THEA 1 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course focuses on the relationship of theatre to various cultures throughout history, and on the contributions of significant individual artists. This course introduces students to elements of the production process including playwriting, acting, directing, design, and criticism. Students will also survey different periods, styles, and genres of theatre through play-reading, discussion, films, and viewing and critiquing live theatre, including required attendance of theatre productions.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 12 or ENSL 110 and 155
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; IGETC, Area 3A; MPC, Area C

THEA 4 INTERCULTURAL DRAMA
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

Stage scripts, videos and films of stage productions that portray intercultural relations are read and/or viewed. Students analyze cultural differences and similarities through the dramatic arts. American intercultural relations are emphasized.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; IGETC, Area 3B; MPC, Area C, F

THEA 5 FILM APPRECIATION
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course is an examination of the nature of motion pictures as a unique and composite art. Students observe screening and analysis of films selected on the basis of direction, theme or style. The survey is international in scope, but with more thorough treatment given to one director. The focus of the course may be on the western culture movie, the movie musical, the horror film, or the so-called “underground” or “independent” cinema.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; IGETC, Area 3A; MPC, Area C

THEA 7A WRITING FOR THE THEATRE I
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This practical course explores the collaborative aspects and nature of playwriting. It features writing exercises, lectures, class original play readings, and peer discussions as well as staged readings of selected student work.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area C

THEA 7B WRITING FOR THE THEATRE II
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

Students work collaborative to produce an individual original script. The course uses both rehearsal and workshop approaches to creating a script as a result of a refining team approach.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 7A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 8A BEGINNING SCREENWRITING
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This practical and experiential course provides an overview of the history and process of writing for the film and television media. The focus of the course is on the basic elements, principles, and practices of screenwriting, with an emphasis on visualization, visual writing, the creation of scenes, and story structure.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 8B INTERMEDIATE SCREENWRITING
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This experiential course reveals the storytelling process of scenes and sequencing in screenwriting through script and film breakdown and analysis.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 8A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 8C ADVANCED SCREENWRITING
2 units • LG-P/NP • One hour lecture; three hours lab

Designed for the experienced screenwriting student, this course further develops and hones screenwriting skills through analysis, application, and practice.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 8B
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 11 VOICE AND ORAL INTERPRETATION
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

A vital practice for human communication, this course encompasses the practice of voice physiology, articulation, and projection. Individual instruction in the reading and interpretation of prose, poetry, and other literature is provided.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A/li>
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; MPC, Area C

THEA 12 STAGE MOVEMENT
2 units • LG-P/NP • One hour lecture; three hours lab

This is a practical course designed to increase physical awareness in communication to enhance the performance of the actor. Focus is on creativity and expression, nonverbal communication, character, and script interpretation.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 13 AUDITION TECHNIQUES FOR THE STAGE
2 units • LG-P/NP • One hour lecture; three hours lab

This practical and experiential course offers a guide to the selection, rehearsal, and performance of material appropriate to the purpose of auditioning for theatrical stage production in drama, comedy, and music.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 15A ACTING I
3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course prepares a student to apply basic acting theory to performance and develops the skills of interpretation of drama through acting. Special attention is paid to skills for performance: memorization, stage movement, vocal production, and interpretation of text.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A; must be age 17 or older due to mature content.
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area C

THEA 15B ACTING II
3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course follows Acting I and continues the exploration of theories and techniques used in preparation for the interpretation of drama through acting. The emphasis will be placed on deepening the understanding of the acting process through character analysis, monologues, and scenes.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 15A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 15C ADVANCED ACTING
3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course is a continuation of THEA 15B. It continues the exploration of theories and techniques used in preparation for the interpretation of drama through acting. Emphasis is on naturalistic acting techniques as devised by Constantin Stanislavski.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 15B
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 15D CONTEMPORARY ACTING TECHNIQUES
3 units • LG • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course is a continuation of THEA 15C. It examines issues of sense memory, emotional memory, and affective memory, commonly referred to as “The Method.” These techniques are applied to the creation of roles and characters as represented in contemporary American theatre.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 15C
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 16A ACTING FOR THE CAMERA I
3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course addresses the practice and study of the fundamental techniques required in acting before the camera in contrast to stage work. Students will address areas of voice and movement for the camera, blocking, memorization, audition and interview techniques covering scripts from TV and commercials.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 15A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 16B ACTING FOR THE CAMERA II
3 units • LG • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course further refines and augments the techniques required in acting before the camera. Students address areas of multiple scene blocking, advanced audition and interview techniques, and multicamera set-ups covering scripts from TV, film, and commercials.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 16A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 18A ELEMENTARY DIRECTING
3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This is a practical experiential course in the elementary techniques of directing for the stage, covering picturization, composition, and movement.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 15A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 18B INTERMEDIATE DIRECTING
3 units • LG • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course is a continuation of THEA 18A, with an emphasis on scene and character breakdown and communication in directing techniques.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 18A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 18C ADVANCED DIRECTING
3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course is a continuation of THEA 18B with an emphasis on contemporary directing techniques applied to advanced scene requirements. Communication with acting and technical personnel is addressed.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 18B
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 21A THEATRE WORKSHOP I
3 units • LG-P/NP • One hour lecture; six hours lab

This course offers instruction in basic techniques of construction and organization of scenery and properties for theatre production. Work on crews for college production is required.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A; eligibility for MATH 261
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area E2

THEA 21B THEATRE WORKSHOP II
2 units • LG-P/NP • Six hours lab

This course is a continuation of THEA 21A, wherein students learn more advanced theatrical construction techniques and how to use specialized equipment. Those new skills are applied to advanced projects for use on all Department stage productions.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 21A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 23 INTRODUCTION TO STAGE LIGHTING
3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course involves the study and execution of stage lighting with emphasis on equipment, control, and color, and their relationship to design.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A; eligibility for MATH 261
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 24 FUNDAMENTALS OF COSTUME DESIGN
3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours activity

Students will study costume history, design, and basic construction techniques as an introduction to basic theatrical costuming. Fabrics and their various uses will be investigated.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 25 STAGE MAKEUP
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

Students receive instruction and practice in a lecture/laboratory setting in all phases of makeup specifically designed for theatrical use.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 30 CHAMBER/READERS THEATRE
3 units • LG-P/NP • One hour lecture; six hours lab

This course covers fundamentals of vocal and physical communication developed through a variety of readings from literature. The course culminates in staged readings/performances from the chosen literary sources for an audience.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 31 ACTING IMPROVISATION
3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours activity

Students experiment with expression, physical gestures, and other forms of performance to develop and enhance verbal skills, physicality, and spontaneity as required by actors in improvised performance situations.

  • Prerequisites: THEA 15A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 35A MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION – CONTEMPORARY
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course approaches the staging applications and techniques for singing and acting in a contemporary (post-1970) musical theatre production.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 35B MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION – CLASSICAL
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course approaches the staging applications and techniques for singing and acting in a classical (pre-1970) musical theatre production.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 35C MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION – OPERA/ OPERETTA
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course approaches the staging applications and techniques for singing and acting in an opera or operetta musical theatre production

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 35D MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION – EXPERIMENTAL/ADAPTED
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course approaches the staging applications and techniques for singing and acting in an adapted-style musical theatre production.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 40A MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION – COMEDY
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance for a large-scale, main stage comedy play/ production.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Enrollment limitation: Enrollment by instructor consent based on audition and/or interview.
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 40B MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION – DRAMATIC
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance for a large-scale, main stage dramatic play/production.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 40C MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION – CLASSICAL
3 units • LG-P/NP • Nine hours lab

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance for a large-scale, main stage classical play/production.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Enrollment limitation: Enrollment by instructor consent based on audition and/or interview.
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 40D MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION – ORIGINAL/ EXPERIMENTAL
3 units • LG-P/NP • Nine hours lab

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance for a large-scale, main stage original or experimental play/production.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A/li>
  • Enrollment limitation: Enrollment by instructor consent based on audition and/or interview.
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 49 SUMMER MUSICAL COMPANY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Nine hours activity

This comprehensive accelerated production course includes instrumental, dance, acting, and singing ensemble work. It culminates in a performance with emphasis on ensemble artists in a conservatory approach.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 53 THEATRE ENJOYMENT
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This experiential course offers the exploration of local theatre as an audience member. The course explores the audience/performer relationship. Students purchase theatre tickets.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; IGETC, Area 3A; MPC, Area C

THEA 56 THEATRE MANAGEMENT

This course offers an introduction to theatre management including basic box office techniques, public relations, and promotional campaigns. Practical experience in the above elements for MPC Theatre production is included.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A; eligibility for MATH 261
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 57 TOURING THEATRE
3 units • LG-P/NP • Nine hours lab

This course offers outreach performances of productions meeting community needs. Performances occur on stages in a variety of settings which require modification of portable technical elements and adjustments to audiences of various ages, cultural experience and social/economic standing.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 58A THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES – COMEDY
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance of a comedic play/production designed and geared specifically to primarily young audiences.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 58B THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES – DRAMATIC
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance of a dramatic play/production designed and geared specifically to primarily young audiences.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 58C THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES – CLASSICAL
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance of a classical play/production designed and geared specifically to primarily young audiences.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU


THEA 58d THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES – ORIGINAL/EXPERIMENTAL
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance of an original or experimental play/ production designed and geared specifically to primarily young audiences

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 59A REPERTORY THEATRE – MUSICAL

This course offers participation in a simultaneous cycle of musical plays/play productions. Students learn versatility while performing a number of roles in a short period of time. Assignments may include acting, singing, dancing, crew work, stage craft, and house and stage management.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 59C REPERTORY THEATRE – ORIGINAL/ EXPERIMENTAL
3 units • LG-P/NP • Nine hours lab

This course offers participation in a simultaneous cycle of original and/or experimental plays/play productions. Students learn versatility while performing a number of roles in a short period of time. Assignments may include acting, crew work, stage craft, and house and stage management.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 60A STUDIO THEATRE – COMEDY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Nine hours lab

This course offers participation in a simultaneous cycle of original and/or experimental plays/play productions. Students learn versatility while performing a number of roles in a short period of time. Assignments may include acting, crew work, stage craft, and house and stage management.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 60A STUDIO THEATRE – COMEDY
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance elements and techniques for an intimate, black box-style stage comedy production.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 60B STUDIO THEATRE – DRAMATIC
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance elements and techniques for an intimate, black-box-style stage dramatic production.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 60C STUDIO THEATRE – CLASSICAL

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance elements and techniques for classical production in an intimate, black-box-style stage venue.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 60D STUDIO THEATRE – ORIGINAL/ EXPERIMENTAL
3 units • LG • Nine hours lab by arrangement

This course provides instruction and supervised participation in rehearsal and performance elements and techniques for an original or experimental production in an intimate, black-box-scale venue.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 64A REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP – MUSICAL
2 units • LG-P/NP • Six hours lab

This is a laboratory workshop that addresses current techniques and practices in rehearsal and performance standards as they relate to the production and performance of a musical play.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 64B REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP – COMEDY

This is a laboratory workshop that addresses current techniques and practices in rehearsal and performance standards as they relate to the production and performance of a comedy play.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 65 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP – COMEDY
2 units • LG-P/NP • Six hours lab

Students experience a practical and experiential workshop that addresses standard techniques and practices in rehearsal and performance situations as they relate to the production and performance of a comedy play.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 67 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP – ORIGINAL
2 units • LG-P/NP • Six hours lab

This course is a practical and experiential workshop that addresses standard techniques and practices in rehearsal and performance situations as they relate to the production and performance of an original play.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 68 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP – DRAMA
2 units • LG-P/NP • Six hours lab

Students take part in a practical and experiential workshop that addresses standard techniques and practices in rehearsal and performance situations as they relate to the production and performance of a dramatic play.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 70A DANCE THEATRE – CONTEMPORARY
2 units • LG • Six hours lab by arrangement

This course approaches the rehearsal and staging applications and techniques for performing a dancing role in a contemporary (post- 1970) musical theatre production.

  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 70B DANCE THEATRE – CLASSICAL
2 units • LG • Six hours lab by arrangement

2 units • LG • Six hours lab by arrangement This course approaches the rehearsal and staging applications and techniques for performing a dancing role in a classical (pre-1970) musical theatre production.

  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 74A ACTING WORKSHOP – MUSICAL

This is an intensive and interactive course in providing solutions to acting styles, techniques, and problems specific to the performance of musical workshop productions.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 74D ACTING WORKSHOP – DRAMA
1-3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lab per week for each unit of credit

This is an intensive and interactive course in providing solutions to acting styles, techniques, and problems specific to the performance of dramatic workshop productions.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

THEA 75 ACTING WORKSHOP – ADVANCED COMEDY
1-3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours activity per week for each unit of credit

This is an intensive course in providing solutions to acting problems through consultation and research in a comedic production.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 76 ACTING WORKSHOP – ADVANCED DRAMATIC
1-3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours activity per week for each unit of credit

This course explores solutions to acting problems through consultation and research in a dramatic production.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 77 ACTING WORKSHOP – ADVANCED MUSICAL
1-3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours activity per week for each unit of credit

This intensive course provides solutions to acting, singing, dancing or movement problems in a musical production through consultation and research.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 78 ACTING WORKSHOP – ADVANCED CLASSICAL
1-3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours activity per week for each unit of credit

This intensive course provides solutions to acting problems through consultation and research in a classical play.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 12 or ENSL 110 and 155
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 79 TECHNICAL WORKSHOP
3 units • LG-P/NP • Nine hours activity

Supervised technical work on one of the Theatre Arts Department’s scheduled productions.

  • Enrollment limitation: Open only to cast or crew of an MPC Theatre Arts production.
  • Auditions by arrangement; contact theatre at (831) 646-4085.
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A; eligibility for MATH 263
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

THEA 103 FILM DIRECTORS TO WATCH
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course provides a study of cinematic “auteurs,” directors whose visual stylistics and unconventional narratives make their work unique and provide a recognizable departure from the traditional Hollywood film. Four directors are profiled, featuring three films from each.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

THEA 104 EUROPEAN FILMS
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course provides a study of European films, featuring outstanding works of cinematic art from different countries. The films’ visual stylistics and narrative patterns will be analyzed, as well as the historical, social, and cultural realities that make each film a unique product of a particular European country

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

THEA 106 FILM AND AMERICAN CULTURE
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course provides a study of American culture through film. The focus is on the historical, social, and cultural realities of this unique and complex country. It also shows American culture in terms of values, attitudes, customs, and lifestyles, as presented in films.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

THEA 109 INTRODUCTION TO THE DOCUMENTARY FILM
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course provides a study of documentary films. It explores the different styles on a variety of subjects, looking at the actuality of life and finding the extraordinary in the sometimes ordinary.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

THEA 110 FILM STUDY – THE WESTERN
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course examines the film Western within a cultural and historical context. The class focuses on the characteristics of film storytelling and visual style in the Western and deepens understanding of how the tradition of the Western both shapes and reflects American culture

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

THEA 111 FILM STUDY – THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course examines the filmed American Musical within a cultural and historical context and focuses on the characteristics of film storytelling and visual style in the American Musical, providing a deeper understanding of how the tradition of musicals both shapes and reflects American culture

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

THEA 112 FILM STUDY – HORROR, FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course examines the film genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction. The works of Tod Browning, Curt Siodmak, and Val Lewton are among the films covered.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

THEA 113 FILM STUDY – 20TH CENTURY COMEDY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

Beginning with the “Golden Age of Hollywood,” this course explores comedic film styles from slapstick silent movies through the birth and development of modern comedy.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

THEA 114 FILM STUDY – FILMS OF THE 1970S
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course explores the maverick films and directors of the 1970s. The films of directors such as Coppola, Allen, Scorsese, and Altman are studied, with emphasis on the 1970s as a bridge from classic to contemporary filmmaking.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

THEA 440 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE
0 units • NC • Six hours activity

Older adults receive instruction in how to rehearse and perform in a full-length play or series of scenes. Body and vocal techniques, and memorization and consistency are emphasized. The course culminates in a complete production with emphasis on ensemble organization and technical aspects of production.