Through the lens of tradition and innovation, this course surveys dramaturgies of Asian theatres from classic forms (Sanskrit drama, Chinese opera, Noh, and Kabuki) to contemporary play scripts by Asian American/Canadian authors. Students analyze texts, watch films, rehearse scenes, and engage in research. They also, as possible, attend live performances and participate in sessions with guest artists or scholars. This course develops and deepens skills in close reading, research, writing, dramaturgy, and theatre making. Taught in rotation with World Theatre I: African Diaspora and World Theatre III: Voices of the Americas.