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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 220
Course Title: Introduction to Theatre
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Introduction to the elements utilized during the production of a play as well as an emphasis on increased appreciation of numerous major performance styles and genres.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A play anthology or individual plays.

Most current edition of the following:

How Theater Happens
By Archer, Steven (Macmillan)
The Theatre Experience
By Wilson, Edwin (McGraw Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To recognize trends and practices in theatre.
  • To develop more sophisticated comprehension and appreciation skills.
    Measurable Learning
  • Identify the substance, form and technique of all production elements.
  • Recognize the effective use of certain production elements.
  • Demonstrate the critical skills to appreciate multiple theatrical genres, practices, and techniques.
    Topical Outline:
  • What is drama
  • The playwright
  • The play
  • The director
  • The actor
  • The technical crew
  • The audience
  • Performance and production

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: June 18, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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