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 Spring 2022 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 2022

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

Special notes on unique Spring 2022 topics are included in some descriptions.

DNCE 301 Asian Dance (Bollywood), 1-3 cr, W 9:30-10:50, DB studio

Sai Bhatawadekar 

Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 303 Japanese Dance, 3 cr, TTH 4:30-6:20, MB118 

Howard Asao

Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 305 Korean Dance, 1 cr, M 4:30-6:20, MB116

Mary Jo Freshley

Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 306 Okinawan Dance, 1 cr, W 2:00- 3:50, MB116

Yukie Shiroma

Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 307 Philippine Dance, 1 cr, W 5:30-7:20, MB116

Matt Lopez 

Performance and techniques at the introductory level. DA

DNCE 312-1 Hula/Chant Ensemble I, 2 cr,  TTH 3:00-4:15, MB118

Noenoelani Lewis

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

DNCE 312-2 Hula/Chant Ensemble I, 2 cr, TTH 1:30- 2:45, MB118

Noenoelani Lewis

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

DNCE 321 Intermediate Ballet Technique, 3 cr, MWF 11:00-12:20, DB studio

Hee Ra Yoo

Intermediate ballet technique. DA

THEA 323, Acting for Film/TV, 3 cr. Th 1:30-4:15pm LAB

Taylor Bogan

Beginning acting techniques for film and TV production. Students will also work in collaboration with ACM film Directors.  NOTE:  All students must be able to meet, rehearse, and perform in person. 

All students must be fully vaccinated. 

THEA 324, Advanced TV/Film Acting, 3 cr   T 1:30-4:15pm LAB

Julia Ogilvie

Advanced acting techniques for film and TV production working in collaboration with the ACM film Directors in ACM 370. Repeatable one time. Pre: 323 and consent. (DA)  NOTE:  All students must be able to meet, rehearse, and perform in person. All students must be fully vaccinated. 

DNCE 331 High Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique, 3 cr, MWF 12:30- 1:50, DB studio 

Betsy Fisher

Intermediate contemporary dance technique. DA

DNCE 341 Hip Hop III, 3 cr, TTH 1200:-1:20, DB studio  NEW CLASS!

Lorenzo Perillo 

Hip Hop studio practice, technique, and performance at the advanced level. DA

THEA 343D, Topics in Scenic Production: Scenic Painting, 3 cr,  MW 11:30-1:20, KT MS

Michelle Bisbee

Workshop in principles, techniques, and application of contemporary theatre production practices. (D) scenic painting: techniques of scene painting for theatre through reading, drawing exercises, color theory, and practical projects; 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/DNCE 345, Beginning Lighting Design,  3 cr, WF 1:30-2:45pm KT SS  

TBA

Basic principles of lighting design and associated technologies. Includes functions and properties of light, lighting and control equipment, working procedures, and drafting and paperwork techniques. Pre: THEA/DNCE 240 or consent. 

THEA/DNCE 354 Stage Costume Construction, 3 cr. TTH 9:00-10:20am

Maile Speetjens

Workshop on basic principles of costume construction for theatre and dance. Professional practices, materials, and methods.

DNCE 362 Visual Media for Dance, 3 cr, MW 4:00-5:30, DB classroom 

Sami Akuna

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

DNCE 370 Movement Improvisation 3 cr, TTH 10:30-11:50, DB studio

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, 3 cr, Writing Focus. Hybrid (some assignments are asynchronous)

Lurana O’Malley

Basic practical course in how to direct a play. Students will direct scenes. Emphasis on writing instruction.  Upper division theatre majors and grad students only, others please inquire. NOTE:  All students must be able to meet, rehearse, and perform in person. All students must be fully vaccinated. 

DNCE 403 Japanese Dance, 3 cr, TTH 4:30-6:20, MB118

Howard Asao

Performance and techniques at the intermediate level. DA

DNCE 405 Korean Dance, 1 cr, M 4:30-6:20, MB116

Mary Jo Freshley

Performance and techniques at intermediate level. DA

DNCE 406 Okinawan Dance, 1 cr, W 2:00-3:50, MB116

Yukie Shiroma

Performance and techniques at the intermediate level. DA

DNCE 407 Philippine Dance, 1 cr, W 5:30-7:20, MB116

TBD

Performance and techniques at the intermediate level. DA

THEA 412 World Theatre IV: Modern, 3 cr, MWF 10:30-11:20 (online and in person sections available) WRITING FOCUS

Lurana O’Malley & Kirstin Pauka, with guests

Pluralism in modern theatre, 1900–present. Reactions to realism and current international theatre forms. Required of all majors. Pre: 411. (Alt. years) DL

DNCE 413-1 Hula/Chant Ensemble III, 2 cr,  TTH 4:30-5:45, MB118

Noenoelani Lewis

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

THEA 420B, Intermediate Voice: Western, 3cr MF 9:00-10:15am, KT Lab/MS

Christine Lamborn

Training in proper and dynamic use of the voice for the actor in theatre, television, film, and voice-over (B) Western traditions; Repeatable two times. Pre: 220 or consent. DA  NOTE:  All students must be able to meet, rehearse, and perform in person. All students must be fully vaccinated. 

THEA 420C,  Intermediate Voice: Kunqu, 3cr. TTH 9:00-10:15am, KT MS

Peng Xu

Training in proper and dynamic use of the voice for the actor. (C) Asian traditions. Repeatable two times. Pre: 220 or consent.  DA We will work on the basic skills of Chinese operatic singing, including vocal technique (in speech and singing) and solo vocal performance. The goal is to train students to authentically present solo pieces in The Horse Trader’s Tale (Fanma ji), a three-scene play popular in China from the 19th century to this day. NOTE:  All students must be able to meet, rehearse, and perform in person. All students must be fully vaccinated.

DNCE 421 Advanced Ballet Technique, 3 cr,  MWF 11:00-12:20, DB studio

Hee Ra Yoo

Advanced ballet technique. DA

THEA 427 Chinese Acting Workshop: Kunqu, 3 cr, TTH 10:30-11:45, KT MS. For remote sessions, time and location TBD.

Peng Xu

Training in skills and techniques for selected traditional Chinese theatre forms. Emphasis on movement and vocal technique. Repeatable to six credits. Pre: 222 or consent. DA This course combines zoom sessions and in-person training offered by master artist-teachers of Xiqu (Chinese opera). Focus will be on the physical skills necessary to perform a three-scene xiqu play, The Horse Trader’s Tale (Fanma ji). Performances of this play (in adaptation) are scheduled to be given at Kennedy Theatre in February 2023. NOTE:  All students must be able to meet, rehearse, and perform in person. All students must be fully vaccinated.

THEA 429 Contemporary Performance Practice: Devised Theatre, 3 cr, F 11:30-1:45, KT Lab

Markus Wessendorf

Focus on individual training in the skills and techniques of contemporary experimental theatre including acting, directing, and self-scripting. Repeatable two times. Pre: one of 222, 318, 380, or consent. DA. Through a mixture of lectures and presentations, viewings of recorded theatre performances, and practical workshop sessions, this course will provide an introduction to devised theatre as a contemporary performance practice. NOTE to graduate students: fulfills requirements in Directing or History/Theory.

DNCE 431 Advanced Contemporary Dance Technique, 3 cr, MWF 12:30- 1:50, DB studio 

Betsy Fisher

Advanced contemporary dance technique. DA

THEA 432 Stage Combat, 3 cr, TTH 1:30-2:45, KT LL (inside/outside)

Tony Pisculli

Techniques for performing unarmed and armed stage combat, and weaponry. Repeatable one time. Pre: one of 221, 222, 321, 322; or consent. DA.  NOTE: All students must be able to meet, rehearse, and perform in person. All students must be fully vaccinated. 

DNCE/THEA 433 Section 1, Movement Workshop: Hula, 3 cr, TTH 9:00-10:20, DB studio NEW CLASS!

Tracie Lopes

THEA 433, Section 2, Movement Workshop: Acting for Healthcast, 3 cr., MF 3:00-4:45, KT SS

Alex Munro

Special workshops in movement relating to specific departmental theatrical productions beyond the scope of movement taught in 437 and 438. Repeatable one time.  DA  This semester will focus on teaching acting techniques for performing as simulated patients for Healthcast

DNCE 452 Dance History I: From Ritual to the Concert Stage, 3cr, MF 9:30-10:45, DB classroom

Besty Fisher

Development of Western theatrical dance from Ancient Greece through 19th-century ballet. DH

DNCE 459 Topics in Dance – Queer Dance, Section 2 3 cr, MW 2:00-3:20, DB studio NEW CLASS!

Sami Akuna

DNCE 459 Topics in Dance – Balinese Dance, Section 3, 3 cr, TTH M/F 9:30-10:50, DB studio  

Made Widana

THEA 466 Drama and Theatre of Japan, 3 cr, MW 9-10:15am, KT MD 

Julie Iezzi

A survey of noh, kyōgen, bunraku, kabuki, and contemporary drama, placed in historical and cultural context, and examining their dramatic literatures, performance idioms, and the manner of their production. Pre: junior standing.  DH

THEA 468 Drama and Theatre of Hawaiʻi, 3 cr. TTH 9:00-10:15am, KT 101 Hybrid

Hailiʻōpua Baker

Survey of indigenous theatre forms of Hawai‘i, Native Hawaiian, and other ethnic playwrights, and contemporary multicultural landscape of drama and theatre in Hawai‘i. Sophomore standing or higher. DH

THEA 474 Theatre for Young Audiences, 3 cr,  MW 11:30am-12:45pm, KT MD

Mark Branner

Theories and principles of formal theatre for young audiences. Study of and practice in the selection, direction, and production of plays. DA

THEA 476 Puppetry,3 cr,  TTH 10:30-11:45am, KT MD 

Mark Branner

History and scope of puppetry. Construction and presentation of puppets for adult and child audiences. Repeatable one time.   DA

THEA 619 Advanced Topics: Playwriting and Dramatic Theory,  3cr. T 1:30-4:15 Hybrid

Hailiʻōpua Baker

Readings, research, writing, and seminar discussions. Pre: 418, 611, and consent.

THEA 621 Great Roles, 3 cr. M/W 12:00-1:15pm, KT Lab

Sammie Choy

Great roles from the theatre repertory; focus on the individual actor and performance styles. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

THEA 626 Adv. Topics in Theatre Acting: Alexander Technique, 1 cr. WTH 3:00-4:15pm, KT SS/MD

Jill Guillermo-Togawa

Study, observation and exploration of self and others; how we inhabit our whole self, which is our instrument for expression.  How do we diminish ourselves through the ways we donʻt fully use our voice, our body, our spirit?   Simple movement, discussion, practical application in performance and scene work.  Repeatable eight times. THEA majors only. Pre: consent.

DNCE 654 Performance Theory: Asia 3cr, TH 4:00-6:30, DB classroom NEW CLASS!

Lorenzo Perillo

Dance content and historico-social context of principal dance traditions

THEA 641 Historic Costume and Decor, 3 cr. MW 9:00-10:15am, KT 101  Hybrid

Maile Speetjens

Overview of visual styles in fashion, textiles, architecture, ornament, and furniture for production and entertainment design through lecture, lab, and discussion.

THEA 650 Professional Advancement in Entertainment Design, 1 cr. F 10:30-11:50am, KT 101

Michelle Bisbee

Directed study designed to help MFA candidates in Design acquire the tools helpful in obtaining future employment. Portfolios, resumes, and related application tools will be developed along with other necessary skills. Must be a current MFA candidate in theatre. Repeatable six times. THEA majors only. Graduate students only.

THEA 652, Scenic II: Intermediate Scene Design, 3 cr. TTH 10:30-11:50am, KT 101

Michelle Bisbee

Workshop in advanced techniques and skills of scenic design; research, presentation, rendering, drafting, and model making. Pre: 353 (with a minimum grade of B) or consent.

THEA 660 Field Research Methods, 3cr. M 2:00-4:30, KT 101(or SAK D101, pending approval)

Kirstin Pauka

Goals and methods. Interview, questionnaire, observation, and performance study as research techniques. Grant Writing. Practical application by designing a research project and grant proposal. Pre: 600.

DNCE/THEA 674 Interdisciplinary Collaborations, 3 cr. F 2:00-4:30, DB studio/classroom NEW CLASS!

Peiling Kao

Hybrid performance works for dancers, musicians, actors, visual artists, poets, and writers to explore the nature of the collaboration process in various settings. Mary Overlie’s Six Viewpoints will be a part of the methods utilized in class.

THEA/DNCE 691  Seminar in Teaching Dance/Theatre 3cr,  TTH 12:00-1:15pm, Sinclair Library

Amy Schiffner

Pedagogy and classroom experience in teaching technique and theory. 

THEA/DNCE 692 Practicum in Teaching (variable credit, 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/DNCE 693 Internship: Youth Theatre/Dance 3cr, TTH 9:00-10:30, DB classroom

Lance Sabado

Supervised leadership experiences in dance/theater program with children. Students spend nine hours per week in supervised setting and three hours in weekly class meeting.  

THEA 763C Seminar in Asian Theatre: China 3 cr, MF 12:30-1:45

Peng Xu

This course takes a holistic approach to translation practice with a focus on practical training in translation from Chinese (in both classical and vernacular forms) to English. The highlight of the course is to work on the translation of a three-scene xiqu play, The Horse Trader’s Tale (Fanma ji), which is scheduled to be given at Kennedy Theatre in February 2023.

THEA 763D Seminar in Asian Theatre: Japan—Contemporary. 3 cr. TH 1:30-4:15

Julie A. Iezzi

This seminar will focus on contemporary drama and theatre in Japan, from the “angura” (underground) movement that grew out of 1960s political disenfranchisement of youth, to the post “3-11” Fukushima  tsunami and nuclear disaster, through three lenses:  the impact of “disaster” on theatre; theatre as a site of rebellion, and the growing/changing roles of women in contemporary theatre in Japan.

 

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