Theatre Department Courses
 
FULL CATALOGUE can be found HERE
 
THEATR 090L 
OPEN THEATRE LAB

0.5 - 2 units, may be taken four times
1.5 - 3 hours lab weekly
Not degree applicable
An open lab for currently enrolled theatre students who wish to rehearse and prepare for performance in a theatrical environment. Provides access to additional coaching and instruction.
 
THEATR 110 
UNDERSTANDING THEATRE
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
A critical analysis of theatre from the audience perspective. Examination of the functions of producer, architect, playwright, director, actor, designer, and critic through lecture and reading of selected plays. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 120
STAGECRAFT
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Provides the theory and practical application of scenic elements for the stage including design, construction,painting,rigging, safety practices, methods of shifting scenery, handling scenery and handling properties. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 126 
IMPROVISATION

2 units, may be taken four times
1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab weekly
An introduction to the principles and practice of theatrical improvisation. This course focuses on the develop-ment of spontaneity, physicalization and interaction as they pertain to the creation of improvised character and ensemble performance techniques. Exercises, games and improvised situational scenes are utilized to create an understanding of improvisation as a means to achieving enhanced performance skills. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 140 
ACTING FUNDAMENTALS

3 hours lecture
Introduction to the basic principles and techniques of acting as an artistic discipline. Analysis of plot, character and language. Development of voice and movement skills. Provides theory and process through the use of games, exercises, performances of scenes, mono-logues, readings, and lecture. (CAN: DRAM 8) CSU:UC
 
THEATR 141 
SCENE PERFORMANCE

3 units, may be taken four times
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly
Prerequisite: Theatre 140
A refinement of the art, craft and discipline of acting, designed to further develop voice, movement and the ability to analyze dramatic text and characters through exercises, improvisations and extended scene work. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 144 
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 
(Same as RTVF-144)
3 units, May be taken four times
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theatre 126 or 140 or 141
The practice and study of the fundamental techniques required in acting before the camera in contrast to the variance from stage work. Students will address areas of voice and movement for the camera; blocking; memorization and audition techniques including the preparation and presentation of headshots and resumés. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 175 
INTRODUCTION TO STAGE DIRECTING

3 units, may be taken four times
3 hours lecture weekly
Prerequisite: Successful completion 
of Theatre 110
An introduction to the fundamental techniques of stage direction 
including text analysis, styles and genres, stage composition, blocking, working with actors, and designers. Incorporating study of the works of 
the great directors, students will create a directorial vision and means of working and apply them during in-class scene work. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 190
THEATRE PRODUCTION

1-4 units, may be taken four times
3-12 hours lab weekly
Note: May be repeated four times for up to 12 THEATR units for credit.
Provides study and laboratory exploration of all aspects of theatre production involving actors, technician and manager, and their contributions to the total aesthetic effect of the dramatic production before a public audience. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 192
THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
2-3 units, may be taken four times
1 hour lecture, 3-6 hours lab weekly
Prerequisite: Audition; consent of instructor. Audition, rehearsal, staging and live performance of theatrical play scripts suitably targeted for audiences composed of children from the ages of 6 to 14. CSU
 
THEATR 194
READER'S THEATRE WORKSHOP
2-3 units, may be taken four times
1 hour lecture, 3-6 hours lab weekly
Techniques and practices of adapting prose material into theatrical performance. Prose material selected will be analyzed, scripted, cast, staged and performed before a live audience. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 220
THEATRE HISTORY I:
THE LIVING THEATRE
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
A survey of theatre as a product or reflection of its time. Examination and analysis of the effects of major historical epochs to the eighteenth century on audience, playwright, actor, director, and technician as they have evolved. Readings of representative plays and attendance at performances. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 221
THEATRE HISTORY II:
18TH CENTURY THROUGH CONTEMPORARY

3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
A study of theatre as a product and reflection of its time from the late eighteenth century to the present. Examination and analysis of the effect of the audiences on playwright, actor, director and setting. Readings of representative plays. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 230
INTRODUCTION TO PLAYWRITING
(Same as ENGL-107)
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Introduction to playwriting through discussion and analysis of structure, development of character, writing
dialogue, and composition of a two act play. CSU
 
THEATR 240
ACTING SHAKESPEARE

3 units, may be taken three times
3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab weekly
Prerequisite: Theatre 140
An exploration of Shakespeare's plays and poetry through research, exercises, monologues and scene study. Introduction to the process and technique of analyzing play scripts and poetry while establishing a performance discipline. Includes textual analysis, historical research, scansion, imagery, vocal technique, period movement, song and dance. CSU:UC
 
THEATR 241
MOVEMENT FOR THE PERFORMER
3 units, May be taken three times
3 hours lecture weekly
Develops the performer's instrument as it pertains to the body through awareness, relaxation, flexibility, and responsiveness in order to communicate openly and effectively. Includes movement as a key to character development and as an aid to understanding the complex relationship between the actor, character, and text. CSU
 
THEATR 242
VOICE FOR THE PERFORMER

3 units, may be taken three times
3 hours lecture weekly
An introduction to the fundamentals of vocal production for the performer. Develops the performer's instrument as it pertains to the voice by eliminating negative habits and tension and improving vocal support, tonal production, vocal quality, and articulation. Explores voice as an aid in understanding the complex relationship between the actor, the character, and the text. CSU