THTR T210 Sec. 4178-4179 T. Brino-Dean/H. McMahon
Appreciation of the Theatre
Section 4178 11:15a-12:30p TR T. Brino-Dean 3 cr. hrs.
Section 4179 2:30p-3:45p TR H. McMahon 3 cr. hrs.
Fulfills AHLA Requirements
T210 may not be counted toward concentration requirement in
Theatre and Drama; Theatre and Drama majors should take THTR
This course provides a general introduction to theatre as an art form
and is designed for the needs of exploratory students. The goal of the
course is to prepare students to become insightful audience members.
Through readings, class activities, discussions, viewings of video-tapes,
projects and writing assignments, and attendance at live performances,
students will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of
theatrical activity. Specifically, the course allows students to 1)
explore the nature of theatre art and its state in the world today; 2)
examine the contributions of various artists who collaborate in a theatre
production; 3) understand the role of the audience in theatre; 4) delve
into the vast scope of theatre history; and 5) learn about play structure
and develop play-reading skills.
- Huberman, Ludwig, and Pope. The Theatrical Imagination,
- Jacobus (Editor). The Bedford Introduction to Drama, 3rd
- 1. Plot Charts: Students must complete one plot
chart for each of the plays read for the class.
- 2. Performance Papers: Each student must see two
assigned University Theatre productions and write a 3-5 page paper on
- 3. Project and Presentation: Each student must
complete a project related to some area of theatre production and
performance. The project requires a 5-6 page paper based on research and
a 3-5 minutes in-class presentation.
- 4. Tests: There are two in-class exams given, one at
midterm and one during finals week.
- 5. Exploratory Option: This is an experiential
component where students can either do a Tech Option by working in the
scene shop, or else attend two additional live performances and write a
5-6 page paper on each.
- 6. Class Preparation, Participation, and
Due to the highly interactive nature of the class, attendance at and
involvement in class activities is vital and forms a significant part of