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THEATRE (THR)
Kevin Cummings, Chair/Professor of Communication Studies and Theatre
Scot J. Mann, Associate Professor
Frani Rollins, Assistant Professor
 
The Theatre major, minor, and courses are offered by the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre.
 
Major in Theatre
30 semester credit hours minimum
THR 115. Introduction to Theatre
THR 218. Introduction to Acting
THR 235. Stagecraft
THR 302. Directing
One course from:
THR 326. A Survey of Theatre History I
THR 327. A Survey of Theatre History II
THR 337. Scene Design
Three additional courses from:
THR 198. Special Introductory Topics in Theatre
THR 318. Acting II
THR 326. or THR 327. A Survey of Theatre History I & II
THR 336. Lighting Design
THR 338. Costume Design
THR 339. Stage Management
THR 371. Beginning Playwriting
THR 398. Internship in Theatre
THR 490. Special Topics in Theatre
THR 495. Directed Independent Study
One course from:
ENG 233. The Study of Drama
ENG 320. Shakespeare I: Early Plays
ENG 321. Shakespeare II: Later Plays
ENG 364. Modern Drama
ENG 367. Contemporary Drama
THR 292. Theatre Practicum (3 credit hours)
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, 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.
 
In order to earn Departmental Honors in Theatre, 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 THR, and (3) a grade of Pass with Distinction on the major project.
 
Minor in Theatre
15 semester credit hours minimum
THR 115. Introduction to Theatre
One course from:
THR 218. Introduction to Acting
THR 235. Stagecraft
Two additional courses from:
THR 302. Directing
THR 318. Acting II
THR 336. Lighting Design
THR 337. Scene Design
THR 338. Costume Design
THR 339. Stage Management
THR 371. Beginning Playwriting
THR 490. Special Topics in Theatre
One course from:
THR 326. A Survey of Theatre History I
THR 327. A Survey of Theatre History II
 
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 198. Special Introductory Topics in Theatre: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Study of an introductory topic theatre not covered in any of the departmental offerings. This course may be applied to the Theatre major or minor. (Occasionally)
THR 218. Introduction to 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 (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Academic credit for those who execute significant creative assignments in theatre productions. The student must submit a proposal for assignment during the semester prior to enrolling in the course. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three hours per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated with different projects/topics, but total credit may not exceed 3 hours. (Every semester)
THR 302. Directing (3 hours)
Prerequisite: THR 115 or THR 218.
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 four years)
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 four years)
THR 336. Lighting Design (3 hours)
Prerequisite: THR 115 or THR 235.
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)
Prerequisite: THR 115 or THR 235.
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. (Occasionally)
THR 339. Stage Management (3 hours)
Prerequisite: THR 115 or THR 235.
The study of stage management and the specifics of managing and preparing a performance from before auditions through closing night. Various activities performed by stage managers in different production situations as well as standard practices and common variations in the profession will be examined, experienced, and discussed. (Every other year)
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 397. Preceptorship (1-2 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
Selected students will serve as learning facilitators in a class typically at the 100-200 level. Preceptors commonly attend all classes, read assigned texts, participate in class
discussions, and take on other duties as assigned, but are not allowed to grade the work
of students enrolled in the course. Each preceptor will reflect on the preceptorship experience in accordance with departmental practices, usually by keeping a journal during the semester. At least three hours of work per week are required for every hour of credit. Successful completion of the course meets the EXP requirement (EXP 408). Graded S/U. May not be counted toward the major or minor. May be repeated once for a maximum of four credit hours. (As needed)
THR 398. Internship in Theatre (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: junior or senior status and departmental approval.
An intensive practicum experience at an approved business, organization, or academic institution. Students, under the direction of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor, must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. Students will learn through observation, regular discussions with the on-site supervisor and Mercer faculty member, and written reflection. In addition, students may be required to attend training events, workshops or weekly seminars. May be repeated for a total of 9 hours. Graded S/U. (Every year)
THR 490. Special Topics in Theatre: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: junior or senior status or consent of 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. (Occasionally)
THR 495. Directed Independent Study (1-6 hours)
Prerequisite: junior or senior status or consent of 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. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated with different projects/topics, but total credit may not exceed 6 hours. (Occasionally)