Drama at ESA

A Doll's House Cast

ESA Drama offers students extensive training in character development, voice and movement. Through the study of theatre history and plays from a variety of cultures and genres, students investigate the world around them and work towards a greater understanding of themselves and others. Using the most current theatre practices and techniques, students pursue the crafts of acting and directing to transform diverse stories into compelling theatre.

Course Descriptions

The courses in this section have been developed:

  • to give students who demonstrate aptitude in dance, drama, film, music, music theatre or the visual arts an opportunity to develop such talent as part of their education
  • to equip students to evaluate and handle the fundamental discipline in their elected arts field
  • to develop in artistically-inclined students the ability to understand and use their arts specialty as a living language
  • to prepare students for continued study in the arts at the post-secondary level
  • to help students develop the necessary skills to become proficient performers and artists

ADA 1O1 DRAMATIC ARTS
This course emphasizes the active exploration of dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Students will construct, discuss, perform and analyze drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.

ADD 1O1 DRAMATIC ARTS PRODUCTION
This course runs concurrently with ADA 1O1 Dramatic Arts. It focuses on the various aspects of performance and presentation of the dramatic material studied in ADA 1O1 Dramatic Arts.

ADC 1O1 DRAMATIC ARTS ELECTIVE
This introductory course provides non-drama majors an opportunity to explore dramatic forms and techniques. The course will focus on a variety of improvisational activities, as well as voice and movement exercises, to help students develop an understanding of themselves and the art of drama. It will also emphasize the importance of artistic involvement in the community.

ADA 2O1 DRAMATIC ARTS
This course requires students to actively explore dramatic forms and techniques, using their own ideas and concerns as well as sources selected from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Student learning will include identifying and using the principles of space, time, voice, and movement in creating, sustaining, and communicating authentic roles within a drama. Students will assume responsibility for decisions made in the creation and presentation of the drama, and will analyze and reflect on the experience.

ADD 2O1 DRAMATIC ARTS PRODUCTION
This course runs concurrently with ADA 2O1 Dramatic Arts. It focuses on the various aspects of performance and presentation of the dramatic material studied in ADA 2O1 Dramatic Arts.

ADA 3M1 DRAMATIC ARTS
This course requires students to put together and perform dramatic presentations that deal with a variety of issues from the past and present. Students will analyze, interpret, and perform works of drama from various cultures, including Western plays from around 1900. Students will also research different acting styles and conventions for their presentations, create original works, and analyze the functions of playwright, director, actor, technician, and audience.

ADD 3M1 DRAMATIC ARTS PRODUCTION
This course runs concurrently with ADA 3M1 Dramatic Arts. It focuses on the various aspects of performance and presentation of the dramatic material studied in ADA 3M1 Dramatic Arts.

ADA 4M1 DRAMATIC ARTS
This course requires students to experiment with forms and conventions in dramatic literature, and to create, script, and present original and adapted works. Students will do research on dramatic forms, conventions, themes, and theories of acting and directing from different historical periods, and apply their knowledge of these in interpreting dramatic literature, including Canadian works and works from various cultures in the late twentieth century. Students will also examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures.

ADD 4M1 DRAMATIC ARTS PRODUCTION
This course runs concurrently with ADA 4M1 Dramatic Arts. It focuses on the various aspects of performance and presentation of the dramatic material studied in ADA 4M1 Dramatic Arts.

ADG3/4M1  ACTING FOR CAMERA ELECTIVE
This course is open to all students regardless of his/her major.  The course explores the fundamentals of the audition, television set shoot and film set shoot.  Students will learn the craft of acting for the camera through the examination and study of best practices from Canada, the United States and Great Britain.  As well, selected guest speakers in the industry will provide insight and context.  Students will gain practical experience in front of the camera using current sides (scripts) from popular television programs and films.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the audition?
The audition is one hour and 15 minutes in total.  This will include:

  • a five minute interview with a member of the admissions committee
  • a presentation of one memorized monologue
  • an improvisation
  • a written response
  • a 25 minute group team work activity involving other candidates

Do I need to read the play the monologue is from?
Yes, this is very important in order to establish context for your character. Watching the film is not adequate. All the plays in the package are available at TheatreBooks or in some cases, the public library.

Must I do a monologue from the package?
The monologues are carefully chosen and recommended.  You may choose something else but please keep it contemporary and from a play, not a movie script. Please do not choose a classical text or a student-written piece.

What should I wear?
Please wear loose, comfortable, neutral clothing.

Do we need previous drama experience?
It is recommended that you develop your interest in the craft as much as possible. You do not have to have acting experience to audition.

What is involved in the improvisation?
Once you have presented your memorized monologue you may be asked to do a bit of it again in a different way – eg.  “while working out at the gym”. The improvisation is only part of the audition process and is included in the overall evaluation.

 

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