Courses

  • CFA TH 280: Costume Production 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 279; A continuation of CFA TH 279. An in depth study of pattern making for the female silhouette. Draping and flat patterning techniques are augmented with historical research in pattern development. The student develops a thorough understanding of the form and function of each element of the female costume. 3.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 281: Intro to Textiles 1
    Prereq: Advisor Recommendation or Instructor Consent; The course will cover identification and use of a variety of different fabrics including theatrical goods. It will include a brief history of textiles in conjunction with a focused overview of patterns, colors and fibers that developed and were used over a period of time as a result of growth within the industry. Scheduled trips to the Textile Museum in Lowell and the Museum of Fine Arts will support and enhance the student's experience with the subject. 1.0 credit. Fall semester. Every other odd numbered AY.
  • CFA TH 282: Intro to Textiles 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 281; A continuation of CFA TH 281. The course will cover identification and use of a variety of different fabrics including theatrical goods. It will include a brief history of textiles in conjunction with a focused overview of patterns, colors and fibers that developed and were used over a period of time as a result of growth within the industry. Scheduled trips to the Textile Museum in Lowell and the Museum of Fine Arts will support and enhance the student's experience with the subject. 1.0 credit. Spring semester. Every other odd numbered AY.
  • CFA TH 283: Lighting Design 1
    Prereq: CFA TH 162 & CFA TH 186, or consent of instructor; Introduction to the art and craft of lighting design for the stage. Explores the lighting design process, how to develop lighting ideas, concepts, and visual images from a text, and how to support those ideas to the point of realization. Required Labs will supplement class work with hands-on activities. 3.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 284: Lighting Design 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 283; A continuation of CFA TH 283. Introduction to the art and craft of lighting design for the stage. Explores the lighting design process, how to develop lighting ideas, concepts, and visual images from a text, and how to support those ideas to the point of realization. Required Labs will supplement class work with hands-on activities. 3.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 287: Sound Design 1
    Prereq: CFA TH 162 & CFA TH 190, or consent of instructor; An overview of theatrical sound design, focusing on the process of creating a design. The emphasis is on sound cue creation, establishing mood, emotion and environment with sound, and critical listening. Covers the basics of the tools and technology used to implement a professional sound design. 3.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 288: Sound Design 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 287; A continuation of CFA TH 287; An overview of theatrical sound design, focusing on the process of creating a design. The emphasis is on sound cue creation, establishing mood, emotion and environment with sound, and critical listening. Covers the basics of the tools and technology used to implement a professional sound design. 3.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 289: Production Audio 1
    Prereq: CFA TH 162 & CFA TH 190, or consent of instructor; Audio systems, video systems and intercom systems will be examined from input to output in terms of signal flow and interconnection practices and how they are used. 3.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 290: Production Audio 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 289; A continuation of CFA TH 289. Audio systems, video systems and intercom systems will be examined from input to output in terms of signal flow and interconnection practices and how they are used. 3.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 293: Stage Management Skills Lab
    Prereq: CFA TH 194 or consent of instructor; Addresses common forms of stage management paperwork, computer skills, problem solving, union rules, familiarity with various theaters and forms of theater and beginnings of team management. 0.5 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 297: Production
    Prereq: CFA TH 198; Each semester that a sophomore Design & Production BFA candidate is in residence at SOT, he/she is required to enroll in an appropriate section of Production. Meets late afternoons, evenings and/or weekends. Specific design and shop work in the mounting of student or professional productions. Does not include off-crew design work. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 298: Production
    Prereq: CFA TH 297; Each semester that a sophomore Design & Production BFA candidate is in residence at SOT, he/she is required to enroll in an appropriate section of Production. Meets late afternoons, evenings and/or weekends. Specific design and shop work in the mounting of student or professional productions. Does not include off-crew design work. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 301: The Thinking Theatre
    To reconcile the ancient dispute between poetry and philosophy is an ambitious charge. Socrates brings up signs of "this old opposition" in book 10 of Plato's Republic, so even for Plato the dispute was seemingly long-standing. Throughout their turbulent histories, theater and philosophy have been variously entangled with each other, forming strategic alliances, enmities, and enduring bonds. This course will examine the dynamics underlying this entanglement by asking how philosophy uses the resources of theater (such as the dialogue form) and how the theatre can become a venue to stage ideas. We will examine how theater and philosophy converge through a cast of philosophical characters who force us to consider not only the drama of ideas, but the performance of ideas as well. Questions to be considered include: For the theatre, how are we able to perform ideas? For philosophy, what is the impact of material bodies on stage trying to enact philosophical concepts? 4 cr. Tuition: $TBD/credit
  • CFA TH 303: Playwriting 1
    Prereq: CFA TH 203, CFA TH 204, CFA TH 227, CFA TH 228 or consent of instructor; Run like an intensive development workshop, this class offers students an introduction to the practice of playwriting through the exploration of dramatic texts and writing exercises. Students will develop writing processes conducive to accessing an authentic voice, rendering interesting characters, and building character relationships. Students should also develop a refined awareness of their artistic power to shape and control a theatrical reality. Students interested in developing original plays for thesis productions are encouraged to register. 3.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 311: Voice & Speech 3: Classical Voice
    Prereq: CFA TH 212; An exploration of a variety of approaches to Shakespeare's text, with an attempt to unify form and content. Developing and strengthening the voice and exploring the anatomy of language. Vowels and consonants, words and images, phrasing, and the intelligent orchestration of these components into overall meaning. The figures of speech, iamic pentameter, rhythm, line endings, verse and prose. 2.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 312: Voice & Speech - LAMBDA
    Students will develop an understanding of vocal anatomy and physiology (with particular reference to the organs of speech), an understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet and Cardinal Vowels, as well as analysis of their own accents. In addition, students will develop knowledge and practice of Stage Standard English (Received Pronunciation), release of unhelpful vocal tension, develop an understanding of clear articulation, and the ability to phonetically transcribe nonsense words. 3.0 credits. Spring semester. Course offered through the London Academy of Dramatic Arts.
  • CFA TH 314: Voice & Performance – AREZZO
    This course is designed for the student who is engaged in the specific demands of physical theatre and masked performance. The student actor will be led through a carefully guided but very thorough vocal and physical warm-up, right up to performance. A series of rigorous exercises and improvisations will stimulate the students' integration of voice, body and imagination and will extend the boundaries of vocal potential to explore the monstrous, the grotesque and the ridiculous. Students will develop greater range, flexibility, sustaining power and emotional presence through concentrating on the sung sound and systematically challenging their boundaries in terms of pitch and quality. 3.0 credits. Spring semester. Course offered through the Accademia dell'Arte.
  • CFA TH 315: Musical Theatre Performance Lab 1
    Prereq: CFA TH 215, CFA TH 216 or consent of instructor; Musical Theatre Performance Lab is an advanced performing and coaching class to which singers will bring songs from Musical Theatre for performance, further developing and investigating the ideas of Singing for Actors 1 & 2. Coaching will include attention to the combination of vocal and acting skills, text, and style. Focus is on the singer-actor as a song interpreter who may actively experience being fully connected to a song with mind, body, and emotion. 1.0 credit. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 316: Musical Theatre Performance Lab 2
    Prereq: CFA TH 215, CFA TH 216 or consent of instructor; Musical Theatre Performance Lab is an advanced performing and coaching class to which singers will bring songs from Musical Theatre for performance, further developing and investigating the ideas of Singing for Actors 1 & 2. Coaching will include attention to the combination of vocal and acting skills, text, and style. Focus is on the singer-actor as a song interpreter who may actively experience being fully connected to a song with mind, body, and emotion. 1.0 credit. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 320: Advanced Acting & Performance
    Prereq: CFA TH 220 or instructor permission; This course is designed to offer a more advanced and rigorous training sequence for students who have completed both "Acting & Performance 1" and "Acting & Performance 2." The course will include improvisation and scene study to enhance the student's experience of character, onstage relationship, place and event. Scenes from selected plays will provide the material for application of acting rehearsal technique. 4.0 credits.