2020-21 Pomona College Catalog 
    
    May 27, 2022  
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Spanish

  
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    SPAN187 PZ - Latin American Popular Cultures


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN189 PZ - Contemporary Issues in the Spanish-speaking World


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN191 PO - Senior Thesis

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): P. Cahill; J. Cartagena-Calderón; S. Chávez-Silverman; M. Coffey; G. Dávila-López; D. Divita; N. Montenegro
    Credit: 0.5

    An independent research project culminating in a thesis of at least 35 pages in length, excluding the bibliography, written in Spanish, under the guidance of a department faculty member and read by one additional reader. Year-long course, half-credit per semester; grade and credit awarded upon completion at the end of the second semester.
  
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    SPAN192 PO - Senior Research Paper

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): P. Cahill; J. Cartagena-Calderón; S. Chávez-Silverman; M. Coffey; G. Dávila-López; D. Divita; N. Montenegro
    Credit: 0.5

    An independent research project culminating in a paper at least 25 pages in length, excluding the bibliography, written in Spanish under the guidance of a department faculty member and read by one additional reader. Half-course.
  
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    SPAN199DRPO - Spanish: Directed Readings

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5-1

    Directed Readings. Syllabus reflects workload of a standard course in the department or program. Examinations or papers equivalent to a standard course. Regular interaction with the faculty supervisor. Weekly meetings are the norm. Available for full- or half-course credit.
  
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    SPAN199IRPO - Spanish: Independent Research

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5-1

    Independent Research or Creative Project. A substantial and significant piece of original research or creative product produced. Pre-requisite course work required. Available for full- or half-course credit.

Theatre

  
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    THEA001A PO - Basic Acting: Tools and Fundamentals

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): J. Lu; J. Mills; G. Ortega; M. Prahl; C. Ratteray
    Credit: 1

    This introductory course explores the fundamentals of voice, movement, relaxation, text analysis and elements of characterization. Course material includes detailed analysis, preparation and performance of scenes and monologues.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6; Speaking Intensive
  
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    THEA001D PO - Beginning Acting: African American Theatre

    When Offered: Fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): C. Ratteray
    Credit: 1

    This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of acting with a majority of the theatrical material referenced being drawn from African American playwrights. We will explore improvisation, text analysis skills and acting techniques grounded in Stanislavsky’s psychological realism. We will use those skills to explore and perform monologues from such playwrights as Suzan Lori Parks, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, and Tarell Alvin McCraney. For scene work, we will take an extended critical look at up to four plays which examine the American dream through two different cultural lenses: August Wilson’s Fences in relation to Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun in contrast to Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. This course is affiliated with the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS). Letter grade only. 
    This course ha been revised for spring 2021.  
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6; Speaking Intensive; Analyzing Difference
  
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    THEA001G PO - Basic Acting: Acting for Social Change

    When Offered: Last offered fall 2019.
    Instructor(s): J. Lu
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to the fundamentals of acting, drawing on different techniques such as psychological realism and physical theatre, these techniques will then be applied in forms such as Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and / or Playback Theatre. Students will write and perform original material, a two-person scene and a final work based on documentary theatre, Playback Theatre and/or Forum Theatre. This course is affiliated with the Intercollegiate Dept. of Asian American Studies (IDAAS).
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6; Speaking Intensive
  
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    THEA002 PO - The Dramatic Imagination

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): S. Linnell and J. Taylor
    Credit: 1

    The visual principles underlying design for live performance: theatre, dance, opera and related fields. The course explores theatre architecture, staging conventions and styles of historic and contemporary design. Readings, discussions and writing are supplemented by creative projects, video showings and attendance at live performances, both on-campus and at professional venues in the Los Angeles area.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Speaking Intensive
  
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    THEA009 PO - Introduction to Comedy Improvisation

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): J. Lu
    Credit: 1

    This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of comedy improvisation. Through games, coaching, and basic short-form scene work, students will develop active listening skills, learn how to create characters, and work up to creating fully improvised long-form scenes. This course fosters the power of spontaneity, trust, and cooperation in a fun and creative atmosphere and will culminate with a public performance. Course may be repeated two times for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA010 PO - Devising Theatre

    When Offered: Fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): J. Lu; J. Mills
    Credit: 1

    This course provides participants with a performance-based approach to devised/devising theatre. Solo and group performances may be inspired by a variety of forms and content, including interviews, archival materials, visual art, music, and other verbal or movement texts. Students will read, witness, and experience a broad range of approaches to devised theatre, and primarily use in-class time to build skills, collaborate, and rehearse. Work created in class will be given public performance on campus at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: any version of a THEA001 PO course or Permission of Instructor. Letter grade only. May be repeated once for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA012 PO - Intermediate Acting: Scene Study and Voice

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): G. Oretga
    Credit: 1

    Scene study, Voice Training will include virtual rehearsals, short films, voice-over, writing/composition and guest artists. Students gain an understanding of the actor’s work of character analysis through the use of objectives, inner monologues and character research through the lens of a virtual platform and achieved through the cinematic lens of performance. May be repeated twice for credit. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: THEA 001A PO or THEA 001G PO.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6 ; Speaking Intensive
  
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    THEA013 PO - Corporeal Mime

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): T. Leabhart
    Credit: 0.5

    The basic vocabulary of mime: counterweights, figures of style, walks, triple designs. Developing mastery of the technique and improvisation with the form. May be repeated for credit. Half-course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA014 PO - Corporeal Mime and Pedagogy

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): T. Leabhart
    Credit: 1

    Same course as THEA 013 PO , but with reading of critical texts, discussion and written assignments.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA017 PO - Make-up

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): M. French; S. Linnell
    Credit: 0.5

    Intensive workshop in design and application techniques of stage make-up. Course taught from the actor’s and designer’s point of view. Half-course. May be repeated once for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA021 PO - Costume Construction

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): M. French; S. Schultz Reed
    Credit: 1

    A dynamic, hands-on introduction to the materials, equipment and techniques involved in the construction of costumes for the theatre and related performance forms. The course will begin with the various fabrics used in costuming. Students will subsequently learn and demonstrate basic hand and machine sewing skills. Through practical projects, students will explore the process of constructing theatrical costumes from patterning to the actual construction of a costume garment. Production lab and /or production crewing required.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA022 PO - Lighting and Projection Technology

    When Offered: Fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    A dynamic, hands-on introduction to the materials and equipment of lighting and projections for the theatre and related forms. The course focuses on light and electricity, lenses and reflectors, instruments, lighting systems and intensity control and projections. The course also features an exploration of cutting-edge lighting and projection technology, including the newer generation of computer control consoles, LED instruments and intelligent fixtures and projection systems. Production lab work is required.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA023 PO - Theatre Crafts

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2021.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    A dynamic, hands-on introduction to the materials, equipment and techniques of constructing scenery and properties for the theatre and related performance forms. The course focuses on stage spaces and nomenclature, scenic materials, hand and power tools and a range of scene painting applications. The course also features an exploration of some types of scenic automation. Actual scenery and props are constructed and painted over the course of the semester. 
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA024 PO - Theatrical Sound Technology

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2022.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    A dynamic, hands-on introduction to the equipment and techniques involved in creating sound for the theatre and related performance forms. The course explores the physics of sound, sound production, amplification and playback and sound control. The course also features an exploration of cutting-edge sound technology, including a range of computerized application in live performance. Production lab and/or production crewing required.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA030 PO - World Theatre and Drama I: Greeks to Restoration

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): C. Hurtado-Pierson
    Credit: 1

    A dynamic exploration of World Theatre History and Dramatic Literature beginning with the ancients and ending with the Restoration. While focusing on classical periods and genres, the course will simultaneously explore modern works which demonstrate the influence and inspiration early tradition and practice have had upon more contemporary dramatic forms, design elements and performance strategies.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    THEA031 PO - World Theatre and Drama II: Kabuki to Contemporary

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): C. Hurtado-Pierson
    Credit: 1

    A dynamic exploration of World Theatre History and Dramatic Literature from the 18th century to today. While focusing on classical periods and genres, the course will simultaneously explore modern works that demonstrate the influence and inspiration of early tradition and practice upon more contemporary dramatic forms, design elements and performance strategies.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    THEA041 PO - Stage and Theatre Management

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2021.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    A detailed exploration of stage management philosophies and techniques utilized in the theatre, and related forms, with a focus on the micro level management of individual stage productions.  A theatre management module will be introduced enumerating the different types of theatres and management positions extant today.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA051C PO - Theatre Performance

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): C. Ratteray; J. Mills; G. Ortega; Staff
    Credit: 0.25

    Rehearsal and public performance in Theatre Department productions. Enrollment dependent upon casting each semester. One-quarter cumulative credit. May be repeated for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA051H PO - Theatre Performance and Pedagogy

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): C. Ratteray; J. Mills; G. Ortega; Staff
    Credit: 0.5

    Same course as THEA 051C PO  with additional research and written assignments. Enrollment dependent upon casting each semester. Half-course. May be repeated for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA052C PO - Theatre Production: Practicum

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): S. Linnell; J. Taylor
    Credit: 0.25

    Participation in the production aspects (scenery, properties, costumes, make-up, lighting, sound and/or management) of Seaver Theatre productions. Cumulative credit. May be repeated for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA052H PO - Theatre Production: Practicum and Pedagogy

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): S. Linnell; J. Taylor
    Credit: 0.5

    Same course as THEA 052C PO  with additional assignments. Half-course. May be repeated for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA053CGPO - Alexander Technique in Motion - Group

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): M. Jolley; J. Schultz
    Credit: 0.25

    Alexander Technique in Motion is a pragmatic method for exploring the basis of human movement, understanding how we interfere with our own coordination and how we can change unconscious physical habits. Journals and outside practice periods are essential as an integral part of the course. Group class. Cumulative credit. P/NC only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6; Physical Education
  
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    THEA053CIPO - Alexander Technique and Pedagogy - Individual

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): M. Jolley; J. Schultz
    Credit: 0.25

    This course is the section of Alexander Technique study that entails 5 individual lessons one-on-one with the instructor during the course of the semester. Times TBA at the convenience of student and instructor.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA053HGPO - Alexander Technique in Motion - Group

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): M. Jolley; J. Schultz
    Credit: 0.5

    Variants of this course are DANC 175 PO , DANC 176 PO , and THEA 053CGPO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6; Physical Education
  
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    THEA053HIPO - Alexander Technique and Pedagogy - Individual

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): M. Jolley; J. Schultz
    Credit: 0.5

    This course is the section of Alexander Technique study that entails ten individual lessons one-on-one with the instructor during the course of the semester. Times TBA at the convenience of student and instructor.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA054C PO - The Speaking Voice

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): G. Ortega; M. Prahl
    Credit: 0.25

    In all professions but especially for performers, special skills are required for speaking expressively. In today’s world simply knowing your subject isn’t enough. In this experience based class you will learn techniques to access the mind-body connection that will allow you to release your unique and expressive voice. You will leave the class with skills that will enhance your life and career. Offered concurrently with Intermediate Acting. The Speaking Voice serves as a lab for the actor to develop a process for tackling every type of text. Topics include: phonation, articulation, resonation, and projection as well as breath support. Co-requisites: THEA 012 PO . Students must have already taken or be currently enrolled in THEA 012 PO . Pass/No credit grading only. May be repeated four times for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA055 PO - Stage Management: Practicum and Pedagogy

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    Same course as THEA055H PO, but with additional duties and responsibilities. Instructor approval required. P/NC only. May be repeated once for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA055H PO - Stage Management: Practicum

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5

    Intensive practicum-based work as the stage manager or assistant stage manager of a mainstage Theatre Department Production. Course requires attendance at most rehearsals and all performances in support of the director, the actors and other members of the production team. P/NC only. May be repeated for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA060 PO - Theatre and Youth (CP)

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): R. Portillo
    Credit: 0.5

    A practicum-based examination of the theories and practice of creating dramatic work particularly with young audiences. Participants will develop the skills necessary for developing theatre-based curriculum and implementing it in school and other community settings. These skills include: basic theatrical performance techniques, cultural responsiveness, leadership, and team-building. Students may also work with local school groups. Prior theatre experience is desirable but not required. THEA060  PO (.5 course credits) and THEA061  PO (1 course credit) are repeatable up to a limit of 2 course credits total from either or both courses.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA062 PO - Lifting Silent Narratives

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): R. Portillo
    Credit: 1

    Students in this course will investigate the history of Community Engaged Theater at Pomona College by examining the Theater with Young Audiences program over its 13 year history. This program brings Claremont College students together with Pomona Unified School District students to create politically and socially relevant theatre works. Students will gain and apply critical ethnographic and archiving skills: interviewing past participants in the program, selecting key excerpts from past scripts, watching and cataloguing video documentation in order to exemplify how the program has worked to uncover silent narratives, and effect personal and societal change. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    THEA080 PO - Scene Design for Stage and Screen

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): J. Taylor
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to the creation of artistically appropriate environments for theatre, and related forms. Dynamic, hands on, creative projects encourage the development of the conceptual, graphic and three-dimensional skills necessary for effective scene design practice. This project work is supplemented by reading, discussion and play attendance.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA081 PO - Costume Design for Stage and Screen

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): S. Linnell
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to the creation of artistically appropriate costumes for theatre, dance, opera, film and television. Dynamic, hands on, creative projects encourage the development of the conceptual, graphic and painterly skills necessary for effective costume designs. This project work is supplemented by reading, discussion and play attendance.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA082 PO - The Magic of Theatrical Light

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): J. Taylor
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to the creation of artistically appropriate lighting for theatre and related forms. Once mastery of lighting equipment is achieved, students explore the artistic use of light through a variety of dynamic hands-on creative projects.  This project work is supplemented by reading, discussion and play attendance.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA083 PO - Sound Design

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2022.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    This course introduces students to the process of creating artistically appropriate sound for theatre, and related forms. Once mastery of sound equipment such as Q-Lab and Pro Tools is achieved, students will explore the artistic use of sound through a variety of dynamic hands-on creative projects. This project work is supplemented by reading, discussion and play attendance. May be repeated once for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA084 PO - Projection and Media Design for Theater

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2021.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to projection design, the newest, most exciting, and most interdisciplinary design area of theatre and related fields. This dynamic, project-based course will examine both the technical and design aspects of artistic 2-D, 3-D, and moving graphic projection. Coursework includes both still and moving media content for playback in a range of theatrical environments. The course also features an introduction to projection hardware, including the use of projectors, LED walls, and media control systems. Once mastery of the hardware has been achieved, the course will focus on the process of creative transformations from dramatic texts into dynamic 2-D, 3-D, and moving artistic expressions for the stage. Letter grade only. Previously offered as THEA025  PO.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA089C PO - Movements for Actors and Others

    When Offered: Fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): J. Lu
    Credit: 1

    This course draws from The Feldenkrais Method, Qigong, and other somatic praxes to guide students towards refining their body-mind awareness and increasing their range and efficiency of motion and then applying this awareness to text. Breathing exercises, movement explorations, stretching, and other sensory work will expand your options for expression. This course is also specifically designed for this moment to take place largely laying down with your eyes closed which should be restorative after a long day of classes on Zoom! May be repeated 4 times for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA089D PO - The Feldenkrais Method

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): J. Lu
    Credit: 1

    The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and awareness to help us improve our self-use, increase our comfort and reduce pain. The Feldendkrais Method reconnects us to ourselves so that we may experience enhanced functioning in all aspects of performance: athletic, theatrical, dance, and all human action really! This course also includes journaling, light readings, and discussion. Letter grade only. May be repeated once for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA091 PO - Musical Theatre Performance.

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): G. Ortega
    Credit: 1

    A variety of musical theatre explorations designed to enhance knowledge and performance skills that incorporate acting in musical scenes, learning dance techniques, and singing solos as well as choral numbers. Students are challenged to infuse their performances with an in-depth specificity to build a repertoire of material suited to their individual strengths. Guest artists are also invited to conduct workshops as well as speak about their experience as a professional in the field. Elements of the course will be developed into a culmination of a studio performance at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: THEA001A PO and DANC010 PO or by permission of the instructor.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA100E PO - Acting Studio: Acting for Film and Television

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): C. Ratteray; Staff
    Credit: 1

    This course develops technical and conceptual techniques for the interpretation and performance of comedy and drama for film, television and emerging technologies. Students will audition, rehearse and perform on camera a variety of scenes from film and theatre. Students will analyze and critique their on-camera work, as well as the work of classmates and established actors. Prerequisites: Any THEA001 and THEA 012 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6; Speaking Intensive
  
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    THEA100K PO - Audition Technique and the Monologues

    When Offered: Spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): J. Mills.
    Credit: 1

    This practical performance course will focus on monologues and audition techniques for theatre, television, and film. Students will have the chance to develop audition monologues from contemporary or classical plays, as well as craft their own material for original showcases. This advanced studio will build on actor training from basic and intermediate acting, as well as strengthen skills for professional auditions. Guest actors, directors, and casting associates will visit the class to discuss current trends and best practices for auditioning. Prerequisites: any THEA001x course and THEA 012 PO  or permission from instructor. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA100S PO - Acting Studio: Acting Shakespeare


    Credit: 1

    Speak the Speech: Acting Shakespeare. How does one “speak the speech trippingly on the tongue” as Hamlet advises in Shakespeare’s most famous play? Acting Shakespeare will explore this question and examine the fundamental tools necessary to unlocking the Bard’s vigorous language. Students will mine the first folio texts, which reveal through meter and punctuation, clues to performance. They will analyze his verse structure, verb choices, and rhetorical devises for insights into the emotional and physical life of Shakespeare’s most beloved and notorious characters. Students will also explore fundamental acting principles such as objective, action, and obstacle as they search to embody the truth of Shakespeare’s words and sounds. Course expectations include preparation and performance of monologues and scenes. Enrollment in THEA 054C PO  (Voice for the Actor) is required for participation in this course. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: THEA001 PO or THEA004 PO, and THEA 012 PO , or by audition. May be repeated once for credit.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6; Speaking Intensive
  
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    THEA130 PO - Introduction to Directing (CP)

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): J. Mills; G. Ortega
    Credit: 1

    This course is an introduction to the art and craft of directing for the stage and related forms that will allow the artist to enhance their vision and eventually formulate their concept into fruition. There will be an emphasis on play selection, detailed script analysis, the director’s concept, collaboration with designers, auditions and casting, actor coaching, rehearsal strategies, and production methods. We will workshop several scenes as well as projects that the students will create. In addition, our directors will have the opportunity to work with students from a local elementary school as a community partner to produce a short adaptation of a fairy tale or a fable being taught in their curriculum. CP course. Prerequisites: THEA001 PO and THEA 002 PO , or permission from instructor. Letter grade only. 
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA141 PO - Dramaturgy

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): C. Hurtado-Pierson
    Credit: 1

    An exploration of the various roles of the dramaturg with emphasis on the dramaturg’s obligations to text, production and audience. Inquiry into the dynamics of the dramaturg’s relationship to playwrights, designers, performers and directors. Course work will include practical application of research tools and application of dramatic theory.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    THEA170 PO - Writing for Performance

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): C. Hurtado-Pierson
    Credit: 1

    Introduction to the techniques of creative writing for performance: structuring the basic idea, development of character and situation and rewriting.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6; Writing Intensive
  
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    THEA187 PO - Theatre Practicum

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5

    An experiential, practice-based course in acting, directing, applied theatre, design, devising, playwriting, dramaturgy, stage management, or theatre scholarship. Individualized instruction, typically connected to the Department’s major productions, will focus on the development of the student’s skills in preparation for the creative Senior Project or the more traditional Senior Thesis. Letter grade only.
  
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    THEA188 PO - Theory/Criticism/Praxis

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): J. Lu
    Credit: 1

    This course provides a foundation of basic theories regarding the nature of the theatrical event. What are the main principles, philosophies and questions that have influenced western theatre artists, critics, audiences and scholars in the past and why? How do these principles influence us in the present, and how might they influence the future of theatrical performance? Students will formulate their own aesthetic, philosophical, and critical points of view about theater. Presentations, papers, and weekly discussion will lead towards the final project: a manifesto/ thesis proposal in the format of a TED Talk.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Speaking Intensive; Writing Intensive
  
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    THEA190 PO - Senior Research and Colloquium

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5

    A team-taught course intended to prepare students for subsequent work in Senior Thesis (THEA 191H PO ) or Senior Project (THEA 192H PO ). In Senior Colloquium, students choosing to write a traditional thesis will conduct research and write rough drafts. Students choosing to engage in a creative project will conduct research and carry out conceptual work and planning. The course seeks to create an intellectual and artistic community through the informal and formal sharing of work among class members and instructors. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: THEA 188 PO  or consent of the instructor.
  
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    THEA191H PO - Senior Thesis

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5

    A formal academic investigation of a theatrical topic, written under the close supervision of Theatre faculty members. The thesis process includes traditional and non-traditional research, submission of drafts for revision, a public informal research/poster presentation and a formal thesis defense. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: THEA 188 PO .
  
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    THEA192H PO - Senior Project

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5

    Individually planned reading, writing and creative activity, focused on the actual creation of a work (or works) for public performance. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: THEA 188 PO  or permission of Department Chair.
  
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    THEA199DRPO - Theatre: Directed Readings

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5-1

    Syllabus reflects workload of a standard course in the department or program. Examinations or papers equivalent to a standard course. Regular interaction with the faculty supervisor. Weekly meetings are the norm. Available for full- or half-course credit.
  
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    THEA199IRPO - Theatre: Independent Research

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5-1

    A substantial and significant piece of original research or creative product produced. Prerequisite course work required. Available for full or half-course credit.
  
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    THEA199RAPO - Theatre: Research Assistantship

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5

    Lab notebook, research summary or other product appropriate to the discipline is required. Half-course credit only.
 

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