COMM-2023 History of Theater I
This course will expose students to the development of Western theatrical traditions through primary sources, class lectures and critical dialogue. The course will trace the earliest records of theatrical staging to the rise of eighteenth-century national Theatres in Europe. Special emphasis will be placed on technological innovations, dramatic conventions and the role of politics and ritual in theatrical history. Students will synthesize their coursework in a final project designed for use in a professional or graduate level portfolio. Composition and reading outside of class will be required. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of odd numbered years.