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  • Objectives
    The department of Drama offers a program balanced between practical theatre and academic study of dramatic literature and theatre history. Our aim is to permit undergraduates to explore the subject as a liberal arts discipline and prepare them for graduate, professional, and conservatory schools. The department offers Major and Honours programs designed to expose students to all facets of theatre practice and study as well as provide them with the flexibility to orient their program towards a particular field of study: Dramatic Literature and Theatre History, Performance (acting, directing, and playwriting), and Production (technical, stage management, and design).
  • Practical experience
    By the end of their final year students will have had ample opportunity to work on the department’s season of productions in the Studio Theatre and Centennial Theatre (including at least three productions in the Studio, one main stage production in Centennial during the second semester, the New Plays Festival and the student produced TheatreActiv). A number of students will also have had the opportunity to become Theatre Assistants for Centennial Theatre, receive an honorarium, and be responsible for the proper running of the facilities’ operations.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts - Drama
  • Course description
    Double Major: Secondary Education and Drama
    Program requirements for students pursuing a double major in Secondary Education and Drama may be found under “School of Education” in the Academic Calendar. All questions concerning courses and requirements should be referred to the Chair of the School of Education.

    B.A. Major in Drama
    A total of 48 credits are required for the Major in drama. In their first two years, all drama Majors must adhere to the following required courses in their program:

    1st Year (12 credits)
    Fall: (Drama 101) Introduction to Technical Theatre, (Drama 102) Introduction to Theatre, (Drama 131) Acting I
    Winter: (Drama 110) Introduction to Theatre Part II

    2nd Year (9 credits)
    Fall: (Drama 210) Theatre History, (Drama 222) Introduction to Shakespeare
    Winter: (Drama 201) Contemporary Canadian Theatre
    After the second year the following seminar and production courses are required for all drama Majors (9 credits):

    Seminar Courses: Two of (Drama 300) Contemporary Theatre Practice, (Drama 301) Contemporary Dramatic Theory, (Drama 302) Classical European Drama, (Drama 315) Medieval Drama, (Drama 322) Topics in Shakespeare

    Production Courses: One of (Drama 331) Production I, (Drama 332) Production II
    The remaining eighteen credits required for the Major in Drama may be taken at anytime during the student’s tenure at Bishop’s provided that he or she has fulfilled the stated prerequisites for the individual course.

    Required Courses
    (6 credits)
    One of (Drama 202) Contemporary American Drama, (Drama 203) Contemporary European Drama
    One of (Drama 170) Introduction to Film, (Drama 270) Shakespeare’s Contemporaries, (Drama 271)Modern Drama, (Drama 273)Women Dramatists [or a cognate course]
    Drama Electives (12 credits)
    Four of all other drama courses (except independent studies)
    Students must also complete any Divisional Requirements of the Division of Humanities.

    B.A. Honours in Drama
    Without Thesis (60 credits*)
    Courses as required for a Drama major:     48 credits
    Further courses in Drama (excluding independent studies):     12 credits


    With Thesis (66 credits*)
    Students must obtain a 75% average, as calculated from the last 60 credits in the Honour discipline (including cognates), in order to graduate with an Honours degree in Drama.
    Students wishing to enroll in Drama 450 (Honours Thesis) must have 75% cumulative average when registering in FALL semester, and 75% average on required courses in thesis area of interest.
    Courses as required for Drama Major:     48 credits
    Further courses in Drama (excluding independent studies):     12 credits
    Drama 450 Honours Thesis:     6 credits


    *All Honours students must complete both Drama 331 and Drama 332.
    Students must also complete any Divisional Requirements of the Division of Humanities.

    Minor in Drama
    A total of 24 credits are required for the minor in Drama:
    Required courses:
    Drama 101     Introduction to Technical Theatre
    Drama 102     Introduction to Theatre
    Drama 131     Acting I
    Drama 201     Contemporary Canadian Drama
    Drama 222     Introduction to Shakespeare
          15 credits
    Drama electives: Three courses     9 credits


    DRAMATIC LITERATURE AND THEATRE HISTORY
    These courses are primarily concerned with the study of drama as literature or with the study of theatre history. Some of these courses may be used to satisfy the degree requirements of the Department of English.
    All courses are open to non-Drama students.

    Drama 102ab     Introduction to Theatre: Theatre and Dramatic Literature Before 1800     3-3-0
    This course provides students with an introduction to theatre history and to some of the important plays of various historical epochs. One of the focuses of the course is the socially created meaning of theatre, including interaction between audience and stage, the role of the theatre professional in society and the connections between theatre and political and religious institutions. The course will also introduce various theatrical styles. The dramas themselves are interpreted as blueprints for performance, not just as examples of literature.

    Drama 110b     Introduction to Theatre Part II: Theatre and Dramatic Literature After 1800     3-3-0
    This course provides students with an introduction to the theatre history of the modern age and to some of the important plays of this era. The course will also introduce various theatrical styles, such as epic theatre, theatre of the absurd and naturalist theatre. The dramas themselves will be interpreted as blueprints for performance, not just as examples of literature. Among the playwrights included in the course are Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Luigi Pirandello, Samuel Beckett, Caryl Churchill and Heiner Müller.

    Drama 201ab     Contemporary Canadian Drama     3-3-0
    Canadian drama from 1967 on, including the plays of Tremblay, French, Walker, Thompson and others.

    Drama 202ab     Contemporary American Drama     3-3-0
    American playwrights and theatrical movements of the post-Viet Nam war period. Playwrights include Shepherd, Mamet, Rabe, Wasserstein.

    Drama 203ab     Contemporary European Drama     3-3-0
    European drama since 1960 through examination of works of influential playwrights and dramatic theorists.

    Drama 210a     Theatre History     3-3-0
    This course will deal with the theatre history of pre-1850 Europe and North America. The focus of the course will be production and performance history. Developments in theatrical design and production methods, acting styles, and theatre architecture will be emphasized through the use of audio-visual materials.

    Drama 222a     Introduction to Shakespeare     3-3-0
    Close study of four to six plays from the following: Richard III, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV pt. 1, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, The Tempest.

    WOM/DRA 230     Women in Performance     3-3-0
    An analysis of the role women have played in the performing arts as practitioners, creators, producers and spectators with emphasis on the modern era and western cultures. The course takes a cultural studies approach to the subject and includes readings by feminist theorists, sociologists and cultural historians.

    Drama 270ab     Shakespeare’s Contemporaries     3-3-0
    The development of 16th and early 17th century drama in England with special reference to Marlowe, Jonson, and Webster.

    Drama 271ab     Modern Drama     3-3-0
    The major European drama and movements of the period from 1875-1910, including the works of Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, among others.

    Drama 273ab     Women Dramatists     3-3-0
    Discussion and analysis of a number of plays written by women. The plays will be studied in their cultural context and from the perspective of contemporary feminist theory.

    Seminar Courses
    The following are seminar and research courses restricted to third or fourth year students. Students will be expected to do primary and secondary research work and present such work through class seminars and research papers.

    Drama 300ab     Contemporary Theatre Practice     3-3-0
    Critical discussion, analysis, and research of contemporary theatre practice.

    Drama 301ab     Contemporary Dramatic Theory     3-3-0
    Critical discussion, analysis, and research of the major critical theorists and writings of the past twenty five years.

    Drama 302ab     Classical European Drama     3-3-0
    This course covers the important drama and critical works from France, Italy, Germany, and Spain during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

    Drama 315ab     Medieval Drama     3-3-0
    This course covers the reemergence and development of drama in Europe from the early to late Middle Ages. The religious drama of England and the Continent will be studied, as well as early examples of secular drama.

    Drama 319     Film Criticism & Theory     3-3-0
    This course would provide the student with an opportunity to look at the critical analysis of film in greater depth. The topics of the course would include film language, the ontology of film, narratology and reception theory. Christian Metz, Laura Mulvey, Tania Modleski, Tom Gunning and Manthia Diawara would be some of the featured film theorists. The course would also link the study of film theory with the analysis of a selection of films. The course would emphasize the development of various film theories as linked with the practice of film. Students would be evaluated on their ability to comprehend and apply various film theories and on their ability to communicate ideas through both oral presentation and written work.
    Prerequisites: DRA170

    Drama 322ab     Topics in Shakespeare     3-3-0
    Advanced analysis and research on specific plays, as well as on specific critical texts and productions.

    Interest Courses and Cognate Courses
    Drama 170ab     Introduction to Film     3-3-0
    This class will consider a number of what are widely regarded as the world’s greatest films and the literary works upon which they are based. Major critical stances and acting styles will also be discussed. The films will range in period over the last seventy five years and in source from many different countries.

    Français 283ab     Théâtre québécois     3-3-0
    Évolution de la production dramatique au Québec depuis Marcel Dubé. Le théâtre de revendication sociale et politique, les happenings et le théâtre expérimental, le théâtre d’improvisation, le genre comique et la recherche contemporaine de nouvelles formes théâtrales. Dramaturges étudiés: Dubé, Tremblay, Meunier, Lepage, Gilles Maheux et Carbone 14, etc.

    PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTION
    These courses emphasize the performance and production aspects of theatre. Drama 101 and 131 are required courses for Drama students. Most courses are open to non-Drama students but enrollment may be limited.

    Acting
    Drama 131ab     Acting I     3-3-0
    Acting One establishes a physical and vocal warm-up routine, develops public speaking skills, and explores the fundamentals of acting for the stage. Project work is based on individual presentations.

    Drama 132b     Acting II     3-3-0
    Acting Two continues the focus on voice and movement. Students will begin character work, research, and scene study. Projects are partner based.
    Prerequisite: Drama 131

    Drama 233a     Acting III     3-3-0
    Approaches to text and character. The work is on a project and performance basis, some of which will be for presentation.
    Prerequisite: Drama 132 and permission of the Department

    Drama 234b     Acting IV     3-3-5
    Scene study and collective creation: analysis, rehearsal techniques and final presentation in Studio Theatre.
    Prerequisite: Drama 233

    Drama 237ab     Theatre Lab     3-3-3
    The course will focus intensively on the preparation and training of the physical means of acting. Workshops will concentrate on both voice and body movement exercises.
    Prerequisite: Drama 234 and permission of the Department

    Drama 334ab     Text and Language     3-3-0
    Students will explore the relationship between the written text and the spoken text. Source material will include prose and poetry as well as dramatic dialogue. There is no production attached to this course, but in-class presentations, open to the public, will be given on an informal basis
    Prerequisite: Drama 234

    Drama 439     Scene Study     3-3-0
    Students will explore scenes from the great works of the theatre. Texts will generally be chosen from those studied in the dramatic literature courses. Three in house presentations will be given during the term.
    Prerequisite: Dra 234 and permission of the instructor

    DIRECTING
    We offer six credits in directing. The opportunity to direct a short play is provided by our New Plays and TheatreActiv festivals.

    Drama 246a     Introduction to Directing     3-3-0
    The basic elements of directing a play, including interpretation, analysis, visual presentation, use of space, and rehearsal techniques.
    Prerequisite: Drama 101, 102, 131 or permission of the Department

    Drama 247b     Directing Theory and Practice     3-3-0
    Study in depth of major directorial problems. Each student directs short scenes.
    Prerequisite: Drama 246 and permission of the instructor

    PLAYWRITING
    Six credits of playwriting are offered. Student written plays are produced in New Plays Festival, and Theatre Activ. Enrollment is limited but a few places are open to non- Drama students.

    Drama 281a     Playwriting I     3-3-0
    A course in play appreciation and play structure as well as a practical workshop in the writing of one-act plays. Assignments include text analysis, scene writing, and the creation of a complete short play.
    Not open to 1st year students.

    Drama 282b     Playwriting II     3-3-0
    Classes take the form of standard playwriting workshop sessions. Each student will write an extended monologue, a series of dramatic sketches, and a one-act play. All work will be read and critiqued by other members of the group.
    Prerequisite: Drama 281a or permission of the Department

    TECHNICAL THEATRE
    Drama 101 is open to all students interested in theatre production. Enrollment in subsequent technical courses is limited.

    Drama 101a     Introduction to Technical Theatre     3-3-3
    An introduction to the elements, processes, and systems of the stage environment through lectures and group tutorials.

    Drama 250b     Intermediate Technical Theatre Stagecraft     3-3-5
    This course will examine in more detail several areas of study encountered in Introduction to Technical Theatre. In order to prepare students for more advanced courses, we will concentrate on the use of sound, lighting and scene shop equipment. We will also focus on basic drafting, set construction, scene painting and rigging.
    Prerequisite: Drama 101

    Drama 251ab     Lighting Design     3-3-5
    This course covers both the aesthetics and the techniques of stage lighting. In addition to exploring the theory and process, the students will design the lighting for Drama Department student productions.
    Prerequisite: Drama 101 and permission of the Department

    Drama 253ab     Technical Direction     3-3-5
    This course examines the organization of the theatre’s technical resources, including the management of time, space, money, equipment and personnel. In addition to construction schedules, shop organization, purchasing, maintenance and staffing, the course will focus on drafting for the theatre.
    Prerequisite: Drama 101 and permission of the Department

    Drama 254ab     Stage and Production Management     3-3-5
    This course examines the organization of the production process. We will concentrate on supervision or monitoring of the schedule, the budget, the artists, department heads and the physical stage. Among the topics covered will be the creation of the prompt book, recording the blocking, running rehearsals and calling the show. Students will work on Drama Department productions as production, stage or assistant stage managers.
    Prerequisite: Drama 101, Drama 102

    DESIGN
    Nine credits are offered in set and costume design. Enrollment is limited. These courses are cognate courses for Fine Arts students.

    Drama 160a     Design for Theatre I     3-3-0
    Principles and practice of design for the theatre with special reference to set design.

    Drama 161b     Costume Design I     3-3-0
    An introduction to costume design. Changing silhouettes of clothing history are examined. Rendering techniques in black and white, pencil, pen and ink, and wash drawings will be studied.

    PRODUCTION
    These courses involve a major role or function in faculty directed productions in Studio or Centennial Theatres. Enrollment is by audition only.

    Drama 331     Production I     3-3-5
    The course will consist of major involvement in and responsibility for Department production(s) in the following discipline areas: stage management, design, directing, technical direction, production (set, costumes, lighting, sound, props, publicity/promotion) and acting. Productions will take place in the Studio Theatre.
    Prerequisites: Dra131, Dra132, Dra233, Dra234

    Drama 332     Production II     3-3-5
    The course will consist of major involvement in and responsibility for Department production(s) in the following discipline areas: stage management, design, directing, technical direction, production (set, costumes, lighting, sound, props, publicity/promotion) and acting. Production will take place in Centennial theatre; students will be required to work during March Break.
    Prerequisite: Drama 234 and DRA 331

    THESIS

    Honours students will undertake a thesis project under the supervision of one or more members of the Department.

    Drama 450f     Honours Thesis     6-1-0 or 6-0-5
    Thesis proposals must be submitted before classes begin for the academic year in which the thesis is to be completed.

    Students undertaking a thesis in the area of Dramatic Literature and Theatre History will write a thesis-length research paper on a subject approved by the department. Students undertaking a thesis in the area of Production (acting and directing) will write a research paper related to their project and submit all materials related to that project.

    Before planning a production thesis, students should thoroughly familiarize themselves with the document “Criteria for Acceptance of an Honours Thesis.” (available from the chair of the department.)

    INDEPENDENT STUDY
    The Department offers a variety of independent study options for either departmentally approved special projects or advanced work in theatre production or drama study. Students may register for a maximum of twelve independent study credits.
    Drama 310ab     Independent Study: Theatre Research and History     3-1-0
    Advanced study of dramatic literature or theatre history.
    Prerequisite: Drama 101, 102, 131, 222 and permission of Department

    Drama 337a     Independent Study: Performance I     3-0-5
    Advanced work in major role in faculty directed show.
    Prerequisite: Drama 234, 237, 331

    Drama 339b     Independent Study: Performance II     3-0-5
    Advanced work in major role in faculty directed show.
    Prerequisite: Drama 234, 237, 331

    Drama 350a     Independent Study: Theatre Production I     3-0-5
    Advanced work in theatre production; major responsibility for production function in Studio Theatre show.
    Prerequisite: Drama 331 and permission of the Department

    Drama 351b     Independent Study: Theatre Production II     3-0-5
    Advanced work in theatre production; major responsibility for production function in Studio or Centennial Theatre show.
    Prerequisite: Drama 332 and permission of the Department

    Drama 352ab     Independent Study: Stage Management     3-0-5
    Advanced work in stage management; responsibility for stage managing a faculty directed show.
    Prerequisite: Drama 250, 254, 331 or 332 and permission of the Department

    Drama 363ab     Independent Study: Design     3-0-5
    Advanced work in set, lighting, or sound design; major responsibility for design of faculty directed show.
    Prerequisite: Drama 251 or 262, 331 or 332 and permission of the Department

    Drama 365ab     Independent Study: Costume Design     3-0-5
    Advanced work in costume design; major responsibility for design of faculty directed show.
    Prerequisite: Drama 160 and 331 or 332 and permission of the Department

    Drama 370ab     Independent Study: Special Project     3-0-5
    Advanced work on a Departmentally approved special project.
    Prerequisite: Drama 331 or 332 and permission of the Department

    Drama 380ab     Independent Study: Playwriting     3-0-5
    Advanced work in playwriting. Interested students must submit a completed first draft two weeks prior to registration.
    Prerequisite: Drama 282


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