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Fall Quarter, 2020

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DRA 010: Introduction to Acting (3)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours; term paper. Fundamentals of movement, speech, theatre games, and improvisation. Selected reading and viewing of theatre productions. Intended for students not specializing in Dramatic Art.

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DRA 014: Introduction to Contemporary Dance (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Introduction to basic issues and methods in contemporary dance. Focus on preparing the student for dancing and dance-making through basic techniques of improvisation and composition. Consideration of dance as a cultural practice.

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DRA 021A: Fundamentals of Acting (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 20. Open to students planning to major in Dramatic Art. Physical and psychological resources of the actor. Experience in individual and group contact and communication, theatre games, advanced improvisation, sound and movement dynamics. Viewing of theatre productions. 

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DRA 028: Entertainment Engineering and Management: Stagecraft to Stage (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Introduction to technical production and management in theatre and dance. Topics include stage management, theatrical mechanics, backstage protocols, scenic construction, properties, lighting, basic shop tools, costume shop use and construction, basic make-up, sound equipment, graphics and robotics for theatre.

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DRA 040A: Beginning Modern Dance (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 14 or consent of instructor. Fundamentals of modern dance focusing primarily on the development of techniques and creative problem solving. Basic anatomy, dance terminology, and a general overview of modern dance history. May be repeated two times for credit. Non-dance majors can only repeat the course once. Dance majors may apply to the dance faculty adviser for permission to repeat more times. Dance is a repetitive practice that involves constant reiteration and demands this for improvement and better understanding of the somatic and proprioceptive skills.

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DRA 040B: Intermediate Modern Dance (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 40A. Open to students who have completed 14 and 40A, unless there is consent of instructor. Modern dance techniques. Basic anatomy, dance terminology and a general overview of modern dance history. May be repeated once for credit. For Dance majors, further repeats may be negotiated with faculty adviser in dance.

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DRA 042A: Beginning Ballet (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 14 or consent of instructor. Fundamentals of ballet, focusing on the development of technique through proper alignment, quality, and rhythm. Basic anatomy, ballet terminology, and dance history. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

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DRA 042B: Intermediate Ballet (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: courses 14 and 42A or consent of instructor. Barre and center work at the intermediate level. Development and refinement of technique through proper alignment, rhythmic, and qualitative understanding. Anatomy, ballet terminology, and dance history. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

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DRA 056A: History of Theatre and Dance I: Myth, Magic and Madness (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Exploration of aesthetic movements in various disciplines of theatre and dance from the origins to 1550. Examination of Greek, Roman, Sanskrit, Kathakali, Chinese, Japanese, Mesoamerican, Medieval European, and Indigenous theatre and dance including oral, ritual and shamanic performance.

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DRA 120: Intermediate Acting/Gateway: The Actor’s Toolkit (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 21A or consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Implementation of acting tools drawn predominantly from Stanislavsky’s ‘system’. Gateway into the Advanced Acting courses.

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DRA 124A: Principles of Theatrical Design: Scenery

Scene design processes, working drawings, sketching techniques, scale models, methods and materials of scenery construction. GE credit: AH, VL. 

Prerequisite: course 24 or consent of instructor.

DRA 124A, 4 Units

 

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DRA 124D: Principles of Theatrical Design: Costume (4)

Lecture/Discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing; Pass One restricted to Theatre and Dance majors. Source materials for theatrical costuming, selecting fabrics, elements of design, analysis of plays in terms of costume design, execution of designs for modern and period plays.

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DRA 126: Principles of Performing Arts Stage Management (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Stage management principles for theatre, dance, musical theatre, music, and concerts. The dynamical role of the stage manager in the performing arts, upper-management team.

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DRA 135: Voice in Performance (2)

Performance instruction—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 21B or consent of instructor. Progression of exercises to free, develop and strengthen the voice, as a human and then as an actor’s instrument with emphasis on how the voice works, to freeing the channel for sound, to interpersonal communication. May be repeated two times for credit.

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DRA 141: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Movement (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Introduction to fundamentals of movement that combines intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of the body’s skeletal and muscular systems. Explorations based on theories of various body mind specialists including Laban, Feldenkrais, Bartenieff and Sweigard as well as the eastern discipline of Yoga.

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DRA 144A: Introduction to Traditional Chinese Embodied Culture (4)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Traditional Chinese Wushu practices, explored through practical work in dance laboratory conditions. Integration of practice with conceptual analysis; contemporary social, educational and artistic applications. GE credit: AH or SS, DD, VL, WC.

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DRA 158: Performance Studies Undergraduate Seminar (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 156A, B, or C, or consent of instructor. Focused inquiry into a particular genre, period, movement, artist, or theme in performance. Philosophical and aesthetic issues as well as historical and cultural performance contexts. In-depth research projects in relationship to the subject of inquiry. May be repeated for credit. 

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DRA 160B: Principles of Playwriting (4)

Lecture/seminar—4 hours. Prerequisites: DRA 160A; and Consent of Instructor. Analysis of dramatic structure; preparation of scenarios; the composition of plays.

GE credit: WE

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