Winter 2017 Online Course: January 9 - March 24, 2017

TA 508 Workshop - Topics in Drama:  Modern Drama

Summer 2017 On-Site Elective Courses -

Offered July 24 - 28, 2017 (Housing nights: July 23-28)

Experience excellence with one of these 3-credit graduate level courses designed for high school and community college theatre educators. Whether you are part of the ACTS Master of Theatre Studies program or are looking for a stand-alone course, you will come away with practical skills and new ideas to bring back to your school. Courses are taught by Southern Oregon University faculty and professionals from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

I. Directing

Sam Osheroff

This class explores the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to bring theatrical texts to powerful, dynamic life onstage.  Topics covered include: Textual analysis, effective storytelling through physical and emotional action, compelling staging techniques, best rehearsal practices and practical communications skills with actors and designers. Class size is limited to 14.

II. Puppet Arts: The Basics of Utilizing Puppetry in Theatre

Stefano Brancato

In this course students will develop the skills needed to design, fabricate, perform and direct puppetry for the theatre. During this week-long course, students will study three forms of puppetry: Bunraku-Style (based on the ancient Japanese tradition), American Table-Top and Shadow Puppetry. Within small groups or individually, students will apply what they've learned by devising original works of puppet theatre. 

Designed specifically for the theatre educators, directors and performance artists, this class will empower you with the knowledge and confidence to add puppets to any project. It will also give you the skills to educate and train your students and staff to perform and to fabricate their own puppets. No prior training is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Prerequisite: Willingness to be bravely creative!  Course Enrollment limited to 20 participants

III. Vectorworks

Sean O'Skea

Most theater professionals adopted Computer Aided Design software sometime in the last fifteen years and it has become a common and essential tool even in educational theater. Vectorworks is the leading CAD software used by the entertainment industry largely due to the Spotlight Workspace that allows for integration of 3D stage modeling and powerful lighting design tools.

This week long intensive will introduce students to the 2D drawing, 3D modeling, rendering, and stage lighting tools found in Vectorworks. Students will produce a 2D ground plan, then model, light, and render a set in 3D and create a smart light plot. The course will introduce students into generating traditional drafting from a 3D model using Vectorworks sheet layers and viewports.

This class is not for the computer novice. Prior experience in other design software such as PhotoShop, Illustrator or Sketchup will be a great asset. However, complete comfort and familiarity with computers is a must. If you are struggling to use your mouse, you will quickly fall behind in this class.

Professor of Design, Sean O’Skea has been using Vectorworks for over a decade and has taught numerous courses, masterclasses and training sessions in Vectorworks and other design software for much of that time. He recently presented at the Vectorworks International Design Summit in Chicago. His YouTube page has thousands of subscribers from around the world who have learned from his online vector works tutorials. Class size is limited to 16.

Application Information

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor. ACTS Master of Theatre Studies students get first priority. This course may serve as one of the required additional 3-credit courses toward the Master of Theatre Studies degree.

For non-admitted graduate elective students, enrollment is offered when spaces remain available after enrolled ACTS Masters students have selected their courses. To secure a spot on the waitlist:

1) Complete the SOU non-admitted graduate student registration - follow the directions here: http://sou.edu/enrollment/nonadmit.html
2) Go to our ACTS webpage and review information on your choices for elective and associated fees http://www.sou.edu/acts/courses/current-courses/
3) Call the Theatre Arts office at 541-552-6346 or email acts@sou.edu to receive an enrollment form and return it by mail. If accepted, you will be billed.



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