Speech & Theatre

SPTH 1101 – Acting Practicum

3 credits

Students will participate as actors in a Southern State Theatre production. An audition is required.

This course may be taken three times for credit (with permission of instructor/director) and may be repeated thereafter without credit.

SPTH 1104 – Technical Practicum

3 credits

Students will participate as stage managers or crew members (set, properties, costumes, lighting, sound, house, dramaturgy, etc.) in a Southern State Theatre production. An application/interview is required.

This course may be taken three times for credit (with permission of instructor/director) and may be repeated thereafter without credit.

*SPTH 1115 – Fundamentals of Effective Speech

3 credits

This course encompasses the composition and presentation of speeches. The objective is to help individuals speak effectively to other individuals or groups. The focus will be the study of organization, development, delivery and purpose of various types of speeches.

*SPTH 1121 – Introduction to Theatre

3 credits

This course is a broad overview of the theatre. It includes a basic view of the art form itself, audience and criticism, the play, the history and development of theatre as well as an overview of the processes involved in production. Trends in theatre today will also be explored.

SPTH 1131 – Acting I

3 credits

This course is an introductory study of acting and the actor. Emphasis will be placed on developing the actor’s instrument (voice and body), ensemble work, improvisation, pantomime and monologue/scene performance. Various acting techniques and styles will be explored. Students will also learn and utilize basic acting terminology.

SPTH 1132 – Acting II

3 credits

This course is a continuation of the study of acting and the actor. Emphasis will be placed on developing the actor’s instrument (voice and body), ensemble work, improvisation, pantomime, monologue and scene performance. Students will also explore different acting techniques and styles. Acting and stage vocabulary will be reinforced.

SPTH 1140 – Stagecraft

3 credits

This course is an introduction to scenic design and construction. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of knowledge and skills in the following areas: safety, tools, materials, construction, painting and stagehand duties. Costumes, lighting and sound will also be explored to some degree.

SPTH 1150 – Stage Makeup

2 credits

This course focuses on the history of makeup and basic approaches to applying makeup for the stage and screen. Makeup supplies will be studied as well as techniques for corrective, old-age, character, stylized and special effects makeup.

SPTH 2204 – Advanced Theatre Practicum

3 credits | Prerequisite: permission of instructor

Students will participate as actors, designers or crew members in a Southern State Theatre production. Areas of production include: acting, stage management, dramaturgy, publicity, house, lighting, sound, set, props, costumes and makeup. An audition or interview is required.

This course may be taken three times for credit (with permission of instructor/director) and may be repeated thereafter without credit.

SPTH 2220 – Script Analysis

3 credits | Prerequisites: SPTH 1121 and ENGL 1101

This course focuses on play structure, research, analysis and bringing the script to life on the stage. Plays from several periods and genres will be examined from the point of view of the playwright, dramaturg, director, designer/technician and actor.

SPTH 2231 – Advanced Acting

3 credits | Prerequisite: SPTH 1132

This course is a continuation of the study of acting and the actor. Emphasis will be placed on developing the actor’s instrument (voice and body), ensemble work, improvisation, pantomime/mime, monologue and scene performance. Students will also explore different acting techniques and styles. Acting and stage vocabulary will be reinforced.

This course may be taken twice for credit (with permission of instructor) and may be repeated after without credit.