Photo: Antje Budde
DRM331 Dramaturgy 1/ Fall 2020
Instructor: Professor Antje Budde
TA: Julija Pešić M.A. (doctoral candidate)
Time: Wednesday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Location: Online/ Zoom/ synchronous
This course introduces foundational knowledge of dramaturgical theory, history and concepts of the creative praxis of dramaturgy in theatre and performance. Using examples from Canada and beyond, students apply this knowledge to practical exercises that help- through experiential and experimental learning - to develop the intellectual awareness, craft and critical skillset of a contemporary dramaturg as is supportive of actors, writers, designers, directors and multi-disciplinary creative collaborators.
Possible learning outcomes for this course
Develop a historical, theoretical, cross-cultural and practical foundational understanding of the creative praxis of dramaturgy
Develop basic skills in dramaturgical work in the following areas:
Structural and contextual play and performance analysis
Audience perception and communication (produce a contextual portfolio for a possible theatre company or collective)
Artistic creation-specific dramaturgical research (produce a contextual portfolio for a possible production of a play or devised project)
Collaborative web-based multi-media portfolios (using writing, visuals/video/photo, and podcast materials)
Project collaboration skills and ethics of professionalization
Teaching Assistant Julija Pešić
Screenshot: Antje Budde
In my courses, students explore divers ways of doing, thinking and feeling while focusing on a particular problem at hand. In this course the focus is on major modes of (re)presentation and contemporary dramaturgy as discussed in drama, theatre and performance studies in theory, history and literary texts. Students’ cultural, linguistic, philosophical and practical level of operation, ideological and cultural beliefs and individual identities can differ significantly from each other. With this in mind, my courses employ the following principles that all students are required to adopt:
1. Respect (for people, labour, time and space)
Lateness (for class or project submission); carelessness in the use of technology and spaces; intolerance towards students perceived as other than oneself; not crediting others for their ideas or support, are all considered as lacking respect.
Be reliable and show professional standards in commitments made to others. Don’t waste people’s time by making them wait or letting them down.
Generously share ideas/insights, offer support and encourage your fellow students in their trial-and-error explorations. Nobody is perfect. Everybody is learning.
Properly credit those who helped, supported and inspired you (this also includes proper citation of reading and other sources used for course work). Do not engage in any form of plagiarism
Refrain from competitive, entitled and egotistic behaviour. Such behaviour is not welcome in my courses.
The instructor will offer to document student works (using video, photo, sound recordings and/or written documentation like slides, texts, web-based materials) and will use the documentation materials for research presentations and teaching documentations on her website and for conferences or departmental PR contributions. This will only happen, if students sign a media waiver, explicitly agreeing to such use of their course work.