Theatre and Dance

We humans have an elemental need for make-believe. This course explores the use of imagination in the creation of theatrical events using hands-on creative projects and traditional lecture/discussion. Topics include historical and global perspectives, acting, designing, directing, and playwriting. Attendance at specific Redfern Arts Center productions is mandatory. Fall, Spring.

This experiential course explores the fundamentals of the art and craft of acting. Our work will include play and performance analysis, class exercises, and collaborative projects. Fall, Spring.

An introduction to modern dance, designed to enable students to experientially understand and appreciate this art form, its discipline and its creativity. Includes basic modern dance technique and movement principles, modern dance history, and fundamentals of dance composition. Fall, Spring.

This experiential dance course addresses issues of identity, culture, and ethics through personal movement exploration and analysis of master works from turning points in modern dance history. Includes dance technique, composition, and research methods from the field of performance studies. Fall, Spring.

Practical training in the following areas of technical theatre: tools and materials, scenic construction, lighting, stage facilities, and safety. Corequisite: TAD 123. Fall.

Production training in theatre. Students are assigned to either the costume shop or the scene shop. Projects are assigned according to theatre department production needs. Projects may cover such areas as: scenic construction, painting, lighting, rigging, sound, props, costume construction, and accessories. Corequisite: TAD 121. Fall.

Production training in theatre. Students are assigned to either the costume shop or the scene shop. Projects are assigned according to theatre department production needs. Projects may cover such areas as: scenic construction, painting, lighting, rigging, sound, props, costume construction, and accessories. Prerequisite: TAD 123, may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Spring.

The elements of design used in the creation of a theatrical event. Exploration of the fundamental design elements and practical application of design theory through visual projects. Fall, Spring.

Theatre Movement is designed to increase an actor's physical, emotional, and spatial awareness. Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing movement potential as an individual and in physical interactions with others. Spring.

Building on the skills learned in Acting: Identity and the Creative Process, this course focuses on script analysis and its application to scene study. Through scene work, students explore the external stimuli that lead to specific acting choices. Auditioning for all KSC theatre productions required. Prerequisite: IATAD 102, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

A continuation in the study and experience of modern dance as an art form through the development of dance technique and further exploration of movement, composition, and performance principles. Includes modern dance technique, partnering and contact improvisation, and development of the choreographic craft. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: TAD 112 or IATAD 113, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

An introductory course in jazz dance with emphasis placed on rhythm manipulation, jazz movement vocabulary, and stylistic contrasts encompassed by jazz. Background in modern dance technique recommended. Fall, Spring.

A basic course in ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on anatomic and kinesthetic principles, experiential anatomy, and competency in the ballet vocabulary. Prerequisite: TAD 112 and Theatre and Dance major or minor, or by permission of instructor. Spring.

Basic principles and techniques in a specific theatre craft, e.g., rigging, scenic painting, properties, lighting technology, or sound editing. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

Basic principles and techniques in a specific design area of theatre, e.g., puppetry, mask making, properties design, makeup, or sound design. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

Theory and practice of stage management. Students study the operation and organization of both professional and amateur theatrical production from concept through closing. Course work culminates in close management of a Directing Workshop production. Spring, odd years.

The history and literature of theatre are examined from Ancient Greece through the 18th century. We will explore great dramatic works and learn the contexts in which they were written through discussion, readings, videotapes, and lectures. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall.

The history and literature of theatre are examined from the 19th century to the present. We will explore great dramatic works and learn the contexts in which they were written through discussion, readings, videotapes, and lectures. Prerequisite: TAD 231. Spring.

The course examines choreography as a creative and evolutionary process. Through lectures, media presentations, readings, and discussions, the course surveys the history of western theatrical dance and explores the interrelationship of dance and world events. Fall.

A study of the major styles of architecture and clothing through the ages while exploring various media for rendering, including pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, acrylic, and watercolor. Fall, odd years.

Vocal production, use of the International Phonetic Alphabet for sound identification and articulation, and work in techniques of relaxation, alignment, breath and sound connection and centering, and resonation. Active participation required in warm-ups, articulation drills, memorization for presentations. Fall.

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content and prerequisites depend on available faculty and resident artists. May be repeated for credit.

Advanced training in actor preparation and building a character, with emphasis on establishing character relationships. Auditioning for all KSC theatre productions required. Prerequisite: IATAD 102 or permission of instructor. Fall.

An introduction to techniques for director's play analysis and director/actor, as well as director/designer communication. Emphasis will be on visualizing and re-imagining the play from the director's perspective and translating interpretive ideas into production. Culminates in a hands-on directing project for the ten-minute play festival. Prerequisites: TAD 101, TAD 206, TAD 231, and TAD 232. Fall, even years.

Intensive work in movement principles, body awareness, and progressively more advanced dance technique emphasizing recent developments in choreography and performance. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: TAD 112 or IATAD 113, TAD 212, or permission of instructor. Fall.

Intensive work in movement principles, improvisation, and progressively more advanced dance technique. Creativity in movement invention and composition are emphasized and historically linked to the post-modern dance era. Includes performance critiques and text readings. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: TAD 311 or permission of instructor. Spring.

Exploration of the craft of choreography through the application of compositional theories in dance. Studio exploration and research culminate in an end-of-term performance. Prerequisites: Two from TAD 212, TAD 216, TAD 235, TAD 311, TAD 312, or permission of instructor and concurrent enrollment in TAD 112, TAD 212, TAD 216, TAD 311, or TAD 411. May be repeated once for credit. Fall.

How a designer analyzes a script and works with the director to create a design. Students study techniques of rendering, sketching, model building, and drafting. Prerequisites: TAD 121 and TAD 162 or permission of instructor. Spring, even years.

The lighting designer's role in the creation of a stage design. Lighting principles, instrumentation, color theory, script analysis, and light plots. Prerequisites: TAD 121, and TAD 162, or permission of instructor. Spring, odd years.

The role of the costume designer in the theatrical process. Students study basic costume history, principles of design, script analysis and rendering techniques. Prerequisites: TAD 121, and TAD 162, or permission of instructor. Fall, odd years.

The art and craft of the playwright. Students will be involved in the creation of a dialogue text using Dramatic Imagination. Students will study structure and techniques of writing for dramatic forms, primarily theatrical forms. Students will complete writing exercises as well as preliminary drafts and a completed script. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

A supervised contracted experience applying theatrical theories and skills in a professional setting. Internships are arranged by the student with approval from the TAD faculty. On-site and faculty supervision are required. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Summer.

With the approval of the faculty member concerned, a student may earn credit for fulfilling a position of responsibility on a faculty-directed production. May be repeated for credit. Fall, Spring.

This lecture/laboratory course in theatre or dance examines the performance process from audition through conceptual analysis, rehearsal, and ensemble development to the critical stage experience. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Advanced work in modern dance technique and performance. Primary focus is to clarify and articulate technical ability as a means to help illustrate choreographic intention. Composition work emphasizes the use of choreographic collaboration reflecting themes in cultural issues, music analysis, or topics of contemporary concern. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: TAD 311/TAD 312 or permission of instructor. Fall.

This capstone course continues advanced work in modern dance through the investigation of the technique/performance interrelationship. Research and choreography explore original creative voice in preparation for professional dance and/or graduate school. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: TAD 318 and TAD 411 or permission of instructor. Spring.

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content and prerequisites depend on available faculty and resident artists. May be repeated for credit.

Using the one-act play format, actors and directors practice and hone skills already learned as they collaborate, analyze, conceptualize, rehearse, and perform one-act plays, chosen because they challenge and expand their capabilities and further define their identities as theatre artists. Course may be repeated once for elective credit. Prerequisite: TAD 301. Spring, odd years.

Students will learn the effective and professional techniques on how to showcase their work. The course will cover resume, curriculum vitae, cover letter, presentation techniques, and digital portfolio. Students will complete a design or technical project to complement their body of work. Junior or senior standing. Spring, odd years.

The course examines the evolution of artistic ideas in contemporary dance. Through the analysis of the modern dance art form and the examination of 20th-century choreographers and dancers, students will contextualize the work of 21st-century dance artists. Prerequisite: TAD 235 or permission of instructor. Fall, odd years.

A practicum in developing curriculum and teaching dance in public and non-traditional school programs. The course content addresses standards and assessment in the New Hampshire Frameworks for Arts Curriculum. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall.

A continued practicum in developing curriculum and teaching dance in public and nontraditional school programs. The course content addresses standards and assessment in the New Hampshire Frameworks for Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: TAD 496. Spring.

Intensive study of an issue, problem, or topic related to theatre arts or dance. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.