Courses & Programs

Theater Arts

Prepare for transfer or pursue a career in the theater arts.

Timothy Cochran

Faculty, Communications, Media, Theater, Arts

Arts and Humanities

Fine and Performing Arts 224

413.552.2484 (Tel)


What will you learn?

The Theater option is committed to providing students with broadbased training and study in theater arts including foundation classes inacting, technical theater and dramaturgy. The faculty at HCC is committed to providing students with a practical application of study by collaborating in the production of various theater performances on campus.

What will you do?

The program prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution, and is suited for those who wish to pursue careers in the field of:

  • Theater
  • Education
  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Communication
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Government Relations

Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center or at What Can I Do With This Major?

62-63 total credits

35-36 credits General Education Requirements + 19 credits Program Requirements

Depending on the course selection, 50% of this program can be completed online.


General Education Requirements

35-36 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 110, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Select from any Math (D) course with a MTH prefix.

Program Requirements

19 CREDITS
Introduces students to the necessary elements of informative and persuasive public speaking. The course includes performance analysis of speakers and major historical speeches. Course skills learned are useful in all forms of oral presentation in professional and academic settings. Students are required to attend one outside speaking performance, to deliver several speeches in class, and to participate in group discussion. Please note that this course replaces SPE 120 - Fundamentals of Speech. Students will not receive credit for both SPE 120 and COM 150.
Introduces acting fundamentals, which include improvisational techniques, actor relationships to the audience, voice and diction work, script analysis, and character development. Exercises to increase self-confidence and to enhance communication skills are stressed. There will be opportunities to prepare and rehearse scenework in preparation for furthering performance skills.
This class focuses on the conceptual and practical application of scenic construction, lighting, and stage props in the theater. Stagecraft 1 will familiarize the student with the equipment, hardware, safety, and techniques common in each area through lecture and practical experience. Students will participate in laboratories that will apply the concepts learned in class to the construction of the scenery, props and lighting for the HCC fall mainstage production. Students will engage in analysis and interpretation of dramatic writing and survey major historical events associated with technical theater.
This course builds upon the concepts and practical applications gained in Stagecraft I (THE 124), including scenic construction, lighting, and stage props. Students will explore the design aspects of scenery, lighting and sound as well as the fundamentals of stage management. Students will examine various stagecraft theories and practices as they work to build the technical requirements of the HCC spring mainstage production. Prerequisite: THE 124 or permission of the instructor
A history of the theater from its origins in ancient Greece to the neoclassical theater of France and England in the 17th century.
A history of the modern theater from the Romantic Movement to contemporary postmodern theater.
The Practicum in Theater Arts is designed to provide students with a practical theater experience for each semester they are enrolled as a theater major. By working on each production, students will gain a variety of practical experiences such as acting, theater design, technical theater, run crews, and stage management as they work closely with an instructor throughout the production process.
The Practicum in Theater Arts is designed to provide students with a practical theater experience for each semester they are enrolled as a theater major. By working on each production, students will gain a variety of practical experiences such as acting, theater design, technical theater, run crews, and stage management as they work closely with an instructor throughout the production process.Prerequisite: THE 141

must choose 8 credits of following electives


THE 100
CREDITS: 3

This introductory course is designed to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of a theatrical experience. Students will explore the nature of theater as a unique artistic form of expression and recognize the creative power of theater in a society. The class will examine a variety of historical and cultural perspectives through reading and discussing different plays from various time periods, and gain insight into the role of the playwright, the actor, the director, the designer, and the audience while investigating the major elements of dramatic performance. Students will study fundamental principles and theories of drama from: Greek, Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary theater and develop criteria for critically evaluating and responding to a theatrical experience. The course content will include: play-reading and analysis, active exploration of course material, lecture and discussion. Students in this course will be required to attend a live theatrical performance.

THE 227
CREDITS: 3

Creative writing exercises and class activities will help students develop their own projects, such as writing short plays, screenplays, or monologues, or scripting and shooting a short movie. Students will learn about the elements of drama by analyzing the structure and dialogue of a few selected plays, and by actively exploring these ideas in their own writing. Student work will be considered for production (same as ENG 227).

Prerequisite: ENG 102

THE 120
CREDITS: 3

The body is an actor's instrument. In performance, the actor's body - alignment, shape, senses, impulse - tells a story. This course is designed to ground participants in the total expressive ability of the actor's body, and the physical presence of the performer on stage. As an ensemble, the class trains toward integrating clear physical gesture, stage combat technique, and stylized movement composition into performance. Working with a variety of physical disciplines and movement vocabularies taught by the instructor, the students collaboratively improvise, structure, record and rehearse several choreographed group movement sequences throughout the semester, which are presented, discussed, and critiqued in class.

THE 243
CREDITS: 1

The Practicum in Theater Arts is designed to provide students with a practical theater experience for each semester they are enrolled as a theater major. By working on each production, students will gain a variety of practical experiences such as acting, theater design, technical theater, run crews, and stage management as they work closely with an instructor throughout the production process.

Prerequisite: THE 142.

THE 244
CREDITS: 1

The Practicum in Theater Arts is designed to provide students with a practical theater experience for each semester they are enrolled as a theater major. By working on each production, students will gain a variety of practical experiences such as acting, theater design, technical theater, run crews, and stage management as they work closely with an instructor throughout the production process.

Prerequisite: THE 243.

THE 181
CREDITS: 3

Performance-oriented workshop experience that develops vocal performance skills, with some attention to stage movement and acting skills, through the rehearsal and presentation of songs and scenes from selected musical theater works.

Prerequisite: None
(Same as MUS 181)

THE 182
CREDITS: 3

Performance-oriented workshop experience that develops vocal performance skills, with some attention to stage movement and acting skills, through the rehearsal and presentation of songs and scenes from selected musical theater works.

Prerequisite: MUS 181 or THE 181.
(Same as MUS 182)

THE 210
CREDITS: 3

This course will increase your ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances on stage and intensify the training you received in Fundamentals of Acting while exploring the techniques developed by Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, and Lee Strasberg. Actors will engage in scene study and monologue development throughout the course as well as learn principles of auditioning and scene selection.

Prerequisites: THE 110

THE 218
CREDITS: 3

This basic voice and diction class is designed to help students improve their speaking voice both onstage and in professions such as teaching, management, marketing, public relations, and law just to name a few. In this course, students will gain an understanding of vocal health and physical demands placed on the vocal apparatus. Students will engage in a step-by-step approach to gaining a more articulate, resilient and dynamic voice. Elements of the International Phonetic Alphabet and basic dialect (accent) training will be included. No previous theater experience is required.

THE 235
CREDITS: 3

Each semester the course focuses on a different area of literature, theory, or performance, or a combination in Communication, Media, or Theater Arts. A specific era, a particular practitioner, a genre, or an "ism" may be focused. A detailed study is made of each special topic with particular emphasis on literary, and/or performance values. Same as COM 235.

Prerequisite: ENG 102, previously or concurrently.

THE 237
CREDITS: 3

A creative analysis of Shakespeare's plays with some consideration given to the sonnets. A concern for the "man and his times" will supplement the analysis of his comedies, histories, and tragedies.

Prerequisite: ENG 102.
(Same as ENG 237) 

THE 240
CREDITS: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to analysis techniques that are utilized by actors, directors, designers, and stage managers as they produce a play. The core focus of the class is to analyze a variety of scripts and cultivate a prompt book that can be used to guide the production of a dramatic work, emphasis will be placed on the effective use of action analysis, script scoring and dramaturgy in order to best realize a playwright's vision for the stage.

Prerequisite: ENG 101.


This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.