Theatre - 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. The Theatre curricula combine rigorous studio class work with a demanding production schedule to provide student with in depth training and practice in theatre. The curriculum also academically prepares the student to transfer to a 4 - year university to complete a Baccalaureate degree program. Please check with a counselor or advisor for specific transfer requirements. See AA requirements and the new Transfer Model Curriculum as it applies to our course offerings.

THEA 2000 - INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

3 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Fall/Spring--The Spring section is online.
This is a course intended for both majors and non-majors. Intro 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. Support hour.

THEA 1001 - REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE

1-2 units, 54-108 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Fall
Consists of a rehearsal and performance of a stage play. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of eight units. Required Prerequisite: None. Advisory: None.

THEA 1100 - PRINCIPLES OF ACTING

3 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Fall.
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. Advisory: English 52.

THEA 1150 - STAGE MAKEUP

3 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Fall.
The art of transforming, by means of paint and plastic application, the appearance of the actor to satisfy requirements of dramatic art. The course includes lectures and practical application on stage makeup, plus crew work on major public performances. Advisory: English 52.

THEA 1200 - INTERMEDIATE PRINCIPLES OF ACTING

3 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Spring.
This course provides the student an opportunity to develop and intensify the skills through scene-work 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.

THEA 1201- SUMMER REPERTORY THEATRE

1-3 units, 54-162 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: (not scheduled to be offered at this time).
Rehearsal and performance of a play or plays as a member of the summer repertory theatre company. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of twelve units.

THEA 1300 - ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

3 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: (not scheduled to be offered at this time).
This course provides the student an opportunity to develop and intensify the skills through scene-work performed in front of the camera.

THEA 1301 - MUSICAL COMEDY WORKSHOP

1-2 units, 54-108 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Spring.
Rehearsal and performance of a musical play. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of eight units.

THEA 1305 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DANCE

1 unit, 3 lab hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: (not scheduled to be offered at this time).
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz dance. No previous dance experience is required. PE credit is given. This class will prepare the student for choreographed movements required in a musical. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times.

THEA 1310 - MUSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY

1 unit, 54 total hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: (not scheduled to be offered at this time).
Instruction in choreography and dance routines of a specific musical play. Concurrent enrollment in THEA 28 or MUS 28 is required. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times.

THEA 1320 - MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE

2 units, 2 lecture/1 lab hour (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: (not scheduled to be offered at this time). Progressive, applied study of modern dance technique. The student is assumed to have no prior knowledge of modern dance. Students will progress from the fundamentals of dance technique and body alignment to a basic understanding of movement awareness by the end of the second semester. The course includes attendance at and written critiques of a variety of dance performances. This course may be taken for credit a total of 2 times.

THEA 1450 - APPRECIATION OF THEATRE PERFORMANCE

1 unit, 2 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: (not scheduled to be offered at this time).
Analysis of texts, live stage performances, plus film and TV versions of dramatic literature. Designed to increase and enhance critical judgment, aesthetic appreciation and responsibility as audience in response to this art form. Note: This course is the same as English 20A-D. Advisory: English 52.

THEA 1501 - TECHNICAL PRODUCTION LAB

1-3 units, 2-6 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Fall and Spring.
Gain the ultimate backstage experience, learning the latest technologies and practices in the preparation of a fully mounted stage production. You may choose to work in the scene shop, costume shop, sound and lighting, backstage crew, and/or front of the house. No experience necessary. This course can be taken for credit a total of four times.

THEA 1600 - STAGECRAFT

3 units, 2 lecture, 3 lab hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Fall.
History and theory of play production techniques and crafts, including scene design, scenery construction, and properties. Includes three hours of laboratory experience per week.

THEA 1700 - INTRODUCTION TO THEATRICAL DESIGN

3 units, 3 hours (AA, CSU, UC) Semester offered: (not scheduled to be offered at this time).
This course will introduce students to basic concepts of design for the theatre. Including, but not limited to: an introduction to all aspects of theatre design; exploration of design elements and principles; script interpretation and collaboration with other student designers. NOT designated as repeatable.

THEA 2100 - ACTING/DIRECTING/PLAYWRITING

1.5 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU) Semester offered: Spring.
This course provides a direct understanding of the interweaving of story, director, and actor. Through improvisation and scene study for the actor, plus methods of directing that actor through text work, the student will be provided with a common and concise method of communication in order to achieve exciting theatrical results. This course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times.

THEA 2400 - SCRIPT ANALYSIS

3 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: TBA Spring.
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 analytic approaches, a broad range of tools for analyzing scripts will become available to the students.

THEA 2600 - STAGE LIGHTING

3 units, 2 lecture, 3 lab hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Spring.
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.

THEA 2700 - STAGE MANAGEMENT

Semester offered: (not scheduled to be offered at this time).

THEA 0531 (XMT 0316) - COMMUNITY THEATRE

1-2 units (XMT, 0 units), 54-108 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: TBA.
Rehearsal and performance of a community theatre production. Students will participate as actors and/or technicians. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of eight units.




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