Introduction to Theatre

Introduction to Theatre


Spring 2012
01/17/2012 - 05/13/2012

Course Information

Section 001
TTh 13:30 - 14:50
NRG4 4136
Evangelos Voutsinas

Office Hours

  • T
    1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    North Ridge, Faculty Office 4216A
  • Th
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    North Ridge, Faculty Office 4216A
  • Sa
    12:00 pm - 1:00pm
    North Ridge, Faculty Office 4216A

Course description

DRAM 1310  Introduction to theater (3-3-0)

A general survey of theater including exploration of dramatic literature, theory and criticism; production arts, skills and crafts; and theater history from 500 BC to the present. Course requires good reading and writing skills. Attendance at plays required.

Course Prerequisites : None

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives


1.   To acquire knowledge of dramatic literature, theory, and criticism.

2.   To recognize techniques used for the production of plays and theatrical events.

3.   To understand the history and development of the theatre.

4.   To understand and recognize the theatre as an art form.


NOTE:  This is a survey course.  The course content is encyclopedic in nature, and the material is covered at a rapid pace.  The course includes units on all of the above elements of the theatre–dramatic literature and criticism, the various aspects of producing plays for public performance, and an overview of theatre history from the ancient Greeks to present-day America and Europe.


Upon completion of the course, students will be:

·  Able to demonstrate knowledge of dramatic literature, theory and criticism.

·  Able to demonstrate more understanding of the history and development of drama

·  Be able to differentiate plays according to origin of countries and era of history.

·  Able to analyze techniques used for the productions of plays and theatrical events. 



Upon completion of the general education component of an associate’s degree, students will demonstrate competence in:

Civic Awareness

Analyzing and critiquing competing perspectives in a democratic society.

Critical Thinking

Gathering, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and applying information.

Cultural Awareness

Comparing, contrasting, and interpreting differences and commonalities among peoples, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices.

Ethical Reasoning

Identifying and applying ethical principles and practices.

Interpersonal Skills

Interacting collaboratively to achieve common goals.

Life / Personal Skills

Demonstrating effective learning, creative thinking, and personal responsibility.

Quantitative & Empirical Reasoning

Applying mathematical, logical and scientific principles and methods.

Technology Skills

Using appropriate technology to retrieve, manage, analyze, and present information.

Written, Oral & Visual Communication

Communicating effectively, adapting to purpose, structure, audience, and medium.


Textbook:  The Essential Theatre, by Oscar Brockett, 10th edition

      Tickets to see play; blue books for tests 

Course Subjects


1.  Dramatic Literature, Theory, and Criticism              Chapters 1,2,3

             a.   introduction           

             b.   contemporary American Theatre

             c.   theory and criticism  


2.  Production of Arts                                                    Chapters 11,12,13,14,15,16,17

             a.   producing and directing

             b.   acting

             c.   scenic design

             d.   lighting and sound

             e.   costume and makeup


3.  History of the Theatre                                                  Chapters 4,5,6,7,8,9,10

            a.   Greek and Roman Theatre

            b.   Medieval and Renaissance Theatre

            c.   the 17th and 18th centuries

            d.   the 19th and 20th centuries 

Course Requirements



  • There are three written examinations covering the assigned textbook readings, class notes, and handouts.
  • The exams are essay style primarily, with some objective questions included.
  • Each student will see one play and write a review of 750-1,000 words on the performance.  The required play will be announced by the instructor.
  • Each student will complete a term project on a subject of the student's choice relating to theatre history, the various production elements, or an important playwright, designer, or stage actor.  The project consists of two parts:  a 5-10 minute oral report present to the class and a written  report, submitted to the instructor, describing the project of 750-1,000 words.  A bibliography of  at least four sources is required. Notes or an outline may be used for the oral presentation. 
  • Each student must view and read two plays as assigned.
  • Each student must prepare an oral report for one assigned play and a written analysis for the other assigned play.

             Play Analysis 1

  • Students will view, read, and study one historical play.
  • Students will prepare and present in class an oral report on the play.
  • Students will choose one of the following plays from Sophocles Trilogy:  A.  Oedipus Rex   B.  Oedipus at Colonus   C.  Antigone

            Play Analysis 2

  • Students will submit a complete written analysis for the second assigned play.
  • Students will choose one of the following from William Shakespeare's plays:  A.  Twelfth Night   B.  Romeo and Juliet   

            Grading Scale used for the Play Analysis

  • 18 - 20        A
  • 16 - 17        B
  • 14-  15        C
  • 12 - 13        D
  • Below 12    F

            Play Analysis Outline for Drama 1310

  • Describe the plot or narrative of the play
  • State the critical perspective you chose and its revelance.  Include supporting material for these choices.
  • Describe and discuss the themes of the play.  Include supporting material for the themes.
  • Descibe the actors and their performances.
  • Include a short autobiography of the playwriter, an analysis of  the play, the technical areas: the set design, lighting, costumes, props, makeup, and the special effects: music, and sound.














Lectures, class discussions, attendance to theater productions,class film presentations, reading notes by students, play reviews by students, completion of examinations that cover the assigned readings, class notes and handouts.

Students will use the library for outside research and preparation for certain assignments.

grading system

The course grade will be determined as follows:


Class participation and good behavior              15%

Three Examinations                                               40%

* One review                                                            10%

**  Term project                                                       10%                

*** Term paper                                                        10%

Attendance                                                               15%    




*Reviews:             Attend one play and write a review of 750 – 1,000 words.

    A list of current productions will be provided.

**Term project:  Discuss with the Instructor.

***Term paper:  Discuss with the Instructor.

# Alternate credit: discuss with the Instructor.


The scale for exams is as follows:


            90 – 100      A

            80 – 89            B

            70 – 79            C

            60 – 69            D

            Below 60        F


Note:   Exams must be taken and papers must be submitted on the assigned date.

Exams are administered in the classroom, not in the Testing Center, only on the above dates. There are no makeup exams and late papers are not accepted.

course policies



  • Participate in classroom activities, assignments, and discussions.
  • Read the textbook as assigned.  It is necessary to spend six-eight hours weekly, outside of class time, reading and studying in order to keep up with course assignments.
  • Complete examinations that cover the assigned readings, class notes, and handouts.
  • Read, see, and review a play.
  • Use the library for outside research and preparation for certain assignments.


 Students are expected to attend all class meetings.





















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             Thursday, February 2nd             Test 1 - Chapters 1,2,3 

             Thursday  ,  March 1st                Term Projects due-Group 1

             Thursday ,  March 8th                 Term Projects due-Group 2

              Thursday,  March 15th               Term Projects due-Group 3

              Thursday, March 22nd               Term Projects due-Group 4

             Thursday, April 12th                    1st Reviews Due 

             Thursday  , April 19th                    Test 2 Chapters 11,12,13,14,15,16,17

             Thursday, May 3rd                        Test 3 - Chapters 4,5,6,7,8,9,10        

    NOTE:  Exams must be taken and papers must be submitted on the assigned date.  Exams are administered in the classroom, not in the Testing Center, only on the above dates.  There are no makeup exams and late papers are not accepted. 




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