The course is aimed at familiarizing students with the art of theater through a survey of the key components of the live theatrical experience.
Throughout the course, students will develop the critical skills and vocabulary needed to appreciate and thoughtfully analyze a live theatrical event. Students most often interact with plays or drama in English and Literature classes. In this course we aim to move beyond script analysis and discussion plot elements. Instead, students are asked to view each live performance as its own unique creation. They are urged to look at production details (set, lighting, costume, sound, props, acting, directing) rather than plot and themes which can be derived from a mere reading of the play. The goal is for students to learn how to become more than a reviewer and to begin moving towards the realm of dramatic criticism.