For a complete list of course offerings see the Degree Plans found in current and previous catalog's.
STH-100 | Theatre Appreciation | 3 credits
This introductory course is designed to enhance the student's enjoyment and understanding of the theatrical experience. Students will acquaint themselves with the history and techniques of the theatrical art through lectures, videos, demonstrations, and attendance to live theatre performances
STH-117 | Theatre Practicum | 0 to 1 credits
This course helps students prepare for and participate in various theatrical presentations. Credit will be given for acting, assistant directing, stage management, scene construction, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, box office, marketing, publicity, etc. Credit is based on accumulation of actual time of participation by students in order to complete a project.
STH-125 | Introduction to Acting | 2 credits
This is an introductory acting course where students will explore the systematic process involved in creating a character or role through monologue and scene work. Focus is placed on acting basics including relaxation, concentration and improvisation.
STH-130 | Speech Communications | 3 credits
This course is designed to develop proficiency in public speaking situations; emphasis on content, organization and delivery of five major presentations for various purposes and occasions. An analysis component is included as well as a service-learning communication assignment.
STH-201 | Oral Interpretation | 2 credits
This course offers students directed experience in the selection, analysis and oral communication including prose, poetry and drama. In addition to solo interpretation, students will participate in group interpretation of readers' theatre.
STH-202 | Creative Dramatics | 1 to 2 credits
This course is a hands-on exploration of the basic components of creative drama. Students will develop the skills to successfully facilitate creative dramatics exercises into the classroom or theatre setting. Emphasis is placed on storytelling and the process of the dramatic experience, not the product.
STH-203 | Costumes and Makeup | 3 credits
In this course students will work toward proficiency in the principles and skills associated with the execution and application of theatrical costumes and makeup. Focus will be placed on design as well as practical skills including care and use of materials in each area.
STH-204 | Stagecraft | 3 credits
This course introduces students to technical theatre production. Students will become familiar with the organization, safety and equipment needs of technical theatre with an emphasis on the basic theories and practices of scenic construction, lighting, rigging and painting.
STH-210 | Lighting and Sound Design | 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the basic theories and practices associated with lighting and sound design and operation for the stage. A detailed study of the instrumentation, equipment, software and process of designing light and sound for the stage will be completed.
STH-221 | Movement | 2 credits
This course will focus on teaching the student basic styles of movement used in the creation of character as well as the integration of stage combat and dance skills for the performer.
STH-223 | Great Directors and Their Films | 3 credits
This course provides a study of the best American and foreign film directors of the 1900's, 20th century and early 21st century will be done through their narrative films, examining their themes, narrative and technical styles, influence on filmmakers and cultural/historical values and trends. This course satisfies the general education literature requirement.
STH-224 | Literature and Film | 3 credits
This course includes a study of literature and films made from literature. The course will involve analysis and comparison of both texts and film; their modes of representation, characterization and story-telling, establishing what is lost and also at times what is gained by the filming process. Both selections of contemporary and historically important films will be viewed and analyzed. This course also studies film as a mirror of national and regional culture, cinematic form and personal style. This course satisfies the general education literature requirement.
STH-230 | Drafting for the Theatre | 3 credits
Students will learn USITT drafting standards for the stage. The course will focus on learning manual drafting techniques through assignments, studio time and practical projects. Students will also explore using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) for theatre applications.
STH-319 | Furniture & Properties Construction | 3 credits
This course will examine the process of designing and building furniture and prop items for the stage. A hands-on project may or may not be used in a current production.
Prerequisite: Take STH-204
STH-320 | Interpersonal Skills in Communication | 3 credits
Students will learn the application of theory to communication processes in this course. Demonstration of basic interpersonal skills in communicating with individuals. Emphasis will be placed on effective communication for problem-solving.
Prerequisite: Take STH-130
STH-330 | Scenic Painting | 2 credits
Students will explore the various techniques of painting and create painted work for the stage. Color theory, mixing, texture and alternative materials will be discussed and used to provide the basis for in-class work. Projects and studio time required.
STH-349 | History of Film | 3 credits
The first audience watched a motion picture flicker on a screen in 1895, a little over a century ago. In this one century the movies have developed from a simple recording device to a complex art and business. Today film stands on its own as a distinct means of artistic expression. The purpose of this course is to explore the history of film on both the international and American scenes. Since it is one of the major arts to have evolved within the past century, it can be vividly respected as a significant contribution to our understanding of the culture and history of our daily lives. The course is limited to narrative fiction film and will analyze the film as a mass medium of cultural communication.
Prerequisite: Take ENG-104
STH-355 | Shakespeare's Drama | 3 credits
This course focuses on developing an appreciation of both theatrical and literary aspects of selected Shakespearean tragedies, histories and comedies. This course satisfies the general education literature requirement.
Prerequisite: Take ENG-104
STH-361 | Play Directing | 3 credits
This course provides a theory and practical experience in the techniques of play production and direction through classroom experiments and one workshop production.
Prerequisite: Take STH-125
STH-365 | Scenic Design | 3 credits
This course will focus on scenic design for the stage. Students will engage in the creative process of scenic design through script analysis, sketches, architectural drawings, watercolor renderings and model making.
Prerequisite: Take STH-204
STH-366 | Stage Management | 3 credits
This course is designed to prepare students to execute the responsibilities of a stage manager. Focus will include prompt books and notations, CPR and basic first aid procedures, communication and administration of production meetings, as well as, backstage etiquette and procedures.
STH-376 | Theatre History and Literature I | 3 credits
In this course, students will examine theatre history, practice, dramatic literature and criticism from the Greeks through the Renaissance (Neo-classical) period by reading historical and dramatic texts. Emphasis will be given to the Hellenistic, Roman and Jacobean drama. Class formats will follow lectures, reflection and class discussion. This course satisfies the general education literature requirement.
STH-380 | Theatre History and Literature II | 3 credits
In this course, students will examine theatre history, practice, dramatic literature and criticims from the Restoration through the Anti-Realist and postmodern periods by reading historical and dramatic texts. Emphasis will be given to Naturalism, Realism, Expressionism, Absurdism, Existentialism and Postmodernism. Class formats will follow lectures, reflection and class discussion. This course satisfies the general education literature requirement.
STH-422 | Drama in the Church | 3 credits
This course is an in-depth study of Christian drama during the Medieval Period. In addition, the course will explore contemporary practices and opportunities in drama ministry.
STH-426 | Advanced Acting | 3 credits
This course is a continuation of STH-125, Introduction to Acting. Primary focus will be on developing powers of observation as well as the vocal and physical demands placed on an actor. Acting exercises designed by Stanislavsky, Hagen, Chekhov and Spolin will be used as a foundation.
Prerequisite: Take STH-125
STH-435 | Theatre Management | 3 credits
This course is designed to prepare students with the skills necessary to effectively function in the business and administrative areas of the theatre. Students will develop a marketing plan, budget and a business plan for theatre organization, as well as get hands-on experience with front-of-house operations.
STH-485 | Internship | 1 to 16 credits
Practical experience in an off-campus setting to complement classroom instruction. The project undertaken will be established by the student and faculty advisor in cooperation with the off-campus supervisor. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Prerequisite: 16 credits of supporting coursework approved by department