Courses & Requirements

Requirements for the Theatre Major

Major requires a minimum of 11 courses (44 credits) in the discipline.

Other requirements: A student electing a theatre major must play an active participatory role in the Agnes Scott theatre production program as determined by the department.

Required Courses

THE-100: Intro to the Theatre (4.00)

The study of drama and the practice of theatre as a performing art. Explorations of dramatic theory, dramatic literature, performance and design.

THE-131: Acting I (4.00)

As a foundation in acting technique, exercises and presentations contribute to the process of freeing the student's imagination and creativity for application toward scene study and class performance.

THE-203: Dramatic Writing I (4.00)

Principles of the craft of the playwright with an emphasis on dramatic structure and the resources of the theatre through the reading of playscripts and the writing of a one-act play. Cross-listed with ENG-203.

THE-250: Design for the Stage I (4.00)

Principles of costume and scenic design for the theatre. Emphasis on basic composition, script analysis, period research, rendering techniques and execution of designs in a color medium.

THE-326: Directing I (4.00)

Study in approaches to realizing a script in performance. Focus on text analysis, creation of a promptbook, and the presentation of directed scenes.

Course requisites: THE-131

THE-340: World Drama (4.00)

Addressing forms ranging from traditional to experimental, this course will study dramatic texts from a broad selection of countries and cultural traditions. Class investigations will involve contextualizing each dramatic expression as a representation of, or reaction to, its milieu. In addition to material covered by the entire class, each student will have the opportunity to explore a playwright, culture, or dramatic style of her selection.

THE-341: Theatre Trailblazers (4.00)

Using the work of visionary leaders as a springboard, this course will work across cultures and eras to explore moments of creativity, innovation, and revolution in the development of theatre. In addition to the common course material, each student will have the opportunity to designate a theorist or artist as a theatrical trailblazer and for further investigation.

THE-395: Topics in Theatre (4.00)

TOPICS IN THEATRE--Study in selected areas of theatre history, dramatic literature, dramatic theory or performance theory. May be repeated if subject matter varies. Cross-listed with WS-312 if the topic applies to Women's Studies.

Description for "AWARD WINNING WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS"--This course will focus on plays written by women that have received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and the Tony Award. That includes some classic plays by noted playwrights, but also works by some of the biggest names working right now such as Lynn Nottage, Paula Vogel, Quiara Alegria Hudes, and Annie Baker. No prerequisite.

Description for "COMEDY"--This course will focus on the comedic form in selected moments of the history of theatre and drama. We will examine plays and other dramatic texts across several cultures and eras. As part of the examination, we will look at significant treatises in dramatic theory and criticism. Chief concerns will involve discussions of writing strategies and techniques employed by playwrights; examples of noted (or notorious) plots, characters, scenes, and dialogue; and the shifts in criticism along the lines of form, structure, social commentary, and psychology.

Description for "CURRENT NEW YORK THEATRE"--This course will concentrate on the work of selected playwrights and composers that recently premiered in Broadway and Off-Broadway venues.

Elective Courses

Two of the following:

THE-235: Acting II (4.00)

ACTING II--Text analysis, scene study, and acting theory with major emphasis on character and approach. Concentration on practice in the preparation of performance assignments. Prerequisite: THE-131 or permission of the instructor.

THE-303: Dramatic Writing II-Screenwriting (4.00)

DRAMATIC WRITING II: SCREENWRITING--Principles of the craft of the screenwriter with an emphasis on film structure and format through the reading of screen-plays and the writing of a feature-length scenario. Cross-listed with ENG-303.

Course requisites: 203 or English 205 (if in dramatic writing)

THE-304: Dramat Writ III-Writing for Television (4.00)

DRAMATIC WRITING III: WRITING FOR TELEVISION--Television has long been a dominant cultural and commercial force. Increasingly, it has become a significant artistic endeavor as well. With the advent of cable and "post-cable" networks and a bewildering array of viewer platforms, its ubiquity is undeniable. Giving our students the opportunity to write a television script will enhance their ability to understand the nature of the form, appreciate what goes into good television writing, and potentially begin to prepare themselves for a career. Cross-listed with ENG-304.

Course requisites: THE/ENG-203 -OR- THE/ENG-303 -OR- permission of instructor

THE-327: Directing II (4.00)

DIRECTING II--Practical and creative application of directing theories and techniques through the analysis, audition, rehearsal, and public performance of a one-act play.

THE-350: Design for the Stage II (4.00)

Advanced principles of scenic and lighting design. Emphasis on proscenium design practice, theatrical drafting, mechanical perspective methods and lighting equipment and design.

Course requisites: THE-250

One of the following:

THE-400: Senior Project (4.00)

Culminating project in acting, directing, design, dramatic writing, research, or other approved theatre-related endeavor. Open only to senior theatre majors.

THE-410: Directed Reading (1.00)

DIRECTED READING--Directed reading courses are offered by all academic programs and are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Non-majors who demonstrate sufficient preparation in the discipline may also take 410 courses. Applications to take directed reading are available in the Office of Academic Advising and must be returned to the assistant dean of the college for approval. A 410 course carries one to four semester-hours credit. Ordinarily, a student will take no more than two semester courses of directed reading. The application should include the name of the instructor who will offer the 410, the course title,a description of the topic to be studied, a statement of the student's preparation for such study and the basis for the grade. The instructor must endorse the application, as well as the chair of the department or director of the program offering the 410. If a student wishes to take a 410 outside her major program, her application also must describe her preparation in the program offering the 410.

THE-490: Senior Thesis (4.00)

A senior thesis in the student's major gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to a particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Interested students should obtain thesis guidelines (available in the Office of Academic Advising) and apply in writing to the appropriate department chair or program chair. A 490 course carries 4 semester hours of credit.

Additional Theatre Courses

THE-108: Voice and Diction (4.00)

VOICE AND DICTION--Practices of effective voice and speech production, with an emphasis on articulation, pronunciation, flexibility, and effectiveness of the speaking voice leading to good usage in standard American English.

THE-117: Intro to Public Speaking (4.00)

Techniques of effective oral communication including methods of organization means of presentation, and voice and diction, practiced in the context of group process and oral presentation.

THE-160: Atlanta Theatre (4.00)

An appreciation course which includes trips to local theatre productions. Topics include the nature of theatre, the role of the audience, and writing about performances. Activities outside attending performances may include meetings with theatre artists, rehearsal viewings and backstage tours.

THE-161: New York Theatre (4.00)

An appreciation course which includes travel to New York to attend theatrical productions on Broadway. Topics include the study of theatrical centers, commercial theatre, publicity and criticism. Activities outside attending performances may include meetings with theatre artists and backstage tours. Course enrollment requires additional travel fees.

THE-180: Theatre From Page to Stage to Screen (4.00)

An online course that uses digital tools to explore types of theatre and compare performance across media forms.

THE-295: Topics in Theatre (4.00)

TOPICS IN THEATRE--Study in selected areas of theatre history, dramatic literature, dramatic theory or performance theory. May be repeated if subject matter varies.

Description for "STAGE MAKEUP"--Stage Makeup surveys the fundamental techniques used in the design, application, and removal of makeup used in theatrical productions. Specifically, this course covers the area of paint makeup (2-D) as it applies to creating a character for the stage. It also covers the beginnings of prosthetic (3-D) makeup as it pertains to the aforementioned creation of a character for the stage. Much of your learning will be of an analytical/demonstration/experiential nature.

THE-320: Performance Approaches to Literature for Children and Young Adults (4.00)

PERFORMANCE APPROACHES TO LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS--The study of literature written for young readers, with an emphasis on translating texts for performance. May be taught in a hybrid format. Cross-listed with ENG-320.

THE-322: Theatrical Origins and Traditions (4.00)

A consideration of the origin of theatre and the establishment of significant theatrical traditions in selected countries. Emphases include comparisons of European and Asian forms and theatre in social, civic and religious contexts.

THE-324: Romanticism to Realism (4.00)

A study of the development and influence of realism in theatrical presentation. Emphases include dramatic movements of the 18th through early 20th centuries, the shift from essentialism to observed reality, and reactions to realism and naturalism.

THE-325: Contemporary Theatre (4.00)

A study of current theatrical practice including background from significant movements in the twentieth century. In addition to important American commercial productions, topics may include fringe and alternative theatre, international artists and considerations of selected locales.

THE-415: Advanced Dramatic Writing (4.00)

Individual conferences with emphasis on sustained dramatic writing projects in theatre, film, or television.

Course requisites: One course: ENG-203, THE-203, ENG-344 or THE-344

Requirements for the Theatre Minor

The student may design her program with the department guidance and approval to reflect a particular interest or emphasis, including performance, design, dramatic writing, history, and criticism, or some combination of the above.  A student electing a minor in theatre must plan an active participatory role in the Agnes Scott theatre production program as determined by the department.

Required Course

THE-100: Intro to the Theatre (4.00)

The study of drama and the practice of theatre as a performing art. Explorations of dramatic theory, dramatic literature, performance and design.

Elective Courses

Four additional 4-credit courses, not including THE-108 or 117.

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