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2016-2017 Catalog Year
THTR-100: Introduction to Theater

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Theater
  • Discipline: Theatre
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Studies plays of the classic and modern periods, of genres such as tragedy, comedy, farce and melodrama, and of the art and craft of theatre.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

By the completion of the class, the students should, with 75% accuracy:

  • Discuss the importance of drama to cultural values (GE 1, 2)
  • Recognize types of drama and their conventions (GE 1, 4)
  • Recognize the styles of the most influential dramatists (GE 1)
  • Discuss the basic elements of theatre: audience, performers, script, point of view, and stage environment (GE 1, 2, 4)

III. Topics

  • What is Theatre?
  • What is a Play?
  • The Actor
  • The Director
  • The Playwright
  • Technical Theatre and Theatrical Design
  • Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy
  • Theatre Traditions East and West
  • American Musical Theatre
  • Modern Theatre
  • Theatre Today

Scheduled THTR-100 classes:

Fall 2016