Theatre Courses

100 - Introduction to Theatre
An introduction to the various aspects of theatre including performance and production, the play script, history, theory and criticism.

101 - Introduction to Improv
Saying Yes to Yes! An introduction to the fundamental skills of theatre improvisation. This course is a guide to improvisational choices through the use of theatre games and exercises, with an emphasis on artistic perception and creative expression. *Note: Students cannot receive credit for THEA 215AA and/or THAC 362 and/or THAC 360AA*

102 - Introductory Theatre Performance Design
An introduction to the practices, aesthetics and techniques of contemporary stage set, costume and lighting performance design through text, filmed productions and interviews with international stage artists. The course will cover collage 2 & 3 dimensional rendering techniques. *Note: Only offered online* *Note: Student cannot receive credit for THTR 102 and/or THEA 121 and/or THDS 121.*

110 - Foundations in Devised Performance
This foundational performance class is designed to unleash creativity, create ensemble, and build strong physical and theoretical groundwork for a responsive, committed and creative theatre artist. This class will focus on theatre exercises and explorations as applied to devised work. *Note: Registration is restricted to students enrolled in the BFA/BA (Devised Performance).*

111 - Performance Technologies
From the winged chariot that saved Medea to the introduction of gas lighting in Victorian theatres to the falling chandelier in Phantom on the Opera, theatre has always engaged in complex ways with technology. With an emphasis on lighting, sound, and projections this course gives students a hands-on chance to play with old and new theatre technologies and discover that almost anything is possible.

112 - Behind the Magic: Painting and Props
The enchanted rose in Beauty and the Beast, the swords in MacBeth (not to mention a moving forest), or the puppet characters of Avenue Q props are integral to performance. This hands-on course focuses on the manipulation of various materials, sustainable props building, and scenic painting. This class may help support THTR 310.

115 - Introduction to Acting
An introduction to some of the fundamental acting methods used by professional actors working in mainstream North American theatre. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of THTR 115, THEA 260, or THAC 260.*

116 - Acting for the Camera
An introduction to some of the fundamental acting methods and techniques used by professional actors working in mainstream North American film and streamed performance. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of THTR 116 or THAC 290AA.* *Note: A student enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Devised Performance and Theatre Creation can only take this class with permission of the Department Head.*

120 - Cabaret Class
Cabaret culture began in the Monmartre, Paris, and took on intellectual and political resistance in World War II Germany. This class builds upon the foundational work of THTR 110 and culminates in an end-of-term Cabaret showcase. ***Prerequisite: THTR 110 or Permission of the Instructor and Department Head.***

121 - Behind the Magic: Costume Construction
Costumes help create an instantly recognizable character or help tell the story. This course not only gives students fundamental sewing skills (or further develops existing skills) but provides an introduction into pattern development, the role of costume in performance, and the language of costume building. It culminates with an explosion of creativity in support of the spring Cabaret (THTR 120) or the 4th year production (THTR 420) or special project.

122 - Reading the Visual
Contemporary performance is visually driven. This course introduces students to the foundations of reading and understanding the visual world. What meanings do we give to polka dots? What meanings do we give red? What meanings do we give satin or brick? Students will focus on the reading and analysis of live and mediated performances within a larger cultural framework.

199AA - Theatre Society Change
Theatre. Society. Change is designed to provide students with different perspectives on theatre and its uses in the context of development and community building.

199AB - Devised and Collaborative Performance
This performance class is designed to unleash creativity, create ensemble, and build strong physical and theoretical groundwork for a responsive, committed and creative theatre artist. This class will focus on theatre exercises and explorations as applied to devised work.

199AC - Behind the Magic: Props and Production
Props help create environment and character and are integral to most theatrical productions. This hands-on course focuses on creating props in support of a particular department production. Students will gain real-life experience in props building, pulling and deadlines as part of the production team. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of THTR 199AC or THTR 112.*

201 - Pow Wow to Proscenium
This course examines the dance techniques and styles of Indigenous Dance in Canada. *Note: Students cannot receive credit for THTR 201 and THAC 371 AD*

202 - Introduction to Playwriting
This course provides the foundations for writing a play. By experimenting with creative processes and forms students will take their writing from initial impulse to playable draft. Through writing exercises, readings and presentations, students will to critique their work and that of their peers. Students will be closely mentored through a variety of dramaturgical techniques. Of interest to play, script and media writers. ***Prerequisite: Two of ACAD 100, ENGL 100, or ENGL 110.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of THTR 202 and THEA 215AE*

203 - Comedy Gold: A Standup Course for Beginners
This course will teach students the fundamentals of writing and performing stand-up comedy. Students will learn how to generate material from their own life, how to craft a well-made joke and how to perform in front of a live audience. *Note: Students cannot receive credit for THTR 203 and THEA 215 AG*

204 - Technical Theatre for a Scholastic Situation
This course will cover the stage management and technical requirements needed to mount a production in an elementary/high school environment. You are teaching in small town Saskatchewan and learn the principal expects you to design, direct, and tech the upcoming mega-musical. Don’t panic, this course will cover the stage management and technical requirements needed to mount a production in an elementary/high school environment. *Note: Students cannot receive credit for THTR 204 and THDS 365AD*

210 - Scene Study/New Play Development
Developing new work is exciting, but requires non-traditional performance skills. Students will explore scene study then apply newly acquired performance skills and techniques to plays in development. ***Prerequisite: THTR 120***

211AA - Vocal Practices for the Stage
In this class, students will examine and practice a broad range of vocal methods and techniques for the stage. ***Prerequisite: THTR 210 or THTR 110 and permission of the instructor.***

211AB - Intro to Integrated Voice & Movement
This studio class introduces methods and techniques that will allow the student to devlop an expressive, responisve and flexible instrument. ***Prerequisite: THTR 210 or THTR 110 and permission of the instructor.*** *Note: Students must complete both THTR 211 AA-ZZ and THTR 411 AA-ZZ in addition to 2 of THTR 311 AA-ZZ.*

212 - Behind the Magic: Technical Production
Ever wonder how an empty stage lights up as a prairie sunset with the sound of birds chirping and singing? Students will study the lighting, audio and projection technology used in theatre production with a focus on the computer control systems and software currently used in production practices. The students will also be trained to safely operate the single purchase counterweight flying system. The class will support the Theatre Department’s production as technical crew. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of THEA 120 and THDS 220.*

213 - Dramaturgy: Foundation of Performance
How does a director use dramaturgy? What use is dramaturgy to a theatre maker? What is visual dramaturgy? Through multiple perspectives and multiple voices this class seeks to answer: what is dramaturgy and why is it important to performance creation? ***Prerequisite: Two of ACAD 100 and ENGL 100 or ENGL 110 and successful completion of 15 credit hours at time of registration.***

215 - Understanding Performance Texts
Plays can be challenging to read but this course introduces students to the tools needed for reading and analyzing dramatic texts. Exploring the dynamic relationship between script, stage, and audience, students will explore plays as a genre of literature as well as blueprints for theatrical production. ***Prerequisite: Two of ACAD 100, ENGL 100, or ENGL 110.*** *Note: Student cannot receive credit for THTR 215 and/or THEA 150 and/or THST 250.

220 - Fringe Festival Class
Fringe Festivals across North America present some of the most thrilling and ground-breaking theatre happening today. Building upon the skills of the ensemble, this course provides students in the second year cohort with the opportunity to produce and perform in the Regina International Fringe Festival (and beyond). ***Prerequisite: THTR 210 OR THTR 120 AND permission of the instructor. *** *Note: This course runs from January until early July. The class however, does not meet between the end of classes and an agreed to date in the last week of June. Alternative and pedagogically sound projects will be given those students who, for legitimate reasons, cannot commit to this schedule.*

222 - Designing Performance Spaces
Theatre design, museum curation, parades and festival planning all require an understanding of how space means, how to imagine space and how to best use a given space. Students will learn the basics of scenography while imagining, manipulating and creating performance and non-performance spaces. ***Prerequisite: One of THTR 112 or THTR 121 or THTR 212 or 30 CH*** *Note: Students cannot receive credit for THTR 222 and / or THEA 222 and / or THDS 221.*

223 - Power Decolonizing Dramaturgy
In this class you might explore the dramaturgies of decolonization; or the dramaturgies of non-verbal theatre; or the dramaturgies of verbatim theatre; or the dramaturgies of new play development while also conducting dramaturgical work supporting an upcoming production/performance. ***Prerequisite: THTR 213 or the successful completion of 30 credit hours and ENGL 110.***

224AA - Shakespeare Scene Study
An introduction to performing Shakespeare through the study and performance of scenes and monologues from selected Shakespeare plays. ***Prerequisite: THTR 115 or THTR 110 or permission of the instructor.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of THTR 224AA or THTR 299AA.*

224AB - Contemporary Scene Study
This class builds on the foundational skills acquired in THAC 260/THTR 115 to develop dynamic and effective scenework in plays from contemporary North American theatre. ***Prerequisite: THTR 115 or THTR 110 or permission of the instructor.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of THTR 224AB or THAC 360AJ.*

225 - A Survey of Human Performance
Storytelling, mythology, and songs: this course introduces students to the study of scripted performance from the earliest records and possible origins to the present day. Theatre history(s) will be presented in survey, with particular case studies investigated in depth. ***Prerequisite: Two of ACAD 100, ENGL 100, or ENGL 110.*** *Note students may not receive credit for THTR 225 and THST 200.*

301 - Storytelling, Performance and Theatre in Canada
The complex and challenging exploration of storytelling traditions, First Nations and settler performances and Canadian plays with an emphasis on production and historical contexts. ***Prerequisite: ACAD 100 and ENGL 100 and the successful completion of 45 credit hours or ENGL 110 and the successful completion of 45 credit hours.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of THTR 301, THEA 380, and THST 380.*

310 - Scripted Production
The third year cohort/team rehearse, tech, stage manage, co-design and perform a scripted play. Building upon the various skill sets of the ensemble the play is chosen specifically for the class. ***Prerequisite: THTR 220 or THTR 210 and permission of the instructor. ***

311AA - Extending Vocal Practices for the Stage
This Course continues the work explored in THAC 370 and/or THTR 211 in vocal practices for the stage. ***Prerequisite: THTR 210 AND THTR 220 OR THTR 210 or THTR 220 and permission of the instructor. ***

315 - Happenings and Collectives
This course examines the visual, textual and performative aesthetics of theatre/performances in the 1960s and 1970s. ***Prerequisite: ACAD 100 and ENGL 100 and the successful completion of 45 credit hours OR ENGL 110 and the successful completion of 45 credit hours.***

320 - Devising; Dreaming and Imagining
Creating your own performance is both challenging and rewarding. This class begins the process of devising the final production. Using the dramaturgical, scenographic and performance skills acquired throughout their program thus far, the third year cohort will begin the process of determining the framework for the final project. ***Prerequisite: THTR 310***

326AA - Artist Study: Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter transformed dialogue and the use of silence in twentieth century theatre. In this course we will trace the development of his influential dramaturgy over the course of his long career. We will also experience the deep learning accessed through focused study of a single artist/collective through time. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credit hours.***

327AA - Performance Theory and Perspectives
How do theatre texts create meaning? How is the theatre space a place, and how is the actor/artist also a work of art? When is a prop an object and when is it a thing? Applying a number of theoretical perspectives to specific recorded and live productions, we will explore various ways of understanding theatre as a social practice and as art. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credit hours.***

410 - Devising: Development
Building on the discoveries from THTR 320, this course focuses on re-viewing, re-thinking, re-imagining and reexamining the dramaturgy and development of the projects that emerged in THTR 320. The fourth year cohort creates a template of their final project, which includes determining the production needs necessary to rehearse and produce this performance. ***Prerequisite: THTR 320***

414 - Developing the Holistic Theatre Artist
This course is comprised of micro-credits which can include seminars, guest speakers, field trips, symposia and workshops (both in-house and out). It runs over both terms of the fourth year but approved events in year three may count towards this class. 75 hours of micro-credits is the minimum requirement and this will be supported with other assignments. ***Prerequisite: Successful completion of 75 credit hours at time of registration. *** *Note: Enrollment is restricted to BA/BFA Theatre students.*

420 - Devising: Production and Performance
Students in the fourth year cohort will be involved in all aspects of creating, producing and presenting their devised piece. Students will be involved with all aspects of production including, but not limited to: writing, performing, scenography, stage management, construction, technically running the show, and marketing. ***Prerequisite: THTR 410. ***

430 - Theatre Research Seminar
In this course you might study a particular playwright, investigate a theme that runs through the work of several playwrights or explore a particular form of drama or performance. Throughout the semester, and with support from the Theatre Department, this class designs, organizes and presents an annual mini symposium, which serves as a showcase for undergraduate research in theatre and performance.

499AA - Advanced Projects in Voice
This course is for fourth-year students who wish to study advanced vocal techniques and methods through individual practice-based projects. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 90 credit hours or permission of instructor.***