Theatre Courses

Not all courses will necessarily be offered every term. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term. For degree-specific course listings click here.

Gened Theatre Courses (Fall 2017)

101 Introduction to Theatre: Premodern Theatre (Understanding the Creative Arts/ Understanding the Past)
Previously listed as THTR 109. Offers an introduction to the history and development of theatre and theatrical literature from the 5th Century BCE (Ancient Greece) to the modern era, with a particular focus on Western theatre traditions. Play attendance required.

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101 Introduction to Theatre: Premodern Theatre (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 109. Offers an introduction to the history and development of theatre and theatrical literature from the 5th Century BCE (Ancient Greece) to the modern era, with a particular focus on Western theatre traditions. Play attendance required. Creative Arts, and Past course.

105 Introduction to American Musical Theatre (3 Hours)
A brief history of American musical theatre, its adaptation and alteration of earlier types of theatre, the basic structure of a classic musical, and how song and dance advance storytelling. Course Information: Field trips required at a nominal fee. As UIC does not offer musical theatre productions, the course will require attendance at productions outside the University. At least two are anticipated, one to see/assess a traditional musical comedy and a second to see a new or contemporary example of musical theatre. Creative Arts course, and US Society course.

111 Movement I: Body/ Self (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 210. Techniques in physical awareness and expression. Use of Dynamics in movement and text. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in THTR 121.

121 Introduction to Acting (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 161. Basic vocal and physical stage performance techniques including the role of character in relation to the intellectual and emotional landscape of a play.

122 Acting II: Adaptations (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 263. Techniques of adapting and interpreting text from fiction, short stories and novels into short dramatic scenes which the students write and act in. Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in THTR 121 and Grade of B or better in THTR 111; and sophomore standing or above.

141 Acting I: Fundamentals (3 Hours)
Students will be guided through a series of exercises that introduce the fundamentals of acting. Through observation, improvisation, and performances, students will learn to live truthfully in imaginary circumstances.

145 Acting Fundamentals for Non-majors (3 Hours)
Students are guided through a series of exercises that introduce the fundamentals of acting. Through observation, improvisation, and performances, students will learn to live truthfully in imaginary circumstances in exercises and scenes from plays.

150 Technical Theatre (3 Hours)
Basic techniques of play production. Survey of methods and materials of set construction, painting, stage lighting, backstage organization. Practical work with University Theatre.

151 Fundamentals in Costume Construction (3 Hours)
Fundamentals of costume construction from conception to realization, through the use of sewing machines, pattern making, and historical research with practical projects. 

155 Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design (4 Hours)
Scenography is making imagined spaces for theatrical performance. Students learn fundamentals of scenography including theatrical design history, theory, terminology, theatrical styles, script analysis, design research, color theory, and drawing. Course Information: Field trip required at a nominal fee. Creative Arts course. 

159 ISA: Digital Literacy in the Arts (3 Hours)
Course description TBA

162 Voice I: Voice (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 260. Fundamentals of vocal production, their physical and emotional characteristics and their relationship to body, space, action and emotion.

182 Practicum in Theatre: Run Crew (hours vary)
Students will receive hands-on experience in the area of technical theatre by working as run crew in the areas of set, fly, props, lights or costumes for a main stage production. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 3 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term.

183 Practicum in Theatre: Build Crew (hours vary)
Students will receive hands-on experience in the area of technical theater by working as build crew in the areas of set, fly, props, or costumes for a main stage production. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 3 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture, one Laboratory, and one Practice.

201 Introduction to Theatre II: Modern Theatre (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 209. Theatre theories and techniques developed between 1870 and the present, notably those of Ibsen, Appia, Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Brecht, Artaud, and Grotowski. Prerequisite(s): THTR 101 and consent of the instructor. Creative Arts course.

211 Movement II: Body/Space (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 310. Advanced techniques in the physicalization of performance. Focus on relationship of body to space, time, and partner, kinesthetic response and physical action. Introduction to methods such as viewpoints, capoeira, a.o, and contact improvisation. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 111; and junior standing or above. Recommended background: Advanced actor training and voice training.

212 Movement III: Somatics (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 410. Techniques for the development of the "neutral body". Detailed focus on awareness through movement and somatic. The process of the individual student is emphasized. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 211.

217 Movement & Voice I (3 Hours)
Introductory course to build self-awareness of physical and vocal instrument through relaxation, dynamic alignment, concentration, free breath, full release of sound, range of motion, and spatial awareness. Will apply this awareness in performance.

219 Dance: Hubbard Street (1 or 2 Hours)
Previously listed and THTR 220. Study in specialized areas of dance (ballet, tap, jazz).

221 Advanced Acting: American Drama (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 451. Techniques of performing Classical and Modern American Drama.  Focus on character development and interpreting dramatic action. Prerequisites:  Grade of B or better in THTR 111 and Grade of B or better in THTR 162; and Grade of B or better in THTR 241 or Grade of B or better in THTR 122; and sophomore standing or above.

222 Advanced Acting: Chekhov (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 458. Techniques of performing scenes from Chekov's plays and short stories. Focus on Naturalistic theatre, psychological realism and craft of transforming into the character. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 321, or consent of the instructor.

230 Script Analysis for Theatrical Production (3 Hours)
Examine and apply fundamental techniques theatre artists use to read, analyze, and organize a play script in preparation for theatrical production. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): THTR 101 and THTR 201, or consent of the instructor.

231 Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance (3 Hours)
Explores the history, methods, ethics, and aesthetics of adapting non-dramatic texts including fiction, non-fiction, personal narratives and found texts for theatrical performance. No adaptation experience required.

240 Improvisation for the Actor (3 Hours)
Course description TBA.

241 Acting II: Scene Study (3 Hours)
Previously listed as 262. Techniques of interpreting text, character, and dramatic action. Includes attention to alternative dramatic forms and modes of performance. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 111 and Grade of B or better in THTR 162; and sophomore standing or above.

250 Scenic Design I (3 Hours)
Fundamental principles of visual perception: space, mass, balance, line, texture, shape, color, light, movement, tension and their use in creating visual environments for performance. Practical design projects required. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 150. Class schedule information: to be properly registered, students must enroll in one laboratory and one lecture-discussion.

254 Stage Management (3 Hours)
Organization and management of personnel and procedures in a theatrical production. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): THTR 121, THTR 150, and THTR 151. Recommended background: THTR 280, THTR 281, THTR 282 and THTR 283.

255 Set Design II (3 Hours)
Basic interpretive and practical techniques in creating 3-dimensional performance environments including conceptualization, drafting, rendering and model building. Students create a design solution for one of the theatre productions. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 250.

256 Lighting Design (3 Hours)
Basic interpretive and practical techniques in creating and enhancing 3-dimensional performance environments through lighting. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 150. Class schedule information: same as 250

257 Costume Design I (3 Hours)
Basic interpretive and practical techniques in designing stage costumes including conceptualization, rendering and construction techniques. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 151.

258 Costume Design II (3 Hours)
Practical research and rendering techniques in designing stage costumes for use in theatrical productions. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 257.

259 Makeup Design (3 Hours)
Principles of designing and applying makeup for stage performances including prosthetics and wigs. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 150 or grade of B or better in THTR 151.

261 Voice II: Speech (3 Hours)
The relationship between speech, sound and dramatic sense. Detailed work on the principles of speech. Advancement of breath and phonation skills from Voice I. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 111 and Grade of B or better in 162; and sophomore standing or above.

264 Voice III: Advanced voice and speech (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 462. Advanced techniques in the integration of voice, speech, dialects, and other text-related vocal performance skills. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 321 and junior standing or above.

280 Practicum in Performance (3 Hours)
Rehearsal and performance techniques, including script analysis, characterization, voice, movement, directing, or design. May be repeated to a maximum of 18 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department and completion of a successful audition.

281 Practicum in Theatre Administration (1 to 6 Hours)
Planning and execution of specific projects in administration and box office; publicity, budget, marketing, house management, and scheduling. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

282 Practicum in Costuming (1 to 6 Hours)
Practical experience in all aspects of construction and maintenance, including millinery, mask making, wig making, pattern drafting, and makeup application. May be repeated to a maximum of 15 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

283 Practicum in Technical Theatre (1 to 6 Hours)
Practical experience in various technical areas: scenery construction, set painting, stage lighting, sound, and properties construction. May be repeated to a maximum of 15 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

299 Individual Topics (1 to 6 Hours)
Individual investigation of special problems. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, a 2.50 grade point average, and consent of the instructor.

311 Movement IV: Style (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 410 or 411. Specialized techniques in style, period, and stage combat. Study of mannerisms, social attitudes, etiquette, clothing, dance, art music, economic, and political conditions influencing the wold of a play prior to the 21st century. 3 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 310 and advanced physical performance experience; consent of the instructor.

312 Movement V: Character (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 412. Specialized instruction in the subjects of comedic, clowning and mask work. Introduction to 16th and 17th-century style of Italian street theatre emphasizing stock characters, physical stunts and improvised text. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): THTR 311.

317 Movement & Voice II (3 Hours)
Introductory work on the actor's instrument's relaxation, alignment, released and supported sound, spatial dynamics, explored along with emotional access and integration of the instrument and the actor. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in THTR 217.

321 Advanced Acting: Shakespeare (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 452. Techniques of performing Greek and Shakespearean drama. Focus on Magical Realism and techniques of performing in verse. 3 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 261 and grade of B or better in THTR 241 or grade of B or better in THTR 122; and junior standing or above; consent of the instructor.

322 Advanced Acting: Brecht, Beckett, Pinter (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 467. Techniques of performing styles in the theatre of alienation and the theatre of the absurd. Focus on interpreting characters from plays by Brecht, Beckett and Pinter. 3 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite(s): THTR 421; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

332 Performance Ethnography (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 350. Students engage performance as a subject and method of study as they investigate the methods and ethics of conducting ethnographic research and creating performance in order to explore how people express, negotiate, and create identity and meaning. Course Information: Same as ANTH 350. Field work required. Recommended Background: Considerable interest in performance and/or ethnography is important, but no formal performance or ethnography training is required. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Practice.

333 Stage Direction (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 465. Exploration of conceptual planning and implementation skills for the stage director ranging from script interpretation to rehearsal and performance. Performance projects required. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 111 and THTR 250; and THTR 256 or THTR 257.

341 Acting III: Classics (3 Hours)
Students will learn the history, structures, and elements of classical theatre; explore heightened language, and apply this to performance of Greek drama, Commedia Dell'arte, and the plays of Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov or Shaw. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in THTR 141 and Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in THTR 241 and Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in THTR 230.

361 Voice IV: Text Styles (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 477. Techniques in various styles of classical and contemporary text, especially heightened language. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in THTR 162 or Grade of C or better in THTR 264.

362 Voice V: Dialects (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 478. Techniques in acting through song and performing in a dialect in musicals and/or plays. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in THTR 162 or Grade of C or better in THTR 261 or Grade of C or better in THTR 264 or Grade of C or better in THTR 361.

383 Special Projects in Theatrical Design (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 464. Twentieth-century styles: design for the contemporary stage. Problems in conceptualization, realization, and execution. 3 undergraduate hours. May be repeated up to 2 time(s). Prerequisite(s): THTR 250 or THTR 256; or THTR 257.

384 Teaching Artist Seminar (3 Hours)
Introduces students to history of arts in education, and provides hands-on training that prepares them to serve as teaching artists in elementary, high-school, and community settings. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor. Students must have satisfactorily completed at least one 200-level practice-based course in the Departments of Theatre, Music, or Art. 

385 Teaching Artist Practicum (3 Hours)
Provides students who have completed the teaching artist seminar course with an opportunity to develop expertise as teaching artists through 6-to10-week internship placements with master teachers at Chicago organizations. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): THTR 384 and consent of the instructor. 

388 Special Projects in Performance Training (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 466. Training in varying advanced techniques of performance. 3 undergraduate hours. May be repeated up to 2 time(s). Prerequisite(s): THTR 241, consent of the instructor.

403 Topics on Performance (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 463. 

413 Movement VI: Movement Lab (3 Hours)
Ensemble created physical theatre. Introduction to devised work. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): THTR 312.

421 Advanced Acting: Ensemble Project (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 459. Process and scoring of character development in a full-length twentieth-century play. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 111 and grade of B or better in THTR 162 and grade of B or better in THTR 241; and sophomore standing or above.

422 Advanced Acting: Audition (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 475. Selection and staging of audition pieces from theatre, film, and television. Professional seminars and discussions with actors, directors, agents, and casting directors. 3 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 261 and grade of B or better in THTR 321 and grade of B or better in THTR 111 or graduate standing.

431 Playwriting (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 423. The development of scripts for stage performance. Same as ENGL 495. 3 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and approval of the department and submission and approval of a playwriting sample or dialog-centered fiction prior to registration.

435 Contemporary Performance Techniques (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 470. The relationship of contemporary theory and performance techniques with attention to both text and non-text based forms. Topics vary. Performance projects required. May be repeated up to 1 time(s).​

449 Capstone: Senior Project (3 Hours)
Students in their final year will develop, perform in, direct or author a performance piece that will be presented as their capstone project in front of audience. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in THTR 141 and Grade of C or better in THTR 101 and Grade of C or better in THTR 201 and Grade of C or better in THTR 150 and Grade of C or better in THTR 151 and Grade of C or better in THTR 230; and THTR 217 and THTR 241 and THTR 317 and THTR 341 and ISA 120; and THTR 431 or THTR 333 or THTR 332 or THTR 231 or THTR 240 or THTR 435; and approval of the department.

450 Portfolio Production
Course description TBA

461 Voice VI: Voice Lab (3 Hours)
Previously listed as THTR 479. Ensemble and individual experiences in various advanced voice and speech techniques. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in THTR 162 or grade of C or better in THTR 261 or grade of C or better in THTR 264 or grade of C or better in THTR 361 or grade of C or better in THTR 362.

480 Practicum in Performance II
Course description TBA

491 Study Abroad in Theatre (0 to 16 Hours)
Study abroad within an approved foreign exchange program or department-sponsored program. May be repeated with approval. Approval to repeat course granted by the department. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department.

494 Internship (3 to 8 Hours)
Students work in an approved professional setting. Individual projects developed through conferences with a faculty member and a field supervisor. May be repeated. May be repeated for a maximum of 1-6 hours for undergraduate students. Undergraduate credit should be in multiples of 3. Only three hours may be applied toward theatre major requirements. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above and 12 hours of upper-division courses in theatre, 3.00 grade point average in those courses.

498 Independent Study (1 to 4 Hours)
Individual investigation of special problems that may be student-initiated or related to faculty research. May also be used for special University-sponsored projects, such as interdisciplinary seminars. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing and approval of the department.