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TH 1001 Introduction to Theatre
Daily Schedule

Day Date Topic Assignment


Aug 29

Introduction, syllabus, text, discussion forum

UMD Learning Goals

Steven Dietz: American College Theater Festival

Wed Aug 31

Theatre Production

Video: Every Little Step, Part I

Fri Sept 2

Moodle Demonstration

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

Decide on a name for your discussion group



Sept 5
Labor Day - No class

Wed Sept 7

Theatre Production

Video: Every Little Step, Part II

Fri Sept 9

On-line Discussion: Chapters 1



Sept 12

Acting in Film, Part I
More about Michael Cain

Wed Sept 14

Theatre Production

UMD Stage 2 Theatre Company
Stage 2 Facebook Page

Sarah Hinz, president

Chapter 1 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Sept 16

On-line Discussion: Chapters 2
The Audience


Mon Sept 19
Theatre Producers

Guest Speaker: Richard Durst

Wed Sept 21 Theatre Spaces

Tour Marshall Center
Meet in Marshall Performing Arts Center

Chapter 2 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Sept 23

On-line Discussion: Chapter 3
Theatre Spaces


Mon Sept 26

Guest Speaker: Kelly Grussendorf

Wed Sept 28 Acting

Acting in Film, Part II

Chapter 3 Moodle Assignment Due

One River Opens September 29
Dudley Experimental Theatre

Fri Sept 30

On-line Discussion: Chapter 4

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

Mon Oct 3


Video: Hamilton <>

Steven Dietz: American College Theater Festival

Wed Oct 5 Directing

Video: Uncle Vanya
More about Constantin Stanislavski

Guest Speaker: Bill Payne, Dean School of Fine Arts

Andy Bennett, Executive Director Renegade Theatre Company

Chapter 4 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 7

On-line Discussion: Chapters 5
Directors and Producers


Mon Oct 10 Playwrighting

Video: Playwrights

Anna Deavere Smith

Wed Oct 12


ActorImprov: Upright Citzen's Brigade

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

Chapter 5 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 14 On-line Discussion: Chapters 6


Mon Oct 17


Guest Speaker: Tom Isbell

Wed Oct 19

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 21

On-line Discussion: Chapters 7
Dramatic Structure & Characters


Mon Oct 24

Midterm Review


Wed Oct 26

Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam

Chapter 7 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Oct 28

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 2 Scenic Design

Guest Speakers: Curt Phillips Scenic Designer

Kia Lor, Scenic Designer One River
Jenna Maddy, Scenic Designer She Loves Me

Chapter 8 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Nov 4 On-line Discussion: Chapter 9

Mon Nov 7

Costume Design

Guest Speaker: Patricia Dennis, Costume Designer She Loves Me
Brandin Stagg Costume Designer One River

Something Rotten! Gregg Barnes, Costume Designer

Wed Nov 9 Directing/Producers

Michael Brindisi, Director She Loves Me and Artistic Director Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chapter 9 Moodle Assignment Due

Fri Nov 11 On-line Discussion: Chapter 10
Stage Costumes

Mon Nov 14

Lighting Design

Guest Speaker: Wesley Darton, Lighting Designer She Loves Me
Mark Harvey, Lighting Designer
One River

Wed Nov 16

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 18 On-line Discussion: Chapter 11
Lighting and Sound


Mon Nov 21

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 23

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 25

Thanksgiving Holiday - No class

On-line Discussion: Chapter 12
Musical Theatre


Mon Nov 28

Contemporary Departures From Realism

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

More about Samuel Becket
More about Bertholdt Brecht

Wed Nov 30

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 2

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


She Loves Me Opens December 1
Marshall Center Main Stage

Mon Dec 5

American Realism

Video: Death of a Salesman
More about Arthur Miller

Video: The Glass Menagerie
More about Tennessee Williams

Wed Dec 7

Final Review

Chapter 13 & 14 Moodle Assignment Due

Course Evaluation

Fri Dec 9

Final Theatre Reviews Due

Final Exam: General Reference for Scheduling Final Exams
TH1001 Introduction to Theatrre Arts Section 002
Thursday, December 15, 10:00-11:55 AM

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