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1 Proposal: number 103

103. DRAM 001: Introduction to Drama and Theatre

Contact:Dallas McCurley
Abstract:Course Description: Please include a course description. If the course will
include variable topics or be taught in various forms, please provide as many
descriptions of specific sections as possible.

Intro to Theatre & Drama is concerned with exploring the question of What is
theatre? It examines acting, playwriting, design and production, directing, the
use of dramatic literature in performance, and scholarly aspects including
criticism and history. Students will be guided to develop an appreciation of
the many collaborative elements essential in the creation, production, and
criticism of theatrical events.
The field of theatre requires knowledge of antecedent theatrical
practices to understand form and practice of a play within its original culture
and to provide a basis for re-crafting it for a contemporary audience.
Therefore students will be introduced to historical practices of dramaturgy,
staging, and assessment of aesthetics.
Theatre is based in the knowledge and skill of crafting form.
Therefore, a variety of techniques (acting exercises, shop experience in
theatrical building of sets and costumes, project assignments of staging
scenes, etc) will be introduced to guide in understanding and appreciating the
development of presentational form.
The processes of crafting and analyzing performance require a critical
understanding of the relationship between the performer and the audience.
Students will learn that theatrical techniques can teach us about different
cultures and different time periods as they develop a critical approach towards
the viewing of theatrical events.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of DRTH 001, students should accomplish the following
objectives to:
1. Achieve a basic understanding of theatrical performance and its
position as a synthesis of many arts_playwriting, acting, directing, design,
music, and dance_leading to a better understanding, interpretation, and
evaluation of creative works.
2. Engage in critical and useful participation in theatre, as either a
thinking member of the audience, or as a participant in the art itself both
during the course and after its completion.
3. Develop aesthetic sensibilities that expand understanding of
4. Recognize the benefits and possibilities for continued cultural
engagement throughout life through exposure to the theatrical arts in this
course’s classroom activities and through participation as an audience member
in live theatre.
5. Improve communication skills through viewing, thinking, talking,
writing critically about theatrical events.
6. Increase sensitivity to the values of others through exposure to
diverse opinions in both reading dramatic literature and watching plays, and in
class discussions on those issues.
7. Develop skills in problem solving through analysis of, discussions
about, and participation in group projects on theatrical texts and
8. Develop skills to cooperatively work in groups through efforts in
projects and discussions, and participation in the social and collaborative
experience of live theatre.
9. Examine personal interests, talents, and goals through exposure to and
participation in the wide range of experiences inherent in theatrical

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
DRAM 001 2008-09-22 AP Submitted Dept
DRAM 001 2008-10-14 AP Approved GEAC
DRAM 001 2008-11-13 AP Approved UCC
DRAM 001 2009-04-02 AP Approved Senate