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DTH 1000: Creative Process (3 cr.)
This entry-level course provides students with a foundation in the vocabulary of performance through studio exercises in ensemble techniques, viewpoints, storytelling, choreographic composition, improvisation, investigation of theatrical texts and basic design elements. It will also provide practice in the clarity and authenticity of speech and an introduction to Shakespeare texts. A series of critical readings on creativity, performance theory and techniques will inform the course. Students will submit written responses to assigned readings and live performances on campus and in New York. Note: This course is the prerequisite for all required courses in the DTH Major with the exception of primary level Dance Technique courses, and should be taken in the freshman year. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 1001: Acting I (3 cr.)
An introduction to dramatic interpretation, basic theories of acting and fundamental techniques including: voice and breath, expressive movement, theatre games and improvisation, memorization, monologues, beginning scene work and introduction to Shakespeare. The course aims to build awareness, confidence and skill in self-expression and includes a selected series of theoretical and historical readings with written responses. (Fall, Spring)

DTH 1150: Peace & Performance (1cr.)
A weekend exploration of Peace Studies combined with performance skills (movement, creative writing, music) culminating in the creation of short compositions for public presentation on Sunday. Open to the entire campus. (Fall)

DTH 1500: Stagecraft* (3 cr.)
Stagecraft is the study of the theories and applications of building and painting scenery and properties for theatrical productions. This introductory course will cover practices of construction techniques, as well as a brief section on scene painting. Students will assist in the building and painting of departmental productions. Two hour class plus additional lab time. (Fall, Spring)

DTH 2005: Comedy, Clown and Improvisation* (2 cr.)
This course is a studio exploration of a range of clowning skills and improvisational techniques aimed at increased focus and precision, awareness of the performer-audience relationship, and strengthening the laugh muscles. Red clown nose required. Prerequisite: Creative Process. (Fall)

DTH 2009: Viewpoints* (2 cr.)
This course is a studio exploration of Viewpoints technique, as developed by Mary Overlie and Anne Bogart. Students will investigate primary Viewpoints of Space (Relationship, Shape Architecture Topography, Gesture) and Time through exercises and structured compositions. Prerequisite: Creative Process. (Fall)

DTH 2030: Directing I (3 cr.)
A practical introduction to the fundamentals of play direction, including: examination of the work of master directors, play analysis and research methods, preparation of production book, consideration of design elements, casting, rehearsal techniques and work with actors. Prerequisite: Creative Process. (Fall)

DTH and MUA 2071-2072: Cabaret Performance Workshop I and II* (2cr.)
The focus of this performance workshop, offered by the departments of Dance/Theatre and Music, is the successful communication of song to an intimate audience. Students are responsible for at least two songs and monologue material appropriate to a cabaret setting. Songs are analyzed for text, music, interpretation, and historical and societal context. Class structure is similar to an acting class, with all students observing when not performing. The course culminates in one performance evening. Prerequisite: 2 semesters of applied voice or permission of instructor or Director of Music. Permission by audition. Enrollment is limited. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 2214: Romantic & Classical Traditions in Dance (3 cr.)
This course will explore the development of the romantic Ballet of Western Europe through the ballets of Giselle and La Sylphide and the classical traditions of master choreographer Marius Petitpa through his ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. The course will explore how the romantic ballet of Western Europe and the classical ballet of Russia reflect their time and place and how these aesthetics have influenced the dance of today. Prerequisite: Creative Process or Permission of Instructor. Offered every other Fall alternating with DTH 2216. (Fall)

DTH 2216: History of American Dance (3 cr.)
This survey course on American concert dance will focus on major trends and personalities in ballet and modern dance. Beginning at the turn of the 20th-century with Isadora Duncan, we will look at the dances and dancers who developed a uniquely American dance vocabulary including: Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, the Judson Theatre dancers, and the emerging artists of today. We will examine the economic, social, technological and cultural forces, which helped shape the direction dance has taken. Material will be developed through lecture and discussion, aided by guest speakers, videos and films, workshops and attendance at selected dance concerts. Prerequisite: Creative Process or Permission of instructor (Fall)

DTH and MUA 2227: Acting for Musical Theatre: Scene to Song* (2 cr.)
The focus of this class is the successful communication of song within the context of a musical play. Acting skills particular to the musical theatre stage will be developed and explored. Script and music will be analyzed and performances developed using various techniques, including improvisation. Historical and societal context will be explored. Class structure is similar to a non-musical acting class, with all students observing when not performing. There is an informal Showing of Work at the final class. Prerequisites: DTH 1000, 1001, 2 semesters of applied voice, or (for DTH students) permission of instructor or department chairs. Enrollment is limited. (Spring)

DTH 2235: American Musical Theatre: Then and Now (3 cr.)
This course will survey the history and development of the American Musical Theatre from its pre-Civil War beginnings to current Broadway productions, such as Rent, The Lion King, and Parade. The study will include guest artists, archival film and video, and New York City performance trips. Prerequisite: Creative Process or Permission of Instructor (Fall)

DTH 2245: Movement Studies (3 cr.)
An exploration of the language of movement from various perspectives including Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban's work in space harmony and effort analysis. Prerequisite: Creative Process. Offered every other year. (Fall '07)

DTH 2318/ 2319: Junior Seminar I & II (2 credits per semester.)
Required for majors in the Junior year. (Fall, Spring)

DTH 2530: Concepts in Scene Design (3 cr.)
This course will provide an historical overview of scenic design, opportunities for research and preparation of a series of scene designs and models, as well as hands-on experience in assisting in the design and construction of sets for departmental productions. Prerequisite: Creative Process or permission of the Instructor. Offered yearly in rotation with Costume Design. (Spring)

DTH 2535: Lighting Design I* (3 cr.)
Introduction to the theory, principles and practical techniques of dance and theatre lighting. Students will design and assist in lighting performance pieces. Prerequisite: Creative Process or permission of the Instructor. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 2536: Lighting Design II* (3 cr.)
This course of advanced theory and lighting practices is a further examination of the creative aspects involved in the design of light for Dance and Theatre. We will look at how and why a designer makes certain choices and the impact of those choices on any given production. We will examine lighting as an organic component of the production process and the valuable addition that it can make on any work of art. We will study how a design progresses from an idea to actualized form over the production process. Prerequisite: Lighting Design I. By special arrangement with instructor.

DTH 2540: Costume Design* (3 cr.)
This course will provide an historical overview of costume design, opportunities for research and preparation of a series of costume rendering projects, as well as hands-on experience assisting the design and construction of costumes for departmental productions. Prerequisite: Creative Process or permission of the Instructor. (Fall)

DTH 2555: Sound Design* (3 cr.)
This course is an exploration into the design techniques and technological tools used by professional sound designers. It will examine recording techniques and styles used for both Theatre and Dance. It will look at recording innovations and the pioneering work used in both the film and music industries. Students will get hands on experience as they work to create their own sound effects and aural environments. Prerequisite: Creative Process or permission of the Instructor. (Spring)

DTH 2635: Introduction to Dance Therapy I (3 cr.)
This course will provide a theoretical and experiential introduction to the theory, techniques and practice of dance therapy. Arts therapies offer a viable career option for students interested in applying performance techniques in education and the healing professions. Prerequisite: Creative Process and Modern Dance Technique I or permission of the Instructor. (Fall)

DTH 2636: Introduction to Dance Therapy II (3 cr.)
A continued investigation of study begun in Introduction to Dance Therapy I. Prerequisite: Dance Therapy I, (Offered every other Spring).

DTH 2640: Introduction to Drama Therapy I (3 cr.)
This course will provide a theoretical and experiential introduction to the theory, techniques and practice of drama therapy. Arts therapies offer a viable career option for students interested in applying performance techniques in education and the healing professions. Prerequisite: Creative Process, Fundamentals of Psychology or permission of the Instructor. (Fall)

DTH 2650: Theatre for Young Audiences (3 cr.)
This course examines the theory and practice of all phases of play production for young audiences. Particular emphasis will be placed on the study of the literature of theatre for young audiences, its history, and chief practitioners. The course will explore a range of exercises and strategies for eliciting material from young people. The course will also examine ways in which TYA plays can be used as springboards for educational explorations. Prerequisite: Creative process. (Fall 08).

DTH 2665: Shakespeare with Young People (3 cr.)
The course is predicated on the idea that for children, even as young as 4 or 5, Shakespeare offers unparalleled opportunities for growth in speech and language development, expansion of the creative and thinking processes, appreciation of character, narrative and thematic material, and skills and confidence in performance. Students will study Shakespearean texts for appropriate applications to young people, as well as various theories related to literature and child development, and in the studio, learn a series of exercises and creative strategies designed to support the aims of the course. Prerequisite: Creative Process. (Spring 09)

EDU 3040: Theatre Education: Early Childhood/Elementary
This course explores theories and methods of teaching drama in the elementary classroom. The primary focus will be on drama as an experiential link between subject areas. Emphasis will be placed on the design, structure, teaching, and evaluation of drama lessons as well as classroom management. Prerequisite: DTH 1000 Creative Process and EDU 2000 Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching. (Fall)

EDU 3041: Theatre Education: Grades 7-12
This course explores theories and methods of teaching drama in high school settings, including exploration of a range of possible dramatic experiences. Emphasis is placed on the design, teaching, and evaluation of classroom lessons that use drama effectively as well as classroom management structures that support successful teaching. Prerequisite: DTH 1000 Creative Process and EDU 2000 Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching. (Spring)

DTH 3202: Survey of Dramatic Literature I: The Classics (3 cr.)
Through reading, viewing and discussion of exemplary plays, this course will survey the literary, historical, political and cultural significance of theatre and drama from the Greeks to Shakespeare, including Medieval French, Spanish and Italian Renaissance drama. Prerequisite: Creative Process or Permission of Instructor. (Fall)

DTH 3203: Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Modern Drama (3 cr.)
Through reading, viewing and discussion of exemplary plays, this course will survey the literary, historical, political and cultural significance of theatre and drama from the realism of Ibsen to the contemporary stage, including the works of Strindberg, Chekhov, Brecht, Williams, Miller, Beckett and beyond. Prerequisite: Creative Process or Permission of Instructor. (Spring)

DTH 3310: Performance Seminar: Experimental (3 cr.)
This seminar will focus on experimental dance and theatre performance by examining representative artists and groups in relation to their traditions, historical context and connection with other arts. This course will include guest artists and performers and trips to New York City for performances, rehearsals and backstage visits. Offered in rotation with other Performance Seminars. Prerequisite: Creative Process or Permission of Instructor (Spring)

DTH 3312: Performance Seminar: Non-Western
This seminar will explore performance styles, techniques and subject matter of non-western cultures. How do traditional and contemporary styles reflect social, political and cultural change? How do performance styles cross and transcend geographical borders? This course will include lectures, discussions, studio workshops, guest artists, and attendance at performances in New York City. Note: Offered in rotation with other Performance Seminars. Prerequisite: Creative Process or Permission of Instructor.

DTH 3314: Performance Seminar Collaborative Process (3 cr.)
This course will explore the nature and experience of collaboration between artists- dancers, actors, writers, visual artists and musicians. We will investigate historical precedents, including The Diaghilev Ballet Russes, the Russian avant-garde, Dada-Surrealism, The Bauhaus, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. An integral part of the course will be seeing performances by collaborative artists in New York City. Offered in rotation with other Performance Seminars. Prerequisite: Creative Process or Permission of Instructor. (Spring)

DTH 3320/3321: Senior Thesis Seminar I & II (6 cr.)
The Senior Thesis Seminar is a required course over both terms of the senior year. Its purpose is to provide students with theoretical structure and practical, process-oriented tools for the successful completion of their senior thesis project, the culmination of their college career. The seminar also provides a supportive and challenging environment for exploration and an open discussion of the students' development through the artistic process from conception through evaluation. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 3542: Stage Management* (3 cr.)
A practical introduction to the fundamentals of stage management, including company management, scheduling and time management, preparation of the stage manager's production book, calling the show, working with directors and actors, etc. Students receive hands-on training working closely with departmental Dance & Theatre productions. Prerequisite: Creative Process. (Fall, Spring)

DTH 3642: Introduction to Drama Therapy II
Continued investigation of theories and forms of Drama Therapy. Prerequisite: Drama Therapy I (Spring)

DTH 3645: Anatomy and Kineseology (3 cr.)
A concentrated study of the role of human anatomy in dance performance and everyday life, and an anatomical exploration of the structure and function of the muscular-skeletal system. The course will include lectures in anatomy by faculty of the Biology Department. Offered every other spring. (Spring '06)

DTH 4002 Acting II: Scene Study (2 cr.)
This course explores various methods of scene study, traditional and experimental, with emphasis on Stanislavski technique. Students will work on script analysis, physicalization, concentration, personalization, actions and objectives, and use of the senses. Prerequisite: Acting I. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 4003: Playing Shakespeare (3cr.)
This advanced level course will provide tools and techniques to approach Shakespeare's plays and poems, to explore historical and cultural contexts, and to appreciate thematic, dramatic and critical concerns. The course will be built around a "laboratory" in which the ideas discussed in the classroom, will guide physical and vocal explorations of Shakespearean texts. Students will practice analysis of text, grammar and meaning, sound and breath, verse and rhythm, and exploration of character and relationships. Students will prepare and present a series of sonnets, monologues and scenes for exploration and development. Offered in conjunction with the Spring Shakespeare production. NOTE: Acceptance into this class does not mean automatic participation in the Spring Shakespeare production. By audition only. (Fall)

DTH 4004: Acting for the Camera (2 cr.)
This course explores further the craft of acting as it applies to film and television. Students will examine various methods and techniques that screen actors use in developing their roles. Exemplary films and selected scenes will be screened inside and outside of the class for written and oral critique. Students will act in scenes and exercises, which will be videotaped in class for analysis. Differences and similarities between stage and screen acting will be explored. The course does not address the history of film or the craft of filmmaking. Rather, it is designed for those students interested in deepening their acting skills and developing a critical eye. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 4005: Acting for the Camera II (2 cr.)
A further exploration of the skills, techniques and critical investigation begun in Acting for Camera I. Prerequisite: Acting for Camera I. (Spring '06)

DTH 4010: Voice and Speech I (2 cr.)
In this course students will investigate and strengthen basic vocal elements: breath, voice production and placement, diction, rhythm and resonance. Emphasis will be on freeing and developing the natural voice. Students will work with a variety of texts including Shakespeare. Prerequisite: Creative Process (Fall)

DTH 4012: Voice and Speech II (2 cr.)
Continuation and expansion of DTH 4010 Voice for Theatre, with particular emphasis on addressing individual vocal strengths and weaknesses. Prerequisite: Voice and Speech Theatre I. (Spring)

DTH 4101: Modern Dance Technique I* (2 cr.)
This course provides basic training in dance technique, emphasizing body alignment and elementary skills to improve awareness of the body as a performing instrument. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 4102: Modern Dance Technique II* (2 cr.)
This course provides continued training in modern dance technique in a style based upon use of weight and breath, rhythm and space. Prerequisite: Modern Dance Technique I or permission of the Instructor. 2 cr. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 4103: Modern Dance Technique III* (2 cr.)
This course is for intermediate and advanced dancers and stresses technical expertise, extended dance combinations and increased performance skills. Prerequisite: Modern Dance Technique II or permission of the Instructor. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 4104: Ballet I* (2 cr.)
Fundamentals of ballet technique for beginners. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 4105: Ballet II* (2 cr.)
Intermediate ballet technique. Prerequisite: Ballet I or permission of the Instructor. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 4106: Afro-Caribbean Dance I* (2 cr.)
An exploration of African and Afro-Caribbean dance styles, techniques and cultural influences. (Spring)

DTH 4107: Jazz I* (2 cr.)
An introductory level technique class that explores the roots and styles of Jazz Dance.

DTH 4108: Tap I* (2 cr.)
An introduction to the techniques and style of Tap Dance. Offered every other spring. (Spring)

DTH 4109: Flamenco I* (2 cr.)
An exploration of Flamenco dance techniques, including historical and cultural influences. (Spring)

DTH 4110: Choreographic Improvisation* (2 cr.)Prerequisite: Creative Process or Modern Dance Technique I or Acting I. Offered every other Fall. (Fall)

DTH 4112: Yoga* (1 cr.)
Systematic integrative study of the philosophy and practice for this ancient technique of body-mind education. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 4113: Afro-Caribbean Dance II* (2 cr.)
An expansion of the exploration of African and Afro-Caribbean dance styles, techniques and cultural influences.Prerequisite: Afro-Caribbean I or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

DTH 4114: Contact Improvisation* (2 cr.)
In this class, students will learn the fundamental principles of this dance form. They will be taught the art of falling, rolling, and tumbling so that they become acquainted with being able to move off the center of balance without contracting in the body. The students can then begin to work with others to explore a shared center of balance between two or more bodies. Students will be encouraged to explore the connection between expression and movement. Prerequisite: Creative Process (Spring)

DTH 4116: Ballet III* (2 cr.)An advanced level course in classical ballet stressing musicality, artistry and expression with barre, center exercises and work en pointe. Prerequisite: By audition or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

DTH 4117: Jazz II* (2 cr.)An intermediate/advanced level technique class that explores the roots and styles of Jazz Dance. Prerequisite: By audition or permission of the instructor.

DTH 4118: Tap II* (2 cr.)
An extension of the techniques and styles learned in Tap I. Prerequisite: By audition or permission of the instructor. Offered every other spring.

DTH 4119: Flamenco II* (2 cr.)
Focus will be on 12-count rhythm (Bulerias, Soleares por Bulerias), advanced heelwork technique and modern flamenco choreography. Prerequisite: Flamenco I or permission of instructor. (Spring 09)

DTH 4120: Composition* (3 cr.)
In this course students will work with both traditional and experimental forms in dance composition. The course will explore spatial design, text, props, music and rhythm, gesture, theme and variations, narrative and more. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Creative Process and Modern Dance Technique I or II. (Spring)

DTH 4121: Dance for Musical Theatre* 
This studio course will introduce students to a variety of choreographic styles and techniques from exemplary works of the American musical stage including: jazz, tap, ballroom, ballet, and others. In addition to learning the choreography, students will be required to sing and act specific roles within the context of the musical numbers to which they are assigned. Students will also be required to produce written research on the plays. The class will culminate in a final in-class showing for faculty and invited guests. Prerequisite: Creative Process and Modern Dance Technique I. (Fall)

DTH 4122: Hip-hop I* (2 cr.)
This course is an introduction to Hip-hop, the dance style and Hip-hop, the cultural phenomenon. Students will be encouraged to use their bodies in ways that involve many different stylistic techniques. Since Hip-hop is such a broad genre, the style is not strictly structured and allows students to interpret the moves in varied ways. Hip-hop is fast-paced, high energy, playful and will allow students to emphasize their creative movement talents.

DTH 4123: Hip-hop II* (2 cr.)
Advanced exploration of contemporary Hip-Hop techniques. Prerequisite: By audition or permission of the instructor.

DTH 4128: Tap III* (2 cr.)
Advanced exploration of style and development of routines. Prerequisite: By audition or permission of the instructor. Offered every other spring.

DTH 4400 Performance Project/Theatre (2 cr.)
Rehearsal and preparation of a Shakespeare play for public performance with a faculty member or guest director. See DTH 4003. By audition. (Spring)

DTH 4440/ MUA 4440: Performance Project/Musical Theatre* (2 credits each term.)
The Departments of Dance & Theatre and Music offer this workshop on the process and craft of theatre with music. The workshop will stress training in physical movement and choreography, vocal production and dramatic presentation. Though not focused on the production of full-length musicals and operas, the workshop culminates in a public performance of works developed throughout the semester. Prerequisite: DTH, MUA 4442 Music Theatre Lab or permission of the Instructor. (Fall, Spring)

DTH 4410: Performance Project/Dance* (2 cr.)
Rehearsal and preparation of a dance piece for public performance with a guest choreographer. By audition. (Fall) (Spring)

DTH 4420: Choreographers' Workshop* (2 cr.)
Individual choreographic projects will be developed by students who have a special interest in and have had some prior experience in composition. Regular showings and feedback from faculty and classmates will provide process-oriented support for each project. Works that are ready will be presented in Departmental Dance Concerts or be given an in-progress showing. Prerequisite: Modern Dance Technique I or Improvisation or Composition or demonstrated choreographic experience. (Fall, Spring)

DTH 4497: Internship (2-3 cr.) *
Internships are encouraged and available through the Office of Career Services with approval of DTH for 2 or 3 credits depending on hours of service and academic component. (Fall) (Spring)