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Faculty: M. Abbott (chair), J. Fisher***, D. Watson
***Sabbatical Leave, spring semester
The Theater Department curriculum aims to develop the student's understanding of theater through courses in the theory and practice of performance, the study of theater history and dramatic literature, film, and playwriting. The development of practical skills for theater majors and minors as actors, directors, designers, technicians, and playwrights in actual stage production work is carefully structured by the department staff to coincide with course work in these areas. For the non-major or minor, the curriculum provides several courses at the introductory level (Theater 101, 102, 103, 104, 105). These are aimed at developing the student's understanding and appreciation of theater as an art form. Courses on the intermediate level (Theater 206, 207, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214) provide majors and minors (as well as non-majors) with various opportunities to expand their skills and to deepen their growing understanding and appreciation of theater. These courses will explore both the great works of the dramatic canon from all time periods and cultures, as well as important and challenging contemporary dramas. Majors and minors often pursue graduate study and careers in theater, film, and other allied fields, but for the non major or minor the study of theater provides a unique opportunity for the student to explore an extraordinary and timeless art form, to learn about the ways plays and productions are created, and, most importantly, to study theater as it reflects and tests moral, social, political, spiritual, and cross-cultural issues.
Senior Comprehensives: Majors must pass three departmental examinations: (1) a three-hour examination on the history, literature, and theory of theater or a project in those areas approved by the department chair; (2) a three-hour examination on the performance aspects of theater (acting, directing, design, playwriting) or a project in those areas approved by the department chair; and, (3) when pursuing the project option, a one-hour oral examination with the faculty of the Theater Department.
Requirements for the Major: Nine courses including Theater 102, 105, 207, 209, 317; three courses from Theater 211, 212, 213, 214; and one course credit from the remaining Theater Department offerings.
Requirements for the Minor: Five courses including Theater 102; one course credit from among Theater 211, 212, 213, 214; one course credit from among Theater 105, 206; one course credit from among Theater 209, 210, 317; and one course credit from the remaining Theater Department offerings.
Productions: Theater majors and minors are strongly urged to participate in the annual season of theater productions staged by the department. The department feels strongly that the serious theater student should have numerous opportunities to test his creative abilities in the myriad facets of theater performance. It is hoped that during the student's four years at Wabash College he will have the opportunity to test in theatrical productions the many concepts he will encounter in his courses. The season of plays selected by the department is chosen with careful consideration of the unique opportunities for students offered by each play. The department expects that the student will work in a variety of performance areas including acting, stage managing, set and costume construction, lighting and sound, playwriting, and directing. Each year, during the second half of the fall semester, as part of the theater season, students will have the opportunity to produce workshop performances in the areas of acting, directing, design, playwriting, performance art, and, where appropriate, film. Students interested in knowing more about these opportunities should consult the department chair.
|THE 101||Introduction to the Theater||1|
|THE 102||Introduction to Scenography||1|
|THE 103||Seminars in Theater: American Musical Theater from the Beginnings to 1943||1/2|
|THE 103||Seminars in Theater: American Musical Theater from 1943 to Present||1/2|
|THE 103||Seminars in Theater: The Epic Theater of Bertolt Brecht||1/2|
|THE 104||Introduction to Film||1|
|THE 105||Introduction to Acting||1|
|THE 206||Intermediate Acting||1||Prerequisite: Theater 105 or consent of instructor.|
|THE 207||Directing||1||Prerequisite: Theater 105 or consent of instructor.|
|THE 211||History and Literature of the Theater: Ancient Greece to the Spanish Golden Age||1|
|THE 212||History and Literature of the Theater: The French Renaissance to the Rise of Realism||1|
|THE 213||American Theater and Drama||1|
|THE 214||Modern European Theater and Drama||1|
|THE 317||Dramatic Theory and Criticism||1||Prerequisite: at least one course in theater history or consent of the instructor.|
|THE 318||Performance and Design||1/2||Prerequisite: Theater 102 (for designers), Theater 105 (for actors), Theater 207 (for directors), Theater 209 (for dramaturgs), Theater 210 (for playwrights).|
|THE 319||Production and Stage Management||1/2||Prerequisite: Theater 102 or consent of instructor.|
|THE 487||Independent Study||1/2||Prerequisite: consent of theater department chair.|
|THE 488||Independent Study||1/2||Prerequisite: consent of theater department chair.|
|THE 498||Special Topics||1||Prerequisite: consent of theater department chair.|