Introduction to Theater [C]
This introductory course is designed to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of a theatrical experience. Students will explore the nature of theater as a unique artistic form of expression and recognize the creative power of theater in a society. The class will examine a variety of historical and cultural perspectives through reading and discussing different plays from various time periods, and gain insight into the role of the playwright, the actor, the director, the designer, and the audience while investigating the major elements of dramatic performance. Students will study fundamental principles and theories of drama from: Greek, Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary theater and develop criteria for critically evaluating and responding to a theatrical experience. The course content will include: play-reading and analysis, active exploration of course material, lecture and discussion. Students in this course will be required to attend a live theatrical performance.