Theatre & Dance  

THDA 435 - Introduction to Theatre
Credits: 4.00
Introduces all aspects of theatrical production: play writing, acting, directing, design, technical theatre and construction, and theatre management. Cultural and social context of theatre in our time and through the ages. Introduces major classical and modern types of theatre. Selected plays are read and discussed, and attendance at theatrical production is required. Special fee.

THDA 436 - History of Theatre I
Credits: 4.00
The history of theatre and its drama is introduced through close study of the world's greatest plays from the Greeks through the end of the 17th century -- How these plays were performed then, how they are performed now, their political, social, and cultural urgencies.

THDA 436H - Honors/History of Theatre I
Credits: 4.00
The history of theatre and its drama is introduced through close study of the world's greatest plays from the Greeks through the end of the 17th century -- How these plays were performed then, how they are performed now, their political, social, and cultural urgencies. Writing intensive

THDA 438 - History of Theatre II
Credits: 4.00
The history of theatre and its drama is introduced through close study of the world's greatest plays of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries -- How these plays were performed then, how they are performed now, their political, social and cultural urgencies.

THDA 438H - Honors/History of Theatre II
Credits: 4.00
The history of theatre and its drama is introduced through close study of the world's greatest plays of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries -- How these plays were performed then, how they are performed now, their political, social and cultural urgencies. Writing intensive.

THDA 439 - Introduction to Shakespeare in the Theatre
Credits: 4.00
Introduces the imaginative process by which actors and directors bring Shakespeare's plays to life on the stage. Detailed study of eight plays.

THDA 440 - Exploring Musical Theatre
Credits: 4.00
This is an introductory course designed to enhance the student's enjoyment and understanding of musical theatre. Course content and internet exploration as well as play attendance are designed to acquaint students with and nurture an appreciation for musical theatre. This course is intended for introductory students of all majors who are interested in studying musical theatre elements, styles, and significance.

THDA 442 - Introduction to the Art of Acting
Credits: 4.00
Designed for non-THDA major students interested in the art of acting. Students broaden and deepen their own creativity, gain a deeper understanding of human behavior and interaction, and strengthen analytical skills through class work and projects. Focuses on the basic skills of acting: the ability to effectively communicate, to gain access to the full spectrum of human emotions, and increase spontaneity. Important innovators and theorists in the field of theatre and acting are covered, such as Sanford Meisner, Constantine Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowsky, Agusto Boal, and Jacques Lacoq. Additional topics include contemporary plays and playwrights, an historical perspective of the art of acting, and the current state of live theatrical performance.

THDA 444A - What's Old Becomes New: Threading Theatrical Themes into Societal Truths
Credits: 4.00
To what degree does updating theatrical themes contribute to societal norms and relevant commentary? This course will examine how enduring dramatic ideas evolve by comparing plays that are written in reaction to or as an extension of a provocative piece, both carrying on similar themes but told in updated ways. Students also will investigate the role these adaptations play in theatre history, why they are done and whether they are justified as quality art.

THDA 444B - Famous Dancers of the 20th Century
Credits: 4.00
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the dancers of the twentieth century whose contributions to the art form have made dance an important cultural necessity. This includes examining how their style of dance and unique personalities has had a major influence on our perceptions of dance and how they have had an effect on society. Writing intensive.

THDA 450 - History of Musical Theatre in America
Credits: 4.00
Study of the development of the musical and its relationship to American social history.

THDA 458 - Costume Construction
Credits: 4.00
Study and development of costuming techniques, including hand and machine sewing, pattern drafting, alterations, and fabric manipulation. Emphasis on demonstrated understanding. Special fee.

THDA 459 - Stagecraft
Credits: 4.00
Elements of play production: basic building components, tools, and materials for producing the scenery; equipment and shop layouts supporting all of the areas of the set, lighting, and costume designs; and consideration of various stage spaces and theatrical venues. Practical application on University theatre productions. Special fee. Lab.

THDA 460 - Elements of Design
Credits: 4.00
Course is designed for students who are interested in theatrical design elements including scenery, costume, lighting and sound. Class encompasses lecture, discussion, presentation and studio (work in class) formats. Critique and discussion are essential to the creative thinking that a designer needs to have. Throughout the course, each student is expected to complete projects that incorporate the design elements they have studied.

THDA 462 - Ballet I
Credits: 4.00
Introductory course: technique, historical development of ballet. Students who have had several years of ballet are expected to register for THDA 562 or 662. Instructor determines appropriate level. Not open to seniors.

THDA 463 - Theatre Dance I
Credits: 4.00
Introductory course: techniques; improvisation; lectures on jazz, ethnic, and other theatrical dance forms. Students with prior experience are expected to register for THDA 563 or 663. Instructor determines appropriate level. Not open to seniors. Special fee.

THDA 470 - Movement and Vocal Production
Credits: 4.00
Expansion of the student's vocal and physical/kinesthetic awareness, utilizing basic theories and lessons of Lessac, Laban, and Alexander. Text exploration is supplemented with exercises from Berry. Permission required. Special fee.

THDA 475 - Stage Makeup
Credits: 2.00
Fundamentals of juvenile, old age, character, and special stage makeup techniques. Special fee.

THDA 487 - Dance
Credits: 4.00
Historical and philosophical consideration of dance trends. Not a performance course.

THDA 500 - Musical Theatre Voice I
Credits: 1.00
A one-on-one studio voice class designed to provide students with a foundation in healthy, relaxed, and dynamic singing of primarily musical theatre repertoire. In addition to expanding the student's knowledge of and ability to sing various styles of musical theatre repertoire, this course provides a venue to explore and develop analytical skills relating to character and script. This course is repeatable for up to three credits.

THDA 520 - Creative Drama
Credits: 4.00
Drama techniques leading to the design and execution of drama sessions with children. Includes role-playing, improvisation, and story dramatization. Lab.

THDA 532 - The London Experience
Credits: 2.00
Exploration of the culture and history of London while enhancing study of live theatre prior to active study in the country. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits. IA (continuous grading). Special fee.

THDA 540 - Playwriting
Credits: 4.00
To illuminate and guide each student through the art and craft of writing for performance. This course explores the fundamental principles needed to build a realistic play that is intended to be produced upon the stage. Though the course is built around the construction of plays, the principles, writing exercises, readings, and other assignments serve as a solid base for any form of dialogue driven writing.

THDA 540W - Playwriting
Credits: 4.00
To illuminate and guide each student through the art and craft of writing for performance. This course explores the fundamental principles needed to build a realistic play that is intended to be produced upon the stage. Though the course is built around the construction of plays, the principles, writing exercises, readings, and other assignments serve as a solid base for any form of dialogue driven writing. Writing intensive.

THDA 541 - Art and Theatre Administration
Credits: 4.00
Administration practices applied to arts, music, and theatre management. Fund raising, public relations, business and box office management, audience development and long range planning.

THDA 546 - Costume Design for the Theatre
Credits: 4.00
How to design costumes for the theatre, not figure drawing, although drawing techniques are taught. Script analysis and research and presentational techniques for costume design explored and implemented. Special fee. Prereq: THDA 460 or permission of instructor.

THDA 547 - Stage Properties
Credits: 4.00
Research and manufacture of period and modern stage, trim, and hand properties. Prereq: THDA 459. Special fee.

THDA 548 - Stage Lighting Design and Execution
Credits: 4.00
Script analysis, the light plot, and instrument schedule, including cue-writing, color, instrumentation, and the mechanics of developing a functional design. Special fee.

THDA 550 - Actor's Voice Through Text
Credits: 4.00
Continuing development of the actor's techniques for creating increased vocal expressiveness. Addresses the methods of varying vocal style and presentation through in-depth analysis and interpretation of the text. Prereq: THDA 470.

THDA 551 - Acting I
Credits: 4.00
Development of fundamental vocal and physical stage techniques for actors and directors through exercises, improvisation and theatre games. Special fee.

THDA 552 - Acting II
Credits: 4.00
Focuses on strengthening the actor's ability to achieve a higher level of truth, presence, and spontaneity on stage. Building on the approach devised by Sanford Meisner, this highly intensive class creates a bridge to connect these developing skills to various forms of text. Prereq: THDA 551. Special fee.

THDA 555 - Musical Theatre I
Credits: 4.00
Foundations of solo musical theatre performance, including the development of the speaking and singing voice, stage movement, and character analysis explored through exercises, improvisation, theatre games, in-class performance, and written assignments. Lab. Special fee.

THDA 562 - Ballet II
Credits: 2.00
Extension of ballet I syllabus; emphasis is on technique, with additional step vocabulary. May be repeated once for credit. Prereq: THDA 462 or permission.

THDA 563 - Theatre Dance II
Credits: 2.00
Technique; African-Cuban, modern, and East Indian dance; body movement through exercise and combinations involving stretch, strength, and flexibility. May be repeated for a maximum 16 credits. Prereq; THDA 463 or permission. Special fee.

THDA 576 - Pointe
Credits: 2.00
Intermediate course in the art of dancing on pointe. Focus on technique involved in gaining strength and on methodology for understanding the art of the ballerina.

THDA 583 - Introduction to Puppetry
Credits: 4.00
Introduces the art of puppetry for general appreciation, entertainment, application in the classroom, and as a therapeutic tool. Emphasis on constructing a variety of puppets (e.g., hand, rod, shadow, and scarf) and adapting literary sources for scripts and performance. (Not open to seniors.) Special fee.

THDA 589 - Practicum
Credits: 1.00
The practicum ensures a breadth of experience in the major. Students should register for a different topic each semester during the sophomore and junior years. A) technical, B) costumes, C) performance, D) promotion and marketing. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Cr/F.

THDA 592A - Special Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Special topics, projects in theatre and dance. Content varies according to needs and interests of students and faculty. Course descriptions are available in department office. May be repeated for credit. Special fee.

THDA 597 - Dance Theatre Performance
Credits: 2.00
Designed for students participating in UNH Dance Theatre Company. Skill development through rehearsal and actual performance experience. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits.

THDA 600 - Musical Theatre Voice II
Credits: 1.00
This course is a continuation of THDA 500: Musical Theatre Voice I. Students build on the groundwork in vocal technique, analysis, and performance established in Musical Theatre Voice I and continue to explore and develop these skills. This course is repeatable for up to 3 credits.

THDA 622 - Storytelling, Story Theatre, and Involvement Dramatics
Credits: 4.00
Students actively develop storytelling techniques based on individual needs. Includes an examination of story theatre and involvement styles and the development of the ensemble. Special fee.

THDA 624 - Theatre for Young Audiences
Credits: 4.00
Introduces coaching and directing techniques for classical and contemporary acting styles in theatre for young audiences. Historical contents leads into practical exploration of actor training and coaching , production and design, choreography, and business management for theatre and for youth programs. Students develop teaching strategies for young performers and participate in a culminating project. Prereq: THDA 551 and THDA 436 or THDA 438. Special fee.

THDA 632 - Interpretation of Shakespeare in Theatre
Credits: 4.00
Increases understanding of Shakespeare's language and action, and improves ability to speak his verse and prose with clarity and verve. Students achieve insights into Shakespeare's plays through the medium of performance. Weekly oral and written assignments. Prereq: THDA 551 and THDA 552; or permission of instructor.

THDA 633 - Dance Composition
Credits: 4.00
Practical, developmental approach to process of creating dances. Prereq: THDA 561; 562; 563;/or permission. Special fee.

THDA 638 - American Theatre: 1920-1970
Credits: 4.00
A survey of American plays from O'Neill onward. Students read and analyze two plays a week. Oral, written, and theatrical assignments. Prereq: (one of the following) THDA 436, THDA 438, THDA 450 or permission of the instructor.

THDA 640 - Playwriting
Credits: 4.00
To illuminate and guide each student through the art and craft of writing for performance. This course explores the fundamental principles needed to build a realistic play that is intended to be produced upon the stage. Though the course is built around the construction of plays, the principles, writing exercises, readings, and other assignments serve as a solid base for any form of dialogue driven writing. Special fee.

THDA 640W - Playwriting
Credits: 4.00
To illuminate and guide each student through the art and craft of writing for performance. This course explores the fundamental principles needed to build a realistic play that is intended to be produced upon the stage. Though the course is built around the construction of plays, the principles, writing exercises, readings, and other assignments serve as a solid base for any form of dialogue driven writing. Special fee. Writing intensive.

THDA 641 - Stage Management
Credits: 2.00
Introduces to the concepts and skills needed for stage management. Stage managers perform a central role in the theatrical production, coordinating artistic and technical elements. They need a thorough understanding of the script, strong management skills, and a solid background in all aspects of the theatre. Prepares students to function as a stage manager in productions at any theatre. Prereq: (one of the following) THDA 459; 551; 597; 655; or 741. Special fee.

THDA 650 - Scene Painting for the Theatre
Credits: 2.00
Scene painting analyzed. Techniques and media to create a larger-than-life approach to scale, equipment for conversion, and appropriate stylistic techniques for enlargement reviewed. Employs basic painting techniques and methods of paint application, but scale conversion technique extend the training of easel painters. Prereq: THDA 459. Special fee.

THDA 651 - Rendering for the Theatre
Credits: 2.00
Theatrical rendering is a presentational arrangement of given items in perspective appropriate to a set or in a costume at a frozen moment during the production, indicating appropriate mood, atmosphere, and depth. For the theatre, this is generally done in watercolor, but many other media are possible and are explored. Special fee.

THDA 652 - Scene Design
Credits: 4.00
Scene design from script to finished design. Both aesthetic and practical viewpoints considered. Emphasis on presentational techniques: study of perspective and finished rendering. Prereq: THDA 460 or permission of instructor. Special fee.

THDA 653A - Performance Project
Credits: 2.00
Application of prior coursework to a formal theatre production or to an individual performance or teaching project. Substantial written work is factored into the final grade. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Writing intensive.

THDA 653B - Performance Project/Musical Theatre
Credits: 2.00
Application of prior coursework to a formal theatre production or to an individual performance or teaching project related to Musical Theatre. Substantial written work is factored into the final grade. May be repeated. Special fee. Writing intensive.

THDA 654 - Scenic Arts Project
Credits: 2.00
Application of prior coursework to a formal theatre production or to an individual performance or teaching project. Substantial written work is factored into the final grade. May be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits. Writing intensive.

THDA 655 - Musical Theatre Scene Study
Credits: 4.00
Builds on and expands the techniques learned in Acting I and Musical Theatre Voice I, with a special emphasis on partner work and scene study. Prereq: THDA 551 or permission of instructor. Special fee.

THDA 657 - Play Reading
Credits: 4.00
A high-volume reading course that introduces a breadth of dramatic literature from ancient times to the present. Reading lists vary according to interests and needs of students. Students read and analyze three plays/week.

THDA 662 - Ballet III
Credits: 2.00
Advanced-level course in technique; pointe work included. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. Prereq: THDA 562 or permission.

THDA 663 - Theatre Dance III
Credits: 2.00
Extension of Theatre Dance I and II; brings students to a more advanced technical level. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. Prereq: Theatre Dance II. Special fee

THDA 665 - Aerial Dance
Credits: 2.00
The study of aerial arts including two and one point trapeze and fabric. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. Prereq: THDA 662 or 663. Permission required.

THDA 670 - Dialects
Credits: 4.00
Study and practice in basic dialect acquisition for performers. Prereq: THDA 470, 551. Permission required. Special fee.

THDA 683 - Advanced Puppetry
Credits: 4.00
In-depth study of the theory and practice of puppetry for the advanced student. Students develop skills in manipulation and construction of selected puppet forms and apply these skills in performance. Examines historical perspectives and the application of puppetry in the classroom and as a therapeutic tool. Prereq: THDA 583 or permission. Special fee.

THDA 684 - Special Topics
Credits: 2.00 to 4.00
Exploration of topics agreed upon by students and instructor. Topics vary. May be repeated.

THDA 691 - Internship
Credits: 2.00 to 8.00
Fieldwork with a regional or touring theatre. This advanced level internship allows the student to experience a professional theatre setting prior to graduation. Normally supervised by a qualified theatre professional, with frequent consultation with a faculty sponsor. A written report is required. May be part- or full-time with credits assigned accordingly. Permission required. Student must also register for a graded 4-credit independent study. May be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credits. Cr/F.

THDA 700 - Musical Theatre Voice III
Credits: 1.00
This course is a continuation of THDA 600: Musical Theatre Voice II. Students continue to develop their skills of vocal technique, analysis, and performance established in Musical Theatre Voice II, while focusing these skills towards their application in auditioning for, and performing in, professional theatre. This course is repeatable for up to 3 credits.

THDA 721 - Arts Integration
Credits: 4.00
This course examines the value and practical application of incorporating the arts into non-arts educational settings. From the perspective of multiple intelligences and varied learning styles, students investigate how the arts can enhance teaching methodology by developing and implementing lesson plans for a variety of non-arts subject areas. Active theatre involvement is limited; the focus is on practicing teaching methods. Special fee. Writing intensive.

THDA 727 - Methods of Teaching Theatre
Credits: 2.00 to 4.00
The capstone of the theatre education major's studies. Designed for students who are preparing to enter student teaching. Provides practical information, skills, and lesson plans that theatre teachers use as source material for the secondary classroom. Covers a wide range of teaching models. Students define and articulate a personal teaching philosophy, write comprehensive semester curricula and course syllabi, and create an extracurricular program plan and philosophy. Prereq: THDA 520. Special fee. Writing intensive.

THDA 729 - Community Oriented Drama Programs
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Advanced practicum in designing, developing, and producing drama programs for the school and community. Includes audience analysis and marketing skills as well as adapting spaces, soliciting volunteers, and working with a limited budget. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits.

THDA 732 - Choreography
Credits: 4.00
Theoretical and practical consideration of the creative and aesthetic aspects of ballet, modern, and theatre dance. Prereq: THDA 633. Special fee.

THDA 741 - Directing
Credits: 4.00
A process oriented approach to the art of stage directing. The course begins with an in-depth focus on script analysis. Students then develop their skills as the "master storyteller" through imagination, interpretation, communication, and style. Prereq: THDA 551 and THDA 552. Special fee.

THDA 742 - Directing II
Credits: 4.00
In-depth study of the theory and practice of stage direction for the advanced student. Builds on 741, Directing. Students strengthen and expand their existing knowledge of the subject area. Exploration focuses on three areas of directorial communication: application to periods and styles, exploration of avant-garde theory, and directorial technique. Concludes with a major project mounted for public performance. Prereq: THDA 741. Special fee.

THDA #750 - Writing for Performance
Credits: 4.00
An intensive exploration of the playwright's process. A mixture of theory and creative writing. Students incorporate the fundamentals of creating a script in a step-by-step process from monologues and scenes to the completion of a one-act play. Though the focus of the course is on writing for the stage, the process is applicable to screen and teleplay writing. Special fee. (Not offered every year.) Writing intensive.

THDA 755 - Advanced Musical Theatre
Credits: 4.00
Students learn to integrate and expand on techniques in previous acting, musical theatre, and voice classes, with special emphasis given to audition techniques, repertoire expansion and specialization, and in-depth analysis of the business and personal requirements necessary to be a successful artist in the professional theatre. Prereq: THDA 551 and THDA 655, or permission of the instructor. Special fee.

THDA 758 - Acting III
Credits: 4.00
Applies the principles and techniques acquired by students in THDA 551 and THDA 552 to various genres, such as epic and absurdist, and to mediums such as television and film. Special attention is given to characterization beyond the student's standard range and the development of the actor as a creative artist, using the techniques of such methodologists as Lacoq, Laban, and Grotowski. Prereq: THDA 551 and THDA 552. Special fee.

THDA 759 - Acting: Period and Style
Credits: 4.00
Techniques of style analysis and period research. For the first time in the students' undergraduate actor training, students synthesize their basic actor training with the heightened language and archetypal characterization inherent in the classical theatre of the ancient Greeks, the Commedia dell' Arte, the Renaissance, the Neoclassical period, and the Restoration period. Prereq: THDA 470, 551, 552; one semester of THDA 436 or THDA 438, or permission. Special fee.

THDA 760 - Teacher Planning for Theatre
Credits: 4.00
Focuses on lesson and unit planning for the areas of high school theatre history, play analysis, and play writing. Students will practice various methods of teaching these areas of drama. Prereq: THDA 436 and THDA 438.

THDA #781 - Short Courses for Teachers and Directors
Credits: 3.00 or 4.00
Each of these intensive short courses for elementary, middle, and high school teachers focuses on expanding production skills and methods of implementing theatre and dance techniques in the classroom. Topics may include puppetry, storytelling, play production for the elementary and middle school teacher; makeup; performing the musical with elementary and middle school students; play production for middle school and high school teacher; basic choreography for the school musical; script adaptation; the use of drama to enhance reading and writing; set and lighting design; and design and construction techniques; teaching/directing Shakespeare; theatre pedagogy/advanced methods of teaching theatre; analysis and research; putting arts in the classroom; and integrated arts. Continuing education and professional development is also available for graduate education credit. (Also offered as EDUC 998.) Special fee. May be repeated.

THDA 786 - Dance Pedagogy
Credits: 4.00
Methods course that focuses on the art and science of teaching the movement forms of ballet, modern, jazz and tap. Designed to prepare students who are seeking dance certification with a M.Ed. or a M.A.T., or who wish to open their own studio. Provides background into the nature of teaching, standards that make up good teaching, awareness of National/State standards, and study and practice of lesson plans in K-12 school curricula or private studios. Prereq: THDA 462 and THDA 562, or THDA 463 and THDA 563, or permission of the instructor.

THDA 791 - Internship in Theatre and Dance
Credits: 2.00 to 8.00
Fieldwork with a regional or touring theatre or with a theatre education program. This advanced-level internship allows the student to experience a professional theatre/theatre education setting prior to graduation. Normally supervised by a qualified theatre professional, with frequent consultation with a faculty sponsor. Written report required. May be part- or full-time with credits assigned accordingly. Permission required. May be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credits.

THDA 795 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 8.00
Advanced individual study. Specific independent study opportunities are sometimes posted in the Theatre and Dance Department Office. Project, which includes a substantial piece of writing, must be developed with supervising instructor. May be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits.

THDA 795W - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 8.00
Advanced individual study. Specific independent study opportunities are sometimes posted in the Theatre and Dance Department Office. Project, which includes a substantial piece of writing, must be developed with supervising instructor. May be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits. Writing intensive.

THDA 796 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 8.00
Advanced individual study. Specific independent study opportunities are sometimes posted in the Theatre and Dance Department Office. Project, which includes a substantial piece of writing, must be developed with supervising instructor. May be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits.

THDA 796W - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 8.00
Advanced individual study. Specific independent study opportunities are sometimes posted in the Theatre and Dance Department Office. Project, which includes a substantial piece of writing, must be developed with supervising instructor. May be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits. Writing intensive.

THDA 798 - Senior Thesis
Credits: 2.00
Supervised research leading to the presentation of a major research paper. Prereq: permission, majors only, senior standing. Writing intensive.

THDA 798H - Honors Senior Thesis
Credits: 4.00
Supervised research leading to the presentation of a major research paper; the resulting paper is defended in an oral presentation before department faculty. Required for graduation from the honors program in Theatre and Dance. Prereq: permission, majors only, and senior standing. Writing intensive.

THDA 799 - Capstone Project
Credits: 2.00 or 4.00
This required course incorporates and tests the knowledge that majors have learned over their careers in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Capstone experiences are tailored to each student through conference with their adviser in their specific Theatre and Dance track. Writing intensive.

THDA 799H - Honors/Capstone Project
Credits: 4.00
See description for THDA 799. Writing intensive.