ART TH syllabus S08

ART TH syllabus S08 - Art of Theatre (THE U101) M/W/Th...

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Art of Theatre (THE U101) Jonathan Carr M/W/Th 9:15-10:20 AM, 150 Dodge [email protected] Spring 2008 Office: 185 Ryder (Inside 180) Office hours: M/W/Th 10:30-11:30 AM, or by appt. SYLLABUS Course Description and Objectives This course is an introduction to theater. We will dissect the complex art of theater through Textbook readings and discussions Play readings (and occasional video viewings) and discussion Watching, discussing, and writing about 1 Northeastern Theatre Department production Practical group-work on one of the plays we read By the end of this course, students should have greater confidence in their abilities as informed audience members. Students will have an understanding of each collaborating artist’s role (playwright, director, actor, designer, dramaturg, etc.), and a sense of the range of choices available to those artists. Required Text (available at the university bookstore) Arnold, Stephanie. The Creative Spirit: An Introduction to Theatre (4 rd Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008. Class Participation and Reading This is a discussion class, so come to class with strong ideas about readings and plays. It is not enough for you merely to see/read a play or plow through textbook readings. After every reading (or audience event), take a few minutes to think and write down a few questions or thoughts. Taking some notes when the readings/plays are fresh in your mind will enrich class discussion, help you learn the material more actively and thoroughly, and help you greatly when you are preparing for exams. There is a heavy reading load in this class, so stay on top of it and ahead of it. Starting with our second class, there is reading due most days. Look on the class outline to see what readings are due on which days. Anything in the readings, whether covered in class or not , will be fair game on exams. Class participation counts for a large percentage of your grade. Nothing will help you participate more effectively than reading on time, thinking about the reading, and taking good notes about what you think. What makes for a high participation grade? Thoughtful questions and comments in response to discussion, lecture, and readings. Respectfully following class discussion and relating your questions and comments to the ongoing discussion. An entire class of people attentively responding to the current discussion is much more valuable than a series of non-sequiturs. Page 1 of 5
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Preparedness to respond even when your hand is not raised. I will call upon people with hands raised about half the time, and people without hands raised about half the time. o
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course THEU 101 taught by Professor Carr during the Spring '08 term at Northeastern.

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