University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
The Theatre Program offers a core of courses that every Theatre major must take. These courses prepare the student for one of three possible tracks of study. The core courses are also used for the Theatre Education Minor.
Theatre 102; Script Analysis for the Theatre, 3 cr.
Analysis of the 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 204; Survey of Theatre History, 3 cr.
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: 96-102 or permission of the instructor.
Theatre 367; Fundamentals of Play Directing, 3 cr.
A study and application of the principles and techniques of directing: Composition, level, plane, tempo, plot development, casting, play selection. Prerequisites: 96-102, and 96-205 or 96-308 or consent of instructor.
Theatre 402; Senior Project, 3 cr.
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 permission of the instructor.
Required for Acting Emphasis
The Acting Track is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in acting. The classes are set up sequentially in a four semester series. 34 Credits required.
Theatre 165; Voice and Diction, 3 cr.
Training course for the normal voice to prepare for interpretation, acting, public address, and other areas.
Theatre 309; Acting Studio II: The Actor's Text, 3 cr.
Second course in the acting studio sequence. Skills acquired in the first semester are applied to scripted work. Work with dramatic material which reflects the student's range of personal experiences. Prerequisite: 96-308 and permission of the instructor.
Theatre 338; Movement for the Actor, 3 cr.
Theatre 409; Acting Studio III. Characterization, 3 cr.
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: 96-309.
Gateway Course (one from the following list):
Theatre 160; Introduction to Acting, 3 cr.
Theatre 205; Fundamentals of Acting, 3 cr.
Theatre 308; Acting Studio I: The Actor's Resources, 4 cr.
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: 96-102 and permission of the instructor.
Theatre Majors are required to take two Theatre History courses from the options listed below:
Theatre-202; Culture and Style, 3 cr.
Survey of architecture, furniture, decoration, clothing from the classical period to the present. Study of research methods for the scenic, costume and production designer.
Theatre-340 Musical Comedy in America 3 cr.
A study of the historical development of American musical theatre, and an analysis of its dramatic forms; musical comedy, operetta, and music drama.
Theatre 342; Non-Western Theatre, 3 cr.
A study of theatre outside the Euro-centric or Western tradition (to include African, Asian, Indian, Mid-eastern, and Native American ritual, libation, dance, puppetry, masks, storytelling, etc.) which enlarges the frame of reference leading to discoveries about form and concept of theatre in general. Prerequisites: 96-204 or permission of instructor.
Theatre 360; History of the American Theatre 3 cr.
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 377; History of Contemporary Theatre, 3 cr.
Theatre 404; Elizabethan Theatre History, 3 cr.
Study of the theatrical conditions under which Elizabethan drama developed including physical playhouse, staging practices, acting company organization. Prerequisites: 96-204 or permission of the instructor.
Technical Theatre (any one from the following list)
The following Theatre Electives are designed to help round out the student's understanding of Theatrical field of study. These courses can also be used for the Integrated Track.
Theatre 203: Fundamentals of Design, 3 cr.
Study of drafting and drawing techniques for the scenic, costume and lighting designer.
Theatre 253; Makeup for Stage and Screen, 3 cr.
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 purpose of establishing age and character.
Theatre 330; Stage Management, 3 cr.
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 346; Props for the Stage, 3 cr.
Provides a foundation in the process of organizing, procurring, and constructing props for theatrical productions. Topics include developing a props list, strategies and sources to aquire props, and skills needed to shop-build props using a variety of techniques.
Theatre 351; Costume Construction for Stage and Screen, 3 cr.
Study of patterning and construction techniques used in the creation of costumes and their accessories. Course will include dyeing and distressing techniques used in costumes for stage, television and film.
Theatre 369; Stage Craft, 3 cr.
The principles, procedures and practices of technical theatre production.
Theatre 373; Lighting and Sound for the Stage, 3 cr.
An introduction to light and sound techniques for the stage. An excellent class for either beginners or to add to your existing knowledge of lighting and sound.
Theatre 376; Painting and Dyeing for the Theatre, 3 cr.
An introduction to the techniques and practices of painting and dyeing fabric for Theatrical, TV and Film productions. This course requires hands on exposure to different products and materials in a safe environment.
Electives (any one from the following list)
Theatre 378; Stage Combat, 3 cr.
An introduction to the wide range of fighting styles, armed and unarmed combat for stage and film with the utmost attention to safety. In addition it explores concentration and relaxation skills as well as acting, directing, and choreography aspects of stage combat.
Theatre Participation Classes
Theatre Participation classes enable students the opportunity to get credit while being involved in hands-on experience in Theatre Production Activities. A wide range of opportunities are available.
- Theatre 167, 262, 362; Theatre Participation-Technical (0+3), 1 cr.
Participation in technical aspects of scenery, lighting, sound, properties, or costumes for department sponsored productions.
- Theatre 363, 462; Theatre Participation - Acting or Directing (0+3) 1 cr.
Participation as actor in department sponsored productions (auditions required) or participation as director (application required the previous spring semester) for department sponsored production.
- Theatre 168, 460; Theatre Participation- Publicity and Management (0+3) 1 cr.
Participation in-house management, stage management and publicity for the department sponsored productions.
Theatre 433; Entertainment Law, 3 cr.
Laws and regulations governing radio, television, motion pictures, and theatre. Includes the relationships of the broadcast/media manager, artistic director, and actor to each other and to agencies such as Congress, the courts, the FCC, and other regulatory agencies. Prerequisite: Cululative 2.5 GPA and Comm 210, Thr 102, or consent of instructor.
Theatre 469; Advanced Directing, 3 cr.
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: 96-367 or consent of instructor.
Theatre 463/663; Theatre Production Seminar, 1-3 cr.
Focus on specialized problems in directing, design, technical and theatre and stage management. May be repeated three times for up to 12 units (crs.) provided the topic varies.
This course has enabled students to take seminar courses in Scenic Painting and Dyeing, Properties for the Stage, Stage Combat, Advanced Costume Construction, and The Plays of Arthur Miller.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers study in playwriting. The courses are offered through the Creative Writing component of the English Department. Many students compete for the Student Playwriting contest coordinated by Richard Kalinoski, our resident playwright.
- Thr 374/Eng 329; Creative Writing: Playwriting I
A workshop in playwriting, focusing on the distinctive qualities of theatrical production and the basic skills of dialogue, plot and collaboration with supporting theatre artists. Prerequisite: Eng 208 or consent of instructor.
- Thr 375/Eng 330; Creative Writing: Playwriting II
An advanced workshop in playwriting fodusing intensively on student writing with invited feedback from directors, designers, dramaturgs, and other writers. Students will complete a one-act play or other proposed project. Prerequisite: Thr 374/Eng 329 or consent of instructor.