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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: Pass/No Pass; enrollment subject to audition and/or interview.
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture-laboratory, 7 hours laboratory. (132 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Successful students, through personal involvement, gain experiential knowledge of the processes and terminology necessary for preparing and producing a fully-realized, live theatrical performance--rehearsal process, technical rehearsal, fusion of design concepts, performance standards, auditioning and casting, publicity.
  • Successful students, through critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork practices, will challenge, synthesize and develop skills pertaining to the designated assignment (performer, designer, stage manager, technician, choreographer) in staging a fully-realized, live theatrical performance.
Description -
A course in performance and/or rehearsal of varied dramatic forms designed for public performance of original, established or touring works. All aspects of theatre may be covered, including acting, directing, playwriting, lighting, costuming, scene design, set construction and make-up for the theatre. Students will prepare for staged productions for public performance in potentially differing spaces.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Perform the specific ensemble work required of a practicing actor and/or theatre technician at the college level.
  2. Perform various roles and activities supporting a performance production drawn from a diverse variety of sources materials leading to public performance.
  3. Complete a professionally modeled rehearsal and performance schedule.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Varies with the site and repertoire selected.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. All aspects of performance technique will be performed and/or demonstrated will include a minimum of three of the following:
    1. Acting requirements including movement, vocalization and character development.
    2. Costuming needs.
    3. Stage property needs.
    4. Stage lighting needs.
    5. Set design needs.
    6. Script analysis and critical thought involving period or contemporary scripts.
    7. Assimilating responsibilities with rehearsal and performance demands.
    8. Scriptwriting.
  2. Technical tasks of lighting, set design/construction, costuming, make-up and stage management will be assigned, and completed by the student.
  3. The task of producing one or more plays in repertory will be investigated entirely. The students may work in several capacities on the productions and be expected to meet all deadlines.
Methods of Evaluation -
The student's grade will be based upon the student's knowledge of the plays performed, skill in acting techniques, acquisition of new technical theatre skills, and most importantly, the student's ability to work cooperatively and supportively, under pressure, in an on-going acting-production ensemble. Instructor/director observation will be used to measure these outcomes. Work culminates with public performance coupled with self-evaluation.
Representative Text(s) -
Plays to be selected by instructor.

Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Field work, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration,
Lab Content -
  1. Participation and observation of rehearsal process for scheduled production.
  2. Perform various productions support functions dependent on the demands of costumes, set construction, properties, lighting, etc.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read and analyze play scripts.
  2. Read related project articles and other background materials.
  3. Compose a self-reflection journal.