Bachelor of Arts In Theatre

The theatre arts program at California Baptist University offers students numerous opportunities to cultivate and express their theatrical skills. CBU's traveling drama gospel team "Celebration!" ministers to churches and local high schools, throughout California. The theatre programs have led drama teams on summer tours to Australia, Hawaii and Alaska where they had the privilege of sharing the gospel through drama in prisons, churches, and youth rallies.

CBU's Theatre program produces two (2) major theatre productions each semester. Both semester plays are usually a well-known comedy or drama and a musical. The theatre program emphasizes quality in all of its productions evidenced by the many awards and recognitions they have received locally from the Inland Theatre League.

In addition, CBU's theatre program offers classes in technical stagecraft, design and lighting. Theatre instructors encourage students to take on leadership roles both on the stage and backstage. CBU theatre students are able to take classes in acting, design, Drama in the Church and many others subjects as they prepare to participate in our various productions.

  • Theatre Program Student Learning Outcomes

    Students who graduate with a B.A. in Theatre will be able to: (Skills)

    1. demonstrate proficiency with the materials, techniques, theories and tools of their discipline.

    2. demonstrate responsible and effective critical analysis and response skills through the presentation of oral or written critiques of the interpretations, performances and designs of their own work and the work of other theatre artists.

    3. apply classroom and production experiences to the professional world (i.e. summer stock employment, auditions, internships, employment in the motion picture industry, or graduate school).

    Students who graduate with a B.A. in Theatre should value: (Values, Ethics)

    4. theatre as a live, human, creative and spiritual experience which has the power to transform, educate and entertain an audience while reflecting the redemptive nature of God.

    5. the cultural, aesthetic, and experiential diversity of others and the collaborative nature of theatre

    6. honesty, authenticity and spiritually guided ethics in their work.

    Students who graduate with a B.A. in Theatre should know: (Knowledge)

    7. the origins and development of drama and theatre including, major authors, periods, movements, and cultural influences.

    8. the theories, techniques and process of theatre performance and design.

    9. a practical methodology for producing plays on the stage, including all related performance, script, design, and technical considerations.

 

Program Requirements (52-55 units)

Complete fify-two to fifty-five (52-55) units, consisting of thirty-seven (37) units of core courses and fifteen to eighteen (15-18) additional units.

Core Courses (37 units)

Lower Division Requirements

THE111 Fundamentals of Stagecraft
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This course offers an introduction to the basic construction methods, materials and techniques employed in the scene shop. Students will also develop skills in producing large-scale scenic painting and texturing effects through multiple in-class projects. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

THE111-A
Robinson, Daniel G
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B10D
THE111-B
Robinson, Daniel G
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B10D
THE111-A
Robinson, Daniel G
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS
THE111-B
Robinson, Daniel G
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

THE113 Makeup for Stage and Screen
+

This course provides a foundation for the student actor and designer in the materials, tools, and application techniques of stage and film makeup. Students will develop skills in brush and sponge application techniques, the design of old age and character specific facial alterations, historical makeup effects and three-dimensional appliances. Students will develop an appreciation of relative viewing distance in the level of subtlety of makeup effects for theatre versus film. Each student will assemble a makeup kit that will be used to prepare projects in class and for productions. (2 units; Fall/Spring)

THE113-A
Lyons, Lee A
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B10D
THE113-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

THE183 Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting
+

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental skills necessary to acting and to explore the basic elements of the actor's art. This course will explore the physical, vocal, intellectual, and technical aspects of acting in a format that encourages freedom of imagination and personal growth. Additionally, the course will explore the connections between faith and theatre and the ways in which God's truth is embedded within the fabric of both the plays themselves and the actor's work. Prerequisite: Theatre Major or Minor. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

THE183-A
Mihelich, Frank
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 204

THE211 Intro to Stage Design & Mgmt
+

This course will serve as an introduction to the collaborative nature of design and stage management in theatrical productions. Each of the four major areas of design; scenic, costume, lighting, and audio will be explored through projects and the critical viewing of plays on film and live productions. Basic techniques of stage management and production protocols will be explored through exercises and the creation of a prompt script. (3 units; Spring)

THE211-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

THE232 Play Structure and Analysis
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This course is designed to introduce the student to the skills of dramatic analysis, theatrical research, writing, and critical thinking which are vital to the work of all artists in the theatre. Using the techniques of the Production Dramaturg, the course teaches close reading of play texts and demonstrates ways in which play analysis contributes to the realization of theatrical productions. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

THE232-A
Mihelich, Frank
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

Lower Division Performance Practicum Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

THE163 Production Practicum:Performance
+

Practical training in the areas of acting, directing, and stage management. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a fully realized production, from auditions through to performance. This course consists of regular rehearsals and performances. May be taken for variable credit. Multiple sections will be offered, and students will enroll in the section assigned to their show. (1-3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

THE163-B
Mihelich, Frank
09/06/2016 - BUS 100
THE163-A
Lyons, Lee A
09/06/2016 - BUS 100

THE263 Production Practicum:Performance
+

Practical training in the areas of acting, directing, and stage management. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a fully realized production, from auditions through to performance. This course consists of regular rehearsals and performances. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

THE263-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 M - BUS 100

Lower Division Technical Practicum Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

THE164 Production Practicum: Technical
+

Practical hands-on training in the areas of scenic construction, stage lighting, and sound production, costume construction and backstage crew assignments. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

THE164-A
Lyons, Lee A
09/06/2016 - BUS 100

THE264 Production Practicum: Technical
+

Practical hands-on training in the areas of scenic construction, stage lighting, and sound production, costume construction and backstage crew assignments. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Spring)

THE264-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 M - BUS 100

Upper Division Requirements

THE332 Theatre History I
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The first part of a two-part review of the development of theatre, with a detailed study of the origins of drama in religious ritual and the beginnings of formalized theatre in Classical Greece through the French Neoclassical Period. Nine plays will be studied in detail during the course, and students will be asked to specifically engage with the material from the Christian worldview to explore how God's truth may be represented within the work. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

THE332-A
Parshall, Stephanie
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 192

THE342 Theatre History II
+

The second part of a two-part review of the development of theatre, with a detailed study of the beginnings of modern theatre including the English Restoration, 18th-century Sentimentalism, the birth of Realism and the revolt against Realism, experimental and political theatre, and current trends today. Ten plays will be studied in detail during the course, and students will be asked to specifically engage with the material from the Christian worldview to explore how God's truth may be represented within the work. Prerequisite: THE 332. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

THE342-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 203

THE353 Directing I
+

The study of the basic techniques of stage direction including play analysis, director/actor and director/designer communication, and technical problems of movement, composition, picturization, and blocking. Students will practice the craft by presenting in-depth research and script analysis and directing scene work. Prerequisites: THE 183 and 232. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

THE353-A
Mihelich, Frank
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 1:00 PM BUS 204

THE498 Capstone Portfolio
+

Students will review their personal and professional development based upon their baccalaureate experiences at California Baptist University. Students will evaluate their growth and development through the program and demonstrate evidence of growth through artifacts accumulated over the course of their baccalaureate career. Students will demonstrate critical self-reflection and present a comprehensive portfolio with the potential to be used in professional or graduate school application. Pass/Fail. (1 unit; Fall/Spring)

THE498-A
Lyons, Lee A
09/06/2016 - BUS OFFC
THE498-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 - BUS OFFC

Upper Division Performance Practicum Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

THE363 Production Practicum:Performance
+

Practical training in the areas of acting, directing, and stage management. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a fully realized production, from auditions through to performance. This course consists of regular rehearsals and performances. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

THE363-B
Mihelich, Frank
09/06/2016 - BUS 100
THE363-A
Lyons, Lee A
09/06/2016 - BUS 100

THE463 Production Practicum:Performance
+

Practical training in the areas of acting, directing, and stage management. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a fully realized production, from auditions through to performance. This course consists of regular rehearsals and performances. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

THE463-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 M - BUS 100

Upper Division Technical Practicum Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

THE364 Production Practicum: Technical
+

Practical hands-on training in the areas of scenic construction, stage lighting, and sound production, costume construction and backstage crew assignments. Advanced students will be encouraged to assume leadership positions as crew chiefs, designers, and master electricians. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Fall)

THE364-A
Lyons, Lee A
09/06/2016 - BUS 100

THE464 Production Practicum: Technical
+

Practical hands-on training in the areas of scenic construction, stage lighting, and sound production, costume construction and backstage crew assignments. Advanced students will be encouraged to assume leadership positions as crew chiefs, designers, and master electricians. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Spring)

THE464-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 M - BUS 100

Concentration Courses (15-18 units)

Students must complete all requirements in one of the following concentrations:

Design/Technical Theatre (15 units)

THE221 Techniqs in Pre-Vslztn of Design
+

This course focuses on methods and techniques for pre-visualizing design concepts within the play production process with a focus on using digital modeling software. Traditional techniques in model building, rendering, costume plates and concept sketching will also be explored. Techniques of pitching a design through pre-visualization will be examined through mock design projects and production scenarios. (3 units; Fall odd years)

THE313 Advanced Makeup
+

Advanced study and application of 3-Dimensional makeup techniques with a focus on foam latex prosthetics. Students will develop skills in life casting, mold making, sculpting, casting and running foam latex. Students will learn advanced painting and makeup application techniques required for blending prosthetics with human skin. Students will also explore techniques for using gelatin makeup for large wound and facial trauma effects. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

THE431 Advanced Design: Lighting
+

This course explores the techniques, equipment, and methods employed in the design of lighting for the stage. Students will learn to calculate electrical loads, choose appropriate instruments, make color choices, and create plots and schedules to communicate design concepts through projects and exercises. Students will be introduced to moving light technology and digital control protocols. Prerequisites: THE 111 and 211. (3 units; Fall even years)

THE431-A
Lyons, Lee A
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B10A

THE432 Advanced Design: Scenery
+

This course focuses on the production of scenic designs for the stage. Students will employ period architerctural research, play analysis, and three-dimensional digital modeling software to comlete multiple scenic design problems. Prerequisites: THE 111 and 211. (3 units; Spring odd years)

THE432-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

THE433 Advanced Design: Sound
+

This course focuses on the recording, editing, and digital playback of sound effects for the stage. Students will explore sound system design and placement, field recording techniques, and digital signal processing through the creation of sound design exercises. Prerequisites: THE 111 and 211. (3 units; Fall odd years)

THE434 Advanced Design: Costume
+

This course will explore techniques of period fashion research, character analysis and costume construction methods in the creation of costume designs for the stage. Prerequisites: THE 111 and 211. (3 units; Spring even years)

THE435 Moving Light Programming
+

A practical study of intelligent fixtures, palette based control consoles, and design principles for employing moving lights in theatre, concert, worship, and entertainment events. (3 units; As offered)

THE435-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 100

Performance (18 units)

THE123 Voice and Diction for the Stage
+

This course will focus on the importance of a free and expressive voice in the actor's work. It will develop the voice through a focus on awareness of inner space, alignment, breath, resonance, articulation, expressivity; awareness of General American Dialect, and a beginning look at Phonetics and the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), vocal anatomy and voice care. (3 units; Spring)

THE123-A
Mihelich, Frank
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 204

THE223 Movement for the Stage
+

This course focuses on the mechanics of the actor's body, explores how the body becomes an element of communication in theatre, and works toward freeing up the actor's body to communicate. Students will be introduced to a variety of movement techniques and theories. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

THE223-A
Mihelich, Frank
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 204

THE283 Acting II: Scene Study
+

A continuation of Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting, this course is designed to further explore the actor's art, and continue to develop the individual's technique. This course specifically focuses on the intellectual work of an actor as well as the relationship between actors onstage. Additionally, the course will explore the connections between faith and theatre and the ways in which God's truth is embedded within the fabric of both the plays themselves and the actor's work. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

THE283-A
Mihelich, Frank
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 1:00 PM BUS 204

THE383 Acting III: Acting Shakespeare
+

An introduction to the skills necessary for performing Shakespearean texts. Through reading, analysis and performance work, the student will grow to understand how Shakespearean performance differs from Realism, and be able to implement those differences to deliver Shakespearean text with clarity and understanding. Prerequisite: THE 183 and 283. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

THE383-A
Mihelich, Frank
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 204

THE483 StyleActingIV: Departure Realism
+

An introduction to post-realistic modern theatre and it's acting conventions. Students will be introduced to the acting skills necessary to perform non-realistic theatre. Through reading, analysis, and scene work, the student will grow to understand the varying stylistic conventions found in the wide-ranging genres of non-realistic theatre and the philosophical movements which birthed them, and be able to implement those conventions in practice. Prerequisites: THE 183, 283, and 383. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

THE483-A
Mihelich, Frank
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 204

Three (3) additional units from the following:

THE431 Advanced Design: Lighting
+

This course explores the techniques, equipment, and methods employed in the design of lighting for the stage. Students will learn to calculate electrical loads, choose appropriate instruments, make color choices, and create plots and schedules to communicate design concepts through projects and exercises. Students will be introduced to moving light technology and digital control protocols. Prerequisites: THE 111 and 211. (3 units; Fall even years)

THE431-A
Lyons, Lee A
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B10A

THE432 Advanced Design: Scenery
+

This course focuses on the production of scenic designs for the stage. Students will employ period architerctural research, play analysis, and three-dimensional digital modeling software to comlete multiple scenic design problems. Prerequisites: THE 111 and 211. (3 units; Spring odd years)

THE432-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

THE433 Advanced Design: Sound
+

This course focuses on the recording, editing, and digital playback of sound effects for the stage. Students will explore sound system design and placement, field recording techniques, and digital signal processing through the creation of sound design exercises. Prerequisites: THE 111 and 211. (3 units; Fall odd years)

THE434 Advanced Design: Costume
+

This course will explore techniques of period fashion research, character analysis and costume construction methods in the creation of costume designs for the stage. Prerequisites: THE 111 and 211. (3 units; Spring even years)