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The Drama Program (Specialist, Major, Minor) offers work in dramatic literature, dramaturgy, stage theory, theatre history, production, design, direction and performance. While the practical courses provide familiarity with basic theatrical skills, the program is non-vocational and does not offer specialized training in any practical aspect of theatre. Students are required to take structured combinations of courses interrelated so as to lead to a broad knowledge of the field as a whole. The Combined Specialist programs in English and Drama and French and Drama also provide specialist alternatives to Drama alone, while a Drama Major or Minor may be valuably combined with programs in a wide variety of other fields, as offered both by language and literature departments (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, etc.) and other departments and programs such as Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Cinema Studies, Classics, Commerce, Fine Art, History, Music, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Women's Studies.
The Program is housed in the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse at University College; and full Program details, including the departmental courses offered as options, are published in a Program Brochure available from the College (Room173; telephone 978-8746). The Program Director is also available at the Playhouse for consultation; for enquiries or an appointment, call the Drama secretary at 978-8099.
DRM courses are staffed by a combination of theatre professionals, members of other university departments, and specific DRM staff members. Some courses are restricted to students in a Drama Specialist, Major, or Combined Specialist program; some are open to all students of the University.
DRAMA (B.A.)Consult Professor P. Kleber, Room 300, 79A St. George St., University College.
Enrolment in the Specialist and Major Programs is limited and selection is made after a personal interview and audition. Students will be admitted to the Major only after they have been admitted to DRM 200Y (with DRM 201H) or DRM 254Y, and to the Specialist only after they have been admitted to two further Group B courses (other than DRM 301H). Enrolment in the Minor program is unrestricted. Students in the Minor program may only take the academic courses.
Specialist program (Hon.B.A.): S21481 (12 full courses or their equivalent, including at least four 300+ series with at least one 400 level)
Major program Major program: M21481 (8 full courses or their equivalent including at least two 300+ series courses)
Minor program Minor program: R21481 (4 full courses or their equivalent including at least one 300+ series course)
NOTE: Students in the Minor program are not eligible for practical courses
Group A: DRM 230Y, 260H, 262H, 264H, 266H, 268H, 330Y
Group B: DRM 200Y, 201H, 254Y, 300Y, 301H, 354Y, 355H, 400Y, 401Y, 402Y; ENG 369Y (playwriting section)
Group C: ENG 222Y, 223H, 330H, 332Y, 334H, 338Y, 339H
Group D: CLA 300Y; EAS 233H; FRE 315H, 317H, 356H, 357H, 358H, 436H; GER 232H, 334H; GRK 300H, 400H, 401H; HUN 450H; ITA 390H, 410H, 415H, 426H, 480H; LAT 300H; PRT 343H; SLA 337H, 341Y, 406Y, 418H; SMC 319Y
Group E: EAS 325Y; MUS 206H; SLA 337H, 342Y
Other: DRM 100Y, 390Y/391H, 490Y/491H. (These may be applied to Groups A,B,C,D,E on petition to and approval by the Drama Program Committee)
DRAMA AND ENGLISH (Hon.B.A.)Consult Professor P. Kleber, Room 300, 79A St. George Street, University College.
Enrolment in this Program is limited and selection is made after a personal interview and audition. Upon admission to DRM 200Y or DRM 254Y students may enrol in the double major in English and Drama; upon admission to an additional one of DRM 200Y, 254Y, 300Y, 354Y, 400Y, 402Y, ENG 369Y (Playwriting section), students may change their enrolment to the Drama and English Specialist Program.
Specialist program: S01261 (14 to 15 full courses or their equivalent, with at least four 300+ series courses including at least one 400-series course)
Same as the English Major Program (see "English")
NOTE: ENG courses in dramatic literature may not be double-counted towards both the English and Drama components in the Specialist program.
DRAMA AND FRENCH (Hon.B.A.)Consult Professor P. Kleber, Room 300, 79A St. George Street, University College.
Enrolment in this Program is limited and selection is made after a personal interview and audition. Upon admission to DRM 200Y or DRM 254Y students may enrol in the double major in English and Drama; upon admission to an additional one of DRM 200Y, 254Y, 300Y, 354Y, 400Y, 402Y, ENG 369Y (Playwriting section), students may change their enrolment to the Drama and French Specialist Program.
Specialist program: S05351 (14 to 15 full courses or their equivalent with at least four 300+ series courses including at least one 400-series course)
FRENCH: Same as the French Drama Major Program (see "FRE")
NOTE: French courses in dramatic literature cannot be double-counted towards both the French and Drama components of the Program.Section 4 for Key to Course Descriptions)
For Distribution Requirement purposes, all DRM courses are classified as HUMANITIES courses.
An introduction to the study of dramatic literature, with particular reference to the realization of plays upon the stage. Plays from a variety of periods and countries are studied in terms of the use of theatrical space, plot and generic structure, characterization, theme, and language.
Emphasis is initially on ensemble, non-verbal, and improvisational work. Students proceed to the application of their acquired skills to scripted material.
A voice and movement component, taken in conjunction with DRM200Y: Introduction to Performance. Work consists of both theory and practice of voice and movement as they relate to the development of the actor.
The work of selected theorists and practitioners of the 20th century and their contrasting ideas on the kind of expression and communication possible through the medium of the theatre. A study of how the interrelationship between director, actor, playwright and text influences the style of performance and the nature of audience response.
A detailed analysis of the production element of theatre: the conceptual and practical problems of design, production personnel and organization, production facilities, business management, publicity, sound and lighting equipment.
The physical structures of the Greek and Roman theatre and the major conventions of production and staging, based on the evidence of art, archaeology, and the texts of the plays themselves, from the origins and development of the drama at Athens in the 6th century B.C. to the decline of stage drama in Rome in the 1st century B.C. (Offered in alternate years)
Modes of theatrical presentation from the Middle Ages to 1660. Mystery cycles, moralities, court plays, popular drama of Shakespeare's time, and the masque. Acting areas and styles, composition of theatrical companies, and relationship of actors to audiences. Costuming, properties, scenic effects, lighting, music and dance. Selected plays are examined. (Offered in alternate years)
Theatre architecture, staging, and acting styles; costume, music, lighting, and dance. Constitution of the audience and of the acting companies; the relationship between the plays, the players, and the audience. Selected plays are studied in terms of their realization upon the contemporary stage. (Offered in alternate years)
The principal figures and movements in the development of English, European, and North American theatre from 1800 to the present. Changing styles and modes of acting, staging, costuming, and theatre architecture, and their relation to audiences, critics, and popular tastes. (Offered in alternate years)
A survey from the origins to the present, including performance rituals of native people; theatrical performances during the colonial period; the development of National and Regional forms of theatre; Festival and alternative theatres; trends in Canadian playwriting and their relationship to theatre history. (Offered every three years)
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See Research Opportunity Program for details.
Continuation of DRM200Y, concentrating upon scene study. Scenes are developed through analysis of text and sub-text, the establishing of scene objectives, improvisation, and physical action.
A voice and movement component, taken in conjunction with DRM300Y: Performance I. Work consists of both theory and practice of voice and movement as they relate to the development of the actor.
A play is chosen from a specific period. A textual analysis of the selected play is followed by a study of the most significant productions of the work in terms of the differing text interpretations, and use of theatrical conventions, set and costume designs, and acting style. Students are introduced to various aspects of dramaturgical work.
A detailed exploration of theatrical stage and costume design, historical and contemporary, theatrical and practical.
A topic chosen by the individual student. The student must work out details with a member of faculty who is willing to act as supervisor. A written proposal, signed by both student and instructor, must then be submitted for approval to the Drama Program Committee prior to registration and normally by May 31 of the preceding academic year. Open to advanced Specialist and Major students in the program.
Continuation of DRM300Y, concentrating on advanced performance techniques.
An in-depth study on a theoretical and practical level of a specific play which is presented to the public. This involves an intensive exploration of character in rehearsal and its discovery in performance.
Techniques of rehearsal process; staging. The role of the director in its varying relationships to text, actor and audience.
A scholarly project chosen by the individual student. The student must work out details with a member of faculty who is willing to act as supervisor. A written proposal, signed by both student and instructor, must then be submitted for approval to the Drama Program Committee before registration and normally by May 31 of the preceding academic year. Open to advanced Specialist and Major students in the program.
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