Academics

Course Descriptions

Drama (DRMA)


DRMA& 101  Introduction to Theatre  (5)
Introduces the understanding and enjoyment of the arts, theater and films. Course regards drama as one of the performing arts and not as literature. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for READ 104. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
DRMA 102  Contemporary American Theatre  (5)
Introduces the student to trends in American theatre beginning with the early 20th-Century and continuing to today. Course focuses on the evolution of American playwriting, the changes in the theatrical arts to include scene, costume, lighting and sound design. Course regards drama as one of the performing arts and not as literature. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for the AA degree.

DRMA 111  Rehearsal and Performance 1  (5)
Students participate in play production and performance at an introductory level to include bit parts or ensemble members onstage; or member of a backstage crew, e.g., costumes, props, etc. Satisfies an activity or a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for the AA degree.
DRMA 112  Rehearsal and Performance 2  (5)
Students participate in play production and performance at a beginning level to include bit parts or ensemble members onstage; and/or backstage crew head on costumes, props, etc. PREREQUISITE: DRMA 111.

DRMA 113  Rehearsal and Performance 3  (5)
Students participate in play production and performance at an intermediate level to include featured roles in plays and musicals; and/or backstage crew head on costumes, props, etc. PREREQUISITE: DRMA 112.
DRMA 151  Acting Fundamentals  (5)
Presents basic approaches to acting suitable for all levels of experience including the beginning actor. Students actively participate in theatre games, storytelling, short monologues and simple scene work. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

DRMA 152  Acting-Building a Character  (5)
Instructs the student in elementary stage techniques for the actor/actress. Focuses on movement, voice, gesture, characteristic mannerisms and stock character types. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
DRMA 153  Acting-Text Analysis  (5)
Offers the opportunity for students of varying abilities in acting to approach a role through text analysis, identifying moments, beats and units and applying Actions to those components. Students are assigned monologues and scenes to rehearse and perform concurrently with the text analysis. Satisfies an activity or a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

DRMA 154  Improvisation 1  (5)
Offers students of all experience levels the opportunity to learn improvisational skills to supplement and enhance acting technique. Students actively participate in theatre games relying heavily on the technique of Viola Spolin, Paul Sills and others. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
DRMA 155  Improvisation 2  (5)
Offers students of all experience levels the opportunity to learn improvisational skills to supplement and enhance acting technique. Students who have taken DRMA 154 act as team leaders in exercises. Students actively participate in theatre games relying heavily on the technique of Viola Spolin, Paul Sills and others.

DRMA 156  Improvisation 3  (5)
Offers students of all experience levels the opportunity to learn improvisational skills to supplement and enhance acting technique. Students who have taken DRMA 155 act as games facilitators and referees. Students actively participate in theatre games relying heavily on the technique of Viola Spolin, Paull Sills and others.
DRMA 211  Rehearsal and Performance 4  (5)
Students participate in play production and performance on an intermediate level to include featured roles in plays and musicals on stage; and/or backstage as costume designer, set designer, props master, or choreographer, etc.

DRMA 212  Rehearsal and Performance 5  (5)
Students participate in play production and performance on an advanced level to include leading roles in plays and musicals; or work as stage manager, costume designer, set designer, props master or choreographer, etc. PREREQUISITE: DRMA 211.
DRMA 213  Rehearsal and Performance 6  (5)
Students participate in play production and performance on an advanced level to include leading roles in plays and musicals, or work as assistant director, stage manager or lead designer. PREREQUISITE: DRMA 212.

DRMA 298  Independent Study-Drama  (1-5)
Encourages students to study and develop independently their special interests in drama. Students meet on a tutorial basis with their instructor. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.