Theatre Arts (TA)

TA 207. Enjoyment of Theatre - AH3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: A survey of theatre from its origins to the present, with an emphasis on dramatic literature, and theatrical techniques.

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TA 224. Introduction to Acting as Communication - OC3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: This course is an introduction to theatre and performance as communication. Students will develop a general performance awareness and effective approaches to speaking in front of a variety of groups throughout the course. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving by exploring the link between self and partner/audience. Additionally, students will build and grow themselves in performance and communication through ensemble building, active listening, acting exercises, and creative material development. The semester will culminate in a student conceived, written and performed presentation piece.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 240. Stagecraft I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: An introduction to aspects of technical theatre, including theatre facilities, scenic production, and production planning. Production work is required.

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TA 241. Stagecraft II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: Continuing studies in technical theatre including: scenic production, stage properties, costume construction, stage lighting and sound mechanics, and production & stage management. Production work required.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 243. Design Aesthetics - AH3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: This course is designed for students interested in further study into the principles, fundamentals, techniques and process of design.

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TA 320. Acting I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Fundamental techniques of acting, including sensory awareness, imagination, spontaneity, self-discovery through improvisation, and understanding and applying the vocabulary of acting. Culminates in an introduction to scene study.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 321. Acting II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): TA 320 or TA 322 or equivalent, and permission of instructor.

Description: Techniques of character development and script analysis, stressing scene study in contemporary realistic style.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 322. Acting The Black Experience - AH, D13 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: Fundamental approaches to performance developed through improvisation, call and response, rhythm and movement styles that are drawn from the black experience in America.

Note: Cross-listed with PAS 353.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 324. Acting for Nonmajors3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Survey of basic acting techniques, intended for students who do not anticipate careers in theatre. Does not automatically apply to theatre degree requirements.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 326. Cultural Diversity in Performance - AH, D13 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Performance and discussion of selected public and private texts written by American minority writers. Course explores what it means to be part of a culturally diverse society.

Note: Cross-listed with PAS 355.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 330. Directing3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): TA 321 or equivalent, and permission of instructor.

Description: Fundamental techniques of theatre directing, including script analysis and rehearsal methods.

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TA 340. Introduction to Scene Design3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): TA 240 or faculty consent.

Description: Techniques of scene design, including drafting, rendering, working drawings and set models.

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TA 345. Introduction to Costume Design3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: A survey of clothing styles as they relate to the design of costumes for the stage.

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TA 346. Stage Make-up3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Basic techniques of design and execution of makeup for the stage.

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TA 349. Introduction to Stage Lighting3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): TA 241 or faculty consent.

Description: Intensive study of modern stage lighting with emphasis on equipment and basic electricity. Production requirement.

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TA 350. Theatre Performance and Production0.5 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Faculty consent.

Description: Participation in major productions of Belknap Theatre.

Note: One-half credit per term, to a maximum of 3 credits.

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TA 352. Special Topics in Theatre1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: Study of specific areas of theatre arts as announced in Schedule of Courses.

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TA 357. Introduction to Hip-Hop Theatre - AH, D1, WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Summer

Description: Exploration of contemporary hip-hop theatre and forerunners of hip-hop culture and art; including its relationship to African-American, American multicultural postmodern styles-through discussion, reading and performance exercises.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 360. Classical to Medieval Theatre History - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 102 or ENGL 105 or equivalent.

Description: The development of theatre and drama from ancient Greece to the age of Shakespeare.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 361. Renaissance to Romantic Theatre History - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Odd Years

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 102 or ENGL 105 or equivalent.

Description: The development of theatre and drama from the Italian Renaissance to the rise of Realism.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 362. Modern and Contemporary Theatre History3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Odd Years

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 102, ENGL 105 or equivalent.

Description: Overview of theatrical production and dramatic literature from the rise of realism to the present day.

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TA 363. African-American Women in Theatre - AH, D1, WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: This course will explore the theatrical representation of African-American women through the lens of African-American playwrights, designers and theoreticians. Course content will focus on the works of African-American women playwrights, designers and theoreticians and encourage critical discourse on the material covered. Assignments and activities will include script analyses, discussion board posts, research papers, and quizzes. Assignments are designed to strengthen critical thinking skills, encourage perspective broadening dialogue and research, and enhance your understanding of the experience of the African diaspora. (Humanities)

Note: Approved for the Arts & Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Note: Cross-listed with PAS 350 and WGST 380.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 365. Theatre of the African World - AH, D23 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Odd Years

Description: This course is a cross-cultural examination of theatre and performance modes of select cultural and ethnic groups within Africa and the African Diaspora.The material will focus on performance and dramatic scripts by artists from West and South Africa, East Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. We will investigate the distinctions in the manifestations of "theatre," "drama," and "performance" in Africa and the African Diaspora by means of lectures, play readings, written responses, in-depth discussions, video screenings, student projects, and presentations. (Humanities)

Note: Cross-listed with PAS 315.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 366. History of the African-American Theatre - AH, D1, WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: This course will introduce students to the historical, political, and cultural milieu experienced by African Americans and their impact on theatrical expression in theatre and performance.

Note: Cross-listed with PAS 356.
Note: Approved for the Arts & Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 367. Black Dramatic Literature - AH, D13 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: The primary goal of this course is to accomplish in-depth analyses of selected plays by black dramatists.

Note: Cross-listed with PAS 367.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 371. Script Analysis3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: Techniques of analyzing a play as a performance vehicle to determine theatrical style, rhythms, implied actions, subtext and beats, and visual and interpretive concepts.

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TA 420. Acting III3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): TA 321 or equivalent, and permission of instructor.

Description: Scene study with an emphasis on world drama, period drama, and non-realistic styles.

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TA 421. Acting IV3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Odd Years

Prerequisite(s): TA 420 or equivalent, and permission of instructor.

Description: Scene study with an emphasis on expanding character range and on modern and early modern plays.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 423. Directing the Black Experience3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): TA 330 and permission of instructor.

Description: Fundamentals of staging plays by dramatists of African descent from an Afrocentric perspective.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 430. Costume Craft3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Hands-on training in techniques for constructing costumes, millinery and costume accessories.

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TA 450. Theatre Apprenticeship6 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Approval of department and selection by a theatre company.

Description: Apprenticeship in professional or nonprofessional theatre.

Note: Pass-fail.
Note: Only 6 additional credits may be scheduled during the semester of apprenticeship.

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TA 451. Cooperative Internship in Theatre Arts1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Completion of at least 30 hours and GPA of at least 3.0.

Description: An individually-arranged course for applying theatre or speech skills to work experience.

Note: May count as an elective toward a major in Theatre Arts.

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TA 455. Independent Study1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall; minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the department, and at least 18 semester hours credit in the department.

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TA 520. Acting Workshop3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Departmental consent.

Description: Practical problems in the art of acting approached in a laboratory setting.

Note: Meets with TA 530.
Note: May be repeated.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 521. Stage Movement I3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Development of physical expressiveness and agility for the stage.

Note: One section each semester.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 522. Stage Movement II3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Development of physical expressiveness and agility for the stage.

Note: One section each semester.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 523. Stage Speech I3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Development of voice production and articulation for the stage.

Note: One section each semester.

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TA 524. Stage Speech II3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Development of voice production and articulation for the stage.

Note: One section each semester.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 525. Advanced Studies in Acting1-3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Group studies in specialized areas of actor training. Two-to-six hours of laboratory work, as announced in Schedule of Courses.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 526. Tools for a Global Theatre3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Description: Cultural issues, perspectives, and approaches to theatre in various parts of the world will be addressed using both classical and contemporary texts.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 529. Actors Theatre of Louisville Workshop3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or faculty consent.

Description: Organization of commercial theatre, auditioning techniques, and employment possibilities.

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TA 530. Directing Workshop3 Units

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

Description: Practical problems in the art of directing approached in a laboratory setting.

Note: Meets with TA 520.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 532. Advanced Directing the Black Experience3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Description: Advanced techniques for staging plays from an African-centered perspective.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 533. Stage Management3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Techniques of production management during audition, rehearsal, and performance. Practical project required.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 540. Problems in Technical Theatre3 Units

Prerequisite(s): TA 241.

Description: Topics vary by semester, but may include: A) Welding, B) Sound Design, C) Technical Direction, and/or D) Special Topics.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 541. Topics: Scene Design3 Units

Prerequisite(s): TA 340.

Description: Topics vary by semester, but may include: A) Scene Design, B) Advanced Scene Design, C) Design for the Camera, and/or D) Design for Lyric Theatre. E. Special Topics

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 543. Scenographic Techniques3 Units

Prerequisite(s): TA 340.

Description: Topics vary by semester, but may include: A) CAD for Stage Design, B) Sketching and Rendering - Scenery, C) Scene Painting, and/or D) Special Topics.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 545. Topics: Costume Design3 Units

Prerequisite(s): TA 345.

Description: Topics vary by semester, but may include: A) Advanced Costume Design, B) Costume History, C) Costume Construction, D) Sewing Techniques, E) Sketching and Rendering - Costumes, and/or F) Special Topics.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 547. Advanced Black Aesthetic on Stage3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Description: Exploration of scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design from an Afrocentric perspective.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 549. Topics: Lighting Design3 Units

Prerequisite(s): TA 349.

Description: Topics vary by semester, but may include: A. Lighting Design, B. Advanced Lighting Design, and/or C. Special Topics

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 550. Culminating Undergraduate Experience Practicum - CUE3 Units

Prerequisite(s): 90 credit hours.

Description: The Theatre Arts CUE course is an independent project that demonstrates the student's ability to conceptualize, analyze, communicate and direct, design, perform, manage or otherwise take a leadership role in a work for the stage.

Course Attribute(s): CUE - This course fulfills the Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) requirement for certain degree programs. CUE courses are advanced-level courses intended for majors with at least 90 earned credits/senior-level status.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 555. Special Topics in Theatre1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Advanced study of specific areas of theatre arts.

Note: May be repeated.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 557. Advanced Hip-Hop Theatre3 Units

Description: Advanced exploration of hip-hop theatre and forerunners of hip-hop culture and art--including its relationship to African-American, American multicultural and postmodern styes--through discussion, reading, research and performance exercises.

Note: Undergraduate credit may not be earned for both this course and TA 357.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 560. Directed Study in Theatre History3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Survey of theatre history and literature, supplemented with directed reading of secondary sources.

Note: Meets with TA 360-TA 361.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 562. Advanced Black Dramatic Literature3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Description: An examination of the drama of selected African-descended writers whose work stands out as exceptional in the realm of dramatic literature. The material will be explored by means of lectures, play readings, written responses, in-depth discussion, videos, student projects and presentations.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 563. Advanced African-American Women in Theatre3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Description: Examines the full range of African-American women working in theatre including playwrights, performers, designers, theorists, academics,and directors.Includes examination of plays by women of African descent.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 565. Advanced Theatre of the African World3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.

Description: Cross-cultural examination of the drama of the African-descended playwrights in the African Diaspora.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 566. Advanced History of African-American Theatre3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Description: Survey of African-American Theatre from 1820 to the present, its relationship to sociopolitical issues in America and its relationship to mainstream American theatre.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 567. Asian Theatre3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Description: The theatre and drama of Japan, China, and other Asian nations.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

TA 571. Playscript Interpretation - WR3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Description: Advanced techniques of play analysis, emphasizing the theatre artist's response to text.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes