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Students in the Dramatic Arts Program generate over 4,500 service learning hours each year, the largest civic engagement initiative of the University.  Through these activities the Dramatic Arts Program contributes substantially to the economic development and community development of the city and surrounding area through cultural programming.

The Award- winning Rylander Theater/Community Partnership Program

Comm004.jpgSince 1999, the Rylander Theater/Community Partnership Program has served the economic and community development of Americus through outstanding cultural programming. This collaboration between the Americus Theater and Cultural Authority and the Dramatic Arts Department at Georgia Southwestern State University has received state, regional and national recognition for its programs:

  • Vision and Leadership award from the Georgia Theater Conference,
  • Outstanding Achievement in Organization from the Downtown Development Authority,
  • Exemplary Support of Educational Theater Excellence from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and
  • Recognized as a model of civic engagement by the American Democracy Project.

Events such as the Georgia Theater Conference State Convention and the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival have contributed over $2,000,000 to the local economy. These events, performances and presentations by artists as notable as Emmy award winning actor John Amos and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Margaret Edson, productions of Shakespeare plays offered free and open to the public, co-productions with Sumter Players, and the newly instituted Rylander Repertory Summer Theatre productions are made possible the continuing generous support of the Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund.

The chair of the Department of Dramatic Arts at Georgia Southwestern State University and an Actors Equity Association artist, Jeffrey Green serves as Artistic Director for the partnership

 

Comm006.jpgSince 2004 GSW Dramatic Arts and the Rylander Theatre have developed productions of Shakespeare plays offered free and open to the public, and made possible through the generous support of the Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund.

2014 - Comedy of Errors
2013 – Romeo & Juliet
2012 – Richard III
2010 - As You Like It
2009 - The Taming of the Shrew
2008 - The Tempest
2007 - Much Ado About Nothing
2006 - Loves Labors Lost
2005 - Merry Wives of Windsor
2004 - Twelfth Night

These productions included outreach and special performances for area schools.

 

Comm007.jpgSince the inception of partnership programming, the Charles L. Mix Fund has supported these primary components:

  • GSW student internships
  • Jointly sponsored Rylander/GSW productions
  • Co-productions with Sumter Players'
  • Chamber Concert Series performances

All programs include educational outreach to area schools and other youth development organizations.

Other productions brought to the community through the collaborative efforts of the Cultural Authority and Georgia Southwestern have included a tour of the inspiring bio-musical Mahalia; the Dance Alive presentation of Mata Hari, which included educational outreach programming through appearances of the scenic designer, poet and others involved in the creation of the production; the Georgia Mountain Theatre production of One Thousand Cranes for area schools; and the Deluxe Vaudeville Orchestra, which also included workshops for area high school band students.

<h2GSW Dramatic Arts  Co-Productions with Sumter Players, Inc.

Comm009.jpgThe Wizard of Oz – Feb. 22-25 & Mar. 2-4, 2001 *#
A Christmas Carol – Nov. 13-16, 2003
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Nov. 17-20, 2005
Guys and Dolls – Mar. 9-12, 2006
A Dickens’ Christmas Carol – Dec. 7-10, 2006 *
The Sound of Music – March 15-18, 2007
Into the Woods – Nov. 8-11, 2007
The King and I – Mar. 6-9, 2008
The Gift of the Magi – Nov. 6-9, 2008
All Shook Up – March 12-15, 2009
Twelve Angry Men – Nov. 19-22, 2009
South Pacific – Mar. 25-28, 2010
Androcles and the Lion – Nov. 18-21, 2010
Nunsense – Mar. 31 – Apr. 3, 2010
Chicago, Mar. 8-10, 2012
The Crucible, Mar. Nov. 8-11, 2012
White Christmas, Nov. 21-24, 2013

 

Narnia – June 4-6, 2004*      Adventures of Harlequin – June 24-26, 2005*
Story Theater – Oct. 27-29, 2006*      Percival the Performing Pig – July 25, 2008
Fairy Tale Courtroom – July 24, 2009      The Pied Piper of Hamelin – July 2, 2010
Lion & Mouse Stories, Nov. 18-21, 2010      Twice Upon a Time, July15, 2011
The Lost Half Hour, July 20, 2012      Just Add Zombies, June 7, 2013
Banana Sandwich in a Boat, July 24, 2013

Comm011.jpgThe Universal Language – 2003
The Dark Lady of the Sonnets – 2004
The Women of Roswell – 2006
Becoming Memories – 2008
Percival the Performing Pig – 2008
The Open Meeting – 2009
Fairy Tale Courtroom – 2009
Exits and Entrances—2012 (Winner Best Community Theater Production)

GSW Dramatic Arts faculty, staff and students presented theater workshops in conjunction with Sumter Players Youth productions in 2004 and 2005. Since the inception of the Sumter Players, Inc./Rylander Theater “Kidsweek” theatre for youth workshops in the summer of 2007, GSW Dramatic Arts staff, students and alumni have been instrumentally involved in this annual event.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Green

Title: Professor, Dept.Coordinator
Department: Theatre, Communication and Media Arts Department
Location: Fine Arts Building, Room 210
Biography: Click here
Phone: 229-931-6913
Email: jgreen@gsw.edu

Ray Mannila

Title: Theater Technical Coordinator
Department: Theatre, Communication and Media Arts Department
Location: Fine Arts Building, Room 202
Phone: 229-931-2215 or 229-931-2204
Email: rmannila@gsw.edu

Joseph Watson

Title:Lecturer of Communication
Department: Theatre, Communication and Media Arts Department
Location: Fine Arts Building, Room 203
Phone: 229-931-2831
Email: joseph.watson@gsw.edu

Communication

COMM 1110. Fundamentals of Speech. Surveys the fundamental concepts of interpersonal and public communication, including the teaching and practice of some basic skills for both communication contexts. (3-0-3)

COMM 1110H. Fundamentals of Speech-Honors. See the course description for COMM 1110. This section is students participating in the GSW Honors Program. (3-0-3)

COMM 1112. Video Production Practicum. Introductory level study of the process and craft of video production through application and practice. May be repeated twice. (0-2-1)

COMM 2112. Video Production Practicum. Intermediate level study of the process and craft of video production through application and practice. May be repeated twice. (0-2-1)

COMM 2225. Video Production I. The course will introduce students to the basic skills and techniques necessary for the production of a television program. Emphasis will be placed on videography, cameras, editing and lighting. Students will gain hands-on experience in making a video. (3-0-3)

COMM 3040. Integrated Comm & Theory. Analysis of understanding and application of complex theories and research in Human Communication study. Students will investigate the integration of effects of new media technologies on Human Communication. (3-0-3)

COMM 3112. Video Production Practicum. Advanced level study of the process and craft of producing video through application and practice. May be repeated twice. (0-2-1)

COMM 3225. Advanced Video Production. Advanced Video Production. Course focuses on focuses on electronic news gathering (ENG) for broadcast, including shooting B-roll, stand-ups and packages for news broadcast. Emphasis will also be placed on video news releases, and production for electronic distribution of news video. (3-0-3)

COMM 4080. Studies in New Media. Analysis of understanding, application, and research of critical concepts and hands-on skills in "new media" in the areas of media such as film, television, and graphic design for print publications. (3-0-3)

COMM 4112. Video Production Capstone. A capstone course designed to build on the student's cumulative experiential work in the process and craft of producing theatre through application and practice. Selection by audition or approval of instructor. (0-6-3)

COMM 4545. Issues in Comm & Media Studies. Issues in Communication and Media Studies. Analysis of understanding and application of environment, operation, culture, and diversity issues of media. Students will research and evaluate communication issues about media content and perspectives of media in everyday life. (3-0-3)

COMM 4585. Issues in Comm & Media Studies. Analysis of understanding and application of environment, operation, culture, and diversity issues of media. Students will research and evaluate communication issues about media content and perspectives of media in everyday life. (3-0-3)

Theater

THEA 1100. Theatre Appreciation. Surveys the contributions of performers, designers, and playwrights to a theatre production. The audience as co-author of the theatre event is also examined. The customary sequence involved in producing a play will be discussed. Information will also be presented about audiences, theatres, performers, and the conventions of the theatre of several eras. Lab fee required. (3-0-3)

THEA 1100H. Honors Theater Appreciation. Surveys the contributions of performers, designers, and playwrights to a theatre production. The audience as co- author of the theatre event is also examined. The customary sequence involved in producing a play will be discussed. Information will also be presented about audiences, theatres, performers, and the conventions of the theatre of several eras. This section is for students participating in the GSW Honors Program. Lab fee required. (3-0-3)

THEA 1110. Perf Skills for Bus and Prof. A training and development workshop focused on the cultivation of individual performance skills vital to success in business and professions, and which are especially relevant in the age of modern media. (3-0-3)

THEA 1111. Perf and Prod Practicum. (0-12-1)

THEA 1112. Video Production Practicum. (0-2-1)

THEA 2020. Stage Makeup. An introduction to the basics of stage makeup design and implementation. Coursework is project driven and is designed to give the student the fundamental analytical and applied skills for the design area mentioned above. (3-0-3) Prerequisites: THEA 1100 Minimum Grade: C or THEA 1100H Minimum Grade: C 

THEA 2040. Acting I - Basic Technique. An introduction to the principles of acting, including preparation of the actor's instrument, physical and vocal technique, emotional life, analysis and creation of character. (3-0-3)

THEA 2040H. Acting I - Basic Tech-Hnr. An introduction to the principles of acting, including preparation of the actor's instrument, physical and vocal technique, emotional life, analysis and creation of character. This section is for students participating in the GSW Honors Program. (3-0-3)

THEA 2111. Perf and Prod Practicum. Intermediate level study of the process and craft of video production through application and practice. Selection by approval of instructor. (0-12-1)

THEA 2112. Video Production Practicum. (0-2-1)

THEA 2220. Voice and Articulation. Study in the physiological and acoustical aspects of vocal delivery and participation in a regimen of exercises to develop articulation and vocal expression. (3-0-3)

THEA 2540. Introduction to Performance. An introduction to the field of performance studies and the performance of non-dramatic texts. The construction of solo performance pieces from dialogues, narrative, ethnography and literature is the primary focus of the course. (3-0-3)

THEA 3020. Stagecraft. An introduction to the elements of scenic construction, production organization and best construction practices. Course combines traditional lecture and assessment with practical application. (3-0-3) Prerequisites: THEA 1100 Minimum Grade: C or THEA 1100H Minimum Grade: C 

THEA 3040. Acting II - Scene Study. (3-0-3)

THEA 3060. Scenic and Lighting Design. An introduction to the basics of theatrical design concentrating on scenic design and how lighting affects the design. Coursework is project driven and is designed to give the student the fundamental analytical and applied skills for the design areas mentioned above. (3-0-3) Prerequisites: THEA 1100 Minimum Grade: C 

THEA 3070. Costume and Lighting Design. An introduction to the basics of theatrical design concentrating on costume design and how lighting affects the design. Coursework is project driven and is designed to give the student the fundamental analytical and applied skills for the design areas mentioned above. (3-0-3) Prerequisites: THEA 1100 Minimum Grade: C 

THEA 3111. Perf and Prod Practicum. Advanced level of study of the process and craft of producing theatre through application and practice. Selection by audition or approval of instructor. (0-12-1)

THEA 3112. Video Production Practicum. (0-0-1)

THEA 4020. Advanced Stagecraft. A study of advanced theatrical production practices. Course work is project driven and is designed to give the student an advanced understanding and applied skills in the areas of theater production and digital arts. Prerequisite: THEA 3020 or with instructor approval. (3-0-3)

THEA 4040. Acting III - Adv Technique. Intensive process and performance studio training in contemporary acting methodologies. (3-0-3)

THEA 4080. Acting IV - Period Styles. This course serves to introduce students to the basic techniques and methodologies performing period plays. Particular emphasis is given to approaches to Shakespeare and developing an overall approach to style work. (3-0-3) Prerequisites: THEA 2220 Minimum Grade: C and THEA 2040 Minimum Grade: C 

THEA 4111. Perf and Prod Practicum. (0-12-3)

THEA 4112. Video Production Practicum. (3-0-3)

THEA 4545. Performance Theory. Advanced studies in the performance of non-dramatic text with emphasis on the development of original performance programs. (3-0-3)

THEA 4770. Special Topics in Theater. Advanced opportunities for the study of topics to meet special needs and interest students, presented in conjunction with special programming of the department, or drawing on areas of faculty expertise not covered by the standing offerings. (3-0-3)

THEA 5545. Performance Literacy. Advanced studies of the theatrical and cinematic languages that are transforming the nature of the modern world. (3-0-3)

The Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts provides students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of performance as both an art and a fundamental form of human communication. With related course offerings in fields of theatre, digital cinema, television and new media, the distinctive characteristic of the program is an integral focus on performance in everyday life, on stage and via the camera. The degree program truly integrates theatre and media arts (cinema and television) within a unified course of study. After a common set of foundation courses, students may then concentrate in advanced courses in performance, communication and media arts, or theatre design and technology.

Bachelor of Arts

  • Dramatic Arts - Performance Emphasis
  • Dramatic Arts - Communication & Media Arts Emphasis
  • Dramatic Arts - Theater Design & Technology Emphasis

For admissions information, please visit the Office of Admissions.

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