Courses

CMTT-109. First Year Experience: Staging Chicago:Performances In, For, & About Chicago. 3 Hours.

In Staging Chicago students will read, watch, write, and perform plays about Chicago. Special attention will be paid to plays that premiered in Chicago and were produced by Chicago artists. In addition to reading plays, students will have an opportunity to stage scenes and present their own theatrical interpretation of the Second City.

CMTT-109C. First Year Experience:Theatre in Chicago:The Audubon/Northeastern/Redmoon Theater Partnership. 3 Hours.

The focus of this general education introduction to theatre class will be its partnership with Chicago's Redmoon Theater. Redmoon is an acclaimed community-based theatre which brings theatre to underserved Chicago communities. To facilitate this partnership, Northeastern students will meet one day a week for class at Audubon Elementary School, which has been adopted by Redmoon Theater. Northeastern students will have opportunities to work with Redmoon Theater artists in Audubon classrooms and participate in Redmoon initiatives and internships.

CMTT-130. Introduction to Theatre. 3 Hours.

Survey of the components of theatrical experience and the function of the various contributors to theatrical production. Attendance at selected theatrical productions is required.

CMTT-139. Theatre Practicum 1. 1 Hour.

Practical, hands-on experience in all technical areas of theatre for main stage productions. Communcation, Media and Theatre majors may repeat this course once for laboratory credit towards graduation requirements.

CMTT-203. Voice for the Stage. 3 Hours.

This course gives each student a method to improve his or her ability to articulate, project, develop resonance and meet the demands for the stage including dialects and Shakespearian speech.

CMTT-207. Interpreters' Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Participation in oral interpretation activities at local, regional, or national levels. Communication, Media and Theatre majors may repeat this course once for laboratory credit towards graduation requirements.
Prerequisite: CMTT-255 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-220. Improvisation. 3 Hours.

Emphasis on mastering improvisational theatre games for both actor training and performance.

CMTT-221. Acting 1. 3 Hours.

The basic skills of acting including the actor's internal preparation for playing a role and the development of his/her external technique for projecting the role to the audience.

CMTT-239. Theatre Practicum. 3 Hours.

Practical, hands-on experience in all technical areas of theatre for main stage productions.

CMTT-240. Stagecraft. 3 Hours.

An introduction to all aspects of backstage technical production.

CMTT-249. Makeup. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of stage and television makeup for straight and character roles; emphasis on the application of makeup, historical periods and uses of masks.

CMTT-255. Performance of Literature. 3 Hours.

Development of intellectual and emotional responsiveness to prose, poetry and drama, and the ability to communicate effectively in performance.

CMTT-309. Independent Study in Theatre. 3 Hours.

Individual investigation into a topic of the student's choice. Approval of instructor, department chair and dean.

CMTT-309A. Independent Study in Theatre. 3 Hours.

CMTT-321. Acting 2. 4 Hours.

Refinement of skills developed in Acting 1 with emphasis on the use of improvisation to develop and project characters from standard plays.
Prerequisite: CMTT-221 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-331. History of Theatre 1. 3 Hours.

Chronological survey of the development of theatre and drama of the Western World from the early Greek festivals to the early Renaissance period.

CMTT-332. History of Theatre 2. 3 Hours.

Chronological survey of the development of theatre and drama of the Western World from the Renaissance period to the twentieth century.

CMTT-333. Contemporary Theatre. 3 Hours.

This course provides a survey of theatre and drama from the twentieth century to the present.

CMTT-334. Special Topics In Theatre. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of the major works of a single dramatist or movement, the relationship of those works to the period in which they were produced, and their place in the history of dramatic literature. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics.

CMTT-335. American Social Problem Plays. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of American plays in the 20th century that reflect the political and social changes in the society. Plays will be analyzed in relation to the literary text, the theatrical texts in their historical and social context, and social issues through literature.

CMTT-336. Realism and Naturalism. 3 Hours.

A survey of naturalism and realism in drama and theatre from the late 19th century to the present, covering major plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners.

CMTT-337. Women Playwrights. 3 Hours.

Chronological study and analysis of literary texts in historical and social contexts that are written by women, that deal with social issues about women, and are about women's rights.

CMTT-338. Melodrama. 3 Hours.

An exploration of melodrama as the dramatic form that dominated the nineteenth century stage in the United States. The course focuses on identifying the characteristics of melodrama and contemporaneous theatre practice, reading representative plays, and exploring the social and political issues of the day reflected in the plays.

CMTT-339. Advanced Theatre Practicum. 3 Hours.

Special assignment to specific positions such as stage management, direction, and dramaturge, among others.

CMTT-340. Set Design. 3 Hours.

Comprehensive study of the principles of scene design theory and practice.
Prerequisite: CMTT-130 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-341. Lighting Design. 3 Hours.

Comprehensive study of the principles of lighting design theory and practical application.
Prerequisite: CMTT-130 minimum grade of C or PERF-130 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-342. Costume Design. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of the basic design skills, identification of textiles, as well as analysis of dramatic texts for costuming and coordinating designs with a theatre production team.
Prerequisite: CMTT-130 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-343. Stage Management. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of the job of the Stage Manager, including production planning, prompt book design, scheduling and managing rehearsal time, and actually stage managing and calling a show.

CMTT-345. Directing. 3 Hours.

Principles and techniques of the director's art.
Prerequisite: CMTT-130 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-346. American Musical Theatre. 3 Hours.

Survey of the development of the American musical theatre with consideration of the problems inherent in the production of musicals.

CMTT-347. Playwriting. 3 Hours.

Study of dramatic art with practice in the writing of plays for dramatic production. An attempt will be made to provide laboratory productions of outstanding student works.

CMTT-348. Advanced Stagecraft. 3 Hours.

Advanced methods in backstage technical production.
Prerequisite: CMTT-240 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-349. Summer Theatre. 3 Hours.

A laboratory class covering all phases of theatre production in conjuction with the production of a play script. Includes acting, directing, set and costume design, choreography, lighting, props publicity and theatre management as related to the production of a play script.

CMTT-350. Children's Theatre Workshop:Elementary. 3 Hours.

Survey of theatre for children from creative dramatics to theatre in the elementary schools. All significant facets of play production are covered in performance of an actual script.

CMTT-351. Children's Theatre Workshop:Middle and High School. 3 Hours.

Survey of theatre for children, from creative dramatics to theatre in the secondary schools. All significant facets of play production are covered in performance of an actual script.

CMTT-352. Interpretation of Poetry. 3 Hours.

Literary analysis and oral performance of lyric, narrative, dramatic, poetry and other presentational forms.
Prerequisite: CMTT-255 minimum grade of C or PERF-255 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-353. Interpretation of Prose. 3 Hours.

Literary analysis and oral performance of both fiction and non-fiction, including novels, short stories, essays letters, diaries, travel literature and biographies.
Prerequisite: CMTT-255 minimum grade of C or PERF-255 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-354. Interpretation of Drama. 3 Hours.

Literary analysis and performance of plays, emphasizing the solo reader performing a variety of roles.
Prerequisite: CMTT-255 minimum grade of C or PERF-255 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-355. Advanced Performance Of Literature. 3 Hours.

Literary analysis of poetry and prose; presentation of individual and multiple performers.
Prerequisite: CMTT-255 minimum grade of C or PERF-255 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-357. Interpretation of Shakespeare. 3 Hours.

Selected comedies, tragedies and histories, tracing the development of the dramatist; emphasis on special performance techniques to illuminate a thorough study of the plays.
Prerequisite: CMTT-255 minimum grade of C or PERF-255 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-358. Acting 3. 4 Hours.

Advanced methods in acting including analyzing language and approaching language problems in theatre production. Scene work is taken from classic dramas.
Prerequisite: CMTT-321 minimum grade of C.

CMTT-359. Experimental Theatre. 3 Hours.

In this course, students will study and perform experimental modes of theatre. Methods may include collaborative devising, verbatim theatre, playback theatre, physical theatre, relational performance, solo storytelling, game theatre, and live art techniques.

CMTT-383. Professional Internship 1. 3 Hours.

Professional activities in a selected field of theatre, performed and supervised at public or private facilities, theatres, organizations, schools, etc.

CMTT-384. Professional Internship 2. 6 Hours.

(See CMTT-383 for description.).

CMTT-385. Professional Internship 3. 9 Hours.

(See CMTT-383 for description.).

CMTT-392. Integrating The Arts Across Disciplines: Art As A Tool For Teaching & Training. 3 Hours.

This course instructs aspiring leaders in the fields of education, business, science, and the arts in utilizing the skills of collaboration, innovation, and project management employed across the disciplines as tools for teaching, training, creativity, and innovation. This experiential course delivers the fundamental concepts and pedagogy of creative leadership through field experience, guest interviews, and documentation projects.

CMTT-393. Drama For Teaching And Learning. 3 Hours.

CMTT-393 is a practical, process-oriented course designed to introduce students to techniques for using drama as a teaching tool. From 20th century techniques for using drama as a teaching tool in elementary and middle schools, to contemporary approaches to drama as a means of community engagement and social intervention with youth and adults, students will explore multiple methods for applying drama and theatre in a variety of pedagogical settings. Course assignments are hands-on and emphasize various techniques in a space conducive to developing increased proficiency, both individually and in groups.

CMTT-423. Independent Study in Theatre. 3 Hours.

Individual investigation into selected topics in methods and materials for dramatic activities. Permission of instructor, chair, dean & graduate director.

CMTT-430. Dramatic Theory. 3 Hours.

This course offers an analysis of major theories of dramatic writing and dramatic production from Aristotle to contemporary theorists, and explores how these theories influence theatre and drama.

CMTT-431. Comparative Performing Arts. 3 Hours.

This course compares various examples and methodologies of adaptation in performing arts such as ballet, opera, drama, film, and television. Students are required to attend performances.

CMTT-446. Theatre Management. 3 Hours.

Managerial policies and practices in educational and community theatres with emphasis upon common problems and solutions.

CMTT-473. Special Topics In Theatre. 3 Hours.

This revolving topics course allows graduate students the opportunity to study in-depth, specific theatre methods, movements and motivators. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics.