Theatre Course Descriptions

Theatre Courses:

CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre

Survey of the components of theatrical experience and the function of the various contributors to theatrical production. Attendance at selected theatrical productions is required.


CMTT 139: Theatre Practicum 1

Practical, hands-on experience in all technical areas of theatre for main stage productions. Communication, Media, and Theatre majors may repeat this course once for laboratory credit towards graduation requirements.


CMTT 203: Voice for the Stage

This course gives each student a method to improve his or her ability to articulate, project, develop resonance, and meet the demands for the stage including dialects and Shakespearian speech.


CMTT 207: Interpreter’s Laboratory

Participation in oral interpretation activities at local, regional, or national levels. Communication, Media, and Theatre majors may repeat this course once for laboratory credit towards graduation requirements. Prereq.: CMTT 255 or consent of instructor


CMTT 220: Improvisation

Emphasis on mastering improvisational theatre games for both actor training and performance.


CMTT 221: Acting 1

The basic skills of acting including the actor’s internal preparation for playing a role and the development of his/her external technique for projecting the role to the audience.


CMTT 239: Theatre Practicum 2

Practical, hands-on experience in all technical areas of theatre for main stage productions.


CMTT 240: Stagecraft

An introduction to all aspects of backstage technical production.


CMTT 249: Makeup

Fundamentals of stage and television makeup for straight and character roles; emphasis on the application of makeup, historical periods, and uses of masks.


CMTT 255: Oral Interpretation of Literature

Development of intellectual and emotional responsiveness to prose, poetry, and drama, and the ability to communicate effectively in performance.


CMTT 309: Independent Study in Theatre

Individual investigation of a topic of the student’s choice. Requires approval of the instructor, Department Chair, and the Dean.


CMTT 321: Acting 2

Refinement of skills developed in Acting 1 with emphasis on the use of improvisation to develop and project characters from standard plays. Prereq.: CMTT 221 or equivalent


CMTT 331: History of Theatre 1

Chronological survey of the development of theatre and drama of the Western World from the early Greek festivals to the early Renaissance period.


CMTT 332: History of Theatre 2

Chronological survey of the development of theatre and drama of the Western World from the Renaissance period to the twentieth century.


CMTT 333: Contemporary Theatre

Survey of theatre and drama of the twentieth century. Prereq.: CMTT 130


CMTT 334: Special Topics in Drama (Political Theatre)

In-depth study of the major works of a single dramatist or movement, the relationship of those works to the period in which they were produced, and their place in the history of dramatic literature. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics.


CMTT 335: American Social Problem Plays

In-depth study of American plays in the 20th century that reflect the political and social changes in society. Plays will be analyzed in relation to the literary text, theatrical texts in their historical and social context, and social issues through literature.


CMTT 336: Realism and Naturalism

A survey of realism and naturalism in drama and theatre from the late 19th century to the present, covering major plays, playwrights, and theatre practitioners.


CMTT 337: Women Playwrights

Chronological study and analysis of literary texts in historical and social contexts that are written by women, that deal with social issues about women, and are about women’s rights.


CMTT 338: Melodrama

An exploration of melodrama as the dramatic form that dominated the nineteenth century stage in the United States. The course focuses on identifying the characteristics of melodrama and contemporaneous theatre practice, reading representative plays, and exploring the social and political issues of the day reflected in the plays.


CMTT 339: Theatre Practicum 3

Special assignment to specific positions such as stage management, direction, and dramaturge, among others. Prereq.: Consent of instructor


CMTT 340: Set Design

Comprehensive study of the principles of scene design theory and practice. Prereq.: CMTT 130


CMTT 341: Lighting Design

Comprehensive study of the principles of lighting design theory and practical application. Prereq.: CMTT 130


CMTT 342: Costume Design

In-depth study of the basic design skills, identification of textiles, as well as analysis of dramatic texts for costuming and coordinating designs with a theatre production team. Prereq.: CMTT 130


CMTT 343: Stage Management

In-depth study of the job of the Stage Manager, including production planning, prompt book design, scheduling and managing rehearsal time, and actually stage managing and calling a show. Prereq.: CMTT 130


CMTT 345: Directing

Principles and techniques of the director’s art. Prereq.: CMTT 130


CMTT 346: American Musical Theatre

Survey of the development of the American musical theatre with consideration of the problems inherent in the production of musicals.


CMTT 347: Playwriting

Study of the dramatic art with practice in the writing of plays for dramatic production. An attempt will be made to provide laboratory productions of outstanding student works.


CMTT 348: Advanced Stagecraft

Advanced methods in backstage technical production. Prereq.: CMTT 240


CMTT 349: Summer Theatre

A laboratory class covering all phases of theatre production in conjunction with the production of a play script. Includes acting, directing, set and costume design, choreography, lighting, props, publicity, and theatre management as related to the production of a play script.


CMTT 350: Children’s Theatre Workshop - Elementary

Survey of theatre for children from creative dramatics to theatre in elementary schools. All significant facets of play production are covered in performance of an actual script.


CMTT 351: Children’s Theatre Workshop - Middle & High School

Survey of theatre for children, from creative dramatics to theatre in the secondary schools. All significant facets of play production are covered in performance of an actual script.


CMTT 352: Interpretation of Poetry

Literary analysis and oral performance of lyric, narrative, dramatic poetry, and other presentational forms. Prereq.: CMTT 255


CMTT 353: Interpretation of Prose

Literary analysis and oral performance of both fiction and non-fiction, including novels, short stories, essays, letters, diaries, travel literature, and biographies. Prereq.: CMTT 255


CMTT 354: Interpretation of Drama

Literary analysis and oral performance of plays, emphasizing the solo reader performing a variety of roles. Prereq.: CMTT 255


CMTT 355: Advanced Performance of Literature

Literary analysis of poetry and prose; presentation of individual and multiple performers. Prereq.: CMTT 255


CMTT 357: Interpretation of Shakespeare

Selected comedies, tragedies, and histories; tracing the development of the dramatist; emphasis on special performance techniques to illuminate a thorough study of the plays. Prereq.: CMTT 255


CMTT 358: Acting 3

Advanced methods in acting including analyzing language and approaching language problems in theatre production. Scene work is taken from classic dramas. Prereq.: CMTT 321 or equivalent


CMTT 359: Experimental Theatre

This is an advanced course designed to provide the opportunity to understand and interpret experimental group performance types, working and performing in groups. This course is primarily rehearsal/performance oriented; however, the principles of experimental theatre will be covered during rehearsal and applied in written analyses.


CMTT 383: Professional Internship 1

Professional activities in a selected field of theatre, performed and supervised at public or private facilities, theatres, organizations, schools, etc. Requires application process.


CMTT 384: Professional Internship 2

Professional activities in a selected field of theatre, performed and supervised at public or private facilities, theatres, organizations, schools, etc. Requires application process.


CMTT 385: Professional Internship 3

Professional activities in a selected field of theatre, performed and supervised at public or private facilities, theatres, organizations, schools, etc. Requires application process.


CMTT 393: Creative Dramatics

Development of leadership in conducing creative dramatic programs to serve the needs of children from grades one through twelve.


CMTT 423: Independent Study in Theatre

Individual investigation into selected topics in methods and materials for dramatic activities.


CMTT 430: Dramatic Theory

Analysis of major theories of dramatic writing and dramatic production from Aristotle to Antonin Artaud and their influence upon theatre and drama.


CMTT 436: Theatre Management

Managerial policies and practices in educational and community theatres with emphasis upon common problems and solutions.


CMTT 473: Special Topics in Theatre: Rotating Topics

This revolving topics course allows graduate students the opportunity to study in-depth, specific theatre methods, movements, and motivators. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics. Recent examples include: “Directors,” “Gender and Performance,” and “Battlefields.”