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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)

The BFA in Design Management provides students with performance and production skills and gains a solid and thorough knowledge of production, design, and stage management.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)

The BFA in Performance provides students with performance and production skills and gain a solid and thorough knowledge of acting and directing.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)

Limestone is one of the few academic institutions in the area to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA.)  The BFA provides the most intensive and rigorous theatre training programs available and offers the student a unique opportunity to hone their craft.  We are committed to the artistic development of both major and non-major students in the performing arts.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Pursue your dreams, while preparing for numerous career paths in the theatre! A Theatre major develops performance and production skills including acting, directing, and design. Theatre Majors are students of writing and performance in the world of Theatre. Students take courses that develop a working knowledge of the History of Theatre, Contemporary Drama, and Playwriting.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)

The Musical Theatre BFA is an intensive performance-centered degree that prepares students for further training leading to professional performance opportunities.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

A Musical Theatre major provides students with performance and production skills including acting, singing, and advanced vocal techniques. Students gain knowledge of the fundamental elements of music, directing, and design. Coursework exposes students to vocal training, theatre history, and literature, acting and directing, playwriting, and design.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

An English/Theatre major emphasizes traditional English skills such as writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis, as well as performance skills including acting, directing, and design. English/Theatre students become active members in both the English and Theatre departments.

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TH101 - Drama Appreciation

Course Description

A general survey course designed to stimulate awareness and appreciation of dramatic art. Areas of exploration include theatre history, dramatic literature (modern and classic), and elements of production.

Credits:
3
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TH102 - Acting: Basics

Course Description

This introductory level acting course covers the principles of warm-ups, individual inventory, Stanislavsky system, character analysis, and rehearsal procedure. The aim of the course is to introduce the student to the skills needed to develop as an actor, as well as to make the student more aware of how he or she presents his or her self on stage and off.

Credits:
3
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TH103 - History of Theatre

Course Description

A study in theatre history looks at the interrelationship of theatre and society, focusing on dramatic literature and original documents as “artifacts” within a given culture. An exploration of theatre history seeks to establish a cultural context for periods of drama, using art, music, and social historical data to clarify the artistic modes of thought in various periods of time.

Credits:
3
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TH110 - Fundamentals of Play Production

Course Description

An introductory course in theatre, beginning with play selection and ending with an artistically successful production. A clear and concise study of each requisite skill in between -- acting, scenery, lighting, makeup, costuming, sound, auditioning, and theatre business -- takes students behind the scenes of a play and introduces them to each production element. The course stresses teamwork and focuses on the way each part of play production fits into the whole.

Credits:
3
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TH111 - Experiential Theatre: Performer

Course Description

A student serves as a performer in a season production.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.

Credits:
1
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TH114 - Experiential Theatre: Crew

Course Description

A student serves as running crew (for single production), pre-production crew (semester-long assignment), assistant design (for single production) or serving as Assistant Stage Manager (for single production). Running crew positions include: Light Board Operator, Sound Board Operator, scenery run crew, props run crew, or costume run crew. Pre-Production Crew positions include: Scenery construction. Electrician, Costume construction, or Props Master (also serve as props running crew). An assistant designer must assist faculty designers only.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.

Credits:
1
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TH115 - Experiential Theatre: Manager

Course Description

A student serves as a Production Stage Manager, Designer or Dramaturge for a single production.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. 

Credits:
1
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TH116 - Fundamentals of Makeup

Course Description

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of how to design and implement theatrical makeup for the stage. Students will be able to do a variety of old-age makeup techniques including two-dimensional and three-dimensional applications. Students will be able to do a variety of street makeup techniques and will be able to alter their appearance through two-dimensional shading and highlighting as well as three-dimensional prosthetics.

Credits:
3
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TH120 - Applied Theatre - Costuming

Credits:
3
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TH122 - Applied Theatre - Lighting

Credits:
3
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TH125 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

Course Description

An introduction to theatrical design concentrating on the creative process in developing the design of the set, lighting, costumes as well as the presentation of the design ideas. This course examines the role of the designer and how the design supports the ideas of a play in a visual way. It will emphasize basic strategies for visual problem solving and techniques for preparing comprehensive designs.

Credits:
3
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TH201 - Performance Studies

Credits:
3
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TH202 - Acting: Voice and Performance

Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for the student actor to continue developing both voice and body. In addition, this course will provide the needed training to audition for a variety of theatrical productions.

Credits:
3
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TH203 - Improvisation

Course Description

This course will familiarize the student with a variety of improvisational rehearsal games and techniques. Based on the teachings of Viola Spolin and others, this class allows the performer to fully engage their creative process without censorship. The course aims to release the creative impulse by creating a safe environment free from judgement. Students will learn such skills as endowment (lending emotional and/or physical attributes to objects), emotional recall, and physical control and exploration.

Credits:
3
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TH204 - Acting: Audition

Course Description

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of how to audition for theatre, film, and musicals. Students will be able to construct an effective resume, know what to look for in a headshot, learn how to choose and present audition materials, and how to master the “cold reading.”

Credits:
3
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TH220 - Fundamentals of Costuming

Course Description

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of how to design and implement costumes for the theatrical stage. Students will be able to analyze a script and create costume renderings that are appropriate to that analysis. Students will have a working knowledge of color theory as well as a basic understanding of the history of Western fashion.

Credits:
3
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TH222 - Fundamentals of Lighting

Course Description

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of how to design and implement lighting for the stage. Students will be able to analyze a script and design a working lighting plot that illustrates that analysis through light. Students will be able to identify and utilize a variety of lighting fixtures common to the contemporary stage.

Credits:
3
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TH225 - Fundamentals of Scenic Design

Course Description

Emphasizes the art of scene design through the study and process of creating sets. Includes the design process from script analysis and research to presentation of final design ideas. By the end of the semester, students should have a clear understanding of the basic principles of scenic design, script analysis, history, drafting, research, model making, and drawing & rendering. Students will also have a basic knowledge of scenic construction and elements of design.

Credits:
3
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TH302 - Acting: Style

Course Description

Advanced acting students will develop skills in the different acting styles needed to perform in plays by authors such as Sophocles, Moliere, and Shakespeare. Students will continue to develop vocal and physical skills, as well as their analytical abilities.

Credits:
3
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TH303 - Musical Theatre Performance I

Course Description
This course provides students with a strong background in the history of musical theatre from its inception in the stages on the United States to the newest musicals taking place all over the world. In addition, students will be trained in musical performance techniques and perform a ballad, a comic song, and a duet.
Credits:
3
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TH307 - Directing

Course Description

This course will allow students to learn the art and craft of directing. Students will read and analyze plays, develop important practical and analytical skills, and finally direct a ten-minute play.

Credits:
3
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TH308 - Playwriting

Course Description

This course will familiarize the students with the most recent and admirable writing occurring in the contemporary theatre; it will allow the students to contextualize these works into their own artistic experience; and ultimately provide students with the skills needed to create their own plays. The course is designed for the novice playwright, but because the course is primarily a writing workshop, it is suitable for the more advanced writer.

Credits:
3
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TH309 - Advanced Theatrical Design

Course Description

This course gives advanced students an opportunity to develop skills in a major field of theatrical design which might include set design, lighting design, costume design, and/or sound design.

Credits:
3
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TH310 - Musical Theatre Performance II

Course Description

Building on the skills they learned in the previous Musical Theatre performance class, students will branch out from solo work and sing with partners, trios, and quartets. They will do scene work and continue to work on creating compelling and exciting characters.

Credits:
3
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TH312 - Junior Qualifier

Course Description

Technical track students will compile a portfolio of their design work up to this point as well as complete a new project of some breadth and scope. An exhaustive written analysis of their current project, as well as their growth, will also be required. Performance tracks students will present a thirty-sixty minute recital of all of their performative work plus a new selection of two short scenes (five minutes each) and one longer monologue (2-3 minutes.) An exhaustive written analysis of their current project, as well as their growth, will also be required. Required for Design, Directing, Stage Management, and Playwriting only.

Credits:
1-3
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TH319 - History of Musical Theatre

Course Description

The History of Musical Theatre course will acquaint students with the rich tapestry of history including Vaudeville, Broadway, the West End, and even the movies. Students will be able to analyze a variety of musical genres and recognize key historic movements both musically and textually.

Credits:
3
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TH325 - Theatre Digital Design and CAD

Course Description

Fundamental principles and application of 3-D digital design. Students will be working with Vectorworks (CAD), Photoshop and Tablet rendering. This course teaches methods of approaching, developing, communicating, and completing digital designs of sets, costumes, and interiors.

Credits:
3
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TH330 - Sustainability in the Arts

Course Description

This course exams the “Triple Bottom Line” in relation to the production of the arts. It will focus on environmentally sustainable options for the design and execution of events and exhibitions through the lens of Theatre. We will examine the role of the designer, artist, performer, manager, and administrative staff in creating environmentally sustainable events, emphasizing basic strategies for visual problem solving, and techniques for preparing comprehensive and ecologically friendly.

Credits:
3
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TH401 - History of Theatrical Performance

Course Description

The detailed exploration of theatre history through the lens of Dramaturgy. The course focuses on Script Analysis, Dramatic Theory, historical context of theatre movements and Dramatic Criticism.

Credits:
3
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TH405 - Shakespeare in Performance

Course Description

The course examines Shakespeare's plays not only through the text but also (and primarily) through the observation of varied artistic and scholarly interpretations in film and performance. Students will also learn how the examination of the Shakespeare text as an actor will add insight and appreciation nearly impossible in any other way. Additionally, students will learn how through historical and sociological context, Shakespeare’s plays can be approached in such a way as to provide a richer theatrical experience for both performer and audience. Primarily the course will show performers how to approach Shakespeare’s work through a variety of approaches in order to create deeper and more vibrant performances.

Credits:
3
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TH407 - Advanced Directing

Course Description
This course will allow students to build on analytical and directing skills gained in previous courses to direct a fully-produced one-act play for the Limestone Theatre.
Credits:
3
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TH480 - Student Production Lab

Credits:
3
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TH480A - Student Production Lab: Directing

Course Description
This course provides the opportunity for advanced students who may want to direct theatrical productions. These workshop productions will augment the regular Limestone Theatre. All productions must be overseen by the faculty.
Credits:
1-3
Prerequisites
TH307
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TH480B - Student Production Lab: Acting

Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for advanced students who may want to act in theatrical productions. These workshop productions will augment the regular Limestone Theatre. All productions must be overseen by the faculty.

Credits:
1-3
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TH480C - Student Production Lab: Design

Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for advanced students who may want to design theatrical productions. These workshop productions will augment the regular Limestone Theatre. All productions must be overseen by the faculty.

Credits:
1-3
Prerequisites
TH110
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TH480D - Student Production Lab: Playwriting

Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for advanced students who may want to write theatrical productions. These workshop productions will augment the regular Limestone Theatre. All productions must be overseen by the faculty.

Credits:
1-3
Prerequisites
TH308
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TH490 - Theatre Internship

Course Description

An individually designed off-campus study, work, and/or research project under the joint supervision of a professional theatre institution and a faculty supervisor. The faculty supervisor and the student will develop a formal “Learning Agreement” which will consist of a course description, learning results, learning activities, learning documentation, and a learning evaluation.

Credits:
1-3
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TH499 - Classical Theatre Production

Credits:
3