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THEA 101 Introduction to Theater

This is an introduction to the essential elements of theater and its vital role within a multicultural society. It examines performance traditions as well as contemporary production practices, encompassing the creative, technical, and business aspects of the industry. This course explores aesthetics, artistic movements, principles, and theater¿s dynamic collaborative processes. Central to this exploration will be excavating the Eurocentric assumptions that conventionally shape the practice and study of theater in the United States. This class will seek ways to decolonize our perspectives and ask critical questions about performance¿s potential to enact strategies of anti-racism and anti-imperialism.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2022 to December 11, 2022

Learning outcomes


  • Identify and apply the fundamental concepts, theories and roles associated with contemporary theater practice and professional production.
  • Examine and define the skills, considerations, and tasks associated with the creation of theatre.
  • Analyze and evaluate the experience and the various components of live theatrical production, and articulate its value.
  • Analyze and define the central characteristics of theater, in relation to the history of the United States and global cultures.
  • Evaluate and articulate how theatre is a socially-responsive artform that creates meaning and fosters discussion, debate, and community.

Fall 2022

Section Title Instructor
50 Introduction to Theater Beller, Jonathan Steven Books Course details