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 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


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.