Although HACC campuses will remain closed until Dec. 31, 2020, select art, photography and theatre courses will include
certain hands-on components to be fulfilled within our performance, lab and studio spaces.

Theatre Course Descriptions

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 3 | Lab hour(s): 0

Discusses the role that performing arts plays within society dating back to primitive times through the present. Students explore the functions of actors, directors, researchers, designers, playwrights, and audiences in a theatrical performance. (H&A)

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Introduces students to the theory and techniques of the actor’s art through exercises, improvisations, basic script analysis, and exposure to live theatre. Prerequisite: Eligibility for enrollment into ENGL 101. Co-requisite: THTR 120 & 130 for Theatre majors only. (H&A)

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Covers the transition between exercises involving student actors’ portrayal of self and their subsequent portrayal of characters. Prerequisite: THTR 110, 120, and 130 with grades of C or higher. Co-requisite: THTR 121 and 131.

Credit hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lecture hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lab hour(s): 0 OR 1

Introduction of techniques that allow actors to develop a natural on-stage speaking voice and to interpret written materials effectively. Co-requisite: THTR 110 and 130.

Credit hour(s): 2 | Lecture hour(s): 1 | Lab hour(s): 3

Introduces students to the International Phonetic Alphabet and Standard English dialects specifically intended for stage use. Prerequisite: THTR 110 and 120 with grades of C or higher. Co-requisite: THTR 111.

Credit hour(s): 2 | Lecture hour(s): 1 | Lab hour(s): 3

Provides students with an in-depth study of advanced dialects specifically intended for stage use. This study also includes the necessary preparation for auditions, improvisational work, and character study. Prerequisite: THTR 121 with a grade of C or higher.

Credit hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lecture hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lab hour(s): 0 OR 1

Basic stage movement for the actor, emphasizing motion and alignment. Co-requisite: THTR 110 and 120.

Credit hour(s): 2 | Lecture hour(s): 1 | Lab hour(s): 3

Presents the development of a character through whole-body movement that focuses upon period styles. This course also includes an introduction to the basic skills of stage combat. Prerequisite: THTR 120 and 130 with grades of C or higher. Co-requisite: THTR 111.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Introduces students to the basic differences between the acting styles used in film versus those used in theatre. This course presents the fundamentals for auditioning and performing on-camera with specific focus on sight-reading, vocal quality, physical preparation, commercial presentation, and scene work. Prerequisite: THTR 110, 111 or 210 with a grade of B or higher.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Explores the aesthetics of scene design. Students are taught the fundamentals of construction, painting, drafting, and mounting used in a theatrical production. A course fee is required. Prerequisite: MATH 008 with a grade of C or higher; or placement through the College's Placement & Testing Program.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Studies the application of makeup including straight, corrective and prosthetic types based on character analysis. The course emphasizes the design and implementation of special effects makeup including life masks and casting of prosthetics. A course fee is required.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Introduces the study and practical application of costume construction techniques. The course covers fabric study, patterning, draping, fitting, and script analysis. A course fee is required. Prerequisite:MATH 008 with a grade of C or higher; or placement through the College Testing and Placement program.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 3 | Lab hour(s): 0

Covers the history of the American musical stage from early forms to contemporary Broadway successes. This course emphasizes the analysis of libretto and the development of performing skills culminating in the presentation of student work. Prerequisite: THTR 101 or 110 with a grade of C or higher, and eligibility for enrollment into ENGL 101.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 3 | Lab hour(s): 0

Explores how and why lighting is used in the theatrical environment. Students are introduced to both the theory and practice of theatrical lighting technology and design. Prerequisite: MATH 022 with a grade of C or higher; or placement through the College Testing and Placement Program.

Credit hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lecture hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lab hour(s): 0 OR 2

Introduces students to theatre production through practical, hands-on experiences. This course is the first of three practicum experiences in which students must participate in a HACC theatre production working within one of the following areas: acting, technical, and/or front of house. Each of the three theatre practicum courses allows students to work in different areas within each production. But, students may not duplicate areas and must secure approval by a supervising faculty member of their individualized practicum experience within the second week of the semester. This course is open to all HACC students who meet the course prerequisite. Prerequisite: THTR 101 with a grade of C or higher.

Credit hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lecture hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lab hour(s): 0 OR 2

Introduces students to theatre production through practical, hands-on experiences. This course is the second of three practicum experiences in which students must participate in a HACC theatre production working within one of the following areas: acting, technical, and/or front of house. Each of the three theatre practicum courses allows students to work in different areas within each production. But, students may not duplicate areas and must secure approval of supervising faculty member individualized practicum experience within the second week of the semester. This course is open to all HACC students who meet the course prerequisite. Prerequisite: THTR 147 with a grade of C or higher.

Credit hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lecture hour(s): 0 OR 1 | Lab hour(s): 0 OR 2

Introduces students to theatre production through practical, hands-on experiences. This course is the third of three practicum experiences in which students must participate in a HACC theatre production working within one of the following areas: acting, technical, and/or front of house. Each of the three theatre practicum courses allows students to work in different areas within each production. But, students may not duplicate areas and must secure approval of supervising faculty member of their individualized practicum experience within the second week of the semester. This course is open to all HACC students who meet the course prerequisite. Prerequisite: THTR 148 with a grade of C or higher.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Uses the Meisner Technique to prepare students by means of exercises and projects to analyze plays, to develop characterizations, and to discuss pivotal scenes. This course also covers resumes, headshots, auditions, and interviews. Prerequisite: THTR 110, 111, 121, and 131 with grades of C or higher.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

The role of the director and the director/actor relationship discussed in three units. The first unit considers the historical role of the director, the criteria for selection of a play, and the principles of audition and casting. Unit 2 covers the techniques of blocking, ground plans, composition, and picturization. The final unit emphasizes the individual and collaborative efforts of actor and director through the student’s preparation of scene projects. Prerequisite: THTR 142, 144, and 210 with grades of C or higher; or permission of the Instructor.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Studies the histrionic theories, techniques, and performance practices of Period Acting. Period Acting includes the following styles: Greek, Commedia, Elizabethan, Restoration, Melodrama and Absurdism. A course fee is required. Prerequisite: THTR 210 with a grade of B or higher.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Builds upon the skills acquired in previous acting courses. This course allows students to enhance their improvisational abilities through spontaneous action. Prerequisite: THTR 110 with a grade of C or higher.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Provides a basis for comprehending the principles and techniques of modern dance and the development of personal creativity through movement. The course addresses the awareness of the body as an instrument of expression; the philosophies of modern dance pioneers; and the development of specific technical dance skills, concepts, and theories of choreography as they apply to dance in the postmodern era. Prerequisite: Eligibility for enrollment into ENGL 101.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 3 | Lab hour(s): 0

Studies six socially and culturally diverse plays by major American playwrights. Students examine the social, historical, and cultural fabric of the theatrical voice of America through three main units: Theatre of Identity, Theatre of Protest, and Cross Cultural Theatre. Prerequisite: ENGL 101, and THTR 101 or 110 with grades of C or higher.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 3 | Lab hour(s): 0

Immerses students into the vibrant theatre cities of London, England and Dublin, Ireland. This course explores the significance of each city’s contribution to history and its corresponding development of theatre by attending professional performances, taking backstage tours and exploring historical sites. Highlights in England include Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Stonehenge, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Globe Theatre, and the Tower of London. Ireland highlights include the Trim Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Smock Alley Theatre. Students are allotted time to explore the cities on their own to pursue individual interests. A course fee is required.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 3 | Lab hour(s): 0

Highlights the best of London – one of the epicenters of theatre. Students attend five performances and participate in the backstage tours of some of London’s most prominent theaters. Students visit Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace), the reconstructed Globe Theatre, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Stonehenge, the City of Bath, Warwick Castle, the British Museum, The British Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museums. Students are allotted time to explore the city on their own to pursue individual interests.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Studies the application of special effects makeup and emphasizes its design and implementation for film and television productions. This course specifically covers character renderings, script breakdown, hand-laying facial hair, tattoos, bald caps, and prosthetic application based upon character analysis. A course fee is required. Prerequisite: THTR 143 with a grade of C or higher.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 2 | Lab hour(s): 3

Examines the application of airbrush makeup to create special effects commonly found in the film and television industry. This course focuses upon airbrush gun and compressor maintenance, beauty, fantasy, full body, stencils, and character renderings.

Credit hour(s): 3 | Lecture hour(s): 0 | Lab hour(s): 15

Provides an opportunity for students to work in all aspects of theatre production outside the periphery of HACC’s Theatre program. This internship course is in partnership with approved industry establishments and allows students to apply the knowledge and skills taught in HACC theatre courses directly to their desired area of specialization for total 225-hours per semester. Students are to submit a final comprehensive reflective report that documents the main achievements of their internship experience. Prerequisite: Permission and signature of the Instructor are required.