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DRAMA 203 A: Resilience and the Creative Process: Courage, Optimism, Creativity

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
LOW 216
Valerie Curtis-Newton
Valerie Curtis-Newton

Syllabus Description:

This course uses and teaches artistic practice as a practical example of resilience in action. It utilizes readings, discussion, theatre exercises, small group discussions, quizzes and assignments (both in and outside class) all aimed at fortifying a student’s skill at Resilience.

Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make a person resilient, such as a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, the ability to improvise, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Ironically, these are factors also at play in theatre practice.

There's growing evidence that the elements of resilience can be cultivated. Research shows that optimism gives people access to their own cognitive resources, enabling cool-headed analysis of what might have gone wrong and consideration of behavioral paths that might be more productive. 

The goal is to encourage students to become their fullest, most human, most creative, most productive, most successful selves. 



  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
  • The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges by Steven Southwick, Dennis Charney, & Jonathan DePierro
  • Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
  • GRIT by Angela Duckworth
Catalog Description: 
Artistic practice as basis for building resilience. Resilience is an ability to overcome failure by learning from it and applying that lesson to follow-up efforts. Develops a process for self-expression: developing and implementing ideas. Utilizes texts, discussion, theatre exercises, assignments to help students identify obstacles to creativity and create strategies for overcoming those obstacles to become their fullest and most creative selves
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
June 12, 2024 - 9:55pm