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Instructor Contact Information
  DRAM105 - Introduction To Dramatic Arts
  Mode of Delivery:  Fully Online
  (Fully Online = All class meetings are conducted online with no on-campus instruction or exams)

Dr. Katie Rodda
Professor, Dramatic Arts
San Diego City College
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101


Textbook and Course Material Requirements


Theatre: Brief, Eleventh Edition by Robert Cohen and Donovan Sherman

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Richard II by William Shakespeare

Tickets to two or more live plays

It is highly recommended that you use the 11th edition of the textbook; there is a copy on reserve in the City College library. It is also available for download at It is not recommended that you use any edition older than the 10th edition.

See District Online Schedule for official list of required and optional textbooks and materials for this class.
Purchase Textbooks Online at the SDCCD Online Bookstore

Hardware and Software Requirements

Hardware and Software:
To successfully complete this online course, you will be required to meet the minimum hardware and software requirements. View Hardware and Software Requirements.

Internet Browser:
You must use a supported Internet browser in order to successfully work in Blackboard, the online course management system for this course. To see a list of supported Internet browsers, click here.

Course Description


This survey course introduces fundamental practices and creative processes in the dramatic arts. Through experimentation and examination, students gain greater insight and appreciation of the dramatic arts as an agent of change that is vital to the humanities. Aspects of theatre production and collaboration are covered through lecture, group discussion, and participation. This course is designed for dramatic arts majors and all students interested in the dramatic arts. 

Course Objectives

 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

1.     Analyze selected plays from Greek, Elizabethan and modern theater.

2.     Evaluate a script in terms of the playwright’s use of language, plot and character development.

3.     Attend a live theatre production and articulate, in writing, various aspects of the experience.

4.     Explain the concept of theatre as “removing the fourth wall,” and define fiction, illusion, and space as they refer to the theatre.

5.     Describe the roles of the chorus, the actor, and the audience in Greek theatre, as well as those of the playwright, the actor, and the audience in the Elizabethan theatre.

6.     Identify and describe the following forms of theatrical writing and production: drama (including tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy, melodrama and farce), adaptation, epic, and absurdist.

7.     Compare and contrast the proscenium theatre with modern theatre forms such as those found in alternative theatre spaces and environmental and transcultural theatre.

8.     Describe the duties of theatre practitioners such as the director, designers and producers.

9.     Define external techniques and internal belief and explain how actors use them to prepare for a role in a play.

Application and Registration Information


  1. Complete Online Application (for new SDCCD students). Go to Student Web Services
  2. Receive registration appointment and instructions by email or mail.
  3. Register online at the Reg-e, our online registration system.
  4. Make sure that you pay your tuition so that you don't lose your registration!   Fees and Tuition Information.
  5. Order textbooks online. Visit our online bookstore.
  6. After completion of registration on Reg-e, and several days prior to the start of the semester, you will receive an email with course login instructions. If you don't receive an email please go to and login on the first day of class as follows:

    Type your Blackboard Username = 7-digit College Student Identification (CSID) number
    Type your Password =  mmddyyyy (your birthdate with no hyphens, slashes, or spaces)

    For example:  1010101 (CSID number used at registration)
                           06231980 (password for the birthdate June 23, 1980 )
  7. If this course is closed, please login to Reg-e to be placed on a waitlist. If the waitlist is full, you will not be able to add your name to the waitlist.

You will not be able to login to your online course until the first day of the semester!!!
You must login to your online course on the first day of the session to avoid your enrollment being dropped.
Follow the login instructions at

Additional Information

 It is highly recommended that you have your books, at least the textbook, by the first day of class. I know it is expensive, but if you wait on this, or have a delay with its delivery, you will be behind. This is an 8 week class, and things move quickly.

If you're local, please feel free to use the copy of that is on reserve at the LRC on the City College campus.

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