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Upcoming Theatre Courses

Theatre 244 will next be offered during the Fall Term of 2015 on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 to 12:45.  Early registration for the course has begun.  For enrollment information, please contact Dr. Greg Doran.

Theatre 344 will next be offered during the Winter Term of 2017 on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 to 12:45.

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Theatre Studies
Coordinator: Greg Doran, English

Theatrical performance is one of the most significant art forms in the history of civilization; it exemplifies the connection between Art and people. Unlike most forms of studied literature, dramatic literature is intended to be performed for and experienced by an audience. As a result, Dramatic literature exists between scholarly and practical realms.

It requires the acquisition of both analytic and practical skills. UPEI’s Minor in Theatre Studies offers students the opportunity to develop their analytic, practical, and creative skills required for theatrical production. The Minor in Theatre Studies provides students with foundational skills on which they can pursue their interest in the Theatre, or any area of study.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN THEATRE STUDIES
A Minor in Theatre Studies consists of twenty one (21) semester hours of credit taken from the list of approved courses. Theatre 244, Theatre 344, Theatre 434, and Theatre 444 are compulsory for the Minor.  Prospective students should note, however, that Theatre 444 requires students to make a significant contribution to a Theatre Studies production, or another production approved by the Coordinator of Theatre Studies. Theatre 444 will, typically, be only offered in the Winter Term of the academic year. Students enrolled in Theatre 444 will be under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of Theatre Studies, or an approved supervisor. In addition, students must select three elective courses. Students using any of the approved courses to complete the Minor in Theatre Studies may not also use them to complete a Major.

THEATRE STUDIES CORE COURSES

244 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE STUDY
This course introduces students to the foundational elements of the theatre. It provides students with a variety of performance skills, including voice, movement, and character development. Students also study performance theories, such as those of Stanislavski and Viola Spolin, and theatrical elements. Using a selection of plays from a variety of historical periods, students gain practical experience in developing the core practical skills associated with drama production and performance.
Cross-listed with English (English 244)
PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Instructor
Three hours a week

344 ADVANCED THEATRE STUDIES
This course introduces students to the advanced elements of the theatre, and builds on the foundational skills acquired in Theatre 244. The course explores advanced character development, directing, design, dramaturgy, performance theories (such as those of Michael Bloom and Peter Brook), and theatrical elements. Using a selection of plays from a variety of historical periods, students gain practical experience in developing the skills of advanced drama production.
Cross-listed with English (English 344)
PREREQUISITES: Theatre 244 and permission of the Instructor
Three hours a week

434 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE STUDIES
It is a variable topics course.
PREREQUISITE: One of Theatre 244, 344, or 444, or the permission of the Coordinator of Theatre Studies. For course information, please contact the Coordinator of Theatre Studies.
Three hours a week

444 THEATRE PRACTICUM
This course provides students with a laboratory where they can put the skills and theories learned in Theatre 244 and 344 into practice in a production situation. Students are expected to make a significant contribution to this production, which is either under the direction of the Coordinator of Theatre Studies or is a supervised placement with a professional or semiprofessional theatre company.
PREREQUISITES: Theatre 244, Theatre 344, and the permission of the Coordinator of Theatre Studies.
Three hours of credit

ELECTIVES
NOTE: Students who are in the Majors or Honours English programs must take at least one elective outside the English Department.

English
English 195 Introduction to Drama
English 222 Reading Film: Introduction to Film Studies
English 255 Introduction to Shakespeare                                                                      English 256: Shakespeare in Film and Media
English 285 Linguistics I: The Sound System of English
English 303Contemporary Drama
English 315 English Canadian Drama
English 341Modern Drama
English 357 Renaissance Drama
English 367 Restoration and Eighteenth Century Drama
English 455 Advanced Studies in Early Modern Literature

Classics
Classics 212 Ancient Tragedy
Classics 222 Ancient Comedy

Modern Languages (French)
339 Théàtre Canadienne Français
344 XVIIe Siecle: Le Grand Siecle II

Diversity and Social Justice Studies
302 Constructing Difference and Identity
311 Identity and Popular Culture

DIRECTED STUDIES
With the approval of the Coordinator, the Dean of Arts, and the relevant Department, a student may credit three hours of Directed Studies in any subject towards the Minor in Theatre.

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