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THE 590 Performance Theory & Critical Thinking I: Research Methods & Writing

This course will introduce the student to the methods and materials of theatre research. The class will focus on how to watch, analyze and think about performance from a performance studies.
Every Fall, 3 credits

THE 503 Performance Theory II: Seminar in Modern Theatre

This course is a seminar focusing on research in modern and contemporary theatre and drama. Emphasis is on researching specific topics related to readings.
Spring, 3 credits
Prerequisite of THE 590 is required.

THE 502 Performance Theory III: Seminar in Classical Theatre

This course is a seminar focusing on research in classical theatre history and dramatic literature. Emphasis is on researching specific topics related to readings.
Summer, 3 credits
Prerequisite of THE 590 is required.

THE 500 Current Theatre in New York

Visits to theatrical productions of postmodern work in New York City. Discussion and analysis of the theatrical experience, and an understanding of the circumstances and problems specific to the creation, production, and marketing of the work.
3 credits

THE 505 Design Concepts for Visual Artists

This course presents a conceptual approach to lighting, scenic, and costume design for the actor/director and includes an analysis of the designer’s drawings. Communication skills in expressing concepts to designers are also covered. Class projects are required.
Spring, 3 credits

THE 531 Directing

This course is a study and practicum in directing for the theatre. Students concentrate on blocking, stage movement, and the creation of theatrical images in various kinds of spaces. Course work involves directing scenes and short plays, and focusing on work with the actors. May be repeated for credit.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 521 Graduate Acting I Theory, Pedagogy and Practice

This is a seminar and lab course offering the student both the opportunity to observe acting pedagogy in practice, as well as participate in an acting class. The primary acting pedagogy studied is the Stanislavski Method, and the student will study exercises and techniques associate with the method, as well as create original exercises.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 707, 708 Thesis

This course covers the preparation and completion of an independently designed project approved b y the graduate faculty. Students may choose to do a thesis in directing, acting, design, management, research, or playwriting.
Fall & Spring 6 credits