Drama Program

http://www.twu.edu/drama

Program Director: Patrick Bynane, Associate Professor
Location: REDBUD 228

Phone: 940-898-2510
Fax: 940-898-2655
Email: drama@twu.edu

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

 

The School of the Arts offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in drama. Course work available in the areas of acting/directing, technical/design, theatre education and musical theatre permits a student to develop a program of study which focuses attention on the desired area as well as on the relationship of all theatrical elements to the whole production process.

The drama program develops well-rounded theatre artists who have the ability to function creatively and skillfully in a variety of situations. Committed to top quality performance as well as to excellence in the classroom, the program provides practical as well as academic training for students pursuing careers in professional, educational theatre and beyond.

Essential to a complete course of study in the theatre is the student’s production opportunities within the TWU Drama season. Through these opportunities the practical processes of theatre production as well as academic study are stressed in order to give students comprehensive and diverse experiences that will serve them well in pursuit of employment within the realm of theatre as well as in life.

The B.A. in Drama has two different areas of emphasis.  The Acting and Directing Emphasis allows the student to apply their upper-level course work to the skills most used by actors, directors and playwrights.  The Technical and Design Emphasis allows the student to apply their upper-level course work to the skills most used by stage technicians, stage managers and theatrical designers. A common core of Drama classes serves as an educational foundation to both areas of emphasis.  Course requirements for a drama major and a drama minor follow under the degree plans of study. Students seeking Teacher Certification should follow the requirements listed under Bachelor of Arts with Teaching Certification in Drama.  The Teacher Certification plan of study has a slightly different core of Drama courses in order to allow room for more specialized courses in Education and Teaching.

Please see Admission section of this catalog. The same standards for admission to the University apply to the Drama Program. Consult the departmental website for complete information with regards to unconditional admission, application procedures, and other drama major requirements.

Students selecting drama as an academic minor should select 15 hours from the following:

DRAM 2113Stagecraft I3
DRAM 2213Performance I3
DRAM 2223Performance II3
DRAM 2473Movement for the Performer I3
DRAM 3423Drafting for the Stage3
DRAM 3433Stagecraft II: Scene Painting3
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Undergraduate Certificate in Musical Theatre

The Music Theatre Certificate program is offered to Drama or Music majors only. It is a certificate program designed to offer additional training in the realm of music theatre. It is not meant to serve as conservatory-style training in musical theatre performance but rather allows the Music or Drama student to further specialize in a field of theatre that continues to grow in popularity.

This certificate program may appeal to students interested in directing for the musical theatre, acting in the musical theatre, music directing in the musical theatre or even designing for the musical theatre. The Music Theatre Certificate Program accepts Music and Drama students on an audition-only basis. Auditions will be announced by the Music Theatre Certificate Program administrator. Once accepted into the certificate program, students are expected to participate in the biennial music theatre production as well as the Music Theatre Cabaret.

The following are the courses that all Music Theatre Certificate students will take:

MU 3132Voice for Musical Theatre2
DRAM 3523Play Directing3
DRAM 3913Dance/Music/Theatre Improvisation3
DRAM 4903Special Topics (History of Musical Theatre)3
DRAM 4903Special Topics (Music Theatre/Cabaret Performance)3

For a listing of faculty, visit the Department of Music & Drama - Music Program Faculty Tab.

Courses

DRAM 1312. Rehearsal and Production I. (TCCN DRAM 1220) Exploration of theatre process; practical, hands-on experience in performance, crew work, and all aspects of technical production associated with the TWU Theatre season. May be repeated one time for additional credit. Eight laboratory hours a week (averaged over the semester). Credit: Two hours.

DRAM 1321. Script Reading. Survey of selected examples of dramatic literature. Students required to read one assigned play per week and attend one weekly discussion class. May be repeated once for additional credit. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

DRAM 2113. Stagecraft I. (TCCN DRAM 1330) Introduction to styles of theatrical design and its needs. Scenery construction techniques and materials, tools, organization, and theatre safety. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 2213. Performance I. (TCCN DRAM 1351) Theory and practice of performance; use of improvization and text to build performance confidence, self-expression, and imagination in multiple performance situations. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 2223. Performance II. (TCCN DRAM 1352) Exploration of self-expression through role-playing: attention to meeting individual performance objectives. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 2312. Rehearsal and Performance II. (TCCN DRAM 2312) Exploration of theatre process: practical, hands-on experience in performance, crew work, and all aspects of technical production associated with the TWU Theatre season. Continuation of the practicum work begun in DRAM 1312. May be repeated one time for additional credit. Prerequisites: Completion of 4 credits of DRAM 1312 with a grade of C or higher. Five practicum hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

DRAM 2433. Theatrical Makeup. (TCCN DRAM 1341) Design and application of makeup for the stage; areas explored include theory, color, character analysis, materials, old age, three-dimensional, and fantasy makeup. Three lecture/demonstration hours a week plus crew assignment. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 2473. Movement for the Performer I. (TCCN DRAM 1322) Exploration of movement as a vehicle for self-knowledge, understanding of other, and communication: development of movement mastery to facilitate an articulate and expressive body instrument. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 2493. Understanding the Arts-Drama. (TCCN DRAM 1310) An overview of the process and performance of the theatrical experience. Designed as a beginning orientation for drama majors and as an introduction for the non-major. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 2503. Modern Drama. Aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and social dimensions of modern drama, from the development of naturalism to present, through analysis of dramatic literature. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 2513. Creating Shakespeare. Examination of the plays and the major historic, social, and theatrical influences that created William Shakespeare. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3003. Arts for Children. Acquaints education majors with goals, methodology, and best practices in teaching the arts in elementary and middle school. Discusses value of the arts for children and procedures for using art, dance, drama, and music as tools to promote learning. Fulfills requirement for teacher certification. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3103. Gender, Theatre, and Performance. Women's historical roles as playwrights, performers, producers, administrators; multicultural representation of women in drama; theatre as site of resistance and activism for women; effects of performance on women's roles in theatre and culture; theatre as investigation of gender roles. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3312. Rehearsal and Performance III. (TCCN DRAM 2220) Exploration of theatre process: practical, hands-on experience in performance, crew work, and all aspects of technical production associated with the TWU Theatre season. Continuation of the practicum work in DRAM 2312. May be repeated one time for additional credit. Prerequisites: Completion of 4 credits of 2312. Five practicum hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

DRAM 3423. Drafting for the Stage. Introduction to technical drafting for the theatre focusing on the standard equipment, symbols, and mechanical drawing techniques used to communicate scenery, property, and lighting designs in theatrical productions. Prerequisite: DRAM 2423. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3433. Stagecraft II: Scene Painting. (TCCN DRAM 2331) Scenic painting and how it relates to theatrical productions. Emphasis on basic techniques of scenic artists and the ability to justify and analyze work. The professional career of a scenic artist. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3461. Stage Management. Explores the backstage organization involved in a theatrical production as related to educational and professional theatres. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

DRAM 3473. The Theatre and Its Drama: Before 1715. (TCCN DRAM 2361) A history of the theatre from ancient Greece through the English restoration with a careful study of the plays written during each period. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3483. The Theatre and Its Drama: Since 1715. (TCCN DRAM 2362) A history of the theatre from the Eighteenth Century to the present with a careful study of the plays written during each period. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3493. Theatre Speech. (TCCN DRAM 2336, SPCH 1342) Instruction and laboratory study of the mechanics of speech for the actor; basic techniques of breath control, support, speech sounds, articulation, and speech melody for the stage. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3523. Play Directing. Theory and practice of directing; course covers the fundamentals of composition, movement, stage business, and rehearsal planning. Prerequisites: DRAM 2451, DRAM 2461, DRAM 3422, and DRAM 3432. Two lecture and four laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3603. Advanced Acting and Scene Work. (TCCN 2352) Lecture and practical experience in the theories and styles of performance, from presentational to representational. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3913. Dance/Music/Theatre Improvisation. Exploration of the integration of movement, sound, and text through the use of improvisation and the development of collaborative performance works. May be repeated for additional credit. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 3923. Music Theatre: Form-in-the-Making. Artistic process of creating music theatre from the perspective of the choreographer, composer, and playwright. Prerequisite: DNCE 3913, DRAM 3913, or MU 3913; or permission of instructor. May be repeated for additional credit. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 4101. Musical Theatre Capstone. Development of portfolio material and audition skills to be presented in a juried exam; final course for a Certificate in Musical Theatre. Prerequisites: Students will be required to have completed at leatst 51% of all certificate class work prior to enrollment and must have instructor approval. Two laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

DRAM 4201. Performance in a Cabaret or Musical. Performance of a singing role in a fully realized cabaret or musical performance as part of the TWU theatre season. Twenty practicum hours a week. Credit: One hour.

DRAM 4403. Scenic Design. Design for theatrical productions and visual communication in the theatre; principles of scenic design: analysis of a script for purposes of design, the creation of ground plans, scale drawings and elevations. Prerequisites: DRAM 2113 and DRAM 3423, or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 4412. Rehearsal and Production II. (TCCN DRAM 2220) Advanced laboratory course designed to explore the process of theatre; practical, hands-on experience in performance, crew work, and all aspects of technical production associated with the TWU Theatre season. May be repeated one time for additional credit. Eight laboratory hours a week (averaged over the semester). Credit: Two hours.

DRAM 4413. Costume Design. Costume design for the stage; includes theory, color, character analysis and rendering. Application and execution of the design and proper care and management of a production's wardrobe. Prerequisites: DRAM 2113 and DRAM 3432, or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 4423. Stage Lighting. Mechanics and art of lighting for the stage; studies include nature of light and optics, color, instrumentation, dimmers, and elementary lighting design; practical application with TWU Theatre productions. Three lecture hours a week plus a crew assignment. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 4472. Sound Design and Technology. Mechanics and art of sound production for the stage. Studies include the nature of sound and acoustics; equipment for recording, reproduction, and reinforcement of sound in the theatre; elementary design. Two lecture hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

DRAM 4513. Characterization. An exploration of physical, vocal, sensory, and analytical techniques for creating characterizations for all dramatic genres. Emphasis is on research, acquisition of new skills, and analytical systems for character development. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 4523. Audition for Stage and Camera. Exploration of acting techniques for stage and camera auditions. Emphasis is on prepared auditions, cold readings, and preparation of visual and written materials. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 4603. Summer Stock. Internship experience with placement in professional theaters, alternative teaching programs or summer festivals. Specific placement and scope of work based upon the unique opportunity found by the student in collaboration with the professor. One lecture and six practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 4901. Special Topics. An organized class for the study of particular areas or subjects not offered in another scheduled course. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

DRAM 4903. Special Topics. An organized class for the study of particular areas or subjects not offered in another scheduled course. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 4911. Independent Study. Individual supervisory and tutorial instruction; content may include directed readings, a research or design project, or other similar studies. Credit: One hour.

DRAM 4913. Independent Study. Individual supervisory and tutorial instruction; content may include directed readings, a research or design project, or other similar studies. Credit: Three hours.