Theatre Courses Offered
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COURSES OFFERED

Theatre
Theatre 1
Theatre Appreciation
Theatre 36
Stage Dialects
Theatre 94
Costuming for the Stage
Theatre 4
Dramatic Literature
Theatre 40A
Fundamentals of Stage Direction
Theatre 95abcd
Cooperative Career Education
Theatre 8
Introduction to Acting
Theatre 40B
Applied Intermediate Stage Direction
Theatre 97abcd
Technical Theatre Production
Theatre 14A
Fundamentals of Acting
Theatre 50
Special Topics in Theatre
Theatre 98ab
Advanced Technical Theatre Production
Theatre 14B
Intermediate Acting
Theatre 70abcd
Beginning Theatre Production
Theatre 190ab
Operation of Intelligent Lighting Fixtures
Theatre 15abcd
Improvisation
Theatre 72ab
Advanced Theatre Production
Theatre 191ab
Repair and Maintenance of Intelligent Lighting Systems
Theatre 16abcd
Acting: Audition and Cold Reading
Theatre 74abcd
Musical Theatre Production
Theatre 192ab
Setup of Intelligent Lighting Systems
Theatre 20ab
Styles of Acting
Theatre 75abcd
Student Performance Production Workshop
Theatre 193ab
Programming and Lighting Design with Intelligent Lighting Systems
Theatre 22ab
Acting Shakespeare
Theatre 84
Stagecraft
Theatre 194ab
Computer Applications for the Entertainment Lighting Industry
Theatre 30
Movement for the Actor
Theatre 88
Fundamentals of Stage Makeup
Theatre 195
Industry Analysis and Portfolio Planning for the Entertainment Lighting Industry
Theatre 34ab
Voice and Articulation for the Actor
Theatre 90
Introduction to Stage Lighting and Sound
 



Theatre 1
Theatre Appreciation

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 2R or ESL 52C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a survey of theatre focusing on the theory and practice of modern theatre. Topics include acting, directing, design of scenery, architecture, lighting, costuming, makeup, stage properties, and the American musical. Elements of playwriting, critical analysis, and career opportunities are also covered. Attendance is required at selected theatre events at El Camino College presented by the Theatre Department, El Camino College Center for the Arts, and selected master classes related to professional events.

Theatre 4
Dramatic Literature

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a survey of dramatic literature from its early beginnings to the present day. Emphasis is placed upon dramatic literature as a result of social and cultural forces. Attendance is required at selected theatre events presented by the El Camino College Center for the Arts.

Theatre 8
Introduction to Acting

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 2R or ESL 52C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

Designed for the non-theatre major, this course introduces the fundamental elements and techniques of acting. Emphasis is placed on the development of effective acting techniques through the application of physical and vocal exercises, improvisation and pantomime, and culminates with the performance of scenes from selected plays. Attendance is required at selected theatre events presented by the El Camino College Center for the Arts.

Theatre 14A
Fundamentals of Acting

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 2R or ESL 52C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC;
(CAN DRAM 8)

This course is a study of the techniques, styles, and disciplines of acting. The student is provided theory and practical experience with varied characterizations. Emphasis is placed on individual growth and acquired skills demonstrated through play and character analysis followed by presentation of scenes from contemporary realistic plays. Attendance is required at selected theatre events offered by the El Camino College Center for the Arts.

Theatre 14B
Intermediate Acting

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Theatre 14A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a continuation of Theatre 14A and focuses on continued study in the methodology and process of acting for the stage and includes in-depth character study through use of personalization skills, imagery, environment, stage life, situation and motivation, given and imaginary circumstances, emotional and sense-memory recall, obstacles and objectives, through line of action and character biographies. Attendance is required at selected theatre events at El Camino College Center for the Arts. This course is required of all theatre majors.

Theatre 15abcd
Improvisation

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Theatre 8 or 14A or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

In this course, students will learn how to act without a script. Students will learn the history and theory of improvisation as applied to actor training, to improvisational performance, and to rehearsals of traditional play scripts. Class members will participate in exercises designed to free their natural abilities in all acting situations.

Theatre 16abcd
Acting: Audition and Cold Reading

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Theatre 14A with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course prepares students to audition for university placement or professional theatre. Topics will include interpreting and developing a character at the audition-ready level, completion of a portfolio and resume, interpreting assigned scripts according to the Shurtleff "Guideposts" for successful cold reading, and preparation and maintenance of at least three monologues for auditions.

Theatre 20ab
Styles of Acting

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Theatre 8 or 14A with a minimum grade of C
in prerequisite or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a study focusing on the preparatory skills needed to read, research, understand and perform scenes from period plays. Emphasis is placed on acting styles for Greek Theatre, Commedia dell-Arts, Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekov, and Theatre of the Absurd.

Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

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Theatre 22ab
Acting Shakespeare

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Theatre 8 or 14A with a minimum grade of C
in prerequisite or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course focuses on the technique of understanding and playing selected works of Shakespeare through research, exercises and scene study. The student's training will include textual analysis, historical research, scansion, imagery, vocal technique and period movement, song and dance.

Theatre 30
Movement for the Actor

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Theatre 8 or 14A with a minimum grade of C
in prerequisite or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is designed to develop expressive and meaningful movement for stage work. The course includes stage fights and falls, stylized and period work, masks, and general body awareness necessary for various forms of theatre.

Theatre 34ab
Voice and Articulation for the Actor

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is designed for the study of stage diction and vocal production techniques specifically applied to the actor.

Theatre 36
Stage Dialects

2 units; 2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab
Prerequisite: Theatre 8 or 14A with a minimum grade of C
in prerequisite or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 2R or ESL 52C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a study for all actors in dialects for the stage. Special emphasis is placed on New York/Brooklynese, American Southern, Standard English, Cockney, Irish, Scots, French, Italian, German, Russian and Swedish dialects.

Theatre 40A
Fundamentals of Stage Direction

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Theatre 14B with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a study of the director's approach to play analysis, dramatic and aesthetic values, characterizations, thematic choices, casting, rehearsal techniques, and the organization of performances. The final project is the preparation and presentation of a ten-minute one-act play complete with promptbook, master movement plan, ground plan, rehearsal schedule, prop list, and a complete written play analysis. Attendance is required at selected theatre events at El Camino College offered by the Center for the Arts.

Theatre 40B
Applied Intermediate Stage Direction

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Theatre 40A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course applies the principles learned in Theatre 40A through the direction and production of six different scenes. Attendance is required at selected theatre events at El Camino College offered by the Center for the Arts.

Theatre 50
Special Topics in Theatre

Units determined by individual course;
lecture/lab hours determined by individual course
Credit status determined by individual course

This course is designed to explore topics in Theatre more specific than provided in other courses in the regular departmental curriculum. Students are referred to the current schedule of classes for details of specific courses.

Theatre 70abcd
Beginning Theatre Production

1 unit; 3 hours lab (plus extended rehearsal hours to be arranged)
Enrollment Limitation: audition
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This theatre production course serves as an acting workshop. Students learn performance skills and rehearsal discipline through active participation in a major theatrical production. This is an intensive course with extended rehearsal hours to be arranged.

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Theatre 72ab
Advanced Theatre Production

1 unit; 3 hours lab (plus extended rehearsal hours to be arranged)
Enrollment Limitation: audition
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is an advanced acting workshop in which students learn to enhance performance skills and rehearsal discipline through active participation in a major theatrical production. This is an intensive course with extended rehearsal hours to be arranged.

Theatre 74abcd
Musical Theatre Production

1 unit; 3 hours lab (plus extended rehearsal hours to be arranged)
Enrollment Limitation: audition
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

Participation in musical theatre production in a capacity to be determined by the capabilities of the individual and the demands of the production. Singing, dancing, and acting are integral parts of the course.

Theatre 75abcd
Student Performance Production Workshop

1 unit; 3 hours lab to be arranged
Recommended Preparation: completion of or concurrent enrollment in the following:
1. Student performers: Theatre 8 or 14A;
2. Student directors: Theatre 40A;
3. Student crews: Theatre 84 or 90 or 92 or 97abcd;
eligibility for English 2R
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a theatre workshop in which students participate in a production under faculty supervision as directors, designers, actors, or crew.

Theatre 84
Stagecraft

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC;
(CAN DRAM 12)

This course emphasizes both the theoretical and practical experience in the technical aspects of play production, including scene design, set construction, scenery painting, rigging and equipment, properties, and the manipulation of stage scenery. Students will participate in shop procedures and practices, safe tool usage, material selection, and fabrication methods. Students must attend selected theatre events at El Camino College Center for the Arts.

Theatre 88
Fundamentals of Stage Makeup

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC;
(CAN DRAM 14)

This course is a study of basic makeup tools, materials, techniques and methods used in creating various character effects for stage and television. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of practical skills from assignments that cover straight, corrective, and character makeup, including the effects of aging, beards, hair styles, fantasy, and facials distortions.

Theatre 90
Introduction to Stage Lighting and Sound

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course emphasizes the operation of stage lighting equipment, planning and rigging of lighting units, operation of control systems and related equipment, light sources, stage electricity, color in light, and the design of stage lighting. Students must attend selected theatre events at El Camino College Center for the Arts.

Theatre 94
Costuming for the Stage

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course covers the theory and practice of costuming for the stage, including historical background, basic costume design techniques, cutting, fitting, sewing, pattern making, fabric design and dyeing, proper use and maintenance of equipment, and the duties of wardrobe crews and chiefs. Students must attend selected theatre events at El Camino College Center for the Arts.

Theatre 95abcd
Cooperative Career Education

2-4 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation:
Parallel Plan (Work and Attend School at the Same Time):
Enrollment in a minimum of seven units, including Cooperative Career Education;
employment in a job related to the major or career goal by the third week of the semester;
completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major
Alternate Plan (Work and Attend School Alternately):
Successful completion of one semester at El Camino College including one course from the major before initial enrollment in plan;
enrollment limited to one other class during the semester;
employment in a job related to the major or career goal by the third week of the semester;
successful completion of at least seven units of other class work at El Camino before re-enrolling in plan
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, employer, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Theatre field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare these to personal potential and expectations.

Note: The maximum total units earned for CCE under both plans may not exceed 16 units.

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Theatre 97abcd
Technical Theatre Production

1 unit; 54 hours lab minimum to be arranged
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

Supervised practical application through the mounting of major college productions, of techniques learned in departmental courses. Emphasis is on the running crew positions of properties, costumes, makeup, follow spot, deck hand and assistant stage manager. This course provides supervised experience in building, mounting, and running departmental play productions. Emphasis is placed on preparation (setup, construction of scenery, lighting, properties, costumes) and on the running crew positions (properties, costumes, makeup, follow spot, deck hand, and assistant stage manager).

Theatre 98ab
Advanced Technical Theatre Production

1 unit; 54 hours lab minimum to be arranged
Prerequisite: four semesters of Theatre 97abcd with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is an advanced performance/rehearsal laboratory to support the public presentation of the Theatre Department. Emphasis will be placed on the role of technical theatre production heads including properties, costume, sound, lights, makeup, and deck crew. Stage management of public performances will also be covered.

Theatre 99abc
Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Theatre with a minimum grade of B in each
and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC - limitations apply

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Theatre not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Theatre projects (60 hours per unit).

Note: Refer to page 11 of the College Catalog for eligibility requirements.

Theatre 190ab
Operation of Intelligent Lighting Fixtures

2 units; 1.5 hours lecture, 2.5 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Theatre 90
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is one of a four-course series on intelligent lighting fixtures and provides instruction in the function and application of computer-controlled lighting fixtures to various entertainment industries. Emphasis is placed on the identification, selection and utilization of moving mirror projectors, moving yoke wash lights and moving yoke projectors and related aesthetic and lighting- design concepts.

Theatre 191ab
Repair and Maintenance of Intelligent Lighting Systems

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Theatre 90, Theatre 190ab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is one of a four-course series on intelligent lighting and provides instruction in the repair and maintenance of computer-controlled moving mirror and moving yoke lighting fixtures. Emphasis is placed on practical experience with scanning heads, moving yoke motors, electric and magnetic ballasts, circuit board replacement, optic systems, color mixing systems, pattern and gobo systems, field repair and the related technical concepts.

Theatre 192ab
Setup of Intelligent Lighting Systems

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Theatre 90,
Theatre 19ab, Theatre 191ab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is one of a four-course series on intelligent lighting fixtures and provides instruction in the rigging and installation of computer-controlled lighting fixtures. Emphasis is placed on current lighting protocol, the Ethernet protocol, power distribution and the related technical concepts and safety procedures.

Theatre 193ab
Programming and Lighting Design with Intelligent Lighting Systems

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Theatre 90, Theatre 190ab, Theatre 191ab, Theatre 192ab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is one of a four-course series on intelligent lighting fixtures and provides instruction for programming and designing light plots using computer-controlled lighting fixtures for the various entertainment industries. Emphasis is placed on the practical utilization of programming consoles, off-line editing software, programming platforms and the related aesthetic and technical concepts.

Theatre 194ab
Computer Applications for the Entertainment Lighting Industry

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Theatre 90, Theatre 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is an introduction to two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer aided design/drafting, lighting database applications, and real-time lighting visualization for various entertainment industries. Emphasis is placed on the drafting plan, cross-section, isometric, and 3-D shaded views for entertainment venues; creating lighting databases and formatting spreadsheets; and developing computer generated real-time lighting models.

Theatre 195
Industry Analysis and Portfolio Planning for the Entertainment Lighting Industry

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course analyzes the various sectors of entertainment lighting industry and provides instruction in portfolio planning.

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