Course Catalog

Theatre Course Descriptions

DRM 111 Theatre Activity

1 Hours

Students will complete an individual project in acting, directing, makeup design, stagecraft, lighting, playwriting, props, sound, costumes or publicity for a Theatre production.

DRM 121 Technical Theatre

3 Hours

The objectives of the Technical Theatre class are to introduce the students to all aspects of Technical Theatre with multiple hands on opportunities and an understanding of basic techniques. Students will learn the language of the theatre, shop procedures, safety and other theatre techniques as well as creating the scenic elements of a DWU Theatre production.

DRM 131 Intro to Theatre

3 Hours

Students will be introduced to the study and art of Theatre. In the course, students explore the communicative, collaborative and performance elements of the theatrical process. Through the study of artists, productions and dramatic texts, students learn about Theatre's historical and critical influence as a social force, as well as the value of active participation in the arts. (effective by 2009)

DRM 132 Auditioning

3 Hours

This class will investigate the theory and practice of quality actor auditioning for all forms of theatrical production, professional and amateur as well as auditions for local television markets.

DRM 161 Hist of Theatre/Drama:Greek-Renaiss

3 Hours

Students are exposed to the rich history of the theatre through the examination of Western drama and theatre production through the Renaissance. Emphasis is on Hellenic and Hellenistic periods, the Roman Republic, medieval England and Europe, renaissance Italy, Spain, and England. Study of selected plays from Aeschylus to Shakespeare.

DRM 188 Stage Mang./Prod Communic.

3 Hours

This course offers the theatre student the vital study of the principles and systems of stage management and production team communication needed for theatre today, with particular emphasis placed upon developing effective organizational tools and communication techniques. Practical application of stage management and production team communication skills will be demonstrated in DWU theatre productions.

DRM 203 Acting I

3 Hours

This course explores the basic techniques of acting, using exercises in observation, concentration, sense recall, emotional recall and imagination as the basis of character development. Students learn how voice and body are tools for creating a role. These explorations culminate in interpretation and performance of scenes from contemporary plays. General Education: The Arts (effective by 2009)

DRM 211 Theatre Activity

1 Hours

Students will complete an individual project in acting, directing, makeup design, stagecraft, lighting, playwriting, props, sound, costumes or publicity for a Theatre production.

DRM 213 Scene Design

3 Hours

Through this course students explore the scenic design process. Students study techniques specific to the area of theatrical scenic design. The designer's analysis, concept, initial drawing, rendering and model making are all investigated as well as software design and applications using Vectorworks and AutoCad 2007.

DRM 232 Acting II

3 Hours

In Acting II students will be introduced to various, sophisticated styles of improvisation, script analysis, scene study, techniques and practice. Extensive work on releasing tension, developing concentration, and training the actor's sensory and emotional instrument for integration into scene work will also be explored.

DRM 261 Hist. Theatre:Restoration-“ism’s”

3 Hours

The theatre student is given the opportunity to investigate a theater period in history by exploring drama and theatre from the Restoration period through the "ism's". Emphasis will be placed on the Jacobean period, and early Realistic forms through Realism and the Theatre of the Absurd. Emphasis will be place don Realism, Naturalism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Epic Theatre, Theatre of Cruelty, Existentialist Drama, and Theatre of the Absurd.

DRM 301 Costume and Makeup

3 Hours

Students investigate the varied principles of costume design, including the fundamentals of play analysis, historical research, and rendering techniques. Students will then participate in costuming an actual performance.

DRM 305 Acting for the Camera

3 Hours

Though many people might believe live theatrical acting is the same as movie and television acting they would be wrong. In this class students discover the huge differences in acting styles for television and movies. Students will learn television audition and commercial techniques as well as what is really needed to be a fine movie actor.

DRM 311 Theatre Activity

1 Hours

Students will complete an individual project in acting, directing, makeup design, stagecraft, lighting, playwriting, props, sound, costumes or publicity for a Theatre production.

DRM 335 Directing I

3 Hours

This course introduces the student to the art and craft of theatre directing. Students will delve into scripts, research and analyze them and develop working concepts based on their analysis, research and imagination. Then through composition, movement, and tempo-rhythm study students should be able to take what they have discovered and apply these creative, communicative and performance skills, required of today's theatre director, and direct a theatrical production.

DRM 361 History Theatre/Drama: Contemporary

3 Hours

This course is a Survey of post-Theatre of the Absurd drama. Emphasis is put on major standard and experimental dramatists since 1960 as well as the study of theatrical presentations of today.

DRM 369 World Culture in Film

3 Hours

This course explores the art of filmmaking from other countries and how those films can help a student discover the cultural differences within our ever changing and shrinking world. The student explores films from such countries as Russia, Spain, Mexico, France, England, Japan and India and then compares them to American society to ascertain the differences. General Education: Global and Cultural Awareness

DRM 388 Stage Combat - Unarmed

3 Hours

The DWU theatre student trains in unarmed and quarterstaff combat for the stage. This training includes fisticuffs, falls and rolls, work with quarterstaff and the basic techniques of fight choreography. General Education: Fitness and Lifetime Physical Activities

DRM 409 Acting - Period Styles

3 Hours

The course is designed to acquaint students with acting styles of important eras in Theatre history and the special considerations inherent in performing these dramas. The course emphasizes cultural distinctions in manners, movement and vocal practice as they relate to the analysis and performance of period drama. Students learn techniques of performing Greek tragedy, Elizabethan drama, Restoration comedy, epic Theatre and modern "isms" such as symbolism, expressionism, surrealism and absurdism.

DRM 436 Directing II

3 Hours

An advanced directing class that will look at complex problems in stage directing, emphasizing text analysis, communication, period styles, viewpointing and other advanced techniques as applied to the production of one act plays.

DRM 450 Theatre Practicum/Internship

3 Hours

Students may develop a practicum or participate in an internship in an area such as radio and television broadcasting, or community, educational and professional Theatre. Internships are available in directing, management, production or performance.

DRM 488 Stage Combat - Armed

3 Hours

The DWU theatre student trains in armed combat for the stage. This training includes light sword, broadsword, rapier and dagger as well as modern "stage" firearms. General Education: Fitness and Lifetime Physical Activities

DRM 495 Field Study - Professional Theatre

3 Hours

This class will travel and attend professional theatre productions either in New York, the United Kingdom or another theatre rich, history rich region of the world. Along with these productions students will investigate the rich history of theatre and participate in workshops hosted by professional theatre companies or individuals.

ENG 323 Shakespeare

3 Hours

Introducing the life and works of Shakespeare, this course concentrates on the plays, emphasizing the development of central themes, the use of different genres, the decisions involved in production and the cultural background of the Renaissance. General Education: Literature (Prior to Fall 2009)

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