Why Study Drama at SMC?
When you study drama, you’re actively participating in an experiential mode of learning that blends intellectual and emotional experience and offers a unique means of enquiry that contributes to knowing and understanding yourself and the world. Drama is the making and communicating of meaning involving performers and audiences, engaging in a suspension of disbelief. It provides a medium for personal exploration, social criticism, celebration and entertainment.
Drama provides students with a range of skills transferable to a variety of pathways. Now and in the future, drama supports workers who are innovative thinkers, adept communicators and excellent team players.
- We serve freshmen and sophomores exclusively, so there’s no waiting for the best parts!
- The SMC Players are a family of close-knit, supportive students. You’ll find your tribe as soon as you enter SMC!
- Your drama course credits transfer to over 200 colleges and universities.
- We have top-notch theatre facilities, including one of the largest stages in the region, dressing rooms, green rooms and one of the Upstate region’s only on-site set shops.
Kent Newberry, Executive Director of SMC Theatre Productions & Professor of Drama and Speech
Ellis Building, Office 109
Drama Course Descriptions
AA in Fine Arts Degree Requirements
DRAM-101: DRAMA APPRECIATION. (3 hours) Survey of the general function of theater as art, developing a basis for understanding, evaluating, and criticizing drama. This course includes units on such topics as theater history, acting, make-up, set construction, stage lighting, and play analysis.
DRAM-102: INTRODUCTION TO ACTING. (3 hours) Introduction to fundamentals of acting methods, styles, development of techniques and practices of acting. Speech and movement training included.
DRAM-111: DRAMA WORKSHOP I. (1 hour) Participation in the production of a play, either as actor or crew member.
DRAM-112: DRAMA WORKSHOP II. (1 hour) Continuation of Drama Workshop I.
DRAM-113: DRAMA WORKSHOP III. (1 hour) Continuation of Drama Workshop II.
DRAM-114: DRAMA WORKSHOP IV. (1 hour) Continuation of Drama Workshop III.
DRAM-202: ORAL INTERPRETATION. (3 hours) Exploration of the art of oral interpretation of literature, while training to communicate the world of literature to an audience.