Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)


School of Theatre

Professors: S. Baker, Byrnes, Fallon (retired), Lazier, Pope, Richey, Simmons;
Associate Professors: Allen, Chappell, Degen, Gelabert, Judy, Leahy, McDaniel-Lickson, Muscha, Simotes, Wise, Zelenak;
Assistant Professors: Bunne, Cooper;
Visiting Assistant Professor: Trezza;
Burt Reynolds Eminent Scholar Chair in Theatre: Quintero;
Hoffman Eminent Scholar Chairs in Theater: Bernard Dukore, Lloyd Richards;
Professor Emeritus: Fallon

The School of Theatre is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and its degree requirements are in accordance with the latest published regulations of that association. The School of Theatre offers degrees and course work on both undergraduate and graduate levels. In order to major in theatre, a student must meet with an academic advisor in theatre. Several programs require an audition and/or interview for entrance.

The bachelor of arts is a flexible, broadly based liberal arts degree, providing a basic knowledge of, and experience in, theatre arts. The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) offers an intensive program of training in acting, design/technology, or musical theatre. The master of arts/master of science (MA/MS) degrees offer a blend of academic courses and production training on an advanced level. The master of fine arts (MFA) degree provides training to achieve professional-level competencies in either acting, directing, scene design, costume design, lighting design, technical theatre, costume technology, or theatre management. The doctor of philosophy (PhD) in theatre is a research degree that indicates the perfection of individual skills in theatre scholarship.

The School of Theatre offers honors in the major to encourage talented students to undertake independent research. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

For complete details of degree requirements, plus a description of the school, its facilities and opportunities, refer to the School of Theatre section of this General Bulletin.

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

The following lists the common course prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:

  1. THE X000 or any three (3) semester hour introductory course from 001035 at the 1 or 2 level;
  2. THE X305 or THE X300;
  3. THE X925;
  4. TPA X290;
  5. TPA X200 or TPA X210;
  6. TPP X190;
  7. TPP X100 or TPP X210;
  8. nine (9) additional semester hours of any combination of THE, TPA, and TPP courses.

Definition of Prefixes

THE Theatre (general)
TPA Theatre Production and Administration
TPP Theatre Performance and Training

Undergraduate Courses

THE 3000. Introduction to Theatre (3). For nonmajors. Historical development, basic elements for appreciation and evaluation of performances.
THE 3020. Introduction to the School of Theatre (1). (S/U grade only.) A study of the theatrical product and artistic processes at the School of Theatre.
THE 3061. Introduction to Theatre in London (3). This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the components of the theatrical experience as they relate specifically to current dramaturgy and stagecraft in London. It is to be offered only at The Florida State University London Study Center. It should be viewed as a companion class to THE 3000 Introduction to Theatre, for majors and nonmajors, but may be taken independently. It makes use of the magnificent theatrical resources in the city of London, including attendance at leading theatres, backstage tours, and lectures by prominent theatre artists.
THE 3100. Introduction to Theatre History (3). Survey of theatre history and drama from Greeks to present. This course is a prerequisite for THE 4110, 4111, 4236, 4244, 4245, 4260, and 4481.
THE 3931r. Special Topics in Theatre (3). (S/U grade only.) Topics change per semester depending upon instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
THE 3949r. Cooperative Education Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.)
THE 4083r. Theatre Problems (3). Topics change per semester depending upon instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
THE 4110. European Theatre History I (3). Prerequisite: THE 3100. An in-depth study of European theatre history from the Greeks through the Renaissance.
THE 4111. European Theatre History II (3). Prerequisite: THE 3100. An in-depth study of European theatre history after the Renaissance, with a major emphasis on the modern era (1870 to the present).
THE 4233. History of African-American Drama (3). A survey of the history of African-Americans in the American theatre from the African Gove Theatre to the present, and of playwrights from William Wells Brown to August Wilson.
THE 4236. A Cultural History of the American Theatre and Drama from Beginnings to Present (3). Prerequisite: THE 3100. Examination of American theatre and drama in its cultural and social context.
THE 4244. Musical Theatre History I (3). Prerequisite: THE 3100; MUL 2211; DAN 4115; or instructor approval. A survey of the popular musical theatre from the beginnings to the 1940s, including the development of comic opera, operetta, the revue tradition, and musical comedy.
THE 4245. Musical Theatre History II (3). Prerequisite: THE 3100; MUL 2211; DAN 4115; or consent of instructor. A survey of musical theatre in America since the 1940s, including Rodgers and Hammerstein, Weill, Lerner and Loewe, Loesser, Bernstein, Sondheim, the Black musical, and the rock musical.
THE 4260. Historic Costume for the Stage (3). Prerequisite: THE 3100. Survey of history of Western clothing and relationship to stage.
THE 4433. Gender, Race and Performance (3). Advanced introduction to contemporary theories/practices of performance of race/gender on stage and in everyday life. Using feminist theories of performance read plays by women of color, white women, one African-American man.
THE 4481. Dramaturgy (3). Prerequisites: THE 3100; TPP 4650; and/or consent of instructor. Provides deeper understanding of script/performance relationship by studying it in a manner that is both academically rigorous and theatrically practical.
THE 4905r. Directed Individual Study (3). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
THE 4913r. Theatre Tutorial (13). (S/U grade only). Selected topics in theatre. Upper division theatre majors only. Repeatable to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
THE 4917r. Honors Work (3). Open only to students in the honors program. Covers specialized honors course work culminating in an honors thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.
THE 4923. Theatre Encounters Workshop (3). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A workshop production of a major dramatic work together with extensive study of the social, literary, and cultural contexts. Includes dramaturgical research and written assignments.
THE 4990r. Theatre Forum (0). (S/U grade only.) Required each semester for undergraduate and graduate majors. Attendance may also be required at designated activities scheduled at other times. May be repeated up to thirty (30) times.
TPA 2200C. Introduction to Stage Craft (2). Studies and practice in the construction, handling, rigging, and shifting of scenery.
TPA 2220C. Introduction to Stage Lighting (2). A study of the fundamentals of lighting and basic instrumentation, electricity, and design concepts.
TPA 3000. Creative Design for Theatre (3). Introduces the fundamental elements of design including spot, line, shape, and color while relating these elements to theatrical production design.
TPA 3070. Drafting for the Stage (3). Prerequisite: TPA 2210C. Introduction to tools and techniques, including preparation of plates showing construction details and perspective.
TPA 3230. Costume Techniques and Wardrobe Practices (2). Prerequisites: TPA 2200C, 2220C. To understand the contribution of costume technology to the theatre production process. Describes and analyzes the various positions held by persons practicing costume technology. To explore, by practical experience, various aspects of costume technology. Hands on group projects required.
TPA 3248. Stage Makeup (2). Introduction to basic makeup for the stage. Emphasis is on modeling of the face with makeup.
TPA 3290-3294. Technical Theatre Laboratory [one (1) hour each]. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Practical experience in the non-acting areas of theatre production, to include running the box office, disseminating publicity materials, constructing scenery and properties, applying basic techniques for costume construction in practical situations, and serving on lighting, running, or maintenance crews.
TPA 4020. Introduction to Lighting Design (3). Design procedures for theatrical lighting.
TPA 4021. Lighting Design II (3). Prerequisite: TPA 4020. This course will analyze scripts from the point of view of lighting the show and includes the drafting of light plots, doing center line sections, and all necessary paper work connected with the finished lighting package.
TPA 4030. Nonproscenium Lighting (3). Prerequisites: TPA 4020, 4021. To acquaint the student with the various problems that are annexion to the nonproscenium theatre, be it thrust, 3/4 round, or full arena stage. The course will encompass the continuing art research, script analysis, color, and focus problems.
TPA 4040. Costume Design for the Stage (3). Prerequisite: THE 4260 or consent of instructor. Exploration of the elements and principles of design as they relate to stage costuming. Work includes design projects.
TPA 4060. Principles of Scenic Design (3). Prerequisite: TPA 3070. Beginning design techniques including ground plan, perspective, and model building.
TPA 4064. Scene Design Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites: TPA 3070, 4060. This course demonstrates for the student a clear process for developing a design idea and executing the final presentation.
TPA 4071. Rendering for the Stage (3). Rendering techniques for the set, costume, and lighting designer in various media. Professional equipment required.
TPA 4077. Scene Painting (3). Traditional scene painting techniques for theatre and film. Professional equipment required.
TPA 4078. Advanced Scene Painting (3). This is an advanced studio course that will develop skills introduced in TPA 4077 with non-traditional scenic techniques and non-traditional materials.
TPA 4084. Life Drawing for Designers (3). Using live, nude and draped models, the course will explore the problems of figure drawing as they relate specifically to the theatrical designer.
TPA 4213. Principles of Technical Theatre (3). Prerequisites: TPA 2210C; consent of instructor. Provide understanding of operation and management of scene shop as well as studying different and advanced techniques of theatrical production. New materials and adaptation of existing materials will be studied.
TPA 4217. Welding Techniques for Scenery Construction (3). A studio course that introduces the basic equipment, materials and techniques required for the cutting and welding of metals used in scenery construction.
TPA 4236. Costume Crafts (3). Exploration of various costume craft techniques and materials, including clay, plaster, leather, thermoplastics, casting, and metals, and their relationship to theatrical apparel.
TPA 4237. Stage Costume Millinery Techniques (3). Exploration into various millinery techniques including the blocked, constructed buckram, straw, and restored hats with emphasis on both historical and theatrical interpretations.
TPA 4239. Techniques and Sources of Historical Costume Reproduction for the Stage (3). Prerequisites: THE 4260; CTE 3734, 4751. Sources for and methods of evaluation of patterns for historical reproductions of clothing for stage use.
TPA 4240. Costume Studio Management (3). Principles and methods of costume studio management. Course work includes the managing of a production currently being produced by the School of Theatre.
TPA 4244. Fabric Modification for Stage Costumes (3). A survey of two-and-three-dimensional fabric modification techniques as they relate to theatrical costumes. Basic techniques covered include dyes, painting mediums, printing processes, sewing and off-loom techniques.
TPA 4250. AutoCAD for the Stage (3). Students will learn to apply theatrical drafting standards to AutoCAD. This course will cover basic DOS commands and structure, drafting in 2D AutoCAD, and drafting in 3D AutoCAD (including basic modeling commands).
TPA 4261. Advanced Stage Makeup (3). Prerequisite: TPA 3248. Three-dimensional makeup techniques. Instruction in prostheses creation, wigs and hair, special makeup effects.
TPA 4400. Theatre Management (3). Designed to provide an introduction to the economic and managerial aspects of American theatre especially as they apply to nonprofit and professional theatre.
TPA 4601. Stage Management (2). Methods and techniques of managing simple dramatic shows to complex multiscene productions. Must be taken before stage managing a Mainstage production. Consent of instructor required.
TPA 4905r. Directed Individual Study (3). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
TPA 4922r. BFA Design/Technology Workshop (2). Prerequisite: BFA candidates only. Evaluation and supervision of all design/technology work. May be repeated to a maximum of eight (8) semester hours.
TPA 4940r. Internship in Stage Design, Technical Theatre, and Management (13). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: Completion of all course work in theatre, approval of faculty in appropriate specialist area. Resident internship in an approved professional theatre, shop, or enrichment center. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
TPP 2110r. Acting Technique I: Basic Process (3). Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor. Introduction of the basic acting process. Emphasis on living truthfully in imaginary circumstances through honest listening and response. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
TPP 2120. Creative Improvisation: Form and Idea in Acting (2). Introductory course in acting; examines fundamental interrelationships between the actors physical, vocal, and psychological potential in creating a clear and simple dramatic statement.
TPP 2510r. Movement Techniques for Theatre I (3). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Exercises for self-awareness, physical strength, flexibility, and versatility for the actor. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
TPP 3111r. Acting Technique II: Contemporary American Realism (3). Prerequisites: TPP 2110r; consent of instructor. Scene study and basic characterization. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
TPP 3185. Orientation to Acting (3). General survey of the development of acting and actor training, Stanislavsky to Hagen, with exercises in the basics of the actors process and audition technique.
TPP 3511r. Movement Techniques for Theatre II (3). Prerequisite: TPP 2510r or permission of instructor. Styles of movement and dance, creative presentations, and daily warm-ups. May be repeated to a maximum of (6) semester hours.
TPP 3710r. Voice Techniques for Theatre I (3). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Basic vocal skills, creation of a free and flexible voice; control of speech variables. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
TPP 3711. Voice Techniques for Theatre II (3). Prerequisite: TPP 2710r or permission of instructor. Exercises in diction and articulation, study of International Phonetic Alphabet, correction of regionalisms.
TPP 4112r. Acting Techniques III: Acting Problems in Genre and Style (3). Prerequisites: TPP 2110r, 3111r, 3711; or consent of instructor. Acting workshop oriented to particular problems the actor confronts in dealing with historic periods in dramatic literature or material of postrealistic and contemporary styles and thought. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
TPP 4190L-4195L. Theatre Rehearsal and Performance [two (2) hours each]. (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Assignment of a specific role and/or responsibility. Opportunity for student to receive additional supervision and critique, as well as credit, for participation in rehearsal and performance.
TPP 4225. Audition Techniques (3). Course is designed as a workshop for advanced actors who are preparing to enter graduate study programs or seek professional work in theatre with some attention paid to work in film and television. This course will examine the audition process from the perspectives of both the aspiring performer and the prospective employer.
TPP 4230. Creative Ensemble I (3). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Practical ensemble work leading to performance.
TPP 4310. Directing I (3). Prerequisites: TPP 3185, 4650; or Corequisite: TPP 4650. A basic techniques course with emphasis on script analysis, fundamentals of staging, and work with actors.
TPP 4311. Directing II (3). Prerequisites: TPP 4310, consent of instructor. Advanced undergraduate directing with emphasis on practical scene work.
TPP 4512r. Advanced Movement for the Theatre (3). Prerequisite: TPP 2510r, 3511r; or consent of instructor. Advanced movement techniques and exploration of repertory and choreography. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
TPP 4600. Fundamentals of Playwriting (3). Introductory course to the craft of playwriting. Functions as a workshop and focuses on the mechanics of structure, form, and marketing.
TPP 4650. Play Analysis (3). Line by line script examination, analyzing how various playwrights of various periods achieved their means of characterization, structure, and plotting. Prerequisite for TPP 4310 and THE 4481.
TPP 4712r. Voice Techniques for Theatre III (3). Prerequisites: TPP 2710r, 2110r, 3711; and/or consent of instructor. The incorporation of vocal techniques into acting problems. Exercises in acting styles. Vocal characterization. Emphasis on vocal freedom and flexibility. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
TPP 4730r. Dialects for Stage (3). Prerequisites: TPP 2710r, 2110r, 3711; and/or permission of instructor. The techniques of acquiring a dialect for stage performance. Scene study and monologues performed in dialects. Content may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
TPP 4905r. Directed Individual Study (3). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
TPP 4922r. Performance Workshop in Acting/Directing (2). Prerequisites: BFA candidates only; consent of instructor. Course provides evaluating systemization, supervision, and critiques for performance work required for BFA program. May be repeated to a maximum of ten (10) semester hours.
TPP 4923r. Musical Theatre Workshop (2). Prerequisites: BFA candidates only, consent of instructor. Course provides evaluation, systemization, supervision, and critiques of all performance work undertaken to isolate acting and musical problems which occur in musical theatre and to seek their solution in performance. May be repeated to a maximum of eight (8) semester hours.
TPP 4940r. Internship in Theatre Performance (13). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: Completion of all course work in theatre, approval of faculty in appropriate specialist area. Resident internship in an approved professional theatre, shop, or enrichment center. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

Graduate Courses

THE 5084r. Theatre Problems (3).
THE 5116. Theatre History and Dramatic Literature: 18th and 19th Century (3).
THE 5117. Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre History (3).
THE 5118. Greek and Roman Theatre History (3).
THE 5119. Masters of Modern Drama (3).
THE 5238. History of African-American Drama (3).
THE 5261r. Historic Costume II (3).
THE 5271r. Seminar: Selected Topics in History of Performance (Acting and Directing) (3).
THE 5274. Seminar: Theory and History of Directing (3).
THE 5317r. Seminar: Selected Topics in Dramatic Literature and Dramatic Theory (3).
THE 5437. Gender, Race, and Performance (3).
THE 5516. Seminar: Dramatic Theory and Criticism 20th Century (3).
THE 5541. Seminar in Theatrical Theory: The Tragic Dramatic Form (3).
THE 5542. Seminar in Theatrical Theory: The Comic Dramatic Form (3).
THE 5905r. Directed Individual Study (3). (S/U grade only.)
THE 5910. Theatre Bibliography and Research (3).
THE 5916r. Supervised Research (1-9). (S/U grade only.)
THE 5918r. Theatre Tutorial (1-3).
THE 5925r. Writing Workshop (1-3) (S/U grade only.)
THE 5927r. Graduate Theatre Laboratory (2). (S/U grade only.)
THE 5940r. Internship in Theatre (2-12). (S/U grade only.)
THE 5943r. Supervised Teaching (1-9).(S/U grade only.)
THE 6272. Seminar: Theory and History of Acting (3).
THE 6531. Methods of Theatre Criticism (3).
THE 6563. Seminar: Structuralism, Semiotics, and the Theatre (3).
THE 6915. Doctoral Research Potentials (0). (S/U grade only.)
TPA 5015. Stage Machinery Design and Construction (3).
TPA 5025. Introduction to Stage Lighting Design (3).
TPA 5026. Lighting II (3).
TPA 5027. Non-Proscenium Lighting Design (3).
TPA 5028. Lighting Design Theory and Practice (3).
TPA 5029. Advanced Problems in Stage Lighting Design (3).
TPA 5047. Advanced Costume Rendering (3).
TPA 5048r. Advanced Costume Design for the Stage (3).
TPA 5062. Scene Design: Theory and Practice (3).
TPA 5065. Principles of Scene Design (3).
TPA 5079. Scene Painting (3).
TPA 5080r. MFA Practicum in Design for the Stage (2-15).
TPA 5081. Advanced Technical Theatre: Problems in Scene Painting (3).
TPA 5086. Life Drawing for Designers (3).
TPA 5207. Technical Directions (3).
TPA 5209. Drafting (3).
TPA 5212. Stage Rigging (3).
TPA 5231. Advanced Costume Crafts (3).
TPA 5234r. Selected Topics in Costume Design for the Stage (3).
TPA 5235r. Selected Topics in Stage Costuming and Makeup Technology (3).
TPA 5241. Stage Costume Undergarment Patterns (3).
TPA 5242. Men’s Modern and Historical Clothing for the Stage (3).
TPA 5243. Costume Fitting and Advanced Draping (3).
TPA 5245. Fabric Modification for Stage Costumes (3).
TPA 5246. Advanced Stage Costume Millinery Techniques (3).
TPA 5280r. MFA Practicum in Technical Theatre (2-15).
TPA 5286r. Selected Topics in Technical Theatre (3).
TPA 5405. Principles of Theatre Management (3).
TPA 5407. Fundraising in the Arts (3).
TPA 5470r. MFA Practicum in Management (215).
TPA 5905r. Directed Individual Study (3). (S/U grade only.)
TPA 5930r. Select Topics in Management (3).
TPA 5940r. MFA Internship in Technical Theatre, Stage Design, and Management (2-15).
TPA 5140r. Acting Techniques I (3).
TPP 5284r. MFA Practicum in Acting (1-15).
TPP 5380r. MFA Practicum in Directing (2-15).
TPP 5381-5383. Problems in Directing [three (3) hours each].
TPP 5515r. Movement I (3).
TPP 5516r. Movement II (3).
TPP 5651. Advanced Play Analysis (3).
TPP 5715r. Voice I (3).
TPP 5716r. Voice II (3).
TPP 5906r. Directed Individual Study (3).(S/U grade only.)
TPP 5940r. MFA Internship in Theatre Performance (2-15). (S/U grade only.)

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.


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