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Drama

Undergraduate Program

Mission

The drama program is designed to foster both the ardent researcher and the experimental artist, creating well-rounded contributors and collaborators. In whatever role on the production staff or creative team, as performers, scholars, managers, and leaders, our students learn how to join together to tell both personal and global stories. Drama courses train scholar-artists who can work in theatre, film and other media, and many of our courses provide skills that apply on stage and screen.

Our faculty provides both careful mentorship and active involvement in the production season, as well as opportunities to assist or collaborate on outside professional projects. Faculty stay connected to our students well beyond graduation, helping to place them in internships, jobs, and careers.

Drama students often use their Tufts experience as a springboard into professional training and careers. Noteworthy alumni in theatre and film include Hank Azaria, Judy Bowman, David Costabile, Peter Gallagher, ML Geiger, Molly Glynn, William Hurt, Nick Jandl, Kristen Lee Kelly, James Nicola, Robert O'Hara, Joel Perez, and Oliver Platt.

In recent years, our undergraduates have gone on to exciting work in the professional theatre, including the Department of Cultural Affairs in New York City, starting their own theatre companies, launching their own casting agencies, working with theatrical agents such as Samuel French, performing at Playwrights Horizons, Cleveland Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, or at other theatres in cities across the United States. Others have pursued opportunities in film and television out in Los Angeles. Some of our drama students pursue advanced training after their time at Tufts. Over the past decade,, seniors have gained admission to prestigious graduate programs at the Yale School of Drama, Columbia University, the Juilliard School, NYU's Tisch School for the Arts, Northwestern University, and the Webber-Douglas Academy (London), among others.

While many of our undergraduate alumni have successful careers in some aspect of theatre, film or television, still others have made productive transitions to law, business, advertising, education, and many other fields.


Major in Drama

The major in drama provides a balanced mix of study and practice, understanding and process, thinking and doing. Students will enjoy the opportunity to take on a variety of roles in the production process, and to expand their knowledge of theatre history and dramatic literature.

Our program also provides useful skills for those planning to pursue graduate school or professional training or to work in a theatre arts specialization. Drama majors often complete double majors in combination with many other departments and programs.

The drama major consists of eleven course credits and related requirements, as follows:

  1. Five courses in history, literature, and/or theory of drama, three of which are required: DR 2 (Ancient and Medieval Theatre), DR 3 (Early Modern Theatre), and DR 4 (Modern and Postmodern Theatre). The other two courses are electives from an approved list.
  2. A theatre technology course chosen from the following offerings: DR 16 (Costume Technology), DR 17 (Theatre Technology), DR 20 (Stage Engineering), or DR 29 (Scene Painting).
  3. A design course chosen from the following offerings: DR 18 (Lighting Design), DR 125 (Scene Design), or DR 126 (Costume Design).
  4. Two course credits in acting/directing/movement or studio dance/voice (excluding DR 80).
  5. Two electives in the student's area of interest (at least one of which must be an upper-level course). A maximum of one course credit of DR 80 or 81 may be applied towards the major.
  6. A run crew (DR5) on a faculty-directed major production (ASM, light board operator, sound board operator, costume crew, deck crew).
  7. A prep crew (DR6) on a faculty-directed major production consisting of 30 hours of production prep work a given semester (not on a given show).
  8. We expect each Drama major to gain experience in the creative aspects of drama and/or dance through involvement in the department's production program. Graduation magna cum laude or summa cum laude with a drama major is contingent not only on scholastic achievement, but also on significant participation in productions.

By the time students complete a major in Drama they should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate both orally and in writing a basic knowledge of one area of theatrical design and technology.
  2. Collaborate effectively in the classroom, rehearsal, and production process, students should learn technical aspects of production through hands-on experience.
  3. Demonstrate both orally and in writing a broad knowledge of world theatre history and dramatic literature.
  4. Demonstrate both orally and in writing an understanding of theatre as an interpretive art.
  5. Engage in critical thinking and experiential learning projects that require students to articulate the connection between theatre and civic engagement in different eras, cultures and societies; articulate how theatre constructs gender, race, class, and environment in plays of varied eras and cultures.
  6. Collaborate effectively in the classroom, rehearsal, and production process, students should understand the individual and collective roles of a creative team; students should be able to implement organizational and problem-solving skills in the above contexts.

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Please note: We strongly recommend that students considering a drama major complete Drama 2, 3 or 4, the crew requirement, and an introductory-level course in either studio dance/acting or design/technology by the end of the sophomore year. This will allow greater flexibility in scheduling coursework and more opportunities for advanced-level production projects.

We also encourage students who plan to pursue professional training or graduate study to take more than the minimum number of course credits, especially in their area of specialization.


Minor in Drama

Drama Minor:
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The drama minor consists of a minimum of five courses taken in the department: two in literature/history (including either Drama 2, 3 or 4) and three other courses selected in a plan approved by the designated minor advisor. Drama minors have the option of choosing an emphasis in acting, directing, design, technical theatre or theatre studies. Drama minors also are required to serve on either one run crew (DR 5) or one prep crew (DR 6) for a departmental major production. We also offer a Minor in Dance. For questions about the minors in Drama or Dance, contact dramadance@tufts.edu.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Multimedia Arts
The interdisciplinary minor in multimedia arts is offered by the Departments of Art and Art History, Drama and Dance, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Music. Please see Multimedia Arts for more information.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Film Studies
Please see Communications and Media Studies for more information.

Admissions
The application process does not require an audition or interview; tapes and portfolios are not accepted. On a visit to the campus, you are welcome to observe Drama and Dance classes and meet with a faculty member. Arrangements should be made in advance through the Department Office, by calling 617.627.3524, or you can email the Department Administrator. Please see the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

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