Department of Theatre Arts

Department website: https://www.vanguard.edu/academics/academic-programs/undergrad/theatre-arts

Mission:  The Department of Theatre Arts seeks to establish a Christ-centered, professional environment for artistic expression by developing the creative mind, body, and spirit of each student in the disciplines of:  performance, production, multi-media, and theory.  By imparting knowledge and allowing hands-on participation, the department is about preparing students to impact our world for God’s glory.

The Department of Theatre Arts offers a rigorous training program with a choice of the following concentrations:  Musical Theatre, Stage and Screen Acting/Directing, or Technical/Design.  The goal of the Department of Theatre Arts is to prepare its graduates to pursue additional theatrical training, work in the theatrical profession, or a position in one of the many fields that utilize skills developed in a theatre degree program—collaboration, creative thinking, organization, discipline, critical thinking, etc.

Program Requirements

The Theatre degree requires a total of 120 units. This consists of 25 Theatre Core units, 30-31 Concentration units depending on concentration, 50 Core Curriculum units, and 14-15 elective units depending on concentration. Choosing from the lists of suggested electives provides a more intensive training experience. However, these units may be taken in any discipline. A Theatre minor requires 20 units. Please note that all acting courses must be taken at Vanguard to fulfill Theatre major requirements.  Acting courses taken at other institutions may transfer as electives.

NOTE:  Students have three  fewer Core Curriculum units to complete because THEA-202C History of Theatre I or THEA-204C History of Theatre II fulfills the three unit University Fine Arts Core Curriculum requirement.  The total number of units required for graduation remains 120 units.

Program Student Learning Outcomes: 

Graduates from the Department of Theatre Arts will be prepared to meet the following learning outcomes:

  1. Evaluate a script or theatrical topic using relevant dramatic theory and criticism; write a new work applying principles of analysis, criticism, theory, and historic/current genres.
  2. Devise and/or implement theatrically relevant outcomes utilizing design and/or management principles, integrating research with creative problem solving.
  3. Collaborate with other members of the production team in generating and implementing creative solutions in direction, performance, design, and construction.
  4. Display professional standards in execution of work.  Ex:  timeliness, follow-through, attention to detail, correct use of written English, etc.
  5. Create meaningful artistic expression utilizing movement, body, voice, and character creation.
  6. Evaluate student’s analysis of their integration of faith with the creative process.

NOTE: Some of the courses listed below may be applicable to general education requirements within the Professional Studies/Non-Traditional Education program (e.g. THEA-102 Intro to Acting).  Questions, contact the Department of Theatre Arts or the Registrar's Office.

 

Theatre Arts Courses

THEA-102  Intro to Acting  3 Credits  
THEA-102C  Intro to Acting  3 Credits  

Introduces students to the art and craft of creating believable characters for the stage using various theatre games and improvisations leading into scene work and monologues. Also covered is the history of contemporary styles. The course is specifically designed for majors with a Technical/Design concentration, minors, and non-majors who wish to gain skills in speaking in front of large groups. This course satisfies the Fine Arts Core Curriculum requirement for non-majors. Lab Fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-103A  Private Dance Lessons I  1 Credit  

This course provides private dance lessons for performers. The focus will be on improving basic skills and preparing students for dance auditions and show choreography. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-103B  Private Dance Lessons I  1 Credit  

This course provides private dance lessons for performers. The focus will be on improving basic skills and preparing students for dance auditions and show choreography. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-106  Set Construction I  1 Credit  

Participation in the construction and assembling of mainstage and/or showcase sets including painting and various techniques utilized in set design. Repeatable up to two units.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-107  Acting I  3 Credits  

Theory and practice in the art of creating believable characters for stage, focusing on the Michael Chekhov method, with additional work in Stanislavski and Uta Hagen techniques covering observation, sensory awareness, applied imagination, ensemble work, theatre exercises, and scene work. This course is for declared Theatre majors. Those with a Technical/Design concentration, non-majors, and Theatre minors take THEA-102C: Introduction to Acting. All required acting courses must be taken in residence at Vanguard University and may not be transferred in. Lab Fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-108A  Theatrical Production I  1 Credit  

Participation on a production team for mainstage shows/showcase week. Teams include, but are not limited to: sets, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup/hair, management, and front of house.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-108B  Theatrical Production I  1 Credit  

Participation on a production team for mainstage shows/showcase week. Teams include, but are not limited to: sets, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup/hair, management, and front of house.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-110  Costume Construction I  1 Credit  

Participation in the construction of costumes and costume accessories for mainstage/showcase productions. Appropriate sewing and patterning techniques will be demonstrated and practiced.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-116  Scenic Painting I  1 Credit  

Participation in the painting of the sets for mainstage productions. Students will be introduced to a variety of painting techniques. In addition to the scheduled meeting time, an additional 3 hours per week of arranged lab is required. Repeatable up to 2 units.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-121  Movement and Voice  2 Credits  

The study of stage movement, voice production, and speech using techniques and exercises to allow the freeing of one's natural voice and physicality. Techniques such as View Points and Laban will be utilized as well as concentration on breathing, relaxation, articulation, and dialect study.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-132A  Theatrical Performance I  0-2 Credits  

Majors and minors must enroll for one or two units at a time. The course requires participating in mainstage theatrical production including a thorough study of the play, the development of the character in rehearsal, and the performance of the role. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-132B  Theatrical Performance I  0-2 Credits  

Majors and minors must enroll for one or two units at a time. The course requires participating in mainstage theatrical production including a thorough study of the play, the development of the character in rehearsal, and the performance of the role. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-133  Musical Theatre Dance I  1 Credit  

An introduction to dance for musical theatre. Dance styles covered will include tap, jazz, and musical theatre movement. (NOTE: As of the 2021-2022 Academic Catalog, THEA-133C will no longer count towards the Core Curriculum.)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-133C  Musical Theatre Dance I  1 Credit  

An introduction to dance for musical theatre. Dance styles covered will include tap, jazz, and musical theatre movement. (NOTE: As of the 2021-2022 Academic Catalog, THEA-133C will no longer count towards the Core Curriculum.)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-135  Theatre Movement  2 Credits  

An introduction to the study of stage movement. Includes exercises and techniques to insure flexibility, meaningful aesthetic stage movement and physicality utilizing the Laban and Alexander techniques.(2020-2021 Catalog; this course is no longer offered.)

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-136A  Private Acting Lessons I  1 Credit  

This course provides private acting lessons for pairs of performers. The focus will be on scene work and monologues. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-136B  Private Acting Lessons I  1 Credit  

This course provides private acting lessons for pairs of performers. The focus will be on scene work and monologues. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-137A  Private Voice for Musical Theatre I  1 Credit  

This course provides private voice lessons for performers with a focus on musical theatre. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-137B  Private Voice for Musical Theatre I  1 Credit  

This course provides private voice lessons for performers with a focus on musical theatre. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-200C  Intro to Theatre  3 Credits  

An introduction to the study of theatre with focus on its history, forms, genres, performance space, and the artistic principles of production, as well as the technical aspects. Selected readings, discussions, attendance at plays, and critiques of performances are required. Theatre majors may not take THEA-200C to fulfill the Fine Arts core curriculum. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-202C  History of Theatre I  3 Credits  

An intensive study of theatre history - its literature, practitioners, and environs - from the Ancient Greeks through the French Neo-classical period. Readings, discussions, attendance at plays, and critiques of performances are required. This course fulfills the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-203A  Private Dance Lessons II  1 Credit  

This course provides private dance lessons for performers. The focus will be on improving basic skills and preparing students for dance auditions and show choreography. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-203B  Private Dance Lessons II  1 Credit  

This course provides private dance lessons for performers. The focus will be on improving basic skills and preparing students for dance auditions and show choreography. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-204C  History of Theatre II  3 Credits  

An intensive study of theatre history - its literature, practitioners, and environs - from the Restoration to modern. Readings, discussions, attendance at plays, and critiques of performances are required. This course fulfills the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-207  Acting II  3 Credits  

An in-depth study of characterization utilizing the Stanislavski system, and Uta Hagen's and Sanford Meisner's techniques of acting. This course is for Theatre majors only. Theatre minors may enroll with permission of instructor. All required acting courses must be taken in residence at Vanguard University and may not be transferred in. Lab Fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-208A  Theatrical Production II  1 Credit  

Participation on a production team for mainstage shows/showcase week. Teams include, but are not limited to: sets, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup/hair, management, and front of house.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-208B  Theatrical Production II  1 Credit  

Participation on a production team for mainstage shows/showcase week. Teams include, but are not limited to: sets, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup/hair, management, and front of house.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-213  Foundations of Dance for Elem Teachers  1 Credit  

This course will introduce students to the world of elementary dance curriculum and pedagogy through a thought provoking exploration on the development of fundamental movement skills. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to successfully implement a dance and drama program to support the diverse needs of elementary school students. Students will also be provided with guided opportunities to explore performance and choreographic experiences that build skills in improvisation and collaboration. This course is cross-listed with EDUC-213

THEA-219  Acting/Directing for the Camera I  2 Credits  

An introductory level class designed to familiarize students with the process of acting and directing for film or video using scenes from current stage and screen plays. Emphasis is on "single camera" situations. Lab fee.

THEA-220  Musical Theatre Vocal Tech.  3 Credits  

This course will cover a range of techniques used to develop the musical theatre voice. Areas included are breathing techniques and appropriate vocal exercises to increase range, enhance color, and enrich the beauty of the voice. Musical theatre repertoire will be used to explore aspects of the interaction of the vocal, physical, and mental aspects of performing in musicals. An emphasis will be placed on healthy and connected singing as well as performance techniques for musical theatre. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-232A  Theatrical Performance II  0-2 Credits  

Majors and minors must enroll for one or two units at a time. The course requires participating in mainstage theatrical production including a thorough study of the play, the development of the character in rehearsal, and the performance of the role. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-232B  Theatrical Performance II  0-2 Credits  

Majors and minors must enroll for one or two units at a time. The course requires participating in mainstage theatrical production including a thorough study of the play, the development of the character in rehearsal, and the performance of the role. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-236A  Private Acting Lessons II  1 Credit  

This course provides private acting lessons for pairs of performers. The focus will be on scene work and monologues. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-236B  Private Acting Lessons II  1 Credit  

This course provides private acting lessons for pairs of performers. The focus will be on scene work and monologues. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-237A  Private Voice for Musical Theatre II  1 Credit  

This course provides private voice lessons for performers with a focus on musical theatre. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-237B  Private Voice for Musical Theatre II  1 Credit  

This course provides private voice lessons for performers with a focus on musical theatre. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-242  Pedagogy/Practice in Theatre for Youth  3 Credits  

This course provides methods and materials for drama structures and activities as applied to the elementary classroom. Participants will explore how to use drama as a tool for transfer across the curriculum, as well as a way to motivate students, build classroom community and manage the classroom. Participants will investigate through the lens of a teaching artist, classroom teacher and/or drama teacher how to adapt the work to suit their needs, and collaboratively present lessons. This course is cross-listed with EDUC-242

THEA-244  Musical Theatre Audition I  3 Credits  

An in-depth practicum class focusing on the preparation of audition pieces for musical theatre. Students will learn how to identify songs appropriate for their range and the production, and will study the techniques involved in song interpretation. Permission of instructor is required for non-Musical Theatre Concentration majors. (Formerly Titled Beginning Musical Theatre Audition; 2018 Catalog)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-272  Playing Shakespeare  3 Credits  

An intensive actor's workshop which covers textual analysis, speaking prose and verse, scene study, shaping speeches, and building a character from the works of William Shakespeare. All required acting courses must be taken in residence at Vanguard University and may not be transferred in.

THEA-291  Special Topic:  1 Credit  

Study of a special topic in an area of theatre. Repeatable up to 9 units.

THEA-292  Special Topic:  2 Credits  

Study of a special topic in an area of theatre. Repeatable up to 9 units.

THEA-293  Special Topic:  3 Credits  

Study of a special topic in an area of theatre. Repeatable up to 9 units.

THEA-303A  Private Dance Lessons III  1 Credit  

This course provides private dance lessons for performers. The focus will be on improving basic skills and preparing students for dance auditions and show choreography. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-303B  Private Dance Lessons III  1 Credit  

This course provides private dance lessons for performers. The focus will be on improving basic skills and preparing students for dance auditions and show choreography. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-306  Set Construction II  1 Credit  

Participation in the construction and assembling of the mainstage and/or showcase sets including painting and various techniques used in set design. Repeatable up to two units.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-307  Acting III  3 Credits  

This course involves putting together a role based on the continued process of Stanislavski system, the study of body language and other acting approaches. Lab Fee.

Prerequisite: THEA-107, THEA-207

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-308A  Theatrical Production III  1 Credit  

Participation on a production team for mainstage shows/showcase week. Teams include, but are not limited to: sets, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup/hair, management, and front of house.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-308B  Theatrical Production III  1 Credit  

Participation on a production team for mainstage shows/showcase week. Teams include, but are not limited to: sets, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup/hair, management, and front of house.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-310  Improvisation  2 Credits  

Problem-solving theatre games and exercises are explored so as to develop spontaneity and impulse in action to free the player's imagination.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring, even years.

THEA-313  Scenic and Lighting Design Fundamentals  3 Credits  

This course covers the fundamentals of scenic and lighting design including the elements of design, a brief history of the disciplines, script analysis as it relates to design, and the process and tools necessary for creating scenic and lighting designs which support the director's vision. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-314  Makeup & Costume Design Fundamentals  3 Credits  

This course covers the fundamentals of makeup and costume design including the elements of design, a brief history of the disciplines, script analysis as it relates to design, and the process and tools necessary for creating character makeups and costume designs which support the director's vision. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-316  Scenic Painting II  1 Credit  

Participation in the painting of the sets for mainstage productions. Students will be introduced to a variety of painting techniques. In addition to the scheduled meeting time, an additional 3 hours per week of arranged lab is required. Repeatable up to 2 units.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-317  Costume Construction II  1 Credit  

The course consists of participation in the construction of costumes and costume accessories for mainstage/showcase productions. Appropriate sewing and patterning techniques will be demonstrated and practiced.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-319  Acting/Directing for the Camera II  2 Credits  

An intermediate level class designed to continue training students in acting and directing for film or video using scenes from short one-acts and sitcom material. Emphasis is on two-camera situations.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-323  Sound Design  2 Credits  

The design and integration of live and recorded digital sound into production as indicated by directors' conceptualization approaches.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-324  Theory and Criticism  3 Credits  

Reading and analysis of theories and critical approaches to contemporary theatre: Stanislavski, Aristotle, Brecht, and others who have contributed to the form and idea of the modern theatre. Lab Fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring, even years.

THEA-332A  Theatrical Performance III  0-2 Credits  

Majors and minors must enroll for one or two units at a time. The course requires participating in mainstage theatrical production including a thorough study of the play, the development of the character in rehearsal, and the performance of the role. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-332B  Theatrical Performance III  0-2 Credits  

Majors and minors must enroll for one or two units at a time. The course requires participating in mainstage theatrical production including a thorough study of the play, the development of the character in rehearsal, and the performance of the role. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-336A  Private Acting Lessons III  1 Credit  

This course provides private acting lessons for pairs of performers. The focus will be on scene work and monologues. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-336B  Private Acting Lessons III  1 Credit  

This course provides private acting lessons for pairs of performers. The focus will be on scene work and monologues. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-337A  Private Voice for Musical Theatre III  1 Credit  

This course provides private voice lessons for performers with a focus on musical theatre. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-337B  Private Voice for Musical Theatre III  1 Credit  

This course provides private voice lessons for performers with a focus on musical theatre. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-338  Stage Combat  2 Credits  

This course introduces basic stage techniques with unarmed combat including falls, rolls, chokes, punches and kicks, advancing to broad sword combat using scenes from classical or contemporary works, and applying these techniques with special attention to safety. Lab fee. (NOTE: As of the 2021-2022 Academic Catalog, THEA-338C and THEA-338 will no longer count towards Core Curriculum.)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-338C  Stage Combat  2 Credits  

This course introduces basic stage techniques with unarmed combat including falls, rolls, chokes, punches and kicks, advancing to broad sword combat using scenes from classical or contemporary works, and applying these techniques with special attention to safety. (NOTE: As of the 2021-2022 Academic Catalog, THEA-338C will no longer count towards Core Curriculum.)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-339  Industry Insiders  3 Credits  

Course focuses on the skill and materials necessary to find employment as a performer for theater, television, and screen. Topics covered include auditioning/cold readings, securing representation, finding a business manager, and getting the most useful headshots. Lab fee.Must be have Junior or Senior standing.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-341  Directing I: Stage and Screen  3 Credits  

Introduction to the techniques and fundamentals of directing for the stage and screen using text, theory, and practicum while applying these approaches to student-directed one-acts. Lab Fee. (Formerly titled Directing Fundamentals: Stage and Screen; 2018 catalog)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring, even years.

THEA-343  Character Acting for Comedy  3 Credits  

This course will focus on creating believable characters for comedy using applied imagination, ensemble work, improvisation, and in-depth exploration of building and communicating a character utilizing the sitcom architypes.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring, odd years.

THEA-344  Musical Theatre Audition II  3 Credits  

A continuing in-depth practicum class focusing on the preparation of audition pieces for musical theatre. Students will explore a wider range of pieces to identify songs appropriate for their range and production requirements and will continue to study the techniques involved in song interpretation. Permission of instructor required for non-Musical Theatre Concentration Majors. (Formerly titled Intermediate Musical Theatre Audition; 2018 catalog)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-350  Stage Management  3 Credits  

The study of how to become a successful stage manager. Students will learn organizational, interpersonal, and publicity skills. Students also will learn how to manage actors and scheduling, work with the directors, and oversee the production for stage as well as television/film. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring, odd years.

THEA-360  Dramatic Lit: Script Analysis  3 Credits  

This course is cross-listed with ENGL-360. This course introduces the student to history's most influential stage and screen plays giving the student skills with which to analyze critically the script in order to understand the work of each playwright. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-386  Junior Project  1 Credit  

Participation in production crew for mainstage show for one or more of the following production teams: set construction, costumes, makeup/hair, lighting, sound, house management, props, stage management, and assistant stage management. Repeatable up to four units.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-403A  Private Dance Lessons IV  1 Credit  

This course provides private dance lessons for performers. The focus will be on improving basic skills and preparing students for dance auditions and show choreography. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-403B  Private Dance Lessons IV  1 Credit  

This course provides private dance lessons for performers. The focus will be on improving basic skills and preparing students for dance auditions and show choreography. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-408A  Theatrical Production IV  1 Credit  

Participation on a production team for mainstage shows/showcase week. Teams include, but are not limited to: sets, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup/hair, management, and front of house.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-408B  Theatrical Production IV  1 Credit  

Participation on a production team for mainstage shows/showcase week. Teams include, but are not limited to: sets, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup/hair, management, and front of house.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-419  Acting/Directing for the Camera III  2 Credits  

An advanced level class designed to impart a deeper exploration of film and television utilizing play scripts that exist in public domain adapted short films.

Prerequisite: THEA-219, THEA-319

THEA-432A  Theatrical Performance IV  0-2 Credits  

Majors and minors must enroll for one or two units at a time. The course requires participating in mainstage theatrical production including a thorough study of the play, the development of the character in rehearsal, and the performance of the role. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-432B  Theatrical Performance IV  0-2 Credits  

Majors and minors must enroll for one or two units at a time. The course requires participating in mainstage theatrical production including a thorough study of the play, the development of the character in rehearsal, and the performance of the role. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-433  Musical Theatre Dance II  1 Credit  

Instruction in dance for musical theatre. Dance styles covered will include tap, jazz, and musical theatre movement among others. (NOTE: As of the 2021-2022 Academic Catalog, THEA-433C and THEA-433 will no longer count towards Core Curriculum.)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-436A  Private Acting Lessons IV  1 Credit  

This course provides private acting lessons for pairs of performers. The focus will be on scene work and monologues. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-436B  Private Acting Lessons IV  1 Credit  

This course provides private acting lessons for pairs of performers. The focus will be on scene work and monologues. Each level may be repeated twice for credit. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-437A  Private Voice for Musical Theatre IV  1 Credit  

This course provides private voice lessons for performers with a focus on musical theatre. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-437B  Private Voice for Musical Theatre IV  1 Credit  

This course provides private voice lessons for performers with a focus on musical theatre. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-441  Directing for the Stage II  3 Credits  

An advanced level of technique and practicum for staging and working with actors through the use of text and scene work. (Formerly titled Advanced Directing for the Stage; 2018 Academic Catalog)

THEA-442  Playwriting  3 Credits  

Development of playwriting techniques as applied to the stage. The student will be required to develop and write a one-act stage play. Lab Fee. This course is cross-listed with ENGL-442.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-444  Adv. Musical Theatre Audition  3 Credits  

A continuing in-depth practicum class focusing on the preparation of audition pieces for musical theatre. Students will prepare a portfolio of pieces to use in professional auditions. Non-Musical Theatre Concentration Majors may only enroll with permission of instructor. Lab fee. (2020-2021 Catalog; this course is no longer offered.)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-450  Theatre Internship  1-2 Credits  

To fulfill the course requirements, the student is to serve a minimum 150 hours for the 2 unit internship with a department-approved professional theater. May be repeated up to 3 units. Theatre majors are required to take 2 units. An additional unit may be taken as an elective unit. Minimum hours required per unit will vary by internship and will be approved by the professor of record.This must be arranged the previous semester and must be approved by the student's advisor and the professor of record. Freshmen may not take this course without approval of the department chair. (NOTE: As of the 2021-2022 Academic Catalog, Sophomores now allowed to take Theatre Internship.)

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

THEA-451  Theatre Teaching Assistant  1 Credit  

Regular hours each week and/or meetings are established at the beginning of the semester. The intern assists an instructor in planning and conducting a course and/or laboratory sessions. This course may be repeated for a maximum of three units. This course does not fulfill the THEA-450 Theatre Internship requirement. Must be Junior standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above with approval of the Department Chair.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-455  Shakespeare Through the Ages  3 Credits  

An in-depth survey of Shakespeare's major works within the historical and cultural context of the Renaissance. This investigation of his oeuvre includes the close reading of tragedies, comedies, romances and history plays with an eye towards the ways in which he revolutionized genre. This course involves class discussion, quizzes, texts, papers and performance, and it fulfills the departmental required for Shakespeare.This course is cross-listed with ENGL-455.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEA-470  Special Topic:  1-3 Credits  

Study of a special topic in the area of theatre. May be repeated for credit.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-472  Portfolio Preparation  2 Credits  

Course focuses on the skills and materials necessary to create the type of portfolio required to find employment as a technician/designer. Topics covered include the different types of portfolios and knowing which one to use when, creating additional content, and how to integrate the Christian walk and faith with employment in the entertainment industry.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEA-480  Individual Studies:  1-3 Credits  

May be repeated for credit.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEA-495C  Senior Project  2 Credits  

The Senior Project demonstrates the student's proficiency in and ownership of the outcomes of the Theatre curriculum. The project is presented to the campus community on-site during the regular department production calendar and includes a journal of the process. Project areas include performance, directing, design, management, script writing, and producing. The student will submit a reflection paper on the integration of faith and theatre with their academic journey, including insights gained from the senior project. This course and paper fulfills the Vanguard University Capstone requirement. Project by approval of Senior Project Coordinator and Department Chair. Lab fee.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.