The Theatre & Cinema program at Hartnell College is one-o f-a-kind, with academic/career pathways and a renowned resident professional theatre company, The Western Stage, offering a wide array of student performance and production opportunities.  Our academic programs are expanding, with a new Theatre Arts & Cinema AA and new certificates in technical theatre & film on the way.  This year we’ll be offering Theatre History, Chicano Theatre,  Introduction to Theatre, Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Improvisational Acting, Video Production, Stop-Motion Animation, Directing, Theatre Design, Acting for the Camera, Introduction to Media Writing, Playwriting & Screenwriting, Script Analysis, and Introduction to Film . Stay tuned for program updates!

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New Cinema Courses:

Video Production Lab: Single Camera , introduces students to single-camera video production, culminating in the production of short, student-created films (Recommended for students interested in transferring into a four-year Film Program)

Playwriting & Screenwriting , introduces students to the craft of dramatic writing, culminating in the completion and the staged readings of student-created performance scripts (Recommended for students interested in transferring into a four-year Film program)

Acting for the Camera , gives students an opportunity to explore differences between stage acting and acting for camera and video, through recorded performance of scenes and commercials (Recommended for students interested in Film or Theatre Arts)

New Theatre Arts Courses:

Theatre for Social Change , Provides students with an understanding of the broad applications of theatre in the social sphere, as harbinger of change, justice, education, and civic engagement. 

Chicano Theatre examines the rich history and ongoing developments in the culture and identity of the Chicano through exploration of the historical and contemporary Chicano way of life illustrated in stage production.

Directing , provides students with an overview of theatrical directing techniques, culminating in student directing projects (Recommended for students interested in transferring to a four-year Theatre Arts program)

Improvisational Acting , explores theatre games and improvisational exercises designed to develop trust, cooperation, mental acuity, and physical and vocal range (Recommended for students interested in transferring to a four-year Theatre Arts program)

Fundamentals of Theatrical Design , provides students with an overview of scenic, lighting, costume, sound, and properties design, with plenty of opportunity for creative application (Recommended for students interested in transferring to a four-year Theatre Arts program)

Puppetry and Mask , explores puppet and mask design and creation, including manipulation, improvisation, and production techniques for the theatre and beyond (Recommended for students interested in Film or Theatre Arts)

Voice and Movement , explores how voice and movement enhance the range of one's vocal and expressive skills, with emphasis on contemporary developments in theatre arts (Recommended for students interested in transferring to a four-year Theatre Arts program)

Devised Theatre and Performance Creation Workshop , develops skills and strategies for creating original performance works, culminating in a collaborative devised theatre production (Recommended for students interested in Film or Theatre Arts)

More courses on the way!  Including: Television Studio Production, Radio Production, Documentary Film Production & more!  Plenty of production opportunities available – through The Western Stage, and the academic theatre program – including upcoming involvement in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and others!   See our website or contact Dr. Glazier: mglazier@hartnell.edu for info!