Theater Arts - Transfer major

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Faculty Advisers

Daryl Harrison-Carson: Website | 503-491-7159 | Room AC2135 | Daryl.Harrison@mhcc.edu 

Theatre arts provides opportunities for students seeking professional careers in theatre both onstage and behind the scenes as well as opportunities for non-majors to participate in contemporary and classical works. Through classroom study, studio preparation and college productions, students develop a firm foundation in a rich diversity of theatre arts, balancing theory with practical application. Our beautiful facility includes a 500-seat proscenium theatre equipped with state-of-the-art rigging and lighting systems and a 99-seat black-box studio/theatre.

Curricular Outcomes

At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Identify, interpret and apply stage and blocking terminology; read and execute technical drawings for scenery and lighting
  • Speak and write fluently about performances, correctly using the specific vocabulary of the art and craft
  • Work independently and as an ensemble team member in accomplishing performance and production tasks
  • Present an expressive, disciplined performance of a scene and/or monologue and/or present a completed production design in a manner that is original, lucid and well-crafted demonstrating process from script analysis to concept development to final presentation
  • Create a résumé and support materials (head shot and/or portfolio) suitable for an interview in professional or educational theatre

Students interested in pursuing the Theatre Arts transfer major can complete the following courses toward the Arts & Letters requirement and/or electives on the AAOT (recommended), AS, AGS or ASLA degrees. Admitted students may also log on to Navigate to start the process of building an academic plan based on this major and can notify an adviser for review.

Theatre courses recommended for students focusing on Performance:

COMM262Voice and Articulation3
TA101Appreciating Theatre3
TA106Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA107Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA121Costuming3
TA141Acting Fundamentals I3
TA142Acting Fundamentals II3
TA143Acting Fundamentals III3
TA144Improvisation3
TA148Movement for the Actor2
TA153ATheatre Workshops: First Year1
TA153BTheatre Workshops: First Year2
TA153CTheatre Workshops: First Year3
TA153DTheatre Workshops: Children's Theatre - First Year2
TA211Scene Design3
TA213Stage Lighting Design3
TA227Theatrical Makeup3
TA253ATheatre Workshops: Second Year1
TA253BTheatre Workshops: Second Year2
TA253CTheatre Workshops: Second Year3
TA253DTheatre Workshops: Children's Theatre - Second Year2

Theatre courses recommended for students focusing on Production/Design:

TA101Appreciating Theatre3
TA106Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA107Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA111Technical Theatre: Scenery3
TA112Technical Theatre: Lighting and Sound3
TA113Technical Theatre: Painting and Special Effects3
TA121Costuming3
TA134ATechnical Theatre Workshop: First Year1
TA134BTechnical Theatre Workshop: First Year2
TA134CTechnical Theatre Workshop: First Year3
TA135ATechnical Theatre Workshop: Major Production1
TA135BTechnical Theatre Workshop: Major Production2
TA135CTechnical Theatre Workshop: Major Production3
TA136ATechnical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production1
TA136BTechnical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production2
TA136CTechnical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production3
TA153DTheatre Workshops: Children's Theatre - First Year2
TA211Scene Design3
TA213Stage Lighting Design3
TA227Theatrical Makeup3
TA236ATechnical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year1
TA236BTechnical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year2
TA236CTechnical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year3
TA247Theatre Sound Design and Production3
TA253DTheatre Workshops: Children's Theatre - Second Year2

Transfer Schools

The following shows just one example of how students can complete an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree while also taking lower-division theater arts courses. Be sure to work with an MHCC adviser and the transfer institution you'd like to attend to ensure correct courses are being taken. Not all courses are offered every term. Click on a course number to see what term(s) the course is typically offered.

Plan of Study Grid
First QuarterCredits
TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course) 3
TA141 Acting Fundamentals I 3
TA153D Theatre Workshops: Children's Theatre - First Year 2
WR121 English Composition (Course offered online) 4
Oral Communication 3-4
 Credits16
Second Quarter
TA107 Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course) 3
TA142 Acting Fundamentals II 3
MTH105 Mathematics in Society 5
WR122
English Composition: Critical Thinking (Course offered online)
or Technical Report Writing (Course offered online)
4
Select one of the following: 1-3
Theatre Workshops: First Year  
Theatre Workshops: First Year  
Theatre Workshops: First Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production  
 Credits16
Third Quarter
TA101 Appreciating Theatre 3
TA143 Acting Fundamentals III 3
Health & Physical Education 3
Science / Math / Computer Science 3-5
Select one of the following: 1-3
Theatre Workshops: First Year  
Theatre Workshops: First Year  
Theatre Workshops: First Year  
Costuming  
 Credits15
Fourth Quarter
TA227 Theatrical Makeup 3
Lab Science 3-5
Social Science (2 courses) 6-8
Select one of the following: 1-3
Theatre Workshops: Children's Theatre - Second Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year  
 Credits16
Fifth Quarter
COMM262 Voice and Articulation 3
TA148
Movement for the Actor
or Stage Lighting Design
2
Lab Science 3-5
Social Science 3-4
Select one of the following: 1-3
Theatre Workshops: Second Year  
Theatre Workshops: Second Year  
Theatre Workshops: Second Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production Second Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production Second Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production Second Year  
 Credits13-16
Sixth Quarter
TA144
Improvisation
or Scene Design
3
Arts & Letters (other than Theater Arts) 3-4
Lab Science 3-5
Social Science 3-4
Select one of the following: 1-3
Theatre Workshops: Second Year  
Theatre Workshops: Second Year  
Theatre Workshops: Second Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year  
Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year  
 Credits14-16
 Total Credits90-95

TA101 Appreciating Theatre

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: WR090 or IECC201W, with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course level.

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. Additional 10 hours required attending plays outside of class. An additional cost to the student will be $95 for the term.

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Define elements of effective acting, costuming, lighting and sound
  2. Evaluate stage business, props, scene design
  3. Explain why parts of a production do or do not need improvement

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

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W, 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.

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations; Social Science

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Analyze the dramatic literature of each period
  2. Describe the style of acting which was most often seen in each historical period
  3. Discuss the social, political and philosophical world in which a play was written
  4. Distinguish major elements of design and technical theatre for each period
  5. Explore the relationship between theatre architecture and production
  6. Identify the major playwrights for each period of theatre history
  7. Perform or research a scene which demonstrates a particular style of acting and the historical elements of production

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

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W, 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.

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations; Social Science

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Articulate the relationship between theatre architecture and production of Restoration to contemporary theatre
  2. Describe the style of acting which was most often seen in each historical period covered by this course
  3. Discuss the social, political and philosophical world in which theatre of the Restoration to contemporary periods was written
  4. Distinguish major elements of design and technical theatre for each period from Restoration to contemporary theatre
  5. Identify the major playwrights for each period of theatre history - Restoration to contemporary
  6. Perform or research a scene which demonstrates that particular style of acting and the relevant historical elements of production
  7. Research and analyze the dramatic literature from Restoration to contemporary theatre

TA111 Technical Theatre: Scenery

Credits 3Fall

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Construct project scenery pieces and examine for craftsmanship, load bearing qualities and accuracy
  2. Create working drawings using theatrical drafting standards
  3. Discuss and apply proper etiquette for scene shop and stage operations
  4. Employ safe working practices when working in theatrical areas
  5. Examine the physical laws and safety protocols related to set construction, rigging, and props for theatrical production
  6. Identify and safely operate essential tools and equipment used in stagecraft
  7. Plan and demonstrate scenery rigging techniques and knots used in theatrical production
  8. Recognize and discuss the variety of materials used in set construction

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.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate hang, cable and focus lighting and sound equipment
  2. Discuss and apply safe practices for electrics, sound and wiring work in theatrical applications
  3. Examine lighting and sound consoles and software
  4. Examine the physical laws and safety protocols related to sound and lighting for theatrical production
  5. Identify and safely operate essential tools and equipment for theatre productions
  6. Plan and demonstrate rigging lighting and sound for theatre productions
  7. Recognize and discuss the variety of materials used in lighting and sound for theatrical production

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.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate how to construct, gather, use and care for stage properties
  2. Discuss special effects, their uses and risks in theatrical productions
  3. Employ safe working practices when working in theatrical areas
  4. Employ scene painting techniques to create faux surfaces
  5. Examine the physical laws related to painting, props and special effects for theatrical production
  6. Recognize and discuss the variety of materials, tools and equipment used in theatre painting, props and special effects

TA115 Professional Technician Orientation

Credit 1Fall

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.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of safety procedures for entertainment events
  2. Demonstrate fundamental skills in operation of stage equipment for entertainment events
  3. Discuss and apply client relations strategies and professional demeanor for entertainment events
  4. Perform fundamental set up for lighting, sound and other equipment commonly used in entertainment events
  5. Discuss and present portfolio and resume strategies used by theatre professionals

TA121 Costuming

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: None.

This course is a study of costume design theory, history, principles and application for 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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply knowledge of line, form, texture, design and actor requirements to theatre costumes
  2. Demonstrate sewing skills in machine and hand stitches, bodices, skirts, sleeves, openings and closures
  3. Discuss and explain the relationship between clothing, costume and how garments and accessories reveal character, restrict or encourage certain types of movement, and reveal other details about the wearer.
  4. Explain techniques: enlargement of patterns, adjustments of patterns, cutting and fitting of clothing and/or pattern
  5. Identify and compare costumes of historical periods, cultures: Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Romanesque, Early Gothic, High Gothic, Renaissance, Elizabethan, English Restoration, Empire, Colonial, Revolutionary, Romantic, Victorian, 20th C to Contemporary

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate basic precepts of operation pertaining to safety and efficiency
  2. Demonstrate shop functions in its day to day activities
  3. Demonstrate the process of how a show is mounted and maintained
  4. Participate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information
  5. Perform assigned task in the execution of a stage production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate basic precepts of operation pertaining to safety and efficiency
  2. Demonstrate shop functions in its day to day activities
  3. Demonstrate the process of how a show is mounted and maintained
  4. Participate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information
  5. Perform assigned task in the execution of a stage production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate basic precepts of operation pertaining to safety and efficiency
  2. Demonstrate shop functions in its day to day activities
  3. Demonstrate the process of how a show is mounted and maintained
  4. Participate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information
  5. Perform assigned task in the execution of a stage production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information
  2. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas.
  3. Demonstrate shop functions pertaining to mounting a large scale production
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining a large scale production or musical
  5. Perform assigned task(s) in the execution of a large scale production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information
  2. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  3. Demonstrate shop functions pertaining to mounting a large scale production
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining a large scale production or musical
  5. Perform assigned task(s) in the execution of a large scale production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information
  2. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  3. Demonstrate shop functions pertaining to mounting a large scale production
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining a large scale production or musical
  5. Perform assigned task(s) in the execution of a large scale production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information
  2. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  3. Demonstrate shop functions pertaining to mounting a theatre production in a small space with audience close to the stage
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining craftsmanship in a studio theatre production
  5. Perform assigned task(s) in the execution of a studio theatre production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information
  2. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  3. Demonstrate shop functions pertaining to mounting a theatre production in a small space with audience close to the stage
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining craftsmanship in a studio theatre production
  5. Perform assigned task(s) in the execution of a studio theatre production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information
  2. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  3. Demonstrate shop functions pertaining to mounting a theatre production in a small space with audience close to the stage
  4. Document completed work with portfolio photos and/or resume listings or other appropriate method
  5. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining craftsmanship in a studio theatre production
  6. Perform assigned task(s) in the execution of a studio theatre production in one or more technical areas

TA141 Acting Fundamentals I

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W, 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 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.

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply proper stage and blocking techniques to a monologue performance
  2. Communicate and critique acting performances
  3. Present an expressive, disciplined duo scene with a partner in a manner that is original, lucid, structural and crafted
  4. Present an expressive, disciplined monologue performance in a manner that is original, lucid, structural and crafted

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).

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply proper stage and blocking techniques to a duo-scene performance
  2. Communicate and critique duo-scene performances using the appropriate vocabulary of the art and craft of theatre
  3. Present an expressive, disciplined duo-scene performance in a manner that is original, lucid, structured and crafted
  4. Work as an ensemble member in the creation and performance of a duo-acting scene

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.

This course fulfills: Arts & Letters; Human Relations

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply proper stage and blocking techniques to a formal acting audition
  2. Communicate and critique a formal acting audition
  3. Create a professional acting resume and website.
  4. Identify strengths and weaknesses of professional headshots
  5. Work as an independent artist in the creation, preparation and performance of a formal acting audition

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.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Employ independent action and creative movement and dialogue in variety of improvisation situations
  2. Demonstrate improvisation techniques in rehearsal and perfomance
  3. Demonstrate proper stage movement and vocal techniques in a variety of improvisational situations
  4. Discuss and apply use of improvisation techniques in real-world situations.

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.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate improved skill in balance and release techniques
  2. Perform physical theatre pieces (clowning, mime, masks)
  3. Utilize space and the body as a medium for communication of character in performance
  4. Explain and apply theories of movement by one or more historical or contemporary directors

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate introductory principles and techniques of acting in rehearsal and public performance
  2. Demonstrate original thinking at introductory level relevant to workshop performance
  3. Use the creative process in the interpretation, creation and performance of stage characters

TA153B Theatre Workshops: First Year

Credits 2Fall/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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate introductory principles and techniques of acting in rehearsal and public performance
  2. Demonstrate original thinking at introductory level relevant to workshop performance
  3. Use the creative process in the interpretation, creation and performance of stage characters

TA153C Theatre Workshops: First Year

Credits 3Fall/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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate introductory principles and techniques of acting in rehearsal and public performance
  2. Demonstrate original thinking at introductory level relevant to workshop performance
  3. Use the creative process in the interpretation, creation and performance of stage characters

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate acting principles and techniques to include actual rehearsal and public performance for young audience
  2. Demonstrate the use of costumes in performances for young audience
  3. Demonstrate the use of makeup in performances for young audience
  4. Demonstrate the use of props in performances for young audience

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply objectives outlined in individual project proposal
  2. Complete assignments on or before the deadline
  3. Demonstrate advanced mastery and/or new skills as outlined in project

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply objectives outlined in individual project proposal
  2. Complete assignments on or before the deadline
  3. Demonstrate advanced mastery and/or new skills as outlined in project

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply objectives outlined in individual project proposal
  2. Complete assignments on or before the deadline
  3. Demonstrate advanced mastery and/or new skills as outlined in project

TA199TD Special Topics: Introduction to Directing for the Stage

Credits 3

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W, 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.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply stage directing processes in creating a plan (prompt book) for directing a play
  2. Demonstrate blocking principles by staging a short theatrical scene.
  3. Explain the historical, artistic and managerial processes of stage directing

TA211 Scene Design

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W, 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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Analyze the history of the development of scenic design and its role in production
  2. Apply the elements of design and principles of perspective to models and drawings
  3. Create plans using basic drafting techniques and symbols that pertain to scenic design
  4. Define the relationship of actor and audience, and how scenery and theatre architecture influence that relationship
  5. Execute scenic design projects, including script analysis, research, preliminary plans and sketches, floor plan, front elevation, rear elevation, isometric and orthographic working drawings, mechanically rendered perspective, rendering or modeling, and cost analysis
  6. Identify the basic tools of the designer and define their use

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Identify the qualities and functions of light related to theatrical production and apply concepts to creative process of lighting design\\n
  2. Define and correctly identify stage lighting equipment, instruments, lamps and connectors
  3. Demonstrate safe and efficient operating practices while designing and setting up lighting equipment
  4. Discuss and employ fundamental processes of lighting control, hang, cable and focus, cue-setting and power distribution and loading
  5. Prepare and evaluate lighting design projects: develop concept, prepare lighting plot and paperwork, revise instrument schedule, hookup and cue sheets, display finished lighting and critique work
  6. Recognize the fundamentals of color theory, color selection, color media maintenance and color programming

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Analyze facial structures, and from that analysis be able to design and implement corrective makeups, old age makeup, fantasy makeup and various forms of prosthetic makeup
  2. Describe the process of makeup design and application, and demonstrate the use of makeup techniques
  3. Employ best practices for health and safety when using theatrical makeup products.
  4. Formulate and design for actor's own face, as well as the faces of others
  5. Explain the role of makeup in a stage production, including production timelines, respecting cultural and personal sensitivities to use of makeup, and organizational structure of makeup personnel within theatre profession.

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Assign and perform tasks in the execution of a stage production in one or more technical areas
  2. Demonstrate basic precepts of operation pertaining to safety and efficiency
  3. Demonstrate the process of how a show is mounted and maintained
  4. Participate in shop functions and lead group activities
  5. Participate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information, make decisions

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Assign and perform tasks in the execution of a stage production in one or more technical areas
  2. Demonstrate basic precepts of operation pertaining to safety and efficiency
  3. Demonstrate the process of how a show is mounted and maintained
  4. Participate in shop functions and lead group activities
  5. Participate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information, make decisions

TA234C Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: None.

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Assign and perform tasks in the execution of a stage production in one or more technical areas
  2. Demonstrate basic precepts of operation pertaining to safety and efficiency
  3. Demonstrate the process of how a show is mounted and maintained
  4. Participate in shop functions and lead group activities
  5. Participate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information, make decisions

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information, and make decisions
  2. Demonstrate and lead shop functions pertaining to mounting a large scale production
  3. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining a large scale production or musical
  5. Perform assigned task(s) and manage student crews in the execution of a large scale production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information, and make decisions
  2. Demonstrate and lead shop functions pertaining to mounting a large scale production
  3. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining a large scale production or musical
  5. Perform assigned task(s) and manage student crews in the execution of a large scale production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information, and make decisions
  2. Demonstrate and lead shop functions pertaining to mounting a large scale production
  3. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining a large scale production or musical
  5. Perform assigned task(s) and manage student crews in the execution of a large scale production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information, make decisions
  2. Demonstrate and lead shop functions pertaining to mounting a production in a small space with audience close to the stage
  3. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining craftsmanship in a studio theatre production
  5. Perform assigned task(s) and manage student crews in the execution of a studio theatre production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information, make decisions
  2. Demonstrate and lead shop functions pertaining to mounting a production in a small space with audience close to the stage
  3. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining craftsmanship in a studio theatre production
  5. Perform assigned task(s) and manage student crews in the execution of a studio theatre production in one or more technical areas

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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with technical personnel to accomplish assigned tasks, share information, make decisions
  2. Demonstrate and lead shop functions pertaining to mounting a production in a small space with audience close to the stage
  3. Demonstrate safe and efficient processes in theatre production work areas
  4. Participate in the process of mounting and maintaining craftsmanship in a studio theatre production
  5. Perform assigned task(s) and manage student crews in the execution of a studio theatre production in one or more technical areas

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.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Create microphone, speaker, and sound effect scenarios and critique for effectiveness.
  2. Create sound plot and cues for sample productions.
  3. Demonstrate competency using design and playback applications to create theatrical soundscapes.
  4. Discuss and apply safety standards related to sound design and production.
  5. Examine and Compare equipment used for theatre sound design and production.

TA253A Theatre Workshops: Second Year

Credit 1Fall/Winter/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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate advanced level principles and techniques of acting in rehearsal and public performance
  2. Demonstrate original thinking at an advanced level relevant to workshop performance
  3. Use the creative process in the interpretation, creation and performance of stage characters

TA253B Theatre Workshops: Second Year

Credits 2Fall/Winter/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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate advanced level principles and techniques of acting in rehearsal and public performance
  2. Demonstrate original thinking at an advanced level relevant to workshop performance
  3. Use the creative process in the interpretation, creation and performance of stage characters

TA253C Theatre Workshops: Second Year

Credits 3Fall/Winter/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

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate advanced level principles and techniques of acting in rehearsal and public performance
  2. Demonstrate original thinking at an advanced level relevant to workshop performance
  3. Use the creative process in the interpretation, creation and performance of stage characters

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.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate advanced acting principles and techniques to include actual rehearsal and public performances for audiences of children
  2. Demonstrate advanced level use of props in performances for children
  3. Demonstrate the advanced level use of costumes in performances for children
  4. Demonstrate the advanced level use of makeup in performances for children

TA280F Co-op Education - Theatre

Credits 6Spring

This course is intended to provide students with learning experience to support their course of study and/or career goals. Each Co-op experience will provide opportunities to (a) develop marketable workplace readiness skills, (b) apply classroom learning on-the-job and (c) gain specific occupational skills through a live learning lab.

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Apply skills and knowledge from field of theatre in a professional setting
  2. Demonstrate core level work skills such as work ethic, team work, reliability, responsibiltiy, initiative, following instructions and supervision, communication skills
  3. Develop professional network of professionals in the field of theatre
  4. Identify academic preparation necessary to work in the field and make adjustments in academic program if necessary
  5. Obtain field experience and relate it to theatre course work, discuss alternative practices and theories used by theatre professionals
  6. Recognize workplace culture and values in dress, social conversation and attitudes

Course offered online

Cultural Literacy course