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TH 104 Stage Makeup

Faculty: Hull.
Content: Principles and techniques of stage makeup, based on play and character analysis. Exercises to develop and refine the skill for actor, director, or makeup designer. Daily assignments, short paper critiquing the makeup skill of an off-campus production.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 2.

TH 106 Fundamentals of Movement

Faculty: Davis.
Content: Use of guided movement explorations, partner work, readings, and discussion to explore structural and functional aspects of the body and anatomy with the goal of increasing efficiency of movement and physical coordination. Use of imagery supports dynamic alignment, breath, mobility/stability, relaxation, and partner work including massage, with a main focus on the skeletal system and elements of muscle and organ systems, as well as the relationship between the body and psychological/emotional patterns. Extensive journal writing.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 107 Ballet I

Faculty: Hansen.
Content: Introduction to basic ballet principles, steps, and vocabulary. Correct alignment, placement, mobility; increasing flexibility, balance, strength, coordination, control. Barre warm-up, center floor and traveling combinations, general introduction to ballet history and aesthetics. Readings in related historical material; written critique of live performance. Live music accompaniment.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 108 Contemporary Dance Forms I

Faculty: Davis.
Content: Introduction to modern and postmodern dance forms, physical techniques, and principles. Emphasis on the conceptual nature of contemporary dance since the 1960s. Movement skills and perspectives in relation to historic and aesthetic ideas that fostered them. Development of sound body mechanics, strength, flexibility, control, momentum, movement quality, musicality, personal movement resources. Viewing live and videotaped performances. Short readings on dance history and theory. Live music accompaniment.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 110A Theatre Laboratory

Faculty: Robins.
Content: Introduction to behind-the-scenes work in the theatre. Participation on production crews for all departmental productions in a given semester. Experiential learning in the scene and costume shops, on lighting and front-of-house crews. Introduction to the processes that transform the visions of directors and designers into realities on stage. Weekly organizational and instructional meetings, arranged work schedule, required safety orientations. May be repeated (as TH 110B) for up to two additional 1-credit semesters with lab-only requirements, not to exceed 4 total course credits per student.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 2.

TH 110B Theatre Laboratory

Faculty: Robins.
Content: More behind-the-scenes work in the theatre. Participation on production crews for all departmental productions in a given semester. Experiential learning in the scene and costume shops, on lighting and front-of-house crews. Introduction to the processes that transform the visions of directors and designers into realities on stage. Weekly organizational and instructional meetings, arranged work schedule, required safety orientations. Taught each semester. 1 semester credit with lab only requirement. May be repeated once for credit.
Prerequisites: TH-110A.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1.

TH 113 Acting I: Fundamentals

Faculty: Lingafelter, Šimek, Weeks.
Content: The fundamentals of acting, including physicalization, text analysis, objectives and actions, rehearsal techniques. Development of skills through class exercises and the rehearsal and performance of short projects and two-character scenes. Writing assignments including script analyses, character biographies, peer reviews, performance reviews, observation exercises, journals.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 201 Contact Improvisation

Faculty: Nordstrom.
Content: Physical investigation into gravity, momentum, and weight sharing between two or more bodies. Specific skills such as falling, perching, and rolling point of contact; readings and video assignments help to place CI in a historical, social, and artistic context.
Prerequisites: TH 106.
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 208 Contemporary Dance Forms II

Faculty: Davis.
Content: Deepening exploration of physical techniques, historic events, and aesthetic concerns that shape contemporary dance today. Kinesthetic awareness, momentum, phrasing, weight sharing, authentic gesture, basic performance skills. Exploring basic improvisation and composition skills to give form to spontaneous and intuitive movement impulses. Reading, writing, viewing live performance. Live music accompaniment. May be taken twice for credit.
Prerequisites: TH 108 or consent of instructor.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 209 Social Dance Forms: History, Practice, and Social Significance

Faculty: Davis.
Content: Introduction to social dance forms, including ballroom and Latin styles: waltz, foxtrot, swing, cha-cha, tango, salsa, rumba, merengue, bachata. Students will learn the basic techniques of leading and following, footwork, body placement, stylization, etiquette, and musicality. Reading, lectures, and film will provide historical and social context for each dance.
Prerequisites: None. TH 106 recommended.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 212 Stagecraft

Faculty: Robins.
Content: Advanced techniques and concepts in stagecraft. Explores the second-phase design process by which a set designer’s visual representations are transformed first into working drawings and construction problems, and then into material, three-dimensional forms. Classroom instruction and experiential learning in the scene shop. Emphasis on problem-solving, collaborative interpretation of design ideas, creative implementation.
Prerequisites: TH 110 or consent of instructor.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 213 Acting II, Realism

Faculty: Lingafelter, Šimek.
Content: Rehearsal with more complex texts of realism from such playwrights as Ibsen, Chekhov, Churchill, Stoppard. Integration of voice and body work, deepening a sense of truth in emotional and intellectual expression. Actors work with instructor on individual acting problems, share research in texts and historical periods, learn how to help each other take acting explorations further. Writing: script analysis, historical research, bibliography, observations. Additional projects in movement and voice.
Prerequisites: TH 113.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 214 Dance in Context: History and Criticism

Faculty: Davis.
Content: Viewing of selected live dance performances in the Portland area. An exploration of the intellectual, historical, and social contexts of these performances. Development of a vocabulary for dance criticism and an understanding of the essential elements of dance choreography and performance. Readings; analysis of videotaped, filmed, and live dance performances; seminar discussion. Fee (performance tickets)
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 217 Voice and Movement

Faculty: Lingafelter.
Content: This class will introduce students to a range of vocal and physical techniques for creative expression in performance. Through a series of exercises, trainings, and performances, students will have the opportunity to reduce habitual tensions, connect their movement and voice to imagery and text, and increase the strength, flexibility, and dynamic of their voices and bodies in performance. The class will cover techniques drawn from a wide variety of voice and movement philosophies including Linklater, Suzuki, Grotowski, Alexander, yoga, and others.
Prerequisites: TH-113.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 218 Fundamentals of Design

Faculty: Olich.
Content: Introduction to the expressive principles, components, and processes of design. Projects and exercises explore conceptualization of story-based ideas as well as introduce the challenges and rigors of collaboration. Basic visual communication and expressive forms for theatre practitioners, but the skills involved are widely applicable to all design disciplines. Foundation course for advanced work in the theory and aesthetics of theatrical design. Fee.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 220 Theatre Graphics

Faculty: Olich.
Content: Basic graphic techniques necessary for successful communication within the design and production areas of theatre. Projects and exercises in drawing, rendering, model building, color theory, and drafting. Introduction to visual communications and expressive form for theatre practitioners, but the skills involved are widely applicable. Foundation course for advanced work in the theory and aesthetics of design. Fee.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 234 Stage Lighting

Faculty: Robins.
Content: Understanding the physical properties of light, the technologies used to light the stage, and the principles and practices of lighting design. Topics include optics, color, electrical theory, lighting instruments, control systems, design concepts, light plots, script analysis for lighting. Readings, writing assignments, research projects, demonstrations, creative projects in light design.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 244 Practicum/Internship

Faculty: Theatre Faculty.
Content: Field experience extending classroom learning into non-curricular production opportunities, apprenticeships, or internships. Additional readings and/or writing may be required. Off-campus work will require cooperation with an on-site supervisor. Credit-no credit. May be repeated for credit, but will be counted toward the major or minor by department approval only.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.

TH 246 Special Topics: Design/Technical Theatre

Faculty: Theatre Faculty.
Content: Special topics in design and technical theatre. Course content and prerequisites vary by topic. May be taken twice for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 2.

TH 249 Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Faculty: Weeks.
Content: Focuses on a week of theatre-going (approximately nine plays) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Three weeks of contextual study of the plays and their authors, including the study of appropriate cognate plays and authors; individualized research and project work; one week of play-going in Ashland; two weeks of post-performance writing and discussion. The week in Ashland features one-hour supplementary classes at Southern Oregon University, talks with actors and directors at OSF. Fee for a portion of the trip expenses.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Alternate Years, summer only.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 250 Theatre in New York

Faculty: Theatre Faculty.
Content: Contemporary theatre in New York including traditional and experimental work, American plays, plays from the international repertoire. Attending and discussing productions. Meeting with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, producers to investigate current trends in theatrical writing, production, criticism. Offered on the off-campus program in New York.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and acceptance into the New York City off-campus program required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 251 Theatre in London

Faculty: Theatre Faculty.
Content: Contemporary theatre in London including traditional and experimental work, American plays, plays from the international repertoire. Attending and discussing productions. Meeting with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, producers to investigate current trends in theatrical writing, production, criticism. Offered on the London program.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and acceptance into London overseas program required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 252 Rehearsal and Performance: Dance Extravaganza

Faculty: Davis.
Content: Faculty-supervised rehearsal and performance of original dance pieces developed by student choreographers. Works in progress critiqued by faculty at regular intervals throughout the semester. Approximately 10 weeks of rehearsals held two to three times a week, one to two progress showings for the supervising faculty, and four public performances. Credit-no credit. May be repeated four times for credit.
Prerequisites: Audition.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 1-2.

TH 253 Rehearsal and Performance: One-Acts

Faculty: Theatre Faculty.
Content: Faculty-supervised rehearsal and performance of selected one-act plays and senior thesis projects, organized in various formats: student written, student directed; professionally written, student directed; professionally written, guest artist directed. Limited scenic support. Credit-no credit.
Prerequisites: Audition.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-3.

TH 275 Introduction to Playwriting

Faculty: Weeks.
Content: Introduction to dramatic writing. Examination of dramatic action, dialogue, characterization, and structure; emphasis on writing for the stage. Reading assignments from classical, modern, and contemporary plays as well as from commentaries on the playwright’s art, Aristotle to the present. Students write scenes and exercises throughout the semester, culminating in a final project.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 280 Theatre and Society: Global Foundations

Faculty: Simek
Content: Survey of the premodern global history of theatre and performance from its earliest ritual manifestations to the late 18th century. Performance traditions, plays, theories, and dramatic expressions from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Emphasis will be placed on the reciprocal relationship between drama/performance and religion, the state, civil society, and the individual. Students will study primary materials, read and analyze plays, examine documentary and pictorial evidence, and engage both intellectually and creatively with the material. Reading, discussion, research, papers, exams, and creative projects.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 283 Theatre and Society III: Modern Continental Drama

Faculty: Šimek.
Content: Same as TH 281, but with a focus on modern continental theatre from Buchner to contemporary European playwrights. Realism, expressionism, surrealism, dada, theatre of the absurd, and continental postmodernism. Special attention to the theatre and social contexts of eastern and central Europe and Germany.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 299 Independent Study

Faculty: Theatre Faculty.
Content: Opportunities for well-prepared students to design and pursue a course of independent readings or creative work in a substantive area. Details determined by the student and supervising instructor. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.

TH 301 Directing

Faculty: Lingafelter, Šimek, Weeks.
Content: Preliminary text analysis, preparation and staging of play texts. Exercises and scene work exploring the director’s basic techniques, tools, and procedures.
Prerequisites: TH 213.
Restrictions: Junior standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 308 Dance Composition and Improvisation

Faculty: Davis.
Content: Studio work in compositional exploration and the investigation of movement and sound in solo and group improvisation. Critical evaluation and analysis of work in progress. Organization and design of dance studies for class presentation and future choreography. Reading, writing, and theory; attend performances.
Prerequisites: TH 108. One other dance course or consent of instructor.
Corequisites: TH 308L.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 313 Acting III, Style

Faculty: Lingafelter.
Content: Advanced techniques in acting associated with, and demanded by, the drama of particular periods and genres. Acting “style” explored through the study of a period’s theatrical conventions and cultural preferences (in physical movement, bodily display, vocal technique, fashion). Emphasis on premodern styles, including Shakespeare and commedia dell’arte. Some modern and contemporary nonrealistic styles.
Prerequisites: TH 113.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 333 Scenography I: Pre-Modern

Faculty: Olich.
Content: The aesthetics, processes, and challenges of creating performance environments for stages and performers. The scenographer imagines and constructs visual worlds for theatrical storytelling with an emphasis on scene and costume design, but considering all visual elements of the stage, including architecture, lighting, props. Historical exploration of production aesthetics from classical Greek through the 18th century Restoration genres, research into historical performance environments and the texts they supported, project work in creating new performance environments for historical texts.
Prerequisites: TH 218 or TH 220.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 334 Scenography II: Modern/Postmodern

Faculty: Olich.
Content: The aesthetics, processes, and challenges of creating performance environments. Exploration of production aesthetics in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; research into historical performance environments and the texts they supported; project work in creating new performance environments for historical texts. Emphasis on scene and costume design, but consideration of all visual elements of the stage, including architecture, lighting, props.
Prerequisites: TH 218 or TH 220.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 340 The History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Performance

Faculty: Šimek, Weeks.
Content: An intellectual history of Western theatrical performance in the 20th century through modern and postmodern performance theories formulated by major directors, actors, playwrights, critics, theorists. Readings from primary sources, biographies and critical works, contemporary theatre theory. Research emphasis on significant productions, major artists, training methodologies, and distinctive models of theatrical work. Provides a historical and theoretical context for contemporary performance practices.
Prerequisites: One 4-credit course in dramatic literature/theatre history and one 4-credit course in performance.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 351 Rehearsal and Performance: Main Stage Production

Faculty: Theatre Faculty.
Content: Rehearsals five to six nights a week for six to eight weeks. Six scheduled performances followed by a department critique. Intense involvement in the complete process of translating a play script into performance. Journal or research as process requires. Credits dependent on size of role and length of rehearsal period. Lewis & Clark supports a policy of color-blind casting. May be repeated for maximum of 24 credits with a maximum of 4 credits per semester.
Prerequisites: Audition.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.

TH 356 Devised Performance

Faculty: Lingafelter, Weeks.
Content: The creation of performance pieces without scripts. Explorations of modes of contemporary performance through collaborative and collective creation, the adaptation of nondramatic texts for performance, and multidisciplinary work. Students write, adapt, and devise original performances throughout the semester. Music and studio art students welcome.
Prerequisites: Two 4-credit courses in theatre, one of which must be in performance, and consent of instructor; or two 4-credit courses in studio art, music performance, or creative writing and consent of instructor.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 357 Theatre Design/Production Laboratory

Faculty: Hull, Olich, Robins.
Content: Guided instruction through assigned participation in processes that prepare theatre lighting, sound, scenery, props, and costume construction, among others, in support of departmental presentations in both the Main Stage and Black Box theater venues. Participants may work as student designers, design assistants, master electricians, assistant technical directors, or other production-related positions and make arrangements with department instructors according to their focus. Variable credits based on the production position and time commitment. Consent of instructor required.
Prerequisites: TH 110A.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 2-4.

TH 381 British Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present

Faculty: Weeks.
Content: The dramatic literature and performance styles of British theatre from the origins of modernism to the present. Wilde, Shaw, and Coward through post-war playwrights such as Wesker, Pinter, Bond, Churchill, Orton, Barnes, Barker, Stoppard, Wertenbaker. The evolution of theatrical forms and themes in relation to historical and social change.
Prerequisites: TH 281, TH 282, or TH 283, or a literature course offered by the Department of English or Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 382 American Theatre and Drama: 19th Century to Present

Faculty: Weeks.
Content: Readings in modern and contemporary American theatre. Topics include the origins of realism, American expressionism, noncommercial art theatre, African-American playwriting, women in theatre, canonical family plays, the Federal Theatre Project, the musical, Broadway comedy, filmed adaptation of stage drama, the advent of experimental and postmodern theatre, and the evolution of theatrical forms and themes in relation to historical and social change.
Prerequisites: TH 281, TH 282, or TH 283, or a literature course offered by the Department of English or Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 383 Topics in Global Theatre and Performance

Faculty: Lingafelter
Content: Examination of modern and contemporary performance in a global context through case studies of significant non-Western theatre artists and performances. Regional geographies will include East Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Investigation of theatre and performance within contexts of postcolonialism, transculturalism, political upheaval, and global exchange. Topics include trauma and the problem of memory; theatre for social change; the politics of theatrical space; hybridity. Students will analyze performance theories from a range of cultures and theatrical contexts; read widely in global dramatic literature; explore contemporary performances from diverse cultures; and assess the interplay of culturally specific aesthetic values within a global marketplace. 
Prerequisites: None. TH 280 recommended.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 385 Special Topics Seminar: Plays and Playwrights

Faculty: Šimek, Weeks.
Content: An intensive study focusing on the work of one playwright or related playwrights or focusing on an aesthetic movement. Emphasis on a core group of plays and surrounding historical and critical materials. Exploration and evaluation through research, critical writing, and workshop performances of both dramatic texts and of class research and criticism. May be taken twice for credit.
Prerequisites: Any two 4-semester credit courses in theatre.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 444 Practicum/Internship

Faculty: Theatre Faculty.
Content: Advanced fieldwork with practical application of classroom theory and training. Additional readings and/or writing required. Credit-no-credit. May be repeated for credit, but will be counted toward the major or minor by department approval only.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Junior standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.

TH 450 Senior Seminar

Faculty: Lingafelter, Šimek, Weeks.
Content: Capstone course in the major focused on the presentation of a creative project or presentation combined with a written thesis. Creative work in acting, directing, playwriting, and design is showcased in the spring Theatre Thesis Festival. The capstone experience should represent the culmination of a student’s work within his or her major concentration as well as an opportunity to move that work forward. All students must receive faculty approval for capstone projects, normally in the fall semester prior to the Senior Seminar in the spring.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Theatre majors with senior standing. Theatre minors or student-designed majors with consent of instructor.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

TH 499 Independent Study

Faculty: Theatre Faculty.
Content: Same as TH 299 but requiring more advanced work. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.