To explore some possible origins of theatre.
To explore and understand the development of the playwright from the classical age through the Elizabethan period.
To explore and understand the development of the actor from the classical age through the Elizabethan period.
To explore and understand the development of scene/costume/lighting design from the classical age through the Elizabethan period.
To understand the development of the director from the classical age through the Elizabethan period.
To explore and discover the cultural, social and political aspects of a particular period and their influences on the development of theatre and the arts.
Reading Assignments: It is very important to keep up with the reading assignments for the chapters. We will be discussing aspects of the chapters in class and you will need to be conversant in them to take part in the discussion. The same requirement also applies to the plays.
Quizzes: There will be several quizzes throughout the semester.
Chapter Tests: These will cover material from each chapter and the corresponding play. Tests will use short answer, multiple choice, and essay questions. Spelling and grammar count. Each mistake will deduct one point from your exam grade.
Course Grade: 5 Chapter Tests 500
Paper (Rough Draft/Final Draft) 200
Total possible points 800
Divided by 8
Five-page Research Paper: The subject needs to be taken from the Greek, Roman, Medieval, Italian Renaissance, or Elizabethan theatre. The paper needs to be the result of yo9ur investigation of a person (actor, playwright, designer), theatre architecture, a particular theatre, a scenic, costume or lighting development or technique, the development of a particular genre of plays, or how the theatre reflected a particular society. The first draft is due on Oct. 21st in class. The final draft is due on Nov. 4th in class. I will give you more specific instructions soon.
NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED. NO EXCEPTIONS. IF YOU FAIL TO TURN IN THE PAPER BY THE DEADLINE YOU LOSE 25% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE.
Please be aware that plagiarism (even putting information into your own words or paraphrasing) is a violation of the MSU student honor creed and will earn you a grade of “F” for the course. This “F” is never removed from your transcript, even though you may take the course again and earn an “A”. The “F” grade is also tagged on your transcript with a notation for academic dishonesty.
Attendance: More than four absences, excused or unexcused, and you will be dropped from the course. If the Drop Date of Oct. 21st has passed, you will be dropped from the course with an earned grade of “F”. You will only be able to make up missed quizzes and exams if you call before class and when you return to class have an excuse from the doctor’s office. It is your responsibility to schedule a time to make up a test or quiz. Attendance is taken at the beginning of class. The professor reserves the right to disallow counting a student present who is extremely late. The professor reserves the right to drop a student from the class who is frequently absent or tardy. If you need to miss class due to a religious holiday, please see the professor as far in advance as possible. If you need to miss class due to university-sponsored events, please see the professor as far in advance as possible.
Conduct: Classroom behavior and activity that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of any other student to profit from the instruction will result in the instructor removing the disruptive student(s) from the class. Repeated instances will result in disciplinary action. This includes the use of cell phones. All cell phones must be silenced while in class. The use of laptops or tablets is permitted during the class ONLY to take notes.
Special needs statement: If you have a particular accommodation because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs to be shared, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible. Any disability must be documented by the Office of Disability Support Services.
Student Privacy Statement: Federal privacy laws prohibit the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases the instructor will not discuss a student’s academic progress or other matters with parents. Please do not have them call the instructor. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the instructor’s general policy is to only with the student, not the parents, even when the student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.
Important Dates: Aug. 27 Auditions
Oct. 9 Matinee – No Class
Nov. 21 & 22 Matinees – No Class
Dec. 11- Wed. 10:30-12:30 Final Exam
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