Theatre Courses

TH 100
Performance in the Play (1 credit)
This course recognizes participation in the Fall or Spring play. Experience is not necessary. Students who participate as part of the requirement of another course are not eligible for credit in TH 100. A minimum of 8–12 hours per week for approximately six weeks is required. TH 100 may be repeated for credit. CR/NC only. Fall and Spring.Prerequisite: Audition or permission.

TH 104
Introduction to the Theatre
This course explores the collaborative nature of theatre by examining the contributions of the actor, playwright, director, and designers, as well as their relationship to one another and to theatre architecture, production, management, and criticism. Students attend at least one performance in Boston and participate in classroom exercises and projects. Fall. Group: IV.  Arts & Literature Thematic Area Course.

TH 105
Improvisation: Playing Seriously
By actively learning the core components of improvisational theatre, students will build confidence, communication, and quick-thinking skills. Students will collaborate with teammates, developing creative problem-solving strategies and embracing responsible risk all while exploring a highly-regarded art form. Regular performances on campus round out this experiential class.     Group: IV.

TH 140
Costume Design
This course covers the process of costume design from the beginning of the production process to building the costumes for a College production. Participation in Pine Manor College productions must be completed to receive credit for this course. May be repeated for credit.  Fall, alternate years. Group: IV.

TH 141
Design and Building for the Theatre
This course provides practical production experience in scene design, set construction, painting, properties, lighting, and stage management. Participation in Pine Manor College productions must be completed to receive credit for this course. May be repeated for credit. Fall and Spring. Group: IV.

TH 205
Improvisation II
By actively learning the core components of improvisational theatre, students will build confidence, communication, and quick-thinking skills. Students will collaborate with teammates, developing creative problem solving strategies and embracing responsible risk all while improving their marketability to employers. Regular performances on campus round out this experiential class.The 200-level of this course will further develop skills gained in TH105 and require additional facilitation, leadership, performances in and outside of the classroom, and academic work connecting the course content to career paths.

TH 211
Acting I: Scene Study
TH 211 is an introduction to acting. Monologue and scene work are complemented by technique exercises, emphasizing emotion, movement, and voice. Actors begin with simple actions as a way to understand how to find a character’s objectives and obstacles. Memorization and rehearsal of scenes for in-class performances are required.  Fall. Group: IV.

TH 212
Acting II: Acting Workshop
Students rehearse and present scenes in workshop performances for the PMC community. TH 212 is especially recommended for students who have completed TH 211. Spring. Group: IV.

TH 215
Theatre for Social Change
Students will discover how to use theatre concepts to create positive change in a community.  In this active, experiential course, students will engage in storytelling, devising, facilitation, and evaluation. They will build thematic pieces aimed at pressing social issues, research facts and core concepts, learn how to facilitate community dialogue, and go out into the community to deliver performances that activate conversation, increase understanding, and spark change. Group IV, Ideas 2 Signature Course.

TH/EN 217
Shakespeare II
Refer to description in English courses 

TH 225
Theatre Ensemble
The goal of this course is to achieve an ensemble of artists participating in an holistic approach to theatre: students assume the roles of writers, directors, designers, and actors. Through readings, exercises, and discussions, students are encouraged to explore the world around them, engaging in issues that concern them, and working together to develop a final project inspired by their journey, to be presented to the Pine Manor community. May be repeated for credit.  Fall, alternate years. Group: IV.

TH 251
Theatre for Children
This course introduces the student to the methods and materials of play production for young audiences. Topics include storytelling, improvisation, theatre games, acting, play selection, direction, settings, and costumes. TH 251 culminates in a production performed for a young audience. Spring. Group: IV

Theatre courses may be repeated one or two more times at a higher level . For example, if a student took TH 141 Design and Build for Theatre, s/he could take it again in another semester as TH 241 Design and Build II, and then again in another semester as TH 341 Design and Build III. List of 100/200 level courses that could be repeated:

  • TH 225 Theatre Ensemble
  • TH 141 Design and Build for the Theatre
  • TH 140 Costume Design