Through the lens of tradition and innovation, students explore contemporary theatre of the African Diaspora: analyzing dramatic texts, watching videos/film, rehearsing scenes, and engaging in research. Students also, as possible, attend live performances and participate in sessions with guest artists or scholars. This class develops and deepens skills in writing, research, dramaturgy, and theater making. No previous theatre experience or course work is required, but students should be prepared to engage in voice, movement, and acting exercises. Taught in rotation with World Theatre II: Asian Theatres and World Theatre III: Voices of the Americas.