Your Curriculum

Theatre Arts

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Mace Archer: 503-491-6970 – Room 2135
Mace.Archer@mhcc.edu

Daryl Harrison-Carson: 503-491-7159 - Room AC2133
Daryl.Harrison@mhcc.edu

Theatre arts provides opportunities for students seeking professional careers in theatre both onstage and behind the scenes as well as opportunities for non-majors to participate in contemporary and classical works. Through classroom study, studio preparation and college productions, students develop a firm foundation in a rich diversity of theatre arts, balancing theory with practical application. Our beautiful facility includes a 500-seat proscenium theatre equipped with state-of-the-art rigging and lighting systems and a 99-seat black-box studio/theatre. Students can transfer to a four-year college or university to work toward a bachelor’s degree in theater.

Curricular Outcomes
At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Identify, interpret and apply stage and blocking terminology; read and execute technical drawings for scenery and lighting
  • Speak and write fluently about performances, correctly using the specific vocabulary of the art and craft
  • Work independently and as an ensemble team member in accomplishing performance and production tasks
  • Present an expressive, disciplined performance of a scene and/or monologue in a manner that is original, lucid and well-crafted and/or present a completed production design demonstrating process from script analysis to concept development to final presentation
  • Create a résumé and support materials (head shot and/or portfolio) suitable for an interview in professional or educational theatre

The following plans of classes are a general guide to prepare students to pursue a theatre arts degree at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-15 of the printed catalog.

Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

The theatre arts curriculum focuses on the first two years of a four-year theatre degree. The coursework includes AAOT requirements and students may choose between the theatre arts/performance or theatre arts/production-designer plan, or a combination of both to complete a two-year degree. Students participate in a variety of productions including children’s shows, original works, one-act plays and readings, comedy-improv shows and musical theatre.

Theatre Arts/Performance

First Quarter Credits
TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance 3
TA141 Acting Fundamentals I
3
TA153D Theater Workshop: Children’s Workshop, First Year or
TA227 Theatrical Makeup
2-3
WR121 English Composition 4
  Oral Communication requirement1 3-4
15-17
Second Quarter
TA107 Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary 3
TA142 Acting Fundamentals II 3
TA153A
TA153B
TA153C
Theater Workshops, First Year or
TA114A/B/C Technical Theatre Workshop – First Year2
1-3
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
  Mathematics requirement1 4
15-17
Third Quarter
TA101 Appreciating Theater 3
TA143 Acting Fundamentals III 3
TA153A
TA153B
TA153C
Theater Workshops, First Year or
TA121 Costuming
1-3
  Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
  Science/Math/Computer Science requirement1 3-5
13-17
Fourth Quarter
TA241 Intermediate Acting Techniques: Styles or
TA227 Theatrical Makeup
3
TA253D
Theatre Workshop: Children’s Workshop, Second Year or
TA214A/B/C Technical Theater Workshop: Second Year3
1-3
  Lab Science requirement1, 2 4-5
  Social Science requirement (2 courses)1, 2 6-8
14-19
Fifth Quarter
TA148 Movement for the Actor or
TA213 Stage Lighting Design
2-3
TA253A
TA253B
TA253C
Theater Workshops, Second Year or
A214A/B/C Technical Theater Workshop: Second Year3
1-3
SP262 Voice and Articulation3 or
TA199TD Theories of Directing
3
  Lab Science requirement1,2 4-5
  Social Science requirement1,2 3-4
13-18
Sixth Quarter
TA144 Improvisation or
TA211 Scene Design
3
TA253A
TA253B
TA253C
Theater Workshops, Second Year or
TA214A/B/C Technical Theater Workshop: Second Year2
1-3
  Humanities requirement1, 2 (3)
  Lab Science requirement1, 2 4-5
  Social Science requirement1, 2 3-4
11-18

1This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT); refer to degree requirements, page 10 of the printed catalog.
2Students must complete at least 90 credits, but no more than 108 credits, for an MHCC degree.

The following curriculum is for students interested in technology and design and provides foundational training in the art of stagecraft: set design, lighting, rigging, makeup, costume design and stage management. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on application and provides students with the foundational skills necessary for a career behind the scenes.

Theatre Arts/Production - Designer

First Quarter Credits
TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance 3
TA111 Technical Theatre: Scenery and Rigging
3
TA114A/B/C Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year
1-3
WR121 English Composition 4
  Oral Communication requirement1 3-4
14-17
Second Quarter
TA107 Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary 3
TA112 Technical Theatre: Lighting and Sound 3
TA114A/B/C
Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year
1-3
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking Mathematics requirement 4
  Mathematics requirement1 4
15-17
Third Quarter
TA101 Appreciating Theater 3
TA113 Technical Theatre: Painting and Props 3
TA114A/B/C Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year
1-3
  Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
  Science/Math/Computer Science requirement1 3-5
13-17
Fourth Quarter
TA241 Intermediate Acting Techniques: Styles or
TA227 Theatrical Makeup
3
TA253D Theatre Workshop: Children’s Workshop, Second Year or
TA214A/B/C Technical Theater Workshop - Second Year2
1-3
  Lab Science requirement1, 2 4-5
  Social Science requirement1, 2 6-8
14-19
Fifth Quarter
TA213 Stage Lighting Design or
TA148 Movement for the Actor
2-3
TA253A
TA253B
TA253C
Theater Workshops: Second Year or
TA214A/B/C Technical Theater Workshop: Second Year2
1-3
TA199TD Theories of Directing or
TA198 Independent Studies: Theatre
1-3
  Lab Science requirement1,2 4-5
  Social Science requirement1,2 3-4
11-18
Sixth Quarter
TA211 Scene Design or
TA121 Costuming or
TA144 Improvisation
3
TA253A
TA253B
TA253C
Theater Workshops, Second Year or
TA214A/B/C Technical Theater Workshop - Second Year2
1-3
  Humanities requirement1, 2 3
  Lab Science requirement1, 2 4-5
  Social Science requirement1, 2 3-4
14-18

1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT): refer to degree requirements, page 10 of the printed catalog.
2 Students must complete at least 90 credits, but no more than 108 credits, for an MHCC degree.

Transfer Schools’ Web Links:
Eastern Oregon University - eou.edu//theatre
Oregon State University - oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/
Portland State University - pdx.edu/the-arts/theatre-film
Southern Oregon University - sou.edu/theatre/
University of Oregon - theatre.uoregon.edu/
Western Oregon University - wou.edu/las/creativearts/theater_dance/theatre_info.php

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