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BC3 Academic Catalog: 2023-2024 
    
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ARTS 112 - Introduction to Theater

3 Credits: (3 lecture)

Course Description
This course is an introduction to theatre intended to increase understanding, appreciation, and critical perceptions of the theatrical event. Readings, activities, and lectures focus on the elements of theatrical practice, artists and innovators of theatre throughout history and the theatre’s development as an art form and social phenomenon.

Text
Wilson, Edwin & Alvin Goldfarb. Theatre: The Lively Art. 11th ed. New York: McGraw, 2022. Print.

Objectives
The student will be able to:

A. Identify characteristics of theatre that differentiate it from other art forms.

B. Describe the major components of the theatrical event, and functions of the various theatre personnel.

C. Define terms related to the study of theatre.

D. Write critiques of plays.

E. Describe characteristics of theatre in various periods of history.

Content
A. Definition and elements of theatre: Playwright, Play, Audience, Critics, Theatre.

B. Actors, Directors, Designers, other Theatre Personnel.

C. History of Theatre: Greek, Roman, Medieval, Rennaissance, Elizabethan, 20th

Century Realism, Modern Drama.

D. Musical Theatre.

Student Evaluation
Evaluation will be based on tests, written assignments, and class activities.

Bibliography
Bate, Jonathan. The Genius of Shakespeare. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Bigsby, C.W.E. Modern American Drama. 1945-1990. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Bordman, Gerald Martin. American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama. 1930-1969. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Brown, Russell. The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Ingham, Rosemary. From Page to Stage: How Theatre Designers Make Connections Between Scripts and Images. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1998.

Miller, Scott. From Assassins to West Side Story: The Director’s Guide to Musical Theatre. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996.

Torp, Thaddeus. Intro: A Beginner’s Look at the Art & Craft of Theatre. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt, 1996.