Theatre and Dance

College of Arts and Letters

Program Description

The California State University, Sacramento Department of Theatre and Dance fosters student-learning to advance critically-thinking, creative and collaborative artists. It provides a broad and thorough foundation of the history, theory, literature and the practice of theatre and dance to students who wish to pursue post graduate studies or join the profession. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers an imaginative and ambitious program of historical and contextual studies supported by studio and production work. Our mission challenges students to be independent thinkers. Our department provides a collaborative, artistic environment that reflects a richly complex and diverse global perspective complemented by national and international faculty and staff experience.

Theatre

Majors in the Theatre program receive in-depth training in acting, voice, movement, audition technique, design, history, literature, criticism, multicultural theatre, musical theatre, puppetry, and film studies.

Special Features

  • Academic offerings include an excellent program of performance opportunities. Each year we offer four to six faculty-directed productions and a varied selection of additional productions including student-directed one-acts, recruitment shows, and community outreach performances. Students are also offered production assignments as stage managers, designers and technicians, all of which enhance the range of theatrical knowledge and experience.
  • Included are African American and Chicano/Latino Theatre productions that make this program unique in the State University System.
  • In addition to the performance and technical components, Sacramento State’s Theatre program provides organizations that encompass social, academic and professional opportunities, both on campus and in the community.
  • The Theatre program participates annually in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Dance

Majors in the Dance program receive training in dance technique, performance, production, choreography, theory, dance history, and dance education.

The comprehensive Dance program starts with the basic principles of dance technique and refines them through choreographic and theoretic processes, culminating in the creation of full-scale concert productions. Students in the program are involved at every level of the creative process.

Special Features

  • Dance majors have the opportunity to participate as members of several dance companies and organizations. Company members are involved in all aspects of producing and presenting dance, from creating and performing choreography to designing and implementing the production and promotional aspects of the concerts.
  • Dance majors are given the opportunity to work with professional dance artists. Each year, at least one regional professional dance artist is in residence, and the program invites nationally acclaimed guest artists to teach master classes.
  • The Dance program participates annually in the America College Dance Association (ACDA) conference.

Career Possibilities

Actor · Choreographer · Dancer · Director · Scenographer · Lighting Designer · Scenic Designer · Puppeteer · Theatre Manager · Critic · Announcer/Narrator · Sound/Light Technician · Scenic Artist · Propmaster · Educator (Instructor/Teacher/Professor) · Stage and Production Manager

Contact Information

Melinda Wilson-Ramey, Department Chair
Lorelei Bayne, Department Vice-Chair
Andrea Cool, Academic Support Coordinator II
Shasta Hall 104
(916) 278-6368
www.csus.edu/dram

Faculty

BAYNE, LORELEI

BRAZO, ED

FELTEN, MICHELLE

FLICKINGER, PHILIP

JOHNSTON, JANIS

POMO, ROBERTO DARIO

REISNER, RONALD

WILSON, MELINDA D.

 

Undergraduate Programs

BA Degree in Theatre

Units required for Major: 48
Minimum total units required for the BA: 120
A minimum grade of "C-" is required of courses applied to the major.

Required Lower Division Courses (18 Units)
THEA 2History of the Theatre: Ancient to Renaissance3
THEA 3Theatre History After 16603
THEA 11Acting Study I3
THEA 14Stage Makeup and Costume Construction3
THEA 16Stagecraft3
THEA 20Lighting3
Required Upper Division Courses (24 Units)
THEA 100Script Analysis3
THEA 102AVoice and Movement I3
THEA 104Acting Study II3
THEA 107Directing3
THEA 120APracticum in Technical Production (1 unit x 3)1
THEA 121Rehearsal and Performance1
THEA 190Senior Production2
Select one of the following courses fulfilling the "Multicultural Theatre" requirement:3
Women and Theatre: Staging Diversity
African American Theatre and Culture
Contemporary Chicano/Latino Theatre: Themes and Performance 1965-Present
Multicultural Perspectives in American Theatre
Select one of the following courses fulfilling the "Design" requirement:3
Lighting and Set Design
Costume Design
Electives (6 Units)
Select two of the following: 16
Voice and Movement II
Musical Theatre
Acting Study III: Advanced Acting
Audition Technique
Acting Styles: Shakespeare
Puppetry
Multicultural Puppetry
Children's Theatre
Black Drama in the African Diaspora
Multicultural Perspectives in American Film
Fieldwork
Special Problems in Theatre
Total Units48
1

Electives must be determined in consultation with a faculty advisor.

BA Degree in Dance

Units required for the Major: 52
Minimum total units required for BA: 120
A minimum grade of "C-" is required of courses applied to the major.

Required Lower Division Courses (16 Units)
DNCE 11Intermediate Jazz2
DNCE 12Intermediate Modern Dance2
DNCE 13AIntermediate Ballet2
DNCE 22Dance Improvisation2
THEA 11Acting Study I3
THEA 16Stagecraft3
Select one of the following:2
Mexican Folklorico Dance
Intermediate Tap
Required Upper Division Courses (36 Units)
DNCE 111Advanced Jazz2
DNCE 112Advanced Modern Dance2
DNCE 120Principles of Choreography2
DNCE 122Choreographic Forms and Styles2
DNCE 130Appreciation and History of Dance3
DNCE 131Dance Cultures Of America 3
DNCE 132African-Caribbean Dance 3
DNCE 142Dance Performance Skills2
DNCE 143Culminating Choreographic Project3
DNCE 150Dance Theory and Criticism3
DNCE 160Creative Dance for Children3
KINS 151CDance Kinesiology3
THEA 120APracticum in Technical Production1
THEA 121Rehearsal and Performance1
Select one of the following:3
Musical Theatre
Children's Theatre
Practicum in Technical Production
Total Units52

Minor - Theatre

Units required for Minor: 18
Minimum total units required for BA: 120

Required Lower Division Courses (9 Units)
THEA 2History of the Theatre: Ancient to Renaissance3
or THEA 3 Theatre History After 1660
THEA 11Acting Study I3
Select one of the following:3
Stage Makeup and Costume Construction
Stagecraft
Lighting
Required Upper Division Courses (9 Units)
THEA 120APracticum in Technical Production1
THEA 121Rehearsal and Performance1
Select two of the following:6
Script Analysis
Voice and Movement I
Voice and Movement II
Acting Study II
Musical Theatre
Acting Study III: Advanced Acting
Audition Technique
Acting Styles: Shakespeare
Puppetry
Multicultural Puppetry
Children's Theatre
Lighting and Set Design
Costume Design
Black Drama in the African Diaspora
Women and Theatre: Staging Diversity
African American Theatre and Culture
Contemporary Chicano/Latino Theatre: Themes and Performance 1965-Present
Multicultural Perspectives in American Theatre
Multicultural Perspectives in American Film
Fieldwork
Special Problems in Theatre
Total Units18

Minor - Musical Theatre

Units required for Minor: 18
A minimum grade of "C-" is required of courses applied to the minor.

The minor specifically requires the following courses:

THEA 11Acting Study I3
THEA 109Musical Theatre3
THEA 111Audition Technique3
THEA 121Rehearsal and Performance 11
DNCE 1Beginning Jazz2
DNCE 3ABallet I2
DNCE 4Beginning Tap2
DNCE 6Hip Hop2
or DNCE 11 Intermediate Jazz
Total Units18
1

Credit MUST be from participation in the "Outreach Show"

Minor - Dance

Units required for Minor: 18
The minor requires that all courses be taken in Dance, 9 units of which must be upper division.
A minimum grade of "C-" is required of courses applied to the minor.

Technique (6 Units)
Select one of the following:2
Beginning Jazz
Beginning Modern Dance
Ballet I
Beginning Tap
Hip Hop
Select two of the following:4
Intermediate Jazz
Intermediate Modern Dance
Intermediate Ballet
Intermediate Tap
Advanced Jazz
Advanced Modern Dance
Choreography (2 Units)
DNCE 120Principles of Choreography2
Production (3 Units)
THEA 16Stagecraft3
History/Cultural Studies (3-6 Units)
Select one or two of the following:3 - 6
Appreciation and History of Dance
Dance Cultures Of America
Electives (1-5 Units)
Select 1-5 units from the following:1 - 5
Mexican Folklorico Dance
Dance Improvisation
Choreographic Forms and Styles
African-Caribbean Dance
Dance Performance Skills
Culminating Choreographic Project
Creative Dance for Children
Lighting
Total Units15-22

Subject Matter Program - English/Theatre (Pre-Credential Preparation)

Students may also pursue a secondary teaching credential in English/Theatre. The requirements represent a 57-unit waiver program in the two departments. The courses outlined below must be completed with a "B" average:

Basic Core (30 Units)
ENGL 40AIntroduction to British Literature I3
ENGL 50AIntroduction to American Literature I3
ENGL 50BIntroduction to American Literature II3
ENGL 110ALinguistics and the English Language3
ENGL 120AAdvanced Composition3
ENGL 125ALiterature and Film for Adolescents3
ENGL 125BWriting and the Young Writer3
ENGL 140Studies in British Literature3
ENGL 145BShakespeare - Early Plays, 1592-16003
or ENGL 145C Shakespeare - Later Plays, 1600-1612
THEA 174Multicultural Perspectives in American Theatre 3
Breadth and Perspective (28 Units)
THEA 2History of the Theatre: Ancient to Renaissance3
THEA 3Theatre History After 16603
THEA 11Acting Study I3
THEA 16Stagecraft3
THEA 20Lighting3
THEA 100Script Analysis3
THEA 107Directing3
THEA 120APracticum in Technical Production1
THEA 131Costume Design3
Select one of the following:3
Black Drama in the African Diaspora
Women and Theatre: Staging Diversity
African American Theatre and Culture
Contemporary Chicano/Latino Theatre: Themes and Performance 1965-Present
Total Units58

DNCE 1.     Beginning Jazz. 2 Units


Theory and practice of jazz techniques.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 2.     Beginning Modern Dance. 2 Units


Introduction to the history and techniques of the modern dance tradition. Students will study basic modern dance principles and aesthetics and learn modern movement to develop and improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and creative expression.

DNCE 3A.     Ballet I. 2 Units


Introduction to the history and development of traditional ballet techniques. Students will study ballet principles and aesthetics and learn basic ballet movement, vocabulary, and skills.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 3B.     Ballet II. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Beginning Ballet level proficiency.


Broaden understanding of ballet principles aesthetics, basic ballet movement, and vocabulary. Accentuate importance of proper alignment, collaboration of foot and arm positions, and appreciation of classical musical accompaniment. Students will develop critical perspectives necessary to address live performance through written critiques.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 4.     Beginning Tap. 2 Units


Introduction to fundamental tap dance skills, including basic steps, history and vocabulary, and style development.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 5.     Mexican Folklorico Dance. 2 Units


Overview of different types of dances typically and traditionally performed by Mexican and Latin Americans in the Americas. The interrelationship of dance culture to historical events, holidays, and people. Opportunities to learn specific folks dances that are representative of several regions of Mexico and Latin America will be provided. Open to all students.

Note: May be repeated for credit

DNCE 6.     Hip Hop. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): DNCE 1 and/or instructor permission.


Introduction to the fundamentals of Hip Hop dance skills, including basic steps, history and vocabulary.

Note: May be repeated for credit

DNCE 11.     Intermediate Jazz. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): DNCE 1 or instructor permission.


Theory and practice of modern jazz techniques including movement vocabulary with an emphasis on the different jazz styles.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 12.     Intermediate Modern Dance. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.


Examination of the theories of traditional modern dance. Designed to develop proficiency in performing intermediate level modern dance techniques. Students will gain an intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of different modern styles. Performance qualities and creative movement explorations are included.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 13A.     Intermediate Ballet. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Demonstrate technical proficiency of Beginning Ballet levels and instructor permission.


Attain proficiency in performing intermediate level ballet techniques and gain an intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of different ballet styles. Emphasis on anatomy and building bodily strength and endurance through barre work. Students will employ critical perspectives necessary to address live performance through written critiques.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 13B.     Advanced Intermediate Ballet. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Intermediate ballet level proficiency and instructor permission.


Refine proficiency in performing intermediate level ballet techniques and gain an intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of different ballet styles. Emphasis on anatomy and building bodily strength and endurance through barre and center work. Students will employ critical perspectives necessary to address live performance through written critiques.

DNCE 14.     Intermediate Tap. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): DNCE 4 or instructor permission.


Development and refinement of intermediate tap skills and vocabulary through the study of historical and current tap styles.

DNCE 21.     First Year Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: E


Introduction to the nature and possible meanings of higher education, and the functions and resources of the University. Designed to help students develop and exercise fundamental academic success strategies and to improve their basic learning skills. Students will have the opportunity to interact with fellow classmates and the seminar leader to build a community of academic support and personal support.

DNCE 22.     Dance Improvisation. 2 Units


Beginning exploration of the creation of movement through improvisation. Students will simultaneously explore and create movement studies, while spontaneously performing inner-directed movement without intellectual censorship.

Note: May be repeated for credit

DNCE 111.     Advanced Jazz. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.


Advanced training in the theory and practice of jazz techniques.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 112.     Advanced Modern Dance. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.


Theory and practice of modern dance through a development of style and musicality.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 120.     Principles of Choreography. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): DNCE majors only and instructor permission.


Exploration of the elements and qualities utilized in the choreographic process.

DNCE 122.     Choreographic Forms and Styles. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): DNCE 120, DNCE 22.


An exploration of the concepts, approaches, and processes used to develop a stylistic approach to choreography.

DNCE 130.     Appreciation and History of Dance. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Survey in the appreciation and history of dance and the relationship of dance to the fine and liberal arts in Western Civilization. Emphasis upon the history of ballet; American modes of expression: modern and jazz forms.

Note: Non-activity.

DNCE 131.     Dance Cultures Of America. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1), Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE)


Survey course in the appreciation and understanding of dance cultures in America. The relationship of dance to the identity and expression of different cultural groups in the U.S. will be examined. Jazz, modern, and ballet from a multicultural perspective will be the focus of the class.

Note: Non-activity.

DNCE 132.     African-Caribbean Dance. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE), Arts (Area C1)


Introduction to the rich dance cultures of the Caribbean. Students will learn the different dances of Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad as they relate to their function in secular and religious culture, including the study of the Dunham Dance Technique.

Note: May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

DNCE 142.     Dance Performance Skills. 2 Units


Elements of advanced technique with an emphasis on performance skills are used to develop an aesthetic understanding of the execution of performance oriented movement and an awareness of movement as an art form. The genre varies from semester to semester and may include elements of ballet, jazz, modern folk and cultural dance forms.

Note: Open only to majors in Dance concentration. Must be taken two times for the major.

DNCE 143.     Culminating Choreographic Project. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing


Participation (Choreography) in the rehearsal and performance of dance productions. Students will collaboratively create and produce choreographic works as their capstone project, to be performed during the department's production season.

Note: Admission by audition.

DNCE 150.     Dance Theory and Criticism. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): DNCE 122, DNCE 130, DNCE 131, instructor permission.


Exploration of the contemporary theories and philosophies of movement, specifically in the dance genres of modern and jazz.. Also explores personal aesthetics and how to look at dance from a critical writing and oral presentation perspective. The role of the audience as well as the critic will be assessed and students will learn to evaluate content of movement in relation to its intention, motivation, and delivery.

DNCE 160.     Creative Dance for Children. 3 Units


Exploration of creative dance as it applies to young children; including exploration of non-locomotor and locomotor movement patterns through problem solving and guided discovery techniques.

THEA 1.     Introduction To Theatre. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Primarily for non-majors interested in acquiring a background of information in theatre. Plays, history, acting theories, technical methods and people in the theatre. Lectures, demonstrations and discussions will characterize the greater portion of the course.

THEA 2.     History of the Theatre: Ancient to Renaissance. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Broad survey of the nature and development of theatrical performance from ancient times through the Renaissance which emphasizes the relationship between theatre and the larger philosophical social and political concerns of its time.

THEA 3.     Theatre History After 1660. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Investigates the relationship between the development of theatre styles, structures and institutions, and philosophical, political, and cultural practices after 1660. Considers plays, production styles, theatre as an institution, and issues of representation of gender, race and class.

THEA 5.     Aesthetics of Theatre and Film. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Interpretations of seminal dramatic scripts emphasizing the aesthetics of the theatrical art in relation to the cinematic medium.

THEA 9.     Appreciation Of Acting. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Examination of the art of acting, including a review of actors and acting - past and present. Basic exercises in voice and diction, movement, and character will be utilized.

THEA 11.     Acting Study I. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Theatre and Dance Majors or Minors or instructor permission.


An introduction to, and a solid working foundation of, the basic building blocks of the acting craft. Through ensemble building, personal reflection, physical commitment, and vocal awareness exercises, students have the opportunity to improve and grow as an actor in both individual and partnered performance. Key learning goals include the ability to understand, interpret and execute the foundational elements of drama (plot, character, thought, and language).

THEA 14.     Stage Makeup and Costume Construction. 3 Units


This course provides a comprehensive look at the technical side of stage makeup and stage costumes, with an emphasis on makeup application and costume construction. Students learn use of materials, equipment, theatre terminology, and the practical aspects of costume and stage makeup realization. Students work on costume and makeup projects from start to finish in the makeup lab and costume shop.

Note: MAY NOT be taken concurrently with THEA 16 or THEA 20 without instructor permission.

THEA 16.     Stagecraft. 3 Units


Principles of scenic and stage prop construction, techniques of mounting and shifting stage scenery, and the study of ground plans and construction drawings for theatrical production. Lecture/lab activity.

Note: May not be taken concurrently with THEA 14 or THEA 20 without instructor permission.

THEA 20.     Lighting. 3 Units


Principles of stage lighting, fixtures, control and color. Introduction to basic concepts and practices of lighting design. Lecture/lab activity.

Note: May not be taken concurrently with THEA 14 or THEA 16 without instructor permission.

THEA 21.     First Year Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: E


Introduction to the nature and possible meanings of higher education, and the functions and resources of the University. Designed to help students develop and exercise fundamental academic success strategies and to improve their basic learning skills. Students will have the opportunity to interact with fellow classmates and the seminar leader to build a community of academic support and personal support.

THEA 100.     Script Analysis. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 2, THEA 3

Corequisite(s): THEA 3


Through lecture and discussion, students explore the foundational elements of play scripts. The class investigates the structure of a play as well as its use of character, thought, plot, diction, song, and spectacle to analyze how a play's social and cultural elements inform potential productions.

THEA 102A.     Voice and Movement I. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 11.


Introduction to the basic fundamentals of voice production and movement for the actor. Basic anatomy and physiology, relaxation, alignment, and breath work and its connection to movement. Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, and physical strengthening exercises are used in combination with vocal exercises to develop the actor's voice and body. Vocal and physical improvisation are introduced through various voice and movement exercises.

THEA 102B.     Voice and Movement II. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 11, THEA 102A or instructor permission.


Strengthening and enhancing the vocal work developed in Voice and Movement I is continued with an in depth study of the International Phonetic Alphabet and its importance when performing heightened language plays. Solo presentation and a devised final ensemble project round out the THEA 102B course requirements.

THEA 104.     Acting Study II. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 11, THEA 102A or instructor permission.


To further develop the basic concepts of acting through scene work from the American modern repertoire. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of a play's given circumstances, and the commitment required to make bold, active tactic choices when developing a character. Further investigation of the actor's process in analyzing text and incorporating research through character analysis, as it ties into performance, are explored.

THEA 106.     Latin American Film. 3 Units


Exploration of the major movements in Latin American cinema beginning with the initial impetus of the Argentine and Mexican film industry of the late 1940's and the relationship of their aesthetic formulas to the cultural and socio/political climate of major Latin American nations.

THEA 107.     Directing. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 2, THEA 3, THEA 11, THEA 14, THEA 16, THEA 20, THEA 100


Practical experience in production procedures, characterization and basic principles of play direction. Analyzes directing techniques. Lecture/lab activity.

THEA 109.     Musical Theatre. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 11


Practical study in singer-actor performance techniques. Major consideration is given to coordination of gesture and/or choreography, dialogue, melody, and lyric. Lecture/lab activity.

THEA 110.     Acting Study III: Advanced Acting. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 11, THEA 102A and/or THEA 102B, THEA 104 or instructor permission.


The study of ways to research, rehearse and perform advanced acting styles and techniques with an emphasis on text analysis, given circumstances, subtext, and heightened language.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

THEA 111.     Audition Technique. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 11, THEA 102A &/OR THEA 102B, THEA 104; Musical Theatre minors must also take THEA 109.


An in-depth study of the business of becoming a working professional actor and the techniques needed when auditioning for a professional theatre company. Students prepare an audition repertoire that is appropriate to their age and type; audition for a panel of theatre professionals and receive feedback for both areas of skill and those needing improvement. Resumes, headshots, trade papers, skill sets, and financial budgeting are examples of the areas included within the content of this course. An introduction to television/commercial and musical theatre audition techniques is also incorporated.

THEA 113.     Acting Styles: Shakespeare. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 11, THEA 102A &/or THEA 102B, THEA 104


Designed to familiarize the intermediate acting student with the very specific demands of performing the works of William Shakespeare. Beginning with an in-depth study of the structure and meter of verse poetry, THEA 113 provides the vocal, physical, and analytical tools with which to approach this material in an intelligent and confident manner. Scene and monologue work is detailed and extensive.

THEA 115.     Puppetry. 3 Units


Play production with puppets. Practical work in constructing and manipulating various kinds of puppets. Simple puppets for use at elementary level; hand puppet production. Lecture/lab activity.

THEA 115A.     Multicultural Puppetry. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1), Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE)


Multicultural puppetry was developed to introduce the student to the techniques and construction of puppetry and its use in a multicultural setting. Puppetry has been found to be an excellent tool for the teaching of multiculturalism to children. Emphasizes the methodology in the development of multicultural/multilingual scripts and their use in the implementation of curriculum. The ability to speak a second language is not a prerequisite.

THEA 118.     Children's Theatre. 3 Units


Study of special problems and techniques in the production of formal and improvisational drama for children; a consideration of techniques, methods and materials for use in the classroom to support and supplement curricular goals.

THEA 120A.     Practicum in Technical Production. 1 Unit


Practical experience in handling technical stagecraft problems, stage management, and crew management. Activity and participation in major productions. Four hours per week minimum required in workshop.

Note: THEA 120A requires students to work on one departmental production a semester for a minimum of 4 hours/week; may be repeated for credit.

THEA 120B.     Practicum in Technical Production. 2 Units


Practical experience in handling technical stagecraft problems, stage management, crew management. Activity and participation in major productions. Eight hours minimum a week required workshop.

Note: THEA 120B requires student to work on two departmental productions a semester for a minimum of 8 hours/week; may be repeated for credit.

THEA 120C.     Practicum in Technical Production. 3 Units


Practical experience in handling technical stagecraft problems, stage management, and crew management. Activity and participation in major productions. 12 hours minimum a week required work shop.

Note: THEA 120C requires students to work on three departmental productions a semester for 12 hours/week; may be repeated for credit.

THEA 121.     Rehearsal and Performance. 1 Unit


Participation in the preparation, rehearsal and performance of a departmental production. Approximately 50 hours of participation (including rehearsal and performance time) for one unit of credit. Admission by audition. A total of six undergraduate units may be taken.

THEA 123.     Lighting and Set Design. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 16 and THEA 20 or instructor permission.


Advancement in the methods of developing concepts for and of productions involving analysis of the script, research and spatial awareness in relation to scenic and lighting design.

THEA 131.     Costume Design. 3 Units


Study of costume history, design elements, play and character analysis, rendering and presentation techniques, and production procedures. Practical experience in the basics of costume construction with a focus on character interpretation and collaboration with other theatre artists.

THEA 140.     Black Drama in the African Diaspora. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Survey of the contributions of theatre artists in the African Diaspora. The reading list includes dramas from Africa, the Caribbean and United Stats and focuses on how social, cultural, and political climates influence Black Drama.

THEA 144.     Women and Theatre: Staging Diversity. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE), Arts (Area C1)


Survey and performance course that focuses on identity theories and the contributions of contemporary female theatre artists. Lecture two hours; lab two hours.

Cross Listed: WOMS 144; only one may be counted for credit.

THEA 155.     Contemporary World Cinema. 3 Units


A historical review of the development of major international film styles and themes. Theoretical and critical concepts derived from this study of international film and then used as the basis to analyze contemporary films of South America, Europe, India, East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Emphasis is on both the development of formal film techniques and a comparison of the unique cultural values that shape the film narrative style.

Crosslisted: FILM 155

THEA 170.     African American Theatre and Culture. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70/71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1), Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI)


Survey of African American theatre and drama as a reflection of African American history and culture from slavery to today. This is a writing-intensive course.

THEA 173.     Contemporary Chicano/Latino Theatre: Themes and Performance 1965-Present. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Study of contemporary Chicano/Latino, Chicana/Latina theatre and drama from 1965 to the present, and its approaches toward performance. The course focuses on new trends, influences and new developments in playwriting, directing, performance styles, and its impact on the movie industry.

THEA 174.     Multicultural Perspectives in American Theatre. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE), Arts (Area C1)


Study of the historical and artistic contributions of Native Americans, Chicano/Latinos, African-Americans and Asian-Americans to American Theatre. Focuses on a range of plays from various ethnic and racial groups, forming a multicultural classroom experience; specifically study groups, from 1965 to the present, and examine the cultural, sociological and political climate in which these plays were created.

THEA 175.     Multicultural Perspectives in American Film. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE), Arts (Area C1)


Study of the historical and artistic contributions of Native American, Chicano/Latino, African-Americans and Asian American to the American cinema. The course will concentrate on a range of films with an emphasis on multicultural theoretical and critical writings and will examine the cultural and socio-political climate in which these films were crafted.

THEA 190.     Senior Production. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): THEA 2, THEA 3, THEA 11, THEA 14, THEA 16, THEA 20, THEA 100, THEA 120A, THEA 104, THEA 107, THEA 120 (3 units), THEA 121 and THEA 123 or THEA 131.

Corequisite(s): THEA 120 (3 units) may be taken concurrently if needed


This capstone course provides practical experience in theatrical production by focusing on the foundational elements of play production and the collaborative page-to-page production process.

THEA 194.     Theatre-Related Work Experience. 3 - 12 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Department chair.


Supervised employment in a company or producing agency working on theatre-related work, arranged through the Theatre and Dance Department and the Cooperative Education Program office. Requires preparation of application packet, completion of a 3-6 month full-time or part-time work assignment, and a written report. No more than 3 units will be counted towards the degree.

Note: Open only to upper division or graduate students with appropriate course preparation.

Credit/No Credit

THEA 195.     Fieldwork. 2 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing and permission of the instructor of record.


Internship with local theatre company or arts organization that provides direct, supervised experience with different aspects of performance and/or theatre management. Requires students to maintain a journal and submit a final paper to faculty internship coordinator. Graded: Credit/ No Credit Units: 2.00 - 3.00

Credit/No Credit

THEA 199.     Special Problems in Theatre. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.


Individual project or directed reading.

Note: Departmental petition required.

THEA 500.     Culminating Experience. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Advanced to candidacy and permission of the graduate coordinator.


Completion of a thesis, directing project, or playwriting project.