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Drama Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


DRM 120 - Stagecraft  (IAI: TA911) (3, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details. This basic hands-on course focuses on learning and experiencing the individual crafts of the theatre (set design and building, make-up, lighting, sound, costumes), and understanding how they work together in production. Students will be experimenting with each of the stage crafts.  Fee.

DRM 151 - Theatre Appreciation  (IAI: F1907) (3, 3)

A general education requirement course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

The focus of this course is the theatre experience as seen through its history, plays, major movements, and conventions. Students will survey genres (comedy, tragedy, farce, melodrama, musical theatre), read select plays, identify what makes theatre different than film, and discuss the theatricality of stage elements (script, set, lights, actors, etc.), both individually and together as they form a whole. Attendance at a live theatre production is included  Fee.

DRM 152 - Plays and Playwrights  (IAI: H3902) (3, 3)

A general education requirement course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

This analytical approach to reading and interpreting plays enables students to trace the development of drama as it fits into history and life's bigger questions. Students will read plays from the canon of dramatic literature, starting with radical, present-day drama and stepping back to ancient Greece to explore answers to questions about humankind.

DRM 155 - Ethnic Traditions in American Theatre  (IAI: F1909D) (3, 3)

A general education requirement course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

This course examines the various dramatic expressions that reflect the experience and construction of racial or cultural minority identity in the United States. Students will explore ethnic identity from the Civil War era to the present day by focusing on specific stock-character types, performers, and playwrights and their creations as well as circumstances of the day that incited such expression.

DRM 157 - Acting I  (IAI: TA914) (3, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

This course will introduce the beginner to some basics of stage acting, improvisation, theatre terminology for the actor (objective, action, obstacle, beat), and speech and movement as they pertain to acting. Focused theatre exercises and games will generate creative ideas as actors prepare scenes and monologues. Tenets of acting structure are taught, including those of theorists Constantin Stanislavski and Sanford Meisner.

DRM 160 - Directing I (3, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

The beginner will learn why and how directors analyze, interpret, and dissect play scripts for the purpose of putting the pieces back together and bringing them to life. Students will learn elements of stage directing, how to mark a script, and how to make a promptbook. Each student will also direct a scene as a final project.

DRM 167 - Acting II (3, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

The actor is taken deeper into technique and characterization in order to uncover the magic of the characters role in a play. Advanced exercises and advanced games of skill will hone techniques that will enable the actor to repeat the magic of their performance. This class will teach strategies for preparedness, for auditioning, and for getting the job. Students will build a portfolio of monologues (4) that can be handed out as easily as their headshot and resume.

DRM 199 - Theatre Practicum (1-3, 1-3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

In order to increase proficiency in the preparation and presentation of major theatre productions, this course enables students involved in major college performances to gain credit for practical work in acting, directing, and theatre management, and in the design and construction, of scenery, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, and makeup. Thirty-two hours of production activity to be arranged for each credit hour, credit hours to vary from 1 to 3. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of credit.

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