Courses in Theatre

Specific Course Descriptions by Semester

Course Lookup is the University's semester-by-semester guide to finding classes using a customized search. Consult it for general scheduling. Not all courses are taught each semester.

Theatre History Courses

DRAM 1310 Understanding Theatre (3 semester hours) Lectures, discussions, and performances designed to explore artistic, philosophical, social, historical, and psychological dimensions of the theatrical experience. Topics may include analysis of scripts, the nature of the theatre compared to the other performing arts, and the nature of popular entertainments. (3-0) Y

DRAM 3323 Performance in Historical Context (3 semester hours) Studies in theatre and performance art. The course may consider eras such as Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Realist, Contemporary, or Experimental Avant-Garde in the Western and Non-Western traditions. or the performance expressions of Africa, African-Americans, Oceania, Indigenous peoples, Asia, Latino or Native America. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: ARTS 1301 DRAM 1310 or equivalent. (3-0) T

Acting and Movement Courses

DRAM 1351 Beginning Acting 1 (3 semester hours) Explores acting fundamentals and techniques used in theatre/performance. Material may focus on classic or contemporary drama or original creations. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of the actor's craft. This will include basic acting theory and technique, script analysis, exercises to develop imagination, concentration, sensory awareness, self-knowledge, trust and freedom. This class is designed to give the beginning acting student the ability to act and work individually and collaboratively on lay scripts in a workshop environment. (0-3) T

DRAM 1360 Beginning Theatre/Performance Ensemble (3 semester hours) An introductory course focused on the application of practical skills of creating theatre and performance. In consultation with the instructor, the student will develop a study and work plan appropriate to their interests. Emphasis for this course will be on developing basic skills in any one or combination of the following areas: acting, dramaturgy, stage management, directing, set and scenery, properties, lighting, box office, house management, make-up, publicity, sound, or costume. Those working in the acting area must audition and be cast. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). (0-3) R

DRAM 2351 1352 Intermediate Acting 2 (3 semester hours) This course will continue the development of physical, emotional, and imaginative awareness as it applies to acting. The methods of creating character, text analysis, and performance techniques will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to different styles of acting and improvisation. Material may focus on classic or contemporary drama or original creations and will include scene and monologue study and presentation. Prerequisite: DRAM 1351 or permission of instructor. (0-3) T

DRAM 2311 Topics in Theatre (3 semester hours) An introduction to specialized topics in theatre. May include historical or cultural elements of theatre, a genre or author, or digital aspects of theatre. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). (3-0) R

DRAM 2364 Musical Theatre Workshop (3 semester hours) Training in singing, dancing, and acting for the musical stage. Includes preparation of performance from the works of 20th- and 21st-Century composers.

DRAM 2370 Intermediate Theatre/Performance Ensemble (3 semester hours) The course will continue the application of practical skills of creating theatre and performance. Topics will include the exploration of dramatic texts and/or ideas of performance. In consultation with the instructor, the student will develop a study and work plan appropriate to their interests. Emphasis for this course will be on developing skills and knowledge in any one or combination of the following areas: acting, dramaturgy, stage management, directing, set and scenery, properties, lighting, box office, house management, make-up, publicity, sound, or costume. Those working in the acting area must audition and be cast. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisite: DRAM 1360 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) R

DRAM 2372 Improvisation (3 semester hours) Explores the fundamental concerns of the performer's art: relaxation, concentration, movement, voice production, space and expression. Fulfills the public speaking requirement for Teacher Certification. Available to majors in Art and Performance only as a general elective. Students will learn the fundamentals of spontaneous creativity through the use of critical listening and response. Exercises and games are used to help students learn to express themselves both physically and vocally. (0-3) R

DRAM 2373 Languages of the Body (3 semester hours) Explores the fundamental principles and techniques of movement and/or voice vocal systems and their relationship to diverse forms of theatre, performance, media, and alternative stagings. Presented in a participatory workshop setting. Prerequisite: ARTS 1301 DRAM 1310 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). (0-3) R

DRAM 2V71 Independent Study in Drama (1 - 3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) R

DRAM 3310 Advanced Theatre/Performance Ensemble (3 semester hours) Exploration of dramatic texts and/or ideas of performance. Focus may be placed on the conventions required for the theatrical performance of dramatic texts and/or the explorations of putting performance theory into practice and historical context. In consultation with the instructor, the student will develop a study and work plan appropriate to their interests. Emphasis will be on refining skills and knowledge in any one or combination of the following areas: acting, dramaturgy, stage management, directing, set and scenery, properties, lighting, box office, house management, make-up, publicity, sound, or costume. Those working in the acting area must audition and be cast. This course is for people who are acting, producing or managing a production. The time will be reserved for rehearsals, script analysis, concept design and general studies. Additional rehearsals, outside of the assigned class time, will be necessary to produce the show. This course provides practical use of theatrical studies. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: DRAM 2370 Audition or permission of the instructor. (0-3) R

DRAM 3356 Advanced Acting 3/Performance (3 semester hours) Material may focus on classic or contemporary drama or on original creations. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Audition DRAM 2351 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) R

DRAM 4V71 Independent Study in Drama (13 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and completion of all lower-division requirements in AP, and permission of the instructor. ([13]0) R

Directing and Producing Courses

DRAM 3325 Directing and Producing (3 semester hours) The course presents the principles and working methods of directing and producing theatree, performance, and inter-media expressions. Emphasis will be on the development of skills required to bring a text or idea to presentation. Areas of focus will include imagination and conception, image and metaphor, analysis, planning, development-rehearsal process, and production. Will require out of class lab hours. Prerequisite: DRAM 23513356 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) Y

DRAM 3342 Topics in Theatre (3 semester hours) Topics may include the religious origins of theatre, the adaptation of classical themes in modern theatre, the influence of German expressionism, and the philosophical and technological innovations of modern theatre. Topics may vary from semester to semester. They include specialized courses in technical theatre, production, performance and adminisration and are offered at the discretion of the instructor. Past courses include Voice Over and Stage Management. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: DRAM 1310ARTS 1301 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. (30) R

Technical Theatre Courses

DRAM 2371 Beginning Technical Theatre 1 (3 semester hours) Designed to provide an introductory overview of all aspects of technical theatree, encompassing lighting, sound, set construction, props, and costume procedures, and elementary construction, and design. Practical work will reference theatree history and the theoretical foundations of technical theatre. Students will be required to attend weekly lectures and fulfill production lab hours. (0-3) Y

DRAM 3324 Intermediate Technical Theatre 2 (3 semester hours) Designed to teach the advanced elements of theatrical design skills, including lighting, sound, set, props, and costumes. Students will learn the foundations of the design process and how they apply to the completion of the production on stage. Practical work will follow the design process from script to conception, through justification to finalized design apply with . Sstudents will be required to attend weekly lectures and production lab hours. Prerequisite: DRAM 2371 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) Y

DRAM 3351 Lighting Design (3 semester hours) Students will learn the fundamentals of designing lighting for various events. Concerts, dance and theatrical productions will be covered. Proper procedures for creating a fully functional lighting design from concept and justification to plotting and implementation, color theory, texture, proper instrumentation, drafting, and justification are a few of the skills that students will learn through the course of the semester. Prerequisite: DRAM 1310, DRAM 3324, or consent of instructor. (3-0)R

Graduate

Courses available to MA and PhD students

HUAS 6303 Performance Literature, Theory, and Criticism (3 semester hours) Examination of a wide range of performance and theatrical traditions and texts. Using various critical and theoretical perspectives, the focus will be on the interplay between textual analysis, theoretical and critical frames, and performance. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6305 Criticism, Interpretation, and Performance (3 semester hours) An investigation of the interrelationship among the activities of criticizing, interpreting, and performing artistic texts. Examples may be drawn from literature, theater, performance art, web and inter-media applications, film/video, music, and the visual arts. The course will include an exploration of the effects of various cultural and theoretical perspectives on our response to specific works. (3-0) T

HUAS 6313 The Business of the Arts (3 semester hours) Exploration of effective means to find, create, and manage markets and audiences for works of art. Topics may include digital media, visual or performing arts, museum studies, and arts management. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6317 Art and Authorship (3 semester hours) Study of the role of the maker in the creation of art. Topics vary but may include visual artists, filmmakers, composers, writers, or other artists. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6318 The Arts and Their Institutions (3 semester hours) Studies of the institutions that shape and present the visual and performing arts by providing their physical, administrative, and financial "frames": art museums, theaters, symphony associations, performance consortiums, or private foundations. The course will focus selectively on these institutions, grouping them for study in various ways depending on the interests and expertise of the instructor. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6320 Studies in Experimental Traditions (3 semester hours) Studies in the works of artists whose experimentation with forms of expression breaks new ground in the arts and demands changes in the aesthetic perception of the public. The course will focus on such experimental movements as modernism, postmodernism and various avant-gardes that form the new tradition of the contemporary arts. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6324 Spaces of Display and Performance (3 semester hours) Usually art works and performances are encountered in specific ritualized spaces designed for them and exerting strong influence on their character. The course will address such spaces critically from the point of view of architecture, theories of display, and concepts of ritual spectatorship. (3-0) T

HUAS 6340 Studies in Theater and Dance (3 semester hours) An investigation of theater, performance art, inter-media, and/or dance as forms of art. The course will relate to and incorporate trends in other arts and contemporary intellectual and cultural movements, theories and critical issues. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6345 Shakespeare in Performance (3 semester hours) Studies of Shakespeare's plays, examining varied artistic and scholarly interpretations in film and performance. The course will blend lectures, discussions, and practical skill-based exercises and may include scholarly and/or creative projects. Meant for aspiring writers, actors, directors, and teachers, with or without experience in performing. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 6 semester hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6347 Solo Performance (3 semester hours) Workshop in which students explore aspects of devising, writing and performing solos, with an emphasis on developing work in multiple genres, media, and formats. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6348 Performance Installation (3 semester hours) An exploration of the theory, history, and practice of employing installation and performance art with technology as a means of extending personal artistic practice. Emphasis will be on practical experience in the conceptualization and production of collaborative, experimental, trans-disciplinary artistic expression. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6353 Creating Plays and Musicals (3 semester hours) An investigation in a workshop environment of the aesthetics of art and creation of drama, focusing on the creative techniques and processes involved in producing plays and musicals in a variety of experimental and traditional forms that combine verbal, written art with the musical and dramatic arts. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6394 Creativity: Performance (3 semester hours) A skills-based course intended to enable the exploration, development, and realization of a performance expression. Project-focused, the course may include playwrighting, adaptation of non-dramatic or oral history sources, or be guided by specific text(s), improvisation, inter-cultural or inter-media explorations. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) Y

HUAS 6608 Performance Training (6 semester hours) Intensive workshop-based course focusing on training and performance techniques to develop skills and methods for creating new performance. Activities include physical and vocal training, performance games and exercises, and will focus on methods, strategies, and processes of creation. Special attention to the performer's relation to' text' exploration and evolution. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 credit hours.) (6-0) T

Courses available to PhD students only

HUAS 7340 Advanced Topics in Theater and Dance (3 semester hours) Advanced investigation of theater, performance art, inter-media, and/or dance as forms of art. The course will relate to and incorporate trends in other arts and contemporary intellectual and cultural movements, theories and critical issues. (May be repeated as topics vary for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 7380 Advanced Topics in Aesthetic Studies (3 semester hours) Advanced study of particular themes, topics, and issues in the various disciplines that constitute aesthetic studies. (May be repeated as topics vary for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) R

Audtions for productions are held during registration periods and at the beginning of the semester.