2013-14 Unit Plan
Drama

Mission Statement

The Butte College Drama Department offers a sequence of courses at the collegiate level designed to focus on the art of theatre as a dynamic medium of human expression. The AA-T in Theatre for Tranfer creates a tranfer pathway for students who plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at a California State University.  With the completion of the AA-T in Theatre Arts, students will possess foundational knowledge and skill in the areas of acting, set design, costumes and lighting that comprise the core content of the first two years of many four-year programs in Theatre.  For students fulfilling general studies requirements, the department offers a Theatre Arts Appreciation course designed to introduce students to concepts of theatre as an art form. The program also provides an intensive one year Theatre Arts certificate for the Theatre Arts majors to find career choices in live theatre, film and television.  Above all, our department is committed to promote theatre as an in-depth study of the human condition whose purpose is to awaken sensitivity and consider a deeper understanding of oneself and others. Courses are designed for the general education student or students who are pursuing theatre as a major.

Program Description

The Theatre Arts Department at Butte-Glenn Community College offers a variety of programs of study and experience suited to the needs of serious theatre students, as well as those students who wish to include theatre arts as part of their liberal arts education. Butte Community College offers a broad range of courses in both the theoretical and practical aspects of theatre production.  For most of its existence, the Drama Department was part of the Language Arts Department. When the Transfer and General Education Program reorganized in 2005, Drama was assigned to Communication Studies, Humanities, and Performing Arts Division. For the last 20 years, the Drama Department has operated on a marginal budget and with just one full-time faculty. The department presented amazing results despite the lack of a dedicated facility in which to teach courses, rehearse and perform productions, and house its equipment. At last, the new Theatre in the ARTS building has emerged and is indeed a wonderful “classroom” for students and visitors alike. The incredibly well received performances, such as Rent, Cabaret, and The Imaginary Invalid, combined with the outstanding press and public relations that the events prompt, is just the tip of the iceberg. Shakespeare in the Schools, a program directly aligned with the Chancellor’s Office Strategic Plan, and the Transfer Task Force, continues to not only be taking the show on the road to rural schools but is also now able to offer shows on the main campus for Butte College students. Thus, after years of working diligently for a place to call home, the department can now focus its limited human resources in other more critical areas. Indeed, the commitment toward strategic program development, curriculum alignment and articulation, and student success has never been stronger. Many of the courses now articulate with CSUC.  A certificate was developed in spring 2010, and a AA-T in Theatre in the fall 2012. In conjunction with  the focus on SB 1440 and Transfer Model Curriculum, the drama department is poised for realizing its great potential. The Drama Program offers several transferable academic courses that meet general education requirements. These are “Theatre Appreciation” (DRAM 2), “Principles of Acting I” (DRAM 8 and 9). Liberal Studies students can enroll in “Creative Drama for Children” (DRAM 4) for direct articulation with Chico State’s equivalent course. In addition to the academic courses, the department offers a variety of rehearsal and performance courses, "Musical Theatre" (DRAM 10) , "Youth and Outreach" (DRAM 11), "Rehearsal & Performance " (DRAM 12), "Musical Workshop" (DRAM 18), and "Choreography" (DRAM 19). In conjunction with each performance, technical courses in "Theatre Workshop" (DRAM 14), "Scenic Art" (DRAM 21) , and "Stage Lighting" (DRAM 22).  When enrolled in these classes students gain practical experience in technical production, stage crew, construction techniques, and lighting design. Courses in costuming (DRAM 15), playwriting (DRAM 18), are available, but under-staffing makes offering them to students at this time impossible.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Hire a Full Time Faculty in Drama.

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale
    With only one full-time faculty, the Drama Department struggles to compete with other community programs in terms of course sections offered and yearly plays produced. Only one full-time faculty working to promote the program, complete college mandated reporting, and perform administrative duties forces the department to have to choose from an impossible priority list.  The fact of the matter is that all things must be simultaneously addressed but can't reasonably be accomplished.  A second full-time instuctor would enable the program to double the incredible amount that it does, and keep in line with other community college theatre programs in the area such as Shasta College and Yuba College. The addition of a second faculty would enable the program to increase the number of students it serves, increasing the cost to revenue ratio with the addition of more GE transfer course sections.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    Hire a Theatre Technician-paraprofessional

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale
    The Theatre Technician is critical on a continual basis to educate and assist students in the successful safe-use of theatre tools and lighting equipment so they are prepared to enter into baccalaureate programs and/or industry employment. Such a position is appropriate for the program's effectiveness and safety.  This would also be equitable because other disciplines with technical needs already have such personnel.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

    Hire a Theatre Production Coordinator

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    The Drama Department, as well as the Music and Art Departments, would benefit from an Arts Coordinator.  The Drama Department has repeatedly requested in the Unit Plan documents that the college support the Drama Department by creating a faculty-released Coordinator I position.  The Unit Plan from 2010-2011 states:  "Fund a Performing Arts Coordinator to aid in scheduling of productions, box office, publicity and fundraising."  It is the belief of the Drama Department that the Drama, Art, Fashion Design and Music Departments could combine budgetary resources to create a coordinator position.  The cost of hiring a coordinator would be off-set by having a coordinated, comprehensive use of the space for performances, conferences, workshops, musical presentations, gala events, and more.  These events have the potential to create revenue for the college, as well as increase the profile of the college in terms of its academic programming in art-related disciplines.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 4

    Hire a Student Assistant

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    The student assistant is needed to support the main stage productins for fall and spring.  

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 5

    Outdoor Marquis

    Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Meeting sustainabilty, reduce the paper banners and flyers and promote campus events.  A margui has been discussed and requested for many years to be placed at both entrances to the college. These marquis would inform our student body and staff of the many campus events that they  simply don't know about. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 6

    Performance and events budget

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale
    Due to the increase in production costs i.e royalties from New York, lumber, paint and materials for costumes, the budget would require an increase.  This would maintain quality musicals and main stage performances, and generate revenue for future productions.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 7

    Travel budget for Shakespeare in the Schools

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale
    Currently, the faculty and students must use their own vehicles to travel to rural school locations.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 8

    Supply Budget for shop and maintenance

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale
    Tools and supplies are needed to enchance student learning during productions in the the theatre shop classes. Also, safety issues and maintenance that need to be maintained.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    Current Revenue Stream

    Sale of tickets to Drama performances are deposited into a Foundation account, revenue amounts vary.

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Drama Personnel Full Time Faculty 11-000-611-1-100700 51110 $0.00 $85,000.00 Focusing on Student Success, We have one drama faculty and he is nearing retirement.
    2 Yes Drama Personnel Theatre technician-paraprofessional 11-000-611-1-100700 52210 $0.00 $55,000.00 Focusing on Student Success, The Theatre Technician is critical, on a continual basis, to educate and assist students in the successful safe use of theatre tools and equipment so they are prepared to enter into four year university programs and/or industry employment.
    3 Yes Drama Personnel Theatre Production Coordinator 11-000-611-1-100700 51240 $0.00 $5,000.00 Enhancing an Innovative, Flexible, Responsive, and Accountable Culture, Opportunities for revenue generating special performances and guest artists and cost savings with streamlining processes.
    4 Yes Drama Personnel Student Assistant 11-000-611-1-100700 52368 $0.00 $7,000.00 Modeling Sustainability, Needed to support shows in fall and spring as demands on staff and faculty are unhealthy.
    5 Yes Drama Equipment Outdoor Marquis (Solar model) 11-000-611-1-100700 56410 $4,600.00 $0.00 Modeling Sustainability, Reduce the paper banners and flyers and promote campus events.
    6 Yes Drama Personnel Stipends for program review, slo/assessment and curriculum development 11-000-611-1-100700 51490 $3,000.00 $0.00 Inspiring Passion through collaboration, The lone faculty needs input and assistance for the department as it is in curriculum review and entering program review.
    7 Yes Drama Operating Expenses Travel budget for Shakespeare in Schools 11-000-611-1-100700 55200 $0.00 $1,500.00 Focusing on Student Success, Currently the associate faculty and students must use their own vehicles to travel to rural locations.
    8 Yes Drama Operating Expenses Marketing and Advertising 11-000-611-1-100700 55820 $0.00 $2,500.00 Valuing a Culture of Learning, Focus on rural and high school populations to attend performances.
    9 Yes Drama Operating Expenses Performance and events budget needed. 11-000-611-1-100700 55000 $7,500.00 $0.00 Inspiring Passion Through Collaboration, Bring in a few key performances and generate revenue for sustaining other performances and revenue.
    10 Yes Drama Operating Expenses Supply budget for shop and maintenance 11-000-611-1-100700 54500 $0.00 $750.00 Focusing on Student Success, Tools and supplies are needed to enhance student learning during productions in shop classes. Also, safety issues need maintenance.
    Total(s) $15,100.00 $156,750.00