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The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts is a broad base live performance degree, anchored on the belief that classroom study and live performance productions are of equal and complementary value. Likened to the production of diamonds from rough carbon-bas

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Theater Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts is a broad base live performance degree, anchored on the belief that classroom study and live performance productions are of equal and complementary value. 

Likened to the production of diamonds from rough carbon-based material under intense pressure over time, the SDA Theater Arts program’s mission is to produce and continue producing the next generations of brilliant live performance artists who have a well-rounded foundation and humanistic approach to whatever they do, wherever they end up in their professional and personal lives.

The term “Live Performance” is specifically used as the knowledge and skills acquired are not only applicable in the theater industry but also in video, television, film/ digital film making, photography, fashion, the corporate world, even academia. The program will prepare graduates for professional careers in a global-community that is becoming increasingly dependent on the arts and humanities for its information, cultural enlightenment, and entertainment.

The Program combines skills in theoretical understanding of the principles behind both classical and contemporary theatre genres and forms; Extensive experience in mounting and staging plays (for the Production Specialization) and performing in them (for the Performance Specialization) using both classical and contemporary plays; Knowledge of all the elements of the theatre arts (thus, Performance Specialization students are required to study the foundational concepts of acting and Production Specialization students will study the basics of production work); Knowledge of areas peripheral to the theatre arts such as marketing, running a theatre company as well as current industry practices and actual experience working with industry-leading and established theatre, performing arts companies, film, television, events and advertising companies.

The student applicants will have to take and pass the College of Saint Benilde’s entrance examinations. There will be a second stage screening where the passers will undergo the following: a) For applicants under the Performance track they will be auditioned using a prepared monologue; b) For applicants under the Production track they will be asked to submit/present a portfolio of their previous involvement and exposure in productions, staging and live events.

This subject guide gathers in one place carefully evaluated and selected resources on Theater Arts available and accessible at the CLR and its subscribed databases. Books (both print and electronic) are categorized per course; while journals, magazines, online databases, are recommended for the entire Theater Arts program.


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Books on ACTING 1 - Acting 1

Acting 1

The course is a basic and brief survey of theater concepts and terminologies on Acting.  The participants will develop basic acting skills and techniques including oral communication, improvisation and stage movement.

The structure is based on the techniques established by Viola Spolin in the late 1950’s as laid down in her book “Improvisation for the Theatre.” In “Theatre Games”, the student learns acting concepts by playing “games”. The technique of letting students role-play frees them from the burden of “acting” and thus liberates him or her to concentrate on the task at hand or what Spolin would call the point of concentration. This leads to improvisation which in turn leads to scene building. This is the point of departure for any advanced acting course. At the end of the workshop, the students should understand basic techniques in acting and discover the importance of their art to society and to life.

Acting 1

The course is a basic and brief survey of theater concepts and terminologies on Acting.  The participants will develop basic acting skills and techniques including oral communication, improvisation and stage movement.

The structure is based on the techniques established by Viola Spolin in the late 1950’s as laid down in her book “Improvisation for the Theatre.” In “Theatre Games”, the student learns acting concepts by playing “games”. The technique of letting students role-play frees them from the burden of “acting” and thus liberates him or her to concentrate on the task at hand or what Spolin would call the point of concentration. This leads to improvisation which in turn leads to scene building. This is the point of departure for any advanced acting course. At the end of the workshop, the students should understand basic techniques in acting and discover the importance of their art to society and to life.

Books on ACTING2 - Acting 2

Acting 2

The course explores the fundamentals of acting using Konstantin Stanislavski’s trilogy of books on acting that aims to root acting in reality, using various methods that enables the actor to use his inner resources in the pursuit of emotion and truth while onstage. The students will undergo the process using exercises and in so doing learn the theories and practical applications of a specific acting lesson.

Acting 2

The course explores the fundamentals of acting using Konstantin Stanislavski’s trilogy of books on acting that aims to root acting in reality, using various methods that enables the actor to use his inner resources in the pursuit of emotion and truth while onstage. The students will undergo the process using exercises and in so doing learn the theories and practical applications of a specific acting lesson.

Books on ACTING3 - Acting 3

Acting 3

The advanced course in acting further develops the student by creating a thorough internal process working for a sense of truth and at the same time incorporating technical aspects such as proper breathing, voice projection, line delivery and use of space in understanding different types of characters from different texts.

The course is an application of the process drawing from varied text-based materials in one-act plays and monologues with character-driven roles from the classical period until the modern period resulting in creating a well-rounded and holistic actor with a complex understanding of the human psyche.  

Acting 3

The advanced course in acting further develops the student by creating a thorough internal process working for a sense of truth and at the same time incorporating technical aspects such as proper breathing, voice projection, line delivery and use of space in understanding different types of characters from different texts.

The course is an application of the process drawing from varied text-based materials in one-act plays and monologues with character-driven roles from the classical period until the modern period resulting in creating a well-rounded and holistic actor with a complex understanding of the human psyche.  

Books on ACTING4 - Acting 4

Acting 4

The advanced course further applies the process and understanding of different characters from text-based materials but developing a whole narrative using full-length plays.  It also develops the actor in creating character relationships with other actors in the text. The course further strengthens collaboration with other key players in the production such as the playwrights, director, designers and production people by creating a full production at the end of the course.

Acting 4

The advanced course further applies the process and understanding of different characters from text-based materials but developing a whole narrative using full-length plays.  It also develops the actor in creating character relationships with other actors in the text. The course further strengthens collaboration with other key players in the production such as the playwrights, director, designers and production people by creating a full production at the end of the course.

Books on ASCRIPT - Script Analysis

Script Analysis

All practitioners of the theatre arts need a basic knowledge of analyzing scripts before they can even attempt to mount the plays. This course will teach the students how to read and understand scripts on a deeper level, anchoring the work on the themes and issues that the playwright wishes to convey. It is only through a deeper understanding and a critical analysis of the written material can they come up with concepts and ideas by which to interpret and come up with original and unique points-of-view on how to stage their productions.

Script Analysis

All practitioners of the theatre arts need a basic knowledge of analyzing scripts before they can even attempt to mount the plays. This course will teach the students how to read and understand scripts on a deeper level, anchoring the work on the themes and issues that the playwright wishes to convey. It is only through a deeper understanding and a critical analysis of the written material can they come up with concepts and ideas by which to interpret and come up with original and unique points-of-view on how to stage their productions.

Books on BUSITHA - Business of Performance and Production

Business of Performance and Production

The Business of Performance and Production is an advanced course for Theater Arts students. It aims to familiarize the students with the business side of acting and production such as a survey of potential employment opportunities in the theater, film, television and advertising industries; current industry practices on hiring; how to come up with a portfolio and strategies for passing auditions.

At the end of the course, industry professionals and managers will be asked to sit down in panel to conduct actual auditions. This hands-on, reality/industry-based approach ensures that the soon-to-graduate student is equipped with the tools necessary to find a job as an actor or part of the production.

Business of Performance and Production

The Business of Performance and Production is an advanced course for Theater Arts students. It aims to familiarize the students with the business side of acting and production such as a survey of potential employment opportunities in the theater, film, television and advertising industries; current industry practices on hiring; how to come up with a portfolio and strategies for passing auditions.

At the end of the course, industry professionals and managers will be asked to sit down in panel to conduct actual auditions. This hands-on, reality/industry-based approach ensures that the soon-to-graduate student is equipped with the tools necessary to find a job as an actor or part of the production.

Books on CDESGN1 - Costume Design 1

Costume Design 1

Costume Design is a comprehensive study of one of the specialized fields of production designing for theater. It begins with the study of the fashion and clothes construction of the important eras and periods of western and eastern civilization. After this stage, which is marked by theory and research, the course moves on to hands-on work utilizing the basic processes of costume designing: conceptualization, illustration, fabric research and construction.

Costume Design 1

Costume Design is a comprehensive study of one of the specialized fields of production designing for theater. It begins with the study of the fashion and clothes construction of the important eras and periods of western and eastern civilization. After this stage, which is marked by theory and research, the course moves on to hands-on work utilizing the basic processes of costume designing: conceptualization, illustration, fabric research and construction.

Books on CDESGN2 - Costume Design 2

Costume Design 2

This is an advanced course to the theory and practice of costume design for the theater. Students will be immersed in developing the artistic and practical aspects of designing costumes, building on previous training. Students will learn how to communicate design concepts, style and choices both visually and verbally through research and the construction of the costume wardrobe.

Costume Design 2

This is an advanced course to the theory and practice of costume design for the theater. Students will be immersed in developing the artistic and practical aspects of designing costumes, building on previous training. Students will learn how to communicate design concepts, style and choices both visually and verbally through research and the construction of the costume wardrobe.

Books on DIRECT1 - Directing 1

Directing 1

The course explores the basic principles and fundamentals of directing for the stage. The students will be introduced to different types of spaces that will affect their staging. It also engages in an experiential investigation of directing and focuses on the development of skills in the areas of composition and use of space, creation of stage imagery, dramaturgy and historical research, script analysis and textual interpretation, ensemble development and collaboration with actors and designers.  

Directing 1

The course explores the basic principles and fundamentals of directing for the stage. The students will be introduced to different types of spaces that will affect their staging. It also engages in an experiential investigation of directing and focuses on the development of skills in the areas of composition and use of space, creation of stage imagery, dramaturgy and historical research, script analysis and textual interpretation, ensemble development and collaboration with actors and designers.  

Books on DIRECT2 - Directing 2

Directing 2

The advanced course focuses on text analysis, conceptualization and the process by which the director’s analysis and interpretation is applied to the technical aspects of the theatre arts using a full-length play.  The course also explores relationships between politics and aesthetic practice, the role of the audience, the institutional realities of professional theatre, classical texts, presentational and representational staging and the role of theatre-making in our society. At the end of the course, the student begins to think as a director and brings diverse aspects of their own identities to their work.

Directing 2

The advanced course focuses on text analysis, conceptualization and the process by which the director’s analysis and interpretation is applied to the technical aspects of the theatre arts using a full-length play.  The course also explores relationships between politics and aesthetic practice, the role of the audience, the institutional realities of professional theatre, classical texts, presentational and representational staging and the role of theatre-making in our society. At the end of the course, the student begins to think as a director and brings diverse aspects of their own identities to their work.

Books on DRMTURG - Dramaturgy

Dramaturgy

The course introduces the student to the history and role of the dramaturg developing basic skill sets and developing a basic understanding of the approach for play analysis with regard to a historical perspective of dramatic literature. It also develops a personal methodology in applying concepts to original research-based artistic work and assist for a theatrical organization in season selection, audience education and development. 

Dramaturgy

The course introduces the student to the history and role of the dramaturg developing basic skill sets and developing a basic understanding of the approach for play analysis with regard to a historical perspective of dramatic literature. It also develops a personal methodology in applying concepts to original research-based artistic work and assist for a theatrical organization in season selection, audience education and development. 

Books on HAIRDES - Hair and Make-Up Design

Hair and Make-Up Design

This course is an overview of the basic practice of make-up and hair design. It is aimed at teaching the student how to design, style and apply hair and make-up in aid of character representation and development, as based on the unique qualities of the character and in relation to her role vis-à-vis the play’s narrative. It will go through the basics of hair and skin maintenance, fundamentals of hair and make-up design as well as the more complex areas of the field, including basic application of prosthetics.

Hair and Make-Up Design

This course is an overview of the basic practice of make-up and hair design. It is aimed at teaching the student how to design, style and apply hair and make-up in aid of character representation and development, as based on the unique qualities of the character and in relation to her role vis-à-vis the play’s narrative. It will go through the basics of hair and skin maintenance, fundamentals of hair and make-up design as well as the more complex areas of the field, including basic application of prosthetics.

Books on IMPROVI - Improvisation

Improvisation

This course is an introduction to the creative process–understanding its nature and development.

You will discover the inner way of experiencing the individual power of your body in movement, space and time through improvisational and reflective exercises. Students will build their intuitive and kinesthetic knowledge and explore new or unfamiliar ideas and begin to form movement material for your dance studies, guided by the fundamental theories of compositional structures and devices

Improvisation

This course is an introduction to the creative process–understanding its nature and development.

You will discover the inner way of experiencing the individual power of your body in movement, space and time through improvisational and reflective exercises. Students will build their intuitive and kinesthetic knowledge and explore new or unfamiliar ideas and begin to form movement material for your dance studies, guided by the fundamental theories of compositional structures and devices

Books on INTROPE - Introduction to the Performing Arts

Introduction to the Performing Arts

This course is a basic introduction to Performing Arts using an interdisciplinary approach. This course examines traditions and developments in the visual and performing arts genres including music, dance, theater, cinema, visual arts, and architecture.  Students will be introduced to the elements of each genre, along with an overview of its historical development in Western European and Asian traditions. 

Introduction to the Performing Arts

This course is a basic introduction to Performing Arts using an interdisciplinary approach. This course examines traditions and developments in the visual and performing arts genres including music, dance, theater, cinema, visual arts, and architecture.  Students will be introduced to the elements of each genre, along with an overview of its historical development in Western European and Asian traditions. 

Books on LIDESIN - Lighting Design

Lighting Design

The course is an introduction to the theories, processes, and methods of designing the lighting for the stage and other forms of live performance, as an effective means of conveying the director’s vision. It is a laboratory workshop that explores in guiding the attention of the spectator to focus on the relevant part of the stage, define the scenographic space, and take part in shaping the emotional response of the spectator by suggesting the atmosphere of the scene. It is also an opportunity for the student to learn how to supervise and direct a lighting crew in setting up, operating, and maintaining a stage lighting system for a particular performance/ show.

Lighting Design

The course is an introduction to the theories, processes, and methods of designing the lighting for the stage and other forms of live performance, as an effective means of conveying the director’s vision. It is a laboratory workshop that explores in guiding the attention of the spectator to focus on the relevant part of the stage, define the scenographic space, and take part in shaping the emotional response of the spectator by suggesting the atmosphere of the scene. It is also an opportunity for the student to learn how to supervise and direct a lighting crew in setting up, operating, and maintaining a stage lighting system for a particular performance/ show.

Books on LIGHTTS - Lighting Tools

Lighting Tools

The course is an overview of the different principles, elements, fixtures, and control systems used as tools in the process of designing the lighting for the stage and other forms of live performance. It involves hands-on work with controls and instrumentation, as well as, the fundamental and practical knowledge in identifying, manipulating, and controlling the various tools, principles and elements available to the scenographer and technician. This course is intended to be a laboratory wherein the individual student could learn how to set-up, operate, and maintain a stage lighting system.

Lighting Tools

The course is an overview of the different principles, elements, fixtures, and control systems used as tools in the process of designing the lighting for the stage and other forms of live performance. It involves hands-on work with controls and instrumentation, as well as, the fundamental and practical knowledge in identifying, manipulating, and controlling the various tools, principles and elements available to the scenographer and technician.  This course is intended to be a laboratory wherein the individual student could learn how to set-up, operate, and maintain a stage lighting system.

Books on MOVMNT1 - Movement 1

Movement 1

The course offers a comprehensive workshop process that introduces the student-actor to the basic techniques and exploration of movement and dance for different spaces. These techniques include the Alexander Technique and the Laban Technique. The course allows the student to be comfortable with their bodies which serves as the main instrument of the actor and exploring its vast potential to communicate to a narrative and its audience.

Movement 1

The course offers a comprehensive workshop process that introduces the student-actor to the basic techniques and exploration of movement and dance for different spaces. These techniques include the Alexander Technique and the Laban Technique. The course allows the student to be comfortable with their bodies which serve as the main instrument of the actor and exploring its vast potential to communicate to a narrative and its audience.

Books on MOVMNT2 - Movement 2

Movement 2

The advanced course builds on what the student-actor has learned about the body and movement in the course Movement 1. It is a workshop-style course that brings the student through a comprehensive study of the use of the body for the exploration of space. It begins with a review of the Alexander Technique and moves on to the study of advanced techniques from Yoga and Mime. At the end of the course, the students are required to create devised pieces inspired by other forms of art such as literature, visual arts, theater and film.

Movement 2

The advanced course builds on what the student-actor has learned about the body and movement in the course Movement 1. It is a workshop-style course that brings the student through a comprehensive study of the use of the body for the exploration of space. It begins with a review of the Alexander Technique and moves on to the study of advanced techniques from Yoga and Mime. At the end of the course, the students are required to create devised pieces inspired by other forms of art such as literature, visual arts, theater and film.

Books on MTHEORY - Music Theory

Music Theory

The course is aimed at giving the students a basic working knowledge of music theory. The course brings them through an overview of the fundamental properties of sound and elements of music and expand their understanding of music literacy. This will enable the theater practitioner, whether as a performer or part of the production team, to understand the creation and application of music in a stage play or a live event. The course emphasizes hands-on application of the lessons with the piano being used as the basic instrument for teaching these lessons.

Music Theory

The course is aimed at giving the students a basic working knowledge of music theory. The course brings them through an overview of the fundamental properties of sound and elements of music and expand their understanding of music literacy. This will enable the theater practitioner, whether as a performer or part of the production team, to understand the creation and application of music in a stage play or a live event. The course emphasizes hands-on application of the lessons with the piano being used as the basic instrument for teaching these lessons.

Books on PRODMNT - Production Management

Production Management

The course investigates the theories and techniques of production management.  It includes a thorough examination of the responsibilities and position of a production manager and the basic management concepts involved in the organization, planning, and control of stage/live productions. This course Includes conceptualization of project proposals, budgets, schedules, and concepts, as well as marketing, advertising, and publicity.

Production Management

The course investigates the theories and techniques of production management.  It includes a thorough examination of the responsibilities and position of a production manager and the basic management concepts involved in the organization, planning, and control of stage/live productions. This course Includes conceptualization of project proposals, budgets, schedules, and concepts, as well as marketing, advertising, and publicity.

Books on SCENED1 - Scene Design 1

Scene Design 1

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of scenic design for the theater. Students will be immersed to the dynamic interplays between text, space and the spectator gaining an appreciation for the cultural, social and ideological forces that have influenced theatrical forms throughout history. The course develops the student’s process for exploring individual artistic expression within the parameters set by the playwright and the director and identifying the themes and necessities of a given text and translating these ideas into communicable and concrete visual concepts.