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THTR  101 - Appreciation of Theater (4)

This course is designed to introduce students to the art of the theater through the experience of attending a variety of professional theater performances in the Bay Area. Students will learn techniques for analyzing and critiquing live performances, and gain familiarity with the multiple strategies local artists use to create theater that entertains, educates, and promotes social change.

THTR  110 - Acting for Non-Majors (4)

This experiential course introduces students to the history, theory and practices of the craft of acting. Students will learn techniques for analyzing and preparing dramatic texts, and put them into practice through class exercises and scene assignments. Throughout the course, students will engage in a variety of practical exercises geared toward expanding the expressive potential of their voices, bodies and imaginations. Strong spoken and written English language ability is a prerequisite for this course."

THTR  115 - Hip Hop Theater (4)

This multi-disciplinary course will introduce students to the aesthetic principles, practices and sensibilities of the Hip-Hop movement. Through an investigation of literature, music and historical sources, students will analyze the artistic, cultural and political impact of Hip-Hop and their personal relationship to the genre. Students will also write and perform spoken word poems and monologues informed by Hip-Hop aesthetics and story-telling techniques.

THTR  120 - Acting I: Spoken Text (2)

This course, required for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and Theater Minors, provides an experiential introduction to a variety of techniques actors use to embody and articulate dramatic text. Students will examine the theatrical potential of texts from multiple genres, develop specific strategies for energizing and refining their vocal choices, and cultivate a vital and conscious relationship to their voices as expressive instruments for performance.
Restricted to Theater minors concentrations, and Perf. Arts and Soc. Justice majors

THTR  172 - Production and Design II (4)

This experiential course, required for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and an elective for Theater Minors, focuses on the design, technical, and managerial elements that are essential to the presentation of any performance. Topics include: lighting, sound and multi-media for the stage, as well as stage-management and producing organizational structures. Students will learn about the history of stage technologies, as well as their contemporary applications, with an emphasis on innovation and the self-producing artist. Cross-listed With: PASJ 172.
Restricted to Theater minors concentrations, and Perf. Arts and Soc. Justice majors

THTR  182 - Theater and Social History (4)

This course is required for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and Theater Minors. This theater history course focuses on the relationship between theater and social change. Using case studies from different key moments in Western theatrical history, we will examine the artistic, social and political forces that have inspired theater artists to develop innovative artistic techniques and new theatrical forms, and consider how those forms have reflected and shaped cultural consciousness and promoted social action. Cross-listed With: PASJ 182.
Restricted to Theater minors concentrations, and Perf. Arts and Soc. Justice majors

THTR  195 - FYS: First-Year Seminar (4)

First Year Seminars are designed and taught by faculty who have a special passion for the topic. All FYSeminars are small classes (16 students) that count toward the university Core. Many FYSeminars include enrichment activities such as excursions into the city or guest speakers. FYSeminars are only open to students in their first or second semester at USF, and students may only take one FYS, in either Fall or Spring. For a detailed description of this course, and other FYSeminars this semester, go to this webpage by cutting and pasting the link: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/firstyearsem/
Restricted to Freshman class

THTR  201 - Voice for Performance (4)

In this experiential course, primarily for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and Dance, Music and Theater Minors, students will learn about the physiology of the vocal mechanism and develop techniques for vocal relaxation, breath awareness and control, and vocal expressiveness.
Restricted to Theater minors concentrations, Perf. Arts and Soc. Justice majors, Dance minors concentrations, and Music minors concentrations

THTR  220 - Acting II: Scene Study (4)

This intermediate-level acting course is required for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and for Theater Minors. Through class exercises and practical assignments, students will analyze and interpret play texts, develop tools and techniques for creating dynamic and complex characters, hone their listening and partnering skills, and learn how to approach the actor’s work in rehearsal with intellectual, physical and emotional rigor. Prerequisites: THTR 110 or THTR 120.
Restricted to Perf. Arts and Soc. Justice majors, and Theater minors concentrations

THTR  230 - Composition I (4)

This experiential course, required for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Dance or Theater Concentration, examines some of the diverse movement sources from which dance and theater are made. Students will develop approaches for improvisation and composition and develop awareness and tools for guiding their own creative processes. Pre-requisite: PASJ 161 or by permission of Instructor. Cross-listed with DANC 230.

THTR  272 - Lab in Theater Practice (1)

Pre-requisite: Permission of Instructor. This hands-on course allows students to build technical theater skills through production support of projects in Presentation Theater. Note: this course does not count toward the Theater Technique Elective for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration or for Theater Minors.

THTR  301 - Classical Dramatic Literature (4)

This course will introduce students to the basic elements of classical dramatic literature and the various forms of drama that have evolved from Ancient Greek theater to the seventeenth century. Although this is primarily a literature course designed to introduce students to a broad range of classic texts, there will also be a strong emphasis on understanding the chosen texts in the context of performance, and in their historical and cultural settings.

THTR  305 - Latin@ American Performance and Culture (4)

This course explores the history, theory and practice of Latin@/Chican@ and Latin American Performance with a particular focus on contemporary works. Performance, in the context of this class, will not be limited to traditional theater productions and plays. Students will be asked to study the subject with a broader lens that includes western-style theatre, but also focuses on culturally specific forms such as pageants and parades, rituals and other spectacles associated with the life of the community, as well as the discipline of performance art, a vibrant form of expression for U.S. Latino artists.

THTR  308 - Women, Performance and Culture (4)

This course will examine the wide range of contributions women have made intellectually, aesthetically and practically to the performing arts. With a focus on plays, films, and theoretical texts, the course will consider how art made by women both reflects and transforms culture. Definitions of gender and feminism will also be examined through theoretical texts as well as historical and cultural markers.

THTR  310 - Sexuality, Performance and Culture (4)

This course will examine the relationship between sexuality and performance, with a particular focus on how queer/lesbian/feminist identities have been expressed, re-imagined and subverted in the performing arts. With a focus on plays, films, and theoretical texts, the course will consider how art made by queer/lesbian/feminist artists both reflects and transforms culture. Definitions of sexual and cultural identity will be examined through theoretical texts as well as historical and cultural markers.

THTR  312 - Asian American Performance and Culture (4)

This course will examine the wide range of contributions Asian American artists have made intellectually, aesthetically and practically to the performing arts. With a focus on plays, films, and theoretical texts, the course will consider how art both reflects and transforms culture. Definitions of race and cultural identity will also be examined through theoretical texts as well as historical and cultural markers.

THTR  316 - African American Performance and Culture (4)

This course will examine the wide range of contributions African American artists have made intellectually, aesthetically and practically to the performing arts. With a focus on plays, films, and theoretical texts, the course will consider how art both reflects and transforms culture. Definitions of race and cultural identity will also be examined through theoretical texts as well as historical and cultural markers.

THTR  320 - Acting III: Viewpoints (4)

This advanced-level acting course, required for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and an elective option for Dance Concentration Majors and Theater Minors, will allow students to explore and put into practice the method of Actor/Director training known as Viewpoints. Viewpoints is a highly-physical performance form widely used by contemporary performance ensembles that combines exercises that hone actors’ physical and spatial awareness, with compositional tools that allow artists to collaborate to create dynamic and inventive performance material. Pre-requisite: PASJ 161 or by permission of Instructor.
Restricted to Perf. Arts and Soc. Justice majors, Theater minors concentrations, and Dance minors concentrations

THTR  333 - Acting: Shakespeare (1 - 2)

This intermediate acting course provides an experiential introduction to the plays of William Shakespeare. Students will learn tools and techniques for interpreting and embodying Shakespeare’s characters, and for bringing the language to life. Students will develop their vocal instruments and prepare physically for the specific demands of acting Shakespearean verse and prose. They will also learn the details of scansion and text analysis, and put their learning to active use through the performance of speeches and scenes. Pre-requisite: THTR 110 or THTR 120 or by permission of instructor.

THTR  334 - Acting: Stanislavski and Chekhov (1 - 2)

This intermediate acting course will expose students to Constantin Stanislavski and Anton Chekhov, two men who revolutionized acting and theater history. Through scene study, students will explore the rich and colorful worlds created by Chekhov while utilizing techniques established by Stanislavski, as well as those of modern acting teachers influenced by him, and learn how to develop the moment-to-moment life of complex characters. Pre-requisites: THTR 110 or THTR 120 or by permission of instructor.

THTR  337 - Acting: Solo Performance (1 - 2)

This intermediate acting course will investigate different genres of solo performance. Through practical exercises and performance assignments, students will develop the physical, vocal and character-transformation skills necessary to sustain a dynamic solo performance onstage. Pre-requisite: THTR 110 or THTR 120 or by permission of instructor.

THTR  340 - Directing (1 - 2)

This introductory directing course is an Elective Theater Technique option for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and for Theater Minors. Through practical exercises and directing assignments, students will learn the conceptual and practical skills directors use to analyze play texts, communicate effectively with actors, create compelling stage pictures, and run a rehearsal process.

THTR  344 - Playwriting (1 - 2)

This introductory playwriting course is an Elective Theater Technique option for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and for Theater Minors. Through creative exercises and writing assignments, students will explore the process of writing a stage play. Students will build skills and understanding of dramatic form, content, structure, style, and how to craft compelling characters and strong dialogue. The class will also involve exploring evolving scripts on their feet to discover how writing translates from the page to the stage.

THTR  349 - Cabaret Production (0 - 2)

Pre-requisite: THTR 172 or by permission of Instructor. This intermediate production course is an Elective Theater Technique option for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and for Theater Minors. The course focuses on the organizational and practical tools needed to produce a live performance. Topics include: project design, casting and technical staffing, production management, and publicity.

THTR  360 - Peru: Performance and Culture (4)

This course studies the rich performance and ritual traditions of Peru, with a particular emphasis in its religious and socially engaged theater practices. Three weeks of immersion in Lima, Cuzco and Machu-Picchu. Knowledge of Spanish not required. Can serve as a Theater Technique Elective for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and for Theater Minors.

THTR  372 - Workshop: Play Production (0 - 4)

Pre-requisite: By Audition or Permission of Instructor. This course requires participation in a Performing Arts Department Theater production. Actors must audition, be cast, and attend all rehearsals and performances to receive credit for this course. Technicians must be “hired” by Production Manager into a particular technical role. Course may be repeated for credit. Can serve as a Theater Technique Elective for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and for Theater Minors.

THTR  390 - Special Topics in Theater (1 - 2)

Topic-specific courses in Theater taught by professional guest artists. Can serve as a Theater Technique Elective for Performing Arts and Social Justice Majors with a Theater Concentration and for Theater Minors.

THTR  396 - Professional Internship (1 - 4)

Pre-requisite: Written permission of the instructor and College of Arts and Sciences Dean. An elective course for Performing Arts and Social Justice majors with a Theater Concentration, involving a faculty-supervised internship with a professional Bay Area Theater or Production Company. Typically undertaken during the junior or senior year.

THTR  399 - Directed Study (1 - 4)

Pre-requisite: Written permission of the instructor and College of Arts and Sciences Dean. An elective course for Performing Arts and Social Justice majors with a Theater Concentration, involving a faculty-supervised internship with a professional Bay Area Theater or Production Company. Typically undertaken during the junior or senior year.