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.

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 Fall 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
Fall 2021

See online course listing for course modalities (online, hybrid, synchronous, asynchronous, etc.)
Please contact the instructor for more information.

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

DNCE 301 Asian Dance (Bollywood), 1-3cr

Sai Bhatawadekar 

Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 303 Japanese Dance, 1cr

Howard Asao

Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 306 Okinawan Dance, 1 cr

Yukie Shiroma

Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 312-1 Hula/Chant Ensemble I, 2 cr

Noenoelani Lewis

Ancient style. Pre: upper division standing or consent.  

DNCE 312-2 Hula/Chant Ensemble I, 2 cr 

Noenoelani Lewis

Ancient style. Pre: upper division standing or consent.  

DNCE 321 Intermediate Ballet Technique, 3 cr, 

Amy Schiffner

Intermediate ballet technique. DA

DNCE 331 High Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique, 3 cr 

Kara Jhalak Miller

Intermediate contemporary dance technique. DA

THEA 343B, Entertainment Electrics, 3 cr 

Brian Shevelenko

Workshop in principles, techniques, and application of contemporary theatre production practices. (B) entertainment electrics: lighting, sound, special effects, projections, and related areas; 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. Fall 2021 semester will focus on practical usage of equipment generally associated with the “Electrics” department of theatre production: Circuits, Dimmers, Light Fixtures, Sound Systems, Microphones, Speakers.  

THEA/DNCE 353, Beginning Scene Design,  3 cr 

Michelle Bisbee

Workshop introducing the basic principles and approaches of scenic design for theatre and dance, with emphasis on the creative process. Pre: a course in THEA or DNCE, production experience, or consent. (Consent required for production experience option) DA, O

THEA 357 Stage Makeup Workshop, 3 cr.  

Maile Speetjens

Makeup theory and application practice for entertainment design. Topics include age makeup, gore effects, fantasy, and historic makeup applications, as well as traditional Asian forms, which may include Jingju, Kabuki, Wayang. Repeatable one time. Pre: 240 or consent.

DNCE 371 Choreography I, 3cr 

Peiling Kao

Introduction of techniques and theories for dance-making. DA

DNCE 372 Choreography II, 3cr 

Peiling Kao 

Intermediate techniques and theories for dance-making. Pre: 371 or consent. DA 

DNCE 406 Okinawan Dance, 1 cr 

Yukie Shiroma

Performance and techniques at the intermediate level. DA

DNCE 412-1 Hula/Chant Ensemble II, 2 cr 

Noenoelani Lewis

Ancient style. Pre: upper division standing or consent. A-F only. DA

DNCE 421 Advanced Ballet Technique, 3cr 

Amy Schiffner

Advanced ballet technique. DA

THEA 421 Musical Theatre, 3 cr 

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. Pre: one of 321, 322, MUS 231B, or consent; and/or audition.

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.  DA

DNCE 431 Advanced Contemporary Dance Technique 

Kara Jhalak Miller

Advanced contemporary dance technique. DA

DNCE/THEA 433 Movement Workshop: Physical Comedy 

Mark Branner

This course will focus on the art of clown and physical humor.  Students will explore clowning through specific movement phrases and scenes, resulting in overall character confidence, physical playfulness, and responsiveness on stage. Pre: at least 3 credits in 200 or above THEA or DNCE course, or consent.

THEA 447, Stage Management, 3 cr 

Rick Greaver  

Business, organization and management for theatre and dance productions. Pre: junior standing or consent.

DNCE 450 Indigenous Dance Studies, 3cr NEW COURSE!!!

Lorenzo Perillo

Lecture/Discussion about choreographies of indigeneity and identity with an intersectional emphasis on Native Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asian dance cultures. DH

DNCE 459 Topic in Dance – Balinese Dance, 1-4cr NEW OFFERING!

Made Widana

THEA 466 Drama and Theatre of Japan, 3 cr 

Jane Traynor

No, Kyogen, Bunraku, Kabuki, modern drama, and the manner of their production. Pre: junior standing.

THEA 477 Giant Puppets 3 cr

Mark Branner

History, techniques, construction, and performance of giant puppets.

DNCE 490 Creative Dance, 3 cr 

TBD

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

THEA 611 Major Theatre Theory, 3 cr

Markus Wessendorf

Major theatre theories from antiquity to the present and across a broad range of cultures. The course consists of three segments: 1. a historical survey of theatre theories, 2. major critical discourses of the 20th century, and 3. contemporary world theories of theatre.

DNCE 617/THEA 617, Seminar in Performance Studies, 3 cr. 

Kara Jhalak Miller

Performance Studies theory and methodology. Emphasis on practice/performance as research (PaR).

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 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

Brian Shevelenko

Research, design, and discussion exploring collaborative design opportunities. Repeatable two times. Intended primarily for graduate students or undergraduates with advanced experience in directing or design.  Required for MFA Designers, but highly recommended for Directors as well, to get the sense of how design collaboration works, learn the language (verbal and visual) of design presentations.  A-F only. Pre: 445, 453, 456; or consent.

THEA 663B Seminar in Asian Theatre – Puppetry  

Kirstin Pauka

Puppet theatre genres from Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam.

THEA 683 Workshop in Directing Process, 3 cr  

Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker

Methods class in theatre production for the director. Covers organization and techniques such as rehearsal planning, scheduling, and execution. Repeatable one time.

Treated as a “director’s bootcamp,” this course will include a number of preparation exercises and visits from nationally recognized BIPOC directors. Students will also direct scenes that may be considered for production in the February 2022 Prime Time slot in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre as a part of the celebration of the legacy of Edward Sakamoto’s repertoire of plays.