FNRT 130: Intro to Theatre (Does not count towards Immersion or Minor in Theater)

An introduction to theatre as a performing art. Students develop skills in reading, analysis and evaluation through an examination of theatre’s forms, constituent elements, and its cultural, stylistic and historical development.  Class 3, Lab 0, Credit 3  (F, S, Su)

FNRT 204: Music and the Stage

A historical and cultural survey of collaboration between the arts of music and theatre, focusing on a selection of significant creative products that combine music and drama.   Possible works studied include those by Shakespeare, Monteverdi, Molière, Mozart-Daponte, John Gay, Beethoven-Goethe, Wagner, Puccini, Brecht-Weill, and Bernstein, spanning the genres of Renaissance tragedy and comedy, opera seria, opera buffa, ballad opera, incidental music, Romantic drama, Italian opera, music-drama, epic theatre, cabaret, vaudeville, and musical comedy. Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

FNRT 207: Dramatic Theory and Text Analysis

The course is designed to provide students with a foundation in major Dramatic and Performance Theories including works by Aristotle, Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotowski, and a variety of other contemporary theorists and practitioners.  In addition to surveying the work of key Dramatic and Performance theorists and theories, the course will engage students in the application of these theories in the study and analysis of play texts from a variety of periods, genres and cultures.  Students will analyze these texts from the perspective of both the logistic and aesthetic requirements of production (as actors, directors and designers). Class 3, Credit 3 (F, S)

FNRT 230: Theatre Ensemble

The Theatre Ensemble is an experiential-learning course in which students will have various opportunities to apply theoretic knowledge to practice through participation in a faculty mentored or faculty directed theatre production on campus.  Course content will include CLA Mainstage productions, as well as other ensemble productions that perform or develop theatre performances covering a range of genres, periods and cultures.  Students will be expected to write, create and/or analyze texts as well as participate as actors, designers and technicians.  Audition or permission of instructor required. Class 1, Credit 1 (F, S)

FNRT 231: Fundamentals of Acting

This course will introduce students to the history and theory of acting in Western Culture from the late 19th Century up to the present day.  Particular focus will be paid to the theories of Stanislavsky and Stanislavsky-based approaches along with complementary and contrasting methods developed by such theorist/practitioners as Jerzy Grotowski, Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner.  Students can expect a course that combines lecture/discussion with practical exercises designed to apply concepts and theory using acting techniques designed to strengthen vocal and physical expression and to stimulate the imagination.  In addition, actors will be introduced to scene work and develop skills for text analysis as a basis for character development.  Assessment will include quizzes, papers, and in-class participation in exercises and scene work.  As an introductory course, the course objectives are to provide students with a broad survey of the aesthetics, theory and practice of acting. Class 3, Credit 3 (F, S)

FNRT 240: Devising Theatre

Devising theatre is a collaborative process in which a group of individuals produce a wholly new or adapted piece of theatre. This course is a hands-on exploration of that collaborative process and places students at the center of their own artistic expression. Through a series of class discussions and lectures, readings, writing assignments, creative exercises, brainstorming sessions, and acting workshops, students will learn about the history and theories of devised theatre as a tool for social change, while also generating their own theatrical pieces for individual and group presentation. Above all, this course fosters an ensemble-building atmosphere and imparts to students the importance of teamwork and communication in working toward a shared goal. Class 3, Credit 3

FNRT 260: Design/Stagecraft Apprenticeship

This course is designed to provide motivated students interested in technical theatre the opportunity to observe and participate in the theatre design process from conception to execution, while learning basic stagecraft skills involved in professional theatre production via an internship at a local theatre.  Students will work directly with professional directors, designers and stage technicians on the production of a play from design concept to performance.  The experience will allow active engagement in collaborative processes and methods commonly employed to create theatre productions.  Depending upon the interests and abilities of the student, and the needs of the specific production, students may be assigned to a specific area of design stagecraft (i.e. Costumes or Scenic), or learn and engage in a more general capacity.  The learning objectives of this internship are to give students an understanding of the goals and methods of design and stagecraft as critical elements in translating a play text into a fully realized artistically unified theatre expression.  This course may be used by Theatre Minors to satisfy one credit toward the FNRT 230 Theatre Ensemble requirement.  Permission of Instructor required.  Class 1, Credit 1 (F,S). 

FNRT 301: Traditions of European Theatre

A survey of theatre and drama of selected European nations and periods, emphasizing plays and theatre productions in particular historical, artistic, and theoretical contexts.  The specific focus of each offering of the course is determined by the professor.  Samples:   “Modernist European Theatre and Drama, 1890-1930” – “Romanticism and Realism on Continental Stages” – “France and Germany, 1789-1989” – “Theatre of the European Renaissance”  -- “Major Dramatists of Scandinavia, Russia, and Central Europe.” Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

FNRT 302: Traditions of Theatre in the U.S.

A historical survey of American theatre and drama, from the Colonial period to the early 21st century, focusing on a selection of significant plays and stylistic movements in the twentieth century.  Plays studied include those by Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, and Tony Kushner, along with alternating selections by less well-known and/or marginalized American dramatists, 1925 to 2000.  The varied types of drama, styles and modes of theatre production, and contributions of actors, directors, scenographers, theorists, and critics provide a continuous context for this study of America’s developing theatre arts. Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

FNRT 303: Traditions of Shakespearean Theatre

A course in Shakespeare’s drama that emphasizes the plays as potential theatre productions.  Studying a selection of plays representative of the different acknowledged types of Shakespearean drama (comedy, tragedy, history, problem comedy, romance), students gain a broad understanding of the character and range of Shakespeare’s poetic-dramatic art.  Experimenting with production activities such as oral interpretation, character presentation, and scene rendering, they acquire a practical appreciation of Shakespearean drama’s theatrical potency, of the original staging conventions, and of how each type of play makes particular generic demands on both performer and spectator.  Augmenting the reading and expressive activities is a term research project focused on collaborative realization of a staging interpretation of selected scenes from the Shakespeare plays on the syllabus. Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

FNRT 304: African American Playwrights

A historical survey of African American playwrights and the significant moments, topics, and themes that informed their work from the late 1800’s to the early 21st century.  Plays by American African Diaspora playwrights will be studied and will include works by Ira Aldridge, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Lynn Nottage, August Wilson, George C. Wolfe, Ed Bullins, Anna Deavere Smith, and Ntozake Shange.  The varied types of drama, styles and modes of theatre production, and contributions of actors, directors, scenographers, theorists, musicians, and critics provide a continuous context for this study of America’s developing theatre arts.  Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

FNRT 327: American Musical Theatre

This course is designed as a survey of the development of the American musical theater, highlighting representative works, composers, librettists and performers of both the cultivated and vernacular traditions. It is further designed as an appreciation course, fostering the development of a greater appreciation for all types of stage music and the ability to better evaluate the quality of a work, the performance and the performers. This course is only offered occasionally.  Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

FNRT 329: Virtual Worlds

This course examines visual storytelling as an art form in video games. The study of visual storytelling in historic and contemporary art raises questions of social, cultural and political contexts as well as their impact on player experience. Through reading and analysis of art and video games, students will be exposed to different design techniques that visually express social concepts through mechanics, content and aesthetics. The course offers hands on experience with game engine software to create artistic game prototypes that incorporate theoretical approaches to cultural context. Topics may include the relationship of cultural context and environmental storytelling, the critical interpretation and application of visual techniques in fine art, the critical analysis of cultural and artistic themes in video games, creating meaningful worlds through visual and aural design, identity and representation in character design, and the impact of cultural context on the design of interactive and emergent narratives Students will use these concepts to create innovative game prototypes as meaningful cultural and artistic experiences. Class 3, Credit 3

FNRT 331: Fundamentals of Directing

This course examines the director’s creative process in translating a dramatic text into a theatre production. Key to this process is the need to develop deep capability in text analysis and interpretation, along with strong skills to meet the challenges brought on by the practical needs of production. Combining lecture and discussion with text analysis assignments and in-class exercises, students will learn how to approach the creation of a director’s production concept for a text, and then explore, through rehearsals and staging, the process of bringing a dramatic story to life on stage in an engaging and compelling manner. Particular emphasis will be placed on how to synthesize different elements with one another to create a coherent expression designed to elicit intellectual, emotional, and critical responses from audiences. Course will culminate with each student presenting a scene or short on-act play fully staged for peer and instructor feedback. Leadership, collaboration, presentation skills, creative problem-solving, and project management will be taught as crucial elements of the process.

FNRT 332: Fundamentals of Stage Management

This course investigates the history, theories, and techniques of the theatrical stage manager in order to give a historical and practical understanding of its roles and responsibilities. Emphasis will be placed on the stage manager’s role in the collaborative process. Using readings, lectures, discussions, and practical exercises, students will learn the history, responsibilities, and procedures of stage management from pre- to post-production.

FNRT 489: Special Topics in Performing Arts (GenEd)

Allows examination of a special problem or topic area in the theatre, dance, music, visual arts and other performing and fine arts.  Topics and specific content and methods vary from term to term. Each term’s offering, however, features an introduction to a historical period, movement, phenomenon, practitioner(s) or other subfield of study within performing arts and/or visual culture. In so doing, students develop theoretical and experiential knowledge of an artistic period, movement, phenomenon, practitioner(s) or other subfield of study within performing arts and/or visual culture.

FNRT 490: Special Topics in Performing Arts

An in-depth examination of a selected aspect of Performing Arts with a focus on performance and composition.