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TH 1001 Introduction to Theatre
Daily Schedule

Day Date Topic Assignment


Aug 28

Introduction, syllabus, text, discussion forum

UMD Learning Goals

Technology and Community

Steven Dietz: American College Theater Festival

Wed Aug 30

Theatre Production

Video: Every Little Step, Part I

Fri Sept 1

Moodle Demonstration

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

Decide on a name for your discussion group



Sept 4
Labor Day - No class

Wed Sept 6

Theatre Production

Video: Every Little Step, Part II

Fri Sept 8

On-line Discussion: Chapters 1



Sept 11

Acting in Film, Part I
More about Michael Cain

Wed Sept 13

Theatre Production

Stage 2 Facebook Page

Luke Harger, president

Chapter 1 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Sept 15

On-line Discussion: Chapters 2
The Audience


Mon Sept 18

Guest Speaker: Kelly Grussendorf*

Wed Sept 20 Acting

Acting in Film, Part II

Chapter 2 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Sept 22

On-line Discussion: Chapter 3
Theatre Spaces


Mon Sept 25
Theatre Producers

Guest Speaker: Jason and Jessica Peterson*, Yellow Tree Theatre

Wed Sept 27  

Tour Marshall Center
Meet in Marshall Performing Arts Center

Chapter 3 Moodle Assignment Due

Antigone Opens September 28
Dudley Experimental Theatre

Fri Sept 29

On-line Discussion: Chapter 4

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

Mon Oct 2

Actor Improv

Guest Speaker: Andy Bennett, Renegade Theatre Company

Upright Citzen's Brigade

Wed Oct 4 Directing

Guest Speaker: Bill Payne*

Chapter 4 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 6

On-line Discussion: Chapters 5
Directors and Producers


Mon Oct 9


Video: Uncle Vanya
More about Constantin Stanislavski

Anna Deavere Smith

Wed Oct 11


Video: Hamilton

More about Lin-Manuel Miranda

Video: Playwriting

More about David Henry Hwang



Chapter 5 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 13 On-line Discussion: Chapters 6


Mon Oct 16


Guest Speaker: Tom Isbell*

Wed Oct 18

Climatic Tragedy

Episodic Tragedy

Video: Antigone
More about Sophocles

Video: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
More about William Shakespeare

Chapters 6 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 20

On-line Discussion: Chapters 7
Dramatic Structure & Characters


Mon Oct 23

Midterm Review


Wed Oct 25

Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam

Chapter 7 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 27

Fall Break - No class

On-line Discussion: Chapters 8
Theatrical Genres


Mon Oct 30


Video: Everyman <>

Auteur Directors Video: Julie Taymor
More about Julie Taymor

Video: War Horse

Wed Nov 1 Scenic Design

Guest Speakers: Curt Phillips Scenic Designer*

Leah Benson-Devine, Scenic Designer Antigone
Joe Johnson, Scenic Designer Noises Off!

Chapter 8 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Nov 3 On-line Discussion: Chapter 9
Noises Off! Opens November 2
Marshall Center Main Stage

Mon Nov 6

Costume Design

Guest Speaker: Patricia Dennis, Costume Designer
Kelsie Bias Costume Designer Noises Off!

UMD Theatre Student Design and Production web sites

Something Rotten! Gregg Barnes, Costume Designer

Wed Nov 8 Lighting Design

Mark Harvey, Lighting Designer Antigone

Chapter 9 Moodle Assignment Due

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

Mon Nov 13

Lighting/Sound Design

Guest Speaker: Jon Brophy Sound Designer Antigone, Lighting Designer Noises Off

Wed Nov 15

Commedia dell'arte

Renaissance Theatre

Video: Tartuffe
about Moliere

Video: A Midsummer Night's Dream
about William Shakespeare

Chapter 10 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Nov 17 On-line Discussion: Chapter 11
Lighting and Sound


Mon Nov 20

Realism - Naturalism

Realism - The Well-Made Play


Video: Miss Julie
More about August Strindberg

Video: The Importance of Being Earnest
More about Oscar Wilde


Wed Nov 22

Musical Theatre


Video: History of Musical Theatre
Video: Musical Golden Era

Video: Hamilton

Guest Speaker: Rebecca Katz Harwood*

Chapter 11 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Nov 24

Thanksgiving Holiday - No class

On-line Discussion: Chapter 12
Musical Theatre


Mon Nov 27

Contemporary Departures From Realism

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

More about Samuel Becket
More about Bertholdt Brecht

Wed Nov 29

Theatrical Diversity

Ben Cameron:
The True Power of the Performing Arts

Video: Top Girls
More about Caryl Churchill

Video: Angels in America
More about Tony Kushner

Chapter 12 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Dec 1

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



Mon Dec 4

American Realism

Video: The Glass Menagerie
More about Tennessee Williams

Video: Death of a Salesman
More about Arthur Miller

Wed Dec 6

Final Review

Chapter 13 & 14 Moodle Assignment Due

Course Evaluation

Fri Dec 8

Final Theatre Reviews Due

Final Exam: General Reference for Scheduling Final Exams
TH1001 Introduction to Theatrre Arts Section 002
Wednesday, December 13, 10:00-11:55 AM

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