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TH-105   Introduction to Theatre (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) An introduction to the theatre experience. Areas of inquiry include: role of the audience; purpose of the theatrical event; dramatic literature and structure; performers; the role of the playwright, actor, producer, director and designers; includes hands-on experience.

TH-180   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F) Credit option for students participating in theatrical productions. Students may receive credit for acting, technical, or administrative positions for a given production. Credit hours are dependent upon the role or position. Credit limits will be determined by the professor. Available by permission only.

TH-181   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F) (See TH180).

TH-191   Technical Theatre Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) This course is geared towards students of all skill levels. Students will gain hands on experience in many different technical aspects of physically producing a show from building sets, to equipment set ups, to lighting. This course deals with a number of different needs for a varied set of performances. Topics and schedule vary based on performance needs. In addition to the lab based learning students can expect a small number of reading assignments and class handouts (provided by instructor). Assignments and expectations also vary to fit the experience of each student. This is a hands on lab course and can be taken alone or in conjunction with Theatre Arts Practicum. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

TH-192   Technical Theatre Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) This course is geared towards students of all skill levels. Students will gain hands on experience in many different technical aspects of physically producing a show from building sets, to equipment set ups, to lighting. This course deals with a number of different needs for a varied set of performances. Topics and schedule vary based on performance needs. In addition to the lab based learning students can expect a small number of reading assignments and class handouts (provided by instructor). Assignments and expectations also vary to fit the experience of each student. This is a hands on lab course and can be taken alone or in conjunction with Theatre Arts Practicum. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

TH-199   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by title.

TH-210   Living Theatre History (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F,CW) In this course, we investigate the history of theatre in the world until the late 19th Century. A fundamental premise is that theatrical style is intimately connected with the life of the culture out of which it grew. For each " major " historical theatrical era, we look at how the conventions of playwriting, performance, staging, and design reflect the life of that culture. Prerequsiite: TH105.

TH-221   Acting (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) A study of the discipline of acting, including development of concentration methods, creative energy, fine tuning of the vocal and physical instrument and character analysis.

TH-222   Musical Theatre Scene Study (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F) Students in this course will explore the genre of Musical Theatre, working on the performance of solos and musical scenes from classic and contemporary American musicals. Students begin by getting an overview of the history of Musical Theatre and Vaudeville, and it's influence historically and culturally in the 20th century. We then move on to solos, focusing on acting techniques that can be used for auditioning. Finally we work on musical duets and trios, with spoken text intermingled with the musical text to create fully realized scenes. This class culminates in a final public cabaret performance at the end of the term. The course is open to any student who is a strong singer, and who has a particular interest in musical theatre. Pre-requisites: Instructor's consent/by audition.

TH-223   Auditioning (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) In this class, we work on developing audition material for theatre, television, film, and commercials. By the end ofthis class you have four monologues and a song (for those who sing), and we put together a 4 minute showcase audition that you would be able to use at URTA or Strawhats. You also have gained experience with material that you might be likely to have handed to you by an agent or casting director. 1. Two Monologues: Contemporary/Contrasting; 2. Two Monologues: Classical/Contrasting; 3. 16 bar musical cut; 4. Cold Readings; 5. Commercial Copy; 6. Television/Film Copy; and 7. Headshots and resumes. Prerequisites: TH221.

TH-240   Voice and Speech I (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) Voice and Speech I is intended to initiate a lifelong process of opening the body as the vocal instrument. We will focus on learning the basic principles of Fitzmaurice Voicework, with a specific semester-long focus on De-structuring. This course is intended to be taken as the first half of a year-long sequence. Course objectives include: increasing vocal range and expressivity, reducing vocal strain, communicating intention more effectively, and allowing creativity to flow through an embodied voice. Students must take courses TH240, TH340 in order .

TH-260   Movement I-Suzuki (Variable; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) Suzuki Method is a rigorous technique designed to create a more expressive and dynamic aesthetic presence in the actor. The training is not intended to teach the actor about stage technique, but rather, stage presence. In order to prepare the body for movement in the extra-daily, performative environment of theatre, we will explore aspects of physical conditioning and locomotion. We will explore the dynamic presence of the actor using the Suzuki Method as our foundation. In addition to the Suzuki Method, this course will also examine the performative and expressive body through the lens of a healthy, fit, flexible physical instrument. To that end will condition the body using techniques drawn from the US Army, P90X, Gymnastics, Plyomterics, Yoga, and neutral mask work.

TH-261   Movement II-Viewpoints (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) Viewpoints Technique is used widely in American Theatre actor training to develop the actors' sensibilities in the way movement and relationship is structured on stage. The actor develops aesthetic awareness of: tempo, duration, kinesthetic response, repetition, shape, gesture, architecture, spatial relationships, and topography. In addition to the Viewpoints method, this course will also examine the performative and expressive body through the lens of a healthy, fit, flexible physical instrument. To that end, this course will condition the body using techniques drawn from the US Army, P90X, Gymnastics, Plyomterics, Yoga, and neutral mask work.

TH-262   Can Be Used for New Course (Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit)

TH-263   Playwriting (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F,CW) This course will examine the foundational elements of playwriting used in a variety of ways and traditions. Through the critical analysis of playtexts, we will both decode the intrinsic tools with a text but subsequently use them in the creation of multiple one-act plays. Since writing is rewriting we will read and respond to our work and nurture the skills needed to receive and give critical assessment, both our own work and that of our peers. Finally, the course will culminate in the public, staged reading of an original one-act play.

TH-270   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F) This is the advanced performance skills class for Junior and Senior students enrolled in the Performance POE. Taught in collaboration with professional artists in The Juniata Visiting Artist Collective, the course includes sections on: voice/speech/dialect work; several modes of movement training; styles of acting; advanced scene study; generating one's own performance piece; directing; and auditioning.

TH-271   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F) This is the advanced performance skills class for Junior and Senior students enrolled in the Performance POE. Taught in collaboration with professional artists in The Juniata Visiting Artist Collective, thecourse includes sections on: voice/speech/dialect work; several modes of movement training; styles of acting; advanced scene study; generating one's own performance piece; directing; and auditioning.

TH-280   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F) (See TH180).

TH-281   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F) (See TH180).

TH-291   Technical Theatre Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) This course is geared towards students of all skill levels. Students will gain hands on experience in many different technical aspects of physically producing a show from building sets, to equipment set ups, to lighting. This course deals with a number of different needs for a varied set of performances. Topics and schedule vary based on performance needs. In addition to the lab based learning students can expect a small number of reading assignments and class handouts (provided by instructor). Assignments and expectations also vary to fit the experience of each student. This is a hands on lab course and can be taken alone or in conjunction with Theatre Arts Practicum. Prerequisites: TH191 and TH192.

TH-292   Technical Theatre Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) This course is geared towards students of all skill levels. Students will gain hands on experience in many different technical aspects of physically producing a show from building sets, to equipment set ups, to lighting. This course deals with a number of different needs for a varied set of performances. Topics and schedule vary based on performance needs. In addition to the lab based learning students can expect a small number of reading assignments and class handouts (provided by instructor). Assignments and expectations also vary to fit the experience of each student. This is a hands on lab course and can be taken alone or in conjunction with Theatre Arts Practicum. Prerequisites: TH191 and TH192 and TH291.

TH-299   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by title.

TH-321   Contemporary Scene Study (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) In this class we delve into scene work from contemporary plays and playwrights who were writing between the years of 1980 to the present. We learn about the play, the playwright and the historical context of the piece. We work in-depth on script and character analysis, moment-to moment work, physical transformation, breath work, and truthful playing of the scene. Prerequisites: TH221 and Performance POE.

TH-322   Non-Naturalistic Scene Study (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F) In this class, we delve into scene work from contemporary non-naturalisticplays and playwrights who were writing between the years of 1960 to the present. We learn about the play, the playwright and the historical context of the piece. We work in depth on script and character analysis, moment to moment work, physical transformation, breath work, and truthful playing of the scene. Prerequisites: TH221 and TH321 and Performance POE.

TH-323   Modern Drama Scene Study (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F) In this class we delve into scene work from plays and playwrights who were writing between the years of 1860-1950 in a canon of work commonly known as Modern Drama. We learn about the play, the playwright and the historical context of the piece. We work in depth on script and character analysis, moment to moment work, physical transformation, breath work, and truthful playing of the scene. This course is intended for Theatre Performance POE students. Prerequisites: TH221 and TH321 and Performance POE.

TH-324   Performing Shakespeare (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F) In this class, we study techniques for performing the work of William Shakespeare; analyze how the text works for the actor; investigate how to develop characters; examine the use of verse and prose; and perform speeches, soliloquies, and scenes. Prerequisites: TH221 and TH321 and Performance POE.

TH-341   Voice and Speech II (Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F,CS) Voice and Speech II is intended to initiate a lifelong process of opening the body as the vocal instrument. We focus on learning the basic principles of Fitzmaurice Voicework, with a specific semester-long focus on Structuring. This course is intended to be taken as the second half of a year-long sequence. Course objectives include: gaining vocal power, learning healthy vocal technique and care of the voice, aligning vocal support with character choices, and realizing natural use of increased vocal production. Students must do courses in order (TH241, TH341 etc).

TH-370   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F) This is the advanced performance skills class for students enrolled in the Performance POE. Taught by Professor Clarke in collaboration with professional artists in Juniata Visiting Artist collective, the course includes sections on: voice/speech/dialect work; several modes of movement training;styles of acting; advanced scene study; generating one's own performance piece; directing; and auditioning.

TH-371   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F) This is the advanced performance skills class for students enrolled in the Performance POE. Taught in collaboration with professional artists in The Juniata Visiting Artist Collective, the course includes sections on: voice/speech/dialect work; several modes of movement training; styles of acting; advanced scene study; generating one's own performance piece; directing; and auditioning.

TH-380   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F) See TH180.

TH-381   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F) See TH180.

TH-391   Technical Theatre Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) This course is geared towards students of all skill levels. Students will gain hands on experience in many different technical aspects of physically producing a show from building sets, to equipment set ups, to lighting. This course deals with a number of different needs for a varied set of performances. Topics and schedule vary based on performance needs. In addition to the lab based learning students can expect a small number of reading assignments and class handouts (provided by instructor). Assignments and expectations also vary to fit the experience of each student. This is a hands on lab course and can be taken alone or in conjunction with Theatre Arts Practicum. Prerequisites: TH191 and TH192 and TH291 and TH292.

TH-392   Technical Theatre Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) This course is geared towards students of all skill levels. Students will gain hands on experience in many different technical aspects of physically producing a show from building sets, to equipment set ups, to lighting. This course deals with a number of different needs for a varied set of performances. Topics and schedule vary based on performance needs. In addition to the lab based learning students can expect a small number of reading assignments and class handouts (provided by instructor). Assignments and expectations also vary to fit the experience of each student. This is a hands on lab course and can be taken alone or in conjunction with Theatre Arts Practicum. Prerequisites: TH191 and TH192 and TH291 and TH292 and TH391.

TH-398   Professional Training Intensive (Variable; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; F) The schedule for the course work in an intensive is intentionally brief, but very intense (4 hours a day minimum). Theatre artists from the Juniata Visiting Artists' Collective will lead workshops which focus on one area of training. Areas of study are variable, and may include: acting for the camera, circus technique, le coq, stage combat, directing and design, and others. This course is open to all interested students on campus, but it is focused on professional theatre techniques, so students taking the course should be willing and prepared to work in depth. Theatre Performance POE's are required to take 4 credits of TH-398 over their four years.

TH-399   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by title.

TH-420   Compositions (Variable; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) Compositions are a collaborative way to rehearse a play, build a play, engender ensemble. Built off an idea or theme, book or novel, or an existing play, these short theatre pieces can be woven together into a full-length production or simply stand-alone exercises to deepen an artists' understanding of work. We will be building all of our work off of a central idea with multiple source documents with the goal of creating a final, full-length performance piece. Prerequisites: TH221 and TH270 and TH271 and TH3221.

TH-423   Auditioning (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) In this class, we work on developing audition material for theatre, television, film, and commercials. By the end of this class you have four monologues and a song (for those who sing), and we put together a 4 minute showcase audition that you would be able to use at URTA or Strawhats. You also have gained experience with material that you might be likely to have handed to you by an agent or casting director. 1. Two Monologues: Contemporary/Contrasting; 2. Two Monologues: Classical/Contrasting; 3. 16 bar musical cut; 4. Cold Readings; 5. Commercial Copy; 6. Television/Film Copy; and 7. Headshots and resumes. Prerequisites: TH221 and TH270 and TH271 and TH321.

TH-470   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F) This is the advanced performance skills class for students enrolled in the Performance POE. Taught in collaboration with professional artists in The Gravity Partners, the course includes sections on: voice/speech/dialect work; several modes of movement training; styles of acting; advanced scene study; generating one's own performance piece; directing; and auditioning.

TH-471   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F) This is the advanced performance skills class for students enrolled in the Performance POE. Taught in collaboration with professional artists in Juniata Visiting Artist Collective, the course includes sections on: voice/speech/dialect work; several modes of movement training; styles of acting; advanced scene study; generating one's own performance piece; directing; and auditioning.

TH-472   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F) This is the advanced performance skills class for students enrolled in the Performance POE. Taught in collaboration with professional artists in The Juniata Visiting Artist Collective the course includes sections on: voice/speech/dialect work; several modes of movement training; styles of acting; advanced scene study; generating one's own performance piece; directing; and auditioning.

TH-473   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F) This is the advanced performance skills class for students enrolled in the Performance POE. Taught in collaboration with professional artists in The Juniata Visiting Artist Collective, the course includes sections on: voice/speech/dialect work; several modes of movement training; styles of acting; advanced scene study; generating one's own performance piece; directing; and auditioning.

TH-480   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F) See TH180.

TH-481   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F) See TH180.

TH-490   Theatre Internship (Variable; Variable; 2.00-9.00 Credits; H) See Internships in the catalog. Corequisite: TH495. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and Jr. or Sr. standing.

TH-491   Technical Theatre Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) Students will gain hands on experience in many different technical aspects of physically producing a show from building sets, to equipment set ups, and to lighting. This course deals with a number of different needs for a varied set of performances. Topics and schedule vary based on performance needs. In addition to the lab based learning students can expect a small number of reading assignments and class handouts (provided by instructor). Assignments and expectations also vary to fit the experience of each student. This is a hands on lab course and can be taken alone or in conjunction with Theatre Arts Practicum. Prerequisites: TH191 and TH192 and TH291 and TH292 and TH391 and TH392.

TH-492   Technical Theatre Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) Students will gain hands on experience in many different technical aspects of physically producing a show from building sets, to equipment set ups, to lighting. This course deals with a number of different needs for a varied set of performances. Topics and schedule vary based on performance needs. In addition to the lab based learning students can expect a small number of reading assignments and class handouts (provided by instructor). Assignments and expectations also vary to fit the experience of each student. This is a hands on lab course and can be taken alone or in conjunction with Theatre Arts Practicum. Prerequisites: TH191 and TH192 and TH291 and TH292 and TH391 and TH392 and TH491.

TH-494   Senior Capstone (Fall; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F) The Theatre Capstone provides an opportunity for senior theatre students to demonstrate excellence in acting, movement, vocal technique, and either writing or interpretation of existing text of their choosing. Seniors will gain hands-on directing experience through the completion of their piece, and will be working with a professional designer. Student projects will be based on proposals and may include live performances or film projects. Capstones will be presented to a public audience and mentored by faculty. Seniors may register for this course at between one and three credits, depending on credit needs. Prerequisites: Senior status and Theatre Performance POE.

TH-495   Internship Research Seminar (Variable; Variable; 2.00-6.00 Credits; H) See Internships in the catalog. Corequisite: TH490. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor .

TH-TUT   Theatre Tutorial (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) See Catalog.