Theatre Arts (TA)

TA101 Appreciating Theatre

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: WR090, with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course level. Additional 10 hours required attending plays outside of class. An additional cost to the student will be $95 for the term.

This is an audience-based approach to theatre that enables students to experience and appreciate the theatrical arts through attending plays. The roles of the playwright, actor, director, designers and technicians are explored.

TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course introduces students to major playwrights, stage practices, theatre architecture, elements of design and styles of acting from the origins of theatre production to the Renaissance. Students examine the relationship between theatre arts and society in historical context. Not sequential.

TA107 Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course introduces students to major playwrights, stage practices, theatre architecture, elements of design and styles of acting from the Restoration to contemporary theatre productions. Students examine the relationship between theatre arts and society in a historical context. Not sequential.

TA111 Technical Theatre: Scenery

Credits 3Fall

This survey of theatrical stagecraft examines the theories and practices of theatre facilities, set construction, rigging and production.

TA112 Technical Theatre: Lighting and Sound

Credits 3Winter

This survey course examines stagecraft through the theories and practices of lighting and sound production for theatre.

TA113 Technical Theatre: Painting and Special Effects

Credits 3Spring

This survey course covers stagecraft: the theory and practice of scenic painting, properties and special effects for theatre.

TA115 Professional Technician Orientation

Credit 1Fall

Registration Requirement: Co-requisite: TA111

Training for event management, safety, tech process and customer service. This orientation is required for students who wish to work as paid event staff for the MHCC College and Studio Theatres. Includes training demeanor, etiquette and skills for those wishing to apply for employment as professional theatre technicians.

TA121 Costuming

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

This course is a study of design theories, principles and application for the theatrical production. Students learn various periods of costume design, patterning, fabrics, cutting, fitting, sewing and costume crafts and accessories. There will be construction projects by students.

Additional Course Fee: $20.00

TA134A Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year

Credit 1Fall

Registration Requirement: - maximum 9 A beginning level practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties and stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from quarter to quarter as different productions are mounted. Courses may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. TA134A is an updated version of TA114A.

A beginning level practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties and stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from quarter to quarter as different productions are mounted. Courses may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. TA134A is an updated version of TA114A.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA134B Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year

Credits 2Fall

- maximum 9 A beginning practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties and stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from quarter to quarter as different productions are mounted. Courses may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. TA134B is an update of TA114B.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA134C Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year

Credits 3Fall

A beginning practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties and stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from quarter to quarter as different productions are mounted. Courses may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. TA134C is an update of TA114C.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA135A Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production

Credit 1Winter

A practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on mounting a major production or musical. TA135C is an update and clarification of TA114C.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA135B Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production

Credits 2Winter

A practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on mounting a major production or musical. TA135B is an update and clarification of TA114B.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA135C Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: A practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on mounting a major production or musical. TA135C is an update and clarification of TA114C.

A practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on mounting a major production or musical.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA136A Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production

Credit 1Spring

A practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on the challenges of mounting a production in a small space with audience in flexible seating configurations. TA136A is an update and clarification of TA114A.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA136B Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production

Credits 2Spring

A practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on the challenges of mounting a production in a small space with audience in flexible seating configurations. TA136B is an update and clarification of TA114B.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA136C Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production

Credits 3Spring

A practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on the challenges of mounting a production in a small space with audience in flexible seating configurations. TA136C is an update and clarification of TA114C.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA141 Acting Fundamentals I

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course is about understanding and applying fundamental acting techniques through the study of Stanislavski and others. It is the first of a three-course sequence that explores techniques and exercises, including monologues and non-scripted and scripted scenes. It introduces scene-analysis and characterization. It is designed for theatre majors or students with previous stage experience.

TA142 Acting Fundamentals II

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: TA141; or instructor consent.

This course is the study of applying fundamental acting techniques through intensive analysis of scenes for characterization, rehearsal experiments and performances (generally five scenes).

TA143 Acting Fundamentals III

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: TA141 and TA142; or instructor consent.

This course is the study of applying fundamental acting techniques in preparing and performing auditions. Single and paired contrasting monologues, cold-readings and musical comedy songs. The course includes the preparation of resumes, photos and websites.

TA144 Improvisation

Credits 3Fall/Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

This course is the study of the techniques of improvisation for continuing development of acting skills, confidence and ability to handle non-scripted (planned) situations. Specific techniques are those applicable to role preparation and performance.

TA148 Movement for the Actor

Credits 2Winter - odd years

This course is an introduction to the art of nonverbal communication. Coursework instructs the student in the development of body awareness and alignment, relaxation skills and using the body to create and communicate character.

TA153A Theatre Workshops: First Year

Credit 1Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

- maximum 9 This course is the study of rehearsal and performance techniques to include blocking, memorization, character development and public performance. TA153 may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA153B Theatre Workshops: First Year

Credits 2Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

- maximum 9 This course is the study of rehearsal and performance techniques to include blocking, memorization, character development and public performance. TA153 may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA153C Theatre Workshops: First Year

Credits 3Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

- maximum 9 This course is the study of rehearsal and performance techniques to include blocking, memorization, character development and public performance. TA153 may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA153D Theatre Workshops: Children's Theatre - First Year

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: None.

- maximum 6 This course is the study of rehearsal and performance techniques for children's audiences. Rehearsal processes including blocking, memorization, character development and public performance for children. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA198A Independent Studies: Theatre

Credit 1Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: Instructor and dean consent is required.

- maximum 9 This course is designed for unique individual projects of in-depth work not normally covered in an existing course. Topics covered may include directing plays, writing plays, designing plays, specific acting studies, management projects and research projects. Enrollment requires a written project proposal that must be approved by the instructor and dean. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA198B Independent Studies: Theatre

Credits 2Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: Instructor and dean consent is required.

This course is designed for unique individual projects of in-depth work not normally covered in an existing course. Topics covered may include directing plays, writing plays, designing plays, specific acting studies, management projects and research projects. Enrollment requires a written project proposal that must be approved by the instructor and dean. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA198C Independent Studies: Theatre

Credits 3Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: Instructor and dean consent is required.

This course is designed for unique individual projects of in-depth work not normally covered in an existing course. Topics covered may include directing plays, writing plays, designing plays, specific acting studies, management projects and research projects. Enrollment requires a written project proposal that must be approved by the instructor and dean. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA199TD Special Topics: Introduction to Directing for the Stage

Credits 3

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This is a course that studies the theories of stage directing, the role of the director, script analysis, actor objectives, composition, picturization, movement, rhythm, action choices, technical, aesthetic and stylistic requirements. The course also discusses analysis of directorial processes from casting to opening. The student will prepare a production prompt book of one act plays. This course is a prerequisite for directing projects (TA199A) staged by students.

TA211 Scene Design

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course is an examination of the function and process of set design for the theatre and the role of the designer in interpreting and reinforcing the thematic content of the play. Projects are required.

Additional Course Fee: $20.00

TA213 Stage Lighting Design

Credits 3Winter - odd years

Registration Requirement: None.

This course examines the function and process of lighting design and the role of the designer and other production staff in its execution. Included are exercises and discussions pertaining to lighting equipment, systems and manufacturers; relative laws of physics pertaining to electricity, color and optics; elements of design; and the lighting plot and associated paperwork. Projects are required.

Additional Course Fee: $20.00

TA227 Theatrical Makeup

Credits 3Fall/Winter

Registration Requirement: None.

This course analyzes the principles of stage makeup for performance with direct application of techniques in a laboratory situation. The material covers basic facial reinforcement, character and age, and fantasy makeup design. The course also includes introduction to latex, prosthetics and wigs.

Additional Course Fee: $20.00

TA234A Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year

Credit 1Fall

Registration Requirement: None.

- maximum 9 This is a sophomore level Technical Theater Workshop with increased responsibility and skill level in the use of tools. This course may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA234B Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: None.

- maximum 9 This is a sophomore level Technical Theater Workshop with increased responsibility and skill level in the use of tools. This course may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA234C Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: None.

Prerequisite: TA134A, TA134B or TA134C. Six additional lab hours to be arranged per week. Students taking the "C" option will be assigned a position of responsibility for the production.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA235A Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production Second Year

Credit 1Winter

Registration Requirement: None.

An intermediate level practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on mounting a major production or musical. TA235A is an update and clarification of TA214.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA235B Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production Second Year

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: None.

An intermediate level practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on mounting a major production or musical. TA235B is an update and clarification of TA214B.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA235C Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production Second Year

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: None.

An intermediate level practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on mounting a major production or musical. TA235C is an update and clarification of TA214C.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA236A Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year

Credit 1Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

A Sophomore level practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on the challenges of mounting a production in a small space with audience in flexible seating configurations. TA236 is an update and clarification of TA214.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA236B Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

A Sophomore level practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on the challenges of mounting a production in a small space with audience in flexible seating configurations. TA236 is an update and clarification of TA214.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA236C Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

A Sophomore level practicum in technical theatre production. Training and practical experience in scenery construction and painting, lighting, sound, properties, costume construction and/or stage management. Content and specialized nature of the workshop changes from term to term with this term focused on the challenges of mounting a production in a small space with audience in flexible seating configurations. TA236 is an update and clarification of TA214.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA241 Intermediate Acting Techniques: Styles

Credits 3

Registration Requirement: TA142 or instructor consent.

This course is the study of theatrical acting styles through scene preparation. Periods may include Greek-Roman, Elizabethan, French-Neoclassic, Restoration, Romantic-Victorian, early realism and contemporary. Offered at irregular intervals.

TA247 Theatre Sound Design and Production

Credits 3Winter - even years

Theatre Sound Design and Production explores the basic principles and processes of theatrical sound, including equipment, acoustics, design and playback applications, and best practices for sound design and technical personnel.

TA253A Theatre Workshops: Second Year

Credit 1Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: TA153A, TA153B or TA153C.

- maximum 9 A continuation of TA153A, TA153B and TA153C, this course is the study of rehearsal and performance techniques, to include blocking, memorization, character development and public performance. TA253 may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA253B Theatre Workshops: Second Year

Credits 2Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

A continuation of TA153A, TA153B and TA153C, this course is the study of rehearsal and performance techniques, to include blocking, memorization, character development and public performance. TA253 may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA253C Theatre Workshops: Second Year

Credits 3Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: TA153A, TA153B or TA153C.

A continuation of TA153A, TA153B and TA153C, this course is the study of rehearsal and performance techniques, to include blocking, memorization, character development and public performance. TA253 may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

TA253D Theatre Workshops: Children's Theatre - Second Year

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: TA153D.

A continuation of TA153D, this course is a continuation of the study of rehearsal and performance techniques for children's audiences. Rehearsal processes include blocking, memorization, character development and public performance for children. Children's Theatre Workshop courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.

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