ECC Theatre Classes


ECC Theatre Department offers a full schedule of classes for both the major and non major.

All classes count towards your degree from ECC and most transfer to all 4 year universities. 


Public Speaking (COM110)

An introduction to the basic elements of public speaking. Assignments include the presentation of speeches, preparation of outlines, and the discussion of evaluation techniques.


Oral Communication (COM101)

A fundamentals of speech course designed to develop student improvement in the critical understanding of ideas about communication as well as the important issues of our time, and subsequently to improve individual communication skills. This class is also offered online.


Theatre Appreciation (THE101)

An appreciation course designed to give an introduction to theatre history,  literature and design. This class will expose the student to the theatre experience through the reading and discussion of various scripts, scope of history, viewing of productions and the design and creation of theatrical projects. This is not a performance based class. 



of Study

Year 1

Fall Semester


COL101     Foundation Seminar

ENG101    Comp I or Honors Comp I

COM110   Public Speaking OR COM101 Oral Communication 

THE101     Theatre Appreciation

MTH160   College Algebra OR Math course

                  Theatre/Communication Elective (Acting I or Stagecraft)

Spring Semester


ENG102   Comp II or Honors Comp II

CIS110      Survey of Computers and Information System

SO1103     General Sociology

                  Introduction to Film Studies OR MCM101 Introduction to      

                  Mass Media

                 Comm or Theatre/Communications Elective (Directing I or

                 Stagecraft II)


Year 2

Fall Semester


                Lab Safety for students

                Life or Physical science (with lab)

                Social/Behavioral Science Requirement


                Theatre/Communications Elective (Acting II or Theatre


                Theatre/Communications Elective


Spring Semester

                History Requirement

                Life or Physical Science Requirement (without lab)

                Humanities Elective (writing skill area)

                Humanities Elective

                Theatre/Communications Elective (Directing II)

                Theatre/Communications Elective (Stagecraft)




Suggested Theatre/Communications Electives- Introduction to Film Studies, General Psychology, Ethics, Drama as Literature, Introduction to Shakespeare, Introduction to Philosophy

Theatre and Communication classes

All Theatre and Communication classes are open to ALL ECC students and apply as elective credit for most ECC degrees. 


Acting I*: (THE121)

Introduction to basic training in script analysis, character development, rehearsal skills and practical application of acting techniques using the Stanislavski Method. No experience required. 


Acting II*: (THE122 -pre-req: Acting I or instructor permission)

This course continues upon the foundation built in Acting I with more diverse literature performances and challenging scene work as well as peer review and workshop techniques. This class may also include exploration of musical theatre audition techniques and song analysis at student request.

Directing  I*: (THE131)

Through lecture, discussion and practical hands on experience, students will learn the art and craft of stage directing. Topics will include scheduling and use of rehearsal time, directing and stage management techniques and investigation of notable directors and their contributions to the world stage. The class will end with a student directed and acted ten minute play showcase.

Stagecraft (THE110)

Ihe primary objective of this course is to provide a basic, working knowledge of technology utilized in the production of a theatrical show. The process of stagecraft is creative and often experimental. This course will introduce you to the tools and techniques by offering hands-on experience with productions in scenic design and lighting design and application. Students are expected to either work crew or be on stage during all shows produced during the semester.


Intro to Mass Media Communication (MCM101)

This course will examine the past, present and future of mass media as well as its role in our lives and society. Topics include theoretical foundations, history, literacy, culture, ethics, trends and more. Students will analyze a variety of media including print, radio, television, film advertising and public relations the Internet and other news media. 


* class culminates in a public showcase of performance work.


If you have questions about classes, advising, enrollment, financial aid or anything else, please contact Grace Austin at 636 584 6695 or email her by clicking HERE.