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DRA 101 - Introduction to Theatre

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
An 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.
Competencies
  1. Examine the value of arts education, particularly theatre.
    1. Relate the benefits of engaging in the arts and arts education.
    2. Distinguish why training and education in theatre is unique.
  2. Classify the elements of theatre.
    1. Distinguish the basic facets of a play on paper.
    2. Distinguish the basic facets of a play in production.
    3. Prioritize what makes a play effective.
    4. Chart the methodology and practice of bringing a play from the page to the stage.
  3. Interpret dramatic literature with clear and interesting storytelling.
    1. Break down traditional script analysis.
    2. Demonstrate comprehension of dramatic literature
    3. Create a distinct directorial interpretation of at least one play.
  4. Evaluate the various professional opportunities for practitioners and patrons in the field of theatre.
    1. Assess how training in theatre affects theatre practitioners.
    2. Correlate how theatre and arts education applies to other fields.
    3. Determine the practicalities of working in the arts, particularly theatre.
  5. Outline the elements of performance as they affected society and/or culture throughout history.
    1. Distinguish trends that affect contemporary theatre.
    2. Point out the impacts of society and culture on theatre and vice versa. 
  6. Synthesize an imaginative application of the elements of a production as a script, or other theatrical and creative project.
    1. Use the elements of script analysis within an imaginative project.
    2. Apply the elements of a play to the same project.
  7. Perform the functions of at least one member of the theatrical creative team.
    1. Design effective foundations of a creative act of live storytelling in a theatrical setting.
    2. Develop the design.
    3. Relate the design as a presentation.
  8. Critique a live theatrical production.
    1. Evaluate the effectiveness of two aspects of the play.
    2. Argue why each aspect was or was not effective, citing specific examples.



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