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Effective Fall 2015, Vanderbilt University has introduced a new course catalog numbering scheme. For assistance with the translation between old (3-digit) and new (4-digit) numbers, please consult the  Course Renumbering Lookup Tool.


 THTR 1010. Fundamentals of Theatre. An introduction to the various elements that combine to form a theatrical experience; the development of critical standards to judge these elements in performance. No credit for students who have completed 115F. [3] (HCA)

THTR 1010W. Fundamentals of Theatre. An introduction to the various elements that combine to form a theatrical experience; the development of critical standards to judge these elements in performance. No credit for students who have completed 115F. [3] (HCA)

THTR 1111. First-Year Writing Seminar. Topics Vary. [3]

THTR 1611. Acting I. The role of the actor in the theatre with emphasis on artistic self-expression through improvisation and development of performance skills. Available on a graded basis only. [3] (HCA)

THTR 1711 . Introduction to Theatrical Production. Contemporary concepts, methods, and practices employed in the planning and implementation of stage scenery and lighting. Communication, creative problem solving, and organizational management through research, lecture, and class discussion. [4] (HCA)

THTR 1741 . The Art of Scene Painting Concepts, methods, and practices in scenic artistry. Contemporary and historical examples. Impact on theatrical design and production. [3] (HCA)

THTR 1751 . Fundamentals of Theatre Design. Roles and skills of scenic, costume, and lighting designers. Critical assessment of design quality. Elements and principles of design, script analysis, dramaturgical and visual research, color theory and practice. [4] (HCA)

THTR 1811. Marshals, Mobsters, Monsters, Magnums, and Musicals: American Movie Genres. Western, gangster, horror, private eye, and musical genres. Representative films from each category reflecting the evolution of the genre and the changing American landscape. [3] (US)

THTR 2201. Rituals and World Performance. Prerequisite: at least sophomore standing. [3] (INT)

THTR 2202W. The European Stage. Prerequisite: at least sophomore standing. [3] (INT)

THTR 2204. The U.S. Stage. Colonial period to the present. Reading of selected plays. Prerequisite: at least sophomore standing. [3] (US)

THTR 2311W. Writing for the Stage and Screen. Techniques for writing plays and screenplays with critical attention to dramatic themes and characterization. [3] (HCA)

THTR 2651. Play Direction. Play direction as an aid to critical understanding and appreciation of the theatre. Development of techniques. Prerequisite: 219. [3] (HCA)

THTR 2781. The History of Fashion: Sex and Propaganda. Men’s and women’s fashion from ancient times to the present. Women’s roles in society as reflected in their clothing. [3] (P)

THTR 3201W. Contemporary Drama and Performance Criticism. Dramatic literature and performance theory. Advanced techniques in writing performance criticism. Prerequisite: at least sophomore standing and 100, 100W, or 115F. [3] (P)

THTR 3281. Theatre in London. An intensive overseas summer study program in contemporary British theatre. In London students attend more than ten productions covering a broad spectrum of theatrical offerings, and weekly seminars with artists and administrators from the British professional stage. Prerequisite: 100, 100W, or 115F.[3] (P)

THTR 3311. Playwriting. Instruction in writing plays with critical attention to dramatic themes and characterization. Prerequisite: 100, 100W, or 115F and consent of the instructor. [3] (HCA)

THTR 3600. Rehearsal-Acting. Students performing major roles in university theatre productions may receive 1 credit hour per role at the discretion of the director. Full character analysis and periodic reports of rehearsal progress are required. Prerequisite: 220. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits, but students may earn only up to 2 credits per semester of enrollment. [1-2; maximum of 3 credits total for all semesters of THTR 221] (No AXLE credit)

THTR 3611 . Acting II. The actor’s role in the theatre with emphasis on acting as character interpretation and ensemble performance through analysis and scene study. Offered on a graded basis only. Prerequisite: 219. [3] (HCA)

THTR 3651. Intermediate Play Direction. Development of theoretical and practical approaches to directing dramatic texts. Emphasis on research, interpretation, and communication. Prerequisite: 230. [3] (HCA)

THTR 3700. Rehearsal-Production. Students performing major technical assignments in university theatre productions may receive 1 credit hour per assignment at the discretion of the technical director. Detailed plans of expected work and full reports on all crew sessions are to be submitted. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits, but students may earn only up to 2 credits per semester of enrollment. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. [1-2; maximum of 3 credits total for all semesters of THTR 211] (No AXLE credit)

THTR 3721. Elements of Basic Design: Scenery and Properties. Aesthetics and processes. Development and communication of design ideas through script analysis, research, virtual and physical model-building. Contemporary scenic practices. Prerequisite: 110 and 111. [3] (HCA)

THTR 3741. Elements of Basic Design: Costuming and Makeup. Aesthetics and processes. Development and communication of design ideas through the drawing and rendering of the costumed figure. Prerequisite: 110 and 111. [3] (HCA)

THTR 3761. Elements of Basic Design: Lighting and Sound. Aesthetics and processes. Development and communication of design ideas through script analysis and research. Lighting and audio theory and practice. Contemporary lighting and audio technology. Prerequisite: 110 and 111. [3] (HCA)

THTR 3781. Management in the Theatre. Roles of theatre and stage managers. Tools and methods. Organizational theories and skills. Prerequisite: 110. [3] (HCA)

 

THTR 3851. Independent Study. A research project in selected aspects of theatre and drama to be arranged with the instructor. [Variable credit: 1-3] (No AXLE credit)

THTR 3891. Selected Topics in Theatre. Intensive study of a particular area of theatre. Emphasis on personal investigation and written reports. May be repeated for credit more than once if there is no duplication in topic. 
Students may enroll in more than one section of this course each semester. [3] (No AXLE credit)

THTR 4201. Shakespeare in the Theatre. Selected plays and scenes. Theoretical and practical exploration of script, theatre, and audience in terms of production past and present. Prerequisite: at least junior standing. [3] (HCA)

THTR 4611. Problems of Acting Style. Advanced scene study, investigating methods used today to perform drama of past eras which used nonrealistic styles. Offered on a graded basis only. Prerequisite: 220. [3] (HCA)

THTR 4961. Senior Seminar: Performance Ensemble. Advanced development of artistic, communicative, and organizational skills required to create theatre. Culminates in a public performance. Open to senior majors
only. Prerequisite: 100, 100W, or 115F; 110; 111; 219; and 230. [3] (HCA)

THTR 4998. Senior Honors Thesis. Independent research and completion of an honors thesis, done in consultation with a member of the faculty in Theatre. Open only to those who qualify to begin departmental honors work in Theatre. [3] (No AXLE credit)

THTR 4999. Senior Honors Thesis. Independent research and completion of an honors thesis, done in consultation with a member of the faculty in Theatre. Open only to those who qualify to begin departmental honors work in Theatre. [3] (No AXLE credit)