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 T100.

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.

TEXTS:
Huberman, Ludwig, and Pope. The Theatrical Imagination, 2nd edition.
Jacobus (Editor). The Bedford Introduction to Drama, 3rd edition.
REQUIREMENTS:
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 each.
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 Performance: Due to the highly interactive nature of the class, attendance at and involvement in class activities is vital and forms a significant part of the grade.