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Theatre and Dance

IATAD100 Theatre: The Art of Imagination

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.

IATAD102 Acting: Identity and the Creative Process

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.

TAD112 Modern Dance/Composition I

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.

IATAD113 Dance As A Way of Knowing

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.

TAD121 Introduction to Technical Theatre

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

TAD123 Theatre Scene Shop Laboratory

Production training in the scene shop. Projects are assigned according to Theatre and Dance department production needs. Projects will include: scenic construction, painting, lighting, rigging, sound, props. May be repeated as topics change. Fall, Spring.

TAD124 Theatre Costume Laboratory

Production training in the costume shop. Projects are assigned according to Theatre and Dance department production needs. Projects will include: costume construction, accessories, maintenance, load-in, and strike. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Fall, Spring.

TAD162 Design for the Performing Arts

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.

TAD205 Acting: Theatre Movement

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. Course may be repeated once for credit. Spring.

TAD206 Acting: Scene Study

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. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: IATAD 102, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

TAD212 Modern Dance/Composition II

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.

TAD216 Jazz Dance

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.

TAD217 Ballet/Experiential Anatomy

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.

TAD223 Theatre Technology Workshop

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.

TAD224 Theatrical Design Studio

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.

TAD227 Stage Management

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.

TAD231 Theatre History and Literature I

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.

TAD232 Theatre History and Literature II

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.

TAD235 Dance History

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. Spring.

TAD265 Rendering for the Theatre

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.

TAD282 Acting: Voice and Diction

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. May be repeated once for credit. Fall.

TAD290 Special Topics

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.

TAD301 Acting: Character Development

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

TAD303 Directing

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.

TAD311 Modern Dance/Composition III

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.

TAD312 Modern Dance/Composition IV

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.

TAD318 Research in Choreography

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.

TAD361 Scenic Design

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.

TAD362 Lighting Design

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.

TAD363 Costume Design

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.

IATAD370 Playwriting

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.

IATAD372 Arts Management: Organizations and Entrepreneurship

Students will be introduced to different ways arts companies are structured and managed, with a focus on not-for-profit organizations. The course will provide an in-depth exploration of opportunities for creating start-up arts businesses, combining projects tailored to individual students' interests, case studies, and discussion. Fall.

IATAD374 Arts Management: Marketing, Development, and Communication

Students will be introduced to how arts organizations communicate with different constituencies, both internal and external. The course will cover marketing, communication, development/fundraising, and social media, combining projects tailored to individual students' interests, case studies, and discussion. Spring.

TAD393 Theatre Internship

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.

TAD397 Production Process

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.

TAD398 Performance Process

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.

TAD411 Modern Dance/Composition V

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.

TAD412 Modern Dance/Composition VI

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.

TAD490 Advanced Special Topics

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.

TAD491 Advanced Acting/Directing Performance Process

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.

TAD493 Design/Tech Portfolio

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.

TAD495 Modern Dance Seminar

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.

TAD496 Dance Education Practicum I

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 Curriculum Framework for the Arts. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 01 - Primary, 02 - Intermediate, 03 - Middle School. Fall.

TAD497 Dance Education Practicum II

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 Curriculum Framework for the Arts. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. 01 - Primary, 02 - Intermediate, 03 - Middle School. Spring.

TAD498 Independent Study

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.