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Theater Courses

THEA 1A - Theory/Practice of Acting I

Credits: 3.00
Introduction to the techniques and theories of acting, explored through improvisation, exercises and scene study. Development of the physical and psychological resources for acting including relaxation, concentration, creativity, believability, and commitment.

THEA 1B - Theory/Practice of Acting II

Credits: 3.00
Continued exploration of the theory and practice of acting, focusing on more complex characterization and character analysis. Introduction to theatrical styles and period acting using monologues and scenes. Prerequisite: Theater Arts 1A (or equivalent).

THEA 3 - Theater Improvisation

Credits: 3.00
Introduction to Improvisation. Workshop exercises in theater experience through the operational structure of the game. Mimes, characterizations, scene setting, mood and material for extended ensemble improvisation. Recommended for non-theater as well as theater majors.

THEA 4 - American Cultures in Theater

Credits: 3.00
The history, representation and contributions of various ethnic groups in American theater and the study of theater as an instrument for expressing and understanding cultural identity. The focus will be on: African American, Asian American, and Latino American theater. Strongly Recommended: Eligibility for English 1A.

THEA 5 - Children's Theater

Credits: 3.00
Introduction to the techniques of formal children's theater. Creation and performance of a theatrical production designed for children. Casting subject to audition.

THEA 10 - Introduction to Dramatic Arts

Credits: 3.00
The dramatic arts, including the history, values, and theatrical techniques that have shaped them. Strongly recommended: eligibility for English 1A or 52A.

THEA 11 - Stage To Film

Credits: 3.00
Major plays which subsequently have been made into films. Analysis of playscripts augmented by a viewing and analysis of the film adaptation. Major areas of concentration vary from semester to semester.

THEA 12 - Film As Art & Communication

Credits: 4.00
Introduction to film as art and communication. Analysis of film expression including narrative, documentary, and experimental.

THEA 14 - Bay Area Theatre

Credits: 3.00
Appreciation of currently available theater performance by reading, evaluating, and having the option of attending as many as eight plays concurrently in performance in the area. Credit for more than 1 unit requires completion of special projects.

THEA 25 - Fundamentals of Stage Speech

Credits: 3.00
Theory and practice of speech improvement for acting. Development of the voice, articulation and pronunciation for theater production. Covers speeches and oral traditions from 1600 to the present.

THEA 31 - Drama Workshop

Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
Participation in experimental workshop plays, original student scripts, and other projects, possibly leading to scheduled performances.

THEA 39 - Musical Theater Workshop

Credits: 3.00
Training in performance skills for the musical theater. Acting and stage movement. Dual enrollment with Music 39.

THEA 40 - Intro to Technical Theatre

Credits: 2.00
Introduction to technical aspects of theatrical production, including theater architecture and scenic design, set construction and painting, drafting and rendering, production organization, lighting and sound design.

THEA 40L - Intro to Stage Lighting

Credits: 2.00
Introduction to design, production, and practice of stage lighting

THEA 41/41B - Passport to Theater

Credits: 1.00
Supervised participation in scheduled performances of the theater department as an actor or backstage worker. Hour value to be determined by the instructor, after audition, based upon the scope of the performance or technical assignment. Enrollment is for the duration of the rehearsals and performances.

THEA 46 - College Theater-Management

Credits: 1.00-2.00
Participation in the business operations of scheduled productions in theater. Enrollment is for the duration of the production.

THEA 47 - College Theater Acting

Credits: 3.00
Participation in cast of scheduled major production. Enrollment is for the duration of the production. Enrollment by audition only.

THEA 48 - College Theater Technical

Credits: 2.00 (3.00 units beginning Spring 2015)
Participation in scheduled productions as crew members and/or constructing its technical elements. Enrollment is for the duration of the production.

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