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Theater Arts
Course Code
THTR 1104  Credits 3.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Introduction to Acting 1 
Description This is a performance-oriented course to help you build self-confidence on stage and within yourself and to develop a strong foundation in 21st-century acting techniques. You will perform exercises in front of an audience, including rehearsal and performance of monologues and scenes drawn from multicultural contemporary American theater. Also covered is training in relaxation and conditioning of the actor's body, voice and mind through improvisations, games, character discussion, and analysis of acting texts. Emphasis is on using a nonthreatening, group-oriented class atmosphere to explore and develop the imagination. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1111  Credits 1.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Theater Arts Workshop 
Description This course is designed to give you hands-on experience in the production of a play. You will first study the different types of theater and theater production, and the different ways that sets, costumes, lights, props and sound affect dramatic interpretation. You will work on a play during the semester, either the main stage production or one of the all-student lab theater projects in one or more of the following production areas: acting, assistant directing, stage managing, costuming, lighting, scene designing and construction, box office operating, publicizing and/or promoting. You will also critique the effectiveness of the production and your work on it. This course may be repeated for a total of four credits. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1131  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to Theater 
Description This is a lecture-discussion course that explores the diversity of the live theater experience through reading assignments, attendance at live theatrical performances, video viewing and in-class discussions. Topics will include multicultural plays and dramatic structure; audience demographics; group response to live theater; local theater-going; and an exploration of the political, social and economic impact of theater in contemporary society. You will learn to become a more informed theater-goer and to gain individual awareness of being in the audience. 
MnTC Goal 6| Goal 8 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1145  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Stagecraft: Scene Design and Lighting 
Description This course provides you with a solid foundation of understanding and practical application of scene design and lighting for the theater. Coursework focuses on learning the historical background of current practice, a thorough study of contemporary design theory and practice and work on your portfolios of scene designs and lighting designs based on plays chosen for study. Local theater scene and light designers will visit the class as guest lecturers to aid you in acquiring current design techniques, as well as to share professional career advice and mentoring. Opportunities for design work on lab theater projects and main stage productions will be offered to interested students. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1150  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Theater in the Twin Cities 
Description This course is designed to help you develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the live theater experience. You will attend three to four plays at Twin Cities area theaters; analyze one of these performances in a written play review; meet theater artists; and become familiar with theater criticism, theater operations, and artistic policies of various local theater companies. A student ticket fee will cover the expense of the ticket prices for the shows attended by the class. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1160  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Acting in Multicultural Theater 
Description In this class, you will focus on the performance of a variety of multicultural readings (plays, short stories, poems) from global literature. While there may be extensive reading of new play scripts, prose works and poetry, the emphasis of the course will be on the spoken word and the effect of multicultural works in performance. It is assumed that you will not necessarily have training or preparation in performance. Classes will involve group warm-ups, vocal exercise, discussion of readings, and solo and group performances. The basic objective of this theater course is to experience multicultural literature in performance and to share insights into our multicultural society. 
MnTC Goal 6| Goal 8 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1161  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Guthrie Theater 
Description This course provides you with the opportunity to study one of the nation's leading regional theater companies, the Guthrie Theater. You will learn about the history, operations, philosophy, mission and artistic goals, and the current season of plays at the Guthrie. You will read in class the script of a current play in production at the Guthrie, then go see that play in performance there and learn how to write a play review about what you saw. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1162  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Children's Theater Company 
Description This course provides you with the opportunity to study one of the world's leading theaters devoted to plays for children and teenagers, the Children's Theater Company (CTC). You will learn about the history, operations, philosophy, mission and artistic goals, and the current season of plays at CTC. You will read in class the script of a current play in production at CTC, then go see that play in performance there and learn how to write a play review about what you saw. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1163  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Mixed Blood Theater 
Description This course provides you with the opportunity to study one of the nation's leading theaters dedicated to racial and cultural inclusion in the selection and production of their plays, the Mixed Blood Theater Company. You will learn about the history, operations, philosophy, mission and artistic goals, and the current season of plays at Mixed Blood. You will read in class the script of a current play in production at Mixed Blood, then go see that play in performance there and learn how to write a play review about what you saw. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1164  Credits 1.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Theater in the Round 
Description This course provides you with the opportunity to study the premier community theater in the Twin Cities area, the Theater in the Round (TRP). You will learn about the history, operations, philosophy, mission and artistic goals and the current season of plays at TRP. You will read in class the script of a current play in production at TRP, then go see that play in performance there and learn how to write a play review about what you saw. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1165  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Lab Theater 
Description This course gives you the opportunity for hands-on work experience in acting, directing, or designing in student productions of one-act plays, culminating in live public performances of your work near the end of the semester. You will choose to be an actor, director, designer, or producer/marketer and work through the entire process of production. You will compile a journal as you go, write short essays articulating your response to your chosen play and to your production processes, and discuss/evaluate your plans with your instructor and classmates. After the public performances you will assess with your instructor and classmates in writing and discussion the outcomes of your work. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1166  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Acting for the Camera 
Description This course provides you with the fundamentals necessary to act in front of the camera for film, television, and commercials. You will practice with the 4 basic camera shots in exercises as you read and respond to key acting texts focused on camera acting. You will learn how to conduct yourself on the set and how to rehearse and perform in collaboration with a director. You will practice audition fundamentals, learning how to get the part, put together and resume, receive a photo headshot, and explore local Twin Cities on-camera work opportunities. Acting or directing experience is preferred, but not required. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1167  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Acting Shakespeare 
Description This course provides you with a sound foundation for acting Shakespeare's plays and learning about Shakespeare's time: 15th-16th-century London, the language he spoke, and the stage he helped create on which his plays were originally performed. The course includes video instruction from the Royal Shakespeare Company; reading and discussion of Bard's scripts; writing your interpretations and personal responses in short essays; journaling; performing acting exercises using Shakespeare's sonnets, monologues, and scenes; and viewing/responding in writing to a local Shakespeare production. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1168  Credits 2.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Musical Theater 
Description This course provides you with the opportunity to learn about the American musical theater tradition, gaining knowledge, understanding, and insight into its nature, history, philosophy, structure, and its many varied forms. American Musical Theater is a vital part of the nation's theatrical experience and continues as an ever-renewing form of innovation and delight to audiences in the national and international theater world. You will learn about musical theater through a variety of activities, including lecture, large- and small-group discussion, video, exercises, and readings of scenes and songs from American musicals. The course concludes with learning how to write a play review, the reading of the script, followed by the viewing of a local musical theater production, after which you will describe and articulate your personal response in your play review. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1169  Credits 2.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Stage Makeup 
Description This course gives you the knowledge to successfully apply makeup for stage performance and for other special occasions calling for dramatic/startling facial makeup. You will read and respond in writing and discussion to a classic text on the theory and application of makeup, accompanied by video viewing of makeup applications. You will also practice designing makeup on paper first, followed by applying makeup in the dressing room to your face or to a live model that you provide. You will explore both realistic and non-realistic/fantasy styles and other global stage makeup traditions, such as classical Japanese Kabuki Theater makeup. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 1170  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Penumbra Theater 
Description This course provides you with the opportunity to study one of the great African-American theater companies still performing today, the Penumbra Theater Company. You will learn about the history, operations, philosophy, mission and artistic goals, and the current season of plays at one of the nation¿s premier theaters committed to exploring the African-American experience. You will explore in class the script of a current play in production at Penumbra, then go see that play in performance there and learn how to write a play review about what you saw. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 2105  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to Acting 2 
Description This is a performance course to expand your knowledge of the human condition and human cultures as they relate to acting and to help you analyze and interpret characters in a play. You will perform in several scenes and respond critically to working collaboratively with student directors. Topics covered include stage movement, problem-solving as it relates to character development, performance anxiety, analysis and interpretation of character, and interpretative performances. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 2145  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to Directing 
Description This course is an introduction to the basics of play directing, which includes guiding the beginning director through the various steps involved in casting, staging, rehearsing and presenting a play. You will gain hands-on experience through directing exercises related to composition, stage business and movement for the stage. You will have the opportunity to direct student actors in several assigned scenes for the class. 
MnTC Goal 6 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 2150  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Theater History 1 
Description This course will expand your knowledge of human cultures and the human imagination through an introductory study of theatrical history, classical dramatic literature, and theatrical eras in broad social, political, and economic context. You will read plays from a wide range of time periods, geographic areas, theatrical styles, and subjects as they relate to the human condition and a cultural history of theater. Topics covered will include theater's origins, how historians reconstruct the elements of theater, dramatic play structure, acting, productions, and the visual elements of theatrical performance from an historical perspective. 
MnTC Goal 6| Goal 8 
Prerequisites  

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.



Course Code
THTR 2160  Credits 1.00 Lec 1.00 Lab View Details
Title Theater Capstone 
Description This course completes the sequence leading to the A.F.A. in Theater Arts degree and represents your artistic and technical mastery of theater arts at the associate degree level. You will meet with theater faculty to choose and create a project. Examples of the project might include: 1) Play a leading role in an MCTC or MSU theater season production; 2) Direct and/or act in a one-person show or a one-act play for the fine Arts Festival and/or with the Student Theater Club; or 3) Design the sets, costumes and lights for a student production. You will research and analyze your script, developing that theater script as actor and/or director/or designer into a public performance, and assess the final outcomes with theater faculty. 
Prerequisites  

THTR 2105 and THTR 2145.