COMT101: Introduction to Theatre
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearSpring 2012 / (15 weeks): Jan 18, 2012 to May 15, 2012
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Cooper Robb   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8085

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

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Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

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Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Other special requirements may apply. Consult "Other Information about the Section" for details.

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

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  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

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Other Information about the Course

Attendance at one theater production off-campus. Textbook "Another Opening, Another Show" available in BCCC bookstore. Personal Introduction

My name is Cooper Robb and I am the instructor for your eLearning course. I realize that many of you considering the course may have some questions about its content and perhaps about my experience as well. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Temple University and a Master of Arts in Theatre from Villanova University. I work full time as the theatre critic at the Philadelphia Weekly in addition to writing about theatre for several other local and national publications.

The course is an overview of Theatre from the Greeks through the present day stressing the relationships between the different periods and the plays of the world's greatest dramatists. We will begin with the Greek tragedians before exploring Shakespeare's Elizabethan Theatre. We will then move on to Italian Commedia dell'Arte, Seventeenth-Century France, Romanticism and the Realism of Ibsen. Our historical overview will conclude with the modernist temperament of Eugene O'Neill and Bertolt Brecht, the poetic imagery and symbolism of Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett's absurdist theater, the diversity of contemporary theater and finally a brief examination of world theatre.

In addition there will be a section on theatre artists including actors, directors and designers. You will attend a local professional production to review for your final assignment. If their schedule permits we will have a local theater artist as guest speaker to discuss their work.

We will be using two compatible texts for the course: Essential Theatre and Plays for the Theatre from Oscar G. Brockett and Robert J. Ball. If you have never attended a theater performance or have performed on stage dozens of times, the course is designed for anyone interested in theater. I very much look forwarding to teaching the course and exploring the world of theatre with you.


Cooper Robb