Fine Arts: Drama Introduction
The educational power of drama lies not only in its power to affect an audience, but in its ability to have a profound and transformative influence on those who practice it.
DoDEA drama courses are designed to provide students opportunities to communicate with, and understand others in new ways; and to provide students meaningful experience and breadth of knowledge related to creating, performing, producing and participating in theatre as a means of artistic expression.
The Drama curriculum includes three components: The creative/productive component; the cultural/historical component and the critical/responsive component.
Essential Objectives of a drama course:
- Develop skill in oral language and human expressive mechanisms (voice and bodily expression).
- Develop an appreciation of the aesthetic and intellectual aspects of Theatre.
- Learn elements of stagecraft and production.
- Use dramatic techniques to explore ideas, issues and dramatic texts.
Content includes, but is not limited to the following: Recognition of the various genres of drama (tragedy, comedy, farce, melodrama, musical); the elements of playwriting; knowledge of the different historical periods of drama and acting; knowledge of the work of important dramatists; understanding of the importance of drama as a reflection of society (the influence of cultural, literary, religious, and political forces upon drama); recognition of drama as a self-rewarding activity that involves the identification of the unique worth of the individual, the motivation behind human behavior, and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.
Student activities and experiences include, but are not limited to: Selecting and preparing material for a performance; rehearsing for a performance; performing for a class or public group; practicing character development, mime, solo, duet, and ensemble acting; participating in full-length plays; creating and applying makeup; building sets; stage managing and directing; managing props; selecting and creating costumes; voice building and projection; improving enunciation and pronunciation, and control of body movement; writing scripts for a production; studying and interpreting the works of prominent dramatists from Aeschylus to the present time; studying the effects of cultural, national, religious, and social influences upon drama through the ages; and studying the social and philosophical impact of drama on societies.
When technical aspects of drama production are being studied, student activities and experiences include, not be limited to: Technical aspects of theater productions; vocabulary of technical theatre; creativity in problem solving; analysis and critique of design elements found in school and outside productions.
DoDEA Drama Coordinator
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400