Oct 05, 2022  
2013-2014 Course Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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    31-2435J Topics in Musical Theatre Dance


    This course requires that students study specialized dance techniques, or the work of specific choreographers, to improve their practice and understanding of musical theatre dance. This rotating series of workshops will broaden the students’ knowledge of musical theatre dance, and deepen their ability to apply basic techniques toward learning specialized dance skills or styles. There will be an emphasis on injury prevention and the connection between anatomy and specific techniques or styles.

    1 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1430 Musical Theatre Dance I 
  
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    31-2510 Scenic Construction II


    This course is an advanced examination of set construction, emphasizing the procedures for construction of large, intricate theatrical sets. Students will learn to use advanced shop tools and materials to construct scenic elements such as step units and irregular flats. The assembly of complex sets will be covered, both in terms of structure and set dressing. Students will be introduced to the terminology of theatrical architecture and mechanics.

    3 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1530 Scenic Construction I  and 31-1610 Set Design I 
  
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    31-2511 Scenic Model Making for Theatre


    Course introduces students to scenic modeling techniques, including: skills for developing set designs through the use of the experimental model, the transfer of two-dimensional drafting into three dimensional model form, and finishing techniques for a presentation model. Course is recommended for those interested in the visual design elements of the performing arts and is a prerequisite for set design classes.

    2 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES:   and 31-1600 Intro to Design for the Stage 
  
  
  
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    31-2522 VectorWorks for the Performing Arts


    This course provides students with a thorough introduction into computer aided design with a focus on theatrical uses for VectorWorks. By using hands-on exercises, assignments, and projects, students will gain the capacity to create and distribute industry standard (USITT) theatrical drawings and light plots. The student will learn basic drawing tools and techniques for completing theatrical drawings and light plots. The course will cover page layout and printing techniques. This course is recommended for lighting designers. Student access to the computer lab is available to complete assignments outside of class.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1510 Drafting for Theatre  and 31-1625 Theatre Foundation: Design and Composition  or 31-1600 Intro to Design for the Stage 
  
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    31-2523 Design/Tech Practicum


    This course enables students to design productions within the department and under faculty supervision. Students repeat the course three times in the following sequence: assistant designer to a main stage production; designer of a Directing III project; designer of a main stage production. This sequence allows students to gain skills at each level in order to support the next level’s activities.

    1 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1505 Prod Tech: Stagecraft 
  
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    31-2525 Rendering for Theatre II


    This course expands on our existing Rendering for Theatre I course, giving the students the opportunity to learn and develop skills that are specifically needed for their area of design. This course allows set and costume design students to achieve a higher level of figure and architectural drawing and sketching. These skills are a necessity in the field. This course will add to the existing steps of experience and instruction that have been developed in the curriculum to bring the design students to a necessary level of proficiency.

    3 Credits
  
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    31-2526 Costume Construction II


    Guided independent study course focuses on advanced patterning and construction techniques. Prospective projects include development of costume from rendering through finished product for main stage show; pattern development from a historical piece; draped patterning and construction from historical source; and corset construction and tailoring. Students are required to complete at least three independent projects.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1525 Costume Construction I  and 31-1615 Costume Design I 
  
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    31-2540 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. Students will stage manage a departmental project throughout the course of the semester. Regular availability on evenings and weekends is required.

    1 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1540 Stage Management I 
  
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    31-2605 Advanced Makeup for the Performer


    This course furthers the actor’s knowledge of materials and techniques that can be used in the creation of characters. More advanced materials will be introduced and practiced in class. Topics such as latex, wigs, and pre-made prosthetics will be covered. Unique designs such as stylized designs and animals will also be covered. Research and design will continue to be a focal point of the course.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1605 Makeup for the Performer 
  
  
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    31-2611 Lighting Technologies II


    This course explores the technological advancement in the field of live entertainment lighting as well as how to manage the designs from a technological and physical standpoint. The course will include the study of advanced systems, intelligent lighting and accessories, advanced programming, maintenance of equipment, and managing the show from shop orders to running a crew.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1520 Lighting Technologies I  and 31-1620 Lighting Design I 
  
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    31-2612 Sound Design I


    This introductory course provides an overview of concepts, processes, and tools involved in sound design for contemporary theater. The course will cover: the history of sound design, design conceptualization, relationships to text and action, collaboration and production protocols, and audio production tools and processes. Course activities will mix lecture/demonstration with practical projects. Students will learn and practice basic operations with digital audio production and sound playback computer software. By the end of the course students will be able to design, construct and deliver simple playback based sound designs. A personal computer, preferably Macintosh, running either Pro Tools (recommended), Reaper or Audacity is required for this course. Students are also encouraged to purchase a portable digital audio recorder.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1625 Theatre Foundation: Design and Composition  OR 31-1600 Intro to Design for the Stage 
  
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    31-2615 Costume Design II


    This course begins to develop skills required of a professional costume designer through specific design projects. Upon completion of the course, students should have projects that demonstrate an ability to formulate and clearly render a well-researched costume design.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1615 Costume Design I  and 31-1515 Rendering for Theatre I  and 31-1525 Costume Construction I 
  
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    31-2620 Lighting Design II


    This course explores the synthesis of Lighting Design and Lighting Technologies, exploring how to use the specialized equipment to create the lighting idea. The focus is on creation of light plots and paperwork and will expand the theoretical design idea into a production based plan. Each student will design a project in the Theatre department as part of this class.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1520 Lighting Technologies I  and 31-1620 Lighting Design I  and 31-2522 VectorWorks for the Performing Arts 
  
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    31-2670 Experience in Sound for the Theatre


    This course is an introduction to theatre sound design for those with little or no prior experience in sound/music work. Students will explore the nature of acoustic phenomena and perception, discovering the dramatic potential and relationships of sound to image, text, and movement in their practical applications. While the use of live sound will be touched upon, the main emphasis will be on electronically reproduced sound.

    1 Credits
  
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    31-2677 Design Studio


    Elective course is for anyone interested in developing rendering skills used in design for stage. Studio course is structured for faculty members of design to participate as advisors. Assignments respond to students’ varying skill levels. Students furnish art supplies. Concurrent enrollment in this class required for all students enrolled in costume design, set design, and advanced lighting design.

    1 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites CONCURRENT: 31-2610 Scene Design II  or 31-2615 Costume Design II 
  
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    31-2680 Makeup Development and Design


    This course focuses on critical analysis of character as is common in Film/TV, Print/Ad campaigns, Fashion/Couture and Theatre/Spectacle. Students will expand upon earlier techniques covered while applying realistic 3-D changes with specialty items such as waxes, latex, crepe hair, and the incorporation of other items for fashion (feathers, sequins, etc.) via adhesives. Through examining scripts and situational setups, researching, and visualizing character, the student will gain the ability to create and design their own representation of their ideas through makeup.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1680 Foundations of Makeup 
  
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    31-2700 Directing I


    This course focuses on process through which one approaches a play from a directorial point of view. Students read and discuss six plays and direct scenes from three of them. One play is presented during performance week. Students write an analysis of the play from which the final scene is taken.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis 

     

  
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    31-2707J 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.

    2 Credits
    Requirements Permission of Instructor
  
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    31-2750 Directing II


    With instructor approval, this course asks students to select one act of less than 45 minutes to direct. Students cast play from the Theatre Department student body, direct the play, and mount four performances in the Classic Studio. Rehearsals are held outside class hours and are determined by director and cast. All areas of directing are discussed among students and instructors with occasional guest directors, actors, and designers.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1505 Prod Tech: Stagecraft  and 31-2530 Stage Management II  and 31-2700 Directing I  and 31-1600 Intro to Design for the Stage  CONCURRENT: 31-2775 Practicum for Directing II 
    Requirements Permission of Instructor
  
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    31-2775 Practicum for Directing II


    Each student enrolled in the Directing II class will choose a one-act play no longer than 25 minutes in length to produce. Students will begin to learn and practice skills necessary to produce a play. In an ongoing classroom dialogue, the students and the instructor discuss all areas of production including collaboration with stage manager, technical rehearsal planning, introductory design concepts with occasional input from designers, actors, and guest directors. Major time is spent in the theater space.

    1 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2540 Stage Management Practicum  CONCURRENT:  
  
  
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    31-2805 Playwriting Process: Outreach and Inreach Through Revision


    Course provides playwriting practice for writers interested in the intersection of individual expression and community arts. Students will develop original work by combining community arts techniques with their personal writing process. Community arts approaches will be learned through the revision of scripts developed through service learning projects. Students will read, discuss and revise to explore the processes through which the scripts were originally created and the audiences for whom performances are intended. Writing will be both individual and collaborative.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES:   or 31-2700 Directing I 
  
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    31-2850 Writing for Musical Theatre


    Students from the Music and Theatre departments will collaborate on writing for the musical theatre stage. This piece can be an original story or based on an adapted text. The scene will be rehearsed and performed at the end of the semester. The participants will practice the art of collaboration and explore writing dialogue and developing storyline for musicals, setting lyrics to music, investigate how music functions in drama, work on developing character arcs, musical voicing and song placement. Additionally, participants will experience the processes of casting, directing and producing their performances. The classes consist of individual meetings, group meetings with faculty, rehearsals and a performance.

    2 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2201 Musical Theatre Scene Study  COREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis 
    Requirements Or Instructor Permission
  
  
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    31-2910J Auditioning for Improvisation


    Course will cover the basics of professional conduct and preparation to audition for Second City and other improvisationally oriented audition situations.

    1 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1210 Improvisational Techniques I 
  
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    31-2940 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.

    1 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1225 Theatre Foundation: Performance  or 31-1200 Acting I: Basic Skills 
    Requirements Permission of Instructor
  
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    31-2950 Teaching Practicum


    This course will engage students in the theory and practice of teaching theatre to youth. The class meets twice a week. Students will spend one class studying teaching fundamentals: classroom management, curriculum development, lesson planning, and assessment as they relate to teaching performance skills. The other class will be spent in practice in a youth theatre program in the Chicago area. Students will teach and observe each other’s teaching in an established, ongoing youth arts program.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1305 Body Movement for Actors I  and 31-2200 Acting II: Adv Sc Study  and 31-1210 Improvisational Techniques I 
  
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    31-2960 Creating Performance Seminar


    This course requires that students form a performance ensemble that will develop, rehearse, and perform an original piece of theatre. The ensemble will include writing, design, directing, 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 explore collaborative models appropriate to the involvement required at different stages of creative and practical performance development. Where practical, the ensemble will collaborate with another group in a service learning and/or interdisciplinary environment.

    3 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requirements Permission of Instructor
  
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    31-2965J Drama Facilitation


    This course will provide the student with the core principles and practices of facilitating groups learning drama and the opportunity for practical application of workshop facilitation theory and skills in preparation for doing work in Theatre in Education. T.I.E. uses theatre and drama techniques to provide a unique and creative educational experience for public school students, hospital patients, groups with disabilities, and other specialized groups, which can be adapted to many learning environments. Along with workshops using games and improvisation skills, students will learn how to identify themes or important issues among groups and develop auxiliary materials for further use of the group or classroom.

    2 Credits
    Repeatable
  
  
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    31-2972 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.

    1 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2209 and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
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    31-2972J Voice Over Workshop


    Workshop course will explore 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.

    1 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II  and 31-2209
  
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    31-2973 Monologue Workshop


    Workshop course will consist of practical coaching sessions aimed at giving the individual student the means to achieve two presentable audition monologues. Students will approach a two-minute monologue as they would a scene: finding objectives, choosing tactics, and scoring beat changes. Students will also learn basic audition protocol.

    1 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1205 Acting I: Scene Study  and 31-1300 Voice Training for the Actor I  and 31-1305 Body Movement for Actors I 
  
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    31-2990 International Theatre Workshop


    This course provides Theatre majors with the opportunity to study contemporary techniques and practices in international theatre making through exposure to international theatre artists. This summer workshop will run two weeks, 6 hours per day, providing an immersion in the work of a particular international theatre artist. Participation in the International Theatre Workshop is open to all Theatre majors.

    1 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES:  31-1200 Acting I: Basic Skills  and 31-1600 Intro to Design for the Stage 
  
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    31-2990J International Theatre Workshop: London, England


    One-week international theatre workshop course in London, England, is in collaboration with the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). Participants will receive a practical introduction to the Lecoq technique of creating performance, and attend performances at the London International Festival of Mime and Physical Theatre.

    1 Credits
  
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    31-2999 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.

    1-6 Credits
    Repeatable
  
  
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    31-3125 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.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2100 Theatre History & Inquiry  and 31-2120 Text Analysis 
  
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    31-3160 Period Styles for Theatrical Design I


    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.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2100 Theatre History & Inquiry 
  
  
  
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    31-3200 Acting III: Acting & Performing


    Diagnostic class concentrates on expanding character and style range of student according to individual need. Lectures, discussions, and improvisation workshops concentrate on building a character and on the playing of subtext. Pairs of new audition pieces are learned and performed, as are short two-person and ensemble scenes. Other Acting III Styles classes may be taken concurrently.

    4 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis  and 31-2205 Acting II: Char & Ens  and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
  
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    31-3204 Acting III: Shakes. I


    Course involves in-depth text analysis and verse work from Shakespeare’s First Folio with goal toward performance. Students engage in monologue and scene study work designed to help the actor find Shakespeare’s clues about character and performance in the text. Scenes are presented during performance weeks. Other Acting III: Styles classes may be taken concurrently.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis  and 31-2205 Acting II: Char & Ens  and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
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    31-3206 Acting III: Shakes. II


    Scene study and monologue class involves further work from Shakespeare’s First Folio. Study focuses on rehearsing text and finding clues about character, blocking, and motivations, then transferring them into performance. Students present scenes during performance week. Other Acting III: Styles classes may be taken concurrently.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3204 Acting III: Shakes. I 
  
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    31-3208 Acting III: Moliere and Restoration


    Class explores the plays of Moliere and the Restoration using devices of the Commedia dell’Arte and other techniques and exercises that serve to enhance actor’s understanding of a presentational style. Through scene work and projects performed during performance week, students develop a strong sense of what makes these plays so timely and funny. Other Acting III: Styles classes may be taken concurrently.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis  and 31-2205 Acting II: Char & Ens  and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
  
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    31-3212 Acting III: Shaw, Wilde & Coward


    Course studies lives and backgrounds of playwrights in relation to their place in theatre history. Important plays from the canon are read and discussed. Monologues, two-person, and ensemble scenes are studied and presented during performance week. Other Acting III: Styles classes may be taken concurrently.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis  and 31-2205 Acting II: Char & Ens  and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
  
  
  
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    31-3220 Acting III: Irish Theatre


    Course focuses on plays written by Yeats, Synge, O’Casey, and other Irish playwrights of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Students work on monologues, two-person scenes, and ensemble scenes that are presented during performance week. Other Acting III: Styles classes may be taken concurrently.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis  and 31-2205 Acting II: Char & Ens  and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
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    31-3221 Acting III:Camera Techniques I


    This course provides the acting student foundational skills and techniques for working On Camera. Vocal, physical and emotive skills in theatre training are adapted for working on camera; vocabularly germane to the medium is studied. The students use real scripts in a wide range of genres including: Sitcoms, TV Dramas, Commercials, Films and Reality TV. The students are videotaped in each class; other skills offered include: preparing material for casting agents, call-backs, character improvisation and on-set protocol.

    3 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2205 Acting II: Char & Ens  AND 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II  AND 31-2120 Text Analysis 
  
  
  
  
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    31-3226 Acting III: Latino Theatre


    This course gives brief history and overview of Latino theatre in the U.S. as a group students read six to eight plays by Latino authors and discuss their significance in contemporary American theatre. Class members choose scenes from readings, rehearse them, and present them during performance week. Other Acting III Styles may be taken concurrently.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis  and 31-2205 Acting II: Char & Ens  and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
  
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    31-3228 Acting III: Physical Theatre I


    Course explores creation and development of collaboratively generated performance. Students receive individual and small-group assignments to create short performance pieces through movement, image, sound, character, and object use for class discussion and development. Goal is to create an ensemble performance work presented at semester’s end. Other Acting III: Styles classes may be taken concurrently.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis  and 31-2205 Acting II: Char & Ens  and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
  
  
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    31-3234 Acting III: Camera Techniques II


    This course requires that Theatre majors act in front of a camera that is directed by Television majors. Acting students develop understanding of differences between acting on stage and acting on camera. Students do interviews, monologues, and scenes, all captured on videotape. Other Acting III: Styles classes may be taken concurrently.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3221 Acting III:Camera Techniques I 
  
  
  
  
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    31-3300 Voice Training for the Actor III


    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 exerices 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.

    3 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2120 Text Analysis  and 31-2200 Acting II: Adv Sc Study  and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
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    31-3305 Singing for the Actor I


    Course focuses on proper techniques for breathing, projection, voice placement, and articulation taught through singing. Instruction emphasizes text interpretation and characterization in song. This is not a class that teaches the actor to be a singer, but a class that teaches singing technique to broaden the actor’s spoken vocal range. Course instruction makes actors more comfortable with singing as part of their acting equipment. Students give public performance at semester end. Course is required for all students with an Acting concentration.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2200 Acting II: Adv Sc Study  and 31-2300 Voice Training for the Actor II 
  
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    31-3310 Singing for the Actor II


    Course, a continuation of 31-3305 Singing for the Actor I, further develops vocal techniques and interpretive study of songs. Students give a final performance at semester end.

    3 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3305 Singing for the Actor I 
  
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    31-3315 Stage Combat III


    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.

    3 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2316 Stage Combat II 
  
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    31-3320 Viewpoints: Approach, Vocabulary and Application


    Course examines Viewpoints, a movement philosophy geared towards the stage that explores the issues of time and space. It allows a group of actors to function spontaneously and intuitively and 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 theory of the 9 Viewpoints and use this information practically as a methodology of performance.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2200 Acting II: Adv Sc Study  and 31-2700 Directing I 
  
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    31-3325J Violence in Contemporary Theatre


    This course explores the heightened physical and vocal work that is associated with modern drama, especially that of power and manipulation. The class will use shared weight techniques and physical talking and listening to help understand the needs of the character in a given moment in seemingly random, non-technique forms of violence incorporated into scene work.

    1 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2200 Acting II: Adv Sc Study  and 31-2315 Stage Combat I 
  
  
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    31-3405 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.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3400 Musical Theatre III: Workshop I  and 31-2301 Rehearsal and Performance I  and 31-2325 Accents and Dialects  COREQUISITES: 31-3926 Advanced Audition Techniques for Musical Theatre 
  
  
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    31-3415 The 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.

    1 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2400 Musical Theatre II: Scenes and Songs 
    Requirements Permission of Instructor
  
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    31-3430 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.

    2 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2430 Musical Theatre Dance II 
  
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    31-3432 Rehearsal and Performance II


    Performance in a Main Stage or Outside professional production (approved by faculty). Class will function as an applied theatre credit.

    0-2 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2301 Rehearsal and Performance I 
    Requirements Permission of Instructor
  
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    31-3435 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.

    2 Credits
    Repeatable
  
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    31-3436 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.

    1 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3430 Musical Theatre Dance III  AND 31-1400 Musical Theatre History 
  
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    31-3521 Advanced CAD for the Performing Arts


    Course provides an in-depth study of a specific computer design program and applies skills gained in the beginning class to more advanced projects for the performing arts designer and technician. Access to a computer outside class is strongly recommended.

    2 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1600 Intro to Design for the Stage  and 31-2521 AutoCAD for the Performing Arts 
  
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    31-3521J Advanced CAD for the Performing Arts


    Course will allow students to explore the more advanced capabilities of AutoCAD and how these applications can be used by the theatrical designer. Students will put into use skills acquired in basic AutoCAD and have the opportunity to complete several complex projects. Students will learn the practical application of advanced computer drawing and 3-D modelling skills.

    2 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1510 Drafting for Theatre  and 31-2521 AutoCAD for the Performing Arts 
  
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    31-3530 Advanced Stage Management


    The Advanced Stage Management course requires that students stage manage Main Stage productions or other advanced projects while discussing challenges and problems one-on-one with the instructor. Students will work with less supervision and hold increased responsibility for an orderly production process.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2540 Stage Management Practicum 
  
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    31-3550 Production Management


    This advanced course is designed to build upon the students skills as designers, stage managers, or technicians in order to provide the ability and insight to serve in a supervisory capacity for theatrical productions. Students will learn broad management techniques as well as perform industry specific assignments intended to cultivate an understanding of the technical, financial, logistical, and staffing demands of a professional production.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1540 Stage Management I  or 31-3700 Directing II 
  
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    31-3605 Stage Make-Up II


    Course teaches beginning film and television techniques including face casting, bald caps, slip casting, mold making, and foam prosthetic production and application. Students design and apply at least two makeups using these techniques.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1605 Makeup for the Performer 
  
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    31-3606 Stage Make-Up III


    Course expands and builds on basic techniques learned in 31-3605 Stage Makeup II: face casting and sculpting for mask making. Instruction also covers hair ventilating, simple wig making, and tooth making for stage and film. Two makeups using these techniques are required in addition to more advanced designs using sculpting, painting, and face casting.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3605 Stage Make-Up II 
  
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    31-3610 Set Design III


    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.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2511 Scenic Model Making for Theatre  and 31-2610 Scene Design II 
  
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    31-3611 Topics in Theatre Technology and Design


    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.

    3 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1625 Theatre Foundation: Design and Composition  OR 31-1600 Intro to Design for the Stage 
  
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    31-3615 Costume Design III


    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.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2615 Costume Design II 
  
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    31-3620 Lighting Design III


    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

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-2620 Lighting Design II 
  
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    31-3621 Lighting Design Lab


    Hands-on seminar course allows students to apply advanced mechanical and design systems learned in Lighting Design. Class time is used to explore the use of light as a theatrical tool through experimentation in the process taught in Lighting Design. Students must take this class concurrently with Lighting design 31-2620.

    1 Credits
    Requisites CONCURRENT: 31-2620 Lighting Design II 
  
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    31-3625 Collaborative Seminar


    Course brings Design and Directing majors together to work on advanced projects. Teams develop a piece (theatrical, operatic, or musical) from concept through presentation. Designers create renderings, models, or story boards. Directors keep a process book. Projects include research of past productions and production theory.

    2 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-1620 Lighting Design I  or 31-3700 Directing II  or 31-1610 Set Design I  or 31-1615 Costume Design I 
  
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    31-3651 Senior Theatre Design/Tech Project


    This course provides the capstone experience for the theatrical designer or technician. Projects will either be Main Stage productions within our department or work that is deemed comparable in the professional community. Students will be supervised through the production, but the understanding is that the bulk of the work will be theirs, either as a designer or a technician.

    2 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3610 Set Design III  or 31-3615 Costume Design III  or 31-3620 Lighting Design III 
    Requirements Or Instructor Permission
  
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    31-3688 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.

    1-3 Credits
    Repeatable
    Requirements Permission of Instructor
  
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    31-3701 Directing III


    Course asks students, with instructor approval, to select a full-length play to direct. Students cast play from the Theatre Department student body, direct the play ($100 budget), and mount four performances. Rehearsals are held outside class hours and determined by director and cast. Students may be asked occasionally to be assistant directors for main season shows. All areas of directing are discussed in class and with occasional guests.

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES:   and 31-3700 Directing II 
  
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    31-3702 Practicum for Directing III


    Each student enrolled in the Directing III class will choose an extended one-act play no longer than 75 minutes in length to produce. Students will expand their skills necessary to produce a play. In an ongoing classroom dialogue, the students and the instructor discuss all areas of production including collaboration, technical rehearsal planning, design with occasional input from designers, actors, and guest directors. Major time is spent in the theater space.

    2 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3700 Directing II  CONCURRENT: 31-3701 Directing III 
  
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    31-3703 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.

    2 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3701 Directing III 
  
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    31-3704 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

    3 Credits
    Requisites PREREQUISITES: 31-3700 Directing II 
 

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