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THE 101: Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts (Missouri State University). Instructor: Professor Robert Bradley. THE 101

aims to answer several questions, the most important of which is, "what is the nature of the theatre experience?" Why do people do theatre? What do they hope to accomplish? What is the relationship between the performers and the audience? How has the relationship between theatre and society developed throughout history from the early theatres of democratic Athens to the contemporary mega-musical? The course looks at drama and theatre arts as art, literature, business, and entertainment, and it examines the creative processes of theatre - writing, design, directing, and acting - which move from idea to script to performance. Because theatre, by its very nature, is interactive and interdisciplinary, this course encourages students to develop their own imaginations and to be open-minded in their responses to the theatre experience. It encourages considered, critical evaluation of difficult or challenging material and asks students to develop their capacity for interpretation, evaluation, and cultural understanding.

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Introduction Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Interview with Dr. Michael Mauldin Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – The Audience Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Theatre, Film, Television and Public Affairs Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Musical Theatre Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Development of the American Musical Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Golden Age of the American Musical Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Interview with Michael Brill Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – The Play Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Structure of a Play Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Interview with Sandra Fenichel Asher Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Interview with Paula Caplan Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Interview with Sherri Kramer Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Interview with Dr. Tita Baumlin Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Theatre Organization Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – The Director Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Interview with Dr. Michael Mauldin Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Interview with Roy Hamlin Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Interview with Jack Laufer Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Interview with Tess Harper Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Interview with Milton Blankenship Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Interview with Student Actors Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – The Visual Designers Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Interview with Louis Schaeffer Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Theatre Architecture and Performance Spaces Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – The Producer Unlimited
  • Lecture 27 – Interview with Byrne Blackwood and Mark Templeton Unlimited
  • Lecture 28 – Interview with Enoch Morris Unlimited
  • Lecture 29 – Interview with Beth Domann Unlimited
  • Lecture 30 – Summing Up Unlimited

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