THEA 001. Theater and Performance
An introduction to the art form and practice(s) of theater and live performance. We will study a variety of approaches, theories, genres and critiques of live performance. This study will focus on contemporary, as well as historic practice(s). This course should provide the student with exposure to a wide variety of live performance across genres and time periods. The student will develop an understanding and appreciation of the importance of theater and live performance to the ever-changing world at large, and how the art form explores the nature and complexities of the human condition and can be a mirror to society. The course will also provide basic knowledge and context for all disciplines of live performance including, playwriting, dramaturgy, directing, choreography, performance and design, thus encouraging students to identify areas of interest so they can pursue them further. We will study live performances inside as well as outside of class. In addition, we will read plays, librettos, and critical theory. Ultimately, the student will focus on the process of writing effectively about theater and performance by cultivating a point of view on each work covered that is both analytical as well as personal.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
Fall 2020. Saunders.
Fall 2021. Kuharski.
Catalog chapter: Theater
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/department-theater
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