Theatre Arts (THEA)

THEA M100 Freshman Roundtable 1 cr.

This course is an introduction to life at Loyola University New Orleans, and the Theatre Arts and Dance Department for freshman theatre arts majors. Students will become familiar with department policies and procedures related to the major, and learn about artistic and educational opportunities within the department and the campus at large. Students will work to develop skill sets and acquire information to help them successfully matriculate into university life, living in New Orleans, and achieve success in the major. Students will build a sense of ensemble and collegiality with other students in their major and their major professors. Students learn about current industry standards in the professional field and work on developing interview skills, finding summer internships, and putting together a résumé. 

Required of all majors during their first semester at Loyola.

THEA M103 Stagecraft I 2 crs.

This course is an introduction to the principles of theatre production: scenery, lighting, drafting, scenic construction, and practices. Required lab for practical application of production principles in connection with department productions. Two hours of lecture per week with weekly lab session.  Concurrent enrollment in THEA M105 is required.

Required of all majors.

THEA M104 Stagecraft II 2 crs.

This course concerns expansion and further development of scenic construction and practices including drafting and properties. Required lab for practical application of production principles in connection with department production. Two hours of lecture per week, weekly lab session. Offered for the spring term only.  Concurrent enrollment in THEA M106 is required.

Pre-requisite: THEA M103 and THEA M105

THEA M105 Stagecraft I Lab 1 cr.

This course is an introduction to the principles of theatre production: scenery, lighting, drafting, scenic construction, and practices. Required lab for practical application of production principles in connection with department productions. Two hours of lecture per week with weekly lab session. Concurrent enrollment in THEA M103 is required.

Required of all majors.
This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M106 Stagecraft II Lab 1 cr.

This course concerns expansion and further development of scenic construction and practices including drafting and properties. Required lab for practical application of production principles in connection with department production. Two hours of lecture per week, weekly lab session. Offered for the spring term only.  Concurrent enrollment in THEA M104 is required.

Pre-requisite: THEA M103 and THEA M105
This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M107 The Dramatic Imagination 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of script analysis, research, and dramatic form. The course provides an introduction to dramatic theory, and an introduction to the field of dramaturgy. The class looks at dramatic texts in terms of structure, genre, and context. It also provides an explanation of the function of dramaturgy and the dramaturg. It is first and foremost an academic class in which reading, writing, and critical thinking are emphasized. Open to all students. 

Required of all majors during their first year at Loyola.

THEA M110 Voice and Movement Workshop I 3 crs.

An intensive training and the integration of the voice and body for the actor. Class work will increase physical flexibility and strength, as well as vocal health, power, efficiency, and freedom. All of this lays the foundation for truthful, imaginative, focused performance. This class involves strenuous activity.

Required of all majors.
This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M112 Voice and Movement Workshop II 3 crs.

This course builds on the vocal and physical foundation laid in Voice and Movement Workshop I by learning the Suzuki form of physical actor training. Elements of vocal technique, are combined with the physical discipline of Suzuki to work on monologues. This course involves strenuous activity.

Required of all majors.
Pre-requisite: THEA M110

THEA M215 Musical Theatre Performance 3 crs.

The student will explore and experience the nature of musical theatre and the unique performance demands required to create it at a proficient level. Emphasis will be placed on "acting" a song through accessible vocal material from the standard musical theatre repertoire, including solos, duets, and company numbers. Students will present research through analysis of character, script, and lyrics. Students will develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the craft of musical theatre acting, dancing, and the art of musical theatre.

Open to all students by audition.

THEA M217 Make-up for Stage and TV 2 crs.

This is a practical course in the use of straight and character make-up for a variety of effects for stage, television, and film. Open to all students.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M220 Acting I 3 crs.

This course concerns development of fundamental skills in the art of acting. Basic acting techniques emphasized with a concentration in the creative process in theatre games and improvisational exercises. Non-majors section open to all students.

Required of all majors during the fall of their first year at Loyola.

THEA M221 Acting II 3 crs.

This course focuses on scene study from plays written between 1900-present day. Students perform scenes from a variety of plays and learn the techniques of textual analysis necessary for characterization, and style appropriate to a play’s dramaturgical and period requirements.

Major pre-requisite: THEA M220 and THEA M107
Non-major pre-requisite: THEA M220 and THEA M107, or permission of instructor.

THEA M235 Prop Design: Stage and Screen   3 crs. 

Property design includes hand props, set props and set dressing; all of which are essential to create the “world” of a theatrical or screen production. Artistic and technical principles of prop design will be addressed through lectures, studio work and critiques. By analyzing theatrical plays and film scripts from the point of view of a property designer, the function of all aspects of properties will be explored thru extensive research and creative interpretation.

Pre-requisite: THEA M103, or permission of Instructor. 

THEA M239 Advanced Movement Drama Workshop 3 crs.

This course examines psychological and physical sources of movement in the performer, application to development of Dramatic roles in theatrical scenes, and study of period movement.

Pre-requisite: THEA M110 and THEA M112 or permission of instructor
This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M240 Theatre History 3 crs.

This course is a survey of theatrical history, covering the chief characteristics and developmental processes from the late 19th century to the present.

Major Pre-requisite: THEA M107
Non-Major Pre-requisite: NONE
Recommend students previously take THEA M230 and THEA M232.

THEA M250 Stage Management 3 crs.

This course will examine the principles and practices of stage management for the performing arts. Industry standard vocabulary will be utilized to develop effective methods of communication and professionalism. Emphasis on standard practices and theory from pre-production to post-production will be discussed and practiced via course assignments. The course will prepare students to stage-manage for a realized production.

Prerequisite: THEA M103 or permission of Instructor.

THEA M255 Theatre Management 3 crs.

This course involves theory and practice of theater operations, organizational structure, and administration. Examines box office, promotional, budgeting, production, touring, and stage management procedures. Open to all students.

Pre-requisites: THEA M103, THEA M107 or permission of instructor

THEA M262 Theatre Workshop 2 crs.

This course emphasizes the process of working together on original or published scripts with a view toward performance. May be taken more than once.

THEA M300 Play Production Credits Vary

This course involves the production of one full-length play and includes work on make-up, costuming, lighting, acting, directing, set design, and construction. Usually taken for one credit per assignment. May be taken more than once.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M309 Acting III: Acting for the Camera 3 crs.

Focus is on acting techniques for on-camera performance, and the successful presentation of self during the audition process. Attention is also given to the business of theatre, including contracts, unions, and portfolios. Résumé and portfolio strategies are analyzed.

Major pre-requisites: THEA M107THEA M220, THEA M221, or permission of instructor.
Non-major pre-requisites: THEA M220 and permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M311 Acting IV: Advanced Scene Study 3 crs.

This course emphasizes the aesthetic, historic, and philosophical milieu of Drama written before 1900 and the governing ideas of past eras and their coloration of period Drama. The goals are to relate fully the work of art considered to its period template.

Major pre-requisites: THEA M107THEA M220
Non-major pre-requisites: THEA M220 and permission of instructor

THEA M314 Shakespeare in Performance 3 crs.

This course is intended as an actor’s exploration of William Shakespeare’s texts. Beginning with an introduction to the Elizabethan period and the context within which the “style” of Shakespeare’s theatre evolved, the class will explore the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre’s language, and the development of the modern actor’s craft to meet the needs of this particular “period style.” We will study the context in which each play we read was written. This course will also explore the power of words and language as a means of class mobility, power, communication, creative expression, and acquisition of knowledge. We will also study the aesthetics of Shakespeare’s particular dramaturgy and construction of language and poetry. Focus is given to proper breath support for text performance and performing Shakespeare’s poetic rhythm and meter physically and vocally.

Pre-requisites: THEA M107, THEA M110THEA M220 or permission of instructor

THEA M315 Musical Theatre Performance II 3 crs.

Building on techniques learned in Musical Theatre Performance students will develop work related to various styles of musical theatre performance. The cabaret style as a sub-style of musical theatre will be developed to assist students in being able to sustain solo and small ensemble performance venues.

Pre-requisites/Registration Controls: THEA M107THEA M220 and THEA M262

THEA M320 Introduction to Computer Aided Design 3 crs.

The introduction and exploration of Computer Aided Design (CAD) with its practical applications to theatrical scenic and lighting design utilizing integrated CAD programs will be explored. The course emphasis is the design in 3D mode and then transposing to 2D drawings to create an entire production drawing set. Presentations rendered as printouts, animations, a walk-through, or real time views of a 3D model viewed electronically.

Pre-requisite: THEA M104 or permission of the instructor

THEA M325 Lighting Design 3 crs.

This course concerns fundamentals of lighting design where students will study principles of electricity, color theory, and concept. Exploration will be made of instruments and control systems. Practicum lab by arrangement.

Pre-requisites: THEA M107, THEA M103 or permission of instructor
This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M326 Audio for the Theatre 3 crs.

Introduction to the use and design of audio/sound for the stage. Participants will explore and apply contemporary audio techniques, equipment, and technologies. Focus will be given to the development and implementation of a design aesthetic for the aural environments of theatrical productions.

Pre-requisites: THEA M103 and THEA M107 or permission of instructor
This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M331 Costume Design 3 crs.

Fundamentals of costume design theory, practices, and history for stage and film will be the focus. Explores development of theatrical style and character delineation through costuming. Practicum lab by arrangement. Open to all students.

Major pre-requisites: THEA M103 and THEA M107 or permission of instructor
This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M342 Advanced Makeup for Stage and TV  

Advanced artistic and technical concerns as they apply to Advanced Makeup Design for Stage & TV addressed through lectures, studio work and critiques. Principles and elements of design related to stage and screen makeup used to analyze scripts from the point of view of a makeup designer. The exploration of the function of makeup via extensive research, creative interpretation and emphasis on special effects. 

Pre-requisite: THEA M217, or permission of Instructor.

THEA M364 Audition Techniques 3 crs.

Become an actor who gets noticed! Delivering a memorable performance during an audition can be the key to getting parts and being called for future projects. Hone your craft and gain valuable information in this course to improve your audition experience. Learn to make better choices, to trust yourself to make quicker choices, to confront your fear of auditioning, to create a good atmosphere in the auditioning room, and to develop a winning audition work ethic. Cold reading techniques and exercises as well as the actor's interview process are covered.
 
Pre-requisites: THEA M107THEA M220 or permission of instructor via audition.

THEA M410 Directing 3 crs.

Basic concepts of stage directing, script analysis, blocking, casting, rehearsal procedures, and other problems of presentation will be discussed.

Major pre-requisites: THEA M107, THEA M220; junior, senior standing, or permission of the instructor
Non-major pre-requisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor

THEA M417 Playwriting Workshop 3 crs.

Analysis of linear and nonlinear plays for an appreciation of principles operative in both. Student is expected to complete at least one one-act play or the first draft of a full-length play. Course open to all students.

Pre-requisites: ENGL T122
Major prerequisite: THEA M107 and ENGL T122

THEA M420 Advanced Directing 3 crs.

This course emphasizes directing the period play. Consideration of period performance practices and the aesthetic concerns of classicism, romanticism, and pre-1900 Drama will be studied.

Pre-requisite: THEA M410

THEA M430 Scene Design 3 crs.

This course involves the fundamentals of scene design where the student will study principles of model building, ground plans, perspective, front elevations, color theory, and concept. Practicum lab by arrangement.

Pre-requisite: THEA M103, THEA M107 or permission of instructor
This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

THEA M480 Senior Colloquium 1 cr.

The Senior Colloquium is designed to guide the senior through their senior year.  This course will give guidance in career planning to assist the graduating senior.  As part of career development the Department requires a comprehensive Senior Project Thesis prior to graduation. The course is the planning stage for a comprehensive Senior Project Thesis which is then present the following term.

Pre-requisite: THEA M255 or THEA M315 or THEA M410 or permission of the Department Chair.

THEA M490 Senior Project 1 cr.

Senior Project is a capstone project for graduating seniors. See the senior project handbook for guidelines. 

Pre-requisite: THEA M480 or permission of the Department chair.

THEA M495 Special Project Credits Vary

This course focuses on the creative or productive efforts of one or more students. A special project is distinguished from a research project in its focus on experiential learning and practical application of theatrical skills to a specific project.

THEA M496 Seminar/Workshop Credits Vary

A seminar is a supervised group of students sharing the results of their research on a common topic. A workshop is a supervised group of students participating in a common effort.

THEA M497 Internship/ Practicum Credits Vary

An internship is supervised practical experience at an approved professional theatre. A practicum is a supervised practical application of previously studied theory within the Loyola University Theatre play season.

Pre-requisites: Permission of the department chair

THEA M498 Research Project Credits Vary

This course focuses on empirical or historical research and critical engagement, culminating in a written report.

THEA M499 Independent Study Credits Vary

Independent study offers flexibility to meet individual student needs, interests, and styles of learning. They are a way for students to learn specialized material or gain research experience. Independent studies provide students opportunities to explore their interests in greater depth, and make important decisions about how and where they will direct their talents in the future.  An agreement between student and the professor serving as Project Director is require with exact requirements stating the goal, assignments, grading criteria and timeline.  In general, students applying for independent study should possess at least junior standing.

Pre-requisites: Permission of the department chair

Loyola Core: Knowledge & Values Section

THEA O230 World Theatre I 3 crs.

Loyola Core: Creative Arts & Cultures

Theatrical practices, representative plays, physical structures, personalities, and theatre traditions from the ancient Greek period to approximately 1642 will be covered. Within the historical periods covered, plays, essays, films, and other materials are used to examine the nature of theatrical performance. This course will examine how culture, religion, gender, and other forces alter and are altered by the performing arts. Reading, analytical writing, and critical thinking are emphasized, there are no performance requirements. 

THEA O232 World Theatre II 3 crs.

Loyola Core: Creative Arts & Cultures

Theatrical practices, representative plays, physical structures, personalities, and theatre traditions from 1642-1900 will be covered. Within the historical periods covered, plays, essays, films, and other materials are used to examine the nature of theatrical performance. This course will examine how culture, religion, gender, and other forces alter and are altered by the performing arts. Reading, analytical writing, and critical thinking are emphasized, there are no performance requirements. 

THEA O243 Black Theatre: 1940-Present 3 crs.

Loyola Core: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course focuses on providing knowledge of African American playwrights, plays, and cultural movements in the United States from approximately 1940-present. The course employs an intersectional approach to theatre, drama, and performance, considering how theatrical texts, styles, and practices intersect with the evolutions within various theories of and movements for civil rights. Students will continue to develop their skills in critical thinking and writing on a range of social justice issues such as race, class, gender, and sexuality.

THEA O244 American Myth and Drama 3 crs.

Loyola Core: Creative Arts and Cultures

Many myths, cultural stories, come to us in dramatic form reinterpreted by playwrights.  American Myth and Drama is a course examining the
“American Myth” portrayed by playwrights of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The emphasis is on reading, writing, critical thinking and class discussions. Students will read, analyze, and evaluate theatrical text written for live performance. Attendance of live theatre will be part of the experience.

THEA O250 American Musical Theatre 3 crs.

Loyola Core: Creative Arts and Cultures

The course will examine America Musical Theatre in the U.S. as an important original contribution to the art of theatre.  The history, principal creators, and significance in the culture of the Western world will be explored.  Focus is on learning the history of the craft, acquiring knowledge of the American Musical theatre canon, developing critical skills needed to analyze theatrical musical productions, and forming a deeper appreciation of the theatrical process as required in musicals.

THEA O260 Theatre in Contemporary Culture 3 crs.

Loyola Core: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course will examine the basic principles of theatre with emphasis on contemporary cultural context in performance. Focus is on developing critical skills needed to analyze theatrical productions and form a deeper appreciation of the theatrical process as it relates to the creative process for actors, directors, and designers. Off-campus visits to theatre and other venues will provide opportunities to discuss what we observe and relate developments in theatre practice to other forms of cultural representation of the present both regionally and globally