This course aims to provide a foundation for theater artists by offering insight into how thorough script analysis, character analysis, and examination of given circumstances can be translated into visual and audible elements of the mis-en-scène.
The course will help students develop a universal theater vocabulary and knowledge of design terminology along with an understanding of theatrical venues and equipment. It will enable students to successfully engage in being a valued member of a production team in any capacity. No prerequisite.
This course presents a historical study of Western theater from its origins to the present time. Students will examine the evolution of the physical theater structure and production elements of each period, as well as the relationship between each style and its historical context. Work will include lectures, readings, projects and discussion. Required for drama majors. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered every year.
Through the rehearsal and performance of various scenes, students will explore the nature of the actor's contribution to the theater. Work will include performance exercises, readings and written assignments. Prerequisite: DRAM 111. Offered every year.
Studentsare introduced to the properties of light and electricity, and explore the creative process of designing light for the theater, with an emphasis on collaboration. Work includes readings, written assignments, research, drafting, lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions and design projects. Prerequisite: DRAM 111. Generally offered every year.
The face is the actor's most important tool to communicate the character's intent. This course teaches how the art and craft of theatrical makeup can be used to project the students' facial features on stage and film and how to visualize the determinants of a character's physical appearance. In addition to the assimilation and projection of the character in terms of age, environment, and health, the course also explores the psychological support makeup can give the actor. Students will analyze the makeup design of characters in 5 to 6 plays. Students will apply makeup to themselves during laboratory exercises and for project adjudication. Students are evaluated on how well they have prepared to do a daily exercise. Students are evaluated on their progress and improvement at executing a technique once they have practiced it and received critical feedback. Students will also evaluate their own and each other's designs and makeup applications. Permission of instructor is required.
This course will focus on plays written in the last 40 years by female British and American playwrights, taught from the practitioner's perspective. Included are works by Caryl Churchill, Maria Irene Fornes, Paula Vogel, Rebecca Gilman, Tracy Scott Wilson, Annie Baker, Amy Herzog, Anne Washburn, Kia Corthron, Kirsten Greenidge, and others. Work will include essays, quizzes, reading scenes aloud from the assigned plays and an active presence in class discussion. Prerequisite: DRAM 111 or sophomore standing. Generally offered every third year.
This course presents a study of the actor's methods of analysis of a text and development of a completed characterization. Students will rehearse and present a series of scenes in various stages of development, leading to a complete understanding of a major role from dramatic literature. Prerequisite: DRAM 222. Offered every other year.