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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: Enrollment subject to audition and instructor assignment; not open to students with credit in THTR 44.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
2 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter)

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Description -
An intensive training experience in all areas of theatre, culminating in a practical theatre production consisting of short plays. Areas of study and investigation include acting techniques, voice and diction, oral interpretation, movement and dance, theatre literature and history, stage management and other technologies related to production. Culminates in a full-scale public performance, with students participating in all areas of production.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Interrelate a variety of production activities for the actor:
    1. acting technique
    2. vocal technique
    3. movement technique
  2. Identify and assimilate the literature and history of a specific time period, cultural or ethnic experience, or historical epoch selected for the quarter's study.
  3. Understand the role of stage director and theatre technician in production.
  4. Participate as assistant director, actor, or production support
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Standard classroom with white board and audio-visual capabilities.
  2. Access to appropriate size rehearsal spaces for blocking, voice and movement work.
  3. Access to the use of furniture and set pieces, props and costumes for rehearsal and production.
  4. Fully-equipped studio theatre including lighting, sound and projection capabilities.
  5. Make-up and dressing room facilities.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Explore and experiment with a variety of activities necessary for the actor in production:
    1. Identify and practice one or more of several accepted approaches to acting technique.
    2. Apply and practice vocal production skills appropriate to production.
    3. Identify, explore and demonstrate the disciplines of appropriate movement techniques related to production.
  2. Study the literature and history related to the production selected for the quarter's study, e.g. Classic period, Elizabethan period, Romantic period, Early Realistic period, or a particular movement or cultural expression, e.g. modern African-American drama, women's issues, gay theatre, etc.
  3. Explore and practice one or more aspects of technical theatre, examining the technical areas particularly relevant to the production and the director's vision, e.g. assistant directing, lighting and sound design and operation, set design and construction, properties, costumes, stage makeup, publicity, etc.
  4. Acquire full-scale production experience, working as actor and/or production support in a selected production, to be performed for the public at the end of the quarter.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written and oral examinations
  2. Faculty observation and rigorous verbal critique of all classroom and theatre work undertaken
  3. Written critique of student writing generated in classwork
  4. Student's director prompt books
Representative Text(s) -
Specific play titles, selected by the instructor.

Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
Method of Instruction -
  1. Cooperative learning exercises including group rehearsal.
  2. Lecture and discussion on research and approach to play production.
  3. Group projects in design and technical work guided by instructor.
  4. Public presentations followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
Lab Content -
  1. Comprehensive incorporation of study into practical application through research and preparation of assigned production
  2. Cooperative rehearsal of class assignments and projects.
  3. Group work in design, development and creation of technical elements
  4. Viewing and critiquing of individual and group rehearsal and performance work
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Assigned script
  2. Complementary research scripts, writings and articles
  3. Script analysis
  4. Character biography and necessary research.
  5. Student's director prompt book including all research projects and design/technical elements required for production.