Courses

The theatre curriculum integrates theory, history and practice, including foundational training in acting, directing, dramatic writing and design. Theatre students are actively involved in the departmental production program.

Whatever aspect of theatre captures your interest, Agnes Scott’s theatre program will provide challenging courses and hands-on experience. Want to become an actor? Try Acting I or Acting II. Interested in playwriting or screenwriting? Try a course in Dramatic Writing or Topics in Creative Writing. How about directing? Direct your play in Directing II. Interested in design? Try Design for the Stage I and II and learn the principles of costume, scenic and lighting design.

Theatre Courses

THE-100 INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE (4)

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

THE-108 VOICE AND DICTION (4)

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 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING (4)

Techniques of effective oral communication including rhetorical theory and criticism, methods of organization, means of presentation and delivery, practiced in the context of group process and oral presentation.

THE-131 ACTING I (4)

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

THE-160 THEATRE IN ATLANTA (4)

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 meeting with artists, rehearsal viewings, and backstage tours.

THE-161 THEATRE IN NEW YORK (4)

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)

An online course that uses digital tools to explore types of theatre and compare performance across media forums. Online-only course

THE-203 DRAMATIC WRITING I (4)

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

THE-205 TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING (4)

Topics in creative writing, including courses taught by visiting writers. Specific topics will be announced before spring course selection. (Cross-listed with ENG-205 when the topic pertains to dramatic writing)

THE-235 ACTING II: PERIOD STYLES (4)

Text analysis, scene study and acting theory with major emphasis on character and approach to plays from various styles or historical periods, including Victorian, Shakespearean, and Ancient Greek. Concentration on practice in the preparation and presentation of performance assignments. Prerequisite: THE-131

THE-250 DESIGN FOR THE STAGE I (4)

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-303 DRAMATIC WRITING II (4)

Principles of the craft of the screenwriter with an emphasis on film structure and format through reading of screenplays and writing of a feature-length scenario. Prerequisite: THE-203 or THE-205 (if in dramatic writing) (Cross-listed with ENG-303)

THE-313 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE (4)

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)

THE-322 THEATRICAL ORIGINS AND TRADITIONS (4)

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-323 MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE THEATRE (4)

An examination of the role of theatre in Western society from the fall of Rome through the 17th century. Emphases include the mutual influences among theatre companies, individual performers, religious institutions and governmental structures.

THE-324 ROMANTICISM TO REALISM (4)

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)

A study of current theatrical practice including background from significant movements in the 20th century. In addition to important American commercial productions, topics may include fringe and alternative theatre, international artists and considerations of selected locales. (Cross-listed with ENG-324)

THE-326 DIRECTING I (4)

Study in approaches to realizing a script in performance. Focus on text analysis, creation of a promptbook and the presentation of directed scenes. Prerequisite: THE-100, THE-131, THE-235 recommended

THE-327 DIRECTING II (4)

Practical and creative application of directing theories and techniques through the analysis, audition, rehearsal and public performance of a one-act play. Prerequisite: THE-326

THE-350 DESIGN FOR THE STAGE II (4)

Advanced principles of scenic and lighting design. Emphasis on proscenium design practice, theatrical drafting, mechanical perspective methods and lighting equipment and design. Required corequisite laboratory Prerequisite: THE-250

THE-400 SENIOR PROJECT (4)

Culminating project in acting, directing, design, dramatic writing, research or other approved theatre-related endeavor. Open only to senior theatre majors with the instructor’s permission. Prerequisite: THE-131, THE-235 for acting; THE-326, THE-327 for directing; THE-250 or THE-350 for design; THE-203 or THE-303 for dramatic writing; appropriate courses from among THE-313, THE-322, THE-323, THE-324, THE-325 as determined by the department for research.

THE-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)

Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

THE-415 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING (4)

Individual conferences with emphasis on sustained dramatic writing projects in theatre, film or television. May be repeated if the subject matters varies. Prerequisite: THE-203, instructor’s permission

THE-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)

Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

THE-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)

Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

THE-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)

A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.