Perform in English and Hoike in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language. Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language.
Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language.

Post-Baccalaureate Study in Dance and Theatre

Advanced Theatre and Dance Study at UHM

Add new skills, learn new techniques, polish existing ones, and invigorate your sense of exploration. Connect with other creative artists at UH Manoa and in the community.

Special in Spring 2021: many fully online offerings.
Due to COVID-19, many Spring 2021 classes are partly or completely online, making it even more convenient for community members to take.

PBU Program

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree, you can now take individual classes in the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance via the Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified (PBU) Program, without seeking a specific degree. Classes can usually be transferred later into a degree program.

Application deadline July 15 for fall and December 15 for spring.

Info on how to enroll: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/applying-as-a-pbu-student

Admission to all classes pending approval by instructor. Faculty emails here.

Catalog links: THEA and DNCE

See UHM Spring 2021 Class Availability for meeting times, days, delivery method, available space in the class, and other information. See catalog for descriptions of 100 and 200-level classes and for full listings of prerequisites.

Theatre and Dance

Upper Division Class Descriptions
Spring 2021

Note varying course modalities (online, hybrid, synchronous, asynchronous, etc.)
Hybrid classes may have one or more planned in-person class meetings, please contact the instructor for more information.

Special notes on unique Spring 2021 topics are included in some descriptions.

DNCE 301 Asian Dance (Bollywood), 1 cr, W 09:30-10:50, hybrid synch
Sai Bhatawadekar
Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 303 Japanese Dance, 1cr, T 4:30-6:20, hybrid synch
Howard Asao
Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 305 Korean Dance, 1 cr, T 2:00-3:50, online synch
Mary Jo Freshley
Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 306 Okinawan Dance, 1 cr, W 2:00- 3:50, online synch
Yukie Shiroma
Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 307 Philippine Dance, 1 cr, W 5:30-7:20, hybrid synch
H. Wayne Mendoza
Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 312-1 Hula/Chant Ensemble I, 2 cr, TTH 1:30- 2:45, in person
Noenoelani Lewis
Ancient style. Pre: upper division standing or consent. A-F only. DA

DNCE 312-2 Hula/Chant Ensemble I, 2 cr, TTH 3:00-4:15, hybrid synch
Noenoelani Lewis
Ancient style. Pre: upper division standing or consent. A-F only. DA

THEA 312, 3 cr, MWF 10:30-11:20, online synchronous
Lurana O’Malley and Kirstin Pauka, with guests
Myth and ritual into drama, 1000 BCE–1700 CE. Development of secular drama from sacred and ritual beginnings. Required of all majors. Pre: 311 and consent. (Alt. years)

DNCE 321 Intermediate Ballet Technique, 3 cr, MWF 11:00-12:20, hybrid synch
Amy Schiffner
Intermediate ballet technique. DA

DNCE 331 High Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique, 3 cr, MWF 12:30- 1:50, hybrid synch
Peiling Kao
Intermediate contemporary dance technique. DA

THEA 324, Advanced TV/Film Acting, 3 cr
Stacy Ray
Advanced acting techniques for film and TV production in collaboration with ACM 370. Taping/filming of scenes and full-length scripts Repeatable one time. Pre: 323 and consent. (DA)

THEA 343E, Props and Crafts, 3 cr, W/F 9:00am – 10:20am, online synchronous
Michelle Bisbee
Workshop in principles, techniques, and application of contemporary theatre production practices. (E) props and crafts: techniques to create props for theatre. Repeatable one time for different alphas, each alpha can be taken one time. Pre: any course in THEA or DNCE, or production experience; or consent.

THEA 356, Beginning Costume Design, 3 cr
Maile Speetjens
Basic principles and approaches to costume design for theatre and dance. Visual communication methods, creative process, historical research, and organizational practices.

DNCE 360 Kinesiology, 3 cr, online asynch
Lorenzo Perillo
Practical information for dance students on diet and nutrition, anatomy, training and conditioning, and injury prevention. Pre: 260 or consent.

DNCE 370 Movement Improvisation, 3cr, TTH 10:30-11:45, hybrid synch
Peiling Kao
Introduces movement improvisation to all levels and disciplines. Movement studies will explore improvisation approaches, devices, elements, exercises, and implications to gain skills in and appreciation for the art of improvisation. DA

THEA 380 Beginning Directing, 3cr, Writing Focus, Tu 1:30-245 online synch, other activities asynchr
Lurana O’Malley
Basic practical course in how to direct a play. Students will direct scenes. Emphasis on writing instruction.

DNCE 403 Japanese Dance, 1 cr, TH 4:30-6:20, hybrid synch
Howard Asao
Performance and techniques at intermediate level. DA

DNCE 405 Korean Dance, 1 cr, T 2:00-3:50, online synch
Mary Jo Freshley
Performance and techniques at intermediate level. DA

DNCE 406 Okinawan Dance, 1 cr, W 2:00- 3:50, online synch
Yukie Shiroma
Performance and techniques at the intermediate level. DA

DNCE 407 Philippine Dance, 1 cr, W 5:30-7:20, hybrid synch
H. Wayne Mendoza
Performance and techniques at the intermediate level. DA

DNCE412-1 Hula/Chant Ensemble II, 2 cr, TTH 4:30-5:45, in person
Noenoelani Lewis
Ancient style. Pre: upper division standing or consent. A-F only. DA

DNCE 421 Advanced Ballet Technique, 3cr, MWF 11:00- 12:20, hybrid synch
Amy Schiffner
Advanced ballet technique. DA

THEA 424, Hawaiian Acting Workshop, 3 cr
Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker
Training in skills and techniques for selected traditional Hawaiian performance forms and Hawaiian medium theatre. Emphasis on movement and vocal technique. Repeatable one time. Pre: 222 or consent. (Alt. years) DA

DNCE 431 Advanced Contemporary Dance Technique, 3 cr, MWF 12:30- 1:50, hybrid synch
Peiling Kao
Advanced contemporary dance technique. DA

DNCE 453 Dance History II: 20th Century to the Present, 3cr, W focus, MF 2:00-3:15, online synch
Besty Fisher
Development of modern dance, contemporary ballet, and dance forms of musical theater and film.

THEA 464, Drama and Theatre of S and SE Asia, 3 cr., hybrid synch
K. Pauka
Court, folk, popular traditions, and the manner of their production

THEA 470 Creative Drama, 3 cr. Tues/Thurs. 9-10:15am, ONLINE: Sync
Misa Tupou
Dramatic activities for young people. For teachers, group workers, recreation majors, and others dealing with children. Supervised field activities. Pre: junior standing or consent. DA

THEA 474, Theatre for Young Audiences, 3cr, O focus, ONLINE: Sync & Async
MW 10:30-11:50am
M. Branner
Theories and principles of formal theatre for young audiences. Study of and practice in the selection, direction, and production of plays. Pre: junior standing or higher, or consent. DA

THEA 478 Hula Ki’i: Hawaiian Puppetry and Image Dancing, 3 cr.
Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker
History, techniques, construction, and performance of Hawaiian puppetry and traditional image dancing. Repeatable one time. Junior standing or higher.

THEA 490 Experimental Theatre Studio, 3 cr. ONLINE. Times TBA (will involve both synchronous small group work and asynchronous work)
Julie Iezzi
Working collectively, students research, write, design, develop, and perform a full-length production. Repeatable two times. Pre: 6 credits above the 200 level in acting, directing, playwriting, dancing; or consent. DA
Spring 2021 Focus will be on developing and recording various kyōgen-inspired new pieces and “interludes” for the REMOTELY KYŌGEN online Kyogen production.

THEA 615, Performance Theory 3 cr, MW 9–10:20, online synchronous
Markus Wessendorf
Introduction to key concepts and texts of Performance Studies.

THEA 626, Advanced Topics in Theatre Acting
Stacy Ray
(Sec 1, Sec 2–must register for both. 2 cr.)
Fri. 12:00-1:50pm online synchronous
Course will be a mix of the Stella Adler Technique of Acting and Voiceover work for screen, digital games, audio books, and animation with guest director, Jack Fletcher (formerly of Disney adapting the films of Hayao Miyazaki)

THEA 644 Lighting II: Intermediate Lighting Design, 3 cr
Brian Shevelenko
Workshop in intermediate techniques and skills of lighting design; storytelling, analysis, research, envisioning, and communicating a design plan, execution of successful design projects. Use of communication tools such as mini-plots, light renderings, LightWright, and VectorWorks. Repeatable one time. Pre: 345 (with a minimum grade of B) or equivalent experience.

DNCE 651 Seminar in Dance Research, 3cr, online asynch
Lorenzo Perillo
Research materials and methods; preparation for thesis and scholarly research reporting. Required for graduate concentrations in dance.

THEA 652, Intermediate Scenic Design, 3 cr, M/W 10:30am – 11:50am, online synchronous
Michelle Bisbee
Workshop dealing with special topics in scenic design, related skills, and portfolio preparation.

THEA 653, Advanced Scenic Design 3 cr, M/W 10:30am – 11:50am, online synchronous
M. Bisbee
Workshop dealing with special topics in scenic design, related skills, and portfolio preparation.

THEA 654 Advanced Topics in Costume Construction, 3 cr Hybrid
Maile Speetjens
Western and Asian theatre and dance costume production techniques. Topics may include corset building, draping, patterning, tailoring, dying, fabric fabrication, millinery, leatherwork, and crafts. Topics presented within the context of current entertainment industry practice. Repeatable three times for different topics. Pre: 354 (with a minimum grade of B) or consent.
Spring 2021 Topic: Millinery
This hands-on studio based course will explore construction techniques and materials used in hat making through historical and contemporary approaches, including embellishments associated with hat making and head adornment.

DNCE 671 Advanced Choreography, 3cr, TR 12-1:15, hybrid synch
Betsy Fisher
Advanced analytic and creative study.

DNCE 673 Advanced Dance, Technology, and Live Performance 3cr, M 5:30-8:00, hybrid synch
Kara Jhalak Miller
Advanced Skills in Dance and Technology. Emphasis on New Media. Prereq 362 or consent.

THEA 680 Multicultural Directing 3cr. F1:30-4:15, online synch
Leilani Chan, TeAda Productions
Training in devised theatre and community based directing techniques rooted in the deep history and practices of theater created by Indigenous, Black, Latinx and Asians in the Americas. Includes an overview of plays, staging practices, and historical context for these works. Students will be expected to read plays, articles, write essays and stage scenes. Scene work will include staging scenes that embrace online platforms.

THEA 692 (various instructors)
Supervised teaching experience at the introductory or undergraduate level. Students will teach an appropriate level course in their field of expertise under faculty supervision. Repeatable up to nine credits.

THEA 763D, Seminar in Asian Theatre: Gender & Ghosts in Supernatural Japan— Stage & Film, 3 cr. T/R 3:00-4:15 online synchronous
J. Iezzi and J. Yoo
Explore ghosts, spirits, and “supernatural horror” in select periods of Japanese theatre and cinema history. Particular attention will be paid to gender representation, especially the experiences and representations of women. The history and development of ghosts and kaidan, or ghost stories, in Japanese religion and culture more broadly will form the background for understanding the significance of both their use in Japanese theatre and “J-horror” cinema, as well as their association with gender roles. LINK TO FLYER

THEA 779, Seminar in TYA M. Branner; ONLINE: Sync & Async, W 12-2:40pm (or F2F if allowed outside)
Theories and methods applied in theatrical experiences with and for young audiences: creative movement/drama, puppetry, and theatre/dance. Pre: one of 470, 474, 475, 476, 477, or DNCE 490.
In Spring 2021, this seminar will look at Applied Theatre practices and projects around the world (i.e. “theatre for good” or “theatre for community development”). The course includes a hands-on service component, using theatrical techniques to work “with” and “in” specific communities.