THTR 1142 – Introduction to Theatre

THTR 1142 - Introduction to Theatre

Session 1: May 23 – July 1

Course Description

A general orientation to dramatic and theatrical conventions, theatre periods and styles, dramatic genres, theatre organization and production. The roles of audience, actor, director, playwright, and designer. The reading and discussion of plays and musicals. Viewing and reviewing the play in production.

Course Objectives

  • Learn the basics of Theatre as a “Fine Art”
  • Cultivate a respectful understanding if not lifelong appreciation for Theatre
  • Become a discerning and critical audience member
  • Learn the basic origins of theatre
  • Develop a basic understanding of how each aspect of theatre works toward the final product
  • Utilize what has been learned to produce an original work as playwrights, directors, actors, and designers

Course Materials

Textbook: The Theatre Experience: 13th Edition by Edwin Wilson
ISBN: 9780073514277
Supplemental Plays:
* Any versions of these plays will be fine.

  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  • Cat On a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
  • A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Syllabus (PDF)

Dates: May 23 – July 1

Department: Theatre

Course: THTR 1142

Credit Hours:  4

In most instances, this 4-credit course will transfer to fulfill either a 4-credit or 3-credit requirement at another institution. Please check with your home institution to see if this course fulfills your requirements.




AE Artistic Expression requirement
The above requirements are from the Randolph College general education program.  Check with your home institution to see if this course fulfills your requirements.

Tuition & Fees:

$1,500 tuition
Textbooks and other course materials can be purchased separately from the source of your choosing.

Your Instructor

Stephanie Earl

Stephanie EarlAssistant Professor of Theatre

B.A. Greensboro College; M.F.A., University of Houston

A professional performer, Stephanie Earl enjoys sharing her knowledge of the stage with Randolph students in acting and directing classes.
After completing her MFA in Texas, he served as adjunct professor at the University of Houston and at Lone Star College and also taught acting and dance classes for children.
In Virginia, Earl was a member of the Barter Players and Barter Theatre Equity Resident Company at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and since 2011 has been a member of the American Shakespeare Center Touring Troupe. She also previously served as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin College.

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