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Introduction to Theatre

This course exposes students to fundamental practices and creative processes in dramatic arts, focusing on the relationship of theatre to various cultures throughout history and on the contributions of significant individuals. It introduces elements of the production process, including collaboration, playwriting, acting, directing, design, and criticism, and it explores differing periods, styles, and genres of theatre through reading, discussion, films, and live theatre critique. Students are required to attend college theatre performances. C-ID THTR-111.

Subject: DRAM
Course Number: 105
Section Number: 2780
Units: 3
Instructor: Layne, Theresa

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Learning Management System (LMS) for this course: Canvas
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Office hours: Fridays 2:00-3:00pm Online
Phone: 760-757-2121 x6815
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Course Goals
To develop an expanded awareness of the art of the theatre - it's inherent qualities, it's functions, and it's contributions to the emotional and intellectual life of humankind.

Course Textbooks
Required Reading: Theater: The Lively Art by Edwin Wilson & Alvin Goldfarb, Edition 4,5,6,7,8 or 9
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare - Free Online
Tartuffe by Moliere - Free Online
An Enemy of the People by Henrick Ibsen Translated by Richard Wilbur - Free Online
*I recommend reading and watching movie versions of the above plays especially if you don't have a lot of theater experience.
Live Performance Critiques
You are required to see 3 live performances and write 3 critiques. One professional and 2 non-professional. MiraCosta Theater will present 2 plays and you may see those as your non-professional productions. 

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