THEA-Theater Arts

THEA 9 Puppets, Masks, Performing Objects

Explores the theory, construction, and manipulation of performing objects. Lectures give background on current innovations, their links to older traditions of visual theater, and future directions of this medium. Students construct puppets, masks, etc., and work on their performance possibilities in a workshop format.

Credits

5

THEA 11 Fundamentals of 3-D Design

An exploration of the relationships of forms in space through the construction of 3-dimensional abstract models using various methods and materials. Emphasizes the development of an understanding of primary structures and spatial composition and their specific use in designing for stage, film, and video.

Credits

5

THEA 21B Acting Studio 1B, Actors' Physicality

Uses a rigorous physical approach to acting (rather than the text-based approach of course 21A). Provides an outside-in starting point for theatrical creation and study, balancing and countering the inside-out approach of Stanislavski-based actor training. Emphasis on physical characterization, ensemble theater, mask work, and object performance. May involve practices, theories, and readings of Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba, Jacques Lecoq, and/or Tadashi Suzuki. Enrollment by interview only.

Credits

5

Instructor

Patricia Gallagher

Quarter offered

Fall

THEA 31P Postmodern Dance I

Introduction to postmodern dance theory and technique. Focus on performance practices of historically significant postmodern dance choreographers in the U.S. and worldwide.

Credits

5

Instructor

Edward Warburton

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

IM

THEA 32 Introduction to Ballet

Introduction to ballet basics such as healthy alignment, anatomically sound articulation of hips and feet, balance control, moving through space harmoniously, and development of technical strength and combinative capacity in a classical, but fluid, aesthetic. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Edward Warburton

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall

THEA 35 Introduction to Tap Dance

Intensive instruction in developing the dancer's physical instrument combined with basic movement theory.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-C

THEA 70 Working in Theater and the Performing Arts

Creative artists, technicians, and designers discuss the theory and practice of their art. Presentations include discussion of the nature of their artistic work and reflection on the path that brought them to their present work with attention to the creativity and constraint that they experience in their profession.

Credits

2

Instructor

Paul Whitworth

THEA 80E Stand-Up Comedy

American comedy from Mark Twain to present, including popular humor, history, and politics, using comedy from the '20s through the women's gay and civil rights movements. Discussions are based on readings and videos of a wide variety of artists. Students present performances weekly.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall

THEA 80F Pacific Rim Performance: Pacific Roots, American Flowerings

The theater, dance, and film of the Pacific Rim region (Asia, Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia) in the 20th century, with attention to cultural adaptations of traditional performing arts by Asian Americans, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders who have migrated to California. Lectures on indigenous traditions are illustrated with slides, videotapes, and performance demonstrations. Traditional roots and current manifestations in the California performance are compared and contrasted.

Credits

5

THEA 80G Creative Process/Dance

Introductory dance, with participation in a wide range of movement classes taught by the instructor and guest artists. Students develop their movement experiences through further viewing of world dance, discussion, reading, and writing.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Winter

THEA 80W The Way Things Work and the Theater

Explores basics of mechanics and movement as applied to theatrical and non-theatrical realms. Utilizes textual materials as well as interaction with technology. Topics include structural elements, motion, energy, sound/light, their physical properties and how they interface with pre- and post-modern theater.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Summer

THEA 100L Performance and Conquest

Looks at use of theater/performance in the U.S. and Latin America by the state, oppositional groups, and theater and performance practitioners to solidify or challenge structures of power beginning with pre-Colombian indigenous civilizations, 16th-century Spanish/European conquest, national independence movements, to the U.S. Latino diaspora.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Winter

THEA 107 Design Studio: Masks and Makeup

Advanced work in the design and techniques of stage make-up and masks. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): THEA 10. Enrollment is restricted to theater arts majors; open at the end of priority enrollment if space permits.

THEA 110 Advanced Stage Technology

An investigation into the intricacies of production, focusing on structural, spatial, and visual concepts, creation and execution of scenic units, drafting, and related areas of technology. Designed to facilitate in-depth studies of specific production problems. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): THEA 10.

THEA 125 Shakespeare Off the Page

Offers non-actors, as well as actors, an enhanced understanding of Shakespeare and provides the ability to speak with greater clarity and vividness through reading aloud selected plays and sonnets. Explores work meanings, scansion, phrasing, breathing, tone, articulation, vowels, and consonants.

Credits

5

THEA 129 Advanced Ballet

Continued study of classical ballet technique as a serious, expressive art form. Work includes longer combinations, air work, and style study in a regular class routine. Audition at first class meeting. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

THEA 130 Intermediate Dance Theory and Technique

A progression from the simple phrasing and articulation of beginning technique class to more complex material requiring more acute perceptive skills and richer dynamic range. Emphasis is on both alignment and maintaining the kinetic integrity of the body while moving through space. Students are billed a materials fee. (Formerly Intermediate Modern Dance Theory and Technique.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Gerald Casel

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): THEA 30 or THEA 31 or permission of instructor.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Winter

THEA 131 Advanced Dance Theory and Technique

Advanced instruction in developing the dancer's mind/body, combined with contemporary movement theory and practice. Students are billed a materials fee. (Formerly Advanced Modern Dance Theory and Technique.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Edward Warburton

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): THEA 30 or THEA 31 or permission of instructor.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Spring

THEA 131P Postmodern Dance II

Continued study of postmodern dance theory and technique. Focus on advanced compositional practice, theatrical applications, and critical analysis of contemporary postmodern dance choreographers in the U.S. and worldwide. Audition at first class meeting.

Credits

5

Instructor

Edward Warburton

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

IM

THEA 156 Play Development Workshop

Hands on study and exploration of the process of developing a new script from the perspective of the playwright, the actor, and the director. Students enrolling in this course as playwrights are selected on the basis of submissions turned in the previous quarter. Students taking the course as directors are required to obtain consent of the instructor. Other students may enroll as usual.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-C

THEA 161B Classical Comedy and Its Theater

Examination of selected plays of Euripides, Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence, with workshop presentation of scenes from the plays.

Credits

5

THEA 161G The Development of Modern Drama: Post-World War I European Drama

An examination of the drama of continental Europe from 1918 to the present from an explicitly theatrical viewpoint, involving scene study, investigation of staging techniques, and relevant dramatic criticism. Selected plays from Antonin Artaud, Beckett, Brecht, Camus, Genet, Frisch, de Ghelderode, Gombrowicz, Ionesco, Mrozek, Pirandello, Sartre are read.

Credits

5

THEA 163D O'Neill in the American Theater

Selected plays of Eugene O'Neill studied in the context of the artistic, social, and political ferment in the American theater during the period in which he worked (1913-1953).

Credits

5

THEA 163F Brecht's Theater (in translation)

A study of three basic periods of Brecht's theater, poetry, and prose: 1918-1934 Munich and Berlin; 1933-1947 Exile; 1948-1956 Return to Berlin. Emphasis is on Brecht as theater theorist and stage director. Scene work and papers are required.

Credits

5