Introduction To Theater

This course explores the many facets that make up the experience of theater. Students probe questions like: what is the essence of theater, who are the artists that create what one sees on stage, what are the types of drama, the trends, and movements since the Ancient Greeks, and how are plays reflective of playwrights' cultures? Students broaden their knowledge and experience of what constitutes the art of theater through reading, class discussion, lecture, staged readings, and viewing live and video performances. Prerequisite: ENL010 and ENL040 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring


Page To Stage: Planning Play Produc

Students consider the life cycle of a play from the page to the stage. Students read several plays, each to be explored from the viewpoint of the director, the various designers, and other collaborating artists. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Spring


Acting I

Students explore basic acting concepts, characterization, script analysis, and improvisation to develop confidence and skill when performing before an audience. Through observation, practice and analysis a variety of tools and techniques for effective performance will be applied to acting exercises, scenes and monologues. Prerequisite: ENL010 and ENL040 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer


Introduction to Theatrical Makeup

Students in this course will explore the practice of stage makeup with emphasis on the requirements of dramatic character. Students learn how to research and practice the application of stage make-up and basic special effects. The course provides hands-on experience in makeup design and application for the performing arts. Students may be given the option to design make up plots for department productions as appropriate. Prerequisite: None / 1 credit. Offered: Varies


Rehearsal and Performance

Rehearsal and Performance is a practicum course that invites students to participate in the multifaceted experience of interpreting a play into a live theatre production. Students will learn by doing, with the option of assuming responsibilities as performers and/or production crewmembers in the Department's scheduled production. Prerequisite: None / 1 credit. May be repeated for credit; 6 credit maximum. Offered: Varies


Introduction To Theater Design

Students use a practical, hands-on approach to designing and constructing various scenic elements for the stage including sets, costumes, props, and lighting. (2 class hours / 3 studio hours) Prerequisite: None; THR119 recommended / 3 credits. Offered: Spring (alt)



Students learn both theory and practice of technical theater, with emphasis on the principles of planning, construction, rigging of scenery, hanging and circuiting of lighting instruments, and operation of sound systems. (6 contact hours) Prerequisite: ENL010 and ENL040 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits; may be repeated once for credit. Offered: Fall, Spring




Stagecraft and Theater Technologies

Students explore various aspects of technical theater production through research, observation and practice. Students develop skills in the design, planning, engineering, construction, and manipulation of a variety of theatrical technologies, including scenery, color mixing and paint application techniques, hanging, installation and focusing of theatrical lighting instruments, and operation of industry standard lighting, sound and video projection mapping systems for production purposes. Students gain practical experience by supporting the departmentís theatrical productions. Prerequisites: ENL010, ENL040 & MAT025 or satisfactory basic skills assessment scores. / 3 credits, may be repeated once for credit (6 credits max). Offered: Fall, Spring


Stage Movement

This course is designed to introduce the non-dancer to the fundamentals of movement and expression through observation, analysis, interpretation, and demonstration. Students learn postural alignment, centering, breathing techniques an kinesthetic (body) awareness. individual and group exercises are used to explore various practices such as mime, mask, stage combat, and more. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Fall


Acting II

This course builds on skills developed in a beginning acting class to include more advanced work in character development. Students are introduced to advanced level work on text analysis, character motivation and physical acting. Prerequisite: THR103 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring


Directing For Theater

This studio course combines the introduction of basic directing theory and the application of technique to assigned scenes. Students are expected to have some previous theater experience on stage or behind the scenes. Students learn to interpret scripts for performance, prepare for auditions, manage rehearsals, and refine actors work for public presentation. Prerequisite: THR103 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies


Acting On Camera

This course is for the intermediate actor to learn the specific acting and career management skills required to pursue professional work in film and television. Students develop refined audition techniques for soap operas and all forms of television commercials. Students learn about the business concepts and self-marketing tools used by performers in film and television, focusing on how actors fit into this marketplace and how to enhance their own unique talents as saleable qualities. Prerequisite: THR103 / 3 credits. Semester Offered: Fall


Acting on Camera II

This course is a continuation of Acting On Camera I with students working in greater depth on scripts and developing more skill and confidence in front of the camera. Topics include script analysis, preparing for emotional scenes, non-verbal reactions, characterization as well as further discussion in regard to the job seeking process. While some scripted material is provided by the instructor, students are required to go to Internet script sites and select material from existing television shows or films. Prerequisite: THR207 / 3 credits.


Audition and Portfolio Preparation

This is a course linking the work of the performance classroom with the professional performing arts scene. Students develop audition pieces and learn auditioning techniques. Cold reading technique, monologue preparation as well as the actor's interview also are covered. Students develop resumes and choose a headshot. They attend regional auditions and engage in the process of finding work in the performing arts beyond the college setting. Prerequisite: THR203 or demonstrate equivalent knowledge. / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring


Theater Cooperative Work Exp.

This course is designed to expand student knowledge through actual work involvement in the field of theatre arts. Working with a faculty mentor and collaborating with an employer, the student will demonstrate mastery of the student learning outcomes of pre-requisite courses. A minimum of 150 hours of onsite work is required. The student will meet with the instructor an average of one hour a week. Prerequisite: THR101 and THR113 or THR119 and approval of faculty mentor / 3 credits. Offered: Varies


Independent Study