Faculty of Arts

Theatre Arts Program Year by Year

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The Theatre Arts program has a wide range of courses for students looking for a major, minor or concentration in Theatre Arts. Below is a year-by-year breakdown of courses you would typically take to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Theatre Arts component.

First Year
THTR 1100
Introduction to Theatre 1 (3,0,0)

THTR 1100 Introduction to Theatre 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

A lecture and discussion-oriented course designed to acquaint students with the various aspects of the theatrical process such as acting, playwrighting, directing and designing. Students discuss theatre history, theory and criticism. Students are required to participate in practical projects and expected to attend local professional theatre productions.
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THTR 1200
Introduction to Theatre 2 (3,0,0)

THTR 1200 Introduction to Theatre 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Through this lecture and discussion-oriented course, students explore the various aspects of theatrical processes such as acting, playwrighting, directing and designing. Students participate in in-depth discussions of theatre history, theory and criticism with a focus on significant theatrical movements around the world. Students explore the connection of these movements with local culture and historical events, comparing and contrasting western theatrical movements with those from a range of diverse cultures.
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THTR 1110
Acting Appreciation (3,1,0)

THTR 1110 Acting Appreciation (3,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this performance-oriented course, students learn about and develop the basic skills necessary for a dramatic presentation. Students focus on stage movement, vocal training, improvisation, and character development, and engage heavily in group work as an essential component of the course and the discipline. Students with some previous experince in the discipline wishing to major or minor in Theatre should contact the instructor for approval for THTR 1210
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THTR 1210
Introduction to Acting (3,1,0)

THTR 1210 Introduction to Acting (3,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this course, students focus on the analysis and development of character portrayal. Students work with a script from the school of Realism and study the actor's role in the performance situation. Students engage in partnered work as an essential component of the course. Prerequisites: THTR 1110, Permission from the Instructor or THTR Coordinator
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Potential elective courses (some offered in rotation)
THTR 1000
Theatre Appreciation: From Page to Stage (3,0,0)

THTR 1000 Theatre Appreciation: From Page to Stage (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is designed to enhance students' understanding and appreciation of today's theatre. Students read contemporary scripts selected from the current season of Western Canada Theatre and Actors Workshop Theatre, watch film versions of plays and attend live theatre performances.
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THTR 1500
Play Production 1 (1,0,8P)

THTR 1500 Play Production 1 (1,0,8P)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is designed for students who have auditioned and been cast in a TRU Actor's Workshop stage production. Students rehearse and perform, for public presentation, the play that is staged in the appropriate semester.
Prerequisite: Successful audition for a TRU Actor's Workshop Production
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Second Year
THTR 2120
Introduction to Theatre Production 1 (2,0,5)

THTR 2120 Introduction to Theatre Production 1 (2,0,5)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this hands-on practical course, students learn and practice elementary principles of scenery and properties construction, stagecraft, lighting, electrical and audio operations, and costume construction. Students complete a practicum assignment working on an Actors Workshop Theatre production
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THTR 2220
Introduction to Theatre Production 2 (2,0,5)

THTR 2220 Introduction to Theatre Production 2 (2,0,5)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this continuation of THTR 2120, students learn and practise intermediate aspects of scenery and properties construction, stagecraft, lighting, electrical and audio operations, and costume construction. Students also learn the fundamentals of stage management. Students complete a practical assignment working on an Actors Workshop Theatre production.
Prerequisite: THTR 2120 or instructor's written consent.
Note: Credit cannot be given for both THTR 1120/1220 and 2120/2220.
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THTR 2110
Acting and Character Portrayal 1 (3,1,0)

THTR 2110 Acting and Character Portrayal 1 (3,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this intermediate performance course, committed acting students will further develop and polish the skills associated with the onstage presentation of fully drawn characters. Students analyze and practice the necessary techniques to effectively communicate a character's intentions, obstacles, and relationships to a theatrical audience. Students will also explore a given character's communication with other characters, evaluating specific obstacles to effectiveness.
Prerequisite: THTR 1210
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THTR 2210
Acting and Character Portrayal 2 (3,1,0)

THTR 2210 Acting and Character Portrayal 2 (3,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this intermediate performance course, a continuation from THTR 2110, committed acting students further develop and polish the skills associated with the onstage presentation of completely drawn characters. Students analyze and practice the necessary techniques to effectively present character portrayals from the contemporary theatre. Exploration includes character and scene analysis, drama, comedy, and monologues.
Prerequisite: THTR 2110, or permission from instructor.
Note: Credit cannot be given for both THTR 1120/1220 and 2120/2220.
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Potential elective courses (some offered in rotation)
THTR 2310
Acting for the Camera (4,0,0)

THTR 2310 Acting for the Camera (4,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is the study of the basic techniques of acting for the camera with an examination of all the aspects of film production through lectures, demonstrations, and screenings. Students are required to participate in class scene work as well as outside class filming sessions to prepare taped scenes for evaluation.
Prerequisite: B- or better in THTR 1110, or permission from the instructor.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both THTR 2310 and THTR 1310.
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THTR 2500
Play Production 2 (1,0,8P)

THTR 2500 Play Production 2 (1,0,8P)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Play Production is designed for students who have auditioned and been cast in a TRU Actor's Workshop stage production. Students rehearse and perform for public presentation the play that is staged in the appropriate semester.
Prerequisite: Successful audition for a TRU Actor's Workshop Production
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Third Year
THTR 3600
Advanced Acting and the Rehearsal Process (2,2,0)

THTR 3600 Advanced Acting and the Rehearsal Process (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This upper division performance course emphasizes students externalizing the inner character in conjunction with work in textual analysis, and internal techniques with characters from full-length contemporary plays. Students will apply their knowledge of character analysis and creation from prerequisite theatre courses and will work with student directors where they gain knowledge and experience with the role of the actor in a formal rehearsal setting.
Prerequisite: THTR 2210
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THTR 3610
Advanced Acting and Performance(2,2,0)

THTR 3610 Advanced Acting and Performance(2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This upper division performance course emphasizes students creating characters and working as actors in a formal rehearsal setting. Acting students work with student directors where they learn and practice the role of the actor in this arena. Students can transfer and adapt these skills to many other teamwork environments and are encouraged to expand their understanding and experience past their degree. The final assignment for this course is performing a role in a one-act play for the Directors Festival, which is the final production of the season for the Actors Workshop Theatre.
Prerequisite: THTR 3600
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Potential elective courses (some offered in rotation)
THTR 3230
Advanced Theatre Production 1 (2,2,0)

THTR 3230 Advanced Theatre Production 1 (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

An advanced, practical course exploring direction and coordination of technical theatre elements such as lighting, sound, costumes, props and set that were introduced in THTR 2120 and THTR 2220. This course will include practicum work associated with all Actor's Worshop Theatre productions.
Prerequisite: THTR 2120 and THTR 2220
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THTR 3240
Advanced Theatre Production 2 (2,2,0)

THTR 3240 Advanced Theatre Production 2 (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

An advanced, practical course building on Advanced Theatre Production 1. This course further explores direction and coordination of technical theatre elements such as lighting, sound, costumes, props and sets. This course will include practicum work associated with all Actors Workshop Theatre productions.
Prerequisite: THTR 3230
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THTR 3410
Design for the Theatre 1 (2,2,0)

THTR 3410 Design for the Theatre 1 (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This practical course explores the basic principles and techniques of design for the theatre including set, props, lighting and costume. This course includes practicum work associated with all Actors Workshop Theatre Productions.
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THTR 3420
Design for the Theatre 2 (2,2,0)

THTR 3420 Design for the Theatre 2 (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This practical course explores the basic principles and techniques of design for the theatre including set, props, lighting and costume and includes practicum work associated with all Actors Workshop Theatre Productions. This course is a continuation of THTR 3410.
Prerequisite: THTR 3410
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THTR 3500
Play Production 3 (1,0,8P)

THTR 3500 Play Production 3 (1,0,8P)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Play Production is designed for students who have auditioned and been cast in a TRU Actor's Workshop stage production. Students rehearse and perform for public presentation the play that is staged in the appropriate semester.
Prerequisite: Successful audition for a TRU Actor's Workshop Production
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THTR 3700
Effective Public Speaking (4,0,0)

THTR 3700 Effective Public Speaking (4,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is an experiential study of the principles and performance requirements necessary for effective public speaking through various literary styles, with an emphasis on audience, purpose and message.
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THTR 3800
Voice for the Stage (2,2,0)

THTR 3800 Voice for the Stage (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

A performance oriented course designed to further develop an approach for the establishment of a personal vocal production technique designed for the demands of stage performance. Areas of study include breath, alignment, various vocal elements as well as the basics of speech.
Prerequisite: THTR 1110 and THTR 1210
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THTR 3990
***Selected Topics in Theatre (2,2,0)

THTR 3990 ***Selected Topics in Theatre (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This is a variable content course that changes from semester to semester. Generally, the topics in this course complement or lie outside regular program offerings. Students engage in diverse, practice-based approaches to productions. Areas of study may include the business of acting, musical theatre, mask, devised theatre, and stage combat.
Prerequisite: Permission from the Theatre Program Coordinator
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Fourth Year
THTR 4000
Directing for the Stage (3,2,0)

THTR 4000 Directing for the Stage (3,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Senior theatre students study the process of stage direction and the development of a method for transferring the script to the stage. Students apply creative and critical thinking to analyze a script and develop a director's vision for the realization of a production. Students work with student actors where they learn and practice the role of the director in a formal rehearsal setting.
Prerequisite: THTR 3600 and THTR 3610
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THTR 4010
Advanced Directing- Theatre Capstone Course (3,2,0)

THTR 4010 Advanced Directing- Theatre Capstone Course (3,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is the culmination of the theatre major. Students will apply their knowledge of performance, acting, theatre history, theatre technology and directing to their work in this course. Senior theatre students advance their study of the process of stage direction and the development of a method for transferring the script to the stage. Students apply creative and critical thinking to analyze a script and develop a director's vision for the realization of a production. Students work with student actors where they learn and practice the role of the director in a formal rehearsal setting. The final assignment for this course is directing a one-act play for the Directors Festival, which is the final production of the season for the Actors Workshop Theatre
Prerequisite: THTR 4000
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THTR 4600
Acting Styles 1 (2,2,0)

THTR 4600 Acting Styles 1 (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course examines 2 classic scripts and the eras in which they were written, through performance and dramaturgy, in order to comprehensively study select styles of acting from significant periods in history.
Prerequisite: THTR 2110 and 2210
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THTR 4610
Acting Styles 2 (2,2,0)

THTR 4610 Acting Styles 2 (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Building on THTR 4600, this course examines 2 classic scripts and the eras in which they are written through performance and dramaturgy in order to comprehensively study select styles of acting from significant periods in history.
Prerequisite: THTR 4600
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Potential elective courses (some offered in rotation)
THTR 4500
Play Production 4 (1,0,8P)

THTR 4500 Play Production 4 (1,0,8P)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Play Production is designed for students who have auditioned and been cast in a TRU Actor's Workshop stage production. Students rehearse and perform, for public presentation, the play that is staged in the appropriate semester.
Prerequisite: Successful audition for a TRU Actor's Workshop Production
For more information, search for this course here.

THTR 4900
Directed Studies - Special Topics in Theatre Arts (3,0,0)

THTR 4900 Directed Studies - Special Topics in Theatre Arts (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is designed for theatre majors in their final year of studies. Students are provided an opportunity to work on a special topic in Theatre Arts with an individual Theatre Arts faculty member. Topics may include history, theory, criticism, performance, and technical theatre studies.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Theatre Majors in their final year of studies and faculty member approval following a written proposal
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