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year and may be repeated providing that the topic is different. Prerequisite: THE 216. (Fine

311. Directing I
Theory and practice of directing with emphasis on the realistic genre. Prerequisites: THE 115,
THE 201, declared major in Theatre, and one-quarter credit in a Theatre participation course
(THE 715, 751, 752, 753, 754); 715 is particularly recommended.

312. Directing II
Advanced directing with emphasis on rehearsal and production procedures. Prerequisite: THE
311. May be taught as a tutorial. Offered upon request.

316- 320. Topics in Theatre Performance
Special topics in acting and direction. See Topics Courses. (Fine Arts)

321. Playwriting I
Techniques of, and practice in, writing scenes or short plays. Prerequisites: THE 115 and
writing-designated course (W). May be repeated once for credit with different instructor. (Fine

327. Advanced Topics in Theatre
See Topics Courses.

332. Advanced Acting: Stanislavski
A more advanced study of the work of the actor building on the techniques learned in Basic
Acting and Voice and Movement. This class will explore the teachings of Stanislavski while
focusing on scene work and scene study through the use of “heightened language” texts and
classic playwrights (Euripides, Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Ibsen). Students will be required to
present three (3) scenes (chosen by the instructor). All class work and exercises will focus on
closely examining the text, embracing the given circumstances, playing an action, building
ensemble, and responding to the partner through a detailed exploration of Stanislavski and An
Actor Prepares. Prerequisite: THE 216. Alternate years. (Fine Arts)

333. Advanced Acting: Meisner
This course will introduce students to the work of Sanford Meisner and his influence on and
method of training for the actor. The work will focus on the concept of the reality of doing
through the exercises of Repetitions, Point of View, Independent Activities, and Improvisations
which will then be applied to contemporary scene work. Designed as an opportunity to explore
more fully the act of listening and responding to a stimulus (both external and internal stimuli)
between actors, the work seeks to embrace the concept that acting is living truthfully under
given/imaginary circumstances. Prerequisite: THE 216. Alternate years. (Fine Arts)

346. Theatre and Society I
This course will examine the history and dramatic literature of theatre spanning the ancient
through the early modern era. Students will examine major dramatic forms and develop an
understanding of the underlying cultural, socio/political shifts and economic changes that
informed the theatrical movement. Questions regarding the use of theatre to support or subvert
cultural norms will serve as a thread throughout the course. Students will investigate the
development of performances spaces as well as the various performance techniques, audiences,

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