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TH 1001 Introduction to Theatre
Daily Schedule

Day Date Topic Assignment
Wed Sept 4

Introduction, syllabus, text,
discussion forum

Ben Cameron: The True Power of the Performing Arts

Fri Sept 6 Theatre Production
Video: Every Little Step, Part I

Mon Sept 9 Theatre Production

Video: Every Little Step, Part II

Wed Sept 11 Moodle Demonstration

On-line Discussion:
Meet your discussion group
Every Little Step exercise.

Fri Sept 13 No class.  

Mon Sept 16

Video: Playwrighting

Wed Sept 18 On-line Discussion: Chapters 1 & 2
Theatre in Today's World


Fri Sept 20 Playwrighting

Guest Speaker: Alex Goebel, playwright The Magician,

and director of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Mon Sept 23 Acting

Acting in Film, Part I
More about Michael Cain

Chapters 1 & 2 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Sept 25

On-line Discussion: Chapter 3

Fri Sept 27 Acting

Acting Acting in Film, Part II

Mon Sept 30 Acting

Guest Speaker: Kelly Grussendorf, Actor

Chapter 3 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Oct 2 On-line Discussion: Chapter 4
Theatre Genres


Fri Oct 4 Acting

Improv: Upright Citzen's Brigade

Guest Speaker: Stephanie Stine & Bailey Boots

Mon Oct 7 Directing

Guest Speaker: Andy Bennett, Executive Director Renegade Theatre Company

Chapter 4 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Oct 9 On-line Discussion: Chapters 5


Fri Oct 11 Directing

Guest Speaker: Alice Pierce

Mon Oct 14 Theatrical Design:

Guest Speakers: Patricia Dennis, Costume Designer Die Fledermaus, Katie Martin, Costume Designer Last Summer at Bluefish Cove

Chapter 5 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Oct 16 On-line Discussion: Chapters 6 &7
Directing, Producing and Theatre Spaces

Die Fledermaus Opens October 17
Marshall Performing Arts Center

Fri Oct 18

Theatrical Design:


Guest Speakers: Curt Phillips , Scenic Designer Die Fledermaus, Jenna Houk, Scenic Designer Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, Topaz Cooks, Scenic Designer Compleat Female Stage Beauty

Meet in Marshall Performing Arts Center Main Theatre.

Mon Oct 21

Theatrical Design:
Stage Lighting

Chapters 6 & 7 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Oct 23 On-line Discussion: Chapters 8 & 9
Scenery Costumes, Lighting and Sound


Fri Oct 25 No Class


Mon Oct 28

No Class

Chapters 8 & 9 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Oct 30 Midterm Review


Fri Nov 1 Midterm Exam Midterm Exam

Mon Nov 4 Greek Theatre

Video: Antigone
More about Sophocles

Wed Nov 6

On-line Discussion: Chapter 10
Greek, Roman and Medieval Theatre

Fri Nov 8 Medieval Theatre Guest Speaker: Jenna Soleo-Shanks
Video: Everyman <>

Mon Nov 11 Eastern Theatre

Video: Julie Taymor
More about Julie Taymor

Video: War Horse

Chapter 10 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Nov 13

On-line Discussion: Chapter 11
Asian Theatre

Fri Nov 15 No Class  

Mon Nov 18 Shakespeare

Video: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
More about William Shakespeare

Chapter 11 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Nov 20 On-line Discussion: Chapter 12
Renaissance Theatre


Fri Nov 22

Restoration Theatre
Comedy of Manners

Video: Tartuffe
More about Moliere

Video: The Importance of Being Earnest
More about Oscar Wilde

Mon Nov 25


Video: Uncle Vanya
More about Anton Chekhov

Video: Miss Julie
More about August Strindberg

Video: A Doll's House
More about Henrik Ibsen

Chapter 12 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Nov 27

On-line Discussion: Chapter 13
Restoration Theatre

Fri Nov 29 No Class
Thanksgiving Holiday

Mon Dec 2 Modern Tragedy

Video: Death of a Salesman
More about Arthur Miller

Video: The Glass Menagerie
More about Tennessee Williams

Chapter 13 Moodle Assignment Due

Wed Dec 4

On-line Discussion: Chapters 14 & 15
Diverse Global Theatre


Fri Dec 6 Non-realism

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

More about Samuel Becket
More about Bertholdt Brecht

Mon Dec 9 Theatrical Diversity

Video: Top Girls
More about Caryl Churchill

Video: Angels in America
More about Tony Kushner

Wed Dec 11


Chapters 14 & 15 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Dec 13 Final Review

Course Evaluation

Final Exam: Tuesday, December 17, 2:00-3:55 PM <> Humanities 403

Chapter 15 Moodle Assignment Due

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