Introduction to Theatre (Section 1) [CRN 81189]

Discipline: Theatre
Instructor: Moore
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1530
End: 1650
Field Work: Day 5 | October 11, 2018 | South Africa
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

The study of Theatre as an art and one of the humanities, its impact upon society, and its relationship to other art forms. A collaborative and multi-disciplined art form, theatre is a synthesis of many artistic mediums and a forum for communicating new ideas.

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements of theatre, its impact upon society, and its relationship to other art forms. We will examine theatrical styles and conventions, the relationship between performer and audience, design, playwriting, directing, performance traditions, theatre spaces, theatre movements and the relationship between theatre and social change. The origins of theatre and some of the fundamental differences between Eastern and Western theatre will also be a topic of discussion. The course will facilitate not only a greater understanding of theatre as an art form but help students develop an appreciative and critical eye and a desire to engage as audience members and perhaps practitioners. A significant component of the course will be attending and analyzing theatrical performances in the countries visited.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 5
Date: October 11, 2018

Students will visit Stellenbosch University’s Drama department for an acting workshop with Director/Actress Alison Hofer and colleagues. They will then meet with other local students from the theatre program at Stellenbosch.

In the evening we will return to Cape Town for dinner and see a performance at the Fugard Theatre.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will discover and develop performance skills in an acting workshop
  2. Students will attend a theatre production at the cutting edge Fugard Theatre in Cape Town which will enhance their appreciation for playwriting and knowledge of south African Theatre.
  3. Performance attendance will reinforce the skills that students have been developing in class and generate an understanding of and an appreciation for, design and performance in the service of storytelling.