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Theatre History



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Theatre History is a one semester course designed to give the student an overall appreciation of theatre as a performing art, as well as an introduction to production skills. It will acquaint the student with the elements of a stage production and the artists responsible for various contributions to the finished product. The focus of the class will be on developing the “total student”, including the development of personal resources, self-confidence and the ability to work well with others.  Students will learn basic acting skills such as improvisation and stage movement.


Class Objectives/Goals

In this course, students will be given an opportunity to develop mastery of the following:

  • an understanding of the processes of theatrical production
  • an understanding of the art of the stage and of criticism in relation to it
  • an ability to perform before an audience, and to demonstrate an understanding of, and some skill in, acting techniques
  • the acquisition of sufficient technical skill to produce satisfactory work in at least one of the theatrical arts or crafts
  • a knowledge of the major developments and techniques in the theatrical history of more than one culture






Units of Study

  • Greek Theatre
  • Roman Theatre
  • Medieval Drama
  • Italian Renaissance
  • Elizabethan Drama
  • French Neo-classic Theatre
  • Restoration Drama
  • 19th Century Theatre
  • Romantics
  • Melodrama
  • Well-Made Plays
  • Light Opera
  • Realism and Naturalism
  • Early 20th Century Theatre
  • Theatre of the Absurd
  • Playwrights of the 20th Century



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