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DRAM 1310 Course Guide

A Course Guide that provides resources for "Introduction to Theater" which is a course that is a survey of theater including its history, dramatic works, stage techniques, production procedures, and relation to other art forms.

SI Leader

  • Name of SI Leader:  Frederick Garcia
  • Office Location: Pecan Campus, Building P. 3.149
  • Office Telephone #: 488-7206
  • E-mail Address:
  • Office Hours: Mondays through Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. But, if you’re an online student, please notify me in advance. 


Assigned Reading

  • Chapter 1- The Nature of Theatre
  • Chapter 2- The Audience and Criticism


Chapter 1 & 2 Quizzes due Friday, June 6,2020 by the end of the day.

Mini Review #1 due Friday, June 6,2020 by the end of the day.

Extra Credit Assignment due Friday, June 6, 2020 by the end of the day.

Supplemental Materials

"A Life in the Theatre." Drama for Students, edited by Elizabeth Thomason, vol. 12, Gale, 2001, pp. 132-159. Gale eBooks.

NELSON, RICHARD. “Nature of Theatre.” American Theatre, vol. 31, no. 7, Sept. 2014, pp. 32–35.

An essay is presented that was adapted from a lecture delivered in March 2014 on the nature of theater and its role in society. Topics discussed include the ways in which funding from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is distributed, the author's view on the relationship between stage actors and audiences, and the author's work directing plays for the Public Theater in New York City.

CORNFORD, TOM. “Acting, Skill, and Artistry.” Shakespeare Studies (0582-9399), vol. 43, Jan. 2015, pp. 88–98.

The article explores both the links among acting, materiality, mimetic skill building, and rhythm in theater. Topics include the value of a more thorough understanding of the nature and operation of skill in enabling both practice and scholarship to a renewed appreciation of the artistry of the actor, the author's embarrassment in talking about skill within the context of contemporary acting, and the connection between the materiality of acting and rhythm and labor.

“Theater in the Modern World.” Films On Demand, Films Media Group, 2011, Accessed 29 May 2020.

Not long after the start of the 20th century, playwrights, influenced by the horrors of two world wars, began to experiment with theater in a way which depicted many long-held historical, social, and cultural beliefs and practices as being meaningless and chaotic. Incorporating interviews with influential directors Bijan Sheibani, Steven Berkoff, and others, this program traces the evolution of modern theater from its existentialist roots through absurdism to social realism and British “kitchen sink drama” via the works of Ionesco, Beckett, Pinter, and even the writers of the U.K. soap opera Coronation Street.