Theatre 376

THEA 376: Theatre History II

Prerequisites: THEA 201 and junior standing

Credit Hours: (3)

Investigates theatre from the Renaissance through the modern and contemporary theatre repertoire, examining aspects of theatrical performance, design, architecture, audiences, literature, and theory/criticism. Theatre is contextualized in the cultures, styles, and politics of past societies, with emphasis on the influence of theatre in today’s world.

Detailed Description of Course

1.    Trends in theatre research
2.    French Renaissance Theatre
3.    English Restoration Theatre
4.    European Theatre in the Enlightenment
5.    Setting the Stage for Realism
6.    Realism and 20th-century Non-realism
7.    American Theatre History, 1660-present
8.    Global theatre: Japan, China, South Africa, and Nigeria

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course consists of traditional lecture through oral and visual presentations, visual analysis of ancient structures, artifacts, fashion and artworks, class discussions, group discussions, readings in and out of class, and completion of a research project.  Approaches will also include problem-based and experiential learning.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

1.    To trace and recount important events and developments in the history of world theatre;
2.    To make sense of lives and cultures that differed from our own;
3.    To read, envision, and analyze historically significant theatrical performances;
4.    To discover the relevance and value of theatre’s past to our life today;
5.    To achieve the completion of a major research project;
6.    To gain insight into how theatre and society have influenced one another.

Assessment Measures

Graded work will take the forms of written quizzes, tests, and papers.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

September 2005    Review

February 2009       Revision        Carl Lefko

3/2010                  Review         Carl Lefko

July, 2010