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2018-2019 Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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    THEA 268 Playwriting II


    This course furthers techniques of playwriting begun in Playwriting I: scene and character development, dialogue, theme, story, and play structure. Students focus on completion of one-act plays.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3800
    Prerequisites THEA 168 Playwriting I  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 269 Solo Performance I


    This course requires that students use various writing exercises to experiment with generating their own written material, whether it be autobiographical, character driven, or a literary adaptation. They will learn how to present their personal work in monologue form with the focus on culminating in one five minute solo performance piece, to be presented during Performance Week. Students will also be exposed to the work of various contemporary solo performance artists. There will be some journal writing as well as weekly writing assignments.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3810
    Prerequisites THEA 207 Scenes: Performance & Analysis  or THEA 240 Musical Theatre Scene Study  or THEA 268 Playwriting II  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 270 CRW: Page to Stage


    Course requires that students read modern American plays of playwrights such as David Mamet, Tony Kushner, Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, Lillian Hellman, Anna Deavere Smith, Arthur Miller, Milcha Sanchez Scott, and Jose Rivera, and see corresponding film adaptations. Students will analyze and evaluate play texts with attention to characterization, story, plot, narrative movement, and structure that make them viable for the screen. Students will respond to texts and films through journal entries, an oral report, and a final creative nonfiction essay.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3812
    Prerequisites THEA 168 Playwriting I  
    Minimum Credits 4 Maximum Credits 4

  
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    THEA 281 Basic Viewpoints Workshop


    This course examines Viewpoints, a movement philosophy that explores the issues of time and space. In theatre, it allows a group of actors to function spontaneously and intuitively; to generate bold new work quickly by developing flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement; and to use writing and other resources as steps to creativity. Students will learn the vocabulary and basic theory by applying Viewpoints to creating new compositions as well as using them with existing theatrical texts.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-2372
    Prerequisites THEA 111 Theatre Foundation I: Theatre Making  
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 282 Meisner Technique Workshop


    Technique workshop course focuses on an approach to acting through the work of Sanford Meisner. Two-week immersion course will use repetition exercises, activity exercises, and scene work to develop the actor’s ability to simultaneously be in the moment with other actors, his/her environment and the text.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-2373J
    Prerequisites THEA 207 Scenes: Performance & Analysis  
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 284 Voice Over Workshop


    Workshop course explores the business and practice of performing voice overs. Students will study audition protocol, how to approach different kinds of copy, microphone techniques, and studio etiquette with a voice over professional.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-2972
    Prerequisites THEA 203 Voice for the Actor  
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 285 Creating a Performance


    This course is required for all students that are chosen to rehearse, design and perform a main stage production of the Theatre department. The ensemble will include design, production, and acting members. Each will work as a specialist within their area of concentration, but also as an ensemble member who will seek and give input outside the area of their growing expertise. Students will use collaborative models appropriate to the involvement required at different stages of creative and practical performance development.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-2960
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 286 Production & Performance


    Creative participation as a design, tech or crew worker in Student Directing Projects, New Stew Showcases, Comedy or Faculty Workshop.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-2301
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 287 Topics in Playwriting


    Students write new plays in response to the specific playwriting topic of the semester. Over the course of the semester students will study topics in playwriting such as modern adaptations of Greek or classic plays; the body of work of one playwright and/or school of playwrights within their cultural and historical contexts; a particular theatre style; and other subjects in contemporary playwriting practice. The course explores process, styles, techniques and theatrical choices in published and unpublished plays, and relevant prose, journals, letters, reviews, and interviews. Students will also attend theatre productions. Topics will rotate so that students have the opportunity to study various aspects for writing for performance.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3804
    Prerequisites THEA 168 Playwriting I  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 289 Musical Theatre Audition Workshop


    This workshop is specifically for students who plan to regularly audition for musical theatre, and will focus primarily on the singing portion of auditions. We will discuss how to create a well-rounded audition book, select and prepare audition song cuts, communicate with accompanists, and tailor auditions to specific shows/roles.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-2940
    Prerequisites THEA 112 Theatre Foundation II: Performance  or THEA 102 Scene Study for Non-Theatre Majors  
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 299 Topics in Actor Training


    This series of rotating physical theatre and movement practices introduces acting students to seminal techniques which will awaken the body and mind of the actor in performance. Students will learn and apply the techniques of Suzuki, Viewpoints, Laban, LeCoq, and Red Nose Clown State in concentrated sessions to increase core strength, enhance characterization and facilitate the development of a more plastic, flexible body for rehearsal and performance.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-2330J
    Prerequisites  THEA 340 Scenes and Songs  or THEA 204 Movement for the Actor  
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
  
  
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    THEA 304 On-Camera Performance


    In this advanced performance class students have the opportunity to develop the skills, terminology and etiquette for working in the on-camera environment. This is a combined class working with television and/or film directors to collaborate in rehearsal, performance, capture and post-production processes. Students should learn how to prepare for auditions and on-camera performances by taking an active role in shaping their own performances in relation to text, character, presentation and performance context.

    Repeatable: N
    Prerequisites THEA 250 Character & Ensemble  and THEA 205 Text Analysis  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
  
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    THEA 306 Acting Styles: Presentational Theatre


    This is an elective class for students in the Acting and Musical Theatre programs aimed at increasing students’ performance knowledge of and experience with a variety of theatrical non-realistic materials and performance styles from a range of theatrical periods and playwrights focusing on absurd, expressionistic, surrealistic and contemporary dramatic styles such as hip-hop and documentary performance. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills for both physical and language based non-realistic performance. Students will engage with texts and performance practices from a wide spectrum of cultural, economic and social diversity.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3228
    Prerequisites THEA 250 Character & Ensemble  and THEA 205 Text Analysis  and THEA 204 Movement for the Actor  or THEA 250 Character & Ensemble  and THEA 205 Text Analysis  and THEA 143 Musical Theatre Dance I  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 307 Acting Styles: Comedy of Wit, Manners & Character


    This is an elective class for students in the Acting and Musical Theatre programs aimed at increasing students’ performance knowledge of and experience with a variety of comedic theatrical materials and performance styles from a range of periods and playwrights. Emphasis will be placed on development of skills for both physical and language based comic performance. Student will engage with texts and performance practices from a wide spectrum of cultural, economic and social diversity.

    Repeatable: N
    Prerequisites THEA 250 Character & Ensemble  and THEA 205 Text Analysis  and THEA 204 Movement for the Actor  or THEA 250 Character & Ensemble  and THEA 205 Text Analysis  and THEA 143 Musical Theatre Dance I  
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 320 Dramaturgy


    This course provides an overview of the art and craft of dramaturgy in the contemporary theatre. Through individual and group projects, students examine the role the dramaturg plays in developing production concepts, conducting production research, choosing translations, and developing adaptations of literature for performance. Students will also consider how the dramaturg functions within a theatrical organization to assist in season selection, audience education, and audience development.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3125
    Prerequisites THEA 205 Text Analysis  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 321 Topics In Comedy


    This course focuses on specific topics, skills or ideas in the field of comedy. Each semester this course covers different material that might not be included in the permanent course offerings or concentrates on new or experimental approaches in the field of comedy.

    Repeatable: Y
    Prerequisites THEA 223 Comedy: Writing and Performance  
    Requirements Junior Standing or Above (JR)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 322 Voice and Text


    This course is a continuation of Voice Training for the Actor I and II in which students develop an effective and flexible voice for the stage. Students will function at an advanced level in the use of vocal techniques including: diaphragmatic breathing and breath support, phonation, resonation, projection, articulation, pronunciation, variety and expression. Emphasis will be placed on assessing skills and applying appropriate exercises to encourage advancement in each area. Vocal techniques will be explored through various approaches based primarily in the methods of Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater, and Patsy Rodenburg. Students will learn a vocal warm-up, record, memorize, and perform. Students will present a vocal ensemble performance for critique by the chair and faculty of the Theatre Department at the end of the term.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3300
    Prerequisites THEA 205 Text Analysis  and THEA 207 Scenes: Performance & Analysis  and THEA 203 Voice for the Actor  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
  
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    THEA 330 Stage Combat III


    This course offers continued instruction in creating the illusion of violence for the stage and screen, including Sword & Shield, Knife, Small Sword, Quarterstaff, and Single Sword (Hollywood styles). Mid-term scenes will be performed in the classroom. Final scenes will be performed on the main stage during Performance Week. Adjudication of Skills Proficiency by a Fight Master of the Society of American Fight Directors will be integrated into the final performances.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3315
    Prerequisites THEA 231 Stage Combat II 
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 334 Topics in Makeup:


    Coursework for this elective class varies depending upon topics covered. Each class will consist of lectures and hands-on practice, concluding with research and development in the creation of fully developed makeup designs to exhibit the current topic. Topics will delve deeper into the makeup world of techniques, materials, applications, and incorporation of previous coursework.

    Repeatable: Y
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 335 Makeup Prosthetics/FX Design


    This repeatable course expands & builds upon previous Makeup, Prosthetics, & FX courses teaching Theatre, Film, TV, & Avant Garde techniques for the creation & application/removal of Prosthetics. Instruction covers the vocabulary, skills, techniques, & safety protocols required for a variety of materials (Latex, Foam, Silicone). Research, design, casting, sculpting, molding, & painting of prosthetics are incorporated into full Makeup Projects (either individual &/or collaborative in nature) applied to themselves, their peers, &/or models.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3605
    Prerequisites THEA 133 Makeup Techniques:  or THEA 235 Makeup Design  or CINE 113 Cinema Makeup and Makeup Special Effects  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 340 Scenes and Songs


    In this multi-disciplinary course in acting and singing for the musical theatre, students will prepare and perform material from several genres of the musical theatre canon and use dramaturgical research and text analysis in characterization. Students work to bring characters to life through complete physical, vocal and emotional transformation. Performance Style will be introduced and strong musicianship and vocal technique will continue to be integrated. Emphasis will be placed on material that requires an ensemble style.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-2400
    Prerequisites THEA 205 Text Analysis  and THEA 240 Musical Theatre Scene Study  and MUSC 171 Primary Lessons  or THEA 205 Text Analysis  and THEA 240 Musical Theatre Scene Study  and MUSC 271 Primary Lessons  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
  
  
  
  
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    THEA 345 Advanced Musical Theatre Tap


    This course incorporates all techniques and performance skills acquired in previous Musical Theatre Tap levels, with an intense focus on particular rhythms and styles of Broadway tap.  Students will frequently learn original Broadway choreography.   Attention will be focused on developing advanced audition and performance skills in preparation for seeking employment in the musical theatre industry.  Students will also be required to audition for Columbia College Theatre Department as well as professional theatre productions.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3435
    Prerequisites THEA 245 Intermediate Musical Theatre Tap 
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 346 Period Styles for Theatrical Design


    Course will familiarize students of theatrical design and directing with the prevalent visual movements in art, architecture, fashion and decorative arts. It will integrate these diverse elements to create a knowledge of the cultural life of each period discussed. The course will focus primarily on Western art movements but also select topics from Asia, Africa, and South America. Lecture, research, and field trips utilizing Chicago’s architecture and cultural institutions will aid students in the development of their visual vocabulary.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3160
    Prerequisites THEA 201 Theatre History & Inquiry  or  THEA 202 Traditions of World Theatre  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 355 Stage Management II


    Students will work on a department production as the lead stage manager while discussing challenges and problems in a group setting. Night and weekend availability is required.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3530
    Prerequisites THEA 254 Stage Management I  and THEA 481 Stage Management Practicum  
    Requirements Junior Standing or Above (JR)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 360 Advanced Set Design


    This course expands on the foundation of set Design.  Students will be assigned more advanced design projects such as; multi-scene shows, musicals, operas and site specific performance work.  Students will be focusing on their ability to produce set designs and the supporting materials that will be of portfolio quality.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3610
    Prerequisites THEA 260 Set Design II  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 362 Advanced Costume Design


    This advanced-level course increases the level of complexity and sophistication of portfolio quality projects in costume design. Course emphasizes production of projects demonstrating a professional level of proficiency in conceptualization, rendering, and presentation.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3615
    Prerequisites THEA 262 Costume Design II 
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 365 Advanced Lighting Design


    This course expands the creation of lighting plots for live entertainment events, focused on theatrical design. It is an advanced course that explores genres of texts and styles as well as problem solving of a variety of spaces from found spaces to arenas to proscenium spaces

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3620
    Prerequisites THEA 265 Lighting Design II 
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 366 Directing III


    In this course students will select and direct a one-act play and learn how to research, analyze, stage and articulate their approach to the play.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3701
    Prerequisites THEA 267 Directing II  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
  
  
  
  
  
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    THEA 386 Rehearsal and Performance II


    Performance or creative participation in a Main Stage, New Stew, faculty workshop, student directed production, or faculty approved outside professional production

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3432
    Prerequisites THEA 286 Production & Performance 
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 0 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 389 An Actor’s Guide to Hollywood


    This course is designed to give students a practical and applicable experience toward pursuing a career in Los Angeles. In a highly competitive business, the actor who is prepared to face the challenges has a much better chance of succeeding. Meeting in LA, this course will provide an intensive week of hands-on experience, lecture and demonstration with industry professionals. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3975L
    Prerequisites THEA 110 Improvisational Techniques I  and THEA 205 Text Analysis  and THEA 250 Character & Ensemble  
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 390 Theatre Career


    This course will provide upper level Theatre majors with practical knowledge they will need to transition into careers in their field. Taught by our faculty of theatre professionals, this course explores: unions and contracts as they relate to theatre artists; models of producing: from the storefront theatre to LORT; creating a new theatre company; and self-promotion.

    Repeatable: N
    Requirements Junior Standing or Above (JR)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 391 The Professional Comedian


    Students meet with professionals from the world of comedy for discussions and practical advice on potential careers in comedy. They research and create individual and group comedy projects that will build their portfolio. Projects may include: writing and compiling a sketch packet, writing a sitcom spec. creating and shooting a web series pilot, creating a multiple character pieces for an SNL-style audition.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3195
    Prerequisites THEA 221 Comedy: Theory  and THEA 223 Comedy: Writing and Performance  and THEA 210 Improvisational Techniques II  
    Requirements Junior Standing or Above (JR)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
  
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    THEA 395 The Musical Theatre New York Experience


    This course is an intensive career studies trip to New York City designed to offer BFA in Musical Theatre Performance students a practical introduction to studying with professional artists in the Broadway community. Students will take classes, attend Broadway shows and hear lectures conducted by working artists. Students will be immersed in the theatre community and be exposed to the demands of pursuing a career in New York City. Students are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3415
    Prerequisites THEA 340 Scenes and Songs 
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 399 Topics in Theatre Technology:


    This course focuses on specific topics, skills, ideas, or management issues in the field of technical theater or design. Each semester this course covers different material that might not be included in the permanent course offerings or concentrates on new or experimental approaches to issues in technical theater. When possible, topics chosen will pertain to productions within the department.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3611
    Prerequisites  THEA 111 Theatre Foundation I: Theatre Making  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
  
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    THEA 402 Acting IV: Application to Performance


    This capstone BFA Acting class will synthesize performance technique learned in the Department and with our European partners in application to the creation of a devised piece or rehearsal and performance of a contemporary play from the European repertoire.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3892
    Prerequisites THEA 401 Acting IV  and THEA 301 Acting & Performing: Heightened Languages  and THEA 322 Voice and Text  
    Requirements BFA Degree (BFA)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 420 Professional Survival and How to Audition


    Course examines techniques of self-promotion; knowledge of talent agencies and casting directors; unions, contracts, and bookkeeping for performers; and opportunities in the local market. Students work on monologues and cold readings for auditions. Course assists acting students making the transition from college to career by providing professional survival information, tools, and techniques. Students with an Acting concentration are required to take this course during their senior year.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3900
    Prerequisites THEA 250 Character & Ensemble  or THEA 340 Scenes and Songs  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 425 Creating a Career in Technology and Design


    This course is designed for graduating tech and design students to help prepare them to find and secure employment in the theatre industry, as well as related industries. Through class work, guest speakers and site visits, the course offers a thorough introduction to various aspects of life as a theatre professional. Students will also be prepared with a portfolio and interview skills to pursue entry-level jobs in the entertainment industry.

     

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3905
    Requirements Senior Standing (SR)
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 426 Advanced Audition Techniques for Musical Theatre


    This course is a comprehensive course that empowers advanced Musical Theatre students with the skills needed for successful auditions. The class will define an audition as a fully-realized performance strengthened by strategy, savvy presentation and marketing techniques. The course includes individual coachings on audition pieces (songs and monologues), vocal genres and styles, in-depth discussions on selecting material, understanding type, callback preparation, cold readings, the casting process and the business of the business. BFA MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE STUDENTS ONLY or by permission of Instructor.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3926
    Prerequisites THEA 240 Musical Theatre Scene Study  
    Musical Theatre Performance Majors Only (M313)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 432 New Plays Workshop


    Playwriting students work collaboratively with actors and directors to bring their one-act plays to the stage. Drafts of plays, written and developed in Playwriting I and II, will be read, workshopped, and developed with actors and directors in a process modeled on professional play development. Students will experience how collaboration directly informs the writing and rewriting process. The semester will culminate in staged readings.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3805
    Prerequisites THEA 268 Playwriting II  or THEA 266 Directing I  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 440 Musical Theatre Dance III


    This course incorporates all techniques and performance skills acquired in previous Musical Theatre Dance levels, with an emphasis on the elements of style in musical theatre dance. Students will frequently learn original Broadway choreography. Attention will be focused on developing advanced audition and performance skills in preparation for seeking employment in the musical theatre industry.  Students will also be required to audition for Columbia College Theatre Department as well as professional theatre productions.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3430
    Prerequisites THEA 243 Musical Theatre Dance II 
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 442 Musical Theatre Choreography Lab


    This course explores musical theatre dance from a choreographer’s perspective. Students research a variety of classic and/or contemporary styles of musical theatre dance. Exercises in music choice, character development, choreographic patterns, partner work, use of props and creative concepts will be emphasized. Required projects include creating two choreography pieces utilizing this research as inspiration to develop an original choreographic expression. Students will engage in a collaborative environment to develop these choreographic works and present them in a formal performance environment.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3436
    Prerequisites THEA 440 Musical Theatre Dance III  and THEA 140 Musical Theatre History  
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 443 Musical Theatre III: Workshop I


    Musical Theatre Workshop is the year-long capstone training laboratory for Seniors in the BFA in Musical Theatre Performance major. The class offers advanced level training intended to add depth, polish and finesse to the musical theatre actor’s process. The class includes extensive scene work, small group and production numbers in a variety of styles, individual research and creative writing projects, the development of new work, master classes and a final thesis project. The class is run with professional expectations.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3400
    Prerequisites THEA 340 Scenes and Songs  and THEA 243 Musical Theatre Dance II  and THEA 250 Character & Ensemble  and MUSC 176 Keyboard I  
    Musical Theatre Performance Majors Only (M313)
    Minimum Credits 4 Maximum Credits 4

  
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    THEA 444 Musical Theatre III: Workshop II


    Musical Theatre Workshop is the year-long capstone training laboratory for Seniors in the BFA in Musical Theatre Performance major. The class offers advanced level training intended to add depth, polish and finesse to the musical theatre actor’s process. The class includes extensive scene work, small group and production numbers in a variety of styles, individual research and creative writing projects, the development of new work, master classes and a final thesis project. The class is run with professional expectations.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3405
    Prerequisites THEA 443 Musical Theatre III: Workshop I  
    Musical Theatre Performance Majors Only (M313)
    Minimum Credits 4 Maximum Credits 4

  
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    THEA 450 Devising for Directors & Actors


    Student directors will explore, devise and present ensemble created works in various styles.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3706
    Prerequisites THEA 111 Theatre Foundation I: Theatre Making  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 465 Professional Development for Directors


    Professional Development for Directors is a class that focuses on the nuts and bolts of getting a job as a director or assistant director in all contexts- professional (union) theatre, storefronts, schools, and community organizations. Students will learn interviewing techniques and how to prepare the materials they need to get and be successful at the interview. They will also learn about the theatre community in Chicago and the nation, so that they can make informed choices about their next steps upon graduation.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3703
    Prerequisites THEA 366 Directing III 
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 466 Directing IV


    This course requires that students direct full-length plays chosen to stretch their theatrical range or to deepen their exploration of a specific style of theatre. Within the production process, students will polish techniques of staging, text analysis, integration of design, presentation of the work to the public, and documentation. Students will use these advanced directing projects to build resumes and portfolios towards future work or graduate school.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3750
    Prerequisites THEA 366 Directing III 
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 467 Directing History and Theory


    In this seminar/lab class, students will examine a broad variety of historical and contemporary approaches to performance. The history and context of these approaches and theories will be analyzed from the perspective of directing. Students will begin to develop their own theory of performance from a directorial point of view

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3704
    Prerequisites THEA 266 Directing I  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 468 Playwriting: Advanced


    Students will develop a full-length script building on skills acquired in Playwriting I and II, and through a series of dramatic writing exercises in scene and structure. Students will also read and discuss plays from a variety of styles and genres to increase their understanding of the range of approaches to writing for performance.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3801
    Prerequisites THEA 320 Dramaturgy  and THEA 268 Playwriting II  
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 469 Directing and Acting Across the Media


    Junior-level directing and acting students from Cinema and Television Arts and Theatre will study together in a four-week summer-session seminar/lab class that investigates the similarities/differences between each area of production. Students will learn and practice techniques of acting, staging, text analysis, story boarding, editing and collaboration, and explore the difference between time and space as it relates to cinema, television and theatre. In an ongoing classroom dialogue the students, instructor and guest instructors will discuss all areas of acting and directing across media. They will also watch plays, movies and TV productions and analyze them critically and competitively. Working directors will visit the class, either in person or by digital media, to lend their experience.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3778
    Prerequisites THEA 267 Directing II  or THEA 207 Scenes: Performance & Analysis  or CINE 225 Cinema Directing I  or TELE 341 Directing and Production: Narrative  
    Minimum Credits 4 Maximum Credits 4

  
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    THEA 470 One-Act Play Festival


    Student playwrights, dramaturges, directors, designers, and actors will collaborate on all aspects of curating, rehearsing, and producing Columbia College Chicago’s New Play Festival under faculty mentorship. Students will become familiar and proficient in their field of study while working intensively in collaboration with other Theatre Artists and students of Arts Management to put up a Festival based on the professional New Play Festivals. A panel of Guest Professionals and faculty will attend the festival and offer feedback.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3707J
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 471 New York Trip


    A group of 12 students will go to New York for 4 nights, 5 days and see plays, meet theatre professionals and CCC alums and evaluate their futures as graduates possibly living in New York.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3708J
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 475 International Theatre Workshop:


    This course provides Theatre majors with the opportunity to study contemporary techniques and practices in international theatre making through an immersive exposure to the artists, productions, venues and cultural context of a particular international location. Examples from past iterations of the course include mask making and performance in Italy, contemporary physical and visual theatre in London, design and production at the Quadrennial festival in Prague, and modern approaches to classic plays at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. The workshop will be variable in topics and credit hours (1-3), and will be offered as either a Summer Semester or J-Term course. Participation in the International Theatre Workshop is open to all Theatre majors.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-2990
    Prerequisites  THEA 112 Theatre Foundation II: Performance  
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 481 Stage Management Practicum


    This course will provide students with a hands-on experience in the practices and techniques of stage management in the professional theatre. In addition to stage managing a departmental project throughout the course of the semester, students will meet weekly for discussion of trending topics within their production work. Regular availability on evenings and weekends is required.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-2540
    Prerequisites THEA 254 Stage Management I 
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 482 Teaching Practicum


    Theatre Teaching Practicum provides an entry into Teaching Artistry through theory and practical application.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-2950
    Requirements Junior Standing or Above (JR)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 484 Directing Practicum


    Students enrolled in Directing II, III, or IV classes direct and produce plays each semester. In this Practicum, students will expand on acquired skills necessary to produce a play. In an ongoing classroom dialogue, the students and instructors explore all areas of production including collaboration, technical rehearsal planning, and design, with occasional input from guest designers.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3776
    Prerequisites THEA 266 Directing I  
    Concurrent Requisite THEA 267 Directing II  or THEA 366 Directing III  or THEA 466 Directing IV  
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 485 Audition Workshop


    This course is an intensive workshop and feedback session to support the BA Acting candidates’ entry into the profession. The content of individual sessions will target and assess the actor’s present audition skills in a variety of performance styles: improvisation, physical theatre, musical theatre, cold readings, monologues, on-camera technique, etc. Department faculty will partner with professionals from the theatre community to participate in these sessions and guide the performers to hone their skills for auditioning professionally.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-3925
    Prerequisites THEA 302 Acting & Performing: Physical Approaches  or THEA 301 Acting & Performing: Heightened Languages  
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 495 Directed Study: Theatre


    Course consists of learning activities involving student independence within the context of regular guidance and direction from a faculty advisor. Directed Studies are appropriate for students who wish to explore a subject beyond what is possible in regular courses, or for students who wish to engage in a subject or activity not otherwise offered that semester by the College. Directed Studies involve close collaboration with a faculty advisor who will assist in development and design of the project, oversee its progress, evaluate the final results, and submit a grade.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-2999
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 0 Maximum Credits 6

  
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    THEA 496 Independent Project: Theatre


    Course is an independent project designed by the student, with the approval of a supervising faculty member and department director, to study an area not at present available in the curriculum. Prior to registration, the student must submit a written proposal outlining the project.

    Repeatable: Y
    Formerly 31-3999
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 6

  
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    THEA 575 International Theatre Workshop


    This course provides Theatre majors with the opportunity to study contemporary techniques and practices in international theatre making through an immersive exposure to the artists, productions, venues and cultural context of a particular international location. Examples from past iterations of the course include mask making and performance in Italy, contemporary physical and visual theatre in London, design and production at the Quadrennial festival in Prague, and modern approaches to classic plays at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. The workshop will be variable in topics and credit hours (1-3), and will be offered as either a Summer Semester or J-Term course. Participation in the International Theatre Workshop is open to all Theatre majors.

    Repeatable: N
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 601 Voice and Singing I


    The focus of this course is on developing flexibility, range and power in vocal expression. Students will be introduced to warm-up methods, with the result that each student will develop a personal warm-up. There will also be some application of the vocal training to text and music. Troubleshooting will occur on an individual level, to begin dealing with students’ personal vocal difficulties.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6350LSP
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 602 Voice and Singing II


    This course builds on the skills introduced in Voice/Singing 1 (31-6350LSP). Focus will be on the application of vocal training to text and music.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6355LSP
    Prerequisites THEA 601 Voice and Singing I  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 605 Movement Analysis I


    As a core element of the first year of training at LISPA, the work of this two-semester class is designed to enable the student to develop an understanding of movement analysis based on the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq. The specific focus of the instruction is on a practical understanding of the moving human body in space and time, and the application of natural movement laws to the performing body.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6330LSP
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 606 Movement Analysis II


    As a core element of the first year of training at LISPA, the work of this unit is designed to enable the student to develop an understanding of movement analysis based on the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq and to apply this knowledge to the demands of creating, devising, teaching and directing contemporary theatre and performance. Work on this unit analyses the relationship between the natural movements of life, as they can be observed, and their application to dramatic and post dramatic visions of theatre and performance. Through the physical exploration and analysis of everyday movements the student will gain a more profound understanding of those essential movement laws which structure natural life. The student will be introduced to the transposition of natural movements to dramatic e-motion, allowing at a later stage of the training for an autonomous, creative use of this understanding for devising, writing, directing and performing.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6335LSP
    Prerequisites THEA 605 Movement Analysis I  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 610 Research and Guided Reading I


    This is the theoretical element of the MFA training, designed to introduce students to the historical and scholarly literature with regard to devised performance and as support for the various performance genres they will encounter in the course of their training. As the first year at LISPA introduces students to the practice of Embodiment, readings in the Fall Semester will focus on theories of Embodiment and Embodied Cognition within and beyond the performing arts.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6100LSP
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 611 Research and Guided Reading II


    This course develops the work begun in Research & Guided Readings I (31-6100LSP), increasing students’ familiarity with the historical and scholarly literature related to devised performance as support for the various performance genres they will encounter in the course of their training. As the first year at LISPA introduces students to the practice of Embodiment, readings in the Spring Semester will expand on theories of Embodiment and Embodied Cognition within and beyond the performing arts.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6105LSP
    Prerequisites THEA 610 Research and Guided Reading I  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 615 Devising and Creation I


    Creation is a student-led component of the training, in which students engage in the creation of performance works within a theme given by the faculty. The themes are assigned according to the material being explored in Dramatic Improvisation and Movement Analysis classes, and the creation is undertaken without direct faculty involvement. Students devise the work over the course of a week or, when appropriate, over the course of two weeks. Performances are then presented to a closed audience of teachers and students of the school, and feedback/evaluation is given by the faculty on the performance piece itself as well as the work of individual students.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6210LSP
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 616 Devising and Creation II


    This course develops the work begun in Devising and Creation I(31-6210LSP) in which students engage in the creation of performance works within a theme given by the faculty. The themes are assigned according to the material being explored in Dramatic Improvisation and Movement Analysis classes, and the creation is undertaken without direct faculty involvement. Students devise the work over the course of a week or, on some occasions, over the course of two weeks. Performances are then presented to a closed audience of teachers and students of the school, and the faculty on the performance piece itself gives feedback/evaluation as well as the work of individual students.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6215LSP
    Prerequisites THEA 615 Devising and Creation I  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 620 Dramatic Improvisation I


    As a core element of the first year of training at LISPA, the work of this two-semester class prepares students for the challenging task of creating their own work. Meeting on a daily basis, classes focus on enhancing physical, emotional, imaginative and cognitive playfulness in order to be well equipped for the demanding journey of articulating, shaping and presenting the students’ artistic visions. Students progressively develop a better understanding of the physical bodies they have, the subtle bodies they are, and the collective body all people have in common. The exploration of the dynamic relationships between these different bodies will initiate awareness of what we call the Poetic Body. Accessing the Poetic Body is essential for the creation of new performance languages.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6310LSP
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 621 Dramatic Improvisation II


    As a core element of the first year of training at LISPA, the work of this two-semester class prepares students for the challenging task of creating their own work. Specific Topics Addressed in the spring unit of Dramatic Improvisation: Human Nature - physical exploration of emotions, passions, behavior and the creation of characters and types; Object Theatre - an introduction to the dynamic performance possibilities of objects and puppets; Mask Performance - Half Masks as an introduction to the dramatic space and rhythms of Commedia, Expressive Masks as an introduction to psychophysical realism, and Larval Masks as an introduction to the Fantastical and the Grotesque; Collaborative Devising - Contemporary approaches to devising performance. Final performance projects around themes chosen by the students.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6315LSP
    Prerequisites THEA 620 Dramatic Improvisation I  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 625 Personal Creative Process I


    Developing an awareness of internal obstacles that challenge our creative availability is key to the shaping of sustainable practice as a creator. Through direct contact with materials - drawing, painting, sculpting/clay work and other expressive arts - students will explore an embodied relationship to states of flow, resistance, play and judgment. Daily drawing/painting practice, combined with group work, reflection and personal writing also allows students to deeply ground the experiential process of the course as a whole.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6910LSP
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 626 Personal Creative Process II


    The course develops the work begun in Personal Creative Process I. The final individual projects, where students are encouraged to perform a project of their own choice, allow for the application of new knowledge to the field of their artistic interest/background. This might be in the form of a set or costume design, a music score, or a video installation.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6911LSP
    Prerequisites THEA 625 Personal Creative Process I  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 629 Research Project


    This course offers participants the opportunity for the creation of a performance project around a theme of their own choice. During the initial phase of the project participants will leave the studio and immerse themselves into practical research and real life observation around their themes, before bringing their experiences back to the studio to create solo or group performances. Throughout the entire project, members of the pedagogical team will assist the process. During the final week participants will share their projects with an invited audience.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6216LSP
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 5 Maximum Credits 5

  
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    THEA 630 Vocal and Movement Techniques I


    Building on the work done in Voice and Movement Analysis in Year 1 of the MFA, the work in this course is intended to deepen the student’s technical knowledge and practical application of vocal and movement skills in the service of creating and presenting a devised performance.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6340
    Prerequisites THEA 601 Voice and Singing I  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 631 Vocal and Movement Techniques II


    Building on the work done in Voice and Movement Analysis in Year 1 of the MFA, and THEA 630 Vocal and Movement Techniques I  , the work in this course is intended to deepen the student’s technical knowledge and practical application of vocal and movement skills in the service of creating and presenting a devised performance.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6345
    Prerequisites THEA 630 Vocal and Movement Techniques I  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 635 Styles and Forms I


    A core element of the second year of the MFA training, the work of this two-semester course engages students in the challenging task of creating their own work, based on creative research into a range of essential styles and dramatic works in the history of western theatre.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6320
    Prerequisites THEA 616 Devising and Creation II  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 5 Maximum Credits 5

  
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    THEA 636 Styles and Forms II


    This course is a continuation of the work done in THEA 635 Styles and Forms I . A core element of the second year of the MFA training, the work of this two-semester class engages students in the challenging task of creating their own work, based on creative research into a range of essential styles and dramatic works in the history of western theatre.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6325
    Prerequisites THEA 635 Styles and Forms I  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 3 Maximum Credits 3

  
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    THEA 640 Devising Process


    Devising Process is a course devoted to the deepening and practice-based exploration of methods and approaches to the creation of devised theatre. Students will reflect, collectively and individually, on the process of their devised work in Styles and Forms, and the theoretical research accomplished in Guided Research. The aim of this reflection is to step back from the demands of the creative process, and reflect on where devising practices and approaches may be tested and improved, as well as to reflect more fully on the individual student’s potential role(s) within a devised process.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6220
    Prerequisites THEA 616 Devising and Creation II  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 650 Devised Performance Thesis Project


    The Thesis Project will be the culminating experience for the MFA in European Devised Performance Practice. During the spring semester the students will bring together all the elements of the practice-based research undertaken during the program, and use it as the basis for (a) creating an Ensemble Company and (b) devising an original piece of theatre to be performed in the City of Chicago with one of the Theatre Department’s collaborative partners, such as the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA). The thesis project performance will be supported by visual and written documentation, detailing every stage of the process from conception to performance, which will be on public display during the performances of the final project.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6225
    Prerequisites THEA 651 Guided Research/Thesis Preparation  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 1 Maximum Credits 1

  
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    THEA 651 Guided Research/Thesis Preparation


    Taken in the fall of the second year, this course is the theoretical element of the MFA training, designed to deepen students’ knowledge in the scholarly literature with regard to physical theatre and devised performance, and as support for the various performance genres students will encounter in the course of their training. In addition, students will meet with a faculty advisor to begin planning their final thesis projects, pulling together the various strands of knowledge and experience gained in the course of the program thus far.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6120
    Prerequisites THEA 611 Research and Guided Reading II  
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 2 Maximum Credits 2

  
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    THEA 652 Devised PerformanceThesis Extension


    Students work on the completion of their thesis project, under the direction of faculty advisor(s).

    Repeatable: Y
    Prerequisites THEA 650 Devised Performance Thesis Project  
    Requirements Permission Required (DP)
    Minimum Credits 0 Maximum Credits 0

  
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    THEA 691 Thesis Hours


    Hours assigned to students to fulfill the requirements of the Thesis Project: (a) creating an Ensemble Company and (b) devising an original piece of theatre to be performed in the City of Chicago with one of the Theatre Department’s collaborative partners, such as the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA). The thesis project performance will be supported by visual and written documentation, detailing every stage of the process from conception to performance, which will be on public display during the performances of the final project.

    Repeatable: N
    Formerly 31-6227
    Theatre MFA only (G310)
    Minimum Credits 4 Maximum Credits 4

 

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