400-1 to 6 (1 to 2 per semester) Production. Practicum for support of major department productions in all areas. Roles in department productions may fulfill requirement.
THEA401A - Stage Management
401A-2 Stage Management. Study of the theories and skills required to successfully stage manage a theater production. Prerequisite: THEA 217, THEA 218A, concurrent enrollment in THEA 401B.
THEA401B - Stage Management Lab
401B-1 Stage Management Lab. Practical application of the theories and skills learned in the 401A course and applied on a department of theater production. Prerequisite: THEA 217, THEA 218A, concurrent enrollment in THEA 401A.
THEA402 - Directing Studio
402-3 to 6 Directing Studio. Introduction to the art of directing through examination of various genres. An exploration of the fundamentals of directing culminating in scene work and studio presentation. Advanced students will approach the directing process from play selection through dramaturgy to production and through the context of contemporary directing styles. Prerequisites: THEA 217 and THEA 311A with grades of C or better.
THEA403A - Advancd Movement for the Actor
403A-3 Advanced Movement for the Actor. Advanced studies in stage movement with special attention to period styles. Prerequisite: THEA 303A, THEA 317A, THEA 317B.
THEA403B - Advanced Voice for the Actor
403B-3 Advanced Voice for the Actor. Advanced studies in voice with special attention to stage dialects and advanced vocal techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 303B, THEA 317A.
THEA404 - Theater Management
404-3 Theater Management. Discussion of legal and financial aspects concerning the professional and community theaters of the United States. Consideration of and practice in managerial activities of an educational theater including administration, purchasing, and accounting practices, direct sales, publicity, promotion and public relations.
THEA406 - Properties Studio
406-9 (3,3,3,) Properties Studio. Beginning and advanced studio work in traditional and non-traditional crafts for theatrical events, including mask work, puppetry, stage furniture construction, upholstery, weaponry, armor, and special effects. Repeatable. Prerequisite: THEA 218A with a grade of C or better. Studio Fee: $60.
THEA407 - Scene Design
407-3 Scene Design. Technical and artistic aspects of scene design. Theory and practice. Prerequisite: THEA 218A, THEA 413 with a grade of C or better.
THEA409 - Scene Painting Studio
409-6 (2,2,2) Scene Painting Studio. Studio work in basic and advanced scene painting techniques and materials. Projects include wood, drapery, foliage, marble, transparencies, scrim painting, dye painting, faux finishes, metal reflections, and murals. Repeatable. Prerequisite: THEA 218A. Studio fee: $65.
THEA410 - Children's Theater
410-9 Children's Theater. Theory and practice in performing theater for children. Class activities include lectures on various aspects of production as well as producing a touring children's play for local area schools. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA412 - Patterning & Draping
412-2 Patterning and Draping for the Theater. This course introduces the theatrical costume design and technical student to the basics of pattern development and construction techniques used to develop a 3-dimensional theatrical costume, with focus on giving the student a working knowledge of costume production, flat patterning, and draping techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a minimum grade of C. Studio fee: $25.
THEA413 - Drafting for the Theater
413-6 (3,3) Drafting for the Theater. Development of the student's skill in scenographic techniques including ground plans, sections, elevations, and detail construction drawings. Prerequisite: THEA 218A with a minimum grade of C.
THEA414 - Costume Design
414-3 Costume Design. Technical and artistic aspects of costume design. Development of the design process, understanding and use of color theory and fabric, and practice of costume drawing techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a minimum grade of C.
THEA415A - Costume Crafts I
415A-2 to 4 Costume Crafts I. This course focuses on advanced skills in costume technology, including but not limited to, dyeing, fabric modification, millinery, wig styling, armor, jewelry making, armor, corsetry and period accessories. Topics covered vary by semester. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a grade of B or better. Craft fee: $35.
THEA415B - Costume Crafts II
415B-2 to 4 Costume Crafts II. This course focuses on advanced skills in costume technology, including but not limited to, dyeing, fabric modification, millinery, wig styling, armor, jewelry making, armor, corsetry and period accessories. Topics covered vary by semester. Prerequisite: THEA 218C with a grade of B or better. Craft fee: $35.
THEA416A - Structural Design Stage I
416A-3 Structural Design for the Stage Part I. An in-depth study of the art and practice of structural design for the stage including forces, stresses, strains, load analysis, geometric properties of materials and simple beam design. Prerequisite: THEA 218A with a minimum grade of C.
THEA416B - Structural Design Stage II
416B-3 Structural Design for the Stage Part II. Continued study of the art and practice of structural design for the stage including beam design, column and tension member design and combined loading design for sawn lumber and steel materials. Prerequisite: THEA 218A and 416A with minimum grades of C or special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA417 - Advanced Acting
417-3 to 6 (3,3) Advanced Acting. Utilization of the actor's process in the performance of various theories and styles of acting. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: THEA 317B.
THEA418 - Lighting Design
418-3 Lighting Design. Investigation of stage lighting design, theory and professional practice. Special attention to color theory and its application to stage lighting. Lecture/Laboratory. Prerequisite: THEA 218B and THEA 413 with grades of C or better.
THEA419 - Technical Direction
419-3 Technical Direction. Advanced study of principles and procedures of scenic construction and stage rigging. Includes scene shop organization, materials, and specialized stage equipment; preparation for professional technical direction. Lecture and laboratory to be arranged. Prerequisite: THEA 218A and THEA 413 with grades of C or better.
THEA425 - Metal Fabrication
425-3 Metal Fabrication for Theater. A study of the knowledge and practice of various welding processes and fabrication techniques for the stage as well as an understanding of the theater practitioner's responsibility to the quality and safety of their products. Prerequisite: THEA 218A with a grade of C or better. Studio fee: $40.
THEA450 - Topical Seminar
450-1 to 9 Topical Seminar. An intensive examination and application of selected areas of interest. Topics will vary and may include such areas as stage management, audition and interview, current political theater.
THEA454 - American Theater
454-3 American Theater. The development of American theater from colonial times to the present. Includes a study of the American musical theater from preminstrels through contemporary music-drama.
THEA455 - Dramaturgy
455-3 Dramaturgy. An introduction to the theory and practice of dramaturgy, including a survey of contemporary critical theories as they apply to the pre-production work of the dramaturg. The student will apply methodologies studies to plays from the classical repertory and to the works of new playwrights. Prerequisite: THEA 311A with a minimum grade of C.
THEA460 - Black Theater
460-3 Black Theater: Intersections of Culture and Performance. (Same as AFR 420) This course will freely examine the intersections between African and African American Theater. It will study the origins, form and agenda of Black Theater by tracing the commonalities of culture and Performance between African and African American Theaters. Students will be exposed to seminal essays, topical plays and performances while they hone their own critical and creative skills.
THEA500 - Research Methods
500-1 Theater Research Methods. An introduction to the principles and methods of research and writing in theater with a focus on selected areas of specialization within the various degree programs. Required of all Masters Theater students. Restricted to Theater Majors. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA501 - Avant Garde & Performance
501-3 The Historical Avant Garde & Performance. A survey of the historical avant garde throughout the 19th and 20th centuries through the study of documentary material, critical works, and plays. Individual reports, in class exercises, performance opportunities, and lectures provide focus on selected areas. Required reading encompasses a broad spectrum of subjects in order to demonstrate the political and aesthetic importance of a variety of the theatrical avant garde.
THEA502 - Advanced Directing Studio
502-3-12 (3,3,3,3) Advanced Directing Studio. Emphasis on practical directing problems and concerns of individual students through research, rehearsal and performance. Includes survey of directing theories and practices with laboratory application of directing techniques. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA503 - New Play Development
503-1 to 3 New Play Development. This is an interdisciplinary course-meant for designers, directors, dramaturgs, and playwrights-that prepares students for a prominent feature of the U.S. theatre landscape: the new play workshop. This ensconced entity, somewhere between a production and a casual reading, is an economic and artistic powerhouse, not just for playwrights, but for all theatre artists. This class imitates the methods and environments of the most prominent new play workshops in order to demystify a process that can be both artistically satisfying and lucrative for all theatre artists. Prerequisite: THEA 511A with a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment allowed.
THEA504A - Performing Justice/Theory
504A-3 Performing Justice/Theory. Performance is more prevalent in society than ever before. Performance, in this class means: theatre, mass media, social media, entertainment, digital humanities, and everyday life. This course considers questions such as: How can performance help gender equality? How does literary, media, and performance theory relate to struggles for social justice? What does it mean to live in a "dramatized society"? Students will gain an understanding of the economic, psychological, and political strategies behind performance and theory that seeks to intervene in unjust social structures. Restricted to graduate standing or special approval from the instructor.
THEA504B - Performing Resistance
504B-3 Performing and Producing Resistance. Beginning with Aristotle and the earliest foundations of Western performance, this course considers questions such as: How have artists resisted earlier performance theory? How have artists redefined performance in order to promote social justice? How have artists moved beyond performance onstage with actors in order to empower spectators? Students will gain an understanding of classical performance theory and subsequent resistant performance theories. Restricted to graduate standing or special approval from the instructor.
THEA506 - The Collaborative Process
506-2 to 4 The Collaborative Process. The theory and practice of the collaborative processes involved in play production; how designers, technicians, directors and playwrights interact with and communicate to each other to work as a creative team. Activities involve both hypothetical and fully realized productions when appropriate. May be taken for up to 4 hours.
THEA510 - Production Design Seminar
510-6 (1,1,1,1,1,1) Production Design Seminar. Exploratory workshop experience in rendering techniques, creative problem solving, design aesthetics, and production philosophies. To be taken by graduate production design students in residence, each semester, with exceptions by consent of instructor.
THEA511A - Playwriting I
511A-3 Playwriting I. This course assumes basic writing knowledge. It advances techniques of structure and dialogue in playwriting. Written exercises are submitted and discussed to identify dramatic events. Students will self-produce several short plays in collaborative performances. Students will initiate development of a full-length play. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA511B - Playwriting II
511B-3 Playwriting II. This course continues to develop advanced techniques of structure and dialogue in playwriting. Students will examine canonical plays to understand the tools used by the playwrights. Students will write short plays and self-produce several short plays in collaborative performances Students will write a full-length play. Prerequisite: THEA 511A. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA512 - Adv Costume Construction
512-2 to 8 Advanced Costume Construction. This course focuses on advanced skills in the areas of cutting and draping for the theater. A variety of techniques will be taught, including but not limited to, flat pattering, bias draping, tailoring, and historical construction techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 218C, THEA 412 or special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA516 - Advanced Theater Design & Prod
516-2-12 Advanced Theater Design and Production. An advanced studio-based study of the theories and practices of modern production and design with particular emphasis on the interaction of the sub-disciplines of scenic, costume, light, sound design, and technical production as well as the collaborative nature of theatrical production. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA520A - Period Style Theater I
520A-3 Period Style for Theater I. A survey of the costumes, architecture, furniture, decorative styles and motifs of major periods and countries relating to western culture and theater. Egyptian to the Renaissance.
THEA520B - Period Style II
520B-3 Period Style for Theater II. A survey of the costumes, architecture, furniture, decorative styles and motifs of major periods and countries relating to western culture and theater. Late Renaissance to 20th Century. Prerequisite: THEA 520A or special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA522 - SIU Summer Theater
522-1 to 12 SIU Summer Theater. Practical experience in summer stock play production. Performance or technical work in SIU Summer Theater only. Maximum of six hours per summer. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA525 - Contemp Experiment Drama
525-3 Contemporary Experiments in Drama. By studying contemporary literary theory and applying these critical tenets to new American plays, students develop tools to use in reading, understanding and writing plays in unconventional, non-traditional styles. Course work includes extensive reading of both essays and plays, discussing these matters, preparing reports and writing a play. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA530 - Independent Study
530-1 to 12 Independent Study. Independent research on selected problems. A maximum of three credit hours may be taken for a single project. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA550 - Topical Seminar
550-2 to 6 (2 per topic) Topical Seminar. In-depth studies of topics of special interest to advanced students concerning individual or groups of playwrights, directors, designers, and their techniques and theories. Topic is determined in advance. Special approval needed from the instructor.
THEA560 - Professional Work Experience
560-1 to 21 Professional Work Experience. Credit may be granted for professional work experience prior to acceptance into the program. Special approval needed from the instructor. Graded S/U only.
THEA561 - Theater Internship
561-1 to 12 Theater Internship. After completion of the M.F.A. core curriculum and basic courses in student's specialization, credit may be granted for internship at professional theaters, training programs, or studios. Special approval needed from the instructor. Graded S/U only.
THEA599 - Thesis
599-1 to 6 Thesis. Minimum of three hours to be counted toward a Master's degree.
THEA600 - Dissertation
600-1 to 36 (1 to 16 per semester) Dissertation. Minimum of 24 hours to be earned for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
THEA601 - Continuing Enrollment
601-1 per semester Continuing Enrollment. For those graduate students who have not finished their degree programs and who are in the process of working on their dissertation, thesis, or research paper. The student must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation research, or the minimum thesis, or research hours before being eligible to register for this course. Concurrent enrollment in any other course is not permitted. Graded S/U or DEF only.