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Drama

Current Courses

FALL 2015


*indicates a writing intensive course

DRA 194 10  SpTp:Drama, Stage,& Society I

MWF    01:30PM-02:20PM  Volansky   

This theater history course will examine the development of (primarily) Western drama against a backdrop of historical and social change. Students will read a variety of plays and discuss theater history, dramatic theory, and criticism representing the major currents in (primarily) Western theater from its origins to the 18th century CE. 

* DRA 205 10/ Shakespeare I

TTH    02:30PM-03:45PM  Moncrief (Cross listed with English)

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 211 10  Acting I

MWF    12:30PM-01:20PM  Daigle (Freshman only)      

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

DRA 211 11  Acting I

MWF    10:30AM-11:20AM  Sommerfeld 

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

DRA 211 12  Acting I

MWF    11:30AM-12:20PM  Sommerfeld 

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

DRA 211 13  Acting I

TTH    11:30AM-12:45PM  Sommerfeld 

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

DRA 221 10  Directing I

TH     02:30PM-05:00PM  Daigle     

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

DRA 231 10  Theatre Technology I

TTH    10:00AM-11:15AM  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  SpTp: Intro to Theatre Design

TTH    11:30AM-12:45PM  Eckelman

This course offers a broad look at all aspects of theatrical design, including scenery, properties, costume, lighting, and sound, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary skills such as close reading (of texts and images), 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. Prerequisites: none

DRA 311 10  Acting II

TTH    10:00AM-11:15AM  Fox 

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

* DRA 394 10/ SpTp: Perf Stud: Adaptation

MW     02:30PM-03:45PM  Fox

(Cross listed with English)         

This course explores the theory and practice of adaptation of literature. It will examine the form through the lens of writing and staging an adaptation of short stories, which are useful in size and scope when beginning to learn the various approaches to this kind of theatrical storytelling. The course provides students with a strong introduction to the theoretical and critical body of knowledge in the area of adaptation of literature in the field of Performance Studies. In addition, students will be developing skills in acting, directing, writing, and dramaturgy.

* DRA 394 11/ SpTp: Plays 2001-2015

MWF    11:30AM-12:20PM  Volansky

(Cross listed with American Studies)

Arguably, the events of September 11, 2001 changed the world.  Musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Paul McCartney wrote songs and albums that addressed their loss, while novelists Don DeLillo and Jonathan Safron Foer explored the aftermath in their books.  How did theater artists around the globe respond?  Were there plays that dealt with the issue specifically?  Has 9/11 seeped back into the background?  What are theater artists exploring today, over a decade after the event?  Over the course of the semester, we will investigate plays from around the world (with particular emphasis on plays from the US and UK) written between 2001 and the present.   Special focus will be placed on the theatrical and social context out of which these works emerged. 

DRA 394 12  SpTp:Advanced Design:Costumes

TTH    01:00PM-02:15PM  Eckelman    

This course will provide an in-depth study of theatrical costume design. Topics may include: historical dress, script analysis, visual and historical research, design methods and conventions, rendering, and other costume-related arts and crafts. Students will engage in reading, discussion, research, and critique, and will create costume designs for 2-3 projects. Prerequisites: Intro Design (DRA 294_10) or permission of the instructor