Minor inTheatre

Minoring in Theatre involves the study of theatrical works and their production.

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Theatre Curriculum Overview

Minoring in Theatre involves the study of theatrical works and their production. How can breathing and rhythm influence acting performances? How are the methods of creative dramatics applied in church settings? How are musical theatre performances choreographed? You’ll explore theatre history, playwriting, acting, and directing, as well as lighting, scenery and costume design, as you take 24 credit hours toward a theatre minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
THR - 101 Introduction to The Theatre 2

This course introduces the student to basic history, theory, production and performance elements of theatre arts. Students learn about theatre from many perspectives. In addition to studying primary and secondary materials, taking quizzes and/or tests, students participate in end of term individual or group projects. Attendance at area theatre productions required.

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Required: 24 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
THR - 221 Acting I 4
THR - 241 Script Analysis 4
THR - 251 Stagecraft 4
THR - 478 Directing 4
THR - 445 Theatre Hist, Theory & Lit I 4
THR - 446 Thtre Hist, Theory & Lit II 4
ENG - 369 Shakespeare 4
THR - 111 Theatre in Practice I 1
THR - 112 Theatre in Practice II 2
THR - 201 Dance for Musical Theatre 2
THR - 203 Creative Dramatics 2
THR - 251 Stagecraft 4
THR - 253 Makeup for the Stage 2
THR - 291 Topics in Theatre 4
THR - 321 Acting II 4
THR - 326 Voice,Diction & Dialects 2
THR - 355 Scenic Design 4
THR - 356 Costume Design 4
THR - 357 Lighting & Sound 4
THR - 445 Theatre Hist, Theory & Lit I 4
THR - 446 Thtre Hist, Theory & Lit II 4
THR - 488 Theatre Independent Study 0
THR - 498 Theatre Internship 4

Through improvisation, monologue, and scene work, students learn and develop the basic techniques for approaching the acting process. These include relaxation, imagination, spontaneity, concentration, character analysis, and using the voice, face, and body to assist in creating a complete and complex character.

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Students will analyze a variety of performance texts from differing perspectives. A traditional approach incorporating literary analysis to understand the internal workings of the text on paper, will be combined with an examination of the text as it may be translated into performance, from the perspectives of the designer, director and actor.

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The course provides an introduction to the scope, tools, materials and practices of stagecraft and technical management in the theatre today. The course utilizes formal lectures, group discussion, outside projects, attendance at outside theatre productions and practical lab sessions to cover the material presented.

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Studio course focusing on the basic fundamentals of stage direction. Script analysis and directorial concepts are executed throughout the semester in preparation for a final prepared performance in the form of a one act play or excerpt from a full-length play. As directing requires knowledge of many aspects of the theatrical art, this course is seen as a culminating activity taken after a solid foundation of other theatre course work. Attendance at area productions is required. (Prerequisite: THR241)

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A survey course covering the history, theory and literature of theatre from the beginnings of performance up to the early Renaissance in the west. Readings of primary sources are combined with secondary sources such as criticism, videos, and attendance at live theatre events to form a theoretical and historical context for specific periods of development and specific dramatic works.

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A survey course covering the history, theory and literature of theatre starting from the Renaissance in the west up to modern theatre of ÀperformanceÀ in the variety of contexts we may study today. Readings of primary sources is combined with secondary sources such as criticism, video, and attendance at live theatre events to form a theoretical and historical context for specific periods of development and specific dramatic works.

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This course offers a study of Shakespeare's work and its relationship to Elizabethan concepts of poetry and rhetoric as well as to gender and imperialism and government. It explores the rich terrain of Shakespeare imaginative world. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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Concordia's theatre department, in service to campus and community, offers opportunities for involvement in major theatre productions, workshop dramas, and various experimental undertakings during the school year. Auditions for all productions are open to all Concordia students. This course can include work on theatrical productions as actors and/or crews.

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Credit is given for major involvement in theatre productions, workshops, and other approved situations. Major involvement is defined as activities such as stage managing, assistant directing, designing, and directing projects. (Prerequisite: consent of instructor)

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Through the study and practice of the various styles of dance used on the musical theatre stage, such as ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, this course will focus on dance technique, character development through movement, and performance skills. Execution and exploration of choreographed pieces from musical theatre repertoire will be taught and performed in a final Student Showcase. Students will be introduced to a wide dance vocabulary as well as to the major contributors/choreographers of Musical Theatre. Prerequisite: May be repeated once as an elective which may count as a general elective or be credited to a theatre major.

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Students enrolled in this course study and practice methods and activities in creative dramatics for the classroom, parish, business, and family. Special emphasis is placed on activities designed to help students to express their own natural creativity and for these students, as future leaders of groups, to help others to express their own natural creativity as well.

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The course provides an introduction to the scope, tools, materials and practices of stagecraft and technical management in the theatre today. The course utilizes formal lectures, group discussion, outside projects, attendance at outside theatre productions and practical lab sessions to cover the material presented.

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Fundamentals of two and three-dimensional stage make-up through character analysis, design and application. Extensive practical experience through laboratory and possible crew work on departmental productions. Each student will be required to purchase his or her own makeup materials.

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This course offers in-depth analysis of a selected topic in theatre such as film, children's theatre, drama in worship, stage management, or theatre management in a seminar setting. The needs of students and interest of theatre faculty determine content.

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Further principles in developing a character are learned through more monologue and scene work. Advanced techniques of breathing, rhythm, focus and facial mask are taught to help the student explore the field of potential and lead the actor out of the known and into the unknown. (Offered every other year. Prerequisite: THR221 or consent of instructor)

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Students learn production and placement of sound through various exercises, leading to character development. Students also are introduced to techniques for learning a foreign dialect.

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This course is an introduction to the theory and techniques of scenery design. Three subject areas are combined to formulate the scope of the course: literature analysis, aesthetic design techniques and materials, pragmatic design production, and organization. Attendance at area theatre productions is required. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

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This course will be an introduction to the art and practice of costume design. Emphasis will be on analysis of the costume design process and organization from script to design concept to the workable costume for the actor. Attendance at area theatre productions is required. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

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This course is an introduction to the theory and the techniques of lighting and sound design for the stage. Three subject areas in both aspects of theatre will be discussed in this course: basic understanding and connection of the equipment, basic design, and a basic understanding of the aesthetics of sound and lighting design. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

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A survey course covering the history, theory and literature of theatre from the beginnings of performance up to the early Renaissance in the west. Readings of primary sources are combined with secondary sources such as criticism, videos, and attendance at live theatre events to form a theoretical and historical context for specific periods of development and specific dramatic works.

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A survey course covering the history, theory and literature of theatre starting from the Renaissance in the west up to modern theatre of ÀperformanceÀ in the variety of contexts we may study today. Readings of primary sources is combined with secondary sources such as criticism, video, and attendance at live theatre events to form a theoretical and historical context for specific periods of development and specific dramatic works.

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Independent study offers students an opportunity to investigate and study an area of theatre of their own choosing.

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Students participate in a first-hand theatre experience at a local professional or semi-professional theatre. The student, through observation and/or direct involvement, learns practical application of drama theories and theatrical principles. The student and internship advisor select an appropriate internship site that meets the needs and interests of the student. (Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and department chair)

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Career Potential

  • Actor/Actress
  • Art Director
  • Choreographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Dancer Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Playwright
  • Scene Shop Supervisor
  • Set Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Theatre Manager

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