• UPDATE: Online or Face to Face: We have been approved for a few face to face (safe and socially distanced!) meetings for THAR 20 and THAR 26 in our beautiful, newly remodeled Burbank Auditorium.

  • Productions: Our spring productions are the D&D play She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms and a student-created performance titled overcome that will also involve song and dance.

  • New Faculty: Two new full-time faculty members! Coleen Scott Trivett and Justin Smith.

  • Retirement: Instructor, Eliot Fintushel is retiring after 30 years teaching in the department! Reed Martin will be the instructor for THAR 19 Mask & Movement which has also moved to Monday evenings at 6:30pm.

  • UPDATE:  John Shillington is teaching both THAR 1 and THAR 2

  • UPDATE: Laura Downing Lee is teaching both section of THAR 10A

  • THAR 25 series: THAR 25 co-requisite requirements: Please contact Leslie McCauley at lmccauley@santarosa.edu for individual assistance.


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Zooming into Spring!

Spring 2021 Class Offerings


Dance Theatre Workshop

1 unit

with Alyce Finwall

Late start section

First class meeting Feb 5, 2021

F 12:00PM-3:30PM

An elective on the Acting Certificate. Take this in combination with MUS 17A Elementary Voice to hone those musical theatre skills. Individual dances may be included in the spring devised play.



Introduction to Costume Design

with Coleen Scott Trivett

M 7:00PM-8:00PM

An elective on the Costuming and Makeup Certificates. This is not a sewing class and there are no prerequisites. Mandatory 3 hour obligation. One of those hours is a mandatory Zoom class meeting, held once a week. The other two hours, while still mandatory, are not scheduled


Acting in Film, Television and Voiceover
with Elizabeth Dale

Introduction to Theatrical Lighting
with Justin Smith

THAR 22.1/22.2
Special Effects Makeup, Wigs and Masks (two levels)
with Roxie Johnson

​F 2:00PM-4:00PM

No prerequisite! But recommended preparation THAR 22. Both levels required for the Makeup Certificate.

Elective on the Costuming Certificate. 4 mandatory hours divided in this way: 1 hour of unscheduled lecture (i.e. recorded), 1 hour of unscheduled lab and 2 hours of weekly scheduled lab (live on Zoom)

TH 12:00PM-2:00PM + four 8-hour Saturday workshops

Requirement on the Stagecraft and Management Certificates, Elective on the Makeup Certificate.

2 hours of weekly, unscheduled (i.e. recorded) lecture, 2 hours of weekly scheduled lab (live on Zoom) Thursday 12-2PM. The remaining hours will be met on the following days with in-person Saturday workshops (8 hours each): 2/13/21, 3/13/21, 4/24/21 and 5/15/21

MW 12:00PM-2:30PM

An elective on the Acting Certificate. Hone your film acting and voiceover techniques for our new virtual world!


Spring 2021 Classes
Offered every spring semester

World Theatre Through Time

MW 10:30AM-12:00PM

Journey back in time on this “tour” of great plays and amazing developments that have transformed theatre around the world. An exciting exploration of world history from a theatrical perspective.

Theatre Appreciation, Dramatic Literature & History

Introduction to Theatre Arts

MW 9:00AM-10:30AM

Through a lively mixture of lecture, play- attendance, and hands-on excercises, you’ll be introduced to the theatre as both an intriguing art form and important social forum. Learn about the many arts-including playwriting, design, directing, and acting-that make up this incredible art form.

Introduction to Acting

MW 12:00PM-2:30PM

TTH 12:00PM-2:30PM

Have you dabbled in acting or always wanted to try? Here’s the perfect beginning class...fun, safe and filled with people just like you. NO experience necessary...really! And a great foundation for those with some experience as well.

Acting & Performing

Scene Study and Characterization

TTH 2:30PM-5:00PM

Take your acting skills to the next level with this exciting course!  Focusing on character development and scene work, it also prepares you for next year’s advanced classes and productions. (Prerequisite: THAR 10A or challenge exam/audition; contact instructor for more info!)

THAR 13.1A/13.1B
Performance Workshop: Styles, Periods and Skills (two levels)

MW 2:30PM-5:00PM + two evening showcase performances on 5/21

THAR 13.1AL/13.1BL
Performance Workshop Lab (showcase performance)

MW 2:30PM-5:00PM + two evening showcase performances on 5/21

Introduction to Movement and Mask

M 6:30PM-8:30PM

New instructor Reed Martin!

3 mandatory hours divided in this way: 1 hour of weekly, unscheduled (i.e. recorded) lecture and 2 hours of weekly scheduled lab and lecture (live on Zoom)

Intro to Costume Tech

MW 2:30PM-5:00PM

Whether you can sew or not, you’ll love this exciting introduction to the world of costuming (and, yep, you’ll learn how to sew, too)

Costume Design

Introduction to Stagecraft

TTH 3:00PM-5:00PM

Ever wanted to know how theatre magic is created? Curious about how they build those great sets or achieve those cool lighting effects? Find out in this class filled with creative and practical skills used in the theatre.


Theatrical Makeup Design for Stage and Screen

T 12:00PM-2:0OPM

+ 4 mandatory hours divided in this way: 1 hour of unscheduled lecture (i.e. recorded), 1 hour of unscheduled lab and 2 hours of weekly scheduled lab (live on Zoom)


Ever wanted to know how makeup artists make young actors look old? Or create fake wounds so real you hurt to look at them? From glamour to gore, this is the introductory course for you!

Makeup Design


Theatrical Management Lab

TBA Hours by arrangement

This section is by interview only

Theatre Management

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

By Qui Nguyen

Directed by Leslie McCauley

Streaming Live on YouTube

March 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30PM

March 14 at 2:00PM

Dungeons and Dragons! Having lost her family in a tragic accident, Agnes Evans begins the painful task of packing her teenage sister’s room. She soon realizes how little she knew her sister when she discovers a scenario Tilly wrote for the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. With the help of a “dungeon master,” Agnes embarks on a quest to learn more about the sister she’s lost and soon finds herself in a world where fantasy and reality collide. Inhabited by nasty ogres, homicidal fairies, and monsters with a 90s twist, this imaginative comedy is both a wild adventure and a touching exploration of loss and acceptance.

overcome/a devised play

a student created performance

Directed by Reed Martin

Streaming Live on YouTube

April 23, 24, 30, May 1 at 7:30PM

May 2 at 2:00PM

Please join us for this exciting new theatrical work created by our students. This devised play will combine acting, singing, dancing, poetry and stand-up. We’re giving voice to our community experience of the past three challenging years! Instructor Reed Martin guides the collaborative process, having been involved in the development of new student works at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Napa Valley College, and San Joaquin Delta College.


Auditions will be held on 1/22 at 5:30PM & 1/23 at 12PM 

Callbacks on 1/24 at 1PM online. 



Production Lab General

(various sections)


Independent Study

THAR 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5: Performance Musical (Acting, Dance, Vocal, Instrumental)

THAR 27 Properties Workshop
will be offered fall 2021. Stagecraft and Management Certificate Requirement. Costume and Makeup Certificate elective.

Not offered this spring only,
due to remote instruction