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Course Descriptions - Drama


DRA123 Introduction to the Theatre (3-0-3)

This course introduces the student to the essential elements of theatre. It explores the historical theatre and contemporary production processes, encompassing the artistic, craft, and business practices of the theatre. This course grounds aesthetic and articstic movement and principles in the larger culture and examines the interactions between audience and performance.

DRA133 Theatre Workshop (2-2-3)

This course focuses on direct student participation in the creation, design, rehearsal, production and performance of short, in-process theatrical works.

DRA143 History of Western Theatre (3-0-3)

This course examines the evolution of the Western theatre, from its precursors in religious and civic practices in the ancient world to the present day. The course introduces the major periods and dramatic forms in theatre history, and explores the historical and social context in which dramatic work was created. Theatre architecture, theatre technology, design concepts, acting styles, and significant dramatists and dramatic works are explored.

DRA150 Basic Acting (3-0-3)

This course examines fundamental acting techniques for the stage, focusing on the development of the physical, vocal, analytical, and imaginative skills of the actor. Course material emphasizes and explores ensemble performance, character building, script analysis, and basic theater terminology. Basic performance theory, as well as its application, will be explored through scene study and circumstantial improvisations.

DRA155 Acting II (3-0-3)

This course offers a further, more advanced study of acting techniques for the stage by immersion in the creative process as it relates to theatre. Course work explores and integrates physical expression, emotion, intellect, and imagination, resulting in more sophisticated artistic and dramaturgical choices. Performative material may focus on classic or contemporary drama or original work and will include scene and monologue development and presentation. The methods of creating character, text analysis, and performance techniques will be emphasized, providing a specific context and a clear vocabulary for both self and peer critique. PR, DRA 150.

DRA181 Theatre in London (2-2-3)

This course delivers an overview of theatre in contemporary London. After an on-campus and/or Internet introductory seminar, students will travel to London for approximately two weeks. They will develop understanding of the contemporary London theatrical and dramatic scenes through a series of tours, performances, guest lectures, and/or demonstrations. Historical perspective will be added through lectures and theatrical tours. Cross-cultural perspectives will be added by lectures, tours of gardens, museums, monuments, libraries, and individually selected activities and excursions. Students will present final projects on the SCCC campus or via the Internet after their return from London.

DRA240 Rehearsal and Production I (1-5-3)

Rehearsal and Production I is designed to introduce and develop students' performance, management and/or technical skills through participation in productions. The course will provide entry level instruction in appropriate performance, management and technical skills, utilizing production processes to expand students' skill levels. Skills and techniques will be honed in professionally supervised practice sessions. The course will culminate in a fully staged theatrical production open to the general public.

DRA242 Rehearsal and Production II (1-5-3)

Rehearsal and Production II is designed to further develop students' performance, management and/or technical skills through participation in productions. The course will provide students with active roles in the areas of performance, management and technical skills. Skills and techniques will be honed in professionally supervised practice sessions. The course will culminate in a fully staged theatrical production open to the general public.

PR: DRA 240 and permission of the department

DRA244 Rehearsal and Production III (1-5-3)

In Rehearsal and Production III, students take the responsibility for developing expertise and leadership in one area of theatrical production, either performance, direction, design, stage management, house management or technical production. They will hone their skills in professionally supervised practice sessions. The course will culminate in a fully staged theatrical production open to the general public.

PR: DRA 240 or 242 and permission of instructor

DRA265 Theatre Arts Internship (3-0-3)

This course provides the student with a planned and supervised work experience in a professional theatrical setting. Each individually planned and designed experience introduces the work and culture of a specific theatre field, and focuses on developing appropriate skill sets. It requries 8 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 120 hours of field work.

PR: DRA 123 and/or permission of the department


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