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May 15, 2013

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Course Requirements

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

PRF 111

ACTING I

First course in a 3 course sequence. Intensive work with Spolin-based improvisation in which the issues of creating theatrical reality are addressed through the medium of theater games. The work culminates in the spring of the year with text-based experiences drawn from either contemporary plays and scenes or story theater.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 112

ACTING I

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Intensive work with Spolin-based improvisation in which the issues of creating theatrical reality are addressed through the medium of theater games. The work culminates in the spring of the year with text-based experiences drawn from either contemporary plays and scenes or story theater.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 113

ACTING I

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Intensive work with Spolin-based improvisation in which the issues of creating theatrical reality are addressed through the medium of theater games. The work culminates in the spring of the year with text-based experiences drawn from either contemporary plays and scenes or story theater.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 121

MOVEMENT I

First course in a 3 course sequence. Two quarters of movement based on the technique of yoga as a means for the discovery of body mechanics, physical alignment, self-use, and over-all self awareness. One quarter will continue with the elements explored in yoga but will be more focused on freeing the self through the use of music, movement improvisation, and a variety of coordination skills.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 122

MOVEMENT I

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Two quarters of movement based on the technique of yoga as a means for the discovery of body mechanics, physical alignment, self-use, and over-all self awareness. One quarter will continue with the elements explored in yoga but will be more focused on freeing the self through the use of music, movement improvisation, and a variety of coordination skills.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 123

MOVEMENT I

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Two quarters of movement based on the technique of yoga as a means for the discovery of body mechanics, physical alignment, self-use, and over-all self awareness. One quarter will continue with the elements explored in yoga but will be more focused on freeing the self through the use of music, movement improvisation, and a variety of coordination skills.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 131

VOICE AND SPEECH I

Voice & Speech I (4 quarter hours) First course in a 3 course sequence. The focus of the work is on relaxation, alignment, breathing, the development of free resonance flow, and good articulation of vowels and consonants.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 132

VOICE AND SPEECH I

Second course in a 3 course sequence. The focus of the work is on relaxation, alignment, breathing, the development of free resonance flow, and good articulation of vowels and consonants.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 133

VOICE AND SPEECH I

Third course in a 3 course sequence. The focus of the work is on relaxation, alignment, breathing, the development of free resonance flow, and good articulation of vowels and consonants.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 204

HISTORY OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE

First course in a 3 course sequence. A study of the development of playscripts, the physical theatre, and means of production from ancient Greek and Roman societies through contemporary theatre. The course emphasized theatre's changing role in society.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 205

HISTORY OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE

Second course in a 3 course sequence. A study of the development of playscripts, the physical theatre, and means of production from ancient Greek and Roman societies through contemporary theatre. The course emphasized theatre's changing role in society.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 206

HISTORY OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE

Third course in a 3 course sequence. A study of the development of playscripts, the physical theatre, and means of production from ancient Greek and Roman societies through contemporary theatre. The course emphasized theatre's changing role in society.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 107

THEATRE CREW

Theatre Crew (2 quarter hours) All students in the first year of the program are assigned on a rotating basis throughout the year to various crews which build and run the shows in the Showcase, Playworks, New Directors, and Workshop Series.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 108

THEATRE CREW

Theatre Crew (2 quarter hours) All students in the first year of the program are assigned on a rotating basis throughout the year to various crews which build and run the shows in the Showcase, Playworks, New Directors, and Workshop Series.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 109

THEATRE CREW

Theatre Crew (2 quarter hours) All students in the first year of the program are assigned on a rotating basis throughout the year to various crews which build and run the shows in the Showcase, Playworks, New Directors, and Workshop Series.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 211

ACTING II

First course in a 3 course sequence. Scene study work begins. Students explore the relationship of the self to the role through the use of intention, relationship, environment, and text. A variety of playscripts are drawn from contemporary theatre.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 212

ACTING II

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Scene study work begins. Students explore the relationship of the self to the role through the use of intention, relationship, environment, and text. A variety of playscripts are drawn from contemporary theatre.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 213

ACTING II

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Scene study work begins. Students explore the relationship of the self to the role through the use of intention, relationship, environment, and text. A variety of playscripts are drawn from contemporary theatre.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 221

MOVEMENT II

Focus will be on full body awareness through Feldenkrais' (and other) movement lessons and through the study of anatomy. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing limiting patterns of response in the self (including inappropriate tensions) and moving beyond those to increase the physical choices and alternatives available to the student. Work is begun on the dynamics of movement and on embodying a role.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 222

MOVEMENT II

Focus will be on full body awareness through Feldenkrais' (and other) movement lessons and through the study of anatomy. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing limiting patterns of response in the self (including inappropriate tensions) and moving beyond those to increase the physical choices and alternatives available to the student. Work is begun on the dynamics of movement and on embodying a role.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 223

MOVEMENT II

Actors will continue to develop material from previous movement classes, now placing specific focus on combining imaginative work with skill work to explore the realization of dynamics, rhythm, space and flow of energy. Techniques will be used to aid the actor physicalize inner needs, wants and intentions demanded by various roles.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 231

VOICE AND SPEECH II

Actors are introduced to the progression of voice exercised in Kristin Linklater's Freeing the Natural Voice. The focus of the class is on developing techniques that foster the connection between the acting impulse and the voice.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 232

VOICE AND SPEECH II

Actors explore the second half of the Linklater voice progression. The focus is on developing each actor's full vocal range. In addition to the voice exercises, students work on a variety of texts chosen to support their growing acquisition of skills.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 233

VOICE AND SPEECH II

The focus is on speech. Clarity of articulation and effective use of vowels is developed by learning the International Phonetics Alphabet.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 261

INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMANCE

First course in a 3 course sequence. Under the guidance of a director, all second-year acting majors rehearse and perform a play for faculty viewing and evaluation. Students are encouraged to integrate skills acquired in other classes.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 262

INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMANCE

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Under the guidance of a director, all second-year acting majors rehearse and perform a play for faculty viewing and evaluation. Students are encouraged to integrate skills acquired in other classes.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 263

INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMANCE

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Under the guidance of a director, all second-year acting majors rehearse and perform a play for faculty viewing and evaluation. Students are encouraged to integrate skills acquired in other classes.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 214

MAKE-UP

First course in a 3 course sequence. Basic skills of two-dimensional painting as well as basic prosthetic and skin-texturing work are analyzed in this course designed to acquaint the actor with theatrical make-up.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 215

MAKE-UP

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Basic skills of two-dimensional painting as well as basic prosthetic and skin-texturing work are analyzed in this course designed to acquaint the actor with theatrical make-up.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 311

ACTING III

First course in a 3 course sequence. Classical work begins with Shakespeare and possibly other classical texts. Specific focus is given to scansion and First Folio technique. This study is coordinated with both the movement and the voice and speech classes.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 314

ACTING LABORATORY

First course in a 3 course sequence.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 281

STAGE COMBAT

Students learn the fundamentals of hand-to-hand combat and weaponry with a focus on developing skills safely and effectively for the stage.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 312

ACTING III

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Classical work begins with Shakespeare and possibly other classical texts. Specific focus is given to scansion and First Folio technique. This study is coordinated with both the movement and the voice and speech classes.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 313

ACTING III

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Classical work begins with Shakespeare and possibly other classical texts. Specific focus is given to scansion and First Folio technique. This study is coordinated with both the movement and the voice and speech classes.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 321

MOVEMENT III

Actors will continue to build their vocabulary of effort/shape techniques, thereby helping them expand range of choice in physical shape and action for role work. Period dances, manners and clothing will be explored to help the students physically connect to the period and/or style work explored in acting and voice class.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 322

MOVEMENT III

Actors will continue to build their vocabulary of effort/shape techniques, thereby helping them expand range of choice in physical shape and action for role work. Period dances, manners and clothing will be explored to help the students physically connect to the period and/or style work explored in acting and voice class.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 323

MOVEMENT III

Actors will continue to further the work in period dances and manners with an emphasis on the student taking greater control of this research and its implementation into acting. Imaginative use of self is channeled through character mask work which is then applied to Shakespearean scenes. Full body awareness through movement lessons is continued.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 331

VOICE AND SPEECH III

Breath work, vocal sounding, and physical alignment are focused on the poetry of Walt Whitman.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 332

VOICE AND SPEECH III

An introduction to dialect study includes an exploration of the actor's own idiolect and the acquisition of several dialects, including American Southern, Irish, and varieties of British.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 333

VOICE AND SPEECH III

Speech work centers on verse speaking and character transformation through vigorous exploration of dramatic texts. Playwrights may include Moliere, Shaw and Howard Barker.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 318

TECHNIQUE

First course in a 2 course sequence. An advanced level acting course which concentrates the work on carefully selected exercises, monologues, and scenes, in order to further develop physical, sensorial, and emotional skills, in preparing a role.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 319

TECHNIQUE

Second course in a 2 course sequence. An advanced level acting course which concentrates the work on carefully selected exercises, monologues, and scenes, in order to further develop physical, sensorial, and emotional skills, in preparing a role.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 361

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I

First course in a 3 course sequence. Advanced acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal and/or performance of plays in showcase, playworks, or workshop productions. These students constitute the acting company for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 362

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Advanced acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal and/or performance of plays in showcase, playworks, or workshop productions. These students constitute the acting company for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 363

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Advanced acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal and/or performance of plays in showcase, playworks, or workshop productions. These students constitute the acting company for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 411

ACTING IV

First course in a 3 course sequence. Utilizing an ensemble approach, this class helps prepare the student for the rigors of the professional world by integrating the skills learned in previous years training through the use of exercises, improvisations, reading and discussions, and a variety of performance projects including scenes and monologues.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 390

IMPROVISATION

This workshop for graduating performance students is designed to renew the student's relationship with the foundation of the training program: Spolin-based improvisational work. There is a particular emphasis on the use of the games as a stimulus for spontaneity, strong playing relationships and trouble shooting within the rehearsal process.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 434

ADVANCED SCENE STUDY

A scene study and monologue class taught by a resident or visiting professional actor or director. Scenes and monologues are drawn from a variety of performance styles. The class is intended to help the student navigate the gap between training and the professional acting world.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 414

AUDITION

Students experience handling the range of possible audition situations. Topics include selecting and preparing materials, building a repertoire, and sight reading. Guest professionals lecture on practical survival techniques from job hunting to union membership. The work of the class culminates in The Graduate Showcase, when students audition for an audience of invited agents, casting directors, and directors.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 415

AUDITION

Students experience handling the range of possible audition situations. Topics include selecting and preparing materials, building a repertoire, and sight reading. Guest professionals lecture on practical survival techniques from job hunting to union membership. The work of the class culminates in The Graduate Showcase, when students audition for an audience of invited agents, casting directors, and directors.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 416

GRADUATE SHOWCASE

Through the rehearsal process, undergraduate acting majors prepare monologues and scenes, culminating ultimately in a showcase for an invited audience of casting directors, agents, and directors.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 421

MOVEMENT IV

The technique of movement to music will be used to: Stimulate the actor's imagination, experiment with the identification, translation, and articulation of creative impulses, intensify ensemble work, expand the range of expression, and strengthen and condition the body.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 423

MOVEMENT IV

This quarter the student will explore African dance, including West African dance styles, songs and rhythms, different ethnic groups from which the dances and songs originated, and the relationship between various West Africa tribal rhythms and movements.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 420

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

"Film acting" prepares the student for the professional world in front of the camera(s). The student learns the different techniques between stage and film, between soaps, sitcoms, commercials, and features. The student is also exposed to life on the set, contracts, agents, managers and steps to finding work. This class is a bridge for the student for the student from the classroom to the professional world.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 431

VOICE AND SPEECH IV

Continued development of skills designed to assist the student with a comfortable transition to the professional world through an approach to singing.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 432

VOICE AND SPEECH IV

Continued development of skills designed to assist the student with a comfortable transition to the professional world through and approach to singing.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 461

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II

Advanced acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal or performance of plays in Showcase, Playworks, or workshop productions. These students constitute the acting company for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 462

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II

Advanced acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal or performance of plays in Showcase, Playworks, or workshop productions. These students constitute the acting company for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 463

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II

Advanced acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal or performance of plays in Showcase, Playworks, or workshop productions. These students constitute the acting company for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.​