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									Introduction to the Theatre Experience
THTR 100
Syllabus

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Course Description

Theatre 100 is designed as an introductory study of the theatrical art form and its contemporary production
practice. Through lecture/discussion, assigned reading of a standardized survey text, reading of play texts,
theatre attendance, theatre tours, written critiques, and master classes by working theatre professionals,
students develop knowledge of, and appreciation for, theatrical performance as a unique form of live
entertainment, social reflection, and potential means for social reform. Topics covered include an
introduction to theatre history, theatre architecture and spaces, dramatic literature, dramatic structures and
genres, script analysis and critical theory, as well as practical information on the creative processes and
business by with theatre is created. Throughout the semester, students engage in a series of workshops and
participatory creative projects that enable them to extend factual knowledge to their own learning in
creative practice. The course culminates in a collaborative project in which students write, direct, perform,
design, and manage the production of original one-act play. This course satisfies the Artistic Knowledge
and Experience area of the Core Curriculum, and develops critical thinking and communications
skills.

Course Objectives

Through a combination of lecture/discussions, readings, play attendance, in class exercises and creative
projects students will meet a number of learning outcomes relevant to artistic knowledge and experience.
Upon completion of the course the student will develop knowledge and skills to:

identify the variety of collaborating arts and artists that combine to create of a work of theatre. Through
readings, creative exercises and guest lectures, students are introduced to the four theatre crafts of acting,
directing, design, and playwrighting. Students write critiques of live performances identifying the
contribution of each craft to the whole event.

apply knowledge of theatrical process through expressive and creative endeavors. Students both study and
apply the processes and terminologies of contemporary theatrical production practice. These include the
crafts named above, as well as theatre management and methods of collaboration in the production process

demonstrate skills for taking the page to the stage in acting, directing, and design—including non-verbal
means of communication and expression. Students analyze a written play script for performance in acting
directing and design, and present these projects to the class for critique by the instructor and student peers.

identify plot structures, dramatic genres, and historically significant production practices. Through reading
of significant plays from significant styles and genres, as well as a review of theatre history from the
Greeks to the present, students learn haw theatrical forms and practices shift over time.

acquire critical and technical vocabulary to describe, analyze, and formulate an argument about artistic
productions they both observe and produce. Through study and active application, students acquire critical
and technical vocabulary enabling them to describe, analyze, and formulate an argument about artistic
productions they both observe and produce.
assess the essential relationship of the live audience to the event and explain theatre’s social functions for
entertainment and aesthetic pleasure. Students are introduced to origin theories of theatre that identify the
essential relationship of the live audience to the event and explain theatre’s social functions for
entertainment and aesthetic pleasure.

participate with enhanced appreciation in live theatrical events at Loyola and in the rich Chicago theatre
community. Students attend theatre and performance events at Loyola and are encouraged to continue
involvement in Theatre Department activities. Exposure to the theatre, particularly via professionals
working in the field, encourages increased attendance and appreciation of performance within the rich
Chicago theatre community.

acquire collaborative and problem solving skills through active practice in production of an original one act
play at the close of the semester.

Skill Objectives

1) Communication Thinking Skills and Sensitivities
This course is designed to achieve five of the skills and sensitivities in Communication. Student will
develop and apply skills to:

write clearly and effectively. Students complete critiques of two live performances, creating a clear
argument related to dramatic structure, thematic content and unity of production choice. Students write a
short play script in the playwrighting section of the course. Students are asked to integrate basic elements
of dramatic structure, including exposition, inciting incident, conflict, climax and denouement. These short
scripts are read in class, and critiqued according to the dramatized clarity of these structural elements.

effectively articulate, organize, and support positions extemporaneously. Students develop
extemporaneous verbal skills through emphasis on discussion in course format, group critique of live
performance and creative work by student peers, and through participation in improvisational exercises.

assess means of storytelling in verbal and visual arts, in order to create effective messages and unified
themes integrating all collaborating theatre media. In consideration of the collaboration of combined
“texts” that comprise theatrical performance, students develop critical skills to evaluate clarity of
storytelling and unity of theme across varying media. Additionally, students develop skills at translating
written text to dramatized performance in all theatre crafts. Students develop skills in differentiating the
roles of the playwright, director, actor, and designer in the production process and in the dramatized story.
Students read several scripts aloud in class, including short one-act plays representative of significant
periods of theatre history as well as original scripts generated from playwrighting exercises and projects.
Students critique these scripts aloud in class, evaluating their plot structures, clarity in storytelling, and
clarity of thematic impact. Students apply the critical framework described above in creation of a project
chosen from the four theatre crafts, and in their work on the final project. Students apply technical and
creative processes outlined in workshops, lectures, and in-class exercises.

appreciate the impact of representational choices and theatrical production processes and the ways in which
they establish, reinforce, and/or question social relationships, practices, and institutions. Students are
introduced to critical theories of representation and revisionist historiographies to illuminate political,
social, and cultural implications of plot structures, genres, actor/audience relationships, and casting, design,
theatre organization, and other production choices.

2) Critical Thinking Skills and Dispositions
In this course students will develop and exercise the following skills:

comprehend, paraphrase, summarize, and contextualize the meaning of varying forms of communication,
Students learn to identify how script analysis and artistic choices in all areas contribute to the
communication of thematic content and clarity in theatrical production. Students are asked to argue these
points of critical analysis in written critiques, class discussions of plays attended, class critiques of
playwrighting projects, and in completion of directing and design processes for the creative projects and the
final collaborative process.

analyze the relationships between forms of theatrical representation intended to convey beliefs, judgments,
experience, reasons, information, or opinions. As noted above, lecture discussion and readings, students
are introduced to critical theories of representation, variation in plot structures and dramatic styles to
illuminate political, social, and cultural implications of theatrical representations.

assess the strengths and weaknesses of varying points of view. Students are asked to frame all opinions
raised in class discussion in informed critical language, employing arguments, terminologies, and
knowledge of process and practice to strongly supported arguments. They are asked to defend and/or
strengthen these arguments in response to dialogue with other students of the instructor.

generate new ideas, questions, and proposals; and develop strategies to support an argument, make a
decision, or resolve a problem. In collaborative work on the final project, students develop skills in each of
the above areas. Members of the collaborative team are asked to formulate an artistic argument in response
to the structure and thematic intent of original play script. Students in all creative areas make cases for
their choices, which may be argued and counter-argued in process.

monitor individual thinking or behavior in order to question, confirm, or correct it. In contribution to a
unified and clear theme in the final product, students develop skills in creative problem solving, team work,
and effective communication based on critically informed analysis.

Course Requirements: For Example

Participation:
The student is expected to participate in all class activities, which will include discussions, readings,
improvisations, theatre games, exercises, and outings.

Texts: For example, The Theatre Experience by Edwin Wilson, 9th Edition

Quizzes:
There are two quizzes given over the course of the semester. These quizzes will assess comprehension
of historical technical, critical, and practical terminology introduced in reading, lectures, and
workshops. Quiz dates are noted on your syllabus calendar.

Critiques:
The student will attend two Loyola University Chicago Theatre Department productions and write
critiques on them. These play critiques assess the strength of production choices in terms of clarity
in storytelling and unity of production elements. Papers are assessed according to comprehension
and articulation of dramatic structure and evaluation of the relationship between production choices
in direction and design to structural analysis. Critiques should be 2-3 typewritten pages. A ticket
stub and a program should be attached to the critique. Topics and guidelines for critiques will be
discussed in class.

Creative Projects:
Students will complete an individual creative project related to one theatrical craft—chosen from
acting, directing, playwrighting and design. All creative projects will be carefully explained in class,
and you will have a choice of projects to fulfill the assignment. Creative projects will be evaluated in
term s of clarity of storytelling and practical application of techniques and creative processes
identified in participatory workshops, lectures, and discussions.

Final Project:
Students will create and perform an original theatrical piece in collaboration with other class
members as a final project. Final presentations will be given on our final exam date. Students will
share the creative responsibilities of writing a script, acting, directing, and designing a show. Final
Creative Projects should demonstrate comprehension of collaborative and creative processes
covered. Students are evaluated in terms of unity of production elements, clarity of structure and
storytelling, and application of relevant techniques and creative processes in their assigned area.

Attendance:
Participation in discussions and exercises will be figured as an important part of your final grade.
Therefore attendance is mandatory. Every student is expected to be in class, on time, every day.
Excessive tardiness and/or absences will result in the lowering of your participation grade. If you
cannot come to class please contact the instructor in advance via email or office telephone. You are
responsible for all materials covered in class during absence.

Assignments:
Late work will not be accepted without an approved University excuse. All written work is expected
to be typed and carefully proof read.

Academic Dishonesty:
This class is conducted in accordance with Loyola University Policies. Review the policies on
academic dishonesty and plagiarism found in the Loyola University Student Handbook.


Introduction to the Theatre Experience
THTR 100
Semester Calendar

The following topics, readings, and assignments are suggested for each week:


Date:                     Assignment:                                 Reading:

Week    1                 Introductions and Orientation to Course

                          Lecture Discussion: What is Theatre?        Wilson Part 1
                          Story and Conflict
                          Theatre Games

Week    2                 Theatre Spaces
                          Theatre Tour

                          Dramatic Literature: Ancient Greeks         Wilson Part 3
                          In class: Sophocles’ Antigone

Week    3                 Dramatic Literature: Medieval and Elizabethan
                          In class: York Cycle: The Creation Shakespeare’s Hamlet (excerpts)

                          Dramatic Literature: Realism                In class: Checkov: The Bear
                          Williams: Talk to Me Like the Rain

Week    4                 Dramatic Literature: Theatre of the Absurd and Alternatives to Realism
                          In class: Beckett: Footfalls

                          Lecture/Discussion: Film and Theatre
                          In class: Kushner’s Angels in America
Week    5                 Playwrighting Workshop                      Wilson Part 4
                          Aristotle’s Elements of Drama
                          Genre
                   Dramatic Structure

Week     6         Acting Workshop                            Wilson Part 2

Week     7         Playwrighting Projects read in class
                   Unit 1 Quiz

Week     8         Directing/Design Collaboration Workshop
                   Creative Projects Chosen                Wilson Part 5

Week 9             Stage and Theatre Management               First Critique Due

Week     10        Environmental Theatre Projects

                   Environmental Theatre Projects Presented
                   Final Project Workshop

Week     11        Creative Projects Presented
                   Directing, Acting, Design

Week     12        Creative Projects Presented
                   Directing, Acting, Design


Week     13        Final Project Workshop                     Second Critique Due

Week     14        Final Project Workshop

Week     15        Unit 2 Quiz

Final Exam:        Final Presentation



February 2, 2011
            Second Critique Due

Week     14        Final Project Workshop

Week     15        Unit 2 Quiz

Final Exam:        Final Presentation



December 1, 2010

								
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