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Theatre (THEA)

THEA 400 Advanced Theatre Projects (1-6 per semester) Individual and group-directed study of in-depth projects involving reading, discussion, performance, and critical analysis by faculty.
Effective: Spring 1991
Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing or 12 credits in theatre or related areas  

THEA 401 (IL) Theatre History I: Ancient to 1700 (3) Survey of drama and theatre from primitive rites through the Renaissance.
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: THEA 100 orTHEA 105  

THEA 402 Theatre History II: From 1700 to Present (3) Survey of European drama and theatre from the eighteenth century through the modern period.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: THEA 401  

THEA 405W (US) Theatre History: American Theatre (3) Survey of American drama and theatre from the colonial period to the present.
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: THEA 100  

THEA 407 (US) (WMNST 407) Women and Theatre (3) A study of theatre practice and dramatic literature as informed by issues of gender, race, and ethnic background.
Effective: Spring 2008 Ending: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: THEA 100 orTHEA 105  

THEA 407W (US) (WMNST 407) Women and Theatre (3) A study of theatre practice and dramatic literature as informed by issues of gender, race, and ethnic background.
Effective: Spring 2017 Future: Spring 2017
Prerequisite: THEA 100 orTHEA 105  

THEA 408W (US) History of American Musical Theatre (3) A survey of the history of American musical theatre presented in a social, cultural, and aesthetic prospective.
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: THEA 100 orTHEA 105  

THEA 410 Play Analysis (3) Advanced skills in textual analysis of plays and screenplays.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: THEA 100 orTHEA 105  

THEA 412 (US;IL) (AF AM 412) African American Theatre (3) Exploration of the development of African American theatre from its roots in Africa through the diaspora, to the present time.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: THEA 100 orTHEA 105  

THEA 420 Scene Study I (3 per semester/maximum of 9) Advanced monologue and scene study techniques. Principal focus on realism.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: THEA 221 AND APPROVAL BY THE DEPARTMENT  

THEA 423 Musical Theatre Performance III (2) Studio training in the unique performance skills, repertoire and business of professional musical theatre.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: THEA 224 seventh-semester standing in the Musical Theatre Option  

THEA 424 Musical Theatre Performance IV (2) Studio training in the unique performance skills, repertoire and business of professional musical theatre.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: THEA 423  

THEA 425A B.F.A. Acting Studio II (2) Scene Study
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: THEA 115, THEA 225A   Concurrent: THEA 425C

THEA 425C B.F.A. Voice/Speech Studio II (2) Advanced voice and speech training for BFA Musical Theatre students.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: THEA 225C   Concurrent: THEA 425A

THEA 426 Children's Theatre (3) Theories and practice of theatre for children.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: THEA 150, THEA 220  

THEA 427A B.F.A. Acting Studio III (2) Continuation of THEA 425A
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: THEA 425A   Concurrent: THEA 427C

THEA 427C B.F.A. Voice/Speech Studio III (2) Stage Dialect Studies
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: THEA 425C   Concurrent: THEA 427A

THEA 428 Musical Theatre Performance Studio V (2) Students will prepare and present workshop reading of a new musical theatre piece.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: THEA 224  

THEA 429 Theatre Performance Practicum (1-3 per semester) Supervised experience in rehearsal and performance of significant roles.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: admission by audition only  

THEA 434 Introduction to Directing (3) Introduction to principles and procedures of play direction.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: THEA 114 orTHEA 410;THEA 170 orTHEA 180  

THEA 436 Directorial Processes (3) Preparing a play for production including the scoring of thescript, developing ground plan, casting, and staging projects in American realism.
Effective: Spring 1991
Prerequisite: THEA 434 and approval of instructor prior to registration  

THEA 437 Artistic Staff for Production (1-6) To provide students with experience in choreography, dramaturgy, combat, staging, voice/speech, musical direction, assisting in direction, for major productions.
Effective: Summer 1989
Prerequisite: approval of the proposed assignment by the instructor prior to registration  

THEA 440 Principles of Playwriting (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Structure, dramatic effect, characterization, and dialogue; the writing, reading, and criticism of original one-act plays.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: THEA 100 orTHEA 105  

THEA 447 Make-Up Design for Production (1-6) Materials, research, preparation, design, execution of make-up for major University Theatre productions.
Effective: Summer 1989
Prerequisite: approval of proposed assignment by the instructor prior to registration  

THEA 450 Advanced Topics in Scene Design (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Design emphasis on a variety of production techniques, genre, and styles.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: THEA 250 or portfolio review  

THEA 451 Drafting, Drawing, and Painting for the Theatre (1) Drafting, freehand drawing including perspective methods and property development, rendering techniques, and painters' elevations.
Effective: Summer 1993
Prerequisite: THEA 251, THEA 252 and prior approval of instructor; first-year MFA theatre candidacy  

THEA 453 Advanced Scene Painting (1 per semester, maximum of 12) Practicum study in painting techniques currently in professional use. Exploration of tools, available paints, and texturing materials.
Effective: Spring 1991
Prerequisite: THEA 253  

THEA 454 Period Research for the Theatre (3) History of decor, styles, and movements in art and architecture.
Effective: Summer 1993
Prerequisite: BFA theatre arts candidacy or permission of instructor  

THEA 456 Scenic Projects for Production (1 per semester, maximum of 6) Special projects for production; painting, properties, design assistance.
Effective: Summer 1993
Prerequisite: approval of proposed projects by instructor prior to registration  

THEA 457 Scene Design for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Design and execution of production projects.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: approval of proposed project by instructor prior to registration  

THEA 458 Digital Imaging for the Theatre (1) Introduction to imaging software and its application in theatrical design and production.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: Design or Visual Arts major or permission of program  

THEA 459 Theatre Portfolio & Business Practices (2) Life as a professional theatre designer. Contracts, taxes, record-keeping, resumes, portfolios, interviewing, job hunting, and legal considerations.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: B.F.A. Theatre candidacy  

THEA 460 Advanced Topics in Costume Design (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Developing and executing a design concept in a variety of the performing arts.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: THEA 260, THEA 464  

THEA 461 Advanced Topics in Costume Construction and Technology (3 per semester/maximum of 6) A specialized course in advanced costume construction techniques and theatrical costume technologies.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: THEA 261  

THEA 464 History of Fashion (3) Survey of dress from Egyptian period to contemporary fashion.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: THEA 100 orTHEA 105  

THEA 465 History of Fashion II (3) Survey of dress from 1800 to contemporary fashion.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: THEA 100 orTHEA 105  

THEA 466 Costume Construction for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Execution of production projects in construction and shop management.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: approval of proposed project by instructor prior to registration  

THEA 467 Costume Design for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Design and execution of production design projects.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: approval of proposed project by instructor prior to registration  

THEA 470 Advanced Topics in Lighting Design (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Advanced Topics in Lighting Design will rotate through opera, dance, non-traditional spaces, architecture, advanced technology, and color theory.
Effective: Spring 2006 Ending: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: THEA 270  

THEA 470 Advanced Topics in Lighting Design (3 per semester/maximum of 9) Advanced Topics in Lighting Design will rotate through opera, dance, non-traditional spaces, architecture, advanced technology, and color theory.
Effective: Spring 2017 Future: Spring 2017
Prerequisite: THEA 270  

THEA 472 Lighting Technology (3) An introduction to the basics of electricity, dimmer protocols, lightboard programming, lighting paperwork, and master electrician & assistant lighting design practices.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: THEA 270 or equivalent  

THEA 477 Lighting Design for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Design and execution of design projects.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: approval of proposed project by instructor prior to registration  

THEA 480 Advanced Topics in Technical Direction for the Theatre (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Advanced study of the methods, materials, equipment, facilities, concepts and processes associated with Technical Direction for the Theatre.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: THEA 280  

THEA 480B Technical Production IV (3) Discussion of problems of the technical director: personnel management, time management, scheduling, budgeting, purchasing, and the technical drawing of production.
Effective: Spring 1995
Prerequisite: THEA 381  

THEA 481 Stage and Production Management (3) Production planning, scheduling, assignment of personnel, rehearsal procedures, and budgeting.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: THEA 170, THEA 180  

THEA 482 Technical Production - Rigging (3) In-depth exploration of current rigging techniques used in entertainment.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

THEA 484 Sound Recording Techniques (3) Multi-track audio recording and post production techniques.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: INART 258A orTHEA 285  

THEA 485 Sound for Theatre Production (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Aesthetics of live and recorded sound; recording and editing techniques for the stage.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: THEA 100, THEA 150  

THEA 486 Stage Management for Production (1-9) Stage manager for University Theatre production.
Effective: Summer 1996
Prerequisite: approval of proposed assignment by instructor prior to registration  

THEA 487 Technical Projects for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Execution of practical production projects.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: approval of proposed project by instructor prior to registration  

THEA 489 Theatre Production Practicum (1 per semester) Supervised experience in production techniques. For theatre majors only.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: THEA 160 orTHEA 180  

THEA 490H London Study Tour (3) An intensive academic and cultural experience in the theatre capital of the English-speaking world.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: program approval  

THEA 494H Research Projects - Honors (1-12 per semester/maximum of 12) Supervised student activites on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

THEA 495 Internship Practicum (1-6 per semester/maximum of 12) Professional field experience in theatre performance, production, and management assignments.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: approval of internship by instructor prior to registration  

THEA 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

THEA 496H Independent Studies - Honors (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

THEA 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

THEA 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

THEA 499 (IL) Foreign Studies--Theatre Arts (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: approval by department  

THEA 500 Theatre Research: Sources and Procedure (3) Source materials and techniques as applied to theatre research; the form and content of theses and monographs.
Effective: Winter 1978
 

THEA 502 Creative Collaboration (3) Theory and process of creative collaboration between the theatre artistic and production staffs.
Effective: Summer 1993
Prerequisite: MFA theatre candidate  

THEA 505 Masterpieces in Production I (3) Dramatic structure, theatrical validity, production viability of great plays from Greek to eighteenth-century. Drama as blueprint for production.
Effective: Summer 1990
 

THEA 506 Masterpieces in Production II (3) Dramatic structure, theatrical validity, production viability of masterworks of theatre. Drama as the blueprint for production. Offered in London, England.
Effective: Fall 2004
Prerequisite: THEA 500, THEA 505  

THEA 507 Masterpieces in Production III (3) Dramatic structure, theatrical validity, production viability of major American plays from Tyler to the present. Drama as blueprint for production.
Effective: Spring 1990
 

THEA 508 Experiential Analysis of Italian Design Styles (3) Applications of Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Dramatic Production. Offered in Italy.
Effective: Fall 2009
 

THEA 509 Experiential Analysis of Eastern European Styles (3) Applications of Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Dramatic Production. Offered in Prague and Budapest.
Effective: Fall 2009
 

THEA 510 Experiential Analysis of Period Style (3) Applications of Visual/Spatial History in Dramatic Production. Offered in London, England.
Effective: Spring 2004
 

THEA 524 Acting V (2) Advanced scene study and class projects; development of individual student repertoires.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: THEA 523A  

THEA 529 Performance Monograph (1-2 per semester, maximum of 4) The development and presentation of M.F.A. monographs in acting, design/ production, or directing.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: permission of graduate supervisor  

THEA 530 Rehearsal Methods for the Director (3) Theory and practice in approaches, procedures, and techniques in mounting a play.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: THEA 410, THEA 434, permission of instructor prior to registration  

THEA 531 Directorial Styles and Approaches (2) Seminar in advanced theory and directorial practice. Designed for the advanced student of directing.
Effective: Fall 1999
Prerequisite: THEA 530  

THEA 532 Directing Seminar (2) Career orientation: resume preparation, interviewing, unions, survey of directorial opportunities, and review of major contemporary directors and practices.
Effective: Fall 1999
Prerequisite: THEA 531  

THEA 539 Projects in Directing (1-2) Approved directing projects for the M.F.A. directing student.
Effective: Spring 1990
Prerequisite: THEA 410 ; admission to the M.F.A. directing program  

THEA 543 Projects in Playwriting (1-9) Preparation of the script for revision during and following production of the student's original play.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: production approval  

THEA 551 Scenic Design IV (1-6) Advanced projects in scenic design.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: protfolio review  

THEA 552 Scene Design III (3) Design and project execution of plays and industrial installations.
Effective: Summer 1994
Prerequisite: THEA 551 MFA theatre design candidacy  

THEA 553 Scene Design IV (3) Design of plays for proper theatre and mass media.
Effective: Summer 1994
Prerequisite: THEA 552 MFA theatre design candidacy  

THEA 559 Portfolio Presentation (1 per semester, maximum of 2) Current practice in portfolio development and presentation to client and employer.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: prior approval of faculty  

THEA 560 Costume Design III (3 per semester/maximum of 9) Advanced costume design with emphasis on total production concept.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: THEA 460 or portfolio review  

THEA 562 Costume Design: Rendering Techniques (3) Exploration and development of various rendering techniques with application to costume design.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: MFA candidacy  

THEA 568A Costume Design for Related Performance Arts (3) Exploration and development of costume design with application to the other arts (opera/dance/film).
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: MFA candidacy  

THEA 568B Costume Design: Production Concepts (3) Exploration and development of costume design for specific production concepts.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: MFA candidacy  

THEA 569 Costume Construction: Crafts (3) Exploration and development of various crafts techniques with application to costume construction (i.e. masks, jewelry, armor, millinery, footwear, wigs).
Effective: Spring 2010
 

THEA 570 Stage Lighting Design III (3) Advanced techniques in the art of theatrical lighting design.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: THEA 470  

THEA 571 Stage Lighting Design IV (3) Course addresses individual problems in the stage lighting design process concentrating on the development of skills necessary for processional examination.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: THEA 570  

THEA 580B Technical production VIII (3) Planning of the theater shop; emphasis on space design, renovation, upgrade, planning, outfitting, and safety; selection of tools and tool support systems.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: THEA 480B  

THEA 585 Theatre Planning (3) Processes and problems in planning and designing theatres: performance, audience, and technical requirements.
Effective: Winter 1978
 

THEA 589 Design/Production Monograph (1-4) The development and presentation of M.F.A. monographs in design/production.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

THEA 590 Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

THEA 595 Internship (1-3) Professional field experience in theatre performance, production, and management assignments.
Effective: Spring 1987
Prerequisite: approval of internship by instructor prior to registration  

THEA 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

THEA 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

THEA 600 Thesis Research (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

THEA 602 Supervised Experience in College Teaching (1-3 per semester/maximum of 6) Teaching of theatre and film classes under senior faculty supervision.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

THEA 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

THEA 811 International Studio Intensive (1-9) The course enhances the ability of the actor to meet the voice and speech demands for the performance of Shakespeare.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

THEA 811A International Production Studio Intensive (1 per semester/maxium of 9) Intensive studio application of processes and procedures within specific theatre disciplines as influenced by the work of international professionals.
Effective: Summer 2009
Prerequisite: THEA 500, THEA 505  

THEA 820A Acting I (4) Exercises, monologue, and scene study. Principal focus on realism.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: admission to the MFA performance acting program  

THEA 820B Movement for Actors I (2) Techniques and skills in physical expression, awareness, control, and stage movement.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: admission to MFA performance acting program  

THEA 820C Voice and Speech I (2) Vocal techniques for the actor: articulation, voice control, support, and projection.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: admission to the MFA performance acting program  

THEA 821A Acting II (3) A continuation of THEA 520A.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 820A  

THEA 821B Movement for Actors II (2) A continuation of THEA 520B.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 820B  

THEA 821C Voice and Speech II (2) A continuation of THEA 520C.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 820C  

THEA 822A Acting III (3) This course will focus on the research and development of skills necessary to perform the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 821A  

THEA 822B Movement for Actors III (2) Advanced techniques and skills in physical expression.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 821B  

THEA 822C Voice and Speech III (2) Advanced voice and speech training for the actor: articulation, resonance, and vocal technique related to verse and heightened language drama.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 821C  

THEA 823A Acting IV (3) Students prepare audition material for their New York Showcase for theatrical agents.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 822A  

THEA 823B Movement for Actors IV (2) Fundamentals of unarmed and armed stage combat with emphasis on enactment of safe and effective stage fights.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 822B  

THEA 823C Voice and Speech IV (2) A study of stage dialects.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 822C  

THEA 824 Acting for the Camera (6) This course introduces the actor to the skills necessary for successful performance in television, film, video and commercial venues.
Effective: Summer 2009
Prerequisite: THEA 823A, THEA 823B, THEA 823C  

THEA 825A Acting Professionally/NYC Showcase (3) Development of audition repertoire; study of business topics; development, rehearsal and performance of NYC showcase.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: THEA 823A, THEA 823B, THEA 823C  

THEA 825C Professional Repertory Performance (3) Rehearsal and performance of theatre productions at Penn State featuring third year MFA actors and professional guest artists.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: THEA 823A, THEA 823B, THEA 823C  

THEA 830 Interdisciplinary Theatrical Design Studio (3-6 per semester/maximum of 36) Advanced analysis, graphic, and presentation techniques for evolving and communicating design for the stage.
Effective: Fall 2009
 

THEA 831 Theatrical Costume Technology Studio (3-6/maximum of 30) Advanced mastery of both traditional and modern techniques in costume creation for live performance.
Effective: Summer 2016
 

THEA 857 Scenic Design for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Design and execution of production design projects.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

THEA 861 Costume Design and Construction (1-6 per semester/maximum of 18) Advanced special projects for the graduate designer and costumer.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: THEA 461 orTHEA 560  

THEA 863 Costume Construction: Draping (3) Exploration and development of various draping techniques with application to costume construction.
Effective: Spring 2010
 

THEA 865 Costume Construction: Period Reconstruction (3) Exploration and development of reproduction techniques relating to period clothing, and their application to costume construction.
Effective: Spring 2010
 

THEA 866 Costume Construction for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Execution of production in construction and shop management.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

THEA 867 Costume Design for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Design and execution of production design projects.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

THEA 877 Lighting Design for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Design and execution of production design projects.
Effective: Spring 2010
 

THEA 887 Technical Projects for Production (1 per semester/maximum of 6) Execution of assigned technical projects for theatre production.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

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