The work of DRAM 110 involves the realization in the theater of the work of an important playwright, as expressed in the text for a particular play. Problems in textual analysis, historical research, and the creation of a production lead, by way of independent and cooperative activity involving acting, design, and special problems, to public performance before an audience. Note: Students who, in the judgment of the instructional and directional staff, have made significant creative contributions to the effectiveness of the production will have "audit" indicated on their academic record.
This course surveys the history of Western clothing and fashion from the ancient world to the present day. Work will include papers, oral presentations, lectures, and discussion. Prerequisite: DRAM 111 or sophomore standing. This course will generally be 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. This course will be offered every year.
Working from varied scripts, students will move from a study of the visual choices implicit in the text to the process of designing scenery. The work of the course places an emphasis on collaboration and includes written assignments, drafting, sketching, and model building. Prerequisite: DRAM 111. This course will generally be offered every year.
This course presents an introduction to the costume designer's creative process. Through a series of projects, students will explore the relation of the costume to the character, the plot, the work of the director, the actor, and the other designers. Projects involve drawing, painting, collage, writing, and research. Prerequisite: DRAM 111. This course will generally be offered every year.
This course studies the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and others. The emphasis is on reading for a theatrical understanding of these ancient texts. Coursework includes projects, lecture and discussion sessions, and written assignments. Prerequisite: DRAM 111 or sophomore standing. This course will be offered every third year.
This course examines the work of the director through the analysis of plays and the exploration of the visual means of realizing that analysis on stage. Work includes exercises, written assignments, readings, discussion, and lectures. Students will act both as performer and director in exercises and scenes throughout the semester. Prerequisite: DRAM 111. This course will generally be offered every year.
This course continues an investigation, from the director's point of view, of the creation of live theater from dramatic texts. We will emphasize the role of the director in the development of new work--both in collaboration with playwrights and developed with actors--and in conceiving an entire production. We will also study the history of directing (largely a twentieth-century phenomenon), and the idea of the director as an artist. Prerequisite: DRAM 221 or 261. This course will generally be offered every other year.