• Syllabus - Drama as Literature and Performance
    J. Bustrin, Ph.D
    Room D-18 (Black Box Theatre)


    Drama as Literature and Performance (5 Credits)


    The arts are central to the expression of all human societies.  The recording and sharing of feelings, ideas, beliefs, opinions and events in human life – both real and imagined through theatre/performance - broadens the richness of the human fabric and allows exploration of these experiences to help shape individuals and society. 

    An effective drama curriculum within the English Department provides a strong foundation for an understanding and appreciation of plays as literature and development of written analytical and research skills combined with the art of performance and the essentials of play production.  This course is designed to promote academic success through reading, writing, performance and play production techniques.  Given that Columbia High School has the academic advantage of a well-designed and equipped Black Box Theatre, the intent is to empower student success in future academic and/or professional endeavors, allowing them to learn and grow through the various aspects of literature, writing, theatre and collaboration in an intimate space.  Activities and materials are selected which have universal themes as well as direct relevance to students. 

    Texts and Materials

     The Longman Anthology of Drama and Theater- A Global Perspective

                   The Longman Anthology of Drama and Theater- A Global Perspective – Compact  Edition

                   Drama for Reading & Performance Collections One and Two

                   All My Sons

                   Anna in the Tropics

                   Barefoot in the Park

                   The Beauty Queen of Leenane

                   Brighton Beach Memoirs

                   Children of a Lesser God

                   Death of a Salesman


                   Designs for Reading Plays


                   The Elephant Man





                   for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf

                   The Gin Game


                   The House of Blue Leaves

                   Killer’s Head

                   The Laramie Project

                   Love Letters

                   Master Harold and the Boys



                   The Miracle Worker

                   Necessary Targets

                   ‘Night, Mother   

                   Noises Off

                   Oedipus the King

                   Of Mice and Men

                   Our Town

                   Piano Lesson and other works by August Wilson


                   Requiem for a Heavyweight and Other Plays


    The Sandbox

                   The Shadow Box

                   Six Degrees of Separation

    Sure Thing

                   The Syringa Tree

                   Sorry Wrong Number

                   Spoon River Anthology

                   That Championship Season

                   The Glass Menagerie

                   Types of Drama

                   Untidy Endings


    Major Assignments


    • English Department mid-term (January) and final (June) examinations
    • Minimum of two major writing assignments per quarter, for example: literary analysis paper, personal narrative or college essay, character monologue, dramatic scene, writer’s notebook, expository essay, persuasive essay, and nonfiction essay (based on student research). Grade level common assessments.
    • Unannounced (pop) quizzes on reading assignments, scheduled vocabulary quizzes and reading comprehension tests
    • Homework (reading, journaling, grammar/mechanics/writing exercises, vocabulary review, short writing assignments, notes/journal entries for discussions)