TD 301: Introduction to Theatre

"The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life."
- Oscar Wilde

Introduction to Theatre Online is designed to immerse you in all aspects of live theatre and performance. We will explore the theatre, theatrical issues, genres, conventions and histories. Together, we will discover how this art form, as old as society itself, is as vital and necessary today as it has ever been. 

During the semester, we will be guided by three main lines of inquiry: 

  • Who makes theatre and how? 
  • What is the history of Western theatre and performance? 
  • What is theatre's place in society? 

You will also learn to describe, analyze and interpret live performance by exploring the art of constructive criticism through readings, research, on-site exploration, active conversations, popular culture and interviews done just for TD 301 students with nationally-recognized artists and experts in the field. 

Course Features

  • Take this class from anywhere you are! 
  • Get immediate feedback during every class session about your progress.
  • The only costs associated with the course are theatre tickets. You will attend at least two shows in the Department of Theatre and Dance as well as get a chance to familiarize yourself with the lively theatre scene in Austin. 
  • All required texts will be posted on Canvas.
  • The course carries a cultural diversity flag. 
  • The course satisfies the core visual and performing arts requirement. 

TD 301: Introduction to Theatre
T/TH 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. 
Dr. Charlotte Canning and Dr. Andrew Carlson 
Unique Number 25585, 25590 

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