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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.

TAD105 Foundations

In Foundations we lay the groundwork for an exciting 4-year journey in search of artistic voice. Students explore aesthetics, the creative process, and who, what, where, why and when one identifies as an artist. In TAD 492 Capstone, students will reflect on the development of their artistic voice. Fall.

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. 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

1 credit

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

1 credit

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.

TAD140 Voice and Movement

Introduces the foundational brain-to-body work that aligns the voice and body to support artistic fluidity in the creative art of communication. Students engage in movement and vocal exercises that provide kinesthetic awareness, aid relaxation and release tension that negatively impacts expressive capabilities of artists, dancers, or educator. Prerequisite: TAD 105. Spring, odd years.

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.

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. 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. Fall.

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, odd years.

TAD250 Beginning Acting

3 credits

An introduction to acting centered on the Stanislavski System. Coursework includes scene analysis, character study, and scene work. Required for all majors. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years. Co-requisite: TAD 255 Fall, even years.

TAD255 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 1

1 credit

A studio course to provide continuous voice, movement and ensemble based training. Work builds on foundational work explored in TAD 140. The ensemble provides a platform for education, directing and acting students to collaborate and engage in creative practice. Co-requisite: TAD 250 or permission of the instructor. Fall, even years.

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.

TAD292 Mid-Level Review

0 credits

Presentation of a portfolio of work that illustrates student growth and progression towards the realization of program learning objectives and outcomes. Each portfolio requires specialization-based artifacts, as well as a resume, transcripts, and a personal statement. Students will present portfolio materials for their faculty committee members followed by an interview. Graded Pass/Fail.

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.

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. Spring.

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.

TAD350 Intermediate Acting

3 credits

An extension of foundational technique acquired in TAD 250 with emphasis on the psychophysical connection and method of physical action. Work includes the impact of detailed scene analysis, milieu study, characterization, relationships, and alignment of thinking. Prerequisite: TAD 250, Co-requisite: TAD 355. Spring, odd years.

TAD355 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 2

1 credit

A studio course that provides continuing voice, movement and ensemble based training. Work builds on foundational work explored in TAD 350. The ensemble provides a platform for education, directing and acting students to collaborate and engage in creative practice. Prerequisite: TAD 250, Corequisite: TAD 350. Spring, odd years.

TAD361 Scenic Design

3 credits

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 105 and TAD 121, or permission of instructor. Corequisite TAD 371. Spring, odd years.

TAD362 Lighting Design

3 credits

The lighting designer's role in the creation of a stage design. Lighting principles, instrumentation, color theory, script analysis, and light plots. Prerequisites: TAD 105 and TAD 121, or permission of instructor. Corequisite TAD 372. Spring, odd years.

TAD363 Costume Design

3 credits

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 105 and TAD 121, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: TAD 373. Spring, 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 QL. Spring.

TAD371 Scenic Design Laboratory

1 credit

Students will work on scenic design application skills such as model making, scenic rendering, drafting, and scenic design related software. Prerequisites: TAD 105 and TAD 121, or permission of instructor; Co-requisite TAD 361. Spring odd years.

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. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Fall.

TAD372 Lighting Design Laboratory

1 credit

Students will work on lighting design application skills such as lighting technology, rendering, and drafting and paperwork software. Prerequisites: TAD 105 and TAD 121, or permission of instructor. Co-requisite TAD 362. Spring, even years.

TAD373 Costume Design Laboratory

1 credit

Students will work on Costume design application skills such as human anatomy, drawing clothing on figures, costume rendering, and textile. Prerequisites: TAD 105 and TAD 121, or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: TAD 363. Spring, odd years.

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. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. 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

1-4 credits

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

1-4 credits

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.

TAD450 Advanced Acting

3 credits

Actors explore technique specific to the handling the classical texts of ancient origins through the 18th century. Prerequisite: TAD 350. Corequisite: TAD 455. Fall, odd years.

TAD455 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 3

1 credit

A studio course to provide continuous voice, movement and ensemble based training. Work builds on foundational work explored in Voice and Movement. The ensemble provides a platform for education, directing and acting students to collaborate and engage in creative practice. Prerequisite: TAD 350, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: TAD 450. Fall, odd years.

TAD460 Directing 1

3 credits

An introduction to directing theory and practice that includes play selection, script analysis, research, directorial concept, character biographies, casting, rehearsal planning, development of a production team, rehearsal management, blocking, integrating sets, lighting, sound, costumes, and music. Culminates in a hands-on directing project. Prerequisite: TAD 350, Corequisite: TAD 465. Fall, odd years.

TAD465 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 4

1 credit

A studio course to provide continuous voice, movement and ensemble based training. Work builds on foundational work explored in TAD 460. The ensemble provides a platform for education, directing and acting students to collaborate and engage in creative practice. Prerequisite: TAD 350, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: TAD 460. Fall, odd years.

TAD470 Directing 2

3 credits

To prepare students for solo directorial projects this course continues work started in Directing 1 with an additional focus on producing. The course culminates in an evening of one-act plays directed and co-produced by students. Prerequisite: TAD 460. Corequisite: TAD 475. Spring, odd years.

TAD475 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 5

1 credit

A studio course to provide continuous voice, movement and ensemble based training. Work builds on foundational work explored in TAD 470. The ensemble provides a platform for education, directing and acting students to collaborate and engage in creative practice. Prerequisite: TAD 460, or permission of instructor. Corequisite TAD 470. Spring, odd years.

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.

TAD492 Capstone

In our Capstone course students reflect on the development of their artistic voice and engage in creative inquiry. They research, analyze, explain, manage, and carry out some important aspect of a theatrical production. Depending on the student's interests, the project may focus on acting, directing, dramaturgy, or design. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Spring, even 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. Spring, odd years.

TAD496 Dance Education Practicum I

2 credits

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

2 credits

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

1-4 credits

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.