Professor Rich Larsen

Professor, Theatre Program


B.S., Northern Arizona University
M.F.A., San Diego State University


Professor Larsen joined the University of Scranton's Department of English and Theatre in 1993. He earned his B.S. from Northern Arizona University and his M.F.A. from San Diego State University. He is the resident scenic and lighting designer for the University Players, and is interested in sustainability in theatre and design.

Professor Larsen currently teaches the following courses:

THTR 110 Intro. to Theatre

3 cr. (CL)

An introduction to the theories and practices of the theatre arts. Dramatic structure, dramatic literature, critical writing, acting, directing, design, practical stagecraft, and some theatre history will all be touched on in an effort to introduce students to the fullness and variety of the art of theatre.

THTR 121 Intro. to Tech. Theatre

3 cr. (Formerly THTR 112)

This course introduces the student to the materials, equipment, and techniques used in the construction and finishing of stage sets, including lighting, sound, and special effects. Forty hours of lab work and participation on a crew for a major University Players production will be required.

THTR 131X FYS-Round Corners Visual & Literary Enigmata

3 cr. (FYS, CA)

An exploration of visual and literary works that diverge from obvious literal interpretation. This course will explore these works as they relate to various styles such as Realism, Naturalism, Minimalism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Classicism, and Romanticism. Students will participate in activities based on the reading literary works, viewing and interpreting visual and performance works, listening to musical and oral works, and expressing opinions of the works through discussion and written presentation.

THTR 213 Design for the Theatre

3 cr. (CA, Prerequisite: THTR 121 with a grade of B- or higher)

An introduction to the various design and production elements in theatre. Scenery, lighting, costumes, projections, props, and sound will be explored. Students participate in the design elements of the University productions.

THTR 221 Scene Painting

3 cr. (Prerequisites: THTR 121 with a grade of B- or higher)

This course is designed as a focused study of the tools and techniques used by scenic artists to create visual elements for theatre production. The lecture portion of the course involves a study of materials, color theory, and historical and contemporary painting perspectives. Offered every other year.

THTR 231 Lighting Design

3 cr. (Prerequisite: THTR 121)

This course explores lighting equipment and technology, color theory, script analysis, and collaborative production skills. Students will work in both theoretical and practical contexts, creating projects that explore the controllable qualities and functions of stage lighting. Offered every other year.

THTR 280 Production Laboratory

1 cr.

Theatre majors working on University Players productions can receive credit for serving as props master, master electrician, sound designer, assistant technical director, assistant stage manager, or running crew. Forty hours of production work and strict adherence to deadlines are required. May be taken for credit up to five times.

THTR 380 Advanced Production Lab

2 cr. (Prerequisites: 2 cr. of THTR 280, the permission of the instructor.)

Theatre majors who work on University Players productions can receive credit for stage management, technical or design work, acting or directing. 80 hours of production work and strict adherence to dead-lines required. May be taken for credit only once.

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