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COMP 151
The Art of Playing: An Introduction to Theatre and Performance Fall 2020
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 151 / THEA 101 / GBST 116

Class Details

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. As a capstone project, students will create virtual performances. 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; Course will be taught in a hybrid format. Recorded lectures, viewing of online clips, readings, and worksheets can be done asynchronously. We will meet for group discussion and performance exercises on Zoom or, if safe to do so, outside and in the classroom.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2714
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5-page critical essays, journal reflections, virtual performances, and active participation in discussions and exercises
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: prospective Theatre majors or Theatre majors or Comparative Literature majors
Materials/Lab Fee: none
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 GBST 116 Division II

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