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THE 101 - Introduction to Theatre

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENG 101  

This course is a comprehensive study of theatre from many perspectives: theatrical, artistic and historical. Emphasis is on plays, playwrights and a critical analysis of theatre, past and present.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe the fundamental techniques and theories of drama.
  2. Identify the functions of the various theatre artists and be able to differentiate them.
  3. Explain basic historical periods related to playwriting, directing, acting, scenery and costumes.
  4. Analyze social, political and economic conditions as they affect the theatre.
  5. Analyze representative plays from historical periods.
  6. Identify performance elements that lead to artistic success.
Listed Topics
  1. Fundamental theories of drama and criticism
  2. Analysis of historical periods using representative plays
  3. Elements of performance, including script, performers and all of the major theatre artists and technicians
  4. Criticism of plays in performance
Reference Materials
Contemporary text, relevant films and video, library reserve materials relevant of the semester topics, which may vary as public performances are available and plays in performance by the various area producing companies
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/05/2011

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