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PERF-450 Rotating Topics in Theatre Course Level: Undergraduate

Rotating Topics in Theatre (1-3) Topics vary by section. Designed for advanced undergraduate students who wish to continue theatre studies. Emphasis on approaches to performance material and preparation techniques for improvisation, acting for the camera, the business of acting, advanced acting styles, children's theatre, theatre for children and youth, creative dramatics, Shakespeare, musical theatre, directing methodologies, auditioning and monologue preparation, and other selected topics. Crosslist: PERF-650. Usually Offered: fall and spring. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Permission: instructor.

PERF-450-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Contemporary American Theatre
Contemporary American Theatre (3) Investigates the current landscape of American theatrical writing, direction, performance, design, collaboration, and criticism in order to gain an understanding of what American theatre is today, and what it is becoming. Students identify and explore recently developed and emerging trends in American theatre practice through seeing new works, engaging with contemporary artists and practitioners, researching regional movements, and reading and analyzing plays, critical reviews, and scholarly publications.
PERF-450-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The Business of Acting
The Business of Acting (3) All actors are small business owners. This course prepares students to enter the marketplace as a working actor. The course offers valuable strategies for creating a successful, fulfilling career as an actor. Students create a business plan, and discuss such concepts as branding and networking, as well as examining how to get an agent, cover letters, resumes, headshots, and marketing strategies. Guest speakers share their insights and strategies with the students regularly throughout the semester.
PERF-450-001
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Stage Combat
Stage Combat (3) Students learn to safely execute armed and unarmed stage fighting. Actors are guided in the creation of effective stage combat within dramatic contexts.
PERF-450-002
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Improv
Improv (3) Students learn and practice fundamental theories, skills, and techniques of various forms of improvisation.