Theatre and Dance

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Courses

For course descriptions not found in the UC San Diego General Catalog, 2014–15, please contact the department for more information.

Note: For changes in major requirements and in course offering implemented after publication, inquire at the office of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

The subject codes are

TDAC (formerly THAC) Theatre Acting

TDCH Dance Choreography

TDDE (formerly THDE) Theatre Design

TDDR (formerly THDR) Theatre Directing/Stage Management

TDGE (formerly THGE) Theatre General

TDGR (formerly THGR) Theatre Graduate

TDHD Dance History

TDHT (formerly THHS) Theatre History and Theory

TDMV Dance Movement

TDPF Dance Performance

TDPR (formerly THPR) Theatre/Dance Practicum

TDPW (formerly THPW) Theatre Playwriting

TDTR Dance Theory

TDAC—Theatre Acting

TDAC 1. Introduction to Acting (4)

A beginning course in the fundamentals of acting: establishing a working vocabulary and acquiring the basic skills of the acting process. Through exercises, compositions, and improvisations, the student actor explores the imagination as the actor’s primary resource, and the basic approach to text through action. Prerequisites: none.

TDAC 101. Acting I (4)

This course focuses on beginning scene study with an emphasis on exploring action/objective and the given circumstances of a selected text. Prerequisites: THAC or TDAC 1 or consent of instructor.

TDAC 102. Acting II (4)

Further study in the application of the given circumstances to a text and the development of characterization. Prerequisites: TDAC 101, department stamp, and consent of instructor.

TDAC 103A. Acting Intensive I (4)

An intensive foundation class for students interested in professional actor training. Using Viewpoints, students will train the physical, vocal, and emotional aspects of their actor instrument toward developing character and relationships by using scenes from contemporary and modern plays. Prerequisites: THAC 101 or TDAC 101, department stamp, and consent of instructor.

TDAC 103B. Acting Intensive II (4)

A continuation of TDAC 103A. Working from Meisner technique, students will learn to deepen and detail their objectives, spontaneous response, and deep listening skills. Focus on the process that will lead to scenework using this technique. Prerequisites: TDAC 103A, department stamp, and consent of instructor.

TDAC 104. Classical Text (4)

Studies in the heightened realities of poetic drama. Verse analysis, research, methods and how to approach a classical dialogue. Prerequisites: THAC or TDAC 102, and department stamp.

TDAC 105. Rehearing Shakespeare (4)

Advanced exploration of Shakespeare’s language through examining and performing scenes from the plays. Admission by audition/interview. Prerequisites: THAC 102 or TDAC 102, department stamp, interview/audition, consent of instructor.

TDAC 106. Chekhov Acting (4)

Practical exercises, discussion, text analysis, and scene work on the writings of Anton Chekhov. Admission by audition/interview. Prerequisites: THAC 101 or TDAC 101, THAC 102 or TDAC 102, interview/audition, and consent of instructor.

TDAC 107. Improvisation for the Theatre (4)

Improvisation for the Theatre explores improvisation techniques as an alternative and unique approach to acting. Students should have a performance background. Prerequisites: THAC or TDAC 1.

TDAC 108. Advanced Topics (4)

Advanced topics in acting, such as avant-garde drama, commedia, or Beckett, for students who possess basic acting techniques. Prerequisites: THAC or TDAC 102, admission by audition, and department stamp.

TDAC 109. Singing for Actors (4)

This course introduces basic skills of breathing, placement, diction, musicianship, harmony, interpretation, and presentation needed by actors for roles requiring singing. Through a combination of group and individual coaching in class, students will prepare a program of short solo and ensemble pieces for a finals-week presentation. Prerequisites: THAC or TDAC 1 and audition; department stamp.

TDAC 111. Freeing the Voice (4)

Intensive workshop for actors and directors designed to “free the voice,” with special emphasis on characteristics and vocal flexibility in a wide range of dramatic texts. This proven method combines experimental and didactic learning with selected exercises, texts, tapes, films, and total time commitment. Prerequisites: TDAC 101 and audition/interview required.

TDAC 112. Major Seminar in Acting (4)

An in-depth study seminar focused on special issues in acting as they relate to contemporary theatre. Of particular interest to students who plan to pursue a career in this area of theatre. Prerequisites: department stamp; theatre majors only; upper-division only.

TDAC 115. Movement for Actors (4)

An exploration of the wide array of physical skills necessary for the actor. Using techniques derived from mime, clowning, sports, acrobatics, and improvisation, students will investigate their individual physical potential as well as their sense of creativity and imagination. Prerequisites: THAC or TDAC 101.

TDAC 120. Ensemble (4)

An intensive theatre practicum designed to generate theatre created by an ensemble with particular emphasis upon the analysis of text. Students will explore and analyze the script and its author. Ensemble segments include black theatre, Chicano theatre, feminist theatre, and commedia dell’arte. Audition may be required. A maximum of four units may be used for major credit. (Cross-listed with ETHN 146A.) Prerequisites: department stamp.

TDAC 122. Ensemble: Undergraduate Production (4)

Participation in a fully staged theatre production directed by an MFA or PhD student for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Admission by audition only. A maximum of four units may be used for major credit. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor; department stamp.

TDAC 123. Advanced Studies in Performance (4)

Participation in a fully staged season production that is directed by a faculty member or guest for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Admission by audition only. A maximum of four units may be used for major credit. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor; department stamp.

TDCH—Dance Choreography

TDCH 40. Principles of Choreography (4)

Presents the fundamentals of the concepts, elements, aesthetics, and process of choreographic creation through practical studies, discussions, and examination of theories and major choreographic works. Prerequisites: TDTR 10.

TDCH 140. Improvisation/Composition (4)

The study of compositional and improvisation methods concerning the aesthetic awareness of movement, and organization of elements in time, space, and energy. Both structured and unstructured tasks facilitate development of movement vocabulary, imagination, timing, spontaneity, contact skills, and compositional choices. Prerequisites: TDTR 10.

TDCH 142. Choreographic Workshop (4)

Advanced problem solving through practical and conceptual studies. Choreographic projects enable students to create short works for solo, duet, and small group situations, with options of focus on cross-media collaboration, site specific work, dramatic text, and advanced partner work. Prerequisites: TDTR 10, TDCH 40.

TDCH 143. Choreography and Dramatic Text (4)

Choreographic problems in movement style and purpose will be explored through analysis of both historical and contemporary dramatic text. Emphasis will be places on dance as a complement to verbal communication and a medium for nonverbal communication. Prerequisites: TDTR 10, TDCH 40.

TDCH 145. Music for Dance Composition (4)

Presents the fundamentals of the concepts, elements, aesthetics, and process of music; explores choreographer/composer/musician collaborations. Rhythmic analysis will include the physical application of relating movement and sound. Prerequisites: TDTR 10, TDCH 40.

TDCH 146. Advanced Improvisation: Partnering (4)

Advanced problem solving through practical and conceptional studies pertaining to improvisation and partnering. Prerequisites: TDTR 10, TDCH 40, or consent of instructor.

TDCH 147. Choreography: Dance and Society (4)

Explores the dynamic intersections between dance, society, and politics facilitating the creation of authentic choreography. The course focuses on current political issues in society, embodied practices, and choice making for the choreographic process. Prerequisites: TDTR 10 and TDCH 40.

TDCH 196A. Senior Honors Focus Choreographic (4)

Selected seniors create a significant choreographic work or media project under faculty mentorship for presentation in the studio theatre, spring dance production, or site-specific alternative location. All courses in the choreography series must be completed or concurrent with the senior honors focus. Individual honors contract for selected senior dance majors. Honors content noted on transcript. Requirements: 3.5 overall GPA, 3.7 major GPA, 90 units completed, and 2-quarter commitment. Prerequisites: TDCH 40, TDCH 140, TDCH 142, TDCH 145, consent of instructor, and department stamp. May be taken two times for credit.

TDCH 196B. Senior Honors Focus Choreographic (4)

Continuation of TDCH 196A. Selected seniors present a significant choreographic work or media project under faculty mentorship in the studio theatre, spring dance production, or site-specific alternative location. All courses in the choreography series must be completed or concurrent with the senior honors focus. Individual honors contract for selected senior dance majors. Honors content noted on transcript. Requirements: 3.5 overall GPA, 3.7 major GPA, 90 units completed, and 2-quarter commitment. Prerequisites: TDCH 40, TDCH 140, TDCH 142, TDCH 145, TDCH 196A, consent of instructor, and department stamp. May be taken two times for credit.

TDDE—Theatre Design

TDDE 1. Introduction to Design for the Theatre (4)

A survey of contemporary and historical concepts and practices in the visual arts of the theatre; studies in text analysis, studio processes and technical production; elementary work in design criticism, scale model making, and costume design. A course serving as an introduction to theatre design and production.

TDDE 101. Theatre Process—Scenery (4)

A hands-on course develops craft skills and solution-finding process in design including script analysis, concept sketches, research, and scale model making. An exploration of fundamental ways of seeing and understanding visual design. Prerequisites: THDE or TDDE 1 or THPR 1.

TDDE 102. Advanced Scenic Design (4)

An advanced course based on the “practice” of scenic design, dealing with the solution finding process, from text to idea to realized work. Prerequisites: THDE or TDDE 1, THDE or TDDE 101, or consent of instructor.

TDDE 111. Theatre Process—Costume Design (4)

The process of the costume designer from script analysis and research visualization of ideas, through the process of costume design. Lecture and demonstration labs parallel lecture material. This course is intended for those interested in a basic understanding of the costumer’s process. No previous drawing or painting skills required. Prerequisites: THDE or TDDE 1.

TDDE 112. Advanced Costume Design (4)

An advanced course based on the “practice” of costume design, dealing with the solution finding process, from text to idea to realized work. Prerequisites: THDE or TDDE 1, THDE or TDDE 111, or consent of instructor.

TDDE 113. Costume Design for Dance (4)

This course covers the basics of costume design specific to the needs of choreographers and dance productions. Topics include principles of design, rendering techniques, fabrics, and construction. The course also explores the collaborative process of design for dance. Prerequisites: TDDE 1 or consent of instructor.

TDDE 121. Theatre Process—Lighting Design (4)

One of three classes in theatre process. The course aims to develop basic skills in lighting design through practical projects, lab work and lecture. These emphasize collaborating, manipulating light and color, and developing craft skills. Prerequisites: THDE or TDDE 1 or THPR or TDPR 3 or consent of instructor.

TDDE 122. Advanced Lighting Design (4)

Creative projects and topics in lighting design. Work to include studies and design research, concepts, collaboration, professional procedures and systems, paperwork, and organization. Varies scales of theoretical and practical projects in the light lab and classroom will be addressed by the student for presentation and critique. Final project will be a lighting design suitable for a design portfolio. Prerequisites: THDE or TDDE 1, THDE or TDDE 121, or consent of instructor.

TDDE 130. Assistant Designer (2–6)

A production-oriented course that continues to introduce students to the fundamentals of design assisting. Laboratory format allows the student to work with faculty, graduate, or advanced undergraduate theatre designers, doing research, developing design concepts, and supporting the designer in a number of professional ways. Prerequisites: THDE or TDDE 1, any upper-division undergraduate theatre design class, THPR or TDPR 1, 2, 3, or 5; and consent of instructor; department stamp. May be taken twice for credit.

TDDE 131. Special Topics in Theatre Design (4)

A course designed to expose the theatre design students to a variety of specialized topics that will vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisites: THDE or TDDE 1 or consent of instructor. May be taken three times for credit.

TDDE 132. Undergraduate Main Stage Production: Design (4)

A course that will guide a student in a design assignment on the undergraduate main stage production. Specialized topics dependent on the design requirements of the production. Prerequisites: THDE or TDDE 1 and THDE or TDDE 101 or THDE or TDDE 121, or THDE or TDDE 131, or consent of instructor. May be taken three times for credit.

TDDE 141. Theatre Process—Sound Design (4)

A hands-on course on the process of sound design from conception to planning and implementation. The course will concentrate equally on the technical and artistic aspects of the sound design process and will include a survey of modern audio technologies. Prerequisites: TDPR 5 or TDPR 6 or TDDE 1 or MUS 173 or consent of instructor.

TDDE 142. Advance Sound Design (4)

This course focuses on advancing students in their artistic and technical skills in sound design. A large-scale project will be identified with special attention given to text analysis and technical specification of the sound design. Prerequisites: TDDE 1 and TDDE 141 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

TDDE 151. Digital Video Design (4)

This course will examine the field of projection design for theatre and dance performance. Students will study and produce original works based on the theoretical and aesthetic approaches of animation, film, performance, and installation art that influence contemporary projection design. Prerequisites: TDDE 1 or consent of instructor.

TDDE 169A. Digital Rendering for Theatre and Performance Design I (4)

Introductory course that explores a variety of digital rendering methods for artistic 2-D, 3-D, and moving graphics visualization in theatre and performance design. Course objective is to synthesize and expand traditional drawing and painting methods with modern digital media-based applications. Prerequisites: none.

TDDE 169B. Digital Rendering for Theatre and Performance Design II (4)

A continuation of TDDE 169A. Studio course explores advanced digital rendering methods for artistic 2-D, 3-D, and moving graphics for theatre and performance design. Focus will be on advanced techniques in the process of visualization from conception to production. Prerequisites: TDDE 169A.

TDDE 190. Major Project in Design/Theatre Production (4)

For the advanced design/production student. Concentration on a particularly challenging design or theatre production assignment, including such areas as assistant designer (scenery, lighting, or costumes), technical director, master cutter, or master electrician. May be repeated one time for credit. A maximum of eight units of major project study, regardless of area (design, directing, or stage management) may be used to fulfill major requirements. Prerequisites: admission by consent of instructor only. See department for application form. May be taken two times for credit.

TDDR—Theatre Directing/Stage Management

TDDR 101. Stage Management (4)

Discussion and research into the duties, responsibilities, and roles of a stage manager. Work to include studies in script analysis, communication, rehearsal procedures, performance skills, and style and conceptual approach to theatre. THGE or TDGE 1, THAC or TDAC 1, and THDE or TDDE 1 recommended.

TDDR 108. Text Analysis for Actors and Directors (4)

This is an introductory class in the process of understanding the play script. The class will focus on analyzing the story and the underlying dramatic structure in terms of dramatic action. Objectives, actions, choices, given circumstances, and character will be examined. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDDR 111. Directing-Acting Process (4)

A studio class that investigates the fundamental skills a director needs to work with actors. Working with actors, students learn how to animate the text onstage through status exercises and scene work as they develop their skill in text work, staging, and dramatic storytelling. Prerequisites: THDR or TDDR 108 or THHS or TDHT 10.

TDDR 190. Major Project in Directing (4)

For the advanced student in directing. Intensive concentration on the full realization of a dramatic text from research and analysis through rehearsal and into performance. A maximum of eight units of major project study, regardless of area (design, directing, or stage management) may be used to fulfill major requirements. See department for application. Prerequisites: THDR or TDDR 108, THDR or TDDR 111, consent of instructor, and department stamp. May be taken two times for credit.

TDDR 191. Major Project in Stage Management (4)

For the advanced student in stage management. Intensive concentration on the full realization of a dramatic text, from research and analysis through rehearsal and final performance. A maximum of eight units of major project study regardless of area (design, directing, stage management, or playwriting) may be used to fulfill major requirements. See department for application. Prerequisites: THPR or TDPR 4, THPR or TDPR 104, THDR or TDDR 101, consent of instructor, and department stamp. May be taken two times for credit.

TDGE—Theatre General

TDGE 1. Introduction to Theatre (4)

An introduction to fundamental concepts in drama and performance. Students will attend performances and learn about how the theatre functions as an art and as an industry in today’s world. Prerequisites: none.

TDGE 2. Solo Performance (4)

Analysis, history, and literature of solo performance in the United States; screening of pivotal one-person shows; workshops to design and mount students’ own solo theatre pieces; focus on delivery of American experiences through performance. Prerequisites: none. (Not offered in 2014–15.)

TDGE 3. Cultivating the Creative Mind (4)

This course will use the theatrical context to integrate scientific research about creativity, group dynamics, and related topics. Through a mix of theoretical and experiential classes and assignments, we will explore the intersection of theatre and neuroscience, investigating and expanding the creative mind. Prerequisites: none

TDGE 10. Theatre and Film (4)

Theatre and Film analyzes the essential differences between theatrical and cinematic approaches to drama. Through selected play/film combinations, the course looks at how the director uses actors and the visual languages of the stage and screen to guide and stimulate the audience’s responses. Prerequisites: none.

TDGE 11. Great Performances on Film (4)

Course examines major accomplishments in screen acting from the work of actors in films or in film genres. Prerequisites: none. May be taken three times for credit.

TDGE 12. Topics in Cinema and Race (4)

This course explores filmed representations of race and diversity and examines works by underrepresented filmmakers. Course topics vary; they include African American film, Latino/a film, Asian American film, films by Spike Lee, stereotypes on film, and other such topics. Students may not enroll in the same topic of TDGE 12 that they have already taken in TDGE 11, Great Performances on Film. This will count as a duplicate of credit for repeating the same film topic. May be taken for credit two times. Prerequisites: none.

TDGE 25. Public Speaking (4)

This course is designed to establish a clear understanding of the fundamentals of effective oral communication. The methodologies explore the integration of relaxation, concentration, organization, and clear voice and diction as applied to various public speaking modes. Prerequisites: none.

TDGE 50. Musical Theatre Chorus (2)

Study and perform selected songs from American musical theatre. Open to all students. No audition required. Attendance at rehearsals and performance are mandatory. P/NP grades only. May be taken six times for credit. Prerequisites: none. 

TDGE 87. Freshman Seminar in Theatre and Dance (1)

Seminar on a topic in theatre or dance on a level appropriate for first-year students, conducted in an informal, small group setting limited to ten to twenty students. Topics will vary. Prerequisites: open to freshmen only.

TDGE 108. Production (4)

The collaborative process from the rehearsal process through public performance. All participants will enroll for the same number of units with the director of theatre. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

TDGE 122. The Films of Woody Allen (4)

Students explore a variety of issues: screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing; the intersection of comedy and tragedy in Allen’s works; recurring themes; and critical responses. Students view thirteen films and write two three-page essays and one ten-page research paper. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

TDGE 124. Cult Films: Weirdly Dramatic (4)

A select survey of eight to ten exceptional offbeat, frequently low-budget films from the last sixty years that have attained cult status. The mix includes Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932) to John Water’s Pink Flamingos (1973). Aspects of bad taste, cinematic irony, and theatrical invention will be highlighted. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

TDGE 125. Topics in Theatre and Film (4)

Great films and the performance of the actors in them are analyzed in their historical, cinematic, or theatrical contexts. This course examines the actor’s contribution to classic cinema and the social and aesthetic forces at work in film. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDGE 126. Storytelling and Design in Animation (4)

This course will use a broad range of animation styles and genres to examine larger issues in art practice, focusing closely on the relationship between form and content, and how sound/set/costume/character design impacts narrative. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDGE 127. The Films of Spike Lee (4)

Students view eight to ten films of this important filmmaker to examine style; genre; screenwriting; directing; cinematography; recurring themes; the place of this work in (African) American history; race and movie industry politics; and critical responses. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDGE 133. Visual Ideas (4)

An exploration of fundamental ways of seeing and thinking about the performance space. A look at the design process as it reflects styles and attitudes through an examination of text/image/meaning/message in theatre, dance, opera, and visual arts. With a special emphasis on the “solution-finding process” in design, as a leap from text to context, to finalized design. Prerequistes: TDDE 1 or consent of instructor.

TDGE 192. Senior Seminar in Theatre and Dance (1)

The Senior Seminar Program is designed to allow senior undergraduates to meet with faculty members in a small group setting to explore an intellectual topic in theatre and dance (at the upper-division level). Topics will vary from quarter to quarter. Senior Seminars may be taken for credit up to four times, with a change in topic, and permission of the department. Enrollment is limited to twenty students, with preference given to seniors. Prerequisites: senior standing; department stamp and/or consent of instructor.

TDGE 196A. Honors Study in Theatre (4)

Theatre honors students undertake research for a scholarly thesis or a creative project in playwriting or in directing under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Creative projects will culminate in a written thesis that is either a full-length play or a dramaturgical discussion of the directing project. Prerequisites: upper-division course work in the area of thesis, department stamp, 3.5 GPA in major, approval of faculty member.

TDGE 196B. Honors Study in Theatre (4)

Theatre honors students complete the thesis, play, or dramaturgical analysis of a directing project under the close supervision of a faculty mentor. Prerequisites: upper-division course work in the area of thesis, TDGE 196A, 3.5 GPA in major, approval of faculty member.

TDGE 197. Field Studies (1–12)

Designed for advanced students, this course significantly extends their knowledge of the theatre through intensive participation in the creative work of a major professional theatre, television, or film company under the guidance of artists resident in those theatres or companies. Students will submit regular written evaluations each week of their ongoing field study. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, upper-division standing, and department stamp. May be taken two times for credit.

TDGE 198. Directed Group Studies (0-2-4)

Group studies, readings, projects, and discussions in theatre history, problems of production and performance, and similarly appropriate subjects. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, 2.5 GPA, consent of instructor, and department stamp. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.

TDGE 199. Special Projects (0-2-4)

Qualified students will pursue a special project in theatre history, problems of production and performance, and similarly appropriate topics. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, 2.5 GPA, consent of instructor, and department stamp.

TDHD—Dance History

TDHD 171. Dance History I (Ancient to 1900) (4)

The study of the history of dance from antiquity to the early twentieth century. An analysis and understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces on the development of early dance theories and practices. Prerequisites: TDTR 10. Not equivalent to THDA 151, Dance History–Ballet.

TDHD 172. Dance History II (1900 to 1960) (4)

The study of the history of dance from the early twentieth century to the 1960s. An analysis and understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces on the development of dance theories and practices. Prerequisites: TDTR 10. Not equivalent to THDA 152, Dance History–Modern.

TDHD 173. Dance History III (1960 to Present) (4)

The study of the history of dance from the 1960s to the present. An analysis and understanding of social, political, and cultural forces on the development of current dance theories and practices. Prerequisites: TDTR 10. Not equivalent to THDA 151, Dance History–Jazz Dance and Related Ethnic Studies.

TDHD 174. Dance Aesthetics and Criticism (4)

An historical overview of the aesthetic concepts that form the foundation for the creation, performance, and critical analysis of dance. Critical and aesthetic theory in related arts will be discussed and contrasted. Prerequisites: TDTR 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHD 175. Cultural Perspectives on World Dance (4)

The study of world dance forms from a global perspective. An analysis and understanding of ethnic dance traditions and their connections to religion, ritual, folklore, custom, festive celebration, popular culture, and political movements. Prerequisites: TDTR 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHD 176. Dance History—Special Topics (4)

An in-depth exposure to an important topic in dance history, theory, aesthetics, and criticism. Topics vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisites: TDTR 10, upper-division standing.

TDHD 196A. Senior Honors Focus Scholarly (4)

Selected seniors will complete a scholarly research project on a dance topic of their choice under faculty mentorship that will be reviewed by the faculty and archived. All courses in the history series must be completed or concurrent with the senior honors focus. Individual honors contract for selected senior dance majors. Honors content noted on transcript. Requirements: 3.5 overall GPA, 3.7 major GPA, 90 units completed, and 2 quarter commitment. Prerequisites: TDHD 171, TDHD 172, TDHD 173, TDHD 174, TDHD 175, consent of instructor, and department stamp.

TDHD 196B. Senior Honors Focus Scholarly (4)

Continuation of TDHD 196A. Selected seniors will present a scholarly research project on a dance topic of their choice under faculty mentorship that will be reviewed by the faculty and archived. All courses in the history series must be completed or concurrent with the senior honors focus. Individual honors contract for selected senior dance majors. Requirements: 3.5 overall GPA, 3.7 major GPA, 90 units completed, and 2 quarter commitment. Prerequisites: TDHD 171, TDHD 172, TDHD 173, TDHD 174, TDHD 175, TDHD 196A, consent of instructor, and department stamp.

TDHT—Theatre History

TDHT 10. Introduction to Play Analysis (4)

An introduction to the fundamental techniques of analyzing dramatic texts. Focus is on the student’s ability to describe textual elements and their relationships to each other as well as on strategies for writing critically about drama. Prerequisites: none.

TDHT 21. Ancient and Medieval Theatre (4)

Ancient and medieval theatre. Explores the roots of contemporary theatre in world performance traditions of ancient history with a focus on humans’ gravitation toward ritual and play.  Examples come from Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesoamerica, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Persia, and England. Prerequisites: none.

TDHT 22. Theatre 1500–1900 (4)

Explores varieties of drama in professional theatre from 1500 to 1900 in Europe, Japan, and China, and their interconnections both formal and historical. Prerequisites: none.

TDHT 23. Twentieth-Century Theatre (4)

Twentieth-century theatre: a survey of drama from 1900 to 1990, with attention also paid to the development of avant-garde performance forms. Plays discussed reflect developments in Europe and the U.S., but also transnational, postcolonial perspectives. Prerequisites: none.

TDHT 101. Topics in Dramatic Literature and Theatre History (4)

An in-depth exposure to an important individual writer or subject in dramatic literature and/or theatre history. Topics vary from quarter to quarter. Recent courses have included Modern French Drama, and the History of Russian Theatre. Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 10 or consent of instructor. May be taken three times for credit.

TDHT 103. Asian American Theatre (4)

This course examines pivotal dramatic works in the history of professional Asian American theatre in the U.S. (1960s to the present). Issues include interculturalism, the crossover between minority theatres and mainstream venues, and the performance of identity. Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 104. Italian Comedy (4)

Continuities and changes in Italian comedy from the Romans through the Renaissance and commedia dell’arte to modern comedy. Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 105. French Comedy (4)

Masterpieces of French farce and comedy from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century studied their theatrical and cultural contexts. Readings include plays by Moliere, Marivauz, Beaumarchais, and Feydeau. Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 106. Brecht and Beyond (4)

Examination of the German playwright and director, Bertolt Brecht and of recent representative plays and performances from world theatre that reveal a creative assimilation of Brecht’s influence on artists including Peter Weiss, Heiner Muller, Augusto Boal, and Tony Kushner. Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 10 and TDHT 21 or consent of instructor. (Not offered in 2014–15.)

TDHT 106XL. Brecht and Beyond: Foreign Language Discussion Section (1)

Foreign language discussion of materials in the English-language course with corresponding number. This section is taught by the course professor, has no final exam, and does not affect the grade in the parent course. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in TDHT 106. (Not offered in 2014–15.)

TDHT 107. American Theatre (4)

In this course we will examine representative plays and playwrights who write about the “American” experience from a variety of historical periods and diverse cultural communities. Playwrights will include Glaspell, O’Neill, Williams, Hansberry, Valdez, Yamauchi, Parks, Kushner, Mamet, Greenberg, Hwang, Letts, and Cruz. Theatre companies will include The Group, Provincetown Players, San Francisco Mime Troupe, East/West Players, Teatro Campesino, Spiderwoman, and Cornerstone. Prerequisites: TDHT 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 108. Luis Valdez (4)

In this course examines the works of Luis Valdez, playwright, director, screenwriter, film director, and founder of the Teatro Campesino. Readings include plays and essays by Valdez and critical books and articles about this important American theatre artists. Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 109. African American Theatre (4)

This course provides a survey of the contributions to the theatre arts made by African Americans. Analytic criteria will include the historical context in which the piece was crafted; thematic and stylistic issues; aesthetic theories and reception. Prerequisites: THHS 10 or TDHT 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 110. Chicano Dramatic Literature (4)

Focusing on the contemporary evolution of Chicano dramatic literature, this course will analyze playwrights and theatre groups that express the Chicano experience in the United States, examining relevant “actors,” plays, and documentaries for their contributions to the developing Chicano theatre movement. (Cross-listed with Ethnic Studies 132.) Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 11 or 12 or 13 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 111. Hispanic-American Dramatic Literature (4)

Course examines the plays of leading Cuban-American, Puerto-Rican, and Chicano playwrights in an effort to understand the experience of these Hispanic-American groups in the United States. (Cross-listed with Ethnic Studies 133.) Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 11 or 12 or 13 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 113. Avant-Garde Theatre (4)

Innovations in theatre production and performance since the late nineteenth century. Artists and movements studied include Jarry, Appia, Constructivism, Expressionism, Dada cabaret, performance art, and dance theatre. Complements TDHT 13’s focus on dramatic innovation. Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 114. American Musical Theatre (4)

The class will explore this vital and unique theatre form by examining its origins, evolution components, and innovators. Special emphasis is placed on the process of adaptation and the roles of the director and choreographer. Prerequisites: upper-division standing; THHS or TDHT 10; or consent of instructor.

TDHT 115. History and Theory of Directing (4)

Evolution of directing theory from 1850 to the present with reference to the work of internationally influential directors such as Saxe-Meiningen, Antoine, Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Brecht, and Brook, among others. Prerequisites: THHS or TDHT 10, TDHT 21 and THAC 101 or TDAC 101 or consent of instructor.

TDHT 119. Production Dramaturgy (4)

Introduces theatre and dance students to the practice of contemporary production dramaturgy. Students learn strategies for applying the results of textual analysis and cultural research to the production process. Prerequisites: interview required.

TDMV—Dance Movement

TDMV 1. Beginning Ballet (2)

An introduction to classical ballet principles, technique, and terminology. Develops the body for strength, flexibility, and artistic interpretation. Emphasis on developing a foundation in classical movement for continuation of ballet training. Historical origin of ballet will be discussed. Prerequisites: none. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 2. Beginning Contemporary Dance (2)

Introduction to contemporary dance as an expressive medium, building technical skills at the beginning level. Pattern variations analyzed in time, space, design, and kinetic sense. Movement exploration includes improvisation and composition. Prerequisites: none. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 3. Beginning Jazz (2)

Introduction to the technique of jazz dance, while placing the art form in its historical context as an American vernacular form. Builds a beginning technical jazz vocabulary with a focus on rhythmic exercises, isolations, turns, and locomotor combinations. Prerequisites: none. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 11. Theatrical Tap (2)

The study of theatrical tap dance. Various styles of tap— such as classical, rhythm, and musical theatre—will be introduced. Emphasis on rhythm, coordination, timing, and theatrical style. Includes basic through intermediate tap movement. May be taken three times for credit. Prerequisites: none.

TDMV 110. Intermediate Ballet (4)

Continued studio work in ballet technique at the intermediate level and terminology. Emphasis on increasing strength, flexibility, and balance, and the interpretation of classical musical phrasing. Includes proper alignment training and artistic philosophy of classical ballet. Prerequisites: six units of THDA or TDMV 1 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 111. Advanced Ballet (4)

Further emphasis on advanced ballet technique, performance, terminology, and an introduction to pointe work. Introduces historical ballet choreographic variations. Individual and group composition will be examined and aesthetic criticism applied. Prerequisites: twelve units of THDA 101A-B-C or TDMV 110 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 112. Advanced Ballet for Contemporary Dance (4)

Designed for students with advanced training in contemporary modern dance and intermediate to advanced training in ballet. Emphasis is on increasing composition and performance skills in ballet through contemporary modern dance aesthetics. Prerequisites: twelve units of THDA 101A-B-C or TDMV 111 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 120. Intermediate Contemporary Dance (4)

The development of contemporary dance as an expressive medium, with emphasis on technical skills at the intermediate level. Includes the principles, elements, and historical context of contemporary modern postmodern dance. May be taken for credit six times. Prerequisites: TDMV 2 or consent of instructor.

TDMV 122. Advanced Contemporary Dance (4)

The development of contemporary dance as an expressive medium, with emphasis on advanced technical skills, expressive style, and performance elements. Choreography and aesthetic concepts will be explored. Incorporates applied physiological principles of human movement. Prerequisites: twelve units of THDA 110A-B-C or TDHA 111A-B-C, or TDMV 112, or TDMV 120 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 123. Contact Improvisation (4)

Students will study the practice of improvisational dancing with a partner. Students will develop skills in giving and supporting body weight, lifting, balancing, falling, rolling, and recovering fluidly together. May be taken for credit three times. Prerequisites: TDMV 2 or consent of instructor.

TDMV 130. Intermediate Jazz (2)

Designed to provide training in the technique of jazz dance, while placing the art form in its historical context as an American vernacular form. Builds an intermediate technical jazz level with a focus on style, musicality, dynamics, and performance. Prerequisites: six units of THDA 3 or TDMV 3 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 133. Advanced Jazz Dance (4)

Further development in the technique of jazz dance, while placing the art form in its historical context as an American vernacular form. Builds an advanced technical jazz level with a focus on style, musicality, dynamics, and performance. Prerequisites: six units of THDA 120A-B-C or THDA 121A-B-C or TDMV 130 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 138. Hip-Hop (2)

An introduction to the basic technique of hip-hop, studied to enhance an understanding of the historical cultural content of the American form hip-hop and street dances in current choreography. Prerequisites: THDA 3 or TDTR 10 or consent of instructor. May be taken twice for credit.

TDMV 140. Beginning Dances of the World (2)

Courses designed for the in-depth study of the dances and historical context of a particular culture or ethnic form: Afro-Cuban, Spanish, Balinese, Japanese, Latin, etc. Specific topic will vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

TDMV 141. Advanced Dances of the World (4)

Courses designed for the advanced continuing study of the dances and historical context of a particular culture or ethnic form: Afro-Cuban, Spanish, Balinese, Japanese, Latin, etc. Specific topic will vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisites: THDA 132 or TDMV 136 or TDMV 142 or TDMV 143 or TDMV 144, or consent of instructor.

TDMV 142. Latin Dance of the World (4)

To develop an appreciation and understanding of the various Latin dances. Emphasis on learning basic social dance movement vocabulary, history of Latin cultures, and use of each dance as a means of social and economic expression.

TDMV 143. West African Dance (4)

An introductory course that explores the history of West African cultures and diasporas through student research, oral presentation, dance movement, and performance. Contemporary African dances influenced by drum masters and performing artists from around the world are also covered. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

TDMV 144. Asian Dance (4)

To develop an appreciation and understanding of the dances from various Asian cultures. Emphasis on learning the basic forms and movement vocabularies, their historical context, and the use of each dance as a means of cultural and artistic expression. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

TDMV 146. Intermediate Latin Dances of the World (4)

To develop an appreciation and understanding of the various Latin dances. Emphasis on learning intermediate social dance movement vocabulary, history of Latin cultures, and use of each dance as a means of social and economic expression. May be taken for credit two times. Prerequisites: TDMV 142.

TDPF—Dance Performance

TDPF 160. Studies in Performance—Fall Production (2–4)

The in-depth study of a major dance production in a fall dance cabaret led by faculty. Admission by audition only. Prerequisites: audition; department stamp; concurrent enrollment in TDMV 110, 111, 112, 120, 122, 130, or 133.

TDPF 161. Studies in Performance—Winter Production (2–4)

The in-depth study for a fully staged dance production in various venues, including a fall dance cabaret led by faculty, a winter faculty concert with guest choreographers, and a spring student choreographed concert directed by faculty. Admission by audition only. Prerequisites: audition, department stamp, concurrent enrollment in TDMV 163, TDMV 110 or TDMV 111 or TDMV 112 or TDMV 120 or TDMV 122 or TDMV 130 or TDMV 133. May be taken four times for credit.

TDPF 162. Studies in Performance Spring Production (2–4)

The in-depth study for a fully staged dance production in various venues, including a fall dance cabaret led by faculty, a winter faculty concert with guest choreographers, and a spring student choreographed concert directed by faculty. Admission by audition only. Prerequisites: audition, department stamp, concurrent enrollment in TDMV 163, TDMV 110 or TDMV 111 or TDMV 112 or TDMV 120 or TDMV 122 or TDMV 130 or TDMV 133. May be taken four times for credit.

TDPF 163. Dance Repertory (1–4)

The study and aesthetic examination of major choreographic works by dance faculty or distinguished guest artists. Students will experience the creative process, staging, production, and performance of a complete dance work in conjunction with a conceptual study of its form and content. Audition is required. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in TDPF 160 or TDPF 161 or TDPF 162. May be taken four times for credit.

TDPR—Theatre/Dance Practicum

TDPR 1, 2, 3, 5

(Not offered in 2014–15.)

TDPR 6. Theatre Practicum (4–6)

A production oriented course that introduces the student to technical fundamentals of costumes, scenery, lighting, and sound for the theatre. Students will be assigned to participate on a crew for a fully mounted theatrical production supported by the department. Prerequisites: must have department stamp.

TDPR 102. Advanced Theatre Practicum (4–6)

A production performance-oriented course that continues the development of costume, lighting, scenery, or sound production and introduces greater responsibilities in the laboratory format. Students serve as crew heads on major departmental productions or creative projects. Prerequisites: THPR or TDPR 1, 2, 3, or 5; permission of instructor; department stamp required. May be taken for credit two times.

TDPR 104. Advanced Practicum in Stage Management (4–6)

A production performance oriented course that continues the development of stage management skills and introduces greater responsibilities in the laboratory format. Students serve as either assistant stage managers on main-stage productions or stage managers on studio projects. Prerequisites: THDR or TDDR 101 and consent of instructor. May be taken two times for credit.

TDPW—Theatre Playwriting

TDPW 1. Introduction to Playwriting (4)

Beginning workshop in the fundamentals of playwriting. Students discuss material from a workbook that elucidates the basic principles of playwriting, do exercises designed to help them put those principles into creative practice, and are guided through the various stages of the playwriting process that culminate with in-class readings of the short plays they have completed. Prerequisites: none.

TDPW 101. Playwriting Workshop (4)

A workshop where students present their plays at various stages of development for group analysis and discussion. Students write a thirty-minute play that culminates in a reading. Also includes writing exercises designed to stimulate imagination and develop writing techniques. Prerequisites: THPW or TDPW 1 or consent of instructor. May be taken two times for credit.

TDPW 102. Playwriting Workshop II (4)

Advanced workshop where students study the full-length play structure and begin work on a long play. Students present their work at various stags of development for group discussion and analysis. Prerequisites: THPW or TDPW 101 or consent of the instructor. May be taken for credit two times.

TDPW 104. Screenwriting (4)

Basic principles of screenwriting using scenario composition, plot points, character study, story conflict, with emphasis on visual action and strong dramatic movement. Prerequisites: THPW or TDPW 1. May be taken twice for credit.

TDPW 190. Major Project in Playwriting/Screenwriting (4)

For the advanced student in playwriting/screenwriting. This intensive concentration in the study of playwriting and/or screenwriting will culminate in the creation of a substantial length play. A maximum of eight units of major project study, regardless of area (design, directing, stage management, playwriting) may be used to fulfill major requirements. Applicants must have completed the playwriting sequence, THPW or TDPW 1, 101, and/or consent of instructor. See department for application form. Prerequisites: THPW or TDPW 1 and THPW or TDPW 101.

TDTR—Dance Theory

TDTR 10. Introduction to Dance (4)

An overview of dance, examining its social and cultural history and its evolution as an art form. Focus is on dance and its many genres as an expressive medium and form of communication. Prerequisites: none.

TDTR 101. Dance Movement Analysis (4)

An overview and analysis of movement theory systems that offer approaches to improve movement quality, prevent injuries, aid in rehabilitation, develop mental focus and kinesthetic control, establish a positive body language, and develop vocabulary for creative research. Prerequisites: TDTR 10.

TDTR 103. Dance and Technology (4)

This course introduces the theoretical and practical understanding of both available and developing computer-assisted media for the design and production of choreography. Prerequisites: TDTR 10, TDCH 40; or consent of instructor.

TDTR 104. Dance Theory and Pedagogy (4)

The study of the theoretical aspects of dance education, including an analysis of movement concepts for all ages. Development of basic technique training in all forms, curriculum planning, social awareness, and problem solving. Fundamental elements of cognitive and kinetic learning skills. Prerequisites: TDTR 10, TDMV 110, 120, 130 or THDA 101A-B-C, or THDA 110A-B-C, or THDA 120A-B-C; consent of instructor, department stamp.

TDGR—Theatre Graduate

TDGR 200. Dynamics (1)

A daily program of physical, vocal, and speech exercises designed to prepare the student to move in a focused way into specific class areas with minimum amount of warm-up time. The exercises work on development of flexibility, strength, and coordination throughout the body. Strong emphasis is placed on physical and mental centering within a structured and disciplined approach to preparation. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 201. Stage Combat (2)

A study of the dramatic elements of stage violence, and practical work in developing the physical skills necessary to fully realize violent moments on the stage. At the core of the study is the process from text to convincing theatrical action. Physical work revolves around basic principles of energy, focus, and center inherent in unarmed and weapons combat. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 202. Joint Stock (3)

The process of collaborative creation from idea to performance. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 204A. Text Analysis (4)

Topics to be covered will include (1) concept of poetic language; lexical and syntactic analysis of dialogue; (2) the semantic context of dialogue; (3) thematic structure, from motive to themes; (4) the concept of dramatic character or hero; (5) dramatic narrative; (6) the material of drama; the relationship of myth and ritual to drama; (7) analysis versus interpretation; (8) practical applications. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 204B. Contemporary Theories of Theatre (4)

An investigation of contemporary theories of theatre with an emphasis on structural and poststructural perspectives on text and textuality. The seminar will focus on adapting contemporary techniques of close reading to the interpretive and creative process in the theatre. Prerequisites: TDGR 204A; admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 204C. Collective Creation (4)

The culmination of the TDGR 204 sequence, in which students in all disciplines create and perform publicly presented original theatre pieces. Prerequisites: TDGR 204B; admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 206. Faculty Directed Production (4)

Faculty directed production, from the rehearsal process through public performance. All participants will enroll in the same section, the number of units depending upon degree of involvement. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 207. Production (4)

The collaborative process from the rehearsal process through public performance. All participants will enroll in the same section, the same number of units. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 210A. Process I—Part I (4)

The actors focus on the nature of the acting process, using various exercises to stimulate imagination and to inspire instinctual choices. Later work includes improvisational and imaginative experiences to explore character and text. The class culminates in intensive scene work chosen for the particular actor to meld the improvisational approach with scripted material. The class is a combination of both actors and directors so that a common language is developed. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 210B. Process I—Part II (4)

Intensive studio examination of realistic texts using improvisational and imaginative techniques to realistically based texts commonly from American theatre. Second course in a three course sequence. Prerequisites: TDGR 210A and admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 210C. Process I—Part III (4)

The intensive study of the dramatic and fictional work of Anton Chekhov and an actor’s approach to that work. This course includes many of the techniques begun in earlier classes and applies them to this material. Also included is a study of Chekhov’s short stories and plays, and involves adapting and staging these works. Third course of a three course sequence. Prerequisites: TDGR 210B and admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 211. Choreography Seminar (4)

The study and practice of aesthetic concepts, history, and methodology for choreographic creation of dance theatre; and expanding the choreographers’ ability to establish innovative creative processes with performers and craft their material, both independently and in conjunction with other theatrical and technological elements. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 211B. Speech for the Actor (2–4)

Continued introduction of the principle of phonetics and articulation. Constant study and drill to prepare the actor for standard speech and flexibility. Second course in a three-course series. Prerequisites: TDGR 211A and admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor

TDGR 211C. Speech for the Actor (2–4)

Continued introduction of the principle of phonetics and articulation. Constant study and drill to prepare the actor for standard speech and flexibility. Third course in a three-course series. Prerequisites: TDGR 211B and admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 212. Acting Practicum (2)

One-on-one laboratory workshop that examines practical applications of accents, speech and voice work, dialect, movement and combat work specific and ancillary to the productions in which the students have been cast. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 213. Dance Theatre Topics Seminar (2)

A topics seminar in current dance theatre history, issues and research, with varying content by faculty. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 213A-B-C. Movement for Theatre I (2-2-2)

An intensive studio course in the art of movement as a basis for theatre performance. Theory and practice of energy flow, weight, spatial focus, time consumption, and the shape factor. (S/U grades only.) Prerequisites: THGR or TDGR 213A for B, THGR or TDGR 213B for C; admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 214. Dance Theatre Topics: Collaborative Processes (2)

This seminar examines the nature of collaborative creative processes and artistic relationships between choreographers and other primary artists in the creation of interdisciplinary dance theatre, from the initial concepts, themes, and inspiration through the research, rehearsal and final presentation. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 214A. Voice for Theatre I—Part I (3)

Voice exercises designed to “free the voice” with emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing, articulation exercises, and singing exercises. Course designed to broaden pitch, range, projection, and to expand the full range of potential characterizations. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 214B. Voice for Theatre II—Part I (3)

Voice exercises designed to “free the voice” with emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing, articulation exercises, and singing exercises. Course designed to broaden pitch, range, projection, and to expand the full range of potential characterizations. Second course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: TDGR 214Aand admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 214C. Voice for Theatre I—Part III (3)

Voice exercises designed to “free the voice” with emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing, articulation exercises, and singing exercises. Course designed to broaden pitch, range, projection, and to expand the full range of potential characterizations. Third course in a three course series. Prerequisites: TDGR 214B and admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 215. Dance Theatre Seminar (2)

This seminar focuses on the aesthetic concepts that form the foundation for the creation, performance, research, and critical analysis of dance theatre. Students will discuss critical theory in related arts and develop individualized projects that advance their creative and intellectual goals. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of the instructor.

TDGR 216. Principles of Curriculum Theory (2)

This comprehensive seminar provides an assessment of the field of curriculum theory as preparation for teaching general dance education courses. Conceptual thinking, problem solving, current publications, methods of inquiry, assessment, and a range of practical teaching issues will be discussed. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 217. New Media and Technology (2)

This seminar explores the interaction of new media and technologies for collaboration, research, and creation in performance. Students will pursue diverse and innovative research in technology as a medium for new forms of expression in dance theatre. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 218. Dance Theatre: Professional Practice (2)

This seminar focuses on the skills and tools needed for the professional practice of self-production in performance. Areas introduced include grant writing, press kits, media relations, marketing, websites, documentation, budgets, artistic management, and nonprofit organization administration. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 219. Directing Process Studio (4)

Preparation, presentation, and discussion of representative scenes from various periods of dramatic literature. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 220. Advanced Contemporary Dance (2)

Designed for graduates with advanced training in contemporary modern dance and intermediate to advanced training in ballet. Emphasis is on increasing composition and performance skills in ballet through contemporary modern dance aesthetics. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 220A. Process II: Classical Text I (4)

An intensive studio examination of problems and potentials associated with the theatrical realization of the classical text. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 220B. Process II: Classical Text II (4)

An intensive studio examination of problems and potentials associated with the theatrical realization of the classical text. This course is a continuation of TDGR 220A. Prerequisites: TDGR 220A and admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 220C. Process II: Classical Text III (4)

An intensive studio examination of problems and potentials associated with the theatrical realization of the classical text. This course is a continuation of TDGR 220B. Prerequisites: TDGR 220B and admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 221. Graduate Studio: Contemporary Movement Practices (2)

Designed for development of a movement practice in various modalities including contemporary dance, yoga, Pilates, and Alexander. Emphasis on advanced technical skills, expressive style, and performance elements. Aesthetic concepts will be explored. Incorporates applied physiological principles of human movement. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 221A-B. Speech for the Actor II (3-3)

Advanced work in phonetics and articulation. Intensive study of stage dialects to prepare actor for variety of roles. Prerequisites: graduate standing; THGR or TDGR 221A prerequisite for THGR or TDGR 221B; admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 222. Topics in World Dance (2)

Course designed for study of specific world dances. Historical and contemporary context of a particular culture or ethnic form: Afro-Cuban, West African, Asian, Spanish, Balinese, Japanese, Latin, American jazz, hip-hop, etc. Specific topic will vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 222A-B-C. Theatre Production II (1–4)

Ranging from staged reading of new plays, documentary drama, or synthetically created dramatic text to totally integrated production of full-length plays (faculty or student directed), and incorporating the creative contribution of actors, directors, playwrights, and critics, this intensive involvement of multiple forms of theatre will serve as the necessary creative laboratory for the MFA program. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 223. Improvisation Ensemble (2)

A course for dance theatre practitioners to exchange ideas, work with scores, text, expository writing, contact improvisation, in a supportive and focused environment. Students will participate as group leaders allowing participants to explore new areas of their artistic practice. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 223A-B. Movement for Theatre II (3-3)

An advanced course in the art of movement for the theatre, building on the knowledge gained in Theatre 213. (S/U grades only.) Prerequisites: THGR or TDGR 223A for B; admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 224A-B. Voice for Theatre II (3-3)

Advanced voice training designed to help the actor fuse voice, emotion, and body into a fully realized reflection of the text. (S/U grades only.) Prerequisites: THGR or TDGR 224A for B; admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 225A-B. Singing for the Actor II (1-1)

Continuing vocal technique for the musical theatre. More complicated musical material investigated and prepared. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 226. Stage Managing Assistantship (4–12)

Assisting faculty with productions off-campus. Perform research necessary for project.  Assist with pre-production meetings and other work. Observe and participate in any or all phases of the production process from pre-production through closing. Prerequisites: MFA students or consent of instructor.

TDGR 229. Theatre Externship (6–12)

Selected professional opportunities in repertory and commercial theatre, designed to engage the student in particular creative responsibilities under the guidance of master artist-teachers. Student is expected to give biweekly reports detailing his/her experience with the professional company. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program, or consent of instructor.

TDGR 230. Acting Process III: Actors’ Studio (4)

An advanced studio for graduate actors and directors, this work will explore a single text from the modern theatre under the direction of a master teacher-artist. Concentration will be on multiple possible modes of encountering a text, varieties of interpretation and performance realization, and the development of a theatre ensemble. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 231A. Professional Preparation for the Actor (4)

A twice-weekly seminar focusing on the actor’s confrontation with the industry, including in-depth preparation for auditions; cold readings; and meetings/interviews with producers, casting directors, agents, and managers. Actors will also begin to create material that could be crafted into solo performances. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 233. Acting for the Camera (1)

This course is designed to aid the actor in the transition from stage to film work. Examination of film production and its physical characteristics and the acting style needed for work in film and television. Students will rehearse and perform in simulated studio setting. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 235. Singing for the Actor III (1)

Continuing vocal technique for the musical theatre. More complicated musical material investigated and prepared. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 239. Skills (4)

A unifying approach to acting skills (voice, movement, and speech) designed to result in providing the graduating actor with a daily regimen appropriate for professional work. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 240. Directing Seminar (1–6)

A seminar focusing on the current directing projects of all graduate directing students. Depending upon individual student needs, the work may include play selection, historical or sociological research, and discussion of emerging directorial concepts, the rehearsal process, and post-production evaluation. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 242. Director Designer Collaboration Seminar (4)

A seminar focusing on the creative application of design solutions to problems presented by specific texts, and how they function in directorial and design production concepts. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 243. Director/Playwright/Choreographer Lab (4)

Collaborative process between directing and playwriting students providing a focused exploration of a broad range of directing and writing methodologies. Students work in teams to develop and create pieces based on the methodology of guest directors. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 244. New Plays Workshop (2)

A course where playwrights and actors work together to develop new plays-in-progress. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 245. Directing Practicum (4)

Students enrolled in this course will work on productions in the function of a director. This will include staging, creative interpretation, blocking, etc. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 250. Playwriting Seminar (4)

A seminar focusing on the current playwriting project of all graduate playwriting students. Work for each quarter is individually determined according to student needs, but may include exploration of an inceptive idea, development of a scenario or other structural work, and writing dialogue. Students present work to be discussed in class. May include group or individual playwriting exercises. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 251. Playwriting Practicum (2)

Creative writing project developing original scripts from outline to the final play. Plays may vary depending on the quarter, but will include writing of a realistic one-act, a nonrealistic one-act, a one-act documentary or dramatization of fiction, a full-length play. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 252. Dramaturgy Seminar (4)

The seminar will deal with all dramaturgical issues pertaining to departmental productions: production research, textual and analysis, translation, adaptation, rehearsal process, and critique. Concurrently with the dramaturgy issues of the given year, the seminar will discuss possible choices of plays for future production seasons. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 253. Dramaturgy Practicum (1–6)

Students enrolled in this course will work on productions in the function of a dramaturg. This will entail preparation of texts, research, participation at rehearsals, etc. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 254. Television Writing (4)

A one-quarter course covering the hour-long format (five weeks) and situation comedies (five weeks). Includes study and discussion of television script format and structure. Students will create the concept and structure for spec scripts in each genre. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 256. Contemporary Plays (1–4)

A guided reading course focusing exclusively on very recent plays in an attempt to become aware of what is being written now. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 257A-B. Screenwriting (4-4)

Students will develop the concept for an original piece for television or film and will write the screenplay. Student work will be discussed in seminar at each phase of the development. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program and THGR or TDGR 250.

TDGR 258A-B. Dramatization and Adaptation (4-4)

Seminar will deal with dramatization and adaptation of literary texts for the purpose of theatrical production. The class will study some significant examples of such practice from the past, and subsequently, students will develop their own projects of dramatization, adaptation, or modernization of texts. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 260. New-Play Festival (4)

The collaborative process of new-play development through readings, rehearsals, and public performance. MFA actors, designers, directors, playwrights, and stage managers enroll in one section and collaborate in creating the annual festival of full-length and one-act plays. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 262. Crossing Boundaries: Design Improvisations (4)

Conceiving interactive designs. A project/performance-based course, concentrating on the conception of designs adaptable to improvisatory contexts, in which technological strategies such as real-time processing and control of sound and light are encouraged and discussed. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 267. Automated Lighting (4–6)

Introduces the design student to the technology, control, and creative use of automated lighting in the entertainment lighting field. The class involves substantial independent research. Students create both theoretical and realized design projects. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 268. Storyboarding (4)

Course will cover multiple applications of storyboarding as a tool of communication and expression; comic books, theatre, opera, film, TV, and commercial applications will be explored. Individual and team assignments will be given to develop the basic vocabulary and techniques. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 269A. Photoshop I (4)

Course will introduce the basic functions and applications of Photoshop as they may be applied to theatrical design. Emphasis on using Photoshop as an artistic tool. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 269B. Photoshop II (4)

Advanced Photoshop techniques will be explored and applied to the creation of multimedia projects. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 270A. Design Studio I (4)

This course will focus on beginning-level problems in theatre design, including text analysis, research, conceptualization, and visual expression. Students will work on individual projects in lighting, costume, and scenic design. The course will include group critiques of completed designs and works in progress. 270A, Scenic Design (fall); 270B, Costume Design (winter); 270C, Lighting Design (spring). Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 270B. Design Studio I: Costume Design (4)

This course will focus on beginning-level problems in theatre design, including text analysis, research, conceptualization, and visual expression. Students will work on individual projects in lighting, costume, and scenic design. The course will include group critiques of completed design and works in progress. 270A, Scenic Design (fall); 270B, Costume Design (winter); 270C, Lighting Design (spring). Prerequisites: THGR 270A, graduate standing, consent of instructor.

TDGR 270C. Design Studio I: Lighting Design (4)

This course will focus on beginning-level problems in theatre design, including text analysis, research, conceptualization, and visual expression. Students will work on individual projects in lighting, costume, and scenic design. The course will include group critiques of completed design and works in progress. 270A, Scenic Design (fall); 270B, Costume Design (winter); 270C, Lighting Design (spring). Prerequisites: THGR 270A or TDGR 270A, THGR 270B or TDGR 270B, graduate standing, and consent of instructor.

TDGR 270D. Design Studio I: Sound Design (4)

This course will focus on beginning-level problems in theatre design, including text analysis, research, conceptualization, and visual/auditory expression. Students will work on individual projects in sound, lighting, costume, and scenic design. This course will include group critiques of completed design and works in progress. 270A, Scenic Design (fall); 270B, Costume Design (winter); 270C, Lighting Design (spring). Prerequisites: THGR 270A, THGR 270B, graduate standing, consent of instructor.

TDGR 271. Design Seminar (2)

A seminar focusing on all aspects of the design profession, including current projects of graduate design students. The work may also include portfolio presentations, research presentations, and guest lecturers. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 272. Master Class in Design (1–4)

Special topics in design taught in an intensive workshop format by professionals in the respective fields of study. Topics could include, but are not limited to, sound design techniques, new development in set design, AutoCAD. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 273. Fashioning the Body (4)

A survey/history of artistic and cultural stylistic change as embodied in clothing from early Western civilization to the contemporary period. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 274. Advanced Scenic Design (4)

This course explores advanced problems in scenic design through development and critique of creative class projects and production works-in-progress. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 275. Advanced Lighting Design (4)

Creative projects and topics in lighting design to develop the student’s techniques and professional practices. Work to include studies in design research, concepts, psychophysical considerations, collaboration, professional procedures and systems, paperwork, and organization. Various scales of production projects will be addressed by the student for presentation and critique, and may be theoretical or productions in the departmental calendar. Prerequisites: second- or third-year design students only; admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 276. Advanced Costume Design (4)

Projects in costume design, emphasizing script analysis, research, conceptualization, and visual expression. Studio work includes costume rendering in various media for specific plays. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 278. Special Topics in Theatre Design (1–6)

A course designed to expose the theatre design student to a variety of specialized topics, including millinery, pattern drafting and draping, scenic painting, model making, figure drawing, drafting, fitting, rendering. Topics will vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 279. Design Practicum (4)

This course covers the artistic, aesthetic, and practical aspects of the designers’ work as they develop and execute the design toward a fully realized production. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 280A. Stage Management 1 (4)

Discussion and research into the duties, responsibilities, and roles of a stage manager. Work to include studies in script analysis, communication, conflict resolution, rehearsal procedures, performance skills, style, and conceptual approach to stage management. Prerequisites: admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 280B. Stage Management 2 (4)

The second of the three-part introductory stage management series, this course further explores the stage manager’s process, focusing on the technical rehearsal period through the opening of a production. Prerequisites: TDGR 280A; admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 280C. Stage Management 3 (4)

The final course in the three-part introductory stage management series focuses on the stage manager’s role once a production has opened. The course will also address topics such as new plays, touring, dance, multimedia productions, and music. Prerequisites: TDGR 280A and TDGR 280B; admission to MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 282. Advanced Sound Design (4)

Creative projects to develop student’s techniques and professional practices. Studies include research, concepts, collaboration, professional procedures, systems and organization. Various scales of projects will be addressed for presentation and critique; may be theoretical or productions in the Department calendar. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.

TDGR 286. Special Topics in Stage Management (1–6)

A course for MFA students in stage management. Topics will focus on various aspects of theatre administration, and advanced stage management, including nonprofit theatre, commercial theatre, advanced problems, venues, musicals/dance, production management, theatre development, business problems, and theatre marketing. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 288. Stage Management Seminar (4)

A weekly seminar in which all graduate stage managers participate. Includes discussions of problems encountered on current productions, paperwork, methodology, and production approaches. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 289. Introduction to Doctoral Studies (4)

Seminar acquaints doctoral students of all levels with research methods, theoretical models, publishing protocol, professional preparation, and pedagogical approaches particular to theatre and performance studies. Course assignments are tailored to students’ scholarly interests and progress toward degree. Prerequisites: admission to PhD program in theatre or consent of instructor.

TDGR 290. Dramatic Literature and Theatre History Prior to 1900 (4)

Selected material from following topics: Classical Drama, Asian Drama, Medieval and Early Modern Drama, Shakespeare, European Drama 1600–1900. May be taken eight times as content varies. Prerequisites: admission to PhD program in theatre.

TDGR 291. Dramatic Literature and Theatre History 1900 to the Present (4)

Selected material from following topics: European Theatre 1900–Present, American Theatre 1900–Present, Contemporary Theatre and Performance. May be taken eight times as content varies. Prerequisites: admission to PhD program in theatre.

TDGR 292. Cultural and Critical Theory (4)

Selected material from following topics: Performance Theory, Dramatic Theory, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies. May be taken eight times as content varies. Prerequisites: admission to PhD program in theatre.

TDGR 293. Directed Studies (4–12)

Individual or small group directed study.

TDGR 294. Dissertation Research (4–12)

Research and preparation of doctoral dissertation.

TDGR 295. Acting Practicum (2)

This course covers the artistic, aesthetic, and practical aspects of the actors’ work as they develop and execute the character/role toward a fully realized production. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 296. Stage Management Practicum (4)

Taken each term by all graduate stage management students. The class focuses on the development of knowledge and skills necessary for the contemporary stage manager. Seminar format is augmented by lab work that may include departmental productions. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 297. Thesis Research (2–12)

Thesis research for MFA degree. (S/U grades only.) Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 299. Thesis Project (2–12)

Specific projects in theatre individually determined to meet the developing needs, interests, and abilities of MFA candidates. (S/U grades only.) Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program.

TDGR 500. Introduction to Apprentice Teaching (4)

This course, designed to meet the needs of the graduate students who serve as teaching assistants, includes analysis of texts and materials, discussion of teaching techniques, conducting discussion sections, formulation of topics and questions for papers, and examinations and grading. 2 units = 25% TAship. 4 units = 50% TAship. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of the instructor.