Mercer Theatre

Curriculum

Theatre Major

The Theatre major consists of a minimum of 30 hours. These must include THR 115, 218, 235, 302, 326 or 327, and 337. Students must choose three additional courses from among: THR 318, 326 or 327, 336, 338, 371, 490, and 495, and one from among: ENG 233, 332, 333, 364, and 367. THR 292 does not count toward the major.
 
All theatre majors will design a creative major project in consultation with a Theatre faculty member. The project will reflect the classes and experiences of the students in their major classes and in the theatre. Students must submit a typed project proposal to the Theatre faculty for their approval at least one year prior to their expected date of graduation. After the completion of the project, the students will meet with the Theatre faculty and staff to report on their experiences and to engage in a critique of the project. Projects will be evaluated by the Theatre faculty and graded Pass with Distinction, Pass, or Fail.

Theatre Minor

The Theatre minor consists of THR 115, 218 or 235, plus three additional courses from among the following: THR 326 or 327, 336, 338, 371, 372, and 490.

 

Departmental Honors

In Theatre

In order to earn departmental honors in Communication and Theatre Arts, a Theatre major must meet the following requirements: (1) a minimum overall grade point average of 3.50, (2) a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in courses taken in CTA, and (3) a grade of Pass with Distinction on the major project.

 

Courses

Theatre

THR 115. Introduction to Theatre (3 hours)

A study of the nature of the art of theatre, its evolution, and its importance to the development of human relationships and culture. This course will include a brief survey of theatre history, an introduction to script analysis, and an exploration of each facet of theatre production, including acting, directing, and design. (Every semester)

THR 218. Beginning Acting (3 hours)

Basic experience in the fundamentals of acting for the stage and the camera. Emphasis will be given to movement, voice/diction, improvisations, scene analysis, and performance techniques. (Every year)

THR 235. Stagecraft (3 hours)

A survey of the materials, tools, and techniques used in the drafting, construction, and painting of scenery for the stage and screen. This is a lecture/laboratory class. (Every other year)

THR 292. Theatre Practicum (1 hour)

Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor
Academic credit for those who execute significant creative assignments in theatre productions. One hour credit for each semester of satisfactory participation. (Every semester) T

THR 302. Directing (3 hours)

A study of the principles and methods of direction for the stage and the camera. Special attention will be given to script analysis, movement, picturization, and the needs of the actor. Each student will direct a one-act play or scene for stage or television. (Every two years)

THR 318. Acting II (3 hours)

Prerequisite: THR 218
Extensive development of acting techniques for stage and film. Emphasis will be given to classical character development, dialect skills, acting for the camera, audition technique, and professional resume development. (Every year)

THR 326. A Survey of Theatre History I (3 hours)

A survey of theatre history from its primitive origins to 1750. (Every fourth year)

THR 327. A Survey of Theatre History II (3 hours)

A survey of theatre history from 1750 to the present, with units on Chinese, Japanese, and Indian Theatre. (Every fourth year)

THR 336. Lighting for Stage and Screen (3 hours)

The study of the physics and principles of lighting design for stage, television, and film. Emphasis will also be given to script analysis and interpretation into the medium of light. A lecture/laboratory class. (Every other year)

THR 337. Scene Design (3 hours)

A study of the principles of set design for stage and film. Students will analyze dramatic literature, research period style, and develop renderings, floor plans, and three-dimensional models for various plays. (Every other year)

THR 338. Costume Design (3 hours)

A study of the social and cultural milieu that influenced historical dress and its research application to designing costumes for theatre and film. Emphasis will also be placed on designing costume plates for a particular play, and on the development of skills necessary in costume construction, including drafting and draping patterns, cutting, and stitching, as well as fabric painting and dyeing. A lecture/laboratory class. (Every other year) T

THR 371. Beginning Playwriting (3 hours)

(Same as ENG 371)
The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the conventions and techniques of playwriting. Students will complete exercises leading to the creation of an original one-act play. (Every two years)

THR 490. Special Topics in Theatre (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status or consent of the instructor.
A study of some significant topic in communication or theatre arts not covered in the regular department offerings. The specific topics will be chosen according to needs and interests. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of nine hours credit. (Occasional)

THR 495. Directed Independent Study (1-6 hours)

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status or consent of the instructor.
An advanced course in theory and research in communication and/or theatre arts. The student must submit a proposal for research during the semester prior to enrolling in the course. May be repeated with different projects/topics, but total credit may not exceed 6 hours. (Occasional)