DRMA& 101: Introduction to Theatre

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A study of theater as an art form. Emphasis on Western dramatic literature analysis from Sophocles to Shepard, theatrical history and the roles of various theater artists/playwrights, actors, directors and designers in the production of plays.

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  1. Introduction to the Theatre: What is Theatre? What is a Play? What impact does theatre make socially, economically, and artistically.
  2. History of Western Theatre and World Theatre.
  3. The Playwright and Director: What they do, how they do it, and why they do it.
  4. The Actor: What they do and how they do it.
  5. Play analysis and character analysis: Why it is important to directors, actors, and designers.
  6. Set Design: Methods and styles of theatre design methodology.
  7. Costume Design: Theatre design methodology.
  8. Creative Project: Students apply what they have learned.
  9. Researching theatre styles and research paper: Concentration on one theatre style of student’s choice.