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THEATR-220 - Theatre History I - Christopher Boltz

Course:Theatre History I
Professor:Christopher Boltz
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Christopher Boltz

Hi everyone, I'm Chris Boltz!  I am a full time faculty member at College of the Canyons.   I love theatre history, and I hope you will share my passion by the end of the semester.   We are not going to be memorizing names and dates -- instead we are going to look at the time period, explore plays of the period and understand why they were popular.  We will also discuss how these plays, performance techniques, etc. can be used in our modern theatre today.


Course Description

The official course description is:

Surveys theatre from ancient times through the 18th century.

What to Expect in this Course

Each week we will have readings from the textbook or assigned plays, a short (open book) review quiz on the reading, and a discussion board or project based on the weekly topic.   Some weeks we will also have some videos to watch.   We will have a major research project based on a theatre artist of the time periods we are exploring.

Types of Assessments

We will have short open-book review quizzes, discussion boards, research projects as part of our assessments.

Textbook Information

Our main textbook is: Living Theatre: A History of Theatre (ISBN-13: 978-0393640205, ISBN-10: 0393640205) by Wilson and Goldfarb.  You are welcome to purchase or rent used or digital copies to save some money.

We will also read several plays, but they will all be free to download from Canvas.

Other Relevant Course Information

This class is going to require you to participate and interact with your classmates and with me.  We will do that through discussion boards, email and projects.   Some of the plays we read will be unusual when compared with contemporary American plays -- be prepared to meet them with an open mind. Ask questions, Be curious, and Be thoughtful.

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Last updated: 05/02/2024 Sub#: 1343