Course Descriptions

THEA 1313 – Introduction to Theatre Arts – 3 credit hours

Study of methods of play-making from page to stage, with emphasis on the director, actor, designer, and playwright. The history of selected periods of drama is explored to develop a critical appreciation for live performance.


THEA 1323 – Fundamentals of Acting – 3 credit hours

An introduction to the theory and practice of acting. Students explore interacting and reacting in improvisation with special consideration given to concentration, motivation, and relaxation. The course will also include a beginning look at vocal production and text analysis and will conclude with performance of scenes and/or monologues.


THEA 1343 – Fundamentals of Theatre Production – 3 credit hours

An introduction to the theory and practice of theater production.  Students will be asked to explore theatrical production through lighting, sound, set construction, and design concepts.


THEA 2101 – Performance Studies – 1 hours

Specific study in acting and performance studies utilizing a play which will be performed as part of the LWC Theatre mainstage season.  Students will be able to repeat the course up to eight times.


THEA 2323 – Acting II – 3 credit hours

An advanced acting course to develop the actor’s ability to create a character. Performance of one-acts or extended scenes will offer challenges in interpretation and vocal and physical embodiment. Audition preparation will be stressed. Prerequisite: THEA 1323 or instructor’s permission.


THEA 2413 – Children’s Theatre – 3 credit hours

This course will explore various aspects of children’s theater, and students will put on a play that will be performed for area schools. May be repeated once for credit.


THEA 2433 – Directing I – 3 credit hours

The course will explore the basic elements of directing, including play analysis, techniques for working with actors, and play production. Emphasis will be on exercises to develop skills in creating stage pictures, movement, design, pacing, casting, and holding auditions. The course will culminate in the development of a Director’s Prompt Book. Prerequisite: THEA 1313 or instructor’s permission.


THEA 2513 – Voice & Movement – 3 credit hours

Introduces students to various techniques and skills to develop body and vocal awareness, physical expressiveness, and vocal production.


THEA 3081 – Advanced Topics in Theatre Production – 1 credit hour

This course will coordinate with the TheatreFest! (the summer theater offering at Lindsey Wilson College). Students will work in every aspect of theater production: performance, set construction, props, costumes, marketing, public relations, etc. Students will also choose a project (a dramaturgical response to one of the plays of TheatreFest!, a marketing plan, a stage manager’s prompt book, character analysis, etc.) and present an oral report at the conclusion of the course. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission.


THEA 3323 – Acting III – 3 credit hours

Advanced-level course in acting. Students will develop skills in various styles and genres of theater. Performance of extended scenes from classical plays will give students an opportunity to work with poise, tempo, and vocal variation. Resume preparation will be stressed. Prerequisite: THEA 2323.


THEA 3333 – Playwriting – 3 credit hours

A practical course in writing a one-act play. The students will develop a script from an idea or scenario through various rewrites, concluding with a final version to be given a Reader’s Theater style reading.


THEA 3423 – Dramatic Literature Survey – 3 credit hours

A survey of dramatic literature from ancient Greece to the present. Selected plays will be studied in their historical and cultural contexts with attention to performance history. Prerequisite: THEA 1313.


THEA 3433 – Directing II – 3 credit hours

Advanced elements of directing with emphasis on various spatial arrangements, directing period styles, developing effective rehearsal techniques, and collaboration. This course will culminate in the student directing a one-act play. Prerequisite: THEA 2433.  


THEA 3613 – A Cry of Players – 3 credit hours

An intensive acting course aimed at producing a piece of theater. Students will work together on a production directed by the instructor. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Audition and instructor’s permission.


THEA 3623 – Theatre History – 3 credit hours

A survey of theater history from theater’s origins to present-day contemporary theater. This course pays specific attention to major movements, trends, and events within the history of theater.  


THEA 3800 – Special Topics in Theatre – 1-3 credit hours

An in-depth study of a particular topic in theater. Possible subjects include Shakespeare, theatrical make-up, Asian theater forms, stage combat, mask-work, dialects, etc.

THEA 4003 – Life in the Theatre – 3 credit hours

Prepares students to seek work in the theater industry. Among the topics covered are resumes, portfolios, the audition process, the interview process, choosing monologues, cold readings, headshots, building a network, seeking auditions, Actor’s Equity, EMC, graduate school, etc. Prerequisites: THEA 1313 and senior standing in the theatre major or theatre minor.


THEA 4903 – Senior Seminar – 3 credit hours

Capstone course in theater for intensive and independent study (with faculty supervision) of a major area of theater, such as playwriting, acting, directing, designing, or dramaturgy, culminating in a public performance as appropriate to the subject. Prerequisite: Senior standing.