CSU’s performance concentration equips students with the skills needed to pursue a variety of fields related to their own creative and professional paths. Engaged with their passion and imagination, young performers receive rigorous training in text analysis, acting technique, movement, voice and speech, emotional expression, and critical thinking. In the process of understanding theatre, they make visceral connections between the physical, emotional, and scholarly as they harness their own stories and artistic vision.
The concentration emphasizes both the theoretical and practical aspects of theatre, and focuses on developing well-rounded, responsible artists, leaders, and communicators who value collaboration within an artistic community.
Courses in Performance
Students in Performance are able to take concentration related classes every term they are enrolled at CSU.
- TH 149 Movement for Actors I—A broad survey of different movement theories from Asia, Africa, and Europe.
- TH 150 Introduction to Performance—Imagination as the actor's primary resource: acting exercises, compositions, improvisations to acquire the basic approach to text through action.
- TH 151 Acting I—Imagination as an actor’s resource. Finding action, objective, the art of memory, improvisation, scene study, from simple scenes in realistic plays.
- TH 153 Singing for Actors I—Fusion of acting technique and singing technique for credible performance in the musical genre.
- TH 175 Storytelling—Study and practice of storytelling.
- TH 241 Text Analysis for the Theatre—Analyzing plays with an aim toward being better prepared, as theatre artists, to understand the dramatic text, the basis of theatre art and craft.
- TH 242 Theatre History I—Theatre from its origins through the Renaissance.
- TH 243 Theatre History II—Theatre history from the English Restoration of 1660 through the postwar developments in Europe and the Americas from 1945-1960.
- TH 246 Movement for Actors II—Intermediate actor movement.
- TH 250 Voice and Movement for the Stage—A broad survey of traditional and topical approaches to voice and movement for the theatre actor.
- TH 251 Acting II—Application of the given circumstances to a text and development of characterization. Selection and preparation of audition material.
- TH 253 Singing for Actors II—Advanced singing techniques, sight singing, using more difficult and challenging music. Preparing for a performance in musical theatre.
- TH 255 Directing Workshop—Practical directing workshop, short directing exercises, short scenes, techniques, theories, readings, staging prompts.
- TH 275 Self Scripting and Performance Workshop—Study and practice of the processes of self-scripting (theatrical storytelling from personal experience) as a tool for performers and writers.
- TH 324 Teaching Creative Drama for Children—Theoretical and practical experience in teaching creative drama.
- TH 343 Contemporary Plays and Alternative Theatre—The study of revolutionary movements and alternative staging practices in theatre prompted by plays written from 1960 to the present.
- TH 344 Dramaturgy Protocol Seminar—Training in the application of dramaturgical techniques to facilitate the collaborative creative process in contemporary performance practice.
- TH 350 Classical Text—The Cicely Berry approach to voice and speech for speaking classical text.
- TH 351 Acting III—Acting Methods for challenges presented in plays by Brecht, Moliere, Chekov, Ibsen, Pirandello, O’Neill, and contemporary re-workings of the Greeks.
- TH 352 Acting for Singers—Acting class specifically for singers: improv, beginning scene work, harnessing given circumstance and augmenting physical character life onstage.
- TH 353 Experimental Performance—Artistic exploration of experimental performance via radical innovations in dance, theatre, music, literature, film, art, and performance art.
- TH 355 Directing Seminar—Theatrical, practical, and creative approaches to directing a play: research, analysis, semiotics, identifying visual metaphor, point of view.
- TH 370B Theatre Assistant Directing—Assist a guest professional or faculty director in full production locally or off-site.
- TH 375 Playwrights Workshop—Character, conflict, structure, setting, dialogue, and the process of rewriting, resulting in a finished 10-minute play.
- TH 449 Comedia and Masks—Playing comedy, including commedia del’arte techniques, clown work, masks, circus techniques, mime, and scene work from comic scripts.
- TH 450 Professional Actor Preparation—Portfolios, casting, breakdowns, reels, agents, managers, interviews, cold reading techniques, on-camera work, marketing.
- TH 451 Advanced Topics in Acting—Author-specific actor challenges (e.g. Brecht, Beckett, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Moliere, and contemporary writers).
- TH 455 Advanced Directing—Intensive practical experience in stage direction, focusing on specific directional challenges posed by various types of texts and multiple collaborative projects.
- TH 471 Capstone in Theatre Practice—Major production assignment in acting, design, production, or dramatic literature.
- TH 475 Advanced Playwriting—Development of imaginative capabilities and insights, to articulate an individual voice as a writer of longer and more complex plays for theatre.
- TH 478 Theatre in London Seminar—Seminar to prepare for study in London for theatre research as an evolving art form rich in historical and artistic traditions.
- TH479 Theatre in London—Travel Abroad-To foster theatre research as an evolving art form rich in historical and artistic traditions. Students will attend 13-15 live theatre productions.
- TH482 Theatre in London—Travel Abroad-Study abroad in and around London to foster research into theatre as an evolving art form with rich historical and artistic traditions.