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Theatre Minor

The Theatre minor offers students an opportunity to experience the tradition and experience of the theatre. It serves as an excellent complement to many majors, including English, communication studies, psychology, and humanities. This minor allows students to branch out from their subject of study and not only learn the tradition and techniques of the theatre, but also be better equipped to participate confidently in one or more of the co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences that will be generated by the theatre program. This minor can be combined with any major and minor except the Theatre major.

Theatre Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Students must complete 18 credits from the following courses, 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level.

THEA 2020 - Acting I (3 credits)

A performance-oriented course designed to introduce, develop and reinforce fundamental acting skills and techniques.

THEA 2060 - Technical Theatre (3 credits)

A laboratory approach to technical theatre with focus on backstage operations, crew assignments, and practical application in actual productions.

THEA 3200 - Theatre History I (3 credits) OR THEA 3250 - Theatre History II (3 credits)

THEA 3200 - Theatre History I (3 credits)

This course explores the history of theatre from the origin of performance to the Renaissance. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

THEA 3250 - Theatre History II (3 credits)

This course explores the history of theatre from the Restoration to the present. Prerequisites: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

Select 9 credits from the following courses:

THEA 1500 - Comedy and Improvisation (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the basic techniques of improvisational theatre, sketch and stand-up comedy. 

THEA 2000 - Voice and Movement (3 credits)

Study and practice in breathing, phonation, standard speech, text analysis, scansion and cold readings, as well as kinesthetic awareness, warm-up, use of space, stage movement, stage blocking, and stage combat.

THEA 2025 - Performance for Film and Television (3 credits)

This course focuses on camera performance techniques relevant to film, television, and broadcasting.

THEA 2030 - Play Analysis (3 credits)

Training and practice in the fundamentals of text analysis for the purposes of theatrical production. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

THEA 2101 - Theatre Laboratory I (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, acting, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only. 

THEA 2102 - Theatre Laboratory II (1 credit)

Participation in one more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, acting, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: THEA 2101. 

THEA 2103 - Theatre Laboratory III (1 credit)

Participation in one more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, acting, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: THEA 2102. 

THEA 2104 - Theatre Laboratory IV (1 credit)

Participation in one more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, acting, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: THEA 2103. 

THEA 3020 - Acting II (3 credits)

Emphasis on the development and use of techniques for in-depth research and analysis of characters for public performance. Prerequisite: THEA 2020.

THEA 3025 - Audition Techniques (3 credits)

A performance-oriented course designed to explore audition techniques and career planning for the professional theatre, film, and television industries. The course will focus on monologue selection and performance, cold readings, movement/dance calls, warm-ups and basic audition etiquette and protocol. Prerequisite: THEA 2020.

THEA 3050 - Costuming and Makeup (3 credits)

Study of sewing, fabrics, patterns and practical application of costume construction techniques; materials and techniques for stage makeup with emphasis on practical application for theatrical production. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

THEA 3060 - Scene Design (3 credits)

A study of the fundamental principles and techniques of stage design. Prerequisite: THEA 2060. 

THEA 3070 - Lighting and Stage Design (3 credits)

This course provides the study of advanced techniques of lighting design and sound design, including exploration of various lighting/sound boards, and design styles. Students in this course complete a lab component that focuses on practical applications. Prerequisite: THEA 2060. 

THEA 3500 - Production and Stage Management (3 credits)

Stage and Production Management: An in-depth look at the management aspects of the theatre. The course will focus on the individual roles of stage manager and production manager and how these roles are applied in performing arts events. Prerequisites: one THEA course; and COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

THEA 4100 - Directing for the Stage (3 credits)

The history of the director, the function of the director, and the examination of theoretical viewpoint, including textual analysis, establishing group work for the director's approach to production, play selection, analysis, and patterning of auditory and visual elements of production. Directing of a one-act play. Prerequisites: THEA 2020 and completion of 60 or more credit hours. 

THEA 4900 - Special Topics in Theatre (3 credits)

An advanced course in a particular dramatist, period, or form of theatre. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one THEA course and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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