communication skills with directors and shops via value sketches, plots, and paperwork.

THTREMUS 360. Scene Design II
Consent of instructor required. Consent of instructor required. THTREMUS 260/P.I. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is intended for students who would like to gain more experience with scenic design and for those whose main area of interest is scenic design. Some advanced model-making and drawing skills will be dealt with, but more time will be spent on the process of conceptualizing and articulating design ideas. Students will also explore the unique characteristics of proscenium, arena, and thrust staging.

THTREMUS 385. Performing Arts Management
Consent of instructor required. THTREMUS 250 and permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 386. Prac Perfor Art Mgt
Consent of instructor required. PER. INSTR. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 399. Topics in Drama
(1 - 4). May be repeated for credit.

This course covers specialized topics in theatre and drama, which vary from semester to semester. The purpose is to explore in depth aspects of the theatre that cannot be covered in existing courses, such as a play or special subject.

THTREMUS 400. Directed Reading
Consent of instructor required. Undergraduate standing; and consent of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

THTREMUS 401. Independent Study
Consent of instructor required. PER. INSTR. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

THTREMUS 402. Ideas of Theatre
PER. INSTR. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 403. Des&Prod Seminar
Permission of instructor / non-majors. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 404. Des&Prod Seminar
Permission of instructor / non-majors. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 427 / ENGLISH 427. Advanced Playwriting
Consent of instructor required. ENGLISH 327. (3; 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Students write a full-length play. Skills are developed through technique assignments, rewrites, class readings and discussions, viewing of local plays.

THTREMUS 429. Playwr Production
Consent of instructor required. THTREMUS 327/P.I. (3). May not be repeated for credit. W.

THTREMUS 440. Special Topics in African American Theatre and Drama
THTREMUS 222. (3 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

This is a special topics course, which address various aspects of African American Theatre and Drama, such as: Comparing Black Aesthetics, African American Dramatic Literature, and Traditions and Modernity in African Drama.

THTREMUS 445. Stage Management: Music/Opera
Consent of instructor required. THTREMUS 351 and permission of instructor. (2 - 6). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This course covers methods of stage managment including rehearsal coordination, prompt book or musical score preparation, record keeping, and director, conductor / orchestra, cast and crew relationships during the rehearsal period.

THTREMUS 452. Costume Construction
Consent of instructor required. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit. W.

THTREMUS 462. Drafting
Consent of instructor required. THTREMUS 250. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in THTREMUS 362. Undergraduates must elect THTREMUS 362.

THTREMUS 464. Sc Paint for Theatr
THTREMUS 250. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 466. History of Decor
Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit. W.

This course is a chronological study of the decorative styles of interiors and exteriors in Western architecture and their applications to the stage.

THTREMUS 468. History of Theatre Architecture
Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THTREMUS 471. Women's Pattern Drafting
Consent of instructor required. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This experiential craft course covers the techniques for drafting women's slopers based on standard measurements. Using basic bodice, sleeve, and skirt slopers students develop patterns for contemporary and historical garments. Students investigate dart and seam manipulation to produce patterns, and then make and fit muslin mockups. Final projects could include developing patterns from the garments in the Zelma Weisfeld Historic Collection or patterning garments for a Theatre Departmental production.

THTREMUS 476. Costume Crafts
Consent of instructor required. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

An introduction to the materials and techniques used in the design and construction of craft work associated with theatrical costumes. Specific topics explored include millinery, mask making and dyeing and painting of fabric. Class consists of lectures and demonstrations providing a survey of possible techniques and materials as well as specific projects designed to develop practical skills.

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