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TH 1001 Introduction to Theatre
Daily Schedule

Day Date Topic Assignment
Wed Sept 3

Introduction, syllabus, text, discussion forum.

Steven Dietz: American College Theater Festival

Ben Cameron:
The True Power of the Performing Arts

Fri Sept 5

Moodle Demonstration

On-line Discussion:
Link to Moodle - First assignment: Introduce Yourself!

Decide on a name for your discussion group


Sept 8
Theatre Production

Video: Every Little Step, Part I

Wed Sept 10

Theatre Production

Video: Every Little Step, Part II

Introduce yourself! Moodle Assigment Due

Fri Sept 12

On-line Discussion: Chapters 1


Mon Sept 15

Acting in Film, Part I
More about Michael Cain

Wed Sept 17 Theatre Production

Taylor Jensen, Managing Director UMD Stage 2

Matt Dufault, Technical Director UMD Stage 2

Dylan Rugh, director Red Light Winter

Chapter 1 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Sept 19

On-line Discussion: Chapters 2
The Audience


Mon Sept 22

Acting in Film, Part II

Wed Sept 24 Theatre Spaces

Tour Marshall Center
Meet in Marshall Performing Arts Center

Chapter 2 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Sept 26

On-line Discussion: Chapter 3
Theatre Spaces


Mon Sept 29 Acting

Guest Speaker: Kelly Grussendorf, Actor

Improv: Upright Citzen's Brigade

Wed Oct 1 Acting

Video: Uncle Vanya
More about Constantin Stanislavski

Chapter 3 Moodle Assignment Due

A Doll's House Opens October 2
Marshall Performing Arts Center

Fri Oct 3

On-line Discussion: Chapter 4

Acting and Liberal Education
Sir Ian McKellen on Acting (humorus)

Mon Oct 6 Directing

Guest Speaker: Andy Bennett, Executive Director Renegade Theatre Company

Wed Oct 8

No class.

A Doll's House Performance
Talkback Session with Dr. Tineke Ritmeester

Marshall Performing Arts Center

Chapter 4 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 10 On-line Discussion: Chapters 5
Directors and Producers


Mon Oct 13



Guest Speaker: Tom Isbell & Stage 2 10-Minute Playwrights

Wed Oct 15


Video: Playwrights


Chapter 5 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 17

On-line Discussion: Chapters 6 & 7


Mon Oct 20

Greek Tragedy

Shakespearean Tragedy


Video: Antigone
More about Sophocles

Video: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
More about William Shakespeare

Wed Oct 22

Theatre of the Oppressed

Guest Speaker: Dalia Basiouny

Chapters 6 & 7 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 24 On-line Discussion: Chapters 8
Theatrical Genres


Mon Oct 27

Midterm Review


Wed Oct 29 Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam

Chapter 8 Moodle Assignment Due

And Baby Makes Seven Opens October 30
Dudley Experimental Theatre

Fri Oct 31 No class.  

Mon Nov 3

Scenic Design

Guest Speakers: Curt Phillips , Scenic Designer A Doll's House & Hedwig and the Angy Inch, Matt Dufault Scenic Designer, And Baby Makes Seven, and Ashley Wereley, Scenic Designer for Legally Blonde

Meet in Dudley Experimental Theatre

Wed Nov 5 Puppetry

Video: Everyman <>

Auteur Directors Video: Julie Taymor
More about Julie Taymor

Video: War Horse

Fri Nov 7 On-line Discussion: Chapter 9

Mon Nov 10

Costume Design

Guest Speaker: Patricia Dennis, Costume DesignerA Doll's House & And Baby Makes Seven


Wed Nov 12 Make-up Design

Guest Speaker: Ryan Fargo, Make-up Designer for Hedwig and the Angy Inch

Chapter 9 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Nov 14 On-line Discussion: Chapter 10
Stage Costumes


Mon Nov 17 Lighting Design


Wed Nov 19

Ildiko Rippel

University of Worcester

Devised Theatre/ Performance Technology

Chapter 10 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Nov 21

On-line Discussion: Chapter 11
Lighting and Sound



Mon Nov 24

Musical Theatre

Restoration Theatre


Video: History of Musical Theatre
Guest Speaker: Rebecca Katz Harwood, director Go, Dog. Go!

Video: Tartuffe
More about Moliere

Video: the Importance of Being Earnest
More about Oscar Wilde

Video: Miss Julie
More about August Strindberg

Wed Nov 26

Musical Theatre History


Video: Broadway Musicals

Chapter 11 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Nov 28

On-line Discussion: Chapter 12
Musical Theatre



Mon Dec 1

Sound Design

Guest Speaker: Sound Designer Nick Gosen for Legally Blonde

Meet in the Marshall Center auditorium

Wed Dec 3

Contemporary Departures From Realism




Theatrical Diversity

Presentation: Shane Gilman

Video: Between Beckett and Brecht
Video: Katrina Waiting for Godot

More about Samuel Becket
More about Bertholdt Brecht

Video: Top Girls
More about Caryl Churchill

Video: Angels in America
More about Tony Kushner

Chapter 12 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Dec 5 On-line Discussion: Chapters 13 & 14
Global and Contemporary Theatre


Mon Dec 8

American Realism

Video: Death of a Salesman
More about Arthur Miller

Video: The Glass Menagerie
More about Tennessee Williams

Wed Dec 10

Final Review

Chapters 13 & 14 Moodle Assignment Due

Course Evaluation

Fri Dec 12

Final Theatre Review Due

Final Exam: <>
Tuesday, December 16, 10:00-11:55 AM

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