Course Catalog - 2011-2012

     

THEA 100 - STAGE CRAFT

Long Title: STAGE CRAFT
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Introduction to materials, tools, and standard theatre production techniques. Theory and practice of scenic building and painting techniques, creation of props, sound support requirements, and running crew during performance. No Lab hours required.
 

THEA 101 - THEA TECH: COSTUME CONSTRUCTON

Long Title: THEATRE TECHNOLOGY: COSTUME CONSTRUCTION
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Introduction to the materials, tools, and standard techniques of costume/clothing construction. Lab hours required.
 

THEA 102 - INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

Long Title: INTRODUCTION OF ACTING
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Description: This is a class in the basic terminology and craft of acting. It will encompass voice and movement training, as well as basic technical theatre terminology and vocabulary for the actor. The course work will progress from ensemble/group work and individual exercises/ monologues to scenes. Space in classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.
 

THEA 103 - THEATRE TECHNOLOGY

Long Title: THEATRE TECHNOLOGY
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Introduction to lighting and sound equipment, tools, and board operation. Theory and practice of lighting and sound materials, hang and focus, programming both sound and lights boards as well as introduction to projection elements. No lab required.
 

THEA 207 - MAKEUP FOR THE STAGE

Long Title: MAKEUP FOR THE STAGE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Description: This is a hands-on class that explores the principals of stage makeup materials and skills, methods and techniques that are used in an actors' transformation for the stage. This includes techniques for moderate and extreme aging, injuries and character roles and period styles. Class will use the application of analytical and research skills in the visual development of the character. Class size limited to 10.
 

THEA 270 - BIG PAINTING FOR THEATRE

Long Title: BIG PAINTING: MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES FOR THEATRICAL PAINTING
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Big Painting: Materials and Techniques for Theatrical Painting will examine the materials and techniques usually associated with scenic and theatrical painting but as applied to the context of 21st century contemporary art practices. Students will learn how to make big paintings. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the instructor. Cross-list: ARTS 270.
 

THEA 300 - INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE DESIGN

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE DESIGN
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Introduction to the theory and practice of theatre design through exploration of the principles and elements of design as they apply to scenery, lighting, and costumes with an emphasis on text analysis and research. Students will complete and present a variety of projects.
 

THEA 301 - ACTING I

Long Title: ACTING I
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Introduction to the fundamentals of acting through the exploration of actor training techniques based on the theories of Stanislavsky, Strasburg, Adler, Meisner, and Hagen, emphasizing the actor's primary tools: voice, body, emotional life, and imagination.
 

THEA 302 - ACTING II

Long Title: ACTING II
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): THEA 301 or permission of instructor
Description: Text analysis for the actor with particular emphasis on a thorough investigation of given circumstances and dramatic action. Students will work on scenes from Ibsen to contemporary playwrights. Play to be determined based on number of students enrolled.
 

THEA 303 - INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Description: A survey course of the art and theory of the theatre through an examination of dramatic literature from the Greeks through the modern era. The course will also explore the craft of the theatre as it is practiced today. Requires attending several theatre productions in local Houston venues. Cross-list: ENGL 390.
Course URL: http://www.english.rice.edu
 

THEA 304 - COSTUME DESIGN

Long Title: COSTUME DESIGN
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): THEA 300 or permission of instructor
Description: Advanced examination of the principles of costume design through the analysis of character and relationships. Students will read and analyze a variety of plays in different periods and styles and then, based on text analysis and research, complete and present design projects using different rendering techniques. The role of the costume designer in collaboration with directors, actors, and other designers will also be explored.
 

THEA 305 - LIGHTING AND SCENIC DESIGN

Long Title: LIGHTING AND SCENIC DESIGN
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): THEA 300 or permission of instructor
Description: Advanced examination of the principles of scenic and lighting design including research, rendering, technical drawing, model construction, text analysis and the role of the designer in collaboration process. Scenic students will read and analyze a variety of plays in deffernt periods and styles; based on text analysis and research, they will complete and present design projects. Lighting students will be required to complete a variety of projects including light labs responding to music and collaboration with Rice Dance Theatre on spring production.
 

THEA 307 - HIST FOR THEATER DESIGNERS

Long Title: HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, AND CLOTHING FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Description: HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, AND CLOTHING FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS ***** Survey of the major period styles of buildings, homes, furnishings, and clothing from ancient Egypt through the 20th century including a critical analysis of the interdependent nature of the evolution of design and the relationship to the cultures in which they were created. Repeatable for Credit.
 

THEA 309 - MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO

Long Title: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Practical training and experience in musical theatre performance. This course will focus on the particular challenges that musical theatre presents as distinct from non-musical theatre. Performance techniques will emphasize the skills necessary for successful presentation of a musical number by an actor, as well as how to prepare an effective audition.
 

THEA 310 - SPOKEN TEXT:ACTING SHAKESPEARE

Long Title: THE SPOKEN TEXT: ACTING SHAKESPEARE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): THEA 301 or permission of instructor
Description: An exploration of language as one of the actor's primary means of communication and expression. The student will analyze, rehearse, and perform scenes from the work of William Shakespeare. Recommended prerequisite(s): ENGL 321.
 

THEA 312 - DIRECTING I

Long Title: DIRECTING I
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): THEA 301 or permission of instructor
Description: An introductory course exploring the tools and craft of the stage director. Students will learn how to analyze dramatic text and will gain a fundamental knowledge of the director's basic skills, including composition, picture, movement, rhythm, and pantomimic dramatization. Recommended prerequisite(s): THEA 303 or 300.
 

THEA 320 - GENDER AND PERFORMANCE

Long Title: GENDER, SEXUALITY AND THE ADAPTATION OF TRANSATIONAL LITERATURE TO PERFORMANCE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Description: This course examines the embodiment of gender and sexuality through the oral interpretation of transnational literature. Students will learn how to analyze and adapt to performance novels and short stories from various global and historical contexts that exemplify the genre of the "coming of age" narrative. Cross-list: SWGS 320.
 

THEA 322 - DIRECTING SHAKESPEARE

Long Title: DIRECTING SHAKESPEARE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): THEA 301
Description: Staging Shakespeare's plays for modern audiences: learning to speak the lines "trippingly off the tongue", analyzing textual clues, and researching the period to find correlations to contemporary society in the process of active rehearsal. Students will work with THEA 310 to stage a final scene. Recommended prerequisite(s): THEA 310.
 

THEA 323 - VOICE AND SPEECH FOR THEATRE

Long Title: VOICE AND SPEECH FOR THEATRE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Development of an expressive speaking voice through awareness and overcoming physical and vocal habits and limitations, including alignment, relaxation, breath support, resonance, tone and projection. Recommended prerequisite(s): THEA 301.
 

THEA 324 - MOVEMENT FOR STAGE

Long Title: MOVEMENT FOR STAGE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Introduction to body dynamics and coordination through partner exercises, physical stretching and conditioning, ensemble movement, full body awareness, focus, centering, breath support, action and counter-action, precision, and economy of effort. Recommended prerequisite(s): THEA 301.
 

THEA 325 - ACTING FOR FILM

Long Title: ACTING FOR FILM
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): THEA 102 OR THEA 301 or permission of instructor
Description: This course provides an introduction to the art of acting on camera. It emphasizes specific techniques of speech, movement, character development, and the creation of relationships as they relate to the recorded medium (film, television, commercials, industrial films). The elements of study include proper voice placement, appropriate acting styles, and subtlety in performance. Student performances will be videotaped for study.
 

THEA 329 - SPEC PROB/TECH PRODUCTION

Long Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS/TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 6
Description: Independent study. Repeatable for Credit.
 

THEA 331 - THEATRE PRODUCTION

Long Title: THEATRE PRODUCTION
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Studio
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 1 TO 6
Description: Practical application of skills acquired in previous THEA courses in a realized Theatre Program production as a company member. Admission to class requires either an audition, interview, or portfolio review with the director and/or production manager. Possible roles include: actor, assistant director, stage manager, assistant stage manager, designer, and technical support in scenery, costumes, lighting, or sound. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

THEA 431 - SPEC PROB:HISTORY & LITERATURE

Long Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS: HISTORY AND LITERATURE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Independent study. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

THEA 432 - SPEC PROB: DIRECT & DESIGN

Long Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS: DIRECTING AND DESIGN
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 3
Description: Independent study. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

THEA 435 - SPEC PROB:ADVANCED TOPICS

Long Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS: ADVANCED TOPICS
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 6
Description: Independent study. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.