2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

THEA 0151 - Introduction to Performance


Credits: 3

By studying the historical origins, development, and evolution of performance throughout the ages and across cultures, students will gain perspective on, and an appreciation for, theatre. This course is designed for students of varying disciplines and offers a unique lens through which to view performance, both in theatre and life. Students learn about the nature of performance and some of the significant theories and figures related to the history of performance. Various performance concepts, principles, and techniques are introduced, as well as different approaches to actor training. Students learn about and work on the performer’s instrument: the Body, the Voice, and the Imagination. Many practical exercises are employed, which may include areas such as storytelling, dramatic structure, sensory work, movement, improvisation, psychophysical action, mask work, and stage combat. Students will apply their knowledge and training to create performance pieces.