THEATR-110 - Understanding Theatre - Christopher Boltz
Hello! My name is Chris Boltz, and am a Full Time Faculty Member at College of the Canyons. My background in theatre is largely in the world of design and technical theatre, but I also have experience as a playwright, stage manager and director. We are going to cover all the parts of theatre including how it is like other story based entertainments, who does the work to make it happen, how it is structured, and just a little bit of its history. We will read and see a few plays!
The official course description is:
Analyzes theatre and the theatrical event from the audience perspective, including the functions of the producer, architect, playwright, director, actors, designers, and critics. Students will be required to attend live theatre productions.
What to Expect in this Course
Each week in a full term class, we will have 1-2 chapters to read from our text book or play we are reading (each reading assignment will have a short open-book review quiz on the chapter). There will also be a short open book review quiz for each reading assignment. Some weeks, instead of reading, you will an assignment to watch a play (online or in person). If the section is short term, the work load will be increased proportionally.
Types of Assessments
Types of Assignments:
- Weekly readings in the text book or assigned plays (in Canvas)
- Includes a short open-book review quiz
- Short critique essays on plays you watch (Live or On-line)
- Discussion Boards (online/hybrid classes) or In class discussions (onlineLive or In Person classes)
- Collaborative projects on plays we read
Theatre: The Lively Art 11th Edition by Edwin Wilson & Alvin Goldfarb. (ISBN-13: 978-1264049059, ISBN-10: 1264049056)
We will also read some plays, but they will be able to be downloaded from Canvas for free.
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Last updated: 11/24/2023 Sub#: 1341