Fall 2022 Course Syllabus
Course: DRAM-1310 (Section: 3E, CRN: 92321)
Theater Appreciation
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Instructor Information
Instructor Dr. Zachary Dailey
Email daileyze@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6331
Office Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 155
Office Hours T/R 10:30AM - 3:30PM
Additional Contact Information
Course Information
Description Survey of theater including its history, dramatic works, stage techniques, production procedures and relation to other art forms. Participation in productions may be required. Emphasis on observation and appreciation of various types and styles of plays, knowledge of the functions of the personnel and other elements of theatre production including its history, dramatic works, stage techniques, production procedures and its relation to the fine arts.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Introduction to Theatre: A Direct Approach, Laurie J. Wolf, Xlibris, 2012. ISBN: 1479729442
Additional Materials/Resources None.
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
  • Analyze theater through written responses to play texts and/or live performance.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of theater history and dramatic works.
  • Describe the collaborative nature of theater arts.
  • Demonstrate the relationship of the arts to everyday life as well as broader historical and social contexts
Core Objectives
* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Lecture Topics Outline What is Theatre? 

Who Makes Theatre?
The Actor
The Director
The Designer
The Playwright

Script Analysis

Selected Theatre History
American Realism
Brecht & Epic Theatre

Theatre Today
Theatre of Diversity
Contemporary Playwrights
Major Assignments Schedule DRAM_1310_3E_202290_P00352515.pdf
Final Exam Date December 8, 2022 - 8:0 AM   Through  December 8, 2022 - 9:30 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Assignment Weighting
Short Writing Assignments………………………20%
Play Critique ……………………………………… 5%
Exams  …………………………………………… 20%
Design Project …………………………………….15%
Attendance/Participation ………………………...25%
Total ……………………………………………. 100%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies FERPA: Due to FERPA laws which protect your own privacy, I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person, either during my scheduled office hours or by appointment.

Late Work: A written assignment turned in late will be penalized one complete letter grade for each class day it is late, meaning if you earned a “B” on an assignment, and it is one day late, you will receive a “C” on that assignment. I will not accept late work via Email.
Attendance Policy Since timelines and presence are crucial to excellence in the performing arts, the LSCPA Drama Program has adopted the following attendance policy for Early College High School Courses: Any Unexcused Tardies and Absences WILL affect your grades. The “Attendance” tool in Blackboard will be used calculate a portion of your Participation grade for this course. As already mentioned, prompt attendance is necessary in theatre. If you are not present at the start of class, you will be marked ABSENT for the day. The same goes for leaving class early: you will be considered absent. It is your job to let the professor know. 
Additional Information Content Disclosure: Content in the arts can sometimes include works, situations, actions, and language that can be offensive to some students on the grounds of sexual explicitness, violence, or blasphemy. As these topics can be central to the texts about which we are learning, and our college is devoted to the principle of Academic Freedom, students who might feel unduly distressed or made uncomfortable by such expressions should speak privately with the instructor to determine the best course of action.
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520