THEATRE/​ENGL  120 — INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE AND DRAMATIC LITERATURE

3-4 credits.

Reading important plays, attending stage productions, writing and thinking critically about theatre and drama. Emphasis on developing analytic skills in dramatic literature and theatre production. 4-credit option requires additional writing. 4 cr sections meet Com B requirement

THEATRE 140 — VOICE TRAINING

3 credits.

Correct use of breath, note, tone and word relating to actors' and speakers' function. Concentration on individual minor speech problems.

THEATRE 150 — INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

3 credits.

Action, voice and analysis of character for portrayal of realistic roles.

THEATRE 160 — INTRODUCTION TO STAGE PRODUCTION

3 credits.

Scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and stage management in stage production. Emphasis on interrelationship between technical and artistic components of production process. Lectures and practical experience in two lab areas for University Theatre productions.

THEATRE 161 — BACKSTAGE LABORATORY I

2 credits.

Weekly labs and specified performance assignment in which students learn through practical participation in University Theatre productions; lab choices include scenery and costume construction, lighting, and sound.

THEATRE 162 — THEATRE PRODUCTION LABORATORY

1 credit.

Participation in University Theatre performance in various capacities including light or sound console operator, wardrobe, properties, carpentry, or other areas. Technical rehearsal and performance attendance mandatory. Open to Fr

THEATRE 199 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credits.

Open to Fr So. Cons inst req

THEATRE/​DANCE  218 — AFRICAN DANCE PERFORMANCE

2 credits.

Technique, practice and performance of complex African and African-based dances in relation to polyrhythmic musical and percussive accompaniment. Study of historical and cultural contexts of these forms. Development of improvisational skills in dialogue with musicians.

THEATRE 219 — UNDERGRADUATE TOPICS INTHEATRE AND DRAMA

1-3 credits.

Undergraduate study in subjects of current interest in design, performance, technology, history, dramatic theory, literature criticism, or theatre/drama education.

THEATRE 224 — HISTORY OF THEATRICAL PRODUCTION

3 credits.

Examines key periods in theatre history from ancient to modern. Emphasis on staging practices and theatre as a cultural institution.

THEATRE 240 — INTERMEDIATE VOICE TRAINING

3 credits.

Techniques and practice for increasing vocal strength, range, flexibility and the study of diction. Attention to individual problems in tone production, resonance, and articulation.

THEATRE 250 — FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING

3 credits.

Students focus on developing fundamental acting techniques (voice, characterization, physicality) and learn to apply skills in individual performance and scene study of contemporary dramatic texts.

THEATRE/​DANCE  259 — COLLABORATIVE ARTS PERFORMANCE LAB: DEVISING COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE THROUGH HIP HOP ARTS

1-2 credits.

Collaborative Arts Performance Lab is a unique course where students work together to create a repertory company which produces performances of short hip hop theater and other collaborative performance art works for public viewing. It is a creative workshop space where experimental works are researched and developed. These workshops are open to all First Wave students, including Freshmen, and will involve the development of collaborative and small group pieces as well as artistic training with a focus on individual and multi-voice work, theater improvisation, dance/movement.

THEATRE 263 — FUNDAMENTALS OF COSTUMES TECHNOLOGY

3-4 credits.

Theory and techniques of costume construction for theatrical production. Lab required for 4th credit. Open to Fr

THEATRE 266 — FUNDAMENTALS OF STAGE LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY

3 credits.

Theories and techniques for the use of stage lighting equipment, special effects, and other stage electrics devices.

THEATRE 270 — FUNDAMENTALS OF STAGECRAFT

3-4 credits.

Theory and techniques of stagecraft for theatrical production. Lab required.

THEATRE 298 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credits.

THEATRE 299 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credits.

THEATRE/​DANCE/​FOLKLORE  321 — JAVANESE PERFORMANCE

2 credits.

Technique and practice of classical Javanese dance in its musical, historical and cultural contexts.

THEATRE 324 — TRADITIONS IN DRAMATIC LITERATURE

3 credits.

Multiple approaches to reading plays from a variety of important periods in dramatic literature with an emphasis on the life of older plays in the contemporary repertory. When possible, some course materials are linked to University Theatre production.

THEATRE/​FOLKLORE  326 — INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN PERFORMANCE

3-4 credits.

Issues in the study of Asian performance. Principal genres of Asian performance through study of techniques and aesthetics, and plays; East West theatre relationships.

THEATRE 327 — HISTORY OF COSTUME FOR THE STAGE

3 credits.

Dress in Western civilization is examined through the cultural context of history, art and fashion and related to theatrical costume design through a comparison of theatre designs to their primary visual sources.

THEATRE 329 — INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN PERFORMANCE

3-4 credits.

Introduction to historical, social and political contexts of African-American artistic expression in theatre and performance. Offers critical analyses of theatre, films, and/or dance forms that reflect cultural values, ideologies and performance aesthetics rooted in African-American and West African traditions.

THEATRE/​LITTRANS  335 — IN TRANSLATION: THE DRAMA OF HENRIK IBSEN

3-4 credits.

THEATRE/​LITTRANS  336 — IN TRANSLATION: THE DRAMA OF AUGUST STRINDBERG

3-4 credits.

THEATRE 342 — FUNDAMENTALS OF MOVEMENT FOR THE STAGE

1-3 credits.

Development of the actor's awareness of habitual patterns of tension. Elements of movement including space, time, energy. Introduction to improvisation skills. Repeatable with cons inst

THEATRE/​LCA/​LITTRANS  348 — IN TRANSLATION: MODERN INDIAN THEATRE

3 credits.

Study of drama, dramatic theory, and performance in modern India. Course considers interpenetration of Indian and Western systems of dramaturgy, relation between colonial and postcolonial institutions, socio-cultural and political contexts, and major modern dramatic genres.

THEATRE/​LITTRANS  349 — IN TRANSLATION: MODERN SCANDINAVIAN DRAMA

4 credits.

Examination of the theater of Scandinavia in the wake of Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg that places modern Nordic theater in a wider European context.

THEATRE 350 — ACTING REALISM

3 credits.

Intensive scene study from the major works of selected modern playwrights, concentrating on realism.

THEATRE 351 — FUNDAMENTALS OF ASIAN STAGE DISCIPLINE

3 credits.

Intensive movement discipline using Asian martial art techniques and mask work as a preparation for performance.

THEATRE 357 — INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE FOR CULTURAL AND SOCIAL AWARENESS

3 credits.

Analysis of sensitive subject matter in U.S. workplace and school/community settings through theatre and drama. Examines race relations, cultural diversity, gender, sexual orientation and other topics in plays, films, and current events. Develops theatrical models to encourage healthy dialogue.

THEATRE 361 — BACKSTAGE LABORATORY II

1-2 credits.

Emphasis on student's involvement with a specific responsibility within theatrical production.

THEATRE/​CURRIC/​SLAVIC  362 — DRAMA FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

3 credits.

This is a methods course useful for all involved in teaching and learning, including foreign languages. Introduction to philosophy, methodology, and practice of the use of drama and performance techniques in any educational or recreational settings. Focus on creativity and embodied and contextual learning, based on current neurological, psychological, and sociological research. A practical class which includes demonstration and practice with children.

THEATRE 363 — PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF STAGE COSTUME DESIGN

3-4 credits.

A survey of stage costume combined in a lecture/laboratory framework. Fundamentals inherent in costume design process; introduction to procedures and skills needed for executing costumes.

THEATRE 364 — MAKEUP FOR THE THEATRE

3 credits.

An introduction to makeup design for the theater. Students learn the aesthetics of makeup, color theory, and the technical aspects of applying makeup. Topics include the importance of developing a character through makeup, techniques of physically applying makeup to the actor and special effects makeup such as old age and prosthetic makeup appliances. At the end of the course, students are able to research and identify elements of creating a character through makeup and the application of stage makeup to an actor in order to create a character for the stage.

THEATRE 365 — SEWING FOR THE THEATRE

3 credits.

Intermediate sewing techniques used to create theatrical garments will be taught and practiced.

THEATRE/​ART  366 — STAGE LIGHTING I

3-4 credits.

Application of lighting design to the stage and natural environment. Color principles, lighting instruments, and control equipment. Production participation and labs.

THEATRE 368 — FUNDAMENTALS OF DIRECTING

3 credits.

Principles and practice of play direction; motivational analysis, composition, movement, stage business and rehearsal techniques. Student directs a final project.

THEATRE 370 — DRAFTING FOR THE THEATRE

3-4 credits.

Methods and development of techniques used in theatrical drafting.

THEATRE 371 — SOUND FOR THEATRE

3-4 credits.

Audio equipment and its use in the theatre; the integration of sound as a design element of live theatrical performance.

THEATRE/​ART  372 — SET DESIGN I

3 credits.

Principles of composition, scale, perspective, and color applied to the stage; production of ground plans, elevations, sketches, and models.

THEATRE 374 — RENDERING FOR THE STAGE

3 credits.

A practical study of drawing, painting, and sketching techniques applied specifically to the presentation of set, costume, and lighting designs on paper.

THEATRE 379 — INTRODUCTION TO STAGE MANAGEMENT

3 credits.

Principles of stage management from auditions through closing night. Class work and supplementary production experience. Open to Fr

THEATRE/​GEN&WS  415 — INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY FEMINIST THEATRE AND CRITICISM

3 credits.

Introduction to the history, literature and theory of feminist theatre and of feminist criticism of mainstream theatre in the United States from 1960 to the present.

THEATRE 420 — THEATRE AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

Analysis of the ideological and cultural meanings in Western theatre from the perspectives of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual identity.

THEATRE/​DANCE/​FOLKLORE  421 — JAVANESE PERFORMANCE REPERTORY

2 credits.

Introduction to Javanese theatre performance in a Javanese epic tradition. Includes use of Javanese gamelan music as accompaniment for dance drama.

THEATRE/​LITTRANS  423 — IN TRANSLATION: SLAVIC DRAMA IN CONTEXT

3 credits.

Slavic playwrights and the European tradition of theatre and drama.

THEATRE 424 — CONTEMPORARY WORLD THEATRE AND DRAMATIC LITERATURE

3 credits.

Considers important current trends in performance and dramatic literature worldwide. Writing component includes both literary and performance criticism. When possible, some course maaterials are linked to University Theatre productions.

THEATRE/​CURRIC  426 — HISTORY, THEORY, AND DRAMATIC CRITICISM IN THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

3-4 credits.

Historiographical perspectives in theatre for young audiences; analysis of plays for young people, theoretical implications, assumptions, current developments.

THEATRE 431 — HISTORY OF THEATRES AND STAGING

3 credits.

Theatre architecture, scenery, costume, acting, directing, and modes of staging in Europe from 500 B.C.

THEATRE 440 — MUSICAL PERFORMANCE FOR THE ACTOR

3 credits.

Styles and genres of the modern American and British musical theatre for performers. Their application to audition techniques and scene/song presentations.

THEATRE 450 — ACTING STYLES

1-3 credits.

Study and demonstration of the various acting styles from the Greek to the modern. Concentration on two specific styles in a semester.

THEATRE/​CURRIC  462 — THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES: PRODUCTION

3-6 credits.

A practical class: preparation and performance of a production for young audiences, with development and implementation of accompanying educational material.

THEATRE 464 — COSTUME TECHNOLOGY TOPICS

3-4 credits.

Examines techniques used to create costumes. Rotating topics including draping, period patternmaking, tailoring, crafts, and painting. Lab required for 4th credit.

THEATRE 466 — STAGE LIGHTING DESIGN II

3-4 credits.

Detailed study of lighting design techniques and professional practices for commercial and resident theatres.

THEATRE 469 — INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN THE ARTS

1-4 credits.

Guest artists will offer interdisciplinary courses on topics appropriate to their specializations.

THEATRE 470 — FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL DIRECTION

3 credits.

Organizational and planning responsibilities of the performing arts technical director. Estimating, scheduling, purchasing, safety, materials, resources, organizational structures.

THEATRE 471 — STAGE PROPERTIES

3 credits.

Materials, processes and organizational techniques commonly used in the fabrication of stage properties.

THEATRE 472 — SCENIC PAINTING

3 credits.

Painting scenery for the stage. Techniques for painting drops, flats, and props in a range of illusion effects.

THEATRE/​ENGL  477 — DIASPORA AND THEATRE

3 credits.

Study of the drama and theatre of a variety of immigrant communities in three Western locations: Britain, the United States, and Canada. Course focuses on current theories of diaspora and transnationalism, the place of theatre in diasporic writing, and the literary, performative, and material dimensions of the genre.

THEATRE 501 — THE BUSINESS OF ACTING

3 credits.

Teaches actors the vital, non-performance skills and knowledge needed to launch professional acting careers. Knowledge of self- promoting, marketing, unions, networking, headshot/resumes, agents, casting directors, trade publications, and more will empower the actor and ease their transition into the professional world.

THEATRE 521 — THE PRE-MODERN DRAMA OF EUROPE: 1650-1850

3 credits.

Plays and essays from the European repertoire (England, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Italy) prior to the rise of Realism and representing several theatrical forms (new-classicism, romantisism) and including such playwrights as Wycherley, Behn, Congreve, Racine, Moliere, Beaumarchais, Schiller, Goethe, Kleist, Lope de Vega, Calderon, Ostrovsky, Goldoni, etc.

THEATRE 522 — EXPERIMENTAL DRAMA: THE THEATRE OF EUROPE 1850-THE PRESENT

3 credits.

The development of realistic and postrealistic forms in modern and postmodern drama, from Zola, Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov through futurism, expressionism, Dada, and surrealism, Brecht, the Theatre of the Absurd, and contemporary European theatre.

THEATRE/​CURRIC  525 — THEATRE IN EDUCATION

3-4 credits.

Theory and practice of theatre in elementary and secondary educational settings. Students in this course devise, script, and present programs as actor-teachers and interact with audiences.

THEATRE 526 — THE THEATRES OF CHINA AND JAPAN

3 credits.

An advanced study of the theatres of China and Japan in relation to aesthetics and form.

THEATRE/​SLAVIC  532 — HISTORY OF RUSSIAN THEATRE

3 credits.

The history of Russian theatre and related arts (including opera and ballet) with emphasis on performance history.

THEATRE/​ENGL  534 — AMERICAN DRAMA AND THEATRE TO 1900

3 credits.

Significant American plays, playwrights and modes of theatrical production during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with attention to the theatre as a force in a developing national culture.

THEATRE/​ANTHRO/​FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  539 — THE FOLKLORE OF FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS

3 credits.

Survey of interdisciplinary literature on social/performative folklore aesthetics and environments by in-depth study of three festivals and ceremonies. Required field trips.

THEATRE 541 — ACTING SHAKESPEARE

1-3 credits.

Studio presentation of Shakespearean drama with emphasis on language and verse structure; techniques for enhancing performances skills. Repeatable with cons inst

THEATRE 550 — ADVANCED SCENE STUDY

1-3 credits.

Intensive scene study from the major works of selected modern playwrights. Repeatable with instructor consent

THEATRE 557 — ADVANCED THEATRE FOR CULTURAL AND SOCIAL AWARENESS

3 credits.

Practical implementation of theories and skills developed in THEATRE 357. Students participate in training engagements addressing issues of sensitive subject matter (race relations, cultural diversity, gender, sexual orientation) for U.S. businesses, organizations, and schools.

THEATRE 561 — BACKSTAGE LABORATORY III

1-2 credits.

Emphasis on fulfilling one major assignment in theatre performance or production situation such as actor, stage manager, master carpenter, wardrobe master, properties master.

THEATRE/​CURRIC  562 — DRAMA IN EDUCATION: ADVANCED STUDIES

3-4 credits.

Advanced studies in theories and practices of drama in education.

THEATRE 563 — COSTUME DESIGN II

3 credits.

Problems in use of line, form, color, texture, and movement in the design of costumes for the stage. Class projects include investigation into classical and contemporary drama.

THEATRE 568 — DIRECTING LAB

3 credits.

Analysis, conceptualization and rehearsal of a play culminating in a performance presented for an audience.

THEATRE 570 — ADVANCED STAGECRAFT

3 credits.

An intensive study of stage rigging, scenic locomotion, set construction and structural analysis techniques.

THEATRE 571 — SCENERY AUTOMATION-MECHANICS

1-3 credits.

Metalworking, automation and plastics forming as applied to scenery construction. Health and safety considerations are explored in each subject area.

THEATRE/​ART  572 — SET DESIGN II

3 credits.

Historical survey of visual theatre, painting, and architectural styles adapted to various dramatic forms. Application of design elements and styles to contemporary theatre productions.

THEATRE/​ENGL  575 — BRITISH DRAMA, 1914 TO PRESENT

3 credits.

Plays and playwrights from the first World War to the present, including movements leading to the "revolt" of 1956 and subsequent proletarian and absurdist drama. Plays by Shaw, O'Casey, Maugham, Coward, Eliot, Osborne, Beckett, Pinter, Stoppard, Arden, Wesker, Bond, Churchill and others.

THEATRE/​ENGL  576 — SURVEY: THEORIES OF DRAMA

3 credits.

Selected major critical and theoretical sources, from Aristotle to the present day; the influences of theories upon playwriting and modes of theatrical production.

THEATRE/​ENGL  577 — POSTCOLONIAL THEATRE: DRAMA, THEORY AND PERFORMANCE IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

3 credits.

Study of drama, dramatic theory and theatrical practices in postcolonial cultures, primarily in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Course considers status of drama/theatre in postcolonial studies and focuses on issues of form, language, intertextuality, trans-culturation, material organization and reception.

THEATRE/​ENGL  578 — MODERN AMERICAN DRAMA AND THEATRE

3 credits.

Representative twentieth-century plays from Glaspell and O'Neill to the present considered within contemporary cultural, theatrical and academic context.

THEATRE 579 — ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN STAGE MANAGEMENT

2 credits.

Advanced study of organizational behaviors, theatre infrastructures, styles communication techniques in relation to Stage Management.

THEATRE 595 — TOPICS IN THEATRE AND DRAMA: STUDY ABROAD

1-6 credits.

A course carried with a UW-Madison study abroad program which has no equivalent on this campus.

THEATRE 619 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE AND DRAMA

1-3 credits.

Specialized subjects of current interest in design, performance, technology, history, dramatic theory, literature criticism, and theatre/drama education.

THEATRE 631 — THEORIES OF ACTING

3 credits.

Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural seminar on the historical, cultural, performative, aesthetic, and ideological construction of acting on stage.

THEATRE 661 — ADVANCED PRODUCTION PRACTICUM

1-3 credits.

Provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a production setting. Enrollment is limited to designated Dramaturg, Lighting Designer, Costume Designer, Set Designer, Technical Director, Assistant Dramaturg, Assistant Designers, or Assistant Technical Director on a season production for the University Theatre.

THEATRE 670 — ADVANCED STUDY IN THEATRE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

4 credits.

In-depth study of theories, skill, and issues in set, costume, and lighting design and theatre technology. Meets with Graduate Core Curriculum. Rotating topics.

THEATRE 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

THEATRE 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

THEATRE 691 — SENIOR THESIS

2-3 credits.

25 GPA and written cons inst

THEATRE 692 — SENIOR THESIS

2-3 credits.

THEATRE 698 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-6 credits.

Cr/N.

THEATRE 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-6 credits.

THEATRE/​ENGL  731 — ADVANCED THEATRE HISTORY 500 BC TO 1700

3 credits.

Problems of scholarship in the dramatic, performance and staging practices of major traditions of world theatre history between 500 BCE and 1700 including the theatres of ancient Greece and Rome; medieval, Renaissance and early modern Europe; and the Muromachi and Tokugawa eras in Japan.

THEATRE/​ENGL  732 — ADVANCED THEATRE HISTORY 1700 TO PRESENT

3 credits.

Problems of scholarship in the dramatic, performance and staging practices of major traditions of world theatre history since 1700, including melodrama, naturalism, the avant-garde, and other movements that helped shaped contemporary theatre.

THEATRE 740 — VOICE TRAINING

3 credits.

Principles of voice and speech for the actor.

THEATRE 742 — GRADUATE STAGE MOVEMENT

3 credits.

Advanced study of processes, styles and techniques of stage movement. Individual and group projects.

THEATRE 750 — GRADUATE ACTING

1-3 credits.

Advanced study of process and technique in acting. Individual and group projects.

THEATRE 763 — COSTUME DESIGN III

3 credits.

Advanced problems in costume design for the stage.

THEATRE 768 — ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN DIRECTING

3 credits.

Special directing challenges, e.g., musical theatre, new work and adaptation development, performance styles, multimedia challenges.

THEATRE 770 — ADVANCED THEATRE TECHNOLOGY

3 credits.

Detailed study of research and practice in the physical theatre and its scenic devices.

THEATRE 799 — INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-6 credits.

THEATRE 822 — SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR: THEORY AND PRACTICE

3 credits.

Selected Shakespearean texts examined in the light of contemporary critical theories and the application of those theories to the possibilities for staging.

THEATRE 911 — SEMINAR-PROBLEMS IN THEATRE AND DRAMA

2-3 credits.

Topics variable.

THEATRE 939 — SPECIAL TOPICS-PERFORMANCE THEORY AND CRITICISM

3 credits.

Theoretical and critical methods, from traditional to contemporary, that elucidate past and present dramatic forms and practices.

THEATRE 970 — COLLABORATIVE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY STUDIO

3 credits.

Graduate seminar focused on providing advanced students in design and technology opportunities to collaborate on projects within the classroom.

THEATRE 972 — SEMINAR-ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN STAGE DESIGN

3 credits.

THEATRE 990 — RESEARCH AND THESIS

1-9 credits.

Independent research and writing under the supervision of a staff member.

THEATRE 999 — INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 credits.

Independent pursuit of a creative project designed by the student and supervised by a staff member.