Theatre Arts

John Teacher, Directing, Fall 2018

Course Description:
This course focuses on the multiple roles of the director in modern theatre including artist, organizer, philosopher, manager, and social commentator. Students enrolled in this course will learn the various techniques and processes employed by directors throughout the staging of a production. Through discussion students will develop self-assessment tools and consider ethical issues facing theatre directors today.

Required Materials:

Stage Directing Patterson. Waveland Press ISBN 1-57766-596-1
The Empty Space Brook. Simon & Shuster ISBN 0-684-82957-6
Introduction to Play Analysis Printer & Walters. Waveland Press ISBN 1-4786-3467-7

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John Teacher, Acting 1, Fall 2018

Course Description:
This course entails a study of skills and responsibilities for the beginning actor such as relaxation, necessary preparation, the actor’s place in collaboration, appropriate on-stage etiquette and behavior as well as physicalizing character through movement, gesture, and voice. Explorations include exercises, improves, individual scenes and partnered work.

Required Materials:

Acting for Life Frakes, Merriweather Publishing: Colorado Spring CO. 2005
Appropriate clothing

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John Teacher, Introduction to Theatre Design, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to designing scenery, lighting, properties, and costume for live theatre. Students will study the duties and functions of the various design positions as well as the techniques and processes utilized by those designers. Emphasis is placed on design as a collaborative process. Students will also study general principals of design.
Each class consists of a lecture component followed by a hands-on practicum component exercising concepts taught in the lecture component.

Required Materials:

Mechanical Pencil(s)
Architect’s scale (ruler)
USB Thumb Drive
The Foreigner by Larry Shue 0-8222-0418-5
Art Materials—List to follow

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John Teacher, Stagecraft 1, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is divided into two parts, the practical and theoretical.
The practical aspect this course is designed to be a hands on, skill developmental workshop; reinforced by lecture and demonstrations. Students will ply these skills on class projects - the sets for the fall production schedule which includes Robin Hood and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
The theoretical aspect of this class is designed to provide a foundational knowledge base for the student. It will include topics related directly to technical theatre including materials and methods of construction, paint techniques, light rigging, and drafting; as well as theater operations, organizations and personnel duties.

Required Materials:

Course Pack
Mechanical Pencil(s)
Architect’s scale (ruler)
Set of appropriate shop clothes—they WILL get dirty, paint covered, etc!!!!
(optional)-Art quality eraser and a triangle set.

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F.J. Hartland, Acting 1, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course will entail a study of beginning skills such as movement for the stage, relaxation, and beginning acting tasks (observations, emotional recall, use of space, concentration). Beginning scene work will be included.

Textbook:

Frakes, Jake. Acting for Life. First Edition. Merriweather Publishing: Colorado Springs CO. 2005.

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F.J. Hartland, Oral Interpretation, Spring 2018

Course Description:

An investigation of the process of rendering literature aloud, with attention to problems of impersonation, consideration of style, and application of specific vocal techniques.

Textbook:

Oral Interpretation (Twelfth edition) by Timothy Gura and Charlotte I. Lee, published by Routledge Taylor and Francis Group

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John Teacher, Costume Design, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course entails a study of the basics of costume design and the psychology of clothing for the stage. Theories of design and color as well as an overview of the professional design business.

Required Materials:

Cold press Illustration board or Watercolor paper
Water colors
Brush(es)
Colored pencils
9X12 Drawing pad - or similar
Drawing pencil ( "#2" are fine)
Erasers

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John Teacher, Modern Theatre, Spring 2018

Course Description:

In the realm of visual arts, cavemen drawing images on cave walls have turned into people sitting in warm comfortable homes deciding how many pixels to make their latest Adobe Lightroom © image. So too has theatre evolved with each epoch of theatrical effort making its contribution and impression on the art form and the next generation of theatre creators. This course looks at those milestones, mainly from a western theatre perspective, post 1700, viewpoint. It will identify what influenced these eras, how they influenced others, and what we still retain of them today.We will consider these eras both from a literary as well as a historical context.

Required Texts:

-Living Theatre: A History (6th Edition), by Wilson and Goldfarb
-The Norton Anthology of Drama Vol. 2 (2nd edition)

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John Teacher, Stagecraft 1, Spring 2018

Course Description:

Entails a study of the construction and rigging of scenic units for stage settings.

Required Materials:

- Backstage Handbook Carter. Broadway Press ISBN 0-911747-39-7
- Mechanical Pencil(s)
- Architect's scale (ruler)
- Set of appropriate shop clothes-they WILL get dirty, paint covered, etc!!!!
- One ticket to UPJ Theatre Department's production of "Rent" April 5th-8th @7:30pm
- (optional)-Art quality eraser and a triangle set.

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John Teacher, Introduction to Theatre Design, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to designing scenery, lighting, properties, and costume for live theatre. Students will study the duties and functions of the various design positions as well as the techniques and processes utilized by those designers. Emphasis is placed on design as a collaborative process. Students will also study general principals of design.

Required Materials:

- Mechanical Pencil(s)
- Architect’s scale (ruler)
- Art Materials—List to follow

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