Course Descriptions

Theatre, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

THTR: Theatre

THTR 101 (3) Acting I: Improvisation - The Body in Performance
A physical approach to improvisation as it relates to live performance and the creation of theatre. [5 hours/week studio]
THTR 102 (3) The Actor's Process I
Introduction to physical and vocal training and intercultural, movement-based performance work rooted in European experimental theatre and non-Western performance traditions. [5 hours/week studio]
THTR 103 (3) Acting for Stage and Screen
An introduction to acting techniques pertaining to the style of psychological realism for stage and screen. [5 hours/week studio]
THTR 111 (3) Introduction to Theatre and World Performance Traditions
Cross-cultural investigation of Western and non-Western performance traditions and practices including realistic, experimental, and intercultural theatre, as well as ritual performance processes. [2-1-0]
THTR 130 (3) Introduction to Acting
The actor's process, from improvisation to text. [2-3-0]
THTR 201 (3) Acting II: Actor/Creator Resources
Research and exploration of diverse sources in the creation of new performance work. Sources may include specific sites or communities, natural and man-made materials, texts, or music. [5 hours/week studio]
Prerequisite: THTR 101.
THTR 202 (3) The Actor's Process II
Intermediate physical and vocal training and intercultural, movement-based performance work rooted in European experimental theatre and non-Western performance traditions. [5 hours/week studio]
Prerequisite: THTR 102.
THTR 211 (3) Performance, Embodiment, and Creativity
Interdisciplinary investigation of the history, theory, and practice of performance as an embodied creative process and a form of artistic research. [2-1-0]
THTR 280 (3/6) d Devised Public Performance
An intensive laboratory course in performance creation leading to a public presentation. Students may work extensively out in the community and compulsory rehearsals will be scheduled outside of class time. [5 hours/week studio]
Corequisite: THTR 101.
THTR 301 (3) Acting III: Performance Styles
Training in physical performance styles such as Commedia dell'Arte, Tragedy, Bouffon, Clown and Performance Art. Students will study both traditional and contemporary examples of these styles. [5 hours/week studio]
Prerequisite: THTR 201.
THTR 302 (3) Indigenous Performance Practices
Indigenous performance training methods in movement, dance, singing, and storytelling that connect Indigenous Peoples to their homelands and ancestral territories. The interrelation of community, ecology, language, and culture will be explored under the expert guidance of an Indigenous instructor and the mentorship of guest Indigenous artists and Elders. May include field trips. [5 hours/week studio]
Prerequisite: One of THTR 201, THTR 202 or third year standing and permission of the instructor.
THTR 303 (3) Narrative Film Production
The theory and practice of producing a short narrative motion picture for the purpose of developing narrative film literacy. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of VISA 106, THTR 103, CRWR 250, FILM 100 and third-year standing. Recommended courses: VISA 261 and VISA 271 and either CULT 210 or ENGL 215.
THTR 401 (3) Live Art/New Media
Interdisciplinary training incorporating the use of old and new technology in live performance. [5 hours/week studio]
Prerequisite: THTR 301.
THTR 411 (3) Performance Studies
Seminar in the interdisciplinary field of performance studies, broadly conceived as the investigation of aesthetic, ritual, and everyday life performance practices. Credit will be granted for only one of THTR 411 or CULT 480. [2-1-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
Equivalency: CULT 480.
THTR 480 (3/12) d Special Topics in Performance Creation
An intensive course in performance creation leading to a public presentation. Students may work extensively out in the community and additional compulsory rehearsal time will be scheduled. [5 hours/week studio]
Prerequisite: THTR 280 or permission of the instructor.
THTR 482 (6) Advanced Performance Practices I
In consultation with a faculty advisor, students will propose a program of interdisciplinary study for a thesis project. Intensive course for fourth-year Creative Studies students. [5-5-0]
Prerequisite: THTR 301.
THTR 483 (6) Advanced Performance Practices II
A continuation of THTR 482 concluding with an advertised, public performance or community project. [5-5-0]
Prerequisite: THTR 482.
THTR 485 (3/6) c Directed Studies
Performance theories and/or practices leading to completion of a significant written research project (with or without a practical component) or a documented interdisciplinary performance project. [2-3-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing and permission of both the department and the supervising faculty member.
THTR 520 (3) Special Topics in Theatre
Special topics course for graduate students in performance. Restricted to students in the M.F.A. program with specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies, or permission of the Department of Creative Studies.
THTR 530 (3) Directed Studies in Theatre
Directed studies course for graduate students in performance. Restricted to students in the M.F.A. program with specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies, or with permission of the Department of Creative Studies.

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