DRAMATURGY - 2019/0
Module code: THE3024
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.
Guildford School of Acting
WAGNER MD Dr (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: W440
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
What is dramaturgy? (histories, contexts, concepts)
Modes of analysis -- dramaturgical approaches to:
What is a dramaturg? (the function and labours of a dramaturg in production)
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
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.
- 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
|1||Demonstrate an understanding of core concepts and definitions of dramaturgy||KT|
|2||Analyse performance work (in text and on stage) dramaturgically||KCP|
|3||Produce dramaturgical outputs for performance production (such as annotated script(s), casebook(s), or research packages)||KCP|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Seminar Hours: 22
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:
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for DRAMATURGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/the3024
Programmes this module appears in
|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|
|Dance 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||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Digital Media Arts with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)||2||Optional||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 2019/0 academic year.