Movement is one of the communicative means in theatre. Actors use their bodies in space as a prime means of expression. Alma’s Theatre program stresses the development of imagination, creativity and performance skills. Several theatre productions are presented each term.
Theatre graduates find employment in professional, educational and community theatre; arts administration; or in such non-theatre areas as broadcasting, social work and public relations.
Thirty-six credits which must include THD 125, 170, 171 and 232; eight credits from among THD 261, 262 and 263; four credits from Dance Studio Technique courses which include: THD 140, 142, 143, 144, 145, 147, 240, 242, 243, 244, 245 (any of which may be repeated for credit) and THD 141 (which may not be repeated for credit); plus eight credits in advanced-level Theatre courses.
All Majors are required to take the departmental comprehensive examination which is administered by the Department on campus at the end of the Winter Term of the senior year.
Twenty-four credits which must include THD 125; 170 or 171; THD 232; four credits from THD 261, 262 or 263; four credits from THD ;146 or Dance studio (technique) courses; plus four credits of Theatre electives.
Four credits from THD, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Humanities.
- THD125.Acting4Introduction to acting through participation in exercises which emphasize moment-to-moment acting from the actor’s impulse in contact with a partner. Culminates with class performance.
- THD140.Modern Dance I Beginning1Development of modern dance as a performing art. Movement exploration exercises and beginning techniques of modern dance. May be repeated for credit.
- THD141.Social Dance4Application of basic steps and variations of the cha cha, Charleston, jitterbug, polka and waltz.
- THD142.Tap Dance I Begin1Elementary exploration of rhythms and steps basic to the art form of tap dancing. Study of terminology and technique. Beginning tap routines with elementary progressions. May be repeated for credit.
- THD143.Yoga I1Yoga complements the dancer as well as the human being in many ways, particularly in the physical realm. Slow stretching and breathing increase flexibility and awareness, and restore tone and vitality. May be repeated for credit.
- THD144.Ballet I Beginning1Development of ballet as a performing art. Build strength and develop body carriage/posture and learn basic techniques of ballet. May be repeated for credit.
- THD145.Jazz Dance I Begin1Development of jazz dance as a performing art. Principles of basic jazz dance. May be repeated for credit.
- THD147.Male Repertoire1Development of the male repertoire of dance as a performing art. Building strength, developing body carriage/posture, and learning the skills of the specific male repertoire of movement. May be repeated for credit.
- THD170.Theatre Crafts4Introduction to the terminology, technology and techniques of technical production in the performing arts. Laboratory sessions in the theatre, workshops and backstage assignments on department productions ensure practice of the topics discussed in class.
- THD171.Design for the Theatre4Introduction to the design of the physical environment in the theatre. Consideration of scenery, costume, lighting and sound for live performance; their unifying aesthetic principles and distinctions. Culminates in class presentation of student designs for particular plays.
- THD*232.Directing4THD-125Study of basic procedures for the director: script analysis, communication and working with actors, and technical use of the stage. Students direct one or two short scenes emphasizing script analysis and the director’s collaboration with actors.
- THD240.Modern Dance II Intermediate1Continuation of Modern Dance I. Emphasis on movement patterns and development of body alignment. May be repeated for credit.
- THD242.Tap Dance II Intermediate1THD-142 or PermissionContinued exploration into rhythms and steps basic to the art form of tap dancing. Study of terminology and technique. Intermediate tap routines with intermediate progressions. May be repeated for credit.
- THD243.Yoga II1Yoga complements the dancer as well as the human being in many ways, particularly in the physical realm. Slow stretching and breathing increase flexibility and awareness, and restore tone and vitality. May be repeated for credit.
- THD244.Ballet II Intermediate1Continuation of Ballet I. Development of ballet combinations and concentration on body alignment. May be repeated for credit. Requires instructor permission.
- THD245.Jazz Dance II Intermediate1THD-145 or PermissionContinuation of Jazz Dance I with emphasis on rhythmic patterns, intermediate steps and body isolations. May be repeated for credit.
- THD*261.Great Ages of Theatre I4Survey of the physical structure, production methods and styles of theatre and the cultures that produced them from their beginnings to the Elizabethan Period. Considers primitive rituals and Eastern Theatre as well as Western Theatre. Includes reading representative plays and their place in the theatrical development of the period.
- THD*262.Great Ages of Theatre II4Survey of the physical structure, production methods and styles of theatre and the cultures that produced them from Elizabethan England to the Modern Period. Considers Renaissance Spain and France, Restoration England, and Baroque and Romantic Europe through the Modern Theatre. Includes the reading of representative plays and their place in the theatrical development of the period.
- THD263.Modern Drama4Survey of major plays written and produced in last 100 years. From Isben, Shaw and Chekhov through Williams, Miller, Beckett and Albee. Consideration given to staging.
- THD*271.Scene Design4Exploration of scenery as a tool for expression in live performance. Exploration of visualization of the intellectual concept of a production, research for scenic design development, advanced presentation techniques. Culminates in assembly of a portfolio of scenic designs for plays chosen by the student from approved list.
- THD*272.Lighting Design4Exploration of lighting as an expressive tool in live performance. Intensive work in color theory, distribution, intensity, focus, and motion with light; advanced presentation techniques. Culminates in a student presentation of selected lighting moments for a play chosen by the student from approved list.
- THD*273.Costume Design4Exploration of costumes as an expressive tool in live performance. Intensive work in color theory, line, mass, texture; survey of historical fashion; advanced presentation techniques. Culminates in assembly of a portfolio of student renderings for plays chosen by the student from approved list.
- THD*274.Sound Design4Exploration of sound as an expressive tool in live performance. Gives students an understanding of the science, technology and historic usage of sound in theatre. Emphasis in script analysis and design and production process.
- THD*275.Stage Management4Study of the basic procedures for the stage manager: organization skills, communication skills, supervisory skills, scheduling, budgeting and theatre technology as they pertain to the stage manager.
- THD*276.Scene Painting4Learn basic scene painting techniques such as marble, stone work and wood grains and apply them to scene painting projects. Course culminates in a major project including multiple techniques.
- THD280.Topics in Theatre and Dance4Special topics and projects selected by instructor. Background prerequisites vary with selections.
- THD*292.Playwriting4Students write several brief etudes in addition to writing and revising a more substantial script. The course uses staged readings and feedback from actors and audience members to help students learn the craft of writing for performance. Emphasizes revision and collaboration in the production process. May be repeated once for credit. Requires instructor permission.
- THD*299.Theatre and Dance Independent Study1-4Supervised reading, research or projects.
- THD*325T.Studio:Acting2-4THD-125 and PermissionAdvanced participation as an actor cast in a public performance of a theatre production under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The student must be cast in a major role, submit a written character analysis and journal of rehearsals and performances of that role. May be repeated for credit.
- THD*326.Meisner Activity Exercise4Continuation of THD 125 through in depth work with the Meisner Activity Exercise. The interdependent steps of the activity exercise reinforces the process of really doing something with a purpose and deepens the actor’s sense of creating truthful behavior on stage.
- THD*327.Meisner Action Exercise4Continuation of THD 125 through exploration of the Meisner Nursery Rhyme Exercise to help deepen the concept of justifying words and playing actions.
- THD*332.Intermediate Directing4THD-232Continuation of THD 232. Principles and techniques of stage directing culminating in the analysis, casting and direction of a one-act play for public presentation.
- THD*371T.Studio:Scenery2-4THD-271 and PermissionAdvanced tutorial in scenic design. Students responsible for all research materials, production drawings, models, plots and schedules for a theatre or dance production working in close consultation with a faculty member. Culminates in the realization of a scenic project. May be repeated for credit.
- THD*399.Theatre and Dance Independent Study1-4Supervised reading, research or projects.
- THD*432T.Theatre Studio: Directing2-4THD 232 and PermissionAdvanced tutorial in the principles and techniques of stage directing culminating in the analysis, casting and directing of a full-length play.
- THD*480.Topics in Theatre and Dance4Special topics and projects selected by the instructor. Background prerequisites vary with selections.
- THD*499.Theatre and Dance Independent Study1-4Supervised reading, research or projects.
- THD*500.Senior Thesis4Students with honors in Theatre and Dance must complete a Senior Thesis, approved and directed by the Department.