Performance and Theatre Studies

The Theatre: Performance and Theatre Studies major is not only for actors. A range of courses in theatre history, theory and criticism, as well as in performance technique and production experience, make it ideal for students interested in directing, playwriting, and dramaturgy, among other possibilities. Students pursuing a major in Performance and Theatre Studies must complete the following required lower- and upper-division courses: 

Major Requirements:

Lower Division:

1 Perceiving the Performing Arts (Performing Arts departmental course)

30 Foundations of Theatre I

33 Acting I: Principles of Performance

35 Theatre Masterpieces: Western Drama (.5) 

36 Theatre Masterpieces: Modern Drama (.5)

37 Performance Lab (.25 x 4, for a total of 1.0 units)

42 Introduction to Technical Theatre (.5)

Upper Division:

130 Foundations of Theatre II 

132 Performing Arts in Production (.25, 5 or 1.0, for a total of 1.0 units)

133 Acting II: Characterization and Scene Study

136 Theatre Seminar: Special Studies

137 Acting III: Adavnced Acting

138 Portfolio Preparation (.25)

A choice of either:

  • 140 Stage Management (.5) or
  • 148 Stage Lighting Design (.5) or
  • 149 Design for the Stage (.5)

142 Theatre Production Practicum (.25 or .5 for a total of .5 units) 

198 Senior Project (Performing Arts departmental course)
View current senior projects here.

And two upper-division theatre electives, from a pre-approved list. 

 

Minor Requirements:

The Theatre minor at SMC is both flexible and achievable, requiring just 7.0 academic credits.

 

Required Lower Division Courses (3.0 units total):

  • Perfa 01: Perceiving the Performing Arts
  • Perfa 30: Foundations I
  • Perfa 35 or 36: Theatre Masterpieces (.5)
  • Perfa 42: Introduction to Technical Theatre (.5)

And four additional units in these areas:

  • 1 unit in Acting
  • 1 unit in Theatre Theory/History/Criticism
  • 1 unit in Production/Design
  • 1 elective unit (pre-approval required)

Acting (1.0 unit). Choose from:

  • Perfa 33: Acting I Principles of Performance
  • Perfa 37: Performance Lab [topic varies] (0.25, taken 4 times)
  • Perfa 133: Acting II Characterization and Scene Study

Theory/History/Criticism (1.0 unit). Choose from:

  • Perfa 50: Interactive Theatre
  • Perfa 61: World Theatre Experience
  • Perfa 130: Foundations II
  • Perfa 135: Bay Area Theatre
  • Perfa 136: Theatre: Special Studies [topic varies]
  • Perfa 160: Special Topics in Performing Arts [topic varies]
  • Perfa 161: Theatre and American Cultures / Multicultural Theatre

Production/Design (1.0 unit total). Choose from:

  • Perfa 47: Tech Theatre Lab [Topic varies] (0.25 taken twice)
  • Perfa 140: Stage Management (0.5)
  • Perfa 142: Technical Theatre Practicum (0.25 taken twice, or 0.5 taken once )
  • Perfa 147: Costume Design (0.5)
  • Perfa 148: Stage Lighting Design (0.5)
  • Perfa 149: Scenic Design (0.5)

Elective (1.0 unit, pre-approval is required). Choose from:

  • Perfa 137 Acting III
  • Perfa 152 Making Theatre/One-Act Plays
  • Perfa 162 Directing 
  • Perfa 197 Independent Study/Internship
  • Perfa 198 Senior Project - special proposal process required
    View current senior projects here.

OR any upper division course listed above and not previously taken. In some cases, a Performing Arts course offered in Music or Dance may be appropriate.