THEA 101
The Art of Playing: An Introduction to Theatre and Performance Fall 2019
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 151 / THEA 101

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An introduction to the global art and practice of making theatre. Students will learn basic principles of different approaches to the actor¿s labor, alongside the history, aesthetics, and literature 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, discussions, attendance at live performances, and workshops with guest artists and faculty, we will engage with theatre as a constantly evolving art form, sharpening our analytical skills through theoretical approaches from the fields of theatre and performance studies. As a capstone project, students will stage and perform selected scenes before an audience, using practical and interpretive skills gained from the course. This course is 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. Class will meet on Fridays when time is needed for studio exercises, rehearsals, mentoring student projects, or guest artist workshops.
The Class: Format: seminar/laboratory; course will include both a seminar (1 hour and 15 minutes/week) and studio (2 hours and fifteen minutes/week); the total class meeting time will be 3 hours and 30 minutes per week
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 1935
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5-page critical essays, journal reflections, performance projects, and active participation in discussions and studio exercises
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: prospective Theatre majors or Theatre majors or Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 151 Division I THEA 101 Division I

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