DRAMATURGY - 2017/8

Module code: THE3024

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WAGNER MD Dr (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

W440

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DRAMATURGICAL CASEBOOK 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

This module introduces students to current debates in and practices of dramaturgy for the theatre. The module provides an historical and conceptual overview of dramaturgy as both an approach to theatre and performance (and dramatic text(s) in particular) as well as a specific set of practical labours embedded in stage craft.   The module allows students to critically interrogate the role and function of dramaturgy in contemporary theatre making through readings, viewings, seminar discussions, and practical experience. 

Module aims

Familiarize students with key concepts, questions, and debates surrounding dramaturgy in contemporary theatre

Introduce students to dramaturgical trends across select theatrical conventions

Provide students with practical experience in working as a dramaturg

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate an understanding of core concepts and definitions of dramaturgy KT
Analyse performance work (in text and on stage) dramaturgically KCP
Produce dramaturgical outputs for performance production (such as annotated script(s), casebook(s), or research packages) KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


What is dramaturgy? (histories, contexts, concepts)
Modes of analysis -- dramaturgical approaches to:
Theatrical Convention
Text
Acting
Design
Direction
What is a dramaturg? (the function and labours of a dramaturg in production)

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with a core understanding of dramaturgy as an approach to theatre and performance and as a set of specific labours; to these ends, the module mixes classroom/seminar discussion with rehearsal room work, attaching students to varying productions across the University (or, where possible and approved by the module convenor, outside of the campus).

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures
Seminar/Discussion
Case studies
Perfomrance attendance


Studio/rehearsal work

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of dramaturgy as a way of thinking about theatre and performance and as a specific job in the process of theatre and performance making. 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module is a dramaturgical casebook, to be developed from and used in performance practice, and to include a reflective essay which speaks to the student’s own process of learning and practices in developing the casebook.

The casebook is highly individualized project – its form and content are dictated by both the individual dramaturg and the production s/he is working on.  For pedagogical purposes, however, a rough format/outline for the casebook (borrowed from current practitioners/teachers of dramaturgy) will be used and adapted (as appropriate) in this module.  This format stipulates that the casebook should include:


A communique to the director/devisor(s) of the production
A selection of research (both textual and imagistic) relating to the production
A selected performance history of the play at hand (or, if the production is new/devised work, or otherwise previously un-produced, the performance history might take the shape of an overview of relevant styles or conventions of theatre).


The casebook should also include a reflective statement/essay on the student’s process and practice; this should constitute roughly a quarter of the casebook. 

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive feedback in classes and tutorials prior to the assessments being due, and classroom sessions in the latter part of the semester will be devoted to helping students function appropriately in the rehearsal room and develop their casebook.  This will include the submission of a plan or outline for the final (summative) casebook.

Reading list

Reading list for DRAMATURGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/the3024

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media Studies with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Film Studies BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.