Southeastern’s Division of Extended Studies offers new theatre class

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

      HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Division of Extended Studies is offering a new non-credit course, "Makeup for Cinema."

     Available for high school students and adults interested in the film industry, the course will be taught by Tara Bennett, a freelance makeup artist with experience in makeup for photography, film, and theatrical stage. Bennett has worked on several Southeastern main stage productions as head makeup artist, including the awarding winning "Parking Lot Babies."

     The course is scheduled on Southeastern's main campus on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. from Sept. 12- Oct. 10. The cost is $125, which includes all materials needed, and one continuing education credit (CEU) will be awarded.

     "Students in this course will learn and be able to deliver the makeup needs for film and television productions and demonstrate a variety of makeup applications," said Bennett. "Students will gain a working knowledge of industry terminology, traditional techniques and execution of a variety of makeup designs for different media outlets."

     When combined with two other Southeastern courses, "Basic Film Acting" and "Introduction to Screenwriting," students will gain a well rounded trio of non-credit courses in theater.

     The film acting course will once again be offered this fall. Designed to teach novice actors basic film audition techniques, on-set behavior, and how to find legitimate film acting work in Louisiana, the course will be held in Mandeville at Sotheastern's St. Tammany Center. Led by theater faculty member Jim Winter, the course will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 17- Nov. 14. The cost is $115.

     "Introduction to Screenwriting" will be taught at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker in the spring semester. Designed to provide an introductory knowledge base for those interested in pursuing screenwriting, students will learn professional formatting and techniques, as well as how and where to submit written screenplays for professional production consideration.

     These three non-credit Theatre courses will rotate between Southeastern's Extended Studies locations and can be taken separately or in any combination for CEUs. To register or for more information about these or other Extended Studies courses, visit or call 985-549-2301.

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