THTR 371

Theatre History I: From the Origins of Theatre to the 18th Century

Incorporating a discussion of various theories on the origins of theatre and the human impulse to perform stories, this course explores the development of Western and non-Western dramaturgical techniques from Homer to the Spanish Golden age. Playscripts are considered as the skeletons of events and in the larger context of the communities for which they were written. Students examine the intersection of cultural history and theatrical practice by focusing on cultural context, theatrical space, and performance conventions.