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					              Department of Drama and Theatre
1. Introduction
     The Graduate Institute of Drama and Theatre was founded on August 1,
1995. Aiming at training professionals as well as researchers, the program puts
equal emphasis on academic research and practical training in stagecraft, acting,
and directing. With a solid background of humanistic education, we provide
students with precise training of academic research, guiding them to penetrate
human nature and life through drama and theatre. Moreover, students can
improve their cognition, perception and body control via theatrical training,
while at the same time enhancing their expression ability of physical and oral
language as wee as developing team spirit.

     Our course design conjoins Chinese and Western dramatic theories. At
present the institute has two divisions: (1) Theory Study and (2) Playwriting.
The former division focuses on the aspects of theatrical history, texts, theories,
and aesthetics with the aim of cultivating future researchers and professors. On
the other hand, the latter emphasizes on dramatic creation and aesthetics to
foster promising playwrights and professors. M.A. candidates can opt for their
research topic according to personal interest. The successful candidates will be
awarded an M.A. (Master of Arts) degree.

     In 1999, the Department of Drama and Theatre was formed, awarding B.A.
(Bachelor of Arts) degrees. Each academic year we recruit approximately 35 to
40 students (with leveled out gender) to nurture future researchers, playwrights,
theatrical artists, high school teachers key persons of cultural industry for the
country.

      The course design of undergraduate program conjoins theory and practice,
aesthetics and technique, tradition and modernity, Chinese and Western theories
to provide well-rounded theatrical education under the solid background of
humanistic education. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to
familiarize every theatrical aspects such as history, theory, playwriting, acting,
directing, design and technique, and students are able to pursue advanced studies
according to their inclinations and competence. Furthermore, all students are
encouraged to make the best use of the abundant academic resources available at
the university. Based on their interests and career goals, they may take courses
offered by other colleges and departments, enroll in certificate programs such as
Media Studies and Teacher Education, or apply for a minor or double major.
Starting from the 2002 academic year, both undergraduate and graduate students
may take courses offered by several departments at National Taipei University of
Education and National Cheng-Chi University, with which a cooperative
relationship has been formally established. To help students become qualified
teachers, the department also takes part in the university's Education Programs
in Performing Arts.

     In terms of facilities, the department falls behind similar programs at other
universities, but the faculty and students have been doing everything they can to


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excel, both in the classroom and in the theatre. Making the best use of the
“fund for excellence”, the department managed to establish specified classrooms
for students to do experiments with their creative ideas. In 2007, our students
participated in the preliminary competition of 2007 Prague Quadrennial for the
first time, and the outcome was rather satisfying: Out of the eleven elected
entries to be sent to Prague for exhibition, eight were the works of our students.

     The professional performance of out alumni is well-acclaimed, whether
they work in publishers, write plays/scripts, join television/film companies, or
do theatre-related jobs. Many of them have gradually risen up to the roles of
importance. For example, the newly-formed Ren Shin Co-op’s which has been
active in domestic theatrical society lately is founded by our alumni. Also,
there is a high ratio of alumni studying overseas on government scholarships or
other scholarships. Taking Yale as an example, many of our alumni have been
successfully admitted to the School of Drama and achieved their degrees.

     The department, indeed, the University itself, serves a theatre, if not a
performance complex, of its own. In the future, the department would like to
offer M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees.


2. Faculty
  Full-time: 11
  Part-time: 16
  Ph.D. Degree: 8
  M.F.A. and M.A. Degree: 18
  Specialist: 1

  Chair / Associate Professor
  Yi-Meei Wang: M.F.A. & M.S.T., Rochester Institute of Technology

  Full-time
  Distinguished Professors
  An-Chi Wang: Ph.D., National Taiwan University

  Professors
  Ho-Yi Lin: Ph.D., National Taiwan University
  Wei-Jan Chi: Ph.D., The University of Iowa

  Associate Professors
  Vivian Ching-Mei Chu: Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

  Assistant Professors
  Chuan-Fu Liu: M.F.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  Gwen Yao: M.F.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  Hsiao-Mei Hsieh: Ph.D., Northwestern University

  Instructors
  Dar-Lurn Liu: M.F.A., Yale University

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  Chao-Wei Fan: M. A., National Taiwan University
  Po-Shen Lu: M. A., University of London

  Part-time
  Emeritus Professors
  Ching-Hsi Perng: Ph.D., University of Michigan

  Professors
  Hsing-lin Tracy Chung: M.A., Oklahoma City University

  Associate Professors
  Tung-Jung Sung: Ph.D., Macquarie University
  Wei-Ming Liao: M.A., National Chiao Tung University
  Kuo-Jen Chen: M.A., University of Central England in Birmingham
  Walis Labai (Diing-Wuu Wu): M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology

  Assistant Professors
  Li-Chen Loh: M.A., New York University
  Yu-Shian Lin: Ph.D., The City University of New York
  Tan-Chi Chao: M.A., London Guildhall University

  Instructors
  Hong-Chen Poo: M.F.A., Taipei National University of the Arts
  Han-Ru Yang: M.F.A., Taipei National University of the Arts
  Yu-Hui Fu: M.F.A., Syracuse University
  Chia-Ming Wang: M.F.A., Taipei National University of the Arts
  Hsiao-Pin Lee: M.F.A., Taipei National University of the Arts

  Specialists
  Huang Chiao-Wei: National Hai-San Industrial Vocational High School


3. Facility
         The department is located in Building No.1 on the main campus,
   occupying the first floor and the west half of the second floor. It has 31
   rooms, including a department office, a chairman’s office, faculty offices, a
   seminar room, lecture halls, a production room, classrooms for design
   technology, a scene shop, rehearsal classrooms, a costume shop, a computer
   lab, an experimental theatre and National Taiwan University Theater. We also
   have projectors, a slide projector, a digital single lens reflex camera, a video
   camera, CDR-W, a digital equalizer, a P4 computer for graphics, a HP plotter
   (A1 Size), stationary power tools, hand power tools, welding tools, pneumatic
   tools, industrial sewing machines, an overlock sewing machine, blindstitch
   sewing machine dummies, acoustic equipments, multimedia facilities,
   computers and printers, all of which are accessible to faculty and students.

         Currently, there are a total of 74,524 publications in English and
   Chinese, 78 types of journals and 18 types of databases on drama and theatre
   in the University’s Main Library.


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4. Programs
  Undergraduate Program

  For students who enrolled in the academic year 2007 and 2008

  The department offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts
  degree in Drama and Theatre. Students should complete a minimum of 128
  credits, of which 49 are required courses of the department and 49 are
  electives.

  ※   For students who enrolled in the academic year 2007 and 2008, 25 out of 49 electives are
      required to take department courses.


  For students who enrolled in/after the academic year 2009

  The department offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts
  degree in Drama and Theatre. Students should complete a minimum of 128
  credits, of which 53 are required courses of the department and 45 are
  electives.

  ※ For students who enrolled in/after the academic year 2009, 21 out of 45 electives are
  required to take department courses.


  Courses Required by the Department:


  For students who enrolled in/before the academic year 2008


  Freshman Year (20 credits)
  Introduction to Theatre (3 credits), Guided Reading of Plays (3 credits),
  Acting (I) (4 credits), Rehearsal (I) (2 credits), Stage Craft (I) (2 credits),
  Lighting Tech. (I) (2 credits), Costume Craft (I) (2 credits), Play Production (I)
  (2 credits)

  Sophomore Year (18 credits)
  Classical Masterpieces of Western Drama(3 credits), Modern Masterpieces of
  Western Drama(3 credits), Classical Masterpieces of Chinese Drama(3
  credits), Modern Masterpieces of Chinese Drama(3 credits), Basic Design (2
  credits), Play Production (II) (2 credits)
  Sophomores are also required to take at least one out of the following
  three courses:
  Stage Design (I) (2 credits), Lighting Design (I) (2 credits), Costume Design (I) (2
  credits)

  Junior Year (8 credits)
  History of Western Drama (3 credits), History of Chinese Drama (3 credits),

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Play Production (III) (2 credits)

Senior Year (3 credits)
Senior Production (3 credits)
※ For students who enrolled in/after the academic year 2007, Senior Production course
requires prerequisites as follows: Play Production (I), Play Production (II) and Play
Production (III).



For students who enrolled in/after the academic year 2009

Freshman Year (20 credits)
Introduction to Theatre (3 credits), Guided Reading of Plays (3 credits),
Acting (I) (4 credits), Rehearsal (I) (2 credits), Stage Craft (I) (2 credits),
Lighting Tech. (I) (2 credits), Costume Craft (I) (2 credits), Play Production (I)
(2 credits)

Sophomore Year (20 credits)
Classical Masterpieces of Western Drama(3 credits), Modern Masterpieces of
Western Drama(3 credits), Classical Masterpieces of Chinese Drama(3
credits), Modern Masterpieces of Chinese Drama(3 credits), Basic Design (2
credits), Introduction to Directing (2 credits), Play Production (II) (2 credits)
Sophomores are also required to take at least one out of the following
three courses:
Stage Design (I) (2 credits), Lighting Design (I) (2 credits), Costume Design (I) (2
credits)

Junior Year (10credits)
History of Western Drama (4 credits), History of Chinese Drama (4 credits),
Play Production (III) (2 credits)

Senior Year (3 credits)
Senior Production (3 credits)
※ For students who enrolled in/after the academic year 2007, Senior Production course
requires prerequisites as follows: Play Production (I), Play Production (II) and Play
Production (III).



Graduate Program
1. The graduate program offers an M.A. degree in Drama and Theatre, which
   normally takes two to four years to complete.
2. The program requires a thesis in addition to 24 credits of coursework, of
   which at least 18 credits must be from courses offered by the program, at
   least 15 credits must be from courses designed exclusively for graduate
   students, and at least 1 credit in research methods.
3. The 1-credit research method course is required for candidates regardless
   of divisions. Candidates from Division B are required to take four more
   courses (summing up to at least 8 credits) relating to play writing. For
   candidates of both divisions who enroll in/after the academic year 2009,
   two more courses are required: Readings in Western Dramatic Theory (3
   credits) and Readings in Chinese Dramatic Theory (3 credits).


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  4. Candidates who enrolled in/before the academic year 2008 are subject to
     take three non-accrediting prerequisite courses at the university level: (1)
     Play Production III or Rehearsal II~V, (2) History of Chinese Drama, and
     (3) History of Western Drama. Those who enrolled in/after 2009, only
     Play Production III or Rehearsal II~V is prerequisite.
  5. Before submitting the M.A. thesis or essay (see below), which requires an
     oral defense, candidates must pass qualifying examinations on two of the
     following four subjects: (1) Topics in Chinese Drama and Theatre, (2)
     Topics in Western Drama and Theatre, (3) Performance and Directing
     Studies, and (4) Theatre Crafts and Design. Students may take the
     qualifying exams only after they have completed 18 graduate-level
     credits.
  6. M.A. candidates can graduate with a concentration on dramatic theory,
     playwriting, or design. Those specializing in dramatic theory should
     submit a thesis with no less than 90 pages (bibliography included) in
     MLA Citation Style (12-font, 1.5 space). All others should submit a
     critical essay with no less than 30,000 words in the same format as thesis
     other than their playwriting or theatrical design. The design work has to
     be publicized in an open performance no shorter than 70 minutes.

5. Academic Activities
   (1) Faculty colloquia are held regularly. Distinguished scholars from home
       and abroad are often invited to give lectures or seminars.
   (2) Domestic and international workshops are organized occasionally.
   (3) Post-performance discussion involving all faculty and students is
       regularly held after the department’s annual production.

6. Career and Further Studies
  1. Professional Ability
   Undergraduate Program
   (1) Chinese Dramatic and Theatrical Theories
   (2) Western Dramatic and Theatrical Theories
   (3) Playwriting
   (4) Theories and Practice of Performing and Directing & Performance
       Studies
   (5) Practice of Theatre
   (6) Theatre Design
   (7) Theatre Technology and Management
   (8) Art and Design
   (9) Art Appreciation and Humanistic Attainment

   Graduate Program
   (1) Chinese Dramatic and Theatrical Theories
   (2) Western Dramatic and Theatrical Theories
   (3) Playwriting
   (4) Performance Studies
   (5) Theatre Design
   (6) Critical Thinking and Research Methodology



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  2. Main Domain of Further Studies
    Undergraduate Program
     (1) Drama & Theatre Domain
     (2) Mass Communication and Media Domain
     (3) Design Domain

    Graduate Program
    (1) Drama & Theatre Domain
    (2) Culture and Creative Industry Domain
    (3) Screenwriting and Playwriting Domain

  3. Career Options
    Undergraduate Program
     (1) High School Teacher
     (2) Theatre Technician
     (3) Theatre Designer
     (4) Theatrical Artist
     (5) Creative Marketing
     (6) Staff of Mass Communication and Media

    Graduate Program
    (1) High School Teacher
    (2) Higher Education Teacher
    (3) Theatrical Artist
    (4) Creative Marketing
    (5) Staff of Mass Communication and Media

7. Contact Information
  Chair: Yi-Meei Wang
  Tel: +886-2-33663300
  Fax: +886-2-23691350
  Website: http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~theatre/
  E-mail: theatre@ntu.edu.tw




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