Theatre

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TH 101 Performance Practicum 1
Provides an hour per week for students to coordinate production activities for all theatre department shows. These activities might include backstage work, publicity, performance or direction. This hour will also include regular workshops on topics relevant to the theatre industry. Course to be repeated 6 times for majors, 3 times for minors.

TH 110 Introduction to Theatre 3
Introduction to theatre as a social institution. Students are required to attend Theatre Department productions during Fall and Spring semesters. CSUS Common Course. Study Area I

TH 111 Stagecraft 0 OR 3
Constructing and rigging scenery for different stages. Two lectures and average of two hours laboratory work per week. Study Area I

TH 115 Play Production 1
Open to all students who enjoy working on plays. Students may elect to work in stagecraft, lighting, sound, scene painting or properties, costuming, front- of-house management, or performance. An average of three hours laboratory work per week is required. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credits.

TH 117 Lighting 3
Lighting techniques in modern theatre practice. Two lectures per week. Study Area I

TH 121 Costuming 3
Brief history of costume and constructing costumes. Introduction to design principles. Two lectures and average of two hours laboratory work per week. Study Area I

TH 126 Makeup I 2
Laboratory course in stage makeup. Crew assignments on theatre productions are normally required. One two-hour session per week. Fall. Study Area I

TH 135 Speaking-Voice Development 3
Development of a more relaxed and vibrant speaking voice in dramatic performance through analysis of each student's non-clinical voice-use problems followed by drills and body-voice exercises to free body, breath, and vocal tract. Spring. Study Area I

TH 143 Theatre Games and Improvisations 3
Theatre games and improvisations to build concentration, relaxation, imagination, and the ability to react, leading to heightened awareness and confidence in both exercises and very brief scenes. Exploration of the theatrical moment. Study Area I

TH 145 Acting I 3
Concentration, relaxation, and freeing the imagination, body, and voice. Improvisational exercises for exploration and discovery in relation to acting fundamentals. Students are required to audition for main stage productions, if only for the audition experience. Study Area I

TH 146 Introduction to High Impact Theatre 3
Introduction to theatre techniques which promote personal, social and/or political transformation, with special emphasis on the teachings of Augusto Boal. Spring. Study Area I

TH 147 Theatre Workshop 3
Project based studio class, in which the student is exposed to the various creative approaches involved in the making of a piece of theatre. The student (performer, director and designer) will apply research and methodology to the creation of three pieces during the semester: a traditional text-based piece, a piece adapted from literature not written for the stage, and a piece devised from original content or non-theatrical text. Each student will be required to work in at least one area outside of their intended area of study.

TH 148 Studio Performance I 2
Practical scene and monologue workshop for beginning performance students, focusing on work from contemporary plays. Fall. Study Area I

TH 165 Improvisation for the Classroom 3
Using basic improvisation exercises in educational settings. Spring.

200s

TH 211 Rendering and Drawing for the Stage 3
Prereq.: TH 111 and 121. Studio course covering the various media for drawing and rendering stage and costume designs. The emphasis will be in developing student skills in drawing and rendering with watercolor, gouache, pen and ink. Irregular.

TH 213 Scene Painting I 3
Studio course in the techniques of painting scenery for the stage. Irregular.

TH 217 Sceno-Graphic Techniques 3
Studio course in various methods of graphic presentations of stage sets and designs, including measurements and specifications, drafting, model making and CAD drawing techniques. Spring. (E)

TH 222 History of Fashion 3
Study of the history of dress stressing the influences of culture upon fashion and original period research for the theatre. Spring. (E) Study Area I [I]

TH 235 Movement for Performers 3
Introduction to physical skills required of stage performers and how to synthesize that with textual analysis and voice work. Fall. (O)

TH 246 Acting II 3
Prereq.: TH 135 and TH 145. Continuation of TH 145. Emphasis on basic techniques of acting, including introduction to scene study and characterization. Fall.

TH 251 Stage Management 2
Prereq.: TH 111 and 253 or permission of instructor. Study of function, duties, and methods of operation of the stage manager. Includes the development and completion of a working prompt book, analysis of production contracts and technical riders, and study of the Actor's Equity contracts.

TH 253 Script Analysis for the Theatre 3
Reading and analysis of plays from various periods and countries. Focuses on text analysis from viewpoint of theatre artists: director, actor, designer. Fall. Study Area I

300s

TH 316 Scene Design 3
Prereq.: TH 111 and 217 and departmental permission. Designing scenery for various kinds of stages and plays. Work on ground plans and elevations, perspective drawing, and finished design. Fall. (E)

TH 318 Lighting Design 3
Prereq.: TH 111, 117. Lighting design and layout for the proscenium, open, and arena stages. Special emphasis on design problems, equipment and control systems. Spring. (O)

TH 327 Makeup II 1
Prereq.: TH 126 or prior permission of instructor. Advanced makeup projects with attention to mask building and prosthesis. Open to Theatre majors only. Fall. (E)

TH 330 Design Tutorial 1
Prereq.: Major or minor in Theatre and permission of instructor. Tutorial to solve skill problems through individual lessons and coaching with design major preparing to fulfill project requirements. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

TH 332 Costume Design 3
Prereq.: TH 121, 222 and permission of instructor. Designing costumes for various styles of plays. Work on design renderings and patterns for construction of costumes. Spring. (O)

TH 333 Period Styles 3
An exploration of period styles through examination of stylistic elements from Egyptian through current day. Styles of art, architecture, dance, theatre, music, as well as trends in culture will be studied for their effect upon artistic form. Irregular.

TH 334 Costume Construction 3
Prereq.: TH 121 or permission of instructor. Studio course in methods of constructing theatrical costumes including flat patterning, draping and tailoring in the practical creation of both historical and contemporary garments. Irregular.

TH 338 Advanced Voice Development 3
Prereq.: TH 135. Expanding and developing range, flexibility and vibrancy of the speaking voice in dramatic performance. Development of effective articulation. Fall.

TH 347 Acting III 3
Prereq.: TH 338, 246 or permission of instructor. Performance considerations in scene study and character development, as well as self-scripted pieces. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Spring.

TH 348 Performance Studio II 2
Prereq.: TH 148, 235, and 246. Continuation of TH 148 for advanced acting students. A practical scene and monologue workshop, with emphasis on classical and non-realistic texts. Fall. (O)

TH 352 Directing for the Stage 3
Prereq.: TH 253. Principles of stage directing and practice. Emphasis on modern methods of directing and the use of its main elements such as space, time, sound, image and the actor. Spring. (O)

TH 375 History of Theatre I 3
Theatre from Classical Greece to 18th century, including physical theatre, audiences, acting style and other elements of production. Spring. (E)

TH 376 History of Theatre II 3
Theatre from 18th century to present day, including physical theatre, audiences, acting style, and other elements of production. Representative plays from standpoint of performance. Fall.

400s

400-LEVEL CLASSES ARE FOR UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT ONLY, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED WITH "[GR]"

TH 447 Acting IV 3
Prereq.: TH 347 and departmental permission. Performance considerations in scene study and role development, with emphasis on plays of varying styles and different periods. Fall. (O) [GR]

TH 456 Shakespearean Production 3
Prereq.: TH 246 and 253 and 347, or permission of instructor. Analysis of selected plays from perspective of actor and director. Students act in and stage scenes as major requirements. Irregular. [GR]

TH 465 Creative Dramatics for Children 3
Trains teachers to develop the imagination, creativity, and communication skills of children ages 5 through 12. Includes pantomime, theatre games, improvisation, and formal theatre experience. Spring. [GR]

TH 471 Studies in Technical Theatre 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Selected area of study in technical theatre not covered in other courses. Topic varies. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Irregular.

TH 472 Studies in Acting 3
Prereq.: TH 235 and 246; or permission of instructor. Selected area of study in acting not covered in other courses. Topic varies. May be repeated with different topics for credit. Irregular.

TH 473 Studies in High Impact Theatre 3
Prereq.: TH 146 or permission of instructor. Selected area of study in high impact theatre not covered in other courses. Topic varies. May be repeated with different topic for up to 6 credits. Irregular.

TH 474 Studies in NY Theatre Workshop 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Selected area of study in acting/production not covered in other courses. Topic varies. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Irregular.

TH 475 Studies in London Theatre 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Selected area of study in performance/production not covered in other courses. Topic varies. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Irregular.

TH 477 Contemporary U.S. Theatre 3
Prereq.: TH 347. Survey of contemporary theatre in the United States. Topics include artistic trends, theatre education, multiculturalism, new plays and professional preparation. May include field trips (ticket charge required), guest speakers and research.

TH 481 Projects: Scenery 3
Prereq.: TH 316 and departmental permission. Individual projects in reading, research, or production under guidance of member of theatre staff. [GR]

TH 482 Projects: Costuming 3
Prereq.: TH 332 and departmental permission. Individual projects in reading, research, or production under guidance of member of theatre staff. [GR]

TH 483 Projects: Acting A 1
Prereq.: TH 347 and junior standing and departmental permission. Individual projects in reading, research, or production under guidance of member of theatre staff. [GR]

TH 484 Projects: Acting B 1
Prereq.: TH 483 and departmental permission. Individual projects in reading, research, or production under guidance of member of theatre staff. [GR]

TH 485 Projects: Lighting 3
Prereq.: TH 318 or permission of instructor. Individual lighting project in reading, research, production and/or design under the guidance of a member of the theatre staff. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. On demand.

TH 486 Project: Sound 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Individual sound projects in reading, research, or production under guidance of member of Theatre staff. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

TH 487 Projects: Research 3
Prereq.: TH 374 or departmental permission. Individual projects in reading, research, or production under guidance of member of theatre staff. [GR]

TH 488 Projects: Directing 3
Prereq.: TH 352 and departmental permission. Individual direction of student production under faculty supervision. [GR]

TH 489 Studies in Theatre/Drama 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Selected area of theatre and/or drama not covered in other courses. Topic varies. May be repeated for credit. Irregular. [GR]

TH 490 Summer Theatre Workshop 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Students work with experienced directors in a summer theatre production workshop learning the craft of acting and performing, culminating in a public performance. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer. [GR]

TH 491 Projects: Technical Direction 3
Prereq.: TH 316 or permission of instructor. Individual technical direction project in reading, research, engineering, and/or technical direction of a production under the guidance of a member of the theatre staff. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. On demand.

TH 492 Projects: Theatre Computer Technology 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Individual theatre computer technology project in reading, research, engineering, and/or design and execution of production under the guidance of a member of the theatre staff. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. On demand.

TH 493 Projects: Stage Management 3
Prereq.: TH 251 or permission of instructor. Individual stage management project in reading, research, and/or stage management of a production under the guidance of a member of the theatre staff. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. On demand.

TH 495 Theatre Internship 3 TO 6
Prereq.: Permission of department. Substantial work in approved area/regional theatre(s) offering experience or research opportunities unavailable on campus. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits. On demand. [GR]

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