Theatre

Theatre Major

Learn more about this major

Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a bachelor of arts degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

Students can earn a bachelor of science degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of science degree.

Major Requirements: 11 courses, 34-38 credits, plus 4 Practicum courses

Core Requirements (6 courses, 14 credits)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This introduction to acting prepares students for work in production and develops skills in all forms of communication. The first part of the course uses improvisational exercises based on the Stanislavski method to teach fundamental acting techniques. The second half of the course applies those techniques to monologue and scene work from major 20th century plays. This course is a core requirement for all Theatre Majors.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will teach both the methods and principles behind stage management demonstrating how to support a production while facilitating the work of directors designers and actors. In addition to teaching the specific technical skills necessary to each part of the production process this course will also address the more subtle intellectual and managerial skills that make stage management an art. This is an experiential learning course. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors.

Prerequisites:

Theatre Majors and minors only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course helps orient Theatre Department Freshmen to university life while presenting them with practical information about the theatre department and the theatre profession. Students develop resumes and cover letters; interviews and auditions are discussed; and theatre professors staff visiting professionals and alumni come to classes to discuss their areas of expertise. Students must attend theatre activities on campus and in the city of Boston.

Prerequisites:

Theatre majors or minors only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course is designed to give you the tools to plan for and support your career path after graduation. Activities include audition/resume/cover-letter workshops; interviewing techniques; dressing for success; networking; identifying your personal brand; professional internships; and deciding whether graduate school is right for you. Master classes with professional theatre artists and an opportunity to audition/interview for a theatrical Artistic Director will also be included.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

The capstone experience demonstrates a student's high level of practical and/or academic facility and prepares them for their transition into the world of professional theatre and graduate school. Upper Level production activities within the theatre department that may fulfill this requirement are directing designing stage managing acting a major role playwriting or some special approved project. Students may also fulfill this requirement by completing a Senior Honors Thesis.

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This rigorous class will give students the fundamental concepts vocabulary and skills used to design for the stage such as: color line composition research and script analysis. The class has a written component as well as extensive experiential learning and is intended to prepare students to design workshop productions in the Studio Theatre. Students will be expected to complete a minimum of ten hours of production work for Theatre Department productions.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This rigorous survey class will give students the fundamental concepts vocabulary and skills to implement basic scenery lighting costuming props and sound. The class is intended to prepare students as technical support for workshop productions in the Studio Theatre. There is experiential learning with basic tools and theatrical equipment as well a written component to this class. Students are expected to complete a minimum of ten hours of technical work on Theatre Department productions.

Electives (5 courses, 20 credits)

Choose three of the following Historical Context Electives:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This is a survey of American musical theatre from its roots in the mid-19th century to the present. It provides students with the analytical tools historical insight and cultural context to increase their appreciation of Broadway's most influential musicals and the artists who created them. The course also provides a critical examination of the ways musicals both reflected the racial ethnic and gender stereotyping of its day while trailblazing a more progressive and enlightened view of these identities.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This survey course provides students with an historical philosophical and aesthetic overview of theatre practices from the Golden Age of Greek drama to 19th-century melodrama and early experiments in realism. Through readings lectures and discussions the class will explore the theatre's persistent capacity to mirror the societies that produce it. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors. Normally offered alternate years.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Picking up chronologically where THETR 265 leaves off this survey course is designed to provide students with an understanding of modern Western theatre. Beginning with a melodrama plays will include representative works of realism naturalism expressionism epic theatre theatre of the absurd and metatheatricality. Lectures and class discussions will explore how these concepts translate to acting and production techniques as well as what they imply as artistic responses to a modern and post-modern world. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre Majors and the VPATH requirement.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course introduces the theories and practices strategically used by American theatre artists after the Second World War. Special emphasis is placed on theatre artists exploring issues of cultural identity including works by LGBTQ African-American Asian-American and Latinx playwrights. The course will also introduce trends in post-modern theatre practices related to the emerging work of auteur directors solo performers and interdisciplinary collectives. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors. Normally offered alternate years. This satisfies the "global perspectives" requirement.

Choose one of the following Mid-Level Electives:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Focusing on classic musical comedies from 1910-1950 this skills-based experiential learning course introduces students to an integrated approach to singing for the stage. This means that students learn to "act the song" through the study and application of musical analysis and vocal technique along with dramatic analysis and sound acting technique. The class also features weekly presentations group singing intensive audition preparation private vocal and acting coaching and a staged recital in the Modern Theatre at the end of the semester.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Learning how to prepare for effective auditions is essential training for anyone who wishes to be cast in theatre productions. This studio course will provide practical guidelines and useful strategies to help students be at their best during the always competitive audition process. Over the course of the term students will not only prepare to participate confidently in professional and non-professional auditions but learn to enjoy the journey as well.

Prerequisites:

THETR-229 or THETR-129 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A continuation of Acting I with special emphasis on verse and heightened language. Students will explore acting Shakespeare and other classical plays and will rehearse and perform short projects. Students will also learn to think read and write about classical performance.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Focusing on rock pop and progressive musicals from 1980-2000 this skills-based experiential learning course builds on the integrated approach to "acting the song" introduced in Theatre 233 and developed in THETR 334. This means that students will deepen their appreciation of the synthesis of music and dramatic analysis together with vocal and acting technique. The class features weekly presentations group singing intensive audition preparation private vocal and acting coaching and a staged recital in the Modern Theatre at the end of the semester.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Focusing on classic musicals from 1950-1980 this skills-based experiential learning course exposes students to an integrated approach to singing for the stage. This means that students learn to "act the song" through the study of music analysis and vocal technique together with dramatic analysis and sound acting technique. The class features weekly presentations group singing intensive audition preparation private vocal and acting coaching and a staged recital in the Modern Theatre at the end of the semester.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This conservatory-style studio course provides students with fundamental directing skills through lectures readings and weekly projects that explore composition staging text analysis and directorial communication skills. Students in this course become eligible to propose their own directing projects to the Theatre Department for production consideration. Students will direct a short play by Thornton Wilder for their final project.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Playwriting students will engage weekly writing assignments that explore fundamental components of the dramatist's craft including plot character conflict voice dialogue rhythm point of view surprise structure and style. Playwrights are encouraged to participate in "Play Day! " a public reading of new work for the stage.

Choose one of the following Upper-Level Electives:

Prerequisites:

Take THETR-187 THETR-152 or THETR-151; or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students will explore the basic process of lighting design for the theatre through hands-on experiential learning with theatrical lighting equipment conceptual projects and the design of both written and musical content. The course will focus on common vocabularies descriptions of imageries from text physical forms of design expression and general approach. In addition students will learn basic skills in theatre electrics to support the design process. Sample assignments might include written critiques of local productions design approach statements with lighting research lighted scenes of one act plays in the Studio Theatre and lighting set models. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

Take THETR-129

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Using plays from the mid-20th century to the present students will engage in advanced acting techniques to discover connections with the material at the deepest most intimate level. The ability to apply highly sensitized analyzation to character relationships and circumstances of each scene will be thoroughly explored and students will be encouraged to work outside of their comfort zones. Also the awareness and execution of the emotional commitment needed to fulfill the life of each scene will be courageously explored and incorporated.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This seminar course examines several plays including one-acts modern classics and a play by Shakespeare all joined loosely by common themes. Films of the plays are studied and discussed as well as the social and historical contexts of the scripts. Students engage in experiential learning by reading the texts out loud in class examining the meaning action objective and philosophical and historical contexts with the professor. Written assignments focus on various methods of play analysis. The goal is to get closer to the original intentions of the author and see the plays as active dramatic experiences. The course is intended for Junior and Senior theatre majors.

Prerequisites:

THETR-375 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Directing II focuses on the development of an individual directorial point of view and explores a variety of theoretical and applied approaches to cultivating interpretive skills. The course also examines how the director reconciles traditional theatrical conventions and techniques with the ability to create fresh innovative and personal results. Students will stage weekly theatrical responses to class readings in addition to creating a fully-realized final directing project.

Prerequisites:

THETR-377 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Playwriting II is a continuation deepening and thickening of the principles learned in Playwriting I. A course designed for dedicated writers students are expected to explore a wide variety of playwriting challenges skills and techniques. This class focuses on the inherent creative tension between theatricality and believability. In addition to a rigorous writing regimen students will also be assigned plays by recognized playwrights to discuss and analyze in class.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course provides an overview of the modern concept of performance and performativity and how these concepts have fundamentally altered the ways we perceive and understand our world. Encompassing the areas of dance music theatre installation work 'happenings' and spectacles as well as sporting events political campaigns social/religions rituals advertising and social media students will explore the ways performance and "performativity" are understood by ethnographers anthropologists linguists cultural theorists social scientists and artists. Using the theoretical base covered during the semester students will conceive develop and present a final performance piece appropriate to their chosen discipline.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

All Theatre majors are required to have two Theatre Department performance and two Theatre Department production experiences.

Prerequisites:

This is a no credit course.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

A non-credit course to satisfy the Theatre practicum requirement for theatre majors and minors. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department performance activities such as acting directing playwriting dramaturgy choreography or stage management may. May be taken more than once.

Prerequisites:

This is a no credit course.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

A non-credit course to satisfy the Theatre practicum requirement for theatre majors and minors. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department production activities such as design or assistant design load-in or run crews board operators carpenters electricians stitchers and painters. May be taken more than once.

Prerequisites:

Theatre majors or minors or instructor's consent

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

This course offers flexible credit for a wide range of production work in the Theatre Department determined by the challenge and time commitment of the assignment. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department performance activities such as acting directing playwriting dramaturgy choreography or stage management may. Written work includes a production log signed by the supervisor and a narrative journal. This course also satisfies the Theatre requirement for Theatre majors and minors. May be taken more than once. ECR

Prerequisites:

Theatre majors or minors or instructor's consent

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

This course offers flexible credit for a wide range of production work in the Theatre Department determined by the challenge and time commitment of the assignment. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department production activities such as design or assistant design load-in or run crews board operators carpenters electricians stitchers and painters. Written work includes a production log signed by the supervisor and a narrative journal. This course also satisfies the Theatre requirement for Theatre majors and minors. May be taken more than once. ECR

Note: THETR-100 and THETR-102 do not confer credit; THETR-200 and THETR-202 may be completed for credit.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Theatre Major Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will know/understand...

Students will be able to...

The importance of self-reliance, collaboration, enterprise, & creativity in theatre making

  • Participate confidently, collaboratively, & effectively in theatre production
  • Develop leadership skills to support the writing, directing, designing, stage management or performance of student plays

Their artistic voice through the investigation of multiple areas of interest in academic study, studio work, and production

  • Conceive, write, design, and direct, their own theatrical productions

The inter-connection between theatre, history, literature, theory and practice

  • Apply knowledge gained in the classroom to their practical work as emerging theatre artists

The need for successful creative collaboration through engagement with the professional theatre community

  • Seek out and procure professional internships and other opportunities as third and fourth year students and alumni

Theatre Minor

Learn more about this minor

Minor Requirements: 5 courses, 20 credits plus 2 Practicum courses

Core Requirements (3 courses, 12 credits)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This introduction to acting prepares students for work in production and develops skills in all forms of communication. The first part of the course uses improvisational exercises based on the Stanislavski method to teach fundamental acting techniques. The second half of the course applies those techniques to monologue and scene work from major 20th century plays. This course is a core requirement for all Theatre Majors.

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This rigorous class will give students the fundamental concepts vocabulary and skills used to design for the stage such as: color line composition research and script analysis. The class has a written component as well as extensive experiential learning and is intended to prepare students to design workshop productions in the Studio Theatre. Students will be expected to complete a minimum of ten hours of production work for Theatre Department productions.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This rigorous survey class will give students the fundamental concepts vocabulary and skills to implement basic scenery lighting costuming props and sound. The class is intended to prepare students as technical support for workshop productions in the Studio Theatre. There is experiential learning with basic tools and theatrical equipment as well a written component to this class. Students are expected to complete a minimum of ten hours of technical work on Theatre Department productions.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will teach both the methods and principles behind stage management demonstrating how to support a production while facilitating the work of directors designers and actors. In addition to teaching the specific technical skills necessary to each part of the production process this course will also address the more subtle intellectual and managerial skills that make stage management an art. This is an experiential learning course. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors.

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This is a survey of American musical theatre from its roots in the mid-19th century to the present. It provides students with the analytical tools historical insight and cultural context to increase their appreciation of Broadway's most influential musicals and the artists who created them. The course also provides a critical examination of the ways musicals both reflected the racial ethnic and gender stereotyping of its day while trailblazing a more progressive and enlightened view of these identities.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This survey course provides students with an historical philosophical and aesthetic overview of theatre practices from the Golden Age of Greek drama to 19th-century melodrama and early experiments in realism. Through readings lectures and discussions the class will explore the theatre's persistent capacity to mirror the societies that produce it. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors. Normally offered alternate years.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Picking up chronologically where THETR 265 leaves off this survey course is designed to provide students with an understanding of modern Western theatre. Beginning with a melodrama plays will include representative works of realism naturalism expressionism epic theatre theatre of the absurd and metatheatricality. Lectures and class discussions will explore how these concepts translate to acting and production techniques as well as what they imply as artistic responses to a modern and post-modern world. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre Majors and the VPATH requirement.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course introduces the theories and practices strategically used by American theatre artists after the Second World War. Special emphasis is placed on theatre artists exploring issues of cultural identity including works by LGBTQ African-American Asian-American and Latinx playwrights. The course will also introduce trends in post-modern theatre practices related to the emerging work of auteur directors solo performers and interdisciplinary collectives. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors. Normally offered alternate years. This satisfies the "global perspectives" requirement.

Electives (2 courses, 8 credits)

Choose any two Theatre courses, one being 300-level or higher.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

All Theatre minors are required to have one Theatre department performance experience and one Theatre department production experience.

Prerequisites:

This is a no credit course.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

A non-credit course to satisfy the Theatre practicum requirement for theatre majors and minors. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department performance activities such as acting directing playwriting dramaturgy choreography or stage management may. May be taken more than once.

Prerequisites:

This is a no credit course.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

A non-credit course to satisfy the Theatre practicum requirement for theatre majors and minors. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department production activities such as design or assistant design load-in or run crews board operators carpenters electricians stitchers and painters. May be taken more than once.

Prerequisites:

Theatre majors or minors or instructor's consent

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

This course offers flexible credit for a wide range of production work in the Theatre Department determined by the challenge and time commitment of the assignment. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department performance activities such as acting directing playwriting dramaturgy choreography or stage management may. Written work includes a production log signed by the supervisor and a narrative journal. This course also satisfies the Theatre requirement for Theatre majors and minors. May be taken more than once. ECR

Prerequisites:

Theatre majors or minors or instructor's consent

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

This course offers flexible credit for a wide range of production work in the Theatre Department determined by the challenge and time commitment of the assignment. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department production activities such as design or assistant design load-in or run crews board operators carpenters electricians stitchers and painters. Written work includes a production log signed by the supervisor and a narrative journal. This course also satisfies the Theatre requirement for Theatre majors and minors. May be taken more than once. ECR

Note: THETR-100 and THETR-102 do not confer credit; THETR-200 and THETR-202 may be completed for credit.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Minor Programs Policy: A student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major or double major combination to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

Honors

To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

  1. Graduate with a major GPA of 3.3
  2. Complete THETR-H555
  3. Complete a thesis/project in THETR-H555 that is approved by the major department
  4. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

To become a candidate for honors in the major, a student must either:

  1. Have a major GPA of 3.3
  2. Be of senior standing
  3. Present a thesis/project to a project advisor
  4. Apply to the honors coordinator for pre-approval of the thesis/project

Theatre Courses

Prerequisites:

This is a no credit course.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

A non-credit course to satisfy the Theatre practicum requirement for theatre majors and minors. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department performance activities such as acting directing playwriting dramaturgy choreography or stage management may. May be taken more than once.

Prerequisites:

This is a no credit course.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

A non-credit course to satisfy the Theatre practicum requirement for theatre majors and minors. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department production activities such as design or assistant design load-in or run crews board operators carpenters electricians stitchers and painters. May be taken more than once.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This introduction to acting prepares students for work in production and develops skills in all forms of communication. The first part of the course uses improvisational exercises based on the Stanislavski method to teach fundamental acting techniques. The second half of the course applies those techniques to monologue and scene work from major 20th century plays. This course is a core requirement for all Theatre Majors.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This rigorous class will give students the fundamental concepts vocabulary and skills used to design for the stage such as: color line composition research and script analysis. The class has a written component as well as extensive experiential learning and is intended to prepare students to design workshop productions in the Studio Theatre. Students will be expected to complete a minimum of ten hours of production work for Theatre Department productions.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This rigorous survey class will give students the fundamental concepts vocabulary and skills to implement basic scenery lighting costuming props and sound. The class is intended to prepare students as technical support for workshop productions in the Studio Theatre. There is experiential learning with basic tools and theatrical equipment as well a written component to this class. Students are expected to complete a minimum of ten hours of technical work on Theatre Department productions.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Introduces students to the fundamentals of sound design for theater or live performance art. This course is a hands-on introduction to the process of planning communicating organizing and producing sound for live productions. Workshop-style classes will rigorously explore the components of the sound system editing and cuing software and basic skills needed to support the design including common terminology & script analysis. At the completion of the course students will be able to design sound for small-scale theater pieces. Requires a personal laptop to run the software and do the assignments.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will teach both the methods and principles behind stage management demonstrating how to support a production while facilitating the work of directors designers and actors. In addition to teaching the specific technical skills necessary to each part of the production process this course will also address the more subtle intellectual and managerial skills that make stage management an art. This is an experiential learning course. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors.

Prerequisites:

Theatre Majors and minors only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course helps orient Theatre Department Freshmen to university life while presenting them with practical information about the theatre department and the theatre profession. Students develop resumes and cover letters; interviews and auditions are discussed; and theatre professors staff visiting professionals and alumni come to classes to discuss their areas of expertise. Students must attend theatre activities on campus and in the city of Boston.

Prerequisites:

Theatre majors or minors or instructor's consent

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

This course offers flexible credit for a wide range of production work in the Theatre Department determined by the challenge and time commitment of the assignment. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department performance activities such as acting directing playwriting dramaturgy choreography or stage management may. Written work includes a production log signed by the supervisor and a narrative journal. This course also satisfies the Theatre requirement for Theatre majors and minors. May be taken more than once. ECR

Prerequisites:

Theatre majors or minors or instructor's consent

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

This course offers flexible credit for a wide range of production work in the Theatre Department determined by the challenge and time commitment of the assignment. Students should register for this course when participating in Theatre Department production activities such as design or assistant design load-in or run crews board operators carpenters electricians stitchers and painters. Written work includes a production log signed by the supervisor and a narrative journal. This course also satisfies the Theatre requirement for Theatre majors and minors. May be taken more than once. ECR

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Professional actors engage in rigorous voice and movement training throughout their careers. This course provides students with the theory and practical training to free and develop their natural voices for the stage. They will also explore physical acting through improvisation and a series of exercises that will expand their ability to respond reflexively and organically to their instincts. Wear comfortable clothing.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Focusing on classic musical comedies from 1910-1950 this skills-based experiential learning course introduces students to an integrated approach to singing for the stage. This means that students learn to "act the song" through the study and application of musical analysis and vocal technique along with dramatic analysis and sound acting technique. The class also features weekly presentations group singing intensive audition preparation private vocal and acting coaching and a staged recital in the Modern Theatre at the end of the semester.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This is a survey of American musical theatre from its roots in the mid-19th century to the present. It provides students with the analytical tools historical insight and cultural context to increase their appreciation of Broadway's most influential musicals and the artists who created them. The course also provides a critical examination of the ways musicals both reflected the racial ethnic and gender stereotyping of its day while trailblazing a more progressive and enlightened view of these identities.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This survey course provides students with an historical philosophical and aesthetic overview of theatre practices from the Golden Age of Greek drama to 19th-century melodrama and early experiments in realism. Through readings lectures and discussions the class will explore the theatre's persistent capacity to mirror the societies that produce it. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors. Normally offered alternate years.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Picking up chronologically where THETR 265 leaves off this survey course is designed to provide students with an understanding of modern Western theatre. Beginning with a melodrama plays will include representative works of realism naturalism expressionism epic theatre theatre of the absurd and metatheatricality. Lectures and class discussions will explore how these concepts translate to acting and production techniques as well as what they imply as artistic responses to a modern and post-modern world. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre Majors and the VPATH requirement.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course introduces the theories and practices strategically used by American theatre artists after the Second World War. Special emphasis is placed on theatre artists exploring issues of cultural identity including works by LGBTQ African-American Asian-American and Latinx playwrights. The course will also introduce trends in post-modern theatre practices related to the emerging work of auteur directors solo performers and interdisciplinary collectives. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors. Normally offered alternate years. This satisfies the "global perspectives" requirement.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this course we will see how the administrative functions discussed in Arts Administration I work in different kinds of arts organizations. Using actual cases from the world of performing and visual arts we will explore the operations for profit and non-profit arts producers and presenters art service organizations and many kinds of funding institutions. We will put this knowledge to use by building each student's dream project culminating in a presentation at the end of the term. Taught in an experiential learning environment this course is an option for a core requirement for the Arts Administration minor.

Prerequisites:

Theatre majors or minors only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course is designed to give you the tools to plan for and support your career path after graduation. Activities include audition/resume/cover-letter workshops; interviewing techniques; dressing for success; networking; identifying your personal brand; professional internships; and deciding whether graduate school is right for you. Master classes with professional theatre artists and an opportunity to audition/interview for a theatrical Artistic Director will also be included.

Prerequisites:

THETR-129 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course gives students an understanding of the acting challenges unique to film television and commercial acting and helps them develop an effective process for on-camera performance. The material in this class is drawn from various media as well as from students' own research and writing. Class exercises and presentations are video taped viewed and critiqued by the students and the instructor as students grow and learn. Students also become familiar with the language and demands of professional production as well as how the technical process affects their performance.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Learning how to prepare for effective auditions is essential training for anyone who wishes to be cast in theatre productions. This studio course will provide practical guidelines and useful strategies to help students be at their best during the always competitive audition process. Over the course of the term students will not only prepare to participate confidently in professional and non-professional auditions but learn to enjoy the journey as well.

Prerequisites:

THETR-229 or THETR-129 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A continuation of Acting I with special emphasis on verse and heightened language. Students will explore acting Shakespeare and other classical plays and will rehearse and perform short projects. Students will also learn to think read and write about classical performance.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Focusing on rock pop and progressive musicals from 1980-2000 this skills-based experiential learning course builds on the integrated approach to "acting the song" introduced in Theatre 233 and developed in THETR 334. This means that students will deepen their appreciation of the synthesis of music and dramatic analysis together with vocal and acting technique. The class features weekly presentations group singing intensive audition preparation private vocal and acting coaching and a staged recital in the Modern Theatre at the end of the semester.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Focusing on classic musicals from 1950-1980 this skills-based experiential learning course exposes students to an integrated approach to singing for the stage. This means that students learn to "act the song" through the study of music analysis and vocal technique together with dramatic analysis and sound acting technique. The class features weekly presentations group singing intensive audition preparation private vocal and acting coaching and a staged recital in the Modern Theatre at the end of the semester.

Prerequisites:

Take THETR-237 THETR-250 or THETR-251; or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This is a studio course exploring the process of interpreting dramatic scripts in visual three-dimensional ways. Projects will include abstract visual responses group installations enacting texts visual research and textual analyses as well as ground plans and models for sets. Students will need a variety of painting and drawing supplies and equipment. A willingness to think beyond the box set to discover vital ways to shape a production is essential.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This conservatory-style studio course provides students with fundamental directing skills through lectures readings and weekly projects that explore composition staging text analysis and directorial communication skills. Students in this course become eligible to propose their own directing projects to the Theatre Department for production consideration. Students will direct a short play by Thornton Wilder for their final project.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Playwriting students will engage weekly writing assignments that explore fundamental components of the dramatist's craft including plot character conflict voice dialogue rhythm point of view surprise structure and style. Playwrights are encouraged to participate in "Play Day! " a public reading of new work for the stage.

Prerequisites:

THETR-237 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Building on the ability to make a complete and accurate stage manager's book learned in Intro to Stage Management this experiential learning course will teach advanced calling skills. In calling a show the stage manager cues all technicians to execute changes in lighting sound flying elements and special effects during performances. A well-called show is an artistic achievement no less than a well-acted directed or designed show. The course will demonstrate the construction of cues and how they promote and support the artistic vision of the production. Outside class work will include attending and writing analyses of professional performances..

Prerequisites:

Take THETR-129

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Using plays from the mid-20th century to the present students will engage in advanced acting techniques to discover connections with the material at the deepest most intimate level. The ability to apply highly sensitized analyzation to character relationships and circumstances of each scene will be thoroughly explored and students will be encouraged to work outside of their comfort zones. Also the awareness and execution of the emotional commitment needed to fulfill the life of each scene will be courageously explored and incorporated.

Prerequisites:

Instructor Consent Required

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Staged Reading of a Classic Musical is a This studio course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to spend an entire semester working on a single classic musical that they we will present script-in-hand in the Modern Theatre for a public audience. Production values will be kept to a minimum so that students can focus their attention on the musical and dramatic values of the material. Although most rehearsals will be held during class time there will be private coaching arranged outside of class throughout the semester. Evening and weekend rehearsals will be scheduled two weeks before the performance.

Prerequisites:

THETR-359

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An advanced course in lighting design. Meets concurrently with Lighting Design I but Lighting Design II students create advanced individual projects for presentation as well as mentor Lighting I students in lab projects and join in group critiques. A high level of independence and experience in practical lighting technique is required.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This seminar course examines several plays including one-acts modern classics and a play by Shakespeare all joined loosely by common themes. Films of the plays are studied and discussed as well as the social and historical contexts of the scripts. Students engage in experiential learning by reading the texts out loud in class examining the meaning action objective and philosophical and historical contexts with the professor. Written assignments focus on various methods of play analysis. The goal is to get closer to the original intentions of the author and see the plays as active dramatic experiences. The course is intended for Junior and Senior theatre majors.

Prerequisites:

THETR-375 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Directing II focuses on the development of an individual directorial point of view and explores a variety of theoretical and applied approaches to cultivating interpretive skills. The course also examines how the director reconciles traditional theatrical conventions and techniques with the ability to create fresh innovative and personal results. Students will stage weekly theatrical responses to class readings in addition to creating a fully-realized final directing project.

Prerequisites:

THETR-377 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Playwriting II is a continuation deepening and thickening of the principles learned in Playwriting I. A course designed for dedicated writers students are expected to explore a wide variety of playwriting challenges skills and techniques. This class focuses on the inherent creative tension between theatricality and believability. In addition to a rigorous writing regimen students will also be assigned plays by recognized playwrights to discuss and analyze in class.

Prerequisites:

THETR-281

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this course we will see how the administrative functions discussed in Arts Administration I work in different kinds of arts organizations. Using actual cases from the world of performing and visual arts we will explore the operations for profit and non-profit arts producers and presenters art service organizations and many kinds of funding institutions. We will put this knowledge to use by building each student's dream project culminating in a presentation at the end of the term.

Prerequisites:

instructor's consent and internship availability required

Credits:

0.00- 4.00

Description:

This course provides students with the opportunity to receive credit for their work on an approved internship assignment in the professional performing and visual art world. At the successful completion of the internship students will be required to submit a written analysis of their experience as well as a journal documenting the daily events of their project. Professional internships are difficult to secure. Interested students are advised to contact members of the Theatre Department faculty at least one semester in advance to facilitate this opportunity.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course provides an overview of the modern concept of performance and performativity and how these concepts have fundamentally altered the ways we perceive and understand our world. Encompassing the areas of dance music theatre installation work 'happenings' and spectacles as well as sporting events political campaigns social/religions rituals advertising and social media students will explore the ways performance and "performativity" are understood by ethnographers anthropologists linguists cultural theorists social scientists and artists. Using the theoretical base covered during the semester students will conceive develop and present a final performance piece appropriate to their chosen discipline.

Prerequisites:

Instructor consent required.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This 1-credit seminar is a "master class " in which accepted students work intensively revising a one-act screenplay into a full-length feature length film script with feedback and guidance provided by acclaimed Hollywood producer David Hoberman. Mr. Hoberman will join students on campus for a two-day residency to kick off the course. Students will submit their completed full-length scripts in early April for review by members of Mr. Hoberman's production team at Mandeville Films. Mr. Hoberman will also supply a script in development at Mandeville Films for students to read analyze and discuss during the residency. Students will be encouraged to work with an assigned Suffolk faculty mentor throughout the residency.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

The capstone experience demonstrates a student's high level of practical and/or academic facility and prepares them for their transition into the world of professional theatre and graduate school. Upper Level production activities within the theatre department that may fulfill this requirement are directing designing stage managing acting a major role playwriting or some special approved project. Students may also fulfill this requirement by completing a Senior Honors Thesis.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's consent required

Credits:

1.00- 8.00

Description:

Variable credits for approved projects outside the classroom. Since all independent studies must be approved by the Dean's Office all interested students must be able to persuasively articulate their proposal in writing and include both an annotated reading list and a schedule of meetings with faculty supervisors.

Prerequisites:

An Independent Study form must be submitted for approval to the CAS Dean's Office.

Credits:

1.00- 8.00

Description:

Variable credits for approved projects outside the classroom. Since all independent studies must be approved by the Dean's Office all interested students must be able to persuasively articulate their proposal in writing and include both an annotated reading list and a schedule of meetings with faculty supervisors.

Prerequisites:

Senior Status, CAS Honor's with 3.3 GPA required.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Theatre majors who have demonstrated academic excellence and involvement in department productions may propose to work with a faculty advisor during their senior year to focus intensively on a specific area of interest to prepare for graduate school and the professional world. Options include: a production a research project a professional internship an experiential service learning project a senior honors portfolio or a self-defined independent project. Successful completion of this course confers departmental honors to graduating Theatre majors.