Drama/Theatre Academics at WPI

WPI Drama/Theatre offers a wide range of classes to students to enrich their learning in the arts. Students may enroll in lecture-style classes on a wide variety of theatrical topics. In addition, students can earn class credit for participation in Drama/Theatre affiliated shows.

In addition, Drama/Theatre offers the opportunity for students to complete their humanities practicum in theatre. Students may also choose to complete a minor in Drama/Theatre or even a major in Humanities and Arts with a concentration in Drama/Theatre. More details on these programs will be posted to this website soon, but the Humanities and Arts website is a good resource in the meantime.

Available Classes in Drama/Theatre Include

All descriptions taken from the WPI course catalog

EN 1221. INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA: THEATRE ON THE PAGE AND ON THE STAGE

Cat. I This introductory course will give the student an understanding of the forms of drama, the styles of theatre performance and production, and the emergence of new forms and styles. Research and writing projects, and performance activities will offer the student experience in the theory and practice studied in the course.

EN 1222. SHAKESPEARE IN THE AGE OF ELIZABETH

Cat. I This course is an introduction to Shakespeare, his theatre, and some important concepts of his world. Students will have the opportunity to sample representative Shakespearean tragedies, comedies, and histories. In addition to class discussions and scene work, students will be able to enhance their readings by analyzing video recordings of the plays.

EN 2221. AMERICAN DRAMA

Cat. I An investigation into the development of American drama from its beginnings to the present. The history of the emergence of the legitimate theatre in this country will be followed by reading important plays, including the works of O'Neill, Williams, Mamet, Norman, Henley, and others. Discussion of the growth of regional theatres and their importance to the continuation of theatre as a serious and non-profit art form will be included in the course. The student will investigate the importance of theatre practice in the evolution of the dramatic literature of the country.

EN 2222. THEATRE WORKSHOP

Cat. I This course introduces students to a variety of technical theatre disciplines, including scenic, lights, sound, props, costumes and more. Each week, students will focus on different technical elements through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands on workshops. Students will demonstrate their learning through various projects and involvement in the current term production.

EN 2226. INFECTED SHAKESPEARE: VENEREAL DISEASE, MADNESS, PLAGUE

With his many references to syphilis, Bubonic Plague, mental illness, and other serious afflictions, Shakespeare illuminates the harsh reality of living in 16th and 17th-century England. This course explores Shakespeare through the historical lens of early modern medical practice. Students will study plays such as Hamlet, Richard III, and The Winter's Tale alongside accounts by surgeons, doctors, midwives, and others who diagnosed, dissected, and (sometimes) cured. We will also pay close attention to the superstitions, misinformation, and downright strange treatments included in some of these accounts. Through creative and expository writing, students will analyze the impact of disease on Shakespeare's writing. This course is intended for students interested in any one of the following: drama, English literature, the history of medicine, biology, other fields of life sciences.

EN 3222. FORMS IN WORLD DRAMA

Cat. II The study of the major forms of world drama beginning with the Greeks and ending with contemporary works for the stage. Study will focus upon building skills to effectively analyze form and structure through dramatic content, and to create approaches to staging the plays from an informed understanding of the elements of theatrical style. The course will include plays by preeminent playwrights from cultures around the world. Texts to be studied will vary at each offering. This course will be offered in 2015-16, and in alternating years thereafter.

EN 3223. FORMS IN MODERN DRAMA

Cat. II The study of the forms in modern drama through application of methods of theatre analysis for dramaturgical consideration and staging. Contemporary playwrights studied will include those from around the world whose work has been seen on international stages since the 1950s. Attention to theatre movements that reflect contemporary issues will be included, and producing groups that have operated with textual revision, minimal text, or no texts will be considered. Texts to be studied will vary at each offering. This course will be offered in 2016-17, and in alternating years thereafter.

EN 3224. SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR

This course will focus on one Shakespearean tragedy as well as modern versions of this play. “Picturing” Shakespeare refers to our special emphasis on visual adaptations. Students will examine the selected play in the context of films, graphic novels, comic books, and other provocative artistic forms. Through written work and oral presentations, course participants will engage creatively with a fundamental question: How do these radical re-workings of Shakespeare enrich our understanding of his original stories?

Applying for ISU credit for shows

Students may recieve 1/3 or 1/6 credit for work on WPI shows.

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