2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog

Theatre and Dance

Chairperson: Mr. David E. Patrick
Office: Browne Hall 101
Telephone: (309) 298-1543
Fax: (309) 298-2695
E-mail: Theatre@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/theatre

Faculty: Blackinton, Brakefield, Clemmens, Conner, Gabica, Goldfarb, Hassan, Kincaid, Kupka, Morel, Nott, Olson, Patrick, Winters-March, Woods, Wright.

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Theatre, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Musical Theatre, and minors in theatre and in dance. 

The B.A. in Theatre degree program offers options in Acting, Directing, and Production/Design.  The program develops skilled and creative artists for vocational and professional careers and/or future study in theatre and related arts and aims: (1) to develop creativity, artistic skills, and professionalism in students through an active production program that melds scholarship and practice; (2) to encourage and develop skills in communication, problem solving, research, and effective writing; (3) to enable majors and non-majors to expand and perfect their knowledge of the literary, historical, and philosophical aspects of theatre through a rich curriculum that has both depth and breadth; (4) to foster students’ understanding and appreciation of the arts; and (5) to enhance the cultural life of the campus and the region.

The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre degree program is a comprehensive pre-professional training program, teaching students to combine and synthesize the areas of singing, acting, and dancing. Students in the Musical Theatre program are afforded a variety of in-class and onstage performance opportunities throughout the undergraduate career, culminating in a final senior project. A professional summer experience is an integral part of the requirements for graduation.

GradTrac is available to B.A. in Theatre majors.  See more information about GradTrac

Honors Curriculum - Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts—Theatre

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre must complete I, II, and III.A., III.B, or III.C. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:  43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses:  31 s.h.
    THEA 100, 101*, 150, 151, 172, 250, 251, 282, 321, 390†, 391†, 392
  3. Options of Study (Select A, B, or C)
    1. Acting
      1. Special Courses:  7 s.h.
        THEA 170, 171, 272
      2. Directed Electives:  9 s.h.
        Select a minimum of 9 s.h. from: THEA 130, 176, 230, 269, 270, 273, 330, 370, 371, 372, 373, 430, 470, 472, 473, 474, 477, 496
      3. Minor:  16-24 s.h.
      4. Open Electives:  9-17 s.h.
    2. Directing
      1. Special Courses:  9 s.h.
        THEA 382, 481, 482
      2. Directed Electives:  7 s.h.
        Select a minimum of 7 s.h. from: THEA 130, 170, 171, 230, 269, 272, 330, 345, 409, 430, 451, 470, 474, 477, 483, 496
      3. Minor:  16-24 s.h.
      4. Open Electives:  9-17 s.h.
    3. Production/Design
      1. Special Courses:  6 s.h.
        THEA 330, 430, 451
      2. Directed Electives:  10 s.h.
        Select a minimum of 10 s.h. from: THEA 130, 230, 269, 330, 338, 345, 354, 355, 356, 365, 366, 430, 446, 455, 456, 465, 479, 496
      3. Minor:  16-24 s.h.
      4. Open Electives:  9-17 s.h.

*May count toward the University General Education requirement.
†THEA 390 and THEA 391 fulfill the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Musical Theatre

Program Admission: Admission to the program is by audition only. In order to be admitted to the B.F.A. program, students will present two contrasting songs, two contrasting monologues, and be prepared to learn a dance combination. The audition also qualifies the students for consideration for departmental scholarships. Auditions are held on campus in the spring. Video auditions may also be considered.

Program Requirements: Students accepted into the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre program must pass a proficiency test on basic music skills. Individuals who do not pass the proficiency test must enroll in Music 065 their second semester. All B.F.A. students also participate in an annual proficiency exam (at the end of spring semester) involving all three skill areas (acting, singing, and dance), and may be put on probation in one or more areas. Those put on probation must pass a fall proficiency exam the following semester in the area(s) of weakness. Faculty may provide individual guidance and coaching through this probationary process. After the fall proficiency, students are either removed from probation or asked to leave the program. B.F.A. students also successfully pass voice juries in the School of Music at the end of each semester.

All students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre must complete I, II, and III. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 137 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:  43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses:  74 s.h.
    THEA 101*, 130, 171, 172, 176, 230, 270, 271, 272, 274, 276, 330, 430, 476, 479 (6 s.h.), 492, 497†, 499 ; MUS 216 (8 s.h.), 416 (8 s.h.); DAN 110, 112, 113, 116, 212, 216, 316
  3. Directed Electives:  21 s.h.
    Theatre (minimum 5 s.h.): THEA 150, 151, 269, 273, 282, 337, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, 391, 392, 470, 472, 473, 479
    Music (minimum 5 s.h.): MUS 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 195, 196, 394, 397
    Dance (minimum 5 s.h.): DAN 117, 119, 210, 213, 219, 310, 313, 413

*May count toward the University General Education requirement.
†THEA 497 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

Minors

Minor in Dance:  25 s.h.

  1. Required Courses:  18 s.h. 
    DAN 110, 112, 113, 117, 119, 210, 213, 219, 310, 313
  2. Select a minimum of 5 s.h. from the following courses:  5 s.h. 
    DAN 382, 385, 413
  3. Select a minimum of 2 s.h. from the following courses:  2 s.h. 
    DAN 116, 212, 216, 386, 490

Minor in Theatre:  18 s.h.

  1. Special Courses:  9 s.h. 
    THEA 110, 150, 172
  2. Select 2-3 s.h. from the following:  2-3 s.h. 
    THEA 101, 390, 391, 392
  3. Theatre (THEA) electives:  6-7 s.h.

Minor in Fine Arts Technology and Design

  See Interdisciplinary Studies Minors.

Course Descriptions

THEATRE (THEA)

100  University Theatre Perspectives. (3)  An introduction to all elements of the theatre by providing students with lecture/demonstrations and hands-on experience in eight areas of theatre study. Primarily for theatre majors. Lab.

101  Play Analysis. (3)  (General Education/Fine Arts)  Analysis of plays in terms of plot, theme, character, dialogue, etc., preparatory to approaching the dramatic materials in terms of theatrical production. Production attendance is required for which admission charge is made.

110  Introduction to the Theatre. (3)  (General Education/Fine Arts)  Designed to acquaint the student with an overview of the aesthetics of drama and the practical aspects of the living theatre. Production attendance is required for which admission charge is made.
IAI: F1 907.

129  Theatrical Production on the Pre-College Level. (1 6, repeatable to 6)  Designed to acquaint the high school student with the various facets of dramatic production emphasizing the practical aspects of production in Summer Music Theatre.

130  Theatre Practice. (1, repeatable to 2)  Designed to increase proficiency in preparation and presentation of theatrical performance. At least one facet of the student's contribution must be carried out under the direct supervision of a member of the theatre faculty. Open to freshmen only.

150  Stagecraft. (3)  Study of basic skills of play production including scenic painting and carpentry, costume construction, lighting hang and focus, and prop construction.

151  Technical Theatre Practicum I. (1)  Training and supervised work in theatre production including costume construction, set and prop construction, and crew assignments. Prerequisite: THEA 150.

170  Movement I. (2)  This course will develop an awareness of the actor’s physical self while expanding the actor’s physical potential. This course will also develop the actor’s kinesthetic awareness to be sensitive to stimuli such as other people, various environments, and psychological moods.

171  Voice Techniques I. (2)  Development of the physical and aesthetic nature of voice production. Individual analysis of voices directs attention to improvement of quality, articulation, and pronunciation.

172  Acting I. (3)  Fundamental concepts, terms, and techniques in acting. Participation in class exercises and problems give the student an opportunity to begin developing skills in performance.
IAI: TA 914.

176  Techniques of Musical Theatre Performance. (3)  Designed to introduce the student to the practical demands and staging of musical comedy in the theatre. Emphasis will be placed on specific dance routines, musical comedy styles, and audition pieces. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

199  (cross-listed with ARTS/BC/MUS 199)  Introduction to Arts Technology and Design. (3)  Introductory survey of various arts technologies and practices as applied in art, broadcasting, music, theatre, and dance. Software will cover CAD (drawing, design, drafting), image manipulation, video and audio editing. Lecture/demonstration. Course cannot be counted toward a major in Art, Broadcasting, Music, Musical Theatre, or Theatre. Not open to students with credit in ARTS/BC/MUS 199.

201  Multiculturalism in Theatre. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies)  An analysis of multicultural issues found in drama. The class will survey cultural differences as well as the issues and topics unique and specific to various cultures and minorities.

230  Theatre Practice. (1, repeatable to 2)  Same as THEA 130 but open to sophomores only.

250  Design for Performance. (3)  Introduction to scene, costume, and lighting design covering aesthetics, basic elements, principles, and practices for theatrical performance. Individual design skill development through creative project assignments. Art materials required. Prerequisite: THEA 150.

251  Technical Theatre Practicum II. (1)  Continuation of THEA 151. Training and supervised work in theatre production including costume construction, set and prop construction, and crew assignments. Prerequisites: THEA 151.

269  Make-Up. (2)  Practice and theory of make-up in the theatre, designed to develop proficiency in the various techniques and styles of make-up application. Prerequisite: THEA 250. Lab fee: purchase of make-up kit required.

270  Movement II. (3)  Continuation of THEA 170, “Movement I.” This course explores the actor’s own movement habits and patterns, and develops methods for altering and implementing new physical mannerisms for created characters through movement and masks. Prerequisite: THEA 170 or permission of instructor.

271  Music Skills for Musical Theatre I. (2)  Basic musicianship skills with specific applications to musical theatre situations. Prerequisites: musical theatre major with sophomore standing; BFA music fundamentals proficiency or MUS 180; BFA piano proficiency or MUS 060–remedial piano

272  Acting II. (3)  Continuation of THEA 172, "Acting I", with the emphasis on script analysis and in-class scene study. Prerequisite: THEA 170 or DAN 113; and THEA 171 and 172.

273  Improvisation for Theatre. (3)  Designed to enhance intuitive and spontaneous skills of acting through a series of structured exercises focusing on conflict, situation, and characterization. Prerequisites: THEA 172.

274  Music Skills for Musical Theatre II. (2)  A continuation of THEA 271. Prerequisites: musical theatre major with sophomore standing and Thea271; BFA music fundamentals proficiency or MUS 180; BFA piano proficiency or MUS 065–remedial piano.

276  Musical Theatre Studio. (3)  Performance of major roles of musical theatre in studio projects. Emphasis on the student’s integration of singing, acting, and movement into a unified performance. Prerequisites: musical theatre major with sophomore standing.

278  Musical Theatre Lab. (1, repeatable to 3)  Individual or small-group laboratory work to assist theatre students in preparing for musical auditions, Summer Music Theatre, musical theatre techniques classes, and personal growth. Prerequisite:  MUS 180 or permission of instructor.

282  Directing I. (3)  The director's function in theatrical production from an aesthetic and practical standpoint. Prerequisites: THEA 172.

298  Independent Study. (1–3)  Private work on specific problems in performance or tech/design with an approved adviser. Student must request course the semester before enrolling.

321  Stage Management. (3)  Study of the procedures involved in stage management with opport0unities for the student to gain experience in this area.

323  Theatre Organization and Management. (3)  Study of the procedures involved in theatre publicity and sales with opportunities for the student to gain experience in this area.

330  Theatre Practice. (1, repeatable to 2)  Same as THEA 130 but open to juniors only.

337  Professional Semester. (12)  Designed to give the undergraduate student the opportunity and the learning experience to practice the craft of theatre off-campus in a professional situation. Students may enroll in this course only after they have been accepted into a reputable theatre organization and have received approval from the theatre faculty. Because most of the student's time will be spent off campus working in a theatre, or with a theatre organization, students should not enroll in any other courses during the semester they are enrolled in THEA 337.

338  Advanced Topics in Technical Theatre. (2)  Creative and practical projects assigned in conjunction with major campus productions. Prerequisites: THEA 250 or permission of instructor.

345  (formerly THEA 445)  Lighting Design I. (3)  In-depth investigation of the varied aspects of stage lighting theory, design, and practice. The practice will include theoretical production experiences. Prerequisite: THEA 250.

354  Theatrical Drafting. (3)  Advanced study of the principles and methods of drafting conventions and techniques employed by the theatre designer or technician. Prerequisite: THEA 250 or permission of instructor.

355  Scene Design I. (3)  Introduction to the methodology and practice of scene design. Application of knowledge through a series of fundamental design projects. Prerequisite: THEA 354 or permission of instructor.

356  Theatrical Rendering. (3)  Media and techniques employed in the presentation of theatrical designs. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

365  (formerly THEA 264)  Costume Design I. (3)  History of fashion. Discussion of the theory of costume design and color. Projects assigned in interpreting historical clothing into theatrical costume. Prerequisite: THEA 250.

370  Movement III. (3)  This course is an exploration into the techniques of physical comedy as the actor learns to develop their sense of comic timing. This course will also offer an introduction to the techniques and stock characters of Italian Commedia dell’Arte. Prerequisite: THEA 270 or permission of instructor.

371  Voice Techniques II. (3)  Increasing vocal effectiveness through ear training and the development of voice techniques required in problem performance areas. Prerequisites: THEA 171 and 172, or permission of instructor.

372  Acting: Characterization. (3)  Intense and extensive character analysis and improvisation exploring possible strategies and approaches an actor may take in presenting a character. Prerequisite: THEA 270 and 272.

373  Acting: Shakespeare. (3)  Designed to deal with individual problems of the actor. Consideration is given to acting in verse drama, particularly the works of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: THEA 270 and 272.

382  Directing II. (3) A continuation of the development of directorial skills using classroom exercises, discussions and scene work. Prerequisite: THEA 282 or permission of the instructor.

390  World Theatre History I. (3)  A survey of world theatre history and literature from its origins in antiquity through the 17th century, tracing the social, political, and economic conditions in which theatre has developed around the world. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: successful completion of ENG 180 and 280.

391  World Theatre History II. (3)  A survey of world theatre history and literature from the 17th century to the 1930’s , tracing the social, political, and economic conditions in which theatre has developed around the world. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: successful completion of ENG 180 and ENG 280.

392  World Theatre History III. (2)  A survey of world theatre history and literature from the 1930’s to the present, tracing the social, political, and economic conditions in which theatre has developed around the world. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENG 180 and 280.

399  (cross-listed with ARTS/BC/MUS 399)  Arts Technology and Design Practicum. (1)  Guided practicum in arts technology and design. Student must be accepted into a specific practicum experience related to one area of arts technology and design. Course cannot be counted toward a major in Art, Broadcasting, Music, Musical Theatre, or Theatre. Not open to students with credit in ARTS/BC/MUS 399.

400  Independent Research and Projects. (1–6, repeatable for different topics to 6)  Individual study or research under supervision of the faculty. Open to seniors who have demonstrated special competence in theatre. By permission of the department chairperson only. Student must request course the semester before enrolling.

409  Playwriting I. (2)  Designed to instruct in the basic principles of the art of playwriting: objective, development of obstacles in incidents, characterization, and climax. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.

419  Playwriting II. (2)  Continuation of THEA 409. Students who have achieved a basic level of proficiency in the art of playwriting are encouraged to further develop their skills. Prerequisites: THEA 409; ENG 180 and 280.

430  Theatre Practice. (1, repeatable to 2)  Same as THEA 130 but open to seniors only.

446  Lighting Design II. (3)  Continuation of THEA 345. The varied aspects of production experience. Prerequisite: THEA 345.

451  Decor. (4)  Survey of architectural elements, furnishings, and decorative motifs useful to theatre designers: prehistoric through modern including Far Eastern styles.

455  Scene Design II. (3)  The effects of the elements of scene design in the theatre and the designer's methods of working on design problems. Individual design skill development through creative project assignments. Prerequisite: THEA 355.

456  Scene Painting. (2)  Introduction to painting for the stage with an emphasis on materials, texturing techniques, and three-dimensional effects. Lab fee required.

465  (formerly THEA 364)  Costume Design II. (3)  Projects assigned in interpreting historical clothing into theatrical costume. Prerequisite: THEA 365 or permission of instructor.

470  Stage Combat: Unarmed. (4)  Students will learn safe, effective techniques for performing unarmed stage fights, falls, and rolls. Emphasis on acting the fight, safety, and realism. Prerequisite: THEA 170 and 172, or permission of instructor.

472  Auditions. (2)  Designed to prepare the advanced acting student in the techniques, opportunities, and procedures of auditioning, interviewing, and constructing resumes for advanced study or career placement. Prerequisites: THEA 372 or 373.

473  Acting and the Camera. (3, repeatable to 9)  A course designed to incorporate skills learned in basic acting classes and basic video or film production courses, emphasizing camera students working with actors and actors working in front of the camera. Prerequisite: Acting students: THEA 272 or permission of instructor; Camera students: BC 110 or 361 or permission of instructor.

474  Stage Combat: Armed. (4, repeatable to a maximum of 12) Designed to teach safe, effective techniques for various weapons. Weapons could include broadsword, sword and shield, quarterstaff, rapier, and dagger. Emphasis on acting the story and safety. Prerequisites: THEA 470 and/or permission of the instructor.

476  Advanced Techniques of Musical Theatre. (3)  Continuation of THEA 176. Further development of singing and acting abilities, enabling the student to fuse these talents and perform with greater success in the genre of musical theatre. Prerequisites: at least two acting classes.

477  Dialects. (3)  Training in American regional and foreign dialects most frequently required in performance. Various approaches are introduced so that individuals may develop personal working methods. Prerequisite: THEA 171 and 172, or permission of  instructor.

479  Professional Summer Semester. (1–12, repeatable to a maximum of 12)  Practical and theoretical work in all aspects of production during intensive eight-week rehearsal and performance of Summer Music Theatre. Auditions required.

481  Rehearsal Techniques. (3)  The examination and practical application of techniques for the development of creative rehearsal environments, effective actor/director communication, and strategies for exploring the moment to moment dynamics of a scene. Prerequisite: THEA 382.

482  Independent Projects in Directing. (3)  Supervised independent projects in directing. Prerequisite: THEA 481 with a B or better.

483  Assistant Director Practicum. (1)  Designed to give the directing student the opportunity to participate in a mainstage production, the student will work on all aspects of the artistic development of a production under the mentorship of the faculty director. Prerequisites: THEA 481 and permission of instructor.

492  Musical Theatre Auditions and Professional Preparation. (3)  Designed to prepare students to be successful at professional musical theatre auditions and to provide them with practical skills and information related to show business (i.e.: agents, managers, unions, negotiating, contracts, headshots, resumes, casting directors, etc.). Prerequisite: THEA 276.

496  Experiments and Topics in Theatre. (1–3, repeatable to 6)  Investigation and exploration of special projects or experiments which will immerse students in a specific topic, technique, or concept. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; junior or senior standing.

497  Musical Theatre History. (3)  History of musical theatre, primarily focusing on American Musical theatre, from its defining influences and roots to the present. Topics to be covered include significant productions, composers, lyricists, librettists, choreographers, directors, designers, and actors. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: THEA 101 or permission of instructor, and successful completion of ENG 180 and 280.

498  Individual Study. (1–3)  Special projects in performance or design. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, and permission of adviser.

499  BFA Senior Project. (3) BFA Musical Theatre seniors are to mount a fully-staged, recital format, production demonstrating high proficiency in the three primary areas of study: acting, singing, and dance. Seniors are expected to direct their own productions, with faculty guidance. Prerequisites: Musical Theatre major and senior standing.  

DANCE (DAN)

110  Ballet I. (2, repeatable to 4)  Introduction to exercises at barre, exercises at center, simple allegro work, and simple adagio.

112  Jazz Dance. (2, repeatable to 4)  Survey of the historical influences from which jazz dance evolved and beginning jazz techniques.

113  Modern Dance I. (2, repeatable to 4)  Beginning modern dance technique and creative approach.

116  Tap Dance I. (1)  Fundamentals of tap and soft shoe.

117  (cross-listed with KIN 117)  Pilates Exercise. (1)  Pilates-based, mat-work fundamentals and basic concepts of Core Dynamics and floor exercises for physical/mental conditioning that change, tone, center, balance, and strengthen the body. Holistic exercise uses specific breath support while the body is engaged in dynamic exercise and includes a posture analysis to determine individual needs and goals. Not open to students with credit in KIN 117.

119  Improvisation. (1)  Exploration of individual and group movement potential in a spontaneous context, as it relates to dance.

210  Ballet II. (2, repeatable to 6)  Intermediate technique and skill. Continuation of Ballet I. Prerequisite: DAN 110 and permission of instructor.

212  Jazz Dance II. (2, repeatable to 6)  Intermediate skill, techniques and movement combinations. Continuation of Jazz I. Prerequisite: DAN 112 and permission of instructor.

213  Modern Dance II. (2, repeatable to 6)  Intermediate level skills and techniques. Continuation of Modern Dance I. Prerequisite: DAN 113 and permission of instructor.

216  Tap Dance II. (1, repeatable to 4)  Intermediate tap dance and soft shoe skills and continued study of beginning skills and theory. Prerequisite: DAN 116 or permission of instructor.

219  Composition. (2)  Introduction to application of choreographic principles with emphasis on movement invention and development of evaluative skills. Prerequisite: DAN 119. Concert attendance required.

310  Ballet III. (2, repeatable to 6)  Continuation of Ballet II. Prerequisites: DAN 210 and permission of instructor.

313  Modern Dance III. (2, repeatable to 6)  Prerequisites: DAN 213 and permission of instructor.

316  Musical Theatre Dance. (2)  This dance performance course focuses on the specific needs for a performer in musical theatre. Students will gain practical experience in dance areas pertinent to musical theatre performance such as partnering, solo work, and dancing in a chorus. Prerequisites: Musical Theatre major and permission of instructor.

382  Dance History and Philosophy. (3)  A survey of dance from pre-literary times to the present in relation to philosophical and sociological factors of dance as an art form in society.

IAI: F1 906.

385  Movement and Music Analysis. (3)  Review of musical notation and application through playing of keyboard and percussion instruments. Analysis of recorded music for meter, rhythmic pattern, and phrasing.

386  Special Projects in Dance. (1–2, repeatable for different topics to 2)  By arrangement with dance adviser one semester in advance.

413  Advanced Techniques of Modern Dance. (2, repeatable to 6)  Advanced modern dance techniques with emphasis on performance qualities in projection, vitality, and execution. Prerequisites: DAN 313 and permission of instructor.

490  Special Problems. (1-3, repeatable for different topics to 6)  By arrangement with instructor.