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Theatre Arts

TA 140 Acting Shakespeare

Introduction to the skills of performing Shakespearean language. Training includes script analysis, acting, voice, body, and interpersonal skills. Actors receive personal coaching on contemporary approaches to performing Shakespeare.
 

TA 141 Acting 1

Introduction to the fundamentals of acting and the use of acting skills for personal and professional growth. Class exercises focus on body, voice, memorization, increased self-awareness, relaxation, and giving and receiving constructive feedback. Students learn to apply principles from Stanislavski's system for actors through character and scene analysis. No prior experience necessary.
 

TA 142 Acting 2

Students are introduced to in-depth character analysis and more advanced scene work. Performance material includes a ten-minute play and monologue written in contemporary language. Other topics include development of the actor's voice, release of tension, script analysis, and analyzing the work of other actors.
 

TA 143 Acting 3

Continuation of in-depth character analysis and scene work. Students learn to believably and compellingly act in scenes and monologues from contemporary or classic dramatic literature with heightened emotional stakes. Topics include auditioning techniques, development of the actor's voice, relaxation, script analysis, and analyzing the work of other actors.
 

TA 144 Improv

Students learn theatre games, scene development, and other improv techniques. This course develops self-confidence, small group communication skills and problem solving skills. It is beneficial for actors and professionals of all fields. No prior experience necessary.
 

TA 150 Technical Production

This course provides comprehensive information for students who want to learn the necessary technical functions, aspects and operations of Performing Arts productions. Besides a strong knowledge of many technical elements of productions, students become familiar with stagecraft, scenic design, lighting, sound, stage management and crew work. This course is recommended for performers, stagehands and future arts producers in Music, Dance and Theatre, who need to know the basics of stagecraft and backstage communications.
 

TA 153 Theatre Rehearsal and Performance

Designed to provide practical application of classroom theory. Should be taken by participants in a theatrical production of this department scheduled for public performance.
 

TA 212 Introduction to Costuming and Makeup

Introduction to the skills of visually expressing a character through makeup and costuming. Course content includes: examination of the difference between fashion and costuming; introduction of the materials, machinery, tools and techniques of the fashion and costuming industry; application of acquired skills to the construction of a garment and costume elements; introduction and application of visual aesthetics of makeup for performance; fundamentals of makeup; character, age, corrective, beards and mustaches, and three-dimensional makeup design and application techniques.
 

TA 241 Intermediate Acting 1

This course augments previous training by focusing on characterization using dramatic literature with heightened language such as plays by Ibsen, Chekhov, and Wilde. Other topics include development of the actor’s voice, release of tension, script analysis, and analyzing the work of other actors.
 

TA 242 Intermediate Acting 2

This course augments previous training by focusing on characterization in “non-realistic” dramatic literature such as Absurdist, Post-modern, and non-linear plays. Other topics include continued development of the actor’s voice, focus and concentration, script analysis, and in-depth analysis of the work of other actors.
 

TA 243 Acting for the Camera

Introduction to skills required to act in electronic media. Students learns the fundamentals of creating believable and completing characters for camera. Topics include articulation, relaxation, script analysis, and providing feedback to fellow actors. Final project begins the creation of an "actor's reel" for auditions and agent submissions.
 

TA 253 Theatre Rehearsal and Performance

Designed to provide practical application of classroom theory and skills. Should be taken by participants in a theatrical production of this department that is scheduled for public performance.
 

TA 272 Introduction to Theatre

Introduces students to the art and business of contemporary theatre. Topics include playwriting, theatre history, and contemporary production practices. Emphasis is placed on the value of theatre arts to society and the individual. No performing required. No materials to buy. Includes free attendance at local theatrical productions.
 

TA 272_H Introduction to Theatre-Honors

Introduces students to the art and business of contemporary theatre. Topics include playwriting, theatre history, and contemporary production practices. Emphasis is placed on the value of theatre arts to society and the individual. No performing required. No materials to buy. Includes free attendance at local theatrical productions. This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See www.lanecc.edu/honors for information. Students cannot receive credit for both TA 272 and TA 272_H.
 

TA 280 Co-op Ed: Performing Arts

Co-op offers students on-the-job work experience in a theatre-related site. Students integrate theory and practice gained in the classroom with practical experience in the professional world. Students develop skills, explore career options and network with professionals and employers while earning credit toward a degree. Please contact performing arts co-op coordinator before registering. Course may be repeated.
 

TA 298 Independent Study:

A variable credit course based on independent study contracted between an instructor and a student.
 
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