Russell Sage College offers two degrees in theatre: the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and the Bachelor of Science in Musical Theatre. Sage also offers minors in Theatre (described in the B.A. in Theatre program), as well as Dance, Music, and Visual Art.
Acting Practicum is a twice-a-week "theatre gymnasium" that majors must take three times for credit. The focus of the course is to expand on the physical and vocal elements of other performances courses to strengthen skills in movement, voice and stage presence.
THR 103, or THR 203, or THR 225
A survey of American dramas from O'Neill, Miller and Hellman to the works of Wendy Wasserstein, John Guare, and John Patrick Shanley. Theatre History will be considered in terms of leading actors, plays and political and social events of different time periods.
In this course, students will explore using relaxation and articulation to creat a more effective sound. Using techniques based on the work of Kristin Linklater, the class will focus on freeing the natural voice and finding a signature sound. Analysis of classical texts and public speaking skills will also be addressed.
This course will focus on stage makeup as used to accent natural features on the face, or to create a character through the distortion of natural features. There will be sections on special effects, ethnic makeup, period makeup, and gender reversal.
This course focuses on the development of the ability to move, act and express oneself through the media of lyric and music. The course of study will develop each student's physical instrument while addressing the special challenges and techniques needed by the musical stage actor. Each student will have ample opportunity for performance in class, as well as in a weekly student performance class and in the final public performance.
This seminar will prepare students for their next step after college, be going to graduate school, beginning auditions or relocating to another city. Students will assemble an online portfolio, audition binder and headshot and resumes, in addition to doing research on jobs, agents and educational options. Prerequisite: Junior Standing or Permission of the instructor.
This advanced capstone course is intended for students planning to pursue theatre in graduate school or a career in theatre. As such, it concentrates on detailed character development, audition techniques, the business of acting, and the preparation of four monologues the student can use in the auditioning process.
54 or more completed credits and THR 203. Or by audition.
This course provides a study of the responsibility of the director in the staging of the play: play selection, analysis, casting and the relationship to other creative artists involved in the production. A practical demonstration and production manual are required as final projects. Primarily for Theatre and Musical Theatre majors at the junior level or higher, or by permission of instructor.
Performance Studio is an opportunity for experienced students to do a deeper exploration of scene study and/or voice and text skills covered in the performance curriculum. The course is cross-listed with Acting II, Acting III, Acting IV, and Voice and Text. Students in this course will be expected to take a leadership role by mentoring and sharing skills with students taking the performance class for the first time. Performance Studio can be taken twice for credit.
THR 203, THR 225, THR 235, THR 303, and THR 403
Thr Inst A directed study involving special topics in theatre. This course provides students and teacher/artists from the New York State Theatre Institute the opportunity to explore the entire range of theatre-related topics. (Formerly called Directed Study with NYS Theatre Institute)
In this capstone acting course, students will explore classical material through a look at Greek and English Renaissance texts. Skills will be developed through scene work and monologues, plus a study of the eras covered in each text.
THR-103 , THR-203
A methods course in the teaching of creative dramatics to children, including games, puppetry, and improvisation. Acting in, directing, and producing performances for child audiences will be explored through children's literature and plays.
A full-time program involving academic study through classes, individualized instruction and written projects, and supervised applied experiences structured around the Institute's theatrical productions and its residencies in New York State schools. There is a $300 fee for this internship.
CAT and Theatre majors who satisfy college and departmental standards may be invited to undertake an Honors Project in place of a Senior Project. The expectation is that these individual, faculty-supervised projects are both qualitatively and quantitatively superior to a regular Senior Project.