This course explores the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of classical as well as contemporary performances. The study of performing arts will also include considering important histories to help create original work for public performances.
The purpose of Introduction to Theatre is to increase students' understanding, appreciation, and critical perceptions of the theatrical event. Readings and lectures will focus on the elements of theatrical practice; artists and innovators of theatre throughout history; and on the theatre's development as an art form and a social phenomenon; participation in class forum discussions and sharing of critiques and short reports will offer avenues to explore students' individual theatrical interests; and optional attendance at theatrical events will offer firsthand experience in theatre arts.
Students can explore various direct and indirect fields in the performing arts after pursuing this elective. Among the jobs that are directly related to this field are of a dancer, an actor, music therapist, theatre or film director, singer, radio jockeys, among others. Jobs where some knowledge of this course would be useful are that of a broadcast presenter, arts administrator, among others.