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Course SummaryTake our Drama 101 course to get a complete introduction to the dramatic arts. The course's short lessons and assessments can be used to improve your performance in a drama class, help you study for upcoming exams or simply engage your curiosity about the history of drama.
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About This Course
Drama 101: Intro to Dramatic Art offers short, fun and expertly taught lessons that examine the elements, creation and production of theatre, as well as theatre's development throughout history. As you work through the course's chapters, you'll take a look at the origins of theatre, Western theatre, theatre from around the world, contemporary theatre and theatre as a tool for activism.
Our instructors use an engaging and simplified teaching style to help you quickly move through the material and enjoy the learning experience. Lesson quizzes and chapter exams are also included to help you reinforce the information you study. The course is a great resource for independent learning, and it can also be used by students who are looking for a way to supplement their drama textbooks and study for exams.
|Introduction to the Dramatic Arts||Recognize the basic elements that define theatre as a work of literature (characters, symbolism, plot, story) and as a live experience (script, process, product, audience); summarize the history of drama at a high level.|
|Origins of Theatre||Describe the role of theatre in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as throughout the medieval era; explain how religion and writings such as Aristotle's Poetics have shaped the origins of Western theatre.|
|Western Theatre from Renaissance to Realism||Describe the elements and traits of commedia dell'arte, English Renaissance theatre, melodrama, and realism; explain how different theatre types contributed to the development of dramatic art.|
|Theatre Around the World||Identify theatre styles from different countries and summarize their histories; compare and contrast theatrical and performance styles from across the world.|
|Theatre as Activism||Trace the development of theatre as a tool to enact social and political change; provide examples of works and individuals that contributed to theatre as activism; identify characteristics and techniques of political and activist theatre.|
|Contemporary Theatre||Recognize the characteristics of contemporary theatre and performance types; explain the development and significance of diversity, feminism and LGBTQ issues in theatre; identify NYC and London as modern-day Meccas for professional and amateur theatre.|
|Creating & Producing Theatre||Describe the components of a theatrical production and explain how each component relates to the others to form a holistic performance; discuss theatrical production from methodological, literary and technical viewpoints, incorporating ideas of the script, process, product and audience.|
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