Dramatic Arts (DRAM)

Head of Department:Professor Michael Bradford

Department Office: Room 242, Drama – Music Building

For major requirements, see the School of Fine Arts section of this Catalog.

1101. Introduction to the Theatre

Three credits.

Analysis of the functions of the theatre artists and their contributions to the modern theatre. CA 1.

1110. Introduction to Film

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period.

A basic study of film as both a means of communication and as an art form. A fee of $20 is charged for this course. CA 1.

1201. Drafting for the Theatre

Three credits. Two 3-hour studio periods. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

The basics of hand drafting techniques and the drafting conventions for scenic designers, lighting designers and technical directors.

1202. Computer Drafting for the Theatre

Three credits. Two 3-hour studio periods. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Computer Aided Drafting techniques for theatrical applications. Use of design software for creating various 2-D plans, including light plots, set designs and technical shop drawings. Assumes a good working knowledge of theatrical drafting conventions and techniques.

1206. Theatre Production I

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour lab period. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Information and skills in costuming, stage makeup, and basic lighting with application through crew work on departmental or CRT (Connecticut Repertory Theatre) productions.

1208. Theatre Production II

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour studio period. Prerequisite: DRAM 1206; open only with consent of instructor.

An introduction to costume, lighting, management and stagecraft with application to departmental productions.

1209. Drawing and Painting Techniques for the Theatre

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour studio period. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

An introduction to theatrical sketching and rendering emphasizing color composition in various media.

1210. Computer Rendering for the Theatre

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour studio period. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Computer rendering for theatre design in 2-D and 3-D format.

1215. Theatre Production: Makeup and Wardrobe for the Actor

Three credits. Two 2-hour lectures per week and running crew (lab) assignment. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required.

Introduction to the technology, tools, and materials used in makeup and wardrobe for actors.

1216. Theatre Production: Lighting and Sound

Three credits. Two 2-hour lectures per week and running crew (lab) assignment. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required.

Introduction to the technology, tools, and materials used in lighting and sound for the theatre.

1217. Theatre Production: Costumes and Makeup

Three credits. Two 2-hour lectures per week and running crew (lab) assignment. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required.

Introduction to the technology, tools, and materials used in costumes and makeup for the theatre.

1218. Theatre Production: Stagecraft

Three credits. Two 2-hour lectures per week and running crew (lab) assignment. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required.

Introduction to the technology, tools, and materials used in constructing and rigging theatrical scenery.

1282. Practicum in Dramatic Arts

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Department consent required; open only to Dramatic Arts majors. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content to a maximum of 6 credits. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Practical work in all areas of dramatic arts, with emphasis on running crew assignments.

1501. Introduction to World Puppetry

Three credits.

Introduction to the global culture of puppetry, from Punch and Judy and Javanese shadow theater to robots, sports mascots, and Burning Man. Puppet performances in terms of their combination of visual art, performance, text, and music; social, political, and religious contexts of puppet performances. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1701. Acting I

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Basic acting techniques, including improvisation and the use of the stage environment.

1702. Acting II

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 1701; open only with consent of instructor.

Additional basic acting techniques with emphasis on the presentation of scenes from contemporary plays.

1710. Exploration of Acting

Three credits. Four hours per week. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. Not open for credit to Acting majors or those who have passed DRAM 1701. May be repeated for credit to a total of six credits with change of instructor, or with instructor consent.

The basic elements of the acting process and related skills for those not intending to pursue professional acting careers.

1801. Stage Movement I

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Conditioning the body to increase strength, flexibility, and sensitivity. Exploration of movement concepts in space, time and energy values, and mind body and environment relationships.

1802. Stage Movement II

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 1801; open only with consent of instructor.

Developing physical awareness and continuing body conditioning for the stage. Analyzing the natural world and how it moves. Work may include beginning mask, mime and tumbling skills.

1811. Dance Appreciation

Three credits.

Overview of dance history, technique, and choreography based on lecture, discussion, films and practicum. No previous dance experience required. CA 1.

1901. Voice and Speech I

Three credits. One and one-half lecture hours and three studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Study of the skills required to develop an expressive, injury-free voice and improved diction on and off the stage.

1902. Voice and Speech II

Three credits. One and one-half lecture hours and three studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 1901; open only with consent of instructor.

Additional vocal and articulation/phonetics skills applied to the performance of both realistic and elevated language in dramatic literature.

2130. History of Drama I

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. Not open for credit to students who have passed DRAM 2132.

Dramatic literature and theatre history from Classical Greece through the Spanish Golden Age, including an examination of non-western theatre traditions, especially Japanese.

2131. History of Drama II

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: DRAM 2130. Not open for credit to students who have passed DRAM 2133.

Dramatic literature and theatre history from the French Renaissance to Contemporary Theatre, including an examination of non-western theatre traditions, especially Chinese.

2134. Honors Core: Sports as Performance

Three credits. Instructor consent required.

Rigorous critical investigation of parallels between sports and performance. Includes writing, critical readings, experiential activities, viewing sporting events/performances, multimodal research. Critical and theoretical perspectives on athletics, spectacle, performance, national identity, community, race, gender, sexuality, and more. CA 1.

2141. Script Analysis

Three credits. Three class hours per week. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Introducing the basic script-analysis skills necessary for theatre practitioners; exploring texts from a production, rather than a literary, viewpoint. Through reading, discussion, exercises, and group projects students examine the ways that playwrights convey information.

2203. The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film

(Also offered as HEJS 2203 and HRTS 2203.) Three credits.

Representations of the Holocaust, including first-hand accounts and documentaries; artistic choices in genre, structure, imagery, point of view, and the limits of representation. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

2701. Acting III

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 1702; open only with consent of instructor.

The study and practice of techniques for realism and naturalism typically used in performing works by the modern realists.

2702. Acting IV

Three credits. Three 2-hour studio periods. Prerequisite: DRAM 2701; open only with consent of instructor.

A continuation of the study and practice of techniques utilized in the performance of modern realists.

2711. Introduction to Directing

Three credits. Prerequisite: DRAM 1701; open only with consent of instructor.

Emphasis on theory and play analysis from the director’s point of view.

2712. Introduction to Directing

Three credits. Prerequisite: DRAM 2711; open only with consent of instructor.

Emphasis on practical staging experience, including casting techniques and rehearsal and performance methods.

2800. Exploration of Movement

(Formerly offered as DRAM 1810.) Three credits. Two 2-hour periods per week.

Use of the human body as a tool for creativity, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and storytelling.

2810. Stage Movement III

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 1802; open only with consent of the instructor.

Beginning the process of applying the actor’s movement skills to the unique requirements of different theatrical forms and structures. Applied skills may include tumbling, gymnastics, clowning, mask work, ethnic arts, hand-to-hand combat, armed combat and many theatrical forms and styles of dance.

2812. Stage Movement IV

Three credits. Six studio hours. Prerequisite: DRAM 2810; open only with consent of instructor.

Developing and applying additional movement skills to different types and styles of dramatic expression.

2901. Voice and Speech III

Three credits. One and one-half lecture hours and three studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 1902; open only with consent of instructor.

In-depth study of applied voice and speech skills, particularly flexibility of the voice and application of vocal variety to understanding and expressing the structure and meaning of language and text.

2902. Vocal Performance Techniques

Three credits. One and one-half lecture hours and three studio hours. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. Not open for credit to Acting majors.

Basic skills in voice production, vocal variety, articulation, and voice characterization for those in the dramatic arts pursuing careers other than stage acting.

3103. Stage Management for the Theatre

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Studies of the vocation and profession of stage management as defined by modern theatre practice. Also examines inter-relationships between the stage manager and the other members of the theatrical production staff.

3121. Advertising, Publicity, and Promotion in the Dramatic Arts

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

An introduction to the basic techniques of advertising copy, news releases, and feature stories.

3130. Women in Theatre

Three credits.

A study of theatre examining the changing depiction of women in drama and the increasing participation of women in all areas of theatrical activity. Women’s advancement in western and oriental theatre will be surveyed as a background for focusing on plays written in the 20th century. CA 4.

3131. African-American Theatre

(Also offered as AFRA 3131.) Three credits.

The significant developments in African American theatre and its antecedents and an examination of selected play scripts that exemplify those developments. CA 4.

3132. African American Women Playwrights, 1900 to Present

(Also offered as AFRA 3132.) Three credits. Two 75-minute periods. Recommended preparation: AFRA/DRAM 3131.

African American women’s playwriting in relationship to social, historical, and political contexts. CA 1. CA 4.

3133. Latina/o Theatre

Three credits. Two 75-minute periods.

A study of Latina/o theatre and performance in the U.S. CA 4.

3137. Documentary Theatre

Three credits. Two 75-minute periods.

Provides a critical overview of the history and techniques of documentary theatre. Students will read and analyze documentary plays as well as compose their own works of documentary drama.

3138. Trends in Contemporary Theatre

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to Dramatic Arts Majors only.

A study of the major trends in drama and theatrical production of the western world today.

3139. Theatre and Human Rights

(Also offered as HRTS 3139.) Three credits each semester. Two class periods.

Provides a critical study of theatre production as political discourse in global areas of conflict and how that discourse defines, or is defined by, human rights issues.

3141. Playwriting

(Also offered as ENGL 3705.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content to a maximum of 9 credits.

The analysis of the basic techniques in playwriting, and the reading and criticism of the students’ works in progress. Scripts of outstanding merit may be produced in the Studio or Mobius Theatres.

3142. Dramaturgy I

Three credits. Three class hours per week. Recommended preparation: DRAM 2130, 2131 and 2141. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required.

Offers students a broad overview of the historical, critical and theoretical background of dramaturgy and introduces them to dramatic criticism, literary office dramaturgy, and the fundamentals of production dramaturgy.

3145. Film Writing

(Also offered as ENGL 3707.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor.

Theoretical and practical work in the content and form of the fiction scenario.

3182. Practicum in Dramatic Arts

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Practical work in all areas of dramatic arts.

3194. Dramaturgy Seminar

One to three credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required. Recommended preparation: DRAM 2141 and 3142. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits.

Practical work in dramaturgy. Students enrolled in the course have been assigned as dramaturgs for Connecticut Repertory Theatre productions or are undertaking alternative dramaturgical assignments such as performance curation or audience outreach projects.

3199. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

A reading or project course under the direction of an appropriate staff member.

3201. Scene Construction

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open to Dramatic Arts majors only. Recommended preparation: DRAM 1206 and 1208.

Basic techniques of constructing two dimensional and three dimensional scenery.

3202. Rigging

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open to Dramatic Arts majors only. Recommended preparation: DRAM 1206 and 1208.

Rigging systems and the basic techniques for flying scenery, with an emphasis on rigging safety.

3220. Sound for the Theatre

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open to Dramatic Arts majors only.

Art of sound design for the theatre. Organizing and creating sound for production.

3301-3302. Scene Design

Three credits each semester. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open to Dramatic Arts majors only.

3401. Costume History

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour studio period. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open to Dramatic Arts majors only.

A slide survey class covering the origins and development of dress to the present day. Specifically African, Middle Eastern, and Euro-Centric dress, along with the societies and manners which created fashion.

3402. Costume Design

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour studio period. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open to Dramatic Arts majors only. Recommended preparation: DRAM 1206.

An introductory class centering on the designer’s approach to the text, the creation of the designed look for the characters in the play, and the process of how to realize the costumes.

3420. Wearable Electronics and Interactive Objects

(Also offered as DMD 3420.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required.

Provides a basic understanding of electronics, key components, function, construction, and project design for wearable electronics and interactive objects. Concepts learned will form the core for students to continue to proactively explore and experiment with wearable electronics and interactive objects beyond the classroom.

3501-3502. Lighting for the Theatre

Three credits each semester. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: DRAM 1206 and 1208; open to dramatic arts majors only.

3601. Puppetry

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with change in course content to a maximum of 12 credits.

Rod puppetry or shadow theatre. Topics to alternate on a two-year rotation.

3602. Advanced Puppetry Techniques I

Three credits. Two 3-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with change in course content to a maximum of six credits.

Laboratory practice in advanced production techniques or paper sculpture for the puppet theatre.

3603. Puppetry

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with change in course content to a maximum of 12 credits.

Hand puppetry or mask theatre. Topics to alternate on a two-year rotation.

3604. Advanced Puppetry Techniques II

Three credits. Two 3-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with change in course content to a maximum of six credits.

Advanced puppetry production techniques for television or laboratory practice in materials techniques.

3610. Movement-Based Performance for the Puppet Theatre I

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Open only with instructor consent.

This course is designed to awaken and develop imaginative and skilled theatrical performers through devising work and exploration of movement-based theatre techniques.

3611. Trends in the Contemporary Puppet Theatre

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. Additional project required for graduate credit.

A study of the major trends in drama, design styles and production of the puppet theatre in the western world today.

3721. Performance Techniques

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content.

Performance study and practice in selected areas of dramatic arts.

3995. Special Topics in Dramatic Arts

Three credits. Three class hours per week. Prerequisite: Open to Dramatic Arts majors and minors, others with instructor consent. Course content may vary each semester based on instructor expertise. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits with a change in topic.

3998. Variable Topics in Dramatic Arts

Three credits. Three class hours per week. Prerequisite: Open to Dramatic Arts majors and minors; others with instructor consent. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits with a change in topic.

4122. Theatre Administration and Organization

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor.

A survey of the organizational structure of the theatre in the United States, including community, university and regional theatres, and “on,” “off,” and “off-off” Broadway. Personnel, budgeting, unions and audience development will be covered.

4135. Period Studies in Theatre

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content.

An in-depth examination of a major period or periods of theatre history and dramatic literature. Topics will vary.

4135W. Period Studies in Theatre

Three credits. Prerequisite: DRAM 2130, 2131; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content.

4151. The American Film

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: DRAM 1110; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content to a maximum of 6 credits.

A critical analysis of the American fiction film. A fee of $20 is charged for this course.

4152. World Film

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: DRAM 1110; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content to a maximum of 6 credits.

A critical analysis of representative world films. A fee of $20 is charged for this course.

4193. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; consent of Department head required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit

Coursework undertaken within approved Education Abroad programs, with a focus on the theatre history, dramatic literature and production in a particular country or region.

4194. Seminar

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

Studies in selected areas of dramatic arts. Topics to be alternated.

4701. Acting V

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 2702; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

The study and practice of techniques associated with acting classical/poetic theatrical works, including, but not limited to Greek and Elizabethan comedies and dramas.

4702. Acting VI

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 4701; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

Additional study and practice of acting techniques required for classical and/or poetic theatre.

4703. Acting VII

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 4702; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

The study and practice of acting techniques used in a range of styles including, but not limited to, comic, absurdist and epic theatre.

4704. Acting VIII

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 4703; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

Continued work in acting techniques required for realistic, classical, comic, absurdist, and/or epic theatre.

4705. Acting for the Camera

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: DRAM 4702; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

Study and practice in the principles and techniques required for acting in television and/or film productions.

4711W. The Director in the Theatre

Three credits. Prerequisite: DRAM 2130, 2131; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

An analysis of the role and function of the director in the theatre from historical, aesthetic, and practical points of view.

4811. Stage Movement V

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 2812; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

Special applications of applied movement and/or dance skills.

4812. Stage Movement VI

Three credits. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 4811; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

Advanced application of special movement skills to additional forms of dramatic expression.

4911. Voice and Speech IV

Three credits. One and one-half lecture hours and three studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 2901; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

Study and practice to continue development of breathing, phonation and resonance skills, with added attention being paid to the analysis, expression and pronunciation of elevated and/or poetic drama.

4912. Voice and Speech V

Three credits. One and one-half lecture hours and three studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 4911; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

Continued exploration of voice production and elevated diction skills required for comic, absurdist and/or epic theatre productions.

4913. Voice and Speech VI

Three credits. One and one-half lecture hours and three studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 4912; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

Exploration and application of advanced voice and diction skills, including but not limited to accents and dialects, to various dramatic forms.

4931. Stage Dialects

Three credits. One and one-half lecture hours and three studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DRAM 4911; open only to Dramatic Arts/Acting majors.

The study and practice of those dialects and accents most frequently required by American actors. Contents include, but are not limited to, Standard British, and a range of New York City and American Southern patterns.

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