Course Syllabi

Listed below are sample course descriptions that are being or have been taught in the School. Visit for current course offerings; the School offers courses in TDPS, THET, and DANC.


TDPS201 - Introduction to Technical Theatre

An introductory course covering basic topics in technology and craftsmanship for the production of theatre and dance. The objective of this course is to provide the student with an elementary understanding of the process of realizing a production, from the design through build, run, and strike. The student should gain a working knowledge of theatre terminology as well as a familiarity with basic theatre tools and techniques for scenery, paint, props costumes, lighting, audio, video, and stage management.

TDPS479 - Production Practicum

TDPS479 is a graded course in a specified practical aspect of mounting a theatre or dance production. It is a hands-on, purely laboratory experience. The intent of repeating this course is to experience and learn a different skill set in the production process.


DANC109 - Improvisation I

This course is an introduction to the spontaneous movement form known as improvisation. Through guided movement exercises and experiences, readings, discussions, observations, and journaling, students will broaden self-awareness and physical and expressive skills in the movement aspects of time, space, energy, shape and dynamics. This course will delve into the basics of improvisation as self-exploration, technique, choreographic tool and performance form through various approaches and styles.

DANC128 - Fundamentals of Ballet

As this course is intended for students with little⊦ no dance training, the class will use lecture, discussion, and studio work to introduce the ballet, its history, and its aesthetics.  The lecture and discussion will help the  student recognize and articulate key terminology and criteria for aesthetic judgment in this form of expression. The studio work, including barre exercises and center and traveling sequences, will be performed in small groups as well as individually in order to help the student develop creativity in expressing themselves and a  kinesthetic awareness for self-evaluation.

DANC200 - Introduction to Dance

DANC207 - The Creative Process

DANC209 - Dance Composition

DANC218 - Foundations of Technique I

DANC219 - Foundations of Technique II

DANC304 - Teaching Dance

DANC318 - Foundations of Technique III (Mayes)

DANC318 - Foundations of Technique III (Widrig)

DANC319 - Foundations of Technique IV (Widrig)

DANC371 - Somatics

DANC448 - Modern Dance V

DANC449 - Modern Dance IV

DANC488 - Project-Based Learning

DANC489C - Contact Improvisation

DANC604 - Dance Pedogogy

DANC608 - Choreography I

DANC719 - Choreographic Project


THET110 - Introduction to Theatre

THET116 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

THET222 - Foundations of Acting & Performance

THET223 - Text and Context in Western Theatre

THET274 - Introduction to Stage Management

THET293 - Black Theatre and Performance I

THET310 - Voice for the Actor I (Smith)

THET310 - Voice for the Actor I (Smiley)

THET371 - Scenic Design I

THET372 - Stage Property Design

THET408G - The Color of Sex: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Performance

THET408L - The Social Life of Spoken Words

THET411 - Voice for the Actor II

THET425 - Actors Process II

THET465 - History of Fashion for the Theatre

THET488A - Theare Architecture from the Minoans to the Barouque

THET489G - Globalization and Theatre

THET499B - Figure Drawing

THET499E - The Business of the Business

THET608E - Embodiment

THET608P - The Social Life of Spoken Words

THET669A - History of Fashion for the Theatre

THET711 - Critical Theory: Methods and Concepts