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Dramatic Art

242 Center for Dramatic Art, CB# 3230
(919) 962-1132

First Session, 2020

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. After developing a deeper understanding of the voice, body, and movement, the class will transition into thinking cinematically.  Students will become familiar with production roles other than “on-camera talent” which play a pivotal role for on-camera shoots.  By the end of the session, students will be able to put their new-found tools into action in a collaboration with the DRAM 300 – Directing for the Camera, and DRAM 290 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television courses.  This class will provide the technical foundation needed to act and inspire students to continue their journey in finding their own artistic voice.  The environment will be highly collaborative, energized, and engaging for all.

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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.

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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.

DRAM 290 Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television (3)

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.

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DRAM 300 Directing (3)

MAYMESTER. An introductory course in the principles of directing: analysis for concept, organization of production, and methodology of staging.  The student will gain 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 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television.

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Second Session, 2020

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.

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.