Theatre Program - Courses


Theatre is a creative art in which true excellence can only be achieved through total mastery of the mind, body and technical craft. Opportunities for performing artists range from roles on stage and screen to work in technical production and modeling. At the base of majestic Mt. Shasta, and surrounded by mountains, forests, lakes and streams, our college lives in an environment of scenic beauty and artistic inspiration.

The Theatre Arts Program at College of the Siskiyous offers a lower division transfer program, as well as training in technical theatre. The biggest advantage to studying theatre here at COS?--our small department. Because of our size, opportunities abound for students to be involved in all aspects of our productions. The COS Theatre Program produces two main stage productions per year. Other Theatre Program offerings include student-directed theatre productions and visiting artist workshops. Regardless of your aspirations, COS' Theatre Program adds experience and training which can serve students for a career in performing arts or help give them the confidence, poise, oral communication skills and ability to tap their creative imagination that will serve them for a lifetime in whatever profession they choose.

Beyond earning an Associate degree in Theatre, students can obtain excellent course transferability to universities. Please check with a counselor or advisor for specific transfer requirements. To enroll in courses, please visit our Apply & Register page.

THEA 0531 - Community Theatre

0 unit, 12-54 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

Rehearsal and performance of a community theatre production. Students will participate as actors and/or technicians. The process includes auditioning, rehearsing, developing character, and performing in COS theatre productions. (NDA)

THEA 0950 - Fundamentals of Theatre Arts

3 units, 48-54 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded

A study of the basic fundamentals of the dramatic form with an emphasis on performance and staging of scenes. Students will explore the basic fundamentals of the dramatic arts, including historical and contemporary perspectives; the roles of the director, playwright, and actor; and script analysis. Designed for the beginning dramatist, this course will examine the purpose of the theatrical art form in its study of the human condition. This course may be taken for credit at total of four times. (AA)

THEA 1001 - Rehearsal and Performance

1-3 units, 10-30 lecture hours / 30-90 lab hours
Graded

This course provides a workshop training experience in the preparation and performance of a theatrical production. Actors audition with the director for acting roles. Students interested in technical work interview for backstage positions in stage management, crewing, set construction, costumes and makeup, lighting and sound, box office and publicity. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC)

THEA 1100 - Principles of Acting

3 units, 48-54 lecture hours
Graded
Advisory:
ENGL 0900

This course covers the fundamental techniques and terminology of acting through physical and vocal expression. Emphasis is placed on characterization as developed through improvisation, vocal exercises, intention exercises, and awareness of body acting centers. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: THTR 151)

THEA 1150 - Stage Makeup

3 units, 48-54 lecture hours
Graded

This course offers the student an understanding of the theories and basic techniques of Stage Makeup. Students will receive instruction and practice all phases of makeup specifically designed for theatrical use. The student will learn to research, design and apply stage makeup to illustrate character through a variety of applications including--age, creature, injury, time period, illness, and fantasy. (AA, CSU, UC)

THEA 1200 - Intermediate Principles of Acting

3 units, 48-54 lecture hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
THEA 1100

This course provides the student an opportunity to develop and intensify acting skills through scenework performed in class. The student will be introduced to the process of analyzing a character as well as the acting styles of various historical periods. This course may be taken for credit a total of three times. (AA,CSU,UC)

THEA 1301 - Musical Comedy Workshop

1-3 units, 8-30 lecture hours / 30-90 lab hours
Graded

This course provides a workshop training experience in the preparation and performance of a theatrical production. Actors audition with the director for acting roles. Students interested in technical work interview for backstage positions in stage management, crewing, set construction, costumes and makeup, lighting and sound, box office and publicity. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC)

THEA 1305 - Fundamentals of Dance

1 unit, 48-54 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz dance. No previous dance experience is required. This class will prepare the student for choreographed movements required in a musical. (AA,CSU, UC)

THEA 1310 - Musical Choreography

1 unit, 48-54 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

Instruction in choreography and dance routines of a specific musical play. Concurrent enrollment in THEA 1301 or MUS 1528 is required. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA,CSU,UC)

THEA 1315 - Stage Movement

2 units, 16-18 lecture hours / 48-54 lab hours
Graded

This course teaches the fundamentals of movement for the stage. Theory and practice of stage movement developing the body as an expressive instrument acquiring flexibility, relaxation, control, and creative expression. The course incorporates the study of body awareness techniques, contact improv, stage combat, physical intentions, and non-verbal communication. This course may be taken for credit a total of three times. (AA,CSU,UC)

THEA 1450 - Appreciation of Theatre Performance

1 unit, 16-18 lecture hours
Pass/No Pass
Advisory:
ENGL 0900

This course studies the analysis of texts, live stage performances, and dramatic literature. This course is designed to increase and enhance critical judgment, aesthetic appreciation and responsibility as audience in response to this art form. This course can be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA,CSU,UC)

THEA 1501 - Technical Production Lab

1-3 units, 48-162 lab hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
Instructor approval
Advisory: ENGL 0900

Students will gain the ultimate backstage experience, learning the latest technologies and practices in the preparation of a fully mounted stage production. Students may choose to work in the scene shop, sound and lighting, backstage crew, and/or front of the house. No experience necessary. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: THTR 192)

THEA 1600 - Stagecraft

3 units, 32-36 lecture hours / 48-54 lab hours
Graded
Advisory:
ENGL 0900

History and theory of play production techniques and crafts, including scene design, scenery construction, and properties. Includes three hours of laboratory experience per week. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: THTR 171)

THEA 2000 - Introduction to Theatre

3 units, 48-54 lecture hours
Graded
Advisory:
ENGL 0900

This is a course intended for both majors and non-majors. Introduction to Theatre is a survey of theatre, including basic elements and principles of production, styles, and/or historical perspectives of theatre, dramatic literature, and criticism. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: THTR 111)

THEA 2400 - Script Analysis

3 units, 48-54 lecture hours
Graded

This course will expose students to the process of analyzing dramatic literature from a variety of viewpoints. It will critically examine works throughout history to break them down into component elements. This course will analyze these texts from the perspectives of technician, dramaturge, literary scholar, actor, director, philosopher, political scientist and social psychologist. By taking a variety of analytical approaches, a broad range of tools for analyzing script

THEA 2600 - Stage Lighting

3 units, 32-36 lecture hours / 48-54 lab hours
Graded
Advisory:
ENGL 0900

History and theory of stage lighting, including design, lighting practices and procedures, color theory, and the theory and application of computer-assisted lighting control. Includes three hours of laboratory experience per week. (AA,CSU,UC) (C-ID: THTR 173)


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