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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 1 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (48 total per quarter)
Advisory: This course is included in the Production-Performance family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in THTR 50.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will discover and investigate skills applicable to the creation of all aspects of theatre production.
  • A successful student will practice and apply skills in mutiple areas of theatre, including playwriting, acting, directing, design, management and marketing.
  • A successful student will identify and explore relevant, topical, contemporary issues and themes upon which to build a production.


This course teaches the full development of an organic, original production from inception to performance. Under the guidance and supervision of the instructor who initiates the process, students will all contribute to produce a full-length production consisting of several student-generated short plays. Beginning students will focus as actors and production support as needed. The quarter culminates with several public performances.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. develop an awareness of skills applicable to all aspects of theatre production.
B. immediately and practically apply knowledge and skills directly into the discipline of theatre production.
C. participate as an actor and/or production support in multiple areas of theatre craft.

Course Content

A. Study, observe and participate in a broad range of theatre production elements, in order to understand the inner workings of the theatrical production process.
1. Creative: Script writing, directing, acting, design
2. Technical: Stage management, running crews
3. Production: House management, publicity, concessions
B. Contribute to a viable performance product for public audience as the culmination of the term's process.
1. Understand the audition process (all acting and technical roles and positions will be assigned and/or supervised by student leaders and the instructor)
2. Identify and adhere to deadlines and consequential scheduling needs
3. Participate in all technical and dress rehearsals and performance times
C. Explore work as an actor and/or production support.
1. Meet all deadlines for script breakdown and memorization
2. Understand rehearsal preparation and performance requirements
3. Understand the role an individual plays in a multi-collaborative art form

Lab Content

A. Cooperative rehearsal and development of student created plays.
B. Student responsibility coordinating entire program into performance ready entity.
C. Scheduled technical rehearsals and public performance time.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. A building with an unobstructed, flat floor approximately 30' x 40', as well as additional classroom spaces for rehearsals.
B. Access to and use of simple furniture and set pieces, as well as minimal props and costume pieces.
C. A studio theatre performance space with seating for approximately 100 people.
D. Access to approximately 100 folding chairs and portable platforms for potential outdoor performances.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Students' performance will be evaluated on the basis of quality and consistency of contribution to the ensemble process.
B. Students' fulfillment of assigned roles necessary to complete the cooperative task of producing the performance.
C. Students will be evaluated on strength of progressive growth and development during the term.
D. Several public performances of the production will be presented. The quality of performances will be discussed individually with the student and during group critiques and evaluations.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Cooperative learning exercises
D. Oral presentations
E. Laboratory

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Scripts generated by the class.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading and development of viable, performable short plays
B. Group and individual reading of student written work


Theater Arts