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Theater

(For 2014-2015 academic year)

Major in Theater for the Classes of 2015 and 2016

A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in all courses counted toward the theater major. The minimum of nine courses must include the following:
1. Two courses in the literature of theater, normally ENGL 266 and 267. With permission of the director of the program, ENGL 211, 321, or 322 may be substituted for 266.
2. Two courses in craft, ENGL 250 and 254. These are ordinarily taken in the first two years of a student’s program.
3. ENGL 454 or ENGL 455.
4. ENGL 495 and ENGL 496.
5. At least 2.00 course credits from a list of approved electives in the theater program, the English department, or from among drama courses in other languages. Electives include ENGL 211, 252, 253, 259, 268, 321, 322, 332, 349, 350, 351, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 454, 455, and 491 (independent study, if taught by a faculty member in the theater program). With the permission of the student’s adviser and the director of the program, courses in art and art history, selected courses in music, creative writing, philosophy, or religion may count as cognate courses toward a major in theater, each cognate course counting for one-half credit toward the major.
6. A total of 40 hours of backstage or technical work beyond what is required in any theater courses taken. No more than 20 hours may be completed in a single semester. These hours are done in support of the University Theater program.

Major in Theater for the Class of 2017 and following

A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in all courses counted toward the theater major. The minimum of nine courses must include the following:

1. Two courses in acting and directing, ENGL 254 and ENGL 354. ENGL 254 should be completed by the end of sophomore year.
2. Two courses in theater history and dramatic literature, normally ENGL 266 and ENGL 267. ENGL 211 may be substituted for ENGL 266 with permission of the director of the theater program. One of these two courses should be completed by the end of sophomore year.
3. Two courses in stagecraft and design, ENGL 250 and either ENGL 252 or ENGL 253. One of these courses should be completed by the end of sophomore year.
4. Two additional full-credit courses (or the equivalent of two full credits) from a list of approved electives in theater or English, including ENGL 252, 253, 257, 259, 321, 322, 332, 349, 350, 351, 353, 355, 356, 358, 359, 454, 458, 491, or 496. With the permission of the director of the theater program, drama courses in other languages, selected courses in art and art history (such as ARTS 221, 287, and 322), and selected courses in music may also count towards the theater major.
5. ENGL 495, Senior Seminar in Theater.
6. A total of 40 hours of backstage or technical work beyond what is required in any theater courses. The first 20 hours must be completed by the end of junior year and no more than 20 hours may be completed in a single semester.
7. Participation in at least one University Theater production as a performer, dramaturg, designer, stage manager, assistant director, or in another capacity, as approved by the director of the theater program.

Minor in Theater for the Classes of 2015 and 2016

A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in all courses counted toward the theater minor, which must include five courses or their equivalent in the categories below:
1. ENGL 266 or 267, 250, and 254.
2. Two or more full-credit courses (or full-credit equivalents) at the 300 and 400 level from the required, elective, or cognate courses listed above in the description of the theater major.
3. A total of 20 hours of backstage or technical work beyond what is required in any theater courses taken. These hours are done in support of the University Theater program.

Minor in Theater for the Class of 2017 and following

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all courses counted toward the theater minor. The minimum of five courses must include the following:
1. One course in acting, normally ENGL 254.
2. One course in theater history and dramatic literature, normally ENGL 266 or ENGL 267. ENGL 211 may be substituted for ENGL 266 with permission of the director of the theater program.
3. One course in stagecraft or design, normally ENGL 250, ENGL 252, or ENGL 253.
4. One additional full-credit course (or the equivalent of one full credit) from a list of approved electives in theater or English, including ENGL 211, 252, 253, 257, 259, 321, 322, 332, 349, 350, 351, 353, 355, 356, 358, 359, 454, 458, or 491. With the permission of the director of the theater program, drama courses in other languages, selected courses in art and art history (such as ARTS 221, 287, and 322), and selected courses in music may also count towards the theater minor.
5. ENGL 495, Senior Seminar in Theater.
6. A total of 20 hours of backstage or technical work beyond what is required in any theater courses. The first 10 hours must be completed by the end of junior year.

Course Offerings: Theater

Introductory Theater Courses

250 Stagecraft
J. Morain
A study of technical aspects of theater, including set and properties construction, scene painting, costumes, lights, and sound. Course requirements include 20 hours of backstage work on University Theater productions. This course is open to all students, with theater majors and minors given priority. Juniors and seniors are admitted by permission only. This course is offered every term.

252 Scenic Design
M. Kellogg
A hands-on introduction to the theory and practice of theatrical set design, including play reading and analysis from the designer’s point of view, visual research, and the step-by-step development of individual design concepts into stage-worthy scenery. Basic technical skills, such as perspective drawing, drafting to scale and model building, are taught and put to use in the Dana design studio, with the goal of expressing the students’ ideas fully and articulately. This course is offered every term. Juniors and seniors are admitted by permission only.

253 Costume Design
M. Kellogg
An introduction to designing costumes for the theater, with an emphasis on serving the playwright’s intentions, and the use of clothing as an expression of character and social history. Several plays are read, analyzed, researched and designed. Basic drawing and painting skills are taught and applied. A corresponding lab in the costume shop offers practical experience in simple costume construction techniques: patterning, draping, cutting and sewing. Juniors and seniors admitted by permission only.

254 Basic Acting
A. Giurgea, A. Sweeney
An introduction to the craft of acting. The course consists of group exercises to develop physical awareness, imagination and trust. Text analysis and character are explored through monologue and/or scene work. First-year and sophomore students only.

257 Workshop in Children’s Theater
Staff
An introduction to performance through the creation of a play for children. Often the play is an original work or adapted from literature. Students explore all aspects of collaboration in a final production. The course has a service-learning component, which may include community-based projects and touring. Students are required to enroll in the corresponding lab. Juniors and seniors may be admitted.

259 Performance I
Staff
Credit for performance in a University Theater production. This 0.50 credit course may be combined with any other 0.50 course. ENGL 259 may be repeated up to three times for half credit. No student can receive more than 2 credits in total.

266 Theater History I: Ritual, Democracy, and Revolution
C. DuComb
A survey of theater history and dramatic literature from ancient Athens through the early 19th century. Course readings explore the ritual origins of theater, as well as the relationship of theater to the politics of democracy and revolution. Plays on the syllabus include not only classics of Western drama but also exemplary theater texts from India, China, and Japan. This course is usually offered in the fall term. Juniors and seniors admitted by permission only. Students intending to major or minor in theater ordinarily take either ENGL 266 or ENGL 267 by the end of sophomore year. Students with credit for ENGL 211 may not receive credit for ENGL 266.

267 Theater History II: The Modern Stage
C. DuComb
A survey of the new theatrical styles to emerge around the world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Course readings closely consider the relationship between a play’s literary form and its realization in performance, as well as theater’s response to the emergence of film, television, and new media. This course is usually offered in the spring term. Juniors and seniors admitted by permission only. Students intending to major or minor in theater ordinarily take either ENGL 266 or ENGL 267 by the end of sophomore year.

Advanced Theater Courses

349 Global Theater
C. DuComb
An exploration of Asian, African, intercultural, and postcolonial performance traditions, spanning theater, dance, ritual, and everyday life. Course materials include both classic and contemporary play texts along with selected readings in history, anthropology, and performance studies.

350 Practicum
Staff
Concerted, directed work in a specific theatrical skill. Variable credit.

351 Boiling Over: Theater and the American Melting Pot
C. DuComb
A study of theatrical manifestations of what it means to be American. In 1908, Israel Zangwill’s play The Melting Pot, which centers on a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants, introduced an oft-repeated catchphrase for cultural assimilation into American politics. This course delves into the melting pot by asking how we perform our American identities, both onstage and off. Readings include Irish American, African American, Asian American, Native American, and Chicano plays from the 19th century to the present.

352 Advanced Design
M. Kellogg
Advanced study of stage design, with additional emphasis on drawing, rendering, and model-building as tools for collaborating with directors and other designers. Prerequisite: ENGL 252 or permission of instructor.

353 Theater Play and Improvisation
A. Giurgea, A. Sweeney
A course designed to cultivate the actor’s creativity, spontaneity, and collaborative skills through play, games, and improvisation.

354 Basic Directing

A. Giurgea, S. Giurgea
An introduction to the art of theater directing. Class projects are developed into work-shops and site-specific productions. Students learn about what makes a director a “central intelligence” in theater practice Priority given to theater majors and minors.

355 Advanced Acting
Staff
A technique and scene study class designed to be an exploration of plays with heightened language and/or style, e.g., Shakespeare, Molière, other verse drama. Prerequisite: ENGL 254 or permission of the instructor.

356 Playwriting
Staff
General principles of playwriting. The goal of the course is the creation of a finished work: a one-act play, one act of a longer play, or a complete play. Writing for the theater represents emotional and artistic commitment and intellectual pursuit. As part of the learning process, students tackle the artistic and pragmatic challenges of building methodically from the seeds of inspiration to the crafting of the well-written play. Text analysis investigates classic and modern plays. The class is a first-hand initiation into the vocabulary and technique of collaboration for the development of original material.

358 Narrative Screenwriting
Staff
A workshop approach to the craft of writing for the camera. Students read and analyze screenplays in order to understand the process of how the screenwriter tells a story. A complete, short, narrative screenplay is the final project for the course.

359 Performance II: Devised Theater Workshop

Staff
A collaborative, performance-based class focusing on the rehearsal of a full-length work for public performance with a faculty or guest director. Prerequisite: ENGL 254 or ENGL 353 or permission of instructor.

454 Advanced Directing
A. Giurgea, S. Giurgea
A course in the entire directorial process, from text analysis through performance. Pre-requisites: ENGL 354 or permission of the instructor.

491 Independent Study in Theater
Staff
Independent study for advanced theater majors in a topic not otherwise covered in the theater curriculum. All independent studies must be approved by the director of the theater program

495 Senior Seminar in Theater
Staff
A studio course that brings together all senior majors and minors in a conceptual, creative project. ENGL 495 is the culminating experience of the Colgate theater student. Students in the seminar create a piece of theater as an ensemble, developed not only through work with text but also through close attention to the raw materials of theater-making: time, space, and the body. Research and critical writing assignments form an integral part of the seminar, which may also include visits by guest artists and trips to see theater and performance beyond the Colgate campus. Offered in the fall. Students must enroll in the corresponding lab.

496 Senior Theater Workshop

Staff
Creation and presentation of a significant work of playwriting, directing, design, and/or performance. With permission of the director of the theater program, theater majors who wish to pursue a capstone project in the spring semester of senior year may enroll in ENGL 496. Capstone projects must be proposed in the fall semester of senior year. The project may also take the form of a long-form critical, historical, or theoretical essay.