Theatre 110 - Understanding Theatre - Susan Hinshaw
I'm Susan Hinshaw and I am happy to be teaching Understanding Theatre online this semester!
I have worked as an actor in London, Seattle, and Los Angeles, appearing in numerous leading roles on-stage and in films. After graduating with an MFA in acting, I trained and studied with many notable artists including Barry Kyle (artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company), members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael Shurtleff, George Shadanoff (formerly of the Chekhov Theatre, in partnership with Michael Chekhov), and studied for seven years with Jose Quintero (cofounder of the Circle in the Square Theatre, collaborator/ interpreter of Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neil). I have studied voice using the Linklater technique with training from the Nobel institute in Sweden, and movement using the Alexander technique with training under Jean-Louis Roderique.
I have been teaching theatre for thirty-three years and have been at COC for 22 years.
I look forward to working with you and sharing my love of theatre with you!
Official course description:
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. (Due to Covid-19, our live theatre productions will be virtual, and will have no cost to attend them.)
Student learning outcomes:
Appraise and evaluate a theatrical or dramatic presentation through an examination of production elements such as the script, direction, acting, costumes, scenery, properties, music, choreography, lighting, and sound.
1. Analyze the nature of theatre and its role in society.
2. Determine the impact audience participation, theatre space and environment has on a theatrical event.
3. Differentiate the goals, processes and tools of individual theatrical collaborators and explain their contribution to theatrical production.
4. Assess the historical, artistic, social, and philosophical contexts in which theatre exists.
5. Critically analyze dramatic literature and performances.
6. Propose alternative solutions to theatrical production situations.
What to Expect in this Course
This course is 100% online and requires you to work independently. We will not be meeting on Zoom.
You need a computer with Internet access that you can rely on. You will need enough time on the computer to take part in the course and complete all the assignments and quizzes. Plan to have access to a computer. The college is loaning computers to students who do not have computer access.
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- Internet browser
- Microsoft Word
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- Word processing software including creating, modifying, saving, and retrieving Word files.
Types of Assessments
Individual homework assignments: (Examples of such assignments include writing personal responses to course material, analyzing play structure, and play critiques.
Due to Covid-19, our live theatre productions will be virtual, and will not have a cost to attend them.)
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Online educational resources will be provided.
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Last updated: 07/11/2021 Sub#: 367