Theatre 100 - Theatre Appreciation - Susan Hinshaw
Hello and welcome to Theatre Appreciation! Here we will gain a new, or deeper appreciation of theatre by watching on-line recordings of some of the world’s best productions and greatest performers and then talk about what we have seen. It's like a book club - only it's a theatre club.
In this course, we will analyze and evaluate the contribution of the director, actors and designers through the experience of watching some of the world’s best and exciting live performances on-line. We will discuss the actor’s performances and the work of the director, scenic designer, sound designer, costume designer, lighting designer, fight and intimacy choreographers, and in some cases, the music director and choreographer. Since we will be watching performances on-line, the differences between live theatrical presentations and recorded presentations will be discussed.
What to Expect in this Course
This course was inspired by my favorite course when I was a college student. In it, we read world literature and came together to discuss what we had read – like a book club. We met at my professor’s home and sat in a circle on the floor of his living room while he sat in a wing backed chair with his dog at his feet. I always made myself warm and comfortable in front of the fireplace. I have never experienced a stronger learning environment. It was a fun and exciting way to learn. In keeping with that class, we will watch some of the world’s greatest theatrical productions and come together to discuss them.
We will watch two performances and then come to a zoom class meeting where we will discuss what we observed. A reflection paper will be due on that day. There won’t be a dog or a fireplace and you won’t be sitting on the floor. Instead there will be lots of squares on the screen and you will be sitting in the comfort of your own home. Bring a cup of coffee and make yourself comfortable.
Types of Assessments
There will be five reflection papers in which you will discuss what you have learned by watching and discussing theatrical productions.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
No textbook will be used. The plays themselves will be our textbook.
Other Relevant Course Information
You will need regular and reliable access to the Internet, a good web browser and a word-processing program such as Microsoft Word.
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Last updated: 07/11/2021 Sub#: 365