Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
DRA101Introduction to Theatre3An introductory survey of the elements, techniques, and foundations of theatre as live performance and a cultural event. The course will identify skills and practices of both practitioners and patrons of theatre. Attendance of theatrical performance may be required. Loading...
DRA105Budgeting for Artists1A practical course intended to provide students who may be entering an arts based gig economy with useful tools to support a clear and sustainable financial situation as industry professionals. Loading...
DRA111Survey of Musical Theatre3An exploration of musical theatre and its effect on society and culture from the art form's roots to current trends on stage and screen. Students will engage with musical theatre's effects on a wide array of cultural topics, the business of Broadway, and creative advancements through lecture, reading, and video. Attendance at a theatrical performance may be required. Loading...
DRA125Introduction to Play Analysis3A detailed discovery of the fundamental structure of widely produced and emerging dramatic literature. Students will focus on reading, analyzing, discussing, and interpreting plays as written and with intent on how analysis practically affects production of a play. Attendance at a theatrical performance required. Loading...
DRA127Stage Combat3Students will have the opportunity to safely learn the fundamentals of stage combat as it applies to theatrical storytelling. Course includes full, physical participation in staged combat and performance with memorized dialogue from a play. Each term will specialize in one weapon, including, but not limited to, unarmed, rapier, broadsword, quarterstaff, knife, sword and shield, etc. May be taken more than once for additional credits. Loading...
DRA130Acting I3Foundational training for beginners in the craft of acting. Focus on the fundamentals of discovering truthful performances in the context of contemporary plays. Opportunities for both actors and non-actors to gain confidence in acting, performing, presentations, and social interaction. The course includes exercises, analysis, and memorized performances. Attendance at a theatrical performance may be required. Loading...
DRA132Acting II3Building upon Acting I, this course provides in-depth training in the craft of acting in contemporary professional theatre. Focus on executing dynamic truthful performances in the context of both contemporary and stylized plays. Course includes exercises, analysis, and memorized performances. Attendance at a theatrical performance encouraged. Prerequisite: DRA 130 Loading...
DRA134Improvisational Acting3Foundational training in acting and interpersonal behavior in non-scripted scene work. Emphasis on the skills of listening, feeling comfortable in new situations, adding to stories and ideas, and truthful behavior and relationships. Course includes in class performances and exercises. Attendance at a theatrical performance required. Loading...
DRA139Acting for the Camera3Foundational training in the vocal, physical, and behavioral practice of truthful acting for on camera projects. Participants will be expected to memorize and perform copy and dialogue on camera. Loading...
DRA143The Business of Acting3An in-depth exploration of the practice of working as an actor. Training within various audition settings, including, but not limited to, work on monologues, working with readers, and preparing for callbacks. Detailed preparation for finding auditions and compiling and submitting materials. Attendance at a theatrical performance encouraged. Prerequisite or Corequisite: DRA 130 Loading...
DRA147Creative Drama School/Rec3Elements of improvisational acting. Students will learn approaches for participating in and leading creative drama activities.Loading...
DRA148Voice and Movement3The purpose of this course is to develop foundational skills in the use of the actor's speaking voice alongside motivated movement and gesture. Students will discover habitual vocal and movement tendencies and work to establish truthful and dynamic dialogue and movement for characters on stage. Attendance at a theatrical performance required. Loading...
DRA162Technical Theatre3The purpose of this course is to introduce the theory, function, and practicality of technical aspects of theatre as they relate to design, practice, and performance. Students will get hands on experience implementing designs for theatre productions on campus. Loading...
DRA180Theatre Lab I1Theatre Lab I provides students with practical experience in creating, mounting, and running a fully staged theatrical production. The course offers hands on learning in a professionally oriented production, resulting in foundational comprehension of creating a production of a play.Loading...
DRA181 Theatre Lab II1Building on Theatre Lab I, Theatre Lab II provides students with practical experience in creating, mounting, and running a fully staged theatrical production. The course offers hands on learning in a professionally oriented production, resulting in functional comprehension of creating a production of a play. Prerequisite: DRA 180Loading...
DRA199Musical Theatre Dance3This course provides students with fundamental training and experience in dance styles used in musical theatre. Time will be given to the essential history of styles taught, noted choreographers, and discussion of the physical principles common to all forms of dance. Students will learn and perform choreography in class. Loading...
DRA201Fundamental Arts Management3A strong understanding of the fundamentals of arts management is essential to sustainability in the arts. This course is designed to help students establish the ability to create, develop, facilitate, and evaluate arts and cultural programs and organizations. Loading...
DRA202Design Principles3A discovery of fundamental elements and principles of design as they affect theatre and other storytelling mediums. Students will engage in theory, process, and intended outcomes as they relate to an audience. The course will provide opportunities to examine and experience creativity and collaboration in design. Attendance at a theatrical production may be required. Prerequisite or Corequisite: DRA 125 Loading...
DRA222Performing Shakespeare3An in-depth discovery of William Shakespeare's language and contemporary relevancy. Attention will be given to original performance practices and dynamic delivery of Shakespeare's dialogue in the context of modern performance practice. Attendance at a theatrical performance encouraged. Prerequisite: DRA 130 Loading...
DRA223Performing Musical Theatre3Training in the craft of dynamic, contemporary acting within the context of stories told with music, lyrics, and heightened dialogue and movement. The course includes exercises, analysis, and memorized musical theatre performances of scenes and songs. Attendance at a theatrical performance may be required. Prerequisite: DRA 130Loading...
DRA224Musical Theatre Auditions3An in-depth exploration of industry expectations at auditions for musical theatre. Students will have practical training in preparation and execution of songs used to secure work as an actor in a musical, including, but not limited to, performing memorized songs. The course includes detailed preparation for the process of finding auditions for musicals and compiling and submitting actor's materials. Prerequisite or Corequisite: DRA 130 Loading...
DRA240Stage Management3This course provides the opportunity to develop a practical and clear understanding of the professional standards and expectations of a contemporary stage manager in theatre, and similar settings. Attendance at a theatrical performance may be required. Loading...
DRA250Directing3Foundational training in preparing a clear and dynamic production of a play for the stage. This course will cover skills from generating cohesive and inspiring ideas to collaborating with a production team and actors. Attendance at a theatrical performance required. Prerequisite: DRA 125 Loading...
DRA252Playwriting3This course provides an introduction to the craft of playwriting. Students will focus on the fundamentals of writing for the stage including structure, creating characters, writing dialogue, and establishing theme. Coursework includes in-class writing and discussion, writing assignments, and the reading of plays. Attendance at a theatrical performance encouraged. Prerequisite or Corequisite: DRA 125 Loading...
DRA280 Theatre Lab III1Building on Theatre Lab II, Theatre Lab III provides students with practical experience in creating, mounting, and running a fully staged theatrical production. The course offers hands on learning in a professionally oriented production, resulting in clear and effective comprehension of creating a production of a play. Prerequisite: DRA 181 Loading...
DRA281Theatre Lab IV1Building on Theatre Lab III, Theatre Lab IV provides students with practical experience in creating, mounting, and running a fully staged theatrical production. The course offers hands on learning in a professionally oriented production, resulting in industry standard readiness for creating a production of a play. Prerequisite: DRA 280 Loading...
DRA945Practicum I2Practical experience in acting, directing and stage design. Students will be involved in all stages of production from auditions to final performance. May be repeated for up to eight semester hours of credit.Loading...
DRA946Practicum II3See DRA 945.Loading...
DRA948Practicum III4See DRA 945.Loading...