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

FIRST SESSION, 2018

DRAM 170 The Actor at Play (3). MAYMESTER. This course seeks to strengthen the powers of imagination, courage, spontaneity, and presence of the actor through theatre games and improvisation.  This course can prove invaluable for the acting student, but also for anyone who wishes to be a more engaged, fearless, and creative human being.  No pre-requisite or acting experience required.

DRAM 245 Acting for the Camera (3). MAYMESTER. 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 “Pilot” in collaboration with DRAM 290 TV Writing and DRAM 300 Directing. The environment will be highly collaborative, energized, and engaging for all. No pre-requisite required.

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.

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 pilot acted by students from DRAM 245-Acting for the Camera and directed by students taking DRAM 300Directing. No pre-requisite required.

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.

DRAM 300 Directing (3). MAYMESTER. An introductory course in the principles of stage directing, analysis for concept, organization of production, and methodology of staging.  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 ways of bringing a strong point of view and thematic vision to the forefront of their work.  The goal for the class is to create and produce an original TV pilot written by students in DRAM 290-Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television and acted by students from DRAM 245 Acting for the Camera.  No pre-requisite required

SECOND SESSION, 2018

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.