Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Theatre Course Listings

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(Check the Undergraduate Course Schedule to see our current offerings).

Courses that fulfill the university's Fine Arts core requirement:

DR 250 Introduction to Theatre History (3.00 cr.)
The evolution of theatre as an art form is explored, from ancient Greek to contemporary performance. Major theatrical genres/movements, playwrights, directors, actors, and designers are covered. An emphasis is placed on the link between society and theatre, focusing on key moments in the theatre's development. Includes attendance at theatre productions in the Baltimore/Washington area. Fulfills fine arts core requirement. (Theatre tickets cost approximately $60.)

DR 251 Experience of Theatre (3.00 cr.)
Students experience theatre by performing different roles associated with theatrical production. Students act as readers, audience members, actors, reviewers, critics, playwrights, directors, and designers. An emphasis is placed on students understanding and experiencing all aspects of the theatrical process. Includes attendance at theatre productions in the Baltimore/Washington area. Fulfills fine arts core requirement. (Theatre tickets cost approximately $60.)

Courses in performance:

DR 260 Introduction to Dance (3.00 cr.)
Students are introduced to a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, and some social and ritual dance. In addition to training students in dance technique, improvisation, and composition, the course is also recommended to actors for training in movement. Includes visits to dance performances and screening of dance videos.

DR 275 Theatre Practicum (1.00 cr.)
A practicum requires supervised, hands-on experience in a particular area of theatrical production for the main-stage Evergreen Players or Poisoned Cup production. Areas of concentration include acting, directing, set construction, lighting, prop and costume construction, and running crews. Permission of theatre faculty is required. The faculty supervisor details responsibilities and grading is pass/fail. Theatre majors must take three practicums, each in a different area.

DR 301 Improvisation (3.00 cr.)
Focuses on listening and responding, freeing the instrument, and collaborative problem solving in the creation of spontaneous performances. Improvisation is also applied to rehearsal of scripted material and actor training. Topics include scene building, character development, comedy, and storytelling. The final project is a public performance.

DR 350 Acting I (3.00 cr.)
How does an actor prepare a performance? Through training of the physical and vocal instrument as well as exercises in concentration, perception, imagination, improvisation, emotion, and expression, students acquire the skills needed to analyze and perform scenes. Students perform scene-work and learn audition techniques.

DR 351 Directing (3.00 cr.)
Prerequisite: DR350 or approval of instructor is required. How does a director prepare a performance? Each step of directing--from play selection to casting; from rehearsal techniques to final costume, set, lighting, and sound design--is investigatedand practiced. In addition to in-class composition and scene-work, students cast and stage scenes for the Loyola community.

DR 354 Acting II (3.00 cr.)
Prerequisite: DR350 or an audition with the theatre faculty is required. This class focuses on advanced scene-work and period technique. Students choose monologues and scenes from a range of historical styles.

DR 356 Directing II (3.00 cr.)
Prerequisite: DR351. An in-depth, hands-on study of directing which builds on DR 351. Students work with professional designers and hone their skills in all parts of the directing/production process. The course culminates in the public performance of a fully produced one-act play directed by each student in the class as part of the Evergreen Players' regular season. (Spring only)

DR 357 Dramatic Adaptation and New Play Development (3.00 cr.)
Topics include techniques for adapting non-dramatic texts for stage performance and special problems associated with specific source materials. Students collaborate to write a dramatic adaptation and initiate work on an individual adaptation project.

DR 361 Voice and Movement (3.00 cr.)
Studio course in vocal/physical training for the performer. Topics include vocal/physical freedom, the concept of "neutral," versatility and expansion, and a growing sense of the voice/body/text connection. Students will acquire skills in ongoing vocal physical improvement and will apply course concepts to specific performance settings.

DR 363 Special Topics in Performance (3.00 cr.)
Students focus on a specific style of performance. Various from semester to semester. May include such topics as Shakespearean performance, mask work, and comedy of manners.

DR 364 Solo Performance (3.00 cr.)
Prerequisite: DR350. The history, theory, and creation of the one-person show. Topics include historical and contemporary solo performances; biographical solo works; multi-character solo works; autobiography in solo performances; and the development of frames, concepts, and approaches to the solo format. Students present part of a work-in-progress to the Loyola community.

DR 374 Theatre Production Internship (3.00 cr.)
A project based on major involvement in a Loyola theatre production as an actor, director, assistant director/dramaturg, designer, or stage manager. In addition to full involvement in the rehearsal process, this course involves pre-production research/preparation and a post-production seminar presentation.

Courses in stagecraft/theatrical design:

DR 100 Stage Craft (3.00 cr.)
Students apprentice on set construction, scene painting, lighting, and running crews. This entails hands-on, supervised work on the Evergreen Players' main-stage productions. Participants work with the professional set and lighting designers of Loyola productions.

DR 254 Introduction to Design (3.00 cr.)
An introduction to the basic principles of design, with an emphasis on scenic, costume, and lighting design. Students develop the working vocabulary of design principles, learn collaborative skills, and practice in applying design principles to texts and theatrical spaces. Projects include designs in all three major areas.

DR 270 Scene Design (3.00 cr.)
Studies problems of design and the use of the design imagination through projects involving various styles and periods. Emphasis is placed on the use of research techniques involving the preparation of designer elevations through basic design techniques, ground plans, models, and drawing skills. Concentration on the design process and the director-designer relationship is also covered.

Courses in dramatic literature and history (non-core):

DR 210 American Musical Theatre: Uptown and Down (3.00 cr.)
Studies the variety found in American musical theatre, including musical drama, opera, and musical comedy. Through readings, recordings, and videotapes, students investigate this lively art. At least one live performance is viewed during the semester. Same course as MU210.

DR 300 Shakespeare in Performance (3.00 cr.)
A study in interpretation. Students explore the ways by which directors choose to bring out certain themes and how performance choices affect (and sometimes change) the meanings of plays. Focus is on the acting, design, and directing elements of interpretation and analysis.

DR 309 Opera and Theatre (3.00 cr.)
Many operas are based on great literary and dramatic sources. Details the transformation of these works from spoken drama to musical setting. Traces the works' origins citing direct parallels, dissimilarities, omissions, condensations, and the musical conventions of opera. Addresses the association of librettist and composer. Compares various performances, both historic and current, and discusses the benefits and drawbacks of opera on film. Same course as MU309.

DR 362 Special Topics in Dramatic History/Literature (3.00 cr.)
Students focus on a specific period, genre or playwright. Various from semester to semester. May include such topics as American theatre, contemporary performance trends, Brecht, Absurdism, and farce. Past topics include Contemporary Women Playwrights and Beckett & the Theatre of the Absurd.