School of Drama: Theatrical Practices

Graduate Course


Fall 2022

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 12640

Credits: 1

A play is a thesis about how the world works: a model of how and why change happens in our lives, our relationships, and our society. Our stories encode our values, our history, our struggles, and our beliefs. Change the stories, and you may change the world. This class considers the relationship between form and content, narrative and plot, story and structure in the Western dramatic tradition. Beginning with a survey of stories that are performed (either through storytelling, drama, music, or dance) worldwide, we will then move on to an examination of Greek drama, centering Aristotle’s Poetics. Students will learn how the three act structure evolved and came to dominate mainstream plays and movies in the United States. Students will analyze various “well-made” movies, plays, and musicals, becoming familiar with terms like dramatic action, conflict, inciting incident, rising action, crisis, climax, catharsis, reversal, resolution, and more. We will learn how to work within forms like half hour sitcom, hour long drama, horror, farce, romantic comedy, etc by outlining great examples of each genre. We will also consider how to examine the structure of dramatic works that do not follow “the rules.” Students will write and workshop outlines for full-length plays and movies in order to learn how to “break” stories together in class. For their final project, students will adapt a single story (such as a fairy tale, news story, or historical incident) into three different outlines, in five different genres.

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Theatrical Practices (TPRC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 17

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:26am 5/25/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 907

Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/6/2022