Technical Theatre

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    Two-Year Technical Certificate Program

    THEATRE: DESIGN/TECHNICAL THEATRE (Certificate of Achievement)
    A two-year vocational training program to develop the skills in technical theatre necessary for the aspiring theatre artist to pursue a career in the professional theatre. Students enrolled in this program receive instruction from theatre professionals who are company members of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Admittance to program is by audition/interview.

    The graduate of the certificate program in design/technical theater will:

    • Demonstrate safe, effective techniques and exhibit professional behavior in support of the production and performance of a professional theatrical production.
    • Exhibitor process inclusive of abstract thinking, decision-making and divergent problem-solving.
    • Communicate through creative expression and playing standard theatrical vocabulary and presentational techniques.
    • Display a competency in critical reading as it relates to theatrical texts.
    Required core courses:

    Sixty-four and ½ units constitute the certificate.
    COURSE NUMBER TITLE UNITS


    Semester 1
    THEA 110 Beginning Production Lab 3
    THEA 114 Beginning Performance Laboratory 3
    THEA 305 Tools and Techniques 1 10

    Semester 2
    THEA 111 Intermediate Production Lab 3
    THEA 115 Intermediate Performance Laboratory 3
    THEA 306 Tools and Techniques 2 10

    Semester 3
    THEA 112 Advanced-Intermediate Production Lab 3
    THEA 116 Advanced-Intermediate Performance Laboratory 3
    THEA 307 Planning, Production, and Management 1 10

    Semester 4
    THEA 113 Advanced Production Lab 3
    THEA 117 Advanced Performance Laboratory 3
    THEA 308 Planning, Production, and Management 2 10

    The following courses are electives assigned on an individual basis:


    THEA 301 Beginning Preparation for Repertory Production 1
    THEA 302 Intermediate Preparation for Repertory Production 1
    THEA 303 Advanced-Intermediate Preparation for Repertory Production 1
    THEA 304 Advanced Preparation for Repertory Production 1
    THEA 310 Beginning Summer Touring Repertory Production 10
    THEA 311 Intermediate Summer Touring Repertory Production 10
    THEA 312 Advanced-Intermediate Summer Touring Repertory Production 10
    THEA 313 Advanced Summer Touring Repertory Production 10

    General Definitions of “Levels”:
    Beginning Level - A certain level of naiveté in both exhibited process and performance preparation is expected at this point.

    Intermediate Level- At this level, a student is expected to exhibit the development of process in performance preparation. Success at the intermediate level is based on an openness to critical evaluation and the exhibition of a process inclusive of incorporating evaluatory notes.

    Advanced-Intermediate Level- At this level, a student is expected to attain, and articulate and define a process in performance preparation. Success at the advanced/intermediate level is based the development of a vocabulary of critical evaluation as well as the ability to define a personal process inclusive of incorporating evaluatory notes.

    Advanced Level- At this level, a student is expected to attain, and articulate and define a process in performance preparation. Success at the advanced/intermediate level is based the development of a vocabulary of critical evaluation as well as the ability to define a personal process inclusive of incorporating evaluatory notes
    THEA 110: Beginning Production Laboratory 3 units
    The exploration and development of a theatrical production at a beginning level in a lab environment. Students apply the necessary skills for the process of mounting a professional theatrical production.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the appropriate PCPA program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: Eligibility for Math 311*
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:

    read and write whole numbers, common fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers correctly,
    perform the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers.
    compare fractions using the least common multiple of the denominators.
    reduce fractions to lowest terms using the greatest common divisor.
    simplify an expression that includes mixed operations and more than one set of grouping symbols.
    evaluate simple variable expressions and formulas using given values.
    analyze and solve verbal problems by translating into an equation and solving.

    THEA 111: Intermediate Production Laboratory 3 units
    The exploration and development of a theatrical production at an intermediate level in a lab environment. Students apply the necessary skills for the process of mounting a professional theatrical production.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the appropriate PCPA program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: Completion of THEA 110 and eligibility for Math 311*
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    THEA 110

    function effectively in a production situation. A certain level of naiveté in both exhibited process and performance preparation is expected at this point. Success at the beginning level is based on a willingness to ask questions and begin a process inclusive of incorporating evaluatory notes.
    use the various tools employed in wide variety of production stagecraft.
    exhibit a commitment to the ensemble of production.
    solve beginning level project assignments within the deadlines imposed by the mounting of the theatrical season.


    MATH 311

    read and write whole numbers, common fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers correctly,
    perform the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers.
    compare fractions using the least common multiple of the denominators.
    reduce fractions to lowest terms using the greatest common divisor.
    simplify an expression that includes mixed operations and more than one set of grouping symbols.
    evaluate simple variable expressions and formulas using given values.
    analyze and solve verbal problems by translating into an equation and solving.

    THEA 112: Advanced-Intermediate Production Laboratory 3 units
    The exploration and development of a theatrical production at an advanced-intermediate level in a lab environment. Students apply the necessary skills for the process of mounting a professional theatrical production.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the appropriate PCPA program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: Completion of THEA 111 and eligibility for Math 311*
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    THEA 111

    function effectively in a production situation. At this level, a student is expected to exhibit the development of process in performance preparation. Success at the intermediate level is based on an openness to critical evaluation and the exhibition of a process inclusive of incorporating evaluatory notes.
    use the various tools employed in wide variety of production stagecraft.
    exhibit a commitment to the ensemble of production.
    solve intermediate level project assignments within the deadlines imposed by the mounting of the theatrical season.


    MATH 311

    read and write whole numbers, common fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers correctly,
    perform the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers.
    compare fractions using the least common multiple of the denominators.
    reduce fractions to lowest terms using the greatest common divisor.
    simplify an expression that includes mixed operations and more than one set of grouping symbols.
    evaluate simple variable expressions and formulas using given values.
    analyze and solve verbal problems by translating into an equation and solving.

    THEA 113: Advanced Production Laboratory 3 units
    The exploration and development of a theatrical production at an advanced level in a lab environment. Students apply the necessary skills for the process of mounting a professional theatrical production.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the appropriate PCPA program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: Completion of THEA 112 and eligibility for Math 311*
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    THEA 112

    function effectively in a production situation. At this level, a student is expected to attain, and articulate and define a process in performance preparation. Success at the advanced/intermediate level is based the development of a vocabulary of critical evaluation as well as the ability to define a personal process inclusive of incorporating evaluatory notes.
    use the various tools employed in wide variety of production stagecraft.
    exhibit a commitment to the ensemble of production.
    solve advanced-intermediate level project assignments within the deadlines imposed by the mounting of the theatrical season.


    MATH 311

    read and write whole numbers, common fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers correctly,
    perform the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers.
    compare fractions using the least common multiple of the denominators.
    reduce fractions to lowest terms using the greatest common divisor.
    simplify an expression that includes mixed operations and more than one set of grouping symbols.
    evaluate simple variable expressions and formulas using given values.
    analyze and solve verbal problems by translating into an equation and solving.

    THEA 114: Beginning Performance Laboratory 3 units
    In this intensive beginning level laboratory course, the student can apply and develop all of the skills utilized in dramatic performances. Students may spend class hours with the instructor dealing with different production situations, working under pressure to meet unchanging deadlines, and engaging in actual performance experiences. Therefore, absence from a production laboratory meeting is allowed only with prior approval of the instructor.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the appropriate PCPA program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: ENGL 100 or ENGL 101*
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    ENGL 100

    identify the main and subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend information at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    write rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays (including under time constraints) using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them in writing.
    effectively use resources external to the classroom.


    ENGL101

    write rhetorical and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays – under time constraints – using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them into rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraph and essays.
    identify the main subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend written communication at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    use effective resources external to the classroom.

    THEA 115: Intermediate Performance Laboratory 3 units
    In this intensive intermediate level laboratory course, the student can apply and develop all of the skills utilized in dramatic performances. Students may spend class hours with the instructor dealing with different production situations, working under pressure to meet unchanging deadlines, and engaging in actual performance experiences. Therefore, absence from a production laboratory meeting is allowed only with prior approval of the instructor.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the appropriate PCPA program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: THEA 114 and ENGL 100 or ENGL 101*
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    THEA 114

    exibit skills in their areas of interest through the many and various disciplines in the theatre.
    work under pressure of unchanging deadlines toward common goals.
    solve the many and varied problems, at a beginning level, which will face them in practical production situations. A certain level of naiveté in both exhibited process and performance is expected at this point. Success at the beginning level is based on a willingness to ask questions and begin a process inclusive of incorporating evaluatory notes.
    engage in actual performance experiences.


    ENGL 100

    identify the main and subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend information at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    write rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays (including under time constraints) using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them in writing.
    effectively use resources external to the classroom.


    ENGL101

    write rhetorical and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays – under time constraints – using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them into rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraph and essays.
    identify the main subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend written communication at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    use effective resources external to the classroom.

    THEA 116: Advanced-Intermediate Performance Laboratory 3 units
    In this intensive advanced-intermediate level laboratory course, the student can apply and develop all of the skills utilized in dramatic performances. Students may spend class hours with the instructor dealing with different production situations, working under pressure to meet unchanging deadlines, and engaging in actual performance experiences. Therefore, absence from a production laboratory meeting is allowed only with prior approval of the instructor.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the appropriate PCPA program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: THEA 115 and ENGL 100 or ENGL 101*
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    THEA 115

    exibit skills in their areas of interest through the many and various disciplines in the theatre.
    work under pressure of unchanging deadlines toward common goals.
    solve the many and varied problems, at an intermediate level, which will face them in practical production situations. At this level, a student is expected to exhibit the development of process in performance. Success at the intermediate level is based on an openness to critical evaluation and the exhibition of a process inclusive of incorporating evaluatory notes.
    engage in actual performance experiences.


    ENGL 100

    identify the main and subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend information at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    write rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays (including under time constraints) using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them in writing.
    effectively use resources external to the classroom.


    ENGL101

    write rhetorical and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays – under time constraints – using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them into rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraph and essays.
    identify the main subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend written communication at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    use effective resources external to the classroom.

    THEA 117: Advanced Performance Laboratory 3 units
    In this intensive advanced-intermediate level laboratory course, the student can apply and develop all of the skills utilized in dramatic performances. Students may spend class hours with the instructor dealing with different production situations, working under pressure to meet unchanging deadlines, and engaging in actual performance experiences. Therefore, absence from a production laboratory meeting is allowed only with prior approval of the instructor.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the appropriate PCPA program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: THEA 116 and ENGL 100 or ENGL 101*
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    THEA 116

    exibit skills in their areas of interest through the many and various disciplines in the theatre.
    work under pressure of unchanging deadlines toward common goals.
    solve the many and varied problems, at an advanced-intermediate level, which will face them in practical performance situations. At this level, a student is expected to attain, and articulate and define a process in performance. Success at the advanced/intermediate level is based the development of a vocabulary of critical evaluation as well as the ability to define a personal process inclusive of incorporating evaluatory notes.
    engage in actual performance experiences.


    ENGL 100

    identify the main and subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend information at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    write rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays (including under time constraints) using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them in writing.
    effectively use resources external to the classroom.


    ENGL101

    write rhetorical and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays – under time constraints – using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them into rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraph and essays.
    identify the main subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend written communication at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    use effective resources external to the classroom.

    THEA 305: Materials, Tools and Techniques 1 10 units
    An introductory course in the tools, materials, and production techniques employed by a professional theatrical technician. This vocational course offers the opportunity for theatre practitioners to update, develop, and refine their skills in a professional theatre setting. This course is required of all students enrolled in the Drama -- Technical Theater Certificate program

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the appropriate PCPA program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: Eligibility for Math 311 and for ENGL 100 or ENGL 101.
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    Eligibility for Math 311

    read and write whole numbers, common fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers correctly.
    perform the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers.
    compare fractions using the least common multiple of the denominators.
    reduce fractions to lowest terms using the greatest common divisor.
    simplify an expression that includes mixed operations and more than one set of grouping symbols.
    evaluate simple variable expressions and formulas using given values.
    analyze and solve verbal problems by translating into an equation and solving.


    Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 101
    ENGL 100

    identify the main and subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend information at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    write rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays (including under time constraints) using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them in writing.
    effectively use resources external to the classroom.


    ENGL101

    write rhetorical and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays – under time constraints – using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them into rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraph and essays.
    identify the main subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend written communication at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    use effective resources external to the classroom.

    THEA 306: Materials, Tools and Techniques 2 10 units
    An expansion on THEA 305 in the tools, materials, and production techniques employed by a professional theatrical technician. This vocational course offers the opportunity for theatre practitioners to update, develop, and refine their skills in a professional theatre setting. This course is required of all students enrolled in the Drama -- Technical Theater Certificate program.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: THEA 305 or proof of equivalent prior training and or work experience and
    eligibility for Math 311 and for ENGL 100 or ENGL 101
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    THEA 305

    express the important role they play in creating a safe work environment..
    exhibit a facility in the basic skills necessary to function with supervision in a variety of theatrical shops..
    exhibit a basic understanding of the purpose and function of the tools employed in the shops to which they have been assigned..
    present a portfolio and resume documenting their theatrical work to date.

    .


    Eligibility for Math 311

    read and write whole numbers, common fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers correctly.
    perform the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers.
    compare fractions using the least common multiple of the denominators.
    reduce fractions to lowest terms using the greatest common divisor.
    simplify an expression that includes mixed operations and more than one set of grouping symbols.
    evaluate simple variable expressions and formulas using given values.
    analyze and solve verbal problems by translating into an equation and solving.


    Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 101
    ENGL 100

    identify the main and subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend information at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    write rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays (including under time constraints) using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them in writing.
    effectively use resources external to the classroom.


    ENGL101

    write rhetorical and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays – under time constraints – using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them into rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraph and essays.
    identify the main subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend written communication at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    use effective resources external to the classroom.

    THEA 307: Planning, Production, and Management 1 10 units
    An introductory course on planning, production, and management processes and techniques employed by professional theatrical artists and craftspersons. This vocational course offers the opportunity for theatre practitioners to update, develop, and refine their skills in a professional theatre setting. This course is required of all students enrolled in the Drama -- Technical Theater Certificate program.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: THEA 305 and THEA 306 or proof of equivalent prior training and or work experience.
    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    THEA 305

    express the important role they play in creating a safe work environment..
    exhibit a facility in the basic skills necessary to function with supervision in a variety of theatrical shops..
    exhibit a basic understanding of the purpose and function of the tools employed in the shops to which they have been assigned..
    present a portfolio and resume documenting their theatrical work to date.

    .


    THEA 306

    respond appropriately in work related emergency situations.
    exhibit a facility in the basic skills necessary to function with limited supervision in a variety of theatrical shops.
    exhibit a facility in the safe operation and basic maintainence of the tools employed in the shops to which they have been assigned.
    .present a portfolio and resume documenting their theatrical work to date.


    Eligibility for Math 311

    read and write whole numbers, common fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers correctly.
    perform the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers.
    compare fractions using the least common multiple of the denominators.
    reduce fractions to lowest terms using the greatest common divisor.
    simplify an expression that includes mixed operations and more than one set of grouping symbols.
    evaluate simple variable expressions and formulas using given values.
    analyze and solve verbal problems by translating into an equation and solving.


    Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 101
    ENGL 100

    identify the main and subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend information at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    write rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays (including under time constraints) using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them in writing.
    effectively use resources external to the classroom.


    ENGL101

    write rhetorical and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays – under time constraints – using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them into rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraph and essays.
    identify the main subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend written communication at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    use effective resources external to the classroom.

    THEA 308: Planning, Production, and Management 2 10 units
    An expansion on THEA 307 in the planning, production, and management processes and techniques employed by professional theatrical artists and craftspersons. This vocational course offers the opportunity for theatre practitioners to update, develo p, and refine their skills in a professional theatre setting. This course is required of all students enrolled in the Drama -- Technical Theater Certificate program.

    Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of the program application and procedures for enrollment.

    Advisory: THEA 307 or proof of equivalent prior training and or work experience and eligibility for Math 311 and ENGL 100 or ENGL 101 .

    *Upon entering this course a student should be able to:
    THEA 307

    exhibit a positive and appropriate process in the planning and executing of an assigned production related project.
    exhibit an awareness of the importance of the collective ensemble in successful theatre companies.
    exhibit through example a comprehension of the interconnected nature of the varied disciplines employed in production development.
    provide appropriate research in response to, and in support of a set of given circumstances.
    present an audition and/or portfolio and resume documenting their theatrical work to date exhibiting a developing mastery of craft.


    Eligibility for Math 311

    read and write whole numbers, common fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers correctly.
    perform the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers and integers.
    compare fractions using the least common multiple of the denominators.
    reduce fractions to lowest terms using the greatest common divisor.
    simplify an expression that includes mixed operations and more than one set of grouping symbols.
    evaluate simple variable expressions and formulas using given values.
    analyze and solve verbal problems by translating into an equation and solving.


    Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 101
    ENGL 100

    identify the main and subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend information at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    write rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays (including under time constraints) using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them in writing.
    effectively use resources external to the classroom.


    ENGL101

    write rhetorical and grammatically sound paragraphs and essays – under time constraints – using the process of prewriting, drafting, analyzing, and revising.
    think critically in evaluating ideas and developing them into rhetorically and grammatically sound paragraph and essays.
    identify the main subordinate ideas in essays and other forms of communication.
    comprehend written communication at the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels.
    use effective resources external to the classroom.

    Additional Seminars and Workshops
    A continuing series of master classes and workshops are offered each year. Past topics have included: scene painting; taught by Bob Moody, theatrical dying; taught by Deb Dryden, CPR certification, Firearms and Edged Weapons training and a regularly occurring video conference master class presented by Disneyland Entertainment Productions Technical Services.
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