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Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Performing Arts Courses

PER 100 First Friday - .5 credits

Required for graduation with any performing arts major, but open to all students; all Performing Arts majors must complete no less than four semesters of attendance and participation in First Friday which meets at noon for one hour the First Friday of each month from September to December and February to May. Students must begin attending First Friday once they have declared their major. Students must attend all First Friday sessions and present a work in progress at least once a year at a First Friday. In addition, all juniors will present their senior thesis proposals in the spring. All seniors will present thesis work in progress and a final PPT project presentation in the spring.

PER 110 Introduction to Stage Makeup - 1 credit

A hands-on study of the human face as a canvas for theatrical makeup design.
Prerequisite: None.

PER 120 Stage Management: Rule #1 - 2 credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the various responsibilities required of a theatrical stage manager.  The student will identify, understand and implement effective stage management techniques utilized in professional theatre.  Understanding a professional model of principles and systems is important to becoming an effective theatrical stage management.  This course will be a combination of tradition classwork and practicum.  Students will be assigned a stage management position for one of the CCC mainstage production.
Prerequisites: None

PER 220 Innovative Arts Management  - 2 credits

This course focuses on advanced principles and systems of effective theatrical management.  Topics to be covered include:  management theories, strategic planning and decision making, fundamentals of organizational design, budgeting and financial management in the Arts.
Prerequisite: PER 120

PER 252 Sophomore Seminar – 2 credits

An interdisciplinary seminar in aesthetics and issues in contemporary dance and theatre and is required of all performing arts majors in the sophomore year. Course includes attending several evening events off campus.

PER 255 Portfolio Preparation - 1 credit

Designed for junior and senior performing arts majors to assemble and organize production material into a professional, presentational format. Students will create professional quality cover letters, resumes and portfolios based on performing arts standards.
Prerequisite: Junior standing

PER 353 Senior Thesis Project - 3 credits

A year long interdisciplinary creative experience that begins with a written proposal by the student in the junior year. All projects proceed only after departmental approval and are in the senior year evaluated by a grading committee. The student will work closely with a project advisor making weekly electronic reports of progress to the entire grading committee. The student will demonstrate the ability to initiate, evaluate and bring to presentation a significant performance, research project or creative work that demonstrates their deeper understanding of a specific aspect of the performing arts.
Prerequisite: Senior standing