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Introduction to the Dramatic Arts - Chapter Summary
For an introduction to the dramatic arts, take a look at this self-paced study guide chapter. These simple and expertly taught lessons show you the basics of dramatic/theater elements, performance art, dramatic work analysis and the history of dramatic movements. The chapter comes with short quizzes to help you remember the dramatic terms you study. You can complete the chapter at any time that fits your schedule, and our instructors are happy to answer any questions you may have. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Recognize different types of dramatic arts
- Identify the elements of drama, including plot, setting characters and symbolism
- Analyze themes, development, staging and characters in dramatic works
- Explain how process, product, script and audience serve as theatrical elements
- Evaluate thesis, narrative and meaning in a work of performance art
- Summarize the history of drama
1. The Dramatic Arts: Definition & Types
In this lesson, we jump into the exciting world of the dramatic arts. We'll define the art form and discuss its many different types that are classified by subject matter and the techniques used to perform them.
2. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism
Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.
3. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging
If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.
4. Script, Process, Product & Audience as Elements of Theatre
This lesson looks at the elements necessary in order for a theatrical performance to occur. Script, rehearsal, performance and audience are all integral to this event that lives at only one moment in time and only at the intersection of all these elements.
5. Understanding Performance Art: Finding the Thesis, Narrative & Meaning
Learn how to 'read' a performance the same way you would read a book or story. In this lesson, we'll discuss strategies for identifying thesis, narrative, and meaning in the performing arts.
6. History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods
Today's theatre is a mix of many styles that have been popular for hundreds of years. In this lesson, learn how each time period contributed to what we now see during a live, dramatic performance.
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