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Current Courses

SPRING 2015


DRA 201-10 Theatre of Ancient Greece and Rome

(cross-listed with ENG 394-14)

TTH 8:30-9:45 Walsh

The genre of the dramatic play stands as an enduring legacy of ancient Greece and Rome, and today live performances of classical plays thrive on stages all around the world. In this course we will read representative plays of the Greek and Roman tragedians (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Seneca) and comedians (Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence). Topics to be discussed include the socio-political context of ancient drama; its adaptation of myth, ritual, and history; its treatment of gender, sexuality, obscenity, and violence; its stagecraft and performance; and the reception of Greek and Roman drama in the modern world.

 

DRA 203-10 Romanticism and Realism

TTH 2:30-3:45 Fox

The study of the progression from eighteenth century sentimentalism and romanticism to nineteenth century melodrama and naturalism with emphasis on dramatic writing and theatrical convention in England, Germany, and America.

 

DRA 211 Acting I

Analysis and application of basic acting techniques with a concentration on scene study and character analysis.

DRA 211-10 MWF 10:30-11:20 Sommerfeld
DRA 211-11 MWF 11:30-12:20 Sommerfeld
DRA 211-10 TTH 11:30-12:45 Daigle (Freshman only)

 

DRA 221 Directing I    

W 2:30-5:00 Daigle

Study of the basic principles and practices of directing, including interpretation, structural analysis, and investigation of basic staging techniques.

 

DRA 231-10 Theatre Tech

TTH 10:00-11:15 Stahl

Investigation of methods and materials used in the theatrical production process. Laboratory hours will be required. This course is designed primarily for those who plan to participate in future theatrical productions.

 

DRA 294-10 Intro to Theatrical Design

TTH 11:30-12:45 Eckelman

This course offers a broad look at all aspects of theatrical design, including scenery, properties, costume, lighting, sound, and projections, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary skills such as close reading, research, and clear communication (written, visual, and aural). Students will learn to approach theatrical questions from a variety of angles, and will develop a basic understanding of all design elements and how they fit together.

 

DRA 308-10 After Angels – American Theatre Since 1992

MWF 12:30-1:20 Volansky

This course will study the plays and significant theatrical movements which have occurred since 1992 and the production of Tony Kushner’s landmark play Angels in America. Students will read new works (both published and non-published) by established and emerging American playwrights, with a special focus being placed on the theatrical and social context out of which these works emerged.

 

DRA 311-10 Acting II

TTH 10:00-11:15 Fox

Development of acting technique with a concentration on physicalization of the role, including movement and voice production. Prerequisite: Drama 211.

 

DRA 394-10 Screenplay (cross-listed with English)

TTH 11:30-12:45 Price

This course will introduce participants to the basic architecture of the film play. Instruction will concentrate on the synopsis, the treatment and sequencing. Through this exploration participants will acquire a basic understanding of conventional and experimental designs of screenwriting.  Students will explore cinematic techniques that provide a vocabulary for creating tightly crafted film stories.

Although heavily weighed toward creative writing the nature of the medium requires a brief exploration of film history and an exploration of the evolution of film technology.

 

DRA 394-12 Sound Design

M 2:30-5:00 Perelstein

This course investigates the use of sound as an element of theatrical design, understanding how technical knowledge and artistic vision combine in this medium. Technically, we will familiarize ourselves with topics including sound system design, recording, mixing, custom creation of sound effects, and we will learn techniques for problem solving in unexpected situations. Artistically, we will explore connections between aural and visual design, discuss sound as space and architecture, and engage with sound as an exploration of aesthetics and style.

 

DRA 394-14 Hamlet and it Afterlife (cross-listed with ENG 394-10)

TTH 1:00-2:15

 

ENG 206 Shakespeare II

TTH 2:30-3:45

Reading and analysis of Shakespeare’s best known plays (comedy, tragedy, history, and romance) both in the context of early modern English culture and as play scripts/performances.

 

DRA 401 Dramatic Theory

MW 2:30-3:45 Volansky

Throughout history, thinkers have been variously excited, enraged, bothered or bored by theater. Through the rigorous study of the writings and historical context of the major thinkers in the evolution of theater (from Aristotle to Ehn), students will come to a greater understanding of the various changes, permutations and responses to theater in the Western World. This course is both Honors Level and Writing Intensive.

 

DRA 494-10 Junior Seminar

TTH 11:30-12:45 Fox

This course prepares Drama majors for their senior capstone experience through a rigorous study of text and context.  Enrollment by permission of the Chair, department of Drama only.