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Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair of Theatre

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7306

emetz@​knox.edu

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Requirements

Requirements for the major
11 credits in the Department, including:

  • Core: THTR 121, THTR 131, and THTR 151
  • Intermediate: three THTR courses at the 200 level or above (DANC 221 may also be used)
  • World Theatre and Drama: THTR 351, 352, and 353
  • Advanced: two additional 300-level THTR courses, one of which must be numbered between 381 and 395.

Requirements for the minor in Dramatic Literature and History
5 credits as follows:

  • THTR 151
  • THTR 351, 352, and 353
  • One 380-level course in dramatic literature, or THTR 251

Requirements for the minor in Performance
5 credits as follows:

  • THTR 121, 131, and 151
  • THTR 231 or 232
  • THTR 310, 331, or 361


Requirements for the minor in Directing
5 credits as follows:

  • THTR 121, 131, and 151
  • THTR 361
  • THTR 350-- A special project either practical or theoretical to be approved by the department


Requirements for the minor in Design and Technology
5 credits as follows:

  • THTR 121, 131, and 151
  • Two courses from THTR 222, 223, 224, or 325

Requirements for the minor in Playwriting
5 credits as follows:

  • THTR 131 and 151
  • THTR 209
  • THTR 309
  • THTR 309 (second enrollment) or THTR 350 - an independent study approved by the department

Course Descriptions

THTR 121. Design and Technology for Stage and Screen. (1)

An introductory overview of scenic illusion and technical devices, starting from ancient Greece through to modern design and production techniques. Scenery, lighting, costumes, make-up, properties, sound and technical effects are examined in the classroom and through workshop experiences, as they apply to live performance and to film and television. The course includes three design projects structured to demonstrate creative problem-solving. ARTS; O; offered annually in the fall; S. Choma;

THTR 131. Beginning Acting. (1)

Exploration and development of imaginative processes and basic techniques of acting. Training through class exercises, scene and monologue work, discussions, readings and lecture/demonstrations. Designed to develop students physically, vocally, emotionally, and experientially as interpreters of what it means to be human. ARTS; O; offered annually, usually multiple terms; J. Grace; E. Metz;

THTR 151. Foundations of Theatre and Drama. (1)

An introductory study of theatre as a collaborative art form, examining dramatic writing and theatrical production, and the process whereby scripts are translated into performance by theatre artists, and exploring theatre's capacity to reflect and promote social, political, and cultural change. HUM; Cross Listing: ENG 123; W; offered annually, usually multiple terms; N. Blackadder; J. Grace; E. Metz;

THTR 209. Beginning Playwriting. (1)

An introduction to the craft of dramatic writing. In a workshop format, students learn about the elements of playwriting through the study of several published one-acts and the composition and revision of one or more short plays. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): THTR 151/ENG 123, THTR 131, or ENG 207, or ENG 208, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 209; W; Offered annually, usually multiple terms; N. Blackadder; S. Kiraly;

THTR 222. Scene Design. (1)

An examination of the elements of design as they relate to the translation and reinforcement of a playscript into the scenic environment of a production. Emphasis is on practical experience in developing a personal design aesthetic. Includes the completion and critique of several original design projects. Prerequisite(s): THTR 121 or permission of the instructor; Offered in alternate years in the spring; S. Choma;

THTR 223. Lighting Design. (1)

An examination of the elements of design as they relate to the translation and reinforcement of a playscript into the lighting of a production by addressing such qualities as mood, modeling, selective focus and overall atmosphere. Includes the completion and critique of several original design projects. Emphasis is on practical experience in developing a personal design aesthetic. Prerequisite(s): THTR 121 or permission of the instructor; Offered in alternate years in the spring; S. Choma;

THTR 224. Costume Design. (1)

An examination of the history of costuming, and an introduction to the principles and techniques of costume design and technical artistry for the stage. Includes the completion and critique of several original design projects. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): THTR 151/ENG 123 or permission of the instructor; Offered annually; M. Shively;

THTR 231. Acting Studio: Psychological Realism. (1)

The study of acting as applied to psychologically motivated text. Class work includes text analysis, critical analysis of performance, and scene and monologue study and performance. Topics will include acting theory and practice for the stage, film/TV, and game and virtual acting. Students repeating the course will undertake successively advanced concepts, applications, and projects. Prerequisite(s): THTR 131 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; may be taken up to 3 times; O; THTR 231 may not be taken in the term immediately after a student has completed THTR 131, if both courses are taken in the same academic year; THTR 231 and 232 may be taken in either order; usually offered annually; E. Metz; J. Grace;

THTR 232. Acting Studio: Style. (1)

Theoretical concepts and practicum approaches to acting as practiced historically and in world theatre. Study will include multiple approaches to acting in a wide array of texts and performance settings, including historical epochs of western theatre, non-western physical theatre, socio-political theatre, and story theatre. Students repeating the course will undertake successively advanced concepts, applications, and projects. Prerequisite(s): THTR 131 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; may be taken up to 3 times; O; THTR 231 and 232 may be taken in either order; usually offered in alternate years; E. Metz; J. Grace;

THTR 233. Devised Theatre for Social Change. (1)

This course undertakes an interdisciplinary approach, through devising, to create original performance texts that entertain and enlighten on themes of social responsibility and change. No prior experience i theatre or performance is necessary. Topics may be drawn from literary sources, life, current events, the news, history, or sociopolitical issues, among many other possibilities. ARTS; Non-theatre majors are encouraged to enroll; offered occasionally; N. Blackadder; E. Metz; J. Grace;

THTR 251. Dramaturgy. (1)

Students learn about the multiple tasks of the dramaturg primarily by carrying them out. The course requires students to read and analyze numerous plays, to conduct and present historical research, to select and edit scripts, and to produce many pages of writing conceived for various different contexts. In many respects, the course functions like a workshop: most of the work is shared with and discussed by the class as a group. HUM; Usually offered in alternate years; N. Blackadder;

THTR 271. Theatre Participation. (1/2 or 1)

Students may satisfy the Experiential Learning goal and/or the Foundations goal for significant work in Main Stage and Studio Theatre productions under direct faculty supervision. Students may enroll for elective credit (a minimum of 1/2) for individual participations of significant undertaking without the Foundation or Experiential Learning designation. Offered each term on a contract basis with permission of the instructor. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor; S/U; May be repeated for a maximum of 1.5 credits.; Staff;

THTR 275. London Theatre, History, and Culture. (1/2)

Optional capstone experience for specific Theatre courses in performance and dramatic literature and history as designated by the department. Enrolled students will travel to London for two weeks at the conclusion of Fall Term to attend theatre productions, have class with theatre professionals in which they will examine the work they have seen, and visit relevant cultural sites. Graded S/U. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in designated THTR course; An additional program fee is required; Staff;

THTR 281. Introduction to Shakespeare. (1)

Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare's texts enthrall audiences and readers and have come to define great English literature. This course introduces students to Shakespeare's canon and to the historical, political, religious, and artistic contexts in which he wrote. Students read a range of Shakespeare's dramatic and non-dramatic work from across the scope of his career, including at least three of the four dramatic genres in which he wrote (comedy, tragedy, history, romance) and samples of his shorter or longer poetry. The course also considers Shakespeare's continuing relevance through modern film and stage adaptation. Prerequisite(s): ENG 120 or 123 or sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 227; Staff;

THTR 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Theatre not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

THTR 309. Playwriting and Screenwriting Workshop. (1)

Introduction to writing for the screen, and intensive work in the reading and writing of plays and screenplays; workshops and individual conferences. Prerequisite(s): ENG 209 or THTR 209 or written permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 309; W; May be taken three times; Offered annually; N. Blackadder; S. Kiraly;

THTR 310. Repertory Theatre Term. (2 to 3)

An intensive course in theatre in which students contribute in multiple ways to the production of two full-length plays while studying such topics as acting techniques, dramaturgy, design, voice, and movement. The enrollment of students not majoring in theatre is encouraged. Prerequisite(s): THTR 121 or THTR 131, sophomore standing, and permission of the department; For meeting the requirements of the Theatre major, participation may be counted as the additional 300 level course not in dramatic literature; offered every third year; Staff;

THTR 325. Design Workshop. (1)

Advanced study of theory and the creative process leading to the realization of a design in the areas of scenography, costume, lighting, sound, videography, and scenic art; experiential projects, workshops, and individual conferences. Prerequisite(s): THTR 121 & one of the following: THTR 222, 223, or 224; and/or permission of the instructor; Repeatable 3 times for credit; offered annually; S. Choma; M. Shively;

THTR 331. Advanced Acting: Shakespeare and Beyond. (1)

Advanced integration of traditional and non-traditional acting theory and practical application (from Shakespeare to the Absurd) through text, voice, and movement. Scene and monologue study, text analysis, and philosophical and historical context are examined in terms of central questions regarding what it means to be human as revealed through performance. Prerequisite(s): THTR 131, THTR 231, and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; O; usually offered in alternate years; E. Metz; J. Grace;

THTR 351. World Theatre and Drama I: Greeks through the Renaissance. (1)

A study of the origins and evolution of drama and theatre beginning with Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe through Early Modern England, Italy, and France. Additional examination of the development of theatrical practice in Japan, China, and India. HUM; Prerequisite(s): At least one literature course (THTR 151/ENG 123 is preferred) and sophomore standing; or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 351; Offered two years out of three; N. Blackadder; J. Grace;

THTR 352. World Theatre and Drama II: Restoration through Expressionism. (1)

A study of the developments of dramatic forms and major theatrical movements from Restoration era comedies (1660) through Expressionism (1915). Additional examination of influences from nonwestern traditions. Focus placed on the theatre as a cultural, social, political, industrial, and economic institution. HUM; Prerequisite(s): at least one literature course (THTR 151/ENG 123 is preferred) and sophomore standing; or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 352; W; offered two years out of three; N. Blackadder; E. Metz; J. Grace;

THTR 353. World Theatre and Drama III: Avant-Garde to the Present. (1)

A study of the developments of dramatic forms and major theatrical movements throughout the world from the Historical Avant-Garde to the present. The plays are discussed in their literary, cultural, social, political, and theatrical contexts. HUM; Prerequisite(s): at least one literature course (THTR 151/ENG 123 is preferred) and sophomore standing; or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 353; DV; offered two years out of three; N. Blackadder; E. Metz; J. Grace;

THTR 361. Directing. (1)

Theory and practice of directing a play. Text analysis focused on form, metaphor, and motivation through the creative manipulation of the fundamentals of composition, movement, business, picturization, rhythm, and rehearsal and production procedures as approached through scene work, lectures and discussions. Prerequisite(s): THTR 121 and THTR 131 and sophomore standing, or permission of the instructor. THTR 251 recommended; Usually offered in alternate years; E. Metz;

THTR 381. Shakespeare: Histories and Comedies. (1)

Study of Shakespeare's histories and comedies with combined attention to the plays as rich poetry and as texts for performance. Some discussion of the plays in connection with selected critical essays on them, and some in-class analysis of scenes from filmed productions of the plays. HUM; Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 331; Usually offered in alternate years; C. Rosell;

THTR 382. Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances. (1)

Study of Shakespeare's tragedies and romances with combined attention to the plays as rich poetry and as texts for performance. Some discussion of the plays in connection with selected critical essays on them, and some in-class analysis of scenes from filmed productions of the plays. HUM; Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 332; Usually offered in alternate years; C. Rosell;

THTR 383. Women Playwrights. (1)

Analysis of the works of female playwrights who represent diversity in race, nationality, perspective, and style. A brief review of the evolution of feminisms is traced in order to identify the areas of thought and conflict that most influence the condition of the female writer and specifically the playwright. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: AFST 383;ENG 383;GWST 383; W; DV; offered occasionally; J. Grace; E. Metz;

THTR 384. American Drama and Theatre. (1)

A survey of dramatic writing and theatrical expression in America. Close investigation placed on themes such as the American dream, the American family, and the struggle for racial, ethnic, economic, and sexual equality. Plays are discussed within particular social, historical, political, and artistic frameworks. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 384; Offered occasionally; N. Blackadder; J. Grace;

THTR 385. Dramatic Theory and Criticism. (1)

This course undertakes a practical approach to the major theories of the theatre that emerged during the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century. Topics may be drawn from semiotics, phenomenology, post-structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminism, gender and queer studies, reception theory, postmodernism, and post-colonialism. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Offered occasionally; N. Blackadder; J. Grace;

THTR 386. Theatre and Society. (1)

A study of the relationship between theatre and society. This course examines a variety of plays and theatre practitioners and theoreticians, focusing on theatre's capacity to reflect and participate in social, political and cultural discourse. Specific topics vary from term to term. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 386; Offered occasionally; N. Blackadder; J. Grace; E. Metz;

THTR 387. Studies in Dramatic Literature. (1)

Close examination of the work of a single playwright or theatre practitioner (such as Caryl Churchill or Bertolt Brecht), or of a period (e.g., Jacobean) or genre (e.g., tragedy). Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 387; Offered occasionally; N. Blackadder; J. Grace; E. Metz;

THTR 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Course offered occasionally to students in special areas of Theatre not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

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