SFCC

Drama

SFCC Theater

Actors in Costumes

Students who enjoy drama find it stimulates the imagination, builds confidence in public settings, and creates a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment.

SFCC offers courses for students who are pursuing drama as a vocation or an avocation. The emphasis on transferable courses in theater, motion pictures, television and live theater. Courses include beginning and intermediate acting, stagecraft, stage makeup, introduction to the theater, and rehearsal and performance.

Students produce several plays each year and earn college credits for their work. This gives them hands-on experience in acting, directing, production, stage design and play writing.


Performance & Audition Techniques

Actors in a play

This entry level three credit elective course is ideal for the beginning actor. It will be a challenging but creative hands on class designed to help individuals reach their acting potentials.

The actors will walk away from this class with a prepared audition monologue suitable for use in any local audition situation.

Students will have a greater appreciation of the techniques and demands that live performance requires.

Contemporary Acting

Although this is the second tier of acting classes it is still available for those who have never had an acting class before. It offers hands on training primarily in the study of contemporary drama through scene study.

The actors in this three credit elective class will work with two different instructors, both professional directors, as well as beginning directors from the directing class when it is offered; giving the participants a wider range of directing approach styles to scene work.

Classical Acting

Actor performing Shakespeare

This Spring offered 5 credit elective course is geared towards the more experienced actor looking for a firm grounding in the classical style of acting and the prerequisites are listed in the schedule. The course will explore the three significant periods of classical plays; Greek, Shakespeare and French Neoclassic Drama.

Period style process will include: movement, gesture, dance, vocal production, text analysis as well as scenes and monologues from the classical repertoire.

Students will work with neutral masks and commedia masks for the purposes of developing a strong personal kinesthetic sense of how their body moves in the theatrical space and character development.

Directing Actors for Film & Stage

A script

Directing Actors for Film and Stage is a 5 credit special studies in humanities course (Humanities 295) designed to give the aspiring director the basic tools necessary to effectively work with actors in either the medium of film or stage.

This course offers the student the opportunity to work with actors from the Acting Two class in a laboratory/lecture environment. Learning how to talk with the actors to achieve the desired performance is key to quality theatrical production.

Introduction to Theatre

Two people acting in a play.

Introduction to Theatre is a lecture based course utilizing the group process approach to further the students appreciation of live theatre. Students will learn how to view, evaluate, respond and critique the live theatre experience.

The class also attends two live performances in the local area at discounts arranged by the professor. Live talk backs inform the students in an informative setting following some of the performances.

Guest speakers from Interplayers, The Inlander, and Spokane Civic Theatre bring insight into class by those working in the field.

Makeup

Makeup

Makeup is a two credit elective course designed to teach the untrained student how to devise all forms of makeup and execution. This practical application course is a laboratory/lecture environment with a good deal of personal creativity.

Through the use of instructive films, guest artists, and the course instructor, the student will learn basic corrective makeup(street makeup) as well as prosthetics applications, mask making, false hair application and construction, highlight and shadow as well as old age, horror and fantasy makeup.

Students learn to work on not only their own face but on the faces of the various classmates as well and are allowed a final project of their own personal choice.

Students may also sign up to do crew work on any SFCC show and receive extra credit.

Rehearsal & Performance

This exciting course offers the student an opportunity to participate directly in a live on stage theatrical production. Each quarter provides a different experience in a range of types of plays; comedy, drama, Shakespeare, musicals, children’s theatre, Avant garde or experimental theatre.

All students who are registered are guaranteed an opportunity to work either on stage or back stage depending on talent and experience. Many of those participating have never done a live show before and the atmosphere is supportive of both individual and ensemble achievement.

Fall quarter is usually a comedy drawn from the world theatre. Winter is our classical offering usually but not limited to the works of William Shakespeare. Spring quarter is usually our more cutting edge modern or experimental drama production.

Rehearsal Performance

Stagecraft

Students Building Sets

Stagecraft Theatrical Design is an elective hands on course designed to provide the student with an interactive introduction to theatrical design and construction. It focuses on scenic construction and set design using the Vectorworks auto cad program; costume design and construction, lighting design and execution using Vectorworks Spotlight and Wizziwig lighting program: properties design and construction, and sound design and execution.

Stagecrafts may be taken for a total of 15 credits and you may register for from 1-5 credits per session. This is a great opportunity to meet other creative people who want to experience the wonderful world of backstage theatre design and execution.

Students will work in a laboratory/lecture environment with guest designers from other theatrical/educational institutions. We also offer internships/apprenticeships with a local professional theatre, Interplayers.

Scenic Design

Set blueprint

Students learn the foundations and processes of scenic design for the stage, including period research, script analysis, rendering, 3D modeling and construction and scenic painting techniques. In conjunction with the regular Stagecrafts Class students will also learn usage of shop tools, safety in the shop, and technical theatre terminology.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the live production by working on one of the back stage crews: stage management, lighting, sound, makeup and shift crews. Students also participate in the collaborative construction of a set for the current Spartan Theatre production.

This course is appropriate for students with interests in Drama, interior design and fine arts.

Costume Design

Costume Design

Students learn the foundations and processes of costume design and construction. This includes period research, script analysis, rendering, fabrication, patterning, fabrics, action charts and design concepts.

In conjunction with the Stagecrafts Course, students will learn about the costume shop and its specific tools, basic stitching and sewing practices and collage.

This course is appropriate for students with interests in Drama, Fashion and Fine Arts.

Courses Offered

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

Click on the course title to view course description.

Class Credits
DRMA& 101Intro to Theatre 5.0
DRMA 106Rehearsal and Performance 1.0-5.0
DRMA 107Rehearsal and Performance 1.0-5.0
DRMA 108Rehearsal and Performance 1.0-5.0
DRMA 120Performance and Audition Techniques 3.0
DRMA 121Contemporary Acting 3.0
DRMA 211Scenic Design I 3.0-5.0
DRMA 212Costume Design I 3.0-5.0
DRMA 220Classical Acting 5.0
DRMA 221Acting for Film and Television 5.0
DRMA 230Stagecrafting Theatrical Design 1.0-5.0
DRMA 233Makeup 2.0

Spartan Theatre

View the Drama Season Brochure (PDF)

About the Theatre

Spartan Theatre

Located in the Communications Building, Bldg. 5, the 212-seat Spartan Theatre is an ideal place to spend a captivating evening experiencing plays produced by the SFCC Drama Department.

The Theatre features a recently installed digital lighting system, new seating and carpeting, complete wardrobe and makeup facilities, and a set design and construction workshop. The Drama Department performs three to seven major productions per year.

For more information check out the Drama Website or contact William Marlowe at (509) 533-3592.

Fall
Rashomon
By Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin
Directed by Sara Edlin-Marlowe
 
Takes place in feudal Japan near Kyoto at the edge of the Rashomon Gate
It’s all about perception and how our stories of the same event differ
 
Dates: November 13-16 & November 20-23, 2014
Thursday - Saturday 7:30 PM;
Sunday Matinees, 2:00 PM
Spartan Theatre, Bldg 5
Winter
Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Directed by William C. Marlowe
 
A comedy of deception and perception
Viola disguises herself as her twin brother to survive in a man’s world
 
Dates: March 5-8 & March 12-15, 2015
Thursday - Saturday 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees, 2:00 PM
Spartan Theatre, Bldg 5
 
Auditions: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
1:00 - 4:20 PM - Spartan Theatre
Spring
Little Shop of Horrors
Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman; Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Scott Doughty
 
At first, it just seemed like an exotic plant!
 
Dates: May 28-31 & June 4-7, 2015
Thursday - Saturday, 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees, 2:00 PM
Spartan Theatre, Bldg 5
 
Auditions: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
1:00 - 4:20 PM
 
One Act Play Festival
 
Dates: June 11, 12, 13
7:30pm
SFCC -- Building 5 -- Spartan Theatre

Theatre Classes

  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Classical Acting
  • Classical Acting
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Production Classes

  • Rehearsal Class
  • Rehearsal Class
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  • Rehearsal Class
  • Rehearsal Class
  • Rehearsal Class
  • Rehearsal Class
  • Rehearsal Class
  • Stagecraft
  • Stagecraft
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2011-2012 Season

  • Dracula, Fall 2011
  • Dracula, Fall 2011
  • Dracula, Fall 2011
  • Dracula, Fall 2011
  • Dracula, Fall 2011
  • Dracula, Fall 2011
  • Dracula, Fall 2011
  • Dracula, Fall 2011
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter 2012
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter 2012
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter 2012
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter 2012
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter 2012
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter 2012
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter 2012
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter 2012

Drama Faculty

Edlin, Sara; Instructor

Edlin, Sara; Instructor Office: 5-143E - 5-134

Phone: (509) 533-3222

Email: Sara.Edlin@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
SARA EDLIN-Marlowe teaches theatre and speech at SFCC; she has also taught in the Applied Education Division at Spokane Community College. Currently she is the faculty advisor for Whitworth.fm, a webcast station (formerly KWRS), at Whitworth. For ten years, Sara worked for Spokane Public Radio where she was the "Morning Edition" host. Sara's professional credits include: The Basket, Safe Passages, a water safety video made by the Army Corp of Engineers, and a small part in Godfather I. She has numerous credits as a voice talent on the East and West coasts and appeared on the Brian Keith Show filmed in Hawaii. Sara earned her Associate's degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville; her Bachelor's is from the University of Miami where she double majored in Radio-TV-Film and Theatre; She earned her Master's in Fine Arts with the emphasis on directing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Edlin-Marlowe tours with her one woman shows: Sacagawea and her new adventure, the Canadian artist, Emily Carr.

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Marlowe, Bill (William); Instructor

Marlowe, Bill (William); Instructor Office: 5-136

Phone: (509) 533-3592

Email: Bill.Marlowe@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
William C. Marlowe is a wannabe Renaissance Man. He teaches, acts, directs, stage manages and designs. Now in his 12th year as Director of Drama at Spokane Falls Community College, he came to the college following 15 years as a free-lance artist working across the country. Nationally, Bill has directed the nation's premier outdoor drama TECUMSEH! as well as working for five years as Actor/Artistic Director at the Birmingham Children's Theatre directing several National Tours. He received the regional Obelisk Award for Best Actor for his role as the Kabuki Emperor in The Nightingale.

Bill has worked as an Equity stage manager in New York for Mark Twain: The Musical for two seasons and one season in Hartford, Connecticut. Some of his memorable local roles include: Pseudolous in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Henry VIII in Royal Gambit, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Melvin P. Thorpe in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler, Max Prince in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and numerous roles in his six seasons at Interplayers including the eleven roles in A Tuna Christmas which won him the local Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in Spokane for that season. He is also appearing in the recent film The Big Bang as a Russian mobster with Antonio Banderas, LLCool J and Sam Elliot.

His local directing credits include: Titus Andronicus, The Importance of Being Earnest, Curse of the Starving Class, The Tempest, Insect Comedy, Strange Bedfellows, Twelfth Night, The Good Doctor, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Oedipus Rex, Buried Child, Macbeth, Working, You Can't Take It with You, The Taming of the Shrew, Camelot, Run For Your Wife, How to Eat Like a Child, The Crucible, Lysistrata, Oedipus, The Government Inspector, Comedy of Errors, Othello, The Insanity of Mary Girard, and the critically acclaimed Civic production of Wit in which he won the Critics Circle Award for Best Director. He was recently awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Community Colleges of Spokane and in 2006 received the Arts in Education award from the city of Spokane. When scholarship funding dried up several years ago for drama students, he started the fundraising for the first endowed scholarship account through the CCS Foundation which now has over $25,000 and last year $2,000 in scholarships were awarded to deserving students.

Bill most enjoys the opportunity that the Falls affords him as a creative artist and as a mentor to students. In the summer he enjoys gardening, playing Dungeons and Dragons and camping trips with Sara, his wife of 27 years, and his two dogs Bilbo and Baggins.

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