Theatre History I

Course Details

Course Number: THEA 2433  Section Number: 1

Fall 2013

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B 120

Course Attachments


Living Theatre, History of Theatre  ISBN: 978-0-07-338220-3

MSU Faculty Member
James Cunningham   
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Course Objectives

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.

Course Expectations

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.

Grading Standards

Course Grade:         5 Chapter Tests                                   500

                                    Quizzes                                                  100

                                    Paper (Rough Draft/Final Draft)        200

                                    Total possible points                           800

                                                                             Divided by          8

                                                                                        Final Grade

Final Exam12/11/2013  10:30 am

Submission Format Policy

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.



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.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


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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.

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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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