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Spring Quarter, 2021

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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 024: Visual Aspects of Dramatic Art (4)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Understanding and appreciation of the visual aspects of dramatic art: theatre architecture, scenery, lighting, costume, and makeup.

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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 043A: Contact Improvisation Dance (2)

Lecture/laboratory—4 hours. Fundamentals of contact improvisation and its applications to all forms of dance, performance, sports, physical safety and health. Solo improvisation, safety, communication, alignment, basic lifting and weight-sharing, intuition, developing relaxed readiness and personal expression.

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DRA 056C: History of Theatre and Dance III: Sex, Society and the State (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Exploration of aesthetic movements in various disciplines of theatre and dance from 1850-1968. Examination of melodrama, popular theatre, naturalism, psychological realism, and the avant-garde using European, North and South American, Asian, and African examples.
GE credit: ArtHum | AH, VL, WC.

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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 122C: Advanced Acting: Special Topics in Acting (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 120 and/or consent of instructor. Dramatic Arts majors. Restricted to Dramatic Arts majors; limited enrollment. Intensive study and practical exploration of a specialized area (for example, World Theatre, Social Theatre, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre, the Ancient Greeks, etc). May be repeated up to eight units for credit.

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DRA 124C: Principles of Theatrical Design: Lighting (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 24 or consent of instructor. Theories of lighting the stage, equipment and control systems, execution of lighting plots.

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DRA 128: Principles of Theatre Sound (3)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Fundamentals of sound, sound equipment, and sound design as used in modern theatre and other performance venues. Assembly, set-up, and operation of basic theatre sound reinforcement system, recording system, and theatrical playback system.

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DRA 140A: Dance Composition (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 40A, 41A, and 42A, or consent of instructor. Introduction to the craft of choreography. Compose phrases and present movement studies based on the elements of choreography: motivation, space, time, force/energy.

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DRA 145: Directed Choreography Projects (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: courses 140A, 140B, 140C or consent of instructor. Conceptualization, creation, casting, rehearsing, and concert presentation of complete dances, with students integrating elements of stagecraft and directing the on-stage rehearsals.

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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 180: Theatre Laboratory (1-5)

Prerequisite: upper division standing and course 25, or consent of instructor. Projects in acting, production, scene design, costuming, lighting, directing, and playwriting. Participation in departmental productions. May be repeated for credit.

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