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When this institution was established in 1955, our department was originally called the Film and Drama Section. The department initially stressed the integration of film and drama. However, in keeping with pervading trends, film and drama content was later separated, and the Department of Drama and Department of Motion Pictures was established in 1981. In the meantime, significant improvements were made in academics, curriculum, faculty, and department facilities. In 2005, our department put its full focus on drama and theatre and changed its name to the Department of Drama. The new department expanded its teaching and research base and broadened its attention to include performing arts-related fields such as drama, Theatre, education and media. A master’s program followed in 2006.

The Graduate School of Performing Arts was established in 2002 and is affiliated with the College of Performing Arts. The graduate school recruits university and college graduates for four sections which include music, dance, theatre, and Chinese Opera. In 2005, the performance category in the Music Section was established, though section divisions were abolished in recruitment in 2006. In 2007, an in-service graduate program was established.


Our Mission

The department aims to promote international treads and development of drama and enlightens individuals with the analytical and technical skills to achieve their goals. The curriculum positions on drama and theatre by teaching and research and extends to drama, theatre, education and media related professional performing art field.


Education in the Department of Drama

Curriculums are designed to incorporate our mission along with students’ interests. The main program will focus on theory, directing and performance, theatre application and theatre technique. Specific course content includes Introduction to Drama, Eastern and Western Drama and Theatre History. Principles of Drama, Modern Drama, Directing Methods, Theatre Performance, Rehearsal, Basics of Theatre Technique, Stage and Light Design, Sound , Makeup, Computer-assisted Design in Stage Art, Stage Management, Creative Drama, Educational Drama, Drama Therapy, Children’s Theatre.


Focus of the Graduate School

The Graduate School of Performing Arts focuses on three main areas: 1) creating an interdisciplinary academic framework for research, performance, and arts; 2) handling matters related to research, performance, and arts, and making relevant improvements; and 3) establishing and integrating a database to organize research on performing arts.


Education in the Graduate School

Education in the Graduate School of Performing Arts is aimed at cultivating talent in music, dance, theatre, and Chinese Opera. The Graduate School also teaches students performing arts theory, performing arts criticism, and other practical abilities associated with performing arts. Through this process, the Graduate School also instills in students a concern for society and culture and establishes a system which recognizes the importance of the humanities.


Bachelor Program

(1) The development of theoretical and practical knowledge in drama
The department integrates the traditional and modern knowledge for students to establish premium foundation in this professional field, and we also offer students with a direction of future career path, like screenwriter, critique research and review editor, stage designer, producer and director, and forms potential to develop in professional field such as radio, television, film, media industries.
(2) The establishment of professional qualification in drama
The experience and achievements the students gain can develop their capabilities. Our professional faculty and curriculum; integrate, create, perform and manage which enable individuals to lay the foundation within the department, and expect comprehensive development in the related areas of the drama.
(3) The capabilities of theoretical and practice in drama
Practice through teaching in performing art field, the variety practices of the courses focus on creativity, management, and education. Practical experiences are gained from social group healing and other interdisciplinary fields, with the ability of the integrated application of theory and practical work.


Master Program

(1) The development on theoretical and practice research in drama
Develop further and deeper core in drama related study, nurturing individuals to achieve their goal. The considerable knowledge in theoretical and practice will gain in-depth for individuals and focus on research theory, practice and fulfill independent research purposes.
(2) The professional in drama research training
Graduate study will integrate research with work experience. Perspectives will expand to multiple level and entries. The research argument will be diversified. Merge individuals to superior professional.
(3) The development of drama application research on related professional
The interdisciplinary of art fashion trends shift. Multiple perspectives and broaden background will integrate individuals. Knowledge on drama theory and practice professional should have multiple perspectives in order to integrate the variety concept in the field of research. In response to the modern theater, film and television related industry. Actively involvement cultivates application research to elite. Serve ecological, industrial, and social environmental for purpose of goal



Lin-Han Lan, Professor and Chair
Academic Background: Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Specialty: Stage Design, Lighting Design, Multimedia Design and Production, and Theatre Administration and Management

Chin-Li Liu, Professor
Academic Background: Ph.D., St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Specialty: Drama Theory, Western Drama, Theatre History, and Drama Criticism

Hsiao-hua Chang, Professor
Academic Background: MA, New York University
Specialty: Creative Drama, Drama Therapy, Theatre in Education, Acting and Directing, and Stage and Theatre Design

Kuang-Sheng Shih, Professor
Academic Background: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Specialty: Chinese and Western Drama History, Taiwanese Editors, Drama Theory, Puppet Theatre, and Play Writing and Directing

San-Yi Lin, Professor
Academic Background: MA, Milan Art Academy
Specialty: Scene Design, Theatre Techniques, Stage Art Theory, Theatre Planning and Community Theatre

Chih-Hsiang Chu, Associate Professor
Academic Background: MA, Lindenwood University
Specialty: Play Writing and Directing, Directing Theory Practice

Chin-Hui Shu,Assistant Professor
Academic Background:0 MA, Chinese Culture University
Specialty: Chinese Drama and Theatre History, Chinese Music Analysis, and Drama Theory

Yi-Ling Tsai, Lecturer
Goldsmiths College, MA. Performance Making University of London
Speciailty: Performance


Master's Program in Performing Arts Faculty

Hsing-Kuo WU (WU Kuo-Chiu), Professor
Academic Background: Fu-Hsing Chinese Opera School, and Department of Theatre Arts, Chinese Culture University
Specialty: Artistic Director of the Contemporary Theatre, Chinese Opera, Intercultural Drama Creation, Dance, TV and Movie Performance

Yu-ling Chao, Professor
Academic Background: PhD, Laban Centre (London)
Specialty: Sociology of Dance, Choreological Studies, Dance Research Methodology, Dance Criticism, Dance Aesthetics, Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Research in Performing Arts.

Hui-Shan Chen, Professor
Academic Background: PhD, Birmingham City University, UK
Specialty: Musicology, Modern Music, Music Aesthetics and Criticism, Western Music Tradition in Taiwan, Aesthetic Study of Performing Arts.


Course of Bachelor Degree Program

Introduction to Drama and Theatre (4)
Introduction  to Stage craft (4)
Introduction  to Acting (4)
Introduction to Directing (4)
Basic to Playwriting (4)
Dramatic Theory (4)
Rehearsal (I) (2)
Rehearsal (II) (2)
History of Western Drama and Theatre (4)
History of Chinese Drama and Theatre (4)
Rehearsal Ⅲ (2)
Rehearsal Ⅳ (2)
Senior Production (6)
Modern Drama (4)
Guided Reading of Western Plays (4)
Basic to Acting (2)
Stagecraft (2)
Guided Reading of Chinese Plays (4)
Voice and Diction (4)
Playwriting (4)
Directing I (4)
Acting (I) (4)
Movement (4)
Stage Design and Rendering (4)
Lighting Technologies and Practicum (4)
Scenery Technologies and Practicum (4)
Costume Crafts (4)
Basic Musical Acting (4)
Scene Design (4)
Lighting Design (4)
Costume Design (4)
Directing II (4)
Acting (II) (4)
Computer Aided Drafting and Design (4)
Theater Marketing and Management (4)
Introduction to Stage Makeup (2)
Make-up Design (2)
Sound Practicum (2)
Sound Design (2)
Internship (2)
Training for Master of Ceremony (2)
Acting (III) (4)
Drama Therapy (4)
Theatre in Education (4)
Appreciation of Chinese Opera (4)
Creative Drama (4)
The Introduction of Children Theatre (2)
Theory and Practice of Children Theatre (2)
Chinese Crosstalk:Xiangsheng (2)
Pantomime I (2)
Pantomime II (2)


Course of Master Degree Program

Research Methodology and Thesis Writing (3)
Topics on Scenery Design Theory (3)
Seminar on the History of Western Drama and Theater (3)
Seminar on Chinese Drama and Theater (3)
Topics on Western Theatre Development (3)
Theatre Semiotics (3)
Theory and Practice on Theatre in Education (3)
Theory on Creative Drama Teaching (3)
Research on the Famous Authors and Their Works of Chinese Opera (3)
Topics on Great Directors (3)
Topics on Theatre Aesthetics (3)
Theory and Practice on Theatre in Education (3)
Topics on Western Dramatic Theory (3)
Seminar on the History of Chinese Drama and Theater (3)
Strategy in Theater Management (3)
Topics on Great Playwrights (3)
Theatrical Theory and Criticism (3)
Research on the Modernization of Chinese Opera (3)
Topics on Playwriting (3)
Digital Art Visualization in Theater (3)
Topics on Acting System (3)
Topics on Stage Design (3)
Theory and Practicum on Drama Therapy (3)
Topics on Western Modern Drama (3)
Topics on Contemporary Theater (3)
Topics on History of Taiwanese Drama (3)
Topics on Taiwanese Modern Drama (3)
Topics on Youth Theater (3)
Topics on Contemporary Taiwanese Theater (3)
Integrated Media in Theatre (3)
Theatre Applications and Program Planning (3)
Contemporary Community Theatre (3)
Topics on Children's Theater (3)
Comparative Drama (3)
Topics on Styles of Directing (3)


Master's Program in Performing Arts Course

Required Courses
Research Methods and Thesis Writings (3)
Theory and Application of Performing Arts Skills (3)
Historiography of Performing Arts (3)

Elective Courses
Intercultural Study on Masterpieces of Performing (3)
Topics on Contemporary Dance Production (3)
Topics on Theatre Criticism (3)
Aesthetics and Criticism of Music (3)
Dance Studies (3)
The Performing Methods and Aesthetics of Chinese Traditional Opera (3)
Aesthetics of Performing Arts (3)
Tradition and Change in Performing Arts (3)
Methodology and Practice of Fieldwork (3)
Dance Analysis: Concept, Skill and Practice (3)
Topics on Contemporary Theatre Production (3)
Topics on Contemporary Music Production (3)
Intercultural Research and Application in Performance Arts (3)
Special Seminar Ⅰ (3)
Criticism of Performing Arts (3)
Cultural Ecology of Performing Arts (3)
Sociology of Performing Arts (3)
Topics on Dance Criticism (3)
Intercultural Study in Dance (3)
Intercultural Study in Theatre (3)
Study and Application on Crossover Music (3)
Studies on Music (3)
Performing Arts Practice Ⅰ (3)
Intercultural Study in Music (3)
Topics on Dance Theatre (3)
Performing Arts Practice Ⅱ (3)
Special Seminar Ⅱ (3)
Performing Arts as Creative Industries (3)
Seminar on Music Theatre (3)
Studies on Chinese Operas (3)


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