Theatre 1310:W01 Introduction to the Theatre: (11739; Fall, 2016) Web-based Course
Mr. Gregory M. Schwab, Professor of Theatre
Office Mailbox: FAB 106 Telephone: 432-386-3400 Skype & E-Mail: [email protected]
Office Hours (via Skype or by cell phone) M & W 8-11 am (CDT/CST) or by arrangement

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I. Instructional Materials:
A) Required Textbook: The Creative Spirit: An Introduction to Theatre by Stephanie Arnold, 6 th Edition, 2015. Students must have access to a copy of this textbook in order to successfully complete this class.
B) Blackboard Lectures/Demonstrations/Presentations/Discussions
C) Supplemental Reading Materials
D) Outside Research
E) SRSU Theatre Program productions

II. Course Overview:
This course is designed to aid the student in the appreciation and understanding of theatre: the origins of theatre; the various aspects of theatre, theatre personnel, and facilities; and the development of genres in theatre throughout history.

Also the student will be able to discern the important theatre genres/styles, works, and theatre artists.

Additionally, the student will utilize acquired knowledge to analyze and critically assess a Sul Ross theatrical production or alternate theatrical work .

All assignments, including quizzes and tests, will be administered exclusively through Blackboard.

III. Course Primary Learning Objectives:
By the end of this course the student should be able to
Critically understand the origins, progression, genres, and the development of theatre;
Discern the basic responsibilities and roles of theatre personnel;
Effectively analyze the basic elements of theatrical design; and
Communicate successfully written critical assessments of theatrical performances and printed works.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes:
The successful student will be able to demonstrate:
knowledge of the various theatrical genres, styles, and works made throughout Theatre History; (knowledge)
the ability to analyze scripts; (attitudes or dispositions)
the ability to analyze all technical aspects of a theatrical production; (attitudes or dispositions)
describe the theatre process and compose a functional definition for the theatre event; (skills)
name the basic responsibilities and roles of the playwright, director, actor and designer in the theatre production; (knowledge)
have a basic understanding of the difference between tragedy, comedy, melodrama, farce, epic and absurdist theatre and be able to apply them to productions; (knowledge and skills)
describe the uniqueness of the theatre art; (attitudes or dispositions)
understand and describe the elements necessary to bring about a unified production; (attitudes or dispositions)
identify a variety of theatre spaces; (knowledge)
know the names and works associated with key figures (playwrights, directors, designers, performers) in the theatre; (knowledge) and
demonstrate their understanding of acting, directing, playwriting or design in the areas of set, sound, or make-up. (attitudes or dispositions)

V. Course Requirements:
A. Three examinations, including the final exam, will be given. The tests will cover material from the text, Blackboard
lectures , demonstrations, reading and viewing materials, student presentations, and SRSU theatrical
productions . All examinations will be given in Blackboard 9.
B. Quizzes will be given during the term . All quizzes will be given in Blackboard 9.
C. A written analytical/discussion paper on the fall SRSU theatrical production s will be required. The student will
be required to critique The Christians and Maricela de la Luz Lights the World (or alternate on-line production s ) and to submit/post a two pag e, typewritten assessment of each play using specific critical parameters. All critiques are due the week following the close of each play. If a student is unable to attend either or both SRSU production s , the student must complete the alternate critical assessment assignment (s) .
D . The student will be required to post weekly comments (minimum of 200 words) upon the various theatrical topics
discussed during the term . Also weekly he/she will be responsible for posting a response (minimum of
50 words) to at least one other classmate\'s posts.
E . The student will be responsible for additional written assignments, which may include other critical assessments . .
F . Participation in all class activities, discussions, demonstrations, etc. is required.
G . Students must demonstrate appropriate online behavior. If possible, all written work must be typed, spell and
grammar checked. Inappropriate online behavior, excessive misspellings, and incorrect grammar may
affect the student\'s grade for that assignment.

VI. Criteria f or Grade Evaluation:
A. Each student