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TH 100 Introduction to the Theatre (3) B

This course provides an introduction to the nature and potential of theatre. It examines theatre as a living art form with the objective of enhancing students’ enjoyment of the theatre experience. The course allows the student to identify dramatic elements found in plays and provides a fundamental understanding of the techniques of the theatrical arts. It is designed to introduce students to the work of creating theatre, to the cultural importance of theatre, including historical importance, and to the relevance of theatre in society. Through field trips students will view live theatre during the course.

 

TH 120a Collective Creation I (3) A

Collective Creation is a year-long course in which participants explore a variety of theatrical roles through primarily non-text based forms of stimulating theatre creation. This first-semester course focuses on generating material and learning to critique and respond to work.

 

TH 120b Collective Creation II (3) A

Collective Creation is a year-long course in which participants explore a variety of theatrical roles through primarily non-text based forms of stimulating theatre creation. This second-semester course furthers the exploration with a focus on material selection, refinement, and performance.

Prerequisite: TH 120a

 

TH 130 Technical Theatre I (2-2L) A

A hands-on journey through the world of technical theatre exploring basic technical theatre terminology, chain of command, and introductory design concepts through class lecture, field trips and assignments. All students are expected to participate as technicians for program productions.

 

TH 131 Technical Theatre II (2-2L) A

A hands on journey through the world of technical theatre featuring an in-depth exploration of theatrical design and construction through class lecture, field trips, guest instructors and lab assignments. All student are expected to participate as technicians for program procedures.

Prerequisite: TH 130

 

TH 154 Script Analysis (3) A

Through readings, written critiques, lecture and discussion, students become proficient in identifying the basic elements of both Narrative (in various manifestations) and Dramatic Structure.

 

TH 160 Theatre History I (3) A

A general survey of the evolution of western theatre from the Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance. This course examines cultural, political, and technological forces that have shaped the development of theatre throughout history. Students will investigate the writings of key dramatic theorists and study seminal plays from each historical period.

 

TH 161 Theatre History II (3) A

A general survey of the evolution of western theatre from the Renaissance to the present, including contemporary Canadian Drama. This course examines cultural, political, and technological forces that have shaped the development of theatre throughout history. Students will investigate the writings of key dramatic theorists and study seminal plays from each historical period.

 

TH 201 Acting I: Meisner (3-3L) A

The first semester of a year-long course includes an exploration of introductory work in Stanislavsky-based methods of acting, focusing on Sanford Meisner’s repetition exercises, improvisational technique, and basic scene work.

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Acting diploma program or audition

 

TH 202 Acting II: Meisner (3-3L) A

The second of a year-long course includes additional introductory work in the Stanislavsky-based methods of acting, focusing on Sanford Meisner’s emotional preparation exercises, character analysis, and advanced scene work.

Prerequisite: TH 201

 

TH 203 Movement I (3-1.5L) A

A preparation of the body for use as a dramatic instrument. Students will discover their full range of body movement through identification and freeing of personal physical inhibitions. The course includes an introduction to a variety of basic dance styles through movement labs.

 

TH 204 Movement II (3-1.5L) A

Continued preparation of the body for use as a dramatic instrument. Students will build their full range of body movement through identification and freeing of personal physical inhibitions. The course broadens student experience through an introduction to numerous additional basic dance styles in movement labs.

Prerequisite: TH 203

 

TH 207 Voice and Speech I (2-1L) A

This course provides an exploration and discovery of the voice and its connection to breath, vibration, resonation, articulation, sensitivity and power. Emphasis will be placed on freeing the natural voice as it pertains to theatrical performance. Students will also be introduced to vocal anatomy and health, as well as phonetics relating to voice, speech and text work.

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Acting diploma program

 

TH 208 Voice and Speech II (2-1L) A

This course provides continued exploration and discovery of the voice and its connection to breath, vibration, resonation, articulation, sensitivity and power. Emphasis will be placed on accelerated work with phonetics and articulation sensitivity. Students will further their understanding of vocal anatomy and health, as well as phonetics relating to voice, speech and text work on advanced/heightened text.

Prerequisite: TH 207

 

TH 209 Vocal Production I (1-.5T) A

The study of singing technique specific to actors. Through relaxation and preparation of the physical body to produce sound, each student in the course is introduced to the art of song preparation for solo sung theatrical performance.

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Acting diploma program

 

TH 210 Vocal Production II (1-.5T) A

Further study of singing technique specific to actors. Through relaxation and preparation of the physical body to produce sound, each student in the course further develops to the art of song preparation culminating in individual showcase performances.

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Acting diploma program

 

TH 211 Performing Shakespeare (3) A

Students will learn tools and techniques they can use to fully understand and embody Shakespearean text, including text analysis, personalization, the art of rhetoric, audience connection and explorative rehearsal techniques. Class work will focus on monologues and scene work. Actors are expected to explore the full-range of emotion within the life of Shakespeare’s characters.

Prerequisite: TH 201 or Co-requisite: TH 202

 

TH 217 The Professional Voice (3) B

This course provides a praxis-based vocal-training curriculum for those who use or will use their speaking voice in their professional lives. The training explores the voice and its connection to breath, vibration, resonation, articulation, and phonation. Students will be introduced to vocal anatomy and health, as well as phonetics relating to voice, speech and the delivery and analysis of text. Emphasis will be placed on freeing the natural voice for speaking in the professional world with vocal efficiency, effectiveness and connectedness.

 

TH 220a Collective Creation III (3) A

Collective Creation is a year-long course in which participants explore a variety of theatrical roles, from acting to writing and directing, to all aspects of production through the lens of primarily non-textual forms of stimulating theatre creation. The first semester (TH220a) focuses on generating dramatic material and learning to critique and respond to work. The second semester (TH220b) furthers the exploration with a focus on material selection, refinement, and performance. All participants share equal responsibility for the creation and performance process.

Prerequisite: TH 120b

 

TH 220b Collective Creation IV (3) A

Collective Creation is a year-long course in which participants explore a variety of theatrical roles, from acting to writing and directing, to all aspects of production through the lens of primarily non-textual forms of stimulating theatre creation. The first semester (TH220a) focuses on generating dramatic material and learning to critique and respond to work. The second semester (TH220b) furthers the exploration with a focus on material selection, refinement, and performance. All participants share equal responsibility for the creation and performance process.

Prerequisite: TH 220a

 

TH 222 Rehearsal and Performance: Classical Play (3) A

This course provides practice in the dramatic process through the rehearsal and performance of a full-length play. The process of acting, analyzing dramatic form and the task of ensemble building in the context of live performance of a classical play will be explored. Students will develop rehearsal and performance skills and professional habits.

Prerequisite: Audition and cast by Director/Course Instructor

 

TH 223 Rehearsal and Performance: Contemporary Play (3) A

This course provides practice in the dramatic process through the rehearsal and performance of a full-length play. The process of acting, analyzing dramatic form and the task of ensemble building in the context of live performance of a contemporary play will be explored. Students will develop rehearsal and performance skills and professional habits.

Prerequisite: Audition and cast by Director/Course Instructor

 

TH 301 Acting III: Method (3-3L) A

This course is the first semester of a year-long exploration of introductory work in the Stanislavsky-based acting technique, focusing on Lee Strasberg’s Sense Memory exercises, improvisational technique, and basic scene work.

Prerequisite: TH 202

 

TH 302 Acting IV: Method (3) A

This course is the second semester of a year-long exploration of introductory work in the Stanislavsky-based acting technique, focusing on Lee Strasberg’s animal exercises, emotional recall, and advanced scene work.

Prerequisite: TH 301

 

TH 303 Movement III (3-1.5L) A

This course provides advanced preparation of the body for use as a dramatic instrument. Students will utilize their full range of body movement and work to eliminate remaining physical inhibitions. The course adds a focus on movement in performance through rehearsal, showcase, and synthesis labs.

Prerequisite: TH 204

 

TH 304 Movement IV (3-1.5L) A

This course provides advanced preparation of the body for use as a dramatic instrument. Students will utilize their full range of body movement and work to eliminate remaining physical inhibitions. The course continues the focus on movement in performance through rehearsal, showcase, and synthesis labs, while broadening student experience in additional dance styles.

Prerequisite: TH 303

 

TH 307 Voice and Speech III (2-1L) A

This course provides advanced exploration of the voice and its uses in theatrical performance. Emphasis will be placed on freeing the natural voice to achieve emotional truth in acting. Students will continue to develop skills in phonetics and heightened/classical text.

Prerequisite: TH 208

 

TH 308 Voice and Speech IV (2-1L) A

This course provides advanced exploration of the voice and its uses in theatrical performance. Emphasis will be placed on freeing the natural voice to achieve emotional truth in acting. Students will continue to develop skills in phonetics and heightened/classical text.

Prerequisite: TH 307

 

TH 309 Vocal Production III (1-.5T) A

This course is the study of advanced singing technique specific to actors. Through vocal and physical warm-ups, each student in the course will participate in ear training, song preparation for performance, and ensemble singing.

Prerequisite: TH 210

 

TH 310 Vocal Production IV (1-.5T) A

This course continues the study of advanced singing technique specific to actors. Each student in the course will participate in ensemble singing, song preparation for a group showcase performance, and applied auditioning techniques for musical theatre.

Prerequisite: TH 309

 

TH 314 Stage Combat I (2-1T) A

This course will cover the first half of the Basic Level of unarmed and armed combat from the syllabus of the Fight Directors of Canada, featuring a wide variety of useful stage combat techniques and the ability to properly and safely enact violence on stage.

Prerequisite: TH 204 or permission of the department

 

TH 315 Stage Combat II (2-1T) A

This course will cover the second half of the Basic Level of unarmed and armed combat from the syllabus of the Fight Directors of Canada, featuring a wide variety of useful stage combat techniques and the ability to properly and safely enact violence on stage.

Prerequisite: TH 314

 

TH 330/331/430/431 Technical Theatre Practice I/II/III/IV (1) A

Students serve a specific technical role in a program production as designated by the production manager, stage manager, or technical director.

Prerequisite: One of the following: TH 130, TH 131

 

TH 363 Canadian Drama (3) B

This course is an exploration of the origins and continued practice of Canadian theatre. Part theory, part history, and part analysis, students will explore the major plays and theatrical innovations in the development of Canada’s theatrical voice. When available, attendance at a professional production of a Canadian play will assist students with their experiential and analytical understanding of Canadian drama.

Prerequisite: TH 154 or EN 115

 

TH 385 Medieval and Renaissance Drama (3) O

Despite the Church’s ancient hostility to the theatre, England produced a rich dramatic literature during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This course examines the dramatic traditions that existed between 1300 and 1642, including religious and nonreligious works by such writers as the Wakefield Master, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, and Webster.

Prerequisite: TH 154