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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 Fall 2024 semester.

If you have any questions, send an email to Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Robert Cucuzza at cucuzzrj@laccd.edu.

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INTRODUCTION TO THEATER

TH100

All sections are ZERO TEXTBOOK COST

3 UNITS | UC/CSU transferable | GE COURSE
INSTRUCTOR: ROBERT CUCUZZA


TWO SECTIONS
• Lecture | Aug 26-Dec 15
Mon 8:50-12:00pm | Section 10519

 

• Fully online DE | Aug 26-Oct 20
8-week Course | Section 13807

 

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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.

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HISTORY OF THE WORLD THEATRE

TH110

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.

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SCRIPT ANALYSIS

TH114

ZERO TEXTBOOK COST

3 UNITS | CSU transferable | GE COURSE
INSTRUCTOR: ROBERT CUCUZZA


Aug 26-Dec 15
Thu 8:50-12:00pm | Section 18524

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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.

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INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

TH200

ZERO TEXTBOOK COST

3 UNITS | UC/CSU transferable | GE COURSE
INSTRUCTOR: BRIAN TICHNELL


Aug 26-Dec 15
Tue 8:50-12:00pm | Section 17098

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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. 

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INTERMEDIATE ACTING

TH271

3 UNITS | CSU transferable | GE COURS

ZERO TEXTBOOK COST
 

This course expands upon the fundamentals of Introduction to Acting and dive deeper into the actor’s craft. With units on improv, Shakespeare, character development, and contemporary scenes, this course will further prepare actors to take on challenging roles in more complex scenes. Actors will develop their instruments through rigorous vocal and physical work, engaging in exercises that focus on an expressive and effective use of the body and voice. 

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INTRODUCTION TO THEATRICAL LIGHTING

TH310

Introduces the student to all aspects of lighting for television, film, and stage. Practical experience and problem solving are highlighted, including the study of color, procedures, control, and safe handling of lighting equipment.

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INTRODUCTION TO THEATRICAL SCENIC DESIGN

TH315
ZERO TEXTBOOK COST

3 UNITS
INSTRUCTOR: BRI PATTILLO


LATE START: Sep 9-Dec 15
Mon 1:50-5:25pm | Section 20323

We are very excited to announce that Introduction to Theatrical Scenic Design will once again be offered at LA Mission College. Taught by Adjunct Instructor Bri Pattillo, this course explores the training, practice, and problem-solving skills of designing scenery for the stage. Includes concept design development, construction and painting techniques, sketching, and rendering media skills, and model making.

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INTRODUCTION TO STAGE CRAFT

TH300

ZERO TEXTBOOK COST

3 UNITS | CSU transferable

Instructor: Bri Pattillo

Sep 9-Dec 15
Wed / Fri 2:20-4:40 | Sections 24668/24669

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 Spring 2023 show. Please note: This course is a requirement for all Theatre majors.

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BEGINNING STAGE MAKEUP

TH450

Instruction and practice in a lecture/laboratory setting in all phases of makeup specifically designed for theatrical use. Analysis of character, script and production in terms of makeup style and design. Make-up is performed by the student on their own face.

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COSTUME DESIGN

TH405

ZERO TEXTBOOK COST

CalArts alum Lena Sands brings years of expertise and teaching experience directly into our classroom. This course will survey historical periods and their application to the stage and will offer an intensive study of costuming design for the stage. Sands will teach an introduction to shop procedures and beginning principles and techniques of costume design, including figure drawing, character analysis, and sewing.

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INTERMEDIATE APPLIED ACTING

TH272

ZERO TEXTBOOK COST

3 UNITS
INSTRUCTOR: ROBERT CUCUZZA


Aug 26-Dec 15
Tue 8:50-1:05pm | Section 20325

We added this advanced level class for students who want to take their craft more deeply into the level of acting for performance. Associate Professor Robert Cucuzza will coach and direct actors in the classroom production of short plays in a variety of styles and genres, focusing excusively on acting technique. These plays will then be presented during class time for an audience in our acting studio, AMP120, with minimal props and costumes.

 

Conducted more like a workshop than a class, this exciting long-form class moves our program deeper into the practical application of skills.

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REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES

TH291, TH292, TH293

1,2, or 3 UNITS • CSU • No prerequisite

This course is by permission code only

Schedule is TBD

Instructors: TBD

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.

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