Home About Forms Registration Graduation Course Descriptions Student Resources Faculty Resources

Theatre 297

THEA 297L Voice and Movement

Prerequisites: THEA 227

Credit Hours: (3)

The study of the voice and body as the primary tools of the actor. Intense focus will be given to each component individually as well as the integration of both as a means of communication of intent and action to an audience.

Note(s): Students who have received credit for THEA 226 or THEA 310 cannot also receive credit for THEA 297.


Detailed Description of Course

1.    Exploration of the voice as a primary communicator of thought and action. Units include:
        a.    Anatomy and functionality of the vocal apparatus.
        b.    Breath as a fuel for thought and sound.
        c.    Vocal tension and learned habits.
        d.    Vocal range, diction, amplification, and resonation.
        e.    Voice and written text.
2.    Exploration of the body as a primary communicator of thought and action.  Units include:
        a.    Anatomy and functionality of the bone and muscular structure of the human body.
        b.    Breath as a fuel for physical action.
        c.    Physical tension and learned habits.
        d.    Physical stamina, flexibility and strength.
        e.    Body as storyteller.
3.    Integration of the voice and body using both to create dynamic characters on the stage.
4.    Development of a personal vocal and physical warm-up.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course utilizes a workshop/laboratory approach. This format includes physical participation of students with the intent of self-discovery and instructor/peer observation and evaluation.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1.    A clear understanding of the voice as a primary communicator of thought and action, which include the following:
        a.    Competency in recognizing the anatomy and functionality of the vocal apparatus.
        b.    Consistent and free use of breath as a fuel for thought and sound.
        c.    Awareness and elimination of vocal tension and learned habits.
        d.    An increase in vocal range, diction, amplification, and resonation.
        e.    Clear communication of text to an audience.
2.    A clear understanding of the body as a primary communicator of thought and action, which include the following:
        a.    Competency in recognizing the anatomy and functionality of the bone and muscular                        structure of the human body.
        b.    Consistent use of breath as a fuel for physical action.
        c.    Awareness and elimination of physical tension and learned habits.
        d.    Increased physical stamina, flexibility and strength.
        e.    Applying clear storytelling skills using the body as the primary tool of communication to an                audience.
3.    Competency in integrating the voice and body to create dynamic characters on the stage.
4.    Demonstrate a personal vocal and physical warm-up for rehearsals and performance.


Assessment Measures

Students are graded and given continuous feedback on weekly in-class exercises and out-of-class rehearsed presentations. Preparation and participation are also regularly assessed.


Other Course Information

Students are required to see all university theatre productions during the term they are enrolled in the class.


Review and Approval

July 2010