Course Description

Graduate Course Descriptions

DRA 211

Advanced Voice and Speech (3) Laboratory–4 hours. Open to advanced undergraduates with consent of instructor. Voice production and speech related to specific acting problems in classical plays, particularly in verse. May be repeated for credit.

DRA 212

Advanced Stage Movement (3) Laboratory–6 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the MFA Program. The application of modes of exploration, breath placement, and the use of imagery as well as Laban’s effort/shape system as a method of analysis in classic and modern plays. Open to advanced undergraduates by consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DRA 224D

Seminar in Theatrical Design: Contemporary Concepts (4) Seminar–2 hours; project–2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing; course 224A, 224B, and 224C or consent of instructor. Group study focusing primarily on one discipline: scenic, costume or lighting design. Emphasis on contemporary design concepts for new works and classics: Shakespeare, modern dance, concept plays and musicals. Script and character analysis for design in performance, research, design projects.–I. (I.) Iacovelli, Morgan, Munn

DRA 229

Special Problems in Directing (4) Seminar–2 hours; laboratory–2 hours; rehearsal–4 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Projects in directing scenes selected from plays from ancient Greece to the present. May be repeated for credit.

DRA 230

Special Problems in Choreography(4). Seminar -2 hours; laboratory – 4 hours. Prerequisites: graduate standing or by consent of the instructor. This course is designed for graduate students to explore issues in choreography and performance in depth. Special attention is given to examining the choreographic work of the graduate. The course focuses on issues within the field and the relationship of the student work to those issues. In looking at specific works of choreography, issues of form in relation to content, coherence, integration of ideas, texture and relevance within the historical context will be examined.

DRA 251

Scoring and Scripting in Performance (4) Lecture–3 hours; laboratory–3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. The process of weaving together various performance elements brought into play by the artists in their respective disciplines. The “script” is the thread from which the artists’ “scores” will layer and transform the “script” into performance for specific time, place, spectators.

DRA 252

Performance: Concepts of Space, Place, and Time (4) Lecture–3 hours; laboratory–3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Innovative theories of creating performance spaces, establishing a sense of place, and communicating the concept of time explored through collaborative interaction. Research includes traditional principles, site-specific spaces and consideration of various tempi from music and movement.

DRA 253

Approaches to Collaboration (4) Seminar -3 hours; laboratory -3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing.  Exploration of different approaches to collaboration among artists in different media and their influence on the creative process.

DRA 254

Performing Identities/Personae (4) Lecture–3 hours; laboratory–3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Historical and contemporary theories of constructing stage identities. Discussion and project collaborations based on theories. Questions of identity related to ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

DRA 255

Composition in the Arts (4) Lecture–3 hours; laboratory–3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Examine manner in which specific elements utilized by actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, and designers are combined or related to form a whole in space and time, as well as methods of sequencing used by each discipline to produce artistic products. May be repeated once for credit.

DRA 280

Theatre Laboratory (1-12) Advanced practice in acting, designing, directing, playwriting, and technical theatre. May be repeated for credit.–I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

DRA 298

Group Study (1-5) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Any 2 or more graduate students collaborating on research under faculty supervision.

DRA 299

Individual Study (1-12) Individual study with faculty member. Can be: voice work, movement work, design work, consultation on thesis work or internship under faculty supervision, etc. S/U grading only. A maximum of 12 units of DRA299 may be counted towards degree during 2-year residency.

Professional Course 413. Stage Make-up (1) Lecture/laboratory–2 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Approved for graduate degree credit. Lectures, demonstrations, and practical work in aspects of theatrical make-up.


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