Courses

Courses Offered This Academic Year

DRAM 110.3 

Technical Theatre I Scenic Construction
Introduces the fundamentals of producing theatrical scenery including theatre safety, scenic construction techniques, scenic painting, and an introduction to entertainment rigging. Regular session requires a minimum of 10 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours.

DRAM 113.3 

Technical Theatre II Stage Properties
Introduction to the fundamentals of stage properties construction, materials and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the practical and aesthetic aspects of producing stage properties for theatre productions. There is a requirement of a minimum of 25 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.

DRAM 118.3 

Acting 1
The essentials of acting through the exploration of body, voice, idea, and imagination.

DRAM 119.3 

Acting II
Fundamentals introduced in Acting 1 will be applied to the process of interpreting the dramatic text.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 118.

DRAM 203.3 

History of Theatre from 600 BCE to 1850 CE
History of theatre, dominantly in the Western tradition, from antiquity through to the Romantic revolt and the beginnings of realism. The evolution of theatrical production (acting, production, theatre architecture) will be emphasized, with assigned plays being examined largely within the context of the production and performance dynamics of their period.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university.

DRAM 210.3 

Technical Theatre III Costume Construction
A study of the craft and art of the theatre costumer. Emphasizes the practical and aesthetic aspects of producing costumes for the stage. There is a requirement of 50 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 110 or 113.

DRAM 213.3 

Technical Theatre IV Stage Management
Introduction to the fundamentals of the craft and art of stage lighting, sound production, and theatre stage management. There is a requirement of a minimum of 50 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 110 or 113.

DRAM 218.3 

Acting III
The exploration of character in acting.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 119.

DRAM 219.3 

Acting IV Scene Study and Textual Analysis for the Stage
A practical exploration of the table work process of script analysis, supplying the keys to creating a dramatic character. Students will learn how to analyze and interpret the text, while continuing to develop and hone their own creative imagination and impulses.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 218.

DRAM 220.3 

Theatre Design I Introduction
Introduction to the technical and aesthetic skills and methods required of the theatre designer. Special consideration will be given to the development of skills required to communicate with fellow theatre practitioners, directors, designers and technicians in the visual medium. Permission of the instructor required. 
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 110, 113.

DRAM 221.3 

Theatre Design II Introduction
An exploration of the role of the theatre designer in the areas of setting, costumes and lighting. Special consideration will be given to the development of skills required to communicate with fellow theatre practitioners, directors, designers and technicians in the visual medium. Application of the skills learned in DRAM 220. Permission of the instructor required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 220.

DRAM 236.3 

Stage Combat
The principles and techniques used to successfully achieve the illusion of physical violence for the stage. Actor safety, effective blocking, believable energy transfer and the analysis of physical motion during conflict will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 116 or 118.

DRAM 285.3

Theatre Studies in London
A study abroad course in drama and theatre history in London, England.Departmental approval required.
Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units of university-level course work, including at least 6 credit units in Drama and/or English.

DRAM 309.3 

Theories of Acting and Directing
Acting and directing theory from the Enlightenment to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the evolving role of the director and actor, as conceived of by important theoretician/practitioners, and on the influence of accelerating technology and changing trends in social, political, psychological and cultural thought.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university.

DRAM 318.3 

Acting V
A course in acting styles. Scene study and exercises in various periods and genres, which may include Greek theatre, medieval theatre, Elizabethan theatre, comedy of manners, farce, absurdist, and epic theatre. Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and an audition.

DRAM 319.3 

Acting VI
Studio productions that focus on the acting demands of a specific period, genre, or style. The course will be an introduction to the concept of the ensemble as well as rehearsal and performance strategies.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 318.

DRAM 320.3 

Theatre Design III Intermediate
Further development of the theatre designer in the areas of costume, lighting and set design. Continued exploration of design aesthetics in theoretical design projects. Focus is on individual "paper projects" involving the complete planning and execution of projects in costume, sets and lighting.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 221 and permission of the instructor.

DRAM 321.3 

Theatre Design IV Intermediate
Continued exploration and identification of concepts and methods as they relate to costume, set and lighting design. Focus on continued exploration of the theatre design process and the continued improvement of technical and aesthetic skills. Course may involve a design project that relates to a departmental production.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 320.

DRAM 331.6 

Playwriting
The craft of writing plays, explored through exercises and class discussions.
Prerequisite(s): At least 12 credit units in Drama and 12 credit units in English.

DRAM 362.3 

Voice and Speech for the Actor I
Development of the student's vocal technique and awareness of the vocal process through exercises in relaxation, body alignment, support of tone and placement of sound. Emphasis on freeing the vocal apparatus of tension. Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and an audition.

DRAM 363.3 

Voice and Speech for the Actor II
Further development of the student's vocal and speech technique and heightened awareness of the vocal process through increasingly subtle exercises in relaxation, body alignment, support of tone and placement of sound. Extension of range and control of pitch. The voice as a communicative instrument, and the beginning of its technical control through the speaking of prose and poetry.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 362.

DRAM 366.3 

Fundamentals of Movement I
The student will address the building blocks in linking the mind and body through the fundamentals of actor movement. The student will focus on a limber incorporating strength, balance, flexibility, breath and alignment. The aim is to help the student decipher habitual movement from expressive movement. Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and an audition.

DRAM 367.3 

Fundamentals of Movement II
Will address physical styles exploring Greek Chorus through to Victorian Era. Latter half of the course will address more abstract concepts of physical exploration addressing time, weight and space.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and 366.

DRAM 401.3 

Dramatic Theory and Criticism
An examination of significant theories of major critics, theorists and writers of the theatre from ancient to modern.
Prerequisite(s): At least 12 credit units in English.

DRAM 418.3 

Acting VII
A laboratory course to assist in the preparation for transition into the professional world. The course will focus on solo rehearsal, audition and performance techniques for the stage. Special concentration will also encompass the technical demands of acting for the media.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 319.

DRAM 419.3 

Acting VIII
Final studio production(s) that further explore(s) the acting demands of a text from the classical repertoire. The course will strengthen the concept of the ensemble as well as rehersal and performance strategies.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 418.

DRAM 420.3

Theatre Design V Advanced
An advanced study of set, costume and lighting design. Emphasis will be placed on the student's growing independence as a practicing theatre designer.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 321 and approval of the instructor. Note: Students with credit for DRAM 414 may not take DRAM 420 for credit.

DRAM 421.3 

Theatre Design VI Advanced
An advanced study of set, costume and lighting design as it relates to practical application. The student will be assigned a design project that relates to a departmental production.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 420. Note: Students with credit for DRAM 414 may not take DRAM 421 for credit.

DRAM 462.3 

Voice and Speech for the Actor III
Specialized problems for the vocal professional will be addressed: physical characterizations and their effect on voice and speech; rehearsal and extreme performance demands (shouting, crying, laughing), keeping the vocal performance fresh; vocal coaching in support of performances for acting class projects and/or performances for Greystone productions.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 363.

DRAM 463.3 

Voice and Speech for the Actor IV
Specialized problems for the vocal professional will be addressed, focussing on dialects and cold readings. Vocal hygiene and vocal coaching in support of performances for acting class projects and/or performances for Greystone productions.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 462.

DRAM 466.3 

Expressive Movement III
Consolidates the training given in DRAM 367 with an emphasis on linking fundamental movement with expressive movement. The course will assist an actor in the facilitation of a clear emotional journey through the physical, linking the external and internal life of an actor's craft.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219, 367.

DRAM 467.3 

Expressive Movement IV
The emphasis of this module is to introduce expressive gesture/movement and the Viewpoints method with an emphasis towards devised physical theatre. The projects will entail individual and group process.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 466.

DRAM 485.6

Internship in Drama and Theatre
An internship course, normally taken in the final year of a Drama program, which will provide the student with the opportunity to intern with one of several professional theatre companies and with other theatre-related groups.
Prerequisite(s): 60 credit units of university-level course work, including at least 21 credit units in Drama.

DRAM 898

Special Topics
Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

DRAM 899

Special Topics
Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

DRAM 990

Seminar
Students enrolled in a Master's program must register for this course.

DRAM 994

Research
Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course