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Chris Hanks, video production instructor
Christopher Hanks
Performing Arts Instructor

Performing Arts (Theater)

The exciting world of Hollywood and TV broadcasting come to life in Film Production. Courses focus on students discovering and developing their creative voice as they learn the technical world of film and the language of visual storytelling. 
Benefits of Taking This Pathway

Benefits of Taking This Pathway

From design thinking, to creative writing, practical application of building and logistical planning, and our course performance, the art of making something out of nothing is utilizing industry standard methods and equipment, pathway participants experience roles center stage, backstage, and beyond as they produce both original and published works. Exploring the history of theatre students will learn about the impact theatre has had our our culture as well as discover career opportunities available in the world of production, design, and performance. Students accomplishing the pathway will enter college or the workforce with resume building skills like leadership, presentation ability, writing and design strengths, as well as technical knowledge of theatre equipment and performance techniques. 

Summary of Courses

Summary of Courses

Introduction to Professional Theatre

Put on a happy/sad face for the study of dramatic history and the rehearsal and performance of scenes from plays of these periods. Tune up presentation skills with the study of acting techniques and body control. Explore the creative process through writing and the design of sets, costumes, makeup, and advertising. Group and individual projects and at least one major production a year are included. Participation in public productions is mandatory. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.

Advanced Theatre Performance

Further your study of theatrical production through the experience of creating a number of productions from inspiration through to closing night. Design concepts will grow into practical fabrication of costumes, sets, and props, and progress into the technical running of performances. Alongside, acting techniques will take center stage as rolls will be cast, rehearsed, and performed in a number of theatrical styles and local venues. Ready yourself to be cast or crew at a theatre festival, a fully realized play, the school's spring musical, and in a local tour to bring the performing arts to kids. Required: 24 hours minimum participation in public performance as cast or crew member. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.

Pathway Courses

Pathway Courses

9,10,11 Introduction to Professional Theatre
10,11,12 Advanced Theatre Performance
In order for a student to maximize their industry readiness and to receive a CTE pathway graduation cord, they will need to complete all courses within the pathway.
Classes must be taken in sequential order.
Potential Careers

Potential Careers

HS Diploma
  • Actor
  • Lighting Technician
  • Makeup Artist
  • Stagehand
  • Sound Technician
  • Voice-over Artist
  • Announcer
  • Electronic Operator
2 Year College Degree
  •  Actor
  • Audio/Video Technician
  • Board Operator 

4 Year College Degree
  •  Actor
  • Art Director
  • Casting Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Director
  • Fashion Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Playwright
  • Press Agent