Queen's University

Introduction to Drama [DRAM 100]

DRAM 100/6.0


An exploration of stage production, acting, directing, playwriting, theatre history, dramatic analysis and criticism through use of plays chosen from various periods and representing different styles and genres. Opportunities given for practical projects.

DRAM100 is an introduction to significant concepts and issues in the study of drama and in the role of drama in society.  The course will take an inquiry- based learning approach and engage with these topics through question and investigation. We will explore a range of topics from acting to devising theatre, from criticism to directing, and from stage design to theories of the theatre. Consistent with the overall liberal arts perspective of the drama program here at Queen's, we will encourage critical thinking about the communicative role of theatre in society and the analysis of what makes good theatre.

LEARNING HOURS: 228 (72L;36Lb;120P)
EXCLUSION: No more than 6.0 units from DRAM 100/6.0
INSTRUCTOR: Grahame Renyk


Dram100 has always focused on asking big questions about the essential nature of theatre and performance. This year, those questions are more vital than ever because the pandemic lockdowns have rocked theatre to its core, forcing artists around the world to confront existential questions about the form: 

  • What is theatre, in the age of Covid? 
  • What happens to 'liveness' and ‘presence’ when we cannot gather together in physical spaces? 
  • What differentiates online theatre from film, television, or social media? 
  • How can theatre help us reach out to each other in these challenging times? 

This year, we will explore these questions in Dram100. As artists around the world confront them, so will we. It is an uncertain time for the theatre, but also a time of great innovation and imagination. We embrace that spirit in this course. Each week, students will complete an online module that includes video lessons, play readings, and high quality video recordings of live performances. We will then discuss the module in a weekly online gathering where students can interact directly with the prof (and where we might zoom in some special guests). In addition, students will be assigned to 'creation groups.' These groups will look at how artists are finding new and innovative ways to create theatre online, and they will work together to make their own online theatre creations. Please note: you do not need prior theatre experience to participate fully in this class. Theatre works best when people bring a wide diversity of background experiences to the table. It embraces interdisciplinarity and variety. All are welcome here.

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