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Effective: Summer 2015

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

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Description -
Advanced practical work in stage directing, leadership roles, and featured performance work necessary for the full development of a theatrical production. Students take active roles in all creative and technical aspects involved in producing a full-scale public performance which consists of a compilation of short plays.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Guide and hone the actor's skill sets, including voice, movement, and script/character interpretation.
  2. Research, analyze, interpret and effectively communicate the literature and history of a specific time period, cultural or ethnic experience, or historical epoch selected for the quarter's study.
  3. Perform all required preparatory and design work required for production.
  4. Participate as a director, featured actor, or other leadership role in a full-scale production.
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. Master a variety of activities necessary for the actor in production:
    1. Utilize one or more of several accepted approaches to acting technique.
      1. Methodologies may include, but not limited to: Stanislavsky, Trigger Approach, and Improvisation.
    2. Practice and explore exercises to enhance vocal production skills appropriate to production.
      1. Develop a vocal warm-up
      2. Stage projection
      3. Articulation and clarity
    3. Create and choreograph appropriate movement techniques related to production.
      1. Character development and expression
      2. Stage blocking and composition
      3. Dance and/or fight choreography
  2. Study and assimilate the literature and history related to the production selected for the quarter's study
    1. Time periods may include Classic, Elizabethan, Romantic, Early Realistic, Contemporary, etc.
    2. A particular movement or cultural expression, including modern African-American drama, women's issues, gay theatre, etc.
  3. Practice leadership in one or more aspects of production, delving deeply into a particular area, e.g. directing and/or design and technology (stage management, lighting, sound, set, properties, costumes, or stage makeup.)
  4. Acquire full-scale production experience, working as a director, featured actor, or other leadership role, in a selected production to be produced and 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 prompt books
Representative Text(s) -
Specific play titles, selected by the instructor, which will change each quarter.
Plays will consist of published one-acts or commissioned one-act compilations.

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.