Theatre Arts Courses

TA 100. Performance Ensemble 1
Options for students to participate, according to their interests, in a variety of theatre or musical theatre performing ensembles. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of the instructor.

TA 102. Performance Workshop 3
Options for students to participate in a Children’s Theatre production in a variety of roles: acting, design, production, or marketing. This course may be taken more than once.

TA 111. Theatre Laboratory 1
A laboratory course focusing each semester on different aspects of theatre production: sets, lights, costume, sound, properties, etc. Required of all theatre majors (including musical theatre majors) each semester in residence. May be repeated for up to 7 hours credit. This course will provide students the opportunity to meet minimum crew requirements as stated in the departmental handbook. See specific major/minor for requirements.

TA 112. Voice and Diction for the Actor I 1
Introduction to the rules of English diction including exercises in pronunciation, articulation, and transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Two lab hours. Fall.

TA 113. Voice for the Actor II 1
Continued work on vocal production, resonance and pronunciation of consonants and vowels.

TA 117. Introduction to Theatre 3
A survey of theatre with an emphasis on dramatic forms, theatre history, a critical analysis of representative works, and the arts of production.

TA 121. Introduction to Technical Theatre 3
An introduction to the technical arts and skills of the theatre craftsman.

TA 130. Acting for Non-majors 3
An introduction to the art of acting designed specifically for the non-major. Meets the Arts Experience Connector requirement.

TA 131. Acting I: Fundamentals 3
Fundamentals of acting with an emphasis on improvisation, theatre games, and stage movement. *Satisfies LAA Arts Experience requirement.

TA 201. Dance for the Theatre – Ballet 2
A study of ballet preparing students for careers in theatre. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

TA 202. Dance for the Theatre – Jazz 2
A study of jazz preparing students for careers in theatre. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

TA 203. Dance for the Theatre – Modern 2
A study of modern dance preparing students for careers in theatre. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

TA 204. Dance for the Theatre – Tap 2
A study of tap dance preparing students for careers in theatre. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

TA 212. Voice for the Actor III 1
Using vocal production in the creation of character and the study of dialects.

TA 221. Graphics for the Performing Arts 3
A study of the drawing and rendering techniques required for the theatre designer and technician, focusing on the development of skills in painting, drawing, and computer-aided design. Prerequisite: TA 121.

TA 261. Internship 1–12
An initial outside-the-classroom experience enabling students to explore new areas or to supplement regular courses. Department approval required.

TA 301. Theatre History and Literature I 3
A survey of theatre history and literature from early ritual to the Renaissance. Prerequisites: TA 117 and all general education communication skills requirements or permission of instructor.

TA 302. Theatre History and Literature II 3
A survey of theatre history and literature from the Renaissance to the modern period (Ibsen), including the origins and early development of Musical Theatre up to 1900. Prerequisites: TA 117 and all general education communication skills requirements or permission of instructor.

TA 303. Theatre History and Literature III 3
A survey of theatre history and literature of the modern period. Prerequisites: TA 117 and all general education communication skills requirements or permission of instructor.

TA 304. History of Musical Theatre 3
The development of Musical theatre from 1900 to the present. an analysis of forms and styles accompanies the study of representative works. Prerequisite: TA 117 and all general education communication skills requirements; permission of instructor.

TA 306. Musical Theatre Repertory I 1
Examination of musical theatre scores, accompanied by an analysis of audio and video recordings.

TA 307. Musical Theatre Repertory II 1
Continuation of material in 306.

TA 308. Advanced Theatre Dance 2
A continuation of study of the basic dance styles with emphasis on advanced steps and advanced choreography. Prerequisite: Successful completion of three of the following: TA 201, TA 202, TA 203, TA 204.

TA 310. Principles of Play Direction 3
An introduction to the principles of play direction. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

TA 321. Scene Design 3
Advanced work in the aesthetic elements and theories of scenic design with extensive laboratory experience in design renderings and scene painting. Prerequisites: TA 121, 221.

TA 322. Lighting Design 3
Advanced work in theories of lighting design with extensive implementation through use of lighting instruments and control systems.
Prerequisites: TA 121, 221.

TA 323. Theory and Practice of Make-up Design 3
The design and implementation of corrective make-up, aging with paint, and non-realistic make-up. Prerequisites: TA 121, 221.

TA 324. Theory and Practice of Costume Design 3
An overview of the history of stage costumes, with an introduction to basic construction techniques. Prerequisites: TA 121.

TA 327. Special Topics 1–3
Options for students to study, according to their interests, a variety of topics not covered in regular courses. To be announced by the department.

TA 331. Acting II: Character Analysis and Development 3
A focus on creating and building a role primarily in realistic acting styles, including also the preparation of professional audition material. Prerequisites: TA 131; 212 or permission of instructor.

TA 375. Creative Drama 3
The use of improvised playmaking in stimulating learning and developing creative imagination, artistic sensibility, and desirable personal and social attitudes in young people. Although the principles may apply to all age groups, this course is designed for those working with young children and teenagers. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Meets the Arts Experience Connector requirement.

TA 401. Choreography Practicum 1
Practice in choreography by the designing of dances to be taught to beginning-level students.

TA 406. Musical Theatre Repertory III 1
A continuation of TA 306.

TA 407. Musical Theatre Repertory IV 1
A continuation of TA 307.

TA 410. Advanced Play Direction 3
A continuation of the study of the principles of play direction. Each student directs a fully-mounted production, usually a one-act play. Prerequisite: TA 310 and departmental approval.

TA 411. Senior Seminar 1
Required of all senior Theatre Arts, and Musical Theatre majors. The course will focus on the practical aspects of working in the theatre after graduation, including, but not limited to: application to graduate schools, resume development, photographs and job application. All students will complete competencies and crew assignments as outlined in the Theatre Arts Handbook.

TA 412. Musical Theatre Performance: Putting It All Together 3
A study in specific areas of musical theatre performance, including topical revues, auditions, and musical scenes.

TA 413. Playwriting 3
Principles of structure and form in the building of a one-act play, culminating in the completion of a one-act script by each student.

TA 431. Acting III Styles 3
The study and performance of period acting styles, detailed character analysis, and preparation of professional audition material. Prerequisite: TA 131; 331; 212 or permission of instructor.

TA 432. Opera Workshop 3
An exploration of the theatre and music aspects of the opera form, culminating in a production for public performance.

TA 443. Summer Theatre Workshop or One High School Unit 3–6
A five-week workshop whose objective is to provide practical experience in theatre production to college students, elementary and secondary school teachers, and high school students. Workshop participants will observe and work with the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre on productions which are in progress.

TA 444. Summer Workshop for High School Teachers 3–6
A five-week workshop which meets daily. The work is organized according to the needs of the participants. Topics usually considered include problems involved in simplified production techniques with limited budget, directing principles and problems, basic principles of stage lighting, principles of stage make-up and problems of play selection and casting.

TA 457, 458. Directed Readings 1–3
Independent readings directed by members of the department faculty.

TA 460. Independent Study 3–6
A directed program of reading and research.

TA 461. Internship 3–12
A program of field work.