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. 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.

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THEA 2000 - INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

3 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Fall/Spring--Face to Face and 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/Spring
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 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: Fall/Spring
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 1501 - TECHNICAL PRODUCTION LAB

1-3 units, 2-6 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: Fall/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: Spring
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 2400 - SCRIPT ANALYSIS

3 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU,UC) Semester offered: 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: Fall
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 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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