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Winter 2015 Online Course: January 5 - March 20, 2015

TA 508 Workshop - Topics in Drama:  Postmodern Drama
Summer 2015 On-Site Elective Courses

Experience excellence with one of these 3-credit graduate level courses designed for high school and community college theatre educators. Whether you are part of the ACTS Master of Theatre Studies program or are looking for a stand-alone course, you will come away with practical skills and new ideas to bring back to your school. Courses are taught by Southern Oregon University faculty and professionals from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

July 6-10, 2015

Stage Combat:  A week-long, 3-credit, graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, covering an introduction to stage combat basics and choreographic techniques.  Curriculum will include:  trust and safety partnering, hand-to-hand combat skills, armed combat techniques, how to "act" and vocalize as well as learning of the special needs required when working with young performers, mass battles, brawls and more.

July 27-31, 2015

Lighting Design:  Fundamentals of Lighting Console Programming:  A highly hands-on training that will cover the fundamentals of set up, programming, and execution of lighting designs, utilizing the ETC family of computerized lighting consoles.  Students will work with the console every day in both classroom and lighting lab environments, covering topics including the basics of manipulating channels and creating lighting cues, as well as creating effects, and the fundamentals of programming moving lights and color mixing fixtures. The final project will make you feel like a rock star! This course will utilize the ETC element and ETC ION consoles for the training, however if your school owns any ETC lighting console, many of the techniques learned will apply.  This course will start from the very beginning -- "Um, how do I turn it on?" - And will place you confidently at the helm of your lighting console on your next production.

July 27-31, 2015


  • Demystify computer-aided design with the professional CAD package Vectorworks Spotlight 2015
  • Create two-dimensional ground plans, elevations, and section views of scenic designs quickly and efficiently
  • Produce 3-D virtual models easily from the two-dimensional work
  • Generate lighting plots that interface with your hook-ups and other lighting paperwork
  • Learn how to save time and keep better records of the design work for your productions
  • Explore additional free, downloadable software that you can teach your students
  • Attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land

You must have intermediate-to-advanced personal computing skills to attend this course.  Previous experience with other design programs (PhotoShop, Illustrator, Sketchup, etc.) is a plus. You must also possess a basic understanding of traditional drafting terminology and methods. You must bring a thumb drive; a laptop is recommended.  Once you are accepted, we will send you information for study priro to beginning the course.

Application Information

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor. ACTS Master of Theatre Studies students get first priority. This course may serve as one of the required additional 3-credit courses toward the Master of Theatre Studies degree.

For non-admitted graduate elective students, enrollment is offered when spaces remain available after enrolled ACTS Masters students have selected their courses. To secure a spot on the waitlist:

1) Complete the SOU non-admitted graduate student registration - follow the directions here:
2) Go to our ACTS webpage and review information on your choices for elective and associated fees
3) Call the Theatre Arts office at 541-552-6346 or email to receive an enrollment form and return it by mail. If accepted, you will be billed.


SOU Faculty Scenic Designer Sean O’Skea will lead a one-week intensive workshop on Scenic Painting at the nationally renowned Cobalt Studios in White Lake, New York. Course dates are June 29 through July 3, 2015. Though off the SOU campus; this course fulfills ONE of the three elective course requirements for the Master’s program.  See

Students stay on site in the Cobalt House and experience a week-long immersion in scenic painting focused for the theatre educator. 

Please note: in order to receive Southern Oregon University academic credit (including the Theatre Master's Program elective course), all students must register with SOU for the course.   This academic credit option has separate fees due to Southern Oregon University: a transcripting fee of $210.  This is in addition to all fees due to Cobalt Studios for the actual workshop.  For SOU registration and payment information, please call 541-552-6346.