COMT101 Introduction to Theater
Department of Arts and Communication: Performance Arts
- I. Course Number and Title
- COMT101 Introduction to Theater
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
There is a required text and play scripts as assigned. Students will be required to watch or read or attend at least three play/theater performances during the course term.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- Students in this course read, watch, discuss, and analyze historical and contemporary plays. Students examine aesthetic concerns of audience, playwright, performers, director, and designers.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of the art of theater from a cultural, historical, social, and aesthetic perspective [Arts/Humanities];
- dramatize out the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the theater experience;
- research theater topics; and
- critique a production: the play, the intent, the performances, the direction, and the design.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Introduction to the art of theater
- Role of the audience
- Role of the performers and director
- The playwright
- Dramatic structure
- Designers: lighting, sound, costume, set
- Major theatrical forms and movements
- Historical/Classical drama
Course should also include the following:
- Lectures, discussions, exercises, constructive criticism of plays and productions
- Textbook reading assignments, library research workshops, instructional videos
- Attendance of at least three live performances, followed by written critique of production
- Tests: quizzes, mid-term, final examination
- In class analysis of at least three plays. Plays can be text or video.
Instructor will include a play from three of the following categories: (1) Classical Greek/Roman, (2) Medieval, (3) Renaissance/Shakespeare, (4) Neoclassic, (5) Melodrama, (6) Global Culture, (7) Twentieth Century, (8) Musical, (9) International, Ethnic, Minority. At least one play must provide an opportunity to explore a facet of American culture.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsStudent assessment is based on reading of play scripts and class discussions, essay exams, and at least one paper based on a theater initiative.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:
- See course syllabus.
- At least one play script identifying international, gender, and/or minority perspectives is required. Further supplements may include, but are not limited to:
- Other play scripts as assigned;
- Library resources;
- Videos/Films/CDs/Web; and
- Live stage productions.
Review/Approval Date - 5/05; Core Goals/Objectives added 3/05; Revised 11/09; New Core 8/2015; Revised 02/14/23