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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 advanced acting skills and theatre on the global stage. Prerequisite: COMM 220.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): COMM 220.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering.

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

Most current editions of books like 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 Objectives
  • To enable students to continue their study of acting, play analysis and production theory at the intermediate to advanced levels.
  • To increase their appreciation of the multiple forms, methods and social purposes of theatre.
    Measurable Learning

    • Describe and explain specific methods of acting • Construct and effectively perform monologues, duets, and ensemble work. • Demonstrate an intermediate- to- advanced level of play analysis and the appropriate terminology • Identify global trends in the art of theatre • Recognize how to be critical consumers of artistic events

    Topical Outline:

  • 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

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    Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: November 17, 2013
    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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