DRAMA-099 Occupational Work Experience

1-4 Units: 18-72 hours of work experience, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: Employment in career-related field.

For more information on this course, refer to Cooperative Education. Units are determined by number of hours worked.

This course offers on-the-job learning experiences for employed students, whether paid or volunteer, in cooperation with their employers. If students’ career goals are directly related to their work experience, they can earn up to four units per term. Students must be enrolled in at least seven units, including their cooperative education units (proportionately fewer in summer session). Petition to repeat for a maximum of 16 units.

DRAMA-100 Topics in Drama

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course covers topics in drama. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

DRAMA-101 Introduction to Theatre

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: THTR 111)

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL-001A or equivalent

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.

DRAMA-102 Multicultural Perspectives in American Theatre

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course focuses on the relationships of experience, imagination and expression in dramatic art forms, particularly as they pertain to Asian America, African American, Latino American and European American theatre. This course also explores dramatic art as a cultural force in combination with visual arts, music and other art forms in relationship to the plays studied and includes analysis of both the individual and collaborative contributions of the playwright, director, actors and designers as they relate to live theatre productions.

DRAMA-103 History of the Theatre: Pre-Greek to 17th Century

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course offers an historical survey of dramatic art from the origins of theatre through the 17th Century. The history and development of theatre and drama are studied in relationship to cultural, political and social conditions of the time. Plays are read for analysis of structure, plot, character and historical relevance.

DRAMA-104 History of the Theatre: 17th Century to Present

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course offers an historical survey of dramatic art from the period of the Elizabethan Renaissance to the present. The history and development of theatre and drama are studied in relationship to cultural, political and social conditions of the time. Plays are read for analysis of structure, plot, character and historical relevance.

DRAMA-106 Technical Theatre Stagecraft

3 Units: 135 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: THTR 171)

This course will introduce the student to the basics of technical theatre. The focus will be on backstage operations and crew assignments. Emphasis on understanding the roles, duties, and responsibilities of the stage manager and running crew: prop master, dresser, sound and light operators, and technicians. This will include the following areas: communication with designers, actors, directors, and fellow running crew, load in/load out, technical rehearsals and show run procedures, safety, backstage etiquette, professionalism and practical applications for productions.

DRAMA-107 Introduction to Stage Lighting

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

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

DRAMA-108 Introduction to Stage Costume

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course provides instruction in costume history, design, and basic construction techniques as an introduction to basic theatrical costuming. Fabrics and their various uses will be investigated.

DRAMA-109 Introduction to Stage Makeup

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course provides instruction and practice in a lecture/laboratory setting in all phases of makeup specifically designed for theatrical use.

DRAMA-110 African American Theatre

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course will be devoted to historical study of the growth and development of African American theatre in the United States, largely based on the contributions of individual African- American playwrights, their subject matter, and group responses to the challenge of developing and maintaining a theatre for the African American community.

DRAMA-122 Acting I

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: THTR 151)

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 needed for performance, including: memorization, stage movement, vocal production, and interpretation of text.

DRAMA-123 Acting II

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

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.

DRAMA-125 Acting on Camera

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Advisory: Taking Drama-122 or equivalent is recommended

This course covers practical training and practice in acting on camera for the performer. Close attention will be paid to those techniques of acting that have special application to performing in television and film.

DRAMA-126 Script Analysis

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: THTR 114)

This course explores an in-depth methodology of reading,
analyzing and understanding play scripts in a variety of genres
and styles intended for production. The course gives emphasis
to critical analysis of structure, genre, theme, style, character,
language, dramatic event, and point of view of the playwright,
director, critic, actor, and audience in order to understand what
the script “means” to the professional theatre and the theatre-goer
as distinct from other forms of literature.

DRAMA-165 Chicana/o-Latina/o Theatre

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course utilizes dramatic texts, recorded and live performances, as well as cultural research as means of exploring and understanding how Chicana/o and Latina/o dramatic literature and performances play a role in the American theatre. Students will concentrate their studies in the exploration of Chicana/o and Latina/o plays, artists, and theatre companies, past and present, in order to understand how Chicana/o and Latina/o theatre serves as a tool of education and social justice when analyzing cultural, political, socio-economic, immigration, and gender issues within the Chicana/o and Latina/o communities in the United States.

DRAMA-220 Theatre Practice

1-4 Units: 54-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course utilizes acting, movement, voice, dance, and directing techniques in active participation in a major theatrical production. May be repeated three times.

DRAMA-221A Technical Theatre in Production I

1 Unit: 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: THTR 192)

This course will help students gain practical experience in the
application of production responsibilities in any of the following:
stage management, house management, construction, scenery,
properties, costumes, lighting, sound, and running crews.

DRAMA-230 Creating Theatre: From Process to Performance

1-4 Units: 54-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course is an intensive production workshop designed for performing artists. The focus of the workshop is the development of an original theatrical or musical adaption of literary work. The workshop culminates in two weekends of public performances.

DRAMA-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in drama under the direction of an instructor.