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Introduction to Theatre Arts THTR 13100 (77471), Fall 2015 The City College of New York-CUNY Mondays/Wednesdays 12:30-1:45, Aaron Davis Hall ‘01 Instructor : Joanne Schultz Email: [email protected] Office: CG-311 Theatre Dept. Phone: 212-650-6666 Cell: 646.575.0886 Office Hour: Wednesdays from 2-3PM and other hours by appointment Course Description: This course is organized to introduce you to the various elements of the theatre with particular attention to the following inquiries: What is theatre? How is it created? What are the various occupations in the theatre? What is the position of theatre in society? This course will give you the means to discuss theatrical experiences and theatrical traditions, and provide a basis for your future endeavors with this art form. You will learn about theatre through lectures, reading, in-class discussions, viewing, theatre exercises, small group work and presentations, one field trip, and by attending four on- campus theatre productions and one off-campus show. General Education and Artistic Proficiencies: As part of City College’s General Education Curriculum, this course is designed to enhance your understanding of artistic issues and how they are studied. Students successfully completing this course will develop the following proficiencies: Oral and Written Communication Skills (CS) –You will have had multiple experiences in communicating ideas in writing and speaking. You will complete assignments totaling at least 3,500 words of writing. Artistic (A) and Critical Analysis (CA) –You will have had multiple experiences in critically and constructively analyzing and assessing artistic issues. Information Literacy (IL) –You will have had multiple experiences in finding information in the library, on the Internet, and in other places and in evaluating the reliability of this information. Learning Outcomes: To gain knowledge of what constitutes theatre and what makes it a unique art form. To begin to understand the ways in which theatre is a collaborative art form, putting the talents of various artists and craftspeople to work. To begin to understand the ways in which theatre is a composite art form, combining elements of creative writing, directing, acting, music, dance, set, costume, and lighting design. To see a number of theatrical presentations this semester (both on-campus and off) and write about them analytically. To gain knowledge of the various possible audience/actor relationships and theatrical spaces. To gain knowledge about the development of a theatrical project from creative inception, through writing, through staging and presentation.

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