THTR T210 Sec. 4137

Appreciation of the Theatre

Section 413610:30-11:45a MW 3 cr hrs

Section 4137 2:30p-3:45p TR 3 cr hrs

Section ADD 11:30-12:45p MW 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, projects and writing assignments, and attendance at live performances, students will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of theatrical activity.

After the completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Discuss the nature and condition of the modern theatre and its relationship to theatrical traditions and history.

2. Identify and critique the contributions of various artists who collaborate in theatre productions.

3. Understand the role of the audience in theatre.

4. Perform basic script analysis.

5. Use your understanding of theatrical practices and play structure to effectively read plays and enjoy theatre performances.


Huberman, Ludwig, and Pope. The Theatrical Imagination, 2nd edition.

Worthen (ed.) The Harcourt Brace Anthology of Drama, 3rd edition.


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. Projects: Each student must complete five projects which incorporate theatrical practice with plays read for class. 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 complete a Tech Option by working in the scene shop, a Performance Option by working on a theatrical production or else attend three 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. 7. Daily Journal: Each student will maintain a daily journal.