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Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.


Below you will find a list of all undergraduate courses that have been offered.

NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

ENG 123 PLAYWRITING: F18

Not unlike the essay or laboratory experiment, a play is a tool that allows the curious mind to develop, test, and rethink ideas, and to grapple with significant issues (both public and private) in live, three-dimensional space. Playwriting introduces the beginning writer interested in exploring the discipline of live performance (and the seasoned writer wishing to develop his/her craft) to the exciting world of writing for the stage. Each semester, students in this course get the chance to study with a different, award-winning guest playwright. In so doing, they get to experience instruction and guidance under the tutelage of some of the most exciting voices working professionally in the American theatre.to the theater.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 154 INTRO TO DESIGN FOR STAGE

Space and how it is conceived and explored is fundamental to the telling of stories—onstage and elsewhere. This introductory course aims at giving students skills to create, translate and communicate a visual design/environment for performance. The class will focus on design fundamentals, materials, research and visual storytelling through class discussion, script analysis and practical work. Students will read a play, devise a concept for that play, research possible environments, and begin to produce drawings and other visual ideas for their design. Student's work will be presented and discussed in each class.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 155 INTRO TO DESIGN FOR STAGE

Space and how it is conceived and explored is fundamental to the telling of stories—onstage and elsewhere. This introductory course aims at giving students skills to create, translate and communicate a visual design/environment for performance. The class will focus on design fundamentals, materials, research and visual storytelling through class discussion, script analysis and practical work. Students will read a play, devise a concept for that play, research possible environments, and begin to produce drawings and other visual ideas for their design. Student's work will be presented and discussed in each class.

Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 164 Improvisation

This course allows students to move progressively toward a stronger understanding of long form improvisation acting theory and skills related to listening, supporting others, heightening, and taking risks. By the end of this course students will be able to work within a cast to create full length, fully improvised plays that incorporate spontaneous monologues and scenes with recurring characters and themes. Performers will develop skills that enable them to write, direct, edit, and act in pieces that are made up on the spot using a single audience suggestion. Particular focus will paid to the format known as Harold. Originally conceived by Del Close in the 1960’s with the Compass Players in San Francisco and later developed at the Improv Olympic in Chicago with Charna Halpern, the Harold is widely considered the cornerstone of modern improv comedy.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 165 MASK & COMMEDIA

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Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 170 TECHNICAL THEATER

The creation of a contemporary theatrical production uses skills and talents across a wide range of disciplines: from carpentry to rigging, from painting to computer drafting, from electrical to audiovisual engineering for the stage. This introductory course will explore the theories, methods, and safe practice of set construction (including using power tools), rigging, stage lighting, drafting, sound, and scene painting. Students will work on actual productions staged by the Theatre Program during required labs that will be scheduled with the instructor.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 171 TECHNICAL THEATER

The creation of a contemporary theatrical production uses skills and talents across a wide range of disciplines: from carpentry to rigging, from painting to computer drafting, from electrical to audiovisual engineering for the stage. This introductory course will explore the theories, methods, and safe practice of set construction (including using power tools), rigging, stage lighting, drafting, sound, and scene painting. Students will work on actual productions staged by the Theatre Program during required labs that will be scheduled with the instructor.

Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 172 INTRODUCTION TO STAGE LIGHTING & SOUND

Lighting and sound provide theatre productions with critical, complex and nuanced effects that tell stories as eloquently as words. This course exposes students to the mechanics and aesthetics of lighting and sound design for the theatre. Students gain a thorough understanding of lighting and sound equipment, procedures, safety, and how these fascinating elements contribute to creating and enriching the theatrical event. Students work actively with these technologies on productions, getting valuable practical experience. There is a required lab component that will be scheduled with the instructor.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 173 INTRO TO STAGE LIGHTiNG & SOUND

Lighting and sound provide theatre productions with critical, complex and nuanced effects that tell stories as eloquently as words. This introduces course exposes students to the mechanics and aesthetics of lighting and sound design for the theatre. Students gain a thorough understanding of lighting and sound equipment, procedures, safety, and how these fascinating elements contribute to creating and enriching the theatrical event. Students work actively with these technologies on productions, getting valuable practical experience. There is a required lab component that will be scheduled with the instructor.

Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 174 ACTING TECHNIQUES: FALL LAB

This course serves as an introduction to, and exploration of the acting process for the stage, developing the fundamental skills students need to approach a text from a performer’s standpoint and to create character. The course takes as its basic premise that the actor’s instrument is the self—with all of the physical, psychological, intellectual, social, moral and spiritual implications of that term. Students will be encouraged in both the expression and the expansion of the self and of the imagination. The class will also help the student develop an overall appreciation for the role of the theatre in today’s society. Fall class: in conjunction with a weekly scheduled lab.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 175 ACTING TECHNIQUES: SPRING

Training in the techniques by which individual actors set forth the characters recorded in dramatic texts.This course serves as an introduction to, and exploration of the acting process for the stage, developing the fundamental skills students need to approach a text from a performer’s standpoint and to create character. The course takes as its basic premise that the actor’s instrument is the self—with all of the physical, psychological, intellectual, social, moral and spiritual implications of that term. Students will be encouraged in both the expression and the expansion of the self and of the imagination. The class will also help the student develop an overall appreciation for the role of the theatre in today’s society.

Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 176 MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR

Ninety three percent of communication is nonverbal. In today's ever increasingly technological world “soft skills” are more valuable than ever. It is not just important what we say, but how we say it. In Movement for Stage using Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamental, View Points, Laban and many other exercises and explorations students will gain an awareness of their own habits and physical tensions, learn alignment and relaxation techniques, let go of inhibitions and then learn to make physical choices to create diverse and inventive characters. Students will learn to read the body language of others and tools to use in their own lives to physically adjust and respond and relate to new situations in new ways.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 177 THE ACTOR'S VOICE

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.”- Maya Angelou. In this course students will gain an understanding and greater command of their unique and powerful voice. We will explore the teachings of Kristin Linklater, Alexander Technique, Cecily Barry and many others to create full, free and forward sound that will serve the actor from the audition to the stage, the interview to the boardroom. Students will develop relaxation and awareness skills, learn to connect to a variety of texts in a meaningful and creative way and the ability to support and project, increase their vocal range, versatility, and confidence. Actors will learn to transform their voice into the voice of the character with the technique that allows them to meet the demands of doing it eight shows a week!

Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 178 DESIGN FOR STAGE: SOUND

Design for Stage: Sound addresses both conceptual and practical aspects of the creation of sound for live performance. Students will acquire an understanding of the history and theory of sound design, with emphasis placed on the creative association of sound and image; the process of developing a well-crafted, professional design from script to technical rehearsal to performance; and hands-on experience with tools and techniques used to build a sound design and execute it on stage.

Prerequisites: ENG 154 or ENG 155
Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 179 DESIGN FOR THE STAGE: TBA

Design for Stage: Lighting teaches students the skills to observe, describe, analyze, and critique lighting as it relates to performance. Students will gain an understanding of and an ability to use lighting elements to compose a stage picture; the collaborative skills necessary to flourish in a creative atmosphere; and an understanding of the theatrical lighting design process from script to light plot to technical rehearsal to performance

Prerequisites: ENG 154 OR ENG 155
Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 180 DIRECTING

In today’s theatre, the director is generally considered to be the key creative figure in how a theatre production is conceived, explored and presented. But the director’s task is a difficult one, encompassing rigorous intellectual, theatrical and artistic knowledge and skills. This introductory directing techniques class for aspiring directors will explore the nature of the theatrical event, investigate conceptualization, visualization, text analysis, action and design as they pertain to the director's craft. In conjunction with a weekly scheduled lab.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 181 ACTING W/OBJECTS: PUPPETRY

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Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 270 ADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATER

Investigate technical theater beyond the realms of ENG 170/171 (Technical Theater). Focus on skilled and specialized work related to the scenic design and technical production of the semester's Theatre Program productions. Working in small seminars and in one-on-one tutorials, the instructor will assist students in learning more about their chosen technical area, including advanced scenic and technical problem-solving. There is a required lab component that will be scheduled with the instructor.

Prerequisites: by arrangement w/instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 271 ADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATER

Investigate technical theater beyond the realms of ENG 170/171 (Technical Theater). Focus on skilled and specialized work related to the scenic design and technical production of the semester's Theatre Program productions. Working in small seminars and in one-on-one tutorials, the instructor will assist students in learning more about their chosen technical area, including advanced scenic and technical problem-solving. There is a required lab component that will be scheduled with the instructor.

Prerequisites: by arrangement w/instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 272 ADVANCED ACTING

Advanced Acting aims to provide students who have substantial or significant performance experience an opportunity to explore, in depth, advanced acting techniques, while further developing interpretive and imaginative skills. The class aims to build creativity and the ability to inhabit a broad diversity of characters and performance styles.

Prerequisites: PERMISSION BY AUDITION & ENG174/175 OR ENG292/293/294/295
Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 273 MASTERING THE ACTOR'S BODY

Award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre, brings its unique training system to the International Theatre Program. PUSH's method allows unparalleled access to a wide variety of authentic movement choices supporting character development and exploration. Each student will develop a solid technical base and build the confidence to invent authentic movement that both speaks to the audience and that complements the creation of multilayered, complex characters. Designed for students of all levels, Mastering the Actor’s Body focuses on technical training based in Physical Theatre, Non-Traditional Partnering, Viewpoints Work, Corporeal & Illusionary Mime, and Hawkins Release Technique. Students are encouraged to improvise, create and develop in a way that makes the physical technique relevant to their unique creative voice. The class is focused on learning by doing rather that lecturing and provides varying levels of physical challenge that allow students to develop at their own pace from their own starting point.

Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 278 ADVANCED PLAYWRITING

This course builds on students’ work in earlier playwriting or creative writing courses, honing and developing the aspiring playwright’s craft while continuing to explore and investigate the discipline of writing for live performance. Each semester, students study with a different, award-winning guest playwright. In so doing, they get to experience instruction and guidance under the tutelage of some of the most exciting voices working professionally in the American theatre.

Prerequisites: ENG 123 OR ANY ENG CREATIVE WRITING COURSE OR WRITING SAMPLE SUBMISSION
Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 290 PLAYS IN PRODUCTION: CURRENT SEMESTER

This course allows students to comprehensively and actively understand the entire theatrical production process from the page to the stage. Students will study and gain insight into an actual text being produced in Todd Theatre; work with the artist directing the production to understand and explore the creative and artistic process; and gain first-hand, practical experience working on the production in one of many labs associated with the production process (scenery, lighting, costume, sound, etc.). A unique class melding the theoretical and practical. There is a required lab component that will be scheduled with the instructor.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 291 PLAYS IN PRODUCTION: CURRENT SEMESTER

This course allows students to comprehensively and actively understand the entire theatrical production process from the page to the stage. Students will study and gain insight into the actual texts of works being produced in Todd Theatre; work with the artists directing the productions to understand and explore the creative and artistic process; and gain first-hand, practical experience working on productions in one of many labs associated with the production process (scenery, lighting, costume, sound, etc.). A unique class melding the theoretical and practical. There is a required lab component that will be scheduled with the instructor.

Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 292 PLAYS IN PERFORMANCE: CHANGES/SEMESTER

For actors, assistant directors and select student staff working on a current mainstage production.

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission required
Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 293 PLAYS PERF: CURRENT PRODUCTION

For actors, assistant directors and select student staff working on the current mainstage production.

Prerequisites: AUDITION/PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR ONLY
Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 294 PLAYS IN PERFORMANCE: CHANGES/SEMESTER

For actors, assistant directors and select student staff working on a current mainstage production.

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission require.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 295 PLAYS IN PERFORMANCE: CURRENT PRODUCTION

For actors, assistant directors and select student staff working on the current mainstage production.

Prerequisites: AUDITION/PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR ONLY
Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 296 STAGE MANAGEMENT: FALL TERM

The stage manager is the critical organizational and management hub in the artistic process of theatrical production. Stage Managers are skilled project managers, and the skills learned in stage management are applicable to almost any management Stage Management (fall/spring) students will get an in-depth introduction to and immersion in stage managing a theatrical production. In addition, cover all areas of management skills, safety procedures, technical knowledge, and paperwork, students will be expected to serve as an assistant stage manager or production stage manager on one (or both) Theater Program productions in their registered semester.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 297 STAGE MANAGEMENT: SPRING SEMESTER

The stage manager is the critical organizational and management hub in the artistic process of theatrical production. Stage Managers are skilled project managers, and the skills learned in stage management are applicable to almost any management Stage Management I and/or II (fall/spring) students will get an in-depth introduction to and immersion in stage managing a theatrical production. In addition, cover all areas of management skills, safety procedures, technical knowledge, and paperwork, students will be expected to serve as an assistant stage manager or production stage manager on one (or both) Theater Program productions in their registered semester.

Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 298 PERFORMANCE LAB: TBA

A 1 credit pass/fail performance lab course for students accepted into ENG 292, 293, 294, or 295 or for those involved as actors in mainstage Theatre Program productions.

Prerequisites: BY PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR ONLY
Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 299 PERFORMANCE LAB: TBA

A 1 credit pass/fail performance lab course for students accepted into ENG 292, 293, 294, or 295 or for those involved as actors in mainstage Theatre Program productions.

Prerequisites: BY PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR ONLY
Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 360 SPECIAL PROJECTS: THEATER

In Special Projects: Theatre students work in a particular area or on a particular project of their choosing or devising. Developed with and overseen by a Theatre Program faculty member and functioning like an Independent Study, Special Projects: Theatre allows students the opportunity of specializing in or investigate theatre in a tailored, focused, and self-directed way.

Prerequisites: BY ARRANGEMENT WITH INSTRUCTOR
Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

A course of reading, research, and writing on topics not covered by the existing curriculum, developed between the student and a faculty advisor.

Last Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 392 PRACTICUM

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Last Offered: Fall 2018