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THEATR - 110 - Understanding Theatre - Garret Camilleri

Course:Understanding Theatre
Professor:Garret Camilleri
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths
  • 4 Week
  • 5 Week
  • 8 Week
  • 12 Week
  • 16 Week


Garret Camilleri

Hello! I'm Garret Camilleri, and I'm teaching Understanding Theatre. I have been involved in the theater, film, and television industry since 2008 and have worked in various roles including casting, production, directing, and acting. I received specialized training in acting from various institutions including The Actor's Gang, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The Art of Acting Studio. I hold a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Performance Pedagogy. I teach at various institutions in Los Angeles including Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College, and Loyola Marymount University. I also love to cook, hike, perform magic and work with emerging technologies like VR and Esports programs.

The first thing I would like you to know is: That everyone is welcome here!

Course Description

In this course, students will analyze theatre and the theatrical event from the audience's perspective, including the functions of the producer, architect, playwright, director, actors, designers, and critics. 

What to Expect in this Course

What can students expect for their weekly work load?

Standard COC work load for a three unit course

What technology is required of students?

A computer with access to the internet and Canvas.

What type of projects or exams can students expect?

We will have play viewings, an exam, and a play critique!

Types of Assessments

Discussions, Reading Quizzes, Written Assignments, Video Assignments, and Peer Feedbacks

Textbook Information

Wilson, Edwin & Alvin Goldfarb. "Theatre: The Lively Art" 11th Ed. McGraw Hill. New York,
2021. ISBN-13: 9781260719338

Other Relevant Course Information

Other Relevant Course Information for Success in THEATR 110:

  1. Time Management: The course is 100% online and asynchronous. So It's important to regularly schedule time for course work.

  2. Engagement and Participation: Active participation in discussions and group projects is still important, even though it's online.

  3. Technology Proficiency: I would familiarize myself with Canvas - but I'm here to help!

  4. Originality in Work: With an online class, all work submitted needs to be original - I'm looking at Chat GBT!

  5. Fair, Firm, and Fun - We are here to learn but also have fun!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 11/22/2023 Sub#: 1676