This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2019 to April 2020.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2019-2020, please consult the class search website.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

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DRAM 101.3: How to Read Drama

An introductory course in the reading and analysis of play scripts. The course will offer a brief survey of script analysis techniques (used by directors, actors, and other theatre personnel) as applied to major plays from various genres and historical contexts.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 100 may not take DRAM 101 for credit.


DRAM 104.6: Introduction to Theatre

Direct experience of theatre arts and crafts. Designed to encourage the individual's creative impulse. Dramatic activities for teachers at all levels are explored and students move toward an understanding of drama as education.

Weekly hours: 3 Practicum/Lab hours
Note: Not accepted in a drama major except with written permission of the Head of the department.


DRAM 108.3: What is Theatre

This course is an introduction to Western Theatre, from ancient Greece to the 21st Century, including its history, language and vocabulary, and the basic components and principles of theatrical design. Students will discover what makes a story come alive in a theatrical production, will understand how live theatre performance differs from social ritual and electronic media, will become more discerning and appreciative of theatre, and will bring out their own creativity.

Note: Students in this course are required to attend one live theatre performance during the term, at their own expense.


DRAM 110.3: Technical Theatre I Scenic Construction

Introduces the fundamentals of producing theatrical scenery including theatre safety, scenic construction techniques, scenic painting, and an introduction to entertainment rigging. Regular session requires a minimum of 10 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours.

Weekly hours: 1.5 Lecture hours and 3 Practicum/Lab hours


DRAM 111.3: Practicum I Indigenous Performance Methods

Indigenous culture and world views are explored by using the “communicative method” fundamental to the field of language instruction. This course is divided into three distinct modules: "Acquisition," "Application," and "Expression." Module One, "Acquisition," uses immersion techniques to introduce students to an Indigenous language via a practical and expressive approach. Module Two, "Application," focuses on the application of an Indigenous language to various methods of creative expression: oratory, storytelling and especially performance arts and focuses on both individual and group exercises. In Module Three, "Expression," students develop, rehearse and present individual and group-generated creative works completely driven by the specific Indigenous language explored in Modules One and Two. The course is delivered in an integrated approach—a combination of seminars, and lab/practicum sessions. Language and cultural specialists, elders, traditional Knowledge Keepers, guest lecturers/artists, enrich this course through socio-cultural activities intended to provide a foundation for the exploration of contemporary Indigenous world views and cultural arts.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours and 3 Practicum/Lab hours
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 211 may not receive credit for this course.


DRAM 113.3: Technical Theatre II Stage Properties

Introduction to the fundamentals of stage properties construction, materials and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the practical and aesthetic aspects of producing stage properties for theatre productions. There is a requirement of a minimum of 25 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours


DRAM 118.3: Acting 1

The essentials of acting through the exploration of body, voice, idea, and imagination.

Weekly hours: 1 Lecture hours and 2 Practicum/Lab hours
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 116 may not take DRAM 118 for credit.


DRAM 119.3: Acting II

Fundamentals introduced in Acting 1 will be applied to the process of interpreting the dramatic text.

Weekly hours: 1 Lecture hours and 2 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 116 or 118.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 117 may not take DRAM 119 for credit.


DRAM 121.3: Directing for the Non Specialist

A practical and theoretical course for those interested in directing plays for amateur bodies such as schools and community groups. The directing process will be explored in terms of script analysis, script scoring, audition methods, coaching techniques, the development of rehearsal schedules, and the design of floor plans and blocking.

Weekly hours: 1 Lecture hours and 2 Practicum/Lab hours
Note: Normally offered only in Spring and Summer Session. Open to drama majors as an elective only under Requirement 7 of Program Type D.


DRAM 203.3: History of Theatre from 600 BCE to 1850 CE

History of theatre, dominantly in the Western tradition, from antiquity through to the Romantic revolt and the beginnings of realism. The evolution of theatrical production (acting, production, theatre architecture) will be emphasized, with assigned plays being examined largely within the context of the production and performance dynamics of their period.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 201 may not take DRAM 203 for credit.


DRAM 204.3: History of Theatre from 1850 to Present

History of theatre, dominantly in the Western tradition, from the rise of the modern theatre to the present day. Evolution of theatrical production (acting, directing, production, theatre architecture) will be emphasized, with assigned plays being examined largely within the context of the production and performance dynamics of their period.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 202 may not take DRAM 204 for credit.


DRAM 210.3: Technical Theatre III Costume Construction

A study of the craft and art of the theatre costumer. Emphasizes the practical and aesthetic aspects of producing costumes for the stage. There is a requirement of 50 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 3 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 110 or 113.


DRAM 213.3: Technical Theatre IV Stage Management

Introduction to the fundamentals of the craft and art of stage lighting, sound production, and theatre stage management. There is a requirement of a minimum of 50 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 3 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 110 or 113.


DRAM 218.3: Acting III

The exploration of character in acting.

Weekly hours: 1 Lecture hours and 3 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 117 or 119.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 216 may not take DRAM 218 for credit.


DRAM 219.3: Acting IV Scene Study and Textual Analysis for the Stage

A practical exploration of the table work process of script analysis, supplying the keys to creating a dramatic character. Students will learn how to analyze and interpret the text, while continuing to develop and hone their own creative imagination and impulses.

Weekly hours: 4 Lecture hours and 2 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 217.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 216 or 218.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 217 may not take DRAM 219 for credit.


DRAM 220.3: Theatre Design I Introduction

Introduction to the technical and aesthetic skills and methods required of the theatre designer. Special consideration will be given to the development of skills required to communicate with fellow theatre practitioners, directors, designers and technicians in the visual medium.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 4 Practicum/Lab hours
Permission of the instructor required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 110, 113.


DRAM 221.3: Theatre Design II Introduction

An exploration of the role of the theatre designer in the areas of setting, costumes and lighting. Special consideration will be given to the development of skills required to communicate with fellow theatre practitioners, directors, designers and technicians in the visual medium. An application of the technical skills learned in DRAM 220.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 4 Practicum/Lab hours
Permission of the instructor required.
Prerequisite(s):DRAM 220.


DRAM 231.3: Introduction to Indigenous Playwriting

The purpose of this course is to learn the basics of dramatic writing, with a focus on writing for the stage. The course is intended for students with little to no previous University-level writing experience, but who have an intense interest in theatre. The specific dramaturgical approach employed in the course focuses on the actor/character relationship to text, where the actor is always the first audience of any script. In that the actor is ultimately responsible for interpreting the text (through performance to the audience), it is the playwright's goal to create a script that both challenges and engages the actor. The craft of writing plays is explored through exercises and class discussion, and the course focuses on First Nations and Métis cultural concerns.

Weekly hours: 3 Practicum/Lab hours and 1 Tutorial hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 118 or 3 credit units 100-level ENG


DRAM 236.3: Stage Combat

The principles and techniques used to successfully achieve the illusion of physical conflict for the stage will be examined. Classical sword fighting and unarmed combat will be learned in the context of choreography. Actor safety, effective blocking, believable energy transfer and the analysis of physical motion will be examined.

Weekly hours: 3 Practicum/Lab hours and 1 Tutorial hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 116 or 118.


DRAM 285.3: Theatre Studies in London

A study abroad course in drama and theatre history in London, England.

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units of university-level course work, including at least 6 credit units in Drama and/or English. Costs in addition to tuition will apply to this course. Please contact the department for details.


DRAM 286.3: Studies in Theatre Centres

A study abroad course in Drama with a dual emphasis on theatre history and practical elements pertaining to the making of theatre (direction, acting, design, playwriting) in recognized theatre centres in North America and abroad.

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units of university level course work, including at least 6 credit units in Drama and/or English.
Note: This course is offered in a location other than Saskatoon. Costs in addition to tuition will apply to this course. Please contact the department for details.


DRAM 298.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


DRAM 299.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


DRAM 303.3: Advanced Studies in Theatre History I 600 BCE to 1850 CE

Intended for students who have acquired some background in the theatre from 600 BCE to 1850 CE. The course will involve more intensive study of the aesthetic, literary and production/performance aspects of the theatre of the past, integrating theoretical and practical approaches to the material.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 203 or permission of the department.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 201 may not take DRAM 303 for credit.


DRAM 304.3: Advanced Studies in Theatre History II 1850 to Present

Intended for students who have acquired some background in the theatre from 1850 to the present. The course will involve a more intensive study of the aesthetic, literary and production/performance aspects of the theatre of the contemporary period, integrating theoretical and practical approaches to the material.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 204 or 209 or the permission of the department.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 202 may not take DRAM 304 for credit.


DRAM 309.3: Theories of Acting and Directing

Acting and directing theory from the Enlightenment to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the evolving role of the director and actor, as conceived of by important theoretician/practitioners, and on the influence of accelerating technology and changing trends in social, political, psychological and cultural thought.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 209 may not take DRAM 309 for credit.


DRAM 318.3: Acting V

A course in acting styles. Scene study and exercises in various periods and genres, which may include Greek theatre, medieval theatre, Elizabethan theatre, comedy of manners, farce, absurdist, and epic theatre.

Weekly hours: 6 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 316
Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and an audition.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 316 may not take DRAM 318 for credit.


DRAM 319.3: Acting VI

Studio productions that focus on the acting demands of a specific period, genre, or style. The course will be an introduction to the concept of the ensemble as well as rehearsal and performance strategies.

Weekly hours: 6 Lecture hours
Formerly: DRAM 317.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 318.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 317 may not take DRAM 319 for credit.


DRAM 320.3: Theatre Design III Intermediate

Further development of the theatre designer in the areas of costume, lighting and set design. Continued exploration of design aesthetics in theoretical design projects. Focus is on individual "paper projects" involving the complete planning and execution of projects in costume, sets and lighting.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 4 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 221 and permission of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 314 may not take DRAM 320 for credit.


DRAM 321.3: Theatre Design IV Intermediate

Continued exploration and identification of concepts and methods as they relate to costume, set and lighting design. Focus on continued exploration of the theatre design process and the continued improvement of technical and aesthetic skills. Course may involve a design project that relates to a departmental production.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 4 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 320.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 314 may not take DRAM 321 for credit.


DRAM 330.3: Physical Theatre I Clown

Neutral mask and clown: studies in physical theatre. The first half will consist of the student's discovery of neutral expression and expressiveness through the use of neutral mask. The second half will allow the student to develop the personal clown.

Weekly hours: 6 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and 318.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 327 may not take DRAM 330 for credit.


DRAM 331.6: Playwriting

The craft of writing plays, explored through exercises and class discussions.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): At least 12 credit units in Drama and 12 credit units in English.


DRAM 362.3: Voice and Speech for the Actor I

Development of the student's vocal technique and awareness of the vocal process through exercises in relaxation, body alignment, support of tone and placement of sound. Emphasis on freeing the vocal apparatus of tension.

Weekly hours: 4.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 364.
Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and an audition.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 364 may not take DRAM 362 for credit.


DRAM 363.3: Voice and Speech for the Actor II

Further development of the student's vocal and speech technique and heightened awareness of the vocal process through increasingly subtle exercises in relaxation, body alignment, support of tone and placement of sound. Extension of range and control of pitch. The voice as a communicative instrument, and the beginning of its technical control through the speaking of prose and poetry.

Weekly hours: 4.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 364.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 362.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 364 may not take DRAM 363 for credit.


DRAM 366.3: Fundamentals of Movement I

The student will address the building blocks in consciously linking their mind and body through the fundamentals of breath, dynamic connectivity, inner/outer experience, function/expressivity, mobility/stability and exertion/recuperation.

Weekly hours: 4.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 365.
Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and an audition.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 365 may not take DRAM 366 for credit.


DRAM 367.3: Fundamentals of Movement II

Will address physical styles exploring Greek Chorus through to Victorian Era. Latter half of the course will address more abstract concepts of physical exploration addressing time, weight and space.

Weekly hours: 4.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 365.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and 366.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 365 may not take DRAM 367 for credit.


DRAM 398.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


DRAM 399.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


DRAM 401.3: Dramatic Theory and Criticism

An examination of significant theories of major critics, theorists and writers of the theatre from ancient to modern.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): At least 12 credit units in English.


DRAM 402.3: Studies in Canadian Theatre

An examination of dominant trends in Canadian theatre practice.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): At least 12 credit units in English.


DRAM 418.3: Acting VII

A laboratory course to assist in the preparation for transition into the professional world. The course will focus on solo rehearsal, audition and performance techniques for the stage. Special concentration will also encompass the technical demands of acting for the media.

Weekly hours: 6 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 317 or 319.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 415 or 416 may not take DRAM 418 for credit.


DRAM 419.3: Acting VIII

Final studio production(s) that further explore(s) the acting demands of a text from the classical repertoire. The course will strengthen the concept of the ensemble as well as rehearsal and performance strategies.

Weekly hours: 6 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 317 or 319.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 415 or 417 may not take DRAM 419 for credit.


DRAM 420.3: Theatre Design V Advanced

An advanced study of set, costume and lighting design. Emphasis will be placed on the student's growing independence as a practicing theatre designer.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 4 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 321 and approval of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 414 may not take DRAM 420 for credit.


DRAM 421.3: Theatre Design VI Advanced

An advanced study of set, costume and lighting design as it relates to practical application. The student will be assigned a design project that relates to a departmental production.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 4 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 420.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 414 may not take DRAM 421 for credit.


DRAM 462.3: Voice and Speech for the Actor III

Specialized problems for the vocal professional will be addressed: physical characterizations and their effect on voice and speech; rehearsal and extreme performance demands (shouting, crying, laughing), keeping the vocal performance fresh; vocal coaching in support of performances for acting class projects and/or performances for Greystone productions.

Weekly hours: 4.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 464.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 363.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 464 may not take DRAM 462 for credit.


DRAM 463.3: Voice and Speech for the Actor IV

Specialized problems for the vocal professional will be addressed, focusing on dialects and cold readings. Vocal hygiene and vocal coaching in support of performances for acting class projects and/or performances for Greystone productions.

Weekly hours: 4.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 464.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 462.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 464 may not take DRAM 463 for credit.


DRAM 466.3: Expressive Movement III

Consolidates the training given in DRAM 367 with an emphasis on linking fundamental movement with expressive movement. The course will assist an actor in the facilitation of a clear emotional journey through the physical, linking the external and internal life of an actor's craft.

Weekly hours: 4.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 465.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219, 367.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 465 may not take DRAM 466 for credit.


DRAM 467.3: Expressive Movement IV

The emphasis of this module is to introduce expressive gesture/movement and the Viewpoints method with an emphasis towards devised physical theatre. The projects will entail individual and group process.

Weekly hours: 4.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: DRAM 465.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 466.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 465 may not take DRAM 467 for credit.


DRAM 474.6: Internship in Professional Theatre

This internship offers students an opportunity to apply and develop their theatre training through an artistic placement with a professional theatre company. When placements are available, the department facilitates matching students with a host theatre where they will be mentored by theatre professionals while being integrated into the process of mounting a production. Work experience could be assigned in the disciplines of: acting, directing, design (costumes, set, props, lighting), set construction, stage combat, stage management, front-of-house management, scriptwriting or dramaturgy. The experience and progress throughout the engagement will be monitored by the assigned professional mentor and a faculty advisor. Terms are a minimum of 6 weeks. Students will be given the opportunity to apply for internship opportunities as they become available, and placements will be made on the basis of an adjudication/interview.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 419 or DRAM 421; and permission from the department. Relevant experience in at least one Greystone Theatre production is required.
Note(s): This course may be taken more than once for credit if the assignment or the host theatre is substantially different. Consult with the department for details. Depending on the location of the host theatre, the student may be required to relocate. The student is responsible for all relocation costs. Participation in this course is in essence a professional engagement, and withdrawal from the production will create serious consequences for the host company. Students who withdraw from the course after the Deadline for Registration Changes will forfeit any tuition refund. If the host theatre has just cause to release the intern before completion of the placement, the student will receive a failing grade, based on their work to that point. Such students are not eligible for any tuition refund. Students will be required to sign an Intent to Participate form at the start of the course, outlining their responsibilities and what may constitute just cause for dismissal.


DRAM 477.0: Work Experience in Professional Theatre

This internship offers students an opportunity to apply and develop their theatre training through an artistic placement with a professional theatre company. When placements are available, the department facilitates matching students with a host theatre where they will be mentored by theatre professionals while being integrated into the process of mounting a production. Work experience could be assigned in the disciplines of: acting, directing, design (costumes, set, props, lighting), set construction, stage combat, stage management, front-of-house management, scriptwriting or dramaturgy. The experience and progress throughout the engagement will be monitored by the assigned professional mentor and a faculty advisor. Terms are a minimum of 6 weeks. Students will be given the opportunity to apply for internship opportunities as they become available, and placements will be made on the basis of an adjudication/interview.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 419 or DRAM 421; and permission from the department. Relevant experience in at least one Greystone Theatre production is required.
Note: This course may be taken more than once for credit if the assignment or the host theatre is substantially different. Consult with the department for details. Depending on the location of the host theatre, the student may be required to relocate. The student is responsible for all relocation costs. Participation in this course is in essence a professional engagement, and withdrawal from the production will create serious consequences for the host company. If the host theatre has just cause to release the intern before completion of the placement, the student will receive a failing grade, based on their work to that point. Such students are not eligible for any tuition refund. Students will be required to sign an Intent to Participate form at the start of the course, outlining their responsibilities and what may constitute just cause for dismissal.


DRAM 490.3: Topics in Playwriting II

This course is designed for students who are experienced writers, and who wish to learn how to write for the stage. The course is modeled on professional playwriting norms and industry standards. Successful completion of the course will prepare the student for the rigorous cycle of script writing, revision, work with dramaturgs, and professional artistic directors and professional actors.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units in DRAM and 12 credit units in English
Note: Students cannot take DRAM 490 if they have already taken INCC 498.3 ("Special Topics in Playwriting"). Students that have completed DRAM 331 may take DRAM 490, with permission of the Department. Permission of the instructor is required. Permission will be granted to students, who are not in Drama, who can demonstrate significant playwriting experience (via script or other appropriate writing sample(s)).


DRAM 498.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


DRAM 499.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


DRAM 898: Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.


DRAM 899: Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.


DRAM 990: Seminar


DRAM 994: Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course.