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CURRICULUM

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The Theatre Department is dedicated to providing for the intellectual and artistic needs of all members of the community interested in exploring theatre as a liberal art. The Department offers a variety of academic and co-curricular (production) experiences which provide students with opportunities to learn about both the theoretical and artistic dimensions of theatrical performance, production, literature and history. In addition to offering a major and two minors (one disciplinary and one interdisciplinary) the Department also produces three main stage faculty-directed shows per year on campus.


COURSE LIST

If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in Theatre or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for the Major

disciplinary, 12 courses, 11 credits

At least 12 courses including THTR 100, THTR 130, THTR 220, THTR 320, THTR 490 and two semesters of THTR 900; three electives in theatre which constitute a concentration in either acting, theatre production, theatre history/literature/theory, or theatre of/for social change; two additional electives in Theatre or from the list of cross-listed courses listed below. Electives will be selected in consultation with the advisor. No more than three courses may be at the 100-level and at least six courses must be at the 300-level or above (two of which are the two T-900 half credits). The major may include no more than one independent study and no more than two courses from outside the department. All courses (except THTR 900) must be completed with a C- or better and six courses must be unique to the major.

Requirements for the Minor

6 courses, 5.5 or 6 credits

At least 6 courses including THTR 100, THTR 130, three elective courses in theatre selected from the two groups of courses below, and either THTR 900 or an additional elective. At least one of the electives must be from the Dramatic Literature, History, and Theory Group and at least one must be from the Theatre Production and Performance Group. Additional electives may be taken from either group.  All courses must be in Theatre. At least three courses must be at the 200-level or above and at least three courses must be unique to the minor. The minor may include no more than one independent study in theatre. All courses (except THTR 900) must be completed with a C- or better.

6 courses, 5.5 or 6 credits

At least 6 courses including THTR 100, THTR 130, three elective courses in theatre selected from the two groups of courses below, and either THTR 900 or an additional elective. At least one of the electives must be from the Dramatic Literature, History, and Theory Group and at least one must be from the Theatre Production and Performance Group. Additional electives may be taken from either group. At least two and no more than three of the elective courses must be outside of Theatre.  At least three courses must be at the 200-level or above and at least three courses must be unique to the minor. The minor may include no more than one independent study. All courses (except THTR 900) must be completed with a C- or better.

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Theatre Major, Disciplinary
Theatre Minor, Disciplinary
Theatre Minor, Interdisciplinary


COURSES

Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to educate students in the history of dramatic literature, visual design and performance.

Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Theatre a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

THTR 100 From Page to Stage

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Learn how to analyze and break down dramatic literature in order to create a blueprint for production choices. Engage in the close examination of literature in varied styles, regions, and historical periods from the points of view of theatre practitioners, while studying the topics of plot structure, character analysis, internal and external actions, conflict, rhythm, and idea/theme.

THTR 130 Acting I

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Non-actors often ask actors, “how do you learn all those lines,” thinking that the memorization process is the bulk of what it is to be an actor. This course will work to demystify the acting process and to introduce the beginning student to the craft of acting through the use of improvisation, theatre games, acting exercises, monologues and scene work. Learn how to craft a performance through careful analysis of the character and the script with a special emphasis placed objective/action-based acting.

THTR 424 Writing about Performance

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Insatiable Curiosity. A Point of View. Stamina. The Ability to Write. In 2010, Michael Billington, theatre critic for London’s Guardian newspaper asserted that these were the necessary attributes required of anyone wanting to write theatre criticism. This course will explore traditional theatre criticism and its inherent challenges of description, interpretation, and evaluation, while also delving into the intersection of performance writing with cultural studies, archival research, and dramaturgy.

 

 

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