Theater: B.F.A. Course Offerings

Boston Conservatory at Berklee offers a four-year B.F.A. in contemporary theater and a four-year B.F.A. in musical theater. The courses outlined below are offered for students enrolled in these programs.

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Academic Courses

T-LT 1901 Introduction to Theater
1.5 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Students are introduced to all aspects of creating theater, exploring the role of the authors, directors, designers, actors, producers, the audience, and the critic.
 
T-LT 1301 History of Musical Theater 1
2 hours weekly; 2 credits
The first semester of this two-semester sequence provides students with a thorough introduction to the history of American musical theater, with occasional focus on musical theater outside the United States.  The emphasis will be on the broad themes that have influenced the genre, rather than on the rote memorization of facts. Students will begin with a solid foundation in historically significant works and their creators, then gradually progress toward modern-day shows, with an eye toward how those shows reflect the trends and themes set forth by the works of the past. In the process, students will work on their ability to write persuasively. They will also take part in or attend a staged reading of a historically significant show, with the goal of gaining and in-depth understanding of the show, its creators, and the historical genre that the show represents.
 
T-LT 1302 History of Musical Theater 2
2 hours weekly; 2 credits
The second semester of this two-semester sequence will cover similar chronological territory to that of the first semester, concentrating on building on that historical foundation, and filling in the significant genres that arose concurrently with the works discussed in the first semester. We will travel back earlier in history to discuss the precursors to American musical theater. We will also focus more specifically on the evolution of more sophisticated show forms, including the satirical musical show, from its early days of spoof and parody to the more refined forms of social commentary of the mid-20th century. In the process, students will continue to work on their ability to write persuasively. They will also take part in or attendanother staged reading of a historically significant show.
Prerequisite: T-LT 1301
 
T-LT 1941 Introduction to Ensemble in Contemporary Theater
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
 
T-LT 2901 Theater History 1
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
A study of the major milestones and advancements of theater from Ancient Greece to Shakespeare, embracing an understanding of  the historical, political, and social contexts of the development of theater through the ages.
 
T-LT 2902 Theater History 2
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
A study of theater from the Restoration through the Modern Theater of the 1800s. Particular attention is spent on the role that theater and entertainment played in the ever-evolving, tumultuous times of the world’s political landscape including the inspiration for acceptance or degradation of the art form in various countries and under particular regimes.        
Prerequisite: T-LT 2901
 
T-LT 3901 Shakespeare
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Prerequisite: T-LT 2902
 
T-LT 3941 Playwriting
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
 
T-LT 3942 Dramaturgy
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
 
T-LT 4901 Modern Drama 1

3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Prerequisite: T-LT 3901
 
T-LT 4902 Modern Drama 2
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Prerequisite: T-LT 4901
 
T-LT 4941 Capstone Research
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
 
T-LT 79912 Topics in Dramatic Literature
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
 
T-PR 00912 Independent Study

3 hours weekly; 1 credit

T-PR 00913 Independent Study
6 hours weekly; 2 credits
Students may petition to do independent work mentored by a music division faculty member. Approval is granted when the project specified is substantive, meaningful, and is something that the individual student can accomplish through primarily independent work.

Technical and Practical

T-SK 1041 Stagecraft and Design 1
3 hours weekly; 2 credits
 
T-SK 1042 Stagecraft and Design 2

3 hours weekly; 2 credits
Prerequisite: T-SK 1041
 
T-PR 1901 Introduction to Production
Students learn all aspects of production, including costumes, lighting, sound, and sets. Additionally, the student will learn the basics of stage management and how to be on a running crew for a show with a practical assignment to a mainstage show.
1.5 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
 
T-AP 3941 Capstone Planning

3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
 
T-PR 3943 Site Specific Collaboration and Performance
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
 
T-AP 4941 Senior Seminar
3 credits
 
T-PR 4941 Capstone
variable; 4 credits
 
T-SK 4941 Senior Entrepreneurship

2 credits
 
T-PR 2053 Production Practicum 3
2 credits
 
T-PR 2054 Production Practicum 4
2 credits
Prerequisite: T-PR 2053
 
T-SK 2951 Area Specific Stage Management 1
3 credits
 
T-SK 2952 Area Specific Stage Management 2
3 credits
 
T-PR 3951 Production Management
3 credits
 
T-SK 79910 Introduction to Stage Management
3 credits
 
T-SK 79911 Lighting Seminar 1
3 hours weekly; 2 credits
This first in this non-consecutive series will teach students the basic principles of stage lighting for concerts, theater, and performance. Topics will include basic design principles, color theory, lighting control systems, drafting using CAD software, and the mechanics and optics of lighting instruments.
 
T-SK 79912 Lighting Seminar 2
3 credits
 
T-SK 79913 Calling the Show
3 credits

Contemporary Theater

Acting

T-ST 1141 Acting Studio 1
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Fall. A class dedicated to the fundamental skills and terminology of psychological realistic acting. It uses the foundation of Stanislavski and those he influenced as a starting point to approaching character and action.

T-ST 1142 Acting Studio 2
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 1141
Spring. A continuation of Acting Studio 1, the student continues to train intention and purpose using foundational methods and vocabulary.

T-ST 2142 Acting Studio 3
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 1142
Fall. A study of technique and practice of monologue and scene study: analyzing a script, rehearsing a scene, playing an action, and learning to apply these techniques in contemporary processes and performances.

T-ST 2142 Acting Studio 4
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 2141
Spring. A continuation of the practical aesthetic of acting from Acting Studio 3 that further develops these skills and uses them as a foundation to build toward the innovative and experimental work of the actor.

T-ST-0141 Acting Electives
Fall and Spring. A series of revolving courses for selection in third and fourth year; these include Classical Acting and Mask Performance.

T-EN 1941 Ensemble Performance Lab 1
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Fall. Production class with multiple guest artists bringing the ensemble through a variety of approaches to devising new work.

T-EN 1942 Ensemble Performance Lab 2
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-EN 1941
Spring.  Devised performance piece created with a faculty artist to be presented in a studio showing.

T-EN 2941 Ensemble Performance Lab 3
3 hours weekly; 2 credits
Prerequisite: T-EN 1942
Fall. Devised production created with guest artist or company, performed in a black box setting.

T-EN 2942 Ensemble Performance Lab 4
3 hours weekly; 2 credits
Prerequisite: T-EN 2941
Spring. Devised production created with guest artist or company, performed in a black box setting.

T-EN 3941 Ensemble Performance Lab 5
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Prerequisite: T-EN 2942
Fall. Devised full-scale production conceived with guest artist or company.

T-EN 3942 Ensemble Performance Lab 6
3 hours weekly; 3 credits Prerequisite: T-EN 3941
Spring. Fall. Devised full-scale production conceived with guest artist or company.

T-EN 4941 Ensemble Performance Lab 7
Variable hours; 6 credits
Prerequisite: T-EN 3942
Tour. Devised production conceived with guest artist or company, taken on tour.

T-EN 4942 Ensemble Performance Lab 8
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Prerequisite: T-EN 4941
Fall or Spring. Devised full-scale production conceived with guest artist or company.

T-EN 1943 Auto Cours 1
1 hour weekly; 0.5 credit
Spring. Introduction to devising practice through self-teaching; students create solo work, duets, small groups, and full-group compositions based on prompts and feedback from instructor.

T-EN 2943 Auto Cours 2
1 hour weekly; 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: T-EN 1943
Spring. Self-teaching through structured, weekly composition assignments that include solo work, duets, small groups, full-group, and structured improvisations with feedback from instructor.

T-EN 3943 Auto Cours 3
1 hour weekly; 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: T-EN 2943
Spring. Self-teaching through composition, ensemble works in various combinations of group and space with prompt and feedback from instructor.

T-EN 4943 Auto Cours 4
1 hour weekly; 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: T-EN 3943
Spring. Self-teaching through ensemble composition.

Movement

T-ST 1143 Movement Studio 1
4 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Fall. A rigorous foundational movement class offering training based on a particular model, such as Grotowski.

T-ST 1144 Movement Studio 2
4 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 1143
Spring. A continuation of Movement Studio 1 where students delve more deeply into movement work. 

T-ST 2143 Movement Studio 3
Prerequisite: T-ST 1144
Fall. Dedicated movement practice and vocabulary that continues the foundational training, such as Suzuki and Viewpoints.

T-ST 2144 Movement Studio 4
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 2143
Spring. A continuation of the rigorous physical training of Movement Studio 3, that incorporates additional physical skills such as acrobatics.

T-ST 1147 Contact Skills
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Spring. A course exploring contact improvisation, physical force imposed on the body by gravity and the physics of momentum where students learn to introduce patterns of movement through direct action.

T-ST-0143 Movement Electives
Fall and Spring. A series of revolving courses for selection in third and fourth year; these include Circus Skills (off-site), Stage Combat, and Clowning.

Voice

T-ST 1241 Vocal-Physical Connection 1
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Fall. Vocal training and development through professional methodology, like Linklater or Fitzmaurice.

T-ST 1242 Vocal-Physical Connection 2
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 1242
Spring. A continuation of the first semester where students continue to develop good vocal habits and practice.

T-ST 2241 Vocal-Physical Connection 3
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 1242
Fall. Further exploration of vocal technique and practice through additional approaches such as Roy Hart.

T-ST 2242 Vocal-Physical Connection 4
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 2241
Spring. Continuation of the physiological vocal work and expands into the lyrical voice.

T-ST-0142 Vocal Electives
Fall and Spring. A series of revolving courses for selection in third and fourth year; these include Roy Hart, Vocal Performance and Stage Dialects.

Production

T-SK 1041 Stagecraft and Design 1
3 hours weekly; 2 credits
Fall. An introduction to the process and practice of design, the ways in which designers work together to tell stories and create original worlds, focusing on imagery, space, and three-dimensional design elements: scenery and costumes.

T-SK 1042 Stagecraft and Design 2
3 hours weekly; 2 credits
Prerequisite: T-SK 1041
Spring. A continuation of the first semester, focusing on atmosphere, timing, and abstract design elements: lighting and sound.

T-ST 2147 Directing and Composition
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Fall or Spring. A practical course that develops directing skills through individual artistic exploration, text analysis, exercise in decision-making and scene shaping.

T-PR 3943 Site Specific Collaboration and Performance
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Spring. An exploration of the way in which performance is shaped by the place in which is it created, and investigation of the dynamic interrelated relationship between performer, composition, and space. 

T-LT 3941 Playwriting
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Fall. A practicum course in writing plays, the techniques of the playwright in the studio, and the writer as a generative theater artist.

T-LT 3942 Dramaturgy
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Spring. An examination of the perspective and tasks of production and new play dramaturgy. The course will help the students find their own ways of navigating a play and a production. 

Academics, Producing, and Entrepreneurship

T-LT 1941 Introduction to Ensemble
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Fall. A survey of the practices and companies that make up the historic as well as the contemporary practice of ensemble-generated work. It considers various models of theater making, and the kinds of work they generate.

T-LT 2901 Theater History 1
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Fall. A study of the history of theater from its earliest recorded practice to 1800, that looks at the plays, theories, and practice of the early foundations of theatrical performance.

T-LT 2902 Theater History 2
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Spring. A study of the history of theater from the nineteenth century to the contemporary theater through some of the major people, places, and movements that shaped the modern era.

T-PR-2943 Creative Entrepreneurship
Spring. An introduction to the business of artistic production, including practical skills from creating an artistic presence to forming a sustainable company.

T-PR-2942 Theater and Community Engagement
Fall or Spring. A class that introduces modes of entering and exiting community using theater and performance, considering many tools used by theater companies worldwide to connect, collaborate, and create through modes of performance.

T-PR 3941-01 Producing and Tour Skills
Fall. A look at the practical skills and needs of artistic production including funding, marketing, community relations, and venue; and the practical needs of a tour in preparation for planning the ensemble’s summer tour.

 

Musical Theater

Acting

T-ST 1101 Acting 1
4 hours weekly; 2 credits
Students delve into the acting methodologies of theater realism and studying the tenets of Stanislavski as the inspiration for prominent interpretation of his theories by master American teachers like Uta Hagen. Suzuki exercises are introduced to prepare the students to be in the moment to find the essential truth of their characters. Shakespeare is introduced. Principles of Linklater voice and speech, and movement are utilized to free students of physical habits, emotional blocks, and redundancies.
 
T-ST 1102 Acting 2
4 hours weekly; 2 credits
Students continue to explore contemporary realism in the theater moving from monologues into scene work. Continued work in dialect, movement, and speech is integral to exploring greater risks in character development without inhibition.
Prerequisite: T-ST 1101
 
T-ST 2101 Acting 3
4 hours weekly; 2 credits
Methodologies of Meisner, Fitzmaurice, and Viewpoints are explored to create the intuitive actor. These approaches in acting, voice and speech, and movement allow an actor to act on impulse rather than relying on rationalization which hinders the depth of choices an actor can make. The work of this semester is predominantly applied to monologue work and group exercises.
Prerequisite: T-ST 1102
 
T-ST 2102 Acting 4
4 hours weekly; 2 credits
Study of methodologies from the first semester continues, with the addition of vocal Viewpoints and the methodologies of Michael Chekhov. The students move beyond monologues and group work into scene work.
Prerequisite: T-ST 2101
 
T-ST 3101 Acting 5
4 hours weekly; 2 credits
Non-contemporary theater of ‘style’ is explored. This includes Greek and Roman, Shakespeare, Restoration, and the Modern Theater. Methodologies of Ted Kazanoff and Robert Cohen are explored.
Prerequisite: T-ST 2102
 
T-ST 3102 Acting 6
4 hours weekly; 2 credits
Continued work in non-contemporary theater is explored.
Prerequisite: T-ST 3101
 
T-ST 4101 Acting 7
4 hours weekly; 2 credits
Acting is approached with a focus on synthesis of acting, voice and speech, and movement. Assigned work includes the plays of Ibsen, Chekhov, and Shaw.
Prerequisite: T-ST 3102
 
T-ST 4102 Acting 8

The final semester of acting is geared to honing in on the trained actor to address remaining hindrances of freedom of the actor’s instrument and individual coaching in theater, and musical theater in preparation for graduation and entry into a professional career.

Movement

T-ST 1103 Movement 1
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Prerequisite: T-ST 4101

T-ST 1104 Movement 2
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Prerequisite: T-ST 1103
 
T-ST 2103 Movement 3
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Prerequisite: T-ST 1104
 
T-ST 2104 Movement 4
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Prerequisite: T-ST 2013

Voice

T-ST 1201 Voice and Speech 1
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
 
T-ST 1202 Voice and Speech 2
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 1201
 
T-ST 2201 Voice and Speech 3
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 1202
 
T-ST 2202 Voice and Speech 4
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 2201
 
T-ST 3201 Voice and Speech 5
Heightened voice for non-contemporary theater work is explored. Methodologies of Fitzmaurice, Patsy Rodenberg, Cecily Berry, and Kristin Linklater are utilized. Dialect work is studied in depth.
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 2201
 
T-ST 3202 Voice and Speech 6
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-ST 3201
 
T-ST 4201 Voice and Speech 7
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
In the senior year, units of study are compartmentalized. T-ST 4201 concentrates on building a repertoire book of contrasting monologues to meet any expectation at an audition. The second unit deals with voiceover work, recorded readings of literature for the seeing impaired, voice for dramatic, comedic, and commercial animation. This unit builds vocal and acting dexterity, when the voice is the only tool to convey the intent of the author, the director, the producer, or marketing/advertising executives making decisions about product desirability and placement.
Prerequisite: T-ST 3202
 
T-ST 4202 Voice and Speech 8
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
In the senior year, units of study are compartmentalized. T-ST 4202 begins with various circumstances that require cold readings—with time to prepare and very little or no time to prepare. The second unit again deals with voiceover work, recorded readings of literature for the seeing impaired, voice for dramatic, comedic, and commercial animation.
Prerequisite: T-ST 4201

Directing

T-ST 3103 Directing 1
From classic plays to Shakespeare this aesthetics class looks at the many approaches to direction of a play.
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
 
T-ST 3104 Directing 2
The course explores contemporary directorial approaches to the theater, including the modern theater, expressionist theater, Brecht, the theater of cruelty, theater of the absurd, camp, and musical theater.
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Prerequisite: T-ST 3103

Music

Musical Theater

M-AP 0751 Applied Lesson: Voice
1 hour weekly; 2 credits
 
M-AP 0703 Applied Lesson: Voice
0.5 hour weekly; 1 credit
 
T-EN 1301 Musical Theater 1
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
 
T-EN 1302 Musical Theater 2
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-EN 1301
 
T-EN 2301 Musical Theater 3
5 hours weekly; 2.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-EN 1302
 
T-EN 2302 Musical Theater 4
5 hours weekly; 2.5 credits
Prerequisite: T-EN 2301
 
T-EN 3301 Musical Theater 5
5–6 hours weekly; 2.5 credits
Students immerse themselves in scene/song work from operetta, musical comedy, and the musical play. Special attention is spent on transitions from text into song and back, and the tenets of comedy. In this course, the students realize the fictional environment of the play and their character’s response to conflict.
Prerequisite: T-EN 2302
 
T-EN 3302 Musical Theater 6
5–6 hours weekly; 2.5 credits
Students further explore scene/song work from the Swing Era to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, and contemporary musical theater.
Prerequisite: T-EN 3301
 
T-EN 4301 Musical Theater 7
3.5 hours weekly; 2.5 credits
Students apply their acting skills, lyric interpretation, fluid musicality, and comedic ability to professional audition settings. Barriers of anxiety or lack of confidence are addressed, so that the actor/singers are free, courageous, and smart individuals, within the tense confines of a professional audition. They develop a comprehensive rep book to which they apply the above tenets.
Prerequisite: T-EN 3302
 
T-EN 4302 Musical Theater 8
3.5 hours weekly; 2.5 credits
This course stresses the business of theater: how to interview with your true and authentic self, and how to adjust to a myriad of circumstances and personalities in the industry. Guest professionals from Boston and New York conduct master classes. The semester ends with a unit on cabaret, where the performer, the characters the student creates, and the accompanist form a unique collaboration. Students learn the skill of revealing personal vulnerability in a manner that is poignant, funny, and truthful, without breaching the filter of comfort for themselves or their audiences.
Prerequisite: T-EN 4301
 
T-EN 4303 Musical Theater Collaborative
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
This is a required yearlong course for seniors who plan to showcase in Boston and New York City.
Prerequisite: T-EN 3302

Music Theory

T-SK 1401 Music Lab 1
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
T-SK 1402 Music Lab 2
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Prerequisite: T-SK 1401
Students will immerse themselves in all aspects of musicianship for the performing artist. This includes choral singing in large and small ensembles, basic piano skills for self-accompaniment, ear training, sight-singing, and fundamentals of music theory as applied to Broadway repertoire.
 
T-SK 2401 Music Lab 3
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Students immerse themselves in image work to liberate emotional capacity when singing a song. They study popular Tin Pan Alley styles of the 1930s–1940s to create a flexible singing voice. Music theory moves into more advanced principles, with the intent of creating independence of a performer when learning music. More piano training accentuates this move from basics to more comprehensive musical principles.
Prerequisite: T-SK 1402
 
T-SK 2402 Music Lab 4
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Students continue work from the early folk/rock era through contemporary pop styles. Then, students work on creating the fictional circumstances suited to the song, working for a stronger physical and environmental connection to their work. Music theory continues to explore self-sufficiency as a singing actor.
Prerequisite: T-SK 2401
 
T-SK 3401 Music Lab 5
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Prerequisite: T-SK 2402
 
T-SK 3402 Music Lab 6
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Prerequisite: T-SK 3401

Piano

T-SK 1403 Piano Class 1
1 hour weekly; 0.5 credit
 
T-SK 1404 Piano Class 2
1 hour weekly; 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: T-SK 1403

Dance

Tap

Placement in specific tap courses and sections is determined by the Coordinator of Musical Theater Dance, in consultation with the dance faculty. Placement is based not only on skill level but also on creating the best match between the expertise of individual faculty members and the specific needs of each student.
 
T-ST 0501  is a required review for placement in:
T-ST 0519 Beginner Tap
T-ST 0529 Intermediate Tap
T-ST 0539 Advanced Tap
1.5 hours weekly; 0.5 credits

Jazz

Placement in specific jazz courses and sections is determined by the Coordinator of Musical Theater Dance, in consultation with the dance faculty. Placement is based not only on skill level but also on creating the best match between the expertise of individual faculty members and the specific needs of each student.
 
T-ST 0601 is a required review for placement in:
T-ST 0619 Beginner Jazz
T-ST 0629 Beginner/Intermediate Jazz
T-ST 0639 Intermediate/Beginner Jazz
T-ST 0649 Intermediate Jazz
T-ST 0659 Advanced/Intermediate Jazz
T-ST 0669 Advanced Jazz
3 hours weekly; 1 credit

Ballet

Placement in specific ballet courses and sections is determined by the Coordinator of Musical Theater Dance, in consultation with the dance faculty. Placement is based not only on skill level but also on creating the best match between the expertise of individual faculty members and the specific needs of each student.
 
T-ST 0701 is a required review for placement in:
T-ST 0719 Beginner Ballet
T-ST 0729 Beginner/Intermediate Ballet
T-ST 0739 Intermediate/Beginner Ballet
T-ST 0749 Intermediate Ballet
T-ST 0759 Advanced/Intermediate Ballet
T-ST 0769 Advanced Ballet

Emphasis

An emphasis is available to students by permission only.

Songwriting Emphasis

T-SK 3461 Songwriting Workshop 1
T-SK 3462 Songwriting Workshop 2

2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Basics of popular songwriting are explored. Students have to demonstrate a strong grasp of music theory and the ability to compose on an instrument (piano; guitar) to be accepted into this course. The course ends with a concert of work that has been created during the year of study.
Prerequisite: T-SK 3461 for T-SK 3462
 
T-SK 4461 Songwriting Workshop 3
T-SK 4462 Songwriting Workshop 4

2 hours weekly; 1 credit
The second year of songwriting is sequential from the first year, with more difficult assignments and concepts, and a honing in on a particular style and application of the composer’s strength.
Prerequisite: T-SK 3462 for T-SK 4461; T-SK 4461 for T-SK 4462

Acting Emphasis

T-ST 4161 Scripted Acting Emphasis 1
T-ST 4162 Scripted Acting Emphasis 2

6 hours weekly; 3 credits
This course focuses on the rehearsal and presentation of an existing play cast to the course participants.
 
T-ST 4163 Devised Acting Emphasis 1
T-ST 4164 Devised Acting Emphasis 2

6 hours weekly; 3 credits
This course focuses on an original piece devised by the actors through extensive research of theatrical subject matter, as nurtured by the instructor. 

Musical Theater Repertoire Emphasis

T-AP 0301 Musical Theater Repertoire
0.5 hour weekly; 1 credit
T-AP 0303 Musical Theater Repertoire
1 hour weekly; 2 credits
Vocal coaching in the musical theater repertoire.

Directing Emphasis

T-ST 4163 Directing Emphasis 1
T-ST 4164 Directing Emphasis 2

2 hours weekly; 3 credits
This course is a practical application of the year of academic study in the junior year of the aesthetics of theater, as perceived by the great directors of the recent and not so recent past who created milestones in the evolution of the stage play.

T-ST 4261 Dance Emphasis 1
T-ST 4262 Dance Emphasis 2

3 hours weekly; 1 credit
Dance Emphasis is the advanced elective for seniors who have shown virtuosity or the potential for such in their advanced dance courses. Students learn the prominent styles of choreographers who have shaped the evolution of musical theater through dance.
Corequisites: T-ST 0601 and T-ST 0701