Theater Courses

Spring 2021

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Talk to Us: How to Make Friends and Influence People

THTR 245 - Levy, Jemma A.

An investigation, using theatre, film, television, performance art, and stand-up comedy, of the ways in which speaking directly to an audience can or should influence them. In particular, we talk about the use of rhetoric to make an argument, and the relationship between performer/speaker and audience. Students evaluate the use of direct address in various media, and the class includes some domestic travel to attend live events. The course culminates with a public performance by the students.

THTR 256 - Collins, Owen

Directed Individual Study

THTR 402 - Levy, Jemma A.

This course permits the student to follow a course of directed study and reading in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. 

Winter 2021

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Introduction to Theater

THTR 100 - Evans, Shawn Paul

An introduction to drama and the theater arts, including a brief historical survey, selected examples of dramatic literature, and a sequence on theater disciplines such as acting, designing, and directing.

University Theater

THTR 109 - Mish, Robert W.

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 40 hours. A journal recording the production process is required. May be repeated for degree credit with permission. Maximum seven credits for students with a major or minor in theater, eight credits for others.

Script Analysis for Stage and Screen

THTR 121 - Collins, Owen

The study of selected plays and screenplays from the standpoint of the theatre and screen artists. Emphasis on thorough examination of the scripts preparatory to production. This course is focused on developing script analysis skills directly applicable to work in production. Students work collaboratively in various creative capacities to transform texts into productions.

Stage Acting 1

THTR 141 - Levy, Jemma A.

An introduction to acting for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop physical and vocal techniques for text-based and improvisational performance, focusing on relationships, objectives, and actions. Work includes in-class scene presentations from modern scripts.

Stage Management

THTR 209 - Evans, Shawn Paul

Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a production in a stage-management capacity.

Contemporary Drama

THTR 216 - Sandberg, Stephanie L.

This course explores European and American theater and drama from the late 20th century to the present. Significant plays, playwrights, theater artists and theorists are studied alongside the issues of postmodernism, capitalism, feminism, diversity and the emerging global economy and culture. Dramatic works under review also include solo and performance art, as well as fringe and political theatrical forms. The current state of theater is also a focal point for class discussion. Oral presentations, short research papers and performance projects are required.

3D Printing & Desktop Manufacturing for the Theater

THTR 238 - Collins, Owen

Desktop manufacturing has revolutionized the design and prototyping of objects. This course is an introduction to the use of desktop manufacturing technologies. Students learn how to create digital designs, publish them electronically and create physical versions of those digital ideas. The course concentrates on how these technologies can be used in theater design and technology.

Stage Acting 2

THTR 241 - Levy, Jemma A.

A studio course continuation of THTR 141 with greater emphasis placed on research techniques and performance.

Musical Theater

THTR 242 - Mish, Robert W.

Students learn, through study of seminal texts and video clips of performances and interviews with performers, a basic history of the American musical theater as an art form, combining the talents of composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, and others. Students research musical dramatic literature and apply musical and acting skills in the development and performance of excerpts from distinctive musicals of various eras. Students develop constructive, critical methods in the process of practicing and viewing musical theater performance.

Digital Production

THTR 253 - Evans, Shawn Paul

Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.

University Theater IV: Capstone

THTR 471 - Sandberg, Stephanie L.

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process and a portfolio documenting the student's productions at Washington and Lee University are required.

University Theater IV: Capstone

THTR 471 - Mish, Robert W.

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process and a portfolio documenting the student's productions at Washington and Lee University are required.

Fall 2020

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Introduction to Theater

THTR 100 - Mish, Robert W.

An introduction to drama and the theater arts, including a brief historical survey, selected examples of dramatic literature, and a sequence on theater disciplines such as acting, designing, and directing.

University Theater

THTR 109 - Sandberg, Stephanie L.

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 40 hours. A journal recording the production process is required. May be repeated for degree credit with permission. Maximum seven credits for students with a major or minor in theater, eight credits for others.

Script Analysis for Stage and Screen

THTR 121 - Collins, Owen

The study of selected plays and screenplays from the standpoint of the theatre and screen artists. Emphasis on thorough examination of the scripts preparatory to production. This course is focused on developing script analysis skills directly applicable to work in production. Students work collaboratively in various creative capacities to transform texts into productions.

Stage Acting 1

THTR 141 - Levy, Jemma A.

An introduction to acting for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop physical and vocal techniques for text-based and improvisational performance, focusing on relationships, objectives, and actions. Work includes in-class scene presentations from modern scripts.

Stage Management

THTR 209 - Evans, Shawn Paul

Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a production in a stage-management capacity.

Western Theater History

THTR 211 - Evans, Shawn Paul / Collins, Owen / Levy, Jemma A. / Sandberg, Stephanie L.

This course examines theater from the Renaissance period up to the modern era. Students read, analyze, and perform texts from this period, studying in detail how the theater is culturally created and maintained. The goal of the course is to gain a general overview of how the theater came to be what it is today. Since theater is primarily a cultural institution, we simultaneously examine politics, philosophy, religion, science, and other factors that influence how the art form is created, maintained, and culturally preserved. We also examine history itself as an important cultural tool for assessing the events of the past.

Introduction to Performance Design

THTR 251 - Collins, Owen

An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required. Lab fee required

Lighting Design

THTR 336 - Evans, Shawn Paul

A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production. Lab fee required.

Directed Individual Study

THTR 401 - Levy, Jemma A.

This course permits the student to follow a course of directed study and reading in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. 

Directed Individual Project

THTR 423 - Evans, Shawn Paul

This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Individual Project

THTR 423 - Levy, Jemma A.

This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

University Theater IV: Capstone

THTR 471 - Evans, Shawn Paul

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process and a portfolio documenting the student's productions at Washington and Lee University are required.

University Theater IV: Capstone

THTR 471 - Evans, Shawn Paul / Sandberg, Stephanie L.

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process and a portfolio documenting the student's productions at Washington and Lee University are required.

University Theater IV: Capstone

THTR 471 - Mish, Robert W.

Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process and a portfolio documenting the student's productions at Washington and Lee University are required.