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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,H) 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,H) (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.

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) In this class we will explore the genre of musicaltheatre, and work on developing audition material for any play or musical you might encounter. We analyze how the text works for the actor, examining the use of language and character through the lyrics. The class is divided into several units: 1. In the History of Musical Theatre in America we begin to familiarize ourselves with the roots of the American musical, and get to know some key composers of the 20th century. We watch the DVD series " The American Musical " ; 2. Classic Musical Theater song selections; 3. The 16 bar and 8 bar cut; 4. Contemporary songs; and 5. Actors' choice. This course is open to Theatre Performance POE students as well as some students from other POE's who have particular interest and/or skill in Musical Theatre. Prerequisites: 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 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.

TH-240   Voice and Speech I (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) 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-241   Voice and Speech II (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) 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 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).

TH-260   Movement & Conditioning (Variable; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) 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. We will explore movement through observation and replication of found real-world examples. To reinforce the mind-body integrated nature of our work we will also have readings from neuroscience and kinesiology among others. It may be helpful to think of this course as part experimental laboratory, such as you might think of a science lab where you aquire analytical skills, and part Boot Camp. We will be working with the raw material of this course-bodily impulse, breath, voice, rhythm, spontaneity, space-to aquire skills for vocal and physical improvisation and movement.

TH-261   Movement 1: Suzuki (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) 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. Performing, then, at least as far the Suzuki Method seems concerned, is about surviving. It is fighting, moment-to-moment, for life, for breath. The training does not or, at least need not, translate directly to stagabilty. However, it creates in the actor a vibrant and desperate need to fight. This fight is directly translated into performing? " in other words, if Hamlet is not fighting for something that " to be or not to be " is just a bunch of pretty words. The deep human need for something, the perseverance of hope rooted in the human body is the actor's universal responsibility. As Paul Allain, one of the leading Suzuki researchers, notes, " " The exercises are startlingly diagnostic. The very strict form exposes individual tensions and patterns of movement and physicality...Most importantly, you learn to avoid judging your feelings but instead to search ceaselessly for the exactitude of the form, the detail of the movement and the technique. It is as much a training of the will as it is a training of the body. " 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 (yeah, we're gonna cover a lot of bases), employs both rigorous physical discipline and expressive play. The goal is to move past chronic habits and " fall back " choices and, through a more robust and expansive body schema and image, create the " Olympic Actor. " The work in this class will be physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging, but if yougive 100% effort, 100% of the time you cannot fail? " at anything, anytime.

TH-262   Movement Ii: Viewpoints (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) The Viewpoints is an expressive technique using a vocabulary of time and space designed to act as a lens for play, exploration, and analysis. As Scott Cummings notes, " By articulating a shared vocabulary, the Viewpoints helps an actor to pay closer attention and to be more articulate in taking action " Anne Bogart, the developer of the Viewpoints and Artistic Director of SITI Company, writes, Viewpoints helps us trust in letting something occur onstage, rather than making it occur. " Through the Viewpoints vocabulary we are freer to allow the emergence of surprise and discovery, create work intentionally, and/or observe theatrical and daily life through specific and articulate lenses. This training, rooted in Viewpoints, US Army, P90X, Gymnastics, Plyomterics, Yoga, and neutral mask work (yeah, we're gonna cover a lot of bases), employs both rigorous physical discipline and expressive play. The goal is to move past chronic habits and " fall back " choices and, through a more robust and expansive body schema and image, create the " Olympic Actor. " The work in this class will be physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging, but if you give 100% effort, 100% of the time you cannot fail? " at anything, anytime.

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,CS) 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 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-271   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F,CS) 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 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-280   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F,H) (See TH180).

TH-281   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F,H) (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-310   20th Century Innovations (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CW) Investigates artists, theories, practices, and productions that were significant innovations in the 20th Century World Theatre. The course is a discussion/lecture course inviting students into a deeper experience of how and why the art of theatre took such a diverse and wild ride in the last century.

TH-321   Contemporary Scene Study (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) 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, folding in principles of Open Source Forms to our progression. This course is intended for Theatre Performance POE students. Prerequisites: TH221 and Performance POE.

TH-322   Non-Naturalistic Scene Study (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) In this class, we delve into scene work from contemporary non-naturalistic plays 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, folding in principles of Open Source Forms to our progression. Prerequisites: TH221 and TH321 and Performance POE.

TH-323   Modern Drama Scene Study (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) 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, folding in principles of Open Source Forms to our progression. This course is intended for Theatre Performance POE students. Prerequisites: TH221 and Performance POE.

TH-324   Performing Shakespeare (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F,CS) 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. This course is intended for students who are enrolled in the Performance POE. Prerequisites: TH221 and Performance POE.

TH-340   Voice and Speech I (Fall; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F,CS) Voice and Speech I 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 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-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,CS) This is the advanced performance skills class for students enrolled in the Performance POE. Taught by Professor Clarke 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-371   Performance Lab (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; F,CS) 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-380   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F,H) See TH180.

TH-381   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F,H) 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; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F,CS) The schedule for the course work is intentionally brief-typically two weeks-but very intense (4 hours a day minimum). Theatre artists from the Gravity Project, a professional theatre company in residence at Juniata, focus on one area of training. Areas of study may include: Skinner Releasing; Fitzmaurice Voicework; Ashtanga Yoga for performers; speech and dialect work; auditioning/career preparation; various dance trainings; clowning; scene study.

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-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.

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

TH-481   Theatre Arts Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; F,H) 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,CS) 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.