Undergraduate Catalog

Theatre

Chair: Štĕpán Šimek
Administrative Coordinator: Joyce Beeny

The Department of Theatre offers study in dramatic literature, theatre history, acting, directing, playwriting, design, technical theatre, and dance. Theatre students are required to participate broadly in the curriculum. The department maintains an active production program, which includes Main Stage productions (one each semester), one-act festivals in the Black Box theatre, late-night theatre, and dance performances. Theatre study at Lewis & Clark encourages excellence in all aspects of performance and production—both onstage and behind the scenes—combined with an understanding of the aesthetic, social, philosophical, and historical underpinnings of our collaborative art form. The department's goal is to educate artist-scholars who are well-rounded, well-trained, and intellectually informed. We see theatre and dance as integral parts of the liberal arts; our curriculum is designed to prepare broadly educated individuals for leadership roles in the arts and in society at large.

Our production program offers opportunities for student directors, designers, choreographers, dramaturgs, and playwrights, as well as student actors. The fall one-act festival, for example, normally consists of plays written, directed, acted, and designed by students. Opportunities for playwriting and choreography are available through formal classes, independent study, and the production program. Student dramaturgs assist with Main Stage productions. Main Stage theatre and dance performances are directed by faculty members and visiting artists. The Lewis & Clark theatre department production program is dedicated to nurturing a dynamic and diverse artistic and scholarly community. Our productions include new works as well as contemporary, modern, premodern, and classical plays. The department honors the diversity of our community, and students can fully participate in our productions regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socioeconomic status, or disability. The department seeks to represent a diversity of voices on our stages to practice open, nontraditional casting, and to respect, particularly with regard to new and contemporary plays, the playwright’s vision.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). This festival showcases qualifying work in playwriting, directing, acting, devising, design, technical theatre, and scholarship.

Semester-long off-campus programs emphasizing theatre, art, and music are held in New York and in London. The New York program includes internships at institutions such as the Atlantic Theater Company, Second Stage Theatre, and Shen Wei Dance Arts.

Lewis & Clark students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to see professional theatre and dance in Portland. Internships with Portland theatres such as Portland Center Stage, Hand2Mouth Theatre, Third Rail Repertory, CoHo Productions, PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble), and others are available.

Dance students will develop technical skills in conjunction with the study of aesthetics, history, and criticism. There is an annual student-choreographed dance performance. In addition, they will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Northwest regional American College Dance Festival during spring semester. Student choreography can be presented for adjudication at the festival, which offers classes, workshops, and performances over four days.

Students majoring in theatre or minoring in theatre or dance must fulfill Lewis & Clark's creative arts requirement outside the department—in art, creative writing, or music—and are strongly urged to pursue further studies in other areas of the arts. 

Resources for Nonmajors

The following courses are appropriate for general students:

TH 104Stage Makeup
TH 106Fundamentals of Movement
TH 107Ballet I
TH 108Contemporary Dance Forms I
TH 110ATheatre Laboratory
TH 110BTheatre Laboratory
TH 113Acting I: Fundamentals
TH 201Contact Improvisation
TH 209Social Dance Forms: History, Practice, and Social Significance
TH 212Stagecraft
TH 213Acting II, Realism
TH 214Dance in Context: History and Criticism
TH 217Voice and Movement
TH 218Fundamentals of Design
TH 220Theatre Graphics
TH 234Stage Lighting
TH 249Oregon Shakespeare Festival
TH 252Rehearsal and Performance: Dance Extravaganza
TH 253Rehearsal and Performance: One-Acts
TH 275Introduction to Playwriting
TH 280Theatre and Society: Global Foundations
TH 283Theatre and Society III: Modern Continental Drama
TH 351Rehearsal and Performance: Main Stage Production
TH 357Theatre Design/Production Laboratory

Facilities

The theatre building at Lewis & Clark is one of the finest teaching facilities for theatre in the Pacific Northwest. It is an integrated facility designed to support a process-oriented program. The building contains the 225-seat Main Stage and a studio theatre (Black Box) with flexible seating arrangements for up to 125. It also houses complete production facilities, including a scenery shop, design studio, costume-construction room, dressing rooms, rehearsal areas, and the Green Room student lounge.

The Major Program

Students interested in a theatre major are encouraged to participate in theatre department courses or activities in their first year and to consult with a member of the theatre faculty. Students should declare the theatre major by the end of the sophomore year.

The theatre department offers a balanced major that gives students flexibility in determining an area of emphasis. All theatre majors are required to take courses in dramatic literature and theatre history, theatre theory, performance, design, and dance or movement. Students majoring in theatre must choose a concentration in dramatic literature/theatre history, performance, or design/technical theatre.

Senior majors complete a thesis project that is the culmination of their studies in theatre. This project may be based in performance, production, or research.

Major Requirements: Concentration in Literature/Theatre History

A minimum of 46 semester credits—including 16 in dramatic literature and theatre history, 4 in performance, 4 in design, 4 additional credits in performance or design, 4 in dance, 4 in departmental electives, 4 in theatre and performance theory, 2 in theatre laboratory, and 4 in the capstone course—distributed as follows:

  • Four semester credits in premodern drama, chosen from the following:
    TH 249Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    TH 280Theatre and Society: Global Foundations
  •  Four semester credits chosen from the following:
    TH 249Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    TH 382American Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present
  • Eight semester credits chosen from the following:
    TH 283Theatre and Society III: Modern Continental Drama
    TH 381British Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present
    TH 383Topics in Global Theatre and Performance
    TH 385Special Topics Seminar: Plays and Playwrights
  • Four semester credits in performance, chosen from the following:
    TH 113Acting I: Fundamentals
    TH 213Acting II, Realism
    TH 217Voice and Movement
    TH 275Introduction to Playwriting
    TH 301Directing
    TH 313Acting III, Style
    TH 351Rehearsal and Performance: Main Stage Production
    TH 356Devised Performance
  • Four semester credits in design, chosen from the following:
    TH 218Fundamentals of Design
    TH 220Theatre Graphics
    TH 234Stage Lighting
  • Four additional semester credits in performance or design, chosen from the following:
    TH 113Acting I: Fundamentals
    TH 213Acting II, Realism
    TH 217Voice and Movement
    TH 218Fundamentals of Design
    TH 220Theatre Graphics
    TH 234Stage Lighting
    TH 275Introduction to Playwriting
    TH 301Directing
    TH 313Acting III, Style
    TH 351Rehearsal and Performance: Main Stage Production
    TH 356Devised Performance
  • Four semester credits in dance, chosen from the following:
    TH 106Fundamentals of Movement
    TH 107Ballet I
    TH 108Contemporary Dance Forms I
    TH 201Contact Improvisation
    TH 208Contemporary Dance Forms II
    TH 209Social Dance Forms: History, Practice, and Social Significance
    TH 214Dance in Context: History and Criticism
    TH 308Dance Composition and Improvisation
  • Four additional semester credits in departmental electives

  • TH 340 The History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Performance

  • TH 110A Theatre Laboratory

  • TH 450 Senior Seminar

Major Requirements: Concentration in Performance

A minimum of 46 semester credits—including 16 in performance, 8 in dramatic literature and theatre history, 4 in design, 4 in dance, 4 in departmental electives, 4 in theatre and performance theory, 2 in theatre laboratory, and 4 in the capstone course—distributed as follows:

  • Sixteen semester credits in performance, chosen from the following:
    TH 113Acting I: Fundamentals
    TH 213Acting II, Realism
    TH 217Voice and Movement
    TH 275Introduction to Playwriting
    TH 301Directing
    TH 313Acting III, Style
    TH 351Rehearsal and Performance: Main Stage Production
    TH 356Devised Performance
  • Four semester credits in premodern drama, chosen from the following:
    TH 249Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    TH 280Theatre and Society: Global Foundations
  • Four semester credits in modern drama, chosen from the following:
    TH 249Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    TH 283Theatre and Society III: Modern Continental Drama
    TH 381British Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present
    TH 382American Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present
    TH 383Topics in Global Theatre and Performance
    TH 385Special Topics Seminar: Plays and Playwrights
  • Four semester credits in design, chosen from the following:
    TH 218Fundamentals of Design
    TH 220Theatre Graphics
    TH 234Stage Lighting
  • Four semester credits in dance, chosen from the following:
    TH 106Fundamentals of Movement
    TH 107Ballet I
    TH 108Contemporary Dance Forms I
    TH 201Contact Improvisation
    TH 208Contemporary Dance Forms II
    TH 209Social Dance Forms: History, Practice, and Social Significance
    TH 214Dance in Context: History and Criticism
    TH 308Dance Composition and Improvisation
  • Four additional semester credits in departmental electives

  • TH 340 The History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Performance

  • TH 110A Theatre Laboratory

  • TH 450 Senior Seminar

Major Requirements: Concentration in Design/Technical Theatre

A minimum of 46 credits—including 16 in design and technical theatre, 8 in dramatic literature and theatre history, 4 in performance, 4 in dance, 4 in departmental electives, 4 in theatre and performance theory, 2 in theatre laboratory, and 4 in the capstone course—distributed as follows:

  • TH 220 Theatre Graphics
  • Twelve semester credits chosen from the following:
    TH 104Stage Makeup
    TH 110BTheatre Laboratory
    TH 212Stagecraft
    TH 218Fundamentals of Design
    TH 234Stage Lighting
    TH 246Special Topics: Design/Technical Theatre
    TH 333Scenography I: Pre-Modern
    TH 334Scenography II: Modern/Postmodern
    TH 357Theatre Design/Production Laboratory
  • Four semester credits in premodern drama, chosen from the following:
    TH 249Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    TH 280Theatre and Society: Global Foundations
  • Four semester credits in modern drama, chosen from the following:
    TH 249Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    TH 283Theatre and Society III: Modern Continental Drama
    TH 381British Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present
    TH 382American Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present
    TH 383Topics in Global Theatre and Performance
    TH 385Special Topics Seminar: Plays and Playwrights
  • Four semester credits in performance, chosen from the following:
    TH 113Acting I: Fundamentals
    TH 213Acting II, Realism
    TH 217Voice and Movement
    TH 275Introduction to Playwriting
  • Four semester credits in dance, chosen from the following:
    TH 106Fundamentals of Movement
    TH 107Ballet I
    TH 108Contemporary Dance Forms I
    TH 201Contact Improvisation
    TH 208Contemporary Dance Forms II
    TH 209Social Dance Forms: History, Practice, and Social Significance
    TH 214Dance in Context: History and Criticism
    TH 308Dance Composition and Improvisation
  • Four additional semester credits of departmental electives

  • TH 340 The History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Performance

  • TH 110A Theatre Laboratory

  • TH 450 Senior Seminar

The Minor Program

The theatre department offers two minor programs, one that focuses on theatre studies and one that focuses on dance studies. As an integral part of a performing-arts program, the dance minor requires courses in dance and theatre.

Minor Requirements: Concentration in Theatre Studies

A minimum of 26 semester credits, distributed as follows:

  • Eight semester credits in dramatic literature and theatre history, chosen from the following:
    TH 249Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    TH 280Theatre and Society: Global Foundations
    TH 283Theatre and Society III: Modern Continental Drama
    TH 381British Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present
    TH 382American Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present
    TH 383Topics in Global Theatre and Performance
    TH 385Special Topics Seminar: Plays and Playwrights
  • Sixteen semester credits of electives in dramatic literature, theatre history, performance, deisgn, technical theatre, or dance.
  • TH 110A Theatre Laboratory

Minor Requirements: Concentration in Dance

A minimum of 26 semester credits, distributed as follows:

  • TH 106 Fundamentals of Movement
  • TH 308 Dance Composition and Improvisation

  • Four semester credits chosen from the following:

    TH 209Social Dance Forms: History, Practice, and Social Significance
    TH 214Dance in Context: History and Criticism
  • Eight semester credits in dance technique, chosen from the following:

    TH 107Ballet I
    TH 108Contemporary Dance Forms I
    TH 201Contact Improvisation
    TH 208Contemporary Dance Forms II
  • TH 110A Theatre Laboratory
  • Four semester credits chosen from the following:

    TH 113Acting I: Fundamentals
    TH 234Stage Lighting
    TH 356Devised Performance

Honors

To qualify for departmental honors, students must demonstrate, in their first three years, outstanding achievement in one or more of the major's three concentrations: dramatic literature and theatre history, performance, or design and technical theatre. The required GPA is 3.500 overall and in the major. Theatre Department faculty will invite qualified students to apply for departmental honors in the beginning of the spring semester of their senior year. They must then demonstrate excellence in the capstone work of the Senior Seminar, achieving a B+ or above in both the creative project (if applicable) and written thesis. Theatre Department faculty will monitor an applicant's progress toward honors. 

Faculty

Susan E. Davis. Senior lecturer in theatre, program head of dance. Contemporary dance forms, fundamentals of movement, composition, history/performance critique, improvisation, social dance forms/history and practice. MFA. 1991, BA 1981 Connecticut College.

Rebecca Lingafelter. Assistant professor of theatre. Acting, voice, movement, devising, contemporary performance, modern American drama, ancient and Medieval performance. MFA 2005 Columbia University. BA 2000 University of California, San Diego.

Michael Olich. Associate professor of theatre. Design. MFA 1975 Carnegie Mellon University. BA 1973 St. Patrick’s College.

Štĕpán Šimek. Professor of theatre, chair of the Department of Theatre. Acting, directing, classical theatre and drama, European drama, contemporary East European theatre, translation. MFA 1995 University of Washington. BA 1991 San Francisco State University.

Stephen Weeks. Associate professor of theatre. Playwriting, modern drama, directing, acting, British drama, dramaturgy. PhD 1988 Stanford University. MAT 1972 Brown University. AB 1971 Middlebury College.

Courses

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TH 104 Stage Makeup

Faculty: Edmonds
Content: Principles and techniques of stage makeup, based on play and character analysis. Exercises to develop and refine the skill for actor, director, or makeup designer. Daily assignments, short paper critiquing the makeup skill of an off-campus production.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 2.

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TH 106 Fundamentals of Movement

Faculty: Davis
Content: Use of guided movement explorations, partner work, readings, and discussion to explore structural and functional aspects of the body and anatomy with the goal of increasing efficiency of movement and physical coordination. Use of imagery supports dynamic alignment, breath, mobility/stability, relaxation, and partner work including massage, with a main focus on the skeletal system and elements of muscle and organ systems, as well as the relationship between the body and psychological/emotional patterns. Extensive journal writing.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 107 Ballet I

Faculty: Hansen
Content: Introduction to basic ballet principles, steps, and vocabulary. Correct alignment, placement, mobility; increasing flexibility, balance, strength, coordination, control. Barre warm-up, center floor and traveling combinations, general introduction to ballet history and aesthetics. Readings in related historical material; written critique of live performance. Live music accompaniment.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 108 Contemporary Dance Forms I

Faculty: Davis
Content: Introduction to modern and postmodern dance forms, physical techniques, and principles. Emphasis on the conceptual nature of contemporary dance since the 1960s. Movement skills and perspectives in relation to historic and aesthetic ideas that fostered them. Development of sound body mechanics, strength, flexibility, control, momentum, movement quality, musicality, personal movement resources. Viewing live and videotaped performances. Short readings on dance history and theory. Live music accompaniment.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 110A Theatre Laboratory

Faculty: Robins
Content: Introduction to behind-the-scenes work in the theatre. Participation on production crews for all departmental productions in a given semester. Experiential learning in the scene and costume shops, on lighting and front-of-house crews. Introduction to the processes that transform the visions of directors and designers into realities on stage. Weekly organizational and instructional meetings, arranged work schedule, required safety orientations. May be repeated (as TH 110B) for up to two additional 1-credit semesters with lab-only requirements, not to exceed 4 total course credits per student.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 2.

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TH 110B Theatre Laboratory

Faculty: Robins
Content: More behind-the-scenes work in the theatre. Participation on production crews for all departmental productions in a given semester. Experiential learning in the scene and costume shops, on lighting and front-of-house crews. Introduction to the processes that transform the visions of directors and designers into realities on stage. Weekly organizational and instructional meetings, arranged work schedule, required safety orientations. Taught each semester. 1 semester credit with lab only requirement. May be repeated once for credit.
Prerequisites: TH-110A.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1.

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TH 113 Acting I: Fundamentals

Faculty: Lingafelter, Šimek, Weeks
Content: The fundamentals of acting, including physicalization, text analysis, objectives and actions, rehearsal techniques. Development of skills through class exercises and the rehearsal and performance of short projects and two-character scenes. Writing assignments including script analyses, character biographies, peer reviews, performance reviews, observation exercises, journals.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 201 Contact Improvisation

Faculty: Nordstrom
Content: Physical investigation into gravity, momentum, and weight sharing between two or more bodies. Specific skills such as falling, perching, and rolling point of contact; readings and video assignments help to place CI in a historical, social, and artistic context.
Prerequisites: TH 106.
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 208 Contemporary Dance Forms II

Faculty: Davis
Content: Deepening exploration of physical techniques, historic events, and aesthetic concerns that shape contemporary dance today. Kinesthetic awareness, momentum, phrasing, weight sharing, authentic gesture, basic performance skills. Exploring basic improvisation and composition skills to give form to spontaneous and intuitive movement impulses. Reading, writing, viewing live performance. Live music accompaniment. May be taken twice for credit.
Prerequisites: TH 108.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 209 Social Dance Forms: History, Practice, and Social Significance

Faculty: Davis
Content: Introduction to social dance forms, including ballroom and Latin styles: waltz, foxtrot, swing, cha-cha, tango, salsa, rumba, merengue, bachata. Students will learn the basic techniques of leading and following, footwork, body placement, stylization, etiquette, and musicality. Reading, lectures, and film will provide historical and social context for each dance.
Prerequisites: None. TH 106 recommended.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 212 Stagecraft

Faculty: Robins
Content: Advanced techniques and concepts in stagecraft. Explores the second-phase design process by which a set designer's visual representations are transformed first into working drawings and construction problems, and then into material, three-dimensional forms. Classroom instruction and experiential learning in the scene shop. Emphasis on problem-solving, collaborative interpretation of design ideas, creative implementation. Fee.
Prerequisites: TH 110.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 213 Acting II, Realism

Faculty: Lingafelter, Šimek
Content: Rehearsal with more complex texts of realism from such playwrights as Ibsen, Chekhov, Churchill, Stoppard. Integration of voice and body work, deepening a sense of truth in emotional and intellectual expression. Actors work with instructor on individual acting problems, share research in texts and historical periods, learn how to help each other take acting explorations further. Writing: script analysis, historical research, bibliography, observations. Additional projects in movement and voice.
Prerequisites: TH 113.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 214 Dance in Context: History and Criticism

Faculty: Davis
Content: Viewing of selected live dance performances in the Portland area. An exploration of the intellectual, historical, and social contexts of these performances. Development of a vocabulary for dance criticism and an understanding of the essential elements of dance choreography and performance. Readings; analysis of videotaped, filmed, and live dance performances; seminar discussion. Fee (performance tickets).
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 217 Voice and Movement

Faculty: Lingafelter
Content: This class will introduce students to a range of vocal and physical techniques for creative expression in performance. Through a series of exercises, trainings, and performances, students will have the opportunity to reduce habitual tensions, connect their movement and voice to imagery and text, and increase the strength, flexibility, and dynamic of their voices and bodies in performance. The class will cover techniques drawn from a wide variety of voice and movement philosophies including Linklater, Suzuki, Grotowski, Alexander, yoga, and others.
Prerequisites: TH-113.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 218 Fundamentals of Design

Faculty: Olich
Content: Introduction to the expressive principles, components, and processes of design. Projects and exercises explore conceptualization of story-based ideas as well as introduce the challenges and rigors of collaboration. Basic visual communication and expressive forms for theatre practitioners, but the skills involved are widely applicable to all design disciplines. Foundation course for advanced work in the theory and aesthetics of theatrical design. Fee.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 220 Theatre Graphics

Faculty: Olich
Content: Basic graphic techniques necessary for successful communication within the design and production areas of theatre. Projects and exercises in drawing, rendering, model building, color theory, and drafting. Introduction to visual communications and expressive form for theatre practitioners, but the skills involved are widely applicable. Foundation course for advanced work in the theory and aesthetics of design. Fee.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 234 Stage Lighting

Faculty: Robins
Content: Understanding the physical properties of light, the technologies used to light the stage, and the principles and practices of lighting design. Topics include optics, color, electrical theory, lighting instruments, control systems, design concepts, light plots, script analysis for lighting. Readings, writing assignments, research projects, demonstrations, creative projects in light design.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 244 Practicum/Internship

Faculty: Theatre Faculty
Content: Field experience extending classroom learning into non-curricular production opportunities, apprenticeships, or internships. Additional readings and/or writing may be required. Off-campus work will require cooperation with an on-site supervisor. Credit-no credit. May be repeated for credit, but will be counted toward the major or minor by department approval only.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.

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TH 246 Special Topics: Design/Technical Theatre

Faculty: Theatre Faculty
Content: Special topics in design and technical theatre. Course content and prerequisites vary by topic. May be taken twice for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 2.

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TH 249 Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Faculty: Weeks
Content: Focuses on a week of theatre-going (approximately nine plays) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Three weeks of contextual study of the plays and their authors, including the study of appropriate cognate plays and authors; individualized research and project work; one week of play-going in Ashland; two weeks of post-performance writing and discussion. The week in Ashland features one-hour supplementary classes at Southern Oregon University, talks with actors and directors at OSF. Fee for a portion of the trip expenses.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, summer only.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 250 Theatre in New York

Faculty: Theatre Faculty
Content: Contemporary theatre in New York including traditional and experimental work, American plays, plays from the international repertoire. Attending and discussing productions. Meeting with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, producers to investigate current trends in theatrical writing, production, criticism. Offered on the off-campus program in New York.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and acceptance into the New York City off-campus program required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 251 Theatre in London

Faculty: Theatre Faculty
Content: Contemporary theatre in London including traditional and experimental work, American plays, plays from the international repertoire. Attending and discussing productions. Meeting with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, producers to investigate current trends in theatrical writing, production, criticism. Offered on the London program.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and acceptance into London overseas program required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 252 Rehearsal and Performance: Dance Extravaganza

Faculty: Davis
Content: Faculty-supervised rehearsal and performance of original dance pieces developed by student choreographers. Works in progress critiqued by faculty at regular intervals throughout the semester. Approximately 10 weeks of rehearsals held two to three times a week, one to two progress showings for the supervising faculty, and four public performances. Credit-no credit. May be repeated four times for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Audition.
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 1-2.

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TH 253 Rehearsal and Performance: One-Acts

Faculty: Theatre Faculty
Content: Faculty-supervised rehearsal and performance of selected one-act plays and senior thesis projects, organized in various formats: student written, student directed; professionally written, student directed; professionally written, guest artist directed. Limited scenic support. Credit-no credit.
Prerequisites: Audition.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-3.

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TH 275 Introduction to Playwriting

Faculty: Weeks
Content: Introduction to dramatic writing. Examination of dramatic action, dialogue, characterization, and structure; emphasis on writing for the stage. Reading assignments from classical, modern, and contemporary plays as well as from commentaries on the playwright's art, Aristotle to the present. Students write scenes and exercises throughout the semester, culminating in a final project.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 280 Theatre and Society: Global Foundations

Faculty: Simek
Content: Survey of the premodern global history of theatre and performance from its earliest ritual manifestations to the late 18th century. Performance traditions, plays, theories, and dramatic expressions from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Emphasis will be placed on the reciprocal relationship between drama/performance and religion, the state, civil society, and the individual. Students will study primary materials, read and analyze plays, examine documentary and pictorial evidence, and engage both intellectually and creatively with the material. Reading, discussion, research, papers, exams, and creative projects.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 283 Theatre and Society III: Modern Continental Drama

Faculty: Šimek
Content: Same as TH 281, but with a focus on modern continental theatre from Buchner to contemporary European playwrights. Realism, expressionism, surrealism, dada, theatre of the absurd, and continental postmodernism. Special attention to the theatre and social contexts of eastern and central Europe and Germany.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 299 Independent Study

Faculty: Theatre Faculty
Content: Opportunities for well-prepared students to design and pursue a course of independent readings or creative work in a substantive area. Details determined by the student and supervising instructor. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.

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TH 301 Directing

Faculty: Lingafelter, Šimek, Weeks
Content: Preliminary text analysis, preparation and staging of play texts. Exercises and scene work exploring the director's basic techniques, tools, and procedures.
Prerequisites: TH 213.
Restrictions: Junior standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 308 Dance Composition and Improvisation

Faculty: Davis
Content: Studio work in compositional exploration and the investigation of movement and sound in solo and group improvisation. Critical evaluation and analysis of work in progress. Organization and design of dance studies for class presentation and future choreography. Reading, writing, and theory; attend performances.
Prerequisites: TH 108. One other dance course.
Corequisites: TH 308L.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 313 Acting III, Style

Faculty: Lingafelter
Content: Advanced techniques in acting associated with, and demanded by, the drama of particular periods and genres. Acting "style" explored through the study of a period's theatrical conventions and cultural preferences (in physical movement, bodily display, vocal technique, fashion). Emphasis on premodern styles, including Shakespeare and commedia dell'arte. Some modern and contemporary nonrealistic styles.
Prerequisites: TH 113.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 333 Scenography I: Pre-Modern

Faculty: Olich
Content: The aesthetics, processes, and challenges of creating performance environments for stages and performers. The scenographer imagines and constructs visual worlds for theatrical storytelling with an emphasis on scene and costume design, but considering all visual elements of the stage, including architecture, lighting, props. Historical exploration of production aesthetics from classical Greek through the 18th century Restoration genres, research into historical performance environments and the texts they supported, project work in creating new performance environments for historical texts.
Prerequisites: TH 218 or TH 220.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 334 Scenography II: Modern/Postmodern

Faculty: Olich
Content: The aesthetics, processes, and challenges of creating performance environments. Exploration of production aesthetics in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; research into historical performance environments and the texts they supported; project work in creating new performance environments for historical texts. Emphasis on scene and costume design, but consideration of all visual elements of the stage, including architecture, lighting, props.
Prerequisites: TH 218 or TH 220.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 340 The History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Performance

Faculty: Šimek, Weeks
Content: An intellectual history of Western theatrical performance in the 20th century through modern and postmodern performance theories formulated by major directors, actors, playwrights, critics, theorists. Readings from primary sources, biographies and critical works, contemporary theatre theory. Research emphasis on significant productions, major artists, training methodologies, and distinctive models of theatrical work. Provides a historical and theoretical context for contemporary performance practices.
Prerequisites: One 4-credit course in dramatic literature/theatre history and one 4-credit course in performance.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 351 Rehearsal and Performance: Main Stage Production

Faculty: Theatre Faculty
Content: Rehearsals five to six nights a week for six to eight weeks. Six scheduled performances followed by a department critique. Intense involvement in the complete process of translating a play script into performance. Journal or research as process requires. Credits dependent on size of role and length of rehearsal period. Lewis Clark supports a policy of color-blind casting. May be repeated for maximum of 24 credits with a maximum of 4 credits per semester.
Prerequisites: Audition.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.

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TH 356 Devised Performance

Faculty: Lingafelter, Weeks
Content: The creation of performance pieces without scripts. Explorations of modes of contemporary performance through collaborative and collective creation, the adaptation of nondramatic texts for performance, and multidisciplinary work. Students write, adapt, and devise original performances throughout the semester. Music and studio art students welcome.
Prerequisites: Two 4-credit courses in theatre, one of which must be in performance, and consent of instructor; or two 4-credit courses in studio art, music performance, or creative writing and consent of instructor.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 357 Theatre Design/Production Laboratory

Faculty: Hull, Olich, Robins
Content: Guided instruction through assigned participation in processes that prepare theatre lighting, sound, scenery, props, and costume construction, among others, in support of departmental presentations in both the Main Stage and Black Box theater venues. Participants may work as student designers, design assistants, master electricians, assistant technical directors, or other production-related positions and make arrangements with department instructors according to their focus. Variable credits based on the production position and time commitment. Consent of instructor required.
Prerequisites: TH 110A.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 2-4.

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TH 381 British Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present

Faculty: Weeks
Content: The dramatic literature and performance styles of British theatre from the origins of modernism to the present. Wilde, Shaw, and Coward through post-war playwrights such as Wesker, Pinter, Bond, Churchill, Orton, Barnes, Barker, Stoppard, Wertenbaker. The evolution of theatrical forms and themes in relation to historical and social change.
Prerequisites: TH 281, TH 282, or TH 283, or a literature course offered by the Department of English or World Languages and Literatures.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 382 American Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present

Faculty: Weeks
Content: Readings in modern and contemporary American theatre. Topics include the origins of realism, American expressionism, noncommercial art theatre, African-American playwriting, women in theatre, canonical family plays, the Federal Theatre Project, the musical, Broadway comedy, filmed adaptation of stage drama, the advent of experimental and postmodern theatre, and the evolution of theatrical forms and themes in relation to historical and social change.
Prerequisites: TH 281, TH 282, or TH 283, or a literature course offered by the Department of English or World Languages and Literatures.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 383 Topics in Global Theatre and Performance

Faculty: Lingafelter
Content: Examination of modern and contemporary performance in a global context through case studies of significant non-Western theatre artists and performances. Regional geographies will include East Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Investigation of theatre and performance within contexts of postcolonialism, transculturalism, political upheaval, and global exchange. Topics include trauma and the problem of memory; theatre for social change; the politics of theatrical space; hybridity. Students will analyze performance theories from a range of cultures and theatrical contexts; read widely in global dramatic literature; explore contemporary performances from diverse cultures; and assess the interplay of culturally specific aesthetic values within a global marketplace.
Prerequisites: None. TH 280 recommended.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 385 Special Topics Seminar: Plays and Playwrights

Faculty: Šimek, Weeks
Content: An intensive study focusing on the work of one playwright or related playwrights or focusing on an aesthetic movement. Emphasis on a core group of plays and surrounding historical and critical materials. Exploration and evaluation through research, critical writing, and workshop performances of both dramatic texts and of class research and criticism. May be taken twice for credit.
Prerequisites: Any two 4-semester credit courses in theatre.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 444 Practicum/Internship

Faculty: Theatre Faculty
Content: Advanced fieldwork with practical application of classroom theory and training. Additional readings and/or writing required. Credit-no-credit. May be repeated for credit, but will be counted toward the major or minor by department approval only.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Junior standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.

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TH 450 Senior Seminar

Faculty: Lingafelter, Šimek, Weeks
Content: Capstone course in the major focused on the presentation of a creative project or presentation combined with a written thesis. Creative work in acting, directing, playwriting, and design is showcased in the spring Theatre Thesis Festival. The capstone experience should represent the culmination of a student's work within his or her major concentration as well as an opportunity to move that work forward. All students must receive faculty approval for capstone projects, normally in the fall semester prior to the Senior Seminar in the spring.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Theatre majors with senior standing. Theatre minors or student-designed majors with consent of instructor.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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TH 499 Independent Study

Faculty: Theatre Faculty
Content: Same as TH 299 but requiring more advanced work. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.