Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Theatre Course Listings

Courses Offered Fall 2022

DR 100 Stagecraft
DR 250 Intro to Theatre History (fulfills Fine Arts core requirement) 
DR 251 Experience of Theatre (fulfills Fine Arts core requirement)
DR 252 Introduction to Theatrical Production
DR 260 Introduction to Dance
DR 275 Theatre Practicum
DR 350 Acting I
DR 370 Queer Theatre and Film
DR 374 Theatre Production Internship

Course Descriptions

DR 100 - Stagecraft
(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.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

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 video tapes, students investigate this lively art. At least one live performance is viewed during the semester. Same course as MU 210.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually
Interdisciplinary Studies: IU

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 on campus and in the Baltimore/Washington area. Fulfills fine arts core requirement. Theatre tickets cost approximately $50.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

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, playwrights, directors, and designers. An emphasis is placed on students understanding and experiencing all aspects of the theatrical process. Includes attendance at theatre productions on campus and in the Baltimore/Washington area. Fulfills fine arts core requirement. Theatre tickets cost approximately $60.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer
Years Typically Offered: Annually

DR 252 - Introduction to Theatrical Production
(3.00 cr.)

A comprehensive, experiential course in theatrical production. Students engage in major areas of production (acting, directing, design), as well as playwriting, theatre criticism, and the staging of an original theatre piece. Includes attendance at theatre productions on campus and in the Baltimore/Washington area. Recommended for theatre majors and minors. Fulfills fine arts core requirement. Closed to students who have taken DR 251. Theatre tickets cost approximately $50. Same course as HN 321.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

DR 254 - Introduction to Theatre 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.
Sessions Typically Offered: Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

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.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 261 - Dance Movement and Technique
(3.00 cr.)

Students continue to study concepts and principles of dance as they apply to dance technique (ballet, modern, and jazz composition and improvisation). Dance history and styles are integrated into class and form the core of written assignments. Students broaden their knowledge of dance through movement, readings, video, writings, attendance at dance performances, and performance.
Prerequisite: DR 260 or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 263 - Modern Dance Technique
(3.00 cr.)

Students study modern dance technique based on the concepts of movement developed by modern dance pioneers. Students learn several modern dances during the semester and have an opportunity to perform them.
Sessions Typically Offered: Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 264 - Movement as Medium
(3.00 cr.)

Movement is a medium of expression used by artists from across the realms of visual arts, theatre, dance, and music. Students investigate avant-garde directors and collaborations; traditional physical theatre such as mime, clowning, minstrelsy, and slapstick; and performance art. Readings and discussions are integrated with videos, guest artists, and applied movement experiences.
Sessions Typically Offered: Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 265 - Modern Dance
(3.00 cr.)

Students are introduced to a varied modern and postmodern dance vocabulary. Core strength, range of movement, and principles of structural alignment are emphasized. Students are challenged to move on and off balance and shift weight, direction, and level. Selected readings and videos address the major forces and figures in the development of modern dance.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

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.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 271 - Costume Design
(3.00 cr.)

Provides students with the tools for designing costumes for theatrical productions. Several areas are covered, including research techniques, script analysis, designer/director relationship, organizational paperwork, and rendering techniques. Students design costumes for scripts of varying periods and genres. A textbook and art supplies are required.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

DR 275 - Theatre Practicum
(1.00 cr.)

Requires supervised, hands-on experience in a particular area of theatrical production for a main-stage Evergreen Players, Poisoned Cup, or Spotlight Players production. Areas of concentration include acting, directing, set construction, lighting, prop and costume construction, stage management, and running crews. The faculty supervisor details responsibilities. Fine arts majors, minors, and interdisciplinary majors with a concentration in theatre must take three practicums, each in a different area. May be repeated twice for credit. (Pass/Fail)
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

DR 278 - History of Film
(3.00 cr.)

Explores the evolution of film from the development of silent films through contemporary works. Major directors and movements are investigated. Same course as PT 278.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually
Interdisciplinary Studies: IF

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.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 309 - Opera and Theatre
(3.00 cr.)

Studies the development of opera and its conventions from the genre's origins as an aristocratic experiment to its flowering as commercial entertainment. Through case studies of representative works, this course reveals how opera reflects broader socio-political concerns, such as imperial power, gender, and race. Same course as MU 309.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

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.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 351 - Directing I
(3.00 cr.)

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 investigated and practiced. In addition to in-class composition and scene-work, students cast and stage scenes for the Loyola community.
Prerequisite: DR 350 or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 354 - Acting II
(3.00 cr.)

This class focuses on advanced scene work and period technique. Students choose monologues and scenes from a range of historical styles.
Prerequisite: DR 350 or an audition with the theatre faculty.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 355 - Theatre Criticism
(3.00 cr.)

Observing, discussing, and writing about contemporary performance. Topics include techniques for seeing performance in preparation for writing about it, research that supports critical writing, and formats for critiques/reviews in various publications. Students also read and analyze performance criticism being published in contemporary newspapers, magazines, and journals. Students attend productions in the Baltimore/Washington area.
Prerequisite: DR 251
Sessions Typically Offered:
Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 356 - Directing II
(3.00 cr.)

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.
Prerequisite: DR 351
Sessions Typically Offered:
Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 357 - Dramatic Adaptation and New Play Development
(3.00 cr.)

Topics include techniques for adapting nondramatic 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.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 360 - Voice and Speech
(3.00 cr.)

Students explore oral communication with an emphasis on harnessing the communicative power of the spoken word. We speak all the time - how can we do it with more confidence and effectiveness? This course addresses the many contexts in which we use the spoken word and how we can adapt to these contexts for maximum impact. Course activities lead to increased awareness of each students' habits, ability to assess what use of voice is appropriate for certain texts and situations, and an understanding of and facility with the tools available to enhance verbal communication through conscious use of the "performative" aspects of voice and speech. Students also gain an increased sensitivity to how others communicate verbally with us. Same course as CM 366.
Sessions Typically Offered: Summer
Years Typically Offered: Annually

DR 361 - Voice and Movement
(3.00 cr.)

A studio course in vocal/physical training for the performer. Topics include vocal/physical freedom, the concept of neutral, versatility and expression, and a growing sense of the voice/body/text connection. Students acquire skills in on-going vocal/ physical improvement and apply course concepts to specific performance settings.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 362 - Special Topics in Dramatic History/Literature
(3.00 cr.)

Students focus on a specific period, genre, or playwright such as American theatre, contemporary performance, Brecht, Absurdism, or farce. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

DR 363 - Special Topics in Performance
(3.00 cr.)

Students focus on a specific style of performance such as Shakespearean performance, mask work, or comedy of manners. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

DR 364 - Solo Performance
(3.00 cr.)

The history, theory, and creation of the one-person show. Topics include historical and contemporary solo performances; biographical solo works; multicharacter 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.
Prerequisite: DR 350 or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 365 - Stage Management
(3.00 cr.)

A thorough analysis of the technical, organizational, and interpersonal aspects of stage management. The focus is on preparing for, running, and archiving rehearsals and performances. Students observe productions, create a prompt book, and complete a major technical management project on a Loyola production. Additional topics include theatre staff and their relationship to the stage manager, theatrical unions, and basic crisis management.
Prerequisite: DR 251 or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 366 - Special Topics in Scenic Design
(3.00 cr.)

Students focus on specific approaches to scenic design, such as computer rendering (Photoshop and Vectorworks) and studio design for theatre, television, and movie production. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

DR 370 - Queer Theatre and Film
(3.00 cr.)

Examines plays and films from the 1960s to the present that tell stories about alternative sexualities including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities. The course examines a wide range of texts while asking the questions: what makes a play, or a film, queer? How do we define this genre? Why are queer plays and films important? How have they changed over time? How do we, as spectators, engage with these stories? What do they tell us about our lives and the lives of others?
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually
Interdisciplinary Studies:
IF/IG

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 preproduction research/preparation and a postproduction seminar presentation.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

DR 375 - Evergreen Players Production
(3.00 cr.)

Engages students in the cast and crew of the April Evergreen Players production in a learning experience that spans the entire Spring semester. In addition to a substantial involvement in the creation of a major play or musical production, students are involved in learning about the play through the study of dramaturgy, production history, time period, and other avenues. This course blends the studio instruction of the rehearsal and production process with the more traditional academic learning of the theatre discipline. In addition to the performances, students also complete written reflection assignments to demonstrate their learning. May be repeated twice for degree credit.
Prerequisite: Written or electronic permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered: Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

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Natka Bianchini
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Natka Bianchini, Ph.D.

A professor of theatre, Dr. Bianchini helps students discover what ignites their passion

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