Theater (TH)

TH 105  Physical/Vocal Technique  3 Credits  

A foundational course in the physical and vocal practices that teach self-awareness in order to recognize and release idiosyncratic mental, physical, emotional and vocal habits that restrict and limit the artist - in - training from self-expression. Practices in the class cultivate: integration of body and voice, connection to physical and vocal support, neutrality as a place of freedom and ease, and conditioning to build strength and confidence. Students will develop a personal warmup practice that engages voice, body, and mind to prepare for and support the demands of all of their coursework.

TH 106  Physical/Vocal Technique  3 Credits  

Building on the work of TH105, this course continues to explore and develop a physical and vocal instrument that is free, strong, resilient, dynamic and connected to the impulse for action. Continued strength building in order to embody powerful and epic characters. Body confidence, partner work and coordination are trained through tumbling and juggling techniques. An immersion into a process for physical and vocal transformation culminates in an original, student- generated monologue presentation. A detailed introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet provides a means for developing ear training, vocal specificity and dialect work.

TH 111  Acting: Improvisation/Collaboration  2 Credits  

Students explore improvisational theater techniques that challenge them to take risks and deepen individual creativity while exploring ensemble acting and collaborating skills. Students also begin the process of defining their personal sense of artistic mission.

TH 112  Acting: Improvisation & Devising  2 Credits  

While deepening the acting and collaboration skills explored Fall semester, students apply those techniques along with the Viewpoints vocabulary to the practice of devising original work. The work centers around creation of character based on ancient Lore from around the world, both through collaboration in a group piece and an individual solo performance.

TH 113  Acting Fund. for Non-Majors  2 Credits  

A beginning acting workshop incorporating an introduction to acting skills and techniques, including scene work and in-class performance projects.

TH 131  Musical Theater: Song & Dance I  2 Credits  

This course will provide an introduction to the performance skills required for participation in musical theater production. The class will focus on solo and group singing as dramatic action, and introduce the basic dance styles used in musical theater. By audition.

TH 132  Musical Theater: Song & Dance II  2 Credits  

This course will provide an introduction to the performance skills required for participation in musical theater production. The class will focus on solo and group singing as dramatic action, and introduce the basic dance styles used in musical theater. By audition.

TH 137  Introduction to Tap Dance  1 Credit  

Introduction to Tap Dance technique focusing on basic tap vocabulary and rhythm.

TH 147  Production Lab I  1.00 - 2.00 Credits  

An introduction to the practical skills needed for backstage, technical and stage management assignments on departmental productions, including the ethics of collaboration across production disciplines. Includes production assignment as run crew on at least one departmental production.

TH 162  Literature of Theater  2 Credits  

Explore a wide range of classical and modern plays, as well as important writing on acting, performance, design, and direction. Reading from the plays, exploring their dramatic structure, and discussing the relevance of each text will be the focus of class time. Note: Students should be prepared to buy anthologies plus supplemental readings.

TH 171  Text Analysis I  3 Credits  

Students delve into the structure of dramatic text in a major modern play to find clues to embody characer, action -and intention. The class explores practical methods of analysis of units of action, objectives, tactics, and given circumstances through research, writing, discussion, and rehearsals and performance of scene work. Examine the structure of dramatic text to find the clues to character and intention. Learn practical methods of analysis of units of action, objectives, tactics, and given circumstances through writing, research, discussion, and on-your-feet scene work.

TH 172  Text Analysis II  2 Credits  

Students delve into the structure of dramatic text in two plays from different genres to find clues to embody character, action and intention. The class explores practical methods of analysis of units of action, objectives, tactics, and given circumstances through research, writing, discussion, and rehearsals and performance of scene work.

TH 201  Physical Technique III  2 Credits  

The class examines the physical life of the performer. Students explore patterns, gestures, and forms through the use of mask, movement analysis, and balance techniques. The class includes a major research/performance project into animal movement and behavior as a means to develop character. The work will include the dynamics of physical neutrality, point of focus, and psycho-physical connections as they apply to acting concepts covered in TH 211–212.

TH 202  Physical Technique IV  2 Credits  

The class examines the physical life of the performer. Students explore patterns, gestures, and forms through the use of mask, movement analysis, and balance techniques. The work will include the dynamics of physical neutrality, point of focus, and psycho-physical connections as they apply to acting concepts covered in TH 211–212. The class culminates in study and presentation of the 20 Moves sequence from the work of physical theater pioneer Jacques Lecoq.

TH 211  Acting Fundamentals I  3 Credits  

This course works with the student’s instincts, passion and imagination to develop the skills needed to create truthful, dynamic characters in performance. Techniques include text analysis, improv, life studies, and vocal/ physical/ environmental exploration. In prepared scene work, students learn to 1) craft specific actions by exploring human behavior within the world of the play and 2) work with a scene partner on moment-to-moment response. The work guides students to hone observational skills, of self and others. Reflective writing is included to help students to understand their process throughout rehearsals. Some scenes will be videotaped. This class emphasizes ethical, collaborative practice. Fall semester begins with breaking down gender stereotypes through performance and culminates in a scene from classic American drama. There will also be a module on cold reading in auditions.

TH 212  Acting Fundamentals II  3 Credits  

This course works with the student’s instincts, passion and imagination to develop the skills needed to create truthful, dynamic characters in performance. Techniques include text analysis, improv, life studies, and vocal/ physical/ environmental exploration. In prepared scene work, students learn to 1) craft specific actions by exploring human behavior within the world of the play and 2) work with a scene partner on moment-to-moment response. The work guides students to hone observational skills, of self and others. Reflective writing is included to help students to understand their process throughout rehearsals. Some scenes will be videotaped. This class emphasizes ethical, collaborative practice. Spring semester lays groundwork for the junior year by practicing techniques required by heightened comic text. The final Spring scene will apply skills to contemporary American comedy/drama.

TH 218  Tap Dance II  2 Credits  

This course follows up on TH 137 Introduction to Tap Dance. In this more advanced course, students will learn and practice time steps, explore additional character steps and signature steps, and gain increased strength and confidence as tap dancers and as members of an ensemble. In addition to learning steps and choreography, students will have the opportunity to practice improvising within the form. Through selected readings and viewings, students will develop historical understanding and appreciation of the place of tap dance in the musical theater and film, in America and abroad.

Prerequisite: TH 137 or permission of instructor.

TH 219  Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy  3 Credits  

This course introduces Theater students to the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology of movement, emphasizing application to theatrical movement and musical theater dance techniques . The course emphasizes injury prevention, providing students with tools for self-care and professional longevity.

TH 221  Voice & Speech III  2 Credits  

Students earn techniques to develop relaxation, breath support, fuller resonance, dynamic release of sound, phrasing, rhythm, vocal clarity and flexibility as applied to a variety of text, with an emphasis on high-stakes texts. Strong focus is placed on the integration of mindfulness, somatics, and embodied vocal technique. Students will continue the study of phonetics in practical application to dialect.

TH 222  Voice & Speech IV  2 Credits  

Students earn techniques to develop relaxation, breath support, fuller resonance, dynamic release of sound, phrasing, rhythm, vocal clarity and flexibility as applied to a variety of text, with an emphasis on high-stakes texts. Strong focus is placed on the integration of mindfulness, somatics, and embodied vocal technique. Students will continue the study of phonetics in practical application to dialect.

TH 231  Musical Theater Theory  2 Credits  

The class will facilitate students' fundamental understanding of music theory and practical approaches to interpreting a musical score. Students learn the basics of score reading, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm, musicianship, phrasing, articulation, dynamics and basic piano proficiency and directly apply these skills through improvisation and performance opportunities.

TH 232  Musical Theater Theory/Application  2 Credits  

Musical Theater students continue to develop their knowledge of music theory and practical approaches to interpreting a dramatic musical score, including group piano, ear-training, sight-singing, rhythm and harmony.

TH 233  Private Vocal Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. Elective private singing lessons focusing on the techniques of musicianship, breathing, placement and other performance skills necessary for proficiency in the contemporary musical theater.

TH 234  Private Vocal Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. Elective private singing lessons focusing on the techniques of musicianship, breathing, placement and other performance skills necessary for proficiency in the contemporary musical theater.

TH 235  Private Vocal Instruction  3 Credits  

Elective private singing lessons focusing on the techniques of musicianship, breathing, placement and other performance skills necessary for proficiency in the contemporary musical theater.

TH 236  Private Vocal Instruction  3 Credits  

Elective private singing lessons focusing on the techniques of musicianship, breathing, placement and other performance skills necessary for proficiency in the contemporary musical theater.

TH 237  Fundamentals of Theater Dance I  2 Credits  

Students develop an embodied knowledge of forms and styles of dance from the American Musical Stage. The course covers basic ballet for proper placement and alignment, dance styles and steps from the 1920s to the 1960s, and movement styles from other cultures including Afro-Cuban, African, and East Indian, as well as the Jack Cole technique of Jazz dance. The core of the class will focus on strength, placement, and proper alignment.

TH 238  Fundamentals of Theater Dance II  2 Credits  

Students explore a wide variety of forms and styles of dance from the American Musical Stage. The movement will cover basic ballet for proper placement and alignment, dance styles and steps from the 1920s to the 1960s, and movement styles from other cultures including Afro-Cuban, African, and East Indian, as well as the Jack Cole technique of Jazz dance. The core of the class will focus on strength, placement, and proper alignment.

TH 239  Ensemble Singing and Harmony  1 Credit  

This course allows students to work on ear training, harmony, breath and pitch, ensemble storytelling and group dynamics by singing ensemble works from the musical theater canon.

TH 240  Rehearsal-Performance Project  2 Credits  

Students rehearse and perform in a production of a modern play intended to engage the skill set they have gained in the first two years at Cornish. Performers receive support and coaching from the Second Year Theater faculty as an integral part of the process.

TH 242  Ensemble Creation Project  2 Credits  

Students intrested in creating new work will devise and perform an original theater piece under the guidance of a professional director/dramaturg. Deviser-performers receive support and coaching from the Second Year Theater faculty as an integral part of the process.

TH 246  Musical Theater Project  2 Credits  

Musical Theater students rehearse and perform in a production of a one-act musical intended to engage the skill set they have gained in the first two years at Cornish. Performers receive support and coaching from the Second Year Theater faculty as an integral part of the process.

TH 247  Production Lab II  1.00 - 3.00 Credits  

Second semester of required production support. This can include stage management of departmental productions, dramaturgy or other production assignments by agreement with production team. Credits will vary depending on assignment. Students are required to take at least 3 credits of Production Lab for graduation. Additional credits can fulfill college electives.

TH 249  Sophomore Project PLACEHOLDER  2 Credits  

Placeholder section for sophomores who have yet to be placed in TH 240, TH 242 or TH 246.

TH 261  Theater History  3 Credits  

Students examine the history and theory of theater from its origins to contemporary times. Beginning with historiography (how theatre history is “done”) and the theories that affect the interpretation of what appear to be historical facts, students explore ideas about theater history in both aesthetic and cultural terms. Discussions will investigate early performance forms in Egypt, Africa, Pre-Columbian Americas, Classical Athens, Rome, Japan, India and Europe in the Middle Ages. Each semester's culminating project will be a collaborative research presentation.

TH 262  Theater History II  3 Credits  

Students examine the history and theory of theater from its origins to contemporary times. Beginning with historiography (how theatre history is “done”) and the theories that affect the interpretation of what appear to be historical facts, students explore ideas about theater history in both aesthetic and cultural terms. Discussions will investigate global performance traditions from the Renaissance to the 19th Century. Each semester's culminating project will be a collaborative research presentation.

TH 281  Auto Cours:Devising & Collaboration  1 Credit  

This class is focused on the conditions created by group creative process and the ensemble generation of dramatic work through devised presentations based on themes assigned by the instructors. Rehearsal periods are regularly scheduled during the week. The presentations will be followed by a discussion of the developmental process during the Friday class meeting.

TH 286  Introduction to Playwriting  1 Credit  

An introduction to the craft of playwriting, through in-class writing exercise and the study of established playtexts.

TH 288  Introduction to Directing  1 Credit  

Students investigate the craft of directing through in-class exercises, staging and working with performers, and attending Cornish productions.

TH 297  Group Study  2.00 - 3.00 Credits  

Group Study is defined as project based study, research, or other learning experience, that is developed by student(s) or a department to augment existing curricula. Group study must be approved by the Department Chair and structured by clearly defined criteria with learning outcomes. There is a five student minimum enrollment required for all group study courses with a maximum enrollment of nine students per course. Students may not enroll in more than one Group Study per semester.

TH 298  Independent Study  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Sophomore standing and permission from Department Chair required.

TH 301  Clown  2 Credits  

Theater/Original Works students explore the nature and creative possibilities of a personal clown while continuing the physical training. The improvisational format of this year-long class challenges personal and artistic boundaries through commitment to action in exaggerated form, and investigates the interrelationship of the actor and audience through the lens of presentational theater.

TH 302  Clown  2 Credits  

The second semester continues the exploration of creative possibilities of personal clown. The improvisational format of this year-long class challenges personal and artistic boundaries through commitment to action in exaggerated form, and investigates the interrelationship of the actor and audience through the lens of presentational theater. The class concludes with the construction and rehearsal of a year-end presentation in the spring as part of the Original Works O!FEST.

TH 305  Physical Technique V  2 Credits  

TH 305 explores the theatrical magnitude of the unadorned, vividly present performer. Through a series of physical techniques ranging from Suzuki Method, Ki Testing and Laban, this practice invites performers to explore their most efficient, powerful, quick, resilient, and coordinated selves, while expanding their imaginations and harnessing a palpable sense of readiness, all with the aim of deepening live performance.

TH 306  Physical Technique VI  2 Credits  

TH 306 continues to investigate the methodology of Tadashi Suzuki, Laban and Ki, incorporating practice in tight-rope, Lucid Body technique, and Shogo Ohta's Slow Tempo, Our work will seek to aid the performer in communicating detailed intention with the entire instrument, allowing for a receptive and dynamic presence on stage. The course culminates in a performance in slow motion hyper-realism.

TH 311  Acting Workshop I  3 Credits  

Students develop the tools for making deep, specific, personal connections to the essential human dilemmas that drive world theater. The work of the class clarifies the actor’s contribution to the professional rehears¬al process: homework, research, analysis, and bringing active choices to the collaboration. Through exercises, improvisation, and scene work students address the following actor es-sentials: availability, action, reality of doing, personalization and justification, and inhabiting character organically and fully. Course covers work by the Greek dramatists (including adaptations by Luis Alfaro), Jose Rivera, and Shakespeare, among others.

TH 312  Acting Workshop II  2 Credits  

Students develop the tools for making deep, specific, personal connections to the essential human dilemmas that drive world theater. The work of the class clarifies the actor’s contribution to the professional rehearsal process: homework, research, analysis, and bringing active choices to the collaboration. Through exercises, improvisation, and scene work students address the following actor essentials: availability, action, reality of doing, personalization and justification, and inhabiting character organically and fully. Course covers tests by Ibsen, Chekhov, and Alice Childress, among others.

TH 321  Advanced Vocal Technique I  2 Credits  

The work of this class facilitates student development of expanded vocal range and power, and deeper understanding of heightened classical. Continuing work with the International Phonetic Alphabet will result in proficiency in several stage dialects. Memorization and performance of poetic text will be components of the class.

TH 322  Advanced Vocal Technique II  2 Credits  

In the spring semester, students continue to expand vocal range and power, and apply that to heightened text. Exercises and projects continue the exploration of text in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. Students will also experience working on mic in large stage venues, and apply the IPA to a range of stage dialects. The class also intersects with and provides coaching support for the 3rd year performance capstone projects.

TH 333  Musical Theater Voice Instruction I  1 Credit  

Private Instruction fee applies. Students receive private singing instruction to develop embodied knowledge of healthy techniques for dramatic interpretation of character and intention through melody, pitch, phrasing and breath. Placement by assessment in the sophomore year.

TH 334  Musical Theater Voice Instruction  1 Credit  

Private Instruction fee applies. Students receive private singing instruction to develop embodied knowledge of healthy techniques for dramatic interpretation of character and intention through melody, pitch, phrasing and breath. Placement by assessment in the sophomore year.

TH 335  Private Vocal Instruction  3 Credits  

Private singing lessons focusing on the techniques of musicianship, breathing, placement and other performance skills necessary for proficiency in the contemporary musical theater.

TH 336  Private Vocal Instruction  3 Credits  

Private singing lessons focusing on the techniques of musicianship, breathing, placement and other performance skills necessary for proficiency in the contemporary musical theater.

TH 337  Ensemble Singing and Harmony  1 Credit  

This course allows students to work on ear training, harmony, breath and pitch, ensemble storytelling and group dynamics by singing ensemble works from the musical theater canon.

TH 338  Musical Theater Audition Workshop  2 Credits  

Continued acquisition of the combination of acting, singing, and physical skills necessary to perform musical theater. This class focuses on your development of a roster of audition material for different styles of musical theater.

TH 339  Theater Dance III  2 Credits  

A continuation of dance studies specifically for musical theater, including learning examples of American musical theater choreography.

TH 340  Theater Dance IV  2 Credits  

A continuation of dance studies specifically for musical theater, including learning examples of American musical theater choreography.

TH 341  Rehearsal/Performance  1 Credit  

Rehearsal and performance in departmental productions under the guidance of faculty and guest directors. Students expand their interpretive skills in a variety of rehearsal and performance situations, ranging from fully produced mainstage productions to process-oriented developmental work.

TH 342  Rehearsal/Performance  1 Credit  

Rehearsal and performance in departmental productions under the guidance of faculty and guest directors. Students expand their interpretive skills in a variety of rehearsal and performance situations, ranging from fully produced mainstage productions to process-oriented developmental work.

TH 343  Rehearsal/Performance  2 Credits  

Rehearsal and performance in departmental productions under the guidance of faculty and guest directors. Students expand their interpretive skills in a variety of rehearsal and performance situations, ranging from fully produced mainstage productions to process-oriented developmental work.

TH 344  Rehearsal/Performance  2 Credits  

Rehearsal and performance in departmental productions under the guidance of faculty and guest directors. Students expand their interpretive skills in a variety of rehearsal and performance situations, ranging from fully produced mainstage productions to process-oriented developmental work.

TH 346  Rehearsal/Performance  3 Credits  

Rehearsal and performance in departmental productions under the guidance of faculty and guest directors. Students expand their interpretive skills in a variety of rehearsal and performance situations, ranging from fully produced mainstage productions to process-oriented developmental work.

TH 349  Rehearsal/Performance  2 Credits  

This class provides College Elective credits for students in other departments who participate in Theatre Department productions. For instance if a Music student composes or performs in a Theater Department production, or a Dance student contributes choreography, they may receive College Elective credit for that work.

TH 350  Rehearsal/Performance  2 Credits  

This class provides College Elective credits for students in other departments who participate in Theatre Department productions. For instance if a Music student composes or performs in a Theater Department production, or a Dance student contributes choreography, they may receive College Elective credit for that work.

TH 352  Generative Theater Project II  2 Credits  

Third Year Original Works students write, direct and perform in the annual O!FEST, which features a series of 10-minute plays presented in repertory with a program of original clown routines. Material is generated in TH 381-382 Original Works II and TH 301-302 Clown. Designated performance skills faculty will support the students during the process through scheduled tutorials and group coaching activities. TH 352 represents the capstone project of a series of Third Year courses that include TH 301-302, TH 311-312, TH 321-322, and TH 381-382.

TH 354  Classical Performance Project  2 Credits  

Students will audition for, rehearse and perform a play that features heightened poetic text in the Spring semester of the Third Year. Designated performance skills faculty will support the students during the process through scheduled tutorials and group coaching activities. TH 354 represents the capstone project of a series of Third Year courses that include TH 305-306 II-IV, TH 311-312, TH 321-322 and TH 371.

TH 356  Musical Theater Project II  2 Credits  

Students will audition for, rehearse and perform a production of a theatrical musical in the Spring semester. Designated performance skills faculty will support the students during the process through scheduled tutorials and group coaching activities. TH 356 represents the capstone project of a series of Third Year courses that include TH311-312, TH 321-322, TH 333-334 and TH 339-340.

TH 361  Modern Theater History & Theory  3 Credits  

Students explore the historical context of modern dramatic literature through a range of plays and writing about performance, informed by critical theory and using semiotics as an analytical tool. Through multiple and varied critical approaches, students analyze how plays are constructed, what structure might reveal about society, and how society and community reflect the writing. The course includes discussion, reading, formal critical writing, research and oral presentation.

TH 367  Musical Theater History & Analysis  3 Credits  

This class explores the evolution of modern musical theater. By examining musical theater from multiple contextual perspectives students develop a foundational working knowledge of its elements, forms and genres.

TH 371  Acting Classical Texts I  2 Credits  

This course emphasizes truthful, specific and moment-to-moment embodiment of classical text, specifically Shakespeare. Students’ course work in voice, speech and physical technique are an integral part of the class, helping to get the text into the mouth and body. Analysis of the form and structure of Shakespeare’s writing aims to free the imaginative response to the word. Through exercises, improvisations and rehearsals, the class provides the opportunity to explore the extremes of human behavior and craft dynamic characters, while building skills to approach challenging texts with confidence.

TH 372  Acting Classical Texts II  2 Credits  

This course continues the analysis and technical skills development begun in Fall semester through work on Restoration, late eighteenth century, and other texts. Emphasis is placed on a thorough understanding of the world of the plays while finding a personal, contemporary approach to performance.

TH 381  Original Works I  2 Credits  

Students investigate the meaning and process of generating original works for the stage through the disciplines of playwriting, directing, solo performance, and ensemble creation. Admission by audition for the Theater/Original Works concentration.

TH 386  Original Works Playwriting II  2 Credits  

This second semester of a year-long course allows student playwrights to develop new approaches to generating a playscript, and to explore collaboration with other artists in the new play development process. TH 386 culminates in a formal public staged reading of new works generated during the class.

TH 388  Original Works Directing II  2 Credits  

This second semester of a year-long course explores the role of the director, both as interpretive and generative artist. The primary aim of the course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the role and working methodologies of the director.

TH 398  Independent Study  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Junior standing and permission from Department Chair required.

TH 401  Stage Combat  2 Credits  

Both an acting and a physical technique course, this class explores character movement in the context of a specific physical form: stage combat (armed and unarmed), including rapier, dagger, and broadsword. Performers develop greater specificity of movement, clarity of physical choices, and balance of one’s own energy with that of a partner.

TH 402  Stage Combat  2 Credits  

Both an acting and a physical technique course, this class explores character movement in the context of a specific physical form: stage combat (armed and unarmed), including rapier, dagger, and broadsword. Performers develop greater specificity of movement, clarity of physical choices, and balance of one’s own energy with that of a partner. Students can test for Certification as an Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.

TH 411  Advanced Acting Workshop  3 Credits  

Through intensive scene work, students focus on exploration of mystery, ambiguity, and subtext using and synthesizing all techniques taught in the curriculum. Texts include plays by Beckett, Pinter and Fornes.

TH 416  Acting & Auditioning for the Camera  2 Credits  

This class gives students a practical introduction to the art and craft of performing on camera. Areas covered include self-assessing prospective casting potential, applying text analysis to film scripts, shaping performance for the camera, dramatic and commercial audition techniques and preparation, and development of a promotional reel. This course will also explore the business aspects of pursuing an on-camera acting career.

TH 417  Solo Performance I  2 Credits  

This class allows students to create a self-generated performance piece while studying the history and development of contemporary solo performance. The clsas culminates in a public showing of short works at the end of the semester.

TH 422  Voiceover & Commercial Voice Skills  2 Credits  

This class introduces students to the profession of commercial voiceover work through exercises, field trips, and hours of practical experience with a wide array of material. The course covers self-marketing, unions, analysis, vocal care, contracts, and etiquette. Students learn control and application of voice in this specific medium, while working towards a critical understanding of the requirements of the copy, mastery of the microphone and the clock, and appropriate professional protocol. Particular attention is given to highlighting the student’s personal style and sound. The course results in a short demo reel which can be used in self-marketing.

TH 424  Special Topics in Musical Theater  2 Credits  

Exploration of different aspects of musical theater, including new work development, specialized dance or singing courses, etc. Changes year-to-year.

TH 431  Musical Theater Dance Styles  2 Credits  

This course continues the study of varying styles and genres of theater dance using foundational choreography from the American musical theater. Students will hone the skills necessary for performing with expressiveness, specificity and dynamism, and develop their partnering capabilities by learning and performing styles of ballroom dance. Focus will be on development of dramatic action, character and stakes through dance.

TH 432  Musical Theater Dance Styles II  2 Credits  

This course continues the study of styles and genres of theater dance using foundational choreography from the American musical theater. Students will hone the skills necessary for performing with expressiveness, specificity and dynamism, and develop their partnering capabilities by learning and performing styles of ballroom dance. Focus will be on development of dramatic action, character and stakes through dance.

TH 433  Musical Theater Voice Instruction  1 Credit  

Private Instruction fee applies. Students receive private singing instruction to further develop embodied knowledge of musical theater styles and expanded repertoire, and practice healthy techniques for dramatic interpretation of character and intention through melody, pitch, phrasing and breath. Placement by assessment in the sophomore year.

TH 434  Musical Theater Vocal Instruction  1 Credit  

Private Instruction fee applies. Students receive private singing instruction to further develop embodied knowledge of musical theater styles and expanded repertoire, and practice healthy techniques for dramatic interpretation of character and intention through melody, pitch, phrasing and breath. Placement by assessment in the sophomore year.

TH 435  Private Vocal Instruction  3 Credits  

Private singing lessons focusing on the techniques of musicianship, breathing, placement and other performance skills necessary for proficiency in the contemporary musical theater.

TH 436  Private Vocal Instruction  3 Credits  

Private singing lessons focusing on the techniques of musicianship, breathing, placement and other performance skills necessary for proficiency in the contemporary musical theater.

TH 437  Acting in Musical Theater  2 Credits  

This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the tools and skills used in acting for the musical theatre, specifically concentrating on the transition from scene to song. This will include: thorough preparation of assigned scenes with scene partner(s); application of learned techniques to scene work; consideration of how size of venue affects truth in performance; and active participation in discussions of colleagues’ in-class work.

TH 438  Neo-Burlesque: Theory & Performance  2 Credits  

This elective class explores the theatrical genres of Neo-Burlesque and Cabaret as forms of solo performance and dramatic storytelling. Students study the evolution of the art form, modern examples of Neo-Burlesque, and fair business practices for today’s cabaret performer. They develop a character persona and generate a solo piece, along with the necessary performance skills that are unique to the genre of burlesque, including makeup and costuming techniques, use of music, and how to employ existing acting/dance skills in service of the ‘art of the tease.’ No dance training or nudity required.

TH 439  Musical Theater Cabaret  2 Credits  

Students continue to explore a range of music-theater material, with the objective of creating a musical revue for performance in a cabaret setting at the end of the term.

TH 441  Rehearsal/Performance  1 Credit  

Students expand their interpretive skills in a variety of rehearsal and performance situations, ranging from fully produced mainstage productions to process-oriented developmental work.

TH 442  Rehearsal/Performance  1 Credit  

Rehearsal and performance in departmental productions under the guidance of faculty and guest directors. Students expand their interpretive skills in a variety of rehearsal and performance situations, ranging from fully produced mainstage productions to process-oriented developmental work.

TH 443  Rehearsal/Performance  2 Credits  

Rehearsal and performance in departmental productions under the guidance of faculty and guest directors. Students expand their interpretive skills in a variety of rehearsal and performance situations, ranging from fully produced mainstage productions to process-oriented developmental work.

TH 444  Rehearsal/Performance  2 Credits  

Rehearsal and performance in departmental productions under the guidance of faculty and guest directors. Students expand their interpretive skills in a variety of rehearsal and performance situations, ranging from fully produced mainstage productions to process-oriented developmental work.

TH 451  Audition Techniques  2 Credits  

Students will acquire practical techniques to select, prepare, and perform spoken audition pieces, musical and dance auditions, and commercial auditions. Students will develop effective skills for cold reading and professional etiquette, as well as professional resumes, headshots and recorded digital auditions.

TH 453  Musical Theater Audition II  2 Credits  

Students will acquire practical techniques to select, prepare and perform audition pieces, musical and dance auditions, and commercial auditions. The course covers cold readings, resumes, headshots and professional etiquette. Guest choreographers will be brought in to run dance auditions.

TH 457  Internship  1.00 - 6.00 Credits  

Students participate in a project with a professional theater company. This can include rehearsal and performance, assistant directing, literary management or arts administration. Theater faculty members are assigned as advisors. By audition or arrangement with the partner organization, and permission of Theater Department faculty.

TH 458  Internship  1.00 - 6.00 Credits  

Students participate in a project with a professional theater company. This can include rehearsal and performance, assistant directing, literary management or arts administration. Theater faculty members are assigned as advisors. By audition or arrangement with the partner organization, and permission of Theater Department faculty.

TH 462  ST: Theater History, Lit and Theory  3 Credits  

A rotating class covering a variety of topics in Theater History, Dramatic Literature and Dramatic Theory.

TH 465  Teaching Assistantship  2 Credits  

Students work in class as a teaching assistant alongside a Cornish Theater instructor . The course provides an opportunity for students to acquire the means and methods to translate what they have learned about performing to teaching, through hands-on experience working alongside faculty in first and second year classes.

Prerequisite: Obtain permission from supervising faculty member before contacting department chair.

TH 466  Teaching Assistantship  2 Credits  

Students work in class as a teaching assistant alongside a Cornish Theater instructor . The course provides an opportunity for students to acquire the means and methods to translate what they have learned about performing to teaching, through hands-on experience working alongside faculty in first and second year classes.

Prerequisite: Obtain permission from supervising faculty member before contacting department chair.

TH 471  Senior Seminar  1 Credit  

Senior Seminar will cover a range of topics including preparations for Senior Thesis Project or Internship, as well as other issues of concern to the graduating Theater major, including mission statements, fundraising, taxes for artists, etc.

TH 472  Senior Thesis  3 Credits  

This class involves the creation and presentation of the Senior Thesis Project, under the supervision of designated Theater faculty. Note: By permission of the department chair, this project may be undertaken in the fall.

TH 478  The Business of Theater  2 Credits  

The course facilitates awareness and implementation of the practical considerations and effective business practices useful in building a career in the theater. Students create a sensible and actionable business plan, as well as develop the habits and skills necessary to pursue work, initiate and maintain creative relationships, market one’s skills, and establish a sustainable career.

TH 483  Playwriting: The Full Length Play  2 Credits  

Continued exploration of techniques of playwriting, focusing on creating a substantial one-act or full-length play which might serve as the senior thesis.

TH 486  Playwriting Workshop  1 Credit  

Continue to explore diverse playwriting techniques and write one or more original scripts.

TH 487  Directing Laboratory  2 Credits  

Students apply the vocabulary and analytical skills essential to the work of the director, with particular focus on staging and working with actors.

TH 497  Group Study  2.00 - 3.00 Credits  

Group Study is defined as project based study, research, or other learning experience, that is developed by student(s) or a department to augment existing curricula. Group study must be approved by the department and structured by clearly defined criteria and with learning outcomes. There is a five student minimum enrollment required for all group study courses with a maximum enrollment of nine students per course. Students may not enroll in more than one Group Study per semester.

TH 498  Independent Study  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission from Department Chair.