Post-Baccalaureate Study in Theatre

New Classes for Local Theatre Artists


Add new skills, learn new techniques, polish existing ones, and invigorate your sense of exploration. Connect with other creative artists at UH Manoa and in the community. If you already hold a bachelor’s degree, you can now take individual classes in the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance via the Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified (PBU) Program, without seeking a specific degree.
Application deadline July 15 for fall and December 15 for spring.

Click here for info on how to enroll.
*Admission to all classes pending approval by instructor.

Spring 2017 classes include:

THEA 318 Playwriting (3) One-act plays; practice in writing in dramatic form. Pre: grade of B or better in composition or consent. DA
F, 1:30-4:15 (Kumu Baker)

THEA 321 Acting III: Monologue/Audition Techniques (3) Focus on the individual student: preparation of material from all genres and styles. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 222 and consent. DA
TR, 9:00-10:15  (Paul T. Mitri)

THEA 323 Film/TV Acting (3) Acting techniques for film and TV production. Students appear in scenes from TV and film scripts. Repeatable one time. Pre: 101 or 221 or COM 201 or consent. DA
TR, 9-10:15    (Stacy Ray)

THEA 335 Taiji Round Form for Actors (3) Introduction to basic Asian movement skills through learning the Wu-style taijiquan round form, a faster and more fluid version of the full 108 taiji sequence of forms. Open to non-majors. Repeatable two times. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent. DA
MWF, 8:30-9:20 (Pat Leong)

THEA 343B Entertainment Electrics  (3) Topics in Theatre Production (3) Workshop in principles, techniques, and application of contemporary theatre production practices. (This term’s focus will be on Sound Systems and Sound Design). Pre: any course in THEA or DNCE, or production experience; or consent. DA
MW, 1:30-2:45pm (Brian Shevelenko)

THEA 343D Props and Crafts Topics in Theatre Production (3) Workshop in different  techniques used to formulate prop lists and create hand, scenic, and set dressing props used for theatrical productions.   Pre: any course in THEA or DNCE, or production experience; or consent. (Alt. years) DA
Friday 8-10:20am  (Michelle Bisbee)

THEA 380 Beginning Directing (3) Introduction to how to direct a play. Students will direct short scenes. Pre: upper division theater majors or consent. DA
TR, 12:00-1:15pm (Markus Wessendorf)

THEA 400 (Alpha) Advanced Theater Practicum (1) Advanced workshop experience in the practical application of theater skills. Repeatable one time per alpha. No more than 6 credit hours in total may be earned. One credit hour each may be earned in (B) acting; (C) stagecraft; (D) costume; (E) theater management. Pre: for 400B, audition and performance of role in a Department of Theatre and Dance production; for 400C and 400D consent; for 400E theatre majors only or consent. DA
THEA 400 C, Brian Shevelenko, schedule varies
THEA 400 D, Hannah Schauer  T, 3-4:15,
THEA 400 E Jessica Jacob  T, 3-4:15,

THEA 411 World Theater III: Realism (3) The rise of realism, 1700–1918. Development of romantic and regional forms of drama and theater, and the impact of realism. Required of all majors. Pre: 312 or consent. (Alt. years) DL
MWF, 10:30-11:20 E Focus (Contemporary Ethical Issues) (Lurana O’Malley & Kirstin Pauka)

THEA 420B Intermediate Voice for the Actor (3) Training in proper and dynamic use of the voice for the actor. (B) Western traditions.   Repeatable two times. Pre: 220 or consent. DA
TR, 12:00-1:15 (Paul T. Mitri)

THEA 427 Chinese Acting Workshop (V) Training in skills and techniques for selected traditional Chinese theater forms. This semester the course will be team taught:  Mark Branner will bring physical comedy and Chuanju (Sichuan theatre) skills to it, Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak will bring Jingju (Beijing), and Qiaoer Zheng will bring Kunqu (classical).  Emphasis on movement technique. Repeatable to 6 credit hours total. Pre: 222 or consent. (Alt. years) DA
MW, 11:30-12:45 (Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, Mark Branner, and Qiaoer Zheng)

THEA 433 Mime for Dancers and Actors Movement Workshop (V) Special workshop in movement.  This semester, learn to perform mime from a student of the renowned master Marcel Marceau! Repeatable one time. THEA and DNCE majors only. Pre: one of THEA 435, DNCE 435, or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 433) DA
R 4-5:30 (Todd Farley)

THEA 453 Scenic Design (3) Workshop in advanced techniques and skills of scenic design; model making, rendering, and drafting. Pre: 353 or consent. DA
TR, 10:30-11:45am (Michelle Bisbee)

THEA 456 Costume Design (3) Advanced techniques and skills in design; intensive work on design problems in plays from various periods. Repeatable. Pre: 356 or consent. DA
TR, 9:00-10:20 (Cheri Vasek)

THEA 462 Drama and Theater of Oceania (3) Survey of the contemporary drama and theater of Oceania that combines island and Western traditions. Includes Papua New Guinea, Hawai‘i, Fiji, Samoa, Australia, New Zealand. Pre: 101 or ANTH 350, or consent. (Cross-listed as PACS 462) DH
MW, 8:00-9:15 (Kumu Baker)

THEA 473, Storytelling  (3)  Storytelling techniques for public presentation.  Students will learn a repeatable storytelling system to explore stories and harness their creativity and imagination.  The course will have an emphasis on performance ‘voice’ and public presentation/production of storytelling.
[Mr. Jeff Gere – a locally, nationally and internationally recognized storyteller who has served as the Drama Specialist for the City & County of Honolulu’s Parks Department, producing and hosting the Talk Story Festival  for over 25 years – will teach this newly developed class.]
F, 1:30-4:15 (Jeff Gere)

THEA 490 Exp Thea Studio: Stand-Up Comedy (3) Working collectively, students research, write, design, develop, and perform a full-length production. Repeatable two times. Focus this semester is on stand-up comedy, and students will actually perform in comedy clubs!  Pre: 6 credits above the 200 level in acting, directing, playwriting, dancing; or consent. DA
MWF, 11:30-12:20 (Murray Husted)

THEA 612 History of Western Theatre I (3) Theatre as a cultural and social institution in the West, from ancient Greece to Restoration England. You will create a syllabus in a topic of your interest, for example, acting, music, costumes, etc. Pre: one of 311, 312, 411, 412, or consent. (Alt. years)
TR, 9:00-10:15 (Lurana O’Malley)

THEA 619 Advanced Topics: Playwriting and Dramatic Theory (3) Readings, research, writing, and seminar discussions. Pre: 418, 611, and consent.
W, 9:00-12:00 (Kumu Baker)

THEA 645 Lighting III: Advanced Lighting Design (3) Workshop dealing with special topics in theatrical lighting design and related skills. Repeatable two times. THEA or DNCE majors only. Pre: 445.
TR, 12:00-1:15pm (Brian Shevelenko)

THEA 678B Topics in TYA (Adapting & Devising in TYA).  Topics in Theatre for Young Audiences (3) Creative movement/drama, puppetry, and theatre/dance; (B) production concepts. Repeatable when topics change.  The focus of this course will be on adapting and devising in the world of theatre for young audiences.  It is anticipated that several guest artists – Annie Cusick Wood (formerly the Artistic Director of London’s Polka Theatre) and Tim Webb (Artistic Director of London’s Oily Cart) – will enhance the material provided, offering hands-on explorations of devising for audiences of multiple ages and/or audiences with physical or developmental disabilities.
Pre: one of 470, 474, 475, 476, 477, DNCE 490; or consent.
MW, 9:30-10:45 (Mark Branner)

THEA 680 Directing Asian Theatre (3) Directing traditional Asian theatre pieces and Western plays performed with Asian techniques; development of new performance styles based on Asian examples; directing of scenes and one-act plays. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: graduate theatre major and one Asian theatre course, or consent.
T 1:30-4:15 (Julie Iezzi)

THEA 693 Internship: Youth Theatre/Dance (V) Supervised leadership experiences in theatre/dance program with children. Students spend nine hours per week in supervised setting and three hours in weekly class meeting. Pre: one of 470, 476, or DNCE 490; or consent. (Cross-listed as DNCE 693)
MW, 9:30-10:45 (Amy Schiffner)

THEA 705:  LGBT Theatre.  Seminar in Western Drama and Theatre (3) Special topics. Repeatable when topics change. Pre: consent.  An exploration of what makes theatre “queer.”  The course supplements scripts, video documentation, and guest artist interviews with theoretical approaches, historical context, and artist biographies.  Topics addressed include the study of performance as a tool for LGBTIQ visibility, as well as reading queer signifiers into “mainstream” theatrical work.
TR, 12:00-1:15 (Matthew Kelty)

THEA 763 Seminar in Asian Theatre: China (3)  Repeatable two times. This semester, the focus will be on producing performable translations of traditional Xiqu (Chinese “opera”) plays, but you do not need to read or speak Chinese to join and participate!  Pre: one of 464, 465, 466, or consent.
MW 1:30-2:45 (Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak)