THEATRE ARTS
COURSES

A rigorous, disciplined, and innovative two year curriculum in acting is complimented by integrated studies in technical theatre, theatre history, and theatre production specifically designed to augment the acting focus. Developed for the career-oriented theatre student, the acting program seeks to unlock intuitive potential for performance, and combine it with a powerful, yet flexible set of techniques and skills. Additionally, the theatre training will contribute to the student’s development of people management skills, collaboration strategies, and artistic aesthetic.

All students start here. Building a strong foundation for one’s work is important in any field, but particularly in the practical profession of acting. This course is designed to introduce basic principles of acting including ensemble interaction, character study, expressive dynamics, and the rehearsal process. The student will examine an integration of theatre games, exercises, improvisation, and text analysis culminating in a final presentation.  Focus will be on analyzing monologues and scenes, connecting with scene partners and moment-to-moment text breakdown. (UC, CSU C-ID THTR 151)
This is a beginning course in rehearsal and performance of a laboratory production. As such, minimalistic use of set, lights and other production elements allow the students and director to focus on scene work and character development in a controlled environment. Emphasis is placed on individual creativity and ensemble building. (UC, CSU)
Seeking to introduce the student to a variety of genres, this course is designed as a way to explore the various styles of acting from across the globe. It may include classic Greek, Ibsen, Checkov, the comedy of Moliere, and contemporary playwrights. Students will prepare scenes in the chosen period styles with emphasis on speech, manners and movements. (CSU)
In order to thrive as an actor, one needs a greater context for his or her work and the work of all contemporary theatre practitioners. We aim to create a well-rounded artist who has studied all areas of the field. This course is designed to introduce the scenic styles, theatre architecture, representative plays, practices and theatre traditions from the 18th century to the present in Europe and America. Influences derived from the Asian theatre are also included. (UC, CSU)
The body is an actor’s instrument and it is necessary for each individual actor to understand how his or her’s functions on the stage. This course provides foundations, principles, and exercises designed to aid the actor’s exploration of the body as the core instrument and mode of expression. Actors will work with body alignment in order to create a neutral palate from which the actor’s work begins. Techniques explored will include: Viewpoints, yoga, mask, dance, gesture, and psycho-physical acting. (CSU)
Speaking and being heard on the stage is perhaps the most important skill for any actor. In this course students will develop elements of voice and speech to strengthen, support, and vary the quality of the voice through practice of basic relaxation techniques, breath, resonance, articulation, and projection. The course focuses on pitch, stress, rate, quality, and inflection through a variety of material and the uses of the International Phonetic Alphabet to enhance clarity of speech on stage. (CSU)
Exploring the work from all angles is hugely important for any actor. In this course students will experience the process from the other side of the table to better understand how to communicate with the production team and how his or her work fits into the bigger picture. Coursework includes an introduction to the basic principles of directing including the preparation of a play script from the first reading, through casting, rehearsals, and performance. The student will examine the basic function of the stage director as emphasis will be placed on theory of directing as well as on its practical application for the stage.(CSU)
At Delta College we are seeking to diversify the performer. The more genres with which an actor is familiar, the more he or she will work professionally. This course is a continuation of the theory and techniques used to perform in the genre of musical theatre. Emphasis is placed on learning how to make believable transitions in characterizations from acting, to singing, to dancing. History and styles of musicals are included. The course is not designed to teach the basic elements of acting, singing, or dancing, but rather how to coordinate them. (UC, CSU)
An understanding of Shakespeare and classical work leads to an understanding of all contemporary drama as well. Building a strong foundation for the actor, this course is a continued exploration of the theories and techniques used in preparation for the interpretation of classical drama through acting. Emphasis will be placed on deepening the understanding of heightened texts and character analysis. The student will examine the approach to structure and meter of verse as well as the voice and movement needs to demystify the approach to styles of acting used in classical theatre from the Greeks through Shakespeare and the Restoration. (CSU)
More than just an art form, successful actors must learn how to navigate the entertainment industry as a business. This course will cover the elements of auditioning techniques for college, community, and professional theatre auditions and will include: monologue selection and styles, cold reading, actor’s preparation, research, resume development, interviewing skills and practical application of acting techniques for audition purposes. Students will be exposed to a variety of professionals from the theatrical and film world, meet guest artists and will learn how to create a portfolio of audition material. (CSU)
Thinking spontaneously on stage is an important skill for any live performer. This course is designed as an introduction to theatre games and improvisational techniques. The students will examine and explore non-scripted creative expression and interaction while learning to “think on their feet” in the moment. The course will culminate in an improvisational performance technique known as “long form improv”, performed for an invited audience. (CSU)
Degree Requirements can be found HERE