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Enroll in a Drama Course at Skyline College to develop and hone performance skills through emotional and sense memory techniques; physical exercises designed to increase body awareness, authentic expression, and control; and vocal exercises focusing on articulation, projection, and creative expression. Acquire confidence, range, and subtlety through improvisation, monologue, and scene work, and gain insight and inspiration through text-based critical analysis.

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The Program

Enroll in a Drama Course at Skyline College to develop and hone performance skills through emotional and sense memory techniques; physical exercises designed to increase body awareness, authentic expression, and control; and vocal exercises focusing on articulation, projection, and creative expression. Acquire confidence, range, and subtlety through improvisation, monologue, and scene work, and gain insight and inspiration through text-based critical analysis.

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All Courses

DRAM 200 Theory of Acting I (3 units)

Develop beginning level performance skills through emotional and sense memory techniques; physical exercises designed to increase body awareness, authentic expression, and control; and vocal exercises focusing on articulation, projection, and creative expression. Acquire confidence, range, and subtlety through improvisation, monologue, and scene work. Gain insight and inspiration through text-based critical analysis.

DRAM 201 Advanced Acting I (3 units)

Continuing development of performance skills/knowledge through methods and techniques explored in DRAM 200. Employment of more complex physical, psychological, and emotionally challenging monologues and scenes involving both classical and contemporary text, and short plays. Deepening of emotional authenticity and refinement of creative expression as an ensemble player. Use of advanced text-based critical analysis for the building of ensemble work.

DRAM 202 Advanced Acting II (3 units)

Exploration of the actor's place in the context of the play including use of symbolism and historical/social concepts that shape the actor's approach in creating truthful character-centered performances. Continued exploration of theories and techniques used in the interpretation of Drama through character analysis, monologues and scenes.

DRAM 208 Acting Practicum I (Acting Laboratory) (2 units)

Supervised rehearsals of improvisations, monologue/oral readings and short scenes. Forms and styles of acting at a beginning level. Exercises in the use of mind, emotions, voice, and body in acting. Acting scenes for drama classes and others. Emphasis upon coaching by the instructor and the students preparing of scenes for performance.

DRAM 209 Acting Practicum II (Acting Laboratory) (2 units)

An intermediate level class, students will build upon the skills attained in DRAM 208. Supervised rehearsals of improvisations, monologues and scenes. Exercises in the use of mind, emotions, voice, and body in acting. Acting scenes for drama classes and the public. Emphasis upon coaching by the instructor and student preparation of scenes for performance.

DRAM 311 Theatrical Sound/Audio Production (3 units)

Designed to teach the basic principles, history, and practice of Stagecraft in the discipline of Sound/Audio Production for the performing arts and help students acquire a general understanding of the functional process behind the production and development of live performances. This course requires evening and weekend work on actual productions.

DRAM 312 Theatrical Lighting/Basic Electrical Theory (3 units)

Designed to teach the basic principles, history, and practice of Stagecraft in the discipline of Theatrical Lighting/Basic Electrical Theory for the performing arts with emphasis on equipment, control, color and their relationship to design. This course will help students acquire a general understanding of the functional process behind the production and development of live performances. This course requires evening and weekend work on actual productions.

DRAM 313 Stage Carpentry and Rigging (3 units)

Designed to teach the basic principles, history, and practice of Stagecraft in the discipline of Stage Carpentry and Rigging for the performing arts and help students acquire a general understanding of the functional process behind the production and development of live performances. This course requires evening and weekend work on actual productions.

Skyline College Creative Arts introduces you to creative thought leaders in the visual and performing arts, as they share their personal and professional journeys, providing insight into the creative process, illuminating career pathways, and shining a spotlight on the impact of creative arts in cultural and social movements. Join us, as we go Behind the Curtain.

Behind the Curtain

The Skyline College Theater is a premier large-scale event venue located on the Skyline College campus in San Bruno, California. The 500-seat auditorium regularly hosts dramatic performances, musical showcases, speaker series, summits, conferences, and more, including the College’s yearly plays and musicals, and speakers such as Cornel West, Delores Huerta, and Angela Davis.

The space features a digital audio network, top tier lighting and sound consoles, and a completely rebuilt lighting system which makes it one of the top locations for high-volume events within the local community and beyond.

Learn more about the theater at Skyline College

Office Information
Location: Building 1
Email: fitzpatrickk@smccd.edu
Phone: (650) 738-4122
Spring 2023 Courses  |  Fall 2022 Courses

Type Status Title Days Time Instructor
Day Class   OPEN DRAM 200 - 44383 - Theory of Acting
DRAM 200 THEORY OF ACTING I (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Develop beginning level performance skills through emotional and sense memory techniques; physical exercises designed to increase body awareness, authentic expression, and control; and vocal exercises focusing on articulation, projection, and creative expression. Acquire confidence, range, and subtlety through improvisation, monologue, and scene work. Gain insight and inspiration through text-based critical analysis. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.

M W 3:30pm-4:45pm Simmers, K
Day Class   OPEN DRAM 201 - 44384 - Advanced Acting I
DRAM 201 ADVANCED ACTING I (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: DRAM 200 or equivalent.
Continuing development of performance skills/knowledge through methods and techniques explored in DRAM 200. Employment of more complex physical, psychological and emotionally challenging monologues and scenes involving both classical and contemporary text, and short plays. Deepening of emotional authenticity and refinement of creative expression as an ensemble player. Use of advanced text-based critical analysis for the building of ensemble work. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.

M W 3:30pm-4:45pm Simmers, K
Day Class   OPEN DRAM 202 - 44851 - Advanced Acting II
DRAM 202 ADVANCED ACTING II (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: DRAM 201 or equivalent.
Exploration of the actor's place in the context of the play, including use of symbolism and historical/social concepts that shape the actor's approach in creating truthful character-centered performances. Continued exploration of theories and techniques used in the interpretation of Drama through character analysis, monologues and scenes. Transfer credit: CSU.

M W 3:30pm-4:45pm Simmers, K

Primary Contact

Kathy Fitzpatrick
Kathy Fitzpatrick (Division Assistant)
Social Science|Creative Arts-Division Office
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Department Faculty

Kevin Simmers
Kevin Simmers (Instructor Dance/Drama)
Kinesiology|Athletics|Dance-Dance
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Danni Redding Lapuz
Danni Redding Lapuz (Dean)
Social Science|Creative Arts-Division Office
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