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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies 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:

Offered Odd Fall

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

A play anthology or individual plays.

How Theater Happens
By Archer, Steven (Macmillan)
The Theatre Experience
By Wilson, Edwin (McGraw Hill)
The Art of Theatre
By Downs, Wright, and Ramsey (Cengage)
Twelve Plays for Theatre
By Cohen (Mayfield)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the substance, form and technique of all production elements.
  2.  Recognize the effective use of certain production elements.
  3.  Demonstrate the critical skills to appreciate multiple theatrical genres, practices, and techniques.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • 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:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: November 29, 2016
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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