Theatre Arts (THEA)

THEA M100 Freshman Roundtable 1 crs.

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 acheive success in the major. Students will build a sense of ensemble and collegiality with other students in their major and their major professors.

Required of all majors during their first fall semester.

THEA M103 Stagecraft I 3 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.

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 M104 Stagecraft II 3 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.

Prerequisite: THEA M103
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 Dramatic form. Examining the nature of Drama and the collaborative aspects of theatre, the course looks at Dramatic text and structure, the legacy of the theatrical production, and the realization of plays in performance. Offered for the fall term only. Open to all students.

Required of all majors.

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 Workshop I. Elements of speech, phonetics, accent reduction, and the use of a "Standard American Dialect" are combined with the physical disciplines of movement analysis, improvisation, contemporary and classical texts, and character transformation. This course involves strenuous activity.

Required of all majors.
Prerequisite: 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.

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

This is a practical course in the use of make-up and masks for a variety of effects for stage and television. 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.
Major Prerequisites: THEA M107, M110

THEA M221 Acting II 3 crs.

This course focuses on scene study. Students perform scenes from a variety of plays and learn the techniques of textual analysis necessary for characterization.

Major prerequisite: THEA M220
Non-major prerequisite: THEA M220 and 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.

Prerequisite: 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 of each period from the Greeks to present times. Open to all students.

Major Prerequisite: THEA M107
Non-Major Prerequisite: NONE

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.

Prerequisites: THEA M103, 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 in 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 prerequisites: THEA M220, M221
Non-major prerequisites: 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 prerequisites: THEA M220, M221
Non-major prerequisites: THEA M221 and permission of instructor

THEA M314 Shakespeare in Performance 3 crs.

The course focuses on the work of William Shakespeare from the perspective of the actor, with the goal being performance. Special emphasis will be placed on demystifying the complex texts and developing the necessary technical skills (vocally, physically, pedagogically) to perform this material.

Prerequisites: THEA M107, M110, M112, M220 or permission of instructor

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.

Prerequisite: 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.

Prerequisites: THEA M107, 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.

Prerequisites: THEA M103 and 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 prerequisites: THEA M103 and 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 M410 Directing 3 crs.

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

Major prerequisites: THEA M107, M220; junior, senior standing, or permission of the instructor
Non-major prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisite: 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.

Prerequisite: THEA M103, 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 M490 Senior Project 0 crs.

The student develops a unique proposal specific to their individual development.  The project proposals maybe submitted in research, playwrighting, directing, design or theatre management.

Required for all Theatre Arts majors for graduation.
Prerequisites: THEA M410, THEA M255 for Theatre Management
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 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 lack of the historical or experimental method and perspective characteristics of research.

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.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair

THEA M498 Research Project Credits Vary

This course focuses on empirical or historical investigation, culminating in a written report.

THEA M499 Independent Study Credits Vary

Advanced Common Curriculum

THEA U200 Community in Catholic Theatre 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course will cultivate an appreciation of Catholic Theater in historical and contemporary society by developing analytic and practical skills of oral and written expression.  There will be an examination of acting, speech and movement techniques applied to scenes from Catholic plays and a contemporary scenario.

THEA U230 World Theatre I 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: 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 U244 American Myth and Drama 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: 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 U270 Lovers and Clown in Early Modern Italy 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Premodern

In this interdisciplinary course, the performing arts will be critically examined in relation to early modern Italian society.  An understanding of the artistic and cultural heritage of Rome from the late Early Modern to the late Baroque periods will be developed. An investigation of body language in painting and sculpture will lead to an examination of the impact of visual arts on aesthetic choices in the performing arts. 

THEA V232 World Theatre II 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: 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 V242 Black Theatre to 1940 3 crs.

This is a course in dramatic literatur concentrating on influential plays by black playwrights, with further consideration of black participation in the theatre and of the representation of blacks in dramatic presentations in various media, The time span covered is 1767 through the 1930's.

This course counts as a Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts and Modern requiremen for students who began their program of study before Fall 2013. 

THEA V243 Black Theatre: 1940-present 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Diversity

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 V250 American Musical Theatre 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures

The course will examine America Musical Theatre of 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 explore along with the basic principles of theatre practice and the creative.  Focus is on developing critical skills needed to analyze theatrical musical productions and form a deeper appreciation of the theatrical process as it is presented in musicals.

THEA V260 Theatre in Contemporary Culture 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: 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

THEA V272 South Asian Performing Arts 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts & Cultures
RAC: Diversity

South Asian Performing Arts critically examines Indian and Tibetan performing arts, traditions and trends. Indian and Tibetan musical, dance, and theatrical styles will be discussed based on classical Indian readings, video and audio recording, live performances, and museum visits. Students will converse with Tibetan refugees at Service Learning placements.