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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 320
Course Title: Advanced Theatre
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Performance theory and criticism supporting current staging of monologues, duets and ensemble scripts in theatre and film. This course has a significant focus on advance acting skills and theatre on the global stage. Prerequisite: COMM 220.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: COMM 220.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Occasionally

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

How Theater Happens
By Archer, Steven (Macmillan)
Advanced Acting
By Cohen, Robert (McGraw-Hill)
The Longman Anthology of Drama and Theater: A Global Perspective
By Greenwald, Michael, Roger Schultz, & Roberto Pomo (Longman)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe and explain specific methods of acting
  2. Construct and effectively perform monologues, duets, and ensemble work.
  3. Demonstrate an intermediate- to- advanced level of play analysis and the appropriate terminology
  4. Identify global trends in the art of theatre
  5. Demonstrate how to be critical consumers of artistic events
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • This course is highly performative in nature and should include multiple performance events.
  • Ritual, drama, everyday life performance
  • Dramatic forms across time and globally
  • Methods of acting
  • Script analysis
  • Performance criticism

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: April 12, 2017
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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