THE193. Theatre Art Select Topic. 1-12 Credits.

THE199. Modular Course. 0 Credits.

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THE208. Latin America Through The Arts. 3 Credits.

A broad survey course introduces students to cultural ideas that influence the development of Latin American visual and performing arts. Viewings and readings provide context for discussions of art within major regions of Latin America.

THE209. Live Theatre Experience . 3 Credits.

Students witness New York City theatre productions and New Paltz productions. Through lectures, discussions, and written assignments, the course examines the appeal and ingredients of live theatrical presentations. Focus will be on plays and musicals, rather than on dance and opera. FEE FOR TICKETS AND TRANSPORTATION.

THE211. Rehearsal and Production . 1 Credit.

This course is designed to give the students a means of earning liberal arts credit for research, execution and evaluation of work directly related to the process of preparing a production for public presentation.

THE212. Rehearsal and Production . 2 Credits.

This course is designed to give the students a means of earning liberal arts credit for research, execution and evaluation of work directly related to the process of preparing a production for public presentation.

THE213. Rehearsal and Production . 3 Credits.

This course is designed to give the students a means of earning liberal arts credit for research, execution and evaluation of work directly related to the process of preparing a production for public presentation.

THE230. Introduction to Acting . 3 Credits.

An introductory acting course designed to increase student understanding and appreciation of the actor and the art of acting.

THE231. Introduction to Performance. 3 Credits.

A practical exploration of the art and craft of acting, with emphasis on the body, voice, and actor’s imagination. This course provides the beginning student with basic techniques and vocabulary through exercises, monologues, and scene work.

THE233. Western Drama 1 . 3 Credits.

A survey of drama from the Greeks through the Romantic period. Examination of classical dramatic literature and its relevance in modern theatre.

THE234. Western Drama II . 3 Credits.

A survey of plays and playwrights from Henrik Ibsen and the introduction of Realism through movements of the twentieth century to the present day. Examination of dramatic literature as the basis for making theatre.

THE235. Introduction To Theatre . 3 Credits.

Traces the origin of Western theatre, explains the structure of drama and analyzes the component parts of playmaking, experiencing theatre and creating theatre, through lecture, discussion and live performance. Fee for tickets and transportation.

THE236. Theatre II: Play Analysis. 3 Credits.

Play analysis is the study of a critical approach to dramatic literature. The course will focus on methodologies for study and understanding the play as a literary genre in relationship to theatre. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of structure, genre, theme, style, character, language, dramatic event and point of view. Discussion of each play will result in an essay based on research of the playwright, research of the historical context of the play and structural analysis of the play.

THE237. African American Drama . 3 Credits.

African American Drama is a survey course in African American and Caribbean Drama. Students analyze historical and contemporary plays and study play production in the cultural context of the United States. COURSE FEE APPLIES TO SOME SECTIONS.

THE239. History of Fashion . 3 Credits.

Western/European costume from prehistoric times through the first half of the twentieth century. Students examine the social implications of clothing and dress and how this impacts and mirrors the development of human culture.

THE240. History of World Dress. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the evolution of dress and adornment from early humans through the present day in culturally diverse regions of the world.

THE251. Theatre One . 3 Credits.

The craftsmanship of the playwright, the director, the actor, the designers, the technicians, depends on an idea of what theatrical art is and how it works. This course explores theatrical ideas as a preparation for imaginative and creative work in the theatre, and culminates in a small production.

THE252. Introduction to Theater Technology . 3 Credits.

Introduction to basic materials and techniques used in technical theater production. This course will include the study of Stagecraft, Lighting Technology and Audio Engineering techniques in current use. Practical application in departmental productions.

THE253. Costume Construction I . 3 Credits.

An introduction to the costume shop, its equipment and its use. Projects to develop basic skills and techniques used in costume construction.

THE254. Stage Lighting I . 3 Credits.

An introduction to the electrical theory and practical application of stage lighting equipment. Use and practice with stage lighting equipment in a shop environment, and on productions by the Theatre Department.

THE260. Introduction to Design . 3 Credits.

A fundamental course examining basic techniques and methods employed in theatrical design. This course will explore the principles and elements of design as applied to scenic, lighting, costume and sound design (Scenographic technique).

THE261. Drawing and Painting for Theatre. 3 Credits.

Drawing, illustration, painting and other artistic techniques most useful to theatre design and technical students will be introduced. Course content will include perspective drawing, color theory, painting techniques, texture and fabric rendering, and figure drawing.

THE271. Page to Stage: Dramatic Text Analysis. 3 Credits.

Study of approaches to the analysis of dramatic literature, emphasizing the link between text and performance. Readings in dramatic literature, criticism, theory. Group discussion and written practice in analyzing plays and other assigned readings.

THE293. Selected Topic. 3-12 Credits.

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THE295. Indep Study Theatre Arts. 1-6 Credits.

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THE299. Modular Course. 0 Credits.

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THE301. Theatre Arts Participation . 1 Credit.

Advanced participation in theatre activities; supervised laboratory experiences in the areas of design, technical theatre, management, acting, directing.

THE303. Voice for the Musical Theatre 1. 3 Credits.

A basic course designed to help the singing actor improve vocal techniques used in musical theatre. Emphasis is on performing solo songs from both traditional and contemporary music theatre literature.

THE304. Voice for the Musical Theatre 2. 3 Credits.

Continuation of THE 303. Emphasis is on performing songs with partners, ensemble singing and advanced techniques for singing musical theatre for both traditional and contemporary music theatre literature. COURSE FEE.

THE305. Musical Theatre Workshop I . 3 Credits.

Development of fundamental skills necessary for performing in musical theater. Focus will be on individual vocal performance of classical musical theater material, supplemented by movement and scene work, and the development of a portfolio of songs for each student. Chronological study of classic and contemporary composers. FEE FOR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS.

THE306. Musical Theatre Workshop II . 3 Credits.

Continuation of THE305 with an emphasis on ensemble performance. Students will perform selected vocal and dance ensemble pieces (duets, trios, quartets, etc.) with other members of the class; exercises, games, and improvisation which deal with problems of blocking, choreography, vocal techniques, timing, and rhythm. An ensemble piece may result, depending on class enrollment.

THE310. Live Theatre Experience . 3 Credits.

Students witness New York City theatre productions and New Paltz productions. Through lectures, discussions, and written assignments, the course examines the appeal and ingredients of live theatrical presentations. Focus will be on plays rather than on opera and dance.

THE314. Period Styles . 3 Credits.

This course covers material culture (domestic, architecture, decorative arts, furniture, fashion and music), as well as significant points of social history from the late Middle Ages through the 20th Century.

THE321. Theatre III: Theatre History 1. 3 Credits.

Historic survey of the theories and techniques of staging and performing plays from ancient Greece to 1650.

THE322. Theatre History 2 . 3 Credits.

Continuation of THE321. From 1650 to 1915.

THE323. World Drama. 3 Credits.

World Drama provides an introduction of dramatic literature and performance practice from around the world. Students will read an array of dramatic texts from the non-Western dramatic and literary tradition including Africa, the Caribbean, The Middle East, Central Asia, Japan, China, and India. The course balances an exploration of dramatic literature and staging with an investigation of the theories that have affected both the literature and practice of theatre.

THE324. Dramaturgy. 3 Credits.

Introduction to dramaturgy with a special emphasis on working as a dramaturg both collaboratively on a production team and cooperatively within a larger organization.

THE325. Devising Theatre. 3 Credits.

An exploration, through lectures, improvisation and exercises, of the process of creating structured performance vehicles for the theatre. Various methods of playmaking will be examined.

THE326. 20th Century Design . 3 Credits.

An overview of theatrical design in the twentieth century. Emphasis will be on design and architectural styles and artistic movements in the development of scenographic design for the theatre. The class will be taught through image presentations, class discussion of scheduled readings and lectures. FEE FOR TICKETS AND TRANSPORTATION.

THE327. Race Gender and Performance . 3 Credits.

A reading, lecture, and discussion course about the experience of cultural difference in the United States. Students read theoretical articles about gender, cultures, and identity, and then analyze plays that reflect distinct cultural approaches to United States history and lifestyles.

THE328. Asian Theatre. 3 Credits.

A survey course introduces Asian theatre of China, Japan and Korea. Students study traditional to contemporary Asian theatre and analyze the Asian influence to Western theatre and the Western influence to Asian theatre.

THE332. Acting I. 3 Credits.

Understanding the basic craft of acting through fundamental technique based on the methods of Stanislavsky and American derivations including Meisner, Hagen, Adler, and Strasberg. Attention to rehearsal process as applied to scene work in contemporary American Realism.

THE333. Acting II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of THE332. Preparation of students who wish to enter the theatre as actors. The class functions as a diagnostic of the actor's strengths and problems, and expands the range of the actor's work to include various classical styles with emphasis on Shakespeare.

THE334. Speech for the Stage . 3 Credits.

Positive conditioning and heightened perception of the entire body as the actor's vocal instrument. Developing a clear understanding of the mechanics of strong, effective voice and speech for the stage, using Linklater, Lessac, and Berry techniques.

THE335. Stage Makeup I . 3 Credits.

Studio course in the fundamentals of theater makeup techniques and design skills as they relate to the creation of characters for the stage. Includes realistic and non-realistic, 2-dimensional and basic 3-dimensional makeups.

THE336. Stage Makeup II . 3 Credits.

An advanced course in stage makeup. Focuses on 3-dimensional techniques which include character mask making, castings, latex prosthesis, hair and wigs, as well as design artistry of special effects of stage makeup.

THE337. Introduction to Movement. 3 Credits.

An introduction to specific movement and performance skills. This course provides the basics for students to explore, develop and build a movement language and foundation based in awareness and freedom.

THE338. Tap Dance . 3 Credits.

A series of technical basics developed to orient the student to the foundation of tap dance and the progression of sounds that constitute the art of the discipline.

THE341. Dialects for the Stage . 3 Credits.

Exploration and study of foreign dialects for use in stage productions. Initial emphasis on mastery of International Phonetic Alphabet for dialect transcription. Presentation/performance of scripted material using selected dialects.

THE342. Stage Management . 3 Credits.

A study of organizational methods and working procedures currently in use by stage managers in all venues of production. This course will involve practical as well as theoretical work.

THE343. Scene Painting . 3 Credits.

To learn broad techniques employed in scene painting. Starts from realistic style as the foundation for gradually approaching the styles which support the emotional qualities of plays.

THE344. Theatre Management. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to acquaint students with the fundamental principles of managing the arts and producing theatre. Students will learn about the business of theatre and about the basic components of presenting a theatrical event or theatre series.

THE347. Choreography for Musical Theatre . 3 Credits.

Participation in the creation and rehearsal of choreographed movement specifically designed for a musical theatre production, culminating in public performances.

THE351. Drafting for the Theater . 3 Credits.

Studio course in theatrical drafting. A study of the graphic communications language and mechanical drawing skills for the theater.

THE352. Introduction to Computer Assisted Design . 3 Credits.

Computer Assisted Design employing software currently in use by industry professionals.

THE353. Costume Construction 2 . 3 Credits.

Advanced study of the patterns and construction methods used during the major periods in costume history and their adaptation for theatrical costume.

THE354. Scene Design 1 . 3 Credits.

The course will explore the complex nature of scene design for Theater, utilize the principles and elements of design, and develop an ability in translating verbal concepts into the visual and graphic medium.

THE355. Costume Design 1 . 3 Credits.

The techniques and practices of theatrical costume design, including play analysis, research, color theory, drawing, use of different artists' media, and creative thinking. Class work will result in renderings and other portfolio materials.

THE356. Lighting Design 1 . 3 Credits.

An introduction to Stage Lighting Design. Study of equipment and media available to the theatrical lighting designer. Lighting laboratory exercises culminate in basic lighting designs using standard graphic conventions.

THE357. Sound Design 1 . 3 Credits.

Application of the elements of design, script analysis, research techniques, digital audio editing, composition & recording to create sound designs for theatrical production.

THE358. Audio Engineering 1 . 3 Credits.

Examination of acoustics, basic sound reinforcement system, computer audio playback, intercom & video communication for sound engineers in theatrical production.

THE360. Computer Rendering for the Stage . 3 Credits.

Rendering and three-dimensional modeling technique employing software currently in use by industry professionals.

THE362. Improvisation and Performance . 3 Credits.

Exploration of the theory and practice of improvisation as a performance form in the tradition of Chicago's Second City. Development of specialized skills, with emphasis on imagination, spontaneity, teamwork, and on-the-spot creativity.

THE363. Scene Study . 3 Credits.

Continuation and refinement of technique begun in Acting II, with intensified application of technique to selected scene material. Content includes understanding demands of text and meeting challenges of different dramatic material. Special attention to scoring the scene.

THE364. A Modern Approach to Ballet . 2 Credits.

This course is for the beginning to intermediate dancer interested in Modern, Ballet or Jazz Dance. Ballet is used as a foundation stressing skeletal alignment and movement efficiency.

THE365. Theatrical Movement Technique . 3 Credits.

This course is to further develop the actor's physical and movement skills. It will explore techniques to help the actor better understand physical expression and spatial awareness, and will focus on physicalizing character and text.

THE393. Theatre Art Select Topic. 1-12 Credits.

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THE399. Modular Course. 0 Credits.

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THE411. Rehearsal and Production . 1 Credit.

This course is designed to give the student a means of earning liberal arts credit for research, execution and evaluation of work directly related to the process of preparing a production for public presentation.

THE412. Rehearsal and Production . 2 Credits.

This course is designed to give the student a means of earning liberal arts credit for research, execution and evaluation of work directly related to the process of preparing a production for public presentation.

THE413. Rehearsal and Production . 3 Credits.

This course is designed to give the student a means of earning liberal arts credit for research, execution and evaluation of work directly related to the process of preparing a production for public presentation.

THE414. Stagecraft II . 3 Credits.

Advanced stagecraft dealing primarily with drafting for the theatre. Practical exercises in drafting, scenic construction and planning.

THE420. American Musical Theatre . 3 Credits.

Survey of the American Musical Theatre from its earlist roots in American popular culture through the present. There is a particular emphasis on the cultivation of its present form through an American socio-cultural perspective.

THE421. Gay & Lesbian Identity in Contemporary Theatre. 3 Credits.

A reading and discussion course about the experiences of gay & lesbian characters in contemporary theatre. Students read essay about gender and culture, analyze plays and make connections between identity and socio-cultural movements.

THE432. Acting III. 3 Credits.

Advanced phase of the acting program for those students who have chosen to enter the theatre as actors. Extends the actor's work in character and play analysis, and in preparation of audition materials, resume, pictures, approaching agents, Actor's Equity, etc. FEE FOR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS.

THE434. Advanced Voice and Speech. 3 Credits.

An intermediate level voice and speech course that provides the student with a variety of techniques from various acclaimed teachers to further develop their working repertoire of voice and speech tools and skills.

THE441. Directing I . 3 Credits.

The director's analysis of a script, the use of space as environment, the elements of composition and movement, emotional key and tempo, casting, rehearsal techniques, and the director's relationship to the other artists of the theatre.

THE442. Directing II . 3 Credits.

Continuation of THE441 with emphasis upon interpretation, theatrical styles, and the director-actor relationship. Each student's class activities culminate in the preparation, rehearsal, and presentation of a one-act play.

THE451. Portfolio Development Seminar . 3 Credits.

Seminar course directed toward content of portfolio and resume development. This course will focus on preparing students for graduate school interviews or to gain employment in the professional industry.

THE452. Materials and Techniques . 3 Credits.

Advanced study of technical problems in Theater Technology, with an emphasis on the use of new materials and techniques.

THE453. Costume Crafts . 3 Credits.

Techniques in dyeing, painting and surface decoration of fabric, use of foam and other non-woven materials and millinery.

THE454. Scene Design 2 . 3 Credits.

A continuation of Scene Design 1. Recognize and explore the complex nature of scenography for the Theater. Sharpen theatrical sensitivities and develop conceptual design skills.

THE455. Costume Design 2 . 3 Credits.

An advanced look at techniques and challenges of the costume designer. This course includes advanced artists' techniques, as well as research, and will result in more in-depth projects than Costume Design 1.

THE456. Lighting Design 2 . 3 Credits.

Advanced exploration of the artistic process of lighting design. Study and practice of hand drafted plots and sectionals. CAD drafted plots and sectionals, industry standard paperwork, and boards.

THE457. Sound Design 2 . 3 Credits.

An advanced study of sound design. Students will design sound for a play and a musical. Special focus will be on original composition and system design for theatrical production.

THE458. Audio Engineering 2 . 3 Credits.

Examination of current techniques employed by system engineers regarding reinforcement techniques for live theatrical events. Emphasis will be on digital audio networking, wireless microphones, live sound mixing technique, and show control programming.

THE459. Theater Drawing 2 . 1 Credit.

A continuation of Theater Drawing 1 with increased emphasis in graphic communication.

THE460. Introduction to Scenography . 3 Credits.

A culmination of all design courses where the student functions as scenographer in the European tradition. Students will conceptualize and design all of the elements of a series of plays.

THE465. Theater IV-Senior Seminar. 3 Credits.

Capstone course for all senior theatre majors. Students will focus on preparation for graduate school or entering the professional theatre in their specific areas of specialization (Performance or Design/Technology).

THE490. Senior Project in Theatre . 3 Credits.

Advanced work on an individual basis, awarded to a theatre major, subject to approval of instructor.

THE492. Fieldwork in Professional Theatre . 3 Credits.

The course is offered to theatre students recommended into the internship program created by an agreement between The College and Middletown Union Local 311 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.). Successful completion of this course allows students to make application for membership into the Union.

THE493. Theatre Art Select Topic. 3-12 Credits.

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THE494. Fieldwork In Theatre Art. 1-12 Credits.

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THE495. Indep Study Theatre Arts. 1-12 Credits.

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THE499. Modular Course. 0 Credits.

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