21M.621 Theater and Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

Spring 2004

Students enact a 5 minute performance as part of their final project.
Students enact a 5 minute performance as part of their final project. (Image courtesy of Daniel Bersak.)

Course Highlights

This course features still and video examples of student projects.

Course Description

This course explores contemporary American theatrical expression as it may be organized around issues of ethnic and cultural identity. This exploration will include the analysis of performances, scripts, and video documentation, as well as the invention of original documents of theatrical expression. Class lectures and discussions will analyze samples of Native American, Chicano, African American, and Asian American theater, taking into consideration the historical and political context for the creation of these works. Performance exercises will help students identify theatrical forms and techniques used by these theaters, and how these techniques contribute to the overall goals of specific theatrical expressions.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .rm files found on this course site.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Thomas DeFrantz

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session