Courses in drama at UCSC emphasize the interrelationship between drama and other arts, not only the Theater Arts fields of design, dance, and film/video but literature, music, studio art, and art history.
We believe that a broad intellectual and artistic base will enable students to both work in the theater at various levels and to continue their studies. Productions and courses are coordinated to complement one another.
All Theater Arts majors are required to take the THEA 61 series. These three courses introduce students to issues and methods in analyzing historical and contemporary performance practices from a variety of disciplinary perspectives while reviewing the broad history of theater and performance. Readings contextualize theatrical objects as well as offer theoretical tools for analyzing, interpreting, and making performances out of them.
Studios in acting, directing, and playwriting focus on specific techniques to allow students to improve their skills and to provide an intellectual understanding of these areas of drama.