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Acting in Multicultural Theater (THTR 1160)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: In this class, you will focus on the performance of a variety of multicultural readings (plays, short stories, poems) from global literature. While there may be extensive reading of new play scripts, prose works and poetry, the emphasis of the course will be on the spoken word and the effect of multicultural works in performance. It is assumed that you will not necessarily have training or preparation in performance. Classes will involve group warm-ups, vocal exercise, discussion of readings, and solo and group performances. The basic objective of this theater course is to experience multicultural literature in performance and to share insights into our multicultural society.

Topical Outline:
1. Multicultural literature: plays, short stories, poetry and drama
2. Performance techniques related to staging a multicultural scene
3. The social and political impact of multicultural literature in a global society
4. Acting for the stage: physical and vocal warm-ups for actors

Learning Outcomes:
1. Experience multicultural literature including reading from poetry, plays and dramas
2. Critique live performance techniques as they relate to voice and body movement
3. Write responses to multicultural theatre and performance
4. Participate in performances of multicultural literature for an audience with poise and confidence

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives