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 Fall 2020: some online offerings.

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-pbu-student

Admission to all classes pending approval by instructor.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, some Fall 2020 classes are partly or completely online, making it even more convenient for community members to participate.

Theatre and Dance Upper Division Classes Fall 2020

Click here to consult the UHM Fall 2020 Classes List for meeting times, days, and other information. See the current catalog for descriptions of 100 and 200-level classes and for full listings of prerequisites.

Catalog links: THEA and DNCE

Special topics and new/revised courses noted below with asterisk mark(*).

THEATRE

THEA 323, Acting for Film/TV

Stacy Ray
Acting techniques for film and TV production. Students appear in scenes from TV and film scripts.  DA

THEA 420C  Intermediate Voice: Asian (Kabuki)*

Julie A. Iezzi
Focus on Kabuki vocal techniques in preparation for the spring 2021 kabuki production of The Maiden Benten and the Five Thieves of the White Waves. DA

THEA 421 Musical Theatre

Laurence Paxton
Training in skills required to perform in musicals. Students present scenes from musical comedies for criticism and review. Repeatable two times with consent. DA

THEA 428 Japanese Acting Workshop*

Julie A. Iezzi
Training in skills and techniques for selected traditional Japanese theatre forms. Emphasis on movement technique. Repeatable to six credits. Prerequisites: 221 or consent. (Alt. years) Focus on Kabuki movement techniques in preparation for the spring 2021 kabuki production of The Maiden Benten and the Five Thieves of the White Waves. DA

THEA 448 Intro to CAD for Design

Michelle Bisbee
Basic concepts and techniques computer-aided design. Lecture/workshop covers language and commands with a focus on drafting specific to theatre. A laptop with Vectorworks installed (free download available with UH ID) is required. 

THEA 465 Drama and Theatre of China

Peng Xu
This course uses a selection of texts from the canon of Chinese drama and their contemporary stage presentations created by nationally or internationally acclaimed creative artists to help students better understand the theatre history, performance culture, and the politics of acting style in different periods from the 12th century to the present day. Prerequisites: junior standing or consent. DH

THEA 600 Seminar in Theatre Research

Lurana D. O’Malley
Bibliography and research methods; preparation for thesis and dissertation writing. Required of most incoming graduate students.

THEA 619 Adv. Topics Playwriting and Dramatic Theory

Hailiʻōpua Baker
Readings, research, writing, and seminar discussions. Prerequisites: 418, 611, and consent.

THEA 621 Great Roles in Acting

Stacy Ray
Great roles from the Western theatre repertory; focus on the individual actor and performance styles. 

THEA 656 Adv. Costume Design

Maile Speetjens
Workshop dealing with special topics in costume design and related skills. Repeatable one time with consent.

THEA 657 Seminar in Design

Research, design, and discussion exploring collaborative design problems and solutions. Repeatable two times. A-F only. Prerequisites: 445, 453, 456; or consent.

THEA 678B, Topics in TYA: The TYA Job Market*

Mark Branner
Focus on the realities of the TYA job market and larger trends in theatrical professions.  Students learn the unique contexts and challenges of creative careers and develop materials (CVs, portfolios, websites, etc.) to prepare them for entering the field.
Prerequisites: one of 470, 474, 475, 476, 477, or DNCE 490.

THEA 763C Seminar in Asian Theatre: China*

Peng Xu
This course introduces graduate students to the basic historiography, sources, and methods for the study of Chinese drama. Issues to be emphasized include print history, visual culture (including drama illustration), performance context, and the invention of Chinese dramatic history as a discipline in the Republican period.
Prerequisites: one of 464, 465, 466, or consent.

DANCE

DNCE 301-1, Asian Dance (Bollywood)

Sai Bhatawadekar
Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 305-1 Korean Dance

Mary Jo Freshley
Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 306-1 Okinawan Dance

Yukie Shiroma
Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 307-1 Philippine Dance

Wayne Mendoza
Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 312-1 Hula/Chant Ensemble

Noenoelani Lewis
Ancient style. Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent. A-F only. DA

DNCE 312-2 Hula/Chant Ensemble

Noenoelani Lewis
Ancient style. Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent. A-F only. DA

DNCE 321-1 Intermediate Ballet Technique

Sean Watson
Intermediate ballet technique. DA

DNCE 331-1 High Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique

Peiling Kao
Intermediate modern/contemporary dance technique. DA

DNCE 362-1 Visual Media for Dance

Introductory theory of digital technology for dance with practical applications in documentation and performance. (Alt. years) DA

DNCE 371 Choreography I

Peiling Kao
Introduction of techniques and theories for dance-making. DA

DNCE 372 Choreography II

Peiling Kao
Intermediate techniques and theories for dance-making. Prerequisites: 371 or consent. DA 

DNCE 459 Topics in Dance: Hip Hop Level 2

Lorenzo Perillo

DNCE 480 Dance Repertory (Mainstage Dance Concert)

Kara Jhalak Miller
Preparation of standard and new works for performance. Repeatable three times. DA 

DNCE 490-1 Creative Dance

Amy Schiffner
Dance activities for young people. Appropriate for teachers, group workers, recreation majors, and others working with children. Also adults with special needs. Supervised field activities. DA

DNCE 659 Adv Topics in Dance: Movement Analysis

Lorenzo Perillo

DNCE 691-1 Seminar in Teaching Dance/Theatre

Amy Schiffner
Pedagogy and classroom experience in teaching technique and theory. (Cross-listed as THEA 691)