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)





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