Symbolism History Notes
While realism was the most popular style of theatrical productions, other theatre artists
felt strongly that a Aslice of life@ was not the best use of theatrical space or time.
A departure from realism is known as symbolism. This m
The Off Broadway Movement
In the 1930's in New York, producers and theatre groups rebelled against the expense and
constraints placed upon them by the profit-driven Broadway system. Therefore, many of
these groups moved their productions outside the theat
Stanislavski and the Moscow Art Theatre
Konstantin Stanislavski, the father of method acting, spent many hours discussing the
nature of life, truth and beauty and how these forces relate to theatre practice.
The Moscow theatre provided the 20 th century w
Theatre History of the Middle Ages
In the absence of a powerful monarch or government, the church took over many of the
functions of leadership.
Theatre became a way to communicate religious messages to the general public in a clear
and powerful way.
Greek Theatre History
In Greece, plays were performed only a few times a year at religious festivals honoring
the Greek God of wine and fertility, Dionysius.
The first plays were dramas and performed as contest. The plays would start in the early
The Elizabethan Age Theatre History
In England, The Renaissance is known as The Elizabethan Age. This period is named
after the powerful ruler Queen Elizabeth I. At the heart of the English Renaissance was
the love of language and the art of theatre.
Eastern Theatre History Traditions
In the early 1400's the Japanese were performing a very stylized form of theatre called
Noh Theatre. Noh had elements of opera, pantomime, and stylized dance. The first Noh
performances were written by Zeami.
In the dram
The American Regional Theatre History
Prior to the 1950's, New York City, with its powerful theatre investors, was the only
major center for theatre production in our country. There were many touring companies,
but few cities had resident companies. Howev
Theatre History In The Nineteenth Century
The invention of the steam engine, made it possible to transport theatre to areas that had
never had the opportunity to see theatre regularly. European stars and productions even
began to tour America.
Seventeenth-Century French Theatre History
This period is Frances Renaissance period.
The French were the first to build permanent theatre buildings after the fall of the Roman
The play had several settings on stage at the same time. The audience