242 Center for Dramatic Art, CB# 3230
First Session, 2021
DRAM 117 Perspectives in World Drama (3)
MAYMESTER. ONLINE. A survey of non-Western drama and theatre with emphasis on the historical and aesthetic development of those regions. This online course is designed to heighten awareness and appreciation for theater not rooted in European traditions. We will explore new dramatic forms and genres. The various cultural groups focused on in this course are those that you will encounter as you participate in a global community. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.
DRAM 245 Acting for the Camera (3)
MAYMESTER. No prerequisite required. The process of acting and its relationship to the technical and artistic demands of television/film production. Problems of continuity and out-of-sequence filming. Concentration and thinking on camera. Students will explore techniques to successfully navigate the invigorating chaos of a professional camera set. Each student will execute production roles from actor to cinematographer to holistically understand how to create an effective on-camera “take” culminating with an original scene in collaboration with DRAM 290 – Special Studies: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television, and DRAM 300 – Directing. The environment will be highly collaborative, energized, and engaging for all. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.
DRAM 260 Advanced Stagecraft (3)
MAYMESTER. The course provides practical applications of principles and techniques used in technical theatre. Lectures are supported by individually scheduled workshop sessions where techniques are applied to a theatrical production. Students will learn the structure, tools, and safety aspects of the scene shop. They will then apply these skills while designing and building half-size scenery for a chosen play. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.
DRAM 290 Special Studies: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television (3) ***Cancelled***
MAYMESTER. The course is designed to provide students with the essential building blocks of successful television writing and train them to act as colleagues in a simulation of a professional Writer’s Room. Our ultimate goal is to create and produce an original TV scene acted by students from DRAM 245 – Acting for the Camera, and directed by students taking DRAM 300 -Directing. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.
DRAM 300 Directing (3) ***Cancelled***
MAYMESTER. No prerequisite required. This course is designed to give the director a detailed understanding of basic tools needed for storytelling, how to communicate ideas to actors, as well as way of bringing a strong point of view and thematic vision to the forefront of their work. In addition, students will incorporate framing devices and camera techniques in order to collaborate with DRAM 245 – Acting for the Camera, and DRAM 290 – Special Studies: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television, also Maymester classes. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.
Second Session, 2021
DRAM 135 Acting for Nonmajors (3)
Introduction to basic processes and techniques for the stage, the virtual stage, film and multimedia work. Students will be brought into contact with games and exercises strengthening leadership, team building, and improvisational skills. Let’s build on your tik tok/youtube vlogs game strong and unlock the inner you. Focus on diverse, inclusive, multi-racial Dramatic Lit.
DRAM 155 Movement for the Actor (3)
Introduction to physical training. Individual/group exercises explore relaxation, breath, concentration, flexibility, physical metaphor, and imaginative response that become physical tools for embodied scene work. Includes stage combat, juggling, mime, improvisation, games, and yoga. Textwork will also be incorporated. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.
DRAM 287 African American Theatre (3)
ONLINE. This course investigates the history and legacy of African American drama through the study of its literary texts, performance styles, and cultural history. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.
DRAM 292 “Corner of the Sky”: The American Musical (3)
ONLINE. This course considers the anatomy and diversity of the American musical, exploring its history and aesthetics, and employing an interdisciplinary approach to examining its shows, sounds, stars, structures, styles, and sensibilities within the genre’s dominant contexts of Broadway, Hollywood, and Utopia. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.