Taking theatre classes at LA Mission College
Theatre is the wellspring for all forms of live and filmed entertainment, so theatre classes can be as educational as they are enjoyable. LA Mission College Theatre offers revolving classes in many different aspects of theatre—whether you're interested in the work on-stage or behind-the-scenes, or as an audience member or a fan of TV and film.
The college website can be confusing to navigate and only presents the most basic information, so here's a list of all of the upcoming courses with descriptions. If you would like to enroll in one of them, just click the link and copy and paste or type "THEATER" where it says Subject. All of the theatre courses will come up.
All of the courses that are offered at LA Mission College are listed below.
Those with a blue background are open for enrollment in the Spring 2022 semester.
If you have any questions, send an email to Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Robert Cucuzza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTRODUCTION TO THEATER
3 UNITS • CSU • No prerequisite • GE COURSE
Fully online | TK | Section TK
In-person | TK | Section TK
Instructor: Robert Cucuzza
Students examine all elements of live theatre, its cultural and historical background, the contributions of various theatre artists, and its overall purpose and influence within our society. Students explore all aspects of play production: playwriting, directing, acting, criticism, theatre architecture, set design, costume design, lighting design, and the role of the audience. Fully online sections will be conducted entirely through Canvas and will not involve any mandatory Zoom or in-person meetings. Lecture sections will meet in in-person and involve the production of small in-class plays.
HISTORY OF THE WORLD THEATRE
The study of the world history of theatre from its origins in Ancient Greece through the present day, across the globe. The history and development of theatre and drama are studied in relationship to geographical cultural, political and social conditions of the time. Plays are read for analysis of structure, plot, character and historical relevance.
Fully explore an in-depth methodology of reading, analyzing and understanding play scripts in a variety of genres and styles intended for production. Investigate techniques used to determine how to read a play for its structure, scrutinizing the playwright's methods of creating theatre through plot, character and imagery, and understanding what scripts 'mean' to the professional theatre artist and theatre-goer as distinct from other forms of literature.
INTRODUCTION TO ACTING
3 UNITS • CSU • No prerequisite • GE COURSE
Using an acting technique that he developed at revered drama schools like CalArts and the Lee Strasberg Institute, Associate Professor Robert Cucuzza returns to in-person instruction to teach the fundamentals of acting in this fun and engaging hands-on course. Students will learn all of the basic tools to break down a scene and then bring it to life with a scene partner. These techniques will culminate in the presentation of scene work and monologues on our theatre stage. Please note: This course is a requirement for all Theatre majors.
INTRODUCTION TO STAGE CRAFT
In-person! • 3 UNITS • CSU • No prerequisite • GE COURSE
Sep 13-Dec 19 | Wednesdays and Fridays (see Schedule of Classes for details)
Section 25479 and 25480 or 25482
Instructor: Bri Pattillo
Through lecture and demonstration, this course covers all aspects of scenic construction and painting, prop construction, and the stage management and running of live theatrical presentations and concerts. The course also covers the implementation and safe usage of sound and lighting equipment, stage props, and stage mechanics, including a fly system. Additional instruction is given in stage terminology and the organization and management of all backstage activities and processes. This course is conducting in tandem with the design, production, and presentation of the Theatre Arts program's Fall 2021 show. Please note: This course is a requirement for all Theatre majors.
INTEGRATING VIDEO AND LIVE PERFORMANCE
Explores the conception, creation, and production of video design and its integration with live performance. Focus is on the practical application of video content in collaborative production scenarios, including on-campus theatrical productions and events.
REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES
TH291, TH292, TH293
Students are actively involved in the production of a play to be presented before a public audience. All areas of the production process are incorporated including acting, design, stage management, technical theatre and backstage crews, and house management.
Click here for information on how to participate in our Fall 2021 production of Life is a Dream.