Introduction to Theatre Arts

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Abstract

This course aims to help students develop an appreciation of the art and social functions of theatre. We will help you develop an understanding of the multiple roles of theatre in society as well as the possible roles not traditionally explored. We will develop a shared vocabulary of the discussion of plays (both as scripts and in performance) and explore the various aspects of theatre, including playwriting, acting, directing, design, dramaturgy, and criticism. In the broadest sense we hope to excite you about the vast possibilities theatre arts offer and in the process foster an appreciation for the art form.