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GCC’s Theater Program focuses on theater theory and performance skills. You’ll study the fundamentals of the art, including stage craft, acting, and directing. Advanced courses let you specialize in one or more of these areas, and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in plays at GCC. A course in Shakespeare will enrich your understanding of the influence his work continues to exert on theater, while courses in either dance or music will round out your performance skills and open new audition opportunities for you in the future.

Theater at GCC provides a strong foundation in the basic disciplines involved in the world of contemporary theater, as well as a broad range of liberal arts studies. The curriculum includes studio, performance, production and academic work.

Curriculum documents

This is just one way you might complete the Theater program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Theater program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1SummerFall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
HIS 127
PCS 101
EVS 121
THE 101
ANT 103
ENG Comp. II
THE 105
THE 113
DAN 111
THE 133
ENG 200 level course
PSY 101
ENG 221
MAT 117
THE 106
GEO 101
THE 133
BIO 120
THE 225
THE 217
THE 133
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
THE 101
ENG Comp. I
HIS 127
ENG Comp. II
THE 105
THE 113
PCS 101
EVS 121
ANT 103
MUS 111
ENG 200 level course
THE 133
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
ENG 221
MAT 117
THE 106
BIO 120
THE 217
GEO 101
THE 133
PSY 101
THE 225
THE 133

What’s next

Future careers may include acting, directing, writing or design for theater, film or television, professional production stage crew, theater education, theater business and arts management.

Consider this program if

  • You want a broad as well as deep understanding of theater.
  • You want to work in theater as an actor, director, playwright, designer or technician.
  • You want to pursue higher academic study in theater.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.

Not all classes are available each term. For current availability, see our online course schedule.

THE 101 Introduction to Theater – 3 credits

An introductory course for students who are interested in theatre and performance but may or may not have any direct experience. The course explores all the basic elements of Theatre Arts: its origins, history, cultural importance and relevance in modern society. It also focuses on each aspect of production: acting, directing, dramaturgy and design. Students read and study major works and have the opportunity to see, discuss, and analyze live performance. The course provides a sampling of the many kinds of experiences that can be had in the Theatre as a practitioner and/or audience member.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

THE 105 Play Analysis – 3 credits

Concentrates on the interpretation and analysis of various types of dramatic literature. Students learn to explore and respond to plays effectively in the context of dramaturgical elements such as plot, theme, character development, structure and other critical components specific to the genre. The course covers a variety of traditional and contemporary forms and texts. Students also explore the challenges and opportunities of translating these texts into live production and film.

(Offered: Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

THE 106 Stage Craft – 3 credits

The study of the processes of scenery, lighting, and sound design for production realization from the stage designer’s point of view. The course emphasizes the creative process in developing the physical elements of a theatrical production. The student learns how to safely execute the skills of the scenic designer in a hands-on method and work environment. Students aid in the construction and technical work required for GCC’s mainstage production, student- directed projects, or an off-campus, instructor-approved theater facility.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

THE 108 Interactive Dramatics – 3 credits

An introduction examining the use of creative drama in education and recreational settings. Study and practice of the medium to develop the acceptance of the responsibility of thinking, educated theater people for sharing the art of drama in young lives while developing all students in areas of sensory awareness, imagination, movement, role-playing and improvisation.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

THE 113 Fundamentals of Acting – 3 credits

An introduction to acting with emphasis on characterization, voice, and movement, as well as varieties of acting techniques, script analysis, improvisation, and theatre games. Students prepare monologues, scenework and short one-act plays. The course also emphasizes the uses of acting skills to improve self-confidence and self-expression.

(Offered: Every Fall)Prereq: None

THE 133 College Theater Workshop – 1 credit

Practical experience in acting, house management, public relations, publicity, shop, and production crews for the current GCC production- or instructor-approved, off-campus production. NOTE: Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of 4 credits. No more than one credit may be earned in any given semester.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

THE 213 Advanced Acting – 3 credits

Explores the actor’s use of improvisation, character development, motivation, and action through internal and external techniques. The course includes an in-depth concentration in training, theory, and practice in relation to character, scene and ensemble work. These studies are directly applied in workshops, rehearsal, and performance.

(Offered: Every Spring)Prereq: THE 113

THE 217 Experimental Performance – 3 credits

Requires the student to use their own particular skills and interests to create an original performance work based on themes that emerge from the class itself. Participants use ensemble theatre and movement exercises to integrate the work of the project, which they have expressed in writing, movement, character improvisation, and visual arts, video, music, the sciences, and other areas of interest. Students produce a creative, innovative, and live performance.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: The course is restricted to students completing their final semester of the AA degree in the fields of Dance, Music, Art, or Theater. The course also requires approval of a performing arts faculty member and the class instructor.

THE 225 Directing-Theory and Practice – 4 credits

An introduction to the skills of directing with an emphasis on the elements of play production. The student studies the concepts/requirements necessary to mount a full theatrical production. The student chooses, analyzes, casts, and directs for performance a one-act instructor approved play. This one-act play is a minimum of 45 minutes performance time and is presented for the GCC community in the Sloan Theater at semester’s end. NOTE: Students may receive credit for either THE 224 or THE 225, but not for both.

(Offered: Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116, and either THE 101, 113, 105, or permission of the instructor

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