Jan 28, 2022  
2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog

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    THE 104 - Voice and Movement for the Actor

    3 Credits, 4 Contact Hours
    2 lecture periods 2 lab periods

    Principles and practice of voice and movement skills for the actor. Includes phonetics, physical isolation and awareness exercises, development and practice of stage dialects, and physicalization of characters.

    Information: May be taken two times for a maximum of six credit hours. If this course is repeated, see a financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate improvement in the following physical and vocal impediments: fear, tension, faulty habitual diction patterns, and inhibitions.
    2. Develop an inventory of physical and vocal warm-ups.
    3. Demonstrate an inventory of vocal and physical problem areas.
    4. Perform basic stage movement practices.
    5. Utilize voice and gesture as a direct extension of emotion.
    6. Demonstrate skills in developing dialects.
    7. Practice skills in physical phrasing and gesture.

    1. Personalized Vocal Inventory Based on Early Class Presentation
    2. Vocal and Physical Relaxation Exercises
    3. Breathing Exercises
    4. Resonance Exercises
    5. Articulation Exercises
    6. Psychological Gesture
    7. Formal Movement Techniques for Realism
    8. Stage Combat and Safety Procedures
    9. Psychological Posture Profiles and Accompanying Gesture
    10. Character Tempos and Rhythms
    11. Introduction to International Phonetic Alphabet
    12. Introduction to Rehearsal Pantomime (Use of Space)
    13. Reading Assignments
    14. Viewing and Critiquing of Two Performances
    15. Review of Vocal and Physical Warm-Ups
    16. Review of IPA
    17. Introduction to Dialects: Use of Various Texts
    18. Introduction to Pronunciation Dictionaries
    19. Application of at Least One Dialect
    20. Physical Gesture and Movement to Define Character
    21. Application of Images to Free the Voice

    Effective Term:
    Spring 2017

    THE 105 - Theater Appreciation [SUN# THE 1100]

    3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
    3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

    An exploration of the theory and practice of the discipline of theatre art. Includes setting the stage for understanding and appreciating theatre arts, the artists, and production of the play.

    Information: Students are expected to attend and critique a minimum of one theatrical production. Students may, at the discretion of the instructor, receive additional credit for participation in a PCC theatre production when this participation is not part of the student’s requirements for another class.
    Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - FA and C; Meets CTE - A&H or SBS and C.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe the nature of theater as an art form and relate it to other fine arts.
    2. Identify and define different genre of dramatic literature.
    3. Identify the role and responsibilities of the major individuals who collaborate to produce theatre.
    4. Demonstrate in writing the ability to make critical judgment about a live theatre experience.
    5. Articulate the academic and professional preparation required for employment in this discipline.
    6. Provide a rough outline of the following phases of theatre history and literature: Ancient Egypt, Classical Greek and Roman, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Modern and Contemporary American.
    7. Explain who William Shakespeare was and what his contributions to theatre history.
    8. Read and analyze selected plays referenced above for themes, plot, genre distinctions, denouement, character development, dramatic structure, and production challenges.

    1. Setting the Stage for Understanding and Appreciating Theatre Arts
    1. Why study theatre arts?
    2. Where the magic happens: “the seeing place”
    3. Making critical judgment about the art
    4. Historical beginnings
    5. Choosing a season
    6. Royalties
    1. The Artists: A Collaborative Effort
    1. The playwrights
    1. Past
    2. Present
    1. Directors
    1. Play directors
    2. Choreographers
    3. Musical directors
    4. Actors
    5. The acting process
    6. Professional affiliations
    1. Designers
    1. Scenic elements
    2. Lighting
    3. Costumes
    4. Properties
    1. Pre-performance activities: bringing it all together
    1. Auditions: casting the play
    2. Taping the floor
    3. Rehearsal schedules
    4. Marketing
    1. In Production: Getting to Opening Night and Beyond
    1. Managing the play production process
    1. Stage managers
    2. House managers
    3. Box office managers
    1. Performance
    1. Audience etiquette
    2. Actor responsibilities
    3. Manager responsibilities
    1. Post-performance
    1. Strikes
    2. Post mortems
    1. Theatre arts academic degrees
    1. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    2. Master of Arts (M.A.)
    3. Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
    4. Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
    5. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    1. The future of theatre arts

    Effective Term:
    Full Academic Year 2020/21

    THE 110 - Movement and Dance for Actors

    2 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
    1 lecture period 2 lab periods

    Physical dynamics of actor training. Includes relaxation and warm-up techniques, vocabulary for movement, use of movement in developing acting skills, and improvisation for scenes and text analysis. Also includes execution of basic dance and movement, history of dance and movement for musical theater, and exercises.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate the fundamentals of dance technique and basic movement sequences independently and in small groups.
    2. Demonstrate improvement in dance technique in at least three styles.
    3. Observe, reflect, and articulate dance rehearsals and/or a performance.
    4. Develop observation and analysis skills to identify Western dance styles (ballet, jazz, modern, tap) and performance traditions from other cultures. 

    1. Physical Routine/Relaxation Exercises
    2. Physical Warm-Up Exercises
    3. Basic Vocabulary for Movement
    4. The Use of Movement in Developing Acting Skills
    5. Improvisation for Scenes and Text Analysis
    6. Execution of Basic Dance and Movement for Musical Theater
    7. History of Dance and Movement for Musical Theater
      1. History and development of dance and movement
      2. Influence of diverse cultures on dance in the United States
    8. Exercises to Develop an Understanding and Ability to Execute
      1. Rhythm
      2. Tempo
      3. Gesture
      4. Energy

    Effective Term:
    Fall 2016

    THE 111 - Stagecraft

    3 Credits, 5 Contact Hours
    2 lecture periods 3 lab periods

    Principles and the practical application to the operation and techniques of various types of stages and stage scenery. Includes theater organization, geography, shop safety, tools and hardware applications, historic overview, construction design, three-dimensional scenery, and properties research. Also includes acquisition, maintenance, costume design, stage rigging systems, stage lighting, paint, materials handling, measuring, construction, assembly, finishing, rigging, and painting techniques.

    Corequisite(s): THE 113  

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Apply technical theater terminology to different stage surroundings.
    2. Demonstrate the correct use of hand and power tools.
    3. Apply the principles of stage construction.
    4. Research period styles in costumes and properties.
    5. Discuss color theory as it applies to technical theater.
    6. Use hand and power tools safely to construct scenery and props.
    7. Discuss various construction techniques.
    8. Discuss and operate basic stage lighting equipment.
    9. Perform scenic painting techniques.
    10. Operate other stage equipment safely (i.e. pinrail, wagons, special effects).

    1. Theater Organization
    2. Theater Geography
    3. Theater and Shop Safety
    4. Tools and Applications
    5. Hardware and Applications
    6. Historic Overview of Scenery
    7. Construction Design for Flats and Platforms
    8. Three-Dimensional Scenery
    9. Properties Research
    10. Organization
    11. Acquisition
    12. Construction
    13. Maintenance
    14. Costume Design and Execution
    15. Stage Rigging Systems
    16. Stage  Lighting
    17. Paint
    18. Application of Safety Principles to Hand and Power Tool Use
    19. Stage Hardware
    20. Materials Handling
    21. Measuring Techniques
    22. Construction and Assembly Techniques
    23. Finishing Techniques
    24. Rigging Techniques
    25. Painting Techniques

    Effective Term:
    Full Academic Year 2019/2020

    THE 113 - Stagecraft Crew

    1 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
    0 lecture periods 3 lab periods

    Preparing, organizing, setting up, running, and shifting of theatrical sets, properties, and costumes for approved theatrical productions. Includes scenic cost estimates and budget, construction, planning and execution, production deadlines, property acquisition, and props construction. Also includes painting and finishing, stage lighting, scenery shifting; and property organization, distribution, and security.

    Corequisite(s): THE 111  

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Perform specific crew functions in the areas of scenery construction.
    2. Perform specific crew functions in the areas of assembly and painting.
    3. Perform specific crew functions in the areas of stage lighting.
    4. Perform specific crew functions in the areas of property acquisition.
    5. Perform specific crew functions in the areas of construction.
    6. Perform specific crew functions in the areas of organization.

    1. Scenic Cost Estimates and Budget
    2. Construction
    3. Planning and Execution
    4. Production Deadlines
    5. Property Acquisition
    6. Props Construction
    7. Painting and Finishing
    8. Stage Lighting
    9. Scenery Shifting
    10. Property Organization/Distribution/Security

    Effective Term:
    Fall 2016

    THE 118 - Basic Theater Graphics

    3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
    3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

    Principles and practice of graphic skills necessary in the planning of theatrical productions. Includes techniques of pencil sketching, study of theatrical drafting conventions, techniques of mechanical drawing, study of mechanical perspective, digital color rendering techniques, study of color theories, and study of computer design applications for theatrical drafting.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Use drawing techniques to communicate technical concepts.
    2. Interpret and produce mechanical drawings for theater.
    3. Define, explain, and demonstrate the principles of mechanical perspective.
    4. Apply color theories.
    5. Execute watercolor acrylic, and digital drawings of scenery and costumes.
    6. Apply scaled rendering techniques to technical designs.
    7. Interpret and apply scaled technical drawings in production situations.
    8. Demonstrate comprehension of technical design concepts such as balance, shading, and coloring.
    9. Demonstrate application of several color rendering mediums: digital software, acrylic, watercolors, and charcoal.

    1. Techniques of Pencil Sketching
    2. Study of Theatrical Drafting Conventions
    3. Techniques of Mechanical Drawing
    4. Study of Mechanical Perspective
    5. Digital Color Rendering Techniques
    6. Study of Color Theories
    7. Study of Computer Design Applications for Theatrical Drafting

    Effective Term:
    Fall 2016

    THE 121 - Introduction to Theater Design

    3 Credits, 5 Contact Hours
    2 lecture periods 3 lab periods

    Introduces the role of scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design in the theater. Includes costume history, elements and purpose; scenic, sound, and lighting elements and historical context; and design processes and techniques.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Analyze scripts for scenic, light, costume, and sound information.
    2. Research period styles.
    3. Develop appropriate scenery, light, costume and sound designs.
    4. Choose design materials to plan and execute techniques appropriate for budget and stage use.

    1. Costume History, Elements, and Purpose
    2. Scenic Elements and Historical Context
    3. Sound Elements and Historical Context
    4. Lighting Elements and Historical Context
    5. Design Processes and Techniques

    Effective Term:
    Full Academic Year 2019/2020

    THE 125 - Theater Production

    2 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
    0 lecture periods 6 lab periods

    The practical application of exploratory learning within an ensemble setting. Includes the relating of ideas and possibilities to practical methods, skills and structure of Theatrical Production.

    Information: Consent of instructor is required before enrolling in this course. May be taken two times for a maximum of four credit hours. If this course is repeated, see a financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate the ability to transfer the chosen module and process techniques from classroom instruction

             to a Theater Arts production.

    1. Actively participate in specific area(s) of a production and attend all required design meetings, rehearsals

             and performances.

    1. Develop the ability to carefully plan their area of responsibility and coordinate between all production


    1. Acting
    2. Directing
    3. Stage Management
    4. Production Design
    5. House Management
    6. Running Crew
    7. Construction

    Effective Term:
    Spring 2017


    THE 149 - Introduction to Acting I

    3 Credits, 4 Contact Hours
    2 lecture periods 2 lab periods

    Introduction to performance techniques and the development of physical skills for effective performance. Includes theatrical codes of behavior, exercise and structured improvisations, control of emotions and body, verbal and non-verbal intentions, emotional recall techniques and exercises, concentration and centering exercises, and physical investment exercises. Also includes physical projection of emotional states, imagery, auditioning, critiques of two productions, maintaining spontaneity, critiques of two productions, maintaining spontaneity, character analysis, playing a character, and monologues and scenes.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Define and apply vocabulary for the physical stage and for the study, rehearsal, and acting processes.
    2. Locate, follow and record in abbreviations stage blocking.
    3. Analyze a character as to beats, intentions, and super objectives.
    4. Demonstrate play, verbally and non-verbally, intentions not defined in the language used.
    5. Write a critique of performances.
    6. Demonstrate methods of finding a character within oneself.
    7. Prepare and invest physical qualities to ersatz properties.
    8. Relate to other people and other actors.
    9. Use body and emotions in the presentation of a character.
    10. Demonstrate spontaneity and intuitive responses while playing a role imposed by director or playwright.
    11. Perform at an audition with decreased anxiety.
    12. Modify and lose undesirable self-consciousness while performing and rehearsing.
    13. Develop concentration on an action.
    14. Make a commitment to oneself to the moment of acting and its preparation.

    1. Theatrical Codes of Behavior
    2. Understanding and Application
      1. Vocabulary of the physical stage
      2. The analysis of character
      3. The acting and rehearsal process
    3. Relationship Exercise and Structured Improvisations
    4. Methods for the Control of Emotions and Body Control
    5. Practice in Playing Verbal and Non-Verbal Intentions
    6. Emotional Recall Techniques and Exercises
    7. Concentration and Centering Exercises
    8. Physical Investment Exercises
    9. Techniques of Physical Projection of Emotional States
    10. Imagery Application Training
    11. Introduction to Auditioning
    12. Attending and Writing Critiques of Two (2) Productions
    13. Techniques for Maintaining Spontaneity
    14. Character Analysis
    15. Approach to Playing a Character
    16. Development, Presentation, and Evaluation of Monologues and Scenes

    Effective Term:
    Summer 2009

    THE 151 - Introduction to Acting II

    3 Credits, 4 Contact Hours
    2 lecture periods 2 lab periods

    Continuation of THE 149 . Includes advanced theatre game and improvisations, introduction to status and its application, rehearsal conferences, scene presentations, character creation, and language plays.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 149  

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Define and apply an expanded acting vocabulary that includes status and archetype.
    2. Demonstrate a masterful evaluation and execution of script analysis. 
    3. Demonstrate a masterful evaluation of character breakdown, analysis, and its application to the rehearsal process.
    4. Develop some of the physical and vocal characteristic of another, and play the resulting altered bodily responses and emotional colorations. 
    5. Demonstrate a deepened commitment and focus during rehearsal and performance. 
    6. Perform well as part of an ensemble.
    7. Demonstrate the ability to use the imagination in a focused way to procure characteristics of an invented or assigned character.
    8. Demonstrate an ability to deliver complex and unfamiliar language (Ibsen and Chekov) in a natural way.

    1. Advanced Theatre Game and Improvisations/Presentations of “Lip Sync”
    2. Introduction to Status and its Application
    1. Rehearsal
    2. Performance
      1. Rehearsal Conferences
      2. Scene Presentations to Contemporary Text Cast to Challenge the Actor
      3. Character Creation and Presentation Based on Archetype
      4. Language Plays
    1. Ibsen
    2. Chekov

    Effective Term:
    Fall 2016

    THE 210 - Screen Acting

    2 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
    1 lecture period 2 lab periods

    Introduction to film and television acting techniques. Includes special technical aspects of acting before a camera, performance preparation, and conduct of performance.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain special technical skills aspects of acting before a camera.
    2. Score screen text through use of beats, tactics, obstacles and discoveries.
    3. Demonstrate improvisational skills and techniques for the camera.
    4. Discuss concentration, relaxation and focus skills paramount for effective screen acting.
    5. Identify and exhibit the vernacular of screen acting terminology.
    6. Develop and discuss an individualized process for role analysis.
    7. Explain the tools and skills needed to walk on a film set and produce.

    1. Special Technical Aspects of Acting Before a Camera
      1. Focus and concentration skills
      2. Effective movement
    2. Performance Preparation
      1. Monologue text for video tape critique and analysis
      2. Text scoring analysis
      3. Using tapes for personal exploration and self-analysis
    3. Conduct of Performance
      1. Using two camera set-up for scene video taping
      2. Applications of long/medium shot/close-up techniques
      3. Text scoring analysis
      4. Using tapes for enhanced acting development

    Effective Term:
    Spring 2009

    THE 220 - Stage Lighting

    3 Credits, 5 Contact Hours
    2 lecture periods 3 lab periods

    Principles of stage lighting design and practice. Includes historical context, electricity and lamps, fixtures, dimming equipment, control equipment, color media use and handling, design techniques, special effects and set up, and safety procedures. Also includes care, maintenance, proper use of lighting equipment, organization of lighting work, and operation.

    Corequisite(s): THE 222  

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify and explain use of stage lighting hardware.
    2. Analyze play scripts for lighting information.
    3. Apply design principles to generate a lighting design.
    4. Organize hardware and equipment through proper use of stage lighting paperwork.
    5. Discuss the additive theory of color mixing.
    6. Draft a stage lighting plot and generate appropriate paperwork.
    7. Plan and execute safe special effects.
    8. Utilize appropriate safety practices to hang, color, focus and patch stage lighting equipment.
    9. Repair broken equipment.
    10. Demonstrate basic control board operations.

    1. Historical Context
    2. Electricity and Lamps
    3. Fixtures
    4. Dimming Equipment
    5. Control Equipment
    6. Color Media Use and Handling
    7. Design Techniques
    8. Special Effects and Set Up
    9. Stage Lighting Safety Procedures
    10. Care
    11. Maintenance
    12. Proper Use of Lighting Equipment
    13. Organization of Lighting Work
    14. Operation

    Effective Term:
    Full Academic Year 2019/2020

    THE 222 - Stage Lighting Crew

    1 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
    0 lecture periods 3 lab periods

    Organizing, setting up and operating of stage lighting for approved theatrical productions. Includes analysis of designer information, cost estimates and budgeting, planning and execution of operations, and control board techniques for rehearsals and performances.

    Corequisite(s): THE 220  

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Perform specific crew functions in the area of stage lighting preparation and execution.
    2. Organize and schedule crew work.
    3. Interpret designer needs and translate into functioning hardware.
    4. Operate control equipment to perform cueing.

    I.    Analysis of Designer Information
    II.    Cost Estimates and Budgeting
    III.    Planning and Execution of Hang, Circuit, Color, and Focus Operations
    IV.    Control Board Techniques for Rehearsals and Performances

    Effective Term:
    Fall 2016

    THE 245 - Principles of Dramatic Structure [SUN# THE 2220]

    3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
    3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

    Examination and analysis of the structural elements of major dramatic genres. Includes reading the play, stage directions, characters and personages, plot and diction, the actor’s body, and the play within context.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Analyze the major structural elements of dramatic literature, forms, and styles.
    2. Examine major themes in dramatic literature including different genres and periods.
    3. Analyze character from the play script within different theatrical genres.
    4. Examine dramatic literature for language and poetic elements.
    5. Examine theories of dramatic criticism as they relate to cultural context of different dramatic forms.

    1. Reading the Play  
    2. Stage Directions
    3. Characters and Personages
      1. Expectations about the character
      2. Mapping characters
      3. Developing aspects of the character
      4. Character articulation
    4. Plot and Diction
      1. Plot, action, and situation
      2. Story, plot, and narration
      3. Character and scenes
    5. The Actor’s Body/Stage Directions
    6. The Play Within Context

    Effective Term:
    Fall 2016

    THE 250 - Acting: Audition for Theater

    3 Credits, 4 Contact Hours
    2 lecture periods 2 lab periods

    Acting: Auditioning for Theater Theory and practice of creating sustained character portrayals through the performance of a series of monologues chosen from a broad spectrum of both classical and contemporary theatrical literature. Includes auditioning basics and resume fundamentals, prepared audition scenes in plays, and library and Internet research skills. Also includes contemporary monologue basics and performance, commercial auditioning, prepared audition scenes in film and television, Shakespeare monologue basics, auditioning, and performance of classical monologues.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 149  

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate the ability to use research tools, library skills and Internet database research sites to acquire audition materials.
    2. Analyze and execute material of each audition piece in terms of structure, beats, intention, and physical score of action.
    3. Demonstrate skill in auditioning to include presentation of monologues (classical and contemporary), prepared sides, cold reads, and commercial scripts.
    4. Construct a proper actor’s resume and headshot.

    1. Introductions, Auditioning Basics, and Resume Fundamentals
    2. Presentation of Prepared Audition Scenes (Plays)
    3. Library and Internet Research Skills to Find a Monologue  
    4. Contemporary Monologue Basics
    5. Commercial Auditioning
    1. Cold reading
    2. Acting for the camera
      1. Performance of Contemporary Monologues
      2. Prepared Audition Scenes
    1. Film
    2. Television
      1. Shakespeare Monologue Basics
      2. Basics of Auditioning for Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) Programs
      3. Performance of Classical Monologues
      4. Back to Back Performance of Both Monologues (Real World Audition Model)

    Effective Term:
    Fall 2016

    THE 251 - Acting: Shakespeare and Classical Literature

    3 Credits, 4 Contact Hours
    2 lecture periods 2 lab periods

    Performance-oriented class focuses on the practice and theory of pre-realistic styles of acting, and Shakespeare through the use of verse and prose. Includes the performance and analysis of Farce, Restoration Comedy, Shakespeare and presentation of a Sonnet.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 149  

    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Define (and scan in the case of iambic pentameter) the text of classical verse and prose. 
    2. Explain how to use Shakespeare’s lexicon for the purpose of defining words specific to a given line.
    3. Demonstrate an informed execution of classical text (Shakespeare, Moliere and Restoration Comedy).
    4. Demonstrate the use of physical gestures and nuances required for classical texts. 

    1. Introductions and Review of Character Analysis, Scene Breakdown, Archetype, and Status
    2. Introduction to Farce
      1. Moliere
      2. Behn
    3. Introduction to Restoration Comedy
      1. Congreve
      2. Wycherley
    4. In Class Rehearsal Conferences
    5. Scene Presentations from Farce and Restoration Comedy
    6. Introduction to Shakespeare
    7. Presentation of a Sonnet
    8. Scene Presentation from Shakespeare

    Effective Term:
    Fall 2016

    THE 296 - Independent Studies in Theater

    1-4 Credits, 3-12 Contact Hours
    0 lecture periods 3-12 lab periods

    Students work at various assigned tasks in theatrical settings under the guidance of an instructor. Includes the opportunity for the student to design his/her own project with the instructor’s approval.

    Information: Consent of instructor is required before enrolling in this course. May be taken two times for a maximum of eight credit hours. If this course is repeated, see a financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    Performance objectives will be determined by the student and the instructor.
    Course content will be determined by the student and the instructor.

    Effective Term:
    Spring 2017