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Information

Merlaine Angwall, Chairperson

Department Office: Arts and Communication W103
Department Telephone: (920) 424-7042

Code 97 or Theatre

Faculty

Faculty

Angwall Hoglund
Alderson Kalinoski
Donnelly Purse-Wiedenhoeft

Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in Theatre with Emphasis in Acting, Design Technology and an Integrated Emphasis.
    The Theatre Degree is designed to develop a foundation in Theatre as a performing art with a strong footing in the Liberal Arts stressing a hands-on philosophy. This training offers students the greatest opportunity in securing a career in either the Theatre or allied  professions, or post undergraduate study.

  • Graduate: None

Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

    • Upon completion of the Theatre major, students will have an understanding of the nature and function of dramatic form, a broad knowledge of the processes of theatrical production, developed a comprehensive understanding of the history of the theatre, the ability to analyze and communicate a dramatic text to an audience, able to make effective use of the research tools available to the theatre artist, critic and historian, will value the art of the theatre as a means of understanding the human condition within society, and appreciate the function of art and artist within the community, developed a commitment to the pursuit of artistic excellence and integrity, and subscribe to the dictum: "Love the art in yourself; not yourself in art".

  2. The Major(s)

    • The Department offers a choice of three emphases within the Theatre major. These are: 1) Acting, 2) Design and Technology, and 3) Integrated.

  3. The Minor(s)

    • The Department offers two minors: 1) Theatre, and 2) Theatre-Education.

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • None

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

Theatre

  • Theatre 102 Script Analysis 3 cr.

  • Theatre 204 Survey of Theatre History 3 cr.

  • Theatre 367 Fundamentals of Directing 3 cr.

  • Theatre 402 Senior Project 3 cr.

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

Theatre Arts Major

A.  Acting Emphasis:
Recommended for students who are interested in pursuing careers in acting and related fields, or who wish to pursue graduate study in theatre.

    • Required Units (crs.) 41 minimum

    • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

      • Theatre: 308, 309, 409, 410.

      • One course from the following approved list of Theatre History courses: Theatre 202, 340, 360, 377, 404.

      • One course from the following approved Theatre Technology and Design courses: Theatre 150, 203, 253, 330, 346, 351, 369, 373, 376.

      • Theatre Practicum four credits: Theatre 210, 212, 214, 216 (Note: Theatre 210 and 212 must be taken during your first 60 credits.)

B.  Design and Technology Emphasis:

Recommended for students who are interested in pursuing careers in stage design and related fields, or who wish to pursue graduate study in theatre.

    • Required Units (crs.): 43 minimum

    • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

      • One of the following courses: Theatre 150 or 203.

      • Theatre: 202, 371, 372, 473.

      • Two courses from the following approved list of Theatre Technology and Management courses: Theatre 253, 330, 346, 351, 369, 373, 376, 452.

      • One course from the following approved list of Theatre Acting courses: Theatre 160, 205, 308.

      • One course from the following approved list of Theatre History courses: Theatre 340, 360, 377, 404.

      • Theatre Practicum four credits: Theatre 210, 212, 214, 216 (Note: Theatre 210 and 212 must be taken during your first 60 credits.)

C.  Integrated Emphasis:
Recommended for students who are interested in pursuing careers in theatre and related fields, or who wish to pursue graduate study in theatre.

    • Required Units (crs.): 43 minimum

    • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

      • One course from the following approved list of Theatre Acting courses: Theatre 160, 205, 308

      • One course from the following approved list of Theatre History courses: Theatre 202, 340, 360, 377, 404.

      • One course from the following approved list of Theatre Design, Technology and Management courses: Theatre  150, 203, 253, 330, 346, 351, 369, 373, 376, 452

    • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Theatre offerings in consultation with your adviser.

      • Theatre Practicum four credits: Theatre 210, 212, 214, 216 (Note: Theatre 210 and 212 must be taken during your first 60 credits.)

The Minor(s)

The Minor(s)

  1. Theatre Minor
    Recommended for students who are interested in Theatre in relationship to other fields of study in the arts, or who would like to work professionally in theatre or theatre related fields.

    • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum

    • Required Courses:

      • Theatre: Theatre 102, 204, 367; Theatre 205 or 308; Theatre 351 or 369.

    • Electives: Sufficient theatre electives to meet the minimum requirement.

  2. Theatre-Education Minor
    Recommended for students who wish to teach in Theatre and related areas in the secondary (6-12) grades.

    • Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

    • Required Courses:

      • Theatre: Theatre 102, 204, 205, 367, 369, 389.

    • Other Requirements: Methods course Theatre 403 is required of all Secondary Education minors in Theatre.

    • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.

Course Offering(s)

Course Offering(s)

Theatre   102                                           3 (crs.)

Script Analysis for the Theatre

Analysis of the play script as a blueprint for production. Emphasis on plot, theme and character analysis. Plays studied in this course will serve as a foundation for subsequent theatre courses.

 

 

Theatre   150                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Theatre Design (XC) (ES) (HU)

An introduction to the basic elements of theatre from both the Western and non-Western perspective with a special emphasis on the role of the theatrical designer and the process of design.

 

 

Theatre   152                                           3 (crs.)

Non-Western Theatre (NW) (XC) (HU)

A study of theatre outside the Euro-centric or Western tradition (to include African, Asian, and Indian, ritual, libation, dance, puppetry, masks, storytelling, etc.) which explores cultural differences and similarities in theatrical performance.

 

 

Theatre   160                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Acting (XC) (HU)

Basic theories and techniques of acting. Body and voice training as a basis for development of dramatic characterization. Application of course content through performance presentations. Signature question of "How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?" will serve as a focus for the course.

 

 

Theatre   161                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Theatre  (HU) (XC)

A survey of drama as an integral element in human society in its cultural aspects, intended to stimulate and develop an appreciation for drama as literature and theatre. Meets the Humanities requirement for General Education.

 

 

Theatre   162                                           3 (crs.)

Honors: Appreciation of the Drama (HU)

Investigation of the nature of dramatic form, survey of the development of theatrical expression in major historical periods, introduction to theatrical production processes and a study of the theatre as the aesthetic and philosophical outgrowth of its culture. Topics will be explored through group projects, essays and oral reports. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title. Prerequisite: Enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors Program; prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175.

 

 

Theatre   165                                           3 (crs.)

Voice and Diction

Training course for the normal voice to precede courses in interpretation, acting, public address and other areas. (Not to be substituted for Communication 111.)

 

 

Theatre   167                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Participation-Technical I

Participation in technical aspects of scenery, lighting, sound, properties or costumes for department sponsored productions.

 

 

Theatre   168                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Participation-Publicity and Management I

Participation in-house management, stage management and publicity for the department sponsored productions.

 

 

Theatre   180                                           3 (crs.)

Creative Process (XC) (HU)

This course explores the nature of creativity in ourselves through Theatre games and exercises. It will expand awareness, stimulate imagination and develop freedom of expression. The class will focus on increasing observation skills, discovering abilities of the body and voice, gaining knowledge of self and raising self confidence. In addition, this class will heighten the student's understanding of Theatre, dramatic action and performance on stage and in all artistic disciplines.

 

 

Theatre   202                                           3 (crs.)

History of Styles for the Designer

Survey of architecture, furniture, decoration and clothing from the classical period to the present. Study of research methods for the scenic, costume and production designer.

 

 

Theatre   203                                           3 (crs.)

Fundamentals of Design

Study of the skills, techniques and process for designing for Theatre and camera. The course will focus on drafting and drawing skills, research methods and the elements of design composition.

 

 

Theatre   204                                           3 (crs.)

Survey of Theatre History (XC) (HU)

Survey of the major movements in theatre history; emphasis on methods of production: physical playhouse, staging techniques, acting, management; minor focus on criticism and dramatic literature. Prerequisite: Theatre 102 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   205                                           3 (crs.)

Fundamentals of Acting

Basic theories and techniques of acting. Body and voice training as a basis for development of dramatic characterization. Application of course content through presentation of scenes from distinguished dramatic literature.

 

 

Theatre   210                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Practicum I Scene Shop

Specialized intensive training and practice in theatrical scenery and props. Practicum will include use of machinery, tools, materials and techniques used in the construction of scenery and props for the theatre. Meets the Practicum requirement for Theatre majors and should be completed during the first or second year. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   212                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Practicum II: Costume Shop

Specialized intensive training and practice in theatrical costumes and accessories. Practicum will include use of machinery, tools, materials and techniques used in the construction of costumes and accessories for the theatre. Meets the Practicum requirement for the Theatre majors and should be completed during the first or second year. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   214                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Practicum III: Production

Specialized intensive training and practice working on running crew for a departmental theatre production. Practicum may include working in the areas of: lighting, sound, scenery, props, wardrobe, makeup or special effects. Meets the Practicum requirement for Theatre majors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   216                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Practicum IV: Advanced Production

Specialized intensive training and practice working as a crew supervisor or board operator for a departmental theatre production. Practicum may include working in the areas of: lighting, sound, scenery, props, wardrobe, makeup or special effects. Meets the Practicum requirement for Theatre majors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   243                                           3 (crs.)

Women in the Arts: Encounters (HU) (XC)

Women in the Arts: Encounters is a team-taught interdisciplinary course which provides an overview of the significant contributions of women in the arts, while offering a critical look at individual achievements and at societal attitudes and limitations which have impacted the nature and direction of women's artistic output. Students will gain hands-on experience through guided studio work in music, visual art and theater and the combination of these are forms via collaborative projects. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses.

 

 

Theatre   253                                           3 (crs.)

Make-up for Stage and Screen

Study of the materials and techniques used in the creation and application of make-up in theatre, film and television. This course includes 2D and 3D techniques for the purposes of establishing age and character.

 

 

Theatre   260                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Participation-Acting or Directing I

Participation as actor in department sponsored productions (auditions required) or participation as director (application required the previous spring term) for department sponsored production.

 

 

Theatre   262                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Participation-Technical II

Participation in technical aspects of scenery, lighting, sound, properties or costumes for department sponsored productions.

 

 

Theatre   264                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Participation Publicity and Management II

Participation in arts administration including: front of house management, box office management and publicity for the department sponsored productions. Prerequisites: Theatre 168 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   308                                           4 (crs.)

Acting Studio I: The Actor's Resources

Introduction to the Acting Studio Program. Development of the actor's physical and vocal expressiveness, imagination and understanding of the acting process through vocal and physical exercises, improvisations, theatre games and introductory scene work. Prerequisite: Theatre 102 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   309                                           4 (crs.)

Acting Studio II: The Actor's Text

Second course in the acting studio sequence. Skills acquired in the first term are applied to scripted work. Work with dramatic material which reflects the student's range of personal experiences. Prerequisite: Theatre 308 and consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   313                                           3 (crs.)

Entertainment Law

Laws and regulations, which govern radio, television, motion pictures and theatre. Includes the relationships of the broadcast/media manager, artistic director, producer, director and actor to each other and to agencies such as Congress, the courts, the FCC and other regulatory agencies. Cross-listed: RTF 313/Theatre 313. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: RTF students: 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 and 310 or Communication 201; Communication Studies Students: Communication 118 and 236; Theatre Students: Theatre 102 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   330                                           3 (crs.)

Stage Management

Study of principles and techniques of management for the stage, from prerehearsal preparations to running of rehearsals and performances. Includes practical application and special projects.

 

 

Theatre   338                                           3 (crs.)

Improvisational Acting

Improvisational Strategies for creating theatrical performance pieces will be explored. These will be a focus on a specific topic each time the class is offered. In addition to improvisational techniques based on Spolin and Sills, a research component will be the basis for a completed script and performance piece. Prerequisites: Acting Studio I-Theatre, 308 or Fundamental of Acting, Theatre 205 or consent.

 

 

Theatre   340                                           3 (crs.)

American Musical Theatre

A study of the historical development of American musical theatre, and an analysis of its dramatic forms: musical comedy, operetta and music drama.

 

 

Theatre   346                                           3 (crs.)

Props for the Theatre

The course is intended to provide a foundation in the process of organizing, procuring and constructing properties for theatrical productions. Topics covered will include analyzing a script to develop a props list, strategies and sources to acquire props, and especially skills needed to shop-build props using a variety of techniques. The class consists of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on instruction in the scene shop. Students will build various props as in-class projects and for actual theatre productions.

 

 

Theatre   351                                           3 (crs.)

Costume Construction for Theatre and Film

Study of basic construction techniques used in the creation of costumes and accessories for stage, film and television. Course will include the construction of a realized costume for the stage, and hat making techniques.

 

 

Theatre   360                                           3 (crs.)

History of the American Theatre

The study of theatre in America from the 18th Century to the present; the development of native playwrights, actors, and critics, and the dramaturgy of representative plays.

 

 

Theatre   362                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Participation - Technical Production III

Participation in technical aspects of scenery, lighting, sound, properties or costumes for department sponsored productions.

 

 

Theatre   363                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Participation - Acting or Directing II

Participation as actor in department sponsored productions (auditions required) or participation as director (application required the previous Spring term) for department sponsored production.

 

 

Theatre   367                                           3 (crs.)

Fundamentals of Play Directing

A study and application of the principles and techniques of directing: Composition, level, plane, tempo, plot development, casting, play selection. Prerequisite: Theatre 102, and Theatre 205 or 308 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   369                                           3 (crs.)

Stagecraft

The principles, procedures and practices of technical theatre production. (2+3)

 

 

Theatre   371                                           3 (crs.)

Theatre Design I: Process

This course will focus on the further development of the designer's skills of visual communication, and the process of theatre Design. The course will introduce color theory, rendering techniques, computer assisted drafting and model making for Theatre. Prerequisite: Theatre 102 and 203.

 

 

Theatre   372                                           3 (crs.)

Theatre Design II: Concept and Collaboration

This course will introduce the conceptual approach to design, and the collaborative process in Theatre. Collaborative design teams will explore the development of concept and process through a variety of genres such as Musical Theatre, Shakespeare and Absurdist Theatre. Prerequisite: Theatre 371.

 

 

Theatre   373                                           3 (crs.)

Lighting and Sound for the Stage

Introduction to the techniques and technical aspects of lighting and sound for stage production. Students will work with contemporary concepts and practices in lighting and sound design for theatrical production.

 

 

Theatre   374                                           3 (crs.)

Script Writing for the Stage I

Introduces student to both concept and practice of Playwriting for a theatrical environment.  Students are expected to write a one-act play to be read in class.

 

 

Theatre   375                                           3 (crs.)

Script Writing for the Stage II

This course is a continuation of study and builds on the knowledge and experience gained in Script Writing for the Stage I. Students are expected to write a full-length play to be read in class. Prerequisites: Theatre 374.

 

 

Theatre   376                                           3 (crs.)

Painting & Dyeing for the Theatre

This course is designed to introduce students interested in stage production to the techniques and practices of painting scenery and dyeing fabric for Theatrical, TV and Film productions. This course requires hands-on exposure to different products and materials in a safe environment.

 

 

Theatre   377                                           3 (crs.)

History of Contemporary Theatre

A study of the historical development of Contemporary Theatre from the late 19th century to present day, its use of changing techniques and its response to issues of the day.

 

 

Theatre   378                                           3 (crs.)

Stage Combat

This course will introduce students to the wide range of fighting styles, armed and unarmed combat for stage and film with the utmost attention to safety. In addition, it will explore concentration and relaxation skills as well as the acting, directing and choreography aspect of stage combat. Prerequisites: Theatre 205 or 308 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   389                                           3 (crs.)

Creative Drama

Study of the creative processes by which children, under the guidance of an adult leader, are engaged in an improvised, non-exhibitional form of drama. 389/589

 

 

Theatre   402                                           3 (crs.)

Senior Project

Extended project to demonstrate proficiency in an area of theatre; acting, directing, design, history and criticism. Student will demonstrate proficiency in achievement of program goals and objectives as set down in the Theatre Assessment Plan. Prerequisite: Senior status and consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   403                                           3 (crs.)

Teaching Theatre Methods and Cocurricular Activities

The goals, materials and methods of teaching theatre to middle and high school students. Prerequisite: None

 

 

Theatre   404                                           3 (crs.)

Elizabethan Theatre History

Study of the theatrical conditions under which Elizabethan drama developed including physical playhouse, staging practices, acting company organization. Prerequisite: Theatre 204 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   409                                           4 (crs.)

Acting Studio III: Characterization

Third course in the acting studio sequence. Development of characterization with emphasis on scene work in contemporary realism. Vocal work focuses on the improvement of the actor's articulation of speech sounds. Prerequisite: Theatre 309.

 

 

Theatre   410                                           4 (crs.)

Acting Studio IV: Acting Shakespeare

Fourth course in the acting studio sequence. Study of acting and vocal techniques for performing the plays of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: Theatre 409.

 

 

Theatre   446                                           1-3 (crs.)

Independent Study

See Independent Study under course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements.

 

 

Theatre   452                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Costume Construction

Study of pattern drafting methods and advanced construction techniques used in the creation of historical or non-western costumes, and accessories.  Prerequisites:  Theatre 351 or permission of the instructor.

 

 

Theatre   460                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Participation - Publicity and Management III

Participation in house management, stage management and publicity for department sponsored production. Prerequisite: Theatre 264 or consent of instructor. 

 

 

Theatre   462                                           1 (crs.)

Theatre Participation-Acting or Directing III

Participation as actor in department sponsored productions (auditions required) or participation as director (application required the previous Spring term) for department sponsored production.

 

 

Theatre   463                                           1-3 (crs.)

Theatre Production Seminar

Focus on specialized problems in directing, design, technical theatre and stage management. May be repeated four times for up to 12 units (crs.) provided the topic varies. 463/663

 

 

Theatre   465                                           3 (crs.)

Children's Theatre

A study of the history, rationale and special problems of theatre for youth, K-12. Emphasis upon play selection, production techniques, acting for young audiences using adult and child actors and the new participation drama.

 

 

Theatre   469                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Directing

Advanced study of representational and presentational forms, new directing concepts and practical applications of directing principles in period and contemporary dramas including one major production project. Prerequisite: Theatre 367 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Theatre   473                                           3 (crs.)

Production Design for the Camera

This course focuses on design theory and techniques related to the study of production design for film and television. Prerequisite: Theatre 371.

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