CLASSES

 

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE

THEATRE ARTS

TECHNICAL THEATRE OPTION

Complete the following 6 sections:

THEATER 100 - 3 units

THEATER 270 - 3 units

THEATER 300 - 3 units

THEATER 315 - 3 units

THEATER 342 - 2 units

THEATER 450 - 3 units

 

And complete one of the following sections:

COMM 101 - 3 units

or

THEATER 310 - 3 units

or

THEATER 411 - 3 units

 

Major Total Units - 20

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

IN TECHNICAL THEATER

Complete the following 5 sections:

THEATER 300 - 3 units

THEATER 310 - 3 units

THEATER 315 - 3 units

THEATER 320 - 3 units

THEATER 342 - 2 units

 

And complete one of the following sections:

 

THEATER 340 - 3 units

or

THEATER 411 - 3 units

or

THEATER 450 - 3 units

 

Total Units - 17

 

THEATER 300 - Intro to Stagecraft

THEATER 310 - Intro to Lighting Design

THEATER 315 - Intro to Scenic Design

THEATER 342 - Technical Stage Production

 

THEATER 320 - Computer Aided Drafting for Theater

THEATER 450 - Theatrical Stage Make-up

 

THEATER 340 - Theater Management-On and Off Stage

THEATER 411 - Costuming for Theater

technical theatre

Our Technical  Theatre Program offers students training and technique in technical design -- scenic, lighting and sound -- to prepare them for the professional theatre industry. Students acquire skills in carpentry, lighting electric set-up, sound fundamentals, and property design  and construction.  Our students design sets, lights and sound for fully realized department productions and move on to work in the industry.

The department of theatre also participates at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) each year in all fields of Performance and Design, Technology, and Management. In the last year, a student scenic designer of a MainStage production reached the regional finals.

certificates/ degrees

The Technical Theater Associate of Arts Program at Pierce College is a professional quality transferable education plan for theater artists in the greater Los Angeles area.  This rigorous two year program gives students valuable skills in all the major areas of Technical Theater.  Students are asked to take a total of seven Major required classes spread over four semesters of study.  Listed below are descriptions of some of the unique educational experiences offered as part of this program.

INTRO TO SCENIC DESIGN - TA 315

Pierce College offers a great introductory class focusing on scenic design.  Offered every semester, this 15 week class provides students experience and skills in paper drafting and rendering techniques; in addition to Vectorworks computer based design solutions.  Special emphasis is placed on conceptual planning and design choices.  Students are encouraged to think outside-the-box in their creative choices.

INTRO TO STAGECRAFT - TA 300

Offered every semester, this class provides a 15 week survey program for all aspects of Technical Theater and Design.  Students are introduced to industry standard  software including Vectorworks and QLab.  In addition, this class also features hands-on activity based learning in the areas of scenic construction, property design, scenic painting, and sound design.

The Technical Theater Certificate Program at Pierce College is a one of a kind option for theater artists in the greater Los Angeles area.  This rigorous one year program gives students valuable skills in all the major areas of Technical Theater.  Students are asked to take a total of six classes spread over two semesters of study.  Listed below are descriptions of some of the unique educational experiences offered as part of this program.

COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING - THEATER 320

Pierce College offers a highly specialized class focusing on the industry standard VECTORWORKS computer aided drafting software.  Offered every spring semester, this 15 week class gives both complete novices and Vectorworks veterans an extensive range of new skills and techniques in all areas of theatrical drafting.  Special focus is put on drafting for lighting designers and cross program tools involving Lightwright 5.

THEATRE MANAGEMENT - THEATER 340

Offered every fall, this specialized class provides a 15 week training program for Stage Managers.  Students are trained in preparation for schedules, paperwork styles, and union rules of Actor’s Equity Association.  In addition, this class also focuses on the role of the Producer, Theater Manager, and Production Management.  

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YOUR PASSION

At Los Angeles Pierce College our facilities include a newly renovated 350-seat Main Stage theatre and a flexible black box space, plus classrooms, set shop, and costume and make-up labs.
Explore the menu above or come visit us at Performing Arts Building, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills 91371

Department Chair

Michael Gend

Acting/ Directing

Shaheen Vaaz-Chamarbagwala

Anthony Cantrell

Anna Steers, Esdras Toussaint

Valorie Grear, Anita Adcock

Costume Design

Eileen Gizienski

Scenic Design

Gene Putnam, Frederica Nascimento

Lighting Design

Casey Cowan Gale

History/ Introduction

Nico Guilak, Frank Catalano

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