Stagecraft or Drama 160 explores every facet of a theatrical production minus the acting. The class covers the technical processes used in stage and set design.
“The workload isn’t particularly heavy, and it’s just a good time of day for them,” said David Navalinsky, one of the primary professors for the course. “People just take the class, and the history of it was built well before I started here.”
Prior to 2006, the course was titled Drama 060 and had similar enrollment statistics.
“When I interviewed for this position, I was told there was a history of athletes taking the class,” Navalinsky said. “You throw a rock at Loudermilk, I guarantee you’re going to hit at least one athlete who’s taken 160.”
Navalinsky said while the numbers can be noticeable during athletic seasons, he remains relatively unconcerned about the clustering of athletes in the course and thinks it is a natural occurrence.
“I don’t really worry about it,” he said. “I bet if you looked at what parts of fraternities and sororities cluster, you’d find the same kind of things. People take the classes their friends take.”
Though the Department of Dramatic Art has a history of athletes enrolling in large numbers, dramatic arts chairman Adam Versenyi said these percentages can be misleading.