Deirdre Yates


TEXTBOOK: History of the Theatre by Oscar Brockett, Allyn and Bacon, Inc.

Course Objectives:

A. To familiarize each student with the development of classical acting styles through lectures, discussion and performance attendance.

B. To explore the characteristic style of Greek theatre, Shakespearean Theatre and Restoration Comedy through scene performance.

C. To deal with the problems of stylized prose and poetry.


A. Performance in two, two-person scenes and one monologue - one from each genre studies. Scenes involving two people require a firm commitment by both parties for outside of class rehearsals. In your enrollment in this course, it is to be understood that you are accepting this responsibility. In missing rehearsals, you are not only hurting your own work, but that of your partner and it is unfair to remain in this course if you are not willing to commit to this requirement.-30 pts.

B. In-class participation - 30 pts.

C. Written and typed textural analysis paper of each scene performed -15 pts.

D. Written and typed (three page minimum) reaction paper on productions attended - based on characterization, physical and vocal technique, production quality, sets, lights, costumes, etc. - 15 pts.

E. Production Attendance - Mandatory attendance at all Theatre-in-the-Round productions.

F. Auditions - For audition experience, class members must audition for all Theatre-in-the-Round productions that semester. - 10 pts.

G. Attendance - Inasmuch as this class is based on performance skills, your presence in this class is absolutely necessary. Absence from a technique class such as this for even one session invalidates the progressive development of your work. YOU CANNOT MAKE UP WORK in this type of situation. YOU SIMPLY CANNOT BE ABSENT. Unexcused absences will affect your grade. Please consider the following before you choose to stay with the course:

100 pts. possible = A

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Deirdre Yates