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Winter 2016 Online Course: January 4 - March 18, 2016

TA 508 Workshop - Topics in Drama:  Modern Drama

Summer 2016 On-Site Elective Courses -

Offered July 25-29, 2016 (Housing nights: July 24-29)

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. Staging the Musical:

An intensive covering the director’s role, the preproduction planning and rehearsal process. Work with a professional theatre director to develop and/or refine your skills for directing a musical.   Pre-Production: Advice on analyzing the script and score, audition techniques, designing and monitoring your rehearsal and technical schedules, collaborating with the musical director and choreographer… and what to do if they don’t exist. Learn techniques to help an inexperienced or young actor develop a convincing character who can burst into song, creative ways to stage crowd scenes, and keep a chorus engaged.

II. Costume Crafts: Fantasy kingdoms period-wear

A busy, intensive  where students will investigate the delightful world of Costume Crafts. Students will learn a variety of techniques to make accessory items that are functional and wearable using accessible and affordable materials including felt, fabric and wire. We will build crowns, armor and possibly footwear based on the rules of abstract and invented kingdoms, royalty and knights. Bring your questions and challenges and we will help you figure out how to achieve your craft goals!

III. Theatre Crafts: Props/Furniture

An intensive hands-on skill-building workshop, Theatre Crafts explores the world of props.  Students will learn techniques for fixing broken furniture to stretch your budget and save time.  Short cuts for updating and stylizing upholstered furniture to fit period will also be covered (or recovered).  Additional projects will be generated by participants, addressing the most relevant kinds of property construction, adaption or repair. Class size is limited to 18.

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:
2) Go to our ACTS webpage and review information on your choices for elective and associated fees
3) Call the Theatre Arts office at 541-552-6346 or email to receive an enrollment form and return it by mail. If accepted, you will be billed.


SOU Faculty Scenic Designer Sean O’Skea will lead a one-week intensive workshop on Scenic Painting at the nationally renowned Cobalt Studios in White Lake, New York. Course dates will be in July 4-8, 2016. Though off the SOU campus; this course fulfills ONE of the three elective course requirements for the Master’s program.  See

Students stay on site in the Cobalt House and experience a week-long immersion in scenic painting focused for the theatre educator. 

Please note: in order to receive Southern Oregon University academic credit (including the Theatre Master's Program elective course), all students must register with SOU for the course.   This academic credit option has separate fees due to Southern Oregon University: a transcripting fee of $210.  This is in addition to all fees due to Cobalt Studios for the actual workshop.  For SOU registration and payment information, please call 541-552-6346.