2020 Theater Arts Summer Courses


    Introduction to Theater Design and Technology (5 credits)

  • THEA 10

    Session 2

    Addresses imagination and creativity. Using the framework of theater production, students explore the process of translating a script into a performance. Topics include visual literacy, creative problem solving, establishing effective working teams, tear sheets, storyboarding, drawing, sound and color theory. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-division design courses. (General Education Code(s): IM.) 

    Proposed Instructor - David Cuthbert

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  • Drawing (5 credits)

  • THEA 14-02

    Session 2

    A fundamental course in drawing from still life, the figure, and in the landscape. The approach is from the tonal and volumetric aspects of the object. Color is introduced as the course progresses. Instruction fashioned to the individual needs of the student. The inexperienced are welcomed as well as the experienced. Students are billed a materials fee. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Kate Edmunds

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  • Introductory Studies in Acting (5 credits)

  • THEA 20-01

    Session 1

    Introduction to basic acting skills and the problems of performance. Concentrates on expanding a range of expression and ability to respond to and analyze dramatic text. Designed for students with little or no experience in acting. (General Education Code(s): IM.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Dor Atkinson

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  • Introductory Studies in Acting (5 credits)

  • THEA 20-02

    Session 2

    Introduction to basic acting skills and the problems of performance. Concentrates on expanding a range of expression and ability to respond to and analyze dramatic text. Designed for students with little or no experience in acting. (General Education Code(s): IM.)

    Proposed Instructor - Greg Fritsch

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  • The Birth of the Modern: Drama and Performance After the Renaissance (5 credits)

  • THEA 61C

    Session 1

    Examines dramatic and theatrical works that sprang into being in the wake of the European Renaissance. Follows the ways modern artists have dramatized their questions, struggles, beliefs, and despair in the face of world wars, cultural fragmentation, unprecedented prosperity, and new technologies. (General Education Code(s): TA.)

    Proposed Instructor - Michael Chemers

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  • Playwriting (5 credits)

  • THEA 157

    Session 2

    Students are given the opportunity to write their own scripts and refine them as the result of class discussion and scenework with actors. Work is on specific problems involving such elements as the structuring of a plot or the development of character. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Kirsten Brandt

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