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TDAC (Acting)   |   TDDE (Design)   |   TDDM (Dance Making) 

TDDR (Directing/Stage Management)   |  TDGE (General)   |  TDHD (Dance History)

TDHT (Theatre History)   |   TDMV (Dance Movement)   |  TDPF (Dance Performance)

TDPR (Practicum)   |   TDPW (Playwriting)   |   TDTR (Dance Theory)



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TDAC - THEATRE Acting

TDAC 1. Introduction to Acting (4)    A beginning course in the fundamentals of acting: establishing a working vocabulary and acquiring the basic skills of the acting process. Through exercises, compositions and improvisations, the student actor explores the imagination as the actor's primary resource, and the basic approach to text through action. Prerequisite: none.

TDAC 101. Acting I (4)    This course focuses on beginning scene study with an emphasis on exploring action/objective and the given circumstances of a selected text. Prerequisite: TDAC 1 or consent of instructor.

TDAC 102. Acting II (4)    Further study in the application of the given circumstances to a text and the development of characterization. The final stages of this course will be selection and preparation of audition material. Prerequisite: TDAC 101.

TDAC 103A. Acting Intensive I (4)      An intensive foundation class for students interested in professional actor training. Using Viewpoints, students will train the physical, vocal, and emotional aspects of their actor instrument toward developing character and relationships by using scenes from contemporary and modern plays. Prerequisite: TDAC 102.

TDAC 103B. (4)     A continuation of TDAC 103A. Working from Meisner technique, students will learn to deepen and detail their objectives, spontaneous response, and deep listening skills. Focus on the process that will lead to scenework using this technique. Prerequisites: TDAC 103A, department stamp, and consent of instructor.

TDAC 104. Classical Text (4)     Studies of the heightened realities of poetic drama. Verse analysis, research, methods and how to approach a classical dialogue. Prerequisite: TDAC 102. 

TDAC 105. Rehearsing Shakespeare (4)    Advanced exploration of Shakespeare's language through examining and performing scenes from the plays. Admission by audition. Prerequisites: TDAC 102.

TDAC 106.  Chekhov Acting (4)  Practical Exercises, discussion, text analysis, and scene work on the writings of Anton Chekhov. Prerequisites: TDAC 102.

TDAC 107. Improvisation for the Theatre (4)    Improvisation for the theatre explores improvisation techniques as an alternative and unique approach to acting. Students should have a performance background. Prerequisite: TDAC 1.

TDAC 108. Advanced Topics (4)    Advanced topics in acting, such as Avant Garde Drama, Commedia, or Beckett, for students who possess basic acting techniques. Prerequisites: TDAC 102. May be taken four times for credit.

TDAC 109. Singing for Actors (4)    This course introduces basic skills of breathing, placement, diction, musicianship, harmony, interpretation, and presentation needed by actors for roles requiring singing. Through a combination of group and individual coaching in class, students will prepare a program of short solo and ensemble pieces for a finals-week presentation. Prerequisites: TDAC 1 and audition; department stamp.

TDAC 110. Acting for the Camera (4)
This course is designed to aid the actor in the transition from stage to film work. Examination of film production and its physical characteristics and the acting style needed for work in film and television. Students will perform in simulated studio setting on camera. Prerequisites: TDAC 102.

TDAC 111. Freeing the Voice (4)    Intensive workshop for actors and directors designed to "free the voice," with special emphasis on characteristics and vocal flexibility in a wide range of dramatic texts. This proven method combines experimental and didactic learning with selected exercises, texts, tapes, films, and total time commitment. Prerequisite: TDAC 101 AND audition/interview.

TDAC 112. Major Seminar in Acting (4)    An in-depth study seminar focused on special issues in acting as they relate to contemporary theatre. Of particular interest to students who plan to pursue a career in this area of theatre. Prerequisites: TDAC 102.

TDAC 115. Movement for Actors (4)    An exploration of the wide array of physical skills necessary for the actor. Using techniques derived from mime, clowning, sports, acrobatics, and improvisation, students will investigate their individual physical potential as well as their sense of creativity and imagination. Prerequisite: TDAC 101.

TDAC 120. Ensemble (4)    An intensive theatre practicum designed to generate theatre created by an ensemble with particular emphasis upon the analysis of text. Students will explore and analyze the script and its author. Ensemble segments include black theatre, Chicano theatre, feminist theatre, and commedia dell'arte. Audition may be required. A maximum of four units may be used for major credit. Prerequisite: department stamp.

TDAC 122. Ensemble: Undergraduate Production (4)    Participation in a fully-staged theatre production directed by a M.F.A. or Ph.D. student for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Admission by audition only. A maximum of four units may be used for major credit. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor; department stamp.

TDAC 123. Advanced Studies in Performance (4)    Participation in a fully-staged season production that is directed by a faculty member or guest for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Admission by audition only. A maximum of four units may be used for major credit. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor; department stamp.

TDAC 126. Acting-Directing Process (4)    A studio class that investigates the relationship between the actor and the director. Working alongside directors, students learn how to animate the writer's and director's vision on stage through status exercises and scene work while expanding their skills in the acting process. Prerequisites: TDAC 1 and TDAC 101, or consent of instructor.

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TDDE - THEATRE Design

TDDE 1. Introduction to Design for the Theatre (4)    A survey of contemporary and historical concepts and practices in the visual arts of the theatre; studies in text analysis, studio processes and technical production; elementary work in design criticism, scale model making, and costume design. A course serving as an introduction to theatre design and production.

TDDE 101. Theatre Process—Scenery (4)     A hands-on course develops craft skills and solution-finding process in design including script analysis, concept sketches, research, and scale model making. An exploration of fundamental ways of seeing and understanding visual design. Prerequisite: TDDE 1.

TDDE 102. Advanced Scenic Design (4)    An advanced course based on the "practice" of scenic design, dealing with the solution finding process, from text to idea to realized work. Prerequisite: TDDE 101 or consent of instructor.

TDDE 111. Theatre Process—Costume Design (4)    The process of the costume designer from script analysis, research visualization of ideas, through the process of costume design. Lecture and demonstration labs parallel lecture material. This course is intended for those interested in a basic understanding of the costumer's process. No previous drawing or painting skills required. Prerequisite: TDDE 1.

TDDE 112. Advanced Costume Design (4)    An advanced course based on the "practice" of costume design, dealing with the solution finding process, from text to idea to realized work. Prerequisite: TDDE 111 or consent of instructor.

TDDE 121. Theatre Process—Lighting Design (4)    One of three classes in theatre process. The course aims to develop basic skills in lighting design through practical projects, lab work and lecture. These emphasize collaboration, manipulating light and color, and developing craft skills. Prerequisite: TDDE 1 or consent of instructor.

TDDE 122. Advanced Lighting Design (4)   Creative projects and topics in lighting design. Work to include studies and design research, concepts, collaboration, professional procedures and systems, paper work, and organization. Varies scales of theoretical and practical projects in the light lab and classroom will be addressed by the student for presentation and critique. Prerequisite: TDDE 1, TDDE 121, or consent of instructor

TDDE 130. Assistant Designer (2-6)    A production-oriented course that continues to introduce students to the fundamentals of design assisting. Laboratory format allows the student to work with faculty, graduate, or advanced undergraduate theatre designers, doing research, developing design concepts, and supporting the designer in a number of professional ways. Prerequisites: TDDE 1, any upper- division undergraduate theatre design class, and consent of instructor; department stamp. May be taken twice for credit.

TDDE 131. Special Topics in Theatre Design (4)    A course designed to expose the theatre design student to a variety of specialized topics that will vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisite: TDDE 1 or consent of instructor. May be taken three times for credit.

TDDE 132. Undergraduate Mainstage Production: Design (4)    A course which will guide a student in a design assignment on the undergraduate mainstage production. Specialized topics dependent on the design requirements of the production. Prerequisite: TDDE 1 or consent of instructor. May be taken two times for credit.

TDDE 141 Theatre Process – Sound Design (4)     A hands-on course on the process of sound design from conception to planning and implementation. The course will concentrate equally on the technical and artistic aspects of the sound design process and will include a survey of modern audio technologies. Prerequisites: TDDE 1 or TDPR 6 or consent of instructor

TDDE 142 Advance Sound Design (4)     This course focuses on advancing students in their artistic and technical skills in sound design. A large scale project will be identified with special attention given to text analysis and technical specification of the sound design. Prerequisites: TDDE 141 or consent of instructor

TDDE 151. Digital Video Design (4) This course will examine the field of projection design for theatre and dance performance. Students will study and produce original works based on the theoretical and aesthetic approaches of animation, film, performance and installation art that influence contemporary projection design. Prerequisites: TDDE 1 or consent of instructor

TDDE 169A. Digital Rendering for Theatre and Performance Design I (4) Introductory course that explores a variety of digital rendering methods for artistic 2d, 3d and moving graphics visualization in theater and performance design. Course objective is to synthesize and expand traditional drawing and painting methods with modern digital media-based applications. Prerequisites: upper division standing.  No design background needed.

TDDE 169B. Digital Rendering for Theatre and Performance Design II (4) A continuation of TDDE 169A. Studio course explores advanced digital rendering methods for artistic 2d, 3d and moving graphics for theater and performance design. Focus will be on advanced techniques in the process of visualization from conception to production. Prerequisites: TDDE 169A

TDDE 190. Major Project in Design/Theatre Production (4)    For the advanced design/production student. Concen-tration on a particularly challenging design or theatre production assignment, including such areas as assistant designer (scenery, lighting, or costumes), technical director, master cutter, or master electrician. May be repeated one time for credit. A maximum of eight units of major project study, regardless of area (design, directing, or stage management) may be used to fulfill major requirements. Prerequisite: admission by consent of instructor only. See department for application form. May be taken two times for credit.


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TDDM - DANCE Dance Making

TDDM 1. Introduction to Dance Making (4) Explores the concepts and processes of dance making, through creative projects, discussions, and the examination of major dance works.  Prerequisite: None

TDDM 5. Site Specific Dance and Performance (4) The study of dance and performance creation in relation to the environment, political activism, happenings and ritual. Students explore ideas within the unique attributes of architecture, natural landscapes, public spaces, visual art, historic landmarks, and cultural contexts.Prerequisite: None

TDDM 100. Dance Making 1 (4) Practical and conceptual studies of approaches to dance making. Compositional projects enable students to create short works for solo, duet, and small group situations, with options to explore interdisciplinary collaboration, specific sites, text, political and societal issues, and advanced partner work. Prerequisite: TDDM 1

TDDM 101. Dance Making 2 (4) The study of compositional, ensemble, collaborative and improvisational approaches to dance making. Structures, scores, tasks, imagination, timing, spontaneity, partnering skills, composing in the moment, shared authorship and experimentation facilitate the development of movement vocabulary.  Prerequisite: TDDM 100

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TDDR - THEATRE Directing/Stage Management

TDDR 101. Stage Management (4)    Discussion and research into the duties, responsibilities, and roles of a stage manager. Work to include studies in script analysis, communication, rehearsal procedures, performance skills, and style and concept approach to theatre. TDGE 1, TDAC 1, and TDDE 1 recommended.

TDDR 108. Text Analysis for Actors and Directors (4)    This is an introductory class in the process of understanding the play script. The class will focus on analyzing the story and the underlying dramatic structure in terms of dramatic action. Objectives, actions, choices, given circumstances, and character will be examined. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDDR 111. Directing-Acting Process (4)    A studio class that investigates the fundamental skills a director needs to work with actors. Working with actors, students learn how to animate the text on stage through status exercises and scene work as they develop their skill in text work, staging, and dramatic storytelling. Prerequisite: TDDR 108 or TDHT 10.

TDDR 190. Major Project in Directing (4)    For the advanced student in directing. Intensive concentration on the full realization of a dramatic text from research and analysis through rehearsal and into performance. A maximum of eight units of major project study, regardless of area (design, directing, or stage management) may be used to fulfill major requirements. See department for application. Prerequisites: TDDR 108 or TDDR 111, consent of instructor and Department Stamp.

TDDR 191. Major Project in Stage Management (4)    For the advanced student in stage management. Intensive concentration on the full realization of a dramatic text, from research and analysis through rehearsal and final performance. A maximum of eight units of major project study regardless of area (design, directing, stage management, or playwriting) may be used to fulfill major requirements. See department for application. Prerequisites: TDPR 104, TDDR 101, consent of instructor, and department stamp. May be taken two times for credit.


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TDGE - THEATRE General

TDGE 1. Introduction to Theatre (4)    An introduction to fundamental concepts in drama and performance. Students will attend performances and learn about how the theatre functions as an art and as an industry in today's world. Prerequisite: none.

TDGE 2. Solo Performance (4). Analysis history and literature of Solo Performance in the United States; screening of pivotal one-person shows; workshops to design and mount students own solo theatre pieces; focus on delivery of American experiences through performance. Prerequisites: None

TDGE 3. Cultivating the Creative Mind (4)    This course will use the theatrical context to integrate scientific research about creativity, group dynamics and related topics. Through a mix of theoretical and experiential classes and assignments, we will explore the intersection of theatre and neuroscience, investigating and expanding the creative mind. Prerequisite: none

TDGE 5. A Glimpse into Acting (4): An introductory course on acting fundamentals for students without an acting background. Through analysis of acting on film, students will explore the actor’s craft and practice these skills in studio exercises to better understand how an actor approaches a text. Prerequisite: none

TDGE 10. Theatre and Film (4)    Theatre and Film analyzes the essential differences between theatrical and cinematic approaches to drama. Through selected play/film combinations, the course looks at how the director uses actors and the visual languages of the stage and screen to guide and stimulate the audience's responses. Prerequisite: none.

TDGE 11. Great Performances on Film (4)    Course examines major accomplishments in screen acting from the work of actors in films or in film genres. Prerequisite: none. May be taken three times for credit.

TDGE 12. Topics in Cinema and Race (4) This course explores filmed representations of race and diversity and examines works by underrepresented filmmakers. Course topics vary; they include African American Film, Latino/a Film, Asian American Film, Films by Spike Lee, Stereotypes on Film, and other such topics. Prerequisite: none.

TDGE 25. Public Speaking (4) This course is designed to establish a clear understanding of the fundamentals of effective oral communication. The methodologies explore the integration of relaxation, concentration, organization, and clear voice and diction as applied to various public speaking modes. Prerequisite: none.
Starting week 2 any new students trying to add this class will not be allowed. You must attend the first week.

TDGE 50. Musical Theatre Chorus (2) Study and perform selected songs from American musical theatre. Topics vary each quarter. Prerequisites: None. All singing levels welcomed. No audition required. May be taken 6 times for credit.

TDGE 87. Freshman Seminar in Theatre and Dance (1)    Seminar on a topic in theatre or dance on a level appropriate for first-year students, conducted in an informal, small group setting limited to ten to twenty students. Topics will vary.

TDGE 89. Dance Movement Exploration (4)    An introduction to dance movement and understanding your body. A contemporary approach to dancing and its many genres as an expressive medium and form of communication. A movement course but no dance training or background in dance needed. May be taken for credit three times. Prerequisites: none.

TDGE 90. Undergraduate Seminar (1): Discussion of various theatre topics.

TDGE 100. Creating the Role of "Leader" (4) Acting and Leadership require "choices" to play a role. The role of leader requires authenticity, collaboration, listening, presence, vision, and influence. Students will explore characteristics of strong leaders, and utilizing traditional acting techniques build powerful capabilities of leadership. Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

TDGE 105. Exploring Acting (4): An acting course for non-majors building on the acting fundamentals developed in TDGE 5. Using analysis of film acting to practice in studio exercises and scene work, student actors learn to approach a text using imagination as their primary tool. Prerequisite: TDGE 5 or consent of instructor.

TDGE 122. The Films of Woody Allen (4)    Students explore a variety of issues: screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing; the intersection of comedy and tragedy in Allen's works; recurring themes; and critical responses. Students view thirteen films and write two three-page essays and one ten-page research paper. Prerequisite: upper division standing.

TDGE 123. Mary Poppins Meets Bladerunner. (4)      A select survey of eight to ten exceptional off-beat, frequently low-budget films from the last sixty years that have attained "cult" status. The mix includes Tod Browning's "Freaks" (1932) to John Water's "Pink Flamingos" (1973). Aspects of bad taste, cinematic irony, and theatrical invention will be highlighted. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

TDGE 124. Cult Films: Weirdly Dramatic (4)    A select survey of eight to ten exceptional off-beat, frequently low-budget films from the last sixty years that have attained “cult” status. The mix includes Tod Browning’s “Freaks” (1932) to John Water’s “Pink Flamingos” (1973). Aspects of bad taste, cinematic irony, and theatrical invention will be highlighted. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

TDGE 125. Topics in Theatre and Film (4)  Great Films and the performances of the actors in them are analyzed in their historical, cinematic or theatrical contexts. The course examines the actor's contribution to classic cinema and the social and aesthetic forces at work in the film. Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

TDGE 126 Storytelling and Design in Animation (4) This course will use a broad range of animation styles and genres to examine larger issues in art practice, focusing closely on the relationship between form and content, and how sound/set/costume/character design impacts narrative. Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing

TDGE 127 The Films of Spike Lee (4)     Students view eight to ten films of this important filmmaker to examine style; genre; screenwriting; directing; cinematography; recurring themes; the place of this work in (African) American history; race and movie industry politics; and critical responses. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDGE 130. Let There Be Light! (4)  An adventure-theory class investigating the power of light and color in art, architecture, theatre, film, television, and exploring its impact on students' lives. Students will perform research, submit papers, and create practical examples. No prior light/design skills required. Prerequisites: None.

TDGE 131. Playing Indian: Native American and First Nations Cinema (4)
This course examines recent movies by Native American/First Nations artists that labor to deconstruct and critique reductive stereotypes about America's First Peoples in Hollywood Cinema. Carving spaces of "visual sovereignty" (Raheja), these films propose complex narratives and characterizations of Indigeneity. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDGE 133. Visual Ideas (4) An exploration of fundamental ways of seeing and thinking about the performance space. A look at the design process as it reflects styles and attitudes through an examination of text/image/meaning/message in theatre, dance, opera and visual arts. With a special emphasis on the "solution finding process" in design, as a leap from text to context, to finalized design. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDGE 134. Disability and Performative Exploration: Struggle for Inclusion (4)
This class examines disability in the performative context, exploring the representation of people with disabilities and the struggle for access and inclusion. The frame of advocacy, understanding, and creative collaboration will deepen the historical perspective on disability. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDGE 192. Senior Seminar in Theatre and Dance (1)     Designed to allow senior undergraduates to meet with faculty members in a small group setting to explore an intellectual topic in Theatre and Dance (at the upper division level). Topics will vary from quarter to quarter. Topics will vary from quarter to quarter. Senior seminars may be taken for credit up to four times, with a change in topic, and permission of the department. Enrollment i limited to twenty students, with preference given to seniors. Prerequisites: senior standing, department stamp and consent of instructor.

TDGE 196A. Honors Study in Theatre and Dance (4) The Honors Thesis is designed to give Theatre and Dance majors the opportunity to undertake advanced creative research in an area of specialization (Directing, History, Pedagogy, Performance, Playwriting or Stage Management) culminating in the writing of a Thesis and the oral or performative presentation of the Thesis to the members of the student's Honors Committee. Prerequisites: 3.7 overall GPA and 3.5 in the major, Student should enroll Winter and Spring quarter of their Senior year. Application can be picked up from the Theatre and Dance Undergraduate Coordinator, it’s due 5th week of Fall quarter of their graduating year.

TDGE 196B. Honors Study in Theatre and Dance (4) A continuation of TDGE 196A. Theatre and Dance honors students complete thesis work in Directing, History, Pedagogy, Performance, Playwriting or Stage Management under the close supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: TDGE 196A .

TDGE 198. Directed Group Studies (0-2-4)    Group studies, readings, projects, and discussions in theatre history, problems of production and performance, and similarly appropriate subjects. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, 2.5 GPA, consent of instructor, and department stamp. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.

TDGE 199. Special Projects (0-2-4)    Qualified students will pursue a special project in theatre history, problems of production and performance, and similarly appropriate topics. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, 2.5 GPA, consent of instructor, and department stamp.

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TDHD - DANCE History of Dance

TDHD 20. Looking at Dance (4) Focuses on the foundational aesthetic concepts of dance creation and performance within a diverse range of cultural contexts. Students develop descriptive, perceptual and analytical skills. Prerequisite: TDTR 10

TDHD 21. Dance Pioneers of the 20th and 21st Centuries (4) An historical overview of the most influential international dance pioneers in recent history, the cultural, political, and artistic contexts that informed the development of their work and the impact that their achievements have on the evolution of dance worldwide. Prerequisite: TDTR 10

TDHD 175. Cultural Perspectives on Dance (4) The study of dance forms from a global perspective. An analysis and understanding of international dance traditions and their connections to religion, ritual, folklore, custom, festive celebration, popular culture, art and political movements. Prerequisite: TDTR 10 or consent of instructor.

TDHD 176. Dance History—Special Topics (4)    An in-depth exposure to an important topic in dance history, theory, aesthetics, and criticism. Topics vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisite: TDTR 10, upper-division standing.

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TDHT - THEATRE History of Theatre

TDHT 10. Introduction to Play Analysis (4)     An introduction to the fundamental techniques of analyzing dramatic texts. Focus is on the student's ability to describe textual elements and their relationships to each other as well as on strategies for writing critically about drama. Prerequisites: none.

TDHT 21. Ancient and medieval theatre (4)     Explores the roots of contemporary theatre in world performance traditions of ancient history with a focus on humans' gravitation toward ritual and play.  Examples come from Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesoamerica, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Persia, and England. Prerequisite: none.

TDHT 22. Theatre 1500-1900 (4)      Explores varieties of drama in professional theatre from 1500 to 1900 in Europe, Japan, and China, and their interconnections both formal and historical. Prerequisite: none.

TDHT 23. Twentieth-Century Theatre (4)     A survey of drama from 1900 to 1990, with attention also paid to the development of avant-garde performance forms. Plays discussed reflect developments in Europe and the U.S., but also transnational, postcolonial perspectives. Prerequisite: none.

TDHT 101. Topics in Dramatic Literature and Theatre History (4)    An in-depth exposure to an important individual writer or subject in dramatic literature and/or theatre history. Topics vary from quarter to quarter. Recent courses have included Modern French Drama, and the History of Russian Theatre. Prerequisite: Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed. May be taken three times for credit.

TDHT 102. Masters of Theatre (4)    Focus on the artists of seminal importance in the theatre. Consideration will be given to theory and practice of the artist, with emphasis on theatrical realizations that can be reconstructed by integrated research. Examples of recent courses include Moliére, Fugard, and Strindberg. Prerequisite: TDHT 21, 22, or 23 or consent of instructor. May be taken three times for credit.

TDHT 103 Asian American Theatre (4)  This course examines pivotal dramatic works in the history of professional Asian American theatre in the U.S. (1960s to the present). Issues include interculturalism, the cross-over between minority theatres and mainstream venues, and the performance of identity. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed.

TDHT 104. Italian Comedy (4)    Continuities and changes in Italian comedy from the Romans through the Renaissance and Commedia dell'arte to modern comedy. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed.

TDHT 105. French Comedy (4)   Masterpieces of French farce and comedy from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century studied their theatrical and cultural contexts. Readings include plays by Moliere, Marivauz, Beaumarchais, and Feydeau. Prerequisite:upper division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed.

TDHT 107. American Theatre (4)   In this course we will examine representative plays and playwrights who write about the "American" experience from a variety of historical periods and diverse cultural communities. Playwrights will include O'Neill, Glaspell, Miller, Williams, Hellman, Wasserstein, Wang, and Parks. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed.

TDHT 108. Luis Valdez (4)    In this course examines the works of Luis Valdez, playwright, director, screenwriter, film director, and founder of the Teatro Campesino. Readings include plays and essays by Valdez and critical books and articles about this important American theatre artists. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed.

TDHT 109 African American Theatre (4)     This course provides a survey of the contributions to the Theatre arts made by African Americans. Analytic criteria will include the historical context in which the piece was crafted; thematic and stylistic issues; Aesthetic Theories and reception. Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed..

TDHT 110. Chicano Dramatic Literature (4)    Focusing on the contemporary evolution of Chicano dramatic literature. This course will analyze playwrights and theatre groups that express the Chicano experience in the United States, examining relevant "actors," plays, and documentaries for their contributions to the developing Chicano theatre movement. (Cross-listed with Ethnic Studies 132.) Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed.

TDHT 111. Hispanic-American Dramatic Literature (4)    Course examines the plays of leading Cuban-American, Puerto-Rican, and Chicano playwrights in an effort to understand the experience of these Hispanic-American groups in the United States. (Cross-listed with Ethnic Studies 133.) Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed.

TDHT 114. American Musical Theatre (4)    The class will explore this vital and unique theatre form by examining its origins, evolution components, and innovators. Special emphasis is placed on the process of adaptation and the roles of the director and choreographer. Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed.

TDHT 115. History and Theory of Directing (4)    Evolution of directing theory from 1850 to the present with reference to the work of internationally influential directors such as Saxe-Meiningen, Antoine, Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Brecht, and Brook, among others. Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent of instructor. No prior knowledge in Theatre history is needed.

TDHT 116. Old Myths in New Films (4)    The course will address the work of different writers each quarter, showing how their films derive from classic myths, legends, and traditions of a specific ethnic group. Authors discussed may include Kurosawa (Japanese), Herzog (German), Neil Jordan (Irish), and other moderns. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor. May be taken three times for credit.

TDHT 117. Major’s Seminar: Dramaturgy (4)    This course introduces students to the discipline of dramaturgy and prepares students to serve as dramaturges on theatrical projects. Material will include a survey of the origins, theories, and practical applications of dramaturgy in this and other countries. Prerequisites: theatre majors only, TDHT 21, 22, and 23; at least two UD History courses; consent of instructor.

TDHT 119. Production Dramaturgy (4) Introduces theatre and dance students to the practice of contemporary production dramaturgy. Students learn strategies for applying the results of textual analysis and cultural research to the production process. Prerequisites: interview with instructor.

TDHT 120. Indigenous Theatre and Performance (4)
This theoretical and embodied course examines a selection of Indigenous plays and performances (dance, hip hop) and helps students develop the critical vocabulary and contextual knowledge necessary to productively engage with the political and artistic interventions performed by these works. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

TDHT 190. The New York Theatre and Dance Scene (4) Experience firsthand New York history as a performing arts cultural capital. In addition to studying New York performance history and literature, attend performances accompanied by lecture/discussion. Get backstage tours, meet important players, and learn how productions go from vision to reality. Program or material fee may apply. Contact the Department of Theatre and Dance for application for TDHT 190. May be taken for credit three times. Prerequisites: Students must submit an application to enroll in the course to confirm they are aware course is in New York and will accrue additional fees.

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TDMV - DANCE Movement

TDMV 1. Beginning Ballet (2)    A contemporary approach to beginning level ballet technique, principles and terminology. Develops the body for strength, flexibility, and artistic interpretation. Emphasis on developing a foundation in movement for continuation of ballet training. Historical origin of ballet will be discussed. Prerequisites: none. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 2. Beginning Contemporary Dance (2)     Introduction to contemporary somatic approaches to dance, building fundamental technical skills, kinetic and perceptual awareness, efficiency and artistic expression. Choreographic sequences are analyzed through time space coordination and dynamics. Movement exploration includes improvisation and composition. Prerequisites: none. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 3. Beginning Jazz (2)    Introduction to the technique of jazz dance, while placing the art form in its historical context as an American vernacular form. Builds a beginning technical jazz vocabulary with a focus on rhythmic exercises, isolations, turns, and locomotor combinations. Prerequisite: none. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 5. Yoga for Dance (2) An introduction to the physical practice of yoga. A detailed investigation into the ancient somatic practice of energetically connecting the mind and body, through kinesthetic and sensory awareness and how this supports and informs dance practices. Prerequisite: None

TDMV 11. Theatrical Tap (2)    The study of theatrical tap dance. Various styles of tap— such as classical, rhythm, and musical theatre—will be introduced. Emphasis on rhythm, coordination, timing, and theatrical style. Includes basic through intermediate tap movement. Prerequisite: none. May be taken 3 times for credit.

TDMV 20 Movement Lab. (4) This creative laboratory course facilitates group and individual experimentation through the study of somatic movement processes and methodologies. Students explore approaches to movement vocabulary that offer them insights into investigating their own movement generation and dance making material. Prerequisite: None

TDMV 110. Intermediate Ballet (4)    A contemporary approach to ballet technique and terminology at the intermediate level. Emphasis on increasing strength, flexibility, and balance, and the interpretation of musical phrasing. Includes correct alignment training and artistic philosophy of ballet. Prerequisites: six units of TDMV 1 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 111. Advanced Ballet (4) A contemporary approach to ballet technique, terminology and performance at the advanced level. Introduces more complex choreographic variations and skills. Individual and group composition will be examined and aesthetic criticism applied. Prerequisite: 12 units of TDMV 110 or consent of instructor

TDMV 112. Advanced Ballet for Contemporary Dance (4)    Designed for students with advanced training in contemporary modern dance and intermediate to advanced training in ballet. Emphasis is on increasing composition and performance skills in ballet through contemporary modern dance aesthetics. Prerequisite: twelve units of THDA 101A-B-C or TDMV 101 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 120. Intermediate Contemporary Dance (4)    The development of contemporary dance as an expressive medium, with emphasis on technical skills at the intermediate level. Includes the principles, elements, and historical context of contemporary modern postmodern dance. Prerequisite: six units of TDMV 2 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 122. Advanced Contemporary Dance (4) The development of contemporary somatic approaches to dance as an expressive medium, emphasizing advanced technical skills, efficient athleticism, kinesthetic refinement, individual creative voice and performance elements. Choreography and aesthetic concepts will be explored. Incorporates various principles of human movement research. Prerequisite: 12 units of TDMV 120 or consent of instructor

TDMV 123. Contact Improvisation (4) Students will study the practice of improvisational dancing with a partner. Students will develop skills in giving and supporting body weight, lifting, balancing, falling, rolling and recovering fluidly together. Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent of instructor.

TDMV 130. Intermediate Jazz (4)    Designed to provide training in the technique of jazz dance, while placing the art form in its historical context as an American vernacular form. Builds an intermediate technical jazz level with a focus on style, musicality, dynamics, and performance. Prerequisite: six units of TDMV 3 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 133. Advanced Jazz (4)    Further development in the technique of jazz dance, while placing the art form in its historical context as an American vernacular form. Builds an advanced technical jazz level with a focus on style, musicality, dynamics, and performance. Prerequisite: six units of TDMV 130 or consent of instructor. May be taken six times for credit.

TDMV 138. Hip Hop (2)    An introduction to the basic technique of hip hop, studied to enhance an understanding of the historical cultural content of the American form hip-hop and street dances in current choreography. Prerequisites: upper-division standing. May be taken 4 times for credit.

TDMV 140. Beginning Dances of the World (4)      Courses designed for the in-depth study of the dances and historical context of a particular culture or ethnic form; Afro-Cuban, Spanish, Balinese, Japanese, Latin, etc. Specific topic will vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisite: upper-division standing. May be taken twice for credit.

TDMV 141 Advanced Dances of the World (4)     Courses designed for the advanced continuing study of the dances and historical context of a particular culture or ethnic form; Afro-Cuban, Spanish, Balinese, Japanese, Latin, etc. Specific topic will vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisite: TDMV 142 or TDMV 143 or TDMV 144, or consent of instructor. May be taken twice for credit.

TDMV 142. Latin Dance of the World (4)     o develop an appreciation and understanding of the various Latin dances. Emphasis on learning basic social dance movement vocabulary, history of Latin cultures and use of each dance as a means of social and economic expression. Prerequisite: upper-division standing. May be taken three times for credit.

TDMV 143. West African Dance (4)     An introductory course that explores the history of West African cultures and diasporas through student research, oral presentation, dance movement and performance. Contemporary African dance influenced by drum masters and performing artists from around the world are also covered. Prerequisite: upper-division standing. May be taken three times for credit.

TDMV 144. Asian Dance (4)     To develop an appreciation and understanding of the dances from various Asian cultures. Emphasis on learning the basic forms and movement vocabularies, their historical context, and the use of each dance a s a means of cultural and artistic expression. Prerequisite: upper-division standing. May be taken three times for credit.

TDMV 146. Intermediate Latin Dances of the World (4)     To develop an appreciation and understanding of the various Latin dances. Emphasis on learning intermediate social dance movement vocabulary, history of Latin cultures and use of each dance as a means of social and economic expression. Prerequisites: TDMV 142.

TDMV 148. Intermediate Hip-Hop (4) This course is designed to build on the skills developed in TDMV 138, Hip-Hop, also deepening students' understanding of the social, political, and economic forces at work within hip-hop culture. More complex rhythms and sequencing will be introduced, and musicality will be honed through an added emphasis on freestyle expression. May be taken for credit four times. Prerequisites: TDMV 138.

TDMV 149. Advanced Hip-Hop (4) Develops Hip-Hop skills at the advance level with further studies of the social, political, and economic forces at work within hip-hop culture. Emphasis is on complex rhythms and sequencing, freestyle expression, choreography and performance. Prerequisites: TDMV 148-Intermediate Hip Hop. May be taken up to 6 times for credit.

TDMV 190. Major Project as Performer (4) An in-depth investigation of the role and aesthetics of performer/dancer in a fully staged independent project resulting in a dance performance choreographed by faculty or students. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

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TDPF - DANCE Performance

TDPF 160. Studies in Performance Fall Production (2-4)    The in-depth study for a fully staged dance production in various venues, including a fall dance cabaret led by faculty, a winter faculty concert with guest choreographers, and a spring student choreographed concert directed by faculty. Admission by audition only. Prerequisite: audition, department stamp, concurrent enrollment in TDMV 163, TDMV 110 or TDMV 111 or TDMV 112 or TDMV 120 or TDMV 122 or TDMV 130 or TDMV 133. May be taken four times for credit.

TDPF 161. Studies in Performance Winter Production (2-4)    The in-depth study for a fully staged dance production in various venues, including a fall dance cabaret led by faculty, a winter faculty concert with guest choreographers, and a spring student choreographed concert directed by faculty. Admission by audition only. Prerequisite: audition, department stamp, concurrent enrollment in TDMV 163, TDMV 110 or TDMV 111 or TDMV 112 or TDMV 120 or TDMV 122 or TDMV 130 or TDMV 133. May be taken four times for credit.

TDPF 162. Studies in Performance Spring Production (2-4)    The in-depth study for a fully staged dance production in various venues, including a fall dance cabaret led by faculty, a winter faculty concert with guest choreographers, and a spring student choreographed concert directed by faculty. Admission by audition only. Prerequisite: audition, department stamp, concurrent enrollment in TDMV 163, TDMV 110 or TDMV 111 or TDMV 112 or TDMV 120 or TDMV 122 or TDMV 130 or TDMV 133. May be taken four times for credit.

TDPF 163. Dance Repertory (2)    The study and aesthetic examination of major choreographic works by dance faculty or distinguished guest artists. Students will experience the creative process, staging, production and performance of a complete dance work in conjunction with a conceptual study of its form and content. Audition is required. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in TDPF 160 or TDPF 161 or TDPF 162. May be taken four times for credit.

TDPF 164. Performance Laboratory (2-4)    A faculty directed dance theatre project culminating in a public performance. Both purely choreographic approaches to creating dance and collaborations with visual design, musical composition, texts, film, and video will be explored, as well as participation in production elements. Prerequisite: audition and department stamp.

TDPF 190. Major Project/Dance Production (4) Students develop skills in directing and producing an independent staged dance concert/production in various settings. Prerequisites: TDCH 40 & consent of instructor

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TDPR - THEATRE/DANCE Practicum

TDPR 6. Theatre Practicum (4-6)   A production oriented course that introduces the student to technical fundamentals of costumes, scenery, lighting and sound for the theatre. Students will be assigned to participate on a crew for a fully mounted theatrical production supported by the department. Prerequisites: must have department stamp.

TDPR 102. Advanced Theatre Practicum (4-6)    A production performance-oriented course that continues the development of costume, lighting, scenery, or sound production and introduces greater responsibilities in the laboratory format. Students serve as crew heads on major departmental productions or creative projects. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; department stamp required. May be taken for credit two times.

TDPR 104. Advanced Practicum in Stage Management (4-6)    A production performance oriented course that continues the development of stage management skills and introduces greater responsibilities in the laboratory format. Students serve as either assistant stage managers on mainstage productions or stage managers on studio projects. Prerequisites: TDDR 101 and consent of instructor. May be taken two times for credit.

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TDPW - THEATRE Playwriting

TDPW 1. Introduction to Playwriting (4)    Beginning workshop in the fundamentals of playwriting. Students discuss material from a workbook which elucidates the basic principles of playwriting, do exercises designed to help them put those principles into creative practice, and are guided through the various stages of the playwriting process which culminates with in-class readings of the short plays they have completed. Prerequisite: none.

TDPW 101. Intermediate Playwriting (4)    A workshop where students present their plays at various stages of development for group analysis and discussion. Students write a thirty-minute play which culminates in a reading. Also includes writing exercises designed to stimulate imagination and develop writing techniques. Prerequisite: TDPW 1 or consent of instructor. May be taken two times for credit.

TDPW 102. Advanced Playwriting (4)    Advanced workshop where students study the full-length play structure and begin work on a long play. Students present their work at various stags of development for group discussion and analysis. Prerequisite: TDPW 101 or consent of instructor. May be taken two times for credit.

TDPW 104. Screenwriting (4)    Basic principles of screenwriting using scenario composition, plot points, character study, story conflict, with emphasis on visual action and strong dramatic movement. Prerequisite: TDPW 1. May be taken once times for credit.

TDPW 190. Major Project in Playwriting/Screenwriting (4)    For the advanced student in playwriting/screenwriting. This intensive concentration in the study of playwriting and/or screenwriting will culminate in the creation of a substantial length play. A maximum of eight units of major project study, regardless of area (Design, Directing, Stage Management, Playwriting) may be used to fulfill major requirements. Applicants must have completed the playwriting sequence, THPW or TDPW 1, 101, and/or consent of instructor. See department for application form. Prerequisite: TDPW 1 and TDPW 101.

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TDTR - DANCE Theory

TDTR 10. Introduction to Dance (4)    An overview of dance, examining its social and cultural history and its evolution as an art form. Focus is on dance and its many genres as an expressive medium and form of communication. Prerequisite: none.

TDTR 15. Dance Movement and Analysis (4) An overview and analysis of movement theory systems that offer approaches to improve movement quality, prevent injuries, aid in rehabilitation, develop mental focus and kinesthetic control, establish a positive body language, and develop vocabulary for creative research. Prerequisite: None

TDTR 20. Dance on Film (4) The study of dance on film and video, the evolution of the creation, filming, editing and production of dance for the camera. Major dance film works will be analyzed and discussed from choreography in the movies to dances made for film. Prerequisite: None

TDTR 104. Dance Theory and Pedagogy (4)    The study of the theoretical aspects of dance education, including an analysis of movement concepts for all ages. Development of basic technique training in all forms, curriculum planning, social awareness, and problem solving. Fundamental elements of cognitive and kinetic learning skills. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor.

TDTR 193. Dance Externship (1-12)    Assist in teaching and mentoring children in K-12 level schools as well as other venues throughout San Diego. Build skills in communication, teaching, problem solving, and positive motivational techniques. Prerequisites: TDTR 104, technical level II; department stamp.

TDTR 197. Field Studies in Dance (1-12)    Designed for advanced students, this course significantly extends their knowledge of the theatre and dance through intensive participation in the creative work of a major professional theatre or dance company, under the guidance of artists resident in those theatres or companies. Students will submit regular written evaluations each week of their ongoing field study. Prerequisites: upper-division standing and consent of instructor required. 3.0 overall GPA, 90 units completed.

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Theatre Major / Theatre Minor

Dance Major / Dance Minor

Theatre/Dance Double Major


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