Studio Topics Courses (Group B)

Please read the following carefully:

  • Students who are eligible for DRM300Y1 can sign up for any TWO of the following Special Topics courses: DRM368H, DRM375H and DRM378H.
  • Space is currently limited to 18 spots per class, so register yourself early on Acorn.
  • Students applying for DRM403Y1 will need 0.5 FCE of these Studio Topics courses and DRM300Y1 and DRM230Y/DRM220Y; Minimum grades of 70% in each to qualify for an audition.

On August 3, 2019, the priority period opens up allowing:

  • Students in their 4th or 5th year, who have already completed DRM300Y1, will also be eligible to sign up if there is still space available.

Special Topics Course Descriptions 2019-2020
 

DRM368H1 S Devised Theatre

Devising a performance is a fundamental skill required of the contemporary theatre artist. Devising has no codified set of rules, yet many unwritten expectations. As a member of this class, you have joined an ensemble, inhabiting the roles of actor, director, designer, writer, and dramaturg.

During the course, you will: improve your ability to mine your imagination; learn to generate material based on non-theatrical texts; work in an ensemble; explore autobiography; study recent practices in site-specific, immersive and cross-disciplinary theatre; and apply these practices to your work. Students will create short performance studies during the term, and at the end of the year, will culminate with a site-specific presentation.

Prerequisite: Minimum 70% in the following: DRM100Y1/DRM101Y1/UNI102Y1; DRM200Y1 or permission of the Centre.
Co or Pre-requisite: DRM300Y1
Recommended Preparation: DRM220Y1/DRM230Y1
S term: Tuesdays, 10am–1pm

DRM375H1 F - Voice, Character and Dialect

This practical course explores how to learn a dialect and how to do “character voices”. It will focus on how to listen to the key elements in a dialect, how to practice effectively and how to master a dialect, so that you can get on with acting. In addition, the term “character voices” refers to any character’s vocal traits that are significantly different from your own. In this course, we will explore what these traits (pitch, tone, speed of speaking, complexity of syntax, use of idiom, etc.) reveal about a character and how actors can use this knowledge to enrich their portrayal of the character.

Prerequisite: Minimum 70% in the following: DRM100Y1/DRM101Y1/UNI102Y1; DRM200Y1 or permission of the Centre.
Co or Pre-requisite: DRM300Y1
Recommended Preparation: DRM220Y1/DRM230Y1
F Term: Thursdays, 2pm–5pm
CAP 18

DRM378H1 F Somatics and Movement

Somatics is defined as the study of the body as perceived from within. Somatics and Movement invites students to expand that view, exploring inner, embodied experience as the basis of knowing, thinking and learning. Combining theory and practice, experience and reflection, students will evaluate somatic modalities, which are currently available, situate somatic practices historically, and take ownership of their own somatic work.

Students will explore the history of Somatics as it is now practiced in Europe and North America, originating in European performance and gymnastics traditions. The readings will include fiction and poetry to provide insights on embodied experience across cultures. The practical component of the course will consist of lessons based on the Feldenkrais Method, which promotes awareness of relationships between parts of the body and their functions (such as head/pelvis, or breathing/balance), and provides the foundation for healthy, empowered and sustainable performance in movement, voice, athletics and dance.

Prerequisite: Minimum 70% in the following: DRM100Y1/DRM101Y1/UNI102Y1; DRM200Y1 or permission of the Centre.
Co or Pre-requisite: DRM300Y1
Recommended Preparation: DRM220Y1/DRM230Y1
F term: Tuesdays, 2pm–5pm
CAP 18