GBST 116
The Art of Playing: An Introduction to Theatre and Performance Fall 2023 (also offered Spring 2024)
Division II
Cross-listed THEA 101 / COMP 151
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This is an introduction to the global art and practice of making theatre. Students will learn about the history, aesthetics, and approaches to the performer’s labor associated with select performance forms from around the world. Emphasis will be on the analysis of embodied practices and the relationship between the stage and everyday life. Through readings, audiovisual materials, performance exercises, and discussions we will engage with theatre as a constantly evolving art form, sharpening our analytical skills through theoretical approaches from performance studies. Central to our exploration will be excavating the Eurocentric assumptions that conventionally shape the practice and study of theater in the United States. We will seek ways to decolonize our perspectives and ask critical questions about performance’s potential to enact strategies of anti-racism and anti-imperialism. This course, open to all students, is a gateway to the major in Theatre, and is a prerequisite for THEA 201, THEA 204, THEA 301, and THEA 401.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 1636
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5-page critical essays, journal reflections, studio exercises, and active participation in all activities
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: prospective Theatre majors or Theatre majors or Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 116 Division II THEA 101 Division I COMP 151 Division I

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