The classes in the Theatre Department are designed as a cohesive program focused on teaching students how to create new works. We offer a major and minor in theatre studies and no audition is necessary to be a theatre major. Many of our students combine their theatre studies major with a major in another subject. At PC, all theatre classes are open to all students.

Foundation Courses

The foundation courses, Intro to Theatre, Design Process and Acting Process, are required for both the major and minor in theatre and introduce the skills needed to be active participants in the creation of new work.

Courses About Theatre

These courses are designed to help students create dynamic new work by understanding theatre created by others.  Although they all have different subject matter, they share an active approach to the material, including scene work.  The courses about theatre are Theatre History I and II, African-American Theatre, and Intercultural Theatre.  Typically, the theatre history classes are offered in the fall semester, and the others in the spring. Theatre History I and Intercultural Theatre can be used towards the International Studies Major.

Courses in Creating Theatre

These courses form the backbone of our academic program and our theatre season.  The work created in these classes is presented on stage every semester as our main stage season.  In the fall, the students in Adaptation and Documentary theatre create the script for the play.  We hold open auditions for actors and craft the script with them in mind.  In the spring, the students enrolled in Devised Theatre and Theatre for Social Change create and perform the play (or work backstage if being onstage is not their thing).  Seniors will take either Devised Theatre: Capstone or Theatre for Social Change: Capstone.  They will be expected to take a leadership role in the production that spring as the fulfillment of a major in theatre studies.

Courses in Dance

We offer two dance courses at PC – Movement Styles I and II.  These are introductory courses, open to everyone, which offer an interdisciplinary approach to movement.

General Education Courses in the Department

The general education fine arts requirement may be met by taking Introduction to Theatre, Theatre History I or II, or Design Process. The department offers three courses that can count towards the intercultural general education requirement.  They are Movement Styles two, which explores African rhythms in dance, African-American Theatre, and Intercultural Theatre.

CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed

1000 Introduction to Theatre (3)

A general survey designed to give the student an overview of the history and practice of theatre. Emphasis is given to the history of the theatre and study of the relationship of theatre to society, the creative nature of the theatre, theories of the theatre, the relationship of theatre to the other fine arts, theatre and crafts, and dramatic literature.

1200 The Design Process (3)

In this course, students will be introduced to the work of the theatre designer from the conceptual process to the finished product of set, costumes, and lights with emphasis on the visual communication of meaning and the relationship of the designer to the total production process. Students will work conceptually on class projects and experientially on the departmental production. (Fall)

1300 The Acting Process (3)

(PR: THEA 1000 or POI) In this introductory acting class, students will learn to convey ideas to an audience with clarity. Through exercises in voice and diction as well as physical training, students will develop and strengthen their communication skills for use in the theatre and in everyday life. The class will focus on the relationship between the actor’s craft and the artistic purpose of the production. (Spring)

1400 Movement Styles I (3)

An interdisciplinary approach to movement which incorporates yoga, ballet, and modern dance. With a focus on balance and alignment, students develop an awareness of dance through collaboration, ensemble performance, and choreography. (Spring, odd years)

1401 Movement Styles II (3)

An interdisciplinary approach to movement, which incorporates African Dance, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Students will research the history of each dance style and then choreograph dances utilizing these dance techniques. (Spring, even years)

2100 Theatre History I (3)

A survey of the history of theatre practice and critical theory from ancient times until the end of the 18th century. Emphasis will be placed on the theatre of Ancient Greece; Medieval theatre; Asian theatre; the theatre of the Renaissance in England, Spain, Italy, and France; and the English Restoration theatre. Methods of study will include lectures, readings, class discussions, and group projects. (Fall, even years)

2101 Theatre History II (3)

A survey of the history of theatre practice and critical theory from the 19th century to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the development of style, from romanticism to realism, and the reactions to realism. Methods of study will include lectures, readings, class discussions, and group projects. (Fall, odd years)

2103 African-American Theatre (3)

A survey course on the development of modern African-American theatre, using the works of a selection of African-American playwrights as examples of the theatre of their time. (Spring, odd years)

2104 Intercultural Theatre (3)

In this course, students will investigate contemporary intercultural performance practice in the context of globalization and consider the ethical and artistic implications when a style is adapted for use outside of its parent culture. (Spring, even years)

2300 Adaptation (3)

(PR: THEA 1000 or CRWR 2100, 2200, 2300, 2400) Students in this course will adapt works of non-theatrical writing to create a script for the stage. (Fall, even years)

2301 Documentary Theatre (3)

(PR: THEA 1000 or CRWR 2100, 2200, 2300, 2400) In this course the students will study an historical figure or time period and create a play based on that research. (Fall, odd years)

2500 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.

3000 Theatre for Social Change (3)

(PR: THEA 1300 or POI) This course will investigate the history of theatre for social change, including the work of Augusto Boal, Theatro Campesino, The Bread and Puppet Theatre, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Anna Deveare Smith, and others. It will then explore the process of collective creation by developing a production from concept to final performance. (Spring, odd years)

3001 Devised Theatre (3)

(PR: THEA 1000, 1200, 1300, or POI) In this course, students will use theatrical modes of expression, including, but not limited to, poetry, music, and movement, to investigate the inner landscape of self. They will then explore the process of collective creation by developing a production from concept to final performance. (Spring, even years)

4000 Theatre for Social Change: Capstone (3)

(PR: THEA Major and SR Status) This course will investigate the history of theatre for social change and explore the process of collective creation by developing a production from concept to final performance. Senior theatre students will demonstrate their understanding of theatre art during the production process and in reflective activities. (Spring, odd years)

4001 Devised Theatre: Capstone (3)

(PR: THEA major and SR Status) In this course, students will use theatrical modes of expression including, but not limited to, poetry, music, and movement, to investigate the inner landscape of self and develop a production from concept to final performance. Senior theatre majors will demonstrate their understanding of theatre art during the production process and in reflective activities. (Spring, even years)

4002 Special Projects (3-6)

(PR: JR or SR status, or permission of major professor) This course will normally involve student participation in an off-campus project. See Catalog.

4003 Honors Research (3-6)

See Catalog.

4005 Directed Study (1-6)

(PR: JR or SR status, THEA major, and approval of major professor) Directed independent study in one or more of the following areas: (1) the teaching of drama and speech, (2) dramatic literature, (3) acting, (4) directing, and (5) technical theatre. See Catalog.

4006 Seminar (1-9)

See Catalog.

4007 Internships in Theatre (1-6)

(PR: THEA 1000 and 15 additional hours of theatre) Open only to theatre majors. Internships may be pursued in acting, stage managing, design, technical theatre, or related fields approved by the student’s advisor and the drama faculty. The student’s work will be closely supervised in the company in which the internship is undertaken, and he/she must submit weekly written reports and a final written report to his/her faculty supervisor. A student may not earn more than six hours in internship programs in theatre. See Catalog.

4009 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.