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Theatre Arts

  • THRART 100  Introduction to Theatre

    Description:
    This course introduces the collaborative art of theatre from the varied perspectives of playwright, director, designer, technician, actor, critic, and informed audience.   More Info

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  • THRART 105  Theatre Practicum 1

    Description:
    This course is first in a series of four required courses in the practical study of production, performance, or theatre management. These elements will be studies through hands on work on UMass Boston Theatre productions by the student with theatre professionals (UMass Faculty and Guest Artists) and other students. The laboratory for study is the theatre and its support areas at UMass Boston. A student should think of this course as an applied laboratory in production theatre   More Info

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  • THRART 108G  Plays from Page to Stage

    Description:
    Playwrights create works that get produced. How? By whom? Participants study how directors develop concepts; how collaboration with designers, actors, and technicians bears fruit; and how productions are promoted. The course also examines the rehearsal process, and looks behind the scenes to where sets and costumes get built, lights are hung, and tech rehearsals begin and build to opening night.   More Info

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  • THRART 115  Makeup Artistry

    Description:
    This course explores the professional approach to designing and applying makeup for theatre, fashion, and allied fields -- such as trauma makeup for ER response training. The course teaches both theory and practice. By working on themselves and on each other, students will actively apply the fundamental principles of character makeup, ageing techniques, and special effects, using bruise wheels, liquid latex, molding putty and stage blood. Students will also explore the principles of makeup styling for fashion spreads and TV broadcast.   More Info

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  • THRART 122  Costume Construction

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    Students will study fundamental techniques in the area of costume construction. The course topics covered will include but are not limited to: sewing machine use, maintenance, industrial serger use, and hand sewing techniques. The primary focus of the class is building necessary skills to construct basic garments and understanding the relationship between the designer sketch and the finished project.   More Info

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  • THRART 123  Theatre Crafts I

    Description:
    An introduction to an exploration of stage facilities and skills, emphasizing skill development in the uses and choices of tools, materials, and procedures necessary for scenic and property execution. Includes 50-hour lab work in department productions. Offered each Fall semester.   More Info

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  • THRART 124  Stagecraft II

    Description:
    A continuation of Stagecraft I (THRART 123) this course emphasizes set design and construction, basic electrical work in theatrical lighting, prop construction, basics of running theatrical and dance productions and the development of related crafts in the theatre. Students gain experience in individual and group design projects. This course has a 40 hour lab requirement. Offered each spring semester.   More Info

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  • THRART 125  Introduction to Theatrical Design

    Description:
    This course will introduce students to the design elements used in theatre to present a play visually. Students will learn how to use visual design to create the world of the play and communicate the story to the audience. Students will additionally learn how to explain their designs to other theatre artists, the director, and other designers for implementation onstage.   More Info

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  • THRART 201  Theatre History: Origins-1660

    Description:
    Theatre is endemic to the human condition. Every culture, throughout recorded history, has created forms of performance to satisfy the mimetic instinct. Naturally, the types of performance we find in various places and times demonstrate very different structures and functions, answering the particular needs of the cultures that created them. This course will survey the development of theatre from origins to 1660. In addition to reading plays, we will consider such issues as the physical form of the stage, various approaches to acting, the changing constitution of audiences, and costume history, all with a mind to exploring the socio-historical forces that influenced the development of the theatre.   More Info

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  • THRART 202  Theatre History: 1660-Present

    Description:
    Theatre is endemic to the human condition. Every culture, throughout recorded history, has created forms of performance to satisfy the mimetic instinct. Naturally, the types of performance we find in various places and times demonstrate very different structures and functions, answering the particular needs of the cultures that created them. This course will survey the development of theatre from 1660 to the present. In addition to reading plays, we will consider such issues as the physical form of the stage, various approaches to acting, the changing constitution of audiences, and costume history, all with a mind to exploring the socio-historical forces that influenced the development of the theatre.   More Info

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  • THRART 205  Theatre Practicum 2

    Description:
    This course is second in a series of four required courses in the practical study of production, performance, or theatre management. These elements will be studies through hands on work on UMass Boston Theatre productions by the student with theatre professionals (UMass Faculty and Guest Artists) and other students. The laboratory for study is the theatre and its support areas at UMass Boston. A student should think of this course as an applied laboratory in production theatre. This second course allows the student to assume a more responsible role within the theatre production team and gain further understanding of the craft.   More Info

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  • THRART 230  Workshop In Drama

    Description:
    This course culminates in a fully staged, fully mounted production. It is also designed to study the connection between the text and the performance of a play. Attention is given to the playwright, to the time, and to the production history. Production is presented to the University and general community.   More Info

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  • THRART 236  Introduction to Acting I

    Description:
    This is a beginning course in the fundamentals of acting in which the student establishes a working vocabulary and acquires the basic skills of the acting process. Through exercises, improvisations and scenes, the student actor explores imagination, character, and a basic approach to text through action.   More Info

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  • THRART 237  Directing I

    Description:
    The director as creator of the vision of the whole play and all its elements; acting, lighting, stage design, styles of theatre, script breakdown, production notebook, and slow, careful work in directing small scenes.   More Info

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  • THRART 251  Playwriting I

    Description:
    Writing for the theatre, including examinations of model one-act and three-act plays by major contemporary writers; selected readings on the craft of playwriting; and the completion of an original play begun in class.   More Info

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  • THRART 275  Introduction to Screen and Television Writing

    Description:
    An introduction to the art and the technical aspects of writing scripts for film and television. Involves analyses of screenplays, study of screen writers past and present, the relationship between director and writer, aesthetics of film writing. Project: the completion of a full-length screenplay from first treatment (synopsis) through first and second drafts and final script.   More Info

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  • THRART 300  Seminar in the Scenic Imagination

    Description:
    The creative principles of stage production, based on an analysis of the play script in its relation to stage action, setting, costumes, makeup, sound design, and lighting. Study of scenic metaphor and a review of historical forms of staging, with emphasis on modern styles from naturalism to absurdism and epic theatre.   More Info

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  • THRART 301  Seminar in Contemporary American Playwrights

    Description:
    Analysis of the art of a major living writer of the American stage; the history of the plays and their production; critical response; contribution of this body of drama to the American theatre and society. In most cases students consult with the playwright and/or those who have worked with him or her.   More Info

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  • THRART 303  Musical Theatre

    Description:
    An introduction to styles, kinds, and techniques of performance in musical theatre, from early mime through commedia dell'arte, opera and operetta, and modern musical comedy. Vocal and movement training, scene work and musical numbers developed, as well as semester projects of musical performances.   More Info

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  • THRART 305  Theatre Practicum 3

    Description:
    This course is third in a series of four required courses in the practical study of production, performance, or theatre management. These elements will be studies through hands on work on UMass Boston Theatre productions by the student with theatre professionals (UMass Faculty and Guest Artists) and other students. The laboratory for study is the theatre and its support areas at UMass Boston. A student should think of this course as an applied laboratory in production theatre. This third course allows a student to focus on a particular element of theatre with assignments at a high level such as crew leader, designer or stage manager.   More Info

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  • THRART 310  Costume History

    Description:
    This course provides a survey of the history of costume from origins to the present day and around the world. Through lecture and discussion, students will examine how notions of gender, race, class, nationality, and more have been visually and materially produced in the fashions that developed in different societies. Study will include the clothes worn in Asia, Africa, and India in addition to that which developed in the West.   More Info

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  • THRART 316  The Elizabethan Stage

    Description:
    Study of Elizabethan stage techniques as revealed in plays by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson and Webster.   More Info

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  • THRART 318  Modern European Drama

    Description:
    A study of late-nineteenth, early-twentieth-century theatre in Europe that marked the beginning of naturalistic, realistic, and symbolic drama, and created a revolution in directorial, scenic, and performance techniques. Plays are presented as scripts to be produced. Students create production books integrating all facets of theatrical expression.   More Info

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  • THRART 320  Shakespearean Acting

    Description:
    Specialized study of Shakespearean plays based on historical awareness of acting styles and techniques employed since the sixteenth century. Students create a broad range of characters in a variety of scenes from Shakespeare.   More Info

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  • THRART 321  Black Theatre in America

    Description:
    An exploration of the history of black theatre from its beginnings to the present, as related to and reflective of American society. An extension of the historical understanding of theatre related to society; a study of an artistic tradition influencing American theatre practices.   More Info

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  • THRART 324  Movement for the Actor

    Description:
    An introduction to the styles and techniques of movement for the stage, including characterization movement and movement used to develop stage presence.   More Info

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  • THRART 325  Contemporary African and Caribbean Theatre

    Description:
    From the mid twentieth century, the African continent and the islands of the Caribbean have been connected through the African Diaspora. Both locations have produced playwrights inspired by a mix of traditional African rituals, the Western European theatre tradition, colonial histories, and the various social and political upheavals through which many of them have lived.   More Info

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  • THRART 329  Theatre in London

    Description:
    London is an international center for theatre and the arts. In this class, we will explore the history of English theatre, paying particular attention to the role London has played in the development of both national and international drama. Accordingly, we will read representative plays from the major eras of Englands past as well as develop a thorough understanding of the theatre scene in London today. We will then finish the course with a ten day trip to London where we will attend professional productions at some of the most significant theatres producing drama today.   More Info

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  • THRART 334  New Theatre Strategies

    Description:
    Works in a new theatrical direction: the evolution of a theatre piece from a theme or group of themes rather than from a script. Students are involved in all aspects of the collective process of formulating drama from the interaction of a group. Structured and directed by the instructor.   More Info

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  • THRART 336  Introduction to Acting II

    Description:
    Advanced work in acting, including the mounting of scenes and one-act plays.   More Info

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  • THRART 338  Voice for the Actor

    Description:
    Designed to improve vocal clarity and tonal quality of the actors vocal instrument. Emphasis will be placed on such voice and diction problems as improper enunciation and extreme dialects. Improving vocal production will be accomplished by utilizing drills, exercises, the International Phonetic alphabet, audio and videotaped recordings.   More Info

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  • THRART 340  Women in Theatre

    Description:
    Plays by and about women; the history of women in theatre, supplemented by visits with women employed in the theatre. The changing role of women in society as reflected in drama and in literature.   More Info

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  • THRART 355  Lighting Design

    Description:
    The principles and techniques of illumination for the stage.   More Info

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  • THRART 360  Improvisation

    Description:
    Students will study and gain experiential understanding of improvisational and theatre techniques. By learning "the rules" of good improvisation, practicing improvisational games, doing exercises, and performing scenes, students will develop tools to make them more trusting of their own impulses and more generous with their fellow actors. Students will learn to make strong active choices onstage, to communicate clearly, and to listen better to their partners. Students will find this class helps them in basic life skills and professional skills spanning a wide variety of fields.   More Info

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  • THRART 365  Acting for the Camera

    Description:
    An exploration and evaluation of techniques of television production, with particular emphasis on common industry practices.   More Info

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  • THRART 405  Theatre Practicum 4

    Description:
    This course is final course in a series of four required courses in the practical study of production, performance, or theatre management. These elements will be studies through hands on work on UMass Boston Theatre productions by the student with theatre professionals (UMass Faculty and Guest Artists) and other students. The laboratory for study is the theatre and its support areas at UMass Boston. A student should think of this course as an applied laboratory in production theatre. This course should be used as a capstone or portfolio project by students as they will be given an assignment in their area of theatre. This assignment is to be the culmination of a students studies in a particular area of theatre over his/her college career.   More Info

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  • THRART 410  Topics in Dramatic Literature

    Description:
    This is a seminar course that provides close study of topics varying from semester to semester. Subject matter can cover an individual or group of playwrights, dramatic forms or styles, historic periods, or theatrical movements. A research paper (minimum 10 pages) and a class presentation are required.   More Info

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  • THRART 435  Theatre Arts Internship

    Description:
    Designed to enable theatre arts majors to earn 3-6 credits for a semester's internship in communication arts or in commercial or other working theatres outside the university.   More Info

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  • THRART 436  Advanced Acting

    Description:
    Advanced work on selected projects with special attention to the individual actor's needs. Scene work, script breakdown, and development of a character.   More Info

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  • THRART 478  Independent Study

    Description:
    Open only to a limited number of students in any one semester. Research, study and participation in theatre projects outside the classroom involving consultation with a faculty advisor. A written prospectus is required.   More Info

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  • THRART 479  Independent Study

    Description:
    Open only to a limited number of students in any one semester. Research, study and participation in theatre projects outside the classroom involving consultation with a faculty advisor. A written prospectus is required.   More Info

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  • THRART 481  Selected Topics

    Description:
    The study of different areas within the field of theatre arts preparation. Courses vary each semester and are announced during pre-registration periods.   More Info

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