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THEA 1000. Theatre Convocation (0-1-0) A laboratory experience to include student performances, presentation, guest artists, master classes, lectures, theatre trips, meetings and the administration of entrance evaluation for Theatre Arts majors. (S/U grading.) (Course fee required.)

THEA 1105. First Year Seminar (1-0-1) An introduction to the CSU Department of Theatre. This course prepares and familiarizes students with common terminology, policies and expectations within the department, with special emphasis on career planning and building a resume.

THEA 2000. Freshman Jury (0-0-0) Prerequisite: Requires THEA 1105 First year Seminar and a "C" or better in all Theatre Courses and an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher as well as Department Chair approval. A satisfactory grade in this course indicates successful completion of the first year audition/portfolio review. (S/U grading)

THEA 2165. Survey of Design for the Theatre (2-2-3) Prerequisites: Take two of the following: THEA 1166, 1167, or 1168 with a grade of "C" or better. Description: This course provides the student with the skills needed to design and implement scenery, lighting, and costumes for productions with limited budgets, time, and skill levels while maintaining design concepts and analysis. By the conclusion of the course, the student will have developed a design concept, scenic design (including ground plan, elevations, and model or rendering), light design and plot, costume plot and renderings, and a detailed budget and time outline for one production.

THEA 2325. Stage Movement (2-2-3) Prerequisites: THEA 1245 with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: THEA 2346. Introduction to movement training for the actor to develop and strengthen the body as an expressive instrument. (Course Fee Required)

THEA 2335. Intermediate Acting 1 (0-6-3) Prerequisites: THEA 1245 and 2000. An introduction to the teaching principles of Sanford Meisner. Beginning work with reality of doing, repetition exercise, staying in adjustment with partner, the independent activity, justification and simple objectives. Training is designed to tap into the actor's spontaneous truthful impulses within the dynamics of the improvisational exercise. Only open to BFA Performance Majors. (Course Fee Required)

THEA 2346. Voice Training for the Stage (2-2-3) Prerequisite: Theatre major or THEA 1245 with a grade of "C" or betterand THEA 2000 with a grade of "S". An introduction to voice training for the actor, with additional focus on dialects. Exercises and techniques are utilized to develop and strengthen the connection to and use of the voice. (Course fee required.)

THEA 3000. Junior Proficiency (0-0-0) Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in all Theatre Courses, an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher, and Department Chair approval. A satisfactory grade in this course indicates successful completion of the final audition/portfolio review in preparation for the student's senior project.(S/U grading).

THEA 3205. Advanced Voice and Movement for the Stage (2-2-3) Prerequisites: THEA 2346 and THEA 2325 with a grade "C" or better. Advanced exploration of Voice and Movement training with an additional emphasis on accent and dialect work. (Course fee required.)

THEA 3335. Intermediate Acting 2 (0-6-3) Prerequisite: THEA 2335. Introduction to emotional preparation through creative fantasy as applied to the repetition exercise. Further development of the exercise from flexible and full responsiveness to the meaning of every moment. Work on personalization and emotionalizing relationship within improvisation exercise and scene work. (Course Fee Required)

THEA 3345. Seminar in Auditions (2-2-3) Prerequisite: THEA 3335 with a grade of C or better. Selection and preparation of material for theatre auditions. Experience in preparing resumes and auditions, cold readings and callback interviews. (Course Fee Required)

THEA 4205. Senior Project in Theatre (0-6-2) Prerequisites: THEA 3000, a grade of "C" or better in all Theatre Courses, and an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher. Requires Department Chair Approval. A faculty-juried presentation by graduating Theatre Arts majors. Satisfactory completion of this course is necessary for the B.F.A. in Theatre Arts. (S/U grading.) (Course fee required.)

THEA 4226. Stage Combat (1-2-2) Prerequisite: THEA 3205 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will focus on stage combat technique in unarmed combat, rapier & dagger, and quarterstaff. Techniques will be taught to the student through direct application, and proficiency will be gauged by the instructor. (Course fee required.)

THEA 4335. Intermediate Acting 3 (0-6-3) Prerequisite: THEA 3335. Building on the first year of training, students begin working on interpretation and characterization through actions, physical impediments, character idea and particularization. (Course Fee Required)

THEA 4345. Intermediate Acting 4 (0-6-3) Prerequisite: THEA 2335, THEA 3335, and THEA 4335 with a grade of "C" or better. Extends the work of Intermediate Acting I – 3 into the area of advanced character work and interpretation. Introduction to the actor’s process in personalizing heightened text/poetry. Students will also work on an advanced particularization and final scene.

THEA 4445. Theatre Performance (0-5-1) Prerequisite: Consent of Department chair and THEA 1245 with a grade of "C" or better. Practical application of acting theories and techniques through the rehearsals and performances of a production. May include the supervised performance of a major role in a production. May be taken ten times for credit. (Course fee required.)

THEA 4795. Senior Seminar in Theatre (0-2-1) Prerequisites: Requires THEA 3000 Junior Proficiency and a grade of "C" or higher in all Theatre Courses and an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher. Requires Department Chair Approval. A capstone course that integrates concepts gained during the students' tenure. Includes readings, lectures, discussions, portfolio presentations, and the administration of an exit exam.

THEA 5245. Advanced Acting (2-2-3) Prerequisite: THEA 4335 with a grade of "C" or better. Advanced exploration of Acting techniques applied to Stylized plays and heightened texts. (Course fee required.)

THEA 5281. Stage Directing 1 (2-2-3) Prerequisites: THEA 1175, THEA 1245, and THEA 2226, each with a grade of C or better. Introduction to the technical aspects of directing in a proscenium setting including groundplans, stage composition, textual analysis, stage blocking, promptbook preparation and collaborating with actors in the rehearsal process. Students may only attempt this class twice. (Course Fee Required)