Introduction to Theater Making is a working laboratory, which gives students hands-on experience with theatre’s fundamental building blocks — writing, design, acting, directing, and producing. Throughout the semester, students read, watch and discuss five different plays and ensemble theater works. We will analyze how these plays are constructed and investigate their social and political implications. In-class artistic responses provide hands-on exploration as students work in groups to create and rehearse six different performances inspired by our course texts.
Sample reading list:
Dominique Morrisseau, The Detroit Project
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Carmelita Tropicana, I, Carmelita Tropicana: Performing between Cultures
Tim Etchells, Certain Fragments
Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Absolutely no experience required.
Most rehearsals will take place during the allotted class time; but students should expect to spend some time outside of class in small groups preparing theatrical projects.