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Theater Courses

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Undergraduate Courses

THR 101: Theatrical Medium
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Theater from the inside workings of production to informed and lively engagement with the art. Enhances an understanding of the nature of theater in society.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

9 Sections Scheduled

THR 150: Greeks to Restoration
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Examines the development of Western drama and the collective art of theater from its beginnings through Shakespeare. Considers readings in dramatic literature and history of theater in social and cultural contexts.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

4 Sections Scheduled

THR 151: Romanticism to Present
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Considers readings in dramatic literature and history of western theater in social and cultural contexts from the romantic period to present day.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

4 Sections Scheduled

THR 191: Practical Theater Seminar

Repeatable within Term


Each semester registered students will 1) attend a Theater at Mason production, guest lecture or workshop, and 2) participate in a production load-in and 3) participate in a production strike. To graduate as a Theater major students must complete 4 semesters of the course. Course is repeatable up to twice in one semester.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

11 Sections Scheduled

THR 196: Performance and Design Practicum
1 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Academic credit awarded for satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 hours of assignment on a Mason Player production. Assignments include performance, design, and stage management. Open to all Theater majors, theater minors, and non-majors.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1

Grading: Satisfactory/No credit only

Successful completion of this course is required to earn a Theater degree.

4 Sections Scheduled

THR 197: Management/Literary Practicum
1 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Academic credit awarded for satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 hours of assignment on a Mason Players production. Positions include directing, dramaturgy, and leadership in technical productions. Open to all theater majors, theater minors, and non-majors.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1

Grading: Satisfactory/No credit only

Successful completion of this course is required to earn a Theater degree.

6 Sections Scheduled

THR 198: Theatrical Construction Practicum
1 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Academic credit awarded for satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 hours of participation on a Mason Players production. Areas include scenery construction, scene painting, costume construction, light hang, light focus and props. Theater majors, theater minors, and non-majors welcomed.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1

Grading: Satisfactory/No credit only

Successful completion of this course is required to earn a Theater degree. Recommended for freshman Theater majors, first year transfers, and new Theater majors. Contact School of Theater for CRN.

76 Sections Scheduled

THR 199: Production Run Crew Practicum
1 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Academic credit awarded for satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 hours of assignment on a Mason Players production. Assignments include run crew, light board operator, sound board operator, wardrobe, and fly crew. Theater majors, theater minors, and non-majors welcomed.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1

Grading: Satisfactory/No credit only

Successful completion of this course is required to earn a Theater degree. Recommended for freshman Theater majors, first year transfers, and new Theater majors. Contact School of Theater for CRN.

6 Sections Scheduled

THR 200: Play Production Practicum
1 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Academic credit is awarded for satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 hours of assignment on a Mason Players production. Students who have completed THR 196, THR 197THR 198, and THR 199 may register for THR 200 to receive credit for their participation on additional productions.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1

Grading: S/NC

May be repeated for 8 credits.
Contact School of Theater for CRN.

12 Sections Scheduled

THR 201: Stage Management
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduction to the fundamentals of stage management and the stage manager's role for production. Learn and develop the organizational skills of running and maintaining a production with emphasis on skillful methods in communication and problem solving. Analyzes text from a Stage Manager's perspective. Requirements include creating a stage manager prompt book containing important show documents.

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

4 Sections Scheduled

THR 210: Acting I
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Students practice contemporary acting techniques individually and in a group. Promotes and develops performance and practical communication skills. Attend theatrical productions, and respond to those experiences.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

24 Sections Scheduled

THR 230: Fundamentals of Production
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Students explore current production practices and their historical development in scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound through classroom and hands on experience. Concepts and skills acquired in this class may be applied in theater, film, dance, game design, art, corporate events, and architecture. Lab hours include work on live performances.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

8 Sections Scheduled

THR 235: Costume Crafts
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


This course serves as the foundation and prerequisite for costume courses in design and construction. Costume Crafts will introduce the principles of apparel design and construction for stage and screen costumes. Requirements for this course will include the complete construction of two items and the compilation of a sample notebook containing important construction techniques.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

No Sections Scheduled

THR 300: Voice and Speech
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


For performers, presenters, and anyone wishing to improve their speaking voice. Basic techniques in breathing, vocal production, and articulation.

When Offered: Fall.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

4 Sections Scheduled

THR 301: Advanced Study in Voice
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Addresses various topics in technique of vocal production for the actor with an emphasis on playing characters for stage, radio, voice-over, and screen.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 303: Movement for Actors
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Develops the physical aspect of the actor's instrument emphasizing free and responsive expression of impulse and intention, as well as character development and visual storytelling.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 304: Advanced Movement for Actors
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Advanced work in physical expression, for character development.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

No Sections Scheduled

THR 305: Unarmed Stage Combat
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Studies safe, effective techniques for performing violence for stage and screen. Emphasizes acting the fight, safety, and storytelling.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 0

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 306: Movement in Musical Theater
3 credits 

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 310: Acting II
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Deepens an understanding of performance analysis, and character relationships through scene work.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

6 Sections Scheduled

THR 313: Event Technology
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


A theoretical and practical study of event technology. The course will include specifications, layout installation techniques and operation of sound systems, lighting systems and video systems for event industry sectors.

When Offered: Fall.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

5 Sections Scheduled

THR 314: Lighting Stagecraft
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Practical and theoretical instruction on becoming theatrical electrician. Includes ideas on workplace safety, basic electrical procedures, theatrical electrical production, integrating with other theater professionals, and professionalism.

Corequisite(s): Must be concurrently enrolled in THR 200

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 315: Sound Engineering
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Study theory and practice of audio engineering for theater and the entertainment industry.

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

4 Sections Scheduled

THR 316: Scene Painting
3 credits 

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 320: Performance Studio
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Builds on existing skills in observation, sense memory, relaxation, and improvisation. Students learn variety of methods for scene preparation to apply to their own acting process.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 321: Acting Shakespeare
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Develops understanding of challenges of performing Shakespeare by building on body of acting skills and knowledge. Focuses on how structure of language in plays reflects, reveals, and expresses character's emotional life. Students use detailed script analysis, expansion of vocal range, and use of actions and objectives to achieve experience of transforming Shakespeare's language into powerful theatrical expressions.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 329: Directing
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduces process for directing through text analysis, rehearsal and staging techniques, and collaborative development of production idea. Students direct and apply concepts to develop a critical and productive perspective.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

4 Sections Scheduled

THR 330: Seminar in Technical Theater
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Offered periodically; addresses selected topic in design or technical theater on advanced level.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

May be repeated for total 24 credits.

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 332: History of Fashion and Dress
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Explores evolution of silhouette, color, fabric, accessories, and make-up appropriate to development of clothing during specific historical eras. Offers broader understanding of sociological context influencing Western dress.

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 0

May be repeated for total 9 credits if specific course content differs.

No Sections Scheduled

THR 333: Stage Design
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Fundamentals of creating, developing, and communicating design idea through sketches, plans, rendering, or models. Analysis of text from designer's perspective.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 334: Lighting Design
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduces the fundamentals of lighting design, including research, paperwork communication, and technology for lighting. Topics include the controllable qualities of light, basic terminology, equipment, personnel and procedures. Learn to see light and develop a shared vocabulary for describing light and the process. Analyzes texts from designer's perspective.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 335: Costume Design
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Project-oriented class emphasizing the art and process of designing costumes for the stage and screen, including historical period, script analysis, design concepts, color theory, and costume rendering.

When Offered: Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 336: Technical Direction
3 credits 

No Sections Scheduled

THR 337: Sound Design
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Study theory and practice of sound design for theater and the entertainment industry.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 339: Principles of Design
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduction to the principles of theatrical design. Course explores various design responsibilities and methods to create visual images for the stage through script analysis, research, and production team collaboration.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 340: Advanced Studies in Directing
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Expands directing techniques through staging extended scenes or one-act plays. Emphasizes collaborative process and production organization.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 342: Makeup Design
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Project-oriented class emphasizing makeup for different performance spaces, character age analysis, facial anatomy, and specialized application for theater, opera, dance, film, and television.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 343: Costume Technology
3 credits 

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 345: Puppetry
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Exploring of puppetry, and experiments with building and performance styles, through Original work.

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 2

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 4

No Sections Scheduled

THR 350: Script Analysis
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Critical analysis of dramatic literature as preparation for production and performance. Examination of plot, character, theme, audience impact, and cultural context, and the transformation of intellectual ideas into physical theatrical production elements.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Writing intensive course.

Fulfills writing intensive requirement in the major.

5 Sections Scheduled

THR 351: Dramatic Theory and Criticism
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Chronological study of development of dramatic theory and criticism from Plato and Aristotle through modern movements. Students read plays, theoretical works, and critical responses, and write original criticism of performances or texts.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 352: Dramatic Literature Seminar
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Rotating topic. Intensive study of particular topic, period, or genre in dramatic literature.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

May be repeated for a total of 9 credits if specific course content differs.

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 359: World Stages
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduces variety of theatrical traditions and performance theories from around the world, with special emphasis on those not covered in introductory Western drama survey courses, 150 and 151. Students read and discuss dramatic texts, performance theory, and video clips to understand variety of theatrical traditions in cultural and historical contexts. Requirements include two team presentations (taking turns as writer and presenter), one midterm paper, and one solo presentation with accompanying paper.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in global understanding.

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 365: Characterization
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Explores method and approach of understanding and creating characters for theater modeled on people from personal experience and observation, imagination, dreams, and other media. Transforms that information into detailed, specific, and vivid physical manifestations. Through presentations of characters drawn from personal experience, students shift understanding of characterization from "outward directed" physical adjustments to physical characteristics and personality character traits that are immediate, familiar, and completely realized from "inner driven" connections to their own lives.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 380: Playwriting I
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Exposure to principles of dramatic writing, including character, plot, dramatic structure, dialogue, exposition, setting, and creating theatrical images using examples from plays, screenplays, and students' own work.

When Offered: Fall.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 381: Playwriting II
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Intensive continuation of work begun in THR 380.

When Offered: Spring

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 382: Screenplay Workshop
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Studies screenwriting as dramatic form of 20th, 21st centuries. Explores story, plot structure, three act-structures, mythic structures, fundamental story patterns, character, thinking, and writing visually.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 0

3 Sections Scheduled

THR 395: Theater as the Life of the Mind
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Traces four subjects (battle of the sexes, good gifts, cyclical tragedy, and eschatology) from ancient theater to contemporary plays, television, and movies, using literary criticism, history, political theory, comparative religion, sociology, and anthropology.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 0

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 401: Professional Presentation
3 credits 

No Sections Scheduled

THR 410: Acting for the Camera
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Designed for students with a strong interest in pursuing a professional career in acting and is focused primarily on the particular techniques for screen acting in film and television.

When Offered: Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

This class is restricted to Theater majors and minor only.

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 411: Great Film Directors
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Examines examples of directing for dramatic storytelling on screen and its social and historical contexts. Focuses on specific developments in the art of movie making.

When Offered: Fall, Summer, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

3 Sections Scheduled

THR 412: Great Film Performances
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Examines the development and evolution of acting style and genres through exemplary performances on screen.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 415: Advanced Sound Engineering
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Advanced study in theory and practice of audio engineering for theater and the entertainment industry.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 420: Advanced Performance Studio
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Advanced scene study for stage and film. Rotating topics address professional perspectives and acting styles. Repeatable to 9 credits.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Course is repeatable to 9 credits.

4 Sections Scheduled

THR 421: One-Person Show
3 credits 

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 423: Audition Techniques: Stage and Camera
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Develops effective audition techniques for performers through preparation of material for stage and camera, and explores industry standards and casting protocols through practical application.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 424: Contemporary Women Playwrights
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Explores identity and culture, sexuality and gender, work, relationships, and power through the eyes of female dramatists and performance artists. Analyzes texts and issues through readings, video, and live performances.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 427: Musical Theater Workshop
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Develops performance techniques necessary for performance in musical theater. Students will prepare and perform musical theater pieces. This course is repeatable to twelve (12) credits.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 440: Adv Stud Dir/Dramaturgy
3 credits 

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 448: Foundations Theater Education
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Introduces and explores various theater teaching specialties. Examines philosophical, pedagogical, and practical issues in context of diverse teaching situations and venues that range from public school to undergraduate and graduate training to commercial establishments.

When Offered:
Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 449: Elementary Theater Education
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


An in-depth exploration of teaching methods and classroom management for PK-6 theater education.

When Offered: Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

No Sections Scheduled

THR 450: Secondary Theater Education
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


This course explores teaching methods for theater that are appropriate for all students, including exceptional students, gifted and talented, and those with disabling conditions. It will cover requirements of the Virginia Theater Standards of learning, curriculum and instructional procedures for secondary grades 6-12 (both middle and secondary schools).

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 455: Theater Education lnternship
6 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Full semester of supervised teaching experience in approved school programs PK-12. Credits based on number of teaching contact hours per week.

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 6-12

No Sections Scheduled

THR 480: Advanced Playwriting
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Advanced playwriting workshop in which students explore their own voice in theatrical writing.

When Offered: Fall, Spring.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

No Sections Scheduled

THR 482: Advanced Screenplay Workshop
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Screenwriting workshop emphasizing student development in screenplay form, structure, and storytelling with emphasis on craft, character, and story culminating in a screenplay.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

No Sections Scheduled

THR 484: Translation & Adaptation for Stage & Screen
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to the arts of translation and adaptation for the stage and screen. Students will read examples of translations and adaptations, identify challenges in each, and discuss them with professionals who translate or adapt works for theater, film and/or opera. Students are also expected to apply their skills to one short and one long translation/adaptation project, and present their work to the class.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

No Sections Scheduled

THR 490: Special Topics in Theater
1 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Rotating topic. Advanced seminar in topics of special interest, including dramatic writing or other media, and feminism in contemporary theater.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1-6

May be repeated for a total of 24 credits, provided specific course content differs.

3 Sections Scheduled

THR 492: Studio Project
1-3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Required for students assigned as director, designer, dramaturg, or stage manager for a Mason Players Studio production. Instruction and mentorship from appropriate Theater faculty to better develop the student's aesthetic. Required generation of portfolio material. This class is restricted to students participating in Studio productions within the academic year of the course offering.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

This course is repeatable to 9 credits.

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 493: Collaborative Lab Experience
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Students will collaborate in a laboratory experience to create original material for the stage or screen. Course content will be project specific.

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit only

No Sections Scheduled

THR 494: Field Experience
1-6 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Experience in a theatrical organization to provide opportunity to apply classroom training, knowledge, skills, and theory in a professional situation. Activity must be approved by department chair.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1-3

Grading: Satisfactory/No credit only

May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

4 Sections Scheduled

THR 495: Senior Capstone Project
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Student must submit a written project proposal to area of concentration for consultation. If accepted, proposal will be presented to the full faculty for approval.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Production proposals will be subject to calendar availability. Course is repeatable to 6 credits with permission of Chair.

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 496: Text in Production
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


In-depth investigation of collaborative nature of theatrical arts. Examines discrete creative disciplines; acting, directing, dramaturgy, and design as discussed by distinguished professionals and scholars. In-depth exploration of one selected playscript for the entire semester. Students will work collaboratively in small groups to research, design, direct, and perform scenes from selected text.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in synthesis.

1 Sections Scheduled

THR 497: Independent Study
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Individual research and creative project in close consultation with instructor. Selection from projects in performance, directing, technical theater and design, playwriting, or theater history and criticism.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1-3

May be repeated for a total of 24 credits, provided suffix citing specific course content is different

6 Sections Scheduled

Graduate Courses

THR 540: Directing Techniques
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


As an examination of the directorial process for stage and screen, this course will explore directing theory, preparation, and practice.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

This course is repeatable to six (6) credits

No Sections Scheduled

THR 548: Advanced Foundations of Theater Education
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Explores various theater teaching specialties in venues that range from public school to undergraduate and graduate training to commercial establishments.​

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 549: Advanced Elementary Theater Education
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


An in-depth exploration of teaching methods and classroom management for PK-6 theater education combined with advanced managerial skill training.

When Offered: Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

No Sections Scheduled

THR 550: Advanced Secondary Education
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


This course explores teaching methods for theater that are appropriate for all students, including exceptional students, including gifted and talented and those with disabling conditions.  It will cover requirements of the Virginia Theater Standards of Learning, curriculum and instructional procedures, as well as theater classroom management, for secondary grades 6-12 (both middle and secondary schools).

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

THR 555: Theater Education Internship
2 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Full semester of supervised teaching experience in approved school programs PK-12.  Credits based on number of teaching contact hours per week.

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 4-12

No Sections Scheduled

THR 560: Advanced Script Analysis
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Critical analysis of dramatic literature as preparation for production and performance. Examination of plot, character, theme, audience impact, and cultural context, and the transformation of intellectual ideas into physical theatrical production elements.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

No Sections Scheduled

THR 599: Independent Study
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Independent reading, performance, or research on a specific project under direction of selected faculty member. May include attendance in a parallel undergraduate course.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1-6

May be repeated for a total of 18 credits.

No Sections Scheduled

THR 620: Acting Techniques
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Students explore selected acting techniques for stage and screen. Topics vary from scene work to specialty areas–such as movement, voice and style–with an emphasis on developing bold physical, psychological and emotional expression.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Repeatable up to 12 credits.

No Sections Scheduled

THR 640: Directing Mentorship
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


This class gives students the chance to work with a faculty mentor while they apply their directing skills to a full-length public performance. Students create a record of the creative process through mentored practical production assignments. Directors enrolled in this course must receive prior approval for their projects for the stage or screen and will be expected to submit a written reflection on the full directorial process.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

No Sections Scheduled

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