Lezlie Celia Cross
Introduces theatre practitioners to the principles of play construction, to the process of reading and conceiving plays for production, and to the basic vocabulary of artistic styles through which plays are produced.
Students in this course will read plays closely with special attention to structure and style, investigate the key ideas of major dramatic theories, and engage with performance traditions from a range of periods and geographies. The central focus of the course will be in using play analysis to create dynamic stage performances.
Student learning goals
To acquire theatrical styles vocabulary. To analyze the structure of a wide range of dramatic texts. To describe the impact of major thinkers (such as Aristotle, Artaud, Stanislavsky and Brecht) on play structure and performance. To create production concepts for plays based on rigorous script and stylistic analysis. To build well-constructed arguments and fully developed analytical papers that reflect the objectives listed above.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading