Drama

The USAO Drama program is an interdisciplinary program in theatre arts that requires each student to complete a survey of Core Courses (27 credit hours) in dramatic literature, theatre history, performance study, and technical theatre practice.

Students are encouraged to explore contemporary applications of theatre arts training and must develop an Emphasis (minimum of 21 credit hours) by collaboration with their academic advisor. Courses for the Emphasis must be approved by the academic advisor and may be drawn from program electives and courses from other programs.

The interdisciplinary liberal arts environment at USAO facilitates a unique opportunity for a student to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts that is tailored to their interests and career goals and limited only by their creativity.

*USAO anticipates the program to be renamed Theatre Arts upon approval by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Drama

Required Drama Core (27 hours)

Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

THTR 1010                                            Audition and Audience (to be taken each trimester)                  0

THTR 1800                                            Theatre Lab (must have a total of at least 3 hours)                   3

 THTR 1103                                           Introduction to the Theatre                                                    3

THTR 1303                                            Introduction to Dramatic Literature                                         3

THTR 1403                                            Stagecraft                                                                            3

or THTR 1203                                        Costume Craft                                                                       3

THTR 2113                                            Acting                                                                                  3

THTR 2303                                            Playwriting                                                                           3

THTR 3203                                            Development of the Theatre I                                                3

THTR 3213                                            Development of the Theatre II                                               3

THTR 4993                                            Seminar in Dramatic Literature                                               3

Students must also complete 21 hours of a chosen emphasis from coursework listed below with approval from the advisor.

 

Performance Emphasis

Required Drama Core (27 hours)

Required Emphasis Courses (21 hours)

Chosen with approval from advisor from courses such as Oral Interp./Readers Theatre; Phonetics; Class Voice/Applied Studio Voice; Introduction to Dance; Special Topics in Drama; Yoga/Fencing/Aerobics; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Kinesiology; Elementary Psychology; Advanced Acting; Acting III; Internship in Theatre Arts.

 

Technical Theatre Emphasis

Required Drama Core (27 hours)

Required Emphasis Core (21 hours)

Chosen with approval from advisor from courses such as Design and Composition Studio I/II; Beginning Drawing Studio I/II; Principles of Design; Art History; Graphic Design I/II; Special Topics in Drama; Internship in Theatre Arts.

 

Musical Theatre Emphasis

Required Drama Core (27 hours)

Required Emphasis Core (21 hours)

Chosen with approval from advisor from courses such as The American Musical Theatre; Introduction to Dance; Special Topics in Drama; Class Piano; Music Theory; Accompanying; Conducting; Private Instruction in Voice; Ideology and Mass Culture; Seminar in Music-Theatre Repertoire; Internship in Theatre Arts.

 

Dramatic Literature Emphasis

Required Drama Core (27 hours)

Required Emphasis Core (21 hours)

Chosen with approval from advisor from courses such as Special Topics in Drama; Creative Writing; America/British/World Literature; Shakespeare; Literary Genres/Themes/Periods; Traditional and Contemporary Indian Literature; Young People’s Literature; Internship in Theatre Arts.

 

Theatre Management Emphasis

Required Drama Core (27 hours)

Required Emphasis Core (21 hours)

Chosen with approval from advisor from courses such as Foundations of Communication Theory; News Reporting I; Mass Communication; Public Relations; Introduction to Business; Principles of Marketing; Principles of Management; Elementary Statistics; Principles of Accounting; Graphic Design I; Business of Art; Music Business; Internship in Theatre Arts.

 

Theatre History Emphasis

Required Drama Core (27 hours)

Required Emphasis Core (21 hours)

Chosen with approval from advisor from courses such as Shakespeare; Seminar in Dramatic Literature; Ancient Civilizations; Medieval/Early Modern Civilizations; U.S. Economic History; Introduction to Law and the Legal System.

Students wishing to minor in Drama must complete 18 credit hours of theatre arts courses. The program advisor must approve substitutions for the following requirements:

 

Minor in Drama (18 hours)

THTR 1010       Audition and Audience (to be taken each trimester)

THTR 1801       Theatre Lab (must have a total of at least 3 hours)

THTR 1103       Introduction to the Theatre

THTR 1303       Introduction to Dramatic Literature

THTR 1403       Stagecraft

or THTR 1203   Costume Craft

THTR 2113       Acting

or THTR 2303   Playwriting

 

COURSE LISTINGS in DRAMA (THTR)

1010       AUDITION AND AUDIENCE
              A non-credit course required of all students pursuing the program major or minor during each trimester enrolled. 
              Students must attend all auditions and all productions of the program and must participate in seminars and
              discussions as scheduled. Pass/Fail. 0 hours.

1103       INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE
              A basic survey of the arts and crafts of the theatre. Included will be lecture and discussion of acting, directing,
              stagecraft, scene design, lighting, costuming, aesthetics, theatre careers, and the basic forms, styles, and types of
              drama. 3 hours.

1303       INTRODUCTION TO DRAMATIC LITERATURE
              A survey of the drama from Ancient Greece to the present. Lecture and discussion of assigned plays
              representative of the major types, styles, and historical periods of drama. 3 hours.

1113       INTRODUCTION TO FILM
              A broad survey of the development of the cinema and the genres of narrative, documentary, animation, and
              experimental film. The student will develop an appreciation for the art of the filmmaker and learn the vocabulary
              appropriate to an intelligent critique of classic and contemporary film. 3 hours.

1121       INTRODUCTION TO DANCE
              An introduction to the practice of dance as artistic expression. Topics include: the development of dance, dance
              terminology, development of body awareness, introduction of warm-up techniques, introduction to varying dance
              styles, and the application of skills to practice a basic movement vocabulary. 1 hour.

1403       STAGECRAFT
              The basics of scenery construction, planning, and handling; working with tools; painting techniques; forms and
              styles of scenery; architectural trim; and the functions and relationships of scenery to the theatrical production.
              3 hours.

1203       COSTUME CRAFT
              An introduction to the knowledge and skills appropriate for a costume technician, with an emphasis on hand and
              machine stitching and pattern development. 3 hours.

1800       THEATRE LAB
              Laboratory work on theatrical productions in performance, technical theatre, or administrative assignments.
              1-3 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 6 hours credit toward the major.)

2103       ORAL INTERPRETATION AND READER’S THEATRE
              The study of literature through the medium of oral performance, designed to develop interpretive skills (voice,
              facial expression, gesture) in order to communicate the student’s intellectual and emotional perceptions of literary
              material. This course also serves as an introduction to reader’s theatre, a communal medium wherein two or more
              interpreters communicate directly to an audience. 3 hours.

2303       PLAYWRITING
              An introduction to the art and craft of the playwright including the analysis and discussion of dramatic literature
              and the practice of exercises to introduce techniques of script writing. 3 hours.

2113       ACTING
              Application of the basic principles of acting and the development of basic acting techniques. Training through
              lectures, class improvisations, scene work, and play analysis. 3 hours.

2213       ADVANCED ACTING
              Advanced performance training in realistic acting exploring the techniques of Stanislavski, Chekhov, Strasberg, and
              Meisner. 3 hours. Pre-requisite: THTR 2113.

2880       SPECIAL TOPICS
              Special topics in the area of drama. 1-4 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 6 hours).

2900       WORKSHOP
              A guided study in drama under faculty supervision. Topics and methods of instruction may vary. 1-4 hours. (May
              be repeated for a total of 6 hours of credit with a change in topic and enrollment).

2990       TUTORIAL
              An independent study in drama under faculty supervision. 1-4 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 9 hours with
              a change in title and content).

3203       DEVELOPMENT OF THE THEATRE I
              A study of the growth and development of western theatre from its beginnings to the year 1700 with
              consideration of the changes in dramatic literature, the physical theater, staging practices, and the social
              significance of the theatre. 3 hours.

3213       DEVELOPMENT OF THE THEATRE II
              A continued study of the growth and development of western theatre from the year 1700 to the present with
              consideration of the changes in dramatic literature, the physical theater, staging practices, and the social
              significance of the theatre. 3 hours. Pre-requisite: THTR 3203.

3313       ACTING III
              An advanced study of performance techniques through scene work with varying styles of plays and the discussion
              and practice of diverse approaches to the craft of the actor. 3 hours (may be repeated for a total of 9 hours with
              changes to title and content). Pre-requisite: THTR 2213.

3423       PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN
              An introduction to the theatrical design process through a study of the principles inherent in the various visual arts
              and the translation of text to live production.  Included is an introduction to script analysis from the perspective of
              the designer and a general introduction to the history of architecture and/or dress, décor, and theatrical practices.
              Areas of emphasis will vary: Scenery, Costumes, Make-up, Lighting, Sound, and Multimedia. 3 hours. (May be
              repeated for a total of 9 hours credit toward the major.) Pre-requisite: ART 1112 and ART 1122

3553       DIRECTING
              Exploration of the rise of the director as a central creative force in contemporary theatre, plus direct and practical
              experience in the art and craft of directing. 3 hours. Prerequisite: THTR 2113.

3563       RENDERING FOR THEATRE DESIGN
              An introduction to the fundamentals of visual communication for the theatre design student. This course
              introduces approaches to design presentation and offers instruction in the techniques and skills appropriate to
              working with the varied media options. 3 hours.

4003       DIRECTING II
              An advanced study of directing techniques offering the student the opportunity to direct a short play for
              presentation to the public. 3 hours. Pre-requisite: THTR 3553.

4103       THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE
              A study of the nature of the American musical designed primarily for the music-theatre specialist; includes the
              evolution of the American musical, the principal works written for the musical theatre, and a familiarization with
              the unique musical and dramatic techniques involved in staging a work in this medium. 3 hours.

4383       SPECIAL TOPICS IN TECHNICAL THEATRE
              Advanced study and practice in Design, Scene Painting, Carpentry, Electrics, Costuming, and/or other topics within
              the scope of technical theatre. 3 hours (may be repeated for a total of 12 hours with change in title and content).

4453       SEMINAR IN MUSIC-THEATRE REPERTORY
              Selected areas of American and foreign music-theatre, including operettas, operas, film musicals,
              traditional musical comedies, plus current Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End musical productions. Areas of
              concentration will vary. 3 hours (may be repeated for a total of 6 hours with change in title and content).

4493       SEMINAR IN DRAMATIC LITERATURE
              An exploration of the masterworks of dramatic literature. Course content will vary by period, form, and style. 3
              hours (may be repeated for a total of 12 hours with change in title and content). Pre-requisites: THTR 1303 or
              IDS 1113 and IDS 1213

4510       INTERNSHIP IN THEATRE ARTS
              A practicum in professional theatre. The student must work in a “real-world” setting approved by their academic
              advisor. A professional mentor should supervise the student on-site. Pre-requisite: 61 hours completed, minimum
              major GPA of 3.0, and approval of advisor. 0-6 hours (may be repeated concurrently or consecutively with a
              change of content).

4880       SPECIAL TOPICS
              Special topics in the area of drama. 1-4 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 6 hours).

4900       WORKSHOP
              Principles of administering professional and nonprofessional theatre production; organizational as well as creative
              talent and technical areas; advanced technical supervision and production design. 1-6 hours.

4990       TUTORIAL
              An independent study in drama and/or technical theatre under faculty supervision.
              1-4 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 9 hours with a change in title and content).