Courses

Undergraduate Courses in Theatre (THEA)

Subject course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering system.

1101, 1102 Theatre Workshop (0-3) Practical courses designed for freshman students who do acceptable work in the dramatic productions of the department. (DRAM 1120, DRAM 1121).

1113 Ballet Folklorico de las Americas (0-1) Sul Ross Ballet Folklorico de las Americas celebrates Mexican cultural heritage via the performance of a variety of Mexican regional dances, both ritual and secular. The Ballet Folklorico serves as a cultural and educational ambassador for the university. May be repeated for credit.

1301 Acting I (2-2) A practical laboratory of the principles and technique of acting for the stage.

1302 Introduction to the Theatre (3-0) A survey of the elements of the theatre and how they were formed. What makes theatre? Where has it come from and what is the future? Course meets the fine arts requirement.

2101, 2102 Theatre Workshop (0-3) Practical courses designed for sophomore students who do acceptable work in the dramatic productions of the department.

2301 Technical Production (2-2) A lecture-laboratory course designed to give the student a fundamental knowledge of the theory and techniques of scenic construction and lighting.

2303 Voice for the Actor (3-0) Vocal techniques, including diction and dialect, for performing on the stage.

2304 Oral Performance for Non-Majors (3-0) A course in the development and use or communication performance skills in business and broadcasting, with emphasis on projection, articulation, breath control, resonance, variety, interpretation and body movement. Required for non-certification communications majors. Meets the oral communication requirement. (DRAM 2366)

2305 Topics in Theatre (3-0) A course dealing with topics in the study of theatre, such as Women in Theatre, Introduction to Design and State Management, etc. May be repeated when the topics vary.

2306 Movement for the Performing Arts (1-2) Examination and practical application of the styles of movement for the performing artist. Activities and exercises to improve posture, agility, vision endurance and personal awareness.

2307 Stage Combat (1-2) The practical application of the techniques used in the choreography of stage combat, including unarmed combat techniques and various styles of weaponry.

2308 Theatre Production Workshop (1-4) Designed for students interested in applying basic acting theory and skills to theatre productions which range from showcase to formal productions. Course may be repeated for credit but not more than once for credit toward a theatre major or minor.

2309 Dance Across World Cultures (1-2) This course introduces the student to the study of dance from a multicultural perspective, with particular emphasis given to the social, religious, political and historical relevance of dance throughout the world. Students will learn dance techniques and choreography from diverse cultures, with the expectation that greater depths of culture appreciation and understanding arise from participation in the performance traditions studies. Fulfills the multicultural course requirement.

2310 Introduction to Theatrical Design (2-2) A fundamental course in the basic aspects of all theatrical design: including scenic, costume, lighting, sound and property design. Course projects may include fabrication, modelling, computer aided design, rendering, and construction.

2311 Stage Management (2-1) A course encompassing the basic stage management skills and procedures, such as budgeting, scheduling and personnel management, for the pre-rehearsal, rehearsal and performance periods of a production.

3101, 3102 Theatre Workshop (0-3) Practical courses designated for junior students who do acceptable work in the dramatic productions of the department.

3113 Ballet Folklorico de las Americas Ensemble Sul Ross Ballet Folklorico de las Americas Ensemble celebrates Mexican cultural heritage via the performance of a variety of Mexican regional dances, both ritual and secular. The Ballet Folklorico serves as a cultural and educational ambassador for the university. May be repeated for credit.

3301 Acting II (2-2) Study and practice of intermediate and advanced techniques used by actors in the development of good stage habits and character development. Prerequisite THEA 1301, 1302 or instructor's permission.

3302 The History of Theatre I: Greek Theatre through Renaissance Theatre (3-0) A survey of the important people, works and developments in theatre history from the ancient Greeks through the European Renaissance.

3303 Repertory Theatre (0-5) Practice and theory in the problems of management, production and acting repertory theatre. May be repeated for credit but not more than once for credit toward a theatre major.

3304 Special Topics (3-0) A course dealing with topics in the study of theatre, such as theatrical design, mask characterization, sage combat, acting for the camera, etc. May be repeated when the topic varies.

3305 Research (0-3) Individual research on selected subjects to meet student needs and interests in theatre. May be repeated when topic varies.

3306 The History of Musical Theatre (3-0) The history of the musical theatre from operetta to contemporary musicals. Exposure and study of major and minor works of the musical stage.

3307 Musical Comedy Workshop (0-5) Practical training in the technique and style of performing scenes and songs from musical comedy. Course may be repeated for credit but not more than once for credit toward a theater major or minor.

3308 Acting for the Camera (2-2) An introductionand study of acting in front of the camera including scene study and camera techniques. Additional areas of study may include auditing techniques and an overview of the film and television industries.

3309 Stage Makeup (1-2) A practical laboratory of the principles and techniques of stage and film makeup.

3310 Creative Dramatics and Children's Theatre (2-1) The study of the effects and techniques of creative dramatics in the classroom and the study and understanding of children's theatre. Required for all theatre certification majors.

3311 Playwriting (1-2) The study and practice of the techniques of playwriting from scenework to the completion of a long one-act play.

3312 Script Analysis (3-0) An analytical course covering the major plays from the ancient Greeks to contemporary playwrights.

3313 Scenic Design (2-1) The theory and practical application of thew scenic designer's process from conception to presentation of design and an understanding of the scenic designer's responsibilities and duties as a member of the production team and as the head of the scenic design team.

3314 Costume Design and Construction (2-1) The theory and practical application of the costume designer's process from conception and to presentation of design and construction and an understanding of of the costumne designer's responsibilities and duties as a member of the production team and as the head of the costume design team.

3315 Lighting and Sound Design (2-1) The theory and practical application of the lighting and sound designer's process from conception to presentation of design and an understanding of the designer's responsibility as a member of the production team and as the head of the lighting and sound design team.

3316 The History of Theatre II: The Theatre of the English Restoration through Contemporary Theatre (3-0) A survey of the important people, works and developments in theatre history from the English Restoration through contemporary theatre.

3320 Regional Dances of Mexico (2-1) This lecture/participation course introduces the student to the Mexican folkloric dance tradition, with focus on learning the regional dances, culture and costuming for regions performed by the Sul Ross Ballet Folklorico de las Americas and gaining an understanding and appreciation of Mexican culture and history. May be repeated for credit.

4101, 4102 Theatre Workshop (0-3) Practical courses designed for senior students who do acceptable work in the dramatic productions of the department.

4303 Directing I (2-1) The theory and application of directing for the stage from the directorial vision to the production of a one-act play.

4305 Studies in Drama (0-3) Directed individual study and practice in a selected area of drama. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

4306 Acting III (2-2) An advanced study of acting styles and periods for the stage. Prerequisite: THEA 3303 or instructor's permission.

4307 Senior Project (0-4) An intensive, independent study of a selected area of theatre, such as directing, writing or designing of a full-length play or acting in a one-person show, by those seeking a theatre degree or theatre certification. An oral comprehensive examination and exit survey are additional requirements.