Courses

  • CFA TH 227: Theatre Ensemble 2: Autobiography
    Prereq: CFA TH 128; This course is designed to develop the student's ability to write, direct and act in autobiographically based theatre pieces. Students will develop autobiographical work through a series of in-class and assigned writing explorations. In addition, students will be exposed to a variety of readings and performances by autobiographical artists. A final ensemble driven, organized, and executed performance will result. 3.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 228: Theatre Ensemble 2: Adaptation
    Prereq: CFA TH 128; This course is an experiential introduction to adaptation. Through class readings, assignments, and theatrical excursions, students will begin to understand the nuts and bolts of translating work from one medium to another. 3.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 230: Movement for Theatre 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 130 or consent of instructor; Emphasis will be placed on partnering and ensemble activities in the continued exploration of the actor's use of body and physicality in storytelling. The first ¼ of the semester is devoted to individual skills (especially juggling) with additional time devoted to fitness of the performer's instrument. Partnering and ensemble activities will be introduced early in the curriculum with multiple projects throughout the semester highlighting different challenges in creating group performances. 3.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 231: Movement 2: Awareness of Self into Physical Transformation
    Prereq: CFA TH 132; Deepening awareness of self and exploring techniques for physical transformations through body centers, Laban, Chakras, Breath Rhythms, animal imagery, and neutral mask work. 2.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 232: Movement 2: Unarmed Combat
    Prereq: CFA TH 231 or consent of instructor; Unarmed stage combat. Learning slaps, punches, throws, lifts, falls and found weapons, and the application of fight choreography in scene work. 3.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 237: Alexander Technique 2: Primary Control
    Prereq: CFA TH 138; Developing a deeper understanding of Alexander's primary control, related to the vocal mechanism, the respiratory system, and fear responses, both in self and character. Concepts of wholeness and evolutionary design are presented. 1.0 credit. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 238: Alexander Technique 2: Environmental Response
    Prereq: CFA TH 237 or instructor's permission. Work is explored more in developing characters as they move, speak, breathe and respond to the environment. Continue to embody the Alexander principles and learn Alexander procedures. 1.0 credit. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 239: Aesthetic and Philosophy of Dance
    Designed to increase students' knowledge of the theory and practice of dance criticism. Organized as a seminar, we will read and discuss articles by theorists and critics in preparation for articulating reasoned assessments verbally and in writing. There are five assigned theatre and dance performances to attend. Lectures by faculty and visiting artists introduce each performance/exhibition experience and lead to thoughtful critical responses. Prior knowledge or some form of dance helpful but not essential. (Also listed as PDP DA 239)
  • CFA TH 240: Beginning Directing
    A consideration and introduction of the basic tasks of play direction from script selection through opening night, emphasizing script analysis and interpretation and their projection into staging as well as the process of working with a creative design team and an ensemble cast. 2 credits.
  • CFA TH 247: Stagecraft 3: Advanced Production
    Prereq: CFA TH 147 & CFA TH 148; For BFA majors ONLY. Meets late afternoons, evenings, and/or weekends. Specific production assignments as Run Crew, Wardrobe, Front of House, Board Operator or other duties as necessary in the mounting of student or professional productions. 1 credit. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 248: Rehearsal & Performance 1
    Rehearsal/Performance & Production assignment work for participation in the School of Theatre Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 productions. Faculty assignment is based on faculty advising on a given production, all students should first register for the "X1-Staff" section at 1.0 credit per quarter of casting. After the student has been cast, they will be re-sectioned to the appropriate faculty advisor in charge of grading for that project. Course for SOT population only. Variable credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 250: Summer Theatre Institute 2.0
    Prereq: CFA TH 150; The Boston University Summer Theatre Institute 2.0 program is an advanced continuation of the immersive five-week program focused on theatre-making for serious and highly-motivated high school students. For students looking to repeat the summer immersion, the 2.0 program offers a further developed progression of studio training, skill building, and practical application. The program is offered to both advanced high school students as well as those already in the first year of an undergraduate experience. 4.0 credits. Summer Term 2.
  • CFA TH 255: History of Costume 1
    Prereq: None; An intensive survey covering the history of significant cultural expression in dress of Western Civilization. Work involves research projects with emphasis on color, materials, manufacture and application toward a definition of styles. 2.0 credits. Fall semester. Offered in even numbered AY only.
  • CFA TH 256: History of Costume 2
    Prereq: None; An intensive survey covering the history of significant cultural expression in dress of Western Civilization. Work involves research projects with emphasis on color, materials, manufacture and application toward a definition of styles. 2.0 credits. Spring semester. Offered in even numbered AY only.
  • CFA TH 259: AutoCad 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 160 or CFA TH 163 or consent of instructor; A continuation of AutoCAd 1 as a more advanced, in-depth study of AutoCad. Goals will be based on improving the speed of drawing production and learning new tools ot help fit the specific needs of the student's area of focus. 1.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 261: Vectorworks 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 162 or consent of instructor; Advanced work in Vectorworks CAD; specific rendering techniques for the individual area of lighting and the light plot. 1.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 262: Vectorworks 3
    Prereq: CFA TH 261; Advanced work in Vectorworks CAD; specific rendering techniques for the individual area of lighting and the light plot. 1.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 263: Scene Design 1
    Prereq: None; Fundamentals of set design theory; basic mechanical and conceptual solutions for the proscenium theatre; development of presentational and research skills. Readings and projects incorporate all theatre genres, ballet, dance, opera, television, and film. 3.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 264: Scene Design 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 263 or consent of instructor; Continuation of set design theory; basic mechanical and conceptual solutions for the proscenium theatre; development of presentational and research skills. Readings and projects incorporate all theatre genres, ballet, dance, opera, television, and film. 3.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 265: Scene Painting 1
    Prereq: Instructor Consent; Studio class. Exposure to materials and tools used in theatrical scene painting. Exercises in general lay-in texture techniques and beginning work in nature studies. 2.0 credits. Fall semester.