o Born 1564 in Stratford upon Avon, EnglandApril 23rd
o Shakespearethe facts
Parents were Johnglovemaker, local politician and Marydaughter of
Shakespeare had 7 brothers and sisters
o Shakespearethe facts
o Improvisation a spontaneous style of theatre using unrehearsed and unscripted
acting scenes. In improv, actors bring imaginary circumstances to life through
action and dialogue.
o Improv is a form of acting.
o You will learn to think on y
Introduction to Film
o Basic Tools of Analysis
o Areas of Inquiry
o Example: Terrence Malicks The New World (2005)
o From Print Culture to Media Culture
During the twentieth century the economic needs of capitalism have
shifted from production to consum
The Elements of Drama
How does drama provide the reader a different experience than prose
(short stories, novels) or poetry?
How is drama different from television?
Comes from the Greek Word, Dran
Means To do or To Act
o Impossible to define
o Definite kinds, low to high
o Reformation of a (ridiculous) character
o Holiday spirit
o Ritual element (marriage)
o Comic diction
Comedy offers malicious enjoyment through the spectacle of those
deficient in self
Intro to Intro
Online readings and lecture notes
2 multiple choice tests, 25% each
Short reading quizzes, 20%
Participation in breakout sections, 15%
Small group projects due at sections, 15%
- Everything you wanted to know about Greek tragedy but were afraid to ask
- What are we going to talk about?
The Origins of Tragedy
Which Cities Performed Tragedy
When Tragedy was Performed
The Parts of a Greek Theater
The Theaters Th
Musical Theatre History
o Development of the Musical
o Primitive Man -Medieval Europe
o Caveman - explained customs through music, song, dance, and acting
o 5th Century B.C. - sang (chanted) lines, chorus moved rhythmically to music
o Rome - pantomimes u
Began when Romans tried to adopt Greek Theatre
Comedy surpassed Greek predecessors
Tragedy not as successful
Because of Romans high standards for themselves they thought Romans
wouldnt behave in a free spirited fashionso thei
Renaissance Theatre History
o Renaissance Drama
(1500 1700 CE)
o Renaissance means rebirth of classical knowledge.
Known more for stage equipment and scenery than great plays.
Ideas from Greek and Roman period blended to develop
o The Modern Approach
Throughout theatres history, the physical dimensions of the space
have affected the performances held in them.
A new approach is called Environmental Theatre. This type of
theatre does not use conventional seati
The Greek Theater
o 5th Century B. C.
o Golden Age of Greek Drama
o Dramatic festivals were popular
o People witnessed tragic and comic plays
o Overview of Greek Theatre
Greece has thousands of inhabited islands and dramatic mountain