Theatre department
Course Outlines

For up to date course outlines, please see the current UFV Academic Calendar.


Theatre 101 ~ Introduction to Theatre

Students will explore the function and significance of theatre in society and culture. They will examine the process of theatrical production, the arts of the playwright and actor, and the issue of critical evaluation. The course may involve attending plays at venues in the lower mainland.

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Theatre 111 ~ Acting I 

An introduction to the technique and craft of acting, focusing on the development of the actor’s internal and external resources to realize character as action.

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Theatre 112 ~ Acting II

Continues the development of the actor’s internal and external resources, introducing students to scene study and the realization of character through interactions with others.

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Theatre 121 ~ Introduction to Technical Theatre

An introduction to the techniques of stage management, lighting, and set construction. There will be practical production assignments in these areas.

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Theatre 123 ~ Introduction to Technical Theatre II

A continuation of THEA 121, introducing the techniques of costuming, make-up, scene painting, drafting, and sound in the theatre. You will participate in practical application of these techniques.

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Theatre 199 ~ Technical Theatre Practicum

This course introduces students to the practice and techniques of technical theatre through backstage participation in a UFV Theatre production.


 
Theatre 201 ~ History of Theatre: 19th Century to Present

This course surveys the innovations and insights which have shaped theatre as an art form since the 19th century. Major trends and issues in theatre will be studied, and explored in the context of larger cultural and historical forces.

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Theatre 202 ~ History of Theatre: Antiquity to 18th Century

This course surveys key topics in the history of theatre from its origins to the 18th century. Specific topics drawn from the key areas of acting, audiences, theatre architecture, performance space, scenography, directing, and theatre criticism will be examined through a range of historical periods.

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Theatre 211 ~ Acting III

An intermediate acting course that expands and enhances the power of an actor’s performance. Students will explore how to define and animate interactions with others to build strong characters and energize performances, while also developing confidence to make bold creative choices.

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Theatre 212 ~ Acting IV

This course focuses on the techniques actors use to create vivid characterizations, sustain complex roles, and audition successfully. Students will learn how to create complex characterizations, interpret and perform classical texts, employ auditioning and career building skills, and undertake the challenges of the extended role.

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Theatre 215 ~ Introduction to Voice

This course introduces the techniques actors use to develop a clear and responsive speaking voice. Students will learn how the human body generates sound, and the physical training and mental awareness needed to free the voice to become an effective instrument for performance.

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Theatre 250 ~ Introduction to Storytelling

This course is an introduction to the creative process and techniques of storytelling. Stories from a wide range of cultures will be studied as models, with a focus on aboriginal stories. Students will create their own stories and perform them to a variety of audiences.

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Theatre 290 ~ Theatre Practice - Small Ensemble

This practicum allows students to develop experience in live theatre production through participation in a small to medium ensemble production as part of the UFV Theatre season.


Theatre 295 ~ Theatre Practice - Large Ensemble

This practicum allows students to develop experience in live theatre production through participation in a large ensemble production, such as a Shakespeare play or a musical, as part of the UFV Theatre season.


Theatre 299 ~ Theatre Production Practicum

This practicum develops students' skills in the practice and techniques of theatre through participation in a UFV Theatre production.


 
Theatre 305 ~ Theatre for Young Audiences

This course offers students an overview of the history, literature, and theories of theatre for young audiences with an emphasis on Canadian works. Its chief objective is to stimulate a critical awareness of young people's theatre as a distinct and important discipline.

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Theatre 306 ~ History of Musical Theatre

This course examines the development of musical theatre from the 18th century to the present, focusing on Broadway and London’s West End. Content may include analyses of individual musicals that have transformed the genre, an exploration of the place of musical theatre in popular culture, and an overview of Canadian musical theatre. Attendance at two musical theatre performances chosen from a list provided by the instructor is required.

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Theatre 307 ~ World Theatre

This course explores the history, literature, and performance practices of a variety of non-European theatre traditions, which could include Asian, African, and Indigenous forms of performance. Students will develop a critical appreciation of non-Western performance traditions and broaden their awareness of the definitions of theatre throughout the world.

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Theatre 311 ~ Acting for the Camera

An exploration of the theory and practice of acting for the camera. This course examines the close relationship between stage and film acting and introduces students to the unique demands of creating effective on-camera performances. Studio exercises and projects involve students in a progression of on-camera explorations leading to the creation of a basic film acting technique. The course also introduces students to the vocabulary and practices of the film and TV industries.

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Theatre 315 ~ Shakespeare in Performance

This course focuses on developing the voice to become an effective instrument for conveying Shakespeare’s rich, multi-layered language. Students will practice techniques to increase the openness, responsiveness, and flexibility of the voice, while also learning the acting code embedded in Shakespeare’s text, and how to engage this practice and knowledge productively when performing Shakespeare’s work.

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Theatre 352 ~ Playmaking I

This course is an introduction to the diverse theories and multiple practices of playmaking. Beginning with a survey of contemporary playmaking activity, students will investigate in-depth two or three processes currently practiced to create theatre including forum and image theatre, ritual, and self- scripting. Workshop sessions will explore the application of these approaches to the creation of theatre performances.

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Theatre 353 ~ Playmaking II

This course continues the exploration of playmaking begun in THEA 352 through intensive studio work focusing on mask and collective creation. The primary focus will be on the creation of theatre pieces through group and character work.

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Theatre 370 ~ Design for the Theatre

An introduction to the fundamentals of design for live theatre production. Students will learn the theory and principles of stage design and how to apply these in practical designs for the theatre.

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Theatre 399 ~ Intermediate Practicum in Theatre

This course provides students with opportunities to develop theatre skills and knowledge by undertaking intermediate responsibilities in a UFV Theatre production, such as: acting in a substantial role; stage managing; assistant designing for costume, set, or lighting; designing for sound, projections, props or makeup.


 
Theatre 401 ~ Theories of Theatre

Focusing on key theoretical works, this course introduces students to some of the major theories of theatre and drama that have informed and shaped theatre throughout its history.

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Theatre 450 ~ Directing I

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of directing commencing with a survey of directing history and theory to 1960. Students will explore the directors' creative process through the analysis of classic and contemporary scripts as well as engaging in workshop sessions in directing practice.

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Theatre 451 ~ Directing II

This course continues the exploration of the fundamentals of directing introduced in Theatre 450. Students will investigate directing history and theory from 1960 to the present and engage in workshop sessions in the application of directing practice. Each student will prepare and present a one act play for public performance.

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Theatre 499 ~ Advanced Practicum in Theatre

This course provides students with opportunities to develop theatre skills and knowledge by undertaking advanced responsibilities in a UFV Theatre production, such as: acting in a major role; stage managing; designing for costume, set, or lighting; serving as an assistant director or dramaturge.


 
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