Drama Courses

Students receive a foundation in the literature, theories and history of theater and film. This knowledge is then applied in analyzing scripts and creating characters as students audition for and perform in theatrical productions and digital films. Collaboration with technical crews, directors, writers and fellow actors is also stressed through classes, auditions and productions. Learn more

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DRMA& 101
Introduction to Theatre (5)

Students explore dramatic traditions by reading and analyzing plays from ancient to contemporary times. Student option grading.

DRMA 144
Acting 1 (5)

An introduction to the craft of acting. Students learn theory and practice of acting through exercises, rehearsals and games, improving their ability to concentrate, relax, listen, observe and practice empathy. Open to all levels of experience. Student option grading.

DRMA 145
Acting 2 (5)

A continued practice to the craft of acting. Students learn the theory and practice of acting through exercises, rehearsals, and games, improving their ability to concentrate, relax, listen and observe, and practice empathy. Student option grading.

DRMA 146
Acting 3 (5)

A continued practice to the craft of acting. Students learn the theory and practice of acting through exercises, rehearsals, and games, improving their ability to concentrate, relax, listen and observe, and practice empathy. Student option grading.

DRMA 155
Acting for Television and Film (3)

Dramatic and commercial acting for work in film, television and commercials. Learn auditioning styles, acting technique and the marketing skills needed for a successful screen acting career. Student option grading.

DRMA 156
Acting, Writing, Directing for The Camera I (5)

A fast-paced introduction to film and video production. Discussion of films in terms of cinematic styles, acting and screenplay structure along with exercises in acting, directing, writing and filming of original productions. Student option grading.

DRMA 157
Acting, Writing, Directing for The Camera 2 (5)

A continued fast-paced introduction to film and video production. Discussion of films in terms of cinematic styles, acting and screenplay structure along with exercises in acting, directing, writing and filming of original productions. Student option grading.

DRMA 171
Circus Performance: Balance and Motion (3)

Expand dramatic and kinesthetic abilities. Learn juggling, rope walking, other circus skills. Practice theories of balance, motion. Develop historical, international perspectives on performance art. Create dramatic performance as final project. Excellent training for actors and athletes. Dual listed as PE 171.

DRMA 207
Theatrical Production (1)

Laboratory for students participating in theatrical and video/film productions for the viewing public including writing, acting, directing, designing, technical theater and/or marketing. Student option grading.

DRMA 208
Theatrical Production (2)

Laboratory for students participating in theatrical and video/film productions for the viewing public including writing, acting, directing, designing, technical theater and marketing. Student option grading.

DRMA 209
Theatrical Production (3)

Laboratory for students participating in theatrical and video/film productions for the viewing public including writing, acting, directing, designing, technical theater and/or marketing. Student option grading.

DRMA 224
Theater Career Planning and Auditioning (2)

Study of possible career opportunities in theater and film productions and the process of selection and application to programs and schools through interviews, resumes.

DRMA 225
Improvisational Theater (2)

A study of individual and ensemble techniques, the course is concerned with developing the ability to respond creatively and improvisationally to a variety of situations. Student option grading.

DRMA 226
Children's Theater Production (5)

A collaborative, student-driven course in which members write, design, and perform an original theatrical production for children and adults.

DRMA 234
Experimental Theater: Faculty Directed (1-5)

Students explore historical and contemporary non-traditional and experimental theater through the performance of faculty-directed new play scripts.

DRMA 235
Experimental Theater: Student Directed (1-5)

Student-directed and/or written plays and faculty-directed short plays or advanced acting scenes, faculty-directed reader's theater and advanced acting scenes.

DRMA 244
Stage Technology (5)

Students examine the fundamental theories, principles, and history of the techniques and equipment used for stage scenery, sound, and lighting. Student option grading.

DRMA 245
Beginning Stage Lighting (5)

Immersion in the theories, drafting techniques, and equipment used for stage lighting. Includes instruction in light pilot design and USITT drafting standards. Student option grading.

DRMA 246
Scenic Stage Design I (1-5)

Practicum in the theories, techniques and practices used in scenic design and in creating stage settings.

DRMA 255
Directing (5)

Theory and practice in directing for stage productions. Attention given to all aspects from selection to actual production. Student option grading.

DRMA 291
Special Topics In Drama (1)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Drama. Student option grading.

DRMA 292
Special Topics In Drama (2)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in drama. Student option grading.

DRMA 293
Special Topics In Drama (3)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in drama. Student option grading.

DRMA 295
Special Topics In Drama (5)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in drama. Student option grading.

DRMA 297
Individual Project In Drama (1)

Individual project in a specific area of drama. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience.

DRMA 298
Individual Project In Drama (2)

Individual project in a specific area of drama. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience.

DRMA 299
Individual Project In Drama (3)

Individual project in a specific area of drama. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience.