Theatre - THR

THR F101 Theatre Practicum (h)

1-3 Credits


Participation in drama workshop or lab production as performer or technical staff member. Credit in this course may not be applied to a major program in Theatre. (0+0)

THR F121 Fundamentals of Acting (h)

3 Credits


This class introduces basic stage acting techniques for people with little or no prior acting experience. The course will emphasize physical, emotional, and imaginative awareness and will include monologue and scene work, character analysis and improvisation. (3+0)

THR F130A Beginning Jazz Dance

1 Credits


Develop a repertoire of jazz dance movement and terminology including plies, isolations, stretches, traveling steps, battements, pas de burres, jazz slides and turns. History of jazz dance. Cross-listed with RECR F130A. (0+3)

THR F130B Intermediate Jazz Dance

1 Credits


Develop a repertoire of a jazz dance movement and terminology including plies, isolations, stretches, traveling steps, battements, pas de burres, jazz slides and turns. History of jazz dance. Cross-listed with RECR F130B. (0+3)

THR F130C Advanced Jazz Dance

1 Credits


Develop a repertoire of jazz dance movement and terminology including plies, isolations, stretches, traveling steps, battements, pas de burres, jazz slides and turns. History of jazz dance. Cross-listed with RECR F130C. (0+3)

THR F130D Modern Dance

1 Credits


Develop a repertoire of modern dance movement and terminology including contraction and release, swings, triplets, fall and recovery, rolls and improvisations. Cross-listed with RECR F130D. (0+3)

THR F130E Beginning Ballroom Dance

1 Credits


Students with little or no background in social dance. Our aim is to have a good time and build a strong foundation for future learning. Dances covered include waltz, foxtrot, single-count swing, east coast swing, salsa, cha cha, merengue and, time permitting, polka. Cross-listed with RECR F130E. (0+3)

THR F130F Intermediate Ballroom Dance

1 Credits


Dances covered include waltz, foxtrot, single-count swing, east coast swing, salsa, cha cha, merengue and, time permitting, polka. Our aim is to have a good time and build a strong foundation for future learning. This course is for students with a beginning background in social dance. Cross-listed with RECR F130F. (0+3)

THR F130G Advanced Ballroom Dance

1 Credits


Dances covered include waltz, foxtrot, single-count swing, salsa, cha cha, merengue and, time permitting, polka. Our aim is to have a good time and build an even stronger foundation for future learning. This course is for students with an intermediate background in social dance. Cross-listed with RECR F130G. (0+3)

THR F130H Beginning Ballet

1 Credits


Instruction and practice in ballet at beginning levels. Cross-listed with RECR F130H. (0+3)

THR F130J Intermediate Ballet

1 Credits


Instruction and practice in ballet at intermediate levels. Cross-listed with RECR F130J. (0+3)

THR F130K Advanced Ballet

1 Credits


Instruction and practice in ballet at advanced levels. Cross-listed with RECR F130K. (0+3)

THR F130L Square Dance

1 Credits


Instruction and practice in square dance. Cross-listed with RECR F130L. (0+3)

THR F130M Round Dance

1 Credits


Instruction and practice in round dances. Cross-listed with RECR F130M. (0+3)

THR F130N Middle Eastern Dance

1 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Designed for students with some or no background in Middle Eastern dance or anyone who wants to refine their technique and gain a deeper understanding of the different styles, history and evolution of Middle Eastern dance from social dance to performance art. Majority of semester will focus on basic dance vocabulary and choreography as well as dancing with props such as veils and finger cymbals. Cross-listed with RECR F130N. (0+3)

THR F130Q Beginning Hip Hop

1 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to basic movements and terminology of hip hop dances and associated body movements. Students will gain these principles and an ability to execute maneuvers presented in class. Cross-listed with RECR F130Q. (0+3)

THR F130R Beginning Break Dance

1 Credits
Offered Fall

Introduction to basic movements and terminology of break dancing, and an understanding of associated body movements. Students will gain an understanding of these principles and an ability to execute maneuvers presented in class. Cross-listed with RECR F130R. (0+3)

THR F130S Beginning Contemporary Dance

1 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Contemporary dance is an opportunity for students to explore contemporary dance movement, and gain strength and flexibility to improve their ability to dance. Designed to introduce students to contemporary dance, the course will be a combination of stretching, conditioning, and dancing. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of basic contemporary dance principles and interpretation upon completion. Cross-listed with RECR F130S. (0+3)

THR F130T Beginning Lyrical Dance

1 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Instruction and practice in lyrical dance at the beginning level. Students will gain an understanding of body movements and choreographic styles of lyrical dance, as well as an understanding of one's physical self as a dancer. Cross-listed with RECR F130T. (0+3)

THR F130V Beginning Swing Dance

1 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to several forms of swing dance. Learn swing dance principles, techniques and steps to build a foundation for future learning and enjoyment. Dances will include Four Count (Country) Swing, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Hustle among others. Cross-listed with RECR F130V. (0+3)

THR F161 Introduction to Alaska Native Performance (h)(a)

3 Credits


For Native and non-Native students with no prior acting or theatre experience. Includes both academic and practical components to examine traditional Alaska Native theatre, mythology, ritual, ceremony and performance methods. Application of exercises and developmental scenes drawn from Alaska Native heritage. Cross-listed with ANS F161. (2+3)

THR F172 Previsualization and Preproduction for Digital Cinema (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Previsualization is a collaborative process that generates preliminary versions of shots or sequences, predominantly using 3D animation tools and a virtual environment. It enables filmmakers to visually explore creative ideas, plan technical solutions and communicate a shared vision for efficient production. Laying a foundation for cinema production, this course will explore screenwriting, storyboarding, previsualization animation, animatics and film pre-production approaches. This course will focus on developing original stories for animation or dramatic film productions and preparing those concepts for cinematic production. Cross-listed with FLM F172 and ART F172. (3+0)

THR F190 Audition or Portfolio Review Participation

0 Credits


Theatre majors are required to participate in auditions and/or portfolio reviews every semester. Theatre majors are also expected to attend all Theatre UAF productions (tickets are provided free) and to attend all theatre department "town" meetings. (0+0)

THR F191 Audition or Portfolio Review Participation

0 Credits


Theatre majors are required to participate in auditions and/or portfolio reviews every semester. Theatre majors are also expected to attend all Theatre UAF productions (tickets are provided free) and to attend all theatre department "town" meetings. (0+0)

THR F200X Aesthetic Appreciation: Interrelation of Art, Drama and Music (h)

3 Credits


Understanding and appreciation of art, drama and music through an exploration of their relationships. Topics include the creative process, structure, cultural application and diversity, the role of the artist in society, and popular movements and trends. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; sophomore standing; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ART F200X; MUS F200X. (3+0)

THR F215 Dramatic Literature (h)

3 Credits


Reading, analyzing, and categorizing plays as maps for theatrical production. Students will be exposed to a broad range of plays from the classical and contemporary Western canon. Established theories and critical writings about the structure of plays will be explored and discussed to facilitate understanding of dramatic structure and dramaturgy. Prerequisites: ENGL F11X or concurrent enrollment, or permission of instructor. (3+0)

THR F221 Acting II (h)

3 Credits


Continued development of physical, emotional and imaginative awareness. This is a scene study class with emphasis on naturalistic modern material. Prerequisites: THR F121 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

THR F241 Basic Stagecraft (h)

4 Credits


Materials of scene construction, painting, lighting design and their use, safe use of standard construction tools, fundamentals of theatre drafting. Theatre majors are encouraged to fulfill this requirement by their junior year. Special fees apply. (2+5)

THR F245 Stage Management (h)

3 Credits


This course will expose students to the multi-faceted job of the stage manager in theatrical productions with an emphasis on his/her role in the collaborative process. Students will learn to perform the duties, responsibilities and procedures of stage managers from pre- to post- production, as well as industry-standard vocabulary, proficiently. Students are expected to participate in, and will be evaluated on, classroom discussions and activities. (3+0)

THR F247 Introduction to Theatrical Design (h)

3 Credits


Introduction to all the design elements used in the theatre. Analysis of line, texture, color, and how they relate to designing for the theatre including costumes, scenery and lighting. Cross-listed with ART F247. (3+0)

THR F254 Costume Construction (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Introduction to basic methods of construction used by professional shops and costume houses to create theatrical costumes. Students will complete several projects, covering hand and machine sewing, cutting, fabric identification, simple alterations and costume crafts. Class also includes lectures on shop organization, jobs and policies. Special fees apply. (2+3)

THR F271 Let's Make a Movie!

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Produce a short dramatic video including concept and script development, basic camera and shooting techniques, working with actors, directing fundamentals, location scouting, production schedule development, basic non-linear editing techniques, and DVD authoring. Students do not need previous experience making movies to take this class. Special fees apply. Recommended: THR F121; THR F241. Cross-listed with FLM F271. (3+0)

THR F280 Modern Dance (h)

2 Credits


Introduction to dance combines elements of modern, jazz and improvisational styles. Includes warm-up, stretches, locomotor movements (walking, running and leaping), set dance combinations, and improvisational activities. Specific readings, individual journals and informal dance presentations required. Open to all experience levels. (1.5+1.5)

THR F290 Audition or Portfolio Review Participation II

0 Credits


Theatre majors are required to participate in auditions and/or portfolio reviews every semester. Theatre majors are also expected to attend all Theatre UAF productions (tickets are provided free) and to attend all theatre department "town" meetings. (0+0)

THR F291 Audition or Portfolio Review Participation II

0 Credits


Theatre majors are required to participate in auditions and/or portfolio reviews every semester. Theatre majors are also expected to attend all Theatre UAF productions (tickets are provided free) and to attend all theatre department "town" meetings. (0+0)

THR F301 Theatre Practicum (h)

1-3 Credits


Participation in drama workshop or lab production as performer or technical staff member. Credit in this course may not be applied to a major program in Theatre. (0+0)

THR F310 Acting for the Camera (h)

3 Credits


Students will apply skills introduced in Fundamentals of Acting, to acting for the camera. By acting in numerous on-camera exercises, television and film scenes, the class will expand each performer's expressiveness for the camera. May be repeated twice for credit. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: THR F121. Recommended prerequisite: THR F221. Cross-listed with FLM F310. (3+0)

THR F320 Voice and Speech for the Actor

3 Credits
Offered Alternate Years

Vocal training for actors through introduction to Fitzmaurice and Linklater techniques. Course will include basic vocal anatomy, introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet and monologue performance. Prerequisites: THR F121 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

THR F321 Acting III (h)

3 Credits
Offered Alternate Years

This course introduces the principles of stage movement and period acting. The class will include introduction to movement dynamics, contact improvisation, stage combat, physical character development, and period scene study. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: THR F221 and THR F320. (3+0)

THR F331 Directing Film / Video (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Introduction to the history, theory and basic concepts of film stage direction. Includes interpretative script analysis, creative visualization, conceptualization, use of space, working with actors and designers, and direction of short scenes and videos. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FLM/THR F271; FLM/THR F273; FLM/JRN F290 or permission of instructor. Recommended: FLM/ENGL F217; THR F121; THR F215. Cross-listed with FLM F331. (1+4)

THR F334 W Movies and Films: Watching and Analyzing (h)

3 Credits


Rotating thematic topics in the art of classic cinema (films) and the popular mass media (movies). Comparative analysis of classics and recent motion pictures is used to present elements of film language, analysis and criticism in this writing intensive course. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with FLM F334. (3+0)

THR F335 The Collaborative Process (h)

3 Credits
Offered Alternate Years

Interactive role-based course providing insight, practice and theory in the process of collaboration across specialties when forging a theatrical production. Hierarchical and consensus-based models for artistic collaboration will be introduced and discussed in light of artistic concept, resource allocation, production budgets and individual personalities and temperaments inherent in the field of theatrical production, with an emphasis on a best-practice approach in the field. Students will incur additional expenses of $50-$100 for supplies and theatre tickets. Prerequisites: THR F215. (3+0)

THR F341 Intermediate Stagecraft (h)

3 Credits


An examination of the less common scenic materials with methods and techniques for their use. Students will spend approximately $40 for materials. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: THR F241 or permission of instructor. Recommended: THR F246. (2+2)

THR F343 Scene Design (h)

3 Credits


Principles and techniques of theatrical scene design. Includes designing projects directed at solving particular scenic problems or in a specific scenic style with specific physical limitations. Students will spend approximately $40 for materials. Prerequisites: THR F241 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

THR F347 O Lighting Design (h)

3 Credits


Principles and techniques of theatrical lighting design. The student will conduct practical experiments and design projects applying the experience gained from the experiments. Students will spend approximately $40 for materials. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X. Recommended: THR F241; THR F247. Cross-listed with ART F347. (3+0)

THR F348 Sound Design for the Entertainment Industry (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Exploration and application of the elements of design as they relate to sound for theatre, dance, film, video, and other art forms, and life in American and other cultures. Production work is required. Special fees apply. Recommended: THR F241; THR F247. (2+2)

THR F351 Makeup for Theatre (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Theatrical makeup for actors, teachers, directors and other theatre workers; makeup materials and use, age and character makeup, injuries and horror, Kabuki, cross-gender, animal, illusory and plastic relief, crepe hair beards, and influence of lighting. Students will spend approximately $85 for materials and book. Special fees apply. (1+4)

THR F354 Intermediate Costume Construction (h)

3 Credits


This course is intended to improve students' sewing and patterning skills through a series of exercises and advanced projects. Students will be asked to construct costumes and mockups, create and alter basic patterns, manipulate sloper patterns and alter existing costumes. The final project will be designed and constructed by the student. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: THR F254 or demonstrated sewing experience and instructor permission. Recommended: Theatre Practicum or Work Study in the Costume Shop. (2+3)

THR F355 History of Fashion and Dress (s)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Social history of costume in Western civilization, from Ancient Greece to the present time. Includes instruction in the methods of research used to find visual source material and assignments that exercise these research skills. Recommended: HIST F101 or HIST F102. (3+0)

THR F356 Costume Design (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Through a series of projects, play readings and drawing exercises, students learn how to successfully analyze text, communicate production concepts and express costume ideas using sketching, rendering and collage. Projects also introduce students to the practical skills needed to realize a costume design within the limits of a theatre's resources and needs. Prerequisites: ART F104 or ART F105 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

THR F361 Advanced Alaska Native Performance (a)

3 Credits


In-depth study of Alaska Native theatre techniques and tradition, including traditional dance, song and drumming techniques, mask characterizations and performance application and presentation of a workshop production developed by the students during the semester. Prerequisites: ANS/THR F161. Cross-listed with ANS F361. (2+3)

THR F411 W Theatre History (h)

3 Credits


Students will explore the ways in which theatre developed through history by studying performance, practice and literature from Ancient Greece to the present. Course focuses on the setting and manner in which plays were produced, historical context, and popular themes. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

THR F413 W Playscript Analysis (h)

3 Credits


Investigation of the structure of playscripts designed to develop skills in analysis and interpretation for performance. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

THR F416 W Performance Studies Abroad (h)

6 Credits


Intensive course for actors, directors, designers, technicians and playwrights interested in script development/training with the participation of international theatre professionals. Develop new scripts and performances in a multicultural environment under the supervision of a theatre faculty member. Previous faculty and student work abroad includes: Russia, Zambia, South Africa and Scandinavia. Course requirements vary according to the project. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. Stacked with NORS F616. (3+9)

THR F417 Internship in Theatre Practice

1-6 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Supervised practical work experience to provide application of course work in a professional, semi-professional or community theatre environment. Internships can be in direction, acting, design, management and technical theatre. Internships have included Perseverance Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Fairbanks Drama Association, and Out North Theatre. Course may be repeated twice for a maximum of 12 credits. Note: Internship must be arranged in coordination with advisor, student and host institution. Prerequisites: Completed at least 18 THR credits; upper-division standing; permission of instructor. Recommended: Previous THR credits should be in the student's concentration area: direction, design, etc. (0+0)

THR F423 Acting IV (h)

3 Credits
Offered Alternate Years

This course will focus on the refinement of physical, vocal, emotional, and imaginative awareness. This is a scene study class which will include audition technique, acting for the camera skills, and preparation for the professional world of acting. Prerequisites: THR F121, THR F215, THR F221 THR F320 and THR F321; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

THR F431 Advanced Film Production

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

In depth investigation into the history, theory and concepts of film and video direction. Script preparation, storyboarding and animatics, blocking actors and staging the camera, sound design, special effects, and editing techniques will be explored. Each student will produce their own capstone film project. Prerequisites: FLM F273, FLM F331, FLM/JRN F290. Recommended: FLM F271, FLM F334. Cross-listed with FLM F431 (3+0)

THR F432 Stage Directing II (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

In seminar and practicum form, the practice, discussion and analysis of the myriad responsibilities of the Stage Director. Aspects of Stage Direction that can be practiced within a class context will be given a practical frame for experimental learning. Other aspects will either be simulated or engaged in theoretically. Business practices and ethics will be addressed. An attempt will be made to accommodate the specific aesthetic and artistic goals of the participating students. Prerequisites: THR F332 and at least one of the following: THR F321, THR F343, THR F347, THR F351 or THR F356. (3+0)

THR F447 Lighting Design II (h)

3 Credits


Further exploration and application of elements of design (color, texture, intensity, line, composition) as they relate to lighting for theatre, dance, other art forms and life. Production work required. Prerequisites: THR F347 or permission of instructor. (2+2)

THR F456 Advanced Topics in Costume Design and Construction (h)

3 Credits


Rotating thematic topics in advanced methods and materials used in the design and construction of costumes for the theatre. Topics may include projects in design, advanced sewing and pattern drafting, millinery, masks, corsetry, or painting and dyeing, as demand warrants. May be repeated twice for credit. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: THR F254 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

THR F470 Advanced Film and Video Directing (h)

3 Credits


In depth investigation into the history, theory, basic concepts of film and video direction, script preparation, story board, blocking actors and staging the camera and sound, editing. Projects include directing and shooting short videos. Special fees apply. Recommended: THR/FLM F331. Cross-listed with FLM F470. (1+6)

THR F482 Dance Performance (h)

2 Credits


Exploration and performance of expressive dance and movement. Includes development of an original choreography for public performance. Course is for advanced dance, acting and directing students with varying experience. Prerequisites: THR F280 or movement performance experience. (1.5+1.5)

THR F488 W Dramatic Writing (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Introduction to the craft of dramatic writing for theater and film, with an emphasis on dramatic storytelling. Course will focus on giving students a practical understanding of the uses of story structure, setting, character, plot and dialog, and how these elements work together to create compelling drama. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ENGL F488; FLM F488. (3+0)

THR F499 Thesis Project (h)

3 Credits


Final step in acting/directing/design or playwright training which involves performing a leading role on main stage, or a one-person show, or a directing/designing/writing project for the UAF season. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1+4)