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Theatre Program Information



Professor, Theatre Arts
Theatre Program Director

Phone: (707) 468-3172
Office: Rm 5202

Office hours for Fall 2014:
Mondays 2:30-4 PM
Tuesdays 11 AM-12 noon

2:30-4 PM
Thursdays 11 AM-12 noon


This semester, I will be producing and directing the college production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.  I will also be coordinating the new Mendocino College Acting Conservatory Cohort, a sequence of courses designed to offer a conservatory-style immersion experience for committed acting students.  See course offerings below.  I will also be serving as President of the Mendocino College Academic Senate. 

Please feel free to e-mail or call if you would like more information about theatre at Mendocino College.

Courses included in the new Conservatory Course Sequence:

Introduction to Dramatic Literature & Script Analysis (THE 202):
Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:50 PM.  
This class is an introduction to script analysis and dramatic literature.  You will read and discuss some great plays, looking at them from the perspective of the actor as well as other theatre artists involved in bringing a production to life.  Taught by Jason Davis.

Beginning Acting (THE 210B):
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4-5:50  PM. No previous theatre experience is required; however, students must be able to read and analyze play texts, memorize lines and
work independently in outside of class rehearsals. Taught by Joel Shura.

The Actor's Voice(THE 212):
Meets Fridays 3-5:50 PM .  This course trains students in fundamental techniques for effective vocal production for the stage.  Ongoing physical and vocal exercises are combined with practical applications.   Taught by Alicia Bales.

Costume Construction I, II & III (THE 217 A, B & C):
Meets Tuesdays 6-9:50 PM (concurrently with THE 119 D).  These courses offer an introduction to the crafts of building and coordinating theatrical costumes.  Basic  costuming techniques are applied through practical work on the theatre department's current productions. Taught by Kathy Dingman-Katz.

Costume Design (THE 217 D):
Meets Tuesdays 6-9:50 PM (concurrently with THE 119 A, B & C).  This course offers an introduction to fundamental theory and practice of costume design.  Topics include: script analysis, period research, conceptualization, rendering and effective collaboration.   Taught by Kathy Dingman-Katz.

Acting / Production Performance (THE 220 A, B, C & D & 225 A, B, C & D):
This semester the theatre arts department will present  Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (performances November 7-16, 2014).  These laboratory courses provide an opportunity for students to work either as performers or crew in a variety of capacities on these productions.  For more information about  Eurydice, contact Reid Edelman at 468-3172.


Singing (MUS 230 A, B & C):
Meets Mondays & Wednesdays  2-2:50 PM .  The art of singing with special emphasis on musical theatre performance and characterization through music.   
Taught by Marilyn Simpson.


Contemporary Dance (THE 230 A, B, C & D):
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 2-3:50 PM .  This course will provide training in a variety of contemporary dance techniques that will increase boy awareness, strength, flexibility, control and coordination.   Taught by Eryn Schon-Brunner.

And in Lake County:

Introduction to Theatre (THE 200):
Meets Wednesdays from 6-8:50 PM at the Mendocino College Lake County Center. This is not a performance course.  Rather, it is an introduction to theatre literature, history and practice.  The class introduces students to the various jobs involved in producing theatre and also provides an overview of  theatre styles and periods.  The class is required for theatre majors, and transfers to CSU and UC. Taught by John Tomlinson.


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