Undergraduate minor: theatre arts
Graduate degree: M.F.A. in theatre arts
The Department of Theatre Arts offers academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students. It also stages live performances throughout the academic year and during the summer.
The department is one of three academic units in the Division of Performing Arts. Students have the opportunity to earn a major in theatre arts and a second major in one of the other units within the division—dance or music. It also participates in offering the division's Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship.
The department also educates students who plan to enter other fields in which understanding of the arts and experience with theatre skills are useful. Some earn a major in theatre arts, occasionally with a second major in another discipline. Others earn a minor or take theatre classes as nonmajors. For information, view the minor in Theatre Arts in the Catalog or see "Courses for Nonmajors" below.
Several of the department's courses are approved for General Education; look for courses with the prefix THTR in the list under "Culture, Society, and the Arts" in the General Education Program section of the Catalog.
Courses for Nonmajors
Most theatre arts courses are open to all students, regardless of their majors, and are appropriate for nonmajors interested in theatre. The following courses are designed specifically for nonmajors.
|THTR:1141||Basic Acting II||3|
|THTR:1410||Musical Theatre History||3|
|THTR:1412||The Arts in Performance||3|
|THTR:2120||Movement: Special Topics||2-3|
|THTR:3210||Makeup Design for the Stage||3|
|THTR:3510||Introduction to Arts Management||3|
|THTR:3520||New Ventures in the Arts||3|
|THTR:3521||Acting for Singers and for Dancers||2|
Productions and Auditions
The Department of Theatre Arts presents around 25-30 public productions each year. These include a subscription series of five plays, a festival of new works by students, and other productions, many of them new plays.
Special attention is given to the process of developing new works and to the collaborative process that involves writers, directors, designers, dramaturgs, stage managers, and actors. Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and visiting guest artists work together on large and small projects throughout the year.
Auditions for Theatre Arts Productions
Auditions for theatre arts productions are open to everyone, including all University of Iowa students and members of the local community. Theatre arts students are given first priority for roles, but many roles are available throughout the year, so many students in other majors and nonstudent actors are cast each season. Occasionally, professional actors are employed.
General auditions are held at the beginning of the fall semester, and callback lists are posted during the semester. Additional general auditions usually are scheduled in early November and in March. Information about auditions is available from the Department of Theatre Arts office in August. Notices of auditions are posted on the department's call board.
Undergraduate Programs of Study
Graduate Program of Study
The University of Iowa has one of the finest educational theatre complexes in the country. The Theatre Building offers four theatres and up-to-date facilities for classroom, laboratory, shop, and performance work.
The E.C. Mabie Theatre, a continental-style, 457-seat proscenium playhouse, is one of the finest theatres of its type in the United States. The David Thayer Theatre is a "black box" production space; its flexible seating units accommodate from 140 to 225 people and allow modification of space and audience relationships. Theatre B, which seats 144, is an open-stage theatre dedicated primarily to the production of new and experimental works. The flexible studio theatre seats 50.
In addition to classrooms for acting and directing, several spaces are designed for teaching particular aspects of dramatic studies. The Cosmo Catalano Acting Studio is for study of movement and motion by acting students. The Arnie Gillette Design Studio serves as classroom and studio workshop for design students.
To support its production schedule and to provide students with an appropriate range of experience, the department maintains shops for building, painting, maintaining, and storing scenery, costumes, and properties. Using these shops, students learn to work in metal, plastics, canvas, and wood.
Theatre Arts Courses
THTR:1000 First-Year Seminar1 s.h.
Small discussion class taught by a faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, lectures, performances, readings, visits to research facilities). Requirements: first- or second-semester standing.
THTR:1001 CLAS Master Class1-3 s.h.
Exploration of a single topic in a series of lectures by faculty presenting divergent perspectives; illuminates intellectual adventure inherent in liberal arts and sciences; encourages discovery of majors and other areas of study within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Same as ARTS:1001, BIOC:1001, CLAS:1001, CS:1001, CSD:1001, ENGL:1001, HIST:1001, PHIL:1001, RELS:1010.
THTR:1010 Art of the Theatre3 s.h.
Fundamentals of acting, playwriting, directing. GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
THTR:1120 Basic Acting for Language Learners3 s.h.
Development of theatrical creativity to enhance English language skills through acting games, monologues, and scene work; exercises in concentration, relaxation, communication, imagination, observation, sensory awareness.
THTR:1140 Basic Acting3 s.h.
Concentration, relaxation, imagination, observation, communication, sensory awareness; development of theatrical creativity through objectives, obstacles, action, conflict, spontaneity; development of a scene from scripts. Requirements: non-theatre arts major. GE: Engineering Be Creative; Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
THTR:1141 Basic Acting II3 s.h.
THTR:1400 Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3 s.h.
Representative plays as performed in social contexts of ancient Egypt; classical Greece, Rome, India, and Japan; and medieval and early modern Europe. Duplicates THTR:2410. GE: Historical Perspectives; Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
THTR:1401 Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3 s.h.
Representative plays as performed in social contexts of revolutionary and modern Europe and postwar United States. Duplicates THTR:2411. GE: Historical Perspectives; Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
THTR:1410 Musical Theatre History3 s.h.
American musical theatre's form, function, evolution; major composers (Berlin, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim), lesser-known and contemporary writers; roots of the rock musical, future of musical theatre, how musicals reflect their own eras and cultural attitudes of their times; readings, recordings, videos. Ability to read music not required.
THTR:1411 Comedy and Society3 s.h.
How comedy reflects, comments upon, and intersects with western culture, society, and identity; roots of western comedy, satire, censorship; stand-up comedians, improv and sketch troupes, satirists; race, gender and sexuality, class perception; how portrayals of African Americans in popular culture evolved from 19th century to present; videos, readings, live performances. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity.
THTR:1412 The Arts in Performance3 s.h.
THTR:2120 Movement: Special Topics2-3 s.h.
Specialized study in movement techniques and movement styles for body conditioning; development of yoga techniques; varied topics.
THTR:2140 Acting I3 s.h.
Development of creativity, imagination, and openness through exercises to engage mind, body, and voice in theatrical play and scene work. Requirements: theatre arts major, or theatre arts minor and THTR:1140. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:2170 Acting for Musical Theatre3 s.h.
Focus on acting technique for musical theatre; within the framework of song, this course will teach students to work truthfully with a partner, find the action of the piece, mine a piece of music for acting clues from the composer, and connect authentically while being larger than life. Prerequisites: THTR:1140 or THTR:2140 or THTR:3521 or THTR:3130. Requirements: any one of the courses listed as prerequisites, or one semester of applied lessons in vocal performance.
THTR:2200 Elements of Design3 s.h.
Development of visual literacy; manipulation of line, shape, color, value, texture, form; development of designs for theatre through techniques explored in class. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:2215 Theatre Technology3 s.h.
Theatrical production; technology and backstage operations including sound, projections, lighting, scenery, costumes, stage management. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:2220 Production Lab1-3 s.h.
Practical experience in physical construction and operation of live theatre; theatre department productions provide lab experiences for applied learning in technical theatre and run crew opportunities in scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and stage management. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:2301 Playwriting I3 s.h.
Elements of playwriting; emphasis on analysis and discussion of original student writing. GE: Engineering Be Creative; Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
THTR:2402 Script Analysis3 s.h.
Basic skills in critical reading and close analysis of dramatic texts, with focus on dramatic structure, challenges of putting texts into production.
THTR:2405 Staging Americans: U.S. Cultures Through Theatre and Performancearr.
Role of American theatre as a complex tapestry of race, gender, sexuality, and disability; examination of plays and performance outside primarily white-male canon; contemporary social practice and cultural politics in local and national contexts. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity.
THTR:2410 History of Theatre and Drama I3 s.h.
Major developments in Anglo-European, Indian, Asian, and African theatre and drama, 3000 B.C.E. to C.E. 1700; sociopolitical, economic, and cultural circumstances of original productions. Offered spring semesters. GE: Historical Perspectives; Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
THTR:2411 History of Theatre and Drama II3 s.h.
Continuation of THTR:2410; 1700 to 1960; revolutionary and modern European theatre and culturally diverse postwar U.S. theatre. Offered fall semesters. GE: Historical Perspectives; Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
THTR:2450 Animals and Performance in American Culture3 s.h.
Role of animals in various forms of cultural expression in the U.S. from the 19th to the 21st centuries; along with visual and literary arts, special emphasis will be placed on live performance (e.g., circus and theatre) because of how it highlights embodied and affective modes of communication that inform our connections to animals; relationship of cultural forms involving animals (real and imagined) to the lived experience of animals in the wider historical and social context; how animals shape human ideas about race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and construct notions of "Americanness." Same as AMST:2950.
THTR:2610 Acting for Success3 s.h.
How skills learned by actors in the theatre world can be applied to presentations and interactions in business, education, and beyond; business world reliance on technology for communication; ability to connect and communicate on a personal level with others as the x-factor to stand out as a team player and a leader; acting techniques traditionally used in theatre to open up communication in office and interviews; presentations and elevator pitches (armed with techniques to avoid stage fright); how to connect and bring authentic self to everything you do. Prerequisites: RHET:1030 or RHET:1040 or RHET:1060. GE: Engineering Be Creative. Same as RHET:2610.
THTR:2620 Improvisation for Engineers, Scientists, and the Curious3 s.h.
Use of theatrical exercises and improvisation techniques to help students develop their imaginations, stimulate creativity, and approach practical projects from a fresh point of view; emphasis on working in teams and using improvisational techniques to solve problems. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:2800 Digital Arts: An Introduction3 s.h.
Introduction to potential of integrating art with technology, providing a foundation of skills and concepts through hands-on experimentation; lectures and demonstrations will introduce key concepts and ideas as well as the history of digital arts; in labs, students will develop skills that will form a foundation for future investigation; work may include using an Arduino, programming, and developing an interface to control a software project; the final project will be shared with the public in some way; critical discourse, in the form of writing assignments, will allow for reflection and evaluation. GE: Engineering Be Creative. Same as ARTS:2800, CINE:2800, CS:2800, DANC:2800, MUS:2800.
THTR:3070 Dance Kinesiology3 s.h.
Body science related to demands of dance; structural and muscular analysis for efficient, effective dance training and prevention of injuries; investigation of skeletal and ligamentous structure for working knowledge of how the body produces movement; joint actions and restrictions, common injuries to those sites; attachments of the voluntary muscles, pathways and potential actions; neuromuscular analysis of an action; functional skeletal alignment; how individual differences may affect movement performance. Prerequisites: HHP:1100. Same as DANC:3070.
THTR:3110 Voice for the Actor3 s.h.
Progressive development of voice and speech for theatre; physical awareness, relaxation, breathing, freeing the sound channel, resonance, articulation; application of voice work through prose, poetry, text.
THTR:3120 Theatre Movement3 s.h.
The body as a tool for dramatic expression; basic principles and practices of stage movement; approaches to physical technique. Requirements: theatre arts major.
THTR:3130 Singing for Actors and Dancers2 s.h.
Skill development for healthy, effective singing in the musical theatre style; techniques of vocal production through breath management, resonance, articulation, flexibility; song interpretation and repertoire. Recommendations: for MUS:3520 -- concurrent registration in MUS:1020. Same as DANC:3130, MUS:3520.
THTR:3140 Acting II3 s.h.
THTR:3150 Public Speaking3 s.h.
How to be an effective and confident communicator; exercises designed to develop and improve vocal sound, vocal strength, clarity of speech; appropriate interpretation of text.
THTR:3151 Accents and Dialects3 s.h.
Varied topics on a rotational basis, may include vocal study of classical text including Shakespeare, dialects, and voice in classical and contemporary comedy. Prerequisites: THTR:3110.
THTR:3160 Movement Styles3 s.h.
Intensive study of a selected movement style (e.g., mask, clown, commedia dell'arte). Prerequisites: THTR:3120.
THTR:3162 Movement: Special Topics II3 s.h.
Specialized study in movement techniques and movement styles for body conditioning; intermediate development of yoga techniques; varied topics. Prerequisites: THTR:2120.
THTR:3165 Stage Combat3 s.h.
Fundamental principles of unarmed combat; rapier and dagger techniques.
THTR:3180 Topics in Digital Media3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st-Century Literature. Same as ENGL:3180.
THTR:3202 Graphic Design and Identity3 s.h.
Series of projects focusing on creating strong graphic design and graphic identity using Abode Creative Suite. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:3203 Computer Visualization3 s.h.
Creation of virtual design using Adobe Photoshop and Google SketchUp.
THTR:3205 Concepts in Drawing3-4 s.h.
THTR:3206 Furniture Design I4 s.h.
THTR:3208 Mask and Puppet Crafts3 s.h.
Mask and puppet design; paper mache, plaster gauze, thermal plastics, and soft sculpture techniques. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:3211 Period Styles3 s.h.
Survey of design and motifs spanning history of western civilization through development of interior and exterior architecture, furniture, decorative themes, fashion, and fine art.
THTR:3221 Technology for the Entertainment Industry3 s.h.
Introduction to technology skills that are at the center of the entertainment industry; programming and operating digital lighting and sound consoles, intelligent lighting systems, projection hardware and software; outdoor event rigging, metal construction, and fabrication. Same as DPA:3221.
THTR:3223 Introduction to Lighting Technology3 s.h.
Training for a career as a touring or resident stage electrician in the entertainment industry; plot organization/shop orders, digital fixtures, power distribution, personal management, console configuration/control, and electrical troubleshooting/maintenance.
THTR:3225 Makeup Design: Body Art3 s.h.
Advanced techniques in stage makeup design and application through analysis of forms, research, and hands-on projects.
THTR:3230 Scene Design I3 s.h.
Development of theatre scenery; how to research, conceptualize, and express ideas in 3-D models, simple sketches, and drafting. GE: Engineering Be Creative. Same as ARTS:3230.
THTR:3240 Costume Design I3 s.h.
Introduction to theatre costumes; how to conceptualize and express ideas through rendering and 3-D mannequin projects. May be taken after THTR:4240. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:3250 Lighting Design I3 s.h.
How to research, conceptualize, and express ideas through light plots, other design paperwork, and theatre lighting design projects. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:3260 Sound Design for the Theatre3 s.h.
Introduction to digital sound recording and live sound reinforcement techniques for a variety of entertainment venues (theatre, dance, concerts, and industrial projects); creation of soundscapes using Pro Tools software; implementation of designs through the use of SFX/QLab playback systems; documentation of sound design for theoretical or realized production. Offered every other year. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:3270 Entertainment Design3 s.h.
Introduction to entertainment design and technology; primary focus on contemporary approaches to design and delivery of content in entertainment industry; assignment of practical projects using media servers, projection, LED arrays, video editing software, and moving light technologies. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:3276 Medieval Drama3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century. Same as ENGL:3276.
THTR:3277 English Renaissance Drama3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century. Same as ENGL:3277.
THTR:3287 Shakespeare3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century. Same as ENGL:3287.
THTR:3300 Advanced Playwriting3 s.h.
THTR:3301 Playwriting II3 s.h.
Application of fundamental skills learned in THTR:2301 to more advanced study of dramatic structure and style; reading of plays, weekly writing assignments; focus on writing one-act play. Prerequisites: THTR:2301.
THTR:3310 Undergraduate Playwriting Workshop1-3 s.h.
THTR:3315 Standup Comedy Practicum3 s.h.
Writing and performing standup comedy; emphasis less on creating a comic persona and more on pulling from and articulating personal truth; analysis of contemporary comedians and joke structure; performing original work for multiple audiences in classroom and out in community. Prerequisites: THTR:1140 or THTR:2140 or THTR:2301.
THTR:3320 Writing for Film3 s.h.
Rigorous writing for film; focus on feature-length screenplay; for students with experience in dramatic writing, fiction, or screenwriting. Requirements: completion of at least 60 s.h. or graduate standing.
THTR:3401 Topics in Dramatic Literature3 s.h.
Topics in dramatic literature, including specific authors, periods, and movements; sample topics include Ibsen and Strindberg, Chekov, Brecht and the Brechtian, and avant-garde theatre.
THTR:3402 Shakespeare the Dramatist3 s.h.
Exploration of a number of Shakespeare's greatest works; close textual analysis supplemented with historical, theoretical, theatrical, and philosophical considerations; special attention given to Shakespeare's dramatic method and relation of his dramaturgy to profession of theater-making.
THTR:3403 Free-Style Writing: Poetry, Plays, and Performances3 s.h.
Creative writing lab experience in reading, writing, and performing poetry and short plays; expansion of students' horizons of the self; arc of innovation in African American literature from Harlem Renaissance to present, with texts from Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston to Saul Williams and Jill Scott; role of the artist in society and as outsider and insider; shifting perspectives on race, gender, class; musical influences and models, from blues to house music; sensuality, spirituality; artistic reflections on the cultural moment; effects of these on literary form and performance style; students create and perform a work for an audience. Same as AFAM:3840.
THTR:3410 African American Theatre I3 s.h.
Works by African American playwrights and relevant historical documents, Africa through Black Renaissance; themes, history, sociopolitical context; artists forging theatrical paths under oppressive conditions; exploration through discussion, performance; literature-based course, workshop approach. Same as AFAM:3810.
THTR:3411 African American Theatre II3 s.h.
Works by African American playwrights and relevant historical documents, Black Renaissance to present; themes, history, sociopolitical context; artists forging theatrical paths under oppressive conditions; exploration through discussion, performance; literature-based course, workshop approach. Same as AFAM:3811.
THTR:3415 Cultural Diversity and Identity3 s.h.
Nature of personal and cultural identity within a pluralistic society; race, ethnicity, national identity, class, sexuality, and gender as categories of cultural difference. Same as GWSS:3415.
THTR:3421 Performing Autobiography3 s.h.
Write and perform original pieces stemming from personal experiences and interests; readings and videos; genre of contemporary autobiographical performance as established artists have developed it; improvisational performance and writing exercises to foster deeper reflection on personal experiences; final staging of students' original work. Recommendations: RHET:1030. Same as GWSS:3421.
THTR:3440 American Drama Since 19003 s.h.
American playwrights and plays after 1900. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st-Century Literature. Same as ENGL:3440.
THTR:3462 African American Drama3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th-Century Literature, or 20th/21st-Century Literature. Same as AFAM:3462, ENGL:3462.
THTR:3501 Stage Management I3 s.h.
Duties and procedures of stage management; focus on development of production from preparatory work through performance; role of stage manager in collaboration.
THTR:3510 Introduction to Arts Management3 s.h.
Nonprofit performing arts management and administrative principles; practical applications, trends in the field; focus on arts organizations and their key administrative positions. Same as DPA:3510, INTD:3510.
THTR:3520 New Ventures in the Arts3 s.h.
Arts administration principles and trends as applied to creation of an arts-related enterprise; case studies; students create business plan for a new arts organization. Duplicates ENTR:2000 and MGMT:3100. Corequisites: ENTR:1350 or (ACCT:2100 and MKTG:3000). Same as DPA:3520, ENTR:3520, INTD:3520.
THTR:3521 Acting for Singers and for Dancers2 s.h.
THTR:3550 Stage Management II3 s.h.
Duties and procedures of stage management; focus on development and understanding of leadership role of stage manager; examination of stage manager's role in a professional theatre; topics may include equity contracts and stage managing for opera. Prerequisites: THTR:3501.
THTR:3601 Theatre for Social Outreacharr.
Use of improvisation, storytelling, readers' theatre to explore complex social issues; participation in Darwin Turner Action Theatre; experience creating works that examine social issues, especially those related to cultural diversity; performances in Iowa schools and communities.
THTR:3605 Inclusive Theatre3 s.h.
Introduction to implementation of performance opportunities for special populations (defined as those with cognitive or physical disability) and underrepresented populations. Same as EDTL:3963.
THTR:3610 Drama in the Classroom3 s.h.
Theories of community, culture, identity in relation to language arts teaching and learning; emphasis on incorporating multiple literacies, both oral and print, into language arts curricula; action research involving oral literacy. Same as EDTL:3180.
THTR:3850 Introduction to Laban Movement Studies2-3 s.h.
Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF) and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as methods of organizing and integrating movement to support artistic goals and expanding expressive range; BF teaches body awareness, breath support, developmental patterns, ergonomically-efficient alignment, balancing of muscular strength and stretch, and coordination; LMA teaches vocabulary of expressive movement and nonverbal communication, including effort (use of energy/dynamics for expression, stamina, stress relief) and shape (how posture and gesture communicate); quality of movement that supports individual goals in artistic expression, sound production, and wellness. Same as DANC:3850, DPA:3850, MUS:3850.
THTR:3851 Introduction to the Alexander Technique2-3 s.h.
The Alexander Technique and "self-use"—how movement choices affect results achieved; improvement of physical skills and presence; principles in support of performing arts (e.g., speaking, singing, playing an instrument, dancing, acting); application to skills in daily life, addressing underpinnings of movement; physical participation (e.g., lying down, rolling, sitting, standing, locomotion). Same as DANC:3851, DPA:3851, MUS:3851.
THTR:3875 Topics in Digital Performing Arts2-3 s.h.
Introduction to digital documentation and editing for dance performance; from a digital reel of student's work, including performance and teaching, to creative strategies for using digital imagery in performance; digital arts literacy as an invaluable tool in today's dance field. Same as DANC:3875.
THTR:3876 Video for Performance4 s.h.
Introduction to making video for use in a performance; how video can unlock new artistic possibilities for performance in theater, dance, and performing arts in general; focus on acquiring basic skills necessary to shoot and edit video, and project it during a performance; practices of animation, found or archival footage work, and live performance. No previous knowledge of cameras or editing equipment required. Same as CINE:3876.
THTR:3880 Digital Media for Theatre and Dance3 s.h.
Introduction to digital media capture and editing, specifically designed for students in performing arts; focus on developing proficiency in contemporary approaches to digital video recording, editing, and multi-camera techniques; working in groups, students will be assigned practical projects using professional grade media software and hardware. GE: Engineering Be Creative. Same as DANC:3880.
THTR:3890 Producing and Directing Digital Video3 s.h.
Introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and practical applications of digital video production for multiple distribution streams, with a focus on aesthetic and technical principles; focus on developing proficiency in contemporary approaches to digital media production by understanding the production pipeline, from ideation to preproduction, production, postproduction, and through to distribution. GE: Engineering Be Creative. Same as DANC:3890.
THTR:4144 Acting: Special Topics3 s.h.
Specialized study in a specific aspect or theory of acting.
THTR:4180 Directing I3 s.h.
Basic elements of stage direction; exercises in composition, emphasis, movement, rhythm, directorial analysis; director's role in production process; short scenes, projects, papers. Prerequisites: THTR:2140 and (THTR:2402 or CINE:1601).
THTR:4230 Scene Design II3 s.h.
Design and execution of increasingly complex projects in a variety of formats, including perspective sketching, detailed drafting, and color models. Prerequisites: THTR:3230.
THTR:4240 Costume Design II3 s.h.
Conceptual and analysis skills in costuming; fashion history and dress related to individual, cultural, and artistic expression. May be taken before THTR:3240.
THTR:4250 Lighting Design II3 s.h.
Production styles and venues; skills developed through increasingly complex light plots, more precise paperwork. Prerequisites: THTR:3250.
THTR:4265 International Perspectives: Xicotepec2-3 s.h.
Introduction to providing service to a community in a less developed country; student projects intended to improve community life in Xicotepec. Requirements: P3 standing. Same as CEE:4788, GHS:4126, PHAR:8788.
THTR:4270 Scenic Art3 s.h.
Techniques in scenic art for the theatre; classical trompe l'oeil scene painting, sculpting with nontraditional materials, finishing. Offered every other year. GE: Engineering Be Creative.
THTR:4401 American Women Playwrights: 1776-Present3 s.h.
How women in the United States have expressed themselves in theatre since 1776; diversity of voices in works by African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, European American, lesbian playwrights; female-authored drama and production in relation to concurrent male-authored traditions and socioeconomic, political, cultural phenomena. Same as AMST:4401.
THTR:4402 Dramas of the Spirit3 s.h.
Western and nonwestern dramatic texts that enact or describe journeys of the human spirit; textual analysis, investigation of the notion of spirit and its relation to dramatic form. Prerequisites: THTR:2411 and THTR:2410 and THTR:2402.
THTR:4403 Studies in Drama3 s.h.
Exploration of a specific period of dramatic literature, or the work of specific authors, or dramatic principles central to playwrighting.
THTR:4420 Dramatic Theory3 s.h.
Theoretical questions of interest to dramatists and philosophers in western and nonwestern traditions; metaphysics of play; theories of character, psyche, self; narrative and nonnarrative dramatic forms. Prerequisites: THTR:2402 and THTR:2410 and THTR:2411.
THTR:4510 Arts Leadership Seminar3 s.h.
Performing arts management and administrative principles, practical applications, trends in arts leadership and advocacy. Prerequisites: THTR:3510 or ENTR:2000 or THTR:3520. Same as DPA:4510, ENTR:4510, INTD:4510.
THTR:4630 London Performance Study3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st-Century Literature. Same as ENGL:4172.
THTR:4690 Senior Seminar3 s.h.
Theatre arts capstone seminar; how personal aesthetic relates one's work to great theatrical visionaries of the past and present-day practitioners; research culminating in a collaborative theatre piece. Requirements: senior standing and theatre arts major.
THTR:4691 Projects in Theatrearr.
THTR:4692 Honors Theatre Artsarr.
Development and production of a new work for film or television by writers, directors, actors.
THTR:4693 Independent Studyarr.
THTR:4694 Design: Special Topics1-3 s.h.
Specialized study in a specific aspect or theory of theatrical design.
THTR:4695 Performance Practicum1-2 s.h.
Perform as an actor or serve as an assistant stage manager in a production of at least an hour's length, rehearsed for at least four weeks, directed by a faculty member or guest artist or graduate student, and produced by the Department of Theatre Arts.
THTR:5200 Graduate Design Seminararr.
Graduate design in set, lighting, and costume design; teamwork; meetings with design faculty in specific disciplines; short-term projects in the theatre department; long-term projects, including summer design work, internships, and other professional opportunities during the three-year program and beyond. Prerequisites: THTR:4230 or THTR:4240 or THTR:4250.
THTR:5230 Scene Design III3 s.h.
THTR:5240 Costume Design III3 s.h.
Advanced projects in costume design and portfolio development. Prerequisites: THTR:4240.
THTR:5250 Lighting Design III3 s.h.
Advanced projects in venues such as dance, opera, industrials; preparation of lighting designs for production. Prerequisites: THTR:4250.
THTR:5300 The Collaborative Process3 s.h.
Development of new plays, collaboratively created works.
THTR:5420 Dramaturgy Practicumarr.
Exploration of theoretical, creative, and practical issues that arise in working dramaturgically on both established and new plays, and in a variety of collaborative processes; practical dramaturgical exercises in script reporting, dramaturgical research, educational programming, season planning, production documentation, and writing of critical and dramaturgical essays for a general audience. Requirements: admission to M.F.A. dramaturgy program.
THTR:5500 Stage Management: Special Topics3 s.h.
Topics in stage management, arts production, and their professional practice. Requirements: admission to M.F.A. stage management program.
THTR:5510 Production Management3 s.h.
Organization and supervision of theatre productions; resources, procedures for successfully mounting a theatre production or season; personnel, equipment, facility and budget management, scheduling, communication. Requirements: stage management M.F.A. enrollment.
THTR:5600 Orientation to Graduate Studies1-2 s.h.
Requirements: theatre arts M.F.A. enrollment.
THTR:5605 Career Preparation1-3 s.h.
Business aspects of the actor's career; entrepreneurial tools for the professional world; topics include agents, managers, taxes, fees, résumés, head shots, unions, the similarities and differences between the three major markets (New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles), and the particular needs for television, film, and theatre.
THTR:5610 Collaborative Performance1-4 s.h.
Collaborative experience with advanced artists from varied disciplines that culminates in a final performance; emphasis on sharing and investigating ideas, artistic intent, personal vision, and creating collaborative projects. Same as DANC:5550, DPA:5550.
THTR:6140 Advanced Acting3 s.h.
Preprofessional training; may include psychophysical training in impulse, openness and the "mask," individual and group dynamics, improvisation, repetition, characterization and scene work, Shakespeare and style, on-camera, development of professional work habits and skills, audition and interview. Requirements: admission to M.F.A. program.
THTR:6150 Vocal Technique3 s.h.
Skills training; voice and speech for the actor, phonetics, dialects, sound exploration, contemporary and classical text analysis. Requirements: admission to M.F.A. program.
THTR:6160 Movement Technique3 s.h.
Fundamental principles and practices required for physical acting technique; basic stage movement, stage combat, mime technique, Lecoq-based improvisation; a new works project. Requirements: admission to M.F.A. program.
THTR:6170 Graduate Acting: Special Topics3 s.h.
Specialized study in one aspect or theory of acting. Requirements: admission to M.F.A. program.
THTR:6180 Director's Seminar1-3 s.h.
Preprofessional training in stage direction; the art and craft of directing; research, practical experience; development of new pieces; approaches to a variety of theatrical materials through concept, type, style. Requirements: admission to M.F.A. program.
THTR:6300 Guest Seminararr.
THTR:6310 Special Topics in Playwriting3 s.h.
THTR:6400 Classical to Romantic Theatre3 s.h.
Representative plays from the Classical to the Romantic periods--in historical context of their original productions, contemporary production potential. Requirements: theatre arts M.F.A. enrollment.
THTR:6401 Modern Drama3 s.h.
Questions of dramatic form and content examined in-depth through close readings of modern plays.
THTR:6402 Postmodern Theatre3 s.h.
Diverse postmodern traditions; emphasis on questions of relation of text.
THTR:6500 Stage Management Seminar1-2 s.h.
Practice and techniques of stage management. Requirements: graduate stage management major.
THTR:6525 Voice for Performers2 s.h.
THTR:6691 Projects in Theatre Advancedarr.
Create a special project under the mentorship of a faculty member; projects may include performing in a main stage production, writing, directing, or designing a play performed in the department, developing a research project that intersects production.
THTR:7300 Playwrights Workshop3 s.h.
Development of works by Iowa Playwrights Workshop members. Requirements: playwriting or dramaturgy M.F.A. enrollment.
THTR:7601 M.F.A. Thesis0-3 s.h.
Work related to M.F.A. thesis projects in theatre arts.