Graduates of our 2-year Associate Degree in Film and Television Performance Program, or students with equivalent credits, are eligible to apply to the Theater Performance Program to earn a Certificate in Theater. It’s the perfect next step for those who love stage as much as screen.

The Theater Performance Program is designed to expand each actor’s repertoire of vocal and physical skills so that they are ready to impress directors and move audiences. Coursework includes theater history and an overview of theatrical styles in lively, non-traditional class structures. The year includes numerous performance opportunities, including both devised work and traditional plays.

THE300 – Acting I

A deeper exploration of Meisner and Stanislavski techniques applied to exercises designed by Bobby Lewis and Uta Hagen. Students will progress through a series of traditional exercises while also performing monologues and scene work.

6.0 Credits / Prerequisites: Successful completion of Film and Television Year or equivalent.

THE301 – Voice and Speech III

A continued exploration of the vocal work begun in Voice and Speech I and II, designed to improve vocal clarity and expressiveness. The class includes articulation drills and breath support exercises, as well as performances that rely heavily on the voice as a tool for characterization.

3.0 Credits / Prerequisites: Successful completion of Film and Television Year or equivalent.

THE302 – Movement for Actors III

Building on the foundation from Movement for Actors I and II, this course is a deeper exploration of physical awareness, expressiveness, flexibility, and instinct. Students also learn period movement, theatrical dance styles, and exercises for toning and alignment.

3.0 Credits / Prerequisites: Successful completion of Film and Television Year or equivalent.

THE304 – Theater History/Literary Analysis I

A survey of classic plays and their relationships to other art forms and historical events of their time. Students will learn the basics of dramaturgical research while working on the technical aspects necessary for the performance of texts from the 19th and 20th centuries.

2.0 Credits / Prerequisites: Successful completion of Film and Television Year or equivalent.

THE305 – Acting II

Acting II helps students develop a deeper understanding of scene structure and how to interpret a character’s intentions and motivations in order to fulfill the demands of the script. Students will also engage in exercises to increase focus and comfort
on stage.

6.0 Credits / Prerequisites: THE300

THE306 – Voice and Speech IV

This advanced voice class guides students in the use of the voice as an acting tool. Students will develop the vocal skills necessary for all areas of theater history and learn dialects commonly used in contemporary theater.

3.0 Credits / Prerequisites: THE301

THE307 – Movement for Actors IV

Building on Movement for Actors III, this course uses experiential exercises to help students gain heightened awareness of the body as an acting instrument, with additional emphasis on period movement, basic theatrical dance styles, and alignment exercises.

3.0 Credits / Prerequisites: THE302

THE308 – One-Act Project

In this intensive workshop, students work in ensembles to perform one-act plays to gain a better understanding of character arcs, through lines of action, multiple conflicts, climax, and denouement of a script. Exercises also reinforce the fundamentals of stage direction such as composition, imagery, tempo, and movement.

2.0 Credits / Prerequisites: Successful completion of Film and Television Year or equivalent.

THE309 – Theater History/Literary Analysis II

A continuation of Theater History/Literary Analysis I. Students will read plays and gather dramaturgical research on theatrical texts beginning with the Greek and Roman theater and continuing through the early 19th century.

2.0 Credits / Prerequisites: THE304