THTR 1101 – Introduction to Theatre

Reveals the dynamic world of theatre by exploring the artistry, ideas, and techniques of actors, designers, directors, and playwrights.  Goes “behind-the-scenes” in the study of theory and literature with both in-depth discussions and in-class performances.  Includes a survey of significant movements in theatre history and analysis of diverse plays from contemporary drama.  No theatre experience required. Usually offered every semester.

  • NU Core: Arts level 1.

THTR 1130 Introduction to Acting (4 SH)

Introduces techniques that awaken the creative mind, body, and spirit of the actor. Through theatre games and voice/movement exercises, explore and develop skills used by actors in preparation for a role. Students will rehearse and perform scenes from contemporary plays. Designed for non-theatre majors; previous stage experience welcome but not required.

  • NU Core: Arts level 1.

THTR 1120 Acting 1 (4 SH)

Focuses on the fundamental techniques and skills needed by an actor to strengthen imagination and increase freedom of expression. Includes the use of monologues and/or scenes for classroom analysis.

  • Prerequisite: Theatre majors and combined majors only.

THTR 1125 Improvisation for Entrepreneurs (4 SH)

Offers a playful yet demanding environment in which students have an opportunity to discover, understand, and optimize how to interact and communicate with others and to learn skills that are crucial to success in a myriad of professional enterprises. The tools of theatrical improvisation have quickly become integral in business schools throughout the country, giving students a dynamic opportunity to learn how to read and react to unexpected situations with confidence and agility. This is an experiential studio course.

  • Prerequisite: Not open to theater majors.
  • NU Core: Arts level

THTR 1160 The Professional Voice (4 SH)

Designed to help students across disciplines enhance the quality of their spoken voice and the clarity and urgency with which they express themselves. Offers students practical tools to improve their voice and speech in interpersonal interactions. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to free the habitual tensions that block the clear communication of thoughts and feelings. Focuses on the development of physical and vocal exercises and the direct application of these skills to texts.

  • Prerequisite: Nontheatre majors only.
  • NU Core: Arts level 1.

THTR 1210 Theatre and Society (4 SH)

Overviews several great practitioners of theatre. In particular, stresses how society influenced the thought and craft of playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and theorists. Pays careful attention to how the play’s ideas are translated into performance. Uses video, discussion, and live performance, when possible, as integral elements in the course.

  • NU Core: Arts level 1.

 THTR 1235 Fashion and Costume Design in Film and Television (4 SH)

Examines the role of costume and fashion design in media, from the movies of the Golden Age of Hollywood to the latest high-tech motion pictures to the most recent cable miniseries. Studies the history and social contexts of clothing in media, as well as the critical role of fashion in relation to the narrative, i.e., how it enhances the mood and propels the dramatic action of the production. Uses illustrated lectures, critical thinking and writing, and a major experiential component.

  • NU Core: Arts level 1.

THTR 1270 Introduction to Theatrical Design

Introduces the principles of contemporary theatrical design and how to apply the creative process to scenery, costumes, sound, and lighting.  Students discover how design concepts are developed and relate to each other through research, script analysis, color theory, and visual composition. Develop your capacity for collaboration and techniques for conceptualizing a play into a multi-disciplinary work of art.  No experience required.

  • NU Core: Arts level 1.

THTR 2315 Rebels of Modern Drama

Investigates ground-breaking classics by modern European playwrights (1890s-1950s) such as Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, Brecht, and Beckett. Reveals how these social and literary rebels broke with tradition and created new forms of theatre. Examines their significant works as literature, history, and performance, as well as their relevance today. Usually offered every other year.

  • No Prerequisites

THTR 2300 Theatre History: Greek Tragedy to Romanticism

Explores the history of classical theatre, its dramatic development and unique contributions to Western civilization. Students discover notable plays and theatre artists from Ancient Greece to the 1800s, including Elizabethan England, Golden Age Spain, and the Italian Renaissance. Playwrights include Euripides, Shakespeare, Calderon, and Goldoni. Usually offered every year.

  • Prerequisite: (a) ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102 and (b) sophomore standing or above
  • NU Core: Writing intensive in the major.

THTR 2310 History of Musical Theatre

Traces the evolution of the stage musical from its origins to current Broadway hits; from popular entertainment to an important theatrical art form. Examines musicals from multiple perspectives – historical, cultural, political, and aesthetic. Develops insights into the concepts and methods of such artists as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. Usually offered every other year.

  • No Prerequisites

THTR 2342 Acting 2 (4 SH)

Focuses on developing the actor’s sense of truth and emotional freedom. Emphasizes creating, developing, and sustaining character and developing ensemble. Includes monologues and scenes performed for classroom analysis.

  • Prerequisite: THTR 1120; theatre majors and combined majors.

THTR 2344 Intermediate Acting for Non-Majors (4 SH)

Focuses on developing the actor’s sense of truth and emotional freedom. Emphasizes creating, developing, and sustaining character and developing ensemble. Includes monologues and scenes performed for classroom analysis.

  • Prerequisite: THTR 1130.

THTR 2370 Lighting Design for the Stage (4 SH)

Examines basic principles and practices of stage lighting including the qualities and functions of light, lighting instruments and controls, basic electricity, color in light, and analysis of the script in terms of light requirements. Expects students to develop light plots and schedules for various kinds of stage productions. Includes lab work on lighting crews for productions.

  • NU Core: Mathematical/analytical thinking level 2.

THTR 4882 Special Topics– The Actor’s Body: Narrative in Motion (4 SH)

Explores movement techniques that enhance the actor’s physical expressiveness and communication. Introduces acting exercises developed by Tadashi Suzuki on body imaging, spatial relationships, and heightened emotional/physical concentration. Provides foundational skills in stage combat, extreme acting, and storytelling narrative for combatants. Awakens the actor’s consciousness by bringing the body to a full awareness of performance energy.

  • Sophomores and above only.