• Theatre Arts


  • Catalog Year 2016-2017

    Theatre arts provides opportunities for students seeking professional careers in theatre both onstage and behind the scenes as well as opportunities for non-majors to participate in contemporary and classical works. Through classroom study, studio preparation and college productions, students develop a firm foundation in a rich diversity of theatre arts, balancing theory with practical application. Our beautiful facility includes a 500-seat proscenium theatre equipped with state-of-the-art rigging and lighting systems and a 99-seat black-box studio/theatre. Students can transfer to a four-year college or university to work toward a bachelor’s degree in theater.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Identify, interpret and apply stage and blocking terminology; read and execute technical drawings for scenery and lighting
    • Speak and write fluently about performances, correctly using the specific vocabulary of the art and craft
    • Work independently and as an ensemble team member in accomplishing performance and production tasks
    • Present an expressive, disciplined performance of a scene and/or monologue in a manner that is original, lucid and well-crafted and/or present a completed production design demonstrating process from script analysis to concept development to final presentation
    • Create a résumé and support materials (head shot and/or portfolio) suitable for an interview in professional or educational theatre

    The following plans of classes are a general guide to prepare students to pursue a theatre arts degree at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-19 of the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
    • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    The theatre arts curriculum focuses on the first two years of a four-year theatre degree. The coursework includes AAOT requirements and students may choose between the theatre arts/performance or theatre arts/production-designer plan, or a combination of both to complete a two-year degree. Students participate in a variety of productions including children’s shows, original works, one-act plays and readings, comedy-improv shows and musical theatre.

    Theatre Arts/Performance

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance 3
    TA141 Acting Fundamentals I 3
    TA153D Theatre Workshop: Children’s Workshop - First Year or TA227 Theatrical Makeup 2-3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Oral Communication requirement1 3-4
    15-17
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA107 Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary 3
    TA142 Acting Fundamentals II 3
    TA153A / TA153B / TA153C Theatre Workshops: First Year or
    TA114A / TA114B / TA114C Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year2
    1-3
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    Mathematics requirement1 4
    15-17
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA101 Appreciating Theatre 3
    TA143 Acting Fundamentals III 3
    TA153A / TA153B / TA153C Theatre Workshops: First Year or
    TA121 Costuming
    1-3
    Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement1 3-5
    13-17
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA227 Theatrical Makeup 3
    TA253D Theatre Workshop: Children’s Workshop - Second Year or
    TA214A, TA214B, TA214C Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year2
    1-3
    Lab Science requirement1, 2 4-5
    Social Science requirements (2 courses)1, 2 6-8
    14-19
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA148 Movement for the Actor or TA213 Stage Lighting Design 2-3
    TA253A / TA253B / TA253C Theatre Workshops: Second Year or
    TA214A / TA214B / TA214C Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year2
    1-3
    SP262 Voice and Articulation or TA199TD Special Topics: Introduction to Directing for the Stage 3
    Lab Science requirement1, 2 4-5
    Social Science requirement1, 2 3-4
    13-18
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA144 Improvisation or TA211 Scene Design 3
    TA253A / TA253B / TA253C Theatre Workshops: Second Year or
    TA214A / TA214B / TA214C Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year2
    1-3
    Humanities requirement1, 2 (3)
    Lab Science requirement1, 2 4-5
    Social Science requirement1, 2 3-4
    11-18

    1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree; refer to degree requirements, page 10.
    2 Students must complete at least 90 credits, but no more than 108 credits, for an MHCC degree.

    The following curriculum is for students interested in technology and design and provides foundational training in the art of stagecraft: set design, lighting, rigging, makeup, costume design and stage management. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on application and provides students with the foundational skills necessary for a career behind the scenes.

    Theatre Arts/Production - Designer

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance 3
    TA111 Technical Theatre: Scenery and Rigging 3
    TA114B Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year 2
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Oral Communication requirement1 3-4
    15-16
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA107 Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary 3
    TA112 Technical Theatre: Lighting and Sound 3
    TA114B Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year 2
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    Mathematics requirement1 4
    16
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA101 Appreciating Theatre 3
    TA113 Technical Theatre: Painting and Special Effects 3
    TA114C Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year 3
    Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement1 4
    16
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA214B Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year or
    TA253D Theatre Workshop: Children’s Workshop - Second Yea
    TA227 Theatrical Makeup or
    TA241 Intermediate Acting Techniques: Styles
    3
    Lab Science requirement1, 2 4
    Social Science requirement1, 2 6
    15
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA148

    Movement for the Actor or
    TA198B Independent Studies: Theatre

    2
    TA213 Stage Lighting Design 3
    TA214C Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year2 3
    Lab Science requirement1, 2 4
    Social Science requirement1, 2 3
    15
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA211 Scene Design or
    TA121 Costuming
    3
    TA214B Technical Theatre Workshop: Second Year2 or
    TA253B Theatre Workshops: Second Year
    2
    Humanities requirement1, 2 3
    Lab Science requirement1, 2 4
    Social Science requirement1, 2 3
    15

    1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree; refer to degree requirements, page 10.
    2 Students must complete at least 90 credits, but no more than 108 credits, for an MHCC degree.

    Transfer Schools' Web Links
    School Link
    Eastern Oregon University eou.edu/theatre
    Oregon State University iberalarts.oregonstate.edu/theatre/academic-programs/theatre-arts-undergraduate
    Portland State University pdx.edu/theater-film/theater
    Southern Oregon University sou.edu/theatre/index.html
    University of Oregon theatre.uoregon.edu
    Western Oregon University wou.edu/theatre-dance/