School of Theatre

  • CFA TH 099: Matinee
    Each semester that a BFA candidate is in residence at SOT, they are required to enroll in an appropriate section of Matinee. This is a non-credit course that encompasses a variety of components such as matinee productions, guest artist visits, alumni visits, master classes, make-up classes, and other special events. Completion of a Process Paper at the end of each semester is required. 0.0 credits. Fall & Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 101: Introduction to Aesthetics and Dramatic Literature
    An intensive examination of scripts from diverse periods and genres. Emphasis is placed on the development of the analytical and interpretive skills necessary for the creation of insightful theatre. Course is required for BFA Freshmen Core (Performance/Design & Production) as well as Theatre Minors. 3.0 credits. Fall semester. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Critical Thinking
  • CFA TH 102: Dramatic Literature 1: Greeks to the late 19th c
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    A survey of the development of theatre, its plays, trends, and technologies, from the Greeks to the late nineteenth century. Emphasis is on the total theatrical event, what the performance might have been, and how it might have related to its audience. 3.0 credits. Spring semester only. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Writing-Intensive Course.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CFA TH 110: Speech Communications
    This course will apply theatre techniques to speaking in public in order to free the speaker's use of: relaxation, presence, focus, breath, articulation, projection, silence, stillness, and gesture. Students will learn how to connect with an audience, clearly communicate ideas, and tell a story with confidence. Preparation of readings in prose and poetry. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA TH 111: Voice & Speech 1: The Human Instrument
    A thorough exploration of the voice in context of human communication. This course provides a provides a progression of exercises to free, develop and strengthen the voice, first as a human instrument, then as the actor's instrument. How the voice works, why it doesn't, self- observation, relaxation vs. tension, physical awareness, breath, sound, freeing the channel, releasing the voice from the body, self-expression, interpersonal communication, and autobiographical storytelling. Required for Freshmen BFA Performance Core. 2.0 credits. Fall semester. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CFA TH 112: Voice & Speech 1: Emotional Awareness
    Prereq: CFA TH 111 or consent of instructor; Having begun to free the voice and connect it with one's own words and experience, poetic texts will now be used that make a demand on the range, power, and vitality of the voice and the truthful communication of self will be the touchstone for the truthfulness which the actor can communicate someone other than him or herself. Continuing to free and strengthen the voice and introducing the development of the resonators, breath, power, range, and articulation. Required for Freshmen BFA Performance Core. 2.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 120: Acting & Performance 1
    Acting is behaving believably in imaginary circumstances. This course will explore techniques to hone the imagination through improvisations, play, and imagination. Students will learn to clarify dramatic action, understand given circumstances, and notice sensory perceptions through physical, vocal, and emotional exercises. Students will work with monologues and scenes to develop believable actions in performance. The core to learning acting is generosity, simplicity, specificity, and focus. Specific approach may vary by instructor, consult course syllabus for most detailed breakdown of class mission. 4.0 credits. Fall & Spring semesters.
  • CFA TH 121: Acting 1: Personal Approach to Acting
    Explores individuality through relaxation, imagination and improvisation. Builds pathways to physical and emotional awareness, and clarity of thought. Develops an awareness of inner impulses and how to make them the basis for spontaneous interaction with others. Reading and journal of dreams will lead to the culmination of end-of-semester projects under faculty supervision. Required for Freshmen BFA Performance Core. 2.0 credits. Fall semester. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Creativity/Innovation.
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CFA TH 122: Acting 1: Intro to Scene Study
    Prereq: CFA TH 121 or consent of instructor; The mission of this class is to focus the students on acting printed script through organic inter-relation of self and environment (character building and sensory work to establish place). We will explore release of individuality through improvisational exercises in relaxation and physical freedom. Observation, research, justification of action, objectives, talking, and listening are introduced as tools for understanding, then rehearsing texts for presentation. Required for Freshmen BFA Performance Core. 3.0 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 125: Acting for Singers
    Acting for Singers
  • CFA TH 128: Theatre Ensemble 1: Introduction to Theatre Making
    This course is an ensemble exploration of the making of theatre inspired by the complexities of the world around us. Through in-class exercises, reading assignments, discussion, and assigned creative writing projects, students will strive to interact with the world in new and creative ways these works and musings will be the catalyst for creating a final performance collage of work. The final performance will be conceived, written, directed, designed, and performed by the class. Course is required for BFA Freshmen Core (Performance/Design & Production). 2.0 credits. Spring semester. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CFA TH 130: Movement for Theater 1
    Physical conditioning, improvisations, some dance techniques and styles, concepts of effort/shape, interrelation of body and voice. Open to BU Community. 4.0 credits. Fall only.
  • CFA TH 131: Movement 1: Introduction to Movement for Theatre
    Developing and appreciating an expressive body. The first semester emphasizes connecting to imagery and impulses, risk-taking, centering, alignment, stretching, and strengthening exercises, and taking care of one's body, with an introduction to Viewpoints, a 3-Part Warm-up, and anatomy. Required for Freshmen BFA Performance Core. 2.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 132: Movement 1: The Speaking Body - Freeing and Developing the Expressive Human Instrument
    An immersive practicum experience that will allow each practitioner to engage and explore the essential and artistic potential of the physical body. Building on the release of habitual patterns from CFA TH131, and fusing elements from an amalgamation of movement practices and techniques, the experience emphasizes imagery application, impulses, risk taking, stamina, release and suppleness, centering and multi-dimensionality. The actor-artist body is learning it's human instrument of expression in a stimulating environment of engagement through identity with the language of movement. Effective Spring 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Creativity/Innovation.
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CFA TH 138: Alexander Technique 1: An Introduction
    Explore in depth the principles of F.M. Alexander's work, including direction, non-doing and faculty sensory perception. Begin to look at habitual patterns. Introduction to how the body is designed to function for maximum flexibility and ease. Required for Freshmen BFA Performance Core. 1.0 credit. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 139: 20th Century Dance History
    An introduction to the people, events and masterworks that shaped the development of dance in the twentieth century. Course includes lectures, viewing videos and films, select readings and discussions. Course does not presuppose a technical knowledge of dance. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
  • CFA TH 140: Collaborative Theatre Ensemble
    This course aims to explore theatrical storytelling. Students will work as a collaborative ensemble as actors, designers, directors, and musicians to create original short works of theater. Specific approach may vary by instructor, consult course syllabus for most detailed breakdown of class mission. 4.0 credits. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 147: Stagecraft 1: Introduction to Theatre Practice
    Meets late afternoons, evenings, and/or weekends. Basic training in theatre technology, including scenery, costumes, properties, lighting, and sound. Discussion of basic terminology, shop organization, job descriptions, maintenance procedures, and safety. 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. Required for Freshmen BFA Performance Core. 1.0 credit. Fall semester.
  • CFA TH 148: Stagecraft 2: Production Assignment
    Prereq: CFA TH 147 or consent of instructor; Open to 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. Required for Freshmen BFA Performance Core. 1.0 credit. Spring semester.
  • CFA TH 149: Stagecraft for Theatre Minors
    Open to Theatre Minors 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. 1.0 credit. Fall & Spring semesters.