Theatre 101 aims to answer several questions, the most important of which is, “what is the nature of the theatre experience?”
Why do people do theatre?
What do they hope to accomplish?
What is the relationship between the performers and the audience? How has the relationship between theatre and society developed throughout history from the early theatres of democratic Athens to the contemporary mega-musical?
The course looks at drama and theatre arts as art, literature, business, and entertainment, and it examines the creative processes of theatre — writing, design, directing, and acting — which move from idea to script to performance.
Because theatre, by its very nature, is interactive and interdisciplinary, this course encourages students to develop their own imaginations and to be open-minded in their responses to the theatre experience. It encourages considered, critical evaluation of difficult or challenging material and asks students to develop their capacity for interpretation, evaluation, and cultural understanding.
1 : Introduction
2 : Interview with Dr. Michael Maudin
3 : The Audience
4 : Theatre, Film, Television and Public Affairs
5 : Musical Theatre
6 : Development of the American Musical
7 : Golden Age of the American Musical
8 : Interview with Michael Brill
9 : The Play
10 : Structure of a Play
11 : Interview with Sandra Fenichel Asher
12 : Interview with Paula Caplan
13 : Interview with Sherri Kramer
14 : Interview with Dr. Tita Baumlin
15 : Theatre Organization
16 : The Director
17 : Interview with Dr. Michael Mauldin
18 : Interview with Roy Hamlin
19 : Interview with Jack Laufer
20 : Interview with Tess Harper
21 : Interview with Milton Blankenship
22 : Interview with Student Actors
23 : The Visual Designers
24 : Interview with Louis Schaeffer
25 : Theatre Architecture and Performance Spaces
26 : The Producer
27 : Interview with Dr. Blackwood & Mark Templeton
28 : Interview with Enoch Morris
29 : Interview with Beth Domann
30 : Summing Up
Instructor: Robert Bradley Ph.D.