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DRA – Drama/Theatre

DRA 111 – Theatre Appreciation

This course provides a study of the art, craft, and business of the theatre. Emphasis is placed on the audience's appreciation of the work of the playwright, director, actor, designer, producer, and critic. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a vocabulary of theatre terms and to recognize the contributions of various theatre artists.

Hours

ClassLabClinicalWorkSHC
30003

DRA 112 – Literature of the Theatre

This course provides a survey of dramatic works from the classicalGreek through the present. Emphasis is placed on the language ofdrama, critical theory, and background as well as on play reading andanalysis. Upon completion, students should be able to articulate,orally and in writing, their appreciation and understanding ofdramatic works.

Hours

ClassLabClinicalWorkSHC
30003

DRA 122 – Oral Interpretation

This course introduces the dramatistic study of literature through performance. Emphasis is placed on analysis and performance of poetry, drama, and prose fiction. Upon completion, students should be able to embody and discuss critically the speakers inherent in literature.

Hours

ClassLabClinicalWorkSHC
30003

DRA 126 – Storytelling

This course introduces the art of storytelling and the oral traditions of folk literature. Topics include the history of storytelling, its value and purpose, techniques of the storyteller, and methods of collecting verbal art. Upon completion, students should be able to present and discuss critically stories from the world's repertory of traditional lore.

Hours

ClassLabClinicalWorkSHC
30003

DRA 130 – Acting I

This course provides an applied study of the actor's craft. Topics include role analysis, training the voice, and body concentration, discipline, and self-evaluation. Upon completion, students should be able to explore their creativity in an acting ensemble.

Hours

ClassLabClinicalWorkSHC
06003

DRA 132 – Stage Movement

This course provides an applied study of selected principles of stage movement for actors. Topics include improvisation, mime, stage combat, clowning, choreography, and masks. Upon completion, students should be able to focus properly on stage, to create characters, and to improvise scenes, perform mimes, fight, clown, juggle, and waltz.

Hours

ClassLabClinicalWorkSHC
22003

Corequisites

DRA-111


DRA 140 – Stagecraft I

This course introduces the theory and basic construction of stage scenery and properties. Topics include stage carpentry, scene painting, stage electrics, properties, and backstage organization. Upon completion, students should be able to pursue vocational and avocational roles in technical theatre.

Hours

ClassLabClinicalWorkSHC
06003

DRA 170 – Play Production I

This course provides an applied laboratory study of the processes involved in the production of a play. Topics include fundamental practices, principles, and techniques associated with producing plays of various periods and styles. Upon completion, students should be able to participate in an assigned position with a college theatre production.

Hours

ClassLabClinicalWorkSHC
09003