Performance Arts

Introduction to Theatre

COMT101

Students in this course read, watch, discuss, and analyze plays. Plays represent historic high points of theater. Students examine aesthetic concerns of audience, playwright, performers, director, and designers.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Introduction to Acting (formerly COMT110)

COMT103

Students will experience a non-threatening introduction to basic acting techniques through improvisation, theater games in pairs and groups, and beginning scenes. Exploration of interpersonal relationships and non-verbal body language are stressed.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Introduction to Improvisational Performance

COMT106

This course will develop the student�s performance skills in creating improvised theater. Emphasis is placed on developing ensemble compatibility, collaborative and creative skills, spontaneity, initiative, risk-taking, the creation of character and environment, as well as a full understanding of both character-driven comedy and drama.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Children's Theatre

COMT140

This course examines the dramatic structure, audience needs, directing, and acting techniques that are employed in the production of theater for children. Practical and creative applications of scene design, costumes, make-up, and lighting are among the topics studied in the preparation of the final production.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Theatre Production

COMT150

Students gain practical experience in technical or administrative aspects of theater through participation in the department’s major theatrical production during the semester.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Play Production I (formerly COMT162)

COMT160

Students in this course develop a critical appreciation of dramatic literature. As a performer or in a primary design/management position, the students are required to complete contractual duties, and develop an understanding of their personal contribution to the success of a live public performance.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None

Acting II (formerly COMT111)

COMT203

Students will continue to train in expressing emotional believability, character analysis, motivated blocking, conflict resolution, and related activities, through dramatic action in both written and improvised scenes and/ or monologues.

3 credits
Prerequisite: COMT103
Corequisite: COMT103

Improvisational Performance II

COMT206

This course further develops students' performance, design, and organizational skills acquired in Introduction to Improvisational Production. Emphasis is on developing ensemble compatibility, collaborative and creative skills, and creation of character and environment. Students attain an understanding of creating and organizing an ensemble pertaining to casting, designing, and performing a show.

3 credits
Prerequisite: COMT106 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Acting for the Camera

COMT209

This course provides the actor with an understanding of the special nature of performing before a camera. Students are given the opportunity to learn and practice skills and techniques necessary to compete in the film/video industry.

3 credits
Prerequisite: COMT103 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Theater Production II (formerly COMT151)

COMT250

This course, which is a continuation of Introduction to Theater Production, provides practical experience in technical and/or administrative aspects of theater as gained through participation in the department’s major theatrical production during the semester.

3 credits
Prerequisite: COMT150 (C or better), Spring Course only