Practicum credit given to students participating in official Hanover Theatre Department productions, with focus in either performance, directing, dramaturgy, technical, or management aspects of a production. May be repeated for up to 1 unit. Permission of Instructor required. .25 unit.
Introduction to the Theatre
The processes by which theatre artists from Ancient Greece to the present have transformed dramatic literature into stage reality. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Film As Art
A study of film in which students learn to evaluate films, recognize cinematic techniques, write critically about films, and identify various film genres. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies W1 ACE.
Elements of Stagecraft
Theory and practice of the technical elements of theatre production. Out of class studio work is required. Satisfies QL ACE.
Theatre History and Culture I
An introduction to the varied histories of world drama and theater as an art form, as a profession, as a social event, and as an agent of cultural definition and change through the ages. Theatre History and Culture I examines select theatrical cultures, performance practices, and dramatic texts to 1700. Partially satisfies LA CCR and satisfies W1 ACE.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the skills ofacting and creating a realistic performance. Emphasis is placed on ensemble improvisation,movement, vocal production, body awareness, character analysis, and monologue work. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Practical experience in the technical crafts of theatre. .50 unit. May be repeated once for credit.
Screening, analysis and comparison of films from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America along with some European and North American films. Satisfies the Other Cultures LADR. Spring Term. May count towards the major in Theatre.
Theatre History and Culture II
An introduction to the varied histories of world drama and theater as an art form, as a profession, as a social event, and as an agent of cultural definition and change through the ages. Theatre History and Culture II examines select theatrical cultures, performance practices, and dramatic texts from 1700 to the present. Partially satisfies LA CCR. Satisfies W2 ACE.
Advanced Acting: Scene Study
This course is an advanced acting course with a focus on scene and partner work, from a variety of modern styles and texts. Emphasis is placed on character development, scene analysis, and the process of creating a realistic performance. Prerequisite: THR125
Creative exploration of the design elements in theatre production. May be repeated for additional credit with permission of instructor.
Voice & Movement for the Stage
A studio course for the actor in the fundamentals of training and achieving an expressive voice and body. Students explore many exercises and activities that lead to deeper self-awareness and control over their vocal and physical instrument, and to remedy poor habits that may be limiting their full range of vocal and physical expressiveness in the portrayal of emotions and characters on the stage. Participants will be encouraged to develop a personal regimen for continuing growth in their vocal and physical skills after the course is done. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite of THR125.
Acting and Stage Combat
Principles of safety and theatrical effectiveness in physical expression. Techniques addressed include unarmed combat, falls and rapier/dagger work. Emphasis on physical acting skills, and development of sound rehearsal processes. Offered alternate years. Prerequisites: 131.
Theatre: Professions and Pathways
An exploration of pathways in the professional theatre, as well as other career opportunities supported by theatrical training. Topics may include resume writing and portfolio building, interview and audition techniques, networking, and preparation for graduate-level programs. .5 unit
A survey of plays and theatrical performance traditions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Latin America and Indigenous peoples. Satisfies the CP ACE.
Western Drama: Greeks to Realism
Survey of foundational plays of the western theatre tradition, from the classical Greeks to the dawn of Realism and the modern era. Includes plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes; Rome's Seneca and Plautus; and representative work from the Medievals, Elizabethans (other than Shakespeare), the French and the Spanish classicists; the English Restoration and the 18th-century; and concludes with Romanticism and Goethe's Faust. Offered alternate years. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies W2 ACE.
Advanced Acting: Period Styles
This course is an advanced acting course with a focus on period styles, including Greek, Roman, Elizabethan, Commedia, and Restoration texts. Emphasis is placed on physicality, mask work, character development, appropriate vocal production, and creating an appropriate stylized performance. Prerequisite: THR125.
Directing for the Stage
Theory and practice; student direction of two scenes of different styles for rehearsal/performance, and a one-act play for public performance. Prerequisites: 121, 131. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Theatre and its role in the world today. May be repeated for credit. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies CP ACE.
Writing for narrative film. Emphasis on structure, character development, meaning, and professional format. Identical to ENG 343.
Theory and practice. Beginning with a basis in dramatic structure derived from Aristotle's Poetics, students will write four short plays and produce a revision. Plays are read aloud in a workshop setting and then responded to by other playwrights and the instructor in structured feedback sessions. Emphasis is upon sustained action, character development, and creating in dialogue. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in 345, now applied to writing a full-length play. Focus on structure and pacing, point of attack, and character development in plays one hour or more in length. Workshop method, with readings and feedback from peers and instructor. Each student will write at least one full-length play and the course culminates in a public reading of student work. Prerequisite: 345.
Shakespeare in England
Selected plays of Shakespeare in performance, together with the cultural settings from which they emerged. Identical to Eng 348. Offered in Stratford-upon-Avon in Spring Term alternate years. Permission of the instructor is required. May be repeated for credit. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Advanced Stage Combat
Students will practice advanced techniques for physical acting, with emphasis on safety and clarity of nonverbal expression, with script analysis and rehearsal processes. Students may have the opportunity to test for credentials with The Society of American Fight Directors. Prerequisite: 248