Beat by Beat: Script Interpretation for Theatre Makers and Their Friends (DRA4254.01)

Dina Janis

Students in this class will read a selection of plays and be required to analyze and explore these plays beat by beat in class discussion and weekly critical writing exercises. This is a script interpretation class in which theme, dramatic structure and arc, character development, tone, style and extensive study of the given playwrights and their influences will be explored in detail. This is not a performance class, though it is suggested for actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and students from other disciplines interested in dramatic literature.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn to engage and communicate through regular class discussion, inquire and research through extensive study of playwrights and playwriting, and will create critical and creative responses in project form throughout the term. They will learn to analyze and interpret a script as a theatre maker. They will begin to understand how to recognize structure and also, how to ask questions about what purpose the work serves.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Drama , Fully In-Person