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100 Level




​THEA102: Introduction to Performance​Group A​Survey of performance training techniques for the non-minor. Topics may include elements of voice, improvisation, movement, dance, and character analysis and portrayal.
​THEA 104: Introduction to Theatre and Drama​Group A​Survey of the elements of theatre and drama. Includes attendance at theatrical productions, readings of representative plays, discussion of a method of dramatic analysis, explanation of staging in periods of major importance and discussion of the actor, the designer and the director.
​THEA 106: The Theatrical Experience Abroad​Group A
​Survey of the elements of performance, theatre and drama in relationship to observed field performances. Attendance at rigorous program of theatrical performances. Studies elements of voice, improvisation, movement, dance, character analysis and portrayal specifically based on observed performances. (Taught abroad.)

200 Level





​THEA 200: Introduction to Theatre Production​Group A​Processes involved in the production of scenery, properties, lighting, sound and costumes for live performance events. Plays read and analyzed for production requirements.
​THEA 202: Introduction to Theatre Design​Group A​Survey of the evolution of design theory and aesthetics for live production. Elements include the design of scenery, properties, costumes, lighting and sound. Plays read and analyzed for design requirements.
​THEA 203: Introduction to Costuming​Group A​Explores the evolution of costume design and technology. Discusses and analyzes all aspects of costuming through reading of plays.
​THEA 204: Introduction to Voice and Speech​Group A​The use of voice and speech in performance. Includes exercises to develop relaxation, breath support, resonance, vocal strength, optimum pitch and articulatory precision, as well as studies in basic vocal anatomy. Studio format.
​THEA 205: Introduction to Stage Movement​Group A
​Introduction to a variety of physical skills and techniques for the actor. Topics may include exercises to develop strength, flexibility, control, awareness, rhythm, balance, and expressiveness.
​THEA 212: Jews and American Pop Culture
​Group A​As the Jewish population of America grew rapidly during the early decades of the 20th century, Jews brought with them a rich and diverse tapestry of dramatic and theatrical modes. This course will examine the development of this extraordinary creative and commercial phenomenon.
​THEA 214: Healthcare Communication​Group A
​Nursing and Theater course where students will learn to be standardized patients and patient family members. Students will then be used in mock real life scenarios to assess the medical and communication skills of student health care providers.
​THEA 226: Fundamentals of Acting I​Group A​Exploration of basic elements of the actor's art and craft so as to deepen and broaden the experience of viewing the theatre. May utilize theatre games, basic text work, improvisation, and lecture/demonstrations.
​THEA 227: Fundamentals of Acting II​Group A​Continuation of THEA226 in the exploration of the actor's art and craft. May utilize theatre games, basic text analysis, improvisation, and scene study.

THEA240: Create Performances about Black American History using all Art Forms

​Group A​Culminate in the creation of new theatrical works based in African American History using Theatre, Music, Dance, Writing, Literature, Painting, Sculpture, Sets, Costumes, Lighting, Sound, and Multi-media.
​THEA 241: Western Theatre l Live on Stage​Group B​A historical view of theatre starting with the Greeks through late 20th century plays with examples performed live on stage by professional actors from UD's Resident Ensemble Players. An added value course with some classes taken out of the lecture hall and moved into the theatre.
​THEA 242: Page to Stage - Making Theatre​Group A​Intended for the general university student as an introduction to how all theatre, as a collaborative art form, is made, from its genesis to its opening night. Provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of this form of creative arts and will be broad enough to include drama, comedy, and musical theatre. An added value, reality theatre course with many classes taken out of the lecture hall and moved into the theatre.


300 Level



THEA 301: Fundamentals of Properties Construction

​​Group A​Introduces basics of organization and management of properties for a theatrical production in addition to basic techniques of property construction. Demonstrates basic techniques and processes through a combination of classroom lecture and laboratory experience.

THEA 302: Fundamentals of Stage Lighting

​​Group A​Introduces basic techniques and processes used in the lighting of theatrical productions. Emphasis on the use and manipulation of lighting equipment. Demonstrates equipment and basic techniques and processes through a combination of classroom lecture and laboratory experience.

THEA 304: Fundamentals of Audio for the Theatre

​​Group A​Introduces the physical phenomenon of sound and the techniques of controlling and manipulating it for theatrical productions. Demonstrates basic techniques and processes through a combination of classroom lecture and laboratory experience.

THEA 305: Fundamentals of Costume Construction for the Stage

​​Group A​Introduces basic costume construction techniques through lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experience. Culminates in the construction of a finished costume.

THEA 308: Fundamentals of Costume Crafts

​​Group A​Provides basic experience in several crafts-related areas commonly utilized in costuming, including maskmaking, surface design, hatmaking, leather work and thermoplastics.

THEA 309: Fundamentals of Stage Management

​​Group A

​Study of the techniques and procedures used in managing theatrical productions from conception through performance.

THEA 311: Fundamentals of Scene Design

​​Group A

​Introduction to the exploration of conceptual principles underlying the practice of scene design. Explore elements of visual thinking through the manipulation of drafting and drawing with emphasis on line, form, color, and spatial relationships as they relate to the play. Some artistic ability is helpful.

THEA 312: CAD and Computer Applications for Theatre Production

​​​Examine various ways of applying computer technology to the production of live theatre. Emphasis placed on CAD and graphic software in addition to Power Point, spreadsheets, databases, and the internet.
​THEA 340: African American Theatre​Group A​Introduction to African American Theatre and the impact of African Americans in theatre performance. Critical discussions of plays and historical events, and allows students to uncover how non-traditional casting affects the playing and development of a theatrical performance. Explore the similarities and differences of theatrical styles and tactics as they pertain to African American theatre and performance.
​THEA 341: Theatre/Drama: Classic/Medieval​Group B​Survey of major historical and theoretical developments in theatre practice and dramaturgy during the period. Readings in primary and secondary historical sources, major critical and theoretical texts, and representative plays of the period.
​THEA 345: History of Theatre: American Musical Theatre​Group B​Musical-dramatic forms of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries in the United States and their impact on the modern musical theatre. Complete works read and compared to a series of criteria that are found in successful modern shows. Comparison of older and current works.
​THEA 360: Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation​Group A​Basic course in interpretation of text for the stage. Concentrates on texts from plays; explores prose and poetry. Emphasis on diction, meaning and presentation. Studio format.

​THEA 361: Acting Tech for Business Professionals

​Group A​Opportunity to increase effectiveness in presentational situations. Introduction to a variety of acting techniques, including body and vocal use, dramatic structure and having an awareness of, and listening and responding to, the audience.

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