Students are involved in mounting a major theatrical production. Actors by audition. Assistant Director, Stage Manager, construction, technical and artistic support by interview, interest and need. Credits determined by level of involvement. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits maximum. Required preparation: audition and interview by the instructor.
Students are involved in the production of non-narrative theatre or postmodern interpretations of classical drama as actors, singers, musicians, dancers, visual artists, videographers and theatre technicians. All participants learn Viewpoints and Theatre Composition as a tool for creating the production. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits maximum.
Introduction to theatrical performance in a workshop environment utilizing games, improvisations, movement, composition, and scene study. Students move from the creation and performance of short movement based improvisations, to character and textual analysis, and the performance of realistic scenes.
Focus is on learning a system for developing personal acting skills through games and improvisation, and how to use games to teach the basic elements of theatre to children. Designed for students with an interest in personal creativity and children’s theatre.
Intensive study of theatrical realism utilizing a workshop approach. Students will become familiar with the terminology and processes used in the rehearsal and performance of psychological realism, and perform numerous scenes and monologues drawn from the diversity of realistic dramatic texts. Prerequisite: DRMA 110, 120 or 125 and permission of instructor.
Advanced study of classical, realistic, and avant-garde scenes and monologues in a workshop environment. Playwrights studied include classical dramatists such as Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov and Samuel Beckett, and contemporary playwrights such as August Wilson and Suzan-Lori Parks. Prerequisite: DRMA 110, 120, 125 or 150 or instructor permission.
Reading, writing, discussion and oral presentations designed to develop in-depth, advanced level knowledge of a topic in drama. Required preparation: acceptance into the Honors Program.
Study of significant plays, playwrights, and modes of theatrical performance in a global context. Topics include theatre history, acting theory, plays as literature and theatre architecture. Plays and theatrical forms studied include Greek tragedies, Beijing Opera, classical Japanese forms, Shakespeare, realism, musicals, vaudeville and the avant-garde.