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Course Descriptions - Theatre


Kindly note that not all courses may be offered in any given year. You may check the
Cave Hill On-Line course schedule at the beginning of the semester for the list of courses available for that semester.

THEA1000 Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
This course focuses on the theatre as artistic expression. It is designed to develop a working vocabulary, awareness and appreciation of theatre in its artistic, social, and historical contexts. Students explore the theory and practice of forms of theatre in a variety of cultural settings.

THEA2002 History and Theory of Performing Arts (3 credits)
Prerequisite: THEA1000 or DANC1301
This course examines the ways performance has been conceived and expressed in selected historical periods, various art forms and across cultures. It also introduces students to the theories and practices of the performing arts.

THEA2203 Production and Stagecraft (3 credits)
Prerequisite: THEA1000 or DANC1301 or FILM1000
This course provides intensive practical work in a professional theatrical environment, which requires the integration of dramatic concepts, performance and production. In addition to theatre applications, it examines technical production for digital video. The course seeks to enhance students’ command of production and theatrical craft skills, design principles, flat construction, platform construction, scenic painting, rigging, mask making and lighting technology.

THEA2210 Acting for Stage and Screen (6 credits)
Prerequisite: THEA1000 or DANC1301 or FILM1000
This course examines the theory and practice of acting. It explores fundamental principles and techniques of acting through the use of theatre games, exercises, and character/script analysis; analysis of the physical, vocal, emotional, technical preparation and research required for dramatic performance; examination of basic theatre terminology and protocol; the importance of the script and the actor’s relationship with an audience. Students learn the discipline of acting through physical, vocal, and improvisational exercises.

THEA3202 Directing Performance (3 credits)
Prerequisite: THEA2210 or FILM2110
This course provides an introduction to the art of directing for the stage. Through lectures and seminars, students will learn about the elements of direction, including play selection, text analysis, venue selection, casting the play, overseeing the rehearsal process, collaborating with the design team and technical crew, and developing a working knowledge of the economics of live theatre production. Students do a stage production at the end of semester 1 and act in a short film at the end of semester 2.

THEA3206 Musical Theatre (3 credits)
Prerequisite: THEA2210 or DANC2301
This course expands the student’s range of theatrical expression and develops skills useful to Caribbean tourism and cultural industries. It explores the theory, technique and forms of musical theatre. It provides students with practical applications of dramatic, musical and choreographic elements used in musical theatre. Students prepare and present selected songs and scenes as they develop audition techniques.

THEA3210 Theatre Ensemble (6 credits)
Prerequisite: THEA2203 or THEA2210
This is a two-semester advanced course, which provides professional experiences as part of a theatre ensemble of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination. It helps students build technical and performance skills through exposure to increasingly complex performance material under the supervision of faculty and guest playwrights, producers and directors.

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