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DRAM 001: Introduction to Drama and Theatre

Dallas McCurley

(Submission #103)

Course Description

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Intro to Theatre & Drama is concerned with exploring the question of What is theatre? It examines acting, playwriting, design and production, directing, the use of dramatic literature in performance, and scholarly aspects including criticism and history. Students will be guided to develop an appreciation of the many collaborative elements essential in the creation, production, and criticism of theatrical events. The field of theatre requires knowledge of antecedent theatrical practices to understand form and practice of a play within its original culture and to provide a basis for re-crafting it for a contemporary audience. Therefore students will be introduced to historical practices of dramaturgy, staging, and assessment of aesthetics. Theatre is based in the knowledge and skill of crafting form. Therefore, a variety of techniques (acting exercises, shop experience in theatrical building of sets and costumes, project assignments of staging scenes, etc) will be introduced to guide in understanding and appreciating the development of presentational form. The processes of crafting and analyzing performance require a critical understanding of the relationship between the performer and the audience. Students will learn that theatrical techniques can teach us about different cultures and different time periods as they develop a critical approach towards the viewing of theatrical events.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of DRTH 001, students should accomplish the following objectives to:

1. Achieve a basic understanding of theatrical performance and its position as a synthesis of many arts—playwriting, acting, directing, design, music, and dance—leading to a better understanding, interpretation, and evaluation of creative works.

2. Engage in critical and useful participation in theatre, as either a thinking member of the audience, or as a participant in the art itself both during the course and after its completion.

3. Develop aesthetic sensibilities that expand understanding of artistic form.

4. Recognize the benefits and possibilities for continued cultural engagement throughout life through exposure to the theatrical arts in this course’s classroom activities and through participation as an audience member in live theatre.

5. Improve communication skills through viewing, thinking, talking, and writing critically about theatrical events.

6. Increase sensitivity to the values of others through exposure to diverse opinions in both reading dramatic literature and watching plays, and in class discussions on those issues.

7. Develop skills in problem solving through analysis of, discussions about, and participation in group projects on theatrical texts and performances.

8. Develop skills to cooperatively work in groups through efforts in group projects and discussions, and participation in the social and collaborative experience of live theatre.

9. Examine personal interests, talents, and goals through exposure to and participation in the wide range of experiences inherent in theatrical presentation.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP)
Context of Experience: Not Applicable
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: non
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: Drama001
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 8
Number of Seats: 40-50


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