Theatre 100

THEA 100: Theatre Appreciation

Credit Hours: (3)

An introduction to the art of theatre and dramatic literature through lectures and discussion of basic artistic components involved in the theatrical process. Attendance at theatrical productions is a major component to the course.

Note(s): This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Visual and Performing Arts.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the art of theatre and the theatrical process. It is designed for those who will be members of the audience and will view the completed production, as well as for those who choose to embark upon graduate study or professionally created or interpreted theatre. The course is directed then, to several groups: to those who have not had the opportunity to enjoy the professional theatre; to the countless playgoers who attend school and community theatre performances; to those whose only acquaintance with dramatic fare has been through films and television; to those who are beginning their appreciation of the theatre in the classroom and have yet to see a full-scale dramatic productions; and to those who ultimately may choose the theatre as a life work. The major areas of theatre which will be considered in the course are:

1. Dramatic literature and playwrights of all genres
2. The various periods of theatrical history
3. The arts of acting and directing
4. Costume design
5. Scenic design
6. Lighting design
7. Theatre architecture
8. Theatre management


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

1. Dramatic literature and playwrights will be studied through reading and discussing assigned plays.
2. Periods of theatrical history and theatre architecture will be discussed in lectures.
3. The theatrical processes of acting, directing, costuming, scenic design and lighting design will be examined in lectures and participation exercises.
4. Theatre management will be discussed in lectures.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course the student will:

1. have become acquainted with the several most important dramatic works from each of the great periods of theatrical literature
2. have been introduced to the changing concepts of theatrical presentation from its beginnings to the present day
3. have become acquainted with the development of the physical theatre throughout the ages
4. possess a knowledge of the various functions which comprise live theatrical presentations as listed in B, 1- 8 above 5. be familiar with critical criteria for the assessment of dramatic works and performances

Students will experience and analyze ways in which the visual and performing arts reflect and communicate aspects of the human experience.


Students will be able to:

a. analyze works of art in terms of the medium's distinctive language and syntax

b. identify and explain how works of art express human values and experiences within specific historical, cultural, and social contexts

c. identify and explain how the visual and performing arts have been used as vehicles for influencing culture

d. evaluate works of art from the perspectives of aesthetic and critical criteria


Assessment Measures

Students will be required to see all of the departmental theatrical presentations performed during the term and participate in post-production discussions of these plays.

Graded assignments may include discussion of assigned readings of plays, a mid-term and final written examinations, and pop quizzes. Students are also provided the opportunity to work on production crews for extra credit.


Other Course Information

Students are also provided the opportunity to earn extra credit by working on various backstage and front-of-house production crews.


Review and Approval

September 2005