Assignments

SES # TOPICS ASSIGNMENTS
Unit I: Introduction and Overview
1-2 What is culture? And how do we identify culture and performance in American theater? A sharing of family traditions and the creation of "stereotypical" history of immigration to the United States. This unit will provide students with a general overview of basic concepts such as theater, movement, culture, diversity, and composition. Living History Museum (PDF)

Ethnic Notions (PDF)
Unit II: African American Theatrical Traditions
3-6 What are African American traditions of theater? How do music and dance figure in the construction of African American experience on stage? How can we tell historical stories of African American scientists and engineers? In this unit, we will participate in the African American Living History Museum, a performance event that chronicles the lives of African American  scientists and engineers.

Ethnic Notions (cont.) (PDF)

Unit III: Asian American Theatrical Traditions
7-12 How can theater express Asian American cultural heritage? What sorts of stories do Asian diaspora playwrights chose to tell? A consideration of David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly. Secrecy and Gender (PDF)

Ennobling Nonna (PDF)
Unit IV: Native American and Latino/a and Chicano Theatrical Traditions
13-18 How do Native American traditions of storytelling persist in the twenty-first century? What sorts of Chicano and Latino/a American theatrical traditions have emerged in the past century? A focus on the plays of Miguel Piñero. "Yellowman" (PDF)

Macho and Sensitive (PDF)

Short Eyes Character Analysis (PDF)
Unit V: Reaching Beyond Diversity
19-22 How can we reach beyond the rubric of diversity to explore particular histories and theatrical methodologies? Final Project (PDF)