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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts courses are dedicated to developing the curiosity and creativity of both new and more experienced students. We integrate the study of theatre history, dramatic literature, theory, and aesthetic concepts with the development of practical skills in acting, performance and theatre production.

What you can gain from theatre arts courses

  • Prepare for professional careers in theatre and related entertainment fields
  • Pursue humanities and fine arts electives for general studies
  • Explore personal creativity in a safe, classroom environment
  • Perform in co-productions with community theatres in The Dalles and Hood River
  • Cultivate critical skills as an audience member

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
TA 101 Theatre Appreciation 4

Explores live theatre productions in Portland metro area, enriching the understanding and appreciation of the theatrical event. Includes reading, researching and evaluating a play to collaboratively create a unified design. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

TA 111 Fundamentals of Technical Theatre 4

Covers basic principles and techniques of technical theatre such as stage design, lighting, properties and stage management. Explores the role of the technician in the theatre organization. Lecture and lab allows flexible scheduling. Audit available.

TA 141 Fundamentals of Acting Techniques 4

Introduces basic theatrical techniques. Develops text analysis and performance skills. Develops the beginning level awareness of the physical and vocal skills required of a stage performer. Includes reading and analyzing plays to develop acting skills. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

TA 142 Fundamentals of Acting Techniques 4

Acquire concentration and relaxation in approaching a role. Improve performance skills with focus on vocal and physical control. Scene study is used. Prerequisite: TA 141 and its prerequisite requirements. Audit available.

TA 144 Improvisational Theatre 3

Utilizes improv games, exercises and energizing challenges, incorporating and requiring movement, imagination, enthusiasm and desire to take risks and explore. Focuses on the process and not the product – “working in the moment.” Encourages student actors to rediscover the art of play in its rawest form by placing emphasis on the art of creating something from nothing. Working without a script, builds skills in ensemble, spontaneity, listening and observing, and organically creating characters. Audit available.

TA 148 Movement for the Stage 3

Develops awareness and skills in movement as related to acting and communication. Focuses on body awareness, relaxation, energy, creating physical images and character, and communicating through body language. Explores expression through movement. Audit available.

TA 180A Theater Rehearsal and Performance 1

Trains for performance in theater production in a small ensemble role, if cast. Incorporates first-hand experience in performance techniques. Audition required. Audit available.

TA 180B Theater Rehearsal and Performance 2

Trains for performance in theater production in a featured role, if cast. Incorporates first-hand experience in performance techniques. Audition required. Audit available.
 

TA 180C Theater Rehearsal and Performance 3

Trains for performance in theater production in a leading role, if cast. Incorporates first-hand experience in performance techniques. Audition required. Audit available.
 

TA 180D Theater Rehearsal and Performance 4

Trains for performance in theater production in a large leading role, if cast. Incorporates first-hand experience in performance techniques. Audition required. Audit available.

TA 190A Projects in Theater 1

Design an independent project associated with the theatre. Develop a contract with a theatre arts instructor covering the course content. May be repeated. Audit available.

TA 190B Projects in Theater 2

Develop a study contract emphasizing self-directed research, on an individualized basis allowing for maximum flexibility. May be repeated. Audit available.

TA 190C Projects in Theater 3

Develop a study contract emphasizing self-directed research, on an individualized basis allowing for maximum flexibility. May be repeated. Audit available.

TA 274 Theatre History 4

Explores the nature of the theatrical event, its emergence and significance in the lives of the people of the past from ancient Greece to the present, and investigates theatre as the evolution of a multidisciplinary artistic, cultural, social, economic, religious and political form. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Rachel Harry Theatre Arts Instructor rachelharry@hoodriver.k12.or.us (541) 386-5352, ext. 4612