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Jyana Sunshine Browne
DRAMA 365
Seattle Campus

Ethnic Studies in Drama

Theatre and plays, post-World War II to the present. Style, content, and context explored. Emphasis on social, political, and economic milieu from which theatre arose. Playwrights studied may include Alice Childress, August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Percy Mtwa, Luis Valdez, and Maria Fornes. Prerequisite: DRAMA 302.

Class description

We will read and analyze the works of contemporary Asian-American playwrights, including David Henry Hwang, Young Jean Lee, Philip Kan Gotanda, Julia Cho, and Ping Chong. We will explore how each artist engages with our historical moment through the medium of performance. We will also investigate the lives of these artists, looking at the strategies Asian-American actors and playwrights use to increase artistic and career opportunities.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Group discussion and performance activities.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jyana Sunshine Browne
Date: 05/25/2011