Theatre Courses

Courses are 1 unit unless otherwise indicated.

WagnerCollege-theatre_13011 Theatre Lab. Half a unit. Intensive participation in the college theatre production program in any facet of theatre arts. Especially designed for matriculated majors.

014-8 Play Production. Zero units. This class is an experiential component of theatre curriculum. Students will learn by supporting the productions. Four experiences in FOH, Management, Technical Services, Dramaturgy, and Backstage support are required; only one can be in FOH operations.

103 Script Analysis. An introduction to dramatic theory, structure, analysis and theatre literature. Students will read one to two plays weekly and participate in class discussion. The course should be taken during the first three semesters.

105 Theatre Appreciation. A course designed for non-majors to create a deeper appreciation and understanding of the theatrical process. Students attend current college and professional productions.

106 Introduction to Acting. An introductory course in acting designed for non-majors and for theatre majors who are not on performance track. Provides a basic orientation to the dynamics of acting within a supportive studio environment.

107 Stagecraft. A course designed for non-majors to create a deeper appreciation and understanding of the technical theatre process. This course is an introduction to the crafts needed to take the show from the conceptual design to the stage. An emphasis will be placed on learning basic vocabulary, construction technique, electrical theory and equipment.

108 Stage Lighting and Electronics. This course is an introduction to the skills and equipment needed to take the lighting and sound design from the conceptual to the stage. Emphasis will be placed on learning basic vocabulary, electrical theory and equipment (instruments and electronics) used in mounting a production.

WagnerCollege-theatre_11109 Stage Costuming. A study of basic costume design for the stage, emphasizing the interpretation of dramatic texts in terms of characterization. Basic figure drawing and fabric study are included. The collaborative process which translates ideas to finished design will be explored.

110 Scene Painting. This class is an elementary level class in scenic painting technique. Beginning with choice of paint and ending with touchup, this class will work on the skills necessary to transform raw materials into a dramatic environment for a theatrical production. Students will be introduced to techniques such as faux painting, glazes, washes and other basic techniques needed to do Trompe-l'oeil, the illusionistic representation of real objects.

111 Introduction to Design and Technology. An introduction to the principles of design and technology for the stage. This class includes research from the designer's point of view; study of professional practices in the development of designs; an overview of the realization of stage designs; and the process and procedures for the execution of the designs. The course does not presuppose any technical knowledge.

112 Stagecraft I. The emphasis of this course will be on the mastery of practical skills associated to take a theatrical production from the conceptual design to the stage.Students will learn; technical vocabulary; construction techniques and painting skills necessary to function as a stage carpenter; electrical theory and equipment needed to be a stage electrician; and basics of sound theory to become a sound Technician.  * For matriculated Theatre DTM majors, others by permission of instructor only.

117 Acting Techniques I. A course to introduce the student to the physical and vocal techniques of acting, mental and emotional aspects of acting, and the creation of character through interpretation of plays and scenes.

204 Intermediate Acting. This class is an advanced scene study course designed for the non-major and for Theatre majors who are not on the performance track. A continuation of the techniques studied in Introduction to Acting with an emphasis on classical and modern plays, including text analysis and characterization.

209 Drafting for the Stage. Half a Unit. The focus of this course is on drafting as a form of communication of visual ideas. This will be a project and critique oriented course. Skills to be developed include understanding of scale, two dimensional representation of three dimensional objects and literacy of blueprint reading. Prerequisite: Theatre 111.

WagnerCollege-theatre_4217 Acting Techniques II: Scene Study. A contemporary/modern scene study course on how to apply and integrate the skills taught in Acting I. Emphasis is placed on character analysis, research, and text analysis. Objectives include developing a rehearsal technique and understanding the process of exploration. Prerequisite: Th117.

218 History of American Film. This course examines landmark films, their directors, stars, writers, and producers. Each class will include screening at least one film as well as lecture and discussion.

219 Computer Visualization. This course builds on the foundations in Drafting for the Stage (209) and extends the skills needed for visual communication as a cross application from VectorWorks into RenderWorks and into Photoshop to build a more visual presentation. Prerequisites: 111 and 209

233 History of the Theatre. A comprehensive study of the theatrical art from its beginning to the present. Consideration is given to the cultural milieu of each period and to the changes in theatrical architecture and production styles.

235 Musical Theatre History - Background and Analysis I. This course is an extensive survey of the music theatre literature from 1868 to the present. The objective of this course is to familiarize the student with representative musicals from all significant periods of music theatre history. The class will include literary, dramatic and musical analyses of the works presented during the course of the semester.

240 Stage Makeup. Demonstration and practicum in straight and character makeup for the stage.

242 Commedia dell'Arte. Generally an Expanding Your Horizons course offered in the spring semester which involves a 2 week trip to Amsterdam in January.  This physical form of acting is studied with members of the renown international theatre company Teatro Punto

290 Playwriting. An introductory course in techniques of playwriting, including play structure, genre and theatrical components. The course includes opportunities for creative writing for the stage.

WagnerCollege-theatre_3307 Musical Theatre Performance I. An intensive and highly focused course in learning how to act a song. The objective of this course is to teach students to perform musical Theatre literature with a strong emotional connection. Prerequisites: Theatre 117 and 217, or permission of the instructor.

308 Musical Theatre Performance II. A performance survey course in performance styles. The objective of this course is to accumulate a wide range of audition material that represents various Musical Theatre composers. Students will learn, memorize and perform a new song each week. Prerequisites: Theatre 117, 217 and 307.

310 Stage Directing I. A course which develops rehearsal techniques, including thematic and character interpretation, and overall design techniques. Prerequisite: Theatre 103, 111, 117 and 217 or 106 and 210 permission of the instructor.

311 Stage Directing II. A continuation of development of skills and techniques explored in Stage Directing I. Prerequisite: Stage Directing I and/or permission of the instructor.

317 Acting Techniques III: Classical Styles. An examination of classical acting styles as required in Greek tragedy and comedy; Shakespearean tragedy and comedy; the comedies of Moliere as well as modern classical playwrights such as Chekov, Shaw, Wilde and Coward. Emphasis is placed upon rehearsal techniques. Prerequisites: Theatre 117 and 217.

321 Scenic Design. This course will focus on the fundamentals of scenic design theory (through the application of basic mechanical and conceptual solutions) in a variety of theatre spaces and genres, for the development of research and presentation skills. Readings and projects may include comedy, tragedy, melodrama, musicals, opera and ballet. Prerequisite: Theatre 111.

323 Lighting Design. This course focuses on the fundamentals of lighting, including the history, styles and aesthetics of lighting design. Exploration of the design process will include practical projects such as light plots, essays and sketches for productions. Individual topics in lighting include optics, color psychology of light, position, control, distribution and timing. Prerequisite: Theatre 111.

324 Period Styles Design. Periods of style in fashion, costume, art, and architecture will be explored as they relate to current theatrical design and production, as well as their historical, political, religious, and social contexts. This will be a seminar style class in which students will participate in the presentation of material to the class.

WagnerCollege-theatre_5350 Stage Management. This course provides concentrated Stage Management training. The student will study organizational models for professional and nonprofessional theatres, organizational strategies to aid the performance of stage management duties, and the care and development of the production and personnel. Prerequisite: Theatre 111.

400 Senior Seminar. This is the capstone course for Theatre Studies and D/T/M students; involves attending and writing about theatre and other performances.

417 Acting Techniques IV. A continuation of techniques developed in Acting Techniques I, II and III. Examination of acting styles required in plays of authors such as Brecht, Becket, Pinter, Ionesco, Williams, Mamet and Shepard. Emphasis is placed on rehearsal techniques. Prerequisites: Theatre 117 and 217.

424 Theatre Design Studio. The emphasis of this class is on design theory and conceptualization through use of design exercises. Advanced work will be individually oriented to develop graphic and analytic skills used in design with special attention to portfolio development. The class will be a studio/seminar style course where students present their research, analysis, and designs to the class on an ongoing basis for discussion and critique.

440 Performing Arts Management. A study of techniques in managing the performing arts. Areas covered include planning events, facilities, budgeting, contracts, box office procedures, promotion, and publicity.

450 Theatre Criticism. This course will involve attending performances and writing as well as well as reading professional style reviews.

461 Acting V: The Professional Actor. A continuation of the first three years of Acting Techniques with an emphasis on the business end of theatre, auditioning material and tools, including pictures and resumes, union affiliation, agents and contracts. Prerequisites: Theatre 117, 217 and either 317 or 417 and by permission of the instructor. Open to seniors.

462 Senior Showcase. Students prepare polished audition material for Showcase presented for professionals in New York. Open to seniors only, with permission of the department.

582 Musical Theatre Practicum. A course providing intensive practical experience in the multiple facets of the stage production of musicals. Departmental permission required.

585 Advanced Musical Theatre Practicum. A course for advanced students only, providing intensive practical experience in the multiple facets of the musical stage production.

591 Special Topics in Theatre. A flexible course, offered at various times, focusing in depth on special areas in theatre.

593 Independent Study in Speech and Theatre. An opportunity for advanced students independently to pursue experimental, creative projects of research with faculty guidance. Departmental permission required.

TH 595 Advanced Theatre Practicum. Senior Learning Community for Theatre Studies and D/T/M Concentration, providing senior students with intensive practical experience in multiple facets of stage production.